Welcome to Week 24! 

Welcome to another wonderful week at NES, and thank you for reading our newsletter!

A special shout out goes to Ms. Huff’s 2nd grade families for a 100% attendance in our Academic Parent Teacher Team (APTT) meetings in January! Way to go, Ms. Huff’s class!!!

Free Books!

Our school is now offering a free book delivery program to help students and families build personalized, at-home libraries. Families can sign up to receive a book by mail during each month of the school year. Enroll today using the included QR code below or at newworldsreading.com/enroll to start receiving books! If you have questions about this opportunity for your child, please visit https://www.newworldsreading.com/fl/en/home.html.  .


National School Counseling Week 

We would like to ask that everyone joins us in celebrating the National School Counseling Week! Our school counselor is Ms. Jennifer Mangold. Ms. Mangold plays a vital role in helping students better understand their own strengths, providing supports, working with families to help them overcome obstacles, and encouraging classroom teachers to have their students set healthy and positive goals.


Black History Month

The First Lady Casey DeSantis announced that the theme for this year’s Black History Month contests will be Celebrating African-American Contributions to Florida’s History. Students are invited to participate in academic and creative contests throughout the month. 

About the Student Art Contest 

The Art Contest is open to all K-3 students in Florida. Two winners will be selected.

About the Student Essay Contest

The Essay Contest is open to all grade 4-12 students in Florida. One elementary level winner will be selected. Each winner will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

About the Excellence in Education Award 

The Education Award Contest is open to all full-time educators. Nominations may be submitted by a principal, teacher, parent/guardian or student.

For details, visit http://www.floridablackhistory.com/index.html

COVID Procedures

The following guidelines for students and staff were shared last week:

  • In the event of a positive test result and/or symptoms, students and staff will remain at home for five days from the date of symptom onset.  Once these days have passed, students and staff may return to school if they have been fever-free for 24 hours and their other symptoms are improving.  It is our recommendation that masks will be worn for days 6-10.
  • If a student or staff member wishes to return to work earlier than five days from symptom onset, he or she may do so if they have a note from a healthcare provider or have documented evidence of an existing condition that has symptoms similar to COVID-19.

There is Still Time to Order a Yearbook

Yearbooks are still available to purchase online for $25 each. Here is the link to order: 

https://strawbridge.fotomerchanthv.com/search/YB108165. Personalized pages are available for purchase for cash or check only (no online option). Full page is $75.00 and 1⁄2 page is $40.00.

If purchasing a memory/ad page, please complete the yearbook order form that was sent home with your child. 

Accelerated Reader Goals for the 3rd 9 Weeks

Thank you for encouraging reading at home! Just a reminder - the school-wide AR reading goals are as follows: 

1st Grade: 7 points 

Grades 2-5: 11 points. 

Valentines Day Deliveries from Local Shops

Valentine's Day is just around the corner! We ask that the following drop-off deadlines be honored to ensure necessary time to organize, notify, and schedule student pick-up before the end of the day on Monday, February 14.  

Elementary Schools: Central, Everglades, North, Seminole, and South

Please have items dropped off by 12:00pm. Please be advised that glass containers and balloons are not allowable on school buses.

As a reminder - we ask that no cupcakes are sent to school for classroom parties. Other, individually wrapped healthy alternatives are always welcome!

Free Breakfast and Lunch 


Corn dogs / yogurt tray




Chicken Nuggets / BBQ pork


Chicken Alfredo


Pizza day


Upcoming Events

After school tutoring groups meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM.

  • 2/8 School Board Meeting 6 PM
  • 2/18 Adaptive Progress Monitoring Assessment - ELA (grades 3-5)
  • 2/19 Adaptive Progress Monitoring Assessment - Math (grades 3-5)
  • 2/21 Presidents Day - No School
  • 2/21 FFA Week and YMS Guest Readers
  • 2/22 Book Fair Starts
  • 2/23 Spring Pictures
  • 2/25 Battle of Okeechobee Field Trip (4th grade)
  • 3/11 Last Day of the 3rd 9 Weeks of School
  • 3/14 Spring Break Week - No School
  • 3/21 Teacher Work Day - No Students
  • 4/18-4/22 Kindergarten Registration

Additional At Home Learning Resources

Students can access web-based instructional programs at https://launchpad.classlink.com/okeechobee using their computer login information.


As we are getting closer to the test season, students can benefit from practicing their math skills on following sites:





To get better at reading, students should read 20 minutes each day. Students are encouraged to take  reading tests on Accelerated Reader (AR) at https://global-zone05.renaissance-go.com/welcomeportal/73214 


Spring Assessment Dates

April 5-6

3rd Gr ELA

April 5

4th & 5th Gr Writing 

May 3-4

4th & 5th Gr ELA

May 5-6

Gr 3-5 Math

May 10-11

Gr 5 Science 

School Safety

All students have access to the Fortify FL reporting app on their Chromebooks at school. Fortify FL posters posted around campus to remind students they can report suspicious activity at any time using the app.


Dr. Tuuli Robinson

Principal of North Elementary School