Welcome to Week 25! 

Happy Valentine's Day to all of our NES families! We hope your Valentine's Day weekend is full love love and laughter!

A big thank you to Mrs. Ross’ class, and Mrs. Comer’s class, and entire 2nd grade for making Valentine's Day cards for the residents of our local nursing homes. Thank you Ms. Genna Daniels for leading this initiative!

Valentines Day Deliveries from Local Shops

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!

Title I Parent Survey

Your opinion matters! Title I Parent Surveys are now available in our front office, and electronically as follows: link (English), Link (Spanish). Please complete the survey so that we can use the feedback and adjust our work to better suit the needs of our families!

Adaptive Progress Monitoring 

Adaptive Progress Monitoring (APM) assessments in ELA and Math will take place in grades 3-5 this week. These assessments give students an opportunity to practice taking Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) like tests. 


VPK Registration

Kindergarten readiness plays an important role in students’ success at NES. This year, a VPK program will be offered to our NES families, on site.  Appointments for VPK registration will start on Tuesday, February 15. Be sure to call early to secure your spot! 863-462-5000 ext. 1066.

Free Books!

Don’t forget to sign up for the free book delivery program from the Florida Department of Education. 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.


Applebee's Above and “Bee”yond Teacher Essay Contest

Elementary School students are invited to nominate a teacher with a ½ page essay on why their teacher deserves to be Applebee’s Teacher of the Year. Applebee’s will award one teacher from each school district a $500 sponsorship check for their classroom for the upcoming year and throw their current class an end of the year party. Contest ends on Sunday, March 13, 2022. Winner will be announced on Friday, April 15, 2022. Let’s show our NES teachers some love!!!

Click here to access the Contest form and Rules


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. 

Student Art Contest 

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

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.

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

  • In the event of a positive test result and/or symptoms, students and staff will need to 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.

Few More Weeks to Order 2021-2022 Yearbooks!

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 in January.

Accelerated Reader Goals for the 3rd 9 Weeks

Thank you for encouraging reading at home! Our school-wide AR reading goals are as follows: 

  • 1st Grade: 7 points 
  • Grades 2-5: 11 points. 

Free Breakfast and Lunch 


Chicken Nuggets / turkey sandwich


Burrito / cheeseburger


Beefaroni / yogurt plates


Chicken chunks / stromboli


Pizza day



Upcoming Events

After school tutoring groups meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM. If your child rides a tutorial bus, please remember that the bus garage requires that there is an adult at the stop to meet them. Tutorial bus arrival times are significantly delayed when there is no adult at the stop and students have to be brought back to school.

  • 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 


Florida Standards Assessment Dates

April 5-6

3rd ELA

April 5

4th & 5th Writing 

May 3-4

4th & 5th ELA

May 5-6

3rd, 4th, & 5th Math

May 10-11

5th 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