Navigator News 
Community Brief from Endeavor Elementary
"Letting the Good Times Roll"
Monday, April 27, 2020

Our school's motto of "Navigators Never Give Up" has never been truer. Each and every member of our school family is charting their own course to excellence during this historic event. We don't have a map to follow, but what we do possess is far greater: our inner compass. We have fearless teachers/staff, brave and resourceful students, and very committed families. Together we are exceeding all expectations. I am so proud to be the principal of Endeavor Elementary!

I invite all our children to visit the G.A.T.O.R. - Endeavor Elementary's course on Canvas. Wonderful conversations are taking place on the platform and we welcome our students to share their experiences and what they are doing that exemplify the qualities of their GATOR House. Join in the discussion to exchange ideas with classmates, teachers and House leaders!

Please continue to visit to get the most up to date information regarding parent resources and important information. Our goal is for our students to finish out the 2019/2020 school year with the skills needed to be successful in the up and coming school year.    
Dr. Ellis
Pictured very top and just below: Special Area Team Message (as part of our strategic goal towards "High Expectations for Student Learning")
The special area team would like you to know that they miss you very much and wants to remind you to take good care of yourselves while we are conducting distance learning. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay active and look for ways to express your selves creatively through art, music or poetry!
Content and Upcoming Events 

In This Issue (Click link)

Navigator Snapshots
GATOR House Messages
Teacher Treasures - Part I
Teacher Treasures - Part II
Science Fun Challenge
Ahoy Mates!
The Castaways
First Rate Moves
Good for a Giggle
Parent Resources
Dates to Watch For

5/4-5/8: National Teacher Appreciation Week across the USA - Endeavor teacher emails here.

5/25: Memorial Day

2019-2020 OCPS Calendar

Navi's Gator Snapshotsnavigatorsnapshots 
Engaged and Invested Community 
G.A.T.O.R.  Expectations  
G. Good Manners
A. Always Attentive
T. Taking Responsibility
O. On Time & On Task
R. Respect Everyone
Student Social and Emotional Well-Being   
"T" - Taking Responsibility
 Azalea Riley from Ms. Lantz's kindergarten class is keeping the G.A.T.O.R. House spirit alive with her House colored linking blocks!
Student Social and Emotional Well-Being
There are House messages all around us. If you find one, please post it on the Endeavor G.A.T.O.R. page on Canvas.

There is no place like home for distance learning.  Please remember to be gracious to all your family members; especially if you are sharing digital devices. 

Always remain vigilant and find ways to remain six feet apart from one another when outside or in public places.  

Show your leadership skill. Remind your family members to sing the Happy Birthday song as you wash your palms and fingers to ensure hands are always clean.     

With the extra time at home we can focus
on the task of reading every day.

You are all super heroes.  Remember to honor yourselves by staying fit. Remain active and go outside for fresh air every day! 
Teacher Treasures! (Part I)teachertreasurespart1
Positive Environment        

Just like our Navigators, teachers are not at school. We are working from home and in our homes we surround ourselves with things that are special to us. This is a perfect opportunity to share one of our own treasures. What are some of your treasures?

This matching set of pictures is very special to me.  In the first picture you can see me in my first year of teaching with one of my most memorable third grade students. The second picture shows that student all grown up. Today he is a nurse with a master's degree. As teachers we love our students and at the end of the year have to send them on their way.  Rarely do we get to see who our students grow up to be. This picture of Shanod reminds me that teachers making lasting impacts on their students and that  every child can have a bright and promising future! - Dr. Ellis

I brought this little bottle of sand back from the Sahara Desert.  It is special to me because it reminds me that the world is filled with exciting, exotic and breathe taking places.  I was lucky to visit this one. Can you see something else that I brought back from my trip?  Do you know what it is? Take a guess on how old it is! - Ms. Carmenate

This copy of "George's Marvelous Medicine" is my treasure because it was a gift from my second grade teacher! It was also the first chapter book that I ever owned. Roald Dahl quickly became one of my favorite authors, even to this day! - Ms. Hann

Capturing memories is very special. Sometimes life passes to quickly and this is a way to remember and enjoy it.  - Coach Grogan

Any time I spent the night, I snuggled on the couch with my "grandma blanket." Anytime I was sick, "grandma blanket" provided comfort.  When I turned eighteen my grandparents gave it to me as a gift to have in my own home - now it lives on my couch. My pups and I snuggle in it daily. It is my favorite thing! - Mrs. Marks

I brought this little painting to my house to remind me of my island, Puerto Rico. I love being a Navigator, but sometimes I miss old familiar places. On many occasions we have to make difficult decisions in our lives to achieve our dreams. I'm happy I did! - Coach Miranda

This is my grandson and along with the rest of my family, together they are my greatest treasure.  - Ms. Ambrose

This is a map of Lake Tahoe, which is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  During a family vacation I rode a bicycle around the lake. It took me 7 hours to ride 72 miles.  It was a gorgeous ride and when I look at this map it reminds me  I can do anything. -  Ms. Norman

Teacher Treasures! (Part II)TTpart2     
Positive Environment 

These are part of my collection of Native American Horses. They remind me how courageous the Native American Indians were in their everyday adventures throughout the wilderness. - Ms. Rager

These shells have been collected by my family since my daughters were old enough to go to the beach.  They represent many beach trips and family vacations.  Memories like shells can last a lifetime. - Ms. Wood

This is one of my many Russian nesting dolls. I like to use her during a counting math lesson and for comparing size lesson. - Ms. Lantz

My father was in the military and I went to high school in Japan.  I graduated in 2000 and my Senior Grad Night was celebrated in Tokyo Disney.  I got Tigger that night. He is special to me because he brings back memories of the wonderful times I had in Japan. This year my Tigger turns 20. - Ms. Riley

I received this beautiful little puzzle piece from a past principal.  She wrote "you are an important piece to the puzzle." It made me feel very special.  Everyone needs to know that even though we look different and fit into places differently, we all belong together in this wonderful thing called life. - Ms. Weeks

My treasure is my diary that I have had since I was 11.  I keep it so that I can go back and see what I was thinking and feeling on a given day in my childhood.  It helps me remember old friends and events that happened in the past.  I think it is funny how I used to write about how much I "hated" my brother, but now he's one of my best friends.  I don't write in it too often nowadays, but if something significant happens, I always add to it so that I can remember it later. - Ms. Schlaeger

This little flower pot belonged to my grandmother Sylvia. She gave it to my Dad, and then my Dad gave it to me. Family heirlooms big or small are the things that are most precious and we keep closest to our hearts - Ms. Pabon

The Damper Baby is the mascot for what used to be the tallest building in the world, Taipei 101.  (The eyes are the 1s and the mouth is the 0 so together it makes 101). People come to Taipei 101 to see the views of the city from the top of the 101-floor skyscraper - but also to see the ball that makes it all possible, the tuned mass damper. The large yellow sphere, which sits between the 92nd and 87th floors, sways to offset the building's movements caused by strong gusts. It's the largest damper sphere in the world. The 1,670-foot skyscraper remains a symbol of technology innovation and it is designed to withstand the island's frequent typhoons and earthquakes. - Ms. Zupa

Science Fun Challenge (April is Earth Month) sciencefunchallenge     
High Expectations for Student Learning  

Can you make a roller coaster from recyclable items in your home? As Earth Day approached, students in Ms. Weeks' enrichment class were challenged to find recycled items to create a robot or make a roller coaster that actually has a moving part. Everyone can join in as we are still in April - Earth Month!  
* Post your pictures on the Endeavor Facebook page or email to:
Ahoy Mates!ahoymates
Positive Environment
Wonder what artist Jon Miller was creating specially for us? Together with the artistry and imagination of Mr. Bruno Riberon, we have the newest mural in our continuing process of transforming our cafeteria into "The Boat House."  Dr. Ellis, the caption of our ship, is at the helm with Assistant Principal Diaz at her side steering our Navigators as we chart our course to excellence!

The Castawaysthecastaways
Positive Environment  

Along-side of Captain Ellis and First Mate Diaz in the Boat House, you will find our G.A.T.O.R. House Leaders surrounded by treasures of the seas! 

 Gracious House -
Ms. Rodriguez & Ms. Zupa
Vigilant House - Ms. Carmenate

Leadership House - Coach Brands

Focus House  -
Ms. Toledo & Ms. Young
Honor House - Ms. Weeks & Ms. Torrez

First Rate Movesfirstratemoves  
High Expectations for Student Learning   

It's business as usual in Ms. Acosta's first grade virtual classroom.  After a rigorous English language arts lesson students take a "brain brake."  Ms. Acosta shares her screen and if you look closely, you can see her students having a digital dance party!!

Good for a Gigglegoodforagiggle      
Student Social and Emotional Well-Being 

A very observant kindergarten Navigator was a bit apprehensive logging onto his Canvas class for the very first time. He noticed that the icon on the OCPS platform closely resembled something else he had seen on television. He certainly did want to get that! Things children say just tickle our funny bone!

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The phone number is: 833-848-1762

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