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Community Brief from Endeavor Elementary
"Letting the Good Times Roll"
Wednesday, January 15, 2020


As we start the New Year and a new semester, I would like to extend a warm welcome back to all of our students and their families. I hope that you enjoyed your winter break and had lots of opportunities to celebrate with family and friends. A new year ushers in a sense of renewal and commitment to excellence in teaching and learning!

Our staff will continue to be hard at work in 2020 ensuring that they deliver the best instruction possible. However, in order to receive this instruction, it is imperative that students arrive on time and are ready to learn in their seats no later than 8:45 AM. Being even a few minutes late distracts children from learning. Excellent attendance is the first step in preparing our students for academic success.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with making our second annual school-wide event a huge success. The Bayou Blast was a celebration tailor-made for our students and families. It could not have been possible without the tireless efforts of our staff/PTA and the generosity of Mr. Johnny Nguyen proprietor of the Little New Orleans Kitchen and Oyster Bar. Together we are creating learning experiences that will last a life time!
Today is Wednesday, January 15th and we are already half-way through the second school week of 2020. We are very focused on the work we must accomplish during the second half of the school year. Your efforts in guiding our students through their educational journey is greatly appreciated!   
Again, welcome back and best wishes to you and your family for a healthy and successful New Year!    

Dr. Ellis
Pictured very top and just below: "Swamp Swinging"
It was foot stomping fun at the Bayou Dance Party. DJ Chris had everyone on their feet. If you look closely among the pictures you can see our OCPS Executive Area Director, Ms. Rhonda Hunt stepping to the beat!

Content and Upcoming Events 

In This Issue (Click link)

Navi's Gator Snapshots
Read to Win
Having a Blast
Behind the Scenes
Keeping the Spark Alive
Tech Savvy
Camp Learn-A-Lot
Read Math
Ever Vigilant
First Steps
Going Native
The Tilt
Important Parts
SAC & Parents as Partners
OCPS Parent Academy
Food for Thought
Dates to Watch For

Jan. 20: MLK Holiday, No School
Jan. 21: SAC Meeting (7:30 am) followed by Parents as Partners Meeting
Jan. 25: PTA Son Event at Andretti Kart and Gaming
Jan. 25: OCPS Parent Academy - "Together Towards Tomorrow" at Edgewater HS

2019-2020 OCPS Calendar

A little insight behind Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 20th . . .

Established in 1983, MLK, Jr. Day was first celebrated in 1986, 34 years ago. Because of his contribution to the civil rights movement, Dr. King ranked second only to Mother Teresa in a Gallup list of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century. Dr. King was also Time Magazine's Man of the Year (1963).

Many people don't know that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a brilliant student, an avid reader, and outstanding member of the high school debate team. Martin skipped two grades during high school and entered local Morehouse College at 15! He graduated in 1948 at age 19 and attended Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pa., where he received his divinity degree three years later.

In King's most famous "I have a dream" speech, delivered before the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on August 28, 1963, he called upon America to rise up and fulfill its spiritual destiny declared 200 years earlier in the Declaration of Independence - that of a self-evident truth "that all men are created equal..."

To that King added an equally timeless truth, that people should not "be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

Martin Luther King Day has become one of America's great holidays, unique in  beckoning us all to live by honorable principles that include tolerance and empathy.  
Enjoy MLK Day Navigators and school will resume the next morning, Jan. 21st!
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
On Time & On Task!    
We would like to welcome back Mrs. Perno after having spent some time with her new baby. Congratulations! 
PTA News - Son EventPTA     
Engaged and Invested Community 

It promises to be a great time at this year's Son Event at Andretti Indoor Kart and Gaming.  Please look for flyers that were sent home with your child!   
Contact Endeavor Elementary PTA at

If you did not become a PTA member during the first half of 2019-2020, please join this month. Thank you! 
REMINDER: Read to Win readtowin 
High Expectations for Student Learning

Please participate in the Winter Reading Challenge and we can be a Golden Penguin winner.  It is simple and fun!

Having a Blast!Havingablast
Positive Climate and Safe Environment 

That's Entertainment
A jazz band set the stage for an absolutely perfect bayou lunch that was enjoyed by all.  

Cajun Flavor
Thank you to Mr. Johnny Nguyen and his staff for preparing an authentic New Orleans style lunch.  

Picture Perfect
Surrounded by the Painted Ladies (colorful Victorian houses - student art below on right) of New Orleans, students enjoyed a screening of the Disney move The Princess and the Frog and enjoyed beignets (pastries) like the ones featured in the film.

Behind the Scenesbehindthescenes
Positive Climate and Social Environment 

It was all hands on deck to make the Bayou Blast a success. It took the combined efforts of our PTA, teachers and staff to prepare the three venues of this event. A sincere thanks to all for making this long lasting memory possible for our students and their families!

High Expectations for Student Learning - MU.K.C.1 - Cognition and reflection are required to appreciate, interpret and create with artistic intent.  

Kindergarten students use scarves to demonstrate their understanding of musical form while listening to Leroy Anderson's song, Plink Plank Plunk.  Keeping the scarves in the air to the sound of violin strings being pulled demonstrated the students' grasp of the standard.

Keeping the Spark Alivekeepingthesparkalive    
High Quality Team Members 

The Endeavor staff joined the teachers from Andover Elementary, Meadow Woods Elementary and Meadow Woods Middle School for an evening with Hope and Wade King, formally teachers at the Ron Clark Academy, for a workshop focusing on the "E"s of education. Our trip to the Ron Clark Academy ignited the flames of change at Endeavor Elementary. Refreshers will keep the fire burning.  

Tech Savvy techsavvy
High Quality Team Members   

With the assistance of Ms. Rosina Monterio, our Canvas Adoption Consultant, teachers at Endeavor continue to prepare for the digital conversion in the 2020-2021 school year.

Camp Learn-A-Lotcamplearnalot    
High Expectations for Student Learning - LAFS.3.RL.4.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, reading stories, dramas and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Reading is fun with "Flash Light Fridays" in Ms. Cahow's third grade class. Students enjoy self-selected books to enhance independent literacy skills.  

Read Math readmath
High Expectations for Student Learning  - MAFS .1.OA.1.2 - Solve word problems that call for addition of three whole numbers whose sum is less than or equal to 20 by using objects, drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem. 

First grade students in Ms. Acosta's class use annotation marks learned as a reading strategy in math to develop a deeper understanding of word problems to demonstrate various ways to find the solution.

Ever Vigilantevervigilant 
High Quality Team Members 

School Resource Office Raymond Torrellas (Deputy Ray) with one of our 2nd grade student Jariel Soto during National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (Jan. 9, 2020). We are so grateful and proud to have Deputy Ray on campus to keep our school family safe!

First Stepsfirststeps 
High Expectations for Student Learning  

Ms. Ricke's fifth grade students are getting a head start on OCPS's educational management system they will be using next year in middle school. Acquiring these technical skills now will allow our students to focus on content in the future.  

Going Nativegoingnative  
High Expectations for Student Learning - SS.4.A.2.1 Compare Native American tribes in Florida

Students in Ms. Pabon's fourth grade class demonstrated knowledge of Florida's Native American with poster boards that included geographic locations, social organization, housing, diet and tools.  

The Tiltthetilt  
High Expectations for Student Learning - SC.5.E.7.6 Describe characteristics (temperature and precipitation) of different climate zones as they relate to latitude, elevation and proximity to bodies of water. 

Fifth grade students in Ms. Week's class create and use models to explain how the rotation and revolution of the earth creates seasonal and temperature changes. Hands on experiences makes for rock solid learning!

Important Partsimportantparts  
High Expectations for Student Learning - LAFS.3.L.3.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown words and phrases base on grade three reading and content choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.  

Parts of speech have never been as clear as when guided by a super hero. Reading through a text and annotating for what that super hero can do clearly demonstrates an understanding of the role verbs play in a sentence.   

SAC and Parents as Partnerssacparentsaspartners 
Engaged and Invested Community  

Shared leadership and community ownership are both crucial to developing and sustaining community schools. The School Advisory Council (SAC) is the infrastructure for those practices in a community school. This dedicated team represents various segments of our community for the purpose of guiding our school towards continuous improvement.

Please join us for our next SAC meeting on January 21st at 7:30 AM followed by Parents as Partners

~ Dr. Amanda Ellis, Principal
~ Mr. Cruz Diaz, Asst. Principal

Parent Academyocpsparentacademy
Engaged and Invested Community 

The Parent Academy is a district-wide initiative designed to enhance achievement through the support of community and family involvement. From research, we understand that students achieve more when parents are involved in their child's education.

The next workshop will take place on Saturday, January 25th, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Edgewater High School. The topic will be: Together Towards Tomorrow.

For electronic registration visit or call 407.317.3300.

* Free lunch will be provided for each attending family, in addition to translation services and free child care for all students ages 4-18.

Food for Thought at the New Year (Family Safety)foodforthought
Engaged and Invested Community 

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