Navigator News 
Community Brief from Endeavor Elementary
"Letting the Good Times Roll"
Monday, October 28, 2019

Family engagement plays an important role in student success so you can imagine how thrilled I was to see so many members of the Endeavor family in attendance for parent-teacher conferences. I trust you had the opportunity to discuss your child's individual goals and the school grading based on standards-based instruction. In the second marking period students and teachers must be extra diligent as we accelerate instruction. At Endeavor we believe every instructional moment is precious!

I understand that under some circumstances absences are unavoidable, but I emphasize the difficulty that may exist for students who must try to reconstruct the learning that took place while they were out. In order for teachers to be aware and prepare for interrupted instruction, please be sure to write a note in your child's agenda if your child will be out or if you need to pick them up before the end of the school day.   

I would like to thank our wonderful PTA for hosting the five House Popsicles with Parents in conjunction with our G.A.T.O.R. House Rallies. It was a sheer delight to witness the school spirit for Endeavor Elementary. Parents and children wearing their House colors visually displaying the camaraderie that exist in each of our five Houses. I would also like to thank our teachers and staff that made each House rally special for our Navigators.  
Please mark your calendars for our upcoming events: the Book Character Parade the morning of October 30, 2019 and the Fall Festival scheduled for November 13, 2019.  
As always, I thank you for your continued support as we create a memorable educational experience for our children.   

Dr. Ellis
Pictured very top: One of the King's knights from Medieval Times leans in to speak with one of our Navigators during their assembly as part of World Anti-Bullying Day on October 7th (please see this great success story below). 
Content and Upcoming Events 

In This Issue (Click link)

Navi's Gator Snapshots
Drive for Science
It's in the Numbers
Roll of the Dice
Farm Hands
Tech Tools
Knights Unite
Starts With A Plan
Leads to Way
Clear Message
Sugar Shake
Pancakes for Patrols
Multiple Measures
Gone Batty
In the GATOR House
House Pouch
Rally for Learning
House Parents
Bayou Buzz
SAC / Parents as Partners
OCPS Parent Academy
Dates to Watch For

Oct. 30: Book Character Parade
Nov. 2: OCPS Parent Academy - This Is Us: Our Family, Our School, Our Community at Oak Ridge High School (starts 9:00 AM)
Nov. 3: End of Daylight Savings Time
Nov. 13: Fall Festival
Nov. 19: SAC Meeting, 7:30AM (followed by Parents as Partners)

2019-2020 OCPS Calendar

Navi's Gator Snapshotsnavigatorsnapshots 
Supportive Environment 
G.A.T.O.R.  Expectations  
G. Good Manners
A. Always Attentive
T. Taking Responsibility
O. On Time & On Task
R. Respect Everyone
Taking Responsibility  
Mrs. Girlado's students make a pledge to Stomp Out Bullying.
PTA - Cool EndingPTA   
Family and Community Involvement  

Thank you to the PTA for a truly cool ending! House colored popsicles were the grand finale at each of the five G.A.T.O.R. House Rallies.   

Wednesday, November 13

Drive for Sciencedriveforscience 
Family and Community Involvement 

Subaru Loves Learning! Endeavor Elementary was selected by our local Subaru dealership to receive grade level STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) books for our media center provided by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Kindergarten through fifth grade students will have the opportunity to check out one of 150 books.

It's in the Numbersitsinthenumbers
Public and Collaborative Teaching 

Aspiring school administrator and Instructional Coach, Justin MacDonald from Shingle Creek Elementary,
joined Endeavor teachers during one of our weekly meetings. Interning with Dr. Ellis, Mr. MacDonald analyzed student data in order to help guide our teachers as we look for trends in student performance.

Roll of the Dicerollofthedice2 
Ambitious Instruction and Learning - LASF.1.RL.1.3 - Describe characters, setting and major events in a story, using key details.

Students in Mrs. Giraldo's class played a game of chance. Students had to name the parts of the story depending on what number they rolled. The odds are good for learning fun! 

Farm Handsfarmhands
Ambitious Instruction and Learning- LAFS.K.RI.1.2 - With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key detains of a text.     

Little farms hands in Ms. Abreu/Mrs. Jones kindergarten class spent the day in a classroom "apple orchard" as they learned about main topic and supporting details. It was a day filled with treats for the mind and tummy.

Tech Toolstechtools   
Ambitious Instruction and Learning - MAFS.4.NBT.2.5 Multiply as whole numbers up to four digits by a one digit whole number, and multiply two-two digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays and or area models.  

Students in Ms. Kearns' fourth grade classroom demonstrate their mastery of math concepts on the SMART board. Explaining and visualizing concepts support learning and long-term retention of skills.   

Knights Unite Knightsunite
Supportive Environment 

On October 7, 2019 - World Anti-Bullying Day - third through fifth grade students received a special surprise visit from three knights and one squire from Medieval Times. Students pledged to take the lead against bullying and created their own hashtags. #Peace, #Be a Friend #Together

Starts with a Planstartswithaplan  
Effective Leadership 
Student Council met to brainstorm and present their ideas for the project they will be working on this school year. Our self-motivated Navigators always find creative and innovated ways to improve our school. Thank you for taking the lead!    
Leads to Way leadstoway
Effective Leadership 

Dr. Ellis, Mr. Diaz and G.A.T.O.R. House Leaders dropped in on fourth and fifth grade House Leads to deliver a special message. Our nine student House leads were invited to participate in this year's first G.A.T.O.R. House Induction Ceremony where new students are sorted into one of our five G.A.T.O.R. Houses. 

Clear Messageclearmessage  
Ambitious Instruction and Learning - Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose and audience.  

Students in Ms. Ricke's fifth grade class mapped out their thinking before organizing their writing. This extra step insured their message came through loud and clear.   

Sugar Shakesugarshake  
Ambitious Instruction and Learning - SC.4.E.6.4 - Describe the basic differences between physical weathering and erosion.  

Third graders in Ms. Weeks' class completed a Sugar Shake activity to prove that erosion occurs when rocks bump or crash into each other. The sugar cubes eventually rounded like pebbles. This is a simple at-home activity to demonstrate erosion.

Pancakes for Patrolspancakesforpatrols    
Supportive Environment  

It was a sweet breakfast for students at the patrol meeting! Students were recognized for carrying out their duties in an exemplary fashion. The PTA also previewed the baseball caps that students will be given at the end of the year patrol field trip.   

Multiple Measuresmultiplemeasures
Ambitious Instruction and Learning - MAFS.K.G.2.4 - Analyze and compare two and three dimensional shapes in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts and other attributes.  

Kindergarten students in Ms. Ogando's class use a wide variety of hands-on activities to demonstrate mastery of complex concepts. There is more than one path to learning and our kindergarten students are leading the way!

Gone Batty gonebatty    
Ambitious Instruction and Learning - LAFS.1.W.1.2 - Write informational/explanatory test in which they name a topic and provide sense of closure.     

Starting with listing what they knew about bats, followed by what they were interested in, and finally what they learned, first grade students in Ms.Shirley's class mapped out information about bats before beginning their writing.  

In the G.A.T.O.R. Houseinthegatorhouse 
Supportive Environment 

Over one hundred new Navigators participated in the first induction ceremony of the school year!

House Pouch housepouch
Ambitious Instruction and Learning  
In support of our House system, third through fifth grade students will now receive their AR (Accelerated Reader program) brag tags in new House pouches. Thanks Ms. Young for supporting our students and their independent reading.

Rally for Learningrallyforlearning 
Supportive Environment     

Our first G.A.T.O.R. House Rallies were a celebration for learning. Students were recognized for their achievement(s) in FSA in English Language Arts and/or Mathematics in the 2018/2019 school year with a backpack tag and a letter from the Governor of Florida. Students who grow more than one year in reading and/or math as measured by the i-Ready assessment were surprised with gold or silver Navigator Medals emphasizing to students that working hard and doing your best is the greatest reward!


House Parentshouseparents
Supportive Environment  
We would like to thank our parents for coming to support our students at the G.A.T.O.R. House Rallies. Your support was truly appreciated!

Ambitious Instruction and Learning 

Spanish club began their cross-cultural learning experience with a virtual trip to Spain. Students learned facts about the seed of Latin American and enjoyed some arts and crafts. Navigators have their passports in hand and are ready to travel to their next destination!

Bayou Buzzbayoubuzz
Family and Community Involvement 

Everyone loves a good book, even knights! These well-read time travelers from the past were very impressed with the selection of reading materials available to our students.  

SAC and Parents as Partnerssacparentsaspartners 
Family and Community Involvement 

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 November 19th at 7:30 AM followed by Parents as Partners.

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

OCPS Parent Academyocpsparentacademy 
Family and Community Involvement 

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, November 2, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Oak Ridge High School. The topic will be: This is Us: Our Family, Our School, Our Community.

For electronic registration visit or call 407.317.3300.

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