Navigator News 
Community Brief from Endeavor Elementary
"Letting the Good Times Roll"
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

It is hard to believe, but we have already passed the mid point of the first nine-week quarter of 2019-2020! As you will see in this latest issue, we have certainly enjoyed a successful start and I would like to thank all of our families and the community for their support so far this school year.

I am relieved and grateful that Central Florida was spared from the potential damages that might have been caused by Hurricane Dorian and our thoughts are with those who were not so fortunate. Orange County Public Schools has determined two make up days for the days that schools were closed. Friday, October 18, 2019 and Monday, November 25, 2019 will now be regular school days.  

Have a great rest of the week and if you have yet to join our PTA this year, please do so. They contribute so much to our students and teachers and we count on them throughout the year. Thank you very much for your support of Endeavor's PTA.

Dr. Ellis
Pictured very top: "Fruits of Their Labor" (Public and Collaborative Teaching).
Congratulations to Coach Brands for being selected the 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year and to Mr. Brown for being selected the 2019-2020 Support Person of the Year (pictured with Principal Ellis and Asst. Principal Diaz). Endeavor is so proud to have Coach Brands and Mr. Brown represent our school. Their dedication to working with children is truly appreciated.    
Content and Upcoming Events 

In This Issue (Click link)

Navi's Gator Snapshots
Severe Weather
Penny For Your Thoughts
New Look!
Creole Cuisine
Home Connection
Step by Step
Rocking in the Bayou
Learning Pops
What's the Value?
Teacher Spotlight
Gift from the Heart
Cupboards are Full
College Spirit
No Class Like Home
Positiviti Club
Check Mate
SAC / Parents as Partners
OCPS Parent Academy
Dates to Watch For

Sept. 15 - Oct. 15: Hispanic Heritage Month
Sept. 16-20:
Fall Book Fair

Sept. 23: Last Day of PTA Yankee Candle Fundraiser (please see below)
Oct. 8: SAC Meeting followed by Parents as Partners Meeting, 7:30-9:30AM
Oct. 10: GATOR House Induction, 2:00PM
Oct. 16: End of the 1st Nine Weeks

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  
Endeavor safety patrol's Gimarie Lozada and Annabelle Galleguillos do a great job with hoisting our flag every morning. They have learned about respecting the flag of the United States of America making sure it never touches the ground.

Family and Community Involvement  

Yankee Candle Fundraiser runs through next Monday, September 23. Each student received a fundraising packet of information and they are earning prizes for their efforts in support of PTA.

There will be a special recognition for the class with the most memberships. Online sales will remain open till the end of the year, but the envelopes sales are due next Monday. Please turn these in to ensure our students get their prizes on time (delivered with the merchandise). We need these packets NO LATER than Monday, September 23th.

Thank you very much for supporting Endeavor PTA!.

PTA Membership:
  • Individual Membership - $15
  • Membership with spirit shirt - $20
Endeavor PTA is committed to:
  1. Helping our teachers provide a nurturing, creative and superior educational environment.
  2. Raising funds to continue to provide classroom necessities and supplementary tools.
  3. Sponsoring exciting activities and events for teachers, students and their families.

How to Reach PTA:
Volunteers Needed - OCPS ADDitionsvolunteers
Family and Community Involvement 

OCPS has implemented a new system for the registration of ADDitions. Please visit to complete the registration and search for opportunities to volunteer at our school. If you need assistance, please contact Mrs. Jones at the front desk. 

Thank you for your active involvement this year!

Severe Weather Remindersevereweather 
Supportive Environment 

During severe weather situations, all Orange County Public Schools must implement the Delayed Dismissal Rule should there be inclement weather at the end of the school day.

30 Seconds: Count the seconds between seeing lightning and hear thunder. If the time is less than 30 seconds, lightning is still a potential threat.

30 Minutes: after hearing the last thunder wait 30 minutes before leaving shelter.

Parents, please be sure to bring your car and walker tags when you come in the building.

A Penny for Your Thoughtspennyforyourthoughts 
Supportive Environment 

When you are having a bad day it is nice to have someone to talk to. A cozy corner and a sympathetic ear is all you need.

New LookNewlook
Supportive Environment 

Navi's Loft at the top of the stairs is Endeavor's newest family gathering spot. Five doors representing our GATOR House welcome students into the common space. Incoming fifth graders were also quite surprised on the first day of school when they saw their portraits!      

Creole Cuisinecreolecuisine   
Supportive Environment 

Student Pricing
  • Breakfast $1.35
  • Lunch $1.90
  • Extra Entree $1.85
  • Milk $0.35
  • Fruit $0.75
  • Vegetable $0.75
Adult Pricing
  • Breakfast $2.75
  • Lunch $3.75
  • Extra Entree $1.85

  • Range $0.50 - $1.00
  • Small Water $0.50
  • Large Water $1.00

Home Connection homeconnection 
Family and Community Involvement 

Are you picking you child up early? Avoid delays and write a note in your child agenda alerting the teacher of the time your child will be picked up. The school agenda contains important information and is an efficient tool when communicating with your child's teacher. 

* Please check out the new parent page on our website for ideas to support your child, your child's class or the school.

Step by Stepstepbystep 
Ambitious Instruction and Learning - SC.5.N.2.2 Recognize that when scientific investigations are carried out, the evidence produced by those investigators should be replicated by others. 
Fifth grade students have been studying the process of scientific investigation by conducting experiments and then documenting their steps so the results can be replicated by others.                      

Rocking in the Bayou RockinginthBayou 
Supportive Environment 

Frequent volunteer and retired media specialist from University High School, Ms. Patty Jones, donates a precious addition to Navi's Bayou of Books. Our turn of the century school teacher in a rocking chair made just for her, keeps an eye on our students as they select their library books.

Learning Popslearningpops 
Ambitious Instruction and Learning - MAFS.5.NBT.2.5 Fluently multiple multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths.

The race is on in Ms. Mann's fifth grade classroom. The timer is set and students complete multiplication problems written on balloons. Correct answers are rewarded with a pop. Practicing math facts to gain fluency has never been so much fun!

What's the Value?whatisthevalue 
Ambitious Instruction and Learning - MAFS.4.NBT.1.3 Use Place value understanding to round multi-digit whole numbers to any place.  

Sajni Maragh, a fourth grade student in Ms. Marks' class, uses an individual/individualized white board to learn about numbers and operations in base ten. Can you tell she is in the Vigilant House?

Teacher Spotlightteacherspotlight   
Public and Collaborative Teaching   

Every Thursday, grade level teams meet to analyze and discuss student data and to identify trends in learning. This past week teams dug into the results of the FSA and which cohort groups are preforming in the domains assessed in math.

Gift from the HeartGiftfromtheheart
Ambitious Instruction and Learning 

Mrs. Gallagher (art teacher) received a special gift from Carma Elshafir, one of Endeavor's talented fourth graders.  Mrs. Gallagher's lesson on water conservation made such an impact on Carma that she created an artistic representation of the lesson!

Cupboards are Full cupboardsarefull  
Supportive Environment 

During the 2018-2019 school year all Navigators received a GATOR House shirt when we attended our school-wide field trip to Medieval Times. This year students new to Endeavor will receive a shirt as part of the GATOR House induction that will take place on October 16, 2019 at 2:00 PM. 

* Shirts will be available at a cost of $6.00 through the PTA for returning students that would like to purchase a new shirt.

College Spiritcollegespirit 
Supportive Environment 

Gators, Knights, Noles and more! Florida's colleges were well represented on College Spirit Day. Keeping an eyes on the possibilities for the future will help our students set long-term goals.  

Ambitious Instruction and Learning - LAFS.4.W.2.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to tasks, purpose and audience.   
Students share their writing in Ms. Weeks' class. They have utilized the RAFT+ method to support the writing process. R stands for Role; what role is the writer taking? A stands for Audience; who will be reading the document? F stands for Format; what form will the document take, a letter, essay or comic strip? T stands for Task; what does the writer want to accomplish? The plus symbol stands for the Florida State Standard that will be addressed in the lesson.   

No Class Like Homenoclasslikehome 
Supportive Environment

Students in Ms. Cordero's fourth grade class experience learning in an environment created just for them. The edgy brick and black walls set this classroom apart and transport students to a trendy loft! 

DPLC Teamdplcteam
Public and Collaborative Teaching 

The DPLC (District Professional Learning Community) is back at work. In addition to continuing the work on reading strategies, OCPS will be focusing on how efficacy and academic conversations impact achievement as well as supporting writing in the classroom.  

Positiviti Clubpositiviticlub
Supportive Environment  

Thank you to Juliette Cahow for continuing to lead Endeavor's Positiviti Club. This year's motto is: "In a world where you can be anything, be kind!" In the session featured below, students discussed what it means to be a leader, a supporter, or an advocate.  

Supportive Environment 

It was a full house at the first meeting of the Chess Club. Players included former students, parents, and teachers. A chess match is like solving a big puzzle, the game helps to increase problem solving skills and improves concentration.  

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 October 8th 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.

For electronic registration visit or call 407.317.3300.

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