Navigator News 
Community Brief from Endeavor Elementary
"Letting the Good Times Roll"
Thursday, August 29, 2019

It is with great pleasure that I welcome our students, parents and family members to the 2019-2020 school year!  

I am so proud that for the second consecutive year Endeavor has received an "A" rating from the state and we will be "Letting the Good Times Roll" with our Cajun theme. We had nearly 90% participation at this year's Open House and I would like to thank all that attended making this year's kick off a true party.

As I walked through classrooms on the first day of school, I enjoyed seeing the teaching and learning that is occurring on our campus. I invite you to attend our Open House on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Our students and teachers will be so proud to showcase their hard work. Please make sure to stop in and visit our wonderful PTA that will be in the cafeteria that evening. I encourage all our families to join the PTA in support of all they do for our school.  

Please don't forget that school hours begin with the first bell at 8:40AM and the tardy bell rings at 8:45AM. It is important students be in their classroom on time and ready as instruction begins promptly after the bell. As always, thank you for your cooperation in this matter and in all things that support our Navigator family.

Together with Mr. Diaz our new assistant principal, the teachers, and staff we are creating an educational environment where our children can learn and grow!

Dr. Ellis
Pictured very top: Welcome from our 2019-2020 PTA Board of Directors! Please support our PTA this year. They contribute so much to the students and their teachers. 
2019-2020 Membership:
* Individual Membership - $15
* Membership with spirit shirt - $20 
**There will be a special recognition for the class with the most memberships.  

Endeavor PTA is committed to:
* Helping our teachers provide a nurturing, creative and superior educational environment.
* Raising funds to continue to provide classroom necessities and supplementary tools.
* Sponsoring exciting activities and events for teachers, students and their families.
Contact PTA:
* Email our Endeavor Elementary PTA at 
Content and Upcoming Events 

In This Issue (Click link)

Navi's Gator Snapshots
Team Endeavor
Volunteer at Endeavor
Severe Weather
Work of Art
Creole Cuisine
Home Connection
Labels Please!
Vital Signs - 'A' Grade
Getting the Party Started
Drum Roll Please
Teacher Spotlight
Forky Welcome
In the House
Bayou of Books
Skyward Family Access
Full House
New Asst. Principal
Gracious Hearts
Playing the Part
By the Truckload
Ready, Set, Go!
Once a Navigator
SAC & Parents as Partners
OCPS Parent Academy
Dates to Watch For

Sept. 2: Labor Day (No School)

Sept. 10: SAC and Parents as Partners meeting, 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Sept. 12: OPEN HOUSE
Sept. 13: Due date for student art and essays for the Governor's annual HHM contest (winners earn 4-year scholarships)
Sept. 14: OCPS Parent Academy - "Take a Walk Down OCPS Lane"
Sept. 15:
Start of Hispanic Heritage Month across the USA
Sept. 16-20: Fall Book Fair

"Public and Collaborative Teaching"
We are proud to share that Endeavor Elementary is an "A" school for the second year in a row! School grades provide an easily understandable way to measure the performance of a school. Parents and the general public can use the school grade and its components to understand how well each school is serving its students. School grades consist of both achievement components and learning gains component - Florida Department of Education (2019 school grades) - Endeavor's school # is 0214 when searching on the FLDOE system. 

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  
Joshua Mojica proudly wears his Honor House shirt and mans his post on school safety patrol!  
Meet Team Endeavor!teamendeavor 
Public and Collaborative Teaching  

Leadership Team
Office & Media Team
Specials Team
Kindergarten Team
1st Grade Team
2nd Grade Team
3rd Grade Team
4th Grade Team
5th Grade Team
ESE Team
School Safety Officer, Deputy Raymond Torrellas

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 Weathersevereweather 
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.

Work of Artworkofart
Family and Community Involvement 

We would like to thank talented parent Mr. Bruno Riberon for his continued support of our school. In addition to our five House mascots, Mr. Riberon created the artwork for this year's "Good Times Navi" t-shirts. These will be available for purchase through our PTA. Please keep an eye out for a flyer!

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 ideas to support your child, your child's class or the school.

Thank you!

Labels, Please!labelsplease 
Supportive Environment    

Please make sure your child's lunchbox and backpack are labeled with your child's name and grade. If lost or misplaced labeled items readily find their way back to their owners. Thank you!

Vital Signs vitals 
Ambitious Instruction and Learning 

Endeavor earned 436 total points during 2018-2019 under the Florida Dept. of Education grading system. This is up 1 point from the prior school year continuing our growth trend and scoring a high enough total to earn another 'A' grade. ( School grades for all Florida K-12 public schools - Endeavor's school number is 0214)

Getting the Party Startedgetthepartystarted 
Supportive Environment 
To celebrate the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, Endeavor teachers were surprised with a Second Line Parade that would make the French Quarter proud! Zydeco music filled the corridors and teachers happily followed the parade route through the newly decorated Bayou of Books before the business of learning and teaching began.   

Drum Roll Pleasedrumrollplease   
Family and Community Involvement 

A big thank you to the Cypress Creek High School Drum Line for ushering in our teachers into the new school year. Their performance helped to solidify Endeavor's Cajun theme of "Let the Good Times Roll."

Teacher Spotlightteacherspotlight 
Public and Collaborative Teaching 

Teachers hit the ground running on the first day of preplanning week getting ready for the arrival of our students. Teachers brushed up their skills and earned their beads!

Forky Welcomeforkywelcome  
Supportive Environment 

It was a first day of school welcome straight out of a movie! The Endeavor PTA made each incoming kindergarten student a "Forky companion" for their first day of school. Thank you to our PTA members for the supporting the transition to kindergarten!

In the HouseInthehouse
Public and Collaborative Teacher 

We would like to welcome Mr. Luis Miranda to our P.E. department! Our newest Focus House member will be "On Time/On Task" with our students on the field.  

Bayou of Books bayouofbooks 
Supportive Environment 

Our media center has a new look! It is now Navi's "Bayou of Books." The room has been transformed to inspire our students to be transported by their imaginations. Thanks to Navigator parent, Mr. Burke, for helping us complete the imagery with the window clings for Navi's kitchen and bedroom. Together we are creating a one of a kind school!

Public and Collaborative Teaching 

Teachers have been behind the scenes learning the district's new computer student information system - Skyward. The new capabilities of the new system will modernize our practices and lead us into a digitized future.

Full House fullhouse 
Family and Community Involvement 
The 2019-2020 kick off to the school year was a celebration in true Cajun style to match this year's theme of "Let the Good Times Roll." Thank you to our families for bringing the school spirit to this event! 

Meet the Assistant Principalasstprin 
Supportive Environment

We would like to welcome our new assistant principal, Mr. Cruz Diaz to Endeavor Elementary.  This month's Meet the Teacher was the perfect event to get to know him.  

Gracious Heartsgracioushearts 
Family and Community Involvement  

Former student Carson Pressler surprised us with a visit during Meet the Teacher and donated three large boxes of gently used books and two backpacks filled with supplies to his fifth grade teacher Dr. Harrison. Ms. Ambrose was thrilled to accept the books on his behalf and get them ready for the classroom library.  

Playing the Partplayingthepart 
Supportive Environment  

Dr. Harrison embodies school spirit dress as a jester for this year's "Let the Good Times Roll" theme. His students will surely experience the excitement of New Orleans.

By the Truckloadbythetruckload 
Family and Community Involvement 

Ms. Carmenate drove the big truck to pick up storage units donated by Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club and Lodge. They will be put to good use to neatly store G.A.T.O.R. House materials.  

Ready, Set, Go!readysetgo 
Ambitious Learning and Instruction 

Florida Dept. of Education Standard SC5.P13.1 - Identify familiar forces that cause objects to move, such as pushes, pulls including gravity acting on falling objects.   

Students enjoyed engineering fun while creating "Lifesaver Cars." Inspired by Sir Isaac Newton's first law of motion on inertia that says, an item in motion stays in motion and those at rest stay at rest, students understood the foundation for understanding the physics behind force and motion.  

Once a Navigator, Always a Navigatoronceanavigator
Family and Community Involvement 

Mr. Alfonso Moya, parent of former student Brandon Moya, generously donated twenty backpacks to our school. If was fate that the backpacks came in Endeavor's five G.A.T.O.R. House colors since the House System was put into place only three years ago, years after Brandon's high school graduation. Thank you Mr. Moya - we are grateful that you and your son have fond memories of his time spent at Endeavor!

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 September 10, 2018 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, September 14, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM a Boone High School. The topic will be: Take a Walk Down OCPS Lane

For electronic registration visit or call 407.317.3300.

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