In This Issue
Mrs. Riley's Corner
Spelling Bee: W-O-W
Second Grader Model of Character
Flu Prevention
Author Roland Smith Inspires
SAC Meeting Recap
November Volunteer: Kari Polhemus
December Volunteer: Karen Butcher
Last Two Days for Yearbook Ads
Upcoming Schedule
School Links
Contact Us 


Josephine Thiel 


Volunteer Coordinator:

Brittany Holdy & 

Keona Nolan 


PTA Co-Presidents:

Lynne Campbell 

Heather Fawcett 


PTA Board Member List 


Grade Level/
Related Arts Info
Mother-Son Dance Feb. 9
The Mother-Son Dance will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the FAWE Cafe. Wear your favorite sports attire and join us for dancing, a photo booth, formal photos and snacks. Prepaid tickets are $5 before Feb. 2. After that date or at the door, tickets are $10.
Did You Know?
Did you know music teacher Mrs. Colleen Dougherty will be performing in a local musical? 
StarStruck's professional production of the Music Man opens Saturday, Jan. 26 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 4 with 11 total performances. For tickets, call 772-283-7787 or visit  
Boosterthon & Fun Run
The Boosterthon school fundraiser is finally here! If you recall, Hurricane Irma put a wrench in our fall plans for the Fun Run, and the kickoff pep rally now will be held Feb. 5, with the Fun Run being held Wednesday, Feb. 14. We have a lot of fun and engaging ways for your student to share the news and participate in this fundraiser. For more information, visit or This year, the fundraiser's main goal is to purchase a laptop cart for FAWE. The cart with 20 laptops will reach students schoolwide! 
Long Sleeve Performance Shirts $15 
The new long sleeve performance shirts are available in the front office. They are $15 each for youth sizes small-XL. The short sleeve performance shirts have been restocked and are available for $12 each. Don't forget about Spirit Shirt Fridays where classes compete for special rewards. 
Literacy Week
Storybook Parade
Birthday Treats Order Form
The school's food & nutrition department is offering birthday treats at a discounted rate. These offerings must be ordered through the cafeteria with this form and payment at least two weeks prior to any birthday celebration. Order enough for the whole class and it will be served at the end of your child's lunch. This program supports the Martin County School District's Wellness Policy.
"Like" us on Facebook!

Did you know that the FAWE PTA and School Advisory Council (SAC) have Facebook pages where you can receive timely updates and reminders.


Are the names of the Facebook pages to "like" or follow.

Splash Flash
Jan. 25, 2018 

Sailfish Teams Give All
During Track Meet     

The FAWE Boys and Girls Track Teams competed in the 33rd Annual Russell Holloway Elementary Track Meet on Jan. 20 at Martin County High School.
Coach Bradley described it as a cold morning when his teams faced 11 other schools.  
"The third and fourth and fifth graders showed sportsmanship, dedication and willingness to commit to the team," said Bradley. "I'm so proud of our runners and their parents."
For the sixth year in a row, JD Parker Elementary was awarded the championship cup, with the Cheryl Hubbard Sportsmanship award going to Jensen Beach Elementary.
Mrs. Riley's Corner  
Welcome Back FAWE Families!

Since our return from Winter Break, our students have been involved in many exciting events in which they have demonstrated to the community how Felix kids SAIL in academics, athletics, and citizenship. Students have participated in the Lillian A. Dassori Elementary
Spelling Bee, Russell Holloway Elementary Track Meet, and celebrated Literacy Week with guest authors and guest readers. Thank you to everyone for supporting FAWE at these events!

Re-establishing school routines listed below is vital to getting everyone back on the right track following the break and to help kids be successful.
  • Arriving on time to school (campus opens at 7:00 a.m. and instruction begins at 7:30 a.m.)
  • Sending in notes/email when your child is absent either to the classroom teacher or directly to the data entry clerk
  • Sending in notes when there is a change of dismissal
  • Transportation is still not allowing courtesy riders on bus routes
  • Update yellow emergency card if there has been any changes to contact information
  • Write child's name on lunchboxes, reusable water bottles, jackets, etc., so they can be located easily if placed in lost and found

We have many more exciting events coming up in February, the biggest one being our annual Boosterthon FUN RUN! Please be checking your child's folder on a nightly basis for the fliers and other information that will be coming home soon.

Mrs. Deborah Riley
FAWE Principal
Spelling Bee Competitors: W-O-W     

Felix A. Williams Elementary School would like to congratulate all of its spelling bee participants:  Zane Price, Hannah Miller, Max Gozdz, Jackson Corbett, Nick Askeland and Chloe
McGuinness. These students studied, practiced and memorized words  for the 52nd Annual Lillian A. Dassori Elementary Spelling Bee held at Jensen Beach High School on Jan. 11, 2018.
Felix A. Williams had two spellers that placed in the top 12: Hannah Miller and Jackson Corbett! We are very proud of their dedication and would like to celebrate their success! 
Second Grader Model of Character     
Avery Connolly, a second-grade student at Felix A. Williams Elementary School, is being recognized as United Way of Martin County's CHARACTER COUNTS! Student of the Week for demonstrating the Pillar of Responsibility.
Avery is an excellent role model for her peers. She tries her best on every assignment and perseveres through challenging tasks.  Avery always sets a good example and follows the traits of the CHARACTER COUNTS! Pillars.   
Martin County Parks & Recreation and Sailfish Splash Waterpark, sponsors of the United Way of Martin County CHARACTER COUNTS! Student of the Week project, congratulate Avery with two free day passes to the water park. For further information about United Way of Martin County and CHARACTER COUNTS!, visit
 Flu Prevention   
hand-washing.jpgMartin County School District would like to share this letter from the Florida Department of Health.
Since reports of influenza have increased recently, we'd like to share these top 6 healthy habits to help prevent the spread of the flu.
1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them, too.
2. Stay home when you are sick, if possible, from work, school and errands. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

4. Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

6. Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.  
Author Roland Smith Inspires    
Celebrate Literacy Week has been a huge success this past week at FAWE.
The fourth and fifth grade students loved listening to Roland Smith and learning about how he, as an author, researches for a book and that even accomplished authors have to do revisions!
Thank you to PTA for sponsoring this wonderful opportunity. Mr. Smith is pictured at left with media specialist Mrs. Valerie Baldwin.
SACrecapSAC Meeting Recap  
The School Advisory Council met Jan. 18 in the FAWE Media Center to discuss matters that affect students and our school community.
Student Council President Reef Christenson detailed the group's activities, including a PSA that was recorded to air on the Friday school news. Student Council is also eyeing their second service project, which could include "Start With Hello" Week.
Coming in February from the Martin County School District will be the parent survey. We are asking all parents to please participate in this important survey; Principal Deb Riley said the numbers were extremely low last year.  
Other topics included PBIS incentives, the Elks packs program (which is low on food donations), and upcoming events. 
The next School Advisory Council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 in the Media Center. Pizza and child care will be provided for children of parents attending the meeting.  
November Volunteer of the Month: Kari Polhemus
The PTA has chosen Mrs. Kari Polhemus as the Volunteer of the Month for her hard work on the Daddy-Daughter "Boots & Beauties" Dance in November.
She has been a loyal volunteer at FAWE for the past eight years, and has helped in many aspects of volunteering at our school. Polhemus has been a room mom, Holiday Shoppe chairperson, dance organizer/decorator and she pitches in wherever needed.

"Watching my two children grow at Felix, working with the outstanding staff, teachers and administration is reason enough to be part of it all." Polhemus said. "It brings a smile to my face seeing the kids enjoy it."
December Volunteer of the Month: Karen Butcher
Steve Butcher, left, with daughter Emma, wife Karen and son Blake.
Mrs. Karen Butcher was selected as December's Volunteer of the Month.
She has been volunteering at FAWE for the past six years and has worn many hats: Room mom for five years, field day coordinator for four years and classroom sponsor. Her volunteer time has been spent helping with the Fun Run, Mother-Son and Daddy-Daughter dances, flower sale, Holiday Shoppe, Elks Packs, Book Fair and anywhere else she has been needed.

"I've always taken the approach that I volunteer for things that directly impact my child or that they appreciate," said Butcher, who has a sixth-grade daughter and a fifth-grade son. "I also feel that our school is only as good as we as parents invest in it."
Last Two Days For Yearbook Ads 
The 2017-2018 FAWE yearbook will be wrapping up deadlines very soon. If you'd like a dedication ad for your student/faculty member or if you have a business and are interested in a partial page advertisement for it, please build and purchase your ad through  
These ads will be available through Friday, Jan. 26 only. 
Additionally, if you have taken photographs of events and would like to share them to potentially appear in the yearbook, please submit them to the ReplayIt app or email to
Upcoming Schedule
Here is a list of upcoming events. Make a note in your calendars!
Literacy Night  
K-2 Classroom Pictures     
3-5 Classroom Pictures 
Boosterthon Kickoff Pep Rally 
Starts With Hello Week 
Mother-Son Dance
Perennial Math Tournament
Valentine's Flower Sale
Boosterthon Fun Run
NO SCHOOL -- Presidents' Day  
Next Splash Flash published 
Jan. 25 
Jan. 30 
Jan. 31 
Feb. 5 
Feb. 5-9 
Feb. 9
Feb. 10 
Feb. 13-14 
Feb. 14   
Feb. 19  
Feb. 22   

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."

- Leo Buscaglia


How can YOU make a Splash in someone's life?

Until next time...