2nd Edition: 2020-2021 September


Mary Wescoat,

Valerie Cho Chung Hing,
Vice President

Leslie Pampinella,
Vice President

Samantha Brewer,
Vice President

Kim Forsch,
Vice President

LaToya Price-Childs, Vice President of Business Partners

Bridgette Eastwood,
Vice President of Communications

Lindsay Schmerbeck, 
Vice President of Communications

Heather Teijlo,
Vice President of Fall Fundraiser

Mary Wescoat,
Vice President of Fall Fundraiser

Amanda Johnson,
Vice President of Runathon

Katrina Otchet, 
Vice President of Runathon

Kelly McClintok,
Vice President of Holiday Shop 

Lindsay Westrick,
Vice President of Holiday Shop

Katy Balon,

Heather Teijlo, 

Jasynda Davis,

Yvonne Watson,
Middle School Liaison

Kimalee Rowley,
Staff Liaison

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The PTO Report

The first Virtual PTO Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 16th at 7:00PM. Look for more information to come! Hope to see you there!

If you have any questions regarding the LNS PTO, please contact them at laurelnokomispto@gmail.com or ask a Board member when you see one!


Membership Drive and Contest

Join the PTO to help make a difference, stay informed about things happening at the school, and to have fun! You can help as much or as little as your schedule will allow and the meetings are always optional.

Membership is an annual $10 donation for the entire family. 100% of the monies raised go back directly to support the needs of our school, teachers and students. 

Joining the PTO is easier than ever! The membership form can be found on the PTO website here. 


The LNS PTO is excited to announce that we will once again host a membership drive contest! The classrooms with the highest percentage of families joining the PTO will win one of the prizes listed below.

  • 1st Place - The class with the highest percentage will win a $200 Teacher Award and an ICE CREAM TREAT for their class!
  • 2nd Place - The class with the second highest percentage will win a $125 Teacher Award and an ICE CREAM TREAT for their class!
  • 3rd Place - The class with the third highest percentage will win a $75 Teacher Award and an ICE CREAM TREAT for their class!
All applications will need to be turned into the front office 
to be eligible for the contest.

Thank you to all of the LNS teachers and 
staff who joined the PTO and were entered in the Membership Drive Contest. Congratulations to our winners:

$25 Amazon Gift Card Winners
Lisette Crouch, Amanda Carter, Helen Farmer, Angela McKenzie, Shellie Rubin, Darlene Warm, Shari Dembinski, Shala Rossheim, Sheryl Cutrona, Robin Maher, Michale Reichman and Gabriella O'Berry

 $50 Amazon Gift Card Winners
Aja Lowe and Kate Bry

Grand Prize Winner
Levoit Smar Wi-Fi Air Purifier for Classroom
Grad Prize Jeanne Williams

 Congratulations again, and thank you for your support!

Teachers in Need

With safety and sanitization a top priority, several teachers have created Amazon Wishlists in order to help buy supplies for their classrooms. Items such as sanitizers, filters and additional supplies so each student can have their own are needed. Ask your child's teacher about their list and help if you can!

Due to COVID-19 and safety guidelines, ALL TRADITIONAL WATER FOUNTAINS WILL BE SHUT OFF until further notice.

 Keeping our students hydrated is extremely important. If you are able to donate any bottled water, please do! Be sure to label the water if it is for a specific teacher or for our PE Department. Water can be delivered to the LNS front office, but please, not during high traffic times. Thank you!


Thank You!

 We would like to send a HUGE thank you to the Venetian Golf & River Club for their generous donations! This community graciously donated 15 boxes of school supplies and $4,190 in cash to purchase additional school supplies for Laurel Nokomis. Thank you so much for continuously going above and beyond for our school!

We would also like to send a HUGE thank you to ABC Supply Co. Inc. for their generous donation of an entire pallet of water! This will go a long way in keeping our students hydrated. THANK YOU!

A big THANK YOU to the Spanish Lakes community! They provided our school with several cases of bottled water as well as various school supplies for our students. Thank you, Spanish Lakes!

Last but not least, thank you to the Milano Community for collecting and donating bottled water to LNS! We appreciate you!

Fundraising Opportunities


LNS Fall Fundraiser

LNS will be hosting a Fall Fundraiser with Believe Kids beginning on September 9th through September 23rd. 

This fundraiser will be different than previous years; it will be 100% online. Believe Kids has over 500 products inlcuding jewelry, kitchen accessories, magazines, snacks (even some Otis Spunkmeyer goodies!), holiday, gift wrap and more, ranging in price from $8.00-$32.00. There is also a very motivating prize program.

More information to follow! Look for information to come home with your student.

Ongoing Fundraisers

Are you supporting LNS through these NO additional cost fundraisers? PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL and share this information with family and friends! 

Box Tops
All new and improved! No more clipping! You can now download the Box Tops for Education mobile app. Once you download the app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app then AUTOMATICALLY credits your school's box top earnings online. Scanning your receipts needs to be done no later than 14 from the day or purchase. It's never been easier to help our school earn funds for education. Download the app today!

Help support LNS by going to Smile.Amazon.com and designating Laurel Nokomis PTO as your charitable organization. After that the Amazon Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to LNS on Amazon shopping done through the AmazonSmile portal. It costs you nothing and your Amazon shopping experience will be the same (wish lists and preferences carryover to the portal).


Partner News

The Laurel Nokomis School PTO is in the process of securing business and family partners to support the school for the 2020-2021 school year.  If you are interested in being an LNS Business Partner or know a business or someone that would like to be a LNS Business or Family Partner please contact us at laurelnokomisdonation@gmail.com

In addition, if you would like to team up with the Sarasota County Schools System to provide resources to schools throughout the district, you can get more information on the County's TeamUP portal at this link.


LNS PTO Website & Facebook Page

Be sure to stay in the loop and check our our Laurel Nokomis School PTO Website and Facebook Page! You can access the web page at  LNSPTO.digitalpto.com.  
Please check the web page on a regular basis because the site will be updated often! 

 You can also check out the PTO Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/LNSPTO/


PTO Newsletter

Want to stay up to date on upcoming events, deadlines, messages from the Principal, staff, student organizations, PTO and more? If so, you will want to subscribe to this monthly Laurel Nokomis School PTO Newsletter. You can sign up online here by scrolling down to the "Subscribe to our Newsletter" button on the left. 

Did you sign up and receive the newsletter last year?  You are one step ahead! You don't need to complete another form. Your email address remains in the  system until you unsubscribe or opt-out. Don't worry...your email address will not be published, shared or sold.   

Show Your School Spirit!

Check out Gulf Breeze Apparel Company and show your school spirt! Several options for school t-shirts, sweatshirts and even face masks. 

This is a limited time only shop, open from now until Monday, September 7th. Place your order anytime while the shop is open. All orders will be fulfilled approximately 2 weeks after the school spirit shop closes on September 7th. Orders can be shipped directly to you or will be available for pick up on or after September 23rd at the Gulf Breeze Apparel Shop, 616 Cypress Avenue, Venice, Monday through Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm. 

Elementary News

Safety Patrol

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! Ms. Senarens will be this year's Safety Patrol Advisor.  Our club Captain is Amelia McKenzie and our First Lieutenant, Chloe Knowles.  We are looking forward to a great year, keeping safe and modeling the rules.

If your 5th grader is a "brick and mortar" student and would like to be part of our safety patrol this year, please see Ms. Senarens in room 629.

Art Supply Lists

Due to COVID-19, art supplies will not be able to be shared this year. Below is a list of supplies needed for art, by grade level. Additional supplies may be needed later in the year, especially for students enrolled in the distant learning option. If you cannot provide all of the supplies, students will be encouraged to participate with whatever supplies they have. Students can use the same supplies purchased for homeroom or parents may choose to make a designated art kit just to bring to art class. However, art kits will not be able to be stored in the art room, so students will be responsible for storing and transporting their own supplies to and from art class. If you are able to purchase art supplies, please make sure they are labeled with your student's name and "For Art Class." Thank you in advance for your support.

Grades K-2
  • Sharpened Pencils (may want to purchase a small sharpener that contains shavings)
  • Crayons (8-24 count Crayola)
  • Markers (8-12 count Broad Tip Crayola)
  • Scissors
  • Glue Sticks (as needed)
  • Oil Pastels (small set)
  • Container to transport supplies to and from Art
Grades 3-5
  • Pencil
  • Pencil sharpener that contains shavings
  • Crayons (24 count Crayola)
  • Markers (8-12 count Broad Tip and/or 8-12 count Fine Tip Crayola)
  • Scissors
  • Glue Sticks (as needed)
  • Colored Pencils (8-50 count)
  • Black Pen (Extra/Ultra Fine Sharpie or other permanent ink)
  • Container to transport supplies to and from Art
 Optional items to donate
  • Paper Plates
  • Paper cups
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Sandwich size sealable bags
Middle School News

Lightning Council

Any students interested in joining the middle school Student Council may stop by Ms. McBride's classroom, room 825, on Wednesday, September 9th to pick up an application. 

The completed applications with two teacher recommendations are due Thursday, September 17th. 


A Message from Ms. McKenzie for LNS Band Students

I hope you had a good summer!  I'm looking forward to the opportunity to work with our band students this year.  Returning band students have some different opportunities to participate in this year including virtual concerts and other musical activities. Beginning band students will have the opportunity to learn about the different band instruments before selecting an instrument to play. Each student in the band program will have several musical opportunities throughout the year.  

While this year may be different than years past, the goal is the same - to teach our students how to appreciate, love, and perform various kinds of band music.  I'm excited to get back to work!

Our students will have some new procedures in place so everyone can play their instruments safely in class.  Please review the band handbook on Blackboard, and email Ms. McKenzie with any questions regarding the LNS Band program.
Wishing everyone a safe, healthy and rewarding year! Go Lightning!

-Angela McKenzie,
LNS Band

Other News

Labor Day

There will no school on Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day.


Acknowledgement of COVID-19 Procedures Form

The Acknowledgement of COVID19 Procedures Form must be signed and returned to school by Friday, September 4, 2020 to your child's elementary homeroom teacher or your middle school student math teacher. 

Remote learner families should sign, scan and email form to your child's elementary homeroom teacher or your middle school student math teacher. 

Please find the forms on the LNS website here.

 This form MUST be received by Friday, September 4, 2020.  


Resources for Remote Learners

The Sarasota County Schools website has a variety of resources for remote families. There are tips on setting up a space, a list of common sites used in class and a list of frequently asked questions and common vocaubluary. You can check out all of the resources here.


LNS Arrival & Dismissal Procedures


Arrival Procedures
  • Staggered arrival times by last name:
    • Group A - YELLOW CAR TAG
      • Starts with A - M - Arrive between 8:10 AM - 8:20 AM
    • Group B - TEAL CAR TAG
      • Starts with N - Z - Arrive between 8:20 AM - 8:30 AM
  • If your child arrives between 8:10 - 8:15, they MUST report to one of the supervised areas:
    • Grades K - 4: Report to the Gym
    • Grades 5 - 8: Report to the Cafeteria
  • If you student needs to eat breakfast, report to the cafeteria for "Grab and Go" Breakfast 
  • Students will be dismissed by 8:15 and need to report immediately to their classrooms
  • After 8:15, students will report immediately to their classroom
  • It is important that students arrive on time and are ready to begin work in their classrooms. It is the expectation that students are seated in class for morning announcements. 
  • Students will be marked Tardy if they arrive to their classrooms after the 8:30 bell. 
  • After 8:40, students need to report to the office to receive a Tardy Pass.
  • Parents will NOT be permitted to walk their student to class. Teachers will be available to assist our primary grades.
Drop Off Procedures
  • All students must be dropped off or picked up in the official car lane in the front parking lot, accessed from Laurel Road
  • Parent Pick Up and Drop Off from Old Albee Road is prohibited.
  • There are three lanes in the parking lot:
    • The lane furthest from the gates is used to exit the parking lot or to park in the parking lot in front of the office.
    • The middle lane is used for the parent parking lot in front of the gym or to exit parent loop
    • The closest lane to the gates is the ONLY lane used for drop off and pick up and is known as the "Kiss and Go Lane"
  • Make sure that your child is ready to exit your car when pulling up to the drop off area. They have their book bag, lunch box, projects, jackets, instruments, etc.
  • Proceed all the way to the furthest open gate (one closest to the gym at gate 1) so that multiple cars can drop off kids at the same time. PLEASE DO NOT STOP AT THE FIRST OPEN GATE. Additional gates are available to allow for more students to exit their vehicles.
  • Parents/Guardians MUST remain in their vehicles.
  • Say goodbye and give farewell hugs/kisses BEFORE it is their turn to exit the car.
  • Students MUST wear mask prior to exiting the vehicle.
  • After your child has exited the car, please remain alert. There are many people, including students, parents and volunteers who may be at risk if you are not fully aware.
  • Please yield to LNS staff and pedestrians in the crosswalks.
  • Exit the parking lot. You can do this by moving to the second lane so that you can drive around the cars in the first row that are dropping off students. Please look before entering the second lane so that you do not cut off another car already in the lane.
  • If your child needs additional time to gather their belongings, please pull forward to GATE 1 for your child(ren) to exit.
Dismissal Procedures

  • If you are picking up a student, you MUST have a NEW 2020-2021 car tag, as the 2019-2020 car tag has expired
  • If you are allowing someone who is not on the approved list to pick up your child, the office must be notified in writing prior to the date of pick up
  • CAR TAG MUST ALWAYS BE VISIBLE: Staff will call your child to the Pick Up lines.
  • Please be patient as some grade levels arrive later than others depending on proximity to the Parent Pick Up area.
  • Encourage your child to walk quickly when their name is called and to be alert during this time; not on their phones or engaging in socializing with friends.
  • Please pay attention to the flow of the car line. Staff will direct you to pull as far forward as possible to allow for more students to access their cars.
  • Walking up to pick up your child WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.
  • Parents meeting walkers/bike riders will need to retrieve students at sidewalk on Laurel Road or Old Albee Farm. 

PLEASE NOTE: The speed limit around the school on Laurel Road E and Old Albee Farm Road is 15 mph during the times that students are arriving or departing. 

Before and After School Care at LNS

To meet the needs of our working parents, Laurel Nokomis School offers  both Before School and After School Care.

Please note: Times have changed! 

Morning Care: 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Afterschool Care: 3:15 PM to 5:30 PM

You must pre-register for Before School/Afterschool Care. You can find the registration form here. In addition, you must also fill out the Emergency Medical Form and the LNS Childcare Hold Harmless Form.

Please be sure to carefully read the Before/After Care Handbook, which can be found here.

**Due to COVID-19, there will be a few changes to the procedures and structure of the program.  To ensure safety and security, all staff and students will be required to wear a face mask and abide by social distancing guidelines.  Students not complying with safety procedures will be removed from the program.  Enrollment will also be limited and waiting lists created when groups reach capacity. All families are encouraged to have a back-up plan in place in the event you are placed on the waiting list.
Volunteering at LNS

 At this time, parents, volunteers and visitors will be limited to essential business and by appointment only. Parents will not be permitted to eat lunch with their child at school.


Sarasota County School District News

The Sarasota County Schools CrossPointe Parent-Student Portal provides up to date student performance information. Information on your child's class grades, homework assignments, daily attendance and report cards are available online.

The Parent/Student Portal is essential to your child's success in school this year. Please make sure to sign up if you have not already. You can find information on how to create an account, login, etc. here

Did you know you can create on Observer Account on Blackboard? This will allow you to follow your student, view their course and track their progress without actually participating in the course. This is a great tool, especially for remote learners and their families.

Creating an observer account is easy. Here are the simple steps:
  • Access the Sarasota County Schools website here. 
  • Select the STUDENT AND PARENTS tab at the top of the page.
  • Select the BLACKBOARD LEARN link.
  • Use the same email you use for the Parent Portal for your username. The password will also be your email address.
  • You will know you have created an observer account, because their will be a small pair of glasses next to your name in the top right hand corner of the screen.
  • Under MY COURSES, you should see the name of the student you are observing. 
  • If you have more than one student enrolled in the Sarasota County Public School, you can switch between students. Click on the drop down to the left of the glasses next to your name. 
  • You will see your students here. Select which account you would like to observe.
  • Please keep in mind that the teacher sets access. Teachers have the ability to pick and choose which items Observers can see. These items will never be visible to Observers:
    • Assignments
    • Assessments
    • Blogs
    • Discussion Boards

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School Health & Nutrition News

Students who are well-fed are more likely to be focused and ready to learn. The School Board of Sarasota County serves nutritious meals each school day. Student breakfast is $1.25 in elementary and $1.50 in middle school, and lunch is $2.50 in elementary school and $2.75 in middle school. Reduced meal prices are $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch in elementary and middle school. All meals served meet nutrition standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Pay for Your Child's Lunch Online

Did you know that you can make convenient online manual or automatic secure payments for your child's lunch online using your credit / debit card at MySchoolBucks.com (formally known as MyLunchMoney.com)?   You can also:

-view your child's account balance
-receive automatic balance alerts
-set up automatic recurring payments
-track and review meal history to see what food your child purchased at lunch
-create low balance alerts
-make payments with the new mobile app (available on MySchoolBucks.com

Please remember, there will be a $1.95 convenience fee  for each separate payment you make to your child's account and the maximum amount for each transaction is $120.  If you do not have access to a computer you can still make a payment to your child's MySchoolBucks account by calling 800-479-3531. 

Sign up now!  Registering for your FREE account is easy at MySchoolBucks.com. Create a secure account and never worry again about sending cash or checks with your student(s) to school again.  You can also download the app on your mobile phone. If you have additional questions you can contact 1-855-832-5226.
LNS "Go Lightning!" Sports News

Athletic Department Updates

  • There is currently no change to the athletic calendar; there have been discussions to delay the middle school sports season, but at this time there is no change to report.
  • When sports being, spectator attendance will be based on a tiered attendance model. The start of the school year will be at Tier1.
    • Tier 1 - Essential - This includes athletes, coaches, officials, event staff, medical staff and security.
    • Tier 2 - Preferred - All of the above, plus media.
    • Tier 3 - Non-essential - All of the above, plus spectators and vendors
  • Please note: Only Tier 1 and 2 personnel will be allowed to attend sports events until state/local health departments lift the ban on mass gatherings.

Laurel Nokomis School  
1900 Laurel Road E
Nokomis, FL 34275
(941) 486-2171

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This issue of the LNS Newsletter was created 
and edited by:  Lindsay Schmerbeck

 Principal Ray Wilson
LNS Principal