NAPLES — These are the education briefs for the week of Oct. 17.
Naples Park Elementary School to host book fair
Naples Park Elementary is hosting a Destination Book Fair that recently got underway with a preview for teachers and students. The Destination Book Fair, themed “Read Around the World,” will open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 to Friday, Oct. 23 at the school, 685 111th Avenue N.
“Read Around the World” is much more than just a book fair. There will be a Family Fun Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Guest readers, educational games and crafts, and a multi-language welcome will encourage students to learn about different cultures during this event. Students will be greeted in many different languages, see artifacts and native dress, and take part in different educational, seasonal, and creative stations.
The school is also taking part in a program called “One for Books.” This program is driven by donations of mainly loose change. The school uses the donations to help its own students and teachers purchase books. As a bonus, Scholastic matches the monetary donations schools generate. A donation of up to one million books is given to three national non-profit organizations dedicated to helping kids and families in need: Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc., the National Center for Family Literacy, and the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. “One for Books” will continue through the conclusion of the book fair.
To learn more, please contact Naples Park Elementary PTO parent Stephanie Lucarelli via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Storyteller’s Candle/La velita de los cuentos”
Written by Lucía González
Suggested from the American Library Association’s 2009 Notable Children’s Books
Briefly, from The School Library Journal (grades one to four): “Two Pura Belpré Honor Award winners have created a moving portrait of New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian, a woman whose work has inspired generations of young people in the communities she served. The well-written text is presented in both Spanish and English. The illustrations were created with layers of oil washes and collage. Tantalizing bits of the New York Times from that date are embedded in the artwork, giving hints of the larger world-steamship arrivals, theater reviews and even an account of Three Kings’ Day in San Juan. Sepia tones evoke the time period and the setting. A lovely offering about the role of librarians in the lives of children”
Nightly TV read-aloud show continues
“Storytime,” the nightly television show in which community members read books to children, will continue to air at 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays on the Education Channel, cable 99.
The read-aloud show is recommended for prekindergarten through fifth-grade students.
This week’s stories include: “The Hatseller and the Monkeys,” “Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly,” “Alice Ramsey’s Grand Adventure,” “The Empty Pot” and “Arnie the Doughnut.”
For information or to volunteer: (239) 377-0180, or email@example.com.
Seacrest High School to host open house
Seacrest Country Day School’s high school will host an open house from 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, for students in eighth to 10th grade. Collier County public schools will be closed, so students can spend the day attending high school classes.
For more information, call (239) 793-1986, ext. 2916.
The school is located at 7100 Davis Blvd.
Gulfshore Playhouse starts ARTSMART programs in local schools
ART SMART, the Gulfshore Playhouse Theatre’s education project workshops began last week in Collier County schools.
East Naples Middle School’s sixth grade participated in Theatre Games/Improvisation; Manatee Middle School’s eighth grade participated in a class called “Developing the Historical Monologue,” while the sixth-graders will experience Theatre Games/Improvisation. Theatre Games/Improvisation will also be given to students in second grade at Lely Elementary and third grade at Golden Gate Elementary School. Finally, Lely’s fourth grade and Golden Gate’s fifth grade will experience ART SMART’s Literature, Language Arts and Creative Writing workshop.
For more information on the ART SMART programs, call (239) 261-PLAY (7529) or visit www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org.
Immokalee fire house teaches PACE girls safety
Immokalee fire inspector, Elisa Yanes met with PACE girls to discuss exit strategies in the event of a home fire. Yanes led the girls in an exercise where maps of their homes were drawn and helped to identify multiple escape routes.
Other topics discussed were the deadly dangers of smoke inhalation and how quickly fire can spread, often trapping and killing occupants in their homes. The girls were encouraged to share this knowledge with others in their home and community to help keep everyone safe.
On site at PACE, Collier was one of the Immokalee Fire Department’s new blue fire trucks. Firefighter Lucas Krath and Lt. Curtis Summeralls showed the girls all the equipment used to keep the community safe. They were amazed by the truck’s capabilities. “I never realized they do so much to help in so many ways. They definitely don’t just put out fires!” was a comment by one of the girls. Firefighter James Eidel also showed them how they suit up and explained how their protective gear worked.
The PACE Center for Girls in Immokalee is a community-based, gender-responsive prevention and academic program that provides girls and young women with an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.
For more information about PACE Center for Girls and how you can help make a difference in these girls’ lives, please contact Vacharee Howard at (239) 377-9860 or visit www.pacecenter.org/collier.
Community School to host open house
The Community School of Naples will hold an admissions open house for families interested in enrollment for 2010-2011 school year on Wednesday, October 21, at the school, 13275 Livingston Road. Limited spaces are still available for 2009-10.
Families will have an opportunity visit classrooms and observe teachers and to see music, computer, physical education, foreign language and visual and performing arts classes in action. Tours of the beautiful 110-acre campus will be given at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Please call (239) 449-2355 to reserve your tour time.
The Community School of Naples is an independent, non-denominational, college preparatory, day school educating 750 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
School Advisory Council workshops scheduled
If you’re interested in becoming involved with a school in your community, the Collier County School District would like to make you aware of two School Advisory Council (SAC) workshops in the coming weeks. The workshops will take place in Naples and Immokalee, and will cover SAC basics, encourage involvement and provide understanding of the supportive roles SAC members fill. Coordinator of School Improvement Synthia LaFontaine will give a presentation followed by a question-and-answer and discussion session. Translators will be in attendance for communicating in Spanish and Haitian Creole. The Naples workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center, 5775 Osceola Trail. Parents and community members supporting Collier County schools are encouraged to attend.
The Immokalee workshop will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, in the cafeteria of Immokalee Middle School, 401 9th St. Parents and community members supporting Immokalee schools are encouraged to attend.
To learn more, please contact LaFontaine at (239) 377-0028 or via e-mail at Lafontsy@collier.k12.fl.us.
Eden Autism Services to host family day
The staff, students, families and friends of Eden Autism Services Florida will hold a Family Day to kick off the creation of its “Garden at Eden” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 17, at the school, 2101 County Barn Road.
Attendees will be able to participate in the planting of the garden’s final fruit trees and enjoy a light lunch. John Puig, president of Collier County Fruit Growers, will also give demonstrations on the proper planting of fruit trees and field design and irrigation and be available for questions.
The garden is being created as an urban farming project to provide older teen and adult Eden students with vocational skills. Participants will learn to plant, tend, cultivate and market produce from the garden to area restaurants and businesses.
Community partnership will also be key in building the garden. Representatives from the University of Florida’s Agricultural Extension, Food & Thought Organic Market and Restaurant, Oakes Organic Farm and Jane’s Café will join Eden students, parents, staff and other volunteers to develop the garden over the coming months.
For more information, contact Beth Mullin at (239) 992-4680, ext. 202.
Need-based scholarships offered at Canterbury School
The Canterbury School has created a need-based merit scholarship program to help students attain The Canterbury Advantage. Testing for these scholarships will take place from 8:45 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009.
The Need-based Merit Scholarship Program is open to students who are currently in fifth or eighth grade at another school who desire a Canterbury education. Eligible students must meet certain academic requirements and demonstrate leadership qualities. Applicants are encouraged to attend an open house on Sunday, Oct. 18.
Deadline for receipt of application materials for Nov. 14 test date is Thursday, Nov. 12, and for the Dec. 5 testing, applications must be received by Thursday, Dec. 3.
Recipients of these awards receive one-half tuition scholarships to Canterbury for each of their years in attendance. A satisfactory grade point average, student leadership involvement and a record of good citizenship must be maintained to renew the scholarship for each of the years in attendance at Canterbury. In addition, families who have qualified as need-based families may supplement the Merit Scholarship by applying for additional need-based financial assistance.
Call the Admission Office at (239) 415-8945 for information or to register. Read more about scholarship opportunities at Canterbury at: www.canterburyfortmyers.org.
Conservancy to showcase creatures that go “bump in the night”
Families are invited on a nighttime adventure to discover what really goes “bump in the night.” Enjoy this two-hour Halloween event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30.
The evening begins with an up close and personal visit from a live animal shrouded in mystery and lore — the barn owl. Uncover its secrets for nighttime survival, why its chilling call is used in scary movies and even how it got the nickname, the “ghost owl.” Then, take a guided tour through the “spooky” Conservancy Discovery Center to see what sights and sounds await. Finish the night around a virtual campfire listening to ghost stories and folk tales from long ago.
Space is limited. Cost is $12 per person for Conservancy of Southwest Florida members and $15 per person for non-members. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Pre-registration is required. To register: (239) 262-0304 ext. 266.
Robert Macomber to be guest at luncheon for Foundation for Quality Child Care
The Foundation for Quality Child Care is holding a luncheon with author Robert Macomber at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Tarpon Lodge Inn & Restaurant, 13771 Waterfront Drive, Bokeelia.
The Luncheon will include a presentation and book signing by Macomber, Noble Jewelers Gold Exchange, silent auction and raffle.
Macomber will feature his seventh novel of the award-winning Honored Series that finds Lt. Cmdr. Peter Wake, Office of Naval Intelligence, aboard a riverboat on the Mekong River, in 1883 French Indo-China.
For reservations: (239) 425-2685, firstname.lastname@example.org or make your reservation online at www.ffqcc.org.