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Dear Families,

Our positive classroom communities are now running efficiently with clear routines and procedures in which students are invested.  Students are engaging in goal setting and are using these goals to drive their learning pathways. Teachers are providing both whole group and individualized instruction in order to meet the varied and ever-changing needs of their students.  The learning environments are filled with opportunities to master skills and to dive deeply into applying these skills to real-life applications. If you aren’t able to make it into your child’s classroom to see this magic for yourself, you can keep up with their learning by reading the teacher’s newsletter each week!


We wanted to remind everyone that with the variable temperature ranges during this time of year, please remember to have your student(s) dress in layers.  These days, short sleeves might be great for the afternoon, but a light jacket might be needed in the mornings. Students are expected to enjoy outside recess before school if they are not eating breakfast.   If your child is in need of a jacket, please visit the “Coat Exchange” in the foyer and take what you need. 


Student safety is a high priority at Florida Mesa!  We have recently implemented a more detailed communication protocol when visitors are trying to access the school once doors are locked for the day.  We appreciate your cooperation when asked to identify yourself or to disclose the reason for your visit to our school. Please remember your driver’s license/ID if you are coming in to check out your student. While we want to be inviting, we also need to make sure that all visitors are safe to enter our school and interact with our students.   


Mr. Roderick and I feel very strongly about the importance of student attendance.    Please do your best to avoid making appointments or family plans during the school day.  When students are ill, we expect them to be at home recuperating, so they can return to school quickly.   All absences are “unexcused” unless we hear from you, so please contact the school if your child is absent.  If you have a planned absence, we are happy to provide work so that your child doesn’t fall behind. In addition, please have your child to school no later than 7:50am every morning.  With our increased security measures mentioned above, we will be locking the doors at 7:50am and your child will be marked tardy if they arrive later. We will be working diligently to follow up with families with excessive absences and tardies to problem solve and improve attendance for all of our students. 


We want to thank everyone for their continued support of Florida Mesa Elementary School.  If you ever have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to bring them to our attention.  We are partners in your child’s education!




Shannon Morris, Principal

Tony Roderick, Assistant Principal