September 2020

Three Oaks Elementary Newsletter

The Nation’s First Core Knowledge School

                                                                      Tami LeMaster – Principal

Kelley Hill – Assistant Principal

Phone: (239) 267-8020

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Fax: (239) 267-9559              


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Important Dates

Fri., Sept.18th through Sept. 20th 

Rosh Hashanah Holiday

Mon., Sept. 28th 

Yom Kippur - School Closed



Yom Kippur 

Monday, September 28th - Schools Closed


Words from Our Principal

TOE Family,

WOW! What a first GREAT couple of weeks at Three Oaks Elementary! Our reopening is a success due to the partnership between home and school. We can’t thank you enough for all your support, kind words, and kudos to your child/ren’s teacher. It means the world to us!

Parent drop-off and parent pick-up have become more and more efficient as the days move forward. Parent drop-off will continue to be two lanes in the morning. Please wait for a TOE staff member to open the car door and let your child out. We need to hold until all the cars have stopped moving before anyone can exit their cars.

Parent pick-up will continue to be ONLY one lane from zones 1-12. We will continue to stack cars in both lanes starting at zone 13 and alternate lanes back and forth for pick up. This seems to be the most successful and safest process.  We appreciate your patience while we work through our new procedures. Please know safety is our priority.

The students have been absolutely wonderful. They are happy and excited to be back at school! Everyone is doing a remarkable job with keeping masks on, social distancing, and washing hands/using hand sanitizer frequently. Words can’t even describe how impressed I am with our students. Even our pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students are rocking it with their masks!

It is a pleasure to serve our community and look forward to a wonderful year with you and your children.

Tami LeMaster, Principal

Emergency School Closing

The School District of Lee County will always consider student and staff safety of primary importance when making a decision to close school when severe weather threatens. Unless there is a clear threat of danger, the decision to close school will be made and announced through NBC, WINK and ABC-TV morning news shows, and via NOAA Weather Alert radios. Three Oaks Elementary and Lee County School District will send out a Parent Link advising you of any school closures. Parents and staff should listen to local media beginning at 5:00 a.m. for the latest information pertaining to school closings during severe weather months. 

Tardy Policy

Students must be in their classrooms by 7:55 a.m. or they will be considered Tardy. Our Tardy Policy states that students who arrive after the 7:55 a.m. bell must be escorted by the parent to the front            office door to receive a Tardy Pass. The parent drop off line can sometimes be long, so please adjust your time accordingly. 


Electronic Newsletter

Our monthly school newsletter will be sent out through electronic communication. It will also be posted on our school website at         t. We will have a limited number of hard               copies available in the office for those without computer access.


Student Drop-off and Pick-up Reminders

Students may not be dropped off before 7:25 a.m. as there is no supervision.

In order to ensure that our morning drop-off runs smoothly please make sure your child(ren) are ready to get out of the car when you pull up to one of our staff members. 

All parent pick-up families must display their “BEAR” tag.

“BEAR” tags are available for $1.00, at any time during the school year.

Severe Weather Dismissal: During times of severe weather or lightning in the area we may need to          change our routine dismissal for the safety of our students and staff. If this is the case, biker/walker students will need to be picked up in the carline.



Transportation Changes

If there is any change in the way your child is going home, we MUST have a note with specific instructions. The note must be given to the teacher by the morning of the change in order to clear up any questions that may arise. Please do not email transportation change to your child’s teachers. 

You may email any transportation changes to before 1:00 pm. If we do not get a note, your child will go home their normal way. NO CALLS will be accepted for transportation changes due to safety and security issues.


Early sign outs

Although early sign outs are discouraged, we understand that sometimes an appointment requires you to pick up your child(ren) before the 2:10 p.m. dismissal time.  If this is the case, you must arrive prior to 1:30 p.m. to request your child’s early dismissal from class. If you arrive after 1:30 p.m., you will be asked to wait until our dismissal procedures begin.  As per District Policy 4.16, we cannot do any dismissals after 1:30. Thank you for helping us enforce this policy.  Students will only be released to parents/family members or friends listed on the school emergency card and photo ID will be required.


Bookkeeper Notes

Box Tops have gone digital. Not as fun when trying to come up with ways to get excited about collecting them, but we can still earn money scanning your products. Go to to find out how and get the app on your phone. Stay tuned we will come up with a contest. 


Spirit shirts are still on sale. Send the completed form in with a payment before September 18th and show your school spirit. 



We also have TOE bottles on sale now for just $2.00. Send in an envelope with the student and teacher's name. 


Donation of the month: Reams of white copy paper! Less than $5.00 at Walmart! Decorate with a message to your favorite teacher and/or support staff!



A big THANK YOU     to the Yankow Family and Key Real Estate for donating our Bear Tags       again this year!


Thank you to all of our business partners for renewing your signs with us for the 2020-2021 school year. If you would like to inquire about promoting your business and supporting our school please email me at             

Out-of-Field Teachers   

Florida State Board Rule 6A-1.0503(3) requires that the School Board must approve all instructional personnel who are assigned to teach Out-of-Field.

The following faculty members are engaged in training to add the English as a Second Language (ESOL) endorsement to their certificate:

Sarah Esguerra

Amelia Sheret

Sharon Seikel

Jennifer Kerzetski

Angela Gall

Jennifer Rodriguez

Carrie Santinelli

Kelly Woodman                                                                         


The School Board of Lee County, Florida

District 1             Chair, Mary Fisher

District 2             Melisa W. Giovannelli

District 3            Chris N. Patricca

District 4             Vice Chair, Debbie Jordan 

District 5            Gwynetta S. Gittens

District 6             Betsy Vaughn

District 7             Cathleen O’Daniel Morgan

Board Attorney   Kathy Dupuy-Bruno, Esq. 

Superintendent Gregory K. Adkins, Ed.D


Three Oaks Elementary School

Vision: A fair and excellent education for all students.

Mission: To provide all children an excellent education through a solid, specific and sequenced curriculum.