Welcome to Bob Sikes Elementary School
2019 School of Excellence

Where Every Student Shines

BSE Fax:  (850) 689-7263

Our vision is to create an environment where all students experience success daily academically, emotionally, and physically, and to equip them to become lifelong learners.

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SCHOOL HOURS for students: 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM
 

 

Picture of Bob Sikes Principal Vicky Hayden


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Vicky Hayden:  
Principal     
Nathaniel Chatman:  
Assistant Principal     
Deputy Tommy Frederick School Resource Officer
 
   
 
 
 
UPDATES:   
 
 
 
July 23, 2021:   Updated Child care program and forms for 2021-2022 can be found by clicking the childcare button on right
 
 
July 5,2021:        
     
 
 
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JULY 1, 2021:   
 
 
 
 
 
Message from Mrs. Hayden :     
 
 
 
A back-to-school newsletter will be mailed home to all enrolled students at the address we have on file as of July  15. 
This newsletter will contain  the child's homeroom teacher.  Please expect this newsletter the first week of August.
 
     
Enjoy the rest of summer break and stay safe. 
 
               
 

 School Supply list:

 

Kindergarten

4 (24) count regular sized crayons

1 (4oz) washable school glue

8 glue sticks

2 pink bar erasers

2 set fine point Dry Erase Markers (black only)

1 pack of washable markers

12 regular size #2 pencils 1 heavy duty plastic folder w/pockets and prongs

1 composition notebook (not spiraled)

1 pair of scissors

 

First Grade

2 boxes of 24 pencils

2 boxes of crayons

8 glue sticks

2-3 pronged plastic folders

2 pink erasers

1 pair of scissors

2 packs of 4 dry erase markers (BLACK ONLY)

2 highlighters (yellow only)

2 composition books (not spiral)

1 pencil box

Water bottle

 

Second Grade

1 boxes of crayons (24 pack)

1 box colored pencils (24 pack)

4 glue sticks

1 pair safety scissors

2 composition books (not spiral)

2 dry eraser markers

2 pink erasers

1 package pencil top erasers

4 packs of #2 yellow pencils

1 pocket folder

1 school supply box

 

Third Grade

1 (24) count boxes crayons

2 pkg. wide-ruled notebook paper

24 yellow #2 pencils (pre-sharpened)

1 pkg. colored pencils

1 pencil pouch

1 pkg. cap erasers

1 pkg. large pink erasers

5-2-pocket plastic folders with prongs

4 bound wide ruled composition notebooks

1 bottle of glue

1 pkg. 3X5 index cards

1 pkg. 4 count black dry erase markers

1 pkg. post it notes

1 pair age 12+ scissors

1 pack of glue sticks

 

 

 

 

Fourth Grade

24 yellow #2 pencils

1 pencil box or pencil bag

1 (24) count box of crayons

3 bound wide ruled composition books

4 two pocket plastic pocket folders with prongs

1 bottle of white glue or 2 glue sticks

1 pair age 12+ scissors

1 pack of colored pencils

1 pkg. thin highlighters multi-colored

2 pkg. 4 count ultra-fine point black dry erase markers

1 pkg. cap erasers

 

Fifth Grade

24 #2 pencils

1 set of dry erase markers

2 pkgs. of wide ruled notebook paper

1 pkg. twistable colored pencils

1 box of markers

5 wide ruled composition books (not spiral)

2 glue sticks

1 pack of cap erasers

5 different colored plastic binder folders with pockets (no prongs) Please do not write names on folders

1 pair of large scissors

1 zippered pencil pouch with holes

1 binder 3 ring 2 inch

Please no zippered binders/trapper keepers

 

 

Donations needed and appreciated: All Grade Levels

 

Hand sanitizer, Disinfectant Wipes, Kleenex, copy paper (white/color), Band-Aids, Ziploc bags (all sizes), paper towels,

baby wipes, copy paper.

 

Supplies may need to be replaced throughout the year

 

  

MARCH 30 :    

Please complete the online parent survey from the link provided below and complete this survey no later than Friday, April 16, 2021.

The goal of the Title I program and funds is to increase the academic success of all students. Parent input is important to a successful Title I program. Your input is used to determine the future goals of Title I. We appreciate your time in filling out the online survey and helping us improve the academic opportunity for all students.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QGYWP6M

 

 

If you have additional comments or would like further information regarding the Title I program, please contact Amy Dale at 850-301-3008 .

*TITLE 1 PARENT SURVEY: CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE*

 

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MARCH 22 : 

Human trafficking Prevention and Substance abuse Prevention

Marcus Chambers, Superintendent of Schools  fROM sUPERINTENDENT OF sCHOOLS mARCUS cHAMBERS :  <CLICK TO READ 

 

 

School Bus

*BUS BULLETIN

 We are excited to announce that on April 5th, the Okaloosa County School District will begin using Bus Bulletin to send notifications to parents if there are unexpected delays or schedule changes involving your student’s bus.. We know that families are concerned about the safety of their students, and this notification system will keep you updated if there are delays in getting your student to and from school.

If you would like to receive these notifications, please register with Bus Bulletin at the website below. Parents will need to know their student’s school name and bus number.

  • There is no cost for this service.
  • Registration is simple and fast.
  • You can choose to receive text messages, phone calls, and e-mails.
  • All contact information is stored securely and will not be shared or sold - your privacy is protected.

For more information, or to sign-up and start receiving notifications, please visit:

www.BusBulletin.com/parents

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IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES  :   
 
*Teacher Workday/No School: 
March 29 
 
*Assesment Begins: April 6-May 28    
 
 
*SPRING BREAK:   
April 17-25
 
 
 
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Thanks to all who supported the BOOK FAIR FEB.22- MARCH 7 
 
 
 
 
Enjoy your books!! 
 
Media Center will be opening the last nine weeks! 
Books must be kept at school.
 
 
Please look around your house for the overdue books that your child has from last year... we are missing quite a few. 
 
 

thanks and keep reading,

Vickie Precht
 

 

 

 

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DEC 8
 
 
DEC. 8:  

Marcus Chambers, Superintendent of SchoolsSUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLSMarcus Chambers  okaloosa County School District Superintendent of Schools, can be reached at 850.689.7185, by email at chambersm@okaloosaschools.com, or by contacting Amber Floyd, at amber.floyd@okaloosaschools.com.

Read Superintendent’s Messages About Coronavirus Here!    <click to read   

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Review of 2nd Semester Options for mySchool Online (MSO) students:  

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Dear mySchool Online Parent/Guardian,

I hope that you and your family are doing well as we move into the final weeks of the first semester of a challenging 2020-2021 school year. The purpose of this letter is to share with you the ongoing educational options that are available to your child as we move into the second semester. Please review the information carefully and contact your school with additional questions.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced Emergency Order No. 2020-EO-07 on November 30th requiring all Florida schools to remain open for in-person instruction through the Spring 2021 semester. Additionally, school districts will continue to offer innovative learning platforms as an option for families. As you know, in Okaloosa County that learning platform is mySchool Online. The Emergency Order guarantees that parents throughout Florida will continue to have options for their child’s education for the remainder of this school year.

In an effort to support struggling students, the Emergency Order went a step further and stated that students enrolled in innovative learning platforms (mySchool Online) who are not making adequate progress must return to school for in-person learning for the second semester unless they acknowledge in writing that they wish to keep their child in the program despite their poor performance. Poor academic performance can lead to grade retention, inability to earn course credits, or failure to graduate, which we will all work to prevent.

mySchool Online parents whose students are not making adequate progress will receive an individual letter and follow up call from the school beginning next week to discuss re-enrolling their student for in-person learning. The letter will also explain to parents what they must do if they wish for their academically at-risk child to stay enrolled in mySchool Online.

Second semester does not begin until Tuesday, January 26th; however, we encourage families to finalize plans by Friday, December 18th to give schools time to position teachers and other resources where needed.

Review of 2nd Semester Options for mySchool Online (MSO) students

  1. Any MSO student may return to the brick and mortar school for any reason. Simply contact the school and let them know you would like to return. For the vast majority of students, in-person learning is the most successful academic environment.
  2. MSO students who are not making adequate progress will be individually contacted to discuss a return to the brick and mortar school per the Emergency Order. A parent opt-out is available as stated above.
  3. A student who is doing well in MSO may continue with MSO into the second semester. Some teacher changes may occur as schools adjust schedules based on decisions families make. At the secondary level, students will likely have to select new electives for second semester. Your school will assist with that process.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do I notify the school if my child is returning to the building for the 2nd semester?

If you plan to send your child back to a brick-and-mortar school second semester, please contact your child’s school by Friday, December 18th. Early contact with your child’s school will expedite scheduling second-semester courses and changing teacher assignments.

Where can I find information about COVID-19 cases in my child’s school or other COVID-19 related information?

A COVID-19 dashboard is available on our website showing weekly cases by school and overall district totals from the beginning of the year: Visit https://www.okaloosaschools.com/articles/2020/covid-dashboard  to review this information. The Department of Health provides information to the school district one week in arrears. This website is updated as soon as information is received, which typically occurs Monday of each week.

Parents may be interested to know that the Department of Health has recently reported that 90% of all COVID cases among students and staff were the result of exposure outside of the school setting. Transmission within school buildings remains low.

Are there any changes to mask requirements?

No. Masks are strongly encouraged everywhere social distancing cannot be maintained. Masks are required on buses.

Are there any changes to quarantine requirements as a result of recent changes in CDC guidelines?

Not yet. The Florida Surgeon General and Florida Department of Health are currently reviewing the new CDC guidelines. The school district will be notified by the Okaloosa Department of Health if/when it is able to adjust quarantine requirements.

Where can I find out about a bus stop for my child?

Contact your child’s school for bus route information.

What if I have more questions?

Please contact your child’s school with specific questions you may have about returning. They will be more than happy to assist you.

We are committed to providing you with all of the information that you need to make an informed decision about returning to in-person learning in January, and we remain committed to supporting our students and families in any way that we can. This has been a challenging year to say the least, but together, we will get through this!

Thank you so much!

Marcus Chambers

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Let’s Celebrate The Week Before Winter Break!  
 
 
DECEMBER 14-18
 
 
Dec 14 : 
Deck The Halls! Come all decked out in your favorite holiday outfit! (clothes, jewelry, scarves, hats, etc.)   
 
 
Dec 15 :Tacky Tuesday! Wear your holiday sweaters/shirts. The tackier the better
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Dec 16:Shine Bright Like A Light! Light your wardrobe up with seasonal lights. Wear something that lights up with holiday cheer.. earrings, shirts, socks, glitter, tinsel, etc
 
 
Dec. 17 Jammies Day! Wear your Favorite school Appropriate Pajamas!
 
 
Dec 18: Flannel Friday! Wear your favorite plaid shirt! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WINTER BREAK: DECEMBER 21-JANUARY 1 
 
 
 
 
 
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November 5, 2020: UPDATE

Don't Let Homelessness Stop Your Education 

If you are staying temporarily with someone else because you had to leave your home, or staying in a motel, campground, shelter, or in an outside or inadequate place, you have special rights at your school(elementary, middle, and high school). For more information contact your school counselor or Title I/IX office 850-301-3008.

Those rights include:

  • Staying in the same school even if you move, and receiving transportation to that school, as long as it is in your best interest
  • Enrolling in school immediately without the documents schools usually require, and without a parent or guardian
  • Receiving free school meals
  • Getting help with school supplies, including what is needed to participate in distance learning and other needs
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October 21, 2020: Important Quarantine Update from Superintendent of Schools, Marcus Chambers :

We prepared this letter to send to parents prior to a press conference held by Governor DeSantis yesterday afternoon. During the conference, the Governor stated that healthy students should not be quarantined. Governor DeSantis has been a champion for students throughout this difficult year and provided guidance and resources that have greatly benefitted the students of Okaloosa County. Upon hearing the Governor’s comments, we reached out to the Department of Health, who has the statutory authority to quarantine, to see if it had received updated directives or emergency orders that would change how they contact trace and quarantine students. We also spoke with the Florida Department of Education in hopes of receiving information. We have been told that the Florida Department of Health is meeting to determine next steps, and we will update you as soon as we receive information that changes what is stated below.


Dear Parents,

Many parents have asked about contact tracing and the quarantining of students after a positive COVID result is found in a school. We have shared information about this topic on our website, social media, email, and through District-created documents such as our Chronicles in COVID. However, considering recent increases in the number of quarantined students in some of our schools, we are taking this opportunity to share answers to some of the questions we have been receiving to continue to keep you informed.

As parents, we all want our children to be safe, and it can be frustrating when otherwise healthy students are required to be away from school due to a required quarantine. As your Superintendent, I have experienced firsthand having a child home from school for an extended period and share your concern for all our students’ academic and social/emotional well-being.

  • Who has the authority to contact trace and mandate quarantining within a school?
    • The Department of Health in Okaloosa County (DOH) is the entity with the authority to isolate and quarantine. DOH initially allows people to agree to voluntary isolation or quarantine. However, if an individual ignores isolation and quarantine guidance, the DOH will issue a quarantine order that is enforceable under state law.

       
  • What starts the contact tracing and quarantining process?
    • When the School District is made aware of a confirmed positive COVID case (either student or staff), it must conduct contact tracing under the direction of the Department of Health using their guidelines. Students determined to be within six (6) feet of a positive COVID case for more than fifteen (15) minutes are defined to be close contacts and must quarantine. Per the DOH, the School District does not have any authority in this determination. It only assists in identifying the students.

       
  • How long does quarantine last?
    • Quarantine lasts for fourteen (14) days after last contact with a person who has COVID-19.

       
  • How can I keep up with the number of positive cases and quarantined students in schools?
    • We have asked the Department of Health to provide us with positive cases and quarantine numbers weekly. When we receive the information, it is shared on our website the same day.

       
  • Does the Superintendent or School Board have the authority to quarantine anyone?
    • No. The Superintendent and School Board have no discretion or authority to isolate or quarantine. That authority lies solely with the Department of Health.

       
  • Will masks or desk barriers keep a student who is a close contact from having to quarantine?
    • No. According to the Department of Health, wearing a mask or sitting behind a desk barrier will not keep a student from having to quarantine if they are a close contact.

       
  • If a mask or desk barrier will not keep a student who is a close contact from having to quarantine, why should they be used?
    • Face coverings and desk barriers can still be effective in limiting the spread of COVID-19, especially when social distancing cannot be maintained.

       
  • How will my child keep up with their classes if they are quarantined?
    • It is recommended that students who are quarantined stay enrolled in their brick and mortar classes and continue to do their schoolwork remotely from home while their place in the classroom is held for their return. Your school and teachers are committed to working with students to ensure there are no negative consequences whatsoever for students under quarantine.

       
  • What are the schools doing to minimize the number of students having to quarantine?
    • Schools have taken a number of steps to keep students spread out so that they are not subject to the six (6) foot requirement and continue to make adjustments. It is not feasible to keep all students and staff separated from each other within a school environment at all times. Classrooms have been spread out as much as possible to lessen the impact of contact tracing. Large gatherings have been eliminated and lunches have been spread out. These and other measures have kept quarantining numbers from being even higher.

 

Consistent through all of the planning and conversations this summer about wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, enhancing cleaning and disinfecting protocols, limiting student gatherings, altering schedules, and thinning out cafeterias, was an acknowledgement that we would likely have positive COVID cases at some point this fall. That has proven to be true. Thankfully, the transmission of positive COVID cases within school buildings remains low. And we are grateful that of the positive student cases, there appear to be none that have resulted in serious illness. We will continue in our effort to make it through these challenging times and to keep you informed.

To that end, our COVID Dashboard located on the District’s website is updated weekly as soon as we receive the information from the Department of Health. We want to keep the public informed of new cases each week for both students and staff as well as totals dating to the first day of school. We also share the number of students who were quarantined each week by school as provided by the Department of Health. Remember, if your child has symptoms or has been COVID tested due to a positive individual in the household, please keep them at home until they are cleared to return to school by a physician.

If you have any additional questions about mandatory isolation and quarantine, you may contact your local and state Departments of Health at these numbers:

  • Okaloosa County Department of Health Public Information Line - 850.344.0566
  • State COVID-19 Call Center - 866.779.6121

Thank you,

Marcus Chambers, Superintendent   

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October 16, 2020Upcoming EVENT :OCSD In-School Flu Clinics  
 
October 12, 2020  UPDATE:
 
 
OCSD In-School Flu Clinics OCSD has partnered with Health Hero Florida to offer no-cost in school vaccinations to our students and staff during the school day. Schools have sent the consent forms home. For families who would like a flu shot, simply complete the form and send it back to your school. ONLY those students with completed consent forms will receive the immunization. Health Hero Florida makes immunizations available to every child in an effort to stop diseases like the flu in their tracks and reduce absenteeism in schools.  
 
October 6, 2020  UPDATE: