BPS News in a Minute

December 21, 2012



Clearlake Middle School Shared a Wonderful Example

        Clearlake Middle School helped supply 18 of their neediest families with Christmas gifts for 28 children along with a holiday meal (turkey and all the goodies). For one of the families who moves between a car and hotel they were able to provide the parents with an additional $60 gift card to Winn Dixie. They were also able to provide a $50 gift card to a student who is now with Crosswinds.   Additionally they helped one of their employees who has been out on medical leave with gifts, a tree, holiday meal, and gift cards.

They were able to help these families through the generous support of  staff, Kennedy Middle School, Sam’s and Winn Dixie.

Catherine Halbuer, Clearlake principal expressed, “I wish everyone could have experienced the joy and happiness these parents had as they realized their families would be able to have a holiday dinner and gifts from Santa. It really helps to focus us on our mission of serving the children of Brevard as we face the challenges ahead.”gd

Update on Indialantic’s Donation to Monmouth, NJ (reported in Dec. 20, 2012 BPS News in a Minute)

The truck made it to Monmouth Beach on December 20. In total, Indialantic collected:
40 boxes of classroom supplies
37 boxes of new toys
32 boxes of new warm clothes, blanket and pillows
$3,500 in checks to Monmouth Beach PTO
$1,225 in gift cards





On Friday, December 14, 2012, the unimaginable happened.  Our hearts stopped as we watched in horror the heartbreak that transpired at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Ct.. While there is no way to alleviate the pain and grief the families and community  are feeling, BPS schools wanted show support and let them know that we care.

Andersen Elementary “My Heart Goes Out to You.”

 As a school, teachers allowed students to contribute to a memorial for Sandy Hook Elementary through a project entitled, “My Heart Goes Out to You.” The students wrote kind words about their classmates on paper hearts.  They colored and cut out the hearts and linked them together to form a circle of kindness. The more hearts, the bigger the circle.  Classrooms then took pictures of the finished project and mailed them to Sandy Hook Elementary to show they are in the thoughts of staff and students.

 Apollo Elementary Sent Out the Following Message to Parents by Phone

 “Hello Apollo Families,

It is with a heavy heart that Apollo will be collecting monetary donations for the families affected by recent events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.  An official fund for victim’s families, and the community as a whole, has been established.  The Sandy Hook School Support Fund set up by the United Way of Western Connecticut will provide support services to families and the community.  All donations to this fund will go directly to those affected.

            The Red Cross is also offering food, water, and social services to first responders, the families, and community.  They have also set up a center for emergency grief counseling.

 All donations made at this time will go toward helping those impacted.  If you would like to make a donation, please drop off your donation this week to the front office.  Please make checks payable to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.  Thank you for your consideration.”

Coquina Elementary – Memorial Quilt

Carolyn Holt from Coquina and her class are designing a memory quilt to send to Sandy Hook.




VIERA, FLA. – For the fifth year, Brevard Public Schools will implement a “shutdown” plan at all facilities during the winter break to reduce energy costs. During the past four years, we have saved an average of $280,000 per year by implementing this plan.  It has become a critical component of our Energy Conservation Plan.

For the most part, all BPS schools and departments will be closed from

Dec.  21, 2012, through Jan.  4, 2013.  Teachers return on Mon., Jan. 7, 2013 and classes will resume on Tuesday, January 8.



VIERA, FLA. -The Brevard Schools Foundation is seeking caring adults to mentor Take Stock in Children Scholars.  As part of the program, each student is assigned a volunteer mentor to befriend and guide the student throughout middle and high school.  Both male and female mentors are recruited year-round to mentor students county-wide. 

Mentor training is held each month at the Educational Services Facility in Viera, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, 32940.  Upcoming trainings are scheduled at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, and Tuesday, February 5, 2013.    Individuals who are interested in volunteering as a mentor or learning about Take Stock in Children are invited to attend.    

Take Stock in Children provides a unique opportunity for low-income, at-risk students to escape the cycle of poverty through education.  The program offers students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life.   Volunteer mentors meet with their student each week at school throughout the school year. 

To make a reservation or learn more about this program, call 321-633-1000 extension 462. To find out more about the program go to www.brevardschoolsfoundation.org.