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A Special Message from Principal Robert N. Schneider

Where did this school year go? It seems like just yesterday we were greeting you at the front of Tropical Elementary School guiding our students to their new classrooms. Now, here we are, at the end of another interesting yet great year at our school! We have so much to reflect upon, be thankful for and to celebrate.
This year has been a year of hard work and also a massive learning experience for all of us as we have implemented new classroom strategies for learning both in and out of the school setting. The COVID-19, Coronavirus, has had a tremendous effect on all of us as educators and human beings. As difficult as this event has been for us, both educationally and personally, I feel it has brought us together as one entity reminding us of what is important in life and how, when we work together, nothing can stop us from being successful!

I would like to take this opportunity to send a special thank you to those parents who have volunteered their time in our school. We thank you for being partners with us in your child’s education. With your helping hands and caring eyes, you make Tropical Elementary School a better place.

Toucans, you bring such joy and happiness to our school. We are truly fortunate to have such a wonderful group of children at Tropical Elementary. My friends and family often laugh at me when I refer to you as “my kids,” but I think of each of you as my own children. You have touched my life and this school by your presence.

Parents, it has been my pleasure getting to know not only your child, but you as well. Having parental support and open lines of communication is an essential part of any successful school. Thank you for all you have done to make our year so fulfilling and memorable.

To our fifth grade students who are preparing to embark on a new journey into middle school and adolescence, I want to share with you a quote from a book I recently read by Garth Stein.

"That which you manifest is before you."

The book I referred to was told from the point of view of a dog named Enzo. Enzo’s owner is a race car driver. As a silent observer, Enzo learns several lessons about his owner and about life in general. He learns that persistence will see you through to the ‘checkered flag’.

I encourage you to work hard in school, set goals for your life, and stay focused on those goals. Keep your eyes on your goals and don’t let anyone or anything deter you from achieving them. As Enzo would say, “Your car goes where your eyes go.”

There is no doubt that the summer months will come and go just as quickly as this school year has passed, and we will be again greeting you in August before we know it. We sincerely wish you all a wonderful summer filled with family, friends, and new adventures. Here’s to looking forward to the 2020-21 school year!

Remember…it’s always a great day to be a Toucan!


Robert N. Schneider


Robert N. Schneider, Principal

Tropical Elementary School