NCE Family Newsletter

January 28, 2022

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Are You In Need of Food Assistance?

The Food Bank of Delaware and the Harry K Foundation has partnered with New Castle Elementary School to provide a discrete in-school food pantry. Each family can get 30lbs of food and/or personal items per visit. If you are interested in shopping in the pantry, please contact

Courtney Waters

Family Support Therapist

(302) 323-2886

COVID Vaccination Records

If your child has received their COVID vaccinations, please provide the school nurse with a copy.

If you have questions, you can reach out to Nurse Davidson directly at 302-323-2888.

February is I Love to Read Month!

We will be celebrating our love of reading throughout the month of February! One way we will do this is through the One School, One Book initiative where we will all take part in reading one book as a school community!

There are also a number of other activities planned on the calendar below!

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One School, One Book: The World According to Humphrey

We are so excited to celebrate One School, One Book with the title The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney. Humphrey is an adorable hamster and class pet who loves to learn. All Spartans will receive their own copy of the book to take home!

Please read Chapter 1 with your scholar this week.

You can access a recording of the chapter by clicking here.

Chapter recordings will be available each week.

You can also access a text guide with fun activities by clicking here.

COVID Testing

FREE IN-SCHOOL COVID TESTING is offered to all staff and students every Thursday.

To opt into this program, click the link below to complete the application. Results will be available immediately after the tests are run to the email address and phone number provided during registration.

Feel free to reach out to our school nurse, Mrs. Davidson, if you have any questions.

General Updates

  • If your child has taken a COVID test, please do not send them to school until you have received the results. If you have any questions about this, contact Nurse Amy immediately.

  • It is so important for students to be in school regularly; therefore, we are actively monitoring student attendance. Don't be alarmed if you receive a phone call from your child's teacher if they have been absent for a number of days. We are just reaching out to make sure that all is well and see if there is any way that we can assist with having your child come to school more frequently.

  • Please leave all toys (including poppits and other fidgets) at home unless you get prior approval from your child's homeroom teacher.

  • Doors open at 8:45am each morning. No one is available to look after students before this time.

  • Dismissal begins each day at 3:35pm. All car riders should be picked up by 4pm at the latest.


Please do your best to remind your children to charge their chromebooks each night.

It would also be very helpful if you have your children begin to memorize their username (student ID/lunch numbers) and passwords (birthdate mm/dd/yyyy). For example, if my student id number is 123456 and my birthday is January 16, 2010, to log in to the computer my information would be:

username: 123456

password: 01162010



Colonial Student Absence Form

You have the option of submitting student absences electronically using the form below. This is preferred to texting or messaging the teachers as it goes directly to the school secretary.

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Daily Student Health Screener

If your student has tested positive for COVID-19, has been identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 case or is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, your child must not report to school until cleared by the school nurse. Please notify your building principal and school nurse as soon as possible with this information.

Please answer the following questions:

  • In the past 14 days, have you been near (within 6 ft for at least 15 mins) a person who has a lab confirmed case of COVID-19, or have you had direct contact with their mucus or saliva?
  • In the last 48 hours, have you had any of the following symptoms?
- Fever of 100.4 or above (or symptoms like alternating shivering and sweating)

- New Cough

- New trouble breathing, shortness of breath or severe wheezing

- New chills or shaking with chills

- New muscle aches

- Sore throat

- Vomiting or diarrhea

- New loss of smell or taste, or a change in taste

- Nausea

- Fatigue

- Headache, congestion or runny nose (with no known other cause such as allergies)

If you answered YES to any of the questions above, do NOT send your child to school today. Instead, contact your child's primary healthcare provider and school nurse.

School Lunches

Lunch and breakfast are provided free of charge for all students.

Below you can find the menus for the start of the school year. Students may bring their lunch if they'd like, but be mindful that they will always be allowed to go through the lunch line if they so choose.

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Let's Keep In Touch!

It is more important than ever that we are able to communicate with our families and that you are also able to communicate with us.

The main sources of communication will be:

REMIND allows us to send text reminders directly to your cell phone. To join REMIND, click the link that corresponds to your student's grade level below:

Kindergarten Remind

1st Grade Remind

2nd Grade Remind

3rd Grade Remind

4th Grade Remind

5th Grade Remind

*REMIND text messages and all newsletters can also be translated into Spanish (and other languages) using technology built in to the apps*