News From Nighthawk Nation
Elevating Excellence in Academics, Character & Community
Edition 11 - Week of 11/18/19
Mary Baker - K-3 Principal
This week was an amazing week of celebration at the K-3 Campus. We started the week celebrating the 50th Day of school. The students are 50 days stronger, more courageous, more kind, and of course smarter. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to spend the day with your children.
I want to personally take a moment to our volunteers who volunteer countless hours to support our students and staff. Thank you for giving of your time. You make our school a better place.
Please review the Driveline guidelines attached here. It is very important that we are all following these expectations. If you do not have a staff tag, you will not be able to park in the parking lot during driveline. The reason behind this is that we have many people who are parking in the parking lot and picking up students as a walker, which backs up our Driveline. Also, please make sure you have a physical tag when picking up your child, both in the driveline and at the walking door. We have a mission to ensure every student is safe. We greatly appreciate your cooperation and support.
Marian Hejl - 4-8 Principal
Happy Friday Nighthawks! We had a very full week at the 4-8 Building this week. We hosted Colorado Senator Rob Woodward for a tour of our new facilities and spoke about key issues facing education and charter schools in Colorado. 6th and 7th grade choir students went on a field trip to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House where they enjoyed watching The Barber of Seville. We got many compliments on our students behavior and their enthusiasm for the performance made them stand out amongst the crowd. Thank you to all the parent chaperones who came out to help make this event possible.
We hosted our first home basketball game against Windsor Charter last night and our A team won by a whopping 15 points! The energy and excitement in our gym during home games is something that we have envisioned for years and to see it come to life is an amazing feeling. If you have not yet been to a home sporting event yet this year we encourage you to attend and support our Nighthawks! Thank you to all the fans that came out to support our teams last night.
We are in full swing of the school year, parents please make sure you are keeping an eye on Infinite Campus and communicating with teachers about any questions you have regarding grades. The end of the second quarter (first semester) will be December 20, 2019 and time is flying by, don't let the end of the semester sneak up on you.
Parents, you may have noticed that we have been running only one lane in Driveline. When driveline traffic is light and we do not have build up, we will be running a single lane. This is more time efficient and moves the line faster. When cold weather hits and we have ice and snow please expect to see double lines again.
Parents, AT NO TIME SHOULD STUDENTS EXIT THE DRIVERS SIDE OF YOUR VEHICLE. This is a big safety issue and if we have a car moving in the outer lane it could result in an accident. Please help us keep everyone safe and have your student slide, crawl, or climb over to the passenger side of the vehicle to exit.
If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to Mrs. Hejl at email@example.com
Golden Feather Awards
Golden Feather Awards are awarded to students who go above and beyond the expectations and SOAR to excellence while demonstrating trustworthiness, responsibility, fairness, caring, and being an outstanding citizen. Students that receive a Golden Feather award in a quarter are invited to a special luncheon, receive a certificate, a pencil, a treat, and a shirt. The 4-8 Building will be holding two Golden Feather Lunches, one in the first semester and one in the second semester.
Todd Bissell - AP/AD
Parents of Gr 6-8 NVCS Girls:
If you have a middle school (Gr 6-8) girl who is interested in participating in Girls Basketball this year, please plan on attending the Parent Meeting at the NVCS Gr 4-8 library on November 19 at 6:30 PM. Information regarding important dates, tryouts, policies and procedures will be presented. The participant packets will be available at the meeting.
If you have questions, please contact Todd Bissell, Asst. Principal/Athletic Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970.541.4362.
Officer Dee Jalali
Did you know most fire related deaths are not from burns but smoke inhalation? (kidshealth.org). It’s scary to think about but fumes can take over someone within a matter of minutes. It is common knowledge that fire drills are practiced in school settings but how much do your kids actually know about fires? Do you practice fire drills at home? Here are some important points kids should learn about fire safety:
Crawl under smoke to safety and stay as low to the ground as possible (Smoke always rises)
If possible, cover your mouth with a moist towel or article of clothing to keep out dangerous fumes while evacuating
Before exiting a room, touch a door (not the doorknob). If it’s too hot, find another exit
Never stop to take personal belongings during an evacuation. This includes grabbing your phone to call 911
If any article of clothing catches on fire, stop, drop, and roll to put it out
Think of two escape routes for any room in your house in case one is blocked by fire
Decide on a family meeting area outside of the house that all family members know of beforehand
Bonus tips for parents:
Make sure all windows in your home are easy to open and not bolted down. If your child is in a room alone, they need to be able to escape without you
Try to resist from playing with matches or lights when you’re around. If your child sees you do this, they may try to mirror it
Check your electric appliances and cords around the house. Loose or frayed cords could be dangerous
Replace any appliances that spark, smell funny, or overheat
Don’t run electrical wires under rugs
Never place portable space heaters were children or pets could easily knock them over. Heaters should also be 3 feet away from anything flammable if possible
When cooking, keep dish towels on a different counter than the stove
Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level in your house and test them monthly. You want everyone to be familiar with the sound
It takes around 2 minutes for a small flame to turn into a life threatening fire and about 5 minutes for a fire to take over an entire home (www.ready.gov) While prevention isn’t a 100% guarantee, these precautions could protect your family from a fire catching in your home.
Have you heard of KidsPak?
KidsPak is a weekend hunger relief program run by Loveland Rotary for children and families in the Thompson School District community. KidsPak currently serves 39 schools, including New Vision. NVCS partners with KidsPak by identifying students and families that would benefit from receiving extra food for the weekends. KidsPak partners with Larimer County Food Bank to create a special menu each week, so the food varies. The food packs are delivered to NVCS on Friday and given to students in a colored drawstring bag to take home for the weekend. All we ask is that the drawstring bag be returned on Monday to use again for the next week.
If your student and family is in need and could benefit from this service please reach out to the school counselor! Those receiving services is kept confidential. The K-3 counselor is Ali Anderson: email, email@example.com or phone 970-593-6827 ex. 2115, and the 4-8 counselor is Erin Jobman: email, firstname.lastname@example.org phone 970-593-6827 ex. 1207 *only one counselor needs to be contacted even if you have students at both buildings.
K-3 Winter Concert
Dear NVCS families, faculty, and staff,
I'd like to cordially invite you all to our 2019 Winter Concert! The children have been working very diligently on their songs, and couldn’t be more excited to perform for you! Kindergarten and 2nd Grade will perform on Mon Dec 9 from 6-7 pm. 1st Grade and 2nd Grade will perform on Tues Dec 10 from 6-7 pm. Please have your kiddos to the main lobby and stage, on the 4-8 Campus on 299 Peridot Ave, no later than 5:30 pm on the night of the performance. I would like to request the following for the night of the performance:
· Kindergarten will need mittens (or gloves), boots, a winter hat, and a long scarf for their performance. They can wear whatever dress-up clothing you would like otherwise
· 1st Grade -please dress in your best
· 2nd Grade -please dress in all white. Any nice clothing is fine, as long as it’s all white. Silver or gold sparkles, sequins and such is fine too.
· 3rd Grade -please dress in your best
Feel free to reach out to me with questions. My phone # is 970-593-6827 x2111, my email email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you there!
p.s. I am also looking for volunteers to help me make several large snowflakes for props, and to decorate the stage -Thank-you!
HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATION PROCESS, Erin Jobman, School Counselor
8th Grade Parents and Students,
It is almost time to start the high school registration process and I will be there to help you along the way.
Please start researching the different high schools and programs within our school district to start to make the right choice for your family. An important part of this process is to attend the curriculum/informational nights for the school(s) you are considering attending to learn about their curriculum, special programs, and classes that are offered. You will also get to meet the principal and counselors, meet some teachers, go on a tour of the high school, learn about clubs and sports, etc. These meetings all take place at the high school and are for both students and parents. These meetings are highly recommended so you get all the information you need moving forward into high school.
HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATIONAL NIGHTS:
- LCS, November 5, 6:00-7:30pm: at Loveland Classical Schools, Academy Campus.
- LHS, November 6, 6:00-7:30pm: at Loveland High School
- TVHS, November 12, 6:00-7:30pm: at Thompson Valley High School
- BHS, November 13, 6:00-7:30pm: at Berthoud High School
- MVHS, November 14, 6:00-7:30pm: at Mountain View High School
- For those of you looking at schools outside of our district, please contact the school individually for their enrollment process.
OTHER IMPORTANT DATES:
- Dec 2: Open Enrollment window opens. The open enrollment ('school of choice') process and application is on the Thompson School District website, thompsonschools.org/openenrollment. You must fill this out no sooner than Dec. 2. (Fill out this form only if you are planning to attend a school other than your neighborhood school.) Open enrollment decisions will be made and communicated to parents in March--approx Mar 20. If you have questions about this process, you may email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- STEM Program applications due: Please see Berthoud High School website
- Jan 10: Deadline to let your 8th gr counselor know your high school choice. email@example.com
- Jan 10: Last day to turn in open enrollment applications.
Please let me know if you have any further questions.
Erin Jobman, Counselor, NVCS, 4-8 Building
CAYAC - Child Adolescent, and Young Adult Connection
1302 S. Shields St., A1-3
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Connections offers answers, options, and support to individuals and families looking for help with mental health or substance use concerns, such as depression, anxiety, and drug or alcohol use. Services include needs assessment, information and referral, assistance with coordinating and navigating care, brief intervention, connection to reduced-cost counseling, education and training.
CAYAC (Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Connections) is a service of Connections that helps young people (up to age 24) and their families with the early identification, assessment/testing, and treatment of mental health and substance use concerns. It also works closely with schools through a school liaison.
There is a paper form available n the office that offers a more limited selection. The online shop will be open until December 1st and paper orders are due by December 2nd.
If any of your items are meant to be a gift and you do not want it sent home with your child, please email PTO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Nicole Dietz, I am the Spelling Bee coach again this school year. I wanted to give out some important information about the NVCS Spelling Bee before our season begins. Please feel free to contact me at (970)593-6827 x2122 or email@example.com if you have any questions.
INFORMATION FOR THE K-3 CAMPUS
Unfortunately, Kindergarteners are not yet allowed to participate in the Spelling Bee. Practices will be held on TUESDAYS in the Music Room (Room #111) from 3:30-4:30pm. The practice dates are November 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, December 3rd, 10th and 17th.
INFORMATION FOR THE 4-8 CAMPUS
Practices will be held on THURSDAYS in Room # 114 (4th grade hallway) from 3:30-4:30pm. The practice dates are November 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, December 5th, 12th and 19th.
All ELEMENTARY spellers (Grades 1-5) will participate in the New Vision Spelling Bee on Tuesday, January 7th at the 4-8 campus. The doors will open at 5:15, start time is 5:30. The end time will be determined by our spellers. The top 16 spellers will move on to the Thompson School District Spelling Bee.
All MIDDLE SCHOOL spellers (Grades 6-8) will participate in the New Vision Spelling Bee on Wednesday, January 8th at the 4-8 campus. The doors will open at 5:15, start time is 5:30. The end time will be determined by our spellers. The top 6 spellers will move on to the Thompson School District Spelling Bee.
DISTRICT SPELLING BEE
Saturday, January 25th, Mountain View High School, time information TBD.
I am very excited to get this new spelling season underway. It will be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
Pets at School
We would like to ask that we do not bring animals into our campus. If there is a special show and tell day, or pet day, then they would be welcomed, otherwise we would kindly ask that pets, are not brought to the campus.
Water Bottles and Beverage Containers at School
Parents, it has been a long standing expectation at NVCS that students bring clear water bottles and beverage containers to school with them. This helps with ensuring we are not cleaning up spills throughout the day, having curdled milk items in lockers, etc. during the school day.
Starting the week of November 18th we are going to request that students only bring clear beverage containers to school with them. If a student has a beverage container we cannot see through students will be asked to empty the container and keep it put away for the reaminder of the day.
Thank you for helping us keep our schools safe and clean. We understand this has not been enforced in either building and want to give families time to find clear beverage containers before we begin enforcing this rule.
Community Information Night: School Safety
Volunteer/Visitor Check In
Monday, November 18
- SAC Committee Meeting - 4-8 Campus - 4:00 p.m.
- School Board Meeting - 4-8 Campus - 6:00 p.m.
- Boys Basketball VS. KQA - 4-8 Campus - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 19
- K-3 Spelling Practice - K-3 Campus - 3:30 p.m.
- Boys Basketball VS. West - 4-8 Campus - 4:00 p.m.
- Girls Basketball Parent Meeting - 4-8 Campus - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 21
- 2020-2021 - Kindergarten Lottery - K-3 Campus - 4:30 p.m.