NES WEEKLY UPDATE

MONDAY, January 4, 2021

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Dear Families,


Happy New Year! I hope and trust that you each had a wonderful holiday and restful break from online learning. While we are back in session today, online and remote, I am so hopeful that with the help of science and possible vaccines coming that someday soon we will have students back in school the way we learn and teach best!


This week continues the way we were operating before the break. Students should be attending online sessions throughout the day and also doing asynchronous (independent) work to equal the amount of time in a school day. Should you have any challenges or difficulties please be sure to reach out to your child's teacher. In addition, you can also reach out to Kim Albertson, Assistant Principal or I. We are all in this together, we want to do all that we can to support one and other, and communication is necessary.


Attendance in this virtual setting is also required. Students must be online to count as virtually present. Students must also be attending their small group classes. These small group classes include: occupational therapy, speech, physical therapy, English Learner classes, Reading intervention, special education small groups, and classroom teachers may have small group sessions with your child. These are not optional. These represent the required services for your child to support their learning. The online times are when teachers are teaching students. They are sharing the standards required for students at each grade level. This online time is often interactive with teachers asking students to share, answer questions, and talk to their classmates potentially.


Report cards were published in Aspen on 12/18/20. In addition, they were sent through the mail the following week. We also included attendance letters to families of students whose attendance is less than 90% so far this year. Our hope is to provide this information and impress upon you the importance of students attending all sessions online, coming to school when we are in person for learning, and for turning in school work. On January 13th, your child's teacher will share information regarding your child's progress as reflected in the report card.


Again, happiest of new year's to all! I am so hopeful for the coming year.


Best,


Kimberly Kubisch, Principal NES

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Kimberly F. Kubisch

Principal


Kimberly F. Albertson

Assistant Principal

Travel

Please be thoughtful and careful when planning travel. It will be necessary for students to quarantine or test negatively if you travel to all states with the exception of Hawaii. This means you must test negative when you return from the other states. The testing negative is important for the safety of all of our students, their families, staff, and their families. Thank you in advance for your attention to this. I have shared a link for current Corona Virus information.


https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information

Children with any illness symptoms

Please be sure to review the Home Screening survey with children at home before they come to school each morning. It is very important to not send children to school with any illness or with medications ingested to reduce symptoms.


Home Screening Protocol


Know that we understand and appreciate when you choose to keep your child at home because they have one of the symptoms or don't feel well, not necessarily COVID-19 positive but run down as happens to us all. With a bit of notice and clear communication to your child's teacher, they can work with you to determine the child's participation in synchronous and/or asynchronous work.