March 3, 2023

Message from Principal Melamed

Dear Nederland Community,

I want to share a great opportunity to get involved with Boulder Valley School District, hear firsthand from district leadership, and provide valuable feedback to district leadership. The District Parent Council (DPC) is a great avenue for parents/guardians to get involved in what's happening in BVSD - it's a great "cross-connect" between individual schools (like Nederland Elementary) and the district level. At meetings, DPC members hear about issues other schools face and hear firsthand from district leaders, and ask questions directly to the superintendent who attends most of the meetings.

Here is a bit more about the DPC… The District Parent Council is composed of 1 representative from each school in BVSD. The DPC comes together once per month to discuss issues we face within our schools and across the district as a whole. Past topics have included school security, universal preschool, budget planning, Grad Plus, and information technology.

As we look ahead to the next school year (23-24) BVSD is encouraging any prospective members to attend the next meeting which will be held in person on March 8th at the Ed Center. If you are interested in this opportunity and for more information, send an email to the DPC co-chairs (, or see the BVSD webpage.

That’s it for this week. Stay in touch!



LIBRARY NEWS - Andrea Chen

On Thursday, March 2nd we will be celebrating Read Across America Day. Students are invited to dress up as a favorite book character for the day (no masks). Read Across America Day promotes reading for children. The National Education Association (NEA) was one of the main backers of this idea to have a special day to promote reading among the population and especially children. Check out the NEA calendar for some great books throughout the year!

Are you interested in volunteering in the school library? We would love some help with shelving books on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings from 9 am-10 am. Please contact Andrea at if you are interested in volunteering! You will need to complete the district background check.

The 2023 Newbery and Caldecott winners were chosen and we are excited to purchase copies of these books for the library. Next month, students will have the opportunity to vote on the Colorado Children’s Book Awards. If you are looking for some fun books to read, click here to see the list of book nominations. Most of the books can be found in our library or at the local library.

February is Black History Month. Look for the special collection in Sora with over 400 stories celebrating African American voices and stories.

Do you have any fun building materials that you would like to donate to the Discovery Lab? We are always accepting flattened cereal boxes or other THIN cardboard, paper towel rolls, aluminum foil (new), and tape!

Happy Reading!

Ms. Andrea

MUSIC NEWS - Alison Bagli

NES 5th Grade Students Present: Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Kids!

Thursday, March 16 at 10:00 (assembly for the whole school and families of 5th Graders) and 6:30 PM (open to the community) on the NES Stage. Please join us for a night of theatre. $5 suggested donation at the door to support the NES Music and Art Programs.

Art by Anne Kress:

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NMSHS is hosting a Middle Level/Elementary Volleyball Summer Camp!

NMSHS is hosting a Middle Level/Elementary Volleyball Summer Camp!

June 7th to June 9th from 12pm to 4pm

This camp is for all incoming 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th graders and is hosted by the High School coaches and players. The cost is $95, T-Shirt and snacks are included. All proceeds go to the High School Volleyball fund - which helps us pay for new equipment, spirit gear, team building activities and trips.

Click the link below to register...spots are limited, don't wait!

ML/Elementary Volleyball Summer Camp

Please fill out this waiver and email it back to me at Volleyball Summer Camp Waiver. You can pay your fee on Rev Trak (Rev Trak Link) or bring cash or check to the office.

Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions. I look forward to seeing everyone this summer! GO PANTHERS!!


Nicole Zotti


Volleyball Coach

Nederland Middle Senior High School

PTA - ATTENTION 5th Grade Families - YEARBOOK Tributes

Celebrate your 5th grader!!

The deadline for 5th-grade tributes for the 2022-23 yearbook is Monday, March 6th.

Our goal is to have a tribute for each 5th grader. We can design an ad for you or you can do your own. Email or text 303-886-2346 for more information.

Counselor's Corner - Kristen Kron



Sources of Strength Elementary Program

Teaching Social Thinking at Home With Our Experts

"Why Do We Lose Control of Our Emotions?'" Video

"Zones of Regulation: Activity Check-in at Home via Social Thinking" Video

Zones of Regulation Homepage


Counseling referrals may be received from students and/or guardians.

Feel free to fill out the NES Guardian Referral if you have any concerns about your child and would like support or just want to keep me in the loop. You can also contact me by email/phone.

Please help your child fill out the "I Would Like to See My School Counselor" Form if they would like to speak with me individually. I will also be showing them how to fill out the paper version in school.

Counseling Website

Please check out the NES Counseling Website for a plethora of resources and ideas for supporting your child. If you can’t find something you are looking for, do not hesitate to reach out and I can do some research for you.


Kristen Kron, School Counselor (she, her, hers)

Office Phone #: (720) 561-4825


Social Emotional Learning - Ann Sherman

Does your child have BIG emotions? Ever wonder how to help them regulate those intense feelings? We can model healthy ways to release our own stress, anger, or disappointment. We can also coach children to find calming strategies that work for them.... using these activities:

PreK: Practice these steps with your child.

Kinders: Use this poster to practice the Calming Down Steps.

First Grade: Practice these steps with your child.

Second Grade: Use this poster to practice the Calming Down Steps

Third Grade: Enjoy this Calm It Down dance video with your child

Fourth Grade: Discuss how to avoid jumping to conclusions with this activity

Fifth Grade: Practice how to calm yourself when you want revenge with this activity.

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The NEXT Mountain Strong Families parenting session is on Tuesday, April 4th from 5:30 -7:30 pm at Nederland Elementary School. Is it hard to get out of the door on school days? Is it a fight to get the kids in bed? Do your children refuse to help with chores? Are meal times a chaotic mess? Come learn nurturing parenting practices that will encourage your child to cooperate during difficult moments of the day. Contact for more info.

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BVSD School Age Care – Nederland SAC is temporarily closed for Ms. Lyndsey's Maternity leave until April 3rd, 2023. If you have questions regarding the program, please contact Trevor Wood @

If you have registration questions, please contact

If you need to speak to our Program Manager, please contact Jasmine Bailon @

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all in the Spring.

SAC Registration for the 2022-2023 School year is still OPEN. If you are interested in after-school care for your child, please click here to register. Limited space is available.

BVSD PreSchool Enrichment – BVSD PreSchool Enrichment Program at Nederland Elementary is having a fun and exciting January. This month we learned all about Arctic animals, weather, and environments. The children enjoyed activities like Arctic Animal Rescue and engaging in dramatic play in our interactive weather center! During February, we will be exploring the wonders of Space including our solar system, space science, and space technology.

We are having a very cold, snowy winter! Please include snow pants, a heavy coat, a hat, and gloves/mittens in your child’s daily attire. Please label all clothes with your child’s name or initials so that we can keep track of everything–this helps us out a lot!

The NES 5th Grade Class presents Willy Wonka the Musical on March 16th, 2023 at 10:30 am! The PSE morning class will take a special walking trip to the gym to watch this performance. If you haven’t filled out a permission slip for this event yet, please do so and turn it into Ms. Jessa or Ms. Heather. If you need a new permission slip, let us know. Join us for this fun event!

If you have any questions or concerns about the Preschool Enrichment Program, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Jessa, PSE Supervisor at or Heather, PSE Assistant Supervisor Thank you!

District News

Continuing accountability: Community Bond Oversight Committee calls for applications
Community input and oversight have been cornerstones of the district’s successful capital improvement programs. BVSD is again looking for community members to join the Community Bond Oversight Committee to provide monitoring and review of projects described in the $350M 2022 Critical Needs Plan. Through its work, the committee provides a high level of accountability and transparency to the BVSD community on behalf of the district and the Board of Education.

What you need to know:

  • CBOC will meet quarterly initially. Upcoming meeting dates are Wednesdays, May 17, Sept. 20, and Dec. 13. Meetings are held from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., in-person at the Education Center, 6500 E. Arapahoe Rd., Boulder

  • Membership includes parents, teachers, principals, representatives from all BVSD communities, and former Capital Improvement Plan Review Committee members. Professional experience in fields related to capital construction such as architecture/engineering, business, construction, and accounting/financial management is a plus.

  • Members serve 2 and 3-year terms.

  • Applications due: March 17

Learn more and apply>>

How to report discrimination

Our school community is committed to providing a safe educational environment where all members of our community are treated with respect. As we continue to work on creating more inclusive spaces of belonging, we want to make sure our students and families know about and have access to the BVSD discrimination reporting form. The form can also be accessed under the "Help for Students" tab located at the top banner on every BVSD webpage.

Completed forms are submitted directly to the District's Equity Compliance Officer who then connects with the reporting party and works to make sure appropriate next steps are taken.

If you have any questions about the form or making a report, please contact Elizabeth Francis Equity Counsel/Title IX Coordinator, Boulder Valley School District at 720.561.8091 or

Elementary Literacy and 6-8 Math Math Materials Adoption Public Review

Parents, staff, and the community are invited to preview BVSD's learning materials proposed for elementary literacy adoption and or middle school math adoption. The materials will be on display for review by appointment at the BVSD Education Center (6500 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO, 80303). Please contact Lisa Chinnery, at, to schedule a review appointment or to get access to the digital materials.

  • Elementary Literacy Review: February 6 - 20

  • 6-8 Grade Math Review: February 13 - March 3

Respiratory Illness Season Reminders

Colorado is seeing an increase in respiratory illnesses in children across the state. As the temperatures drop and we spend more time indoors these viruses spread more easily.

There are actions we can continue to take to keep ourselves and our families healthy from all communicable diseases such as Colds, RSV, Flu, and COVID-19.

  1. Please stay home if sick

    1. At least 24 hrs after you’ve had a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea (resolved without medications)

    2. If you have multiple symptoms such as coughing, congestion, aches, or sore throat - stay home until they start to improve

    3. Follow the school guidelines for returning - students AND staff

  2. Get tested - testing is available for COVID, Flu, and RSV

  3. Practice good hand and respiratory hygiene

    1. Cover your cough

    2. Dispose of tissues immediately

    3. Wash or sanitize your hands

  4. Talk to your healthcare provider about vaccines for Flu and COVID-19

  5. Consider wearing a mask indoors for added protection

Quick Check Resource - Is it Allergies, Cold, Flu, COVID or RSV

Children’s Hospital Colorado has more detailed information on symptoms, duration and treatment options here: The Difference Between COVID-19, Cold, Flu and Other Bugs Affecting Kids

If your child is showing any of these signs it is important to call your provider:

  • Your child develops any complications such as an earache, sinus pain, or pressure, or develops a fever after the first two or three days.

  • Any fever lasting more than 3 days.

  • Your child is drinking much less or not urinating (peeing)

  • The cough lasts more than 3 weeks.