News From Nighthawk Nation
Elevating Excellence in Academics, Character & Community
Edition 15 - Week of 1/6/20
Mary Baker - K-3 Principal
This week has been an especially heart warming. On Wednesday, we celebrated a RAK (random acts of kindness) day. Your children so kind and caring. From Ms. Chaloupka's class celebrating Mr. Mark's work to many students caring things for their teachers, holding the door open, picking up trash, just to mention a few. It was so fun to see our students and staff showing so much kindness to each other.
I would like to take a moment to thank each and everyone of you for giving my staff and I the opportunity spend the day with your children. We feel so privileged to teach your children. Thank you for trusting us. It has been an amazing start to the year and I am so excited to see the growth and learning that will take place in the second half of the year. On behalf of all the staff at K-3 NVCS, I want to wish you and yours a wonderful and safe holiday season.
I am excited to announce a monthly parent walkthrough, that will involve touring the building, stepping into classrooms, followed by a question and answer time. This is a great time to learn about our school, understand our curriculum and get your questions answered in a smaller setting. If you are interested in being part of one of these meetings, please complete the attached survey. Each walkthrough will be by invitation only.
Coffee with the Principal:
In January, I will be offering two coffee with the principal dates. The 1st one will be on January 15th at 8:00 a.m. This meeting will be for Kindergarten Parents only. Our 2nd Coffee will be January 22 at 8:00 a.m.
Our staff is always working so hard and giving 100%. If you see something awesome that you would like to share, please send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to celebrate our incredible staff.
This week we have had students from the 4-8 Campus being picked up at the stop sign at the exit of our driveline. This will not be allowed as it is extremely dangerous not only for the students, but also for our staff. If your child is meeting you at the K-3 Campus from the 4-8 campus, they will need to be picked up in regular driveline. If they are not there when you go through driveline, please make the loop again or park in the South side parking spots and wait, as to not impede the driveline. We continue to ask that you do not park in the parking lot and go to the west doors to pick up your child. This west door is for walkers only.
We are now able to be done most days be 3:40. Please make sure you are in line for Driveline by 3:30. 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
Some people dread the week before break, it can be an exhausting time of year for many. I have come to love the week before break! This week our school was filled with positive energy, countless acts of kindness, PBIS Rewards days, and holiday cheer. The positivity in our building from staff, students, and parents was infectious!
Not only was this a week of celebrations, from our 4th graders celebrating with a Cozy Cabin celebration to our Hot Cocoa Bar reward for the middle school PBIS competition winners, it was also a week of reflection. Our staff took time to celebrate one another and all of the wonderful things happening within our school. We are all so grateful that you have chosen NVCS as your student's school. We never cease to be amazed by the amazing parent involvement, the support students provide to one another, and the enthusiasm for learning shared by all. All of us at the 4-8 Building send out the best wishes for you and your family in the new year and wish everyone the happiest of holidays!
Coffee with the Principal:
Please join Mrs. Hejl January 8th from 2:30-3:15 pm for coffee with the principal. This is a wonderful way to have the opportunity for a more intimate settings to discuss successes and offer suggestions.
Our staff is always working so hard and giving 100%. If you see something awesome that you would like to share, please send me a message at email@example.com. I would love to celebrate our incredible staff.
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 your vehicle.
If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to Mrs. Hejl at firstname.lastname@example.org
Clear Water Bottles
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. Students are expected to have water only throughout the day while they are in class (bell to bell). Students can enjoy beverages other than water (Gatorade, juice, etc) during their lunch period.
Thank you for helping us keep our schools safe and clean.
If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to Mrs. Hejl at email@example.com
Todd Bissell - Assistant Principal and Athletics/Activities Director
Nighthawks Win Championship 40-39
The New Vision Nighthawks boys basketball team finished their season by going 12-1 and winning the NCIL Gold Bracket tourney in an exciting come from behind victory over Loveland Classical. Both teams played extremely well. Congrats to Aiden H, Adain L, Ryland, Zeke, Josiah, Jaden, Jose, Trent, Uriah, Ethan, Tyler, Coach Graybill and Coach Byloo
Girls basketball begins January 6th. Packets were due 12/11.
Every grade had a musical program this past week. They were very well attended and the students did a great job. Thanks to Mrs. Davis and Ms. Sailors.
Officer Dee Jalali
Home invasions- keeping your home safe during the holidays
I love this time of the year! The christmas decorations, hot chocolate, seeing Santa, candy canes, christmas lights, rosy cheeks, ugly sweaters, snow, reindeer, and everything in between! I look forward to it every year! But unfortunately, so do burglars. According to the FBI, December is the peak month for home burglaries and robberies. Here are some safety tips to keep your home and family safe during the holidays:
Invest in a security system
There have been many times the police have been called to homes or businesses because homeowners and business owners see strangers on their security systems that they don’t recognize while they are away. Recently, we had a case where a stranger broke into someone’s house in the late morning hours. The victim woke up from a nap to see some intruders trying to take his tv! This stuff happens and I’ll be the first to tell you we are not prone from it in Loveland and surrounding areas. Investing in a security system is my number one tip but I understand that’s a financial investment some can’t make.
Don’t rant about your travel plans
I’ve got a personal story about this one. When I was a teenager, my family had a holiday plans to travel to California for winter break one year. I told my friend (well, I thought she was my friend) that we were leaving because I was excited. When we came back from our trip, our house was just… different. The comforters were turned down differently on the beds and things were put away oddly and out of the ordinary for us. Thankfully, nothing was taken from our house but someone had definitely been there. When I got back to school, I was talking to my friend about it who admitted she threw a party at our house when we weren’t there. She said she knew where our spare key was from watching me when she would come over. Thankfully for us, it was just a bunch of teenagers who wanted to get wild and party and didn’t have ill intent to take anything (I’m still shocked that nothing was taken). Can you imagine if the wrong people got into our house? Everything would have been gone! All of our valuables, documents, and christmas gifts! The moral of that story was to get new friends. And of course, don’t tell people you don’t trust what your travel plans are. Annnndd don’t leave spare keys outside in obvious places.
If you are planning on traveling this holiday season, please keep your travel plans offline. Don’t post where you’re going, when you’re leaving, and when you’ll be back. This is great information for a burglar because he/she will know when exactly your house will be empty.
Lose your hidden key
How matter how clever you think you’re being, get rid of the key when you plan on being out of town for a while. If someone needs access, you can give them a direct key or use a keyless pin system on your door.
Give a heads up to a neighbor you trust
If you are planning on leaving town, notify a trusted neighbor of your absence. You can ask them to keep an eye on your house and report any suspicious behavior. It may also be worth it to ask a neighbor or trusted friend/family member to pick up your mail and newspapers and possible shovel your driveway as well. We don’t want burglars to think no one is home and those are all telltale signs. Nothing says nobody’s home like an unshoveled, snowy driveway.
Leave a radio playing
If you’re planning on leaving, leave the radio or TV playing while you’re gone. A burglar might hear it and think someone is home which could deter him/her from trying to get into your house.
Hide Christmas Gifts
Of course, you’ll want to hide christmas gifts from your kids but having pretty presents wrapped under your tree can also be an open invitation for a burglar. Try to keep your christmas tree and gifts away from window or other area in easy view. It’s really easy for a thief to break a window and quickly grab gifts.
Watch out for porch pirates
Stealing packages off porches is not uncommon in our town unfortunately. If you can afford it, I would recommend getting a doorbell camera. This can give the police suspect information should a porch pirate ever strike. I would also recommend giving special instructions to the delivery employees about where to leave packages. Porch pirates strike homes with boxes out in plain view. They will skip your house if you make it difficult for them. You can also invest in a package drop box.
Install outdoor motion sensor lights
A burglar may be deterred from trying to break into your house if a light comes on with his/her motion.
Lock the doors and windows
This is an obvious one but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t do it. Many times, a burglar will walk from house to house checking doors and will enter the first one that’s unlocked. Or make a note of the unlocked home and come back at a different time.
Please stay safe this holiday season and enjoy the break!
HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATION PROCESS, Erin Jobman, School Counselor
November has come and gone and the high schools held informational nights to get you started thinking about high school. Here are a few reminders for you.
HIGH SCHOOL CHOICE:
Parents: A survey went out via Survey Monkey asking about your high school choice. If you have not completed it, please do so or email Mrs. Jobman know your high school choice by the end of December.
The open enrollment window is open until Jan 10. You will find the form online at https://www.thompsonschools.org/openenrollment . You will need to fill this out if you are attending a school outside of your school boundary. If you are attending a school outside of Thompson School District, you do not need to do this, but you will need to let your neighborhood school's Registrar know that you won't be attending your assigned TSD school. If you're not sure about your neighborhood school, the school locator will help you. Please note there has been a change in some of the boundaries for 2020-2021: https://www.thompsonschools.org/page/9235 .
Dec. 10: STEM Applications due to BHS.
Dec. 11: LHS visits NVCS to talk about IB Programme with interested students during the school day.
Dec. 21: AVID and AP Capstone applications due to TVHS.
Jan. 10: LISA Applications due to MVHS.
Jan. 10: Last day to apply for open enrollment.
Jan. 2020: Your child's teachers will be recommending high school classes for them in the areas of English, Math, Social Studies, Science, and Spanish (if they choose to continue in Spanish). Please speak to Mrs. Jobman or your child's teacher if you have questions.
Mar. 20: Open Enrollment letters of acceptance/denial will be mailed to families.
Apr. 1: Acceptance signatures for open enrollment due to high schools.
REGISTRATION MEETINGS* (Students and a parent should attend)
Jan 16: Registration night at MVHS, 6pm
Jan 23: Registration night at TVHS, 6pm
Jan 28: Registration night at BHS, 6pm
Jan 29: Registration night at LHS- time TBD by last name (evening)
LCS: Please contact Loveland Classical for their registration process.
*Attendance at these meetings is very important. You will receive your registration packet and receive instructions for the online registration. Tip for easier access: Students and parents must know how to log onto their Student Portal/Parent Portal (Infinite Campus) to complete registration. If you do not know how to do this, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for your login information.
GETTING A HEAD START:
Please go online with your child and look at the online coursebook for 2020-2021: https://www.thompsonschools.org/Page/4113
Here you can see what is offered at each school, look at graduation requirements, and start deciding what classes you might like to take.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:
I will be working with students over the next couple of months and walking them through how to get registered. Please contact me with questions.
Erin Jobman, email@example.com, (970)593-6827 x1207
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.
Monday, December 23 - January 3
- Winter Break - Have a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends.
Monday, January 6
- Girls Basketball Practice Begins - 4:00 - 5:30 - 4-8 Campus
- 1-3 Spelling Bee at 4-8 Campus @ 5:30 p.m. Doors open @ 5:15
- WIDA Testing Begins
Tuesday, January 7
- 4-5 Spelling Bee at 4-8 Campus @ 5:30 p.m. Doors open @ 5:15
Wednesday, January 8
- 6-8 Spelling Bee at 4-8 Campus @ 5:30 p.m. Doors open @ 5:15
Friday, January 10
- K-3 Golden Feather Luncheon