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November 21, 2022

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Note from the Principal

Hello NES Families,

Thank you for attending our student-led conferences. It's been wonderful to see each and every family in our school and classrooms so our students can share their growth and plan for next steps. We will have Early Release Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week, then head into Thanksgiving Break. We wish you all a wonderful holiday weekend.

With Gratitude,


Katie Brown

Parent-teacher-student conferences:

Please call the office today if you need to schedule any changes to your conference time.

Attendance: Working Together for Student Success

School success goes hand in hand with good attendance. You can see how many absences your child has had so far this year on their report card.

We know there have been so many cold bugs and everyone is doing their best to stay healthy. Thank you for keeping kids home when they are really sick. It's also the job of the school to monitor attendance and notify parents of concerns. Please reach out to Mrs. Rediger in the office if your child will be absent from school, and we will reach out to you as well. Thank you for the communication!

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Highly Capable Nominations

The Highly Capable nomination window is open between November and the end of December. It is time to begin thinking about nominations for students who may meet the highly capable nomination requirements. We are trying to identify the top 2% in the district as defined by the state.

The State of Washington defines highly capable as "students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experience, or environments," as demonstrated by one or more of the multiple learning characteristics.

Please connect with your child's teacher to have a conversation about nomination qualifications.

Congratulations to Girls on the Run!

Our 3rd and 4th grade students who have been participating in Girls on the Run program ran a 5K race this weekend as their culminating event. Thank you to Mrs. Buckley, Mrs. Hammond, Mrs. Coppinger and Mrs. Anderson for being their coaches.

Congratulations! "Girls on the Run is So Much Fun!"

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Family Involvement at NES: Join Us!

NV Apparel Sale: Order by Nov. 30th

Want to order some NV gear for the holidays? Click on the link below to order. Orders are due by Nov. 30th so they will have time to arrive by mid-December. Let's show our NV pride!

Watch D.O.G.S Kick-Off Event: Dec. 1st at 6:00pm

Hey dads, uncles, fathers, guardians, and other special male figures in our student's lives! Ready to join Watch D.O.G.S? (Dads of Great Students). Join us for a special event.

  • When: Thursday, December 1st at 6:00pm
  • What: Pizza party kick-off event to share more about the program and volunteering as a Watch D.O.G.
  • Where: NES Gym
  • Who: Dads, uncles, fathers, male guardians and their student

December 6th "Families for Nooksack " PTO Meeting: All families welcome!!

Would you like to be more involved with our Families for Nooksack PTO group? All families are invited to our next meeting on Tuesday, December 6th from 6:30-7:30pm. We will meet in the NES library.

We will share lots of fun events and plans for the rest of the year. Then we will gather feedback and families can sign up to help with an event that sounds fun to you. More hands make light work. We hope to see you there!

Dec. 8th: Holiday Craft Night!

Mark your calendars now for our next PTO sponsored family evening event on December 8th. Families can come anytime between 5:30-7:30pm. Come together as a family for games, sugar cookie decorating, Photo Booth, and more! We are asking for $5.00 entrance fee for students.

Early Entry Kindergarten (EEK)

Will your child be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2023 and is not currently in a preschool program?

The Nooksack Valley School District is planning to return to our Early Entry Kindergarten this year that will provide a free, full-day early entrance kindergarten opportunity for children who are scheduled to enter a kindergarten class in the fall of 2023.

What: A free full-day kindergarten

When: Students will be screened in early January and may qualify based on need. After the screening has taken place, you will receive a letter in the mail if your child has qualified or not. The estimated start date for the program is January 27, 2023. Early Entry Kindergarten program will follow the regular district calendar and will end on the last day of school, which is currently June 16, 2023.

Where: Located at our elementary schools

Why: This program will focus on social and basic academic skills to help qualifying students get a jumpstart toward success in school.

The Nooksack Valley School District is doing all we can in supporting all students at every level of education. One of our key strategies is to enhance and invest in early childhood learning opportunities. We believe offering Early Entry Kindergarten is a positive and critical step in helping your child transition into our schools and continue their journey as a lifelong learner.

If you believe your child may qualify and you are interested in enrolling them, please fill out the application and drop it off at any elementary school location no later than November 25, 2022. Please call one of our elementary schools if you have any questions.

Everson Elementary-360-966-2030

Sumas Elementary-360-988-9423

Nooksack Elementary-360-966-3321

Elementary Music Performances for the 2022-2023 School Year

We are excited and grateful to be able to offer music performances again at our elementary schools. We are going to try out a new concert schedule this year that we feel will benefit our students. We will gather feedback from staff and families at the end of the year to see how everyone felt it went.

Here is the concert schedule for Nooksack Elementary:

  • February 10th: 2nd and 3rd grade
  • March 15th: 4th and 5th grade
  • May 24th: Kinder and 1st grade

A few reasons we would like to try this schedule:

  • All concerts can be held during the school day so all students can perform.
  • Having concerts by grade band (K-1, 2-3, 4-5), will give students more time to sing more songs. Families will get to see their child perform more pieces.
  • By holding performances later in the year, students will feel more prepared and confident in their ability and readiness to stand in front of an audience and perform. Students will also be able to perform music they’ve learned in the classroom curriculum and will not need to deviate in order to prepare for a performance.

You may be wondering, “So no concert in December before Winter Break?” Yes, that’s correct. We will continue to plan a Spirit Week the week before break, and always have many festive activities with students and families. With November conferences and only two weeks in December before break, it is always a challenge to help all students feel truly ready and confident for a performance.

We look forward to trying out this concert schedule for the coming year and will send more details as the dates get closer. We appreciate your support!


Katie Brown (Principal)

Jackson Stewart (Music teacher)

NV Music Team

ASB Cards

Elementary ASB cards are once again available to purchase at the school office for $11.00. The cards provide entrance to all Nooksack Valley High School home sporting events.

NES Family Handbook: Please click the document below

Volunteers are Welcome! Please fill out the paperwork

Please click here for the VOLUNTEER PACKET. You can also call the district office at (360) 988-4754 to see if your volunteer status is still active.

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