September 16, 2022

Message from Principal Melamed

Dear Nederland Community,

I am thrilled to announce that we have officially hired Terry Neitenbach as our PE teacher. Mr. Neitenbach comes to us after spending 30 years teaching at Eisenhower Elementary in Boulder. He has hit the ground running. His PE classes are fun, and engaging, and he keeps the kids moving! We are so fortunate to have Terry on our team.

I also want to take this opportunity to review some overall data from last year based on CMAS. CMAS is the state-mandated test that all 3rd to 5th-grade students take. It tests English Language Arts (ELA) which includes reading and writing. CMAS also tests mathematics. 5th-grade students take a science test.

First, let’s compare pre-pandemic percentages to the spring of 2022. The percentages in the charts below are the percentages of students who met or exceeded grade level expectations on CMAS. These two charts (English Language Arts and Mathematics) include a comparison of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch (FRL) and those who do not (Non-FRL). The charts below do represent different cohorts of students so it is more of an apples-to-oranges comparison than an apples-to-apples comparison. Nonetheless, it is encouraging that the overall percentage of students who met or exceeded grade-level standards was about the same in 2019 as in 2022.

The charts below also show that we have significant work to do: half of our students in grades 3-5 are meeting grade level expectations in ELA and 41% in Mathematics. We also have significant achievement gaps between our students that qualify for FRL and those who do not - 31% in ELA and 37% in mathematics.

Thanks for taking the time to review this important data. As always please feel free to reach out with any additional questions or if you just want to touch base to talk more about the data.

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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


Nederland Library Card Art Contest

Please see the flyer below and for more information visit their website at:
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Social Emotional Learning - Ann Sherman

Social Emotional Learning at NES:

Students are practicing some of the key skills for learning this month: listening respectfully, focusing their attention, following directions, and assertively asking for help when needed. Parents can help build these crucial skills at home using these fun activities:

PreK: Listening with your whole body

Kinders: Following Directions

First grade: Following Directions

Second and Third grade: Ask your child how they do each skill on this poster

Fourth grade: Listening with Attention

Fifth grade: Listening with Attention

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Did you miss the 1st Mountain Strong Families parenting class?

Contact to join the next session on Oct 11th. Enjoy a FREE family dinner and childcare followed by parents trying to understand "WHY CHILDREN ACT THE WAY THEY DO." A sweet cash incentive is offered if you attend all the sessions!

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Nederland Elementary BVSD Child Care Updates - Jessa Myers

BVSD School Age Care – SAC offers inclusive, fun, and licensed surroundings for kindergarten through 5th-grade students, Monday through Friday 3:30 - 6 pm. Our Seven enriching Learning Zones give time for creative exploration, homework, and indoor and outdoor play to complement the school day. Click here to register for a child care account and see all of the Nederland care options, or email with any questions. You can also visit School Age Care for more information.

If you have any questions regarding the program at Nederland Elementary, please email the NES SAC Supervisor,Lyndsey Stafford(

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 off to a great start this school year and still has openings in our program if you are in need of full day care for your preschooler. This week we started introducing the letter “A” and learning the sounds and words associated with it; our theme is “Community Helpers” where we are exploring different jobs within our community that help everyone work and live together.

Social Emotional development is a very important part of the PreSchool Enrichment program. We are working with the Second Step curriculum and focusing on listening skills this week through several games, discussions, and props that allow our friends to practice real-life listening situations individually and with one another.

If you have any questions regarding the PreSchool Enrichment program please reach out to Jessa Meyers, Preschool Enrichment Supervisor at .

Enrollment is open for PSE! Please see our website here to enroll on our PSE waitlist. For details on enrollment, please email

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District News

SAC Adventure Camps

On no-school days head out on fun local excursions with Adventure Camps from BVSD School Age Care! Registration opened September 1 for all 18 days from October 17 through April 24. BVSD Child Care registration is required plus $75 for Excursion Day field trips or $65 for interactive themed days at SAC locations. DETAILS:

EcoTober Community Event and Costume Exchange

The cities of Lafayette, Louisville, Town of Superior, and Boulder Valley School District are hosting a regional sustainability event called Eco-Tober on Sunday, Oct. 2, from noon-4pm at Centaurus High School (10300 South Boulder Rd) in Lafayette.

Eco-Tober will feature over 50 exhibitors, a performance by Jeff and Paige, hands-on workshops, a Halloween costume exchange and interactive activities for a fun family-friendly event. We invite you to join us for this event to envision and create healthy, resilient, and sustainable communities in Boulder County. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information and the event schedule go to

The event is also looking for volunteers! If you would like to see behind the scenes of Eco-Tober and help make this event a success, register at Please note, volunteers should be old enough to work unsupervised, and if not should sign up with an adult mentor.

Community Cycles will be holding a bike donation drive on-site at the event. If you have a bike that is taking up space, give it new life by donating it. Any used bike, in any condition, will be gratefully received, fixed up, and put back in action.

Re-spook, Re-scare, and Re-wear!

Let’s make Halloween Eek-o-Friendly with a Halloween costume exchange. From Sept. 1-26 we will be collecting good-conditioned, unwanted, and old Halloween costumes for all ages. Come by the Eco-Tober event where we will be distributing costumes first come, first served throughout the event.

Costume drop-off locations are below:

Lafayette Public Library

776 W. Baseline Rd, Lafayette

Louisville Public Library

951 Spruce St, Louisville

Superior Community Center

1500 Coalton Rd., Superior

Nederland Elementary

Attendance Line: 720-561-4802

Transportation: 720-561-6241