News From Nighthawk Nation
Elevating Excellence in Academics, Character & Community
Edition 21 - Week of 2/17/2020
Happy Valentine's Day! I think I can speak for the entire staff when I say we love your children. It is our honor and privilege to get to spend our day with our amazing students. It has been an incredible week to celebrate the learning and growth this week with our 100th Day Celebrations.
Kindness was abundant on both campuses. Congratulations to our middle school students for their awesome effort in raising money for Slammin' Fammin'. We are so proud of their kind hearts and entrepreneurial spirit.
Mrs. McCrary's class spent time this morning creating comfort bags for the homeless. What a wonderful way to share love to others.
Congratulations to our Battle of the Book (BOB) teams. All teams will be advancing to the Grand Battle. We are so proud of you. 3rd Grade is entering Grand Battle in 2nd Place, Fourth Grade is 1st and 5th Grade is 1st. Congratulations to all of the students and coaches.
The New Vision Girl's Basketball Team is halfway through the 2020 season. The A-team is currently sitting at 3-3 in the NCIL Conference. The mix of returning players and new additions are beginning to mesh and continue to improve each game. It will be exciting to see what this team looks like once the playoffs are here.
The B-team has been busy working on fundamentals this season. This year brought us a lot of first year basketball players excited to learn the game of basketball. They have been improving every single practice and game.
Our next home game will be 2/20 vs Dayspring with the B-team kicking off the action at 4. We would love for you to come and cheer on the Nighthawks!
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.
- Please refrain from being on your cell phone while you are in driveline. It is dangerous for your child, other children and our staff.
- All cars need to enter from the west and turn right into driveline. Please do not enter from the east.
- Students need to be loaded/unloaded on passenger side only
- Please do not exit your car during driveline. If you need extra time to load/unload your child, please use the coned area.
Officer Dee Jalali
Guns in the home
* DISCLAIMER * Sensitive topics will be discussed in this part of the newsletter
Did you know in 2019, 37% of Americans had 1 or more guns in their home? (www.statisa.com) Or that children as young as 3 years old are strong enough to pull the trigger of a firearm? (www.healthychildren.org) Even more disturbing, is that every day, 8 children and teens are accidentally killed due to an unlocked gun or unsupervised adult in the home (www.Bradyunited.org) It’s clear children have access to firearms in their homes and we all know the consequences can be tragic if not handled properly.
On Feb. 1, 2020, a 5 year old unintentionally shot and killed himself in a car while he was unsupervised parked in the driveway of his home. On January 31, 2020, a 2 year old unintentionally shot and killed himself with a loaded handgun found in a motel room while his mom and mom’s friend were in the room. And on January 30, 2020, a 4 year old shot and killed himself with a gun found in a bedroom closet in his home while his father and younger brother were in the home. (All from www.everytownresearch.org)
And I’m not just talking about unintentional shootings either. The risk of a teenager dying by suicide is 4-10 times higher in homes with guns (www.healthychildren.org). Seperately, a study done by Harvard showed that 82% of suicides in children aged 17 and younger used a family member’s firearm to committ suicide.
Now I am not here to steer you away from owning guns when you have children as that is your right. I would just like to pass on some tips to be mindful of when you have children in the home as well.
Safe storage- All guns in the home should be kept in a safe that your children do not have access to
The AAP recommends parents to store their firearms unloaded and locked up, with the ammunition stored separately (www.healthychildren.org)
It’s not hard to figure out family passcodes so be aware of that if you have older children and your gun safe is in an visible place
Never tell your children where the keys are to access the firearms
Trigger locks or cable locks are also alternatives if you don’t have safes
Be mindful of where you keep your firearm in the vehicle. If possible, follow the same above rule and keep it in a safe
Don’t assume hiding your gun is enough
Research shows that 3 out of 4 children aged 5-14 know where firearms are hidden in the home and 1 in 3 have handled a firearm, many without a parents permission (www.healthblog.org) Storing your firearm unloaded is the safest option to avoid accidents.
Be cautious of guns marked “childproof”, this doesn’t make them completely foolproof
Talk to your children
Remind your children that if they ever come across a gun, to stay away from it and tell an adult immediately, even if it looks like a toy
Repeat this often to your children and keep in mind, curiosity will get the best of them regardless of what you tell them. The more you repeat it, the more we can ensure they are hearing the message
What about guns in homes other than mine?
This topic was actually brought up to me by a parent here at New Vision with concerns that maybe their children would have access to firearms at their friends houses and it’s a valid concern. More than a third of all unintentional shootings of children occur in homes of their friends, relatives, and neighbors (www.healthychildren.org)
There is nothing wrong with asking another parent if they have unlocked firearms in their homes. Just like you’d ask about pets, allergies, or other safety issues, add one more important question before your child visits that home. It could save your child’s life. The goal isn’t to shame other parents who may have a gun but preventing injuries and deaths.
As always, I’m always here to answer any further questions that may come up!
Officer Dee Jalali
Loveland Police Department
M-F 7:45 am - 3:45 pm
School Resource Officer | SWAT Negotiator | Background Investigator
Open Enrollment 2020 - 2021
As our clientele, you are our best advertisers! As we open enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year we are hosting parent information nights for prospective students and their parents. We will have many openings in grades K-8 next year and would love for you to help spread the word.
If you know of anyone who is looking for a change, or who is moving into the area please send them our way. Information about this event can also be found on our Facebook Page.
NVCS Board Elections
To: New Vision Parents/Guardians
From: NVCS Board of Directors
Date: Feb 4, 2020
Subject: Open 2020-21 Board of Director Positions
New Vision Charter School is moving forward with great success and needs your help to keep up our progress. Students and staff are enjoying our new 4-8 building and our K-3 facility is already brimming with new students. NVCS is continuing to grow and we’ve received another recognition as a 2019 School of Distinction. We want to continue our success for years to come and we’re looking for parents to join our Board of Directors.
As a charter school, NVCS is governed by our parents and community. Each year the board opens 3 positions that are ending their terms. This is your opportunity to be part of the decision-making process for New Vision and its future. As a member of the Board of Directors, your life and business experience play an important role, and your opinion and contributions are highly valued. NVCS enjoys an increasingly diverse student population and we hope to have a board that reflects that same growing diversity. We invite you to consider running for a position on the Board.
There are two (2) 3-year term positions and one (1) 1-year term opening in May 2020. The process is relatively simple, apply for a position and participate in the election process in April. You may also want to attend the orientation session at the March 30th Board meeting at 5:30 pm to ask questions and learn more about what is involved in serving on the New Vision Board of Directors.
What does serving on the Board entail?
The Board has control and general management of the affairs, property and business of NVCS. As such, you would work hand-in-hand with school administration and six (6) other board members on tasks such as:
Establish and evaluate our academic and physical school growth strategies
Maintain a financially stable operation and ensure our expenses support our mission and vision
Work with TSD school board, the Boys & Girls Club and other agencies on matters that pertain to NVCS
Establish school policies that govern the manner in which we operate as an organization
Collaborate with our Executive Director in establishing standards and best-in-class strategies for continued improvement as a top-tier charter school.
What is expected of a board member?
Attend and actively participate in regularly scheduled, monthly Board meetings. (3-4 hours/month)
Prepare for the meetings beforehand by reviewing the agenda and Board packet. (1-2 hours/month)
Serve as liaison to one of our standing committees (School Accountability/SAC, Finance, Public Relations, Committee of 2 (2-3 hours/month)
Participate in additional meetings/discussions with external agencies as required (1-2 hours/month)
Attend 1 or 2 all-day strategy/goal setting meeting(s) annually (5-7 hours per meeting)
Commit to a three-year term
How to apply.
Complete and submit the following items by the application deadline date of April 10th
Review and agree to uphold the board norms (published here)
Complete the online New Vision Board Questionnaire (link here).
What happens next? Participate in Town Hall Meeting on April 16th in the evening at NVCS.
Additional important dates. Voting opens April 18th and closes April 23rd.
There are many important and exciting opportunities the NVCS Board will be tackling over the next few months and years. If you are willing to donate your time for the benefit of quality education, are an effective communicator and a good listener, consider donating your talents and help make New Vision Charter School the best school we can be!
Track and Field Sign Ups
NVCS Night at the Colorado Eagles
New Vision Charter School Advanced Choir will be singing the National Anthem at the Eagles game, Tuesday March 10th. Our STUCO will be participating in the “Chuck a Puck” fundraising activity that happens during the 2nd intermission to raise funds for the Larimer County Food Bank.
For tickets please visit denver.ticketsales.com/TheEagles or call 888-729-4718
Pets at School
This is a reminder that pets of any kind are not allowed on either campus. Thank you.
Random Acts of Kindness
Did you know kindness affects our brain positively? Kindness increases oxytocin which lowers blood pressure, and increases self-esteem and optimism, according to studies at Dartmouth University. They also found that helping others makes a person feel stronger, more energetic, and calmer.
The week of Feb 17th is Kindness Week, with Random Acts of Kindness observed on Monday February 17th. We will be talking with students about this during the week. We would love for you as parents and guardians to also discuss this special week with your child at home. What are some ways they can be kind to their classmates this week? What could they do for their community to promote kindness? How can they show kindness to the school staff and school property? I'm sure they'll realize they're already doing a lot of those things already! If you want to take it a step further and use a kindness calendar for your family at home, here is a great resource for you: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/printables
"Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give."-Unknown
FREE SUMMER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE FOR CURRENT 7TH GRADE STUDENTS
Have you been wanting to hone your leadership skills? Do you love being up in the mountains during the summer? If yes, this is for you! Rotary is sponsoring a free week-long Youth Leadership Conference in July at the Ponderosa Retreat and Conference Center in Larkspur, CO. RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a life-changing leadership training program for young men and women where leadership skills and principles are learned, developed and enhanced in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The purpose of RYLA is to encourage and assist current and potential youth leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership. Many past RYLArians have said, "It was the best week of my life!"
Any current 7th grader can apply. If interested in either opportunity, please check out the link for more information: https://rmryla.org/
-Mrs. Jobman, Counselor, NVCS Peridot Campus.
February Meeting Notes 2/10/2020
Call to order @ 6:30
Attendees: Joseie Bielenberg, Marnie Benson, Kami Guymon, Jill Aldrich, Becky Clark, Michele Weinland, Autumn Christmas, Jordyn Glasscock, Melissa Garcia, Barb Dean
Budget - Slight difference with teacher costs, nothing major
iPads - Kami with look into Donors Choose, Jill sent Melissa Apple contact information, Jill will email Todd to see if we need a license for each iPad, still a yes to buying the iPads - just trying to find a way to subsidize the cost
Golden Feather Shirts (request from Mary Baker) - $635 for 100 total shirts - $862.50 for 150 total shirts (various sizes), through Kosmo Screen Printing, Marnie motioned to grant the money for 150 shirts, Kami seconded approval
Bricks - Kristin & Joseie has offered to research the bricks, Tim is on board for adding new bricks and moving them closer to the school in the summer, discussed doing a flash sale to ensure ordering is all done by end of year
Movie Night - projector is currently not working, need to test it before advertising, need to talk to NJHS (McNutt) to see if they want to provide concessions, parents dropping off kids will not be ok - need to ensure we advertise as a Family Night, doors open a 6:00 - movie night starts at 6:30, will put a poll on Facebook with three movie choices
Carnival - date is for sure May 2nd, Tim approved food trucks, we need to start looking at booking the food trucks, do we want a theme?, Michele offered to call food trucks, threw around possible times, Jill will contact Fun Services Rep to see if they have a suggested time of day & length
Adjournment @ 7:07 pm
Wednesday, February 26th @ 8 am @ K-3 Campus
Milk Cap Collection
Caps4Cash is a Morning Fresh Dairy program where schools can earn cash by collecting caps from Morning Fresh Dairy glass bottles. Each cap will be redeemed for 5¢ and spent any way the school would like! Please bring your caps to the office at the K-3 building and help our school.
Heroes Among Us
A Scholarship Opportunity Presented by Loveland Mountain View Rotary
HERO: noun, plural heroes;
1. a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character:
2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model.
Who is the HERO in your life? Life’s journey is often full of twists and turns, joys and pain, highs and lows. In order to thrive and sometimes survive, the help of another individual becomes more than necessary. Even through simple acts of kindness, encouragement, inspiration or courage, a lasting impression can create a lifelong, impacting relationship. HEROES are AMONG US!
The program is designed to allow you to publicly thank an important person in your life. The rules are simple:
1) Any person in your life may be nominated as a hero. 2) This includes parents, step-parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles,
teachers, service men and women, neighbors, friends— anyone! 3) You must be a middle school or high school student in a
Loveland/Berthoud school (Public, Private, or Faith-Based) or homeschooled within Thompson School District.
To be considered for a potential $500 scholarship, you must:
• Submit an application online: www.heroesamongus.co
• Deadline to receive your application is April 1st, 2020
• Based on your application, you may be invited to attend a ceremony on April 20, 2020 where (5) $500 scholarships will be presented! The best of the best will be selected for an evening of fun, food and recognition. (We may present your essay to the group), at Scheels All Sports, 4755 Ronald Reagan Blvd, Johnstown, 6-8 pm.
We are Hiring!
K-3 Long Term Substitute - Beginning end of March
No school - President's Day
Tuesday, February 18 -
Spring Sports Meeting - 6:00 p.m. - 4-8 Commons
Wednesday, February 19 -
Advanced Choir - 3:30 - 4:30 - 4-8 Campus
Thursday, February 20 -
Harlem Globetrotter Assembly- K-3 Campus
Girls Basketball vs. Dayspring - 4-6 p.m.- NVCS Gym
Saturday, February 22 -
Battle of the Books Grand Battle - Loveland Public Library - All Day
Mathletes - MathCounts Competition @ UNC