September 2021 Edition
Dear Newport El Families,
It's been a great start to the school year! I love seeing so many happy students eager to return to school!
Each month I will be sharing information, upcoming dates, strategies to support students' academics at home, and resources related to "thriving together" - our school theme for the year. I hope that you will take the time to read through it and stay connected to the school.
This month's E-notes has additional info since we aren't able to have a general, in-person meeting for Back-to-School Night. I know the teachers are excited to Zoom with you to share more about what you and your child can expect this year.
Even though we can't physically have parents and families on campus right now, please know that you are a huge part of our school community, and I value your partnership. Staying connected and involved can look lots of different ways including supporting your students with homework and communicating with their teacher, volunteering with PTA, and joining the Foundation. It's only by working together that we make Newport El the best on the beach!
Keep being awesome!
The Point is a weekly communication from Newport El's Foundation and PTA.
Joining PTA is a great way to get involved and support our school.
The Newport El Foundation supports enrichment programs that benefit all students.
Arrival and Dismissal
Staff supervision begins at 7:45.
The valet curb is for dropping off only. Do not park or exit your vehicle.
All walkers and bikers should enter campus from the boardwalk gates.
When school is dismissed, students exit through the MPR doors or the boardwalk gates.
The valet curb is for picking up only. Do not park or exit your vehicle.
All walkers and bikers should exit campus through the boardwalk gates.
Adults, if you are parking your car or walking to campus, please meet your student at the boardwalk gate. It makes it difficult to safely get students in and out of cars when the sidewalk is congested with pedestrians. All foot traffic should be on the boardwalk side of campus. The curb in front of school is for loading/unloading from vehicles only.
Flag Deck is a time for our school to come together as one school community to celebrate our accomplishments, connect, and show our school pride.
While community members are still not allowed on campus, please know how valuable you all are to the success of our students and our school.
We know that parents and family members love to attend, and we hope to be able to invite you back soon.
Health and Safety
Please look over this Symptom Decision Tree. Our health office staff uses this document when determining if a student needs to be sent home and for what length of time. If you are in doubt about whether or not your child should come to school, please refer to this document and/or call our health office.
While social-distancing is no longer a requirement under the CDC K-12 School Guidance, it is still relevant when conducting close-contact tracing. A close contact is someone who has been within 6 feet of a COVID-19 infected individual for a period of 15 minutes or more during a 24 hour period. In the event a student or staff member tests positive, our health office staff will conduct close-contact tracing and notify those affected.
Spotlight on Academics
With that season behind us, our staff has been thinking critically about the role homework should play, the quality of what is assigned, and the quantity. You will see some changes in how our teachers approach homework. This is based on our experience, reflection, the research about best practices when it comes to homework, and what is developmentally appropriate.
The most important thing you can do at home to support your student is to dedicate time to reading. Time for students to read to themselves, read to you, and for you to read to them. Even older students enjoy and benefit from being read to. When you share reading with your child, you have opportunities to discuss what you're reading together.
Here is an article, "Supporting Your Child's Literacy Development at Home," with more suggestions for incorporating reading and literacy at home.
This month's focus is self-confidence. Dr Borba says,
"Self-confidence is the quiet understanding of 'who I am' that nurtures inner assuredness and appreciation of one's unique qualities, strengths, talents and interests. Self-confidence blossoms as skills, capabilities, character traits, and self-awareness grow."
- Leads to better academic performance
- Leads to more resilience
- Leads to a greater sense of well-being
- Leads to more happiness
Two Strategies to Try:
- Use nouns, not verbs to amplify a child's strength. Using a noun descriptor may motivate kids to use their strength more frequently because they want to pursue a positive identity. For example, try saying, "Thank you for being a helper," instead of "Thank you for helping your little brother."
- Praise effort, not talent. An ultimate goal for children is to develop a strength mind-set, the belief that if he/she works on her strengths they will improve and help her become her best.
September Read Aloud
September 1 and 2 - Back to School Night Sessions on Zoom
September 2 - Dismissal at 1:00 for Back-to-School night
September 3 - Flag Deck and Spirit Dress - Wear Hawaiian print to say aloha to summer
September 6 - Labor Day - No School
September 10 - Picture Day
September 15 - International Dot Day - Wear "dots or spots"
September 17 - Flag Deck and Spirit Dress - Wear your Newport El gear
September 17 - PTA Fundraiser starts - Charleston Wrap
At this time, NMUSD campuses remain closed to all visitors and volunteers. The front office is open to assist families, but only students and staff are permitted past the front office. As much as possible, please email or call the office for assistance.
Main Line: 949-515-6965
Vicky Mahtesian - firstname.lastname@example.org
Health, medications, and immunizations questions:
Dana Hansen - email@example.com and
Nurse Sarah Hacker - firstname.lastname@example.org
All Other inquiries:
Susi Mendoza - email@example.com