NP³ Elementary 2021-2022

Matey Message Week 3 August 16-20, 2021

"We have a ‘latte’ to be thankful for."

Dear Matey Families,

This week marked (for some) their first official full week of school. The students are working very hard to reacclimate to in-person learning school and a full-day schedule. They are doing a great job!

We will continue to work at rebuilding our school culture and student personal leadership. By the end of this week, all students should have familiarity with our school's philosophy about a raise responsibility. This noncoercive approach is titled, "Discipline Without Stress" and is based on the work by Dr. Marvin Marshall. Please learn more about the levels of development below.

COVID-19 Safety: Procedures

Please review this slideshow (and below) about the steps NP3 Elementary takes when a student or staff member is found COVID-19 positive.

COVID Positive Case Steps:

Leader in Me: Getting Involved at School Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to show your kids that you take an interest in their education. The best part is that volunteering doesn’t have to be “in-person.” Parent volunteers offer a huge resource and support base for the school community while showing their kids the importance of participating in the larger community. Even if you haven’t been involved in the past, start now!

See the Natomas Unified School District Volunteer Packet below for more information and for the steps to take (to volunteer in class).

Construction Updates:

The kindergarten and first-grade play area (at the front of the school) will see more improvements this week. The artificial grass will extend and bark will be added to current dirt areas.

Afternoon Drop Off: Blackbird Gate

It has been brought to my attention that safety is a concern at the Blackbird Gate. With the increase in COVID-19 positive cases and the Delta strain, this needs to be addressed.

Our staff and families have shared that there is crowding and a lack of social distancing around the students. It has also been shared that parents are not respecting staff, students, and other families. That is unacceptable and not the example we want to set for our students. For example, arguing with staff, encouraging students to leave campus before they are dismissed (often before 2:30), and refusing to wear a mask around the staff/students is just not cool.

The NP3 Elementary staff works tirelessly for your families. They are responsive, solution-oriented, and respectful. The last thing they need at the end of the day (with your kids) is to be treated with disrespect and as if they are not working hard. Please treat the staff in the way you expect them to treat your children. We value our NP3 Community and we are proud of our families. Let's continue to work hard to maintain a high level of integrity and kindness.

Continue to look for their direction. The dismissal team is always seeking out ways to make dismissal a Win-Win for all.


Below and attached are the August menus for breakfast and lunch. School lunches always feature and vegetarian option. School lunch is free for the 2021-2022 school year.

August Breakfast Menu:

August Lunch Menu:

If a child needs more time to eat, they can take it. There is a digital clock in the cafeteria, signs with eating times, and staff time warnings (5 more minutes, 2 more minutes). When students clean up and we notice a student who needs more time, we allow them to stay. Please help your child practice asking for help or more time if they need it.

Hot lunch is free. We encourage students to eat their home lunch. However, they will ask to have both lunches. If you do not want your child to have a free lunch, please notify your teacher. I (along with the other lunch staff) will be on the lookout.

Chocolate and while milk is free (as well).

Water Filling Station:

There is a water filling station on campus (behind the middle school/near the grass field used for lunch). The students line up (right next to it) for lunch on the blacktop behind the middle school. They are more than welcome to fill their bottle up at any time, but we can help them at lunch.

There will be another one on our campus (once it is built). If your kiddo needs to find it, we can help them with that.


Due to the changing weather, we have collected quite a bit in our LOST and FOUND. Miss Aericka and our high school office interns have created a LOST and FOUND on wheels. It is located in our elementary office. We will wheel it out for kids to look through. We have also asked teachers to walk students by the LOST and FOUND weekly (to look for items).

Matey Afterschool Program (MAP) Is Looking for Help!

FYI: Mr. Gene is actively recruiting new members to join his MAP Team. If interested, please contact Mr. Gene at

Important Dates to Remember:

August 18, and 25 Early Release Wednesdays 1:00 pm

September 6 Labor Day NO SCHOOL