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June 2021 - Volume 10

Nova Blanche Forman Elementary School

Russell Schwartz - Principal

Janet Calamaro - Assistant Principal

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June 09 - Last Day of School - Early Release Day - Dismissal 1:30 PM

June 10 - Employee Planning (no school for students)

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Nova Blanche Forman Families,


We have reached the conclusion to a school year that was unlike any other. As this group of students move through their education, they will be able to look back on the 2020-21 school year and appreciate that despite how different it was, they were resilient and overcame all challenges.


Whether remote learning, in person learning, or a combination of both, we have persevered through it all and have made academic growth and advancements. As we move into the summer, it is more important than ever to continue learning. For those who are attending summer school, we hope that it is a meaningful experience that will help to eliminate any learning gaps created, or enhanced, by the pandemic. For those not attending summer school, it is extremely important that you carve out time each day to read, write, and sharpen skills.


As we prepare for the new school year, we are hopeful that we have a return to normalcy. Time will tell what procedures and practices will be in place. We plan to be able to share all specifics about the new school year sometime around the beginning of August. Please be on the lookout for an invite to a meeting where we can share those plans.


One of our major focuses will continue to be the social and emotional health of our students. We know that the pandemic, and the state of the world, has taken a toll on so many. We also know that intervening in someone’s mental health is a less daunting challenge at a younger age. Ms. James, and our entire team, will be watching all students closely and providing them support for those social and emotional needs. This is the priority before we even touch on academics.


I want to thank our families, students, and educators for rising to the challenges that this year brought. It was an honor to see everyone come together to make it work. Nova Blanche Forman truly has the greatest educators anywhere!!! Thank you.


Also, thank you to our PTA, 5th Grade Committee, and Volunteers. You are such a loving, giving group of people who we value deeply at Nova Blanche Forman. We wouldn’t be the school that we are without your dedication to our students. As for our 5th graders moving on to middle school, keep making us proud! You are a special group of students who will help change the world!


This summer, our office will be open Monday-Thursday. Also, mark your calendars for the first day of the new school year, August 18th. Stay tuned for more information.


Thank you! Have a wonderful and safe summer.


Sincerely,


Mr. Russ Schwartz, Principal

Nova Blanche Forman Elementary

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Hello Nova families,


I want to wish everyone a calming, relaxing summer. This has been another interesting school year, which continues to reveal the resiliency in us all. Stay safe this summer and I hope to see you all next school year!


Here is a resource available for families who need any type of assistance. This site allows you to put in your zip code and find resources near you including but not limited to food, housing, health, mental health, work, legal, etc.


I have been recording a read aloud and motivational videos for students on YouTube. I will continue to upload new stories throughout the summer! You can access them here: Ms. James' YouTube.


Here is an article that discusses the transition from elementary school to middle school for our 5th grade parents!

Easing the Shift From Elementary to Middle School | Edutopia

Easing the Shift From Elementary to Middle School | Edutopia

The biggest shift in K–12 education is the transition from elementary school to middle school. So much is different: campus size, the numbers of students in each class, the accessibility of teachers, how lessons are implemented, student expectations, and the interaction with families.

www.edutopia.org


I can't wait to see you all in August!

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All school issued student laptops and chargers must be returned by June 11th. Laptops will be collected from the students physically in school. Parents of virtual students can drop off the laptop and charger to our front office on, or before, June 11th.
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Important NBF Information

First Day of School is WEDNESDAY, August 18th!


Open House – Tuesday, August 17th (TENTATIVE PLAN)

8:30 am - Kindergarten Orientation in Cafeteria, then Open House in classrooms

9:45 am - Second Grade Open House in their classrooms

11:00 am - Fourth Grade Open House in their classrooms

12:15 pm - First Grade Open House in their classrooms

1:30 pm - Third Grade Open House in their classrooms

2:45 pm - Fifth Grade Open House in their classrooms


Supply Lists – Supply lists for each grade level will be posted on our school website over the summer.


Titan Care Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year will take place online at www.browardschools.com/Page/53935 beginning August 9th. Please keep track of your application number and wait for your confirmation of acceptance. There is a $30 registration fee per child. There are 10 pay periods per year. Payments are made online at https://osp.osmsinc.com/browardfl/ The projected fee is $2.65 per hour. Before care is available from 7AM-9AM, aftercare is from 3:30PM-6PM. Information and these links will be posted on our school website. If you have any questions, please email our supervisor, Ms. Parsons, at m.parsons@browardschools.com


Address Changes – If you move over the summer, please contact Mrs. Smith at 754-323-6609 so your new address is entered into the computer. You will need to provide proof of address. This will help to ensure that transportation has the correct information when assigning bus stops.


Meal Application - The meal application is available at www.myschoolapps.com for free or reduced lunch. The application must be completed each year. Breakfast is free for all students.


Nova Blanche Forman Unified Dress Code Policy

Students may wear the following:

Tops: Students may wear Polo-style shirts, turtleneck shirts, collar blouses or school T-shirts. All tops must have sleeves and collars and be in a SOLID school color (with the exception of the Nova T-shirt). The colors for tops are: white, navy, yellow, black, and hunter green. It is not necessary to have emblems on the shirts.

Bottoms: Students may wear cotton twill long pants, knee length shorts, skirts, jumpers, Capri pants or skorts. Girls may also wear skirts and jumpers. A belt is optional as long as the pants are worn properly at the waist. Jeans may be worn on Fridays or the last day of the school week with a school shirt. The colors for bottoms are: khaki, navy, black, and hunter green. Students can wear jackets, sweatshirts, vests or sweaters with an approved Nova shirt underneath.

Elementary students may NOT wear backless shoes. Sneakers are recommended. No article of clothing or jewelry that may cause injury, such as belts, bracelets, wallet chains, collars with spikes or heavy link chains are allowed.


Have a wonderful summer! Be safe and remember to read.

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June

PTA Corner:

  • Let the countdown begin as summer break is almost here!
  • Elections outcomes are here! The NBFE PTA’s 2021-2022 elected Executive Board members are:
    • President – Chris Canter (currently Treasurer)
    • VP of Membership/Volunteers - Monique Dalien (continuing in the same role)
    • Secretary - Sharmane Buchanan (currently President)
    • Treasurer - Noelle Corris (currently VP of Education)
  • Saying farewell for now - the following board members have decided to conclude their service and we are saying a heartfelt “thank you” for their generous service and dedication to our PTA.
  • Cindy McCord - Secretary and yearbook Chair.
  • Katrina Manseau - VP of Fundraising and yearbook member.
  • Keila Fossas - Staff Liaison and one of our 2nd grade teachers.
  • Opportunity to serve - the following board positions remains vacant as we had no nominations during the election process. Please email us at novablanchepta@gmail.com if you are interested in serving.
    • Vice-President of Fundraising – planning and executing major fundraising efforts, including parent nights (minimum of 2 per year), Scholastic Book Fairs (2 per year), Spirit Days (4 per year), and other fundraisers deemed appropriate by the board.
    • Vice-President of Education and Staff Liaison - planning and executing PTA-sponsored educational initiatives that promote academic enrichment, character development, and/or health and welfare of students. Serves as the main contact between school staff and the PTA Executive Board.
  • Thank you all for supporting us with our fundraiser events over the past school year! You helped us to continue to provide activities, supplies and essential learning materials to our students and school.

Wishing everyone a safe and restful summer!!

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If you ordered a 2020-2021 yearbook, PTA is working with the publisher to determine an exact delivery date. PTA hopes that this date will be prior to the last day of school. Once the exact date is determined, we will communicate with families. If you have any questions, please email NovaBlancheYB@gmail.com.
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There will be NO birthday or holiday celebrations.

Do not send in items to be shared or passed out.

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Arrival

School begins promptly at 9:30 AM. Students being transported to school by car must not arrive before 9:00 AM. Upon arriving late, after 9:30 AM, students must come to the front office to be admitted to class. Except in cases of a late bus, students will be marked tardy at 9:30 AM. As per the School Board of Broward County Discipline Matrix, habitual tardies can result in consequences such as time out, detention, social worker interventions and/or rescission of Nova placement.


Dismissal

Children are dismissed at 3:30 PM. If a student is to be picked up early, a note must be given to the classroom teacher in the morning. No child is permitted to leave the school at any time prior to the regular dismissal time unless he/she is signed out in the front office. Students will not be called to the office for early dismissal after 3:00 PM. Only persons listed on the registration form will be permitted to sign out a child.


Per School Board Policy, there will be no dismissal after 3:00 PM. Dismissal begins at 3:30 PM. If your child is a car rider, please be on time, in an emergency call the office.


Children who are car riders at dismissal will be seated according to grade level. Parents who do not wish to park, must wait in the car line. Parents need to wait outside, not in the front office. Students will not be released to meet parents across the parking lot. Names of children and their grade level should be placed in the windshield of the passenger side of the car. It is of extreme importance that children be picked up on time or enrolled in the After Care program at Nova Blanche Forman. Parents who habitually pick their child(ren) up late will be referred to the school social worker.


To ensure the success of your children, it is important that they be in school on time and that they remain in school through the end of the day.

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If your child is unable to attend school on a given day, parents may report an absence from the school's website using the Online Absence Reporting Form, found on the "Report an Absence" page under Contact on the main menu. You may also report an absence by emailing your child's teacher or by calling our attendance line at 754-323-6602.
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For updated information regarding 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit www.cdc.gov. If you are concerned that you have been exposed to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), please call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300.
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Smoking is prohibited anywhere on school grounds. We ask you to extinguish cigarettes before arriving on school grounds.
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FortifyFL was created and funded by the 2018 Florida Legislature as part of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. The application was named by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Download the app on your phone today!

You can view the website by going here www.getfortifyfl.com.

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The School Board of Broward County, Florida, prohibits any policy or procedure which results in discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. The School Board also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Individuals who wish to file a discrimination and/or harassment complaint may call the Director, Equal Educational Opportunities/ADA Compliance Department & District’s Equity Coordinator/Title IX Coordinator at 754-321- 2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) 754-321-2158.