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January 24th, 2022

Note from the Principal

Hello NES Families,

Happy Monday! Just a few reminders for this week:

1) There is NO SCHOOL on Friday (1/28).

2) Open Hands food bags will be coming home on Thursday for families who signed up. You can still sign up anytime, just return the letter to your child's teacher or call the office. Usually bags will go home on Fridays, but this week will be Thursday.

3) We have two Early Release Days in February: Feb. 2nd and 23rd. Please see more information below about February events.

Have a wonderful week!

Katie Brown

Raising Kids: Awesome Opportunities!

Raising Kids is Hard, but Strengthening Families and Parenting Wisely Can Help!

Two Opportunities to Improve Communication & Connection with Your Family


Strengthening Families - FREE via ZOOM, Jan. 25-Mar. 8, Tuesdays 6-8pm

Are you parenting youth ages 10-14? Strengthening Families is a program designed to help parents/caregivers and their kids ages 10-14 to navigate adolescence. Families will learn about effective communication, love and limits, saying no to peer pressure, how to handle stress, and more. For more information, click here: English and Spanish. Email Kate Foster, Program Coordinator with any questions:

Parenting Wisely - Self-Paced Virtual Parenting Class

Parenting Wisely is an online program for successfully raising children and teens. This highly interactive course is designed by family and social scientists to help parents with tips and tools to parent your children in difficult situations. Learn constructive skills proven to solve problem behaviors, family conflict, and more. This program is especially helpful for single parents. Cost: $79.95; this cost can be covered through the Strengthening Families program of Whatcom County - for more information, email Kate Foster, or contact your school's counselor.

Valentine's Day Information

Valentine's Day is coming up on Monday, February 14th. Here is some information about how we will approach this day at our elementary schools this year. We want to have fun and celebrate friendship, while also following our health & safety guidelines.

  • Students may bring valentine cards to school.
  • Each student will be given a bag to hold their valentines.
  • Teachers will arrange for students to deliver cards to their classmates and staff.
  • We encourage hand-written cards over food items.
  • If your child brings a food/treat item, it must be individually wrapped and purchased from the store. No homemade food items, please.
  • Students will bring their bags home with them at the end of the day.

Your child’s teacher will connect with you about specific details for their classroom. We are looking forward to a fun day!

Notification of Race/Ethnicity Update Needed

Parents/Guardians: Recently, the US Department of Education and OSPI changed the reporting categories for student ethnicity and race data. As a result, we need to ask you to identify your child as either Hispanic/Latino or not Hispanic/Latino (Ethnicity), and by one or more racial groups (State/Federal Race). We ask that you log into your Family Access account and select the “New Online Form – Race/Ethnicity Resurvey” to complete the two questions. Please complete and submit this form for each of your enrolled students. If you decline to provide this information, the US Dept. of Education requires school district staff to use observer-identification as a last resort for collecting the data. Thank you for your help with this.


Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order four free at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. Order here:

Cada hogar en los U.S es elegible para solicitar cuatro pruebas gratuitas de COVID-19 en el hogar. Las pruebas son completamente gratuitas. Los pedidos generalmente se enviarán en 7-12 días. Ordene aqui:

Does your child ride the bus? Download the Zonar App

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COVID-19 Symptom's but haven't had any exposure to someone with the virus? Follow this flow chart to see Washington State Health Department's recommendations.

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