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Posts from the Principal / December 2022

December News

As we start December and bring 2022 to an end, I can only hope that we all can find some highlights from this year.

I am truly thankful for the year that we are having at school thus far. Although every year comes with its obstacles, it really has been a very enjoyable year with our students. The fact that we've been able to go back to some of our traditional events and bring some news ones to our kids has been exactly what we needed after the few we have had. We really have a great group of kids and a supportive community willing to do what is best for our students. New Haven is a very special place, and although I am biased, I have had enough experience to know the good things that we have. By no means are we perfect & we will continue to refine ourselves, but most days it's a pretty magical place.


New Haven Parent Survey Feedback - PLEASE READ

Thank you so much to the individuals that took our parent survey. I realize that it's a lot of questions, but it provides valuable information to us as we make decisions for our school. Your perspectives are very important to us, you have a lens that we don't look through from this side. I read each survey and make note of information. This information is shared with our SBDM council and our teachers. If there is a change that can be made that benefits all of our students we will make revisions.

If you would like to view the survey results please click here: New Haven Parent Survey Summary. I took some of the results and added comments to further explain what the question was asking or to give information regarding the topic.

Now that the survey is closed for feedback, I will be responding to individuals with specific questions. Please know that I have received it, read it, and will respond when I have time within the coming weeks.

I will be taking many of the questions and elaborating on them in the next few months. I want to be very upfront with you so that you understand the rules and "constraints" we make decisions from.

For example, Parent Pickup. (My kryptonite) Our campus is probably the worst laid out campus from a transportation perspective. We have tried MANY different things over the last several years and nothing is perfect. We attempted to purchase the property across the street for additional parking but it was already negotiated to go to the Union Fire Department. I have had several individuals in zoning, etc. come and help develop a plan that would allow me to safely get every student (715) to their dismissal locations within a 10 minute window. Our district transportation takes precedent in the loop. I only have staff to assist with dismissal until 3:45. I am not making excuses, just telling you the facts.

A PDF of the results is below; HOWEVER- if you would like live links you will need to click on the above link to get to the live document.

Gratitude Night

Gratitude Night is a tradition that I am glad to have back with zero restrictions. It starts off with classroom lessons provided by our counselor, Mrs. Mason, on gratitude. What is it? How do you share it? Our 5th graders spend a lot of time discussing gratitude and their ending project is to select someone who has impacted them in some way. The students write an essay and paint a picture to present to them on our Gratitude Night. Mrs. Mason puts the pieces up in the hallways similar to a gallery style and it's an open house for the students to present to their recipient.

It's a great "feel good" night and a wonderful way celebrate being "thankful".

Service Learning Project

Our Student Council and Mrs. Kay's 1st grade class has teamed up to help the Boone County Animal Shelter.
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MATH IN LIFE Family Event @ New Haven

Mark your calendars for January 26th from 6:00 - 7:30 and plan on joining us with the entire family for a Math night. We will be immersing ourselves in math in everyday LIFE! :) It will be fun for the whole family (k-5th).
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November Birthday Bash

Happy Birthday to these AMAZING November birthdays! Such sweet kids.

We will be celebrating our December B-days on 12/19!

Family Resource Center News (FRC)

THANK YOU SO MUCH to all the families who supported our FRC by purchasing Texas Roadhouse Gift Cards! Through this fundraiser we were able to raise just over $1,000 to help our FRC programming.

Keep connected through the NH FRC Facebook page.

Have a desire to help out in some way? We could use some additional books for our Birthday book bash! You can find our link here:

You can contact Mrs. Carter in our FRC through email or by phone: 859-384-5385.

Student Opportunities

I will always try to include opportunities for students- within the school or community that parents might be interested in for their child. Below are the linked fliers.

Union Children's Choir- building community one song at a time- Grades K-5th
Registrations / Questions:

We are bringing a jump rope club to our primary students (k-2) beginning after winter break. It will be after school 1 day a week (most likely Thursdays). More information will be sent home with our primary students after we return from break.

Mission and Vision of New Haven... Our WHY, WHAT, and HOW.


It's that time to address winter weather and weather days!

I have been told that it is a possibility that the Superintendent will call snow days this school year. Depending on the type of weather and the recommendations of the transportation department, county road crews, etc. the students could have at at home instructional day or a snow day. Our Board of Education decides at the April board meeting whether students will make up the days at the end of the year or if we have enough instructional minutes from this calendar year to cover the days.

I am telling you this so that you have a heads up in preparing for either scenario. We understand that some students are unable due to their circumstances (childcare, etc.) to log-in for in-person instruction. Every grade level will prepare for at home instructional days and will share the expectations with the students, including how to log-on, where to go, where to find assignments, and how to reach teachers if there are questions. Information regarding the expectations will be shared with families as well. Many of the at home instructional days will be specifically focused on solidifying standards and checking for mastery, unless we are anticipating a major storm, then plans will be altered.

My hope is that mother nature will be gentle on us this year and our preparation will be moot, but we are better to have a plan in place and communicated to families to be prepared. If you have any specific questions you can reach out to your child's teacher.

Keep'n up with the Calendar! (dates will be added/ revised each month as needed)

Student activities and club dates are not listed below.


7th- Mozart Strings practice
9th- Popcorn Friday
14th- FRC Advisory Council meeting 12:30 pm // Mozart Strings Practice

14th & 15th- Holiday food boxes for pick up 4:00 - 7:00 pm
15th- 3rd grade school play (students only) Recording will be shared

16th- 3rd grade field trip to the TAFT // 2nd grade field trip to Taft // 1st grade Winter Party

19th- Dec. Birthday Bash // 1st grade sing along /// SBDM

21st - Jan 3rd= WINTER BREAK

January 2023!!!
4th- 1st day back to school! //Superintendent's Student Advisory meeting
16th- 20th- CASE - Student standards assessment 2nd- 5th (reading and math)
16th- MLK Jr day- No school
17th- 20th - CASE Assessments in reading and math
18th- SBDM meeting
23rd- 26th- Schoolwide Dance instruction (guest teacher/ during UA)

26th- MATH IN LIFE Family Night 6:00 - 7:30 pm

31st- Birthday Book Bash for January birthdays!


1st- District Schedule Bus Safety drill (PM)
6th- 10th - Student Survey (3rd-5th)
14th - Valentines Day
22nd- SBDM @ 4:30
24th- Me and My Guy Dance 6:00 to 9:00

10th- No school
13th- 3rd quarter ends
15th- District Bus Safety Drill (PM)
17th- Popcorn Friday /// St. Patrick's Day
21st- Spring Student Conference Night
22nd- Early Release Day (PM) /// SBDM @ 4:30
24th- STEEL APPEAL Music Program (student assembly)
27th- 31st- CASE Standards assessment (K-5th)
30th- Kindergarten Special Person's Day (11:15 - 12:15)

3rd-7th - SPRING BREAK
14th- Popcorn Friday
19th- SBDM @ 4:30 pm
21st- Mother/ Son Dodgeball
24th- 28th FASTBRIDGE (K-1)
24th- Midterms
28th- popcorn Friday

1st- 5th - Teacher Appreciation Week
5th- Nurse Appreciation Day
8th- 15th- KAS STATE ASSESSMENT- 3rd- 5th
16th- ELECTION DAY- No school
19th- Popcorn Friday /// Fairy Tale Ball
25th- Last day for kids (tentatively)

Approved Calendar for the 22-23 school year

2022-2023 New Haven Staff

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