New Albany Intermediate School
NAIS Family Update- August 31, 2020
DEAR INTERMEDIATE FAMILIES,
We are preparing for the upcoming start to the school year and are excited to connect with families later this week at our virtual orientation!
VIRTUAL ORIENTATION THIS THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2020
Please save the date for NAIS Orientation on Thursday September 3, 2020. During this time students and parents will choose to attend either a morning or an afternoon session that best works with your family’s schedule to meet virtually with teachers. Specialists (Art, Wellness, Technology and Music) will be available for Orientation as well. Please click here to find the virtual meeting links for your child’s teacher. For parents of students in the VLP program, you will receive a message from your child’s teacher with a time for your child to meet their teacher.
4th Grade: 8:45am-9:25 am or 1 - 1:40 pm
5th Grade: 9:30am- 10:10am or 2:30 - 3:10 pm
6th Grade: 10:15am- 10:55am or 1:45 - 2:25 pm
CLASS ASSIGNMENTS IN POWERSCHOOL
Your child’s teacher assignment is available in PowerSchool. You can access your PowerSchool account by clicking here. If you need to set-up a PowerSchool account, you can find directions here. If you have already established a PowerSchool account and cannot recall your username or password, please contact Robyn Davison at email@example.com or 614-413-8349. Mrs. Davison can also assist with other issues that arise.
PARENTS AND VOLUNTEERS IN SCHOOLS
One of the new safety protocols to begin this year is limiting the number of people in school, including adults who are not members of the staff. At this point, volunteers will not be used in the school. In addition, parents will not be able to walk through the school to escort their child to class to begin the year. We will have many staff members available during those early days of school to assist the students as they learn their ways to their classrooms.
APPLE iPAD PICKUP
If you were not able to pick up your child’s iPad last week during their scheduled time, you can come to the Intermediate School office beginning this Wednesday between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. You can also come on Thursday or Friday between those hours. Devices not picked up will be distributed to the students during the first week of school. If your child already has a district issued iPad at home from last school year, you do not need to get another. If your 4th or 5th grade child is in the Virtual Learning Program, you may want to consider picking up the iPad at the Intermediate School after you pick up your child’s school materials on Thursday or Friday at the Primary School.
BACK TO SCHOOL INFORMATION
Please visit our district website at https://www.napls.us/ to find important information, such as our school handbook, school start and ending times, supply lists, and much more. Use the button “Our Schools” to find links to each of the New Albany schools.
NAIS VIRTUAL TOUR
Please view this short video to learn about New Albany Intermediate, take a virtual tour, and learn more about what to expect this school year.
BEGINNING OF YEAR HYBRID INFORMATION
At the August 24 Board of Education meeting, updates were provided about the beginning of the year for on-campus students. The first week of the school year will take place using the “Hybrid” model, which means one-half of the students attend on a given day. You will find in PowerSchool later this week whether your child is assigned to the Gold or Maroon group. The Board of Education is reviewing data to determine if the second week of school should take place using a “Hybrid” model or having all students return. You will be notified as soon as that decision is reached. Due to the short time frame of the hybrid model, we will not be able to switch any child’s color group.
JOIN OUR LUNCH AND RECESS TEAM!
The Intermediate school is looking for positive and energetic team members to help supervise students at lunch and recess. Hours are 10:05 am - 1:35 pm Monday through Friday. If you are interested in applying, please click here for additional information.
STUDENT SCHOOL SUPPLIES
On-campus students should bring their school supplies on the first day of school. We will not be sharing materials in the classroom, so please do the following:
Remove all supplies from packaging at home.
Label all supplies with the student's name.
Label headphones with name and place in a gallon baggie.
Send items in the student’s bookbag. It may take a couple of days to send in.
Look for additional information about school supplies from your classroom teacher for any special requests.
We will not be able to offer Breakfast Club to elementary students to begin the year. If at some point this school year social distancing is not needed, we will explore returning this service. However, the nature of the program with allowing parents to drop off their children to school early with no registration results in not knowing on any given morning when we will reach capacity with the limits on seating in place this year. Breakfast will still be available for purchase when the school day begins.
The food service department has been preparing to keep breakfast and lunch simple, but yet satisfying for all of the nutritional needs. We have mentioned in a couple of informational pieces that to start the year we are not accepting cash from students as they go through the line, please put money on your student(s) through account via Payschools Central or send in a check with the account(s) you would like the money placed in.
Breakfast: 8:50 Will be served in all 4 wings. Students will arrive and let the teacher know if they are receiving breakfast. The teacher will check the Breakfast box on the Lunch Form for their class. This is a grab and go meal and the menu will be posted online.
Lunch: 10:20-1:10: Lunch counts will be taken by classroom teachers and shared with the food service staff by 9:30 a.m. Lunch menus will be posted online. There will be a daily lunch option, a vegetarian option, and a gluten free option. The Lunch Form will indicate all options and the teacher will mark accordingly. Milk and Water will be provided upon request.
6TH GRADE START TIME
For the 2020-2021 school year, Sixth grade will begin their school day at 7:50 AM. Doors to the Intermediate School will not open until 7:45am. Students will start their day by attending their elective courses which will be held this year at New Albany Intermediate. They will take all their belongings with them to their first period elective. This period rotates on an alternating A/B schedule and begins promptly at 7:50am. At 8:50 students will be released, and transition to their homeroom class at the Intermediate School.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL INFORMATION
Arrival: 8:55 a.m.
Tardy Bell: 9:05 a.m.
Dismissal: 3:40 p.m.
4th and 5th grade bus riders will enter the building based on their wing. Please review the graphic below to identify your child’s homeroom teacher and the corresponding wing where your child will enter the building. There will also be signs placed in front of each entrance to help your child identify the correct entrance point.
4th and 5th grade parent drop off students will follow signs along the east side of the Intermediate Building and enter the school through the rear entrance doors along the playground. This entrance point allows students to access all wings from the center rotunda.
Staff will be located along the front of the building during the first week of school to help support students learn this new routine.
Arrival: 7:45 a.m.
Tardy Bell: 7:50 a.m.
Dismissal: 2:20 p.m.
6th grade bus riders will enter the building based on their wing. Please review the graphic below to identify your child’s homeroom teacher and the corresponding door where your child will enter the building. 6th grade parent drop off students will follow signs along the east side of the Intermediate Building and enter the school through the rear entrance doors along the playground. This entrance point allows students to access all wings from the center rotunda.
We are unable to provide supervision for children prior to their arrival time. For reasons of safety and liability, no children should arrive at school prior to the designated times unless chaperoned by a parent. Working families who must leave earlier should make arrangements for supervision of their child(ren) with a trusted sitter, neighbor or relative.
Before and after school childcare services for 4th and 5th grade students is available through the Eagles Nest Child Care Program.
For additional information about student drop off and pick up procedures please click here.
4th & 5th Grade Arrival
6th Grade Arrival
Thank you so much to everyone who purchased spirit wear. Items will be ready to ship or pick up at the store in the next few weeks. It really helps your Intermediate PTO continue to support the students and teachers, and we need support now more than ever. If you did happen to miss this sale, we’ll be holding another online store in the near future. Such cute options…Stay tuned! If you’d like to join the PTO and haven’t done so yet, please consider joining the PTO today. At the $50 membership level, you will get the sought after discount card, which gives discounts to many of your favorite New Albany restaurants… AND A ONE TIME $5 OFF COUPON FOR SPIRIT WEAR!! You’ll be getting great discounts while helping our school and local businesses. It’s a win-win-win!
Thank you for all your support. We will continue to do everything we can to make this rollercoaster of a year a great one for all our students and teachers!
Intermediate PTO president
President-Elect: Terri Erlenbach
V.P.’s Fundraising: Marcie Brickner and Erin Miller
V.P.’s Programming: Kristen Pietro and Coleen Barber
V.P.’s Hospitality: Alli Lish and Mandy Aquilina
V.P.’s Communication: Angela Thompson and Michelle Waltman
Secretary: Erica Rozanczyk
Treasurer: Missy Evans
Treasurer-Elect: Shezronne Zaccardi
The Intermediate School website has information about our daily schedule, drop off and pick up procedures, school supply lists, and much more. Please click here to visit the page. For information concerning transportation services, click here.
Do not hesitate to call the Intermediate school (614-741-3000) with any questions you may have. Have a wonderful week!
Katie Nowak, Principal
Megan Ballinger, Assistant Principal
Tommy Snyder, Assistant Principal
The New Albany-Plain Local School District is committed to creating a culture of accountability that achieves the best academic and developmental outcomes for each student.