Viking Newsletter

December 2021

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Forward Together!

Dear Families,

I hope all of you are well and excited for the Holiday season! I am so grateful for all of you and your continued support, and so indebted to staff for providing a safe and engaging learning environment for all of our students!

This holiday season comes with a lot of first experiences for me. This will be my first Christmas without my mom as she recently passed away. I learned so much from her! One of her life themes was to find the good in others and praise it. I feel so blessed to live in this community and thankful to experience what community means. There is so much good to be praised!

I am so thankful for the countless acts of service, leadership and partnership throughout 2021. I am so grateful to be part of a community that works alongside each other. In my position I often hear from families and community members about all the positive ways staff impact students and the community. When I have the opportunity to share those experiences with staff, it means so much to them! You have my gratitude for the many, many, ways you partner so that we can best serve our students!

We serve students that possess an abundance of gifts and talents. I continue to be impressed by the many ways our students step up to support each other, and stretch themselves to be the best they can be. By doing so they inspire others, including me, to do the same.

You will note below that we have FREE COVID tests available for families to take home over the break. It may bring you peace of mind to have one around, just in case! We have provided contact information for our wonderful nurses below if you are interested.

On behalf of all of us here at NBAPS, I wish for all of you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! May it be filled with the warmth of family and friends, and provide wonderful quality time with those you love! We look forward to welcoming students back on January 3!

Sara Paul



COVID resources

State of Minnesota resources can be accessed here, and Chisago County resources here. The NBAPS Covid Dashboard, available at the district homepage, shows district cases and is updated early each week. Anyone with questions is encouraged to use the school district’s COVID Questions and Input form, also available at the district homepage. Chisago County Public Health posts upcoming COVID vaccine clinics at its Vaccine Information page.

Educational benefits

Though breakfast and lunch continue to be provided to students free of charge for the 2021-22 school year, there are other benefits to applying for free/reduced lunch benefits, such as reduced fees for activities. To learn more, look for the form and instructions along the right side of the Food Service website.