January 27, 2023

Message from Principal Melamed

Dear Nederland Community,

As we turn the calendar to February I want to remind everyone that parent-teacher conferences are just around the corner. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for 3:45 PM - 7:30 PM on Monday, February 13th, Wednesday, February 15th, and Tuesday, February 21st. The evening of February 15th is set aside for in-person conferences. Look for a sign-up from classroom teachers shortly. Note that 4th-grade families have already received information about conferences due to their trip to Calwood.

I also want to send a “save the date” for May 4th from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM for the third and final joint Town Hall Q & A with Gavan Goodrich and myself. The location is TBD but we will be sure to send reminders and let everyone know of the location.

Finally, I am happy to see parents taking advantage of our electronic vehicle charging. As a reminder please be sure when you are parked and charging you are fully clear of the bus lane. I know the snow takes up space but please remain fully clear of the bus lane. Thank you.

That’s it for now. As always please feel free to reach out with any questions.




Clinica Family Health has teamed up with BVSD to provide our families with Dental Health Clinics.

NES will host 3 clinics, for preschool- 5th grade, in February, March, and April.

What to Expect: your child will be seen by a licensed and certified hygienist. A treatment plan will be created based on their risk for cavities or other oral health issues. After each visit, you will receive a treatment summary. The consent form will have further details.

Each student will go home with a detailed consent form. Please fill out the entire form, sign it, and return it by Monday, January 30th.

Our first clinics will be held on Tuesday, February 7th, and Wednesday, February 8th. More dates for March and April to follow.


Fifth Grade finished sewing their story quilt blocks. They did an amazing job! So much talent.

Social Emotional Learning - Ann Sherman

During the month of January, students are learning about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Our goal is for students to expand both their self-understanding and social awareness of others in order to create a more just, peaceful, and inclusive world for all.

Students will:

  • Explore their own identities and how they may be similar/different from others

  • Challenge assumptions and develop ways to be more inclusive

  • Learn how to speak up when others are being treated unfairly or they hear something hurtful

All students are learning how to be an UPSTANDER who speaks up when they become aware of unfair situations. Some classes learned about child activists like Mari Copeny, Marley Dias, or Malala Yousafzai who have organized campaigns to address inequities.

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Library News - Andrea Chen

Students will have the opportunity to participate in their class spelling bee during the week of January 30th. Grade level winners will advance to the schoolwide spelling bee that will take place during the week of February 6th. The schoolwide winner will advance to the Boulder Valley Regional Spelling Bee on March 11, 2023. If your child would like additional opportunities to practice for the upcoming spelling bee, here is the full 2023 School Spelling Bee Study List. You can also download the Word Club app.

An Invite to Sing - Alison Bagli

NES 1st through 5th-grade students have been invited to sing the National Anthem before the Nederland Middle-Senior High School Boys’ Basketball game on February 10 at 4:00 PM! If your student would like to participate, please reach out to Ms. Alison at by Thursday, February 2.

*We will be rehearsing on the week of Feb 6 for 10 minutes a day during lunch recess. On Friday, Feb 10 we will take buses over to the NMSHS right after school for the game. Guardians will pick up their student at NMSHS at 4:15 (or of course, you’re welcome to stay for the game and support the team. Go Panthers!)
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Register NOW for the next Mountain Strong Families class about Developing a Child's Empathy and healthy Communication skills. Tuesday, Jan 31st from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at Nederland Elementary. Contact for more info.

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BVSD School Age Care – Nederland SAC is temporarily closed for Ms. Lyndsey's Maternity leave until April 3rd, 2023. If you have questions regarding the program, please contact Trevor Wood @

If you have registration questions, please contact

If you need to speak to our Program Manager, please contact Jasmine Bailon @

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all in the Spring.

SAC Registration for the 2022-2023 School year is still OPEN. If you are interested in after-school care for your child, please click here to register. Limited space is available.

BVSD PreSchool Enrichment – BVSD PreSchool Enrichment Program at Nederland Elementary is having a fun and exciting January. This month we learned all about Arctic animals, weather, and environments. The children enjoyed activities like Arctic Animal Rescue and engaging in dramatic play in our interactive weather center! During February, we will be exploring the wonders of Space including our solar system, space science, and space technology.

We are having a very cold, snowy winter! Please include snow pants, a heavy coat, a hat, and gloves/mittens in your child’s daily attire. Please label all clothes with your child’s name or initials so that we can keep track of everything–this helps us out a lot!

The NES 5th Grade Class presents Willy Wonka the Musical on March 16th, 2023 at 10:30 am! The PSE morning class will take a special walking trip to the gym to watch this performance. If you haven’t filled out a permission slip for this event yet, please do so and turn it into Ms. Jessa or Ms. Heather. If you need a new permission slip, let us know. Join us for this fun event!

If you have any questions or concerns about the Preschool Enrichment Program, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Jessa, PSE Supervisor at or Heather, PSE Assistant Supervisor Thank you!

Counselor's Corner - Kristen Kron



Sources of Strength Elementary Program

Teaching Social Thinking at Home With Our Experts

"Why Do We Lose Control of Our Emotions?'" Video

"Zones of Regulation: Activity Check-in at Home via Social Thinking" Video

Zones of Regulation Homepage


Counseling referrals may be received from students and/or guardians.

Feel free to fill out the NES Guardian Referral if you have any concerns about your child and would like support or just want to keep me in the loop. You can also contact me by email/phone.

Please help your child fill out the "I Would Like to See My School Counselor" Form if they would like to speak with me individually. I will also be showing them how to fill out the paper version in school.

Counseling Website

Please check out the NES Counseling Website for a plethora of resources and ideas for supporting your child. If you can’t find something you are looking for, do not hesitate to reach out and I can do some research for you.


Kristen Kron, School Counselor (she, her, hers)

Office Phone #: (720) 561-4825


NMSHS Upcoming Events

Come out and watch live local sports at Nederland Middle-Senior High School. Wear your NED gear to show your support! Go Panthers!

-Sat. 1/28 HS Boys Basketball vs. Loveland Classical @ Nederland, 4:00 JV, 5:30 V

-Tue. 1/31 HS Boys Basketball vs. Poudre Community @ Nederland, 5:00 JV, 5:00 V

-Thur. 2/2 MS Boys Basketball vs. Platt @ Nederland, 5:15pm

-Fri. 2/3 HS Boys Basketball vs. Gilpin @ Nederland, 5:00

PTA News - Save the Date

Save the date for the next NES Dines Out. Join us at Toss Pizza (inside Gold Dirt Distillery) on Thursday, February 16th from 4-8 pm. Carry out or dine in. Proceeds will benefit the PTA!

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District News

Respiratory Illness Season Reminders

Colorado is seeing an increase in respiratory illnesses in children across the state. As the temperatures drop and we spend more time indoors these viruses spread more easily.

There are actions we can continue to take to keep ourselves and our families healthy from all communicable diseases such as Colds, RSV, Flu, and COVID-19.

  1. Please stay home if sick

    1. At least 24 hrs after you’ve had a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea (resolved without medications)

    2. If you have multiple symptoms such as coughing, congestion, aches, or sore throat - stay home until they start to improve

    3. Follow the school guidelines for returning - students AND staff

  2. Get tested - testing is available for COVID, Flu, and RSV

  3. Practice good hand and respiratory hygiene

    1. Cover your cough

    2. Dispose of tissues immediately

    3. Wash or sanitize your hands

  4. Talk to your healthcare provider about vaccines for Flu and COVID-19

  5. Consider wearing a mask indoors for added protection

Quick Check Resource - Is it Allergies, Cold, Flu, COVID or RSV

Children’s Hospital Colorado has more detailed information on symptoms, duration and treatment options here: The Difference Between COVID-19, Cold, Flu and Other Bugs Affecting Kids

If your child is showing any of these signs it is important to call your provider:

  • Your child develops any complications such as an earache, sinus pain, or pressure, or develops a fever after the first two or three days.

  • Any fever lasting more than 3 days.

  • Your child is drinking much less or not urinating (peeing)

  • The cough lasts more than 3 weeks.