Nixon School - Family Check In

Week of September 26, 2021

Upcoming Dates:

  • October 1 - October 18 - PTA Candylicious Fundraiser (see info below)

  • October 3 - PTA Stanhope House Night Out

  • Monday & Tuesday, October 4 & 5 - NJ Start Strong Assessment (Grade 4 ONLY)

  • Week of October 4th - Week of Respect

  • October 8 - PTA Green Fair for Students

  • Monday, October 11 - No School for Students / PD Day for Staff (Columbus Day / Indigenous People's Day)

  • Week of October 18th - NES Focus: Safe and Peaceful School Week / District Focus: School Violence Awareness Week

  • October 18 - October 28 PTA Husky Scavenger Hunt

  • October 19 @ 7 PM - PTA Meeting @ Nixon School

  • Week of October 25th - NES Focus: Healthy Choices / District Focus: Red Ribbon Week

Title 1 SAIL Parent Academy

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RSVP - October 12 Title 1 SAIL Parent Academy

Please complete the form found at this link to RSVP for the Title 1 SAIL Parent Academy

Title 1 Support in Kindergarten and First Grade!

Nixon School is fortunate to receive Title 1 Federal Funding that enables us to develop targeted programs for students that need support in developing their academic readiness. Over the course of the past ten years, our school has developed a variety of programs to address these needs. In Kindergarten, we have our Title 1 Kinder STARS program and in First Grade we have our Title 1 Pathways to Learning program. Within these two programs, Highly Qualified Paraprofessionals provide supplemental academic support in the Kindergarten and First Grade classroom settings. With this, I am pleased to introduce you to the Title 1 Paraprofessional team:

Mrs. Strauss (works collaboratively with Ms. Quinty)

Mrs. Randel (works collaboratively with Mrs. Loftis)

Mrs. Batsch (works collaboratively with Mrs. Ralston)

Mrs. Wyckoff (works collaboratively with Mrs. Cassella)

Ms. Murr (works collaboratively with Ms. Montano)


Together these individuals, under the guidance of the Kindergarten and First Grade teachers, provide supplemental support in the classroom setting (and in the virtual setting, as necessary). Depending upon the academic content being presented and each Kindergartener's or First Grader's readiness for it, the students may experience the benefit of this additional personnel over the course of the year.


Our instructional team looks forweard to providing all students with a rich learning experience in Kindergarten, First Grade, and beyond. If you have aa Kindergarteners or First Grader and have any questions regarding this information, please feel free to touch base with your child’s Kindergarten or First Grade teacher or me. Our team looks forward to working everyone, so as to provide the students with a wonderful learning experience at Nixon School.

Week of Respect - October 4 - October 8

Next week we will be celebrating the Week of Respect from Monday October 4th through Friday October 8th with theme-days that promote and share messages about being respectful to yourself, others, your community, and school.


For this special week, the following theme-days will occur:


Monday October 4th- “Red is for Respect Day”- Wear red today to show your support for how important it is to show respect by treating others the same way you yourself want to be treated.


Tuesday October 5th- “Respect Yourself Day-Get dressed up today to show how important it is to respect yourself in order to respect others.


Wednesday October 6th- “Respect Others and their Differences Day”-Wear a silly hat and or mismatched colors to show that each of us is unique and it is our uniqueness that makes us special!


Thursday October 7th- “Respect Your Community Day”-Wear something that relates to your community like a local team sports jersey or clothing that has a local business on it to show that it is important to respect your community.


Friday October 8th- “Respect Your School Day- Wear school spirit wear or the color blue showing your support for respecting your school.


Please be sure to follow the dress code and school rules when dressing your child. If possible, on each day of next week incorporate the day’s theme into conversation with your child further promoting respect, what it means, the importance of it and how we can show it everyday and beyond this special week!


Thank you for your cooperation and participation. We look forward to seeing everyone dressed up next week!


Respectfully,


Mr. Erik Swanson

Nixon School Counselor


Car Riders / Walkers - Important Reminders!

With the safety of our students and parents/guardians in mind, I need to remind everyone of a few important protocols that are in place for car riders / walkers:


  • In the morning, an adult MUST walk the child up from the lower lot to the side Cafeteria door. Children should NOT be waiting on their own by the entrance.
  • At dismissal, an adult MUST be waiting on the side of the building for the child. Children will not be sent to cross the driveway on their own.
  • Cars MUST enter the school grounds via the lower lot. The driveway in the front of the school is congested with buses / vans and we do not want any accidents!
  • The driveway area by the lower lot is an EXIT ONLY. Cars must enter via YELLOW BARN ROAD.
  • While we understand that there are circumstances that make the above challenging (i.e. a younger child in the car), please understand that our primary responsibility is to ensure SAFETY... and the above does just this! If for any reason you do not feel that you can accommodate the above protocols, please consider utilizing the school bus as a means of transportation for your child.

Thank you in advance for being a part of the team that strives to make Nixon School safe for all!

Family October Challenge

If you and your family are looking for ways to make Respect Week, Safe, Peaceful Schools Week and Healthy Choices Week come alive, check out this October calendar. Feel free to send me any pictures of your family engaged in the challenges and we will give shout outs during Morning Announcements.
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Welcome Mrs. Murray, Cafeteria Aide!

Today we welcomed Mrs. Murray to the Nixon School Team. She will become a familiar face in the cafeteria assisting with ensuring a safe, healthy and comfortable lunch experience for everyone!

PTA Green Fair is Next Friday (Raindate: Oct.15)!

Special Information for all Volunteers:

As some of you prepare to volunteer for this year's Green Fair, please be mindful of the following:

  • If you or a member of your household has been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the last two weeks, or is symptomatic, or is awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test (unrelated to clearance for a medical procedure or a regularly occurring requirement for employment), we respectfully request that you do not attend this year's PTA Green Fair. Thank you for helping us to ensure the continued health and well being of our school community!
  • Masks MUST be worn during this event when INSIDE the building, including when walking through the hallway to get to an exterior location. Please be mindful of maintaining a safe social distance from all participants.


NES Families:

For all outdoor Green Fair Stations, we will follow the current executive orders that allow students and adults to participate unmasked; masks will continue to be worn for all stations that are conducted in the school buidling. If you would rather your child wear his/her mask for this outdoor event, please be sure to communicate such with your child and his/her teacher via email. Thank you!

October PTA Events!

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Know Someone at NES Who Has Filled a Bucket? Fill Out our Bucket Filler Form and we will recognize that individual (student or staff member) during Morning Announcements.