The Nashua News

December/January 2018

Nashua Mission

The Nashua Community fosters inspiring relationships, sets the foundation for life-long learning, and guides independent thinkers to achieve success

Nashua Elementary

School hours: 8:45am-3:40pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday

8:45am-3:05pm Thursday

24 Hour Attendance Line: 321-5162

Nurse's Line: 321-6428

Upcoming Events


Dec. 1

Nashua Spirit Day

Dec. 4

Lego Club

Dec. 5

7:30 am Honor Choir

Dec. 6

Chess Club

Dec. 7

8:00 am KAPOW Event

Early Release

Dec. 8

Nashua Spirit Day

Dec. 11

Lego Club

Dec. 12

Labels Day

7:30 am Honor Choir

Dec. 14

NO EARLY RELEASE- Dismiss at 3:40 pm

River Roll

Dec. 15

Nashua Spirit Day

Dec. 19

7:30 am Honor Choir

2:00 pm Honor Choir perform at New Mark Care Center

Dec. 20

12:00 pm Dismiss

Dec. 21-Jan. 3

Winter Break

Jan. 4

Early Release

Jan. 5

Nashua Spirit Day

Jan. 8

Lego Club

Jan. 9

7:30 am Honor Choir

Jan. 11

Early Release

Jan. 12

Nashua Spirit Day

Jan. 15

NO SCHOOL- MLK Birthday Observed

Jan. 16

7:30 am Honor Choir

6:00 pm PTA meeting

Jan. 18

7:45 am KLC

Early Release

Jan. 19

Nashua Spirit Day

Jan. 22

Lego Club

Jan. 23

7:30 am Honor Choir

Jan. 25

Early Release

Jan. 29

Lego Club

Jan. 30

7:30 am Honor Choir

Principally Speaking

We are well on our way to wrapping up an amazing first semester and we look forward to the rest of the year. A new year always gives us the opportunity to reflect upon what we have done well and what we can do better.

Have you been trying to figure out a new year’s resolution? If the answer to the question is yes, I have a great suggestion for you. How about setting plans to help your children experience greater school success in 2018? Here are some ideas to be sure your child is successful at Nashua.

1. Monitor your students’ school work. One way to do this is to have them check in with you after school and share how their day went. A good opening question to help them communicate about this is to ask, “What did you learn in school today?” If you get a vague answer, follow-up by asking them about specific subjects such as: math, reading, or science. Another important way to monitor their work is to have them share any corrected school papers they brought home and discuss them together. You can further monitor by checking on their homework. While parents should never do homework for their young people, it is sound practice to help them if they are struggling, check it over for them once they are finished.

2. Make sure your children get to school. The more students are in school, the higher their achievement. Children cannot learn if they are not in school. In addition, poor attendance causes students to get behind in their learning and catching up can be very difficult when they return. In fact, poor attendance is often the first step to students being unsuccessful at school.

3. Reward their efforts. Rewarding students for high grades is not as effective as rewarding them for their effort. Students are always trying and want to make you proud. Therefore, the best way to motivate further effort is to notice it, to praise it, and to reward it.

4. Talk up the idea of going to college. I know your students are only in elementary school, but this should start at a very young age. As a staff we are always talking about where we went to school and how we benefitted from college. For students to be successful it takes more than a high school diploma. In the 21ST century, almost all students need a college degree to ensure a successful life. Having students set higher education as a target early in their lives will help them set ambitious goals for their academic progress as they proceed through school.

5. Finally, be involved! How important is parent involvement in their children’s education? Study after study shows that it may be the top factor leading to student success. At Nashua, we offer many opportunities to be involved in your student’s education. Please join us whenever you can.

Waves of Pages

It’s Waves For Pages time! Schlitterbahn is once again partnering with our school to provide a free water park ticket to each student who completes 10 hours of reading between Dec. 1st and Feb. 28th. Look for the family letter and reading log in your child’s backpack.

Nurse Amber's Notes

Because we are experiencing unseasonably warm weather this year, many critters such as oak mites and head lice have been persisting longer than usual. As a result, we are asking parents to be on the lookout for head lice. Listed are the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the school nurse at 321-5163.

Head Lice Information

You should examine your child's head, especially behind the ears and at the nape of the neck, for crawling lice and nits if your child exhibits symptoms of a head lice infestation. If crawling lice or nits are found, all household members should be examined for crawling lice and nits every 2–3 days. Persons with live (crawling) lice or nits within ¼ inch or less of the scalp should be treated.

More on: Head Lice Symptoms

To eliminate head lice successfully, it is very important that all treatment instructions and steps be carefully followed and completed.

CDC does not make recommendations as to what specific product or products should be used to treat individuals. Both over-the-counter and prescription products are available. You may wish to contact your doctor, pharmacist, or health department for additional information about which product they recommend.

Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.

Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) advocate that "no-nit" policies should be discontinued. "No-nit" policies that require a child to be free of nits before they can return to schools should be discontinued for the following reasons:

· Many nits are more than ¼ inch from the scalp. Such nits are usually not viable and very unlikely to hatch to become crawling lice, or may in fact be empty shells, also known as 'casings'.

· Nits are cemented to hair shafts and are very unlikely to be transferred successfully to other people.

· The burden of unnecessary absenteeism to the students, families and communities far outweighs the risks associated with head lice.

· Misdiagnosis of nits is very common during nit checks conducted by nonmedical personnel.

Inclement Weather

If school is delayed or cancelled due to inclement weather, the district's automated system will call each home with notification about school closing or having a delayed opening. If you have a call block on your phone you may not receive this call.

You will also find closings and delayed opening information on the district web page at

Winter Dress

With the on-coming of winter, please remember that we will continue to hold recess as often as possible. If the windchill is below 25 degrees, teacher can elect to modify outdoor recess or hold recess indoors.

Please be sure your child comes to school each day prepared for outdoor recess. They should have a winter coat, as well as hats and gloves. If it snows, we will go outside once the blacktop has been cleared of snow and ice. Also, students wait outside in the morning as buses arrive--they need to be warmly dressed then too!

Mid-Continent Public Library

Mid-Continent Public Library offers students K-12 live homework help from It is FREE. Students just need to register and get a card. will connect students with live, expert tutors for one-to-one help with their homework assignments. They can use from their home computer or inside the library to complete assignments and improve grades. Direct questions about the program to Mid Continent Public Library at Register to get a card at The link to get started is:

Nashua PTA Update

Contact our President, Robyn -

Contact any of our officers or chairs -

PTA Meeting on January 16th at 6 PM in the Library - all are welcome!!

Update Your Calendar! - or

From the President:

It amazes me how quickly the school year is flying by. Thank you to our amazing Nashua teachers and staff for all they do for our children. Thank you to all of the PTA volunteers for all you do to make this organization successful so we are able to help make Nashua an even better place for our kids.

It's never too early to start looking ahead - if you've ever wanted to help, but don't know where to start, we have volunteer opportunities available for everyone - no matter what kind of commitment you're able to make. Email me for more info.

I sincerely hope you all have a wonderful winter break. Enjoy the extra time with your families, and any celebrations or holidays you partake in.


Robyn Tuwei

Open Positions:

Spring 2018 Kindergarten Roundup Chair

2017-18 School Board Advocate

2017-18 Staff Appreciation Committee Members (2 needed)

2018-20 Book Fair Chair (1st Vice President, elections at March meeting, training available during Spring 2017 Book Fair)

2018-20 Treasurer (elections at March meeting)

2018-19 Restaurant Nights Chair

Spring 2019 5th Grade Sock Hop

Job Descriptions:

Contact Robyn Tuwei at if you are interested or have questions

Book Fair:

Nashua Spring Book Fair will be February 26-March 2, 2018. More details to come.

Family Fun Night:

Family Fun Night Game Makers needed! FFN is on May 4th - set up at 4:30 PM.









If you have a child in one of these classrooms and are able to make a game for their class for Family Fun Night, please sign up at More info about Family Fun Night at

Room Parties:

Spring Party Leaders needed! Room Parties are on February 15th.






If you have a child in one of these classrooms and are able to run their party (all materials and instructions provided, no prep time needed, just show up and take charge), please sign up at

5th Grade Sock Hop:

We also have open slots for the 5th Grade Sock Hop Committee. The Sock Hop is held in the gym during the Spring Room Parties on February 15th. Sign up for the committee at

Sunshine Committee:

We’d like to congratulate Ms. Goktepe on her upcoming wedding in December!


The yearbook needs photo reps for the following classes:



If you have a child in one of these classrooms and are able to take pictures at class parties, field trips, etc., please sign up at

You don't have to be a yearbook rep to submit photos - if you take photos at any Nashua events, we'd love to have them! You can submit them online or use the yearbook app - see instructions at