NES MOUNTAIN MEMO
October 9, 2020
Message from Principal Melamed
Dear Nederland Community,
Wow, what a week. This week many of our preschool students joined our K-2 students for in-person learning. It is great to get our very youngest learners in the building! And of course, the announcement last night that grades 3-5 will also be returning to in-person learning is incredibly exciting.
I know you have many questions about this announcement. I will address those questions and details in a separate communication. Please look for that communication this weekend. Thank you for your patience as we work through all the details and specifics.
A major focus of our school this year (for both in-person learners and at-home learners) is social-emotional learning. Every month we have a school-wide theme. Teachers are teaching lessons aligned with this theme and the morning announcements also cover ideas connected to the theme. This month, our theme is our school as a welcoming place where every student feels like he or she belongs. In our morning announcements, we’ll be reminding students to welcome others and act and speak in safe, respectful, and responsible ways.
We’ll also begin teaching the Second Step program, which includes lessons that support these behaviors.
Support your child at home in welcoming others and acting and speaking in safe, respectful, and responsible ways. Please tell your child’s teacher if you have questions about specific ways you can help your child with these behaviors at home.
Chromebook Replacement Costs
We are happy to have so many Chromebooks in your homes supporting your children’s learning at home. I do want to note that there are replacement costs should the Chromebook or charger get damaged. These costs depend on the significance of the damage. Please do your best to take care of the Chromebooks and limit their damage. Thank you.
With all grades returning to in-person learning this is a reminder to please use Indian Peaks Drive to access Sundown Trail and our school. Please be respectful of our neighbors and do not drive on Navajo Trail. Thank you for your cooperation.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and as always please feel free to reach out with any questions.
NEWS from IT about CHROMEBOOKS:
Many students have experienced being dropped from Meets and then are unable to rejoin the meeting. Google has recommended upgrading to the latest version of Chrome OS version 85.
Users can update by going to chrome://settings/help and there they will be able to see what version they are on and if it is below 85 they will need to click update then restart their device to make sure the new OS is applied.
NEXT - Dates and Times for Materials Pick Up
The next round of materials that need to be picked up will be on Monday, October 19th, and Tuesday, October 20th from 4-5:30 each day. Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions.
Library News - Katie Volkmar
In-person students have been visiting the library to check out books. Remote students can check out books, too! Visit the Curbside Checkout section of the NES Library site to learn how to reserve a book.
Did you know that NES students have free, year-round access to more than 6,000 titles in the BVSD Sora ebook and audiobook collection? Students in grades 1-5 have had an introduction to Sora during their class library time, but they may need help from a grown-up. Visit the Sora section of the NES Library site for one-page directions and video tutorials for how to use this resource!
All NES students are eligible for a city of Boulder Public Library card, regardless of where they live. To apply for a card for your student, please visit this link from the NES Library site.
The Counselor's Corner - Kristen Kron
Hello NES families,
I think we can all relate to the famous quote, “There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen.” — Vladimir Lenin. This year has been anything but boring. There are many events happening in national and world news that may seem scary and anxiety-provoking on a daily basis (even for us adults). Therefore, it’s even more imperative that we help our children make sense of this ever-changing world in a developmentally appropriate manner in order to support their emotional well-being and sense of safety. Here are some tips when discussing events in the news:
For Kids Under 7, It's Best To Limit Their Exposure To The News And Be Their Filter For What They See And Hear.
For Bigger News Or Current Events That Would Be All But Unavoidable, Gauge Their Level Of Awareness.
Answer Their Questions As Honestly As Possible (Or As Honestly As They're Equipped To Process).
For the full article: How To Talk To Kids About What's Happening In The World
For more helpful articles:
Kristen Kron, School Counselor
Remote Learning Phone #: (720) 549-0293
Office Phone #: (720) 561-4825 (leave a voicemail and I will call you back ASAP)Email: Kristen.Kron@bvsd.org
Social-Emotional Learning - Ann Sherman
Social-Emotional Learning and Parenting Support at NES
Young children may struggle to be successful in a structured learning environment if they are still developing their ability to follow directions or control their bodies. Older students need continued practice being empathetic and showing respect to others while learning. This week's lessons use songs, puppets, videos, and games to teach us how to listen with our whole bodies, demonstrate respectful behavior, and walk-in other's shoes. Learn specifically what your child is practicing in Social Emotional Learning classes this week and how you can reinforce these skills at home:
Kindergarten Home Link Letter:
First Grade Home Link Letter:
Second Grade Home Link Letter:
Third Grade Home Link Letter:
Fourth Grade Home Link Letter:
Fifth Grade Home Link Letter:
Mark your calendars for the next MOUNTAIN STRONG FAMILIES "Tough Conversations with your Kids" Series on Nov. 5th. Reserve your spot for "Becoming an Anti-Racist Family". Contact: email@example.com
~Ann Sherman, Social Emotional Learning & Mountain Strong Families Coordinator, TEENS, Inc