Palomino Family Newsletter


Week 5 of COVID-19 School Closure

Principal's Message

Hello Palomino Families,

I hope that you are finding yourselves happy, healthy, and in good spirits and company! I want to thank you all for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times. We are all figuring things out together one day at a time. I have no doubt that we will come back better, stronger, and more united than ever. In the absence of school, we have grown to realize how much we all need each other and how much we mean to one another. I speak on behalf of the entire staff here at Nicolet Middle School when I say, "We miss our students dearly!" The staff here at Nicolet have expressed to me daily just how much they love and miss our students. We are all hurting and grieving the loss of this school year. Now more than ever we need to unite our hearts and our love for this community, be there for one another, lift each other up, and get through this together. #Banningstrong

~Mrs. Rodriguez

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Distance Learning Plan

This week we are slowly starting to roll out the plan for distance learning. Please be patient with us as we work through some of the challenges. This is new to everyone so let's give our teachers and each other patience and grace as we try to figure this out together. Some important things to know:

  • Each teacher will be sending out information that will include their daily office hours and a link to their digital classroom. Please make sure you are checking your child's school email and/or Parent Square for that information.
  • During these office hours, teachers will be available for student learning by either hosting virtual meetings using Zoom or Google, posting assignments or communication on their digital platform, sending emails, making phone calls, or be available to speak to you if you have any questions. This will vary depending on the teacher's preference and/or availability.
  • Each grade level has a work packet. These work packets include ELA, Math, Science, History, and PE activities for the next two weeks. They also include daily schedules and checklists to help your child develop routines for their distance learning schedule. The links to these packets can be found below. Teachers are also working on having this work posted onto their digital classrooms. Students should be able to use the "Kami" extension to open this file and type directly into the document. These links can also be found on our website. We will also post them on our school's Facebook page and send them out via Parent Square.
  • If you are not able to access the packets online and need a printed copy please contact Mrs. Rodriguez at to request a printed copy. Please only request a printed copy as a last resort. We are very limited with personnel and resources right now and too many requests may make distributing packets difficult.
  • If you have any questions regarding distance learning please submit them in the Google Form link above.

Grade level work packets

Chromebook Exchange

If you received a Chromebook that is not working, please schedule an appointment to drop off the device HERE. Appointments are available on that link on Mondays and Wednesdays between 9 AM and 12 PM. You will take your device to the district office at 161 W. Williams St., Banning, CA 92220. Please follow these instructions:

Place the device with power chord in a plastic bag with the following information written on a piece of paper:

  • Student Name
  • Parent Name
  • Phone Number
  • Problem with device

Bring the device in the trunk of the car. Drive up to the building, open the trunk; the technician will pick up the device. Parents will receive a call when the device is ready for pick up.

Food Services Schedule

  • Monday, April 20: Meals will be served to cover 2 consecutive days. No food service on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
  • Wednesday, April 22: Meals will be served to cover 3 consecutive days. No food service on Thursday, April 23 or Friday, April 24.
  • Monday, April 27: Meals will be served to cover 5 consecutive days. No food service the remainder of the week April 28-May 1.
  • Monday, May 25 is Memorial Day: No Food Service. Food service for that week will be on Tuesday, May 26, 2020
  • Food Service Dates: April 20, 22, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 26; June 1
  • Food Service Hours: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Food Service Locations: Cabazon Elementary School, Hemmerling Elementary School, and Nicolet Middle School
  • Remote Service Locations: Food service remains at two bus stops: 1.) Corner of Esperanza Avenue and Elm Street (11:00-11:30 a.m.) in Cabazon and 2.) Corner of Haugen-Lehmann Way and Tamarack Street in Whitewater (12:00-12:30 p.m.)


The yearbook is complete! Unfortunately, the company that prints the yearbooks for us is closed due to COVID-19. Which means we are not able to print or sell any more yearbooks until they reopen. We still do not have a timeline for when that might be. The plan is to continue selling once we reopen and have yearbook signing parties at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. For our 8th graders, we will work on coordinating a yearbook distribution and signing party with Banning High School.

Personal Belongings in Lockers

Right now schools are completely shut down to any public access. The only ones allowed on campus at this time are the ones who have been identified as essential. Because of this, we will not be able to allow anyone on campus until we reopen in June. Once we reopen we will send communication out on a plan to allow students to come in and empty out their lockers.


All fundraising has been put on hold. Our business office essential employees have been limited and are working from home. We are not able to distribute any refunds at this time. All money that has been collected so far this school year will be used on field trips for the 2020-2021 school year.

Cookie Dough: The cookie dough is being held for us at their distribution center and we still plan on distributing the cookie dough once we are given permission to do so. Once we have a plan of when that might be we will get that information out to you.

World's Finest Chocolates: If you still have chocolates that you were selling then just hold on to them until we reopen. Once we reopen we will schedule a time to bring in any unsold chocolates and collect money.


As of right now, we do not have any plans for a promotion ceremony for our 8th graders. I understand how heartbreaking this is and we will do our best to find a way to celebrate them once we are able to. We still need to come up with a plan on how we can distribute promotion certificates. Once we have a plan we will communicate that to you.


Many students have requested to pick up their instruments. I will be available to get you your instruments on Monday April 27th, Tuesday, April 28th, and Wednesday, April 29th from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Please click on this link HERE to request an instrument pick up.

Challenge Winners

Congratulations to Khalia Sattlewhite for winning the challenge for organizing her closet!

Congratulations to Marco Tostado for winning the challenge for his poem on Quarantine! They both will be mailed a $10 gift card to a local restaurant.

This Week's Refugee Read Alouds

Mahoumad; 4 days from home, pages 104-109

NMS Refugee Read Aloud

Josef; 11 days from home, pages 110-115

Josef pg 110 V2

Isabel; 1 Day from home pages 116-120

NMS Refugee Read Aloud

A video from the NMS Staff

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