Monday, March 29, 2021

Latest Information

Dear Families,

We have revised our safety protocols in preparation for returning to school on April 5, 2021. Here is the link for the protocols: REVISED NES Safety Protocols

There will be students who, because they are switching from Cohort D to Cohort A, will be receiving email notification from me of a new classroom teacher. We will be sending these on Tuesday evening. This represents the classroom they will join on Monday, April 5th.

Recall that we are excited to report there will be more bus transportation available to students who live 1.5 miles away from the school! If your child does not currently ride a school bus, lives at least 1.5 miles from NES, and you would like to have your child ride the bus, it is critical that you reach out NOW to Jane Melville at or 508-228-7290 ext 2104 or Patricia Harding at or 508-228-7290 ext 2187 to make these arrangements.

The schedule for both groups (cohort A and D (all remote)) beginning 4/5 will be full days Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (7:45 - 2:20) and half day Wednesdays (7:45 - 11:50).

Some other facts to take note of:

  • Wednesday will be a half day for in person students and remote students.
  • Students will stay in classroom groups. If there is a need for students to mix with another class or group of students, this will be done following all the safety protocols.
  • Lunch will still be the one time of day when ALL students must be at least 6 feet apart, like they are now, when eating. This applies to all times that the whole class may be eating.
  • We are working out how we will accomplish this, but are confident we have the space. We also look forward to warm weather days and classes going outside for lunch.
  • We will do everything we can to keep your child's teacher as is, but there may be a need to switch teachers if we need to balance a room or if a child is going from remote to in person or vice versa.
  • Students will be 3 feet - 6 feet apart in the classrooms.
  • Know that we will still be wearing masks, washing/sanitizing our hands per current protocols, and continuing with physical distancing. These measures are critical to ensuring the safety of students and staff.

Report cards were published in the Student Portal of ASPEN this past Friday evening. Please review these and discuss with your children. The hard copies will be coming home in the mail with your students this week. The classroom teacher will send you a remind message to be on the lookout for these.

I have recently learned there will be some sewer construction on Surfside Road. This will definitely cause some traffic disruptions. The sign on Surfside says that the construction will begin on 4/5 and work will be done between the hours of 4:00 pm and 3:00 am.


Kim Kubisch and Kim Albertson

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 30th at 6:00 PM - Special Needs Advisory - Presentation by Patti Menzel "Ausome" Connections: A Look a Friendships on the Autism Spectrum - See flyer below for participation information. ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN THE ONLINE MEETING!!

Ausome Connections Flyer

Island Cup Fundraiser

Hello Everyone!

The Class of 2022 is bringing back the annual Island Cup Fundraiser! Due to the pandemic, our football season is now currently happening. As a result, the Island Cup game has also been moved. This year, the game will be held on Saturday, April 24. Members of the Class of 2022 have designed a sweatshirt and a long sleeve shirt, which we are now taking pre-orders for. If you place your order by the end of the day on March 21, you will be guaranteed to receive what you order. If not, there will be some extra merchandise ordered, which can be bought on a first come first serve basis. Sweatshirts will be $40 and long sleeve shirts will be $25. We ask that you pay for your order when you pick it up. You can place your order by filling out this Google Form. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at All money raised will go directly to the Class of 2022 to help with costs during their senior year. On behalf of the Class of 2022, we thank you for supporting the class! Go Whalers!


Darren Lucas-Hayes, M.Ed.

Nantucket High School

Weather Updates

It is so important that the children come prepared to be outside. This means wearing boots, gloves, hats, warm coats, and snow pants. It is important that children have these and a change of clothes (in case they do not have snow pants and clothes get wet.) We follow the guidelines of having students go outside if the temperature feels like 15 degrees or higher. The warm clothes are necessary for sure!! But I am hopeful, as the sun is rising earlier, we will be having better weather soon.

Parking and Driving on Campus

1. The parking lot on First Way behind the school is ONLY for staff. Student drop off or Parent Parking back there is NOT permitted. All of the spots are numbered and assigned to staff. When parents park back there, our staff are unable to get into the building to be ready for working with students. All the spots are assigned. There are no extra spots. This is no place for students to be walking. It is incredibly unsafe.

2. If you are driving into our drop off lanes from Backus Lane, the driver MUST STAY in the car. The child should get out of the car on the right side.

3. Cars should not pull around other cars on the left side in the circles. It is important to model safety and patience. We have observed so many near accidents.

4. If you wish to get out of the car, please park in the lot on Backus Lane and walk your child to their class line.

5. If you leave the state of Massachusetts, your child must receive a COVID-19 negative test result in order to come back to school. If you do not want to have your child tested, they must stay home for 10 days. We have had no school spread because people are adhering to these safety protocols.

6. Attendance =

a.virtually present means the child is online off and on all day, not just for morning meeting

b.virtually absent means the child is not signing on for remote learning

c. physically present means the child is in school present for the day

d. physically absent means the child is not in school at all for the day

7. When children are working remotely, they may need a parent to assist them in signing on. We know you have been doing this. We would ask finally that you allow the children to answer questions. It is okay for them to make mistakes.

I continue to be grateful for all of your support in this very challenging time. I know that this is hard for all of you as it is for us too. I keep reminding myself that things will be better soon. I want to reiterate our need for a partnership in this pandemic. It is critical for you to respond to teachers' emails, phone calls, and remind messages. They know how hard it is for you. They are trying to keep you updated as often as they can. The favor of replies to their efforts to reach out to you would be greatly appreciated.

Counselors' Information (Most recent on top)

As you know, we are using the Second Step program in your child’s classroom. The Second Step program teaches children important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school. It also helps our school be a safe, respectful place where everyone can learn.

To further help our school be a safe and respectful place, we are also going to use the Second Step Bullying Prevention Unit. In the lessons, your child will learn specific skills to help stop bullying. We anticipate beginning these lessons in Grade 1 and 2 next week and in K shortly thereafter.

Students will learn how to:

• Recognize when bullying is happening

• Report bullying to a caring adult

• Refuse to let bullying happen to themselves or others

• Be a bystander who stands up and is part of the solution to bullying

Home Links will continue to be sent home with your child to help you understand what your child is learning about bullying at school. They also give your child another chance to practice skills for handling bullying. We need your support! Make sure your child knows to tell you or someone at school if he or she is being bullied. And give your child the clear message that it is never okay to bully others.

If you have any questions about the Bullying Prevention Unit or the Second Step program, please reach out to your child’s teacher or school counselor. Thank you for helping us make our school a safe, respectful place where everyone can learn.

Jeanne Clark and Lisa Hood, our school counselors, are excited about the progress with the Second Step Lessons this year in SEL! All grades will be finishing up the Problem Solving Unit in the next few weeks. Be sure to check out your child’s weekly playlist for the weekly lesson and supplemental activities for extra practice. Feel free to reach out to your child’s school counselor if you have any questions or if they can support you in any way.

Holly McGill, our School Social Worker, continues to work both with individual students and small groups focusing on specific Social skills, such as being a kind friend, coping skills and problem solving. If your child works with Ms. McGill be sure to ask them to share what they are practicing!

Our School Counselors and Social Worker (our Student Support Team) have asked me to share this information with you. We are hearing from so many of you about the struggles students are having with remote learning. Here is an article with some friendly suggestions and helpful hints! Also, please visit current and previous SEL playlists in Schoology. There is lots of information about how to help children manage their emotions!

Nurse’s Corner 3/29/2021 (most recent on top)

As the weather gets warmer it is important to get into the habit of daily tick checks. We are all spending more time outside and the ticks are out there. Not only do we have deer ticks but also the lone star tick has been found on Nantucket. A bite from the lone star tick can cause an anaphylactic allergy to red meat in addition to other tick borne illnesses. Please be sure to daily check for ticks on your children.

As we approach April vacation and full in person school, please continue to be mindful of travel, testing, handwashing and wearing masks. There is currently a spike on the Cape and it is important we do what we can to ensure we can remain in person for school.

March is here and spring and summer are around the corner. Before things start to get busier it is important to make sure your child has an appointment for their yearly physical and be sure they are up to date on their immunizations.

As far as COVID, we are not out of the woods yet! The guidelines for travel are changing and as of today, no test is needed if traveling to Washington, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Missouri. Be sure to keep an eye on this prior to any April vacation travel!

I am really excited to have all of our students safely back in school in April! It is important for everyone to continue to mask, wash their hands and socially distance so we can have a safe school!


Kimberly F. Kubisch


Kimberly F. Albertson

Assistant Principal

Children with any illness symptoms

Please be sure to review the Home Screening survey with children at home before they come to school each morning. It is very important to not send children to school with any illness or with medications ingested to reduce symptoms.

Home Screening Protocol

Know that we understand and appreciate when you choose to keep your child at home because they have one of the symptoms or don't feel well, not necessarily COVID-19 positive but run down as happens to us all. With a bit of notice and clear communication to your child's teacher, they can work with you to determine the child's participation in synchronous and/or asynchronous work.