The Nixon News
From the Principal of Nixon Elementary School
August 1, 2022
Dear Nixon Families,
I hope you all had a safe, joyful, rejuvenating summer. I could not be more excited to welcome you back to school for the 2022-23 school year!
We are excited to welcome all of our students back and to meet our newest Nixon Dolphins. Our staff will continue to design programs that support the social, emotional, and academic learning needs of each and every student.
The information in this newsletter will help you prepare for a strong start to the school year. Please read! Monthly editions of the Nixon News will be shared via ParentSquare. Make sure your account is current.
We are excited to partner with you to ensure that each of our Dolphins thrive as we return to school.
Back to School Packets
NEW Bell Schedule & Drop-off Procedures
Kindergarten 8:00 AM – 11:45 AM Monday through Friday
Extended kindergarten begins 10/11/21 when schedule becomes the same as Grades 1-3
Grades 1-3 8:00 AM – 2:05 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:00 AM - 1:10 PM Wednesday
Grades 4-5 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:00 AM – 1:10 PM Wednesday
Minimum Days: 1:10 PM
We have limited parking available at Nixon and many families travel to/from school by automobile. Please familiarize yourself with the following Arrival and Dismissal procedures to help our students transition smoothly to and from campus each day.
Student supervision is not available before school. Students should arrive no earlier than 7:45 AM and must head directly to their classroom.
Instruction begins at 8:00 AM. A "warning" bell will ring at 7:55 AM. Students arriving after 8:00 AM will be considered tardy. All students who are late must go to the office for a late slip.
Parents of students who are consistently dropped off earlier than 7:45 AM will receive formal notification by the school office.
Student supervision is not available after school. When school is dismissed, all students must leave campus for home or childcare or proceed directly to their afterschool program.
On dismissal, all students will go to their designated pick-up/exit location (Tolman Gate, Mears Gate, or Drive-Thru Area), where they should be picked up within 10 minutes of dismissal. No supervision is provided after that time.
Students who are not picked up within 10 minutes of school dismissal will be sent to wait at the school office where parents will be called. Please pick up your children promptly.
Families with both primary (K-3rd grade) and upper grade (4-5th) students must wait outside of the pick-up locations for upper grade dismissal to avoid disrupting upper grade instruction, afterschool programs, and teacher planning/preparation duties.
The community is welcome to enjoy our campus outside the hours of 7:45 AM-4:00 PM provided their presence does not disrupt After School programs, staff meetings and/or teacher preparation activities.
Note: Kindergarten is released at 11:45 AM each day through October 7, 2022. Beginning October 11, 2022, Kindergarten students will be released at the same times as grades 1-3.
We Love PiE and PTA!
Donations of any amount to our education foundation, Partners in Education (PiE), are a vital way to support every student at Nixon. We simply could not continue to provide the high quality classroom, art, and music programs without the classroom aides and instructors that PiE funds! Please be on the lookout for PiE donation day events, or you can send a check to the office any day!
Find out more about Nixon PiE at: https://www.lmnixon.org/connecting/pie
Questions about PiE? Email them at email@example.com.
The Nixon PTA provides funds for special non staff related school programs such as library and classroom instructional materials, technology, playground equipment, school spirit activities, student assemblies, family events, and school site facility and improvements needs. The PTA also supports all the school/home communication formats. These funds are raised throughout the year with special fundraising events.
Becoming a member of the Nixon PTA is easy! Just make a donation through Cheddar Up, or use this form to pay by check. Thank you!
Find out more at https://nixon.paloaltopta.org/
School Meals Program
Annual Data Update
Be sure to complete your Annual Data Update or ADU as soon as possible. The District sends ADU information to each family via email each year. If you did not receive this information please contact Registration Services at RegistrationServices@pausd.org or call 650-329-3707.
Part of the ADU includes a box that you can check to give permission to share your contact information with other members of the school community including PTA and room parents. This box must be checked in order for the school to share any of your contact information with any school-affiliated group including your child's classmates. Please update or enter your decision in the ADU.
If your child takes over-the-counter or prescription medications, they cannot be distributed or brought to school until forms signed by a parent/guardian and your child’s pediatrician are on file with the School Office. All necessary forms are accessible through: https://www.pausd.org/school-life/health-wellness/health-services
For families new to PAUSD: Please check the Health Services website for important information about immunization requirements.
Please contact LeeAnn Taylor in our office if you would like paper copies of any needed forms at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 650-856-1622.
Our Kinder teachers would like to host a kinder meet-up in their classrooms the day before school begins! This will be an opportunity to meet the teacher and to see the classroom. Our hope is that this helps our youngest students feel more comfortable on the first day of school.
Class placement emails for Kindergarten only will be emailed to parents on Tuesday, August 9 at 4:00 PM.
Parents may bring students to visit their kinder classroom on Wednesday, August 10 between 12:00-1:00 PM.
We look forward to meeting our newest Nixon Dolphins!
Class Placement Grades 1-5
Families of students in grades 1-5 will receive an email confirming your student's class placement on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 after 4:00PM.
Health & Safety
We are proud that we have been able to keep our community safe at school during the pandemic by following county guidance. The health and safety of our students, staff, and families remains a top priority. The Santa Clara County Health Department (SCCHD) has aligned with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance and PAUSD will be following their requirements so that we can continue to keep our communities safe.
COVID - 19 Testing
As per the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the District will no longer be providing surveillance testing. This means that only individuals who have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed should test. There will be two testing locations for staff and students who are symptomatic or have been exposed:
- District Office
25 Churchill Avenue
Monday - Friday
- 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
- Cubberley Campus
4000 Middlefield Rd
Monday - Friday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
COVID - 19 Reporting
Schools will continue to report any cases using the same online reporting forms that were used last year.