Nixon Elementary Weekly Update

March 1, 2021

March is Finally Here!

Happy Monday Nixon Families!

A few updates and reminders for the upcoming week:

In-Person Updates:

Bobcat Building Book Club:

Our FACE (Family And Community Engagement) committee has chosen to do a one school-one book reading challenge around the book Zoey and Sassafras Dragons and Marshmallows. In the next 2 weeks (March 1-12) all classrooms will be engaging in the Bobcat Building Book Club. All classrooms will read a designated set of chapters each day, including FUN building wide activities to go along with the book. Mr. Paulsen (P.E. teacher) and Mrs. O'Brien (Art teacher) will be joining in on the fun and doing some fun engaging activities with the kids as well. At the end of our book club, each child will receive a copy of the book to take home and keep, along with a fun science activity to do over spring break! Our Bobcat Building Book Club is a great way for families to stay connected with their child and school, by sharing activities, and having conversations about the fun activities they are doing in the classroom.

Remote Learners:

Materials Pick-up: On March 9-11, we are having our next materials pick up at Nixon. You can stop by the school from 7:45 am-4:00 pm to pick up your nest set of materials for your learner. Please make sure to come and grab those items, as we have many still left from our last pick up date and your children will need these as they continue their remote schooling.

All Nixon Learners:

School Spring Pictures: Many of you have been wondering if we will be having school pictures this year. The answer is YES! Both our in-person and remote learners will have the opportunity to have their pictures taken on March 23. In-person learners will take their pictures with their classroom teachers, remote learners will come to Nixon to take their pictures between 11:30-1:30 and follow the protocol for safe social distancing and masking. Keep an eye out for more information on spring pictures in the upcoming weeks.

Upcoming Events:

  • March 10: Fire Drill
  • March 15-19: Spring Break
  • March 23: Spring Pictures

I hope you all have a wonderful week. As always, please reach out if you have any questions.

Jeni Goebel, Principal

Nixon Elementary

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Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

This past November we learned that one of our 2nd grade Bobcats was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She really misses everyone at Nixon and all of her friends here. Since her diagnosis, she has been down at the University of Iowa every other week for chemo treatments. However, starting March 1st, she will need to be at the Mayo Clinic for 6 straight weeks to undergo 30 rounds of radiation on top of her chemo treatments.

Over the course of a week and a half, our Bobcat families raised over $1100 for this friend and I could not be more proud of everyone. The family sent a great big thank you to all of our Nixon community and we wish them the best of luck as they take on this next big step. Thank you again to everyone who donated!

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February Learners of the Month

Congratulations to the following learners who did an amazing job this past month! We celebrated our February Learners of the Month with a virtual assembly this past Friday. Great job Bobcats--thanks for being Respectful, Responsible, Safe, and Part of the Team!

Joanna J., Dayton R., Savanna S., Hamza S., Kripa B., Abigail J., Robert M., Brijesh D., Mallory S., Jaxon S., Ellie K., Kali L, Jude M., Sheron M., Lucas G., AJ M., Ila C., Katalina D., Bailey F., Landen L., Xander W., Chance C., Aiden M., Abishek B., DJ C., & Khloe T.,

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Camp Tanager Opportunities

Free Camp Scholarship Program

Established in 1926, Camp Tanager has provided free half-week and week-long camp opportunities for youth ages 6-11 years. This program is available to all youth that typically meet the criteria for free or reduced school meals. Paper applications (attached) can be completed and returned to school. Applications can also be submitted online at this link:

Summer Sleep Away Camp

This program runs alongside our free campership program and is for all youth ages 6-11 years. Campers that would not mee the criteria for a free campership are eligible to sign up for sleepaway camp. Sessions run from Sun PM – Fri PM. More information:

Summer Day Camps

Camp Tanager offers 9 one-week themed day camp programs for youth ages 5-11 years. Day Camp operates from Mon-Fri 9am-4pm with early drop off and late pickup options available. More information about Day Camp can be found at this link.

End of Year Field Trips

Our end of year school celebrations allow school groups to attend for the day and enjoy a custom built day of fun and activity for students. Staffed by our Camp Team, students are put into group rotations and take part in traditional camp activities such as team building, swimming, archery, field games and more. To find out more contact our Camp Tanager Director at

COVID Considerations

We fully expect to be still navigating COVID going into this summer. As you probably know, many parents have questions and concerns about COVID and how schools, groups, and other recreational groups are managing their mitigation efforts. At Camp Tanager we are taking COVID seriously and while we remain confident that camp will be able to operate this summer, we will still be taking precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants. Our Covid mitigation procedures can be found here:

Please feel free to reach out with any questions you or your parents may have about camp programs this coming summer.

Happy Camping!

Camp Tanager Team

Emergency Drills at Nixon

As we start this second semester, we are also beginning to revisit some of the ways we keep our Nixon Bobcats safe at school. One of these ways is to provide opportunities to practice various emergency situations.

Below is a poster describing the 3 types of emergency drills we have at Nixon and the purpose for practicing those drills. There is a quote about practicing not until you get it right, but until you can't possibly get it wrong. It is our hope that we will never be in a situation where our learnerners would engage in the emergencies that we practice for, but we want to be sure to be so effective at our drills that we can't possibly get it wrong if we ever have to.

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