N-S Elementary At-Home Activities

(for a Coronavirus school closure)

Message from the Principal:

Dear Families,

No one could have predicted the events that have taken place over our spring break concerning the growing concern over the coronavirus pandemic. Just know our district is doing everything we possibly can to keep your child safe. There is a post going around quoting what a school superintendent said in a letter. He said, "In the end it will be impossible to know if we overreacted or did too much, but it will be QUITE apparent if we under reacted or did to little." Please keep this in mind as we navigate these uncharted waters.

Many schools are also providing ways for students to continue learning at home. I have compiled links for you to use at home to keep our children learning. See the red buttons as you scroll below. If you have any questions about any of the programs, please contact your child's teacher. If you cannot reach your child's teacher, please email me at atkinsl@nixonsmily.net. I have included the district announcements in case you have not seen them. We hope you can take advantage of the grab and go free meals the school will be providing. Please keep scrolling. There is a lot of information in this newsletter.

I wish you all the best and I will miss seeing your children's smiling faces on Monday. Please tell your child Mrs. Atkins misses them and I hope they enjoy the access to their programs and other fun activities.

Thank you,

Mrs. Atkins

NSE Principal

Corona Virus Social Story

If you are wondering how to explain the coronavirus outbreak and social distancing to your children, her is a wonderful child friendly story you can read to your child. Click here for the story.

NSE Links to online programs students may use at home:

Our students use a variety of online programs at school. The programs are listed below. If your child does not know the login, please contact your child's teacher and she/he can help you get logged in. Click on any of the red buttons below to access the programs.
Exact Path- 3rd and 4th graders

The account login is NSMS2. Students should know the other information to login.

ST Math (JiJi) PK through 2nd grade

Students PK, Kinder, first, & second grade love to learn math with JiJi. If your child does not know his/her login, please contact the teacher and she/he will help. Below is a link to a PDF that shows you how to use the program at home.

Information needed for ReadLive:

All third graders and 4th graders that attend after school tutoring have access to ReadLive. You will need to watch the video below to see how the program works and use the codes below to login.Account number to login is 00050725. Students will know their username and password. Parents will need to do the hot timings after your child has gone through all the steps. When you conduct the hot timing, use the username and password nseparent

If you are using a phone or tablet, you will need to download the free ReadLive App.

Working Through a Story in Read Naturally Live

Other Great Free Resources

Scholastic Books Free 20 day Reading activities. Click Here for the letter to families and Click here for the activities.

Simple fun non-screen activities to do at home. Click Here

Fluency and Fitness Grades K-2 Free Access offer to Parents Click Here

Enrichment enrichment activities for children to do at home. Click Here

Kahn Academy for Kids. PK-1 Click Here

Letter from our Superintendent, Dr. Lauer

Dear Everyone,

Nixon-Smiley CISD campuses will remain closed until March 23, 2020.

It has become clear that NSCISD needs to extend Spring Break for another week. I know this is a huge inconvenience for some of you, but the administration and Board of Trustees have made this decision in the best interest of students and staff. We can not put it off any longer.

All children under the age of 18 will be eligible for "grab and go" breakfast and lunch for the week of March 16th - 20th. Details on where meals can be picked up and the hours available will be forthcoming.

We do not yet know if students will need to make up this time. We also don't know what the next steps will be after this initial closing. Therefore, please continue to watch our Facebook page and website (www.nixonsmiley.net) for additional information as it is available.

Thank you!

Cathy L. Lauer, Ph.D.



From March 16th- March 20th, 2020, "grab-and-go" breakfast and lunch will be available for all children under age 18 in the Nixon-Smiley CISD attendance zone. Breakfast can be picked up from 7:30 am - 9:00 am. Lunches will be available from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.

Please send any questions to lora.torres@nixonsmiley.net