November 18, 2022

Message from Principal Melamed

Dear Nederland Community,

Happy snowy days as we head into Thanksgiving Break.

I want to remind everyone that the BVSD Open Enrollment window is open now through January 4th. The best way for us to get the word out about our amazing mountain school is through you all. If you know of any families that might be interested in enrolling their children in our school (even families from down below) please encourage them to reach out to me. They can call me directly at (720)561-5575. They can also email me at

I am so proud of our school and community and we have so many wonderful things to offer. One of our great programs is our library program run by Andrea Chen and Kelly Detzel-Hess. I am pleased to announce that the library just secured a grant to purchase Ozobots. These little programmable robots will be a great addition to our innovation studio as we develop students' technology and coding skills. Congratulations to Andrea and Kelly for winning this grant. You can see more about the great things happening in our library at the NES Library Website.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving Break. I am grateful to be part of such an amazing community. Thank you and as always please feel free to reach out with any questions.



If your child is participating in Battle of the Books, Thanksgiving break is a great time to read some of the BOB books! Here are the BOB book lists for 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade. We have purchased multiple copies of each book for the Nederland Elementary School Library. Books are also available through Sora (students sign in with their BVSD credentials). The Nederland Community Library is another great place to find books!

Check out the discussion guides for 5th grade, 4th grade, and 3rd grade!

We are excited to announce that Nederland Elementary will be participating in the 2022-2023 Scripps Spelling Bee. Participation is optional for students in 1st grade-5th grade. Students will be receiving grade-level spelling lists from their teachers. If your child would like additional opportunities to practice, here is the full 2023 School Spelling Bee Study List. You can also download the Word Club app. The Boulder Valley Regional Spelling Bee will be held this year on March 11, 2023.

November is Native American Heritage month. Look for the Native American Heritage Month special collection on Sora (In the BVSD Portal).

Attendance - 720-561-4802

If your student is going to be absent from school please call the attendance line at 720-561-4802. You can utilize this number 24/7.

Please leave the following information on the attendance line:

Date of Absence

Student Name - and spelling of that name


Your relationship to the student

Many THANKS!!!


Ms. B is starting a series of after-school art experiences.

The second session "Funky Fabric Fun" will run Monday - Wednesday, Dec. 12, 13, and 14, from 3:30 - 4:30 in the art room. A light snack will be provided. This session is for grades K, 1, and 2. There are 5 spots available. If you would like your student to participate, please email Ms.B at

***Any student who is planning to participate in "Funky Fabric Fun", from Nov. 28 - Dec. 2, please remember to turn in your permission slip! This class starts the week we return from Thanksgiving BREAK, which is an "A" week. I'll see you in the art room from Nov 28 - Dec. 2!

Thank you Nederland Elementary Community!


Counselor's Corner - Kristen Kron


Sources of Strength Elementary Program

Teaching Social Thinking at Home With Our Experts

"Why Do We Lose Control of Our Emotions?'" Video

"Zones of Regulation: Activity Check-in at Home via Social Thinking" Video

Zones of Regulation Homepage


Counseling referrals may be received from students and/or guardians.

Feel free to fill out the NES Guardian Referral if you have any concerns about your child and would like support or just want to keep me in the loop. You can also contact me by email/phone.

Please help your child fill out the "I Would Like to See My School Counselor" Form if they would like to speak with me individually. I will also be showing them how to fill out the paper version in school.

Counseling Website

Please check out the NES Counseling Website for a plethora of resources and ideas for supporting your child. If you can’t find something you are looking for, do not hesitate to reach out and I can do some research for you.


Kristen Kron, School Counselor (she, her, hers)

Office Phone #: (720) 561-4825


Social Emotional Learning - Ann Sherman

This month we are explicitly teaching ourselves to be more empathetic of others ~ from how we talk about and celebrate Thanksgiving... to how we acknowledge our differences at home and school. Help your children grow their EMPATHY using these fun activities:

PreK -- Play the game "Do we feel the same or different?"

Kinders -- Help your child pick up on visual clues of how someone else is feeling. Then ask "why do you think they may be feeling that way?" Noticing body language, and understanding the situational causes behind our emotions, helps build empathy for others.

First Grade -- Use this poster to help your child think about how to tell if someone may be feeling curious, frustrated, disgusted, proud, worried, or disappointed. What would cause these emotions?

Second Grade -- Help your child develop confidence by practicing things that are challenging for them. Play this game together and utilize self-talk to encourage yourself and persist when things are difficult.

Third Grade -- Take a preference poll with your child to learn about different perspectives and having mixed emotions about something.

Fourth Grade -- Discuss the different perspectives between your child and yourself with this activity.

Fifth Grade -- Talk about accepting differences and overcoming prejudices with this fun activity.

As we near the Thanksgiving holiday, we can help our children celebrate in ways that build their social emotional skills. One way is to develop a regular gratitude practice with your family. Gratitude for the land, animals, and plants that sustain us has always been practiced by the Cheyenne, Arapahoe, and Ute cultures of Colorado. Let us honor and learn from the environmental stewardship displayed by these cultures as we move through their traditional lands. Another way to foster social emotional learning is to consider the perspective of Indigenous people as this holiday nears. Here is a list of children's books about Thanksgiving from a Native perspective

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Feelings can be hard to understand, especially for children. On December 6th, the next Mountain Strong Families program will address "How to Raise Emotionally Intelligent Children" Contact or register HERE.


Please save the date for a special holiday shopping event at Sweet Sue's in Nederland! Tickets are $5 and the NES PTA will get 10% of all retail sales in addition to all ticket sales from the evening. Let's gather, have fun, and support local businesses this holiday season! More details to come...Tuesday, December 13 from 5-7 pm

If you plan to volunteer at SHRED, or in any other capacity inside the school this year, you need to complete a BVSD volunteer application and background check through the Raptor system. The background check is good for 12 months (it's not based on the school calendar). So, if you completed it last year to volunteer for SHRED, it's time again! There is a $25 fee to process the background check. If you have a financial need, please contact Erin Wilson ( and the PTA will reimburse your fee. We do not want this fee to keep people from volunteering! Please also remember that teachers post any volunteer needs for their classrooms on our Help At Schools page. Please sign up to help out where you can!


Erin Wilson

NESPTA - President

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Nederland Elementary BVSD Child Care Updates - Jessa Meyers

BVSD School Age Care – SAC provides a Full Day Adventure Camp program in line with the BVSD calendar (Adventure Camp is not offered on certain days depending on holidays).

Adventure Camp will be offered to families (Monday-Wednesday) over Thanksgiving Break. If you're looking for something fun and exciting for your child over the break, sign up before November 14th. You do not need to be currently enrolled in SAC to participate in Adventure Camp.

If you are in need of After-School care: SAC offers inclusive, fun, and licensed surroundings for kindergarten through 5th-grade students, Monday through Friday 3:30 - 6 pm. Our Seven enriching Learning Zones give time for creative exploration, homework, and indoor and outdoor play to complement the school day. Click here to register for a child care account and see all of the Nederland care options, or email with any questions. You can also visit School Age Care for more information.

If you have any questions regarding the program at Nederland Elementary, please email the NES SAC Supervisor,Lyndsey Stafford(

SAC Registration for the 2022-2023 School year is still OPEN. If you are interested in after-school care for your child, please click here to register. Limited space is available.

BVSD PreSchool Enrichment – BVSD PreSchool Enrichment Program at Nederland Elementary is off to a great start this school year, we are currently looking for a new assistant supervisor and have currently closed new enrollment. Once we find our perfect match we will reopen enrollment. If you know anyone interested, the application can be found on the BVSD website. Ms. Lyndsey Stafford from the SAC program has been helping out in the PSE afternoon class and has been a lot of fun for our friends.

The PSE program will follow the same Fall Break schedule as BVSD; we will be closed Monday, November 21st- 25th; returning Monday, November 28th. When we return there will be a couple of weeks before our holiday break please note the following dates: Friday, December 2nd, Crazy Hair Day, Thursday, December 15th @ 4:00 PM PSE Family Holiday Get Together in the PSE classroom, Holiday Break Monday, December 19th- Tuesday, January 3rd, returning Wednesday, January 4th. It will be a busy couple of weeks but we are looking forward to all of the celebrations together!

If you have any questions regarding the PreSchool Enrichment program please reach out to Jessa Meyers, Preschool Enrichment Supervisor at .

District News

Regional English Spelling Bee Judges Needed

BVSD is seeking judges for the Boulder Valley Regional English Spelling Bee event on March 11. If you are interested, please complete this form.

Fall Respiratory Illness Season Reminders

Colorado is seeing an increase in respiratory illnesses in children across the state. As the temperatures drop and we spend more time indoors these viruses spread more easily.

There are actions we can continue to take to keep ourselves and our families healthy from all communicable diseases such as Colds, RSV, Flu, and COVID-19.

  1. Please stay home if sick

    1. At least 24 hrs after you’ve had a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea (resolved without medications)

    2. If you have multiple symptoms such as coughing, congestion, aches, or sore throat - stay home until they start to improve

    3. Follow the school guidelines for returning - students AND staff

  2. Get tested - testing is available for COVID, Flu, and RSV

  3. Practice good hand and respiratory hygiene

    1. Cover your cough

    2. Dispose of tissues immediately

    3. Wash or sanitize your hands

  4. Talk to your healthcare provider about vaccines for Flu and COVID-19

  5. Consider wearing a mask indoors for added protection

Quick Check Resource - Is it Allergies, Cold, Flu, COVID or RSV

Children’s Hospital Colorado has more detailed information on symptoms, duration and treatment options here: The Difference Between COVID-19, Cold, Flu and Other Bugs Affecting Kids

If your child is showing any of these signs it is important to call your provider:

  • Your child develops any complications such as an earache, sinus pain, or pressure, or develops a fever after the first two or three days.

  • Any fever lasting more than 3 days.

  • Your child is drinking much less or not urinating (peeing)

  • The cough lasts more than 3 weeks.