Nixon Elementary Weekly Update

February 22, 2021

Acts of Kindness

Happy Monday Nixon Families!

A few updates and reminders for the upcoming week:

In-Person Updates:

Acts of Kindness: In February, we talk a lot about random acts of kindness and friendship. What better way to show kindness than to support one of our Nixon learners and their family. Read below to see how you can show your kindness for one of our Bobcats.

8:30 Reminder: We have had more and more learners showing up prior to 8:30 over the past several weeks. Please do not send your children to school or drop them off before 8:30. We do NOT have supervision in the front of the building each day until 8:30, and we will begin calling families of children that are repeatedly coming to school before 8:30.

Masks: We will continue to have our mask policy in place at Nixon, so please be sure to send your children to school with a clean mask each day.

Recess Policy: With winter weather comes a change in how recess at Nixon is held. On days when the blacktop is not cleared or the temperature is too cold, we have indoor recess. For outdoor recess, the temperature needs to be 10 degrees or higher with the windchill.

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:

  • February 24: Tornado Drill
  • 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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Your Act of Kindness Can Help One of our Bobcats

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.

We are asking for your help! Please consider donating towards the purchase of gift cards for our Bobcat and her family. With your cash donations, we will be purchasing gift cards for food, gas and other essential items. We only ask that you send the money in an envelope with your learner’s name on it and turn it in to their classroom teacher.

As an added way to show our support, for each 25 cents donated we will add a paw print to our designated wall so we can be reminded about her as we walk past. We can’t wait to fill our wall with bobcat paws and send her a picture so she knows how much we care.

Our goal is to have all the money collected no later than next Wednesday, February 24th. If you have any questions, please reach out to our front office (558-2188).

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A Note from our Nixon PTA

Attention Nixon Families:

The PTA is hosting a soup and salad lunch for the staff this Friday February 26. Our staff has been working tirelessly to provide a safe and fun learning environment for our learners, so we want to show our appreciation

We are asking families that are able, to help us out with deserts. If you are able to donate a desert or two, please have your learner bring it to the main office Friday morning before school.

Any questions please email Tomi Fuchs

We are also needing PTA members now and board members for next year. The PTA can’t be successful without all your help. We want to be able to start next year off right! Our learners need our support more than ever.

Thank you in advance for all your support! We are Nixon Bobcats

Fantastic February Fun!

Both in-person staff and learners had a great time this past week with our Fantastic February Fun! Tuesday learners figured out a mystery message from Mrs. Goebel, Wednesday teachers left some love for their colleagues in their mailboxes and on their classroom doors, and all learners participated in extra special Social-Emotional Learning activities during community circle.

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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