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November 2021 - Volume 3

Nova Blanche Forman Elementary School

Russell Schwartz - Principal

Janet Calamaro - Assistant Principal

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November 11 - Schools and Administrative Offices Closed

November 12 - Report Cards Issued

November 15 - Third Grade Honor Roll @ 10 AM

November 16 - Fourth Grade Honor Roll @ 10 AM

November 17 - Fifth Grade Honor Roll @ 10 AM

November 19 - Interim Reports Issued

November 22-26 - Thanksgiving Break - No School for Students

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Nova Blanche Forman Families,


Thank you for taking the time to read our monthly newsletter. November is such a fun time of the school year! While we continue to remain focused on student safety and health, we are also doing what we can to bring back activities that were important prior to the pandemic.


To start, this past month we hosted a Tech Talk with families and Broward Schools conducted a Parent University meeting. The topic was centered around social media and how we can monitor and protect our children in relation to their social media usage. It is important to be connected. Try to not assume that you know everything your child is doing on their phone. Explore the apps that they are using. Monitor any conversations that they are having within these apps and on text messages. Reinforce to them that they should always respect others and have respect for themselves. Lastly, we take all threats very seriously. If your child sees a threat, it should be reported to an adult. If your child is making a threat, they could expect consequences. Making threats is not a joking matter.


On campus, we have brought back our Book Character Parade. This month we also are looking forward to having classroom parties (only individually wrapped, store-bought items should be sent in with teacher coordination) and honor roll assemblies.


In November, we will celebrate Thanksgiving. Although it still might look a little different from what we are used to, it doesn’t take away from how much thanks I have for my own family and the Nova Blanche Forman family. Please join me in thanking all our educators. They care and love your children in a way that makes any parent feel comfortable. Thank our clerical staff, custodial staff, cafeteria staff, support staff, transportation staff, etc. We all, happily, put it all on the line each day for our children and families.


We are also very thankful for our Nova Blanche families. Your support and understanding, as we have made a return to in person school, has meant the world. Thank you.


Stay safe, stay healthy, and enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday.


Sincerely,


Mr. Schwartz

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Hello families,

The character trait for this month is Citizenship: Citizenship is knowing, understanding, and displaying a high regard for rules, laws, government, heritage and for those who have served and sacrificed for community and country. CLICK HERE for the family newsletter with activities to do with our students!

This month is Native American Awareness Month- Check out information on this observance here.


Anti-Bullying Week is 11/8-12th. Please speak with your children about the R.I.P. of Bullying: Repeated, Imbalance of Power, on Purpose. Students have been made aware of the acronym and should report any incidents of bullying! There is an anonymous reporting box in the front office for student access as needed.


Holocaust Education Week is from November 9th-13th. Since 1982, Holocaust Education Week (HEW) has engaged generations of students and the public in learning about the Holocaust. HEW has grown to be an internationally recognized best practice in Holocaust education.

Holocaust Awareness is one of the Florida state equity mandates. This year Mrs. Brown (art) and School Counselors will work together on the Holocaust Butterfly Project. We will begin a wall mural of clay/ceramic butterflies to represent the lives lost in the Holocaust. This project will begin with 5th graders and each 5th grade class will contribute to the mural as the years go on.

BRIA Homework Help Available online!

There's a BCPS homework help line called BRIA! (Broward Remote Instructional Assistant!)

Students will have access to this after-school help on school days, Monday - Thursday, from 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM, for assistance in Math, ELA, Science and Social Studies. Support staff, teacher volunteers, and administrators will be meeting with students via TEAMS to provide assistance.

The link to Bria! should be in student's Clever pages.

Please utilize this free homework help for students!


This month in guidance, Mrs. Levine and Ms. James will discuss safety tips in the digital world. If you missed our Tech Talk with parents on 10/27/21- here is the recording: Tech Talk with NBF School Counselors

Check out a social emotional read aloud here: Ms. James- Reading Out Loud


Ms. James' Twitter/Instagram/YouTube: @FeelHealLearn

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Age of Learning

Age of Learning is partnering with the Florida House of Representatives to immediately support the New Worlds Reading Initiative, which provides quality literary resources to Florida families. This partnership offers every Florida family FREE access, through Dec. 31, 2021, to a comprehensive library of digital books for children 12 and under. To create a free account, click here: https://www.readingiq.com/

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PTA Corner: November 2021

  • Happy Thanksgiving Titans and have a nice break when it comes!
  • 2021-2022 Yearbook presale is going on now! Purchase now and score One Free Well-Wish all for $25.00. (Be sure to visit our member hub store to purchase Titan wear, yearbooks, PTA membership etc.)
  • Volunteers, we need your help for our upcoming Book Fair and Holiday Shop! Please go register with Broward County Schools ASAP at, browardschools.com/volunteer.
  • Coffee with a Cop, thank you to all who came out to say good-bye to Officer Moise and welcome Officer Black.
  • Our next PTA meeting will follow the SAC meeting on Nov 30, at 9:45 am.
  • FYI, if you placed a uniform order on member hub some items were delivered on 10/22, – we are still waiting on sweaters, polos shirts and green/yellow dri-fit shirts. Please continue to be patient as vendors are dealing with supply chain issues.
  • AMAZON SMILE - do you know when you shop on Amazon you can help our school!
    • To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com (instead of amazon.com) from the web browser on your computer or mobile device.
    • FYI, you can use your existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile.
    • On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), select Nova Blanche Forman to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping.
    • Amazon Smile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a 0.5% donation to NBFE.
    • Need more information please visit https://smile.amazon.com/about.
  • Quarter 4 Upcoming Events –
    • Nov 18th - Family Night at Burger Hive - more info to come
    • Nov. 29 - Dec. 3: Holiday Shop (on campus)
    • Dec. 6 - 10: Scholastic Book Fair (on campus)
    • Dec. 13 - 17: Spirit Week
  • If you need to contact us please do so at:
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Honor Roll

3rd Grade - Monday, November 15th

4th Grade - Tuesday, November 16th

5th Grade - Wednesday, November 17


Honor Roll assemblies are being held in the cafeteria at 10:00 A.M.

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Upcoming SAC Meetings

November 30, 2021 @ 8:40 A.M.

January 25, 2022 @ 4:00 P.M.

February 22, 2022 @ 8:40 A.M.

March 29, 2022 @4:00 P.M.

April 26, 2022 @ 8:40 A.M.

May 24, 2022 @ 4:00 P.M.

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Important NBF Information

Address Changes – If you recently moved, please contact Ms. Sade Smith at 754-323-6609 so your new address is entered into the computer. You will need to provide proof of address.


Nova Blanche Forman Unified Dress Code Policy - Students may wear the following:

Tops: Students may wear Polo-style shirts, turtleneck shirts, collar blouses or school T-shirts. All tops must have sleeves and collars and be in a SOLID school color (with the exception of the Nova T-shirt). The colors for tops are: white, navy, yellow, black, and hunter green. It is not necessary to have emblems on the shirts.

Bottoms: Students may wear cotton twill long pants, knee length shorts, skirts, jumpers, Capri pants or skorts. Girls may also wear skirts and jumpers. A belt is optional as long as the pants are worn properly at the waist. Jeans may be worn on Fridays or the last day of the school week with a school shirt. The colors for bottoms are: khaki, navy, black, and hunter green. Students can wear jackets, sweatshirts, vests or sweaters with an approved Nova shirt underneath.

Elementary students may NOT wear backless shoes. Sneakers are recommended. No article of clothing or jewelry that may cause injury, such as belts, bracelets, wallet chains, collars with spikes or heavy link chains are allowed.

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There will be NO birthday celebrations.

Do not send in items to be shared or passed out.

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Arrival

School begins promptly at 9:30 AM. Students being transported to school by car must not arrive before 9:00 AM. Upon arriving late, after 9:30 AM, students must come to the front office to be admitted to class. Except in cases of a late bus, students will be marked tardy at 9:30 AM. As per the School Board of Broward County Discipline Matrix, habitual tardies can result in consequences such as time out, detention, social worker interventions and/or rescission of Nova placement.


Dismissal

Children are dismissed at 3:30 PM. If a student is to be picked up early, a note must be given to the classroom teacher in the morning. No child is permitted to leave the school at any time prior to the regular dismissal time unless he/she is signed out in the front office. Students will not be called to the office for early dismissal after 3:00 PM. Only persons listed on the registration form will be permitted to sign out a child.


Per School Board Policy, there will be no dismissal after 3:00 PM. Dismissal begins at 3:30 PM. If your child is a car rider, please be on time, in an emergency call the office.


Children who are car riders at dismissal will be seated according to grade level. Parents who do not wish to park, must wait in the car line. Parents need to wait outside, not in the front office. Students will not be released to meet parents across the parking lot. Names of children and their grade level should be placed in the windshield of the passenger side of the car. It is of extreme importance that children be picked up on time or enrolled in the After Care program at Nova Blanche Forman. Parents who habitually pick their child(ren) up late will be referred to the school social worker.


To ensure the success of your children, it is important that they be in school on time and that they remain in school through the end of the day.

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If your child is unable to attend school on a given day, parents may report an absence from the school's website using the Online Absence Reporting Form, found on the "Report an Absence" page under Contact on the main menu. You may also report an absence by emailing your child's teacher or by calling our attendance line at 754-323-6602.
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For updated information regarding 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit www.cdc.gov. If you are concerned that you have been exposed to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), please call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300.
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Smoking is prohibited anywhere on school grounds. We ask you to extinguish cigarettes before arriving on school grounds.
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FortifyFL was created and funded by the 2018 Florida Legislature as part of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. The application was named by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Download the app on your phone today!

You can view the website by going here www.getfortifyfl.com.

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The School Board of Broward County, Florida, prohibits any policy or procedure which results in discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. The School Board also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Individuals who wish to file a discrimination and/or harassment complaint may call the Director, Equal Educational Opportunities/ADA Compliance Department & District’s Equity Coordinator/Title IX Coordinator at 754-321- 2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) 754-321-2158.