Noddin News

January 10, 2021

Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 11 @ 6pm - USD Board Meeting

Friday, January 15 - Staff Development Day (No School)

Monday January 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)

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Principal's Message

Dear Noddin Community,

I hope all of the students had a great first week back at school and enjoyed reconnecting with their teachers and friends!

As a nation, last week was particularly challenging and we are still feeling the affects of last Wednesday's events in Washington D.C. Your students may have questions and also reacting to events they have seen on T.V. or the Internet. As parents, we have an opportunity to model concern, show strength, and demonstrate resilience during troubling times. Last week's events can also open doors to conversations about making a difference, citizenship, and democracy. Your child's age and development will, of course, be an important factor in any discussion. You know your child best!

Here is a wonderful article with tips and advice on talking with children about uncomfortable and challenging subjects.

How To Talk To Your Children When Bad Things Happen

On a related note, a Noddin teacher clued me in to a wonderful book, released just last Tuesday: Outside, Inside. The book thoughtfully and age-appropriately presents the ongoing pandemic and shelter-in-place and how it affects families of all types. I have ordered some copies for the school for teachers and support staff to utilize. If you are interested in this book for your family, please click on the link below.

Outside, Inside

For more resources on helping children through these times, if you haven't already, I encourage you to review the "Message from the Superintendent" sent Thursday, January 7.

If you, your children, or your family are struggling with food security and/or mental health concerns, please scroll down to find helpful resources. Never hesitate to reach out to me personally to explore what support Noddin or USD can provide.

Stay safe and stay strong!

-Mr. Scharer

Noddin Virtual Running Club

We're starting Noddin's Virtual Running Club for 2021! Let's record the running that we do until eventually we can meet again back on the track at school. Starting January 11th, whenever you go for a run or a walk, you can enter the time that you spent exercising using this form. Running round your back yard or on-the-spot at home counts too! We'll add all your time together and for every 60 minutes you'll earn a virtual badge on the results table.

Results will be updated twice a day per student and per class here.

Please take care when exercising outdoors, remembering road safety, social distancing and to check the air quality.

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to

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Noddin Girls on the Run - Coaches Needed! - 3rd - 5th Grade Parents

Noddin Elementary has a long tradition of having a Girl's On The Run team and we're looking to start one this spring! To do so, we need coaches. If you are a 3rd - 5th grade parent and interested in learning more and volunteering, please email Megan Wright at
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USD Food Service Distribution - January, 2021

Stop by at our upcoming January Grab & Go Meals Pick Up Days between 11 AM and 1 PM

  • Monday, January 11
  • Wednesday, January 13
  • Wednesday, January 20
  • Friday, January 22
  • Monday, January 25
  • Wednesday, January 27
  • Friday, January 29

Location: Dartmouth Middle School (5575 Dartmouth Drive)

Note: There will be no pick up on Friday, January 15 and Monday, January 18.

  • Please stay in your car and wear a mask or face covering. Staff will come to you.
  • Walk-up community members may pick up meals from a distribution table.
  • Meals are available for any student 18 years old and younger.
  • No paperwork/identification required.
  • Students do not need to be present.
  • Pick up only - no eating at the school.

If you have questions, please reach out to Diane Nunes at (408) 558-4203 or

USD Health and Wellness Resources for Students and Parents

This previously shared page has been updated and expanded: Health and Wellness Resources for USD students and parents! During these challenging and uncertain times, it is so important to learn self-care, wellness, and coping strategies and remember you are not alone.

Noddin Community Activities and Programs

Please check as new programs continue to be added!

Even though we're distance learning, Noddin has partnered with outside vendors to provide programs for the kids! Please click on the link below to view current offerings. Check back frequently as new programs/sessions get added.

Noddin Community Activities and Programs

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