Noddin News

May 31, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Noddin Community,

We can't wait to see our students and families this week! If you haven't already, please be sure to read the information below regarding the procedures for visiting the school to pick-up student items.

While it's been an interesting last third of the year (to say the least!), I again cannot overstate my thanks to the teachers and staff for your incredible perseverance, the parents for your amazing support, and to the students for all of your hard work and adaptability.

Enjoy the summer, take some time to breathe and relax, spend time with family and loved ones, and most importantly, be well.

-Mr. Scharer

Student Item Pick-Up From School - Wednesday & Thursday, June 3 and 4

Wednesday, June 3

PreK and Kindergarten: 8:15am – 10:00am

1st Grade: 10:45am – 12:30pm

2nd Grade: 1:15pm – 3:00pm

Thursday, June 4

3rd Grade: 8:15am – 10:00am

4th Grade: 10:45am – 12:30pm

5th Grade: 1:15pm – 3:00pm

Friday, June 5

All remaining - 9:30am - 12:30pm (please make every attempt to come on Wednesday or Thursday as Friday will have limited staff). Teachers will not be present.

Student materials (classroom work, art work, personal items, etc.) will be available for curbside, drive-through pick up on June 3rd and 4th. We will be utilizing the drop-off/pick-up lane along the front of the school. This will be done by grade-level and will be an opportunity for you and your child to see their teacher. Items will be placed in the trunks of the vehicles.

If you have multiple children at Noddin and would like to come only once to collect all of their items, please fill out this form so that we can be ready for you. However, this means only the student that you designate as the point person will see their teacher. We highly encourage you to come to each child’s assigned grade-level time so that each student can see his or her teacher (and vice versa!) We miss you!

To prepare, please:

o Empty your trunk and know how to pop the latch from inside the car. We cannot emphasize this enough. Be sure to practice putting your vehicle in park and popping your trunk without leaving the vehicle.

o Remain in your car at all times.

o Have a piece of paper with your child’s name on it. Place it on the passenger side of the windshield so we can quickly identify who you are.

o Teachers will place the items in the trunk and close the trunk for you.

o If your trunk cannot be popped, the teacher will hand the bag of items to you.

Library Books

We are collecting library books. If your child or children have library books, there will be a box for them to be placed in.


We are collecting technology (iPads and Chromebooks) ONLY if you are leaving Union School District. Returned technology will need to be checked-in on site. If going to another USD school or middle school, you are good to keep your device.

Teacher Gifts

If bringing a teacher gift, a box will be available for them to be placed in.


Report Cards

Report cards will indicate that Trimester 2 was the last trimester reflecting progression through the grade-level standards. Trimester 3 will focus on comments from your child’s teacher on their year and how they engaged with at-home learning. Your child’s teacher will email the report card to you as a PDF on or before June 4.

Spring Photos

If you ordered spring photos, they will be included with your student’s other belongings on June 3rd or 4th.

Art Vistas and Clay Projects

These will also be returned on June 3rd and 4th. Unglazed clay projects will remain unglazed.

Scholastic Books

Last month, the Noddin Home and School Club approved the funding for a Scholastic Book for each student. From either your child’s teacher, or myself, you should have received a link to select a book. That selection will be included with your students’ items. Families who didn’t select a book will be given a book appropriate for your students’ grade-level.

Noddin 2019 – 20 Yearbooks

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, our yearbooks won’t be ready by the end of the school year. We hope to have these ready for distribution in early-mid July. The Noddin Home and School Club purchased a yearbook for every student! Uncashed checks and cash will be returned.

5th Grade Promotion Video and Certificates

A pre-recorded 5th grade promotion video is currently being produced. This will be pushed out on June 4. We will also have certificates for the students on the 5th grade pick-up day, June 4.

Reopening School During COVID-19

Thank you to all who participated in the survey regarding reopening school in the fall in the COVID-19 environment. Your feedback and input is important to us and helps guide the decision making process.

A district committee of teachers, classified staff, special eduction teachers, parents, board members, students, and administrators has been formed and have already started meeting to plan for what school could look like come August. Of course, as the pandemic situation continues to be a fluid and evolving one, multiple scenarios and plans are being developed. In the end, we'll be working within the frameworks and guidelines given to us by the state and county.

Heritage Challenge

Thank you to all who submitted photos to the USD elementary school's Heritage Challenge! Alta Vista, Guadelupe, Lietz, and Noddin participated. Please click on the link below for a montage of the submissions. We have such a wonderfully diverse district and these images reflect that!