The NSC e-Newsletter
March 23, 2022
Tell Us What You Think - Survey on Masking
NSC is committed to the safety of students and staff. As we have worked to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff, we have relied on the guidance from public health authorities to drive our decisions.
Based on this guidance, NSC developed its Safe Return to School Plan this summer, which was approved by the Board on August 9, 2021. A critical part of this plan was to require all students and staff to be masked in buildings and buses. As St. Louis County has changed its mask mandate to a recommendation, we are looking for feedback from parents and staff on how to proceed, keeping in mind that COVID is still present in the community.
Please answer the short survey that can be found here and provide any additional thoughts at the end. Responses will be included in a recommendation that will be presented to the Board at the April meeting. The survey will be active until Monday, March 28.
PLEASE NOTE: Mitigation practices may be reintroduced and are dependent on community infection rates. We will continue to consult with public health and medical experts on our safety strategies.
School Calendar Changes for May 2022
Due to cancelled PD days and snow days, all students in the district will now have a full day of school on Friday, May 20 and Friday, May 27.
This is a change to the district calendar, making those Fridays full days of schools instead of early release days.
If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher or building principal.
LWV Hosts School Board Candidate Forum
Four candidates running for the two available seats on the Normandy Joint Executive Governing Board participated in a public forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis.
Community members gathered at Barack Obama School, as well as virtually via Zoom. Violet Taylor, Dr. Christopher Petty, Marcieta Reed, and Harlan Hodge took questions submitted by the community. Candidates Catasha Jones-Moran, Joseph Zenon, and Robin Blount did not attend.
Voters will head to the polls on April 5. To learn more about the candidates running, check out the NSC District Website.
2022 Money Smart Month Kids Essay Contest
Students in grades 6-8 can apply for the 2022 Money Smart Kids Essay Contest, an annual event that takes place during April, Money Smart Month. Students use their creativity, communication skills, and money management knowledge in an essay approximately 500 words or less.
Classroom teachers and youth program staff are encouraged to use this as a classroom activity to help develop money management skills in students.
The top finalist will be selected as the 2022 Money Smart Kid, wins a $2,000 scholarship, and will be featured in “On the Money” magazine. The student with the second-place essay will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship, and the student with the third-place essay will be awarded a $500 scholarship.
All essay contest participants will also be asked to identify one organization (i.e., classroom, school or non-profit) to receive a $500 award that can be used to help fund classroom supplies and activities if their essay is selected as one of the top three finalists!
Deadline to apply is April 30. See the document attached below for contest rules.
Mark Your Calendars - Early Dismissal Friday
All NSC schools will have an early dismissal Friday, March 25 for teacher professional development. Dismissal times will depend on the school's start time. See dismissal times on the graphic below or click here to see the times for each school.
St. Louis County COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive Program
With children ages 5-11 now eligible to get vaccinated, they are also eligible for the DPH’s vaccine incentive program. St. Louis County parents or guardians will receive gift cards if their children 5 and older get vaccinated.
To qualify for this incentive, individuals must:
- Live in St. Louis County
- Be 5 years of age or older
- Get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at a Department of Public Health (DPH) vaccination event.
Families with multiple children are eligible to receive gift cards for each child who is fully vaccinated.
For a complete list of DPH vaccination events visit ReviveSTL.com.
Can We Text You? Opt-in For District Text Messages
Emergency school closures? Bus delays? Last-minute schedule changes? It's becoming more common and we can get that information to families & staff quicker via text messaging.
To get text messages from the district, we have to get your permission.
Text 'Y' to 68453.
*There is no charge to sign up. Your service provider may charge a fee for text messaging, depending on your plan.
Free COVID Testing
Friday, March 25th, 9:30-11am
7855 Natural Bridge Road
St. Louis, MO
NSC is offering free saliva-based COVID-19 testing at the Normandy Early Learning Center via a partnership with Washington University. COVID testing is available at a special drive-through clinic.
If you need a test on a different date, please call 314-454-4269.
For more information, email email@example.com.