The East Noble Connector

April 2020

Aloha ENSC family!

Did you know that Aloha is more than something you say as a greeting or a farewell? In Hawaii, Aloha is a way of life. Aloha means "mutual regard and affection and extends warmth and caring with no obligation in return." Aloha is "the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence."

you are an important part of this community

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing experience, I have spent a lot of time collecting resources to share to ensure you, our ENSC family receive whatever support and resources you need. During this time, I have felt the Aloha spirit in full force. Our ENSC administrators, teachers, instructional assistants, janitorial staff, transportation department, food service, and anyone I may have missed, quickly recognized the challenges that would be faced and found solutions. In addition to a fast-acting school corporation, I have seen how many organizations and citizens in Noble County have rallied together to meet the needs of this community.

How can I help you?

My main focus as the community outreach coordinator is to serve as a resource to our ENSC families. This newsletter is one way that I can share the information and resources you need. Please help me, help you. Tell me what resources you need and what information you would like to see shared in upcoming newsletters and on social media by sending an email to ckesterke@eastnoble.net


In this newsletter you will find:

  • A Message of Hope
  • Earth Day's 50th Anniversary: Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22nd
  • Planning for the Future: Information on ENSC's new preschool coming this fall, as well as links for Preschool and Kindergarten Round-Up
  • Early Childhood and Preschool Resources: Resources to support your youngest learners
  • 2020 Census: Information about why the census is important and the call to respond
  • Resources and Support: Included are resources about Mental Health support (for all), ENSC Tech support, Wi-Fi hotspots, and school lunches
  • Student Support: Tutoring options for all ages
  • Parental Support: Tips for parenting during a pandemic, information on creating a spending and savings plan, as well as resources for "Families Tackling Tough Times."
  • COVID-19 Resources: Information about the positive impact of social distancing, CDC FAQ, and important handwashing information
  • A Message from Mrs. K: When I was in the classroom, my students called me Mrs. K, and so can you :)

How can you help?

  • Keep your family healthy and well
  • Spread cheer and messages of hope
  • Write letters and cards and send them to friends and family
  • Write letters and cards and send them to nursing homes to be distributed to residents
  • Call your family, just to let them know you are thinking about them

Do you feel stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed?

If you answered yes, know that you are not alone, on both a local and global level. For the past several weeks, messages like the ones shown in this YouTube video have been shared, everywhere we look. These messages are in our email inboxes, on social media, and on the tv.
Every Covid-19 Commercial is Exactly the Same

The message we hear is that we are living in:

  • Trying times
  • Challenging times
  • Difficult times
  • Unprecedented times
  • Times of great uncertainty


Each of us has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in different ways. We all are experiencing something that many of us haven't gone through before. Many are without work and living in a time of uncertainty. We already know that things are more difficult now than they were just 2 months ago. During this time where many are focusing on how this is so different than our "normal" lives, let's focus on the positives and how we can create a new normal in which we don't just survive, but we thrive.

The East Noble Connector: Gratitude

Click here for access to more resources about the power of being grateful for what you do have.

Before you read further, allow yourself to stop and take a deep breath

That breath inside of you is a reason to be thankful. Although your future may be uncertain, you have life and your life matters. Each person reading this is an important part of this entire community.


Please know that you are not alone. You have an ENSC family of administrators, teachers, and all staff, that cares deeply about the needs of you, our students, families, and the greater Noble County community.

Paul McCartney - Hope For The Future

Hope: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen

These are some of the lyrics from the Paul McCartney song, "Hope For The Future"

  • Hope shines brightest in the dark
  • Lighting undiscovered places no-ones ever been
  • Hope for the future


The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the entire world to grind to a halt. In my own life, I have taken this time at home and viewed it as an opportunity to evaluate my priorities and what is most important to me and my family as we transition into a new normal. For me, I have enjoyed the time at home to rest, read for fun, organize the spaces that I never had time to do because work, school, and my daughter's extra-curricular activities kept me on the run. I am embracing the calm, as I am not living the fast-paced life where I was always running from one thing to the next. This experience has shown me what is most important in life and has allowed me to shape a vision for the future.


What are your hopes for the future?

  • Hope for the future, it's coming soon enough
  • How much can we achieve?
  • It will belong to us if we believe


During this time in history, we have the choice to rise above our current circumstances and to make the days ahead of us, the best of all.

Happy 50th Anniversary Earth Day!

Earth Day 2020

Planning for the Future

East Noble School Corporation preschool 2020-2021

East Noble School Corporation wants to connect with families of potential students of the new learning environment coming to Avilla Elementary in the fall. Preschool students will learn through exploratory, experiential literacy-rich activities by rotating with their teacher through six themed classrooms during the school year.


Themed rooms include: The Zoo, Journey in Time, Construction, Amazing Wonderful Me, Midtown Market, and Community. Lessons and activities will address the Indiana preschool standards and are designed around the six interactive themes.


*All East Noble School Corporation preschool classrooms are located at Avilla Elementary.

ENSC Preschool Roundup

Click this link to begin the registration process for the ENSC preschool program.

ENSC Kindergarten Round-up

Click this link to begin the registration process for your kindergarten-age child.

Early Childhood and Preschool Resources

These resources can be used with your youngest learners to give them the gift of a strong educational foundation.

2020 Census

Why the Census matters

An accurate count of all individuals, including ALL Hoosier children, is critically important. The numbers collected through the count will determine where federal funds are allocated. When you complete the census you are helping to ensure that Noble County and ENSC receive the funds necessary to continue servicing ALL residents.


A few things affected by the Census:

  • Public schools
  • Roads
  • Libraries
  • Hospitals
  • Our representation in Congress


For more information on how census numbers are used to serve communities, please read the following articles. If you missed it, check out the East Noble Connector: Census 2020 Edition. In this edition of the newsletter, you will learn what the census is and why it is important that ALL complete the census. Accurate numbers are necessary for communities, like Noble County, to serve their people.


After you have learned about why the 2020 Census is important, don't forget to submit your response to the census by clicking on the link below.

Resources and Support

Mental Health Support

East Noble School Corporation has partnered with Bowen Center and Northeastern Center to ensure all ENSC students and staff have access to support for their mental well-being. Both organizations provide 2 counseling sessions to ENSC students and staff at no charge to the family.


If you are NOT a student or staff member at ENSC, but you would like mental health support, please reach out to these organizations. They will not refuse service to anyone due to their inability to pay. These organizations care about the mental well-being of ALL and they will assist you in finding funding for services.

Understanding the Student Assistance Program

The Student Assistance Program through Bowen Center provides 2 counseling sessions to ENSC students and staff at no charge to the student or staff member.

Understanding the school assistance program

The School Assistance Program through Northeastern Center provides 2 counseling sessions to ENSC students and staff at no charge to the student or staff member.

East Noble Tech Support

If your child needs technical support please email techsupport@eastnoble.net or go online

2help.eastnoble.net

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Wireless and WI-FI Hotspots

Wireless is provided outside of ALL ENSC buildings.


Ligtel WI-FI Hotspots:

Ligtel Communications is now providing wi-fi hotspots that can be accessed from the parking lots at the following locations in the ENSC district.


  • The Community Learning Center, 401 E. Diamond Street, Kendallville
  • Hidden Ego Event and Recreation, 555 W. Ohio Street, Kendallville
  • Cody's Pizza, 538 E. Albion Street, Avilla


Please remember to be courteous to the businesses while accessing these hotspots and park toward the outer areas of the parking lots so that employees and customers can still access their buildings.


To Access Ligtel HotSpots:

  • Click on the Wi-Fi named school.ligtel.com
  • Use the password Ligtel2020

Lunch Delivery

Please remember, meals are being delivered two times weekly. Monday delivery will include two meals and Wednesday delivery will include three meals.


If you have not registered for the free lunches on Mondays and Wednesday’s and would like to, please use this link:
https://tinyurl.com/ENSC-LunchRequest

Student Support

Virtual Tutoring Available for Elementary Students

Tutoring through the Freedom Academy is now being offered virtually.

The cost for an individual, 30-minute virtual tutoring session is $5.00.

Day and times are flexible.


For more information or to get started:

Free Math and Science Tutoring for grades 4-12

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s AskRose Homework Help is a free math and science tutoring service for Indiana students in grades 4-12. Students can call 877-ASK-ROSE, email, or chat live with a friendly tutor to work through and better understand homework assignments.


Hours of operation:

Sunday-Thursday, 7:00 pm-10:00 pm (EST)

Monday- Friday, 12:00 pm-3:00 pm (EST)

www.AskRose.org

Parent Support

Have you received your stimulus or unemployment benefits?

Before going on a shopping spree take a moment to review the "Where Does Your Money Go" program, offered by Purdue Extension. Use these unexpected funds in ways that will positively help your family. This program will help you to make a plan for spending and saving your money in a way that will benefit your family
When Your Income Drops Fact sheet

"If economic misfortune strikes you or your family in the form of reduced income, is there anything you can do to minimize the hardship? Yes! " Click here to learn more.

Purdue University is providing resources for families

"As people face the daily challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences is providing a set of resources for families of all ages and generations."


Program materials will be released each week but can be used at any time. Topics for the 10-week program are:


Week 1: Believing, sharing, acting.

Week 2: Our family can do this.

Week 3: Our family is creative.

Week 4: We care about each other.

Week 5: Our family will get through this.

Week 6: We share our feelings constructively.

Week 7: Our family is adaptable.

Week 8: We can get stronger.

Week 9: We tell each other the truth.

Week 10: We take action.

Purdue University to provide a set of resources

Click here to read more about “Families Tackling Tough Times Together," a 10-week initiative that provides materials on family and child resilience.

Covid-19 Resources

Social Distancing: How You Help

A Message from Mrs. K

Cassaundra Kesterke

Community Outreach Coordinator

Family and Community Engagement