Nora Elementary School

Many Families, One Nora

Message from Mr. S.

Nora Family,


We MISS YOU! We are proud of the efforts you have made during these very difficult times. We understand how challenging it is to continue to work your job, provide remote learning for your students, and still ensure the safety of your family. Know that we are all in this together and YOU ARE DOING AN AMAZING JOB!


As the weather continues to improve, take time to be outdoors safely and explore just how amazing our natural world continues to be. Personally, I have appreciated hearing the birds and taking walks with my family to see the flowers and trees in their Spring splendor. This learning is just as important and can help improve your entire well-being.


Speaking of well-being, we have and will continue to provide Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons and resources during these times to assist you and your family in keeping yourself balanced. Speaking as a parent, these resources may be geared towards the student learner, but I often find myself refreshed after assisting my students through this process. I was surprised how much stress I was carrying and how that affected me throughout the day.


Please continue to stay in touch with your teachers and other staff members. They are all working hard behind the sense to ensure your remote learning experience is beneficial for your student learner and not unmanageable for you. We are all in this together and we will continue to support you as best we can. We may be apart, but we are truly..... Many Families, One Nora!


Stay Safe,


Mr. S.

Technology Tips & Resources

https://youtu.be/DR-HRq7TSwE

April 6th message from Mr. S!


https://youtu.be/DVQ2xeBz2xY

April 13th- message from Mr. S!


https://youtu.be/ZTrhgK_crcw

April 20th- message from Mr. S!


https://youtu.be/jlJXo4pgyiQ

April 27th- message from Mr. S!





Thank you to all who showed up to pick up devices for students to use at home. Go to At Home Learning Information, for information and access to CANVAS.
For technical assistance, call (317) 254-5566.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL5EA584164094CE74&time_continue=13&v=CGUb8lDcUdA&feature=emb_logo

Message from Dr. Woodson

FROM THE DESK OF LAURA HAKIM: RESOURCES FOR ALL

Nora Elementary School Closure Assistance Request Form Link:


https://forms.gle/hWMEphNKRedpbEJR7


Families can fill out this form any time if there is something they you in need of...I will contact you directly to provide information and resources. You can also reach me via phone, text or email at 317-689-8622 (available hours 8am-10am and 2pm-4pm) or lhakim@msdwt.k12.in.us.


FOOD ASSISTANCE


  • MSDWT Food Distribution will be on Mondays from 11am-1pm at North Central High School.

    • Dates of distribution:

      • April 20th, 27th

      • May 4th, 11th, 18th

  • Second Presbyterian Church at 7700 N. Meridian Street has a food pantry that you can go to 2 times per month. You need to bring ID and proof of residency (i.e utility bill).

    • They are open the following days and times each week:

      • Tuesdays 12:30-3:00PM

      • Wednesdays 4-6:30pm

      • Saturdays 10am-12pm

  • Boulevard Place Food Pantry

    • Located at 4202 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN 46208

    • First 100 families will receive 2 bags of food

    • They are open the following days and times:

      • Wednesdays 10am-12pm

      • Thursdays 2pm-4pm

      • Saturdays 10am-2pm

  • First Baptist Church Community Food Pantry

    • Located at 8600 College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46240

    • Last Tuesday of each month from 4-6pm

    • Upcoming pantry dates: April 28th, May 26th

  • Grace Church Care Center

  • INDY Parks is serving meals on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays – click this link for locations and times:

https://www.indyhunger.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Special-Meal-Service-updated-4-8.pdf


  • INDY Hunger Network Community Compass App

    • This app will give you up-to-date information about available food assistance resources in the area. You can seach food pantries, community meals, get information on how to access WIC and SNAP benefits.

    • https://www.indyhunger.org/compass/


  • Other links to help find meals in the Indianapolis area:

https://chalkbeat.org/posts/in/2020/03/30/map-where-indianapolis-children-can-get-free-meals-during-coronavirus-shutdowns/?fbclid=IwAR2kreM1F97SbvYL-LW9ZPSeudFn9zLvsCs4e8dPnlc0zW3OWJjsvgnyLjA


https://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/5768.htm?fbclid=IwAR1D4PSzoDx4ZyhbLOx1z_HdoHWM0bcX3Fq1UgCoTk1OuKTH7mCsxguzZjk


INTERNET ACCESS


  • Xfinity has opened up all their hotspots around the country, so that might be a way you can access the internet if you live in an area where a hotspot is available. Here is a link to how that works:


https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/open-xfinity-wifi-hotspots?fbclid=IwAR0bs6_oVJ9p2gACOVXDlZLv1v2BvDeVvWOw7OG2gNJQS_Gqq6zZQSM7n_M

  • Here is information about Comcast’s Internet Essential’s program…if you apply before April 30th you can get 2 months free after that it is $9.95 per month for those who are eligible.


https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19?fbclid=IwAR139rjYpfpqd3EYchkAceb3LDUTjwL4u4YeM8Md90BHcBvq3JI2yeMbLWo#thingstoknow&all_AmIeligibleforIE


Click on the “Apply Now” at the top of the page to get the process started. It takes about 5 days to get services started once you are approved.

RENT AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE


If you are struggling with rent, the first thing that I have read is helpful to do is talk with your property manager and let them know to see if they can work out a plan. While evictions have been suspended for right now, you still need to be paying rent and could be at risk for eviction once this is over if you are not proactive, so I would encourage you to reach out to your apartment complex or landlord if possible.

Fay Biccard Glick Community Center

  • They have an emergency rental and utilities assistance.

  • Call 317-293-2600 for a phone intake (this is the only way to access this at this time)

Township Trustee’s Office

  • 317-327-8800

  • They can provide assistance in the following areas:

    • Medical Assistance

    • Transportation

    • Fuel

    • Household Necessities

    • Burial

    • Shelter

    • Food

    • Utilities

    • Clothing

  • Here is a list of documentation typically required (which for some families is not possible to provide):

    • valid photo ID for everyone over 18 living in the house

    • Social Security cards

    • income sources-TANF, SSI, pensions, child supports, etc.

    • verification of expense paid out for the last 60 days

    • checking/savings statements for the last 60 days; all transaction activities

    • utility bills, including phone and cable

    • a copy of income taxes

    • a doctor’s note if the lack of ability to pay is due to illness

One Fair Wage

  • This organization has been set-up to provide cash assistance for certain groups of workers including restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, and personal service workers.

  • You can apply online at www.OFWemergencyfund.org



Find Help

  • This website has a lot of resources on it…you just type in your zip code and then you can search different resources in the area depending on your needs.

  • https://findhelp.org/


Anthem BCBS/Aunt Bertha

  • This website has a search engine that allows you to put in your zip code and search for available resources and supports in your area for emergency support, food, housing, job training and much more.

  • https://anthembcbs.auntbertha.com/

Immigrant Welcome Center

  • They do not specifically have assistance programs, but you can call their hotline to find out about resources available in the area.

  • 1-866-711-1342 – this is a multilingual line so they would be able to connect you to someone who speaks your preferred language.

  • They also have a search function on their website for area resources www.immigrantwelcomecenter.org

Citizen’s Energy/IPL

  • Similar to evictions, companies are not doing disconnections at this time, but bills still will be accruing if not paid.

  • Citizen’s Energy - If you need assistance with Citizen’s bill they can call 317-924-3311.

  • IPL – you can apply for the Energy Assistance Program here http://indyeap.org/

211 Connect

  • Another great resource for our area is 211 Connect – you can just dial 2-1-1 from your phone and it will connect them to a community navigator that can give you information on any type of resource or need you might have and will provide information about available resources in the community that serve your zip code.

VOTING- BE INFORMED

The State of Indiana has recently altered the election process to make it easier for Hoosiers to cast their votes during the coronavirus pandemic.


TWO IMPORTANT DATES RELATED TO THE PRIMARY:

  • Monday, May 4, 2020: Voter Registration Ends
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2020: Primary Election Day


YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE IN INDIANA IF:

  • You are both a U.S. citizen and a resident of Indiana; and
  • You will be at least 18 years of age on or before the next General or Municipal Election, and
  • You are not currently in prison after being convicted of a crime; and
  • You have lived in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days prior to the election; and
  • You are registered to vote.


ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE? DO YOU NEED TO REGISTER?

  • You can visit indianavoters.com to enter some basic information and find out if you are registered to vote.
  • If you find you are not registered to vote, indianavoters.com is also the website that will let you get that done electronically.


VOTING BY MAIL (ABSENTEE):

  • To vote by mail in the 2020 Indiana Primary Election, a registered voter must obtain, complete and submit a request form available here.
  • That completed ballot request form must be received by your county election board by 11:59 PM on Thursday, May 21, 2020. [Contact information for all 92 county election boards can be found at this website.]
Get Kindergarten Packet Here!

Kindergarten and First grade packets can be printed from this link. Remember to log on to Dreambox, Lexia and DOJO! Make a pair of binoculars. Bird watch in your backyard or neighborhood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM-oM8fPduo

Get First Grade Packet Here!

First grade packets can be printed from this link. Log on to Dreambox, Lexia and DOJO! Use natural items you find in your yard to build a nest. (No tape/glue!) Make your nest big and strong enough to hold an egg/plastic egg filled with a few rocks.

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