The Nixon News

From the Principal of Nixon Elementary School

August 3, 2021

Dear Nixon Families,


I hope you all had a safe, joyful, rejuvenating summer. I could not be more excited to welcome you back to school for the 2021-22 school year!


This pandemic has deeply impacted our community, our nation, and our world. Through it all, we have learned a great deal. I am deeply grateful to our staff and families who have supported our students and each other through these challenging times.


We are excited to welcome all of our students back in person and understand that this year will come with its own set of unique opportunities and challenges. Our staff will be taking the best of what we have learned throughout the pandemic to design programs that will support the social, emotional, and academic learning needs of each and every student.


While we are anticipating a full return to school, we continue to navigate through unprecedented times and changing county safety guidelines. Updated information about guidelines and programs will be shared regularly in the Nixon News.


The information below will help you prepare for a strong start to the school year ahead. We are excited to partner with you to ensure that each of our Dolphins thrive as we make a full return to school!


Warmly,

Amy

We Love PiE and PTA!

One of the greatest strengths of this school district is the incredible support we receive from our community. Nixon Partners in Education (PiE) and the Nixon Parent Teacher Association (PTA) work closely with our school site. These parent-led organizations work tirelessly to make possible great programs, valuable resources, and priceless memories! Please donate and volunteer today!

Nixon PiE

Donations of any amount to our education foundation, Partners in Education (PiE), are a vital way to support every student at Nixon. We simply could not continue to provide the high quality classroom, art, and music programs without the classroom aides and instructors that PiE funds! Please be on the lookout for PiE donation day events, or you can send a check to the office any day!


Find out more about Nixon PiE at: https://www.lmnixon.org/connecting/pie


Questions about PiE? Email them at nixon@papie.org.

Nixon PTA

The Nixon PTA provides funds for special non staff related school programs such as library and classroom instructional materials, technology, playground equipment, school spirit activities, student assemblies, family events, and school site facility and improvements needs. The PTA also supports all the school/home communication formats. These funds are raised throughout the year with special fundraising events.


Becoming a member of the Nixon PTA is easy! Just make a donation through Cheddar Up, or use this form to pay by check. Thank you!


Find out more at https://nixon.paloaltopta.org/

Back to School Packets

All Back to School materials are available online. Click the button below or visit our website at https://www.lmnixon.org/school-life/bts.

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Class Placement

You will receive an email confirming your student's class placement on Wednesday, August 11, 2021.

Daily Schedule & Drop-off Procedures

For health and safety reasons, we will be limiting adults on campus to staff and essential visitors only at this time. Students will enter campus via the Tolman Gate, the Mears Gate, or the steps from the lower parking lot drive-through drop-off location.


We will return to our traditional bell schedule this year:


Kindergarten 8:00 AM – 11:40 AM Monday through Friday

Extended kindergarten begins 10/11/21 when schedule becomes the same as Grades 1-3

Grades 1-3 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

8:00 AM - 1:15 PM Wednesday and Friday

Grades 4-5 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

8:00 AM – 1:20 PM Wednesday

School Lunches

This month California became the first state in the country to approve FREE meals to ALL STUDENTS moving forward. Find out more about the School Lunch Program here: https://www.pausd.org/school-life/food-services/about-school-meals

After School Enrichment Programs

We have reached out to groups that have provided after school enrichment programs in past years. Many groups are considering current health and safety protocols and determining whether to proceed with programming this year. We will share updates as we have them.

To Do

Annual Data Update

Be sure to complete your Annual Data Update or ADU as soon as possible. The District sends ADU information to each family via email each year. If you did not receive this information please contact Registration Services at RegistrationServices@pausd.org or call 650-329-3707.


Part of the ADU includes a box that you can check to give permission to share your contact information with other members of the school community including PTA and room parents. This box must be checked in order for the school to share any of your contact information with any school-affiliated group including your child's classmates. Please update or enter your decision in the ADU.

Medications/Immunizations

Medical Forms:

If your child takes over-the-counter or prescription medications, they cannot be distributed or brought to school until forms signed by a parent/guardian and your child’s pediatrician are on file with the School Office. All necessary forms are accessible through: https://www.pausd.org/school-life/health-wellness/health-services


For families new to PAUSD: Please check the Health Services website for important information about immunization requirements.


Please contact LeeAnn Taylor in our office if you would like paper copies of any needed forms at ltaylor@pausd.org or by calling 650-856-1622.

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Health & Safety

We are proud that we have been able to keep our community safe at school during the pandemic by following county guidance. The health and safety of our students, staff, and families remains a top priority. The Santa Clara County Health Department (SCCHD) has aligned with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance and PAUSD will be following their requirements so that we can continue to keep our communities safe.


Please read the most recent information linked below (as of 8/03/21):

Ventilation FAQs

What has been done to ensure and improve ventilation?

PAUSD has upgraded all filters to Merv 13 and room systems were tested and adjusted to provide appropriate ventilation. All rooms are certified with an occupancy limit based on those tests.


Are reports of air quality studies available?

The district has posted previous test data on its website. Information will be updated as it becomes available at www.pausd.org/ventilation.


What are the plans to improve indoor air quality throughout the year, including if there are wildfires?

PAUSD has a protocol in place to monitor air quality and close schools if the air quality exceeds a 150 AQI reading. Part of our air quality testing measures and improvements will combat instances when the readings are elevated but do not reach 150AQI. PAUSD has contracted with a testing agency to test when we have elevated days high enough to yield results.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Return to In-Person Learning

This is a reminder that tonight, Tuesday, August 3rd from 6pm-7pm PAUSD will hold a Family Information Night on the Return To In-Person Learning for 2021-22, along with an alternative option for students who may have health risks.


For more information see our website: https://www.pausd.org/school-life/learning/ab130

Virtual Principal's Coffee

When: Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 8:30 AM.

Where: Zoom https://pausd.zoom.us/j/93250404909


Meet the principal and kick off the school year!

Back To School Night

What: Meet the teachers (virtually) and learn about Nixon Elementary School

Where: Zoom (more info to come)

When: 6-8 PM

Navigating the Return to School: Tips, Expectations, and Answers

Join PiE and CASSY (Counseling and Support Services for Youth) for information on how best to navigate the return to campus. Many of our students have spent very little or no time on campus this past year and it will take some adjustment to being back. Even those who were back on campus may need some assistance after being away for the summer.
CASSY's licensed professional therapists will explain what to expect in the first weeks of school and provide tips on how best to support your children. At the end of the session there will be a Q&A for parents who have additional questions.

Elementary Families
Wednesday, August 18th
7:00 p.m.
Zoom Link

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Meet the Principal

I am excited to be joining the Nixon School community as principal this year. This will be my 29th year in education and my 13th year in PAUSD. I look forward to building connections with students, staff, and families. I hope to see you at the Virtual Principal's Coffee and at Back to School Night!