Morley Nelson Parent Newsletter

August 2020

Dear Families,

Welcome to Raptor Country, where we begin virtual (neighborhood) learning and online learning beginning August 17. Some parents have asked, "What's the difference between virtual and online learning?" Here is a link to find out: Virtual (neighborhood) vs Boise online school How will my child access virtual and online learning? If you did not receive a device or hot spot last fall, please pick one up beginning Wednesday, August 12 from 9-11am & 1-3pm:

Aug 12 - Families with the last names A - L

Aug 13 - Families with the last names M - Z

Aug 14 - Any remaining families

Your child's teacher will be contacting you be phone beginning Monday, August 10. Your teacher will welcome your child to their new classroom, and share important information to help prepare you for virtual (neighborhood) instruction. Online teachers will also contact their online students beginning Monday, Aug 10.

Morley Nelson is a Title I School

Federal law requires that each school district receiving Title I funds notify parents of each student attending any school receiving these funds that information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teacher(s) may be requested. As a parent of a student attending a school receiving federal program funds, you have the right to know:

  • Is my child’s teacher licensed to teach the grades and subject(s) assigned?

  • Is my child’s teacher teaching with a provisional license, meaning the state has waived requirements for my child’s teacher?

  • What is the college major of my child's teacher?

  • What degree or degrees does my child's teacher hold?

  • If there are instructional aides working with my child, what are their qualifications?

  • If my child is or will be taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks this year by a teacher who is not highly qualified, will I be notified in a timely manner?

What is Title I?

Title I is the largest federal aid program for our nation's schools.

What does Title I money do for a school?

Title I money is typically used to provide extra staff, materials or professional development for these schools. The program specifically supports reading and math.

How might Title I help my child?

A child attending a Title I school in the Boise School District may receive assistance in reading or math from a Title I paraprofessional. Paraprofessionals work in class with guidance by highly qualified teachers. They might work with small groups of students or one on one with a child. Children also benefit from training teachers receive or curriculum materials that are paid for with Title I funds.

How is a school eligible to receive Title I money?

The federal government measures a school's low income level by the number of students receiving free or reduced lunch. If the school meets the target percentage Title I status is granted.

How is a child eligible for Title I services?

All children attending a Title I school operating as a school wide program are eligible to receive services from Title I.

Our Food Pantry is now open and food items are pre-boxed for your health and safety. To set up an appointment, please access this link: Food Pantry appts.

or contact L'Tanya Self at (208) 854-4642.

Your child will receive school supplies from their classroom teacher. Teachers will offer a time for you to gather these supplies. Please wait to hear from you child's teacher.

Morley Nelson’s Social Worker Andrea Geraghty is here to assist our families and students. She can assist any of the following:

· Basic Needs (clothing, food, rent, school supplies or utilities)

· Case Management

· Community Resources

· Google Meet Session

· Groups

· Sidewalk Visits

· Situations that Negatively Impact your Family or Student

· Social/Emotional Support for you Student

If you need assistance, please email Ms. Geraghty at or call 208-472-3074.

Office hours are generally Monday-Friday 8:45am -4:15pm.

Morley's building access requires masks be worn at all times. We welcome our new Administrative Assistant, Lori Greenaway Collins, who is looking forward to supporting your enrollment and student needs. We say goodbye to Kellie Anchustegui, who opened up Morley Nelson twelve years ago, and wish her well in her retirement.

As we have begun our virtual school year, here is a link to support families with online instruction. Here are some at home technology tips for our families.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Morley this school year!


Cher Situm, Principal