May 5, 2023

Message from Principal Melamed


Dear Nederland Community,

Today was the first day of SHRED Mountain Bike. The 3rd graders participated in a full day of mountain biking with coaches from SMBA, bikes provided by Peak to Peak Endurance, snacks provided by Skratch, and support from Tin Shed. It was an amazing day for all and another example of the cool and unique opportunities students have at Nederland Elementary. Remember that the 4th grade has their SHRED Mountain Bike Day next Friday the 12th, and the 5th grade has their day on Friday, May 19th.

Another very cool event this week was Career Week. Throughout the week students were exposed to a variety of careers from bee keeper to nurse to excavator to park ranger. The workshops were hands-on, personal, and inspiring. I hope your child came home excited about the possibility of exploring a variety of careers. Thank you to Ms. Kristen and all the parents that volunteered their time to offer insights and inspiration to our students.

I also want to remind everyone of the school/neighborhood clean-up scheduled this Sunday from 1:00 - 3:00. Snacks will be provided by the Nederland Lion’s Club. Please consider stopping by the school to help clean the school and neighborhood area.

Finally please put May 19th on your calendar for the annual school carnival. This flier has all the details.

We are wrapping up the year in a very busy and fun way! I hope to see you all at some or all of these events.

That’s it for this week and as always please feel free to reach out with any questions.



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LiveWire - Internet Services

The LiveWire team has finally completed the work at NES and high-speed wireless is available to all families in the area surrounding our school. As a reminder, the Board of Education approved this agreement with LiveWire to provide free and reduced lunch-eligible families with free internet access while they are enrolled at BVSD.

Families that are free and reduced lunch eligible can contact LiveWire directly at (303) 458-5667 to receive free internet services. Also, Livewire offers extremely competitive internet services for all other families that live in the area of the school. These service offerings can be viewed and purchased at

Physical Education Invitation - Terry Neitenbach

What: Fun and Fitness Day

When: Monday, May 22, 2023

Rain Date: Tuesday, May 23 (Only if school is canceled on Monday, May 22)

Where: Nederland Elementary Gymnasium, Kiva, and Stage.

Time: During your child’s Specials Time.

5th Grade 8:50-9:40

3rd Grade 9:45-10:35

1st Grade 10:40-11:30

Kindergarten 12:50-1:40

2nd Grade 1:45-2:35

4th Grade 2:40-3:30


I would like to invite you to attend Nederland Elementary’s Fun and Fitness Day.

This is a day when your child can display their many talents and you can cheer

them on or participate with them in the stations that will be set up that day. There

will be 10 or more different stations for students and parents to participate in.

This event will be held indoors to increase the chances of it not being

canceled due to wind, snow, or poor field conditions. It will take place during your

child’s specials schedule.

Please note the rain date is only in case the school district cancels school on

Monday, May 22, for some reason.

I look forward to seeing you on Monday, May 22, 2023, or our rain date Tuesday,

May 23. Remember to wear comfortable clothing and your tennis shoes for a Fun

filled day!

Terry Neitenbach

Physical Education Teacher

Library News - Andrea Chen

As we approach the end of the school year, please help your child return all library books by Friday, May 12th. Library books are valuable school resources for all students and teachers, so it is important that students take care of them and return them.

Congratulations to our Nederland Elementary Battle of the Books teams who competed this weekend in the district competition! Students committed to reading 10 books this year and then answered quiz bowl questions for a fun competition! Our teams rocked and we are so proud of everyone who participated!

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Check out our book collection on Sora that pays tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history.

May is Jewish History Heritage Month. Check out our book collection on Sora that honors the generations of Jewish Americans who have emboldened our Nation to stand up for justice, equality and freedom.

Happy Reading!

Ms. Andrea

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NES PTA Fundraising

Our last NES Dines Out is next Wednesday, May 10th from 3-6 pm at Crosscut.

This event includes Dines in or Take Out! All profits raised during this time will be generously donated back to the PTA. You must close out your tab by 6pm.

Enjoy some delicious food and support your NES PTA at the same time!


Time to buy your 2022-2023 Yearbook!

This year's yearbook is going to be the BEST EVER! If you haven't already placed your order please do so through the link below. Yearbooks are $20 for a soft cover and $24.50 for a hard cover.

If you prefer to pay via cash or check, please email

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BVSD PreSchool Enrichment – BVSD PreSchool Enrichment Program at Nederland Elementary is enjoying the warmer weather and spending more time outside and learning about the outdoor environment. This month we learned all about the ocean, the animals that live in the ocean, and the different kinds of weather/ environments in the ocean. In the final weeks of April, we are learning about plants, gardens, and nutritious fruits and vegetables that we can grow.

As the weather starts warming up please ensure you send a water bottle each day for your child to stay hydrated while playing outside! Also as you know the spring in Colorado often has all seasons so snow gear, raincoats, and long sleeve shirts may also still be needed as we will get outside each day. Please let us know if you need support getting any of these items as we have an extensive collection of all kinds of clothing for weather necessary.

The PSE and IPK programs will be closed this Friday, April 21st, and Monday, April 24th, returning on the 25th of April. We will also be offering parent-teacher conferences on May 5th, 2023, between 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM, please let Ms. Jessa or Ms. Heather know if you would like to schedule a conference.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Preschool Enrichment Program, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Jessa, PSE Supervisor at or Heather, PSE Assistant Supervisor Thank you!, PSE Supervisor, PSE Assistant Supervisor

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Counselor's Corner - Kristen Kron



Sources of Strength Elementary Program

Teaching Social Thinking at Home With Our Experts

"Why Do We Lose Control of Our Emotions?'" Video

"Zones of Regulation: Activity Check-in at Home via Social Thinking" Video

Zones of Regulation Homepage


Counseling referrals may be received from students and/or guardians.

Feel free to fill out the NES Guardian Referral if you have any concerns about your child and would like support or just want to keep me in the loop. You can also contact me by email/phone.

Please help your child fill out the "I Would Like to See My School Counselor" Form if they would like to speak with me individually. I will also be showing them how to fill out the paper version in school.

Counseling Website

Please check out the NES Counseling Website for a plethora of resources and ideas for supporting your child. If you can’t find something you are looking for, do not hesitate to reach out and I can do some research for you.


Kristen Kron, School Counselor (she, her, hers)

Office Phone #: (720) 561-4825


Social Emotional Learning - Ann Sherman

Students are completing their Social Emotional lessons for the year. They have practiced focusing their attention, controlling their impulses, identifying their emotions and needs, verbalizing their inner worlds & asserting themselves, recognizing their strengths and challenges, managing their big emotions and behavior, listening to diverse perspectives and experiences, empathizing with others, solving problems, making amends, and making respectful choices. Assessments of SEL skills will occur over the next few weeks. Thank you for reinforcing these life skills at home with your child! Together, we are raising whole human beings!

Teen's Inc - Full-time Position

ANNOUNCING: Full-time position available at NES supporting the Social Emotional well-being of students, staff, and families!**

TEENS, Inc has partnered with Nederland Elementary School for the past eight years ~ serving and supporting the well-being of students, staff, and families. Beginning August 1st, there's an opportunity to continue this work as an SEL Coordinator. If interested, apply to TEENS, Inc by May 5th.

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The monthly Mountain Strong Families Series will return next September! It teaches parenting skills for supporting our child's social-emotional development. Here's what this year's attendees are saying about the monthly Nurturing Parenting Series:

  • I want to do this again next year! Each time I take away a new idea or practice to use with my children.
  • My life is easier due to this class. I am a happier parent because I'm using these helpful tools.
  • This Series thankfully taught me a different approach to parenting than the one I was raised with.
  • This is the first time I felt validated for how hard a job it is to be a parent.
  • The feeling of community among the parents is incredible!
  • Our friends across the country are amazed that we have this Parenting Series (hosted by TEENS, Inc and held at NES).

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Don't Miss Out on a Never Bummer Summer!

From June 5th through July 28th enjoy one-week summer camps at five BVSD Summer Hub locations. Choose between Full Day camps with School Age Care from 8:30 am-4:00 pm (including two excursion days per week), or 58 Half Day Enrichment Camps with Lifelong Learning from 9:00 am-12:30 pm or 12:30 pm-4:00 pm. Locations include Bear Creek, Coal Creek, Meadowlark, Superior, and Eisenhower. Eisenhower will offer preschool camps for 3 to 4-year-olds. Spots are still available for all weeks!

BVSD Plant Sale

Come visit the annual BVSD Plant Sale!

From basil to dahlias to heirloom tomatoes, we've got everything you'll need for a thriving garden. 100% of the proceeds support nutrition education and farm-to-school programming for BVSD’s 31,000 students. The event will be held in front of the BVSD greenhouse, located in the Arapahoe Ridge High School parking lot, on the following days:

Fri May 12th: 12-4 pm (BVSD Staff Only) 4-6 pm (General Public)

Sat May 13th: 8 am-4 pm

Fri May 19th: 12-6 pm

Sat May 20th: 8 am-4 pm

For full details, including a list of available flowers, fruits, veggies, and herbs, click the link below.

District News

2023-2024 School Age Care Registration Opens Monday, May 1 at 6:00 am

August may seem like a long time away, but don't put off registering for SAC on May 1. Many locations developed waitlists this year, and are expected to again next year. Learn more about School Age Care locations, hours, and registration here, or call (720)561-5974.