Namaqua Weekly Update

December 7, 2022

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ROAR

R-Respect

O-On Task

A-Attitude to Achieve

R-Responsibility

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We would like to give a big thank you to the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club! They came out on Thursday to partner with our 4th & 5th grade PE classes to have some fun and talk all things soccer!
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Cold weather has arrived! Please make sure your students come prepared for the weather each day! Coats, hats, boots, gloves, etc. Namaqua will have indoor recess under the following conditions:

wind chill below 15 degrees, definite rain, snow or sleet, soggy/wet conditions, or lightning in the vicinity.


If you need assistance with cold weather gear, please contact Mrs Stewart in the office at 970-613-6600 or suzanne.stewart@tsd.org

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Our next PTA meeting will be December 13th at 3:30pm in the Namaqua PD room.

Come learn about our upcoming events and meet other parents/staff.

Agenda: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bpXcPr__edho_mVIzXm1xVTzRrM7r6yI6LsRNLWwD0Q/edit?usp=sharing

Thank you for joining us this week for our Holiday Gift Shop.

We had a great turn out and look forward to next year.

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Congratulations to the following students for reaching their 25 & 75 Mile milestones!


25 Miles

Rowyn R



100 Miles

Gavin B

Julia B

Fiona B

100 Mile Club Run Times

Mondays: 7:35am - 7:55am and 3:10 pm - 3:30 pm

Tuesdays: 7:35am - 7:55am and 3:10 pm - 3:30 pm

Wednesdays: 8:35am - 8:55am and 3:10 pm - 3:30 pm

Thursdays: 7:35am - 7:55am and 3:10 pm - 3:30 pm

Fridays: 7:35am - 7:55am and 3:10 pm - 3:25 pm

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Spelling Bee Pre-Test

Calling all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade spellers!

Our spelling bee written pretest will be given on Wednesday, December 14th at school.

Study lists are available at the office for you to pick up and practice at home. Please let your teacher know that you would like to take the pretest.
All grades will be given the same pretest and the top scorer will be asked to represent our school at the TSD Oral Spelling Bee on Saturday, January 28th.

If you have any questions, please ask Mrs. Davies via email - christine.davies@tsd.org.

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Kindergarten Registration for the 2023/2024 school year opens on November 28th.

TSD 2023-24 CHOICE ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN

2023-2024 Choice Enrollment is now open!


This year’s period will extend from Monday, November 28 through Friday, January 6. The process is designed for students who wish to attend a school outside of their attendance boundary.


Families are encouraged to submit their application at any time during the Choice Enrollment period. All eligible applications that are received will be entered into the district's lottery system.


More information is located at the following link:

www.tsd.org/choiceenrollment

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Early Childhood Enrollment-Universal Preschool

Universal Preschool Program for Four Year Old Students

In the fall of 2020, Colorado voters approved a nicotine tax measure (Proposition EE) that will fund at least 10 hours a week of free universal preschool for 4-year-olds statewide starting in the fall of 2023. The child must be 4 years old on or before October 1, 2023. This state-funded program will be available to off-set potential preschool costs. Please see this website for more information regarding this program: Colorado Universal Preschool Program Details

If you would like to receive updates about this exciting program, please fill out this form: 2023-2024 Preschool Interest Form

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TSD Nutrition Services Supply Chain and Labor Issues continue in 2022-23

As we now enter the 2022-23 school year, we continue to face unprecedented challenges with both the supply chain and labor force that are having a significant impact on our meal programs. Both issues have caused ongoing menu changes with little to no notice. Substitutions occur daily and may vary by location. Because of this, TSD Nutrition Services can no longer post specific nutrients for each substituted menu item on the online menu page. Families with serious allergen concerns should contact the Nutrition Services department at 970-613-5117.

While it is our desire to serve the planned menu every day at every school, supply chain issues and extreme labor shortages nationwide are simply beyond our control and may not allow us to do so. In some cases, "express" (premade grab and go) meals may be served. While this may not be ideal, these meals do meet the USDA nutrition guidelines for school meal programs.

When changes to the posted school menu become necessary, we will attempt to substitute a similar item to the extent possible based on availability.

We continue to work very closely with our vendors and distributors to secure the food and non food supplies needed to support our programs however this could continue to be a factor throughout the school year.

We appreciate your patience and understanding and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

TEF Educator of the Year Nominations

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Thompson Education Foundation

Educator of the Year Nominations are OPEN!


Thompson Education Foundation (TEF) has been recognizing exceptional educators in Thompson School District for over a decade with the TEF Educator of the Year Awards. Nominations for the 2023 Educators of the Year are now being accepted.

Coworkers, supervisors, parents, students and community members are all welcome to nominate in the following categories:


  • Elementary Teacher of the Year (early childhood-fifth grade)
  • Secondary Teacher of the year (sixth grade-twelfth grade)
  • Principal of the Year
  • TSD Staff (school secretaries, district administrative staff, custodians, etc.)
  • New in 2023: Rookie Teacher of the Year (any educator new to the profession and with TSD for 18 month or less)
Awards will be made in each category and nominations in all categories (except Rookie of the Year) will be considered for the 2023 TEF Educator of the Year award. All Educator of the Year Awards will be announced at TEF's annual breakfast, Trailblazing Thompson - a Salute to Excellence, on Wednesday, March 29, 2023.



Find the form at https://www.thompsontef.org/educator-of-the-year-award-1 and use the code EDUCATOR to access the form. All nominations must be submitted by 4:30 pm on Friday, January 6, 2023 to be considered. Call Thompson Education Foundation at x5074 or email info@thompson tef.org with any questions.







Kim Akeley-Charron

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Breakfast and lunch will no longer be provided for free. If you need assistance with meal benefits please click the link above for more information.


If you need to pay for meals, you can send either cash or check with your student to our kitchen or drop it off at the front office. You can also use the app below to load money directly from your credit or debit card.


https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/getmain?requestAction=home

Transportation Application

Transportation Applications will now be done through Parent Portal. Please see the attached link for instructions and information. All bus riders must fill out an application.


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vAh0ctN10ywpfaLDv6KkpAUfsyYlTFZ21o7VuvjTBK8/edit

The YMCA is still enrolling in morning and afternoon care. We have a classroom at Namaqua. Morning care starts at 7am to 8am and afternoon is from 3:10pm to 6pm. You can drop off or pick up at time that would works with your schedule. So if you want to work more hours yourself or have some me time after work think about Namaqua YMCA care. We also have financial aid help as well.

Visit https://www.ymcanoco.org/before-after-care/thompson/before-after-school-care to enroll!

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Holiday Resources

Just in time for the holidays….Sleep in Heavenly Peace will again deliver twin beds and bunk beds to families with compromised sleeping situations on Saturday, December 17th. Families may apply at shpbeds.org/apply/

Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a national organization that offers twin beds and bunk beds to youth with compromised sleeping situations.