News From Nighthawk Nation
Elevating Excellence in Academics, Character & Community
Edition 9 - Week of 10/28/19
Mary Baker - K-3 Principal
I cannot believe that the 1st quarter has already come to an end and we are finishing up October. As I reflect back on the 1st part of the year I get a little teary eyed (or as I tell the kids "my heart is overflowing out my eyes") at the amazing place that New Vision Charter School is and all the great learning that is happening here. I could not be more honored to serve our fantastic teachers, wonderful kids, and incredible families.
Each day I am blown away by not only the academic rigor that our kids are engaging in, but the true kind hearts of our students. Our students are immersed in kindness each and every day by our teachers who show up each day with a smile on their face and strive to challenge while loving on each and every child. This kindness is overflowing to our students as they are exhibiting true care for others. Thank you for your support of NVCS. It is an honor to serve you and your family.
Golden Feather Luncheon
Today was the last day of our 1st quarter Golden Feather Awards to qualify for the luncheon. We will start fresh on Monday. Students who qualified for the lunch will be receiving their invitation for the luncheon in the next week. In order to qualify students had to receive a Golden Feather in the 1st quarter of school.
50th Day of School Celebration
Calling all Cool Cats! We are getting ready to rock around the clock at our 50's Day Celebration at the K-3 Campus. This will be a fun-filled day celebrating the 50th Day of School. Complete with cross curricular activities, cross grade level activities, math, reading, writing, science and social studies, this will be a day to celebrate learning. We encourage students to dress like the 50's (jeans and white shirts are a great option). More information to come.
Parent Teacher Conferences
We are excited to offer Parent Teacher Conferences for our 1st Quartet 10/28 and 10/29. If you missed the link to sign up for your conference time you can access them here.
Please review the Driveline guidelines attached here. It is very important that we are all following these expectations. Beginning Monday, if you do not have a staff tag, you will not be able to park in the parking lot during driveline. The reason behind this is that we have many people who are parking in the parking lot and picking up students as a walker, which backs up our Driveline. Also, please make sure you have a physical tag when picking up your child, both in the driveline and at the walking door. We have a mission to ensure every student is safe. We greatly appreciate your cooperation and support.
NVCS is not in school on Halloween, therefore we will not be having parties or costumes at school prior to Halloween. We hope that you have a fun and safe Halloween with your families.
Marian Hejl - 4-8 Principal
It is hard to believe that the month of October is already over! This first quarter flew by and was packed with special events, unique learning opportunities, and TONS of learning at all grade levels. Parents please remember that we have Parent Teacher Conferences this coming week (10/28 and 10/29) and that you must sign up on sign up genius to secure a conference with your student's teachers. Please click on the link below to see spots that are still available.
This past week NVCS hosted their first Fall Band Concert and it was impressive! Thank you to all the parents for attending and to our students for putting in the hard work to make the concert and pieces sound amazing. We also hosted our first Medieval Days in 4th grade where students were able to dress up as their character from medieval times, enjoy a medieval feast, and present their medieval projects to their classes. Thank you to the 4th grade team, parents, and volunteers who helped make this event possible!
This morning (10/25) at 10:10 am the alarm system at our 4-8 Building was triggered. Our alarm panel was flashing red and, following training, we cleared the building. The Loveland Fire Department came on site, determined that the detector was set off by excess steam from the kitchen and gave the all clear for staff and students to reenter the building.
We were complimented on our evacuation, student behavior, and safety procedures by Loveland Fire. It took us 4 minutes to clear the building and account for all students, 6 minutes for Loveland PD to arrive, and 20 minutes to determine that the building was safe for reentry. Great jobs to our staff and students!
An email and text was sent to parents to alert them of the situation. Parents, if you did not receive these important communications please check your Infinite Campus account to make sure you have subscribed to receive emails and texts from the school. This is very important in the event of an emergency.
Parent Teacher Conferences October 28-29:
We will be hosting parent teacher conferences for grades 4-8 October 28-29th. An email with a SignUpGenius link for grades 4-8 was sent to parents Thursday, October 17, 2019.
Parents, you may have noticed that we have been running only one lane in Driveline. When driveline traffic is light and we do not have build up run a single lane. This ends up being more efficient and moves the lin faster. When cold weather hits and we have ice and snow please expect to see double lines again. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to Mrs. Hejl at email@example.com
Golden Feather Awards
Golden Feather Awards are awarded to students who go above and beyond the expectations and SOAR to excellence while demonstrating trustworthiness, responsibility, fairness, caring, and being an outstanding citizen. Students that receive a Golden Feather award in a quarter are invited to a special luncheon, receive a certificate, a pencil, a treat, and a shirt. The 4-8 Building will be holding two Golden Feather Lunches, one in the first semester and one in the second semester. Invitations for the luncheon will be sent out in late October.
Todd Bissell - AP/AD
Basketball "B" Team won their first game against Immanuel Luthern on Monday. They play this Friday at Union Colony. Next week on Monday the BOys Basketball Team travels to St. Joseph and has a home game on Wednesday against Westridge. Thanks to Coach Graybill and Coach Byloo for working with the boys. Good luck to Boys Basketball in the upcoming games.
Officer Dee Jalali
From the candy to parties to the costumes, Halloween is a fun filled time for kids (And adults too! Who doesn’t love candy?) To make it a trick free night, follow these safety tips:
Have your kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen
When selecting a costume, make sure it’s the right size to prevent trips and falls
Choose face paint and makeup over masks- which can obstruct a child’s vision
If kids are mature enough to go trick or treating alone, tell them to stick to familiar areas and stick in groups. If they are going alone, give them a time to be home and tell them not to eat any treats till they get home
Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape and/or stickers
All costumes and wigs should be fire resistant
Put a nametag with your name/phone number on your childs costume
Only go to homes where the porch light is on
Above all dangers, car accidents are the most common and we don’t think about it enough on nights like Halloween. Children are more than twice as likely to be killed by a car while walking on Halloween night than any other time of the year (www.usnews.com). This year, Halloween falls on a Thursday which could increase alcohol related crashes as well. Follow safe crossing rules and remind your kids to always use sidewalks.
Lastly, remember to double check your kids treats when they get home before they eat anything. We all know there are some bad people out there with evil intentions. And although the odds of someone tampering with Halloween candy are slim to none so there is no need to panic. But here are some for sure things you should throw out if you come across in your child’s halloween bag.
The end to the first quarter of the year was October 18, 2019. Grades have been posted in Infinite Campus and will be available for parents to view today (10/25). Parents, please remember that these are progress report grades, not final semester grades. These grades serve as a way for you to see how your student is doing, guide collaboration with teachers on student needs, and open conversations between you and your student on how their year is going. Because these grades are progress reports we will not be sending home paper copies, you can access your students full grade report using our Infinite Campus Portal.
HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATION PROCESS, Erin Jobman, School Counselor
8th Grade Parents and Students,
It is almost time to start the high school registration process and I will be there to help you along the way.
Please start researching the different high schools and programs within our school district to start to make the right choice for your family. An important part of this process is to attend the curriculum/informational nights for the school(s) you are considering attending to learn about their curriculum, special programs, and classes that are offered. You will also get to meet the principal and counselors, meet some teachers, go on a tour of the high school, learn about clubs and sports, etc. These meetings all take place at the high school and are for both students and parents. These meetings are highly recommended so you get all the information you need moving forward into high school.
HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATIONAL NIGHTS:
- LCS, November 5, 6:00-7:30pm: at Loveland Classical Schools, Academy Campus.
- LHS, November 6, 6:00-7:30pm: at Loveland High School
- TVHS, November 12, 6:00-7:30pm: at Thompson Valley High School
- BHS, November 13, 6:00-7:30pm: at Berthoud High School
- MVHS, November 14, 6:00-7:30pm: at Mountain View High School
- For those of you looking at schools outside of our district, please contact the school individually for their enrollment process.
OTHER IMPORTANT DATES:
- Dec 2: Open Enrollment window opens. The open enrollment ('school of choice') process and application is on the Thompson School District website, thompsonschools.org/openenrollment. You must fill this out no sooner than Dec. 2. (Fill out this form only if you are planning to attend a school other than your neighborhood school.) Open enrollment decisions will be made and communicated to parents in March--approx Mar 20. If you have questions about this process, you may email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- STEM Program applications due: Please see Berthoud High School website
- Jan 10: Deadline to let your 8th gr counselor know your high school choice. email@example.com
- Jan 10: Last day to turn in open enrollment applications.
Please let me know if you have any further questions.
Erin Jobman, Counselor, NVCS, 4-8 Building
My name is Nicole Dietz, I am the Spelling Bee coach again this school year. I wanted to give out some important information about the NVCS Spelling Bee before our season begins. Please feel free to contact me at (970)593-6827 x2122 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
INFORMATION FOR THE K-3 CAMPUS
Unfortunately, Kindergarteners are not yet allowed to participate in the Spelling Bee. Practices will be held on TUESDAYS in the Music Room (Room #111) from 3:30-4:30pm. The practice dates are November 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, December 3rd, 10th and 17th.
INFORMATION FOR THE 4-8 CAMPUS
Practices will be held on THURSDAYS in Room # 114 (4th grade hallway) from 3:30-4:30pm. The practice dates are November 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, December 5th, 12th and 19th.
All ELEMENTARY spellers (Grades 1-5) will participate in the New Vision Spelling Bee on Tuesday, January 7th at the 4-8 campus. The doors will open at 5:15, start time is 5:30. The end time will be determined by our spellers. The top 16 spellers will move on to the Thompson School District Spelling Bee.
All MIDDLE SCHOOL spellers (Grades 6-8) will participate in the New Vision Spelling Bee on Wednesday, January 8th at the 4-8 campus. The doors will open at 5:15, start time is 5:30. The end time will be determined by our spellers. The top 6 spellers will move on to the Thompson School District Spelling Bee.
DISTRICT SPELLING BEE
Saturday, January 25th, Mountain View High School, time information TBD.
I am very excited to get this new spelling season underway. It will be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
Pets at School
We would like to ask that we do not bring animals into our campus. If there is a special show and tell day, or pet day, then they would be welcomed, otherwise we would kindly ask that pets, are not brought to the campus.
Scholastic Book Fair
The Scholastic Book Fair is here and the theme this fall is a Spooktacular Ghoulish event! This year the book fair will be at the 4-8th building in the library. Students are getting so excited to come in to pick out their favorite books to read! Here is what you need to know:
- Why is it important to support the book fair? Because of our huge successes in our previous book fairs, 55% of this book fairs sales will go back to our libraries!! Helping us get more books on the shelves of our 2 libraries.
- We will be kicking off our book fair with a Family SPOOKY fun night event! Our 7th/8th grade National Junior Honor Society students will be facilitating some spooktacular games, a creepy craft, they are dressing up to host a trick/treat street, and there will be books galore! Please have your kiddos dress up and come join us Oct. 25th, 4:30 - 6:30 pm. It's going to be a ghoulish great time!!
- The book fair will also be open Oct. 28 and 29 before school, 7:15 - 8am and during Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30 - 8pm. Students, at the 4-8 building, will be allowed to purchase during their library classroom time. There is a new option for you to sign you kiddos up for eWallet, so they don't have to bring in money. Visit our book fair homepage to sign up for eWallet or shop online at NVCS book fair.
- Lastly, book fairs are an opportunity for students to choose their own books. The excitement it builds and creates for kids is what makes running book fair so much fun! It promotes the endeavor of being a lifelong reader along with supporting and building literacy skills across their education.
THANK YOU PARENTS!
A big thank you to all the parents who responded to the PTO call for donations for our Teacher Dinners during Parent Teacher Conferences! We saw a record level of support from parents and families. What a wonderful gift for our teachers, being able to have a warm meal provided to them on these busy nights.
Día de los Muertos
This is Kelsey Easton, the New Vision Charter School K-3 Spanish teacher, sharing about an event celebrating Día de los Muertos. This event is another cool opportunity that this time is even closer, at Loveland Public Library. The library is celebrating Día de los Muertos in two Sundays, on November 3rd. It is free and goes from 1-5 p.m., and it comes with a lot of activities for children (there will be sugar skull decorating, face painting, and traditional dancing, among other opportunities). I attended the event a few years ago and loved it, so I recommend it as both a fun and educational opportunity.
Just like last time, this is NOT a school-sponsored event. Nonetheless, I'd love it if the students attended and/or wanted to be "interviewed" about the event in front of their class. The students loved hearing presenters from last time, and this will be more interactive. If you and your kiddo are interested, please email me at email@example.com. You can also get more info at the Loveland Public Library's website: https://lovelandpubliclibrary.org/event/dia-de-los-muertos-cultural-celebration/
Volunteer/Visitor Check In
October 28, 2019
- Board of Directors Meeting Begins at 5:30 @ the 4-8 Building
- Parent Teacher Conferences 4pm-8pm
- Scholastic Book Fair Open from 3:30pm-8pm
October 29, 2019
- Parent Teacher Conferences 4pm-8pm
- Scholastic Book Fair Open from 3:30pm-8pm
October 30, 2019 FALL BREAK NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
- Boys Basketball HOME Game - Both teams vs. Westridge @ 4:00 p.m.
October 31, 2019 FALL BREAK NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
November 1, 2019 FALL BREAK NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
November 4, 2019
- Boys Basketball @ St. Marys Games Start at 4 pm
November 7, 2019
- Boys Basketball HOME game vs. Windsor Charter @ 4 pm
6th Grade Advanced Math
6th Grade Advanced Math students are digging deep into the curriculum and learning new strategies and techniques to conquer challenging problems!
NVCS uses College Preparatory Math (CPM) in our middle school. This curriculum is unique in the sense that it uses a lot of team collaboration and problem solving.
Our Boys Basketball season is off to a great start! Mrs. Byloo and Mr. G are the coaches. We have our first game against Union Colony this afternoon!
6th Grade Advanced Math
1st Grade students learned about Ancient Mesopotamia and Cuneiform and wrote their names with ancient symbols.
1st Grade Thumbelina Houses in Stem
2nd Grade students utilizing Zearn as a resource and support to their math learning.