NES MOUNTAIN MEMO
November 6, 2020
Message from Principal Melamed
Dear Nederland Community,
The first trimester of the 2020-2021 school year is behind us. Report cards will be available via the parent portal next Friday, November 13th. And as a reminder parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for November 10th, 12th, and 18th. If you have not yet signed up for a conference please contact your child’s teacher.
Another reminder is there is no school next Wednesday, November 11th in honor of Veteran's Day.
Finally, I would like to repeat the important information I sent out yesterday.
Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) announced that starting today November 6th Boulder County will move to the more restrictive Safer at Home Level Orange. See this link for the official announcement. Additionally on Monday Governor Polis announced that in-person learning for PK-12 is now considered a "critical business." According to the announcement, "This clarifies that local school districts are able to make determinations on how to structure the format of education based on local factors." BVSD will continue to work closely with public health officials and will follow their recommendations
The move to the more restrictive level is a reminder that we all need to do our part. It is critical that we avoid social gatherings, stay home if you are sick, and wear a mask.
I also want to take this opportunity to discuss quarantining. We all need to assume that at some point a classroom cohort or multiple cohorts will have to quarantine. We also need to assume that at some point individual children and/or staff will have to quarantine. Unfortunately given the circumstances the decision to quarantine will come with no warning and may come late in the evening or early in the morning. So I ask you to be prepared to shift to home learning with little or no warning. Should this happen we will be in touch and we will make arrangements to continue your child's learning and arrange for materials, including a Chromebook, to be picked up. I understand the challenges this presents and I certainly wish the circumstances were different.
Thank you for your continued support, patience, and understanding. As always please feel free to reach out with any questions. Be well.
HEALTHROOM NEWS - Kelly Detzel-Hess
FREE DRIVE THROUGH TESTING OPENING IN NEDERLAND
No appointment is needed. Individuals do not need to have COVID symptoms to be tested.
Where: Nederland Community Center located at 750 Highway 72 N in Nederland
When: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. every Thursday beginning Oct. 29 through the end of the year, weather permitting and excluding holidays.
Requirement: Mask must be worn
The Counselor's Corner - Kristen Kron
Hello NES families,
I think all of us are hoping there is some silver lining or take away from these difficult times that will positively serve us in the future, especially children of the pandemic. Children are learning critical life skills that they may not have normally acquired for years to come. As Maureen Healy from Psychology Today writes (see full article below), “The goal isn’t to be sunny sunshine, but to help your child (or children) emerge from this adversity with more resilience, awareness, and hopefully compassion.” So, how can we help our children develop and foster these skills?
Release and express emotions
Be realistic and honest
Let things go
Find happiness and show gratitude
For the full article: 7 Ways to Build Resilience in Children During COVID-19 (Psychology Today)
Other articles about resiliency and developing life skills:
Kristen Kron, School Counselor
Remote Learning Phone #: (720) 549-0293
Office Phone #: (720) 561-4825 (leave a voicemail and I will call you back ASAP)
Social-Emotional Learning - Ann Sherman
The younger grades are still focused on developing basic skills for learning -- the ability to pay attention, listen with their whole bodies, ask for help, and repeat directions in their heads so they know what to do. 2nd - 5th graders are now learning to identify emotions and develop empathy for others' feelings and perspectives. Use these links to help your child practice the kinds of skills that will help them succeed in school and make friends.
PreK -- Use a "Repeat After Me" Game to practice listening, focusing attention, and self talk skills with your child.
Kinders -- Help your child practice being assertive when they are frustrated and need to ask for help.
First Grade -- Role Play with your child how to be assertive when they need to ask for help.
Second Grade -- Play Feelings Charades to develop your child's ability to read social cues and become empathetic with friends and family.
Third Grade -- Help your child see if their emotions are the same or different from what others are feeling.
Fourth Grade -- Help your child understand that they can feel more than one feeling at a time, then compare how a child and parent can feel differently about the same situation.
Fifth Grade -- Practice trying to identify each other's perspective and the reasons behind it.
~Ann Sherman, Social Emotional Learning & Mountain Strong Families Coordinator, TEENS, Inc firstname.lastname@example.org~