Principal Newsletter

September 27, 2020 - Weekly Highlights: Vol. 2, Issue 7

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As we prepare to welcome our students back to school this week, we recognize that there are a whole bunch of feelings, opinions, experiences, you-name-it out there; we know that every family and every student and every staff member has their own story. We are committed to a positive and successful school reopening with a focus on our students!

We are excited to see our students. We are excited to welcome them back to NHES. We are excited to see our NHES families. We are excited to explore this new journey with all our sharks! We respectfully ask that you allow us as educational professionals to focus on our students, their instruction, and their well-being. As NMUSD staff, we will be adhering to all safety protocols and guidelines; please do not attempt to engage with us during the school day about your personal opinions or frustrations about safety protocols and guidelines as it takes away from our students...the sole reason we are here!


School Reopening 2020

Please check out our UPDATED Newport Heights Elementary School Reopening Family Guidance & Information!

Included is important information & UPDATES about:

*health & safety protocols

*arrival & dismissal procedures

*masks/face coverings (NMUSD video)


*student breaks

*grab & go lunch

*alternating Wednesday schedules

AND so much more!

Please take 10-15 minutes to review all the important protocols and procedures as a family to help ensure a safe, healthy and smooth reopening this week. We are depending on your partnership!

Friendly Reminder: "Parts of our plan may fail, but the PEOPLE won’t!"

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New & Familiar Faces

Over the coming weeks you'll see lots of familiar faces PLUS some new faces supporting our sharks each and every day!

Be on the lookout for those introductions...

Health & Safety

As we reopen school and begin welcoming our students back to campus, I want you to know that my priority and commitment continues to be of our students’ and staff’s health and safety, at all times, in every aspect practicable.

Our school reopening plan includes the safety steps we are taking for our students and staff. If you have concerns about your student's ability to safely attend in-person school due to concerns with your student's health or family risk factors, our district is requesting that you contact our School Nurse, Brenda McHone ( ASAP.

Cohort Assisgnments

As we built each class’ cohort (group) within the specific district guidelines, such as NMUSD transportation services, siblings, etc. for our 450+ students, our goal was to continue supporting opportunities for students to be academically successful and maintain positive peer relationships. At this time, we do not have the capacity to accommodate specific requests.

I truly understand the challenge families may be having with balancing work/life and students at home and now transitioning into part-time in-person learning; the Clarke family is navigating this journey as well, and truth-be-told, our journey is rocky at best.

Below, you will find instructions for identifying your student’s COHORT…

Log into your Aeries Parent Portal: this is the same portal where you confirmed your information prior to the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

Click on Student Info

Select Demographics from the dropdown menu

Scroll to the bottom of the page, you will see Hybrid Attendance Group (A or B)

NOTE: Due to a glitch with Aeries, some parents are seeing User8 as the heading for A or B, while the heading is not correct, the group (A or B) is.

Hybrid Attendance Group A = AM cohort session

Hybrid Attendance Group B = PM cohort session

REMINDER: T-Shirt Tuesday!

Wear your positive apparel each & every Tuesday to promote all the incredible characteristics our sharks stand for!!

TK-2nd graders: wear your positive apparel on your first day back...Tuesday, September 29th!

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SHARK PRIDE t-shirts

If you did not pick-up a SHARK PRIDE t-shirt during our distribution days before school, please email Angie in the front office ( to schedule a time to get yours today!

Thank you to our Foundation for generously donating a t-shirt for every student and staff.

ALL students: wear your blue SHARK PRIDE t-shirt on Friday, October 2nd!

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Chromebooks, Hotspots and Tech Support! UPDATED INFO...

If ANY student is in need of a Chromebook and you did not pick one up yet, please contact Mrs. Vasi, our Library Media Technician -

If you are in need of a HOTSPOT for internet access, please contact Miss Angie in the front office -

If you have a district Chromebook, but it is not working properly: call the district support HOTLINE @ 714-424-5050. If the problem cannot be resolved over the phone, an arrangement will be made for you to exchange for a working device.

If you are unsure about how to access programs, log into programs, upload work, or need help with passwords: Ask your teacher. If the problem cannot be resolved quickly, or your teacher is in the middle of teaching and you need immediate assistance, please call the front office and we can take as much time as need to help resolve the issue!

Principal Read-Alouds

If you missed the Principal Read-Aloud from last week, you can still check it out!

School's First Day of School by Adam Rex:

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NHES Parent Organizations

Thank you to our PTA & Foundation for their continuous support of our NHES students. Check out how you can support our NHES this year through our parent organizations!

A special THANK YOU to our parent organizations and parents who so generously donated their time, efforts & funds to help us prepare for a on-of-a-kind school reopening this week!!

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Go Sharks!

Newport Heights Elementary remains committed to being a student-centered, academically challenging, safe and healthy, and positive place for our Sharks to live and learn each and every day by achieving great heights. This year promises to be an adventure, one will all get through together.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions, we will be happy to assist you as best as we can!

School Office - 949-515-6970

Terri Clarke, Principal -

Angie Miner, Administrative Assistant -

Fabiola Hemmerling, School Community Facilitator -

Be well. Be kind. Be positive.

#sharkpride #bettertogether


Terri Clarke