Nixon Elementary Weekly Update

February 15, 2021

Brr...It's Cold Out There!

Happy Monday Nixon Families!

A few updates and reminders for the upcoming week:

In-Person Updates:

Recess Policy: With winter weather comes a change in how recess at Nixon is held. On days when the blacktop is not cleared or the temperature is too cold, we have indoor recess. For outdoor recess, the temperature needs to be 10 degrees or higher with the windchill.

Masks: Even with the new updates from Governor Reynolds, we will still require masks to be worn at the school and on the school bus until further notice. Please remember to send your children with a clean mask every day. We do our best to keep our learners socially distanced and as close to 6 feet apart as possible, but the masks offer an added level of protection we will continue to use and enforce at school.

Car Riders: I just wanted to start by saying thank you for your continued patience as we work through drop off and pick up for our car riders. With the extra snow and already narrow road, things get pretty tight around Nixon during the winter months. Please remember to:

  • remind your children to enter and exit your car from the passenger side of the vehicle
  • post your name placard in the windshield of your vehicle during pick up
  • stay in your car and pull as far forward as you can before parking to let your child into the vehicle
  • do not double park to pick up or drop off learners
  • be aware that busses and daycare vans maneuver in the same small space
  • please be cautious of families walking across the parking lot and circle to load up their families.

    I appreciate everyone's support as we progress through these winter months!

Remote Learners Update:

Materials: There are several families who have not been up to pick up their next set of learning materials from school. It is important you come get these items ASAP so your child will not miss out on their learning experiences. The office is open M-Th 7:45-4:00 pm.

All Nixon Learners:

School Closures/Delays: If you have not be receiving the calls about our school delays and closings these past 2 weeks, please reach out to our main office to make sure we have your most current phone number on file. The calls are sent out from our district office and call out to the phone numbers listed in our online system, Infinite Campus. Closures and delays affect both in-person and remote families, so we want to be sure you are getting the messages.

School Spring Pictures: Many of you have been wondering if we will be having school pictures this year. The answer is YES! Both our in-person and remote learners will have the opportunity to have their pictures taken on March 23. In-person learners will take their pictures with their classroom teachers, remote learners will come to Nixon to take their pictures between 11:30-1:30 and follow the protocol for safe social distancing and masking. Keep an eye out for more information on spring pictures in the upcoming weeks.

Upcoming Events:

  • February 24: Tornado Drill
  • March 10: Fire Drill
  • March 15-19: Spring Break
  • March 23: Spring Pictures

I hope you all have a wonderful week. As always, please reach out if you have any questions.

Jeni Goebel, Principal

Nixon Elementary

Fantastic February Fun!

Both in-person staff and learners had a great time this past week with our Fantastic February Fun! Tuesday learners figured out a mystery message from Mrs. Goebel, Wednesday teachers left some love for their colleagues in their mailboxes and on their classroom doors, and all learners participated in extra special Social-Emotional Learning activities during community circle.

Camp Tanager Opportunities

Free Camp Scholarship Program

Established in 1926, Camp Tanager has provided free half-week and week-long camp opportunities for youth ages 6-11 years. This program is available to all youth that typically meet the criteria for free or reduced school meals. Paper applications (attached) can be completed and returned to school. Applications can also be submitted online at this link:

Summer Sleep Away Camp

This program runs alongside our free campership program and is for all youth ages 6-11 years. Campers that would not mee the criteria for a free campership are eligible to sign up for sleepaway camp. Sessions run from Sun PM – Fri PM. More information:

Summer Day Camps

Camp Tanager offers 9 one-week themed day camp programs for youth ages 5-11 years. Day Camp operates from Mon-Fri 9am-4pm with early drop off and late pickup options available. More information about Day Camp can be found at this link.

End of Year Field Trips

Our end of year school celebrations allow school groups to attend for the day and enjoy a custom built day of fun and activity for students. Staffed by our Camp Team, students are put into group rotations and take part in traditional camp activities such as team building, swimming, archery, field games and more. To find out more contact our Camp Tanager Director at

COVID Considerations

We fully expect to be still navigating COVID going into this summer. As you probably know, many parents have questions and concerns about COVID and how schools, groups, and other recreational groups are managing their mitigation efforts. At Camp Tanager we are taking COVID seriously and while we remain confident that camp will be able to operate this summer, we will still be taking precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants. Our Covid mitigation procedures can be found here:

Please feel free to reach out with any questions you or your parents may have about camp programs this coming summer.

Happy Camping!

Camp Tanager Team

Emergency Drills at Nixon

As we start this second semester, we are also beginning to revisit some of the ways we keep our Nixon Bobcats safe at school. One of these ways is to provide opportunities to practice various emergency situations.

Below is a poster describing the 3 types of emergency drills we have at Nixon and the purpose for practicing those drills. There is a quote about practicing not until you get it right, but until you can't possibly get it wrong. It is our hope that we will never be in a situation where our learnerners would engage in the emergencies that we practice for, but we want to be sure to be so effective at our drills that we can't possibly get it wrong if we ever have to.

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