NES WEEKLY UPDATE

TUESDAY, January 19, 2021

Latest Information

Dear Families,


I hope everyone had a wonderful three day weekend. It may be tricky to see, but in the picture with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are the words "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." This is a phrase I think of often, especially in recent months. I am hopeful that the downturn in positive cases and the vaccine will be just the light we are looking for to change the path of COVID-19 for good! I am also hopeful that the Inauguration tomorrow will go off with no difficulties. Love is needed this week for sure!


It was such a delight to have children back in school beginning last Thursday! To hear the buzz of student voices, see their smiling faces, and witness their hard work means so much to me. It feels so good to have them back. We are welcoming Cohort B back today and Cohort C back on Thursday. Then, we should hopefully have a good solid month of consistency before February vacation. If you are interested in having your child change cohorts, you need to contact Jane in the Main Office to have your name added to our waitlist. No changes get made unless the child's name is on the list.


Thank you all for your participation in conferences this past Wednesday. It is so important for you to connect with your child's teacher to continue to best support your child in doing their best. We know that you have been tremendous partners with us all through this pandemic!!


Within the next few weeks, our English Language Learners will be taking their ACCESS test to measure their progress with English reading, writing, speaking, and listening. It is important for children who are testing to have a good night's sleep, a good breakfast the morning of, and to know that all they have to do is their best! We will also be doing some MAP testing in March with all students to assess their progress to date.


Today begins our Virtual Kindergarten Registration! If you know of any child who will be five years old as of September 1, 2021, please encourage them to check out the NES Website! There is lots of information to learn about kindergarten at NES. This was always such a special night when we had it in person. We are hopeful that our island 5 year olds will get signed up this way - online. There is a place to make an appointment with our Central registrar who will guide families through the registration process!


Visit our website www.npsk.org/kregistration for more information!



It is our collective hope that our students will be back in school very soon!


Best,


Kimberly Kubisch, Principal NES



Our school nurse, Meri Lepore, has asked me to share this very important health information with you.


Happy New Year NES Families! I hope you all enjoyed your holiday break and are well rested and ready to get back to school/work. I know I am. Good riddance to 2020 and hello 2021. I see a light at the end of the tunnel. I know the Covid vaccine will help to stop the spread of this pandemic and bring about positive changes. I look forward to getting my vaccine!


Just some friendly reminders. Please be aware, if you traveled anywhere outside of Massachusetts, and returned to Nantucket anytime after January 3, 2021, be sure to quarantine for 10 days (this is a change from 14 days) or get a COVID-19 test and quarantine until negative test results. See link for travel order. Mass Travel Order . Please send in copies of your child’s proof of test or your quarantine dates. You can email me at Leporem@npsk.org. The symptomatic testing is at the Hospital and the asymptomatic testing is now at the Nantucket VFW building on 22 New South Road. Nantucket Cottage Hospital Testing


The deadline for getting the flu vaccine has been extended to February 28, 2021. It is still state mandated and you may get the vaccine by making an appointment with a nurse at Nantucket Cottage Hospital by calling 508-825-1000. If you do not plan on getting your student vaccinated due to religious beliefs or a medical condition, I will need a handwritten note stating it’s against your religious beliefs or a physician’s note.


Please keep safe and healthy,


Meri Lepore

ABOUT NES

Kimberly F. Kubisch

Principal


Kimberly F. Albertson

Assistant Principal

Travel

Please be thoughtful and careful when planning travel. It will be necessary for students to quarantine or test negatively if you travel to all states with the exception of Hawaii. This means you must test negative when you return from the other states. The testing negative is important for the safety of all of our students, their families, staff, and their families. Thank you in advance for your attention to this. I have shared a link for current Corona Virus information.


https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information

Children with any illness symptoms

Please be sure to review the Home Screening survey with children at home before they come to school each morning. It is very important to not send children to school with any illness or with medications ingested to reduce symptoms.


Home Screening Protocol


Know that we understand and appreciate when you choose to keep your child at home because they have one of the symptoms or don't feel well, not necessarily COVID-19 positive but run down as happens to us all. With a bit of notice and clear communication to your child's teacher, they can work with you to determine the child's participation in synchronous and/or asynchronous work.