News From Nighthawk Nation
Elevating Excellence in Academics, Character & Community
Edition 16 - Week of 1/13/20
Mary Baker - K-3 Principal
Welcome to 2020! I hope you each had a wonderful break full of fun, relaxation, and connecting with loved ones. Although, it is always nice to have a break, I was excited to see all of your children on Monday morning. I was reminded this week of the kindness and joy that your children bring to this school, and make it a wonderful place to learn and grow.
Today, we had the opportunity to celebrate students that had earned a Golden Feather for 2nd Quarter with our Golden feather Luncheon. Students earn Golden Feathers for going above and beyond with being trustworthy, respectful, responsible, fair, and caring. We are very proud of these students.
On Monday, we had the school spelling bee. What a great showing of hard work by all of the students. The 1-3 graders went 8 rounds to determine a winner. The words were challenging and they all showed great grit and perseverance. We are so proud. A huge shout out to Mrs. Dietz for coaching the students.
On Tuesday, our 3rd Grade Battle of the Books Team competed in their 1st battle of the year. They did a great job working together and encouraging each other. They will continue to have battles through January. We are proud of their hard work. Thank you to Mrs. Houser for coaching.
As we start 2020, it is my sincere hope that your year is filled with much joy and peace.
Coffee with the Principal:
In January, I will be offering two coffee with the principal dates. The 1st one will be on January 15th at 8:00 a.m. This meeting will be for Kindergarten Parents only. Our 2nd Coffee will be January 22 at 8:00 a.m.
Our staff is always working so hard and giving 100%. If you see something awesome that you would like to share, please send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to celebrate our incredible staff.
Marian Hejl - 4-8 Principal
Happy New Year! We had a wonderful week to kick off 2020. From the Spelling Bee and Battle of the Books to our 7th and 8th Grade Slammin' Famine Kick Off Assembly this week was full of moments that allowed our students to shine.
Great job to all of our Spelling Bee Competitors that go to show off their hard work at the competitions this week. A special thank you to Mrs. Dietz and our staff who volunteered their time to make these events possible. We are excited to have a strong cohort of students representing New Vision Charter School at the district competition coming up later this month!
Our 4th and 5th grade Battle of the Books teams rocked the competition this week as well! The 4th grade team, Nighthawks of the Last Readers won their fist competiion 87.5 to 28. Our 5th grade tea, Readers of the Lost Ark" won swept their competion with a score of 105-35. If you see Mrs. Byloo please give her a high five for being the district coordinator for this wonderful program and also give a shout out to our volunteer coaches for dedicating their time to promote the joy of reading!
This week has set the bar high for the 2020 year and we are just a week into the 2020 school year! Thank you all for trusting us with your most prized possesions, we are reminded by them everyday how lucky we are to work in education. Happy new year, may it be filled with joy, love, and adventure!
Mrs. Hejl's Maternity Leave:
Mrs. Hejl will be out for maternity leave from January 13th-February 26th. Mr. Bissell, our Assistant Principal, will be the lead administrator at the 4-8 Building while Mrs. Hejl spends time welcoming her second child into the world. If you have any immediate needs or concerns during this time please contact Todd Bissell at email@example.com or by phone at (970)593-6827.
Coffee with the Principal:
Thank you to the parents who attended the Coffee with the Principal event. Your insight and conversation is essential in our success.
Our staff is always working so hard and giving 100%. If you see something awesome that you would like to share, please send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to celebrate our incredible staff.
Parents, AT NO TIME SHOULD STUDENTS EXIT THE DRIVERS SIDE OF YOUR VEHICLE. This is a big safety issue and if we have a car moving in the outer lane it could result in an accident. Please help us keep everyone safe and have your student slide, crawl, or climb over to the passenger side of the vehicle to exit your vehicle.
If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to Mrs. Hejl at email@example.com
Clear Water Bottles
Parents, it has been a long standing expectation at NVCS that students bring clear water bottles and beverage containers to school with them. This helps with ensuring we are not cleaning up spills throughout the day, having curdled milk items in lockers, etc. during the school day. Students are expected to have water only throughout the day while they are in class (bell to bell). Students can enjoy beverages other than water (Gatorade, juice, etc) during their lunch period.
Thank you for helping us keep our schools safe and clean.
If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to Mrs. Hejl at firstname.lastname@example.org
Todd Bissell - Assistant Principal and Athletics/Activities Director
Girls basketball games start this week. On Thursday the girls will be traveling to Loveland Classical to start the season. "B" game at 4 and "A" around 5. Good luck to the girls and coaches.
Battle of the Books has begun!! The schedule for this week is as follows;
Tuesday the 14th is for 3rd Grade at 5 and Wednesday the 15th for the 4th Grade. Best of luck to our competitors.
The 4th Grade Orchestra group will meet from 3:30 to 5:00 in the Commons on Monday and Wednesday this week.
"Showtime" will presenting "Charlie Brown". There will be an informational meeting after school Tuesday the 14th to learn about the scenes, characters, and important information concerning auditions.
Scott McNutt will be assisting me with AD responsibilities while I will be the Lead Admin while Mrs. Hejl is on Maternity leave. Thanks Scott, in advance, for all your help.
Officer Dee Jalali
Happy New Year! I hope you had a great break! I wanted to take a few minutes to address the traffic concerns surrounding our school and let you know I’m paying attention and have and will enforce violations. I am here for the safety of your kids and traffic is a big part of that. Just because your child is a student at New Vision, does not excuse any careless driving behavior. I have to be fair and impartial in my role as the School Resource Officer which means no one is favored. Please be aware of how you’re driving- I truly don’t want anything bad to happen to our students.
As we turn a new page with the new year and decade, I ask that you take extra precautions when driving through school zones. A child’s life could depend on it.
Here are the common violations occurring near the school:
Speeding: The speed limit during school zone hours is 20 mph between the 2200-2400 block of E. 1st St. School zone hours are before school, after school, and during lunch hour at the following times:
7:40 - 8:10 am
10:50- 11:20 am
12:10- 12:40 pm
3:20- 3:50 pm
The faster a vehicle is traveling when a child is hit, the higher the chances of fatality. Driving 40 mph increases the chance of fatality by 80% where as driving 20 mph only increases the chance of fatality by 5%. (radarsign.com) When I pull speeders over, the average speed drivers are driving is about 30 mph.
Please keep in mind that on school zone tickets, the fines are doubled. Also keep in mind that officers don’t determine fines for any traffic violations, they are predetermined by the courts.
Failing to stop for a stop sign: This is a friendly reminder that crossguard holding a stop sign still counts as a stop sign and if you fail to stop for him/her, then you are in violation of the law. This is happening way too often. If you are driving in an area where kids are crossing, you should already be driving cautiously and slower. The school zone is such a short distance overall on 1st St. that there really is no excuse for not stopping for our crossing guards when they are holding a stop sign.
No u-turns where signs prohibit: At Alden and E. 1st St., there is a no-turn sign posted which many parents disregard. Alden is the first street east of the k-3 campus and not a place to make u-turns if you intend on driving west. Instead, you can use the roundabout a few blocks east of Alden St.
Unauthorized use of a handicapped spot: This shouldn’t be as big of a problem as it is. But, it’s happening frequently. Simply put, if you’re going to park in a handicapped spot without a placard or license plate that indicates that that you’re authorized to do so, then you will be ticketed. Some may bring up the fact of private property. Yes, New Vision Charter School is private property however, it’s still a violation that can be enforced by the police on private property. It will not matter to me if you park there just to run in and drop something off or if you parked there because it was the easiest spot to park in. Every time I have ticketed someone on New Vision property (both campuses), there have been other regular spots open and in close proximity to the handicapped spots. Please remember at the 4-8 campus, you can park where the staff members park in the lot on the east side of the front of the school.
Distracted driving: In 2018, distracted drivers caused 15,673 accidents in the state of Colorado which also resulted in 53 deaths (coloradovirtuallibrary.org) Distracted driving can be anything from texting, using social media, eating food, watching a video, managing children/pets, and/or looking somewhere other than the road ahead of you (Hint: Many drivers like to stare at car accidents or police officers on traffic stops when they drive by and in turn, get into their own accidents.) While I am working on enforcement in our school zone, I see distracted drivers and texting often. Please keep in mind that texting while driving is illegal in Colorado for ALL ages.
HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATION PROCESS, Erin Jobman, School Counselor
November has come and gone and the high schools held informational nights to get you started thinking about high school. Here are a few reminders for you.
HIGH SCHOOL CHOICE:
Parents: A survey went out via Survey Monkey asking about your high school choice. If you have not completed it, please do so or email Mrs. Jobman know your high school choice by the end of December.
The open enrollment window is open until Jan 10. You will find the form online at https://www.thompsonschools.org/openenrollment . You will need to fill this out if you are attending a school outside of your school boundary. If you are attending a school outside of Thompson School District, you do not need to do this, but you will need to let your neighborhood school's Registrar know that you won't be attending your assigned TSD school. If you're not sure about your neighborhood school, the school locator will help you. Please note there has been a change in some of the boundaries for 2020-2021: https://www.thompsonschools.org/page/9235 .
Dec. 10: STEM Applications due to BHS.
Dec. 11: LHS visits NVCS to talk about IB Programme with interested students during the school day.
Dec. 21: AVID and AP Capstone applications due to TVHS.
Jan. 10: LISA Applications due to MVHS.
Jan. 10: Last day to apply for open enrollment.
Jan. 2020: Your child's teachers will be recommending high school classes for them in the areas of English, Math, Social Studies, Science, and Spanish (if they choose to continue in Spanish). Please speak to Mrs. Jobman or your child's teacher if you have questions.
Mar. 20: Open Enrollment letters of acceptance/denial will be mailed to families.
Apr. 1: Acceptance signatures for open enrollment due to high schools.
REGISTRATION MEETINGS* (Students and a parent should attend)
Jan 16: Registration night at MVHS, 6pm
Jan 23: Registration night at TVHS, 6pm
Jan 28: Registration night at BHS, 6pm
Jan 29: Registration night at LHS- time TBD by last name (evening)
LCS: Please contact Loveland Classical for their registration process.
*Attendance at these meetings is very important. You will receive your registration packet and receive instructions for the online registration. Tip for easier access: Students and parents must know how to log onto their Student Portal/Parent Portal (Infinite Campus) to complete registration. If you do not know how to do this, contact email@example.com for your login information.
GETTING A HEAD START:
Please go online with your child and look at the online coursebook for 2020-2021: https://www.thompsonschools.org/Page/4113
Here you can see what is offered at each school, look at graduation requirements, and start deciding what classes you might like to take.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:
I will be working with students over the next couple of months and walking them through how to get registered. Please contact me with questions.
Erin Jobman, firstname.lastname@example.org, (970)593-6827 x1207
Parent Information Night
As our clientele, you are our best advertisers! As we open enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year we are hosting parent information nights for prospective students and their parents. We will have many openings in grades K-8 next year and would love for you to help spread the word.
Our next parent information meeting is Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at the 4-8 Grade Building. Doors will open at 5:00 PM and the meeting will begin at 5:30 PM.
If you know of anyone who is looking for a change, or who is moving into the area please send them our way. Information about this event can also be found on our Facebook Page.
New Vision Charter School Gears Up for Slammin’ Famine 2020
As the new decade begins, New Vision Charter School will kick things off with a program to inspire students to change the world, and they are thinking big.
Slammin’ Famine February 21-23, is a food packing event at The Ranch in Loveland which brings in 2,400 volunteers to pack over 600,000 meals for starving children all around the world.
New Vision’s participation in this event is a school-wide effort combining a dance, Social Studies activism curriculum, entrepreneurship, and group collaboration to raise the funds required to participate in the Slammin’ Famine event. This curriculum goes beyond classroom research. Student group leaders must guide their teams into writing and presenting a fundraising business plan, plus swim out of a “Shark Tank” competition in order to receive seed money to fundraise for Slammin’ Famine. This year, Otter Cares (a division of Otterbox) is supporting New Vision’s philanthropic endeavors, matching up Otter employees as coaches for group leaders, to bolster their presentations so they can make it out of the Shark Tank. The judging panel is comprised of professionals from Slammin’ Famine’s board, Bongo IT, HELP School Uganda, One Sight, and Otterbox. Shark Tank survivors will activate their fundraising plans at the New Vision Middle School Valentine’s Day Charity Ball, Friday February 14, all proceeds going to purchase food needed to bring Slammin Famine to Northern Colorado.
The Nighthawks will kick off Slammin’ Famine with a rally this Thursday, January 9, featuring 5 speakers ranging from a 7th grade student who worked with orphans in Ethiopia, to Otterbox Director of Sales and Business Development Luis Gonzalez, sharing how to use your creativity to innovate for a cause. Wrapping up is Jeff Borchert from the CDC, sharing about his work on the bubonic plague in Africa and how he and his son Osobie raised funds for playground equipment for kids in Uganda.
There is no better way to show love this Valentine’s Day in a way to directly impact world hunger than this hands-on, dynamic event. New Vision will send 120 students, parents, and staff to The Ranch to pack meals, plus join with other schools, local businesses, and other volunteers to change the statistics for the 6,000 children who die everyday from starvation. Watch the Nighthawks spend themselves to serve others. For more information:
Channel 7 Denver New Vision Slammin Famine 2018 link:
We are here for you! Please send any questions to email@example.com.
Join Us Monday Night! ~ January 13th @ 6:30 PM ~ 4-8 Building
MEET THE PTO BOARD
Kami Guymon - President
“Hi, my name is Kami Guymon and I’m the PTO president. I am the mother of 3 girls. My oldest is in 4th grade, my middle is in 2nd and my youngest is in 1st. I am looking forward to supporting our school and teachers.”
Joseie Beilenberg - Vice President
“Hello I’m Joseie Bielenberg the PTO Vice President. I am a mother of 2 gorgeous little girls who are 5 (pre k), and 7 (2nd grade and NVCS 2nd grade). I am excited about the future of PTO and want to watch it grow into something new. “
Marnie Benson: Treasurer
“I have a first grade Nighthawk and enjoy substitute teaching at New Vision. Having an involved parent organization makes our kid's school experience terrific, so I enjoy being involved in making NVCS a wonderful place to learn.”
Jill Aldrich - Secretary
“I’m excited to be back helping this year on PTO as secretary. I have a 2nd grader and a 5th grader and have loved being a part of NVCS for several years. I look forward to being a part of our school’s growing future!”
The New Vision Charter School Parent Teacher Organization is a nonprofit parent teacher organization (PTO) whose mission is to institute and sustain a close relationship between the parents, teachers, and students. The PTO provides assistance to teachers within the classroom settings, raises funds for educational materials and experiences, advocates school and family social interaction, and provides an unbiased forum for sharing information on issues that impact our children. It is our belief that the team effort of a parent teacher organization offers the best possible learning environment for our children.
Running Club - K-3 Campus
We are in need of STEM Donations for our K-3 Campus. If you can donate any of these items that would be much appreciated.
Large Tubs of White Glue
Empty Fruit Cups
Single Hole Punchers
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.
We are Hiring!
K-3 Spanish Teacher - Beginning in February
K-3 Long Term Substitute - Beginning end of March
4-5 Teacher's Assistant
Monday, January 13 -
PTO Meeting @ 4-8 Campus - 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 14 -
3rd Grade Battle of the Books @ Loveland Public Library - 5 pm
Parent Information Night @ 4-8 Campus - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 15 -
Kindergarten Coffee with the Principal @ K-3 Campus - 8:00 - 9:00 am
4th Grade Battle of the Books @ Loveland Public Library - 4 pm
Thursday, January 16 -
Girls Basketball @ Loveland Classical - 4 pm
Monday, January 19 -
MLK Holiday - No School