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September 18th, 2023

Welcome Back!

Hello NES Families,

As you know, we are doing family conferences a little differently this year. We are excited about meeting with every student and family the first week of October (10/2-10/5).

  • We know kids do better in school, and in life, when they have caring adults who wrap around them and work together as a team.
  • We know kids do better when we focus on their strengths and gifts.
  • We know kids do better when teachers and schools listen and learn from families, and build on their values, hopes and goals.

During fall conferences, we want to listen and learn from you and your student. Please read below for some questions we will ask during conferences so you know what to expect. A Parent Square message will go out on Wednesday, 9/20 to schedule your conference.


Katie Brown, Principal

Fall Conferences: What to Expect

The goal of Fall Family Conferences is to develop a partnership to appreciate our students unique strengths, goals, and needs.

Here's our approach:

  • We will listen for family values and learn from you.
  • We will decide on the best way to communicate with each other (when, how often, for what, etc.)
  • We will walk away with a better sense of student strengths, passions, hopes and goals.

Questions we may ask:

  • Tell me about your student. What would you like me to know?
  • What does your student love to do? What are their strengths?
  • What is a hope you have for your child this year?
  • How would you like us to communicate?


  • Dates are October 2nd - October 5th. We will have two evening conference dates (10/2 and 10/3) to help ensure all families find a time that works for them.
  • Conferences will be about 25 minutes.
  • Bring your student with you- it's about them! We want them to see and feel our partnership.
  • A Parent Square message will go out on Wednesday, 9/20 to sign-up for a conference time.

Picture Day is coming!

Picture day will be Thursday, September 21, 2023.

To order pictures, please visit the O'Connor website and click on "Fall School Portraits" then find your schools logo to place your order.

If you have any questions, please call the studio 1-800-993-4929

Retakes will be Wednesday, October 27, 2023.

"Families for Nooksack" - PTO NEWS

Donut Fundraiser - Families for Nooksack Elementary PTO is excited for our 2nd annual Krispy Kreme Fundraiser. Students should have received their fundraising envelope and more information last Wednesday, Sept. 13th. The fundraiser will run from September 13th - September 22nd and Donut pick up will be on Saturday, September 30th. We have some very fun prizes for students this year including Book Fair Bucks (to be used at our upcoming book fair) as well as an all-school assembly if we reach our school goal!

Book Fair - Our Book Fair will be happening the same week as conferences this year, October 2nd- October 9th. The fair will be open during school and conference hours and the PTO will be hosting a family evening on Tuesday, October 3rd. More information in the weeks to come.

Facebook - Please make sure to join our Facebook page (Families for Nooksack Elementary PTO) to stay up to date on our latest news, events and for volunteer opportunities.

A School Garden!

We have an amazing opportunity this year to build a school garden. We wrote a grant and got it. This means we will be partnering with Common Threads Farm to help build, plant, harvest, cook, and connect kids with healthy foods and food education.

MUCH more information to come, but you may hear your student starting to talk about it. Construction of the garden should start soon too! We see a community work party in our future here at school.


We need your help. To assure that we have accurate and current information about your student(s) and family, we ask that you log into your Skyward Family Access account and complete the Annual Student Update Online form there. You will find the Annual Student Update tile under each of your student's name. Please complete this for each student. This is also where you would provide your permissions for the sharing (or not sharing) of your student's demographic information to various entities/agencies (such as pictures, name and grade to local media, vendors, higher ed, military, etc.) If you need help with your Skyward login, please contact the school office staff.

Dance Classes by Debbie Jones

Team Jones 100% Dance - 2023

Debbie Jones will be offering dance classes on Mondays, October 9th to December 4th/ Tuesdays October 10th to December 5th in the Nooksack Elementary gym. There are no classes Tuesday, October 31st and Monday, November 14th. Cost is $80, due at the first class payable to Debbie Jones. Scholarships may be available. Families are responsible for their own transportation. Please use the front doors to enter and leave the building.

Monday classes

Beginning Jazz 3:30-4:15 (Ballet or Jazz shoes)

Beginning Tap 4:15-5:00 (Tap shoes)

Tuesday classes

Beg/Int. Ballet 3:30-4:15 (Ballet shoes)

Intermediate Jazz 4:15-5:00 (Ballet or Jazz shoes)

Students will wear appropriate clothing; leotard and tights, athletic wear or dance attire (dance shorts or pants) without being too tight or too baggy. Jeans and jean skirts are not allowed in class.

Information and questions can be sent to Mrs. Jones at

Can I walk my child to their classroom?

  • No, please drop students off at the drop-off zones. Staff members will be there to help students. Drop-off zones are located in the back of the school, around the “driveway loop” just like last year.

  • Busses will drop off in the front of the school.

  • For the safety of all students, we can not allow visitors to walk our hallways and visit classrooms without a background check and volunteer paperwork.

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Community Attendance Goal 90%: Keep it up NES!

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Highly Capable Program

Nooksack Valley School District is preparing for its yearly Highly Capable Program referral window running from November 1 through December 14, 2023.

The State of Washington defines highly capable as “students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experience or environments”, as demonstrated by one or more of the multiple learning characteristics specified. The multiple characteristics focus upon (WAC 392-170-035)

If you’d like to refer your student, connect with your child’s teacher to have a conversation about indicators to consider regarding your child and possible referral:

· Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned, and to transfer learning to new situations.

· Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers.

· Ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts.

· Ability to learn very quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength

· Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus

· Ability to apply creative solutions to problem/challenge

Girls on the Run

This program combines training for a 5K run with self-esteem enhancing lessons and uplifting workouts aimed to develop the whole person; their physical, mental, emotional and social self. Girls on the Run is a non-competitive running program.

2-3 coaches meet with a group of 10-15 girls after school twice per week for 90 min. for 8 weeks beginning the week of September 25th. The season ends with a HUGE 5K with all of the teams in the county - BEST DAY EVER! The girls and coaches receive a matching GOTR t-shirt - often a girl's first team uniform! GOTR is not necessarily for athletes - in fact we should call it Girls on the MOVE because we don't require running at all. We teach empowerment lessons through games & movement activities and run or walk laps to build up our strength and confidence.

Flyers will be coming home the week of Sept. 11 with information on how to register!

ASB Cards

Elementary ASB cards are once again available to purchase at the school office for $11.00. The cards provide entrance to all Nooksack Valley High School home sporting events.
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What else do I need to know?

Please take a look at our Nooksack Elementary Family Handbook. It is available in English and Spanish below. A handbook is a tool that helps describe how we do things around here... we love our school! You can see our current staff for next year and answers to other questions you may have.
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Volunteers are Welcome! Please fill out the paperwork

Please click here for the VOLUNTEER PACKET. You can also call the district office at (360) 988-4754 to see if your volunteer status is still active.

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