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March 17, 2023

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Thank you to all caregivers that visited Nishuane for our first grade production of And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon. Our first graders did a wonderful job. What a performance! A big thank you to our SNAP teachers for directing this very special performance!

In celebration of Women’s History Month, this week we learned about Lucille Ball, Megan Piphus Peace, Georgia O’Keeffe, Zaha Hadid, and Ella Fitzgerald. Next Friday, March 24th we will have a special Women’s History school wide assembly. Please see below to learn more regarding week three of our Women's History Month home enrichment program. Thank you to our SATp for organizing these wonderful opportunities for our school community!

As a reminder, we will have an abbreviated school day with a 2:10 pm dismissal on Thursday, March 23rd due to Curriculum Thursday.

March Caregiver/Teacher Conferences
Caregiver/teacher conferences will be facilitated on the following dates: March 29th (Evening Conferences: 6 pm-8 pm) and March 30th (Afternoon: 2:30 pm-4:30 pm). All conferences will be arranged by your child’s classroom teacher(s) and will be conducted in-person at Nishuane. Your child’s teacher(s) will reach out to schedule a conference as needed. Nishuane will follow an abbreviated schedule on both of these school days with a 2:10 p.m. dismissal time.

Pennies for Pages
We are excited to announce that Nishuane School will continue its literacy outreach project, “Pennies for Pages” in which students will read and raise funds for the Montclair Public Library. Pennies for Pages began on Monday, March 6th and will end on Thursday, May 15th. Please click here for the family letter that was sent to families in February.

Our next Pennies for Pages Spirit Daywill be Friday, March 24th. The theme for the day is Readers are Writers: Words are Powerful. To celebrate this Spirit Day, our school community will wear something with words or a powerful message! Our annual Literacy Night will take place on Thursday, April 20th from 5 pm-7 pm at Nishuane School. Please click here for the “Save the Date.”

Women’s History Month
The Nishuane SATP is proud to present Week 3 of our Women's History Month home enrichment program. For the next two weeks, we'll continue to learn how women have helped as neighbors, leaders, and changemakers.

This week we’ll celebrate women in STEAM, inventors & entrepreneurs. Learn about Mary Golda Ross, Gitanjali Rao, Marion R. Croak, Chien-Shiung Wu, and Ruth Graves Wakefield. Watch read-aloud books and videos about these women, and get access to family activities. Discover this week’s booklet by using this link

Additionally, the Nishuane and Hillside SATP have partnered to present Who Inspires You? A Flip Grid Series for caregivers, students and school staff. Please create a 60-90 second Flip Grid recording of a woman past or present who inspires you. We can't wait to hear who inspires you!


American Heart Fitness Challenge
Please click here for a letter from Mr. Eder for this year’s American Heart Fitness challenge. Additional information may be found in this flyer as well.

Glenfield Black History Month Special Event (Rescheduled)
There will be a special Black History Month event at Glenfield titled “Greenwood at Glenfield.” This event has been rescheduled for Friday, March 24th from 6 pm-8 pm in the Glenfield Middle School Auditorium. Please click here for additional information.

Nishuane Visitor Form & Protocols
Please click here to review Nishuane’s updated visitor protocols. Visitors must complete the visitor form prior to a visit.
Please remember that visitors must report only to the location of the building that was indicated on the visitor form. Visitors may not visit other locations in the building. Thank you for your support with this important safety measure!

Nishuane Instagram
Nishuane is on Instagram! Follow us @nishschool for a peek into the learning and fun we have in our community. Our account is private for everyone's safety. When requesting to follow us, please send a message with your child's name and we will accept you.

Spirit Wear Fridays
Every Friday at Nishuane is School Spirit Day! On Fridays students may participate by wearing blue and white, as well as Nishuane spirit wear. Spirit wear is available for purchase through our PTA.

Important Dates: Mark Your Calendars! 

Women’s History Month: March 1, 2023-March 31, 2023
Trimester 2 Ends: March 20, 2023
First Day of Spring: March 20, 2023
Trimester 3 Begins: March 21, 2023
Nishuane Board of Education Student Performance: March 20, 2023 at 7:30 pm (George Innes Annex/Online Broadcast)
Curriculum Thursday (2:10 pm Student Dismissal): March 23, 2023
Women’s History Month Assembly: March 24, 2023 at 2:10 pm (Nishuane Auditorium)
OneNish! Schoolwide Playdate: March 25, 2023 from 1 pm-3 pm
Spring Explorers Registration Opens: March 27 at 8pm
SEPAC Meeting: March 27, 2023 at 7 pm
Caregiver Conferences (2:10 pm Student Dismissal Both Days): March 29, 2023-March 30, 2023
March 29th: Evening Conferences (6 pm-8 pm)
March 30th: Afternoon Conferences (2:30 pm-4:30 pm)
Second Trimester Report Cards Available on Genesis Parent Access Portal: March 30, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.
Spring Recess (Schools Closed): April 3, 2023-April 7, 2023
PTA Meeting: April 13, 2023 at 7 pm (Virtual: Zoom)
Nishuane & Hillside SATP Wellness Fair: April 15, 2023 from 9:30am-12pm
AAPI Montclair Color Run: April 16, 2023
Nominations Deadline for Judy Weston Awards for Inspired Teaching: April 16, 2023
Literacy Night: April 20, 2023 from 5 pm-7 pm (Nishuane)
Spring Explorers Classes Begin: April 24, 2023
Mayfair & OneNish! Clothing Swap: May 13, 2023 from 11am-4pm

School Action Team for Partnerships (SATp) News & Upcoming Events 
● Please see above for the SATp’s programming for Women’s History Month!
● Save the Date: April 15th Nishuane & Hillside SATp Wellness Fair at Nishuane from 9:30am-12pm!
Please click here for an informational flyer.

PTA News & Upcoming Events 
Join the Nishuane PTA Facebook group!

Discounted early bird tickets for Mayfair 2023 are now available! Click here to learn more about pricing and tickets, and to get your order in now.

This year’s Mayfair is Saturday, May 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Spreading across the Nishuane playing field, playground and parking lot, the day offers a range of activities for kids including arts and crafts, bouncy houses and slides, rides, performances, carnival games, community booths, food concessions and a silent auction. This fun-packed carnival event is open to the entire community and has been one of Montclair’s favorite family events for over 30 years. Click here if you'd like to help out during the event.

Calling all families cleaning out their kids' closets! We will be hosting the first annual Nishuane Clothing Swap during Mayfair this spring. OneNish! is collecting gently used kids clothing and shoes for the swap. Upcycle your favorite items so they can find love in another home. No toys please.
Please drop donations in bags at the front of the school. Clothes and shoes must be clean, no stains, and no rips please.

Schoolwide Playdate March 25 1PM-3PM: OneNish! invites all Nishuane School families to join us on the Nishuane School playground on Saturday, March 25 from 1PM to 3PM for snacks and outdoor fun. Bring water bottles to fill up at stations, and bring your best used children's clothes for the Mayfair clothing swap. We look forward to seeing you there!
Please note: bathrooms will not be open in the school.

Spring Explorers is Coming! Save the date for Spring Explorers registration, starting Monday, March 27 at 8pm. Classes will begin the week of April 24. A link to the schedule and class descriptions will be available soon. If you would like a scholarship code for a free class, please contact Ms. Williamson before registration at [email protected]. Contact [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Calling all students and families! MFEE is excited to announce the return of the Judy Weston Awards for Inspired Teaching. This spring, sixteen teachers from throughout Montclair Public Schools will be selected to receive individual cash awards of $2,000, including one award designated specifically for a teacher at Nishuane, thanks to the generosity of the Weston family. Recipients will be selected based on personal stories and nominations from parents/guardians and students illustrating how a teacher is creative, talented, supportive, and inspiring. The awards are being administered by the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE), and nominations are being accepted at Nominations are due by April 16, 2023. Don’t delay!
Support Nishuane at AAPI Montclair’s Color Run! Enjoy a memorable morning of fitness, cultural immersion, and fun with your family while supporting our school! When you sign up for AAPI Montclair’s Color Run at Brookdale Park on April 16 and enter the code NISHUANE at check-out, 10% of your race fees will be donated to our school.

Runners and walkers will enjoy a closed course inside Brookdale Park and be splashed with colored powder and water (optional). Choose between the 5k (8:30am) or 1-mile fun run (9:30am). Fees are $30 for the 5k and $25 for the 1-mile fund run before March 20 ($35 for 5k and $30 for 1-mile run after that date) and include a race t-shirt and online registration closes April 6. (Note: confidential fee waivers available; please email [email protected] for the code.) Hope to see you there!

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Code to enter at checkout: 
*Note: no discount will be applied when the code is entered, but 10% of registration fees will be donated to your school’s PTA following the event.

Thanks to everyone who helped with the lost and found items, especially Obie Miranda-Woodley, Karen Murphy, Justine Walsh, Anita Fee Willis and Jessica Liebson.

Please join the PTA. We need 39 people to join to reach our membership goal.. Visit the Nishuane MemberHub store to activate/reactivate your PTA membership. Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

District-Wide Updates 

Monday, March 27th - General Membership meeting via Zoom link at 7:00 pm - The Pupil Services Team will present on data with a focus on understanding data and using data help to drive goals, progress and programming. The meeting will be recorded and posted with any handouts on our website.

Digital Backpack: Please click here to view community and organization events in town.

Housekeeping: Please check the district website ( for district policies and school procedures (In our Family Handbook on our website).

Our Vision: Nishuane School is a diverse school that develops creative, curious, and confident learners through academic exploration, healthy relationships, and exposure to the arts.

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