Nishuane News

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A Message from Mr. Sedita
Week of November 29, 2021


Weekly Hot Topics: 

●  We hope that all families had a wonderful holiday weekend! As we end November and enter December, Nishuane will shift our social emotional learning focus to empathy. A family activity focused on empathy will be sent home with your child soon. December is full of several important events including Parent Teacher Conferences on December 8, 9 & 10. Please see below to learn more regarding Parent Teacher Conferences and other important upcoming events that will be facilitated during the next several weeks!


Important Health Reminders
● Nurse’s Note: Please see the below reminders from Nurse Ndungu regarding travel and COVID-19 vaccinations.
○ Travel:
To all parents and guardians, please remember if you will be traveling during the holiday break it is important to share your travel plans with Nurse Ndungu to ensure we are adhering to the district’s travel guidance.
○ Vaccinations:
If your child(ren) have an upcoming vaccination appointment, or if your child has been vaccinated, please share this information with Nurse Ndungu as the district is working to maintain accurate student records.
Please contact Nurse Anne Ndungu with any travel or vaccination information at 973-509-4236 or andungu@montclair.k12.nj.us.

● COVID Daily Health Form:
Please remember that all families are required to complete the School Safety Check for each child on Mondays and Wednesdays within the Genesis Parent Access portal. This form should be completed on these designated days prior to your child’s arrival at school. Families will receive reminders to complete the safety check, as well as when the form has not been completed. Please reach out to the main office or our school nurse should you experience any difficulty completing the required safety check.

Travel Guidance (Winter Vacation: December 24, 2021-January 2, 2022)
The holidays are right around the corner, and we wanted you to have travel guidance with enough time to plan for the Thanksgiving and December holiday breaks. We understand this is often a time when families visit relatives and gather together. As we continue to follow the science, please see the CDC guidance for travel in the last row of the linked table. Additional CDC guidance for domestic and international travel may be found on this webpage.

If your children are unvaccinated and you plan on traveling during these times, they will be set up with virtual learning due to their need to quarantine. This virtual period will be for 10 days if you elect not to test, or seven days with a negative test. We value you as a partner and ask that you provide your children’s teacher(s)/principal with your travel plans in advance which will assist us in preparing virtual learning upon your return, allowing us to best serve your children. Additionally, please contact the school nurse, Nurse Anne Ndungu, sharing your travel plans.

PTA Council Reflections Program
● Nishuane will be participating in the PTA Council’s Reflections program. This program is intended to celebrate student creativity around the theme of “I will change the world by…” All submissions are due December 1, 2021. Please click here to learn more regarding this exciting program!


Nishuane Compliment Jar!
● It has been such a pleasure to welcome your children to Nishuane. Our staff have worked tirelessly to create a bright and welcoming environment for your children's return. In an effort to have staff receive that same love and kindness that they pour into your children; we would like to introduce a virtual compliment jar for Nishuane. These compliments/kudos will be shared with nominated staff members. We hope this compliment jar will bring a smile to our staff members and remind them that they are appreciated. This link will be shared weekly via the Nishuane News. Feel free to add a compliment at any time throughout the school year.
Compliment Jar: https://forms.gle/7KWsAEttFLpwvCoW7

P.S. In addition to your child's homeroom teachers, don't forget about our Related Arts Teachers, Curriculum Support Teachers, Resource Room Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Nurse, Counselor, Custodians, Office Staff, PTA, and SATp Committee

Outdoor Lunch/Recess Update:
Please dress your child with weather appropriate clothing. On any given day, if the Real Feel temperature outside reaches 40 degrees or below, the building administrator will look at a variety of other weather variables, such as windchill, precipitation, and cloud coverage in order to determine if students will eat their lunch inside or outside for that day. Each variable individually affects whether the air will feel cooler or warmer than what the actual temperature reads. The determination will be made by 9:30 am each morning. Students will continue to go outside for recess, as long as the Real Feel temperature remains above 28 degrees.

Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent teacher conferences will be facilitated on the following dates: December 8 (evening: 6 p.m.-8 p.m.), December 9 (afternoon: 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.), and December 10 (afternoon: 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.). All conferences will be arranged by your child’s classroom teacher(s) and will be conducted virtually. Nishuane will follow an abbreviated schedule on each of these school days with a 2:10 p.m. dismissal time. Please see communications from your child’s teacher(s) for additional details.

Parking Lot
Please remember that visitors are not permitted to park in the staff parking lot prior to the start of school, as well as during school hours. This includes when dropping children off at the YMCA before care program. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Productions
The Nishuane SNAP team has begun to explore creative options for this school year’s school production. We are currently in search of members of the Nishuane community that could potentially provide audiovisual support with the production. If interested, please contact Mr. Eric Eder at Eeder@montclair.k12.nj.us.

Upcoming SEPAC Events and Resources

The next SEPAC general meeting is Monday, November 29th at 7:00 pm. All members are invited to attend, as well as members of the community.

Corinne Catalano, Assistant Director for Consultation Services at the MSU Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, will present The Impact of Stress on Behavior: Yours and Your Child's. We all have stressors in our life that come from many different places. Some internal and some external. Some avoidable and others not. How does stress impact the human nervous system and therefore our behavior? Join us to explore your stress profile, your child's stress profile, and the power of insight and relationships. Please see the attached worksheet to help you prepare for the presentation, as well as Corinne's bio at the end of this email.

The Zoom info is:
Topic: SEPAC General Meeting, Impact on Stress Seminar
Time: Nov 29, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86176779474?pwd=Z3pERVFFNmtNVWFHRDQyMjlVdFBzdz09
Meeting ID: 861 7677 9474
Passcode: 661583

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

December 13th, 7:00 pm - Parent/Caregiver Support Meeting - This meeting is open to parents and caregivers and is meant to provide an open forum for discussion and support.


2022 Meeting Dates - The New Year is approaching! General Membership meetings for 2022 are scheduled for 1/31, 2/28, 3/28, 4/25, 5/23 and 6/27 at 7:00 pm via Zoom.

Important Dates 

Holiday Giving Gift Drive: November 22, 2021-December 12, 2021
Deadline to order poinsettias (pick up 12/7 Nishuane parking lot between 3:30-5pm): December 1, 2021
Nishuane/Hillside Family Trivia Night!: December 4, 2021
Parent Teacher Conferences: December 8, 2021-December 10, 2021 (Abbreviated Days: 2:10 Student Dismissal each Day)● Holiday Giving Gift Drive Ends: December 12, 2021
● PTA Meeting:
December 15, 2021 (Virtual: Zoom Link to Follow)
● SATp Meeting:
December 16, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. (Virtual: Zoom Link Below)
● Curriculum Thursday (2:10 Student Dismissal):
December 16, 2021



School Action Team for Partnerships (SATp) Updates:
Save the Date! The next School Action Team for Partnerships meeting will be on Thursday, December 16th at 7:30pm.
https://mpsdnj.zoom.us/j/82033284447
Meeting ID: 820 3328 4447
Passcode: nish
● Volunteers needed! We are looking for people to join our team and our different sub-committees; specifically, the Cultural Infusion Committee and the Information Station Committee.
● Please reach out to Frank Sedita at fsedita@montclair.k12.nj.us if you would like to become a member of SATp!

PTA News & Upcoming Events

PTA News & Upcoming Events www.nishuanepta.org

2021 Poinsettia Fundraiser
Support our Nishuane Poinsettia Fundraiser for the holidays!

Order must be in NO later than Wednesday, December 1st. 
All poinsettias are Red with Gold Foil Wrap. Sizing is based on the diameter of the pot.

Pickup will be Tuesday, December 7th from 3:30-5pm
in the Nishuane Parking Lot. This is the only date for pick up so please make accommodations with another family member if you cannot pick up.

Questions? Email Mallory Coleman, VP of Strategy at vp@nishuanepta.org

Nishuane/Hillside Family Trivia Night! - Rescheduled to Saturday, December 4th @ 7:00pm

Join us on Saturday, December 4th at 7:00 pm for some Zoom/Kahoot family trivia fun! The trivia will be a mashup of "thankful" trivia topics and Thanksgiving trends. The trivia questions will be geared to our student population (K-5) but we will include some older sibling parent-focused questions so everyone can have some fun.

Families can play Kahoot either by downloading the app on your phone/tablet or via the website - kahoot.it. The Zoom info will be emailed out to participants who RSVP and posted on the PTA Facebook Groups on Saturday morning and then the game pin will be given out once you log into the Zoom on December 4th.

Please RSVP for Trivia Night by completing the short form. The suggested donation is $5 (any donation value is appreciated), but donations are not required to participate - you can go directly to the RSVP form in CheddarUp.

Proceeds raised from the November Trivia Night will go to both Nishuane and Hillside PTA for their Holiday Gift Drives and other needed purchases.

Don’t forget to support our Nishuane community by signing up for the Holiday Gift Drive. Gifts are due by Sunday, Dec. 12. http://tinyurl.com/nishholiday2021

We are proud to announce that we raised over $4,600 in the Thanksgiving Grocery Gift Card Drive. We were able to give out 46 grocery gift cards to Nishuane families for $100 each. Thank you for all the families that donated. We are so grateful for our generous Nishuane community.

The next PTA meeting will be held on Wednesday, 12/15 at 6:30pm (Virtual: Information to follow).

 
PTA Membership:
We have  195 members now! Almost to our goal of 200! Visit the Nishuane MemberHub store to activate/reactivate your PTA membership.  Our 200th member will receive a prize!

There are still volunteer openings on the Spirit Wear, Public Health, Holiday SNAP Teacher Gifts, Photography, Community Events and School Tour committees - you can still sign up via SignUp Genius. If you have any questions about committees, please email Susan Zartman at info@nishuanepta.org.

Thanks to everyone who supported the PTA mums fundraiser, we net over $450! Special thanks to Mallory Coleman for organizing.

PTA Website
www.nishuanepta.org

Facebook Groups:
-Nishuane PTA
-Parents & Caregivers at Nishuane Elementary School
Please choose Nishuane PTA as your Amazon Smile charity (smile.amazon.com).

District-Wide Updates

Digital Backpack: Please click here to view community and organization events in town.
Housekeeping: Please check the district website (https://www.montclair.k12.nj.us/) for district policies and school procedures (In our Parent Handbook on our website).


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