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A Message from Mr. Sedita
Week of May 23, 2022

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This past week, our School Action Team for Partnerships (SATp) hosted a wonderful Parent Palooza focused on summer learning. A huge thank you to our SATp, as well as to Ms. Allen, Mr. O’Connor, and Ms. Williamson for facilitating very informative sessions! A copy of both presentations may be found below at the following links:
Summer Slide Video (Ms. Allen & Ms. Williamson)
Summer Learning Presentation (Mr. O’Connor)

Our next School Action Team for Partnerships (SATp) meeting will take place this evening Monday, May 23rd at 5:30 pm in the Nishuane Library. Participants may also attend this meeting virtually via Zoom. Please see below for additional information. We hope to see you at this important meeting!

This Wednesday, May 25th our second-grade learners will visit Hillside School for a morning tour. A Family Picnic will be held later that evening at Hillside School from 6 pm-7 pm. We are very excited for this week’s transition events!

As a reminder, the district will be closed for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday on Friday, May 27th and Monday, May 30th. We wish all families an enjoyable holiday weekend!

Save the Date: Second Grade End of The Year Events!
We are excited to share the following dates for upcoming End of the Year activities for 2nd Grade Students!

Hillside School Tour: On Wednesday, May 25, 2022 all second grade students will visit Hillside School from 9 am-11:00 am. A permission slip has been sent by your child’s homeroom teacher.

Family Picnic: On Wednesday, May 25th there will also be a 2nd Grade Family Picnic/Welcome at Hillside event at Hillside from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm.

Moving-Up Ceremony: We are excited to share that Nishuane’s Second Grade Moving Up Ceremony is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 11 am. The rain date is Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 1 pm. The ceremony will take place outdoors at Woodman Field.
Nishuane Visitor Protocols
Visitors are now invited to visit Nishuane by appointment. Please click here to review Nishuane’s updated visitor protocols.
Nurse's Notes:
Please see the below reminders from Nurse Anne Ndungu
(Phone: 973-509-4236 or E-mail: [email protected]):

Updated COVID-19 protocols are available here on the district website.

Vaccinations & COVID-19 Test Results: Please continue to share any COVID-19 vaccination records and/or COVID-19 test results with Nurse Anne Ndungu.

COVID Testing:
○ The district provides testing at the MHS Annex Atrium on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays from 4 pm to 6 pm.  The district also accepts home tests.

Important Dates 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: May 1, 2022-May 31, 2022
Jewish American Heritage Month: May 1, 2022-May 31, 2022
SATp Meeting: May 23, 2022 (Time TBD) (In-person): Nishuane School Library)
SEPAC General Meeting: May 23, 2022 (Zoom: Please see information below)
2nd Grade Hillside Visit & Tour & 2nd Grade Family Picnic/Welcome at Hillside: May 25, 2022 from 6 pm - 7:30 pm (In-person Hillside School)
Deadline to Submit photos for the 2nd Grade Yearbook: May 26, 2022 (Please see information below)
Memorial Day (District Closed): May 27, 2022 & May 30, 2022
2nd Grade Trip to Turtle Back Zoo: June 1, 2022
Fireball at Glen Ridge Country Club: June 4, 2022 from 7 pm-10pm
PTA Meeting: June 9, 2022 from 7:00-7:30pm at Nishuane
Second Grade Moving-Up Ceremony: June 21, 2022 at 11 am (Woodman Field) (Rain Date: June 22, 2022 at 1 pm)

School Action Team for Partnerships (SATp) News & Upcoming Events
● The next School Action Team for Partnerships meeting will take place this evening Monday, May 23, 2022 at 5:30pm in the Nishuane Library. Participants may also attend this meeting virtually via Zoom (Please see Zoom link directly below). We hope that you join us for this meeting! Thank you!

Topic: Nishuane SATp Meeting: 5/23/2022
Time: May 23, 2022 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 833 0206 0462
Passcode: NishSATp

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 [email protected] if you would like to become a member of SATp!

PTA News & Upcoming Events

PTAC Amistad Workshop
The Parent Teacher Association Council Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee invites you to join them for a conversation about the New Jersey Amistad law with Dr. Davida Lindsay-Harewood on Thursday, May 26th. Additional information and an event registration link may be found within this flyer.

FIREBALL tickets are SOLD OUT! You can submit your name to [email protected] to be added to a waiting list in case anyone cannot attend. You can still support by being a family or community donor.

Register for the FIREBALL Silent Auction
The Fireball silent auction is open to preview some of the amazing items we will have up for auction. We will be adding additional items over the next two weeks - so keep checking back for more items!

EVERYONE can participate in the silent auction - you do not need to be in-person at the Fireball fundraiser to participate. If you are not a registered user for the GiveSmart platform, you can go to and select the “Sign In or Register” button at the top right of the window or select the “Register to Participate” under “Can’t Attend Fireball?” and create your account. It is important to add a credit card so you are set to bid and to include your cell phone so you can receive text updates on the silent auction items you want to watch, are bidding on and will win!

Fireball Silent Auction In-Kind Donations: We need help procuring silent auction items for the Fireball fundraiser. Have any connections to products, services or unique experiences that will hopefully attract multiple bids and a high auction price? Please complete this short form if your company/business or family can donate an item for the silent auction. Thank you in advance!
Call for Second Grade Photos for Yearbook
The second-grade yearbook is underway, and we need photos of our graduating 2nd graders from their time at Nishuane. The photos can be from this year or past years/events. Please send photos to [email protected] and identify the following details in your email:
● Student Name
● Homeroom Teacher
● Year photo(s) was taken and corresponding activity (e.g., Book Fair, Health & Wellness, Explorers, class playdate, etc.)

Thank you in advance for your help making the 2022 yearbook a success!

Nominations for ’22-23 PTA officers are closed. The election will take place at the next PTA meeting on Thursday, 6/9 from 7:00-7:30 pm.

PTA Website

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-Nishuane PTA
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District-Wide Updates

Upcoming SEPAC Events:

Monday, May 23rd - General Meeting, 7:00 pm via Zoom - The Montclair Pupil Service Team will join the meeting for a short presentation followed by time for questions. Zoom info is:
Topic: SEPAC/Pupil Services Parent Meeting
Time: May 23, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 859 1242 5501
Passcode: 123256

MFEE Toast to the Teachers
‘Tis the season to host a toast or send a tribute to your favorite staff member! MFEE Toast to the Teachers is a long-standing tradition of the Montclair Public Schools. These family-hosted parties take place at the end of every school year. Choose a special teacher, para, coach, or other community member you would like to honor, and host a party - on your own or with other families - to celebrate their commitment to our kids.

Or buy a Teacher Tribute: donate ANY amount to MFEE in honor of a staff member, and that person will receive a special handwritten card that acknowledges your honorary donation with a personalized message! All funds raised by Teacher Toasts and Tributes go right back to Montclair classrooms in Fall 2022 in the form of teacher grants. These annual grants are often a bright spot for our teachers - a chance to have their professionalism, creativity and innovative ideas supported. Visit to honor your teachers and boost learning!

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