Nishuane News

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A Message from Dr. McLaughlin
Week of September 16, 2019

Welcome to a new week of school! This is a busy week with our first PTA meeting this morning and also our Back to School Night on Thursday at 7:00pm. Please join us for the evening to see your child’s classroom, meet your child’s teacher and learn about what they are doing in class! Our SNAP Team will also be in the library. There will be two sessions so that families with multiple children can visit both classrooms and also families can head to the library to meet our SNAP staff during one of the sessions.

Our PTA Afterschool EXPLORERS REGISTRATION IS OPEN! -The Nishuane Explorers Before and After School Enrichment Program will begin on October 1st. Registration will close at 7:30PM on Sunday, September 22nd. To register for classes, review class schedules, descriptions & program policies, please visit:
Please email with any questions.

Nishuane School Author Visit! Nishuane School is thrilled to host children's author Susan Verde on Monday, September 23rd, for an all-school presentation and discussion.

In conjunction with the visit, the Nishuane PTA is working with Watchung Booksellers to offer four of Ms. Verde's books. Books ordered by the deadline can be personalized/signed to students by the author.

To order books, please complete visit the link below and provide payment no later than Wednesday, September 18th.

Order at:

Susan Verde is the author of the instant #1 New York Times bestseller I Am Human. Her books include The Museum, You and Me, I Am Yoga, I Am Peace, My Kicks and Rock 'n' Roll Soul. A certified yoga and wellness instructor, she lives in East Hampton, New York with her family. Find out more at

As an update to last week, we had our first fire drill practice last Friday. Students were excellent with practicing being safe, quick and silent. We will practice our first emergency management practice on Wednesday morning. Students are being prepared for these drills, as they have been modeled in all classrooms during these first weeks in school. We use age-appropriate language when we communicate with our young students and reinforce the message of safety. After the drills. The safety of all members of our learning community is top priority.

Speaking of safety, I will be sending you a letter this week about our updated sign-out procedure as an improvement to our safety protocols. Moving forward, we will not be able to dismiss any students early without prior written notification from the child’s guardian with information regarding the child’s pick up. More information with the breakdown of the protocol will be detailed in my letter. I thank you in advance for your cooperation with this important safety procedure.

Family Picnic: Please join us for the NISHUANE FAMILY PICNIC this next Friday, September 20th at the Nishuane Elementary School Playground and Fields. This is a casual event for families to meet new friends and spend time with old ones. Bring your own blanket, food and drinks. This is a very low key and fun event to get to know other Nishuane families! Hope to see you there!! ***PLEASE NOTE - In case of inclement weather, the event will be CANCELLED!!***

Aesthetic/CI (1st & 2nd Grades): Cycle 1 of our Aesthetic/CI programming for 1st and 2nd graders begins on Wednesday, October 2nd! Students will receive a welcome letter from each Aesthetic/CI teacher outlining course goals as well as contact information. Students’ schedules are available on our Parent Access system (Genesis). Thank you for understanding that students’ schedules are final and no changes can be made in order to be fair to the process. Changes in course enrollment may necessitate a change to students’ schedules during the year.

School Spirit: Also, I want to let you all know that Fridays at Nishuane School will be School Spirit Day… that’s right, every Friday! It is so great to see everyone showing their school pride! So, each Friday have your child wear their Nishuane gear or the color blue. Our staff is excited for this as well!

Our 2019-2020 calendar and Family Handbook are both available on our school’s website!
Friday’s are School Spirit Days at Nishuane! have your child wear their Nishuane gear or the color blue. Our staff is excited for this as well!

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Congratulations to our Bucket Fillers of the Week:

Kindergarten: Austin Charles-Pierre from Room 104
First Grade: Ava Harriot from Room 209
Second Grade: Madhuja Ghosh from Room 210
And our staff Bucket Filler of the Week: Ms. Downie

Our first Peaceful Picnic with the Principal will be this Friday, September 28th for all of our September Bucket Fillers! Food (specifically pizza and milk) is part of this event and so as per the BOE Food Policy, we are notifying you in advance of the following: Food will be served at this event. It is required to be peanut and tree nut free. All ingredients will be listed at the event; otherwise, the food will not be served

School Spirit:  Every Friday!
Wear your Nishuane gear or the color blue.

Our Family Handbook:
Our School Calendar:

Important Upcoming Dates

  • September 17th: First PTA Meeting at 9:30 am
  • September 20th: Family Picnic 5:30- 7:30 pm on the field!
  • September 19th: Back to School Night 7:00pm
  • September 30th: District Closed
  • October 2nd: First and Second Grade Aesthetics/Creative I Courses begin



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  • Housekeeping

    Visitor Passes: When you are visiting the school and greeted over the intercom, please share your name and who you are coming to visit with the staff. When you are buzzed in, please be sure to stop in the main office upon arrival to sign in and take a visitor's pass. Please affix the sticker in a spot that is visible throughout your visit. While you are in the office, Ms. Thompson or Ms. Ruggiero will call the classroom to let the teacher you have arrived and ensure the class is ready for the visit. They will then invite you to go to the classroom. We really try to keep unannounced visits or pop-ins to a minimum as this is a distraction to the students and we do not want to alarm any students. We love our Nishuane families and welcome you all to the school. We appreciate your cooperation in working together to ensure school safety.
    Drop-off Safety: Please remember the following important safety pieces for a safe arrival each morning:
    ○ Do not park your car across the street from the school on Cedar Avenue.
    ○ Do not stop your car at any point on High Street directly across the street from the school (along side of the tennis courts). All of the school buses turn onto High Street at this point and it is very dangerous for students to be dropped off in a car/ cross the street here.
    ○ Cross the street with your children or have them cross the street at crosswalks only.
    ○ Do not block driveways around on Cedar Avenue when dropping of or picking up children
    ○ Do not make U-turns in the middle of Cedar Avenue
    Student Pick Up: Thank you for understanding that we cannot call students from their classroom after 3:15pm as we begin dismissal shortly after that. Parents who arrive to pick-up a student at 3:15 or after will be asked to meet their child at their usual dismissal location.
    Student Pick Up: Thank you for understanding that we cannot call students from their classroom after 3:15pm as we begin dismissal shortly after that. Parents who arrive to pick-up a student at 3:15 or after will be asked to meet their child at their usual dismissal location.
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