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Nishuane School News
January 27, 2023


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While we acknowledge the contributions of Black people throughout the year, during the month of February, we are excited about all we have planned to honor Black History Month. Each day teachers will elevate stories of notable Black people by highlighting people of the past, celebrating those of the present, and focusing on children that are changing our world. Additionally, we will launch a full week of Language Arts lessons in recognition of the Black Lives Matter Movement, from Feb. 6th-Feb. 10th. Stay tuned for more information in our next Nish News. Feel free to visit the Nishuane Black History Month Library linked here for a variety of picture books aligned with our theme for this month. This is a great opportunity to listen to read-alouds with your child at home and discuss how they feel and what they learn about the stories told. We are also excited to share that the School Action Team for Partnerships (SATp) has planned an assembly for all of our students aligned with the book “A People Remember” by Ibi Zoboi as a culminating event at the end of the month.  

AAPI Lunar New Year Event
Dear Parents/Guardians,

Happy New Year! 新年快樂 xīn nián kuài lè! In celebrating the Lunar New Year, (Year of Rabbit), the Montclair AAPI invites our Mandarin program to be part of the joyful event again. The Program is planned for Saturday, January 28, 2023 for 11:00-3:00, with a rain/snow date on Sunday, January 29. It will be at the Montclair Art Museum. We will perform a Number Kung Fu movements sometime between 11:00 am to 12:15 pm and we already practiced the movements in class. More details please see the following link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c45a9aa2ca3fecf8-mandarin1#/

If your child would like to join, please sign up at the above link and sign the permission form at https://signnow.com/s/Plw8L00x
If you want a hard copy, I will give it to your child. Please kindly let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you so much for all your support!
Mrs. Sally Lin
[email protected]

SNAPshots January 2023 Newsletter
Please click here to read the SNAPshots January Newsletter. This newsletter highlights all of the exciting happenings in Nishuane’s SNAP classes!
 

Reminder Regarding Food & Birthday Celebrations
Please contact your child’s teacher to make arrangements to celebrate your child’s birthday. In accordance with Montclair Public Schools Food Regulations (attached to the back of the Handbook), no food is allowed for birthday parties, other individual student celebrations, or to be used as student rewards. You may choose to read a favorite story, plan a craft or bring in a small treat such as a pencil or stickers for students. You can coordinate with your child’s teacher.

Please note that this policy pertains to holidays and celebrations such as Valentine’s Day. No candy/food may be distributed with Valentine Day cards.


Nishuane Visitor 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.

Nurse’s Notes
Please see the below reminders from Nurse Anne Ndungu
(Phone: 973-509-4236 or E-mail: [email protected]):

Kindersmile Dental Exams
Please note that Kindersmile is offering free dental exams, cleaning and fluoride treatment for kids up to age 13 on February 3rd at 10 Broad Street in Bloomfield. Must Make an Appointment


Home COVID Test Kits Available
We have a few 'Home Test Kits'. If anyone would like one, please pick up at the nurse's office.

Important Dates: Mark Your Calendars! 

AAPI Montclair Lunar New Year Celebration: January 28, 2023 from 11 am-3 pm (Montclair Art Museum)
SEPAC Meeting: January 30, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Virtual: Zoom)
Explorers Begins: January 30, 2023
Black History Month: February 1, 2023-March 1, 2023
● PTA Meeting: February 2, 2023 at 7 pm (Virtual: Zoom)
Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action: February 6, 2023-February 10, 2023
Pennies for Pages Begins: February 6, 2023
Family Dance: February 10, 2022 from 6 pm-8 pm (Nishuane Gymnasium)
Nishuane Grade Level Student Meetings: February 9, 2023 & February 10, 2023
100th Day of School (Pending no Snow Days!): February 15, 2023
SATp General Meeting: February 16, 2023 at 7 pm (Nishuane Library)
Nishuane Lunar New Year Dragon Parade: February 17, 2023 at 2:15 pm
Black History Month Assembly: February 24, 2023 at 2:10 pm (Nishuane Auditorium)
Black History Month Children’s Literacy Celebration: February 23, 2023 from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm (Nishuane School)


School Action Team for Partnerships (SATp) News & Upcoming Events
https://nishuane.montclair.k12.nj.us/administration/school_action_team 

● Volunteers needed! We are looking for people to join our team and our different sub-committees for the 2022-2023 school year. Please volunteer at by visiting this online signup link.  You may learn more regarding each of the SATp subcommittees here.

● Our next SATp General Meeting will be facilitated this Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 7 pm. This meeting will be facilitated in the Nishuane Library. Please click here to learn more regarding our February meeting. We hope that you join us!

PTA News & Upcoming Events
www.nishuanepta.org 
Join the Nishuane PTA Facebook group!
  

Explorers
Thank you, caregivers, for the overwhelming response to the Winter Explorers lineupand for your help in supporting our scholarships! Classes begin January 30; look for an email this weekend with more details. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

The next zoom PTA meeting will be held this Thursday, 2/2 at 7pm:

Meeting ID: 941 0638 3051
Passcode: Nish2020



Family Dance 2/10 in the Nishuane Gym from 6-8pm (PreK thru 2nd)

Come and get Groovy at the PTA sponsored Nishuane School Dance! We are excited to host a 60s themed Party for all staff, students and families free of charge!

Come grab a bite to eat as you move your feet! There will be photo opps, balloons, bubbles, a DJ and a sensory area with crafts for a less noisy experience. We have it all! Come have a fun Friday night out.

Based on capacity limits and safety precautions, registration will be required.

*THIS DANCE IS FOR NISHUANE STUDENTS and their FAMILIES ONLY
Please see the link below! This is NOT a DROP OFF event.

REGISTER BY MONDAY, FEB. 6: https://nishuane-family-dance-2023.cheddarup.com

To make our dance a success we need some family volunteers to make sure our kids stay safe and have a great time. Please consider volunteering your time on the day of the school dance! We can't make this a success without you!

Thanks to our Nish tour volunteers: Rachel Rajaram, Alexa Narkunas, Alliah Livingstone, Anita Fee Willis, Caitlyn Yeykal, Elizabeth Mendez Berry, Justine Walsh, Karen Murphy, Laura Schrager, Megan Pierson, Nicole Chalfoun, Obie Miranda-Woodley, Osei Poku, Renee Williams, Sarah Elizabeth, Shara Miller and Susan Gardner Zartman. And thanks to the welcoming Nish staff for sharing their insights on what makes our school special!

Thanks to everyone who attended the Nish Caregivers Night Out! Special thanks to Obie Miranda-Woodley, Anita Fee Willis, Kendra Johnson and Kay Richards for organizing and special guests Mr. Sedita, Mrs. Coe and PTAC President Tessie Thomas.

Please join the PTA. We need 44 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 

MFEE
https://mfee.org/

SEPAC
https://montclairpta.org/sepac/

The next SEPAC meeting will be on Monday, January 30th at 7:00 pm via Zoom. There will be a presentation from Dr. Priya Lalvani from MSU.
Meeting ID: 830 3707 6625
Password: 801679

Monday, February 27th - SEPAC Parent/Caregiver Meeting, 7:00 pm via Zoom. This meeting is just for parents and caregivers to share ideas and offer support.

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 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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