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A Message from Mr. Sedita
Week of May 16, 2022

Weekly Hot Topics: 

● We hope that everyone enjoyed Nishuane’s May Fair event this past Saturday! It was wonderful to see our school community come out to enjoy some outdoor fun! We would like to extend a huge thank you to Tawaina Turner-Dones and the PTA for devoting countless hours to ensuring the success of this event. Additionally, we would like to thank everyone who volunteered at the various booths. Thank you!

This week, Nishuane’s School Action Team of Partnerships will host a Spring Parent Palooza on Wednesday, May 18th from 6:30 pm-8 pm. The event will take place in person at Nishuane. The Palooza will feature a presentation by our Student Assistance Counselor Amillah Williamson, as well as by Second Grade Teacher Dan O’Connor. Additional details may be found within this event flyer. We very much look forward to seeing you at this wonderful Palooza!

Nishuane’s PTA will also facilitate a meeting on Wednesday, May 18th in person at Nishuane. Participants may also attend the meeting virtually via Zoom. As a reminder, PTA Nominees for the 2022-2023 school year will also be due at this time.

As a reminder, we will have an abbreviated day with a 2:10 pm dismissal this Thursday, May 19th due to Curriculum Thursday.

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.

Pennies for Pages
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 will take place from February 28th until May 19thPlease click here to view the family letter that was sent home in backpacks to learn more!
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 

Pennies for Pages: February 28, 2022-March 4, 2022
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: May 1, 2022-May 31, 2022
Jewish American Heritage Month: May 1, 2022-May 31, 2022
PTA Meeting: May 18, 2022 at 6 pm (In-person: Nishuane School) (’22-23 PTA Nominees Due)
Parent Palooza: May 18, 2022 from 6:30 pm-8 pm (In-person: Nishuane School) (Please click here for event flyer)
Curriculum Thursday (2:10 pm Student Dismissal): May 19, 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
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
● Nishuane’s School Action Team for Partnerships will facilitate a Parent Palooza on Monday, May 18, 2022 from 6:30 pm-8 pm in-person at Nishuane. The Parent Palooza will focus on how parents and caregivers can support their child’s learning over the summer months. Please see the event flyer for additional information. We very much hope that you join us for this Palooza!

● The next School Action Team for Partnerships meeting will take place on Monday, May 23, 2022 at 5:30pm in the Nishuane Library. We hope that you join us for this public meeting! Thank you!

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

*’22-23 School Year PTA Nominees Due 5/18*

Candidates still sought for your Recording Secretary and VP of Membership & Events.

We’re grateful to the folks who’ve volunteered. Current PTA Board terms complete at the end of June. Let's all pitch in to support Nishuane!

Please take 2 mins:

Thank you!

The next PTA meeting will be held in person at Nishuane on Wednesday, 5/18 from 6:00-6:30 pm. You may also join by zoom.
Meeting ID: 941 0638 3051
Passcode: Nish2020


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!

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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

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