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Nishuane School News
February 23, 2024

This week our learner’s continued our school wide celebration of Black History Month. We learned about The Greensboro Four. We also heard a read aloud of Get Up, Stand Up by Cedelia Marley. We had a wonderful level of participation in our Kindergarten Black History Month enrichment projects, as well as all in the Black History Month projects that now fill Nishuane’s hallways! Our hallways have been transformed into a vibrant place to learn about this special month and how we may all be changemakers. We also encourage families to continue to visit the Nishuane Black History Month Library. This is a wonderful resource that will continue to be available to our community to extend our celebration well beyond this month.

We had a wonderful school wide Black History Month assembly to end the week! The assembly was titled “A Black History Walk.” Our assembly featured special performances by Hillside’s Drums of Thunder and Montclair’s Beyond the Boogie. We also celebrated Hillside alumna and changemaker Ife Joseph! A big thank you to Dr. Melissa Robinson-Brown, Abena Amoah-Harris, Chalì Präspèr, Laura Schrager, Tara Wentzell, Tamam Pereira, and the Nishuane SATp Black History Month subcommittee for making this assembly possible. THANK YOU!!!

We thank all caregivers that attended this week’s SATp General Meeting. During our meeting we reviewed our midyear progress towards meeting our school goals for the 2023-2024 school year. We are very excited to share the progress that we are making in regard to attaining each of our school improvement goals! Please click here to view the presentation.

Nishuane Staff Welcomes!
Please join us in extending a very warm Nishuane welcome to the two newest members of our team: Ms. Bel Gomez (Custodian) and Mr. Akira Sessoms (Paraprofessional). Welcome to the Nish family Ms. Gomez and Mr. Sessoms!

CI & Aesthetics Registration
It is almost time to pick CI’s and Aesthetics Courses for your child(ren) for the 2024-2025 school year in the hopes that we can again provide these classes. We will be holding a Caregiver Information Session regarding the CI course requests process via Zoom on Tuesday, February 27th from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm to go over how the process will work this year.

Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 738 870 9487
Passcode: nish

We will open up Genesis for CI requests first from Wednesday, February 28th through Thursday, March 7th. Students will be screened for their CI requests from March 18th through April 5th. Caregivers will be notified regarding the screening results the week of April 15th.

*CI/Registration Overview Letter

*Course information is available on our website at:

*Registration Information and an FAQ are posted on our website at:

First Grade Production & Cast Parties, Friday, March 15th
We are excited for our first-grade production, Federico and the Wolf. Our learners and teachers have been working hard preparing for the big showcase of talent! The first-grade production and cast parties will take place on Friday, March 15th. Please click here for the letter that was sent to all first grade families earlier this week regarding the production and cast parties. Additionally, four tickets will be sent home in backpacks to all first-grade families.

Gifted & Talented Education: Referral Window
Dear Parents/Caregivers:

We are embarking upon the district Gifted & Talented Identification Process for the 24-25SY. Identification measures were selected to cast a wide net to “find” all students who will benefit from services for gifted learners. We offer referrals through multiple pathways: teachers, parents/guardians, and assessment scores.

Teachers, parents, and guardians are invited to refer students for consideration for gifted services. In addition, district personnel will review achievement and aptitude scores (universal screening procedures) to include those students who may not have been referred by teachers, parents, or guardians in the identification process.

If you believe your child/student would benefit from gifted services, you are invited to refer them. The referral window will be open Monday, March 4th (9:00am) - Friday, March 15th (4:00pm). Please note there will be no teacher, parent, and guardian referrals accepted after 4:00 pm on March 15th, no exceptions.
English - MPS Gifted & Talented Referral Form for 24-25SY

A complete overview of the process can be found on the district website. The following documents are quite comprehensive and will be able to answer all your questions.
● MPS Family Information - Identifying Gifted Learners
● MPS K-8 Gifted and Talented Comprehensive Plan

Pennies for Pages Begins March 4th
We are excited to announce that 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 begin on Monday, March 4th and end on Friday, May 17th. Please click here for the family letter that was sent to families in February.

Montclair Public Library Opportunities for Students & Families: February 2024
Please click here to learn more regarding opportunities being offered for students and families at the Montclair Public Library throughout the month of February.

Nishuane Visitor Form & Protocols
Please click here to review Nishuane’s 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!
○ Please do not prop doors open under any circumstance.
○ Please do not hold open the door for anyone behind you when entering or exiting the building.

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]):
Friendly Reminders from the Health Office:

I hope that everyone is doing well and healthy.  Please help your child/children to dress appropriately for the weather and ensure that your child/children have a warm coat as we do go outside for recess.  Recess is held outside on days in which the real feel temperature is 28 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

Also, kindly send an extra pair of clothes for your child to keep in the locker just in case of an accident.

Flu Season is Here!
● It is important to keep your child home when sick so that we can keep everyone safe.

Below please find the guidelines on when to keep your child home:
● The student has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher. The child may return to school when fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications (Tylenol, Motrin).
● When antibiotics are prescribed, the student may return to school after taking the antibiotics for a minimum of 24 hours and fever free for at least 24 hours, without fever-reducing medications.
● The student seems tired/lethargic, pale, has little appetite and is generally not him/herself.
● The student is vomiting or has diarrhea. May return to school 24 hours after the symptoms are resolved and able to tolerate a normal diet.
● The student has an undiagnosed rash. A rash may be indicative of many things, frequently of illnesses that are contagious. Therefore, a student should see a physician to be evaluated. A note from the physician should be provided upon return to school.
● The student has severe cold symptoms or the flu, an upper respiratory infection, strep throat, a persistent cough, a runny nose that cannot be managed, or any other symptoms that would interfere with effective school participation. Please contact the school nurse before sending your child back to school.
● Please do not hesitate to seek the advice of your healthcare provider to determine when your child is able to return to school.
● If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Important Dates: Mark Your Calendars! 

Black History Month: February 1, 2024-March 1, 2024
End of Cycle II CI/A: February 27, 2024
CI Family Meeting: February 27, 2024 at 7 pm (Virtual: Zoom)
Open of CI Requests: February 28, 2024 
Women’s History Month: March 1, 2024-March 31, 2024
Start of Grade 1 Production Rehearsals: March 1, 2024
Health & Wellness Fair: March 2, 2024 from 1:30 pm-3:30 pm (Nishuane)
Pennies for Pages Begins: March 4, 2024
Dentist Visit Assembly: March 4, 2024 at 2:50 pm (Auditorium)
PTA Meeting: March 7, 2024 at 7 pm (Virtual: Zoom)
Daylight Savings Time Begins: March 10, 2024
Ramadan Begins: March 10, 2024
First Grade Production Dress Rehearsal (Whole School Attends): March 14, 2024 at 2:10 pm (Auditorium)
First Grade Production & Cast Parties: March 15, 2024 at 9:30 am-11:40 am
St. Patrick’s Day: March 17, 2024
Start of CI Screenings: March 18, 2024
Nish Family Meetings (For Students):
Kindergarten: March 18, 2024
Second Grade: March 19, 2024
First Grade: March 25, 2024
Pre-Kindergarten: March 25, 2024
Spring Begins: March 19, 2024
Trimester 2 Ends: March 20, 2024
Trimester 3 Begins: March 21, 2024
Parent/Caregiver Conferences (2:10 pm Student Dismissal Both Days): March 20, 2024-March 21, 2024
March 20th: Evening Conferences (6 pm-8 pm)
March 21st: Afternoon Conferences (2:30 pm-4:30 pm)
Women’s History Month Assembly: March 22, 2024 at 2:50 pm (Auditorium)
Holi: March 25, 2024
Start of RtI Cycle III: March 25, 2024
Start of CI/Aesthetics Cycle III: March 26, 2024
Second Trimester Report Cards Available on Genesis Parent Access Portal: March 28, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.
Good Friday (District Closed): March 29, 2024
Easter: March 31, 2024

School Action Team for Partnerships (SATp) News & Upcoming Events  
Women’s History Month: The SATP is in the process of planning the March celebration of Women’s History Month. We are looking for caregivers that would like to get involved in the execution of the month’s celebration of activities. Additionally, we are looking for any female identifying caregiver that may want to be part of the celebration assembly showcasing women who are breaking stereotypes. Please contact Laura Schrager or Anna Treece to get involved at [email protected]
Arab American Heritage Month: The SATP is looking for volunteers who would like to plan activities for this year's Arab American Heritage Month. Click on the following link for more info and to sign up. Any questions reach out to Dr. Sedita or [email protected]
● Health & Wellness Fair Save the Date: Saturday, March 2nd
Save the date! The Nishuane Health and Wellness Fair, hosted by the SATp Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies Committee will be held Saturday, March 2nd from 1:30-3:30pm at Nishuane Elementary in the Gym and Auditorium. We will be offering 25min classes to promote health and wellness within our community. This year we will have Yoga, a Himalayan Sound Bath class, Taekwondo, a CHAR fitness class, a seminar on Nutrition and more. Please look out for a SignUpGenius form to reserve your spot in the classes to be sent out via email, flyer and What’s App the week of February 20th.
● Questions? Ideas? You may contact the SATp at the following email address: [email protected]

PTA News & Upcoming Events 
PTA Calendar:

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Thanks to everyone who helped make the family prom such a resounding success, especially Committee Chairs Abigail Cooper-Marshall and Lindsey Broad, volunteers Lynn Mendelsohn, Mariana Horta, Candace Taylor, Sarah Elizabeth, Gina and Edzel Ubas, Yolanda Rivera, Gretchen Blauvelt-Marquez, Anna Treece, Khyati and Ritesh Mehta, Jessica Beeman, Laura Benanti, Kristen Bell, and all the volunteers from the MHS Key Club. We also want to thank Guerriero Gelato for the wonderful treats, DJ Ron for keeping us dancing all night, and Venture Studios for the amazing photographs which can be found here. There is still time to get a full family studio portrait package with a $50 donation to the Nishuane PTA. E-vouchers will be emailed to everyone who has made a donation.

Thanks to everyone who donated Valentine's treats to show our Nish teachers and staff how much we love and appreciate them! Special thanks to Elizabeth Gyde for organizing.
The PTA NEEDS your HELP.  
If you are interested, please email Obie at [email protected].  Thank you to everyone who volunteered for the Mayfair Committee Co-Chair roles. Planning is underway for the May 11th event.
Nishuane PTA Nominating Committee: The PTA needs 3 more volunteers to serve on the Nominating Committee to present a slate of 2024-25 board candidates. The time commitment is ~5 hours, including training, identifying and vetting candidates and some paperwork. Thank you to Abena Amoah-Harris for volunteering.
STEM Festival! Cross-School Collaboration Opportunity! The Montclair public elementary schools are working together to put on another STEM+Families Festival this spring. We are looking for a volunteer or two to represent Nishuane School to help identify exciting, hands-on STEM stations that families from our school might like to engage with at the event. We need your help to ensure it's a success. Grab a friend and join the STEM!

Please join the PTA. 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

2023-2024 PTA Meeting Schedule

● Thursday, March 7 at 7:30pm
● Friday, April 5 at 9:30am
● Thursday, May 2 at 7:30pm
● Friday, June 7 at 9:30am

District-Wide Updates 

Montclair Public Schools
Pre-Kindergarten: Information pertaining to the district’s Mini-Mounties Pre-Kindergarten program may be found at this link. This helpful webpage contains helpful resources pertaining to the Pre-K program in the MPS.
Montclair Public Schools Adult Spring English as a Second Language Classes: Please click here for information about the Montclair Public Schools ESL Classes for adults that will be offered this spring.

Help win a $1,000 grant for Nishuane! The Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) is our town's local education fund that supports all Montclair students, teachers, staff, and caregivers. Nishuane students receive social/emotional support and innovative teaching tools through MFEE grants; teachers boost their learning through out-of-the-box Professional Development grants and Teacher Learning Communities; and families get resources and support through Navegadores Escolares and MFEE’s scholarship fund for summer camps. Your donations - no matter how small - fuel all of this work! From now until February 28th, any donor who gives $20 and above will be entered in a lottery to award a $1,000 grant to their favorite school. Two winners will be chosen! Bradford and Renaissance won $1,000 last year; it’s Nishuane’s turn! Be sure to "credit" Nishuane’s team page when donating. Even better, right now there is a 1:1 match happening on all donations! While you're there, check out all of the ways that your donations boost learning at Nishuane. Donate here:
SEPAC Liaisons: Lynn Mendelsohn & Marisa Lazatin are the SEPAC Parent Liaisons for Nishuane. Please reach out to them directly by either emailing Lynn at [email protected] using this Google Form for any questions or concerns you have about Special Education at Nishuane.
Digital Backpack: Please click here to view community and organization events in town.
Housekeeping: Please check the district website 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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