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Nishuane School News
June 7, 2024

The month of June and end of year celebrations are fully underway at Nishuane!

This week our school community continued our week-long celebration of Pride. Specifically, learners participated in read-alouds and lessons focused on our theme, “Be You, Be Proud.” Many students also joined us on their day off for the SATp sponsored 2nd Annual Pride Playdate! The students enjoyed a special read-aloud, popcorn, a clothing swap, chalk writing, tattoos, and had a chance to play with friends! Here is a link to our June Heritage Month Digital Library , where you may view read-alouds at home, if you would like to extend the Pride concept beyond our discussions in school.

In celebration of Caribbean American Heritage, we explored elements of Caribbean culture. Looking ahead to next week, students will learn about the contributions of people from the Caribbean to global history. Additionally, we will create masks as we learn about Carnival, in preparation for our very own Carnival parade. Thank you to the SATp for helping to plan this event for the children. Check out our June Heritage Month Digital Library linked above for read-alouds and more books to further explore Caribbean American Heritage at home.

Our final SATp general meeting for the 2023-2024 school year was also facilitated this past week. Please click here to view the final goals update presentation shared at the meeting.

As a reminder, the Kindergarten Production of The Empty Pot is scheduled for Thursday, June 13th th at 9:45 am in the Nishuane Auditorium. The first ever Pre-Kindergarten End of Year Extravaganza will also take place this upcoming week on Friday, May 14th at 2:00 pm in the Nishuane Library. Looking towards our final week of school, the Second Grade Moving Up Celebration will take place on the morning of Tuesday, June 18th at 9:45 am in the Nishuane Auditorium. Further details pertaining to these exciting end of year events may be found directly below. We very much look forward to you joining us for these exciting end of the year events as we celebrate the closing of another wonderful school year at Nishuane!

Nishuane School Equity Grant Announcement
We are very excited and proud to share this official announcement highlighting the awarding of an MFEE Equity Grant to Nishuane School in the amount of $10,000. Additionally, the Nishuane PTA has provided $15,000 that will allow us to provide culturally responsive materials to each homeroom. This work focused on social justice is fully underway and anticipated to be implemented during the forthcoming 2024-2025 school year. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the MFEE and Nishuane PTA for making this imperative social justice work possible. We very much look forward to sharing updates as we partake in this journey throughout the course of next school year.

Important Nishuane School Arrival & Dismissal Safety Reminders!
● Please remain mindful to maintain the flow of traffic, particularly when traveling down Cedar Avenue and/or when making a left onto High Street after dropping off your child(ren) on the car line.
● Please remain mindful of pedestrians and the crosswalk at all times.
● It is strongly recommended not to park on both sides of Cedar Avenue. You are strongly encouraged not to park across from the car line on Cedar Avenue. Parking on the opposite side poses a safety hazard and disrupts the flow of the car line.
● Families are encouraged to use the carline during drop off as a safe option.
● Always stop when you see a bus stop sign.
● If crossing Cedar Avenue, please always use the crosswalk. As a reminder, the crosswalk must be used to ensure that you are legally crossing the street. Not using the crosswalk poses a major safety hazard.
● K turns cannot be made on Cedar Avenue when the car line is underway.
● Only allow your chil(dren) to exit your vehicle on the right passenger side of your vehicle directly onto the sidewalk in front of Nishuane.  Similarly, only allow your child(ren) to exit your vehicle directly onto the sidewalk when dropping off on High Street for the YMCA before and after care program. When buses are not present, it is strongly encouraged to drop off on the side of the street closest to the school building.
● Do not block driveways.
● Please do not park in the staff parking lots as spaces are needed for staff to park. Please also do not block the entrance to the staff parking lot on High Street.
● Carefully monitor your vehicle speed at all times.
● Cones are set up each morning along the curb of Cedar Avenue across from Nishuane. These cones help to prevent parking/stopping in critical areas and maintain the flow of traffic.

*The Montclair Police Department enforces all traffic laws pertaining to buses and traffic. The Montclair Police Department will support with monitoring the car line, as well as to ensure that everyone is legally parking and crossing Cedar Avenue.

MPS & NAACP Celebrating Reading & Culture Literacy Event
The Montclair Public Schools and NAACP will be hosting a special literacy event, Celebrating Reading & Culture, this eveningFriday, June 7th from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm at Nishuane School. Please see this flyer for additional details.

Kindergarten Production & Cast Parties, Thursday, June 13th
We are excited for our Kindergarten production, The Empty Pot. Our learners and teachers have been working hard preparing for the big showcase of talent! The Kindergarten production and cast parties will take place on Thursday, June 13th. Please click here for the letter that was sent to all Kindergarten grade families earlier this week regarding the production and cast parties. Additionally, four tickets will be sent home in backpacks to all Kindergarten grade families.

Pre-Kindergarten Extravaganza End of Year Celebration, Friday June 14th
We are excited to invite Pre-Kindergarten families to join us for our Pre-K Extravaganza on Friday, June 14, 2024 at 2:00 pm. This event will take place in the Nishuane School library. Please click here for the invitation that was sent to the families of all Pre-Kindergarten caregivers. Two tickets will be sent home in backpacks to all Pre-Kindergarten families. We very much look forward to you joining us for this special end of year celebration!

Second Grade Moving-Up Celebration, Tuesday June 18th
We are excited to share that Nishuane’s Second Grade Moving Up Celebration is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 9:45 am. The celebration will take place in the Nishuane School auditorium followed by a brief reception. Please click here for the invitation that was sent to the families of all second-grade caregivers. Additionally, four tickets will be sent home in backpacks to all second-grade families. We very much look forward to you joining us for this special day of celebration!

Summer 2024 Literacy Program
Please see the below links to learn more regarding a literacy program being offered through St. Paul’s in Montclair during the Summer 2024.
Informational Flyer 1    Informational Flyer 2    Informational Flyer 3    Registration Form

Summer Enrichment Camps
Summer Enrichment Camps registration is now open! There are a variety of affordable programs being offered to the community. One of these camps is the Nishuane Summer Spectacular run by our very own Mr. Eder! Please click here to learn more regarding the district’s summer enrichment camps! Please reach out to Valerie Hampton ([email protected]) via email should you need any assistance with the registration process.

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 wear a visitor’s badge for the duration of your visit. The visitor’s badge must be visible at all times.
○ 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:

*****Please click here for a spring update from Nurse Anne Ndungu!*****

Important Dates: Mark Your Calendars! 

LGBTQIA+ Pride Month: June 1, 2024-June 30, 2024
Caribbean Heritage Month:
June 1, 2024-June 30, 2024
NAACP/MPS Children of the Sun Literacy Series Event:
June 7, 2024 from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm (Nishuane)
● SEPAC Meeting:
June 10, 2024 at 6 pm (Virtual: Zoom)
● Kindergarten Production Dress Rehearsal (Whole School Attends):
June 12, 2024 at 2:10 pm (Auditorium)
● Kindergarten Production & Cast Parties:
June 13, 2024 at 9:30 am-11:40 am
● PTA Meeting:
June 13, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Virtual: Zoom)
Pre-Kindergarten End of Year Extravaganza:
June 14, 2024 at 2:00 pm (Library)
● RtI Cycle III Ends:
June 14, 2024
● Father’s Day:
June 16, 2024
Nish Family All Grade Levels Meeting (Whole School): June 17, 2024 at 2:50 pm (Outdoors)
Second Grade Moving Up Celebration: June 18, 2024 at 9:45 (Nishuane Auditorium)
Abbreviated Day (2:10 pm Dismissal for Students & Staff): June 19, 2024
Last Day of School (2:10 pm Dismissal for Students & Staff): June 20, 2024
Trimester III Ends: June 20, 2024
Summer Begins: June 20, 2024
Third Trimester Report Cards Available on Genesis Parent Access Portal: June 20, 2024 at 4:00 pm
Juneteenth (District Closed): June 21, 2024

School Action Team for Partnerships (SATp) News & Upcoming Events  
Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds: Montclair Playground Scavenger Hunt
Montclair is full of wonderful playgrounds. The Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds sub-committee thought it would be fun for us to visit them all. We sent home a list of all the playgrounds in your child’s folder. As you visit them and play please check off the playground. Once you have visited all the playgrounds, hand your completed form to your teacher or Mr. Eder. At the end of the year children who have visited all the playgrounds will get to enjoy a pizza party with Coach Eder.

Nish Pride Coloring Pages: Fun design and background on the history of the flag and significance of the fan in culture. Please click here to access these coloring pages. Enjoy!

Carnival: Calling all West Indians in the Nishuane Community! It's time to share a little piece of the culture. Let's Play Ah Mas, Get On Bad and Rep Your Flags with Pride. Let's bring the vibes! 🏝️☀️🎉Email [email protected]

● Questions? Ideas? You may contact the SATp at the following email address: [email protected]

PTA News & Upcoming Events 
PTA Calendar:

Join the Nishuane PTA Facebook group!
Join the Nishuane PTA WhatsApp group!

Join the Montclair Bike Bus WhatsApp group

Gifts for teachers and staff are always optional, but we know many families like to recognize Nishuane's wonderful teachers and staff in this way. Please keep an eye out for a message/email from your class partner with donation details and deadlines.
There will be separate collections for the Related Arts/SNAP teachers, office and support staff,and other paras who support multiple classes. If you’d like to donate to this school wide collection, please email [email protected]. If you are in a self-contained classroom with more than one paraprofessional, those paras will be included in the larger collection.
Kindergarten Production and Flower Sales (6/13)
The PTA needs a few volunteers to help with flower sales during the Thursday, June 13th First Grade production of The Empty Pot. Flowers will be sold before and after the show. Show starts at 9:45am. Please email [email protected] if interested.

2nd GRADE MOVING UP CEREMONY (Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 9:45 am)
The celebration will take place in the Nishuane School auditorium followed by a brief reception. Please click here for the invitation that was sent to the families of all second-grade caregivers.

The PTA is seeking Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st Grade caregivers to volunteer at the 2nd Grade Moving Up on June 18th so that 2nd grade families can enjoy the day. Please sign up here

GrowLab Spring Clean Up and Mulching Event. Save the Date Sunday, June 9th 11a-1pm (New time). Volunteers can bring their own gardening gloves and tools for weeding and garden clean up. Junior gardeners are welcome to attend for work, play and snacks!

Nishuane PTA has once again partnered with 1st Day of School Supplies for beginning of the year supplies for Nishuane students & teachers. They are going to save us up to 30% over shopping at big box stores like Target, Walmart and Amazon. Providing us with only brand names you trust and respect like Ticonderoga, Crayola and Elmer's... And for each box purchased, money goes back to the Nishuane PTA. So, what are you waiting for? Buy early and save! Click here to purchase or donate a box. Order by July 1, 2024.

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.

Toast a Teacher This Spring, Fuel Innovation All Year!
'Tis the Season for MFEE's Toast to the Teachers! These family-hosted parties, a long-standing tradition of the Montclair Public Schools, will be held from now through June 23, 2024. Ticket sales help raise critical funds to support Educational Excellence Grants, which allow teachers to pilot innovative projects, tools, and experiences for our children. This year, we’ve got backyard cocktails, piano bar sing-a-longs, and more in the works. Please visit for details on how to host or attend.

June SEPAC Meeting: Please mark your calendars for our next SEPAC meeting on June 10th at 6:00 pm via Zoom. This meeting will be led by members of the Pupil Services team and will focus on the transition from middle school to high school.
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.
Some celebratory dates to put on your calendar include:
Disability Pride Month - July

Community Events

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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