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Nishuane School News
May 17, 2024

We thank all families that joined us last Saturday for Nishuane’s annual Mayfair event! We also extend a big thank you to the PTA for making this special community event possible. What a beautiful May day! Thank you!

This week we continued our exploration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage Month. Our exploration of notable people brought us to explore Serena Sumanop, Barbra Streisand, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Bob Dylan, Kalpana Chawla, and Judy Blume. Please see the handout in your child’s backpack for more AANHPI and Jewish American Heritage digital library resources. You will also find a handout that explains how your family may complete enrichment projects for this month that focus on two areas: food from Asian regions in celebration of AANHPI heritage and your family artifacts in celebration of Jewish American Heritage. We look forward to posting and displaying your enrichment projects for all to see! Please also be sure to check out our digital library available here!

We concluded our school week with a special school wide AANHPI assembly. This interactive assembly featured information highlighting products, practices, and perspectives from different countries in Asia. We also all had a chance to dance together! Next week, learners will also have the opportunity to participate in a special Bollywood dance experience. We thank our SATp for making these exciting and meaningful experiences possible!

This weekend there are quite a few exciting and fun events occurring in our community! We hope that you join us!

● Please join us for our “Bagels with Buddies” playdate on Saturday, May 18th from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm on the Nishuane Playground. We would like to thank the Cultural Infusion Committee of the SATp for making this special event possible.

● The fourth annual Montclair Disability Pride Parade will take place this Saturday, May 18th from 1 pm-4 pm (Rain Date: Sunday, May 19th from 1 pm-4 pm). The event will begin at Heningburg Field. Please click here for additional details.

● Finally, the MFEE’s Amazing FundRacer: The Quintessential Race is this Sunday, May 19th! You won’t want to miss watching your teachers, principals, fellow parents and community members tackle the first challenge. Join us for the start of the race at Mountside Sledding Hill at 12:45pm. Thank you to those who’ve donated, and please consider supporting a team! Funds raised through this event support teacher innovation grants, equity work, after-school support for multilingual students, inclusive programming, and so much more. YOU make this work possible. Donate here:

As a reminder, in observance of Memorial Day, we will have an abbreviated school day with a 2:10 pm dismissal on Friday, May 24th. Additionally, the district will be closed on Monday, May 27th.

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.

Upcoming Second Grade Events
We have several second-grade level experiences quickly approaching! Please see communications from your child’s teacher for additional information.
Montclair Art Museum Art Link Field Trip:
○ Wednesday, May 22, 2024 from 10 am-12 pm (Martire, Wentzell, Bequillard/De Pasquale, White & Vazquez)
○ Thursday, May 23, 2024 from 10 am-12 pm (D’Allegro, Supel, Ceneri, Kolenovic, Garone & Bowen)
Second Grade Hillside Tours: May 29, 2024 from 9:45 am-11:30 am (Hillside School)
Nishuane/Hillside Transition Family Gathering: May 29, 2024 from 6 pm-8 pm (Hillside)

Field Day (Rain Dates)
Grade level field days are scheduled for the morning on the below dates. All field day activities will take place outdoors. Please see communications sent by your child’s homeroom teacher for additional details.
First Grade Field Day: May 29, 2024 (Rain Date)
Second Grade Field Day: May 30, 2024 (Rain Date)
Pre-Kindergarten: TBD

Lost and Found Spring Cleaning
Our Lost & Found is becoming quite full and is in much need of a good spring cleaning! Beginning in late-April we will donate all unclaimed items. We encourage students and families to visit the Lost & Found prior to this time. The Lost & Found containers are set up between the custodian’s office and the art room in the basement. Items that children have misplaced are placed in the containers/on the table. Your children are welcome to check the containers/table for lost items after school until 4:30 pm.

Kindergarten Production & Cast Parties, Friday, June 14th
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 Friday, June 14th. 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 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 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.

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.

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

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! 

Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islanders Heritage Month: May 1, 2024-May 31, 2024
Jewish American Heritage Month:
May 1, 2024-May 31, 2024
Pennies for Pages:
March 4, 2024-May 17, 2024
Kindergarten Production Rehearsals: May 1, 2024-May 31, 2024 
Aesthetics Request Window Closes: May 17, 2024
Jewish American Heritage Month SATp Playdate: May 18, 2024 from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm (Nishuane Playground)
Montclair Disability Pride Parade: May 18, 2024 from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm (Heningburg Field)
 zing FundRACER:May 19, 2024 from 1 pm-4 pm
Nish Family Student Meeting (Second Grade): May 20, 2024
Bollywood Experience: May 20, 2024 & May 21, 2024
Montclair Art Museum Field Trip (Second Grade): May 22, 2024 & May 23, 2024 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm (Montclair Art Museum)
Nish Family Meeting (Kindergarten): May 22, 2024
Nish Family Student Meeting (Pre-Kindergarten): May 23, 2024
Nish Family Student Meeting (First Grade): May 23, 2024
Memorial Day Weekend (Abbreviated Day: 2:10 pm Dismissal for Students & Staff): May 24, 2024
Memorial Day (District Closed): May 27, 2024
CI/Aesthetics Cycle III Ends: May 28, 2024
Second Grade Hillside Tours: May 29, 2024 from 9:45 am-11:30 am (Hillside)
First Grade Field Day: May 29, 2024 (Nishuane Outdoors) (Rain Date)
Pennies for Pages Celebration: May 29, 2024 (Virtual)
Nishuane/Hillside Family Transition Gathering: May 29, 2024 at 6 pm (Hillside)
Second Grade Field Day: May 30, 2024 (Nishuane Outdoors) (Rain Date)

School Action Team for Partnerships (SATp) News & Upcoming Events  

Caribbean Heritage Month & Juneteenth Volunteers Needed!: We’re looking for volunteers to help with Caribbean Heritage month and Juneteenth. Email Dr. Sedita or [email protected] if you’re interested. Thank you!
● 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

We are recruiting for the following roles:
PTA President: The role presides at all Nishuane PTA and Board of Director meetings*. This role can be shared by Co-Presidents.
● Corresponding Secretary: this role conducts the general correspondence of the association*. Similarly, this role can be share by two people
*Click link for full descriptions

This is your opportunity to help shape next year’s PTA AND work closely with the school to the benefit of your child(ren) and their experience at the school.

Please submit your name and/or another dynamic parent as a candidate to join the Nishuane PTA board for the 2024/25 school year.

Here's the process:
1. Review the descriptions for the open roles in the form below.
2. Submit your interest here.
3. You will be contacted by a Nominating Committee member to discuss your submission.
4. The Nominating Committee will present a slate of candidates to the Board in May.
5. PTA Members will vote on the leadership slate at the June PTA meeting.

Please email the PTA Nominations Committee with any questions [email protected] 

PTA MEETING on 5/28 at 7p (Zoom)
to present the 2024/2025 PTA e-board slate

Calling all families cleaning out their kids' closets! We are once again hosting the annual Nishuane Clothing Swap. OneNish! is collecting gently used kids clothing and shoes for the swap.

Bins will be in the hallway (by the fish tank),
● Bagels with Buddies play date (May 18th 2-4pm)

The Clothing Swap will take place on June 4th during the Pride playdate.
No toys please. Clothes (all seasons) and shoes must be clean, no stains, and no rips please. *Baby and toddler clothes are welcome.

Second Grade Families: Join us for the Nishaune to Hillside 2nd Grade Transition Picnic!
Date: Wednesday May 29th
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Hillside Elementary School 54 Orange Rd, Montclair, NJ 07042

Join us for an evening of fun and community outdoors at Hillside as our second graders prepare for Hillside in the fall! Ice cream will be provided by the Nishuane PTA for our second grade students. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket and a picnic or can order pizza ahead of time from Little Pizza Heaven by using this link.

Second Grade Yearbook Photos Requested!
We are still looking for more photos of your cute kids to add to the yearbook. We know you have them on your phones - send them our way! We are looking for photos from class activities (field trips, grow lab, in-class celebrations, plays, choir events, etc) and from PTA activities (Explorers, Mayfair, pancake breakfast, etc.). All photos can be added to the Google folder. If you are having any issues uploading the photos, they can also be emailed to Ali Privitera at: [email protected]. Please label them with your child's name, teacher and event, if possible. Deadline for submission is Friday, May 24th.

GrowLab Spring Clean Up and Mulching Event. Save the Date Sunday, June 9th 1-3 pm

The 2024 First Grade Production is now available for purchase!

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.

Thank you to everyone who helped make Mayfair such an incredible event for our community. To the entire team who gave so much of themselves in the months prior, to the caregivers and staff members who volunteered so the day could go off without a hitch, to everyone who donated auction items, to everyone who came with their families… what a fantastic day we got to share!

Huge thank you to our Mayfair Co-Chairs, Jessica Beeman, Holly Cain, and Gretchen Blauvelt. We also want to thank our committee members and others who stepped up in a big way: Abigail Cooper-Marshall, Alexa Narkunas, Ayana Stewart-Hartsfield, Jess Tillyer, Jessie Cutting, Khyati Mehta, Leila Berkeley, Maddy Polton, Mariana Horta, Obie Miranda-Woodley, Patrice Harris-Kuss, Rachel Bloom, Rich Kim, Roxanne Delaney, Stuart Frossell, Wendell Tolbert, and Yolanda Rivera.

Obviously, a HUGE shout out to the teachers (and Mr. Sedita!) who braved the Dunk Tank. It’s just so much fun for the kids and we’re grateful you all signed up for it.

Speaking of fun, how great was our inaugural pie eating contest? Thank you to our 10 wonderful contestants, and congrats to winner and 1st grade dad Paul Narkunas, who will never look at a sweet potato the same way again.

Soon enough we’ll get ready to do it all again, but right now we’re savoring our new Mayfair memories and appreciating the community that made it all happen. THANK YOU!

The PTA is happy to announce that you can now purchase Nish SpiritWear online Please email questions to Ayana Stewart at [email protected]

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

● 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.

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
AAPI Montclair Lantern Festival
AAPI Montclair/AAPI New Jersey will be hosting the fourth annual Lantern Festival for Justice and Remembrance at Edgemont Memorial Park on Sunday, May 19th (rain date: June 9th) from 6 pm–9 pm.

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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