Nishuane News

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A Message from Mr. Sedita
Week of October 18, 2021

Weekly Hot Topics: 

● As we enter the third week of October, our school community is fully engaged in teaching and learning! Students, faculty, and staff have acclimated well to routines, expectations, and procedures during this atypical school year. Our community’s unwavering focus on academics and social emotional learning has played an integral role in ensuring that the needs of each of our scholars are being met. As a community, we truly remain committed to nourishing minds while nurturing hearts! The next two week of October are filled with many fun and exciting events at Nishuane. We look forward to our community’s active participation. Please read below to learn more!

Important Reminders
COVID Daily Health Form: Please remember that all families are required to complete the School Safety Check for each child on Mondays and Wednesdays within the Genesis Parent Access portal. This form should be completed on these designated days prior to your child’s arrival at school. Families will receive reminders to complete the safety check, as well as when the form has not been completed. Please reach out to the main office or our school nurse should you experience any difficulty completing the required safety check.

Cast of Characters- Friday, October 29th
○ Nishuane will be hosting the Cast of Characters on Friday, October 29, 2021. We celebrate literacy through dressing up as characters from books. This year students will parade around Nishuane with their costumes at 11:20 am (Grade 2) and 12:15 pm (Pre-K, Kindergarten & Grade 1). Families are allowed to stand on the outer sidewalk of High St. and Cedar Ave. as the parade trails through an outside path at Nishuane.
○ Please complete the following participation survey by Oct. 22nd
○ Please reach out to homeroom teachers about class celebrations. Please note that visitors are not allowed in the building and only pre-packaged healthy nut-free foods are allowed. (See Family Handbook- MPS Food Regulations)

Nishuane Picture Day- Wednesday, October 27th
Nishuane's picture day will take place on Wednesday, October 27. Please order your picture packages using the link in the attached flyer or click here. Make sure to use Nishuane's Unique Code: 7C8X9P3 when placing your order. Please feel free to contact the main office with any questions or concerns.

Nishuane Compliment Jar!
● It has been such a pleasure to welcome your children to Nishuane. Our staff have worked tirelessly to create a bright and welcoming environment for your children's return. In an effort to have staff receive that same love and kindness that they pour into your children; we would like to introduce a virtual compliment jar for Nishuane. These compliments/kudos will be shared with nominated staff members. We hope this compliment jar will bring a smile to our staff members and remind them that they are appreciated. This link will be shared weekly via the Nishuane News. Feel free to add a compliment at any time throughout the school year.
Compliment Jar:

P.S. In addition to your child's homeroom teachers, don't forget about our Related Arts Teachers, Curriculum Support Teachers, Resource Room Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Nurse, Counselor, Custodians, Office Staff, PTA, and SATp Committee


The Nishuane SNAP team has begun to explore creative options for this school year’s school production. We are currently in search of members of the Nishuane community that could potentially provide audiovisual support with the production. If interested, please contact Mr. Eric Eder at .

Surge Protectors:
Your support is paramount to our success. We are VERY excited to be a 1:1 school with devices. Every scholar has a Chromebook, however, we are expressing a challenge with regard to charging the Chromebooks. We do not have charging stations and are in need of surge protector strips, so that we can charge multiple devices at the same time. We are looking for donations. If you are able to, then please send in a surge protector strip with your child. Thank you for your support!

Upcoming SEPAC Events and Resources
Every Sunday in October - TOPS Soccer - 12-1 pm at Heningburg Field in Montclair.
● October 20, 7:00pm - Ms. Dee Rosenberg, Head of the Laurel School of Princeton & Director of the Ann Robinowitz Education Center, will present an overview on the Science of Reading. Please register in advance for the webinar -
● October 22, 2021 - Montclair NAACP Dyslexia Poster Contest - Submissions due by 10/22, see attached flyer.
● October 27, 2021 - Parent Empowerment Workshop - “How Do I Know Whether My Child’s Reading Program is Appropriate?”. Sign up with this Google Form.
● November 16, 2021 - Parent Workshop on Acadience Screening Tool - This is tentatively scheduled for 7:00 pm, more details to follow.

Important Dates 

Curriculum Thursday (2:10 student dismissal): October 21, 2021
Principal’s Tea: October 22, 2021 (Outdoors at Nishuane at 9:30 am)
OneNish! Playdate: October 24, 2021 (Nishuane Playground at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
Picture Day: October 27, 2021 (Forms will be sent home soon)
Scholastic Book Fair: October 25, 2021-October 29, 2021 (Outdoors at Nishuane: Information to come next week)
First Parent Palooza!: October 26, 2021 at 6:30 pm-8:00 pm (Virtual: Information to follow)
Nishuane PTA Meeting: October 28, 2021 at 6:30pm (Virtual: Information to follow)
Cast of Characters: October 29, 2021 at Nishuane (Details to follow)
Election Day (School Closed): November 2, 2021
NJEA Convention (School Closed): November 4, 2021-November 5, 2021

PTA News & Upcoming Events

PTA News & Upcoming Events

Come Play Together!
OneNish! (formerly Nish Cares) invites all families for a playdate at Nishuane Playground. Come out to meet friends, have some snacks, and learn about OneNish! and how we hope to support our Nishuane community.

When: October 24th, 2-4pm
Where: Nishuane School Playground
What: Snacks will be provided. Please bring water bottles to fill up at stations.
** Please note, the school will not be open so there will be no public bathroom facilities.**
**Masks required for all participants.**

OneNish! is an organization within the Nishuane PTA focused on direct support of families.

Our Mission: Fostering a community of ONEness at Nishuane by building relationships and helping one another meet critical needs.

We DREAM that OneNish! is a network that …
1. Supports families with critical needs such as food insecurity, weather appropriate clothing, and access to school supplies.
2. Creates equal access to enrichment opportunities such as camps and after-school classes.
3. Connects families with the talents and capacities of our community such as ride shares and urgent home repairs.
4. Builds relationships and community across all families through playdates and school events.
Come join us! The bigger the network, the stronger we are together!

The Nishuane Book Fair is coming!
October 25 - 29 on the Nishuane Lawn
Please Shop & Volunteer!

Each classroom will have a dedicated time to shop the sale and create wishlists, but there will be time to shop after pickup daily and after the Cast of Characters parade, too! We recommend signing up for an e-wallet, the easiest way to shop the sale.

Learn More:
P.S. We are looking for donations of shopping/grocery bags to use during the sale. Please send them in with your children if you can.
Thank you!
The Nishuane PTA Book Fair Committee

PTA Membership:
We have over 180 members now! Almost to our goal of 200! Visit the Nishuane MemberHub store to activate/reactivate your PTA membership.

There are still volunteer openings on the Spirit Wear, Holiday SNAP Teacher Gifts, Photography, Community Events and School Tour committees - you can still sign up via SignUp Genius. If you have any questions about committees, please email Susan Zartman at

Thanks to everyone who supported the PTA mums fundraiser, we net over $450! Special thanks to Mallory Coleman for organizing.

PTA Website

Facebook Groups:
-Nishuane PTA
-Parents & Caregivers at Nishuane Elementary School
Please choose Nishuane PTA as your Amazon Smile charity (

District-Wide Updates

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 Parent Handbook on our website).

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