Nishuane News

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A Message from Dr. McLaughlin
Week of June 26, 2019


I can’t believe that today is our last day of the school year and another school year has come to an end! Thank you all for all that you have done this year to support your child(ren) and our school in helping them meet with success. I wish you all the very best summer filled with happiness and fun family time!

Even as the year comes to a close, we have a lot to celebrate! We congratulate Ms. Laura Keller and Mr. Eric Eder who were awarded the Compassion Project Award for our Nishuane School this year.

I would also like to take a moment to wish two staff members all the best as they move on from Nishuane. Ms. Cathy Grippi, a long-time teaching assistant, is retiring this year and we wish her all the best and thank her for all she has done for our students and school over the past 13 years! Ms. Blasi, our drama teacher, as also resigned and we wish her all the best and thank her for her work with students and SNAP staff for our productions!

As we prepare for next year, our grade level teams have posted school supplies on our school website. Also, our amazing PTA is partnering with option to order school supplies. See below for information and directions to follow if you select this option:

1st Day School Supplies


The Nishuane PTA has partnered with 1st Day School Supplies to order and supply our teachers and their students with beginning of the year school supplies.

If you are interested in ordering here, follow the link below and select "Nishuane". Then, select the box appropriate for your child's grade.

We have worked with teachers from each grade to identify the required supplies. Teacher supplies have been approved by Dr. McLaughlin. Boxes are purchased for individual children and will be delivered to the school over the summer and delivered to classrooms. There is an option to purchase donation boxes for those interested.

The $30/box price includes a small fundraising contribution that will go directly to the Nishuane PTA to help us support our wonderful programs and events.

Order deadline is 6/30.

Order link: https://www.1stdayschoolsupplies.com/list.php?school_zip=07042

1st Day School Supplies Q&A

Q: How do I order a school supply box?
A: Go to https://1stdayschoolsupplies.com/list.php?school_zip=07042 and select "Nishuane". Then, select the box appropriate for your child's grade.
Q: When is the order deadline?
A: All orders must be placed by 6/30/2019.

Q: What is the cost of a supply box?
A: $30.00. The price includes a small fundraising amount that will go directly to the Nishuane PTA to help us support our wonderful programs and events.

Q: Am I buying this box of school supplies for my child or for my child's class?
A: For your child. Boxes will be delivered to the school and distributed to the appropriate classrooms at the beginning of the year. These is an option to purchase a donation box if interested.

Q: Will my child's teacher ask for additional supplies at the beginning of the school year?
A: It is possible that teachers will ask for additional wish list items.

Q: Do all teachers ask for the same school supplies?
A: Yes. School supply wish list have been standardized across each of Nishuane's three grades: Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd.

Q: Who determined the contents of the boxes?
A: Our teachers. The PTA partnered with Nishuane teachers from each grade to identify the desired school supplies.

Q: Is it required that I purchase a supply box or donated other school supplies?
A: No. Purchasing a box or donating school supplies in general is completely voluntary.

Q: Will any boxes be available for purchase if I miss the order deadline of 6/30/2019?
A: Yes. The PTA will have a small number of boxes available for purchase at the start of the school year. Numbers will be limited and they will be sold on a first come/first serve basis. Contact ptapres@nishuanepta.org to secure your order.

Q: Can I receive a refund if I purchased a supply box from 1st Day School Supplies and now no longer want a box?
A: Yes. Please contact email Amanda Mikolaj at amanda@1stdayschoolsupplies.com with your child's first and last name and grade to request a refund. All refund requests must be submitted by 6/30/2019


Bucket Filler logo


Congratulations to our Bucket Fillers of the Week:
Kindergarten - Jack Steele, 108
1st Grade - Kelcee James, 215
2nd Grade- Nyleah Kehinde-Garcia, 210
Staff Bucket Filler - Ms. Mussa

Kind- Safe- Respectful- Persistent- Responsible

Our Peaceful Picnic with the Principal will be at the end of each month for all of our Bucket Fillers! Food (specifically pizza and milk) is part of this event and so as per the BOE Food Policy, we are notifying you in advance of the following: Food will be served at this event. It is required to be peanut and tree nut free. All ingredients will be listed at the event; otherwise, the food will not be served.

Nurse’s Note

Dear Nishuane Parents/Guardians,

Please have your child check the Lost and Found boxes for Missing items by the end of the school year. At the end of the day all remaining lost and found items will be donated to charity.

Also, please pick up any child medication in the nurse’s office the last day of school, any medication not pick up is discard/destroy as per school policy. The school nurse cannot store any medication for the following school year.

Thank you for your cooperation and have a wonderful summer!

School Spirit:  Every Friday!
Wear your Nishuane gear or the color blue.

Our Family Handbook:
http://www.montclair.k12.nj.us/media/4774/nishuaneparenthandbook2018-2019.pdf
Our School Calendar:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14yJNjbYlq0DLOf1lWcyKhEEITnF_mezKOhPK0HGzmhc/edit#gid=0


Important Upcoming Dates

  • Last Day of School Abbreviated Day: June 26 @ 2:10pm


PTA UPDATES

2nd GRADE PARENTS AND GUARDIANS OF CHILDREN TRANSITIONING TO HILLSIDE– volunteer involvement

In an effort to expand the volunteer pool, and engage our incoming 3rd grade parents and guardians, the Hillside PTA Nominating Committee is sharing this nominating form with you. If your child(ren) will be going to Hillside this Fall, please consider volunteering as an organizer for one of the events, as a committee chair, or even an elected officer. Please note that volunteer involvement is important to creating a connected and a supportive community, making Hillside a great experience for both adults and students. We sincerely hope you will consider joining us.
Sign up here: http://montclairpta.org/pta/data/pdfs/flyer-4156.pdf

Any questions, please email the Nominating Committee members:
Leslie Wade leslie@lesliedianewade.com
Jennifer Brown jbrown125@hotmail.com
Linda Kow lindakow@yahoo.com
Tinu Joseph indiearts@icloud.com

HELPFUL RESOURCE LINKS

MPS: http://www.montclair.k12.nj.us
Nishuane PTA: http://nishuanepta.org
Nishuane Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nishuanepta/
Questions? ptapres@nishuanepta.org
Brought to you by the Nishuane PTA – we appreciate your support!



  • Housekeeping

    Visitor Passes: When you are visiting the school and greeted over the intercom, please share your name and who you are coming to visit with the staff. When you are buzzed in, please be sure to stop in the main office upon arrival to sign in and take a visitor's pass. Please affix the sticker in a spot that is visible throughout your visit. While you are in the office, Ms. Thompson or Ms. Ruggiero will call the classroom to let the teacher you have arrived and ensure the class is ready for the visit. They will then invite you to go to the classroom. We really try to keep unannounced visits or pop-ins to a minimum as this is a distraction to the students and we do not want to alarm any students. We love our Nishuane families and welcome you all to the school. We appreciate your cooperation in working together to ensure school safety.
    Drop-off Safety: Please remember the following important safety pieces for a safe arrival each morning:
    ○ Do not park your car across the street from the school on Cedar Avenue.
    ○ Do not stop your car at any point on High Street directly across the street from the school (along side of the tennis courts). All of the school buses turn onto High Street at this point and it is very dangerous for students to be dropped off in a car/ cross the street here.
    ○ Cross the street with your children or have them cross the street at crosswalks only.
    ○ Do not block driveways around on Cedar Avenue when dropping of or picking up children
    ○ Do not make U-turns in the middle of Cedar Avenue
    Student Pick Up: Thank you for understanding that we cannot call students from their classroom after 3:15pm as we begin dismissal shortly after that. Parents who arrive to pick-up a student at 3:15 or after will be asked to meet their child at their usual dismissal location.
    Student Pick Up: Thank you for understanding that we cannot call students from their classroom after 3:15pm as we begin dismissal shortly after that. Parents who arrive to pick-up a student at 3:15 or after will be asked to meet their child at their usual dismissal location.
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