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We are always so busy at this time of year! Keeping up at work, at home and with all the activities our children are involved in can be overwhelming!
Prioritizing what is important can help in all of these areas. One area important to student learning is attendance. I was reading a recent study that revealed students with major attendance problems were able to turn around academically if they started showing up to class. This is simply common sense. I’m not sure we needed a study to figure this out!
Our volunteers are always amazed at the quality and amount of instruction that students receive each day! Just missing one day of school can impact a child’s learning. And, truly, it’s virtually impossible to make it up! The direct instruction, classroom discussion and valuable practice is missed. And, making up an assignment at home can’t replace that!
When I emphasize student attendance, it’s because I care about our kids. I tell them that each Early Release Day! Just ask your child. I say, “We love you, we care about you, and we need you here every day.”
Let’s work at getting our children to school on time each and every day! I know it will positively impact your child’s learning!
Can you make that a goal for December?
You are invited to the Nichols Elementary Fall Festival!
Please come and enjoy our Chili Supper with hot dog, dessert and drink for $5.00 a person. We will have lots of fun games, a chance to purchase school shirts, and an auction with lots of wonderful donations at 6:00 PM.
Some of the donations for the auction include tickets to Dollywood, U of K Football Game, Holiday World, Ripley’s, and the Derby Museum; we have bikes, baskets with lots of goodies, and lots of goodies from Knob Creek Gun Range, a Nook, and much more.
Where: Nichols Elementary School
When: October 26, 2013
Time: 4 to 8 PM
Many exciting things are happening at Nichols Elementary School.
Students have completed their MAP assessments, and worked hard to reach their math and reading goals. Teachers are participating in the Global Read Aloud, and connecting with other classrooms across the country and world. Track, Archery and chess are about ready to begin. And, our Fall Festival is just around the corner. We hope to see you there. It is the last Saturday in October from 4 to 8. A big thank you goes out to the PTA for their hard work! It’s always a great success!
This Wednesday, September 18, is Early Release Day, and it is also High Attendance Day! Our goal is to have 100 % attendance on Wednesday! Our Attendance Committee has some special things planned for our students that day. Last year we won the High Attendance Award in the small school category. Let’s do that again!
Thursday night, September 26th, is also our Title 1 Parent Night. We are encouraging our parents to come and sign up for WATCH D.O.G.S. or sign up to volunteer. You will have an opportunity to give us input on our School Compact, Parent Involvement Policy, as well as, how we can get more parents involved in our school. Your input is valuable and important to us. Please join us at 6:00 PM and become a part of TEAM Nichols.
The summer has flown by, and the staff has been busy getting the school ready for your children. We can’t wait to see them.
As you enter our hallways this year, you will see a few new faces. Our Nichols family welcomes Brittany Carr as a 4/5 teacher, Lauren Russell as our preschool teacher and Debra Mead as our tutor.
Jill Reverman is thrilled to be our new kindergarten teacher. And, Kasey Cook is her assistant.
Ms. Neel will begin the year for Cindi French, as she is recovering from an accident. Ms. Neel, is a recently retired primary school teacher. Ms. Neel is a longtime teaching colleague that was requested by Ms. French. They have been consulting about the instruction in the classroom and will continue to consult and collaborate together as Ms. French heals at home. A big thank you to Ms. Neel and Ms. Simcoe for working tirelessly to get Ms. French’s room ready for her students. Your children are in good hands. Please help us give Ms. Neel, a big Nichols welcome.
On another note, we are busting at the seams. If all of our sweet children show up, and we think they will, we will be over cap in our 2nd and 3rd grade classes. This will cause us to have to shift students. Or, it may mean hiring another teacher. If we are allowed to hire another teacher, we have a plan in place. In the event that this happens, we have already created a 2/3 classroom and adjusted our schedule accordingly. This will enable a smooth and quick transition. If this should affect your child, I want to assure you that we will hire the best candidate possible. Thanks so much for your understanding in this matter.
Open House is Monday night from 6-8 PM. Supply lists are posted on our webpage. Or, you may pick up a copy at the school. You may drop off your supplies at Open House as well. We look forward to seeing you!
Our first day of school is August 7, 2013.
Bullitt County Public Schools encourages families to apply for Free and Reduced Price Meals online! The process is the fastest and most efficient method of applying for Free and Reduced Price Meals. Please go to bullitt.heartlandapps.com and get started!