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April Attendance Challenge

We made it through this dreary winter, and spring is finally here!  Let’s make every day count!  I challenged the students to make every effort to be here in April.  Our attendance has taken a dip, and I would love to see improvement.  I know the students are up to the challenge.  Every one of them exceeded their reading goal for “I Love to Read” Week!  And, I’m sure they will step up to this chal…lenge.  Nichols has not won the monthly attendance trophy for the last three years!  My challenge to the students is that we win this trophy for the month of April!  The attendance committee will be meeting to develop strategies to increase attendance at Nichols as well.  Parents, if you have any suggestions, please let me know.  We would love your input!

PTA and Spring Fling

The next PTA meeting will be held on Monday, April 7th at 6:00 PM.

Our Spring Fling will be held Saturday, April 26th from 4:00-8:00.

Parent volunteers are needed and are encouraged to attend the PTA meeting. Donations for the auction are also being accepted at this time. Thanks in advance for the support from our families, friends and community!

Family Resource Center

Our Family Resource Center provides valuable resources to our students and their families.  The center will be open 3 days a week at Nichols Elementary School.

Traci Gould is our Family Resource Center Coordinator.  She will be here on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-4:30, unless she has meetings.

Dani Reesor, Traci’s assistant, will be here on Mondays from 8:00-3:00, unless she has meetings.  Stop by and visit these wonderful ladies the next time you are at Nichols.  Find out what they can do for you and use the valuable resources that our center provides.

The Family Resource Number at Nichols is 869-2612.

If you need to contact our coordinator or her assistant on days they are not in the office, they can be reached at Shepherdsville Elementary at 869-7012.

Wilma Lemons and the History of Nichols Elementary

Wilma Lemons invested countless hours scanning documents and images to preserve the history of Nichols Elementary School. Computer users can visit Ridgeway Memorial Library or the Bullitt County History Museum in Shepherdsville to download her exhaustive efforts. The entire project took Lemons three months.  David Strange, Executive Director of the Bullitt County History Museum, said she scanned 3, 866 items and over 9,000 individual images. Wilma started volunteering in the history museum in 2011. Thanks to Ms. Lemons, the history of Nichols is now preserved for future generations.

Ms. Lemons was recognized at Nichols Elementary School during their monthly celebration in January. Mrs. Hamilton presented her with a certificate, designating her as an official Kentucky Colonel.

Wilma Lemons

Thoughts for the Day

Baby, it’s cold outside!  We will all be glad when these cold temperatures are over, and school is consistently in session.  However, winter is not quite over, and your child may need something to work on at home.  There are resources that can be used at home by going to the Nichols webpage. Your child can access Compass Learning, myOn Reader and more.  Please set aside some time for your child to read independently or read with an adult each day.

Attendance continues to be a priority at NES.  Please be sure to schedule wellness appointments and vacations during our breaks.  It is so very difficult to make up just one day of school!  Plus, we love your kids, and we miss them when they are not here!  Today, we only had 4 students absent! WhOO HOO!

Your children come first at NES.  Every decision we make is about what is best for our students.  If that means, the adults in the building, have to work harder or smarter, we will do that! Your children are safe, loved and expected to learn at high levels each and every day!

Learning Express from the Bullitt County Public Library

The Bullitt County Public Library has a free resource: Learning Express.   This resource targets specific academic skills and includes links for elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as college prep (ACT and COMPASS).  There are also links to software tutorials, job searches, Praxis II tutorials, and courses on computers and internet basics.

We encourage everyone to take advantage of this free resource.

Bullitt County Public Library Instructional Brochure

Learning Express

 

The link has also been added to the Parent, Student, and Teacher links on the right-hand side of the page.

Happy New Year!

I’m looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful staff members, students and their families soon!

For 2014, let’s work towards improving our attendance.  I would like to encourage everyone to make their wellness appointments during Spring Break, Holidays or Summer Vacation.  You never know when you will really need to be off due to illness and/or family emergencies.  Let’s finish the school year strong by improving our attendance. It’s amazing how much learning takes place in one school day.  The content missed just cannot be made up at home.

Let’s commit to reading with our children each night.  Turn off the TV, unplug our devices, mute the phone and focus on reading and discussing a good book.

Math facts need to be automatic by the end of 3rd grade.  There are so many fun and engaging ways to practice math facts at home.  If you need some good ideas, just contact your child’s teacher.

Reading and writing are connected.  A fluent reader is usually a fluent writer.  Encourage your child to write by keeping a journal at home.  Check out this site for some other fun writing ideas:

http://childparenting.about.com/od/familylearningactivities/a/writingfun.htm

Don’t forget about Compass Learning and myON Reader.  Your children can access these resources from home by going to our website at http://ww2.bullittschools.org/NicholsEL/

On another note, we welcome parent volunteers and WATCH D.O.G.S.  If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please contact the school at 869-2600.

Enjoy the rest of your break, and I will see you next week!

Calendar Survey

Please take a minute and complete this short calendar survey.  Thank you.
•      The survey does not determine the decisions made by the Calendar Committee.  It is one source of information that is taken into account in the development of the calendar. 
•      The results of the survey can be found on the district website.

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LW3VK3B

Infinite Campus Messenger

The Bullitt County Public Schools have gone to a new phone messaging system – Infinite Campus Messenger. Using Infinite Campus Messenger, school and district staff can send parents notifications concerning their child or information regarding school or district events.

For more information click the link below:

Infinite-Campus-Messenger

Attendance: A Note From the Principal

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?