As we approach the holiday season I wish each of you and yours the best. May you take a moment to reflect on what this season brings and embrace that fully. We are committed to ensuring the next two weeks, while filled with festive flair, are ones that uphold our standard and high expectations of rigor and engagement.
We are so thrilled with the incorporation of our Kindness Matters campaign. Teacher have blended this beautifully into the Compass classes. The response from our students has been overwhelming positive--which warms the heart. We are equally thrilled with the parent feedback regarding this initiative. This week, students will be working on the random act of kindness of compassion. So many Compass classes will create a card for Cards 4 Compassion to give to hospital patients. I am attaching a video that our students will be viewing that explains the Cards 4 Compassion as this is a group of high schoolers that are paying the act of compassion forward through cards. Mrs. Dillard is offering Beta Club hours to students who create cards outside of school. This may be a wonderful time to gather around the dining room table and create cards as a family. Your Mustang can turn any cards into the front office and we can get those to Ms. Norton.
Cards 4 Compassion is also sponsoring a card making event on Sunday, December 11th from 1:30PM-3:30PM in the NOMS cafeteria. Please encourage your Mustang to join them on Sunday!
Technology Update and Need
Let me begin by saying, thank you. Thank you for your tireless support of our NOMS Mustangs. Through supporting our fundraisers, attending parent-teacher meetings, school sports and events, after-school activities, and everything else that happens in the course of a school year, you have shown your commitment to ensure that all Mustangs have opportunities to ensure high levels of learning. Without your support, our schoolhouse would not be as great as it is.
As partners in education, this commitment to our 797 Mustangs does not go unnoticed. As you may or may not know, NOMS recently purchased 448 new Chromebooks. This purchase puts us very close to meeting our goal of having 1 set of devices in every classroom.
Fundraising is a natural “go-to” strategy when needing to raise money. However at our technology committee meeting, several options to raise the funds to fulfill our goal of 1 set of devices in every classroom were being tossed around. One person proposed that we simply reach out to the parents and let them know the amount of funding needed to make our vision a reality. So here we are. If everyone donated a bit more, we would see our goal reached. This brings us to this point.
If every family in the school gave $30 for each child they have at NOMS, we would have enough to purchase 96 Chromebooks and 3 charging carts--approximately $24,000.
Thank you in advance, whether you are able to help at this time or not, your continued support and dedication is appreciated more than I can express.
Traveling over the holidays?
As we prepare to take substantial break from school for our winter break in a few weeks, I want to express my gratitude for everyone who makes it possible for as many students as possible to come to school every day, on time, ready to learn. We thank:
• Our students and families for making daily attendance a priority since they know the habit of attendance will help them do well in the classroom and eventually in a job
• Our wonderful teachers who pour their energy into making each classroom an exciting place for exploration and knowledge so children do not want to miss out on learning
• Our support staff and community volunteers who provide the extra hands and attention our children need
I especially appreciate everyone’s efforts to avoid taking extra days off during the winter break. Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and leave your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in middle and high school.
I appreciate each one of you so much. We look forward to seeing you after the winter break. I hope that you and your family are able to be with those that you love over the holidays. As a reminder our school is closed on Monday, December 19, 2016 and school resumes on January 3, 2017. Our office is open from 9-3 on Dec. 19-22 and Dec. 27-29 should you need us.
The 4 letter word
I wanted to share the process for determining a snow day. This is from our superintendent, Mr. Greg Schultz.
When we hear a forecast of possible snow we start implementing our plan. We have a team of 3 who closely monitors the weather and set their alarms for 3:00 a.m. They check the radar, consult with local meteorologists, and then either reset their alarms for an hour later or start getting dressed to drive the roads. When we make the decision to start our engines, the team expands to 6 and are on the roads by 3:30 a.m. All areas of the county are covered by this experienced team and they check the routes our buses travel. By 5:00 a.m. they convene at the transportation department, discuss their findings, and come to consensus on the recommendation they will make to me. I then make the call to cancel, delay, or go as scheduled based on their information. Once that decision is made we go to the next phase of the plan. If we decide to cancel or delay, public announcements are made. We send out notifications first through Infinite Campus Messenger, then Facebook, Twitter and our website. Our goal is to have that notice out by 5:15 a.m. We then notify the media so that we can get that information out on TV and radio. We email all staff and notify them of the status as well. This plan varies a bit if we have a continuous snow event that lasts for a couple of days. We will try to make the announcement in as timely of a fashion that we can so parents can make childcare plans, but keep in mind, it’s not always easy to make that call early. We also ask you keep in mind that occasionally, we have to make a decision based on a forecast. And since meteorology is not an exact science, sometimes that forecast doesn’t pan out.
Wishing each of you a blessed holiday.
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