NES begins on Thursday

nes pta great bubble   Barbara Lawlor, Nederland. On Sunday afternoon, August 16, Nederland Elementary School children and their parents partied at the Carousel of Happiness. The Back to School party featured bowls of ice cream with sprinkles and chocolate syrup, and huge bubbles bursting in air, Panther tattoos, and reunions among friends who have not seen each other over the summer.

Principal Jeff Miller met newcomers and returning students, shaking hands with everyone and chatting with members of the NES Parent Teacher Association Board as they scooped ice cream. It was a fun afternoon for everyone, perhaps soothing the back-to-school angst many of them suffered. Members of the PTA encouraged parents to sign up and be part of the NES team.

Boulder Valley School District classes begin on  Thursday, August 20. School hours will be 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and 8:50 a.m – 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday late starts.

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The morning bell will ring at 8:15 a.m. on regular school days and 9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Office hours are 7:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. daily.

Class lists will be sent to parents on Friday, August 14th, through the School Messenger.

All BVSD elementary schools are using this procedure in order to protect student and family privacy.

 The first day of school for grades 1-5 is on August 20.  All Kindergarten students begin school on Wednesday, August 26, a late start date. Back to School Night will occur on Monday, September 9, 6:00-7:30 p.m., and School Assessment Day will be on Sept. 21st.

New teachers:

Eliza Kraham is the new preschool teacher, taking over for Irene Pritsak, who has retired. Eliza comes to NES from Spark! Discovery Preschool in the St.Vrain School District. She grew up in Vermont and has lived in Boulder for eight years, earning her Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado. She enjoys trail running, hot yoga, live music, and spending time with family and friends.

Susan Blurton is the new art teacher, from Ohio. Susan loves the outdoors and is a rafting enthusiast. In Ohio, she was an elementary and middle school art teacher. Susan was also an adjunct professor at Kent State University, working in the fine arts department as a set design and costume manager. In her time at Kent State, she produced nearly 20 college theater performances.

Katie Ness is one of the second/third grade  teachers.  Over the last two years, Katie has been a trusted guest teacher at NES. Prior to her experiences in BVSD, Katie was an intervention teacher in Edina, Minnesota. Katie earned her master’s degree and undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota as well.

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If you missed picking up an Impact on Education backpack in the school entryway before August 19, please inquire in the front office for a backpack.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Juanita Gloe at 720-561-4804, or visit the school website to print and complete any relevant forms. The direct link for NES forms is presently: http://schools.bvsd.org/p12/nederlandElem/Parents/Pages/volunteer.aspx

Parents are asked to speak with their children about morning expectations.

Students who need breakfast should go to the cafeteria upon arriving at school.

Kindergarten students should report to the playground. First and Second Grade students  are expected to go to the Kiva. Third, fourth and fifth grade students are to go to the cafeteria.

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Student meal prices for 2015-16 are: $3.25 for lunch and $1.75 for breakfast: $.75 for milk and $.50 for juice.

The NES staff encourage students to ride the bus. If parents choose to drive their children to school, they should not proceed into the upper parking lot when buses are present. People who have business in the building should park their vehicles in a designated parking spot.

NES principal Jeff Miller says he is ready for the upcoming year, with the second/third grade multiage classes, the bond money discussion, new teachers, new students, and settling into the new school year.

Barbara Lawlor

Barbara is a reporter for The Mountain-Ear.