A Busy First Week

Friday, September 9, 2016

Dear Families,
It has been a busy first week of school and we are off to an exciting start! It is always fun seeing everyone come back after the summer. Lots of familiar faces but plenty of new faces too. Hopefully the sun is going to making more of an appearance over the next few weeks.

Monday, September 12th, we will start having Homeroom. Homeroom is a time when siblings are together in one of our classrooms in a kindergarten through 5th grade experience. A big focus of homeroom is to establish community within our school, and also for children to be in the Spotlight each year. Matthew Keseley will kick off Spotlight on Tuesday, September 13th with an all school meeting. We are grateful to Lori Amy for designing the Spotlight posters each year. This year’s theme is community.

Next week we head to the Prairie on Friday as we study the Prairie flowers. Because of the amount of mosquitos and wet weather we may reschedule it for the following Friday, September 23rd. We will make that decision early next week, so please watch your emails for updates on Prairie Appreciation Day. According to Larry Richie, many of the monarchs on the Prairie have started their migration to Mexico. We may luck out and see some monarchs that have come down from Canada making their way to Mexico. Attached to this letter is more information about Prairie Appreciation Day.

We are very excited to announce that we have a new music program and activity coming to Nerstrand Elementary School this fall. We will be offering a Drumline course for ALL Woodland students. It does not matter your experience with percussion or music, all are welcome to join and learn! This is an optional program and will be treated as an extracurricular activity although it will be held during the school day. Matthew plans to have the program up and running around the beginning of October and he hopes to debut the line at our first program of the year in December.

The Nerstrand Eagles Drumline will consist of four sections or “lines”, Snare line, Bass (Drum) line, Tenor (pitched drums) line, and a Cymbal line. Matthew will teach all of the basic elements of a drumline. Because of the equipment available to our school and the age/size of our students we will be leaving the marching aspect out. Students will learn about rhythm, ensemble playing and proper percussion techniques along with some history around drumlines. With Matthew’s experience as a professional percussionist, the drum line should prove to be an exciting music opportunity for our students.

Looking ahead, please remember that we will be in need for many volunteers for Discovery Day, which is scheduled for October 7th. In order to volunteer you must have completed the paperwork for a background check. If you are interested in volunteering at all this school year we do need to have a background check completed. If you have questions or are wanting to begin a background check, please check with Barb or myself. We rely on volunteers for many of the activities we do throughout the year. Thank you to all the many volunteers to our school.

If you are interested in being a substitute at Nerstrand we are always in need of substitute teachers and paras. If you would like to be put on our substitute list please see our web site about being a substitute teacher and let the office know if you would like to sub as a para. For both of these positions a current background check must be done before we can contact you about being a substitute.

Mark your calendars for another upcoming event, Curriculum Night on Monday, September 26th from 6:00-7:00 pm. This is a parents only event for teachers to discuss curriculum at their level and answer questions about the upcoming school year. I will also be giving information about our World’s Best Workforce Report as part of our annual meeting. I will be meeting with interested parents before Curriculum Night at 5:45 in the media center.

Finally, thank you for your support of your children and this school. Our staff knows the importance of your involvement. We appreciate all that you do and hope that you never hesitate to contact us with questions and comments.
Sincerely,
Maggie Kiley