Volunteer at the Farmer’s Market: September 27th
The NES PTA is helping the Nederland Farmer’s Market by volunteering at their chili roasting booth. We need 4 volunteers! This event is a lot of fun – package the roasted chili’s in one pound bags and work on your cashier skills! Play guess who is behind the mask and sunglasses. 2 people per 2 hour shift. Sign up using this link.
Even if you can’t volunteer – stop by and shop the market!
pEBT Deadline: September 23rd
From Ann Cooper, Director of Food Services
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The Pandemic-EBT program provides financial assistance to families of children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals who lost access to food due to the school closures. The average P-EBT benefit is $5.70/child per day or up to $279 per eligible child, retroactive to when schools initially closed. The deadline to apply for these benefits is September 23, 2020. There is more than $1 million in total available benefits for qualifying BVSD families who have not yet completed the application.
Access to these funds allows families to purchase nutritious food and stay healthy during the pandemic. This program is in addition to the Food Bag Distribution Program that the district has been running.
If your family is not currently enrolled in SNAP benefits, or if you did not automatically receive this additional P-EBT benefit loaded to your card in July, you must complete an application to receive P-EBT.
PLEASE NOTE: Receiving these benefits will NOT affect your immigration or public charge status.
All families who are eligible for P-EBT may receive it, regardless of immigration status. P-EBT is a pandemic emergency benefit based on free or reduced-price school meal eligibility, and similar to other benefits that the Department Homeland Security has stated that it is excluded from consideration in public charge. Household information that is used to determine eligibility is protected under both federal and state data privacy practices.
To successfully complete the P-EBT application, you will need your child(ren)’s State Assigned Student ID (SASID) number.
To find your children’s SASID numbers, do the following:
- Go to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal at: https://bvsd.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/parents/boulder.jsp
- Log in using your Parent Username and Password
- On the home page, you will see a black panel on the left side of the page. Click on the “More” tab, which is the last option.
- Then click on “BVSD Student ID and Account”, which is the 9th option down.
- The student’s name and picture will be displayed at the top right.
- The student’s SASID is listed as “Student State ID” on this page (2nd from the top) and is a 10-digit number.
Upon approval, an EBT card with the qualifying amount will be mailed to you. To access the P-EBT application visit: https://www.colorado.gov/cdhs/p-ebt.
For more information about P-EBT, please visit the Colorado Department of Human Services’ Frequently Asked Questions webpage. If you have further questions, please contact email@example.com and a representative will respond.
If you need help locating your State-Issued Student ID Number (SASID), contact Lola in BVSD Food Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-561-5942 from 8 AM – 1 PM, Monday – Friday.
Mountain Strong Families Series Is Back!
The Mountain Strong Families Series sponsored by Teens Inc. is back. The first two sessions are a two part topic that focus on fostering your child’s healthy sexual development. The third session is teaches about how to be an anti-racist family. For more information, contact Ann Sherman at Teens Inc.
NES Yearbook and Chromebook Distribution!
Did you see the news? NES yearbooks are available! Yearbooks and Chromebooks are being distributed August 24th (Monday) from 8-10 and 2-4. Didn’t prepay for a yearbook? Bring $25 with you to get your copy of the NES Yearbook.
There is a limited number of Chromebooks available. You must have contacted the office before arriving to receive a Chromebook.
Check out the email from Juanita Gloe for detailed information. Questions, call the main office at 720-561-4800.
Have you completed your census form yet? Did you know that the census determines our region’s funding for things like schools, road, bridges, and emergency services? You can fill it out online today! https://my2020census.gov/
Childcare Available at NES
BVSD will provide childcare at Nederland Elementary. BVSD will provide both preschool and school age childcare (grades K-8). BVSD is working closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) to ensure the programs are safe and meet the latest COVID guidelines. Currently, the preschool program is licensed and ready to go. BVSD is in the process of licensing the school aged program. However registration for both programs is open.
For more information including registration please go to https://childcare.bvsd.org/.
Unenrollment from BU Possible
If you enrolled at Boulder Universal but would like to return to NES you may do so. Please contact the BU registrar, Julie Robbins, to activate the return. Julie’s contact information is email@example.com, 720.561.5523. Please do your best to do this before the start of school on August 26th. Mid-year changes will be extremely tough as the scope, sequence and pacing of NES teacher guided online learning is NOT ALIGNED with BU. So please keep this in mind as you make your decision.
BVSD Reintroduction August 26th, 2020: PHASE 1 – Home Learning
BVSD will start the school year on August 26th, 2020 in Phase 1 (Home Learning) status. This decision was made based on multiple factors, including, but not limited to the following.
- Increasing number of Covid-19 cases in Boulder Country (5-day rolling average, reported by Boulder County Public Health)
- Revised guidance from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment – quarantine required for probable Covid-19 symptoms (which overlap with cold and flu symptoms) as well as confirmed cases.
- Recent studies indicating that Covid-19 may impact children differently than initially believed.
- Officially, 25% of parents have opted out of in-person learning, but many more want flexibility and are waiting to see how the situation evolves
- 300 teachers received exemptions from on-site work. The district is thus unable to staff in-person learning for Phase 3.
With all these factors taken into consideration, the district determined it was not able to start the school year in Phase 3 and has opted for Phase 1 (Home Learning).
The district plans to re-evaluate on September 22, 2020 to determine if schools can move out of Phase 1. This evaluation may be moved up depending on data from public health.
BVSD is continuing to work towards standing up Child Care centers at select BVSD schools. The goal is to provide a low cost or free child care environment that is safe, quiet and work to support students with their remote learning. Child Care will operate 5 Days a Week, 10 hours per day: 7:30am – 5:30pm.
- No cost for families who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch
- Scholarship/waiver process for families with financial hardships
For childcare updates (locations, registration) please visit the BVSD childcare website: childcare.bvsd.org
BVSD recognizes that families are coming together within their communities to create academic support groups, or learning pods. The district has been meeting with some parents in regard to these pods and are in process of creating a plan to support these pods (providing academic resources and materials, training pod leaders, helping facilitate safe interactions with other pods)
Wild Bear Survey
July 7, 2020
Parents/Guardians of Elementary School-aged Children
NES Catchment Area
Dear fellow parent and guardians,
The Nederland Elementary School (NES) PTA is reaching out to ask for your help to support our NES. You are an amazing community that banded together just a few weeks ago to demand that candidates outside of BVSD interview for the principal position at NES. This campaign was amazingly successful; three of the candidates interviewed were external to BVSD. The NES PTA hopes that our community will show it strength again.
Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on the budgets across the state, and BVSD is no exception. Every cost is being carefully monitored to ensure that no monies are spent unnecessarily. This fiscal reality, combined with a significantly reduced Kindergarten enrollment for the 2020 – 2021 school year, resulted in NES is losing one teacher (FTE position). The NES PTA hopes to reverse this decision by having all eligible families enroll their Kindergarten student by July 15, 2020. Combined with student withdrawals, NES is at risk of losing more FTE positions. This will force the combination of classes an increase class size.
The NES PTA understand that you are concerned about keeping your children healthy during these uncertain times. We share those same concerns. BVSD will be offering Covid-19 accommodations that will allow your child to learn from home, if that is what you so choose. If you have any questions, please contact the PTA at firstname.lastname@example.org (Sara Sandstrom-Kobi) or email@example.com (Jess McElvain).
Please act quickly and enroll your eligible child(ren) in Kindergarten or re-enroll you child(ren) that you may have withdrawn. Enroll via www.bvsd.org/Enrollment/Pages/enrollmentonline.aspx. Please update your child’s ADU through the BVSD infinite campus parent portal.
The NES PTA knows that currently there is a lot of uncertainty between Covid-19 and the search for a new principal. We are asking that you give the process a chance and register/re-enroll your child in NES. Please help keep NES and our community strong.
Nederland Elementary School PTA Board