8/10/2020: Cohort Info Coming 8/21/2020
August 10, 2020
Dear Nederland Elmentary School Families,
We know that many of our students and families are eagerly awaiting word regarding who will be their teachers this fall. We appreciate this excitement and are working to provide class lists by Friday, August 21.
While we are starting the school year on Wednesday, August 26 in Phase 1 – Home Learning, it was still important for us to sort students into cohorts (student groups) so that we are ready whenever we are able to transition to higher phases, hopefully beginning with Phase 2+ – Limited In-Person Learning some time this fall. Under our Back Together BVSD reintroduction plan and the latest guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, cohorts are required to ensure that we are able to quickly contact trace and quarantine students following a possible exposure to someone who has a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19.
Students will be assigned to Group A or Group B. Siblings and students who live in the same household will be in the same cohort, plus there was accounting based on whether students were planning to attend in-person learning or had opted for remote learning through their home school. These cohorts will not impact students’ schedules while in Phase 1 of our Reintroduction Plan, lasting through at least September 22.
Now we, at the school level, are working to make class assignments using this information. Again, we will have this to everyone by August 21, 2020.
As always, please let us know if you have any questions.
Again, we thank you for your patience and understanding.
8/8/2020: Phase 1 – Nederland Strong
August 8, 2020
Dear Nederland Community,
As we continue our preparation for Phase 1 of the BVSD Reintroduction Plan I want to update the community on our plans. First, as mentioned previously Rick and I will send a detailed explanation of what the start of the school year will look like on August 14th. But in the meantime I do have some updates that are important and I want to stay in touch with all of you.
Nederland Strong – A Note From Rick and Caleb
Rick and I want to start by acknowledging that these are incredibly challenging times and that as families you are faced with crucial decisions regarding the education of your children. That said, we want you to know that the Nederland schools are poised to serve as the educational foundation for your children. We have no doubt that through the collective strength of our staff we can collaborate to deliver remote instruction that it is exemplary, innovative, and ensures all our students make incredible academic gains. We are fully confident that we can and will be a model for this work.
While there are certainly many programs and tutors who can help support the remote learning experience we encourage all families to say connected with the Nederland schools and work closely with us to support your children. If you seek outside support through tutors or family partnerships we strongly encourage you to be inclusive and include ALL children from the Nederland community.
Our job, whether remote, phase 3, or full normal in-person learning, is to ensure that all students make significant academic progress and that we see to the social emotional well-being of all our students. This is never more so true than now.
Remote Instruction and Learning
Phase 1 does give us a greater degree of clarity moving forward. At NES, our singular focus is to provide students and families with the best possible education. We will be sharing much more information about what you can expect from online learning at NES in the next few weeks, but a few highlights include:
- Consistent learning platforms for both teachers and students. Grades K-3 will use Seesaw and grades 4-5 will use Schoology.
- More direct instruction from teachers in both asynchronous (pre-recorded videos) and synchronous (live teacher-led lessons) formats.
- Higher degree of online individual and group support from classroom teachers and paraprofessionals.
- Tighter feedback and assessment loops between teachers and students.
- Recommended daily schedules to assist families and caretakers with planning.
Again please look for more information in the coming weeks including a detailed overview of remote learning from both schools on August 14th.
Child Care Available at NES
I am thrilled to announce that 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/.
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.
While there is a lot to process, I cannot understate our commitment to you and your children. I also want to say thank you for your continued support. School will be different this year but we hold the same values and commitment to your children. We will be ready to receive your students back to school with virtual open arms. We will work tirelessly to ensure this year is filled with learning, laughter, and community.
Take care, be well and stay in touch.
8/4/2020: Phase 1 (Home Learning Letter) – Caleb Melamed (NES) and Rick Elertson (Ned MS/HS)
August 4, 2020
Hello, Families and Staff:
As you are likely aware, BVSD has made the difficult decision to reopen schools in Phase 1, which is exclusively online home learning. We realize that our families will experience this decision differently. For some, this is welcome news. For others, this creates a great deal of trepidation and angst. We want you to know a few things…
- We have been preparing over the summer for all of the Back Together BVSD Phases of learning, so we are prepared to execute Phase 1. A detailed Parent Update will be sent to you on Friday, August 14, 2020. That Update will make clear all of the Phase 1 expectations. We ask that you please hold tight until then so we can welcome our teams back to work and get everyone ready for home learning.
- We have read the feedback from the spring surveys. Home learning needed to be improved, and we have been committed to making that happen. We have spent a great deal of time with our teams working through a more defined approach. The changes that are being made will reflect your feedback, and will be communicated accordingly.
- There’s nothing for you to do right now! Try to breathe and enjoy what remains of the summer. You will be hearing from us frequently in the coming days and weeks.
- We are here to help each other, so please reach out with your questions/comments/concerns. That includes venting. If you need to say something, then feel welcome to say something. We’re in this together!
That’s it for now. We will be working with our individual schools, and collectively as a K-12 team, to ensure a smooth start to the school year, but more importantly a great educational experience for our students. We have complete confidence that our school-community will pull together and do the work. Our students deserve our very best, and that is exactly what we will deliver!
We Are Ready!
Caleb and Rick
7/23/2020: A Letter from Caleb Melamed, NES Principal
July 23, 2020
Dear Nederland Community,
I hope you are doing well and enjoying the summer despite the pandemic and these unprecedented and unnerving times.
First, I want to say thank you for the many warm welcome notes. I couldn’t be more excited to come home to Nederland and be a part of the NES community!
Second, thank you for your continued patience as we plan for the upcoming school year. As I am sure many of you know BVSD announced a plan to return to school in Phase 3. Additionally BVSD announced a delay to the start of the school year. School for students will start August 26th. I encourage you to read the email from Dr. Anderson closely. His email contains a lot of important information and will hopefully answer at least a few of your questions.
Starting next week schools will engage in school year planning. I expect to gain clarity and receive more information throughout the week. I also expect to be able to provide school specific information and details by Friday July 31st. I will provide updates as soon as I have information to share. I also hope to host a virtual Q&A session on July 30th or July 31st so please be on the lookout for an invitation.
I fully understand and appreciate the anxiety the uncertainty of this situation may cause. Please know that I will communicate information and updates as soon as I have them. As always please feel free to reach out with any questions. Take care and be well.
Caleb Melamed, NCBT, M.A.
Nederland Elementary School
7/6/2020: A Letter from Karen Daly, Interim NES Principal
July 6, 2020
Dear Nederland Elementary Parents and Guardians,
I hope that this letter finds you and your family well and enjoying the beautiful mountain lifestyle we find in our community. I am writing today to provide some updates from BVSD about next school year.
The school board received an update from the administrative staff regarding the Reintroduction Plan. I’ve attached the update here for you to review. https://www.bvsd.org/about/news/news-article/~board/all-schools/post/back-together-bvsd-our-plan-for-reintroduction-to-learning
Our tremendous teachers and staff are resting and preparing for the new school year now during the summer break. They are anxious to return to school and are ready to serve your children in the best and safest way possible.
Right now our Kindergarten numbers are hovering at 20 students. This is a lower number of students than we typically see at this time of year and leads me to think that some of our parents might be waiting to enroll their children for fall session. I understand that there are questions that cannot be answered right now about re-entry but I want to assure you that you will have many options this coming school year. It is important for you to enroll your children and encourage other members in our community to enroll in kindergarten now so that we can plan appropriately for re-opening. Our staffing allocation depends on our enrollment numbers.
You have choices and we will be very flexible with our enrolled students in the type of services they require. Parents may enroll their children and have their children attend school if we are approved for in-person learning. You may choose to enroll at Nederland Elementary and keep your child at home and take advantage of our Home Learning options this coming year even if there is in-person learning at the school. The third option is to enroll at Boulder Universal for one year then return to Nederland Elementary in the fall of 2021. We of course want you to enroll at Nederland Elementary school and be a part of our home community but we understand that some may opt for the Boulder Universal option. Here is the link to BU: https://bu.bvsd.org/about/enrollment-information
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Let’s work together to find and enroll our new kindergarten students! We are looking forward to our new school year.
Karen Daly, Interim Principal
Nederland Elementary School