We have just completed the first quarter and have recently begun the second one. Where has all of the time gone? As we’ve already pointed out to our students, this new quarter provides a fresh start for everyone. NPI students are always encouraged to do their very best. I’m certain that there will be many successes for which we may all celebrate during the remainder of this semester. Keep up the great job, sensational scholars!
As we approach the winter months, we encourage our students to dress for school each day in clothing and jackets/coats with the predicted forecast in mind. Our students will have outdoor recess on as many days as the weather conditions and temperatures will allow. Because of this, we need them to be prepared to enjoy their recess time in attire conducive to the conditions at hand.
Federal Impact Aid Survey forms have been distributed and must be completed by ALL families. If you haven’t already done so, please take a few moments to complete this important paperwork as soon as possible. These forms are essential because our district receives a substantial amount of federal funding based on the results of these surveys. Thank you, in advance, for your assistance with this extremely important matter!
Just as a reminder, all parents/guardians throughout the district have full access to Parent Portal. This program allows parents/guardians to access their students’ attendance data, email teachers directly from the program, and review assignment details including scores, comments, and current grades available. Paper copies of report cards are not issued, but instead, this information is being posted within Parent Portal. This program is an excellent means for parents/guardians to access important information related to the educational process and related progress of our students. Usernames and passwords are required in order to log on to Parent Portal. If your form containing this information has been misplaced, please request another copy from one of the NPI Site Secretaries. Parent Portal serves as a powerful tool in enhancing our home-to-school connection and communication efforts. We are so thrilled to have this technological component available to our school and district!
At NPI, Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled on the evenings of November 1st and November 3rd. It is extremely important for all of our parents/guardians to participate in conferences so that you will have the opportunity to discuss your child’s academic and behavioral progress with his or her teacher(s). We are looking forward to 100% participation from our families! Please remember that school will not be in session on November 4, 2022, because some sites in our district will be conducting their conferences on that day.
With this season, sheer thankfulness often comes to mind. We, as Americans and citizens of this wonderful community, have so very much for which we can truly be thankful. In a few weeks, our nation will recognize veterans for their service to our country. I would like to take this special opportunity to extend a heartfelt thank you to our active duty military personnel and veterans. There really aren’t enough words to express my true appreciation for all that you do to ensure the freedom and safety of all Americans. It is with great pride that I congratulate all of you for a job well done each and every day of your service to our awesome country. On Friday, November 11, 2022, NPI will honor our family members and friends who are currently serving in the military or are veterans. We will be hosting our Veterans Day program at 2:15 p.m. All NPI students and staff are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue on November 11th to commemorate the event. I would like to extend a personal invitation for you to join us for this special recognition event and reception that will follow.
The week of November 7th –11th has been designated Celebrate Freedom Week. Our classes are planning some awesome activities in which our students will be engaged so that they may better understand how our nation was founded, what sacrifices have been made for our freedom, and the meaning behind some of the original documents in our nation’s history. These studies will greatly enhance our students’ understanding of our past and who we are today as Americans.
We have several other special things noted on our November calendar. Please refer to the NPI November 2022 Calendar you’ve received or log on to our school website to stay informed about NPI happenings and events. Make special note that Choctaw-Nicoma Park Schools will NOT be in session November 4, 2022, or the entire week of November 21-25, 2022.
On a closing note, I want to take this special opportunity to express to the Nicoma Park Intermediate families my thankfulness for your support, assistance with the education and development of your children, and for entrusting them to us. We have an amazing group of young people with which we have the privilege of working each day. Please celebrate this month of thankfulness with joy!
Mother Teresa once said, “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” I am sure we can all agree that LOVE is essential in our homes. When families love each other, they are happy, healthy, kindhearted people. In order to LOVE our family, we must LOVE those we do not know. Families who instill true love teach the importance of loving a neighbor, a stranger, a homeless man on the corner, or a new student in school as well as those who are taller, fatter, skinnier, brown, black, or white. Our children must witness our love for others through acts of kindness and compassion. Your children are always watching and learning from you. If you want to change the world, be a positive example for your children, and they will follow your lead!
“Kindness is more important than wisdom. The recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.” ~Theodore Isaac Rubin