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July 23, 2019

posted Aug 1, 2019, 11:28 AM by Christine Roman

Hi Parents and Students,

It is crazy to think that soon it will be August and we will start to think about coming back to school!  I hope you and your family have been able to enjoy some fun times this summer.  The weather has been ideal for swimming, hiking, golfing, campfires, and being outside.  I had an opportunity to attend the 2019 Innovative Schools Summit, met with colleagues on two different book groups, reflected on our successes and challenges from last year, spent time with family and friends, and started to prepare for the upcoming school year.  Socrates said, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building new.”

We are excited to introduce you to our new faculty and support staff members!

  • Deb Parsons-new Kindergarten teacher:  Masters of Education from UNH with over 20 years of teaching experience at the elementary level
  • Amanda Seavey-new 1st grade teacher:  Masters of Education from Lesley University and has taught in our district for 13 years over at Danbury Elementary School
  • Nicole Eline-new 4th grade teacher: Bachelors of Science from Plymouth State University and has special education paraprofessional experience
  • Jasmine Fayez-new 5th grade teacher:  Masters of Education from St. Johns University with teaching experience in New York and overseas in Abu Dhabi
  • Susan Schultz-new Guidance Counselor:  Master of Education from Keene State College with several years of school counseling experience in our region of the state
  • Hannah Grady-new Music teacher: recently graduated from Plymouth State University and has worked as a summer camp counselor for many years
  • Gayle Battersby-special education paraprofessional: has recently been one of our consistent substitute teachers and wanted to be in one school to make a greater difference

Here is a list of returning faculty and support staff—Deirdre Conway-2nd grade teacher; Shelley Doucette-3rd grade teacher; Samantha Austin-Special Education Teacher/Case Manager; Carolyn Mallahan-Literacy Specialist; Denise Plante-Renaud-Art teacher; Raegan Kernen-Physical Education teacher; Christine Roman-ICT teacher; Rachel Morrison-School Nurse; Brenda Deneault-special education paraprofessional/interventionist; Pam Pringle-Fresh Picks Café/our “chef”; Mary Cote-day/lead custodian; Auggie Lukacovic-evening custodian; Doreen Troup-Administrative Assistant

We are still in the need to hire special education paraprofessionals and a part-time kindergarten classroom paraprofessional.  The special education paraprofessional positions are working one-on-one with a student.  The hours are 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  with a half-hour off for lunch (32.5 hours a week).  These positions are school-year meaning you work when students have school and include benefits.  The pay rate varies with experience, but the starting rate is $13.04.  Our part-time kindergarten classroom paraprofessional is also school-year working 5.9 hours a day with no benefits.  If you are interested in applying for any of these positions, please submit a packet to me.  The packet should include a cover letter, resume, district application, and three letters of recommendation.

Although we will have many new adult faces in our school this year, our mission continues to be “NHCS CARES.”  We will strive to build students who have a strength of Character, achieve Academic success, display individual Responsibility, purse Excellence in the classroom and school community, and exhibit a creative Spirit.  We will provide rigorous educational opportunities, communicate our academic and behavioral expectations, offer guidance and support for social and emotional events, and love each and every one of our students.  NHCS is a special place because we understand that schools should be a partnership with families.  We enjoy having our families volunteer to help out in our classrooms, chaperone field trips, attend different events, positively promote our school, and take an active role in your child’s education. 

Mark your calendar for upcoming events:

  • ·         Kindergarten Open House
  • ·         Ms. Holloran’s Annual Ice Cream Social
  • ·         First day of school—Wednesday, August 28
  • ·         First day of Project Promise—Tuesday, September 3
  • ·         Open House—Wednesday, September 18—6:30-7:30 p.m.

We are continuing to use the company, Fresh Picks Café, for our food service program.  Students have an option to purchase breakfast, lunch, milk, and a variety of snack items.  School lunch is $2.85.  Breakfast is $1.25.  Milk is $0.40 and snacks range from $0.50-0.75.  Each student has an “account” and parents may contribute to their child’s account electronically through mySchoolBucks or send money in an envelope to hand deliver to our food service personnel.  Families can find more information about our food service program on our district website (www.sau4.org) under the Parent/Family tab.  The menu for the upcoming week will be in the Friday newsletter and the menu can be found on both our school and district websites.  Students with negative balances will not be allowed to purchase a la carte snack/food items.  Free and reduced lunch paperwork will be mailed home by the SAU Office to each family this summer.  Please be on the look-out for the envelope and those who believe they are eligible should apply early!  Remember that an application needs to be filled out each year even if you have received assistance in the past.

Registration form for our after school program, Project Promise, will be mailed home to parents towards the beginning of August.  Project Promise is funded through 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Project Promise will start on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.  The program runs Monday through Thursday at our school from 2:00-5:30 p.m.  The cost is $8 a day.  Reduced rates are available and based on student free/reduced lunch status.  Families must register their child prior to attending.  It is recommended that families register early as slots will fill quickly and in years past, we have had a waiting list.  On Fridays and other days that Project Promise is not available, several of our students attend the TTCC After School Program.  They are bused directly to the TTCC from our school.  Students attending the TTCC be registered there.

We have an amazing, hard-working and dedicated PTO!  Any parent or community member can be a part of this organization.  The group meets monthly and runs many events throughout the year.  Being active with the PTO is a great way to get involved with our school, be a part of your child's school life, and get to know parents and NHCS staff. Please see the enclosed brochure for details on all the wonderful programs our PTO organizes and funds and how to get involved.  

The 2019-20 officers are:

  • President:  Nora Foster  (norafoster1@gmail.com)
  • Vice President:   Megan Magrauth (blissfulworks@msn.com)
  • Secretary/Communications Manager:  Amanda DiFilippe (younique.amandaD@gmail.com)
  • Treasurer:  Catherine Rand (mcrand805@yahoo.com)
  • Volunteer Coordinator:  vacant (we would love to fill this position)

 The first day of school for our students will be Wednesday, August 28, 2019.  School will start at 7:30 a.m. and breakfast will be available beginning at 7:00 a.m.  To ensure a smooth transition on the first day, we will have all students, faculty, staff and parents meet outside on the basketball blacktop near our playground equipment at 7:30 a.m.  Promptly at this time, I will dismiss students by classroom, and teachers will walk their students and parents into the building.  If they would like, parents may join their children from 7:30-7:45 a.m. in the classroom.  At 7:45 a.m., our entire school community will meet back in the multi-purpose room for a very brief kick-off assembly.  After the assembly, only students and teachers will return to their classrooms.  We have successfully used this schedule in past years, and it helped to reduce the first-day-of-school worries and jitters, for both students and parents J.  We are also asking that families fill out the enclosed paperwork regarding the first few days of school and general dismissal information. 

If you have received this letter and your child will not be attending our school, please contact the main office and speak with Doreen.  In addition, we request that you visit your child’s new school to enroll.  It is important for us to have accurate numbers moving forward this month as our teachers start to plan and organize their classrooms.

Each school year is a new beginning.  I am excited and honored to have the role of principal at this incredible school.  I am looking forward to a great year.  In my personal reflections this summer I know I am able to connect parent/guardians’ faces with their child but my goal this year is to know every parent’s first and last name and use that when I greet you. I want to continue the great work we started with writing and homework last year.  I am embracing and enjoying the challenge of building a great “team” of faculty and support staff.  Finally, I will continue to work tirelessly to have all students feel safe at school and want to come each and every day.

I know this is a lot of information!  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out.  You can email me at aholloran@sau4.org or call the office at 744-3221.

See you soon!

Ann Holloran