7:00 PM - 8:00 PM School Board Meeting
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM School Board Meeting
Dear Parent or Guardian,
An unimmunized child in Whatcom County tested positive for measles this month after being exposed to the virus at a private school in Canada. There is currently an outbreak of measles in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia which is located just north of the border. As of March 26, 2014 British Columbia Health Officials reported 237 confirmed cases of measles. The majority of the cases are related to a private school that has a very high number of unvaccinated children.
· Measles cases are contagious 1-2 days before onset of symptoms (typically 4-5 days before rash onset) through 4 days after rash onset.
· The incubation period of measles, from exposure to onset of symptoms is 7-21 days.
What you should do if you become sick:
· Avoid contact with others.
· See your primary care provider.If you do not have a regular health care provider, go to a hospital emergency room or urgent care clinic.Contact your health care provider, emergency room, or urgent care clinic before going in for evaluation so arrangements can be made to have you evaluated without exposing other patients.
What you should do to prevent measles:
· Get vaccinated. More than 99% of people who receive two doses of measles vaccine (with the first dose administered no earlier than the first birthday) develop immunity to measles.
· Avoid contact. If you know someone who is ill with a fever and rash, stay away from them unless you know you are immune to the measles virus.
If you or your child become exposed to measles and you cannot prove immunity (documentation of having had measles, blood test showing immunity, or proof of two vaccinations) be aware that you or your child will be excluded from school, work or other public settings for up to 21 days, following exposure. This action is necessary to prevent spread to other residents in our community.
If you know that your child is unvaccinated and you do not plan to vaccinate for measles, please consider making provisions for their in-home care for the duration of the exclusion. It is very important that others are not exposed during this time period.
Estimado Padre o Guardián,
Un niño(a) sin historia de inmunizacionesque reside en el Condado de Whatcom, ha resultadopositivopara el test de Sarampióndespués de habersidoexpuesto a este virus en unaescuelaprivada en Canada. En estemomento hay un brote de sarampión en el Fraser Valley en la Provincia de British Columbia, la cualesta al Norte de nuestrafrontera. Para Marzo26, 2014 lasautoridades de salud de British Columbia habíanreportado237 casosconfirmados de sarampión.La mayoría de estoscasosestánrelacionadosa unaescuelaprivada en la cual hay un gran numero de estudiantesque no hansidovacunados.
· Sarampión es contagioso 1-2 días antes de la aparición de síntomas(típicamente4-5 días antes de la aparición del brote en la piel) hasta 4 díasdespués de la aparición del brote en la piel.
· El periodo de incubación para el sarampión desde el día de exposición hasta la aparición de síntomas es de 7 – 21 días.
Que debe hacer si se enferma:
· Evite el contacto con otros.
· Visite a su proveedor de salud. Si usted no tiene un proveedor de salud establecido, vaya a la sala de emergencias del hospital o a una clínica de urgencias. Llame a su proveedor de salud, sala de emergencias del hospital o a clínica de urgencias antes de ir para su evaluación, para que ellos puedan prepararse para su visita sin exponer a otros pacientes.
Que debe hacer para prevenir el sarampión:
· Vacúnese. Más del 99% de la gente que recibe dos dosis de la vacuna del sarampión(primera dosis administrada no antes del primer año de vida)desarrolla inmunidad contra el sarampión.
· Evite el contacto. Si usted conoce a alguien que esté enfermo con fiebre y brote en la piel, evite el contacto con esa persona a menos que usted sepa que usted es inmune al virus del sarampión.
Si su hijo(a) es expuesto al sarampión y usted no puede demostrar inmunidad (documentación que de haber padecido de sarampión, test de sangre mostrando inmunidad, o prueba de dos vacunas del sarampión)este informado que su hijo(a) será excluido de la escuela, trabajo, o de otros sitios públicospor lomenos 21 díasdespués de haber sido expuesto. Esto es necesario para prevenir el contagio a otros residentesen nuestra comunidad.
Si usted sabe que su hijo(a) no está vacunado y usted no planea vacunarlo(a) contra el sarampión, por favor considere en hacer planes para su cuidado en casa durante el periodo de exclusión. Es muy importante que otros no sean expuestos durante este periodo de tiempo.
Si tiene preguntas, contacte a su proveedor de salud o al departamento de salud pública del Condado de Whatcom.
Dear Staff, Parents, and Community:
Today, and always, I am thankful for so many things, both personal and professional. For me, these blend together in various ways. I’m thankful for;
· The children we serve and the joy they bring us daily, as well as the challenges they present us with, and the successes we realize with and through them;
· Our parents and community, for their critical support and partnership in a most important task at hand-Ensuring student success;
· Our amazing staff, for bringing everyday your heads, hearts, and hands to bear on our mission; for your talents, skills, compassion, passion, and commitment to our charge.
Thank you for helping us continue to become a place of realized potential, a place where others claim, “those people are a gift to the spirit”. Enjoy your family and friends this long weekend and throughout the season. With heartfelt thanks and blessings to you all;
by Ken Ludwig
A comedy in 2 Acts
It is 1958 and two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge circuit in rural Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces! That doesn’t stop their get rich scheme. Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady's vivacious niece, Meg, who's engaged to the local minister. Meg knows that there's a wide world out there, but it's not until she meets "Maxine and Stephanie" that she finally gets a taste of it.
The cast of 8 will have you laughing from beginning to end.
NEW Dates for the Show are:
· Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m.
· Friday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m.
· Saturday, 26 at 7:00 p.m.
· Sunday, April 27, at 2:00 p.m. - Matinee
· Thursday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m.
· Friday, May, 2 at 7:00 p.m.
· Sunday, May 4 at 2:00 p.m. - Matinee
Tickets are $8.00 and available at the door.
Performances will be held at the Nooksack Valley High School Performing Arts Center, located at 3326 E. Badger Rd, Everson
If you have questions or want more information contact Susan Postma at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you ever considered working as a substitute employee? The role of a substitute teacher or staff member is highly valued by the District. Substitutes provide services which allow the District to continue a quality educational program when a staff member is absent. Substitutes work in both certificated (teaching) and classified (support) positions (i.e., office support, food service workers, custodians, bus drivers, etc.)
Both volunteer and substitute employment packets may be obtained at the District office. If you are interested in finding out more information about either of these opportunities, or if you would like to have materials mailed to you, please contact
Dear Nooksack Valley Kindergarten Parents:
We are excited to inform you that for the 2013/2014 school year, the Nooksack Valley School District is able to provide full-time Kindergarten. The three elementary schools schedule will be 9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. for grades K-5, Monday through Friday. The first day of Kindergarten classes will be September 3, 2013 for all elementary school buildings.
We wanted to inform you of this change as soon as possible to help you in your planning for the coming school year. If you have questions, call your student's school building.
Kathy Winslow, Cindy Tjoelker, Kevin DeVere
Nooksack Valley School District Elementary Principals
Estimados Padres de Niños de Kínder Del Distrito de Nooksack Valley:
Nos complace informarles a Ustedes que para el año 2013/2014, el distrito escolar de Nooksack Valley podrá proveer a sus hijos Kínder de tiempo completo. Eso significa que el horario de las tres escuelas primarias serán de 9:00 – 3:15 para los grados K-5, del lunes al viernes. Más información vendrá en el boletín de distrito en su correspondencia en agosto.
Queríamos informarles de este cambio tan pronto como fuera posible para ayudarle a planificar para el próximo año escolar. Si usted tiene preguntas, llame a la oficina del distrito al teléfono 988-4754 o las oficinas de la escuela a la que su hijo/a pertenezca que se inaugurarán empezando el 21 de agosto de 2013.
Kathy Winslow, Cindy Tjoelker, Kevin DeVere
Directores del Distrito Escolar de Nooksack Valley
Nooksack Valley Elementary Schools Receive HealthierUS School Challenge Bronze Award
Nooksack, Sumas, and Everson Elementary Schools are making national news by working to support and improve the health of our children and our community. As a part of their effort, healthy items are featured on their menus and physical education and other activity emphasized. Their efforts are part of the HealthierUS School Challenge. Sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, the initiative encourages all schools to take leadership in helping students to make healthier eating and physical activity choices. The HUSSC application was led by Peggy Davis, Nooksack Valley’s Food Service Director. A team of school professionals and a representative of the parent organization participated in the application process. Special recognition is also due to the school nutrition staff for their efforts in achieving school lunch menu changes leading to a HUSSC Bronze award.
Nooksack Valley and Anacortes School Districts Awarded a Washington STEM Portfolio Award
Collaborative STEM project: Nooksack Valley and Anacortes School Districts
The relatively small Nooksack Valley and Anacortes School Districts have an ambitious goal: make sure there is a high-performing teacher in every STEM classroom capable of creating powerful learning opportunities enabling students to master the new national core science and math standards. Washington STEM’s $425,000 investment will help the two districts work together to achieve this goal.
The districts have a pre-existing history of working together on improving instruction. Anacortes developed a new research based teacher and principal evaluation model that was recently chosen as one of three new evaluation models for the State of Washington. Nooksack, meanwhile, has been working hard on science and math teacher development. Washington STEM’s support will help the districts cross-pollinate the ideas and help encourage professionalization of the teaching craft.
The program will use multiple measures of student and staff growth in STEM classrooms as part of the teacher and principal evaluation system while providing teachers and school leaders with rich on-the-job professional development opportunities.
The program is aimed at helping the districts adopt and meet the new national standards in math and science and to eliminate the achievement gap between low-income and middle-class kids. Its success will yield a model that school districts around the state and the country can use to improve STEM teaching and student achievement.