NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION & PRESCHOOL APPLICATIONS
The school office will reopen on Wednesday, August 26th, to register students for the fall of 2015,
BOND ISSUE AND CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS UPDATE
The following is the next installment in our attempt to keep you updated on the progress of our construction projects. As a reminder, our community passed a $28,000,000 bond issue with overwhelming support of almost 70% “yes”. These funds, along with over $7 million in state matching assistance, will pay for a new middle school, various projects at our high school, and four new classrooms at Nooksack Elementary.
We have sold all of the bonds and the proceeds will be in our account by May. The market was so favorable that we were able to sell them at what is called a “premium”. The premium allowed us to sell all of the bonds and a) pay all of the costs associated with selling them, b) collect enough proceeds to make the first bond payment in December, c) sell them all at once, instead of in two installments, paying them off in one less year, and d) generate all of the $28,000,000 for our construction projects. To cap it all off, this process also lowered our projected tax rate by about $.13 per $1000 less than originally anticipated. This was a very good day for Nooksack Valley!
We have also tentatively selected architects for the projects. Proposals from a number of architectural firms were solicited and received. A committee then went through a process that ended with the selection of the Zervas Group Architects for our middle school and high school projects. They are a local firm (Bellingham based) with successful experience with similar projects, both in scope and size. King Architecture was selected for our Nooksack Elementary School projects. David King was part of the architectural team that originally designed this school, making it a perfect fit for the work to be done there. This firm is also local, with an office in Bellingham. Both the Zervas Group Architects and King Architecture articulated a strong respect for Nooksack Valley and the investment being made by our community for our children. Both were unanimous choices by our committee and we are excited to work with them.
We are very excited to introduce our first Summer Reading Program. Research shows that we can prevent “summer loss” of reading skills if students read during the summer! And… the best way to get kids to read during the summer is to send them home with books! Here is our plan:
PTA generously donated NV book bags for all of the students for participating in the Jog-A-Thon. Today your child will be coming home with books from our newly formed lending library to read this summer. Throughout the summer there will be opportunities for the students to SWAP the books for new ones.
1) Every two weeks we’ll have a book van head out into the neighborhoods to swap out the books. Your student can bring the books they have already read and trade them in for new ones.
2) We will also have books in between the front doors at school. Students are welcome to come and trade out books Monday through Friday from about 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Again, just bring back the books already read and switch for new books. It’s as easy as that!
At the end of the summer, the student returns the books they have to the school. There is no sign out and no fines for books not returned… just our way of supporting summer reading at home.
BOOK VAN SCHEDULE - COMING TO A NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR YOU!
The book van will be at the following locations and times on June 24, July 8, July 22, and August 5:
9-9:45 a.m. Baker St (Behind Car Wash)
10-10:45 a.m. Nooksack City Park
11-11:45 a.m. Entrance to Trailer Park (205 Reeds Lane)
A phone alert will be sent out to remind you of this schedule
Nooksack Elementary students also have access to more than 500 eBooks, in English and Spanish at http://www.americanreadingathome.com/offers/summer-2015/00-noo02/August 5. These books are all written at K-1st reading levels and most are high-interest nonfiction that will appeal to both young students and older struggling readers. The free eBook offer starts on June 1 and ends on August 31, 2015.
Nooksack Elementary won in the overall excellence category which is awarded to schools whose three-year average put them in the top five percent of schools across the state. Nooksack Elementary is one of the highest ranked elementary schools in Whatcom County.
The Nooksack Elementary staff recognizes the importance of community involvement as we work together in the best interests of our students. Please click on the headline above to see many of the groups who contribute to this goal. We greatly appreciate the generosity of our community partners!