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November Nicolet Newsletter  

Thank you for your active engagement in our fall parent teacher conferences. It was wonderful to see so many families connecting with our staff! We look forward to seeing you again at our literacy and cultural family night on November 21st 4:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. We will have delicious sample foods from many cultures, a grab and go free family meal, art activities and storytelling stations that will allow us to explore cultures and literacy together! 

We recently completed our fall Parent Focus Group meeting. Below are the notes on ideas shared. We truly appreciate the parents who were able to attend this meeting. We will look forward to engaging in more conversation in mid year and end of year parent focus meetings. You are always welcome to stop by and chat with us anytime. 

  • What would you like to see us consider in our academic plans?
    • Students are behind in math and parents would like to understand more about lessons and what is being taught.

    • Idea: Receive more math games that help them support their students learning

    • A concern that no homework is being brought home. Students need to practice at home

    • Idea: Maybe students get involved in more after school club groups like: book clubs

    • Idea:Use of community business incentives for reading rewards, Texas Roadhouse offers some good incentives and shares

    • Wanting consistent school expectations for at home reading between classroom and teachers (concern about the lack of feedback when students don’t read or it isn’t signed- wondering about is there a good way to communicate back, consistent expectations with at home reading)

  • What other ways would you like us to consider for communication?

    • Parent enjoys the text message communications that have been consistent from all of her teachers

    • Would like more communication on our Nicolet Facebook page

    • Parents: the school website and monthly newsletters are helpful

    • For some families paper communication isn’t supportive if unable to read that communication (Somali family share)

    • Parents: feel the calls are more personal 

  • What other events would you like to see?

    • Math family event

      • Remembering having a meal and parents really enjoyed that when we had Meatballs and Math Night.  It was motivation to participate in all areas.

    • Possible for a December movie night with a Book Fair

What are other areas that we should address?

  • Parent concern that some students are being dropped off before 8:30 am when staff supervision begins

  • Parent concern: traffic needs to slow down

  • Parents agreed that that we need to increase the communication for the safety concerns in newsletters (watch for a separate note about this)

  • Injury concerns shared in the same day, timely communication is helpful

  • Parent noticed that teacher supervision is better at 8:30 am

  • Maybe police officer support would help slow traffic down after school

  • Concern about cars parking inappropriately and then causing safety concern 

  • Concern that families aren’t using the designated flow of traffic in the morning and some families inappropriately parking in handicap spots and coming in to lot in the wrong entrance.

This is the time of year when winter takes a toll on school attendance. Snow and slushy weather can keep parents from getting their children to school. So can colds, fevers and earaches that often come with the winter months.


These absences, even if they are excused, can add up to academic trouble. If it is a snowy or rainy day but school is still open, students miss out on learning if they aren’t in class.  What can you do to prevent absent days from piling up like the snow?

1.      Early winter weather means a chance to plan ahead! Develop back up plans for getting your children to school in winter weather including talking with neighbors or family who can help. Get up early to plan for winter walking and driving, as well as shoveling snow.

2.      Focus on rest, health, and positive time together. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly, and try to get as much rest as possible. Spend time enjoying each other during this busy season!

Above all, let us know how we can help. We want your children and all our students to succeed. And that means attending school every day possible!


Winter Weather at Recess

Our winter snow and cold weather has come early! We use the following expectations for winter recess to help our students stay comfortable and ready to learn again after recess. 

Grades K-3 

● Students that have snow pants and boots can play on the equipment and in the field when snow is here. 

● Students with neither boots nor snow pants must stay on the blacktop if snow is on the field and equipment. 

● There is no playing on snow hills at anytime. 

Grades 4-5 

Students are required to have boots to play on the equipment or in the field during snowy times. Students without boots will play on the blacktop only. There is no playing on snow hills anytime. 

Important Dates:

  • November 21st Family Literacy Event 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm

  • November 27th - 29th No School
  • December 13th Early Release at 1:30 pm


Mrs. Pociask, Nicolet Principal

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