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Principal Pine's Welcome Back Letter

August 20, 2021

 

Dear NES Families:

 

We hope this letter finds all our families enjoying the remaining days of our long summer break. We are extremely excited to welcome our students back to the building. The school just is not the same without the laughter and smiles of our students. We always look forward to the start of the school year with great anticipation. The energy the children bring to the school is a refreshing change to our quiet, but busy summer routine. Many of our teachers have already been in the building preparing their classrooms for what promises to be a fantastic school year. It’s hard to believe the start of school is right around the corner; August 31st. is the first day of school.  Our first week of school will be a “soft start”, this will allow us to help students to get reacquainted with the school, work on establishing classroom communities, and review both new and old routines.

  

We are happy to share with you the children will be back on the playground with their grade level peers during recess. A big thank you to the Newmarket Public Works Department for spreading a fresh layer of woodchips around the playground. Our maintenance staff has done an outstanding job preparing the building for the upcoming school year. Floors have been waxed, windows washed, and the building has been cleaned top to bottom. Their hard work helps make our school a pleasant, safe, and welcoming environment for students, staff, and parents.  

 

Parent Drop Off & Pick Up:

Much like last year, we expect a significant amount of traffic at the school during both arrival and dismissal times. To avoid gridlock on our access roads and along town roads leading to the buildings, we are staggering drop off and pick-up times at both schools as follows. We ask that you do not arrive before your designated times as we will be having high volume of traffic on the premises.

 

NES New Traffic Pattern Map

Elementary:  Please do not arrive prior to your scheduled

Drop Off:

  Pick Up:  
8:20 - 8:30

Parent Drop Off:

Last Name: A-M

2:50 - 3:00

Parent Pick Up:

Last Name: A-M

8:30 - 8:40

Last Name N-Z

3:00 - 3:10 Last Name N-Z
8:40 - 8:45

Buses

Walker & Bikers

3:10-3:15

3:15 pm

Buses

Walkers & Bikers

8:45-8:50 

Preschool Drop off

AM Session

11:15-11:20  Preschool Pick Up
12:45-12:50

Preschool Drop off

PM Session

3:15-3:20  Preschool Pick Up

 

For safety reasons, all children must exit the car from the passenger side of the vehicle.

 

If you have a student in grades 1 - 5 or multiple children attending the school:

1)   Enter the school’s back driveway from Route 152 (South Main Street)

2)   Please drop your child(ren) off at the appropriate grade level entrance

      (see map)

3)   Grades 3 & 4: At the stop sign take a right to drop off your child and then follow the driveway to exit to route 152

4)   Grades 1, 2, & 5: At the stop sign turn left and exit onto Durrell Drive

If you have a student in Kindergarten or Preschool:

Enter the school’s front driveway from Durrell Drive.

Please drop your child off at the kindergarten entrance near our playground.

Follow the driveway to exit on to Route 152 (South Main St.)

Please clearly write your child’s full name on an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper and place this on the passenger side of your dashboard to assist us with afternoon pick-up.

Bus Transportation:

Currently the bus company is working on their routes for this school year. We will share the routes for this school year with our families when they become available. As a reminder, federal law currently mandates that all riders of public transportation, including school buses, must wear a mask. 

 

School Lunches:

Unlike last year, students will be eating in the cafeteria, they will be social distanced and have a desk to sit at next to their classmates. Lunches will be provided at no cost to all students wishing to eat our school lunch. Please keep in mind you will need to sign up your child each week through the Food Service link on our website if you want them to receive lunch through our food services program.

 

Dates for Your Calendar:

Below, you will find some information and dates regarding the beginning of the school year. Please take a moment to review this information and mark those dates which pertain to you in your calendar. 

 

August 31st – First Day of School

August 31st - Kindergarten Staggered Start 

September 1st - Kindergarten Staggered Start

September 2nd - All Kindergarteners come to school 

September 3rd & 6th – No School – Labor Day Weekend

September 8th - Back to School Paperwork Due

September 15th – School Picture Day


See you on August 31st!

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