Weekly Note from Ms. Snyder 9/14

Dear NHS Community,


We hope your children are getting back into ‘school routines’ whether they be in the RLA, at NHS in person, or in our NHS Enriched Virtual Learning in grades 6-8. Our teachers have been working hard and are excited to connect and re-connect with your children.


Grades K-5 at NHS Drop Off/Pick Up Routine

We are doing our best to make these routines both safe and more efficient. We appreciate your patience as we refine the routines. I sent an email last week with the procedures and  have included a map today for your convenience.

Drop off pick up map 2020 NHS.pdf 


NHS Library

We are pleased to offer library books to our students in all 3 school platforms: RLA, Enriched Virtual Learning Grades 6-8, and K-5 NHS. Please read Mrs. McCombs letter at the end of this email. Her work to provide books to students in this environment where we cannot allow groups of students into the actual library to browse is just AMAZING!


Curriculum Nights 2020

Our teachers are planning Curriculum Night Zoom meetings by grade level. They will contact you with information about the Zoom links. RLA teachers will be in touch with RLA families about their Curriculum Meetings, which will likely be on different dates.

Curriculum Night Meeting Dates/Times

Tuesday (10/6): 5:00-5:45 - K; 6:00 - 6:45 - 1st; 7:00-7:45 - 2nd

Wednesday (10/7): 5:00-5:45 - 3rd; 6:00 - 6:45 - 4th ; 7:00-7:45 - 5th

Thursday (10/8): 5:00 - 5:45 6th; 6:00 - 6:45 7th; 7:00-7:45 8th


Dates to remember:

Sept. 16: Early Release Day--12:00 dismissal (PD day)

Oct. 12: No school--Columbus Day

Oct. 14: Early Release Day--12:00 dismissal

Nov. 3: Election Day--No school for students--PD day for staff

Nov. 11: No school--Veteran’s Day

Dec. 4: No school--SAU 21 PD day for teachers


Library News

Dear North Hampton Families,

Because our community has always supported the School Library, we have a great collection of books and we are very excited to be able to share our wonderful collection with NHS students once again. 

Let me tell you a little about how the process works.


Under our current procedures, students are not able to visit the Library. Instead we will be bringing the books to them.


Grades K-5 

During Library classes, students will learn the ways they can request library books:

with a paper order form

with an online Google form, or 

by logging into the Library Catalog and placing books on Hold

A selection of books will be sent home with the students and some will stay in their classroom.


Grade 6-8

Information will be shared through their Google Library Classroom on how to request library books:

with an online Google form, or 

by logging into the Library Catalog and placing books on Hold


Remote K-5 NHS Students

It is important to me that our remote students have the same access to information as our in building students. We will be sending out information to families of remote students so that they can also use the online methods to request books. 


We will be starting a curbside-to-go service for all remote students. More information will be in the Google Classrooms and on the NHS Library Website



All book orders will be given out in paper bags labeled with our “NHS BOOKHUB logos”. Students have been asked to keep the books in these bags with all their labeling so we will be able to identify them upon return. 


Feedback Forms

For our students who are trusting us to select books for them, filling out a feedback form is very helpful as it will let us narrow down to what the best fit books are for each student. There are paper and digital copies of the form depending on how your child receives their books

Our goal is to get books out to students the day after a request is placed.

Please visit the NHS School Library Website - accessible from the NHS website under Curriculum- for more information. https://sites.google.com/sau21.org/nhsllc/home


Last year’s books

Many students still have books out from last year. 

We will be sending letters home with students reminding you of the books you still have books out.

Please try to return Library books as soon as possible. While we are not currently asking for replacement costs for lost books at this time, we will include information on how to make a donation to the lost books fund if you are able to do so.

Students with books out will still be able to get some new books to start the school year.


Safe Book Handling

Our safety guidelines for handling library materials come from the American Library Association and the American Association of School Libraries, and are based on testing as part of the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project. If you would like to know more, there is a lot of information available on the Institute of Museum and Library Services website, www.imls.gov.

Using the testing results, we have a plan in place that requires all materials to be quarantined after use for a minimum of 5 days and longer for some items and under some circumstances. We will continue to update our policies and procedures as new information comes out. If you would like any further information about our book handling procedures, please reach out to ask. 


If you would prefer your child not bring home library materials, please let us know. 


Mrs. McCombs

North Hampton School Librarian