Weekly Note from Ms. Snyder 11/4

Dear NHS Community,

 

Election day has passed and there are no shortage of opinions. While there continues to be division in our country, we continue to focus on messages of hope, kindness, and inclusion in our school community. Kids may have questions about the election process or why some adults feel so strongly about their views. Both in school and in their homes, we know that students receive the message that it is OK to disagree with someone, but we must do so respectfully. I am attaching the guidance from NASP (National Association of School Psychologists) on helping kids manage such discussions. You may find it useful if such conversations take place in your home.

NASP Guidance on 2020 Election.pdf 

 

Holiday Need?

Each year, the North Hampton Fire Department offers families support in buying toys and gifts for children around the holidays. If you would like to request assistance, please fill out the attached form and return it to Angelo. The email address is listed on the form. All requests are handled confidentially.

If your family needs meal assistance, remember that school lunches are free of charge until the end of December and that Nurse Mara can connect families to a program called “68 Hours of Hunger” to obtain more substantial meal and food support. Contact Nurse Mara for details.

Toy bank Application2020.docx 
 

Please see information below regarding this year’s virtual talent show. Mrs. Oliver and Mrs. Zavez will be working together to coordinate. We truly appreciate their dedication to continuing this NHS tradition.

 

NHS TALENT SHOW - 2020

Grades 1 - 8

This year we are offering a Virtual Talent Show for NHS students in grades 1 through 8.  Now is the time to start practicing your act.  When you are ready, record it, and then send it to Mrs. Zavez.  She is going to create an iMovie with all the acts included.  If we have too many submissions for one movie, we will make two (one for younger students and one for older).  Eighth grade students will be the MCs.  Our intent is to have the movie(s) ready for viewing over the December holidays.  You can consider it a gift for your families.

 

 

 NHS TALENT SHOW RULES 

All acts must be less than 3 minutes.  

No lip-syncing. 

All music and dances must be appropriate for a school event.  We will ask you to change the song or the moves if it is not.  Please ask if you have any doubt.

You may be in two performances if one is a solo or duet and the other is a group event

 

 

What to do:

1.  Sign-up to be in the Talent Show via signup.com (link below); please include names and grade(s) of all students who will be in act, the name of the song that will be used, and what talent is being shared.  You need to let us know by November 6th.

2.  Practice your act.  When you feel like you are ready to "perform", have someone record the performance.  

3.  Send the recording to Mrs. Zavez.  We need them by November 29th.

 

Please sign up using the link below to be in the NHS Virtual Talent Show for 2020!

Talent Show Sign-Up Link

 

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

 

Please note:  Mrs. Oliver is willing to create a recording of the accompaniment for your song if you are singing.  Reach out to her by email: moliver@sau21.org

 

QUESTIONS?  Reach out to either one of us.

mzavez@sau21.org  or moliver@sau21.org

 

A reminder:

People should stay home and quarantine for 14 days after their last contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. EVEN if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy,since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

Siblings and other families do NOT need to be quarantined unless they develop symptoms or are directly in close contact with a positive case.

 

Dates to remember:

Nov. 5: North Hampton School Board Meeting at 6:30 PM at Winnacunnet HS Auditorium

Nov. 11: No school--Veteran’s Day

Nov. 25, 26, 27: No school--Thanksgiving Break

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

Dec. 4: End of first trimester

 

Absences/Quarantines

If a student needs to stay out of school due to illness, exposure to Covid-19, or travel restrictions, we will provide asynchronous school work. We can provide the student’s iPad or laptop for home use. Assignments will be posted and communication would take place via Google Classroom or SeeSaw. Unified Arts teachers have posted Choice Boards on our website to provide options for students at home. Parents will be able to pick up learning materials in the office after communicating with the teacher. Classroom teachers will check in directly with students as needed and at their discretion depending on particular circumstances.

Our Technology teacher, Ms. Herlihy has created a parent resource site with information and tutorials to help use online tools and resources.

Tech Support Site for NHS

UA At Home Links

 

Online Security on NHS Issued Devices

Our Systems Administrator, Demetri Mattis, has worked tirelessly to provide the best experience possible for our students on school-issued devices. If you have an NHS device at home now, please follow these guidelines:

 

1. We ask that you use the device as is. They are configured to work as a school device only. 

2. Please do not not use them for your personal use unless you have no other device in your home. 

3. Passwords cannot be changed unless given the authorization to do so.

 

This year, we have purchased a remote web filtering program called ‘Securely.’ This will be implemented on all NHS student devices. It tracks internet usage, and blocks mature content. 

Note: Youtube will be open with strict access.

 

As Securely provides web filtering based on the student's Google account, Safari will be blocked on Macbooks to encourage students to log into Google Chrome. There are billions of websites on the internet and some necessary sites could be blocked. Mr. Mattis will unblock them at the request of the teacher only.

 

Even if you do not currently have an NHS device at home, your child may need to take one home in the future, so please remember these guidelines.