Nitrauer Update – November 13th

From Dr. Hancock

Good afternoon, Nitrauer Families!You’ll notice our Veterans Day theme for this newsletter. Our word of the week was “honor” and all week we talked about ways we can honor others, including our veterans! You’ll see below the poem we heard on the announcements. I gave you a giant dose of student and school photos today. Enjoy!

Report cards for Marking Period 1

To access your student’s report card:

  • Log into Sapphire Portal
  • Click on your child’s name
  • At the top of your student’s Sapphire portal page, it will say “Recent School Postings”.
  • Hovering over those words, click on “Report Card-1”
  • If you do not have a Sapphire Portal, please email Faye Will at WillFa@mtwp.net.

November PTO Meeting

I hope you all had a great weekend and a chance to enjoy this wonderful weather! Our next PTO Meeting is on November 17th at 7 PM at the following link: https://mtwp.zoom.us/j/94040030787

Dental Exam Information Due for Grades 1 & 3!

The Pennsylvania School Health Law requires that regular dental examinations be completed at scheduled intervals throughout your child’s school years. Manheim Township requires that dental exams be obtained for students entering 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades.

Picture Retake Day is Next Week! Thursday, November 19

If your student is having a picture retaken, please have your student bring the original photo package to school on Retake Day.

  • Remote and MTVA students – if you are planning to have a photo taken on this day, please contact Miss G. directly at grafenal@mtwp.net

Last Change to Sign up for Teacher Conferences!

The deadline to register for a parent-teacher conference is Monday, November 16th at Noon.

Ms. Usner’s class displays their Veterans Day writing!

Big picture

Mrs. Wingert’s class says hello during morning meeting.

Big picture

Miss Howanetz’s fourth graders share their wonderful art work!

Big picture

50’s Day…I mean 50th day…for Mrs. Banzhof’s Class

Big picture

Nitrauer Update — November 6th

From Dr. Hancock

Hello, Nitrauer Families!Beginning Monday of this week, parents had the ability to sign up for a parent-teacher conference taking place later this month via Zoom. If you have not yet signed up for a conference, please do so by Monday, November 16.

For instructions on how to sign up for a conference, please click here. If you experience any trouble when trying to sign up for a conference, please contact Tech Services at fayewi@mtwp.net.

Enrollment is STILL OPEN at Bucher Elementary for the Pre K Counts Program run by Owl Hill Learning Center!

Dental Exam Information Due for Grades 1 & 3!

The Pennsylvania School Health Law requires that regular dental examinations be completed at scheduled intervals throughout your child’s school years. Manheim Township requires that dental exams be obtained for students entering 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades.

Picture Retake Day is Thursday, November 19

If your student is having a picture retaken, please have your student bring the original photo package to school on Retake Day.

  • Remote and MTVA students – stay tuned for details on when to come for your retakes!

Coming soon: Specific Tips about November Conferences

We will be sending you some tips and things to keep in mind for our upcoming November conferences.

Nitrauer Update — October 30th

Good afternoon, Nitrauer Families!

It is hard to believe that today marks the end of the first marking period. Please keep a look out for report cards that will be posted to Sapphire on Friday, November 13.

Please be sure you have an account in Sapphire to view your student’s report card and other information all year long. If you are unaware of your log in information or need assistance creating an account, please contact Miss G. (grafenal@mtwp.net).

Next Tuesday is our first early dismissal of the year! Dismissal is at 1:40pm. Please be sure to send a written note with your student if his/her dismissal plans differ from a regular day.

School pictures were sent home this week with students. If your student is learning via MT Flex or MTVA, please pick up your student’s photo(s) anytime next week from 8am-4pm. All photos will be outside of the Nitrauer office.

Sign up for a parent-teacher conference beginning on Monday! Please review this memo that was sent last week to all families about the parent conference this year.

Sprouting Learners is an early learning initiative for children ages 3-5 years old. Check out this flyer for information on how to receive free learning materials, books, & information.

THANK YOU!!!! – Many parents have kindly and generously donated individually wrapped snacks to the Nitrauer staff. These have been GREATLY appreciated!!! These items have been purchased or homemade, and all are PERFECT. Not only was each snack individually wrapped or packaged but there were 60 of each type so every teacher and staff member has been able to enjoy! If you would still like to drop off some snacks for teachers and staff, please do so in the designated “Teacher Snacks” box outside the school’s office doors, or in the box on Amy Baumann’s porch at 2659 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, PA 17543.

Mark Your Calendar

  • November 3: Early Dismissal @ 1:40pm
  • November 13: Report Cards posted to Sapphire
  • November 19: Picture Retake Day (more info to come!)
  • November 20: Early Dismissal @ 1:40pm
  • November 23 & 24: Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences

Mr. Murphy’s Remote Class in disguise!

Big picture

Nitrauer Update — October 23rd

Hello, Nitrauer Families,

I have a few updates for you today!

1. All of our early dismissal dates are listed below. Dismissal on early dismissal days is 1:40pm. The newly added early dismissal dates have an asterisk(*) and are in bold below:

Big picture

We are providing the above information to our families now to allow for adequate time to make appropriate childcare arrangements for these dates. If you have additional questions, please reach out to me.

2. Next week is Red Ribbon Week! Check out how we are celebrating the week! We are kicking off Red Ribbon Week with Monday’s theme of We CAN so “no” to drugs! How can we help others? Wear Red and bring a canned food item for our food drive!

3. The PTO fall Spirit Wear Store is back! There are many new items and designs to choose from. Check out the shirt designed specifically with our remote learners in mind. Click here to enter the store. Enjoy Shopping! You will be notified when items are received. *All sales are final.

4. We are all eager to show our appreciation for the wonderful teachers and staff who are tirelessly working to make this year a success under difficult circumstances. While many of our normal activities and fundraisers will look different this year, we nevertheless want to demonstrate to the teachers how much we appreciate their care for our children. Over the next two weeks, the PTO would like to provide teachers and staff with snacks to help them refuel throughout the day. Would you consider making a donation of pre-packaged snacks for this effort? These items should be labeled “Teacher Snacks”, and can be delivered to school in two ways – by dropping them in the designated box outside the office doors, or in the box on my porch at 2659 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, PA 17543. Please try to get these donations in by Tuesday, November 3rd. Thank you, and keep on the lookout for more teacher appreciation initiatives throughout the year! Sincerely, Amy Baumann.

Check out some of the amazing artwork coming from our Nitrauer Knights!

Required Paperwork

Hello, Nitrauer Families,
We are checking to ensure that all families have completed important paperwork.

Required Beginning of Year Paperwork 
All Nitrauer Families are required to review and submit the district Acceptable Use Policy, Media Release, and Elementary Handbook signoff. All of these forms are being done electronically this year in Sapphire.

To begin, log into the Sapphire Community Portal.

Next, click on the link at the stop of the screen that says, “Elementary First Day Forms.” See screenshot here. This will walk you through the process of reviewing the Acceptable Use Policy, Media Release, and Elementary Handbook.

Please also take this opportunity to complete the Emergency Verification Form, located in the same section of Sapphire. It is crucial that we have current information on how to contact you (phone and email).

Thank you for quick attention to this matter,
Dr. Hancock

Nitrauer Update — October 16th

From Dr. Hancock

Hello, Nitrauer Families!I wanted to say how much I appreciated seeing our remote learners on picture day! It was great to see them and their giant smiles!!

Next Tuesday is our October PTO meeting. Our PTO meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7 PM. Here is the zoom link to join the meeting: https://mtwp.zoom.us/j/94040030787

The dates this year include:

  • October 20
  • November17
  • January 19
  • February 16
  • March 16
  • April 20
  • May 18

Here’s info for a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program for children 0-5:

Stem Starts Now Information

Communication Plan for COVID-19 Cases in schools:

A reminder that the district has a communication plan in place to notify staff and families when we have individuals in our school buildings who have tested positive for COVID-19. Please know that if your student is identified as a “close contact” of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case through our contact tracing, you will be notified by the school district with clear instructions on next steps. If you do not receive a direct communication regarding this, then the PA DOH does not consider your student to be a “close contact” or at risk of exposure to the confirmed positive case. In the spirit of being transparent during this pandemic, the district will send home a letter to the families and staff of those attending the impacted building so all families have the pertinent information related to the health/safety of the school. In addition, if at some point the district needs to close a school for a brief period of time based on the recommendations of the PA Department of Health, a communication from the Superintendent, as well as follow-up communication from principals with instructions, would be sent to all families. For more information, please visit: https://www.mtwp.net/covid-19/

Mark Your Calendar

  • October 26 – 30: Red Ribbon Week (more info to come!)
  • October 30: End of Marking Period 1
  • November 3: Early Dismissal @ 1:40pm
  • November 13: Report Cards posted to Sapphire
  • November 19: Picture Retake Day (more info to come!)
  • November 23 & 24: Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences (more info to come!)

Updated Early Dismissal Calendar

Dear Nitrauer Families,
Our district calendar for 2020-2021 has been revised  (Revised 2020-2021 MTSD Calendar).

This calendar change is intended to provide more time for planning and collaboration for teachers. This additional time is needed to address the instructional modes for 2020-2021 where teachers are delivering remote and face-to-face instruction, simultaneously.

All of our early dismissal dates are listed below. The newly added early dismissal dates have an asterisk below:

  • 11/3/20
  • *11/20/20
  • *12/15/20
  • 12/23/20
  • *1/15/21
  • 1/28/21
  • 2/11/21
  • *2/25/21
  • 3/11/21
  • *3/25/21
  • 4/1/21
  • *4/13/21
  • 5/28/21

We are providing this information to our families now to allow for adequate time to make appropriate childcare arrangements for these dates. If you have additional questions, please reach out to me.

Thank you,
Dr. Hancock

Important Information from Dr. Hancock — October 5th

Dear Nitrauer Families,
I have a few additional important items to share with you:

Important Information about Educational Choice 
Please see this letter from MTSD Administration regarding educational choices for students in the second marking period. Additional information will be sent to all families tomorrow by Dr. Felty. Please take time to read today’s letter (linked above) and tomorrow’s letter and survey carefully.  Again, this concerns your choice for your child’s schooling for the second marking period and the rest of the school year.  

Reminder: There is no school for students this Friday, October 9 and Monday, October 12.

Say Cheese!! Picture Day this Thursday!
MTVA and MT Flex (remote learners) students will have pictures taken after the school day and should sign up for a time slot here.

Parents of MTVA and MT Flex students – Where do you go/What do you do on picture day? Please see this document with more information about picture day for your student(s).

Students learning face-to-face will have pictures taken during the school day, as we’ve done in the past.

ALL families can order pictures online on the Lifetouch Website. Use Nitrauer’s picture day code: EVTP676GR

Online orders must be placed BEFORE picture day on October 8. 

Have a great week!
Dr. Hancock

Nitrauer Update – October 2nd

Hello, Nitrauer Families!

October has arrived already! Today I have a few updates for you:

Say Cheese!! Picture Day – October 8!

MTVA and MT Flex (remote learners) students will have pictures taken after the school day and should sign up for a time slot here. Students learning face-to-face will have pictures taken during the school day, as we’ve done in the past.

For Remote Learners

If your child is in a remote learning class and the teacher it out for one day or half of a day, that teacher will assign activities for your child to do on his/her own. In other words, there will not be a remote teacher sub for a half day or just one day. If a teacher is absent for longer than one day, then we will secure a remote teacher substitute.

For MT Families of PSSA (Grades 3 & 4) Test-takers

In the spring of 2021, we will be changing our state mandated assessment administration from a “paper and pencil” to “online” format. You will receive more information about this online assessment administration closer to the dates of those exams in the spring of 2021.

Daily Snacks

Each class in every grade has snack at some point during the day. Parents, please send something along with your child for a daily snack. We do have back up snacks if your child doesn’t have a snack that day.

Weis4School

Nitrauer has joined the Weis4School program! Help us earn money for our school by reading this flyer. Student will also bring home a hard copy of the barcode today to scan at your next trip to Weis Markets!

Plant the Seed of Learning

I am thrilled to be involved with the Plant the Seed of Learning initiative. Plant the Seed of Learning provides resources for families with children ages birth to 2. Our goal is to educate families about brain development and the importance of education beginning at birth. Please check out this flyer with information on how you and your family can join free virtual sessions this school year.

Flyers/Outside Event Info

The Parks & Rec department is hosting an outdoor movie night this evening at 8pm at Manheim Township Athletic Complex. This event will also include a food drive, Chasing Down Hunger, run by 3rd grade Nitrauer student, Chase Schattgen! See the Manheim Township Parks & Rec Facebook Page for information to register.

First Graders at Work in Art

Big picture