Weekly Update — September 11th

Hello, Nitrauer Families!

Thank you for your continued support and presence this school year!

Today’s newsletter has lots of important information. Please take time to read carefully. I am looking forward to “seeing you” on zoom for our Back to School Night next Tues, 9/15. See below!

Dr. Hancock

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Back to School Night

This year we will be having a Zoom Back to School Night on Tuesday, Sept 15 from 6:00-8:00pm. You will be able to tune into sessions and hear from your child(ren)’s teachers about what they will be learning and working on this year. You will be sent a schedule of teacher names and zoom links, and will be able to see/hear the teachers. For now, mark your calendar and be ready for more details!

  • Opener: 6:00-6:25 – Dr. Hancock
  • Session 1: 6:30-6:55 – Classroom teachers
  • Session 2 – 7:00-7:25 – Classroom teachers (same session as above repeated) /Specialists
  • Session 3 – 7:30-7:55 – Specialists (same session as above repeated).

USDA Extends Summer Food Services Program: All Breakfast & Lunch Meals FREE for K-12 Students Now Through December

  • The USDA has extended the Summer Food Services Program through December 31, 2020, which means that breakfast and lunch meals for all students K-12 will be free from September 14 through December 22, 2020. Students who are attending school in-person may receive a free breakfast and/or lunch meal each day in our school cafeterias. Remote learners and MTVA students may also receive the free meals.

PTO Meetings

PowerPacks

We are continuing PowerPacks this school year. For information on the program and to enroll, click here.

Do you miss volunteering in our schools?

We need your help! Every school year we hire support staff in a variety of departments within our schools — Classroom Aides, Paraprofessionals for Special Education Classes, Food Services, and Custodians. This year is no different.

If you would like to help out in our schools and get paid to do it, this may be the perfect way for you to fill the void and become involved.

With the uncertainty of the different phases of the school model over the course of the year – these positions offer the flexibility to make your own schedule. The district has established the opportunity for job sharing, so you can work in any position on the days you desire, and perhaps share a specific day with someone else (ie. you work in the morning and a partner works in the afternoon).

Please reach out to our MTSD HR Director, Katherine Ward, and she will discuss next steps with you! Email – HR@MTWP.net / Phone – 717.569.8231

Job Opportunities

  • Instructional Assistant for English Learners Program
  • FT and PT Custodians
  • Food Service Assistants
  • Building Aides
  • Library Assistants
  • Paraeducators (Autistic/ Emotional/Life Skills/Learning/Multiple Disabilities Support)

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

Pre-K applications are available via this link on the MTWP website: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vho5B7peNtDWOIsS8iKKliM1cUFlV76hC5EB7yfKuWE/viewform?edit_requested=true.

CONTACT INFORMATION

All questions or inquires regarding the application process and program

should be directed to:

Owl Hill Learning Center

Julie Mathers, Educational Director

717-435-4117

Email: matherju@mtwp.net

Website: owlhilllearningcenter.com

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The first Nit Note winners of the school year!

 

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Nitrauer Update — September 3rd

From Dr. Hancock

Hello, Nitrauer Families!

We had a terrific second week! We continue to be impressed by how well students are adjusting and following our safety protocols.

Back-to-School Night:

This year will be our first ever virtual back to school night! I look forward to sharing highlights from the start of the school year as well as important information about our school. Our virtual Back-to-School Night is Tuesday, September 15 and will be held through Zoom. Each teacher and specialist will have a link for parents to join virtually. Below is an example of how you will join teachers’ sessions; you will click on the zoom link. This is just a screen shot for now, but on Tues, Sept 15, the links will be live. Stay tuned for more detailed information coming next week!

Update on playground:

Beginning on Tues, 9/8, we will be allowing students to use the playground structures. The number of students using the equipment at once will be limited and students will use hand sanitizer before and after playing on the structures. Our lunch teachers will have class schedules for when students may be on the structures.

Distribution of flyers:

This year we are not going to be announcing flyers and having interested students come to the office. Instead we will be sharing district-approved flyers through our newsletter. Current flyers can be found here: 20.09.01 Scout Flyer; 20.09.01 Plant the Seed Flyer; Nitrauer Elementary flyer for Bible2School 2020-21.

Nit Notes!

Last year we began to recognize students who were being responsible, respectful, and/or safe at school. Students received a “Nit Note” from an adult in the school if they were “caught” showing one of these excellent traits. Parents were notified of this special achievement through Seesaw. We are going to continue the same process this year, with both face-to-face and remote students. Your child’s teacher will be in touch if your student receives a Nit Note!

Here’s an example of how the Back to School Night Zoom links will look. This is just to give you an idea; it is NOT the actual list of live links yet.

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Miss Spieker’s class takes a mask and snack break while listening to her read a book.

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Weekly Message — August 31st

From Dr. Hancock

Hello, Nitrauer Families!We had a wonderful first week of school! It was so exciting to see students face-to-face and on the screen! Thank you for your patience with our new procedures. We will continue to improve as the days go on. Thank you to the car rider families who are now coming to school in the a.m. and p.m. through the adjacent neighborhood. This has greatly decreased the traffic for the buses and on Oregon Pike.

Transportation Quick Reminders:

Please note that any change in transportation will not be effective until the Monday following submission date. The exception to this rule is when the change is received on a Friday; transportation changes will not be effective until the second following Monday.

When transportation is adjusted for student, parents will be notified via Sapphire. Parents must have a parent portal account to access this information. Parents without a portal account should follow instructions on this page to have an account created.

Health and Safety Plan:

Based on our Health & Safety Plan, a new procedure for this school year is that our classrooms and common areas will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily to ensure that our schools continue to be a safe environment for our students and staff.

There will be times throughout the year when your student’s class may be given a 10-minute mask break outside (weather permitting) or in another location in the building (where we can ensure proper social distancing) while at the same time, the classroom will be sanitized and/or disinfected.

Please know that when this happens, there is no cause for alarm; we are simply following the protocols in our Health & Safety Plan. If there is ever a medical concern or information that needs to be shared with our families, we have a communication plan in place and will send information home directly to our families.

Please see this newsletter from our wonderful Nitrauer Health Room.

Back to School Night goes virtual this year!

This year we will be having a Zoom Back to School Night on Tuesday, Sept 15 from 6:00-8:00pm. You will be able to tune into sessions and hear from your child(ren)’s teachers about what they will be learning and working on this year. You will be sent a schedule of teacher names and zoom links, and will be able to see/hear the teachers. For now, mark your calendar and be ready for more details!

Back to School Night Sessions:

Opener: 6:00-6:25 – Dr. Hancock

Session 1: 6:30-6:55 – Classroom teachers

Session 2 – 7:00-7:25 – Classroom teachers (same session as above repeated) /Specialists

Session 3 – 7:30-7:55 – Specialists (same session as above repeated).

Do you miss volunteering in our schools?

Every school year we hire support staff in a variety of departments within our schools — Classroom Aides, Paraprofessionals for Special Education Classes, Food Services, and Custodians. This year is no different.

If you would like to help out in our schools and get paid to do it, this may be the perfect way for you to fill the void and become involved.

With the uncertainty of the different phases of the school model over the course of the year – these positions offer the flexibility to make your own schedule. The district has established the opportunity for job sharing, so you can work in any position on the days you desire, and perhaps share a specific day with someone else (ie. you work in the morning and a partner works in the afternoon).

Please reach out to our MTSD HR Director, Katherine Ward, and she will discuss next steps with you! Email – HR@MTWP.net / Phone – 717.569.8231

Job Opportunities

  • Instructional Assistant for English Learners Program
  • FT and PT Custodians
  • Food Service Assistants
  • Building Aides
  • Library Assistants
  • Paraeducators (Autistic/ Emotional/Life Skills/Learning/Multiple Disabilities Support)

Car Rider and Health Room Information — August 27th

Parents of Car Riders,
Starting tomorrow, Friday, please enter the car rider line through the neighborhood next to Nitrauer (Crooked Drive), not from Oregon Pike for the morning drop off and the afternoon pick up.  We are trying to keep the turn from Oregon Pike onto Ashbourne Ave. just for buses.  If car riders follow this procedure, we will cut down on some of the congestion at the Oregon Pike intersection and also ensure that buses can pull in and out.  THANK YOU!!!

Also, please read this Health Room Newsletter from Nitrauer’s health room.  It has very important information about COVID and when to keep your child home from school.

Thank you so much for your support and patience this first week.  It has been an excellent first few days. We are so lucky to be able to teach and work with your child(ren)!

Regards,
Dr. Hancock

First Day Information — August 25th

Good evening, Nitrauer Families!
Although the first day of school for 2020-21 looked very different than those in the past, we had a successful kickoff to the year!  There were many successes throughout the day!

This year, we will be providing electronic copies of information that is typically sent home.

Nitrauer is asking parents with a student doing face-to-face learning to please click here to complete this form as soon as possible to indicate how your student will be dismissed from school each day of the week, as well as in the event of an emergency dismissal. Please complete this form no later than Friday, August 28.

Please take time to review each of the links below and as always reach out to the Nitrauer Office with any questions by contacting Nitrauer’s secretary, Miss G. at grafenal@mtwp.net.

Dr. Felty’s Welcome Letter

MTSD Elementary Handbook

Setting up a SchoolCafe Account

CHIP Flyer

Have a great week!
Dr. Hancock

Welcome Letter from Dr. Hancock — August 21st

Welcome to the 2020-21 School Year!

Hello, Nitrauer Families!
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! As I shared with you in the letter sent at the beginning of August, we are busy making plans for all of our students and staff to return to school. Health and safety is our number one priority for all students, families, and staff.With that in mind, along with the need to follow health and safety guidelines as related to Covid-19, adjustments have been and will continue to be made for everyone who is in our buildings. These may include changes to typical routines (e.g. we are swapping bus and car rider locations–more info below), procedures, and/or events at our school. This information is being shared with all families, including those who have selected MT-Flex or MTVA as instructional options.

Please read to the bottom of the newsletter where you’ll find a video I created to help our Nitrauer Knights (and families) become familiar with procedures around the building.

If any changes to the information in this newsletter were to occur due to a change in guidelines from the MTSD School Board, governor, CDC, DOH, and/or PDE we will notify you of the change via email. Over the course of the school year, we will work closely together. The home-school connection is vitally important to support our students. It is going to be a great year for our Nitrauer students!

Reopening Our Schools – This link will take you to the MTSD Reopening Our Schools page. It includes links to our Health and Safety Plan, presentations to the school board, and more!

Key safety measures in our schools

  • Our teachers have removed non essential furniture from their classrooms to allow for student desks or tables to be further apart
  • Parents must check your child’s temperature every morning. If he/she has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, he/she must stay home.
  • Traffic throughout the hallways will be reduced as much as possible.
  • During arrival, we will unload students from one bus at a time to minimize the number of students in the halls. Students will report directly to their homeroom on the first day of school.
  • Water fountains will not be in use to start the year. Please send your child with a filled water bottle each day to school. All students will receive an MTSD water bottle on the first day of school.
  • All the supplies your child needs will be waiting for him/her at school. Please do not send items from home unless requested by your child’s teacher.

Masks

  • All students, staff, and essential visitors are required to wear a mask or face covering while in our building.
  • During school time, masks must be worn at all times, EXCEPT when:
    • Students are eating/drinking at least 6 feet apart,
    • Students are operating equipment that makes it unsafe to wear a mask, or
    • Students are taking a 6 foot (minimally) spaced mask break that doesn’t last more than 10 minutes.
  • Masks will stay on at recess, unless staff is able to facilitate and monitor a 10-minute (maximum) mask break with 6 feet of spacing.

Social distancing

  • Teachers and staff will teach students about social distancing. Lessons will include age appropriate information about why it is important.

Beginning of the school year priorities

  • Our focus for the start of the school year is to meet the social and emotional well being of our students. Teachers’ priorities will be to work with their students to develop a positive classroom environment, in person and/or virtually!
  • Lessons to meet the social and emotional needs of our students will be integrated into morning meetings and throughout the school day.
  • PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) lessons will be part of our daily schedule the first few weeks of school. They will include specific lessons for Covid-19. Examples of Covid-19 lessons include why we wear masks, washing hands, social distancing, etc.

MT Flex Parent Information and Training

  • This link includes information for parents about supporting your remote learner.

MT Flex Student Information and Training

  • This link includes information for students about being a remote learner.

MT Livestream Guidelines

When does my child go to school IF K-4 transitions to yellow?

  • Group A
    • Students whose last name starts with A – L
    • Students attend school in person on Monday and Tuesday
    • Students attend remotely Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
  • Group B
    • Students whose last name starts with M – Z
    • Students attend school in person on Wednesday and Thursday
    • Students attend remotely Monday, Tuesday, and Friday
  • Remote learners continue their remote instruction every day

Student and Parent Handbook

  • Please review this handbook. You will receive information about how to acknowledge that you read it in the next week or two. I’m sending this to you now if you want to get a jumpstart.

MT Live Stream Guidelines & Link

Cleaning/sanitizing

  • Daily cleaning practices will follow CDC/WHO/EPA/PA Health Department guidelines.
  • Signage to encourage and reinforce social distancing and hand washing/sanitizing will be mounted.
  • All water fountains will be disabled; touchless bottle filling stations will be installed.
  • Students and staff will be encouraged to use individual bottles from home.
  • Hand sanitizers will be available throughout the schools for visitors, students, and staff.
  • All occupied areas and touchpoints will be sanitized daily with a viral disinfectant utilizing electrostatic sprayers.
  • Heavily touched areas will be sanitized several times a day.
  • Disinfectant wipes will be placed in each classroom and various areas throughout the schools.
  • Staff and students will be encouraged to sanitize their desks and touchpoints with the disinfectant wipes provided.
  • Restrooms will be regularly cleaned, disinfected and stocked with supplies for hand washing, including soap and hand sanitizer.
  • Outdoor air ventilation in HVAC equipment will be set to ASHRAE maximum limits.
  • Staff will be encouraged to open windows to increase air flow when outside weather conditions warrant.
  • HVAC equipment will be programmed to provide outdoor air purge cycles during school hours.
  • High efficiency antimicrobial filters will be used in all HVAC equipment.
  • Air filtration equipment with bi-polar ionization technology will be installed in all Nurse Suites and in the Containment Areas reserved for individuals that display COVID-19 symptoms.
  • All Plant Services staff will be continually trained in “COVID19 Best Management Practices” https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/best-practices

Finally, here’s the movie I created. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LmylWhCdCRmJJHOCimPvgY_5wCAobdB8/view?usp=sharing

I am so excited for school to start!

I will see you all face-to-face or remotely starting Tues, Aug 25 (and Kindergarten on Wed)!!!!

Dr. Hancock

Letter from Dr. Hancock – August 5th, 2020

Dear Nitrauer Families,
Although this has been an unusual summer, I hope you have enjoyed extra family time and are having a good summer!

It’s August and time to think about the start of school.  By now, you should have received information and a survey with regards to MTSD’s Reopening Plan.  Detailed information about the Reopening Plan can be found by clicking on this link.  Please be sure to complete the survey now if you haven’t done so already.   Click here to access the Sapphire Community Web Portal to complete the survey. If you do not have an account, please click here for information on how to create a Sapphire Community Web Portal account.

As I’m sure you know, we are busy making plans for all of our students and staff to return to school.  Health and safety is our number one priority for all students, families, and staff.  With that in mind, along with the need to follow health and safety guidelines as related to Covid-19, adjustments have been and will continue to be made for everyone who is in our buildings.  These may include changes to typical routines, procedures, and/or events at our school.  Some general changes are shared in this letter.  Please know that you will get much more detailed information about specifics with regards to our school prior to school opening.

Here is some important information about the start of school:

  • All visitors over two will be required to wear a mask or face covering while in our building.  Hand sanitizer will be available as well.

  • Parents must check students’ temperatures before coming to school–If your child has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, your child must stay home.

  • Letters from your classroom teachers will be mailed this year on August 17.  Parents can also view teacher assignments by logging into the Sapphire Parent Portal.

  • The first day of school this year for students in grades 1-4 is Tuesday, August 25, 2020.

  • Kindergarten students will have a drop in on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 to meet their teacher.  Your child’s welcome letter from his or her kindergarten teacher will have the details of that drop in.  Times will be available for you to sign up between 11am – 1:00pm and 4:00pm – 6:00pm.

  • Our Kindergarten students join us for their first full day on Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

  • This year’s Back to School Night will be virtual.  Stay tuned for further details about this important event after school starts.

  • On the first day of school, please send your child’s iPad and charger with him/her safely in his/her backpack.

School Supplies
You will not need to purchase various school supplies like you have done in the past.  We made a decision as a District last year to do away with the exhaustive list of school supplies.  When you receive teacher letters, the teachers may offer a few optional items for your student or donations for the classroom.

General changes this year due to Covid-19

  • Recess is important and all students will have recess every day!  However, it will look different.  Please see this letter to parents about recess.

  • Only essential visitors will be permitted in our schools for now.  We so appreciate parent’s desire to volunteer.  However, until further notice we will not be able to have volunteers in our schools.

  • Thanks to the generous donation from our PTO, each child will be getting a new MTSD water bottle!  Water fountains will not be available.  Since they won’t have them for the first day, students will be encouraged to bring their own water bottle from home.  Don’t forget to clearly label your child’s water bottle!  Bottled water will be available for those students who are unable to bring their own or forget their water bottle.

  • MTSD is purchasing a mask for every child that they will get on the first day of school.  We ask that you have your child wear a personal mask from home the first day of school as they are required to ride the bus and when they enter the school building.  A disposable mask will be provided for any child who does not have his or her own mask the first day.

  • Almost all of our communication and sharing of information this year will be moving to electronic formats.  For example, this year almost all of the paperwork you typically receive in our “first day packet” will be links for you to view online.  Think of all the trees we will save!

  • It is very important that you always keep your contact information and emergency contact information up to date in Sapphire, our student information system.  

Staff Changes
We have a few staff changes to share with you!

  • Ms. Abby Harvey will be our new second grade teacher.  She taught third grade last year at Bucher, and we are so excited she will be joining our team!

  • Mrs. Taylor Trigg will be our new teacher in our brand new Autistic Support classroom.  She comes to us from New Story school.

  • Also this year, we will have two new music teachers who will share the classes throughout the 6-day cycle.  For Music, we have Ms. Pattey who has been with MTSD for many years and taught at Nitrauer several years ago.  We also have Mrs. McGinnis who has been teaching music at other MTSD elementary schools.

  • In Art we will still have Ms. Krepps and will also welcome Miss Grove, who has been teaching at another MTSD school, too.

  • For Physical Education, we will again have Mr. Illig who will teach all of the students physical education.

Thank you for reading this letter and all of the information that comes home at the beginning of the school year including our Elementary Handbook which will be shared with you electronically this year. This will serve as a valuable resource of information.

This letter has been sent to all students that are currently registered for Nitrauer in electronic email form. If you did not receive one version or the other, please check Sapphire, our student information system to ensure your contact information is updated.

This summer we have learned that, if anything, we need to be flexible!  Plans may be made, but then need to be adjusted due to updated information and/or guidelines.  If any changes to the information in this letter were to occur due to a change in guidelines from the governor, CDC, DOH, and/or PDE we will notify you of the change via email.  Over the course of the school year, we will work closely together.  The home-school connection is vitally important to support our students. It is going to be a great year for our Nitrauer students!

I look forward to working together to ensure your child has a great start to his or her school year!

Sincerely,
Dr. Wendy Hancock
Principal

Nitrauer News — November 18th

This Week at Nitrauer:

Tuesday, November 19th – 7:00pm – PTO Meeting (Faculty Room)

Friday, November 22nd – Deadline for Family Movie Night Ticket orders & payment (Frozen 2 Movie Night)

Friday, November 22nd – Extraordinary Give (ExtraGiveMTEF)

Saturday, November 23rd – Holiday Pottery Painting (Nitrauer Cafeteria)

Announcements:

*Thank you to all who donated to Nitrauer’s Thanks-GIVING Project!  A special thank you to Missy Weaver & Adrienne Burge for coordinating this project, as well as, a special thank you to the wonderful Miss G. and to all the amazing teachers who donated over three hundred items to the food drive!

*Thank you to Maggie Foley & Rae Milne for coordinating last Friday’s Mix It Up LunchThank you to the many parents who helped during the lunch!

*Go the EXTRA mile for the Manheim Township Educational Foundation on Friday, November 22nd as MTEF is participating in the Extraordinary Give, Lancaster Country’s Largest Day of Giving.  For 24 hours only, visit ExtraGiveMTEF to make a donation.  Any donation made online that day will be partially matched by the Lancaster County Community Foundation.

*Don’t forget Nitrauer’s Annual Holiday Pottery Painting is this Saturday in the cafeteria.  If you have not already done so, please send in your payment as soon as possible. Unless you were instructed differently, plan to arrive at the time you indicated on your order form.  We are also in need of some volunteers for this event.  Please see https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0949a9af29a4f94-nitrauer to sign up to help.

*The Follet Book Fair is coming your way after Thanksgiving (Tuesday, December 3rd — Thursday, December 5th)!  Please see Book Fair Help for ways you can volunteer to help!

*Movie Night at Penn Cinema will be December 12th & 17th!  The Nitrauer PTO invites you & your family to join us for Frozen 2.  Movie tickets will be $5 a person!  See Frozen 2 Movie Night for more information and to order your tickets.  Movie tickets are quickly filling up.  Return your ticket order form as soon as possible as if all seats are filled we will try to add an additional theater.  Orders, including payment, are due by this Friday, November 22nd.  Contact Stephanie Ruth at lovelikeahundred531@gmail.com with any questions.

Mark Your Calendar:

Monday, November 25th – Tuesday, November 26th– Parent Conferences – No School for Students

Wednesday, November 27th – Friday, November 29th – No School

Tuesday, December 3rd — Thursday, December 5th – Follet Book Fair (Book Fair Help)

Wednesday, December 11th – Book Nook

Friday, December 20th – Early Dismissal at 140pm

Monday, December 23rd – Wednesday, January 1st – No School (Winter Break)

Nitrauer News — November 11th

This Week at Nitrauer:

Thursday, November 14th – Last Day to donate non-perishable items to Nitrauer’s Thanks-GIVING Project

Thursday, November 14th – Harlem Wizard’s Basketball game (MTHS Arena) – doors open at 6:00pm; game at 7:00pm

Friday, November 15th – Mix It Up Lunch (Mix It Up Lunch Volunteer Sign Up)

Friday, November 15th – Holiday Pottery Painting Payment Due (Pottery Painting Order Form)

Announcements:

*We have several opportunities to make this November a month of giving:

  • Making a special feast is one way families show gratitude for each other. By supporting Nitrauer’s Thanks-GIVING Project, we can make that feast a little easier to provide for our families who find themselves in need.  We will be collecting non-perishable food items in the school through Nov. 14th.  Please direct questions to Missy Weaver weavermi@mtwp.net or Adrienne Burge adeitch77@yahoo.com.
  • Next Friday, November 22nd, go the EXTRA mile for the Manheim Township Educational Foundation.  On that day, MTEF is participating in the Extraordinary Give, Lancaster Country’s Largest Day of Giving.  For 24 hours only, visit ExtraGiveMTEF to make a donation.  Any donation made online that day will be partially matched by the Lancaster County Community Foundation.

*Come cheer on Ms. Ducey, Mr. Illig, & Ms. Shoemaker as they join other MTSD staff & students to take on the Harlem Wizard’s basketball team this Thursday evening, November 14th at 7pm (doors open at 6pm) to raise money for MTHS Mini-THON and the Four Diamonds Fund.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or any MT office.  For more information, contact sneerich@mtwp.net.

*Save the date for this year’s Follet Book Fair which is coming your way after Thanksgiving (Tuesday, December 3rd — Thursday, December 5th)!  Please see Book Fair Help for ways you can volunteer to help!

*Movie Night at Penn Cinema will be December 12th & 17th!  The Nitrauer PTO invites you & your family to join us for Frozen 2.  Movie tickets will be $5 a person!  See Frozen 2 Movie Night for more information and to order your tickets.  Orders, including payment, are due by Friday, November 22nd.  Contact Stephanie Ruth at lovelikeahundred531@gmail.com with any questions.

*The Nitrauer Student Directory is now complete.  If you signed your student up for the directory, you should have received a copy over the weekend.  Contact Jessica Whitley at brent_jessica@comcast.net with any questions.

*Please make sure to have your child’s name somewhere on their jackets and sweaters as many are left on the playgrounds after being outside, and on the OUTSIDE of their lunch boxes, so we can make sure to get your items back where they belong!

Mark Your Calendar:

Tuesday, November 19th – 7:00pm – PTO Meeting (Faculty Room)

Friday, November 22nd – Deadline for Family Movie Night Ticket orders & payment (Frozen 2 Movie Night)

Saturday, November 23rd – Holiday Pottery Painting (Nitrauer Cafeteria)

Monday, November 25th – Tuesday, November 26th– Parent Conferences – No School for Students

Wednesday, November 27th – Friday, November 29th – No School

Tuesday, December 3rd — Thursday, December 5th – Follet Book Fair (Book Fair Help)

Nitrauer News — November 4th

This Week at Nitrauer:

 

Tuesday, November 5th – Early Dismissal at 1:40pm

Tuesday, November 5th – Deadline to order Nitrauer Spirit Wear (Nitrauer Spirit Wear Online Orders)


Announcements:

*Thank you to Kim Romano for a successful Fall Fest last week!  The PTO and families of Nitrauer would like to thank Kim for all of her years helping to create fun and memorable Fall Fest events for all the families at Nitrauer!

*Thank you to everyone that was able to attend the meeting “Peter Pan — the Musical which Nitrauer will be presenting on April 3-4, 2020.  See Peter Pan Roles for more information regarding speaking and nonspeaking roles.  A note MUST be sent to school when your child is staying after for tryouts, as well as for all rehearsals.  If you are interested in helping with the stage crew, please email Jaime, the director at jaimelhilton@gmail.com.  You do not need to audition for the stage crew.

*Newly designed Nitrauer Spirit Wear is now available!  Check out Nitrauer Spirit Wear Online Orders to see the many items available as well as to place an order.  See Nitrauer Knights Spirit Wear for a paper copy of the order form.  Deadline to order is Tuesday, November 5th.  Delivery will occur before the holidays.  Contact Alex Massie at alexmassie8@gmail.com with any questions.

*We have several opportunities to make this November a month of giving:

  • Making a special feast is one way families show gratitude for each other. By supporting Nitrauer’s Thanks-GIVING Project, we can make that feast a little easier to provide for our families who find themselves in need.  We will be collecting non-perishable food items in the school through Nov. 14th.  Please direct questions to Missy Weaver weavermi@mtwp.net or Adrienne Burge adeitch77@yahoo.com.

  • Next Friday, November 22nd, go the EXTRA mile for the Manheim Township Educational Foundation.  On that day, MTEF is participating in the Extraordinary Give, Lancaster Country’s Largest Day of Giving.  For 24 hours only, visit ExtraGiveMTEF to make a donation.  Any donation made online that day will be partially matched by the Lancaster County Community Foundation.

*Mix It Up Lunch will be resuming this school year!  The first Mix It Up Lunch will be on Friday, November 15th.  Students consistently identify the cafeteria as a place in their school where divisions are clearly – and sometimes harshly – drawn.  So, every other month we ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch.  Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice and when students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misconceptions can fall away.
     *During Mix It Up Lunch we will ask parent volunteers to help hand out popsicle sticks to mix students up with their seating and help students interact while they eat their lunch.  You must have clearances to help with this event.  Thank you for filling our volunteer needs!  If you have any questions please contact Maggie Foley:
maggie_foley@hotmail.com.

*Come cheer on Ms. Ducey, Mr. Illig, & Ms. Shoemaker as they join other MTSD staff & students to take on the Harlem Wizard’s basketball team Thursday evening, November 14th at 7pm (doors open at 6pm) to raise money for MTHS Mini-THON and the Four Diamonds Fund.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or any MT office.  For more information, contact sneerich@mtwp.net.

*Save the date for Movie Night at Penn Cinema!  The Nitrauer PTO invites you & your family to join us for Frozen 2 either December 12th or December 17th.  Movie tickets will be $5 a person!  More details to follow soon!

*Save the date for this year’s Follett Book Fair which is coming your way after Thanksgiving (Tuesday, December 3rd — Thursday, December 5th)!  A sign up genius will be coming your way as there will be lots of ways for families and friends to help.

*Please make sure to have your child’s name somewhere on their jackets and sweaters as many are left on the playgrounds after being outside, and on the OUTSIDE of their lunch boxes, so we can make sure to get your items back where they belong!


Mark Your Calendar:

Thursday, November 14th – Last Day to donate non-perishable items to Nitrauer’s Thanks-GIVING Project

Thursday, November 14th Harlem Wizard’s Basketball game (MTHS Arena) – doors open at 6:00pm; game at 7:00pm

Friday, November 15th – Mix It Up Lunch (Mix It Up Lunch Volunteer Sign Up)

Tuesday, November 19th – 7:00pm – PTO Meeting (Faculty Room)

Saturday, November 23rd – Holiday Pottery Painting (Nitrauer Cafeteria)

Monday, November 25th – Tuesday, November 26th– Parent Conferences – No School for Students

Wednesday, November 27th – Friday, November 29th – No School