Parents- Please have your child/children registered no later than Tuesday at 5:00pm. Vicky is trying to get bus routes set up and will need to know who will be attending school.
Baseball season is back on! Players may not practice until they have a physical. Practice will start on Monday from 3:00pm - 5:30pm. Warsaw players if you need a ride please let me know. Josh Smith is willing to transport boys on Monday.
Parents- When registering your students, please make sure you use YOUR login information, not the students!
Schedules for the 7th and 8th grade students are available on Lumen. We have several students who have not turned their class choices in. Please remind your child to get them turned in so they can see their schedule!
Dear Parents and Guardians, This is to clarify an earlier message about the school providing and washing masks for the students. First, this is an OPTIONAL program. If you do not wish us to provide this service simply let us know you will opt out, and we will operate on the assumption you will take care of washing the mask yourself. We understand that many parents are busy. This is a way that we can guarantee that each child has a clean mask each day, which would be beneficial for everyone in our school. For those of you who would like to take advantage of this service, know that each child's mask will be labeled with their name and they will rotate between those two masks. There will be no random mask sharing. When the student arrives in the classroom in the morning, he/she will replace the mask they are wearing with a clean one from the teacher. The teacher will place the used mask in a laundry bag and those masks will be washed and dried before the following morning. The student will use the mask all that day and on the ride home. They will use the same mask for the trip back to school the next day and then exchange it when they arrive.
In order to provide every child with a clean mask we will be washing masks each day which will mean each student needs 2 masks. One to wear that day and one to be washed. The masks will be washed here at school. We will need a total of 250 masks. There will be around 125 elementary students who would need child sized masks. There will also be around 125 jr high students who will need adult masks. If there is anyone who would be willing to donate masks that would be great. Please let me know if you are interested in helping us out. Thanks so much in advance!
The 2020 baseball season has officially been cancelled. A decision about girl's basketball will be made at a later date.
Parents- If you choose remote learning to begin the school year, we ask that your child continue with remote learning through the end of the first quarter. If remote learning doesn't work for your child, he/she may start face to face learning here at the school at the beginning of the second quarter. If you choose face to face learning at the school we ask that you continue with this choice through the end of the first quarter. Under special circumstances, your child may switch to remote learning with the approval of the administration. Be aware if this situation happens, your child will be ahead of the remote learning process and will have a week off before remote learning would start.
Dear Parents & Guardians, The following information is intended to help you with your decisions as you decide whether your student will do face-to-face, remote, or home-school learning this fall. The following procedures were drawn up and board approved in accordance with regulations given to us by ISBE. When you enroll there will be a form to indicate whether you prefer remote learning or face-to-face learning. Please enroll your students in a timely fashion so we can finalize plans for busing and allocation of supplies. If you are homeschooling, of course you would not register, but we would ask that you simply let us know so we can finalize plans. Face coverings will be required for all students any time they are in the school or on a bus. The exceptions for this will be if the student has a doctor’s note stating why that student should not wear a mask, when the student is eating, playing a band instrument, or is outside and can maintain social distance. We encourage parents to provide masks for their students, but the school will have masks available if needed. If a student refuses to wear a mask, then they may be moved to a remote learning situation. Students must be screened each morning before boarding the bus. Parents are permitted to self-certify their student. This will need to be done every morning. We will provide the forms to parents. If a student does not have a completed form, then the bus driver will take the student’s temperature and complete the form. If the student shows symptoms of Covid they will not be permitted to board the bus. If the student shows symptoms while at school, they will be separated from the other students and parents will be called. Students who are symptomatic may not return to school until the student has been fever-free for 72 hours without fever-reducing medication and 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Bus routes will be rearranged or added to in order to keep the number of riders under 50. Students who ride the bus will enter through the gym door. Bus unloading times will be staggered so that the first group of students can reach their rooms before the next bus unloads. Students who are brought to school by car will enter through the office door and will either show Betsy their self-certification form, or will have their temperature taken and a form completed in the office. When dismissing at the end of the day. Students will be dismissed by bus route or by car riders, so that we limit the number of students in the hall. Parents generally will not be allowed in the building (unless permission is given beforehand), but we will have staff members to meet Pre-K and kindergarten students at the door until the students learn the routine. We will also have staff to meet 7th graders to help them find their rooms. Parents are encouraged to transport their students. Lunches have been rearranged to limit the number in the cafeteria at a given time. 2nd grade will eat with 3rd-6th grade and the Junior High will be split into two groups, with one eating in the cafeteria and the other in the new gym. Breakfast will be served as usual unless numbers exceed 50. Teachers (especially those in the younger grades) will be encouraged to hold classes outside when weather permits. With social distancing, this will provide a break from the masks. PE classes will be encouraged to do the same and to modify curriculum when inside to something less strenuous. The music curriculum will also have some modifications to limit singing. Junior high students will have staggered passing times to limit numbers in the hallway. Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles. They may be filled at the water fountains without sanitizing between fills. If students drink from a water fountain it will need to be sanitized before the next person uses it. The school will provide a chrome book for each student in grades 1-8. Kindergarteners will be provided IPads. These will also be provided to those students who are remote learners along with whatever other materials are needed for the class. Students who are participating in remote learning will run on a schedule a week behind their classmates who are attending school in-person. This will allow students participating in remote learning to receive close to identical instructional opportunities as those students who are participating in in-person instruction. To provide instructional opportunities to students participating in remote learning, the District will record in-person lessons. The recordings as well as class materials will be made available to students participating in remote learning each week. Students are to return completed school work and class materials, including recordings, as applicable each week, when the next week’s school work is picked up. The school day will be from 8am until 2pm this year. I am sure there are some details that we will need to work out, but this is the basic plan. Thank you for being patient as we work through this trying time. Dan Ayer
The district is working on plans to open school within the guidelines put forth by the state. The plans will be voted on by the board on July 20th. We will put the information out on the 21st. Hopefully this will help you in your decision making process as you consider whether you want your student to engage in face to face learning, remote learning, or homeschooling. On-line registration will begin on July 22nd, and the office will be open for in person registration July 28th and 29th.
PRE-K AND SIXTH GRADE PARENTS AND STUDENTS!!! Please read this message from Mr. West to your student(s). Hey all you crazy kids! I hope all of you are doing great and are well. I have missed you guys and girls so much during this time and I was really hoping to finish up the school year or at least have some sort of goodbye or closure before ending the school year, but we all understand that this is what we have to do for each other’s safety and health. I have some news that I need to share with you. The school where I went to when I was your age needed a PE teacher for next year. Since they needed someone, I put my name in and the school gave me the job to teach there. So, now I am going to teach there in the fall. So, my family (Mrs. West, baby Ryan, and puppy Oakley) and I will all be moving back to my hometown where I grew up. It’s a few hours away in a town called Gillespie. So with that being said, I will not be here next year to teach PE to Pre-k through 6th grade. There will be a new PE teacher next school year. I need each and every single one of you awesome boys and girls to know that I enjoyed every minute I got to work with you, and run around with you, and joke with you. You guys and girls made my days at Nauvoo-Colusa amazing. I am so thankful I got to spend every day at school with each and every single one of you. I will never, ever forget my time with each of you. Thank you all for being so great. I want you boys and girls to know that you mattered to me. You are deeply cared for. I care deeply for each and every single one of you. All of your teachers care about you, Mrs. Betsy cares about you, Mrs. Vicky cares about you, Mr. Ayer and Mr. Young care about you. All of the bus drivers and custodians care about you. We all truly care, deeply, about each of you boys and girls. You all matter. Don’t ever let yourself think that you don’t matter. You do. Each and every single one of you matter to me. It has been a pleasure working with you awesome guys and girls. I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to teach you and to crack jokes with you. I am forever grateful for each of you awesome boys and girls. I hope you all take care of yourselves and care for others around you. Remember to be good, make good choices, and enjoy opportunities to learn. I hope you all have a great summer and I wish you boys and girls the absolute best. Stay safe, stay healthy, and have fun. Thank you all and take care. 😊 -Mr. West
Attention Nauvoo-Colusa Alumni and Friends! Our esteemed Viking, Erik, (Did you know he had a name?) who has watched over our school since he was donated many years ago, is badly in need of some attention. Standing guard, in the elements, watching over our school and its children has taken its toll on him. He needs some repairs and paint. Erik will also be getting a new view, as he will need to be moved to accommodate some new construction. We received an estimate for repairs, which is in the neighborhood of $7000. Erik will also need a new concrete pad to stand on. A few years ago, we put out some feelers to see if anyone would be interested in donating to these repairs, and received a very positive response. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to put things in a holding pattern. Erik was recently mentioned in an article in the March 2019 issue of Illinois Country Living magazine. This, along with the construction project, has brought the idea of getting him repaired back up to the forefront. We are now ready to move forward on getting Erik the Viking back to his proud glory. We have an account at the State Bank of Nauvoo called, Nauvoo-Colusa Boosters Account. Anyone willing to donate can send donations, made out to that account, to State Bank of Nauvoo at P.O. Box 218, Nauvoo, IL 62354.