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1 Reminders: Nov 1-9: Dia de los Muertos Altar in the Office (Everyone is welcome to visit and contribute photos of departed loved ones to this special exhibit) Nov. 4: Daylight Savings Ends Turn Clocks BACK One Hour Nov 7: Lockdown Drill 1:15pm & Emergency Student Release to Parents Drill 1:35pm Nov. 8: Board Meeting 5pm Library Nov. 12: SCHOOL CLOSED Veterans Day Holiday Nov. 14: Gr. 6/7/8 Field Trip: Copperfield's Books (tour and readings), and Cottage Gardens (for an art and garden project) Petaluma 9a-1p (tentative) Nov. 16: Early (12pm NOON) Dismissal All Grades (TK-8) Nov : SCHOOL CLOSED Thanksgiving Recess Recordatorios: Nov 1-9: Exhibición Día de los Muertos en la Oficina (Todos están invitados a visitar la oficina y contribuir con fotos de sus seres amados en esta exhibición especial) Nov. 4: Termina el Ahorro de Luz de Día RETRASEN sus relojes una hora Nov. 7: Simulacro de Retención seguido 1:15pm por un Simulacro de Entrega de Estudiantes a los Padres de Familia en caso de Emergencia 1:35pm Nov. 8: Reun ón de la Mesa Directiva 5pm Biblioteca Nov. 12: ESCUELA CERRADA Día de los Veteranos Nov. 14: Gr. 6/7/8 Excursion: Libreria Copperfield's (paseo y lectura) y Jardines Cottage (proyecto en arte jardin) Petaluma 9a-1p Nov. 16: Salida Temprana (MEDIODIA) Todos lo grados (TK-8) Nov : ESCUELA CERRADA Día de Acción de Gracias

2 November 1, 2018 Dear Nicasio Families, Thank you to those families who stayed for our Halloween parade yesterday morning. Your ghosts and goblins were adorable. I hope you enjoy the photos included with this letter. Can you guess what the staff costume theme was this year? If not, ask your children! Yesterday we also had our monthly all-school assembly. Congratulations to the recipients of October s life skill awards, Kayla H., Valeria D., and Daniel S. These students were chosen by their classroom teachers because they exemplified wellness throughout the month. Also, congratulations to our Teacher of the Month, Ms. Kristy! Our student council representatives did a great job introducing November s life skill, generosity. The results of the Walk-A-Thon are in, and thank you to everyone for participating, volunteering, and supporting students as they gathered pledges. I cannot say enough about how important the Nicasio School Foundation is to providing a well-rounded educational experience for our students. Individual winners received prizes during yesterday s assembly, and our 3/4/5 class will receive a class ice cream party for raising the most money. Please stop by our school office this week to visit our ofrenda in honor of Día de los Muertos. All families are encouraged to bring photos of departed loved ones to share. Please see the announcement in Cougar Tracks for more information. Thank you to Ms. Alice and Judith Kirkland for organizing this annual tradition. Please note that on Wednesday, November 7 th we will be conducting a campus lockdown drill during the school day, followed by an Emergency Student Release to Parents drill beginning at 1:35 pm. While it is never pleasant to think of dangerous situations occurring at our school, please know that our staff is knowledgeable, trained, and prepared. Practicing our procedures and protocols is so important. Thank you for your participation in our drill. As a reminder, you will be required to park and show your identification at pick-up. Students will be released only to adults listed on his/her emergency card. All the best, Barbara Finally, don t forget to switch your clocks this Sunday for the end of daylight saving time!




6 DIA de los MUERTOS OFRENDA * DAY of the DEAD ALTAR * NOVEMBER 1-9 Once again, Nicasio School will celebrate and honor loved ones who are no longer with us. As part of celebrating Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), there will be an ofrenda/altar set up in the school office Nov In Spanish classes, students have been creating beautiful works of art that will be exhibited with the ofrenda/altar. In addition, all families and students are encouraged to bring small pictures of loved ones (people and/or pets) and/or small items that represent them. The more families share, the more beautiful and heart-warming the display. This is an annual tradition at Nicasio School that families, students and visitors enjoy stopping by to view in the office. Please join us in celebrating those you love and sharing them with your Nicasio School community. You can bring photos and small items to the office to be placed on the altar/ofrenda. Please label all items you bring with your family name so that we can be sure to get them safely back to you. If you need more information, please contact Alice Ballery or Judith Kirkland and they will be happy to help. Thank you very much! Una vez más, la Escuela Nicasio celebra y honra a los seres queridos que ya no se encuentran entre nosotros. Como parte de la celebración del Día de Muertos, habrá una ofrenda/altar en la oficina Nov En la clase de español, los estudiantes han creado hermosas piezas de arte que estarán en exhibición junto con la ofrenda/altar. Además, todas las familias y estudiantes están invitados a traer fotografías pequeñas de sus seres queridos (personas o mascotas) y/o pequeños objetos que los representen. El mayor número de familias que compartan este espacio, lograrán la belleza de esta representación. Esta es una tradición anual en la Escuela Nicasio donde las familias, estudiantes y visitantes disfrutan de su visita en la oficina. Por favor, únase a la celebración de sus seres queridos y compártala con los miembros de la comunidad en la Escuela Nicasio. Usted puede traer sus fotos y artículos pequeños a la oficina para ser puestos en nuestro altar/ ofrenda. Favor de poner el nombre de la familia en todos los artículos para asegurar que sean regresados oportunamente. Si necesitan más informaciones, por favor contacten Alice Ballery o Judith Kirkland. Muchas gracias!

7 Termina el Ahorro de Luz de Día RETRASEN sus relojes una hora y Cambiar las alarmas de incendio de las baterías

8 Nicasio School Lockdown Drill - followed by a Simulated Emergency Student Release to Parents Wednesday, November 7, 2018 On Wednesday, November 7 th, all students, teachers and staff will participate in our first lockdown drill of the school year. This exercise will take place from 1:15-1:35pm. EMERGENCY STUDENT RELEASE TO PARENTS DRILL STARTS AT 1:35pm. Following the lockdown drill, students, teachers and staff will assemble in the MPR to practice our Emergency Student Release to Parents plan. This drill will require the participation of all parents or authorized adults planning to pick up students that day. This exercise will help familiarize our school community with the protocols for releasing students to parents/authorized adults following an actual emergency. Please note the following regarding the student release drill: Anyone arriving to pick up a student on November 7 th (and every day) must be named on that student s list of authorized Drivers/Emergency Contacts. Upon arrival, parents/other authorized adults will be asked to form a line at the Student Request Table located outside the north doors of the MPR. You will be asked to show a driver s license or other photo ID. Because the release process will take longer than normal, parents/other authorized adults may arrive as early as 1:35pm and no later than 2pm. Students will be released in the order in which they have been requested by their parents/other authorized adults. Be prepared for rain! This drill will take place rain or shine, and the Student Request and Release waiting areas for parents/guardians are outside the MPR. Thank you in advance, for your patience, cooperation and participation!



11 5555 Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio, CA / / Emergency Communication Systems School Messenger Nicasio School uses an emergency communication system, School Messenger, to communicate with families in the event of an emergency. This system allows communication via phone call, , and test message. We will conduct our annual test of this system in October. Please be sure your contact information is up to date in the main office. Alert Marin Alert Marin is an emergency communication system from the Marin County Sheriff s Office. Follow this link to register for alerts: Nixle Nixle is an emergency communication system for residents of an area (determined by zip code) that will immediately notify users during emergency incidents. To register, visit: Twitter Follow organizations such as Marin County Sheriff CHP Marin and The West Marin Feed for up-to-date information during an emergency.