Dear Noddin Community,
Welcome to the new online version of the Noddin Newsletter! In an effort to tighten up communication and save paper, I will be sending newsletters electronically to e-mails we have on file or provided to me by your child’s teacher. A small number of paper copies will also be available in the front office. Additionally, it will be posted on our school website.
We are now into our 5th week of the school year and I could not be more proud of the students and staff! Teachers immediately dove into the curriculum and I have seen overwhelming evidence of effective classroom instruction and student learning. Next week, our RtI (Reading Groups) program will begin. Additionally, many programs have begun, or will soon, such as Music, P.E., and Library time. This year, all students K-5 will receive music instruction and every grade 1st – 5th will receive a weekly P.E. class via our Recess 101 program. Recess 101 will also be providing structured sports and games during both recess and lunchtime. If you see him around campus, please say “hello” and welcome our amazing Recess 101 coach, Coach Ernesto!
Running Club is another lunchtime program that will be beginning soon twice a week! Thank you Kelly Sayer for running this popular student activity!
Thank you to Ashleigh Coffeng, Rachel Duncan, and the entire Home & School Club board for the Welcome Back Coffee on the first day of school, New Parent Presentation at Back to School Night, and for supporting the teachers, students, and community in a multitude of ways! Noddin values your hard work and efforts to make Noddin welcoming and the best it can be!
Another big “thank you” to Tom Graham and his beatification team! Tom and his crew have given up two Saturdays to beautify, paint, and do maintenance here on campus! The community and I are so appreciative for what has been done.
Our Traffic and Safety Coordinator, Jennifer Wickland, has been instrumental to Noddin this year, leading the effort to have Noddin become part of the City of San Jose’s Walk and Roll program! Currently, Mrs. Wickland and the teachers are gathering student travel data, which will be used to analyze our safety needs. We’ll be encouraging students and parents to walk, bike, or scoot to school, and continue to track numbers and patterns. Students will also be eligible to win prizes for their efforts! More information will be coming regarding this program in the near future. In the meantime, students will receive a safety assembly and we have our Bike Safety Rodeo on Saturday, September 24!
Our Back to School Night was extremely well attended. Whether you are a new or returning family, we hope the evening was inviting and informative! Please know how much Noddin values the partnership between school and home. My door is always open to your thoughts, comments, suggestions, and concerns.
~ Eric Scharer