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Note from the Principal – Welcome Back 1R Families-July/August

Note from the Principal – Welcome Back 1R Families-July/August

Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back to the 2021-22 school year. We are super excited for the upcoming year and will be preparing for another great year at 1R. Summer flies by faster and faster each year it seems like. I hope you were able to enjoy some summer fun – vacationing, playing ball, swimming or just hanging out with family. If not you have a couple weeks left to get those last minute trips in before we kick off the school year. With the start of school in mind, I want to share some important information with you before the first day of school.

The first day of school for students will be Thursday, August 12. This will be a FULL day of school with lunch provided. Thursday, the 12th will be a Music day and Friday, the 13th a PE day.

The best and most updated way to stay connected with what is going on is through the 1R Calendar and Northwest district calendar. You may also follow us on the 1R Facebook page, 1R Website and Northwest Website. Important Links below:

1R Calendar

– 2021-22 Northwest District Calendar

– 1R Website

 1R Supply List

Mrs. Bachle has been busy over the summer uploading and updating Power School information. It is vital that your contact information is up-to-date with your most current phone numbers, addresses and email information. We will use this information to contact you in case of emergencies, events, inclement weather and many other important details available through Power School. Please contact the office when any changes or additions need to be made during the year. It is extremely important. If you have questions please contact Mrs. Bachle.

We will welcome two new staff members this year at 1R. Mrs. Melanie O’Boyle will be the new school nurse for 1R and St. Libory. Mrs. O’Boyle will be at 1R on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Jackie Engel will join as our new School Psychologist. Mrs. Engel will also work between 1R and St.Libory. Please welcome and introduce yourself when you see them around. Super excited to have them on board with us!

1R PTO has been busy planning for the upcoming year and excited to host in building events again. The first event will be the 1R Open House on Monday, August 16th from 5:30-7:00 PM. They will be serving hot dogs, chips, cookies and drink with a free will donation. They will have a variety of fun raffle prizes available. There will again be a watermelon eating contest from 6:30-7:00 PM. They will have an apparel link available for 1R shirts, sweatshirts etc…. PTO membership and a volunteer sign up sheet for the school year will also be available. Teachers will be in their classroom for tours and  have raffle tickets for students who visit their classrooms. Raffle drawing will begin at 7:00 PM – more information to come. This year’s board members are Lisa Allan-President, Leah Borer-V.P. Kenzie Jarvie-Secretary and Kristen Rogers-Treasurer. More information will be coming

Middle School Sports – Please see the 1R Website under Middle School Athletic Information. All athletes must have a current physical on record before they may practice. Practice for fall sports will begin the first full week of school Monday, August 16th.

We are excited to announce all our district 1st graders will be issued new ipads. Also our 3rd, 6th and 10th graders will be issued new Chromebooks. Due to Covid last year we were unable to do these updates due to shortages so we are excited to have these new devices this year. As noted in our device user agreement during the registration process, each year students in grades 6-12 are required to pay a technology use fee. This $25 fee allows students to take the Chromebook home. This fee can be paid online on our website (under links, online payment) or in the office. It is important to remember that this fee does not include damage fees. Students will be charged a $25 incident fee for any damage or repairs needed on their device. This is a per incident fee and is a flat $25 fee per incident. We ask that these 6th-8th grade fees be paid by Friday, August 20th and prior to taking devices home.

Note: These technology fees may be waived if you have qualified for Free and Reduced Lunch and completed the sharing information form. This process must be done prior August 20th.  Click here for more information.

As we begin the new school year please review protocol for morning drop off and after school pick up. We ask that students not arrive before 7:45 AM if at all possible. The last bell on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday is at 3:15 PM and Wednesdays at 2:00 PM. We ask that no children are at school 30 minutes after the last bell. Please share this information with other guardians, siblings, grandparents or others who may be transporting your child. Our first priority is the safety of students, staff, a parents. It typically takes less than 15 minutes for pick up on any given day from start to finish. This is not too much time to assure everyone’s safety. If you need to pick up your child early for an appointment please call ahead and park in the east parking lot. If you need to enter the building please park in the east parking lot NOT in the driveway or on the south side grass.

Traffic flow map: 1R Entry-Exit

Third City Connect will partner again with us this year as an after school provider. You may contact Third City Christian Church for details. Clayton Loghry is the contact (308)-384-5038.

We look forward to serving you again this year in providing your child with a high quality education in a safe and family oriented environment. The Northwest Public Schools Mission is: “A Culture of Excellence” An exceptional community of learners committed to continuous growth. We strive to meet each child where they are at and provide them with multiple opportunities to grow both academically and socially. Please do not hesitate to contact myself, our office or staff if you have questions. Office 308-385-6352

Sincerely,

Mr. Retzlaff, Principal

 

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