Newsletter

1/13/21 Due to widespread power outages today, there is no 6th grade families webinar. Instead, please click here to view the important information we want ALL 6th grade families to have prior to tomorrow.

 

1/7/21 Please read the letter from Principal Jackson posted in the right column --> It has important information about 6th grade reopening. A copy of the letter appears below as well:

Dear 6th grade North Pines Middle School Families,

We are VERY excited to be writing today with information on bringing our 6th graders back to in-person learning! Thank you all for your patience and support as we have navigated this school year….it is truly appreciated.

Important Packet Pick-Up Dates:  We will have informational packets for parents to pick-up next Monday and Tuesday (January 11 and 12). Packets will be available at our front door (on Broadway Ave) from 7:15 – 3:15 on both days. Please come to the front door and ring the bell. Someone will greet you at the door and get your packet for you. Packets will include important information such as contact information, transportation expectations, entry and exit expectations, classroom supplies, classroom safety expectations, attestation forms, and a parent agreement that must be signed when your student begins in-person instruction.  If your student needs to take medications while at school, please plan to bring the medications on this day to check in with our nurse.

First Days of School:  With student and staff safety as our highest priority, we will be starting our 6th graders on an A/B schedule, and extending this for the first four days of instruction.  This will allow for us to ensure students are well-oriented at our school and know all our procedures.  This will also allow teachers to work with smaller groups of students as they learn these new expectations and protocols.  On the “off” day, there will be assignments for your student in each of their blackboard classes, but they will not participate in a virtual class with their teacher.  We feel it is highly important for teachers to be able to give their full attention to the students physically with them on each of these days.  Please see below for your student’s cohort information and days they will be physically attending school:

Thursday, January 14th – Cohort A – Students will the LAST name A-J

Friday, January 15th – Cohort B – Students with the LAST name K-Z

Monday, January 18th – Martin Luther King Day – No School

Tuesday, January 19th – Cohort A – Students with the LAST name A-J

Wednesday, January 20th – Cohort B – Students with the LAST name K-Z

Beginning Thursday, January 21st, ALL 6th grade students will be attending every day in-person.

 

Our New Daily Schedule will be as follows, starting on January 14th:

 

Time

Event

8:30-8:50

Extended Learning Time

8:50-10:20

1st period

10:20-10:25

Passing Period

10:25-11:55

2nd period

11:55-12:35

Lunch

12:35-2:05

3rd period

2:05-3:00

Teacher Access Time

 

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures:

Arrival: 

  • We ask that you do not drop your student off at school prior to 8:30 a.m. We also ask students who walk to school to not plan on arriving at school until 8:30 a.m. We have entry procedures to ensure the safety of all students, and we will not be able to allow students into our building until 8:30 a.m.  Beginning at 8:30am, it is an extended learning time as students arrive to their 1st period class.  As students enter the building, they will be required to go straight to their 1st period classroom.  They will have access to their 1st period teacher and begin working on assignments as other students arrive.
  • Students should arrive wearing masks. 
  • Make sure your walker leaves home with their signed attestation form daily.  6th grade students that are walkers will enter the building on the west side of NPMS through the 6th grade Commons/Courtyard door. Adults will be outside helping students with where to go.
  • If you are dropping off, please keep your student in your car until 8:30. Please also make sure that before they get out of the car, they have their completed attestation form that has been signed by you. If you do not have your form completed, we will ask you to pull through, complete your form, and re-enter the drop-off area to ensure we keep traffic moving. Students may then proceed to the check-in station at the Courtyard door. 
  • Students that ride buses will enter the Commons through the South doors. 

Dismissal: At the end of the day, students will be held in their classrooms until dismissal.

  • Students who ride the bus will be dismissed from class as their bus arrives
  • Students who walk to school will be dismissed on the following schedule:
    • 2:05  Last Names A-F
    • 2:08  Last Names G-L
    • 2:11  Last Names M-R
    • 2:15 Last Names S-Z
  • Students who are picked up by parents will be dismissed in the order of parent arrival. When you pick up your informational packet, you will find a numbered card in your packet. Families will receive two numbered cards to accommodate households with more than one vehicle.  PLEASE KEEP THIS CARD. Your numbered card needs to be displayed in your car dash when you arrive to pick up your student. As you pull through, we will use this number to identify your student and call them out from class for dismissal.        

Transportation Survey:

Breakfast Bags:

Breakfast bags will be given to any student that would like one at the end of the school day on the prior day. Students will take their breakfast home to eat the next day before school. Monday’s breakfast (or Tue, Wed for the week of Jan 19) will be handed out Friday afternoons. If your student needs breakfast the first day of school (Jan 14 or 15), you can pick up a breakfast for them when parent packets are picked up on Monday or Tuesday.

Informational Webinar January 13th:

After you review the information in your Parent Packet (that you pick up on January 11 or 12), we will also hold an informational parent webinar on Wednesday January 13th from 4:00-4:45 pm. This will be held in a virtual format (much like our back-to-school night) and we will send detailed information out shortly. You will receive a meeting code as well prior to Wednesday.

We understand that this is a lot of information, and more information will be coming out as we get closer to our 6th grade return. If you have any questions or need clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thanks again for all of your support and we are excited to see you soon!  

Lora Jackson

Principal

North Pines Middle School

lojackson@cvsd.org

 

12/4/20 Congratulations to all of our PACE Character Trait nominees for the month of November! Winners for each grade level are...

6th:  Joseph B.

7th:  Graham L.

8th:  Parker M.

 

11/24/20 NP Community- It is a great time of year to let you know how grateful I am for the work that I get to do each and every day!  Thank you for sending your children to us (or helping them join us via Zoom )!  It is a pleasure to watch them learn and grow.  And thank you for your support and help.  We immensely appreciate the partnerships with our families.

Tomorrow is a 1/2 day.  Here is the schedule:

1st period:  8:35-9:35

2nd period:  9:40-10:40

3rd period: 10:45-11:45

Dismissal:  11:45  (grab a bag lunch on the way out the door)

I hope you get to take some time to reflect on the things that are most meaningful to you and to spend time with a couple of your loved ones.  We are always here for you if you need anything.

Gratefully,

Lora Jackson

Principal, NPMS

lojackson@cvsd.org

 

11/10/20 Thank you for having your students complete their grade check! We had 70 6th graders, 89 7th graders, and 69 8th graders complete the grade check. The grade check winners for 11/9 are: 6th: Tymofii P. & Ryleah F. 7th: Enver A. & Aubrey B 8th: Kyra D. & Dylan M. These students will be mailed a $10 Café Rio gift card. CONGRATS!

 

10/28/20 We hope the first grade check in ELA/Math class went well! Thank you for monitoring your own progress. Hopefully the chance to win a prize was extra encouraging. J We had 82 6th graders, 108 7th graders, and 86 8th graders complete the grade check. The randomly selected winners were Blake W, Karolina K, Jami K, Lyric K, Jose A, and Piper S. We are mailing home $10 Café Rio Gift Certificates to these winners. CONGRATS!

 

9/4/20: Dear NP Families-

Times of change can also be times of excitement!  I am very excited to get our 2020-2021 school year started. I have three pieces of information for your today. Here are instructions for your student to log into Blackboard and Zoom. Blackboard is where your student’s 3 period schedule for Quarter 1 is located.  (Please know that schedule adjustments may continue to take place.)  Zoom is where live class meetings will happen each day for those of you that are Option 1, school-paced learning.

Step 1: CVSD District Chromebook

If your student has a CVSD District Chromebook. They login with the following credentials:
Login: student ID followed by @cvsd356.org (studentID@cvsd356.org
Password: 8 digit birthdate 
Initial login credentials for students who have never logged onto a Chromebook (mostly K-2 students) is student ID followed by @cvsd356.org (studentID@cvsd356.org).
The default password is P@ssword! Students will be required to change this password the first time they log on. We suggest they change it to their 8 digit birthdate (including leading 0s for single digit months).

Step 2: BLACKBOARD

Your student should start every day and every class period by logging into

Blackboard and then into the correct class. Announcements for the day, links to

additional resources and all assignments will be posted in Blackboard.

A. Navigate to www.cvvl.org

B. Student Username is their student ID followed by @cvsd356.org

C. Student Password is their 8 digit birthdate

STEP 3: Zoom

The Zoom app is loaded on all CVSD Chromebook devices.  Users should not have to do anything to get the app to load when joining a Zoom meeting. If your student is using a home computer or Chromebook, please see attached directions for downloading Zoom.

If you encounter difficulties logging in or with any of these platforms, our district has a Tech Help Desk at 509-558-5457, which will be open today and Tuesday from 8-4

The district has also posted a number of videos made to help parents at (https://www.cvsd.org/apps/pages/virtualresources)

It’s going to be a great year!  Go Cubs!

Lora Jackson,

Principal, North Pines Middle School

lojackson@cvsd.org

 

8/17/20 Hello NP families,

By now you should have received the email from Superintendent Small outlining the four educational options for students as we open the 2020-21 school year.  I know making this decision for your family in this uncertain time may be difficult.  However, we hope that the four options provided to you creates some flexibility as we forward in this time. 

If you plan to return to in-person school when we are able to do so, Option 1 and 4 are a great choice for you.  In these options, you can choose School-Paced or Self-Paced.  School-Paced provides you the routine and daily schedule from your teachers, very similar as if you were coming to school.  If in your family, you cannot accommodate the daily schedule of Option 1, the Self-Paced Option 4 might be a good choice.  In either of these options, you are assigned to the same teacher(s) that you started the school year with and will have the flexibility to change within these two options later if your family circumstances change. 

If you do not plan to return to in-person school this year, Options 2 and 3 are a good choice for your family.  Option 2 mirrors Option 1- School Paced and Option 3 mirrors Option 4.  If your family chooses option 2 or 3 your child will be enrolled in Central Valley Virtual Learning and be assigned/scheduled in this school environment.  We can assure you a place back at North Pines Middle School in the fall of 2021, if at that time you feel comfortable return to in-person learning.  

I want you to be able to make the best choice for your student and your family.  CVSD has answered many of the frequently asked questions, and detailed the options on the district webpage.  Click here for a direct link to that page CVSD Reopening 2020.  If you have more specific questions, I want to help get you the information you need to make the right decision for your student.  We are here at NPMS (509-558-5020) to answer as many questions as we are able and help you navigate the best option for you. 

Sincerely,

Lora Jackson

Principal, North Pines Middle School

lojackson@cvsd.org

 
8/12/20 A message from NORTH PINES MIDDLE SCHOOL

Good News, NP Community!

If you purchased a yearbook this last school year, they have finally arrived!  Staff will be in the school parking lot off of Broadway Ave on Wednesday, August 19 from 8am-3pm to distribute them!  We will be wearing masks and following social distancing protocols.  We look forward to seeing those of you that ordered.  (Don't worry if you can't make it this date or time, we will hold the yearbooks for you until other arrangements are made.)

Sincerely,

Lora Jackson

Principal, NPMS

 
A message from NORTH PINES MIDDLE SCHOOL 3/16/20

Dear NPMS Families, 

During this time when many physical libraries will be closing, the Spokane County e-library is an excellent way to gain free access to thousands of books online.  Please see the attached directions to learn how to download either Overdrive or Libby, two free apps that grant instant access to over 7,00 e-books. You will need a library card to access these books, but this can be easily acquired online for free at https://www.spokanelibrary.org/card/ 

Go to  https://www.spokanelibrary.org/ebooks/ to learn more about the Libby and Overdrive e-book apps.  

 

Library cards | Spokane Public Library

Renewing your card. You can easily renew your card online.If you run into any trouble renewing online, visit a library branch location or call Customer Service at 509-444-5300 during regular business hours. Lost cards. If you lose your card, please call us immediately at 509-444-5300 to avoid additional liability.There is no card replacement fee.

www.spokanelibrary.org