I feel that it is important that we acknowledge the unspeakable tragedy in Uvalde, Texas. It has consumed my thoughts for the past 24 hours and I wrestle with how to respond to yet another mass shooting. At SAU 58, we continue to conduct monthly, routine safety drills and partner with local law enforcement as a part of best practice. .
The physical, social and emotional safety of our students and staff is always our number one priority. Listen to your children, your peers, our community. If you have concerns for anyone, please do not hesitate to reach out and share what is unsettling in a proactive manner with school officials such as a guidance counselor, the principal, a teacher, and the superintendent. The mental well-being of everyone has been a focus for us this year more than ever as we grapple with the residual effects of a pandemic, the opioid epidemic, and societal challenges. Support and wraparound services are vital to guide us all on a path of mental health and well-being.
We are educational partners who are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our students and staff. If you feel that your student needs additional resources, please contact their principal or guidance counselor to discuss ways that we can best provide assistance. The following resources may also be helpful: Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers and Employee Assistance Program (for staff).
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly with any concerns.
Dr. Ronna Cadarette
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Each Monday this month, NHED’s Office of Social and Emotional Wellness is releasing a post on social media that contains a fact, resource, tip and activity related to a mental health topic. This week’s topic was Preventing Bulling and Cyberbulling, and next Monday’s will be Destigmatizing Mental Illness. Look for the posts on the Bureau of Student Wellness Facebook and Twitter, and on NHED's Facebook.
NHED’s YES! scholarship program is designed to help families and residents whose education was negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by awarding $1,000 scholarships to New Hampshire students. The scholarships may be used for tutoring provided by certified NH educators, as well as special education therapies and services provided by certified NH special education teachers or licensed therapists. To apply, visit Yes Every Student. Certified educators or licensed service providers that are interested in providing supplemental services as part of this program should complete this form.Waterford Upstart is an at-home, early learning program that helps children build reading skills before kindergarten so they can be confident in the classroom on day one. NHED is partnering with Waterford to offer these services at no cost. Registration links for parents for the fall program and summer program.NHED is partnering with NH camps and school-age summer programs across the state to offer its ReKindling Curiosity summer camp initiative. Here is a handout flyer with detailed information on the program, which we encourage schools to share with their families. The state-operated summer enrichment program will pay up to $650 of the youth recreation camp fees for qualifying students.
ATTENTION PRESCHOOL PARENTSHello,I am reaching out from Waterford.org, an early education nonprofit working to provide tools to support equitable education for all children.Now in New Hampshire, we are offering our award winning PreK online software program, Upstart, to young children entering Kindergarten this fall of 2022.In partnership with the New Hampshire Department of Education, we are able to offer the computer and software program to all PreK children for free. The computer is theirs to keep upon completion of the program.Registration for the summer online program closes June 6.I have attached our one page flyer with all the registration info. Please feel free to share as you see fit.I am also happy to answer any questions you may have.Thanks!Heba
The last day of the school year will be an early release.
Wednesday, June 15th
For a list of eligible reKINDling programs, and qualifying disabilities, please contact Michelle Mason, Student Services Administrator, at 603-636-2492.
The New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE), Bureau of Special Education Support (Bureau) has developed a 603 Bright Futures Survey Indicator 8 Flyer.
The Indicator 8 section of the 603 Bright Futures K-12 and Preschool Family Survey is for parents of students currently on an Individual Education Program (IEP). Your responses will guide efforts to improve services and results for students with disabilities, so we value your voice!
Please take this opportunity to share the 603 Bright Futures Indicator 8 Flyer with your families to increase the response rates .
Should you have questions or need further clarification, please contact Mary Lane at Mary.T.Lane@doe.nh.gov or (603) 271-3740.
Mary Ellen Hamilton | Program Assistant
NH Department of Education
Bureau of Special Education Support
101 Pleasant Street | Concord NH 03301
Please see the letter from NHDOE Deputy Commissioner Brennan regarding the 603 Bright Futures survey. You may access it via NHDOE website as well as through the links here:.Thank you for your feedback and participation.Sincerely,Dr. Ronna F. Cadarette
Dear SAU 58 Community,On Friday, Feb. 25, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its requirement for face masks on school buses. Effective immediately, the CDC no longer requires the wearing of masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems, including early care and childcare education programs. More information is available on the CDC’s website here. Mask wearing will be optional in our schools and on our buses. We have plenty of masks available upon request.It is possible that the wearing of masks may be an emotionally charged issue. As we move forward, please be respectful of individual decisions by all members of our school community. Together, we have navigated each turn successfully thus far, and I am confident that we can continue to do so with the health, safety, and well-being of our entire community at the forefront.Thank you for your continued support and patience while we seek to provide the best education we can for the students of SAU #58. We are so fortunate to be part of such a caring and kind community.Sincerely,Ronna Cadarette
The SAU #58 School Board adopted the updated CDC and DHHS guidelines for quarantine and isolation. They are paraphrased as "5 days quarantine and 5 days masking." The specifics are available on our website. Please continue to use ReportCOVID@sau58.org and our website to notify us of cases. Due to the uptick of Omicron, there is often not enough time to notify classes of possible exposure. Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms and take the necessary precautions.