The Star Polisher
By Leah Becks
"I have a great job in the universe of occupations. What do I do? I'm a star polisher. It's a very important job. If you want to know how important, just go out at night and look at the stars twinkling and sparkling.
You see, I am a teacher. The stars are the children in my class. My job is to take them in - in whatever shape they come - and shine them and buff them, and then send them out to take their places as bright little twinkling beacons in the sky.
They come into my room in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they're bent, tarnished, dirty, crinkly and broken. Some stars are cuddly, soft, and sweet. Some stars are prickly and thorny.
As I buff, polish, train, and teach my little stars, I tell them that the world cannot do without them. I tell them they can do anything they set their minds to do. I tell them they can be the brightest, shiniest stars in the sky, and that the world will be a better place because of them.
Each night as I look at the sky, I'm reminded of my very important job and awesome responsibility. I go and get my soft buffing cloth and my little bottle of polish in preparation for tomorrow and for my class of little stars."
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Thank you to all of our wonderful teachers who continue to educate and inspire during this time.
Before today ends, I’d like to take a moment to recognize all of our administrative professionals. I hope you all always know how very much your work is valued and how much you’re appreciated. Happy Administrative Professionals Day!
Our offices may be different, but our commitment to our students, staff and community will never change. By staying home and limiting our interactions with others we are working together to make a difference, today!
Reminder meals will be doubled today, Thursday, April 9, 2020, because there will be no meal services tomorrow, Friday, April 10, 2020. Meals are packed and ready to go and now include breakfast, lunch and supper!
There are three ways to receive meals:
1. Pick up meals at Von Renner or Hurd Barrington Elementary from 11:00am - 12:00pm
2. Food Truck Delivery: Fisherman's Bend/Martin's, Catfish Camp & Bonita Elementary (see full schedule at nclusd.org)
3. Bus Route Delivery (see full schedule at nclusd.org)
Rain or shine our nutrition services employees are here to serve our students. In accordance with CDC recommendations all staff who are interacting with the public are wearing protective masks and gloves. Meals now include a breakfast, lunch and supper! For more information on meal pick up and delivery please visit the remote learning page on our website.
Bus routes for our meal distribution have been updated. Please see new route schedule.
Bus routes for our meal distribution has been updated. Please see new route schedule.
Campuses may be closed but our kitchens are still open! NCLUSD Nutrition Services provided 15,500 meals to children ages 1-18 from March 19, 2020 to March 31, 2020. Starting Monday, April 6, 2020 we will also be providing supper. Thank you to all of our wonderful staff who are making this possible! NCLUSD is continuing to work together to make a difference, today!
NCLUSD staff traded in their purple for blue today to show support for National Autism Awareness Day!
Today is National Autism Awareness Day. Please watch former NCLUSD student Robbie Messer's video: This is my Quest: https://youtu.be/4xzsdHwTIPE
We have further guidance and directives from State Superintendent of Instruction Tony Thurmond and Governor Gavin Newsom to keep schools closed through the end of the current school year.
April 1, 2020 is Census Day! The Census is important because it helps to decide how much federal money our schools will get over the next ten years, and how much money our state will get for our parks, neighborhood improvements, public health, transportation, and many other programs and services. For more information on the Census go to https://2020census.gov/en.html
Updated meal schedule and bus routes starting Monday, March 30 through May 1, 2020. No meals on April 10th.
Stanislaus County Office of Education, in collaboration with the Stanislaus Public Health Department, is announcing that school closures will extend at least through May 1, 2020.
Lunch is served!
Effective March 23, 2020 meals will be available for pickup at Von Renner and Hurd Barrington Elementary, Monday through Friday from 11:00am-12:00pm. Meals will be FREE to ALL children ages 1-18. Children must be present in order for meals to be provided. Meals will include a daily lunch and breakfast for the following school day.
The NCLUSD food truck will also be traveling an established route to deliver meals.
Fisherman's Bend/Martin's: 10:00-10:30am
Catfish Camp: 10:45-11:15am
Bonita Elementary: 11:30am-12:00pm
It was great to see members of our NCLUSD staff this morning during an extended cabinet zoom meeting. We are all still here to support our students, their families and the community we serve. By limiting the amount of time and people we interact with, we are truly working together to make a difference, today!
Times almost up to pick up a nutritious and delicious lunch and breakfast. Hurd Barrington, Hunt, Von Renner, Yolo and OHS will all be serving until 1pm today, parents/guardians can pick up lunches via drive up or walk up. Children must be present in order for meals to be provided. Meals are FREE to ALL children from ages 1-18.
NCLUSD Food & Nutrition Services program will provide an opportunity for families to drive through and pick up FREE meals for the children ages 1-18 in their family at school sites. Children must be present in order for meals to be provided, effective March 19 - April 9.
NCLUSD Schools will close effective Thursday, March 19 through April 19, 2020.