Nishuane News

Nourishing Minds while Nurturing Hearts loge

A Message from Dr. McLaughlin
Week of November 11, 2019

I hope that everyone enjoyed a wonderful long weekend with your families! It is great to be back with the children today for a full week of learning and fun! Please remember that this Thursday is a 2:10pm dismissal day for students. Please make arrangements to pick up your students at this time as teachers will need to participate in professional development after dismissal.

Last week was fun also! On Tuesday at Nishuane, our school celebrated Diwali – derived from the Sanskrit word dipavli meaning “row of lights.” Diwali is a national holiday celebrated by all but the most popular in India and other countries in South Asia. During our celebration we learned that there are many regional differences and diverse customs in Diwali celebrations, but common traditions include: lighting oil lamps on the streets in order to light out the darkness; wearing your best new clothes; and feasting with sweet treats and other special foods. We also celebrated by singing and dancing to traditional Diwali music! 

Kaija's Team Rainbow

Kaija's Team Rainbow was created by Susan & Jason Andersen for runners/walkers participating in the 2019 Montclair Bread Company Doughnut Run 5K on December 8th. The Team is joyfully running/walking in honor of our dearest daughter, friend, classmate and neighbor Kaija Andersen. If you would like to join, register today! They have also created a Team t-shirt for the Team members, kids running the Doughnut Dash, and other supporters. If you are interested in these, click the link here:

Our 2019-2020 calendar and Family Handbook are both available on our school’s website!
Friday’s are School Spirit Days at Nishuane! Have your child wear their Nishuane gear or the color blue. 

Bucket Filler logo

Congratulations to our Bucket Fillers of the Week:

Kindergarten: Isaiah Montague from Room 109
First Grade: Madison Bembry from Room 206
Second Grade:  Scarlett Smyth from Room 210
And our staff Bucket Filler of the Week: Ms. Daniel

Our Peaceful Picnic with the Principal will be on Tuesday, November 25th! Food (specifically pizza and milk) is part of this event and so as per the BOE Food Policy, we are notifying you in advance of the following: Food will be served at this event. It is required to be peanut and tree nut free. All ingredients will be listed at the event; otherwise, the food will not be served.

School Spirit:  Every Friday!
Wear your Nishuane gear or the color blue.

Our Family Handbook:
Our School Calendar:

Important Upcoming Dates

November 14th: Curriculum Thursday- 2:10pm Early Dismissal
November 18th: School Picture Retakes
November 27th: 2:10pm Early Dismissal; CI/Aesthetics Cycle 1 Ends
November 28th & 29th: District Closed


Thanksgiving Food Drive

Nishuane Thanksgiving Food Drive Kicked off on November 11th!!
One of our special holiday traditions is our annual Fall Food Drive to donate food this Thanksgiving to families within the Nishuane community. 

Please see your class assignment on the food items list and consider donating food items: Monday, November 11 through Friday, November 22nd.

We are also collecting frozen turkeys and fresh veggies on November 25th!!!! Please sign up to donate here:

It takes a lot of muscle to make this happen. Please volunteer to sign up to help clear buckets, sort food, and/or shop for missing items. Sign up here:

Please contact Nicole Chalfoun, with any questions.

Need a Thanksgiving basket? Please contact Mrs. Williamson by November 15th to anonymously request a food basket:

2019 Thanksgiving Food Drive Class Room Assignments

Class Items to donate 
 D’Allegro (201), Keller/Gaia (102),
K. White (203)
 Canned Vegetables (not yams)
 May (112), Flynn (205)  Canned Cranberry Sauce, Turkey Gravy & Canned Yams
 Santiago (211), Bowen (206),
Mullins (106)
 Rice, Rice Side Dishes, Beans, or Other Grains (Quinoa, Barley)
 Vengerik/Lane (207), O’Connor/Wedemeier (210)  Corn Bread Mix, Muffin Mix, Vegetable Oil
  Wentzell (209), E. White (109)Wentzell (209), E. White (109)  Wentzell (209), E. White (109)
 Paolazzi/Punjabi/Staltaro (104), Marcellus (108)  Juices, Reg. & Sparkling Cider (Apple, Cranberry, Grape)
 Seaman (105), Engel (212),
Christen (208)
 Canned Soups, Chicken Stock
 DePasquale (204), Adamo (215),
Sier (101)
Pasta and Pasta Sauce, Mac & Cheese
 Garone (216), Martire (214), Digricoli/Kolenovic (202)  Pie/Dessert Kits: Pie Crust Mix, Canned Pumpkin or Fruit Pie Filling, Carnation Milk, Apple Crisp Toppings

Need a Thanksgiving Food Basket? Please Email Mrs. Williamson at by November 15th.

Requests are completely confidential and are not released to the PTA. Be sure to provide ALL of the following information to help us determine the right size of each holiday baskets. (You may even want to copy and paste the text below into your email to Mrs. Williamson).

Your child’s name
Your child’s teacher
Number of adults in your family
Number of children in your family
Would you like to receive a turkey?


MPS: http://www.montclair.k12.nj.usNishuane
Nishuane Facebook Group:

 Brought to you by the Nishuane PTA – we appreciate your support!
  • Housekeeping

    Visitor's Passes: When you are visiting the school and greeted over the intercom, please share your name and who you are coming to visit with the staff. No unannounced visitors please. When you are buzzed in, please be sure to stop in the main office upon arrival to sign in and take a visitor’s pass. Please affix the sticker in a spot that is visible throughout your visit. While you are in the office, Ms. Wilson or Ms. Ruggiero will call the classroom to let the teacher you have arrived and ensure the class is ready for the visit. They will then invite you to go to the classroom. We really try to keep unannounced visits or pop-ins to a minimum as this is a distraction to the students and we do not want to alarm any students. We love our Nishuane families and welcome you all to the school. We appreciate your cooperation in working together to ensure school safety.
    Drop-off Safety: Please remember the following important safety pieces for a safe arrival each morning:
    ○ Do not park your car across the street from the school on Cedar Avenue.
    ○ Do not stop your car at any point on High Street directly across the street from the school (along side of the tennis courts). All of the school buses turn onto High Street at this point and it is very dangerous for students to be dropped off in a car/ cross the street here.
    ○ Cross the street with your children or have them cross the street at crosswalks only.
    ○ Do not block driveways around on Cedar Avenue when dropping of or picking up children
    ○ Do not make U-turns in the middle of Cedar Avenue
    Student Pick Up: Thank you for understanding that we cannot call students from their classroom after 3:15pm as we begin dismissal shortly after that. Parents who arrive to pick-up a student at 3:15 or after will be asked to meet their child at their usual dismissal location.
    Student Pick Up: Thank you for understanding that we cannot call students from their classroom after 3:15pm as we begin dismissal shortly after that. Parents who arrive to pick-up a student at 3:10 or after will be asked to meet their child at their usual dismissal location.
Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2019 Intrado Corporation. All rights reserved.