BACK TO SCHOOL

The first day of school is August 27, 2020. LMSV will begin the school year in online learning. 

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Welcome to the Northmont Family!!!

Welcome to La Mesa- Spring Valley Schools, Northmont Campus. We are looking forward to an exciting and productive year where students, staff, and our community learn and grow together. There have been many changes to our school staff so be sure to check out our directory.

We are committed to creating an inclusive, supportive, and equitable family here at Northmont. Throughout the 2019-2020 school year we will continue building community and developing respectful, empathetic, and collaborative citizens. Our character development program will center around three key character traits, Respect, Cooperation, and Empathy. When applied to our daily lives these traits support students and adults alike in becoming more compassionate, responsible, and positive members of our school family and greater community.

We strive each and every year to providing a rich and rigorous curriculum for all of our students, focusing on problem solving skills, productive struggle which helps students learn to persevere, accountable conversations, Depth of Knowledge, and using technology, as it becomes more and more accessible to us, to transform learning. Our implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will continue to be a driving force for our instruction. 

We have an amazing staff who firmly believes in supporting all students as they become the very best citizens and learners they can be. Our District motto is “Every Child Learning Everyday” and we as a school family fully embrace this. Our PTA and parent community is equally committed to these goals. We invite you to become involved and share your ideas, questions and talents.  

Laura Hollis, Principal

LMSV We Got This

We invite you to watch this special video from our teachers to their students.

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FREE Nutritious and Delicious School Meals

See Flyer for details.

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School Site COVID 19 Prevention Plan

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Beginning of School Parent Letter 2020-21

Dear Northmont Family,

I hope this email finds you and your loved ones healthy and rested. We are certainly living in extraordinary times and the situation seems to change minute by minute. With that said, I would like to give you some information and updates with regards to the online learning that will begin on August 27th.

First and foremost, our wonderful Northmont staff and I are very excited to see the many smiling faces of our returning students and families, and getting to know all of our new family members. Many staff members and I are parents too and we will be navigating distance learning just like you. My twin boys are entering 2nd grade this year and I completely understand the challenges that come with Distance Learning, from the parent perspective. We will strive to support you and your family throughout this experience.

We will begin our 2020-2021 school year on August 27th, in a Distance Learning environment, which will look very different from what we did in the spring when we were working in “crisis learning.” Here is some information that I know and can share with you as of today.

Is the office open? 
Yes. Our Office Hours 7:30 am-3:30 pm.  School Office Manager, Brenda Keagy, and Health Technician, Debbie Williams, will be in the office daily during these hours.  Due to social distancing guidelines, we are encouraging families to please call (619) 668-5830 to set up an appointment if a visit to the office is needed.  We will also be available for walk in appointments. However, we can only have 1 guest in the office at a time, so there may be a wait.  Please remember to bring your masks when visiting the office and follow all social distancing guidelines posted.  If you have any questions feel free to call our school’s main line at (619) 668-5830 or email Brenda Keagy at Brenda.keagy@lmsvschools.org.

Online Learning - What will my child’s school day look like? 
The state has mandated a minimum of instructional minutes that a child must accomplish each school day. Kinder = 180 minutes, 1st, 2nd, 3rd = 230 minutes, and 4th, 5th, 6th = 240 minutes. Based on that, your child’s day will be split between live real-time learning with the teacher and their peers via Zoom (synchronous learning), as well as independent work time (asynchronous learning) which will include assignments that need to be completed like regular classwork. Independent work time will be a combination of hands on teacher assigned work and assignments on our on-line programs.

Will there be a daily schedule?
Yes. Your child will follow a set schedule every day starting at 8:00am. All classes will schedule a lunch break each day at a specific time, likely to be at 12:00pm. Your child’s classroom teacher will provide you a daily schedule prior to the start of school. *Please note: the first days of school will emphasize building connections within the classroom and teaching digital skills that will ensure a successful year. We will spend time reviewing expectations and building relationships just as if we were in the actual classroom. 

Assignments - How will I know what my child is supposed to be working on?
This year we will be much more systematic about how students are assigned work. Teachers will be using a Learning Management System to post assignments, give explanations, provide resources, post links to Zooms, and to collect assignments. Grades K-2 will be using Seesaw and grades 3-6 will be using Google Classroom. 

Attendance and Grades - Does my child have to participate in distance learning?
Unlike last year, participation is mandatory. Attendance will be taken daily during synchronous learning sessions in Zoom and assignments will be collected digitally and assessed. We know that adhering to the schedule may be hard for some parents who have their own work responsibilities. We are here to support you and together we will find a solution that works for your family. Once we begin, please communicate your needs with your child’s classroom teacher.

My child has an IEP, what can I expect? 
You can expect your child’s IEP minutes and goals to be met with their SAI teacher and/or Speech Pathologist (SLP) via Zoom. IEP meetings will also be held via Zoom. SAI teachers will be working closely with their General Education colleagues to provide a schedule that supports and also allows for students to have appropriate time in both their general education classroom and their SAI classroom..

Devices and Distribution - What if we don’t have a device or internet?
Grades K-3 will be using an iPad and Grades 4-6 will be using a Chromebook. If you have not yet done so, please follow this link (Device Survey) to complete the survey so we know if you need assistance with devices or internet. *Please note: phones are not reliable. Your child will need access to an I-Pad, Chromebook or appropriate computer for their school-day. We will be distributing devices on August 25th from 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-6:00 pm. We really encourage you to check out a school device. 

First Day Packets will be handed out on Friday 8/21 from 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00-6:00pm from the front entrance to the school. There are many important documents that you will need prior to the first day of school. You will also be able to pick up workbooks and materials that your child will use for their learning. You will be returning your signed documents on Tuesday 8/25 when you pick up your device and you will also receive your teacher’s name at that time. Please come with your documents from the First Day Packet completed and ready to turn in.   Please be prepared to follow all health and safety guidelines and social distancing requirements to ensure everyone’s safety.

When will I find out who my child’s teacher is? 
You will receive a welcome card with your child’s teacher and classroom number when you come to school on Tuesday, 8/25 to return your completed forms from the First Day Packets. At that time you can also check out a District device to use for Distance Learning. These cards will be handed out individually and only to the family of each student. The schedule for this will be 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-6:00pm. Don’t forget to bring your completed documents and observe social distancing requirements.

Will there be a Back to School Night? 
Yes, teachers will be working to plan a “Back to School Night” experience for families virtually. More information from your child’s classroom teacher will be sent to you after August 27th.  

Is ESS available during distance learning? 
Yes and No. ESS is offering emergency childcare on our campus. Space is limited. ESS staff has always supported our students with homework and academic achievement. During childcare, time will be set aside for students to work on their assignments and staff will be available to support students’ access to instruction. ESS staff is not able to provide 1:1 support. Parents will need to check in on their child’s progress on a regular basis and communicate with their classroom teacher. For more information, you can contact our ESS site lead, Matthew Winet at Matthew.winet@lmsvsd.net.

Will school lunch be available for students? 
Yes. On August 27th, a “grab and go” 2-day meal pack will be offered from 11:00-1:00 at Northmont. Starting Monday, August 31st, meal packs will be distributed once a week in 5-day meal packs. Meals will only be available to students who are enrolled within the district. If you attend Northmont on a transfer, you can go to the school closest to your home for meal pick up. If you are picking up lunch from the school, your child does not need to be present.

They will check that your child is registered in the district. Lunch will also be available for purchase. You will need to complete a free-reduced lunch application that will be provided to you in your child’s first day packet in order to qualify for your student to receive free or reduced lunch. Please see an email flyer coming out in the next day or two for more information. Again, all classes will schedule a lunch break from each day. 

How can I Stay connected?
Please continue to check your emails for updates and communications.  If you are not receiving email updates please call Brenda at (619)668-5830 or email at Brenda.keagy@lmsvschools.org  to ensure we have accurate information. You can also visit our school website at https://www.lmsvschools.org/northmont/. There is a tab titled “Online Learning” that has videos and other helpful information for distance learning. Additionally, you can follow us on social media.

I understand that there might be many more questions you may have. I promise to keep you updated as I am made aware of new information.  We appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this process. The Northmont Staff and I are grateful for each of you and committed to supporting you and your child’s success.

Respectfully,
Laura Hollis, Principal

Enrollment for 2020-21 Updated

Open enrollment is back open and launching April 24, 2020.

Northmont School Office will be open for enrollment processing on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9am-2pm beginning Tuesday, April 28th.

Previously Started Online Enrollment (families that began online enrollment prior to or during school closures) - Please contact our school office to confirm any additional items are needed to complete the process.

*NEW* Fully Online Enrollment - Launching April 24th - No physical visit to school is required. Enrollment is completed entirely online. Visit the district website at www.lmsvsd.org and click the "Enroll" tab. You will be directed to complete a questions portion, download a fillable PDF, complete and upload that document, upload required documents (immunization, birth certificate, proof of residency, physical and dental exams forms). Physical and dental may be turned in at a later date due to doctor office closures during COVID-19. Immunizations are still required.

In-Person Enrollment - Launching, Tuesday, April 28th - Tuesdays and Thursdays are in-person enrollment days in the school office. Click the "Sign Up Genius" link to schedule an appointment. Appointment times are from 9am - 2pm. See posted signs for instructions. This schedule is for Northmont Elementary only and for parents who cannot enroll online. If you are enrolling at another school, please contact that school for their in-person enrollment days and times.

If you need assistance with transfers, please contact us at 619-668-5830 or call Maria in Student Services at 619-668-5700 ext 6429.

For more information, please email us at enrollNOR@lmsvsd.net or call us at 619-668-5830.

Why You'll Love Northmont

  • Located in La Mesa
  • An Honor Roll School
  • Acknowledged for its Commitment to Rigorous Academic Excellence
  • Leader in Hosting Student Teachers from San Diego State University
  • Joint Partnerships with SDSU to Improve Achievement and Outcomes
  • Caring Community of Learners

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Important Information:

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Peace Circle

We begin each morning with our Peace Circle on the Blacktop. This is a great way for us to start the day as a school community. Our staff, students, and families have an opportunity to hear announcements, participate in our Pledge of Allegiance, and our Peace Pledge. We also praise students and adults for academic growth, peace builder behavior, excellent effort, and a variety of other positive contributions to our school community. If you haven't been out to join us at our Peace Circle please plan a visit. 

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Parent Volunteers Are Family

Northmont takes great pride in our fabulous parent volunteers. Research proves that children whose parents are actively involved in their child's education through volunteerism, Run for Fun, homework and PTA  have a higher success rate in student achievement. Thank you to all our parents who support our neighborhood school through their many talents like Art Docent, PTA, after school clubs, classroom & office assistance, and so much more. Many of our parents support our school behind the scenes as well. We know who you are :-) . We appreciate you! If you are interested in volunteering please notify your child's teacher and come into the front office. You will be asked to fill out a Volunteer application and show an official form of Photo I.D. (ie., Driver's License, State Issued I.D. Card, Military I.D. or Passport). You can obtain the form from the office or here on our website.

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“Free” Fundraising Opportunities

Sign Up or Renew Those Cards Now

Go to the Escrip web site to contribute to our school. Participation is free! Our school receives a % of your purchases each time you use your Vons Club Card. Escrip has funded our First in Math program in the past.  

Every time you use your Target Card, a % of your purchases will come back to our school. Your Target donations help support classroom supplies. 

Keep clipping those Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education! And of course, keep clipping those coupons and labels. If you need more sheets to fill in with your Box Tops and Labels for Education, please stop by the front office. Drop your completed sheets in the box in the front office, right next to the door. 

Office Depot—Simply mention to the cashier when you check out at any Office Depot that you would like your purchase to be credited to Northmont Elementary and the school will receive a percentage of your purchase in a gift card. Also, recycle your empty computer or printer cartridges, mention Northmont again and we will receive $3 for each one you turn toward the gift card. It’s that easy! Thanks for your support!

District Spotlight

Academy Programs in LMSV Engage Unique Gifts of Each Child

Enjoy this video about student artists and performances at LMAAC. Academy enrollment is now open until December 2.

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Extended School Services in LMSV Rocks!

Extended School Services (ESS) provides students an outstanding childcare experience before and after school. Students get homework help, engage in games, projects and field trips. ESS provides grants for families who qualify and low cost options.

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You Belong at LMSV

Students in LMSV belong! Learn about how students at La Presa Elementary attend, connect and belong with their school community. Visit lmsvschools.org for more information.

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