THE VOICE || November 2016
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December 14 - Festival of Lights • 4pm
December 19-30 - Winter Break 
January 2 - School Resumes!
January 16 - Martin Luther King Day • No School
January 23-27 - Spirit Week


One of the things I've found most helpful in familiarizing myself with the history of Neskowin Valley School is to ask those who have gone before me to share their story. It is so enriching to hear about the impact NVS has had on people's lives.

Just a couple of months ago, the board and staff spent an evening together where each of us was given time to share how we became connected to NVS and what that experience has meant to us. It was a beautiful evening that showcased the many ways NVS has touched the lives of so many.

This month, I want to share with you two stories. The first story is from a former student who spent several years learning and growing at NVS. The second is from one of NVS' first teachers who has also filled the role of parent, board member, and now, honorary board member. I hope you will enjoy hearing their stories as much as I have.  

          From mapping the creek near the school to being allowed to participate in math that was farther advanced than my assigned grade simply because I was ready for it ...From hands-on pottery and art to immersive physical activity that included a soccer team that competed with area schools, basketball in the covered play area at recess, and comprehensive physical activity periods ...These were just some of many great trainings I received during my enrollment at Neskowin Valley School
Eruch DeRham, NVS Alum
          The lofty restored barn, accented by high leaded glass windows, housed an enriching teaching and learning environment for me.  When George and Margot opened the big double doors on the very first day of school in the fall of 1973, twenty wide-eyed 3-5 year-olds, followed by curious and engaging car-pooling parents, came a-tumbling in. From that moment on, more teachers, parents and community fostered music, art, math, reading, plays, stories, and exploring science from the smallest stream to the creek, to the beaches, and hikes on Cascade Head. Teaching in that environment taught me so much about life and community.  Now, new and eager children of some of our earliest wide-eyed learners are at NVS!  That speaks volumes for the school, albeit,having had its own learning curves, it has become an incredibly enriching and dynamic circle of learning and teaching.

Barbara Haga, Teacher & aide over 1973-1983 | Parent | Board member 

If you have an NVS story you'd like to share I would love to connect with you. 

~ Kelly Ellis, Head of School

The Adventurers love learning through dramatic play. Stop by our classroom to check out a library book, buy groceries, enjoy a meal at the restaurant, or get work done at the office. Our friendly police officers, fire men, chefs, and superheroes will be there to help you out.

You can also find the adventurers enjoying the Fall season outside where they are busy collecting leaves, sticks, and pinecones. We have been learning about the forest around us and the different homes it provides for animals and plants. We especially love searching for squirrels, insects, and fungi on our 
nature walks.

~ Teacher Kaylie



A person who explores an unfamiliar area; an adventurer; "a polar explorer". Synonyms: traveler, discoverer, voyager, adventurer, surveyor, scout, prospector


Gerund or present participle: exploring travel in or through (an unfamiliar country or area) in order to learn about or familiarize oneself with it.

In every sense of the word, our amazing first, second, and third grade Explorers are out participating in their world and gaining a lot of information.

This month they have had the opportunity to go mushroom hunting with Margot, rock hunting in our creek beds, and build a fairy garden on a huge stump.  "Little Creek" is now deep enough to "get a boot full of 

All of this exploring is allowing a deeper level of questioning, writing and connecting with books.  Math also abounds in their natural world.

~ Teacher Rhonda



Oh, the joy of being with the Voyagers every day! I am so thankful to be able to guide these inquisitive students!  

We started our water movement studies this month at the Nelscott Big Wave Classic talking to the competitors before watching the surfers jump on jet skis with their gear for a trip out to the reef. There has been enough breaks in the rain to continue our creek studies as well, taking soil and silt samples and observing the changes in Slab Creek after the flooding rains.

Grandfriend’s day was the perfect occasion to show our transition to geometry with a paper quilt that the students created. We are continuing to practice our multiples and fractions while moving forward into shapes and measuring. The students are showing their work in math journals and have taken pride in clean pages that they can use for reference throughout the year.

The students wowed their grandfriends with their boisterous rendition of 50 Nifty United States. And while learning this song, they have also learned the states in alphabetical order. I smile as I walk past them singing the states - "Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut . . ."

Our Fine Arts has been abundant this month! Music has poured in through song rehearsals with Grandma Joanne and our Ukulele Lessons with George Thompson and his guide dog. Mrs. Miller engages them in hands-on Art Literacy twice a month, while Senora Ramirez immerses them with Spanish Speaking classes. So many opportunities!

Our Voyagers continue to create the bonds of friendships and build character together. We sang “The World is a Rainbow” for our Grandfriends and I love the last line, “The world is a rainbow with many kinds of people, and when we work together it's such a sight to see. The world is beautiful when we live in harmony!"  Thank you for supporting our beautiful class!

~  Teacher Angie

We are currently accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year. If you are interested in sending your child to NVS next year, please fill out the online application soon. We have several classes that are full this year. Please schedule a meeting with our Head of School to talk about openings for the coming school year.

Neskowin Valley School is seeking an experienced music teacher to join our team. If you are interested in teaching music, please email your resume to Kelly.
Get involved in the day to day activities at NVS by becoming a volunteer! We are looking for someone to help us with ongoing building/grounds maintenance. Talk to Kelly if you are available to help out.

If you are interested in an NVS Board Member position, we encourage you to contact our Board Chair, Cameron Nagel, for more information. We are always looking for community minded people to join our skilled board and extend their own expertise to our school community. 
Of special thanks...
We would like to thank Bros and Hoes Landscaping for donating their time and
expertise to clean up our grounds, repair our playground, trim our trees, and support our school! The Bros and Hoes crew are capable, helpful, polite, and even take time out of their busy day to teach our kids about their craft. Thank you to the generous team for helping keep our school in good shape! 
A thank you from our students!
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