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Principal's Message

Greetings Needham Community!

We hope everyone is enjoying the last few weeks of Summer Break with their children. We’re looking forward to a fantastic 22-23 school year here at Needham! We know many of you have questions as the year starts and hope to provide some clarity through this newsletter. If you have additional questions after reading this, please feel free to email or call us (our phone lines aren’t activated with the construction but we are checking messages).
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Principal's Message

Fall Check In!!

Dear Needham Families,

Please join us for Fall Check-In at Needham Elementary on August 15th, drop in anytime between 8-3pm. We will have lots of information about the upcoming school year, posted class lists, and you can make sure that your registration is complete. This is not a mandatory event but it's a great way to see what we've been up to this summer with all this construction!

Estimadas familias de Needham,

Por favor, únanse a nosotros para el Check-In de otoño en la escuela primaria de Needham el 15 de agosto, pase a cualquier hora entre 8-3pm. Tendremos mucha información sobre el próximo año escolar, listas de clases publicadas, y usted puede asegurarse de que su registro está completo. ¡Esto no es un evento obligatorio pero es una gran manera de ver lo que hemos estado haciendo este verano con toda esta construcción!

August 15th from 8-3 pm!
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News & Announcements

Prep for the year ahead with our Back-to-School FAQ

The start of the 2022-23 school year is right around the corner. For your family’s smooth transition, we’ve prepared a 2022-23 Back-to-School FAQ. It includes information on: Fall Check-In dates in August; elementary schools’ “Meet the Teacher” events; registration for after-school care (now called The Club); menus and payment for school meals; sport physicals for fall athletics; and vaccination requirements.

Check our Back-to-School Guide for Links to Supply Lists, Bell Schedules, and More

Families, we know back-to-school can be a hectic time. To help you, we gathered some important details into a one-page guide. It can be especially helpful for parents with children at different schools. The at-a-glance guide includes clickable links for specific schools' important details, including: Fall Check-In Dates, First Day of School, Bell Schedule, and the School Supply List.

Summer Bridge Program Encourages Summer Learning

School’s out, but Durango School District 9-R is encouraging students to work on learning through the summer – with fun events as a reward. The Summer Bridge program combines free activity books with checkpoints, events, and prizes to continue learning this summer and be ready for the next grade level.

Free Lunches for Children Available Through Summer Food Service Program

Durango School District 9-R Food and Nutrition Services will offer free sack lunches to children through the Summer Food Service Program. Lunches will be available at Santa Rita Park on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from June 7 through July 29.

Schematic Design for IMPACT Career Center at DHS.

At the May 24 Durango School District 9-R Board of Education Regular Meeting, representatives from Anderson Mason Dale Architects-including DHS student intern Nick Huber, Jaynes Corporation, and Jacobs Bond Project Management presented the IMPACT Career Center Schematic Design community update.


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Needham Elementary School is a community committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment that fosters mutual respect and academic excellence. We challenge students to make creative, meaningful, and reflective contributions, and to succeed with integrity. Our students are inspired to be life-long learners and to become at home in the world. 

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