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Needham Wildcat PTO Fundraiser

This year the Wildcats PTO has helped fund technology, furniture, teaching supplies and monthly staff appreciation events. These funds are available quickly for teachers’ unexpected needs and new opportunities. We want to be sure we raise funds to continue offering this support to our school. The DoubleGood Popcorn Fundraiser will be raising funds for the 2021-2022 school year. We have a goal to raise $10,000 between April 6 -10. Please download the app and use event code YQXEUL to participate in this fun virtual fundraiser!
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Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year

Have a student starting Kindergarten the 2021-2022 School Year? Join us on Wednesday, March 24th from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm at Needham Elementary to register your student. No appointment necessary. Please bring your child's birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of address. We will be outside, so dress according to the weather. Face masks are required, and please follow physical distancing guidelines.
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9-R Public Budget Hearing

The 9-R Public Budget Hearing for the 2021/22 academic year budget will be on May 13, 2021 starting at 5:30 pm via Zoom. Come to learn more about how funds are allocated to schools to determine staffing, resources and services based on school enrollment, as well as other priorities in spending. Translation services available during the hearing.

Community Meet & Greet - Incoming Superintendent Dr. Karen Cheser

Incoming Superintendent, Dr. Karen Cheser, is hosting a community meet and greet on Wednesday, May 12 at 5:30 pm via Zoom. This is a great opportunity to hear from Dr. Cheser on her vision and initial plans when she begins in July, as well as ask her any questions you may have.

School Lunch Hero Day is May 7

Between preparing healthy meals for our students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, school nutrition professionals are true heroes.

Cohorts to Quarantine - 4.28.21

On April 27 and April 28, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individuals at Durango High School, Miller Middle School and Needham COVID-19, causing a cohort(s) to quarantine. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with these individuals.

9-R Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting

Attention Parents of Children that receive Special Education services: Please join us for our last Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Meeting: Tuesday May 4th, 2021 4-5pm via Zoom. Please RSVP to Rachael Else (relse@durangoschools.org) to be sent the Zoom link.

Cohorts to Quarantine - 4.7.21

On April 7, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individuals in cohorts at Needham Elementary and Miller Middle School either tested positive for, or are exhibiting severe symptoms of, COVID-19, causing a g two (2) cohorts to quarantine. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.

Picture Day

Friday, April 16th is Picture Day at Needham with Allison Ragsdale Photography. Retakes will be Tuesday, May 11th.

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Mission

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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