• EcoGeeks want your plastic bags by December 19!
  • Yearbooks, prices go up December 22
  • 2018 Polar Plunge deadline to register January 2
  • Jr. High Yearbook Cover Contest – entries due December 19
  • Shrek Jr. Audition Notice
  • Logging Volunteer Hours
  • Upcoming Events
  • Annual Calendar & Quick Links

PLASTIC BAGS FOR ECOGEEKS – Ecogeeks are collecting plastic (grocery style) bags to make beds and pillows for the homeless. Please help as much as you can! Collection boxes will be located in the lobby of each building, please bring all your bags by Tuesday, December 19. Thanks for your help!

YEARBOOKS! Hurry and order your 2017-2018 yearbooks now, before prices go up.

Elementary yearbook $14, code 20030
Jr, High yearbook, $22, code 16104

Prices go up after Friday, December 22! *** NO YEARBOOKS WILL BE SOLD ON THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL***

Any questions or concerns please contact Emily Longoria at

2018 POLAR PLUNGE – Regtix is no open for registration: – REGISTRATION ENDS JANUARY 2! This time of year is a great time to find sponsors because we generally see more of our extended family and our friend during the holidays. It’s never too early to start earning for your 9th grade Spain trip.

Polar Plunge Toolkit:

JR. HIGH YEARBOOK COVER CONTEST – Attention all Jr. high artists!! We are having our yearly Yearbook Art Cover Contest for grades 7-8! We would love to have your entry in our contest. Please include the school year 2017-2018 and our school’s name in your design. You are welcome to use any art medium for your entry, it must be at least 8.5 X 11 in. and portrait style. The deadline is before the Christmas Break so get your creative vibes going! Please turn all entries in to the Jr, High office. Artwork will be returned.

Hey, Shutterbugs!! We need your pictures for the yearbook! We are looking for any photos of our school activities that you have on your phone or camera.

  • download the HJeShare app from the app store (black with a green arrow),
  • go to code 1718 and upload your pics to our website
  • or email to

Show us what you have, we’d love to see your work!!

SHREK JR. AUDITION NOTICE – Auditions for NDPA’s production of “Shrek Jr.” for 5th-9th grades, will be on Wednesday, January 17, & Thursday, January 18, from 3:30-6:30 PM. There will be an audition sign-up sheet in the hall across from the office in the Jr. High Building when we return from the Christmas break. Please come prepared to sing 16-32 bars of any song you choose that shows off your voice the best. This is about 30-60 seconds of music. You may bring a minus track, an accompanist, or use a karaoke version on YouTube (just make sure you know where to find it). Come early to allow time to fill out a quick application before your audition time. The call-back list will be posted Thursday evening by 8:00 PM on Mrs. Francis’ website. Call-backs will be Friday, January 19, from 1:30-4:30 PM. If you make the call back list, please come prepared to do some movement, read from a script and sing. The final Cast List will be posted by 8:00 PM Friday.

PLEASE NOTE: If you make the cast, there is a mandatory Parent Meeting on Monday, January 22nd @ 7pm in the music room at the Jr. High.

Rehearsal Days are Monday and Wednesday 3:15-5:00 pm and Friday 1:15-3:30 pm. There is a required participation fee of $45. The musical will be performed May 3-5, 2018. Hope to see you there!

VOLUNTEERING AND ASSOCIATED HOURS – We are not using this year. POET will be using the new RAPTOR system that the school has for Checking In/Out. Until that is available, we are collecting volunteers the old fashioned way with the volunteer interest form at the POET desk or emailing POET members directly. PLEASE KEEP TRACK OF YOUR OWN INDIVIDUAL HOURS UNTIL WE CAN USE THE RAPTOR SYSTEM. There are lots of opportunities to volunteer, so please read the Qué Pasa announcements that are sent out every Friday to your email and also on Facebook. Thank you!


Monday, December 18 – Spain Study Abroad 2018 paid in full
Wednesday, December 20-Tuesday, January 2 – NO SCHOOL – Winter Break


  • Monday, January 1 – 2018-19 school year lottery opens for new families
  • Wednesady, January 3 – Free, Free Dress Day
  • Friday, January 5 – Dollar Dress Day

NDPA ALERTS: Text “@k-4alerts” or “@5-9alerts” to 81010. If you have trouble using 81010, text (385) 218-6887.