New Horizon School
As we complete our 9th week of online learning, it’s important to know that students are doing well, continuing their educational progress, and interacting regularly with their classmates and teachers.  We hope that they see themselves as learners every day!

In Washington State, we continue to see positive signs in terms of increasing our capacity to test for COVID-19, trace cases and contacts, and reduce risk to vulnerable people in our communities.  Due to constraints on testing as well as the procurement and distribution of personal protection equipment, we are still not seeing a decrease in the spread of the virus.  However, a large number of workers have been hired and trained to do case and contact tracing, which should help us reach the goal of decreasing the number of infections and deaths over time.  COVID-19 is spreading more slowly in our state than it was before, but it is still spreading, so please continue to stay home and avoid contact with the public.  The CDC has repeatedly stated that as a country we are still in a precarious position with regard to COVID-19, and has also broadened the description of the disease to include a wider range of symptoms than was previously known.

For our part, we continue to provide continuous learning for our students while our buildings are closed.  We know how challenging life has been these past 2 months for teachers, so we know that it has been challenging for you as parents too!  Our normal routines are disrupted, we have feelings of uncertainty, and we are all in close quarters with the same people every day.  We encourage you to work together with your family to take care of emotional health.  In addition to having a consistent routine for sleeping, eating, exercising, and working, we encourage you to have a consistent routine for social emotional care as well.
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You and your family may benefit from a “calm down” basket or space, prepared with items or activities that support relaxation. What do you find relaxing?  Many people enjoy deep breathing, walking, cooking, doing puzzles, reading, working out, drawing, doodling, or playing with a pet to be relaxing.  Try making silly faces with your family members!  Try practicing deep breathing techniques with your student!  At school, we use the expandable breathing ball, available on Amazon, to practice breathing:   Expandable Breathing Ball.  We also use concepts from the 5-Point Incredible Scale, a paperback book by Kari Dunn Buron & Mitzi Curtis, also available at Amazon, to help students learn to identify their emotions: The Incredible 5 Point Scale.  We teach our students to figure out the size of the problem, match the size of their reaction to the size of the problem, observe others to see how they’re reacting, use flexible thinking, and use self-calming strategies.  We believe that social emotional learning is just as important as academic learning.

As stated in my most recent letter, the Spring Performance will go on!  Visual and performing arts teachers and students are busy recording various parts of the performance, which will be edited together to be broadcast via Zoom on Wednesday, May 20th, at 7 PM.  We will send you a Zoom link so that you and your family and friends can join us!

Mr. Nordlander is facilitating a Minecraft Activity on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6 PM.  Please see attached flyer if your student would like to join!
Minecraft Guidelines.docx
Minecraft Activity.pdf
Friday, May 22nd, and Monday, May 25th, are “no school” days.  Progress reports were emailed to you last Thursday.  Please check your student’s grades and contact the teacher if you have any questions.  Next progress reports will be distributed on May 27th.

Our Senior Graduation Ceremony will be postponed until a future date when we can gather together with our seniors and their families to celebrate, possibly in August.  June 9th will be the last day of school for seniors who are in good standing with regard to grades and attendance.  June 16th will be the last day of school for all other students.

Remember, Summer School 2020 begins on July 6th and runs through July 31st.  The theme is “Celebrate Community”, and we will teach math, reading, writing, and social skills through the theme.  Ms. Schaefer, Mrs. Hellum, Mrs. Nordlander, Ms. Hillman, and Mrs. Beavers are teaching.  We are uncertain at this time whether we will be online, a blend of online and on campus, or on campus.  School hours will be determined based on this decision.  As we learn more, I will let you know.  The cost is $429 with an additional $75 fee for students applying for .5 credit.  Please see the flyer and enrollment form attached to this email.  You can register by mailing the form and your check to the school’s address, going to our website to register and paying through PayPal by clicking here: Summer School Reigistration , or by emailing Vikki Colson at to make arrangements.
Summer School Registration.pdf
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Have a great week!



Marla Veliz

May 14th, 2020

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