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May 1 Update

Dear Naples Parents and Guardians:

Earlier today, Governor Cuomo announced that schools would be closed for the remainder of the school year. While we do not expect additional guidance about summer programs until later on in May, we now know that distance learning will continue in the weeks ahead.

To continue improving how we provide academic instruction as well as a sense of connection for our students, we wanted to share two resources we have recently developed at NCS. First, to help streamline and centralize communication for our High School families, we have put together a Distance Learning Portal which can be accessed by visiting our homepage. Second, our staff members have begun reaching out to families in order to provide targeted online tutoring and academic coaching. If your son or daughter could benefit from this type of individualized support, we would encourage you to contact Kris Saucke (Elementary School Principal) or Nicole Green (High School Principal).

Please know that like you, we had hoped for better news today. While we all understand the need to focus on the health and safety of our school family right now, it is hard to imagine a spring without some of the traditions we value here in Naples. Please know that in the weeks to come, we will be engaging families in conversations focused on finding meaningful ways of honoring the accomplishments of our students in May and June.

Finally, I wanted to ask you for a favor. Next week, schools across America will be celebrating “Teacher Appreciation Week,” and it is a time when we pause to recognize the 170 incredible teachers and support staff members who have chosen to make NCS their professional homes. If you have a minute, I was hoping you might encourage your son or daughter to send their favorite educator an email of appreciation. If you are willing to go a step further, Crystal Adams (President of the Parent-Teacher-Partnership) will be working on a “Teacher Appreciation Week” slideshow, and she would love to have pictures of students holding up posters or signs of gratitude. (They can be emailed to by Monday, May 4.)

They say that “life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Thank you for your steadfast support, and for choosing hope and kindness over fear and frustration during this difficult point in time.

Talk to you soon.