2nd Annual Casino Night Date is announced – February 8th

Calling all Cool Cats and Swanky Ladies! Casino Night Tickets go on sale 12/16!Casino-night-2014-web

Calling all Cool Cats and Swanky Ladies!  The 2nd Annual Nickajack Foundation Casino Night will be Speakeasy style!  Sneak in the side door for a night of great food, upbeat music, casino games and the chance to win terrific prizes! Semi-formal attire required.  Roaring twenties costumes optional!

Visit the Casino Night page for all the details. Tickets go on Sale December 16th!

Mrs. Butler’s Kindergarten Wins BTJ Classroom Contest

Mrs. Butler’s Class had the highest participation of all classes in the 2013 BACK the JACK mrs-Butler-first-placeClassroom Contest! Her class will have their very own pizza and snow cone party, complete with the Kona Ice Truck serving snow cones just for them!

Here are the final results in the contest. Thank you to ALL the classes that helped out the BACK the JACK campaign in a BIG way!

Classroom Contest TOP TEN!
1. Butler (K)    75.0%
2. Wood (2nd)    72.7%
3. Gilmore (K)    70.0%
4. Chapman (2nd)     63.2%
5. McDonald (2nd)    63.2%
6. Copeland (2nd)    61.9%
7. Newman (1st)    60.9%
8. Lasiter (4th)    57.1%
9. Johnston (4th)    53.3%
10. Love (1st)    52.2%

BACK the JACK Campaign Results

BACK the JACK – 2013

The 2013 BACK the JACK Campaign ended October 2, 2013 and we are proud to announce that over BTJ-2013-apple-chart--website$55,741 was raised! Thank you to all of the parents, students, teachers, family members and friends that made a donation! The funds go DIRECTLY to curriculum enhancements for our school, and to pay the salary of our Computer Lab Instructor!

We will begin taking teach grant applications soon as well, now that we have the funds in place!

Thank you to everyone who participated, donated, spread the word and volunteered!


4th Annual Kickball Classic Date Announced – Sunday October 13th

The NES Foundation’s 4th Annual Kickball Classic and Fall Festival will take place on Sunday October 13th! And this year we are moving to a NEW location – Brinkley Park! Brinkley is located at the intersection of King Springs Rd and Concord Roads, behind the American Legion and just down from McEntyre’s Bakery. We will have 3 fields to play on this year, so the tournament  will end a little earlier in the day.

More information will be posted on the Events page soon, so stay tuned!

Back the Jack Campaign Runs 9/1-10/1 – Donate NOW

The 2013 Back the Jack Campaign officially kicks off September 1st through October 1st. But you can DONATE NOW and get it out of the way and off your TO DO list! Click HERE to donate!

Sneak A Peek – Monday August 5th

NES will be holding its annual Sneak A Peek at a new day and time this school year. It will be Monday, August 5th from 10am-2pm. Students and parents should plan to attend at the following times based on your student’s last name:

Last Name A-H: 10 am-11 am
Last Name I-Q: Noon-1 pm
Last Name R-Z: 2 pm-3 pm

Members of the NES Foundation Board and PTA will be on hand to answer any questions you may have!

If you are looking for your grade’s school supply list, visit the NES website home page.

$10,000 in Teach Grants Awarded!

Thanks to your generosity, the NES Foundation has been able to fund Teacher Grants for the VERY first time! We were so excited to request from the faculty formal applications for educational grants. We had 10 applications and were able to award 7 grants!

Our inaugural grant recipients include:

  • Mrs. Heflin (on behalf of the entire first grade) for the Units of Study for Teaching Writing from Lucy Calkins
  • Mrs. Love for Math Reads (targeting both 1st grade multi-age classes + the ability to share with all 1st grade classrooms)
  • Mrs. Wood for Math Reads (targeting the 2nd grade multi-age class + the ability to share with all 2nd grade classrooms)
  • Third grade team to enhance learning and teaching through ELMO document cameras (6 total)
  • Mrs. Wood for a document camera to enhance the teaching of writing and math problem solving (for the 2nd grade multi-age class & for all 2nd grade teachers to share)
  • Mrs. Kordel for the Common Core State Library – Grade 1 (two sets of books to be shared across all 1st grade classrooms)
  • Ms. Pfleger & Ms. Mackey for the D.R.E.A.M. Team

In addition to the grants, the Foundation has also funded the following in its first 3 years:

  • Annual salary for a full-time Technology teacher
  • $20K in curriculum enhancements requested by Mrs. Parks
  • $10K in supplemental educational programs and materials through the first round of Teacher Grants

As Nickjack continues to grow, we have much more to accomplish as we strive to provide the best educational experience to all of our students. Attending a NES Foundation event such as the upcoming Casino Night  or Golf Tournament  can help us achieve even more this year.

Together, we can do great things!


Classroom Participation Contest

1st Place             Love Mahone   109.5%
2nd Place              Slayton                  69.6%
3rd Place              Karp                        63.6%
4th Place (Tie)    Newman                 60.9%
4th Place (Tie)    Butler                      60.9%
6th Place              Cochran                  58.3%
7th Place              Kordel                     54.5%
8th Place              Schneider              50.0%
9th Place              Kohlbacher            47.8%
10th Place            McDonald              44.0%


Grade Level Participation

Kindergarten      20.6%
1st Grade               25.4%
2nd Grade             17.4%
3rd Grade              16.2%
4th Grade              10.0%
5th Grade                8.6%
Multi/PK                 1.8%


Total                     100%

Back the Jack T-shirts on sale at Open House

Hey NES Families! We hope you are planning to BACK the JACK during our fall fundraising campaign. And now we have T-shirts for sale with the great BACK the JACK logo on the back! They are $10 each and will be on sale on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at the NES Curriculum Night/Open House! Look for our table in the cafeteria!

We are also taking pre orders for kid sizes! So if you are interested, email Dina Gundersen at creativedirector@nesfoundation.com


NES Foundation monthly eNewsletter – Coming this week to your inbox!

To better communicate with NES parents and teachers, we will begin sending out a monthly eNewsletter for the Foundation starting THIS week!

So look for it full of news, information on this year’s Back the Jack Campaign and dates for our events for this year. If you have any suggestions for the newsletter, please let us know. You can email Lesley Lyons, Communications Director at marketing@nesfoundation.com