Dear NPS staff, students and families,
As we return to school this week (3/20), following spring break, I wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to the students, staff, and families of Norfolk Public Schools. Nebraska has been hit hard by recent weather incidents. I know that our community, including students and staff of Norfolk Public Schools, have been affected in various degrees. Some may have experienced great loss, while others may have felt little impact at all.
If your household has been greatly impacted, please let your building principal or counselor know if you need any assistance or support. It is important that we return to a normal school schedule as soon as possible, to provide our students with a sense of normalcy. But, it is also important to us that we are compassionate, able to visit with our students about their concerns, and offer them support where needed. Please let us know if we can help.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has helped during the evacuation and clean-up efforts during recent flooding events throughout northeast Nebraska. I am proud of the way that our community, including our many students and families, jumped in to provide aid to others in a time of need. I was at the Bel Air Elementary School evacuation site last Thursday and I witnessed the outpouring of generosity and care, and I could not have been prouder to be a Norfolk Panther!
In celebration of our great state, all Norfolk Public Schools staff and students are encouraged to wear a Nebraska (or red) shirt on this Friday, March 22nd. Join the effort to show our support to our peers and neighbors throughout the state. Nebraskans are strong, caring people. I believe that we will pull together during this difficult time, and we will rebuild, because there truly is “no place like Nebraska!”
Dr. Jami Jo Thompson