December Newsletter

December Newsletter





11/30 Budget Proposal Forum at OVUHS at 6:30 p.m. in Large Cafeteria

12/5 Budget Proposal Forum at OVUHS at 6:30 p.m. in Large Cafeteria

12/9 Breakfast with Santa and Holiday Bazaar in Neshobe School Gym from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This benefits the Neshobe School playground!

12/11 PTO Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Library

12/13 Mrs. Peduto’s Class Visits Her Home to Decorate a Tree

12/16 Brandon Farmer’s Market in Gym from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

12/18 & 19 Grade 3/4 Holiday Sale

12/19 Winter Concert at 7:00 p.m. (Featuring the Select Singers, the Jazz Band, and the Advanced Band)

12/20 Winter Concert at 8:45 a.m. (Featuring the Select Singers, the Jazz Band, and the Advanced Band)

12/20 OVUU School Board Meeting at Sudbury School at 6:00 p.m.


There is now snow on the ground which (hopefully) is a reminder to all students they need to be prepared for the colder weather headed our way.  Our beautiful playground is a large and open space which enables a great deal of movement and activity as well as cold winds.  Please remember - our students go out to recess every day, and Physical Education classes may also be held outdoors.  Students need to have warm jackets, mittens, boots, and hats to ensure they are warm and dry while outside.  Please put your child’s name in their jackets.  Our LOST and FOUND is located in the front lobby and continues to grow.

Our Thanksgiving Dinner was a huge success thanks to the Abbey Group, Olivia’s Croutons for donating the croutons used in the stuffing, our families (250 guests), students, dedicated PTO officers, faculty and staff!

Neshobe welcomes Dottie Neuberger, Everybody Wins! Coordinator, who is covering for

Judy Comfort while she is recovering from surgery.  The program is now up and running.

Neshobe’s PTO is working on developing a plan to replace the wooden play structure.  This structure was built with pressure treated wood, which was recommended at the time.  Over the years, many repairs have been made to ensure it continues to be safe for use by our students.  There is an ongoing monitoring and inspection plan in place for excessive wear, deterioration, and other potential hazards due to the age of the structure as advised by our insurance company.  We want to be proactive and plan for its replacement before it becomes unsafe for use.  This play structure is used by the school, during SOAR, in the evenings, on the weekends, and throughout the summer by families.  Please help to support this project.

It has been an exciting first trimester with many new learning opportunities for our students.  Thank you for all of your support in making a difference in the lives of our students!



Due to reductions in state education aid, the School Board directed the superintendent to develop proposals which will level fund school spending without affecting programs and educational opportunities for students.  Proposals for changes to our schools were made to the Otter Valley Unified Union School Board on Wednesday, November 15.

To review the budget proposals, please view the PowerPoint on the RNESU website,

To meet the $1.6 million needed to avoid a tax increase, the Board determined the amount of cuts required to meet this number would significantly reduce the educational opportunities for students.  Many of our elementary school student-to-teacher ratios are low, and enrollment has been decreasing.  Class ratio is an area where savings could be found and educational opportunities could be maintained or increased.

These proposals generate a potential reduction of $769,000, approaching a level budget. 

After brainstorming a variety of plans, only a few viable options can work with the existing buildings and the number of students we have.

The Board must consider all viable options that conform to its overall mission and educational goals as well as our communities’ ability to financially support education.  Now that these options have been presented, the Board’s next step is to bring them to the public to gain feedback.  The Board wishes to listen to parent and taxpayer input prior to any final decision.

We will be holding forums about these budget proposals on Thursday, November 30, and Tuesday, December 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the large cafeteria at Otter Valley UHS.

We need to come together as an Otter Valley Unified Union District to establish an educational model that benefits all students and staff and is sustainable for taxpayers.  We hope you will participate! 

Please attend a forum or send us comments using “Let’s Talk”, a button on the district and school websites.