Greetings from beautiful Nederland, Colorado! Nederland Elementary School educates about 280 children ranging from three years old to eleven, encompassing a preschool and grades kindergarten to fifth grade. We serve families who live in the mountains of Colorado at an elevation of 8,000 feet above sea level. Our families live in unique mountain settings with views of 13,000-foot peaks where wildlife abounds. Our building was built in the side of a mountain and we are surrounded by National Forest land with trails and open space. The aspen trees are particularly beautiful in the fall when they turn a vibrant yellow.
Academically, we are in line with our counterparts in the rest of Boulder County. Students are held to high expectations throughout the curriculum. Students have 90 minutes of literacy each day, 60 minutes of math and alternating science and social studies times depending on the unit of study. Our students have physical education, art or music every day for 45 minutes. We serve lunch at the school and students have recess time twice daily - once after lunch and then another recess in the morning or afternoon.
Our students also receive weekly instruction in social/emotional skills through a program called Brainwise. Students learn the brain science behind their emotions and reactions to different situations. We also have school-wide supports for positive behavior and resources to help students resolve conflicts with peers. School-wide we engage in mindfulness every morning during our “Moment to Pause” recorded by a member of the parent community. Our students also engage in Restorative Practices to resolve conflicts and strengthen relationships with one another. We are so fortunate to partner with Teens Inc., a community organization, to empower students with these important skills.
We have many extra-curricular activities including sports, music, and drama. Our teachers host after-school basketball, volleyball, and gymnastics during the winter and spring. Students are also able to participate in after-school soccer through Peak to Peak Soccer and mountain biking through SMBA. Our buses will also bring students to programs in downtown Nederland at the public library, Wild Bear Nature Center and music lessons at Brightwood Music. Our third, fourth, and fifth graders participate in overnight outdoor learning experiences. We also host annual art shows, science fairs, and other displays of student work. One of our most anticipated events is our Winter Adventure Days where students spend two days alpine skiing, snowboarding, or Nordic skiing at Eldora Ski Resort, just five miles from our campus.
We have a wonderful, engaged parent community and a fantastic PTA and SAC that help fundraise and make decisions around budget and programming for our school. Parents also have many opportunities to volunteer in the classroom and throughout the school community.
If you have any questions about our school or would like a tour, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me!
Laurel Reckert, principal