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North Fork School of Integrated Studies is an arts infused, holistic, integrated education designed to provide academic excellence through experiential learning. The aim of NFSIS is to balance academic subjects with artistic and practical activities. By freely using arts and activities in service of teaching academics an internal motivation is developed in the students. The teachers strive to model a human being who is wise, artistic and compassionate. They are people who are interested in the world and optimistic about the future. They are dedicated to guarding and cherishing the children under their care and committed to showing the world in beauty and truth.

The school opened within Paonia Elementary School as "a school within a school" in 2015. As of the 2017-2018 school year, the school will offer classes Kindergarten through 6th grade.

For more information or to schedule a tour of the school, call 970-527-3639.

To register for the upcoming year, you can complete an application online at http://nfsis.deltaschools.com or in person at the school.




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This week:

  • 5/2 - 6th grade visits PJSH for Middle School tour at 2 PM
  • 5/2 - Parent Event evening 5th/6th grade, times 5:30 - 6:30
  • 5/2 - Paonia Junior High Parent Evening at 6 PM in Tech Lab at PJH
  • 5/2 - 3rd and 4th to Zephros farm
  • POSTPONED, NEW DATE: 5/3 - May Day celebration in Paonia Town

    Park 1:30 - 3:30

  • 5/3 - 1st and 2nd grade play at 5:30 PM


  • 5/8 - Spring Open House
  • 5/9 - 5/10 - 5th grade Pentathlon to Boulder, CO
  • 5/13 - 5/14 - CU dance residency
  • 5/17 - 6th grade VisionQuest
  • 5/18 - Family Fun Ride 8 to 1PM
  • 5/20 - all school field trip Sweitzer Lake - parents are welcome
  • 5/21 - 6th grade knighting ceremony
  • 5/22 - 6th grade graduation at 1PM
  • 5/23 - Kindergarten fly away at 2:30 PM
  • 5/23- 5/24 - 6th grade Medieval Games
  • 5/24 - Last day of school, all school potluck at 11AM, release at 12

Gratitudes: Thanks to Sami for getting May Day festivities ready for the 5/3 afternoon.

Thanks to Shari, Jamie, Smyth, Brian and Meghann for getting the Family Fun

Ride organized. Please make sure you have the morning of 5/18 on your

calendar for this fun event.

Thanks to the new parents who came to our Community Council last week. Thanks to Ms. Calinicos for helping with the 1st and 2nd play. Thanks to Claire, Carrie, and some of the Sixth graders for sewing their tabards after school.


  • Health and Vitality Education

    All of the children are taking part in Health and Vitality classes this year. They are learning about their bodies, body safety, boundaries, body changes etc… that are developmentally appropriate for each age group as suggested by the Colorado State standards as well as the National Standards.

    We have complete lesson plans for each week to share with you if you would like details about what they are learning. Please contact Christi at any time for these plans, or with any questions or comments about what kids are learning in “health class.” Please try to refrain from guessing what is taught in those classes, and instead, be informed! We are happy to share details with everyone - we are thrilled to be able to offer this important curricula to all of our students.

  • T-Shirts: Students have been very excited about their NFSIS shirts. If you would like to order one for your child, please do so by emailing Christi or signing up for a shirt at her desk. They ar $18 each. There will be another design available next school year.

  • Parent Survey:

    Please have your voice heard by filling out our parent survey,online. Our goal is to have at least a 75% response rate. Thanks in advance!

    Take the parent survey.

  • Family Fun Ride:

    The second annual Family Fun ride is coming up on May 18th. Make sure you have the date on your calendar! We are looking for Sponsors for the Family Fun Ride on May 18. This is a great opportunity to support NFSIS and spread the word about your business! Sponsorship Packages are available from $100 - $1,000 in Cash or In-Kind Donations of Food, Giveaways, or Supplies. Contact Shari Paulsen, Jamie Gilroy, or Smyth Boone for more info.

    • Shari Paulsen
    • 702.306.2881

  • NFSIS Highlights:

    Kindergarten has been working on letter L this week. They are looking forward to going to Western Culture to see the baby goats.Kindergarten is beginning their Fly Away circle to be ready for 5/23, when many of them will move on to First grade. Welcome back Mareyna.

    First and second deep into their play practice, with dress rehearsals daily. They are happy to welcome back Jezai and Jaia into the fold. They are excited to perform on May 2nd at 10:45 AM and May 3rd at 5:30 PM for the community. Please attend the play!

    The 3rd and 4th grade are continuing our Farming, Gardening and Building block. They are visiting a few farms this week and next week. Next Friday, their class with a few 6th graders will get to go on a river rafting/history trip on the Gunnison River. Please see permission slips and information in the Tuesday Express. They will start building our Gaga Ball pit next week if we finally get the weather to cooperate. Welcome back Orijah!

    5th and 6th had a great field trip to the Fort Uncompaghre, and are carrying on with age of exploration studies with a research project this week. Congratulations to Essiah and Sissy representing NFSIS for the district spelling bee and to Bodhi for traveling to Denver to represent the school as the 2019 Colorado Arbor Day Poster Contest Winner. If you cannot attend the class meeting (May 2nd 5:30-6:30) please set up a time to meet with Lauren individually for a make-up session. Discussions will include the Pentathlon/ Medieval Games travel plans and all will hear from our graduating sixth graders about their knighting projects.





The North Fork School of Integrated Studies is a Waldorf-inspired public school that nurtures intelligent and courageous human beings who create beauty and bring solutions to a diverse world.


  • We value experiential learning steeped in the arts and nature, and grounded in practical life.
  • We value a developmentally sensitive a culturally rich curriculum.
  • We value curiosity, wonder, and imagination as the beginning of knowledge.
  • We value teacher-directed learning.
  • We value students creating their own learning materials using high-quality supplies/products.
  • We value collaboration.
  • We value goodness, beauty, and truth in the world.



Our vision is to awaken confident, competent, and compassionate individuals to the wonder of learning so that they may thrive and contribute within a vibrant community.


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