Nottingham BTSN Info for Parents

Upon the subject of Education….I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.
 -Abraham Lincoln

Dear Parents/ Guardians:

It has been wonderful, (yet tiring!) keeping up with our Knights these first few days of school! Mr. Koutsouftikis and I have enjoyed experiencing the first few days of school alongside your children. As I shared with many of them, summer break is fun and calm, but we miss our Knights and their childish sense of wonder and enthusiasm for life and learning. Not to mention the hugs and high fives they bring to our lives.

New and returning Knights alike have shared with their teachers and classmates engaging stories of summer adventures. Nottingham sure is a well-traveled community of global learners! As she does each fall, Dr. McCormac has hosted her New Student Orientations and Mr. K. and I have enjoyed learning about our new Knights and making connections over our shared common interests. New Knights shared important details about themselves as learners and played Nottingham trivia, while reviewing our Nottingham Knight Bingo Board. This helps our new Knights get to know our support staff and non-classroom teachers.

Administratively, Mr. Koutsouftikis and I have been getting into classrooms and observing our strong instructional staff as they begin to lay the very important groundwork for classroom culture via our Responsive Classroom curriculum. Please be on the lookout for a Hopes and Dreams parent letter that will be sent home either electronically or in paper form in your child’s backpack this afternoon.

Thank you for your efforts to get your children back into the routines that set them up for successful days and weeks of learning. We appreciate you collaborating with your child’s teacher in terms of your child’s transition, ensuring an on-time arrival and a rested learner. This year, we will continue our Responsive Classroom school wide implementation, focusing on Academic Choice and implementing Closing Circles once per week. Here at Nottingham, we are proud of our efforts of inclusivity. Please ask your child about our Buddy Bench. Click on the link for additional information. http://buddybench.org/what-is-the-buddy-bench/

Thank you in advance for working through concerns regarding your child with your child’s classroom teacher. If you feel the need to reach out to us administratively, Mr. Koutsouftikis will be the point of contact in terms of Supervisory Responsibilities for staff working with children in grades K, 2, and 4. I will be the point of contact in terms of Supervisory Responsibilities working with staff working with children in grades 1, 3, and 5.

Back to School Night Info

We look forward to seeing you at Back to School Night, this Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. There are two sessions designed to give families a chance to visit more than one learners instructional space. Special Education teachers and specialists will be in the library for the first session and in their instructional spaces for the beginning of the second session.
We look forward to formally welcoming you to our Community of Learners, and to share our appreciation of all members of the PTA and the collaborative partnerships we enjoy with parents/guardians.

  7:00 Parents/ Guardians report directly to their child’s classroom

· 7:05 – 7:15 Administrator and PTA President Greetings

· 7:15 – 7:35 Session One

· 7:35 – 7:40 Travel to Second Session

· 7:40 – 8:00 Second Session

· 8:00 – 8:05 Travel time to MPR for PTA Meeting

· 8:05 – 8:30 PTA Meeting in MPR

Transportation Information

As our instructional and Extended Day staff continue to strengthen our dismissal routines and procedures, we appreciate your efforts to pick up your children on time from our front blacktop. Our efforts addressing the bus dismissal times have begun to bear fruit. Should you have additional concerns about transportation related issues, please call (703) 228-8670 or (703) 228-6640 with questions between 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. Email your concerns to: transportation@apsva.us

PTA Account Renewal Verification: Info

This year, the contents of Nottingham PTA’s First Friday Folder are posted online: https://nespta.membershiptoolkit.com/firstfridayfolder . The e-Friday Folder contains a welcome letter, information about creating/updating a PTA account, this year’s calendar of events, volunteer and after school enrichment options, information about retail loyalty programs, as well as the Walking Permission Slip form, which must be printed, completed, and returned to your Knight’s classroom teacher. Please contact the PTA Webmaster if there are any access issues.

Mark Your Family Calendar

Gifted Resource Parent Meeting: Tuesday, September 26th: / 8:45-9:30 a.m. / Library

Please plan to join Ms. Van Valen, our Resource Teacher for the Gifted, as she will be conducting a presentation on the implementation of service for Gifted Learners here at Nottingham. All parents/guardians are welcome to attend and learn more about the process for identifying gifted learners, as well as what the classroom instruction looks like using resources aimed at gifted learners. We are delighted to have Ms. Van Valen with us, as she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Gifted Resources field to our Nottingham Community of Learners.

Thank you for being a partner in your child’s education.

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us
@NTMPrincipal
@NTMKnightsAPS