Notes from Nottingham – May 4, 2018

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning. ~Brad Henry

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Safe Routes to School HEADS UP! Public Service Announcement contest.

Congratulation to the First Place winners in the Public Service Announcement contest! Nottingham’s own Luc Penella, a 3rd grade student in Ms. Foeckler’s class, Caroline Rice, a 2nd grade student in Mrs. Casey’s class and Emily Rice, a kindergarten student in Ms. Biechman’s class! They did a fantastic job of demonstrating safe and responsible ways to get to school!

May Festival

Please come over and join the fun at Robin Hood in Nottingham Forest this Sunday, May 6th from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Activities include: 3 Inflatables including Moon Bounce for 5 & unders only

Laser Tag / Sack Races / Archery / Photo Booth / Basketball Games / Bubble Center Games / Hair Flair / Face Painting
Food Trucks: Rocklands BBQ, ChixNStixDC & DC Slices On-Stage Entertainment in the MPR
While You Eat & SO MUCH MORE!


Effective April 2nd Janet Embrey has retired from Arlington Public Schools. We thank her for her 30+ years of service to Nottingham and wish her the best!

Your Voice Matters Survey.

Parents: Please be on the lookout for the upcoming Your Voice Matters Survey. This survey is a collaboration between Arlington Public Schools and the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families (APCYF) to provide the Arlington community with a snapshot of school climate, staff engagement, and student and family well-being.

If you have questions about either the parent or the student survey, please contact Regina Van Horne at 703-228-2481 or

The SCA Jar Wars Campaign 2018

Thank you for allowing students to bring in coins for Jar Wars. We are about half way done counting the coins and the amount of money raised. The total amount collected will be announced on Knights @ 9 on Friday, May 11. The money collected this year will be donated to Arlington Thrive.

The 2018 – 2019 SCA Officer elections are coming!!

Students in 3rd and 4th grade will receive information regarding SCA Officer Elections in their Friday Folder this week. Current 3rd grade students can run for Vice President, Secretary, and Sergeant at Arms and current 4th grade students can run for President, Vice President, and Secretary. If your son or daughter are interested in running for an office, please read the information carefully. Students must attend a meeting on May 8th at 8:30 am in Mrs. Zipfel’s room OR 9:00 am in the Library with Mrs. Moore, if they want to run for an office. Please pay close attention to do the important dates listed in the information regarding elections. If you have questions, see Mrs. Zipfel or Mrs. Moore for more information.

Recycling: On May 18th, the SCA Officers and 5th grade representatives will conduct a survey of our school to see how Nottingham is doing with recycling. An update on how we are doing will be given here on Knights @ 9 after we receive the results.

Thank you for your support of SCA this year!

Appropriate Dress: Friendly Reminder

Knights have broken out their spring wardrobes! Parents/guardians are asked to assist their child in reviewing their clothing choices so that they are appropriately attired for school activities as well as for comfort. The active learner will climb on playground equipment, run outdoors, and sit on rugs in the classrooms and library. On days when your child has PE, sneakers should be worn or carried to school. Flip flops are not appropriate for school. Head coverings, (including hats and caps) may not be worn in the school building, unless for religious purposes or school-designated spirit days. Shirts and blouses must fully cover the chest, midriff and back. Tank tops and camisoles should not be worn to school. Thank you in advance for your efforts to help your child determine appropriate clothing for school!

Math Letter to Fifth Grade Parents/Guardians

Parents/Guardians should have received a letter with information about sixth grade math courses in their child’s backpack earlier this month. An excerpt from the letter is below:

In June, a team of experienced math educators will determine a mathematics course recommendation for your rising sixth-grader…For more information about the different assessments noted above or the APS Mathematics Pathways, please see the enclosed information or visit the following website:

Upcoming Events

05/06/18 – May Festival – Theme: Robin Hood in Nottingham Forest! – Sun. 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
05/10/18 – Choral Musical – Pirates 2 – 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. / MultiPurpose Room
05/17/18 – Shakespeare – 7:00 p.m. / MultiPurpose Room

Have a great weekend!

Connie Skelton, Acting Principal
John Koutsouftikis, Assistant Principal