Principal’s Notes from Nottingham II – June 9, 2017

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.   Anthony J. D’Angelo

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Another busy, beautiful day in June can only mean that we are winding down the school year!  This week’s Publishing Parties at our primary levels as well as several mathematically based post SOL learning opportunities (including one with Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment) remind me of the creativity of our Knights and their teachers. I enjoyed my last Principal’s Reading group of the year.  We shared lunch and pizza on the front steps while book talking and sharing out about their Magazine Covers, in which they envision their future selves in 2037.

At this week’s PTA meeting, I shared that Mr. Koutsouftikis and I are finalizing teacher evaluations, planning and preparing for the 2017-18 academic year and interviewing new hires to join our team. For me, it’s a wistful time of year as I look at the Rising Stars’ Baby pictures in the front lobby. One of the greatest joys of being a principal is seeing your children five days a week, and celebrating their developmental milestones. Promoting from elementary school is definitely one of them!

In case you missed it… Nottingham Chorus Performance a Grand Success!

Chorus Pirates Musical

Mrs. Simonetti shares the following regarding last month’s choral performance: the Nottingham Chorus set sail on a swashbuckling adventure musical, Pirates! by John Jacobson and Roger Emerson. The musical told the story of a stowaway hiding on a pirate ship bound for a choral music competition.  At first the stowaway is marked and sent to the brig, but when the beloved pirate king and star of the singing competition falls ill with laryngitis, the stowaway saves the day with her beautiful voice! Chorus members did a wonderful job singing pirate songs and the actors put on a stupendous display of pirate and prisoner talent.  It was a great way to wrap up the choral season!

2017 Knights Joust Want to Have Fun!

Belated special thanks to our 2017 Knights Joust Want to Have Fun! main event chairs, Katrina Ivatts, Emily Carrigan and Danielle Esposti for their efforts to plan and execute a memorable day of fun for this year’s May Fest.  Their army of subcommittee chairs ensured a good time was had by all: Chip Colbert, Maria Scheller, Tita Freeman, Katrina and Monte Hawkins, Colleen Wright, Karen Ansary, Mimi Shah, Michelle Zamarin, Suzanne Libby, Susan Michaels, Meg Ogea, Christina Spies, and Katie Roland.  Our Knights enjoyed a variety of fun activities which included the Maypole dance, bouncing in bounce houses, playing laser tag, watching live entertainment, playing a host of creative games in the gym, and having their hair sprayed and face painted, among many other exciting offerings!

June 13, and 15, 2017 Responsive Classroom School-wide Morning Meeting

Special thanks to 4th grade teacher, Sarah Jacoby, a national trainer for the Responsive Classroom corporation. She has been most helpful in assisting me with planning for our upcoming meetings. Please ask your child about their class work and preparation for next week’s Responsive Classroom meetings.

  • Greeting:  Pop See Ko –Knights have been hard at work creating a motion to share when we greet each class
  • Sharing: Hopes & Dreams: Representatives from each class will briefly share ways they achieved/ worked on meeting their Hopes and Dreams.
  • Activity: Opposite World –Our Knights will enjoy a chance to dance around when the music is NOT playing and freeze when the music IS playing.
  • Message: Our SCA Executive team will guide our work on learning our new Code of Conduct, CARES.

Stellar Performances by Nottingham’s Shakespeare Thespians

Thursday, May 18th, The Nottingham Shakespeare Players performed William Shakespeare's Macbeth
The cast dressed and ready for action

The Nottingham Shakespeare Players performed William Shakespeare’s Macbeth before a packed house of family, friends and theater fans.  Months of preparation and hard work paid off as the 29 member 5th grade cast gave an outstanding performance of this tragic tale complete with ambition, murder, blood, madness, cackling witches and even a few laughs!  The Players performed a shortened version for our 3rd, 4th and 5th grades Knights.  I enjoyed catching our fifth grade thespians in action at last week’s Mini-Shakespeare Festival Performance at the McLean Montessori School.

Tech Lab for Fifth Grade Students

Earlier this month, our fifth grade Knights, their teachers and Ofelia McKenzie, Science Lead teacher visited Qualcomm Lab and enjoyed the opportunity to code and program their own robots.  Qualcomm Lab sponsors STEAM learning and is possible because of a partnership between Virginia Tech and Qualcomm Corp.  Knights voted it their favorite field trip!

Fifth Grade Promotion: Rising Stars

All is moving along smoothly with the fifth grade promotion plans.  Most of our Knights/ parents/guardians have been a part of our learning community since kindergarten.  Our rising 6th  Grade Knights’ promotion ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20 at Williamsburg Middle School at 5:30 in the evening. Information regarding this special event has been shared with families of our fifth grade Knights.

  • Please join me for a Rising Sixth Grade Parent Meeting with Williamsburg Middle School Interim Principal, Connie Skelton on June 21 – 9:00 – 9:40 a.m. in the Library.
  • Parents/Guardians will have a chance to learn about the sixth grade instructional program as well as receive some advice about helping their child transition to middle school.

A Fond Farewell to our Rising Sixth Graders

Please join us in “clapping out” the fifth graders at dismissal on Friday, June 23.

  • Teachers will have their classes lined up outside their classroom.If you would like to join us, please plan to be in place inside or outside the school by 1:05 p.m. We will begin our farewell at 1:10 p.m.  The fifth graders will walk down each hallway.

SCA News:  An Update from our SCA Co-Chairs (Laura Moore and Tricia Zipfel)

Knights in grades 2 – 4 will elect the SCA Executive Board in June. Our general election will be held June 19 through 21st. Elected officers will be announced at our annual Awards Ceremony on June 22.

  • June 19-21:  General elections, grades 2-4 only
  • June 22:  Officers for the 2017-2018 school year will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony – 9:15 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room

Class representatives will be elected in September. If you have any questions regarding our SCA election, please email Mrs. Moore: or Mrs. Zipfel:

Notification to School Office Regarding Intent to Not Return for 2017-2018

Please let your child’s teacher and Ms. Embrey in the main office know if your child/children will not be returning to Nottingham for the 2017-18 school year.  Ms. Embrey’s contact information is: or 703-228-8326.

Calling for Kindergarten Registrations for 2017-2018

If you know of any parent who has a rising kindergartener, who is not registered, please encourage them to register now!

Parents/Guardians can contact our registrar, Janet Embrey, at 703-228-5290 or go to the APS Website for information about the APS registration process. Only students officially registered as kindergarten students are in the official count used for the APS allocation of kindergarten teachers. Please contact Ms. Embrey if you have any questions.

Upcoming Events:

  • June 14, 2017 – Public Library Visit
  • June 14, 2017 – Early Release
  • June 16, 2017 – JK-Hoops for Hughes/Williamsburg – 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
    Tickets:  $5.00 / Sales:  5th Grade, Friday, June 9th / 4th Grade, Monday, June 12th
  • June 20, 2017 – Promotion@Williamsburg
  • June 22, 2017 – Awards Assembly
  • June 23, 2017 – Early Release – 1:26 p.m.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky