Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – April 7, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The future belongs to the CURIOUS. The one who are not afraid to try it, EXPLORE it, POKE at it, QUESTION it and TURN it inside out.It’s been a busy week here at Nottingham! We, (staff and Knights included), are anxiously awaiting the promise of sun and fun with family and friends. The raging winds and rain of yesterday are visible signs that spring showers bring May flowers. We look forward to our staff returning refreshed and committed to a strong academic push for the 4th quarter of the school year.

Discovery/Nottingham Friendship 5K Update

Kudos and special thanks to Nottingham parent Elizabeth Ingram, Coordinator of our joint Friendship Fun Run! I enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate our cross school friendships with current and former Knights and their families.

Elizabeth writes, “March 25, 2017 brought a sea of red to the neighborhood for the 2nd Annual Discovery/Nottingham Friendship 5k.  The race was enthusiastically completed by 250 runners and walkers.  It was a great day for a race and there were lots of smiling parents, teachers, students, and neighbors. The 1st and 2nd boy finishers from Nottingham were Roman S. and Christian H.  The 1st and 2nd girl finishers from Nottingham were Erin B. and Hannah H.”


STEAM Mobile Museum/ Science Night

Science Lead teacher Ms. McKenzie notes that our Knights and lots of parents/guardians enjoyed stretching their brain while thinking mathematically at Tuesday evening’s Science Night. For me, a highlight was the realistic looking bot and being able to join fellow Knights in following along with the coding that made her/him move his limbs. (We even did the Dab at one point!) In addition to the STEAM Mobile Museum, Knights enjoyed activities in the cafeteria from Barrett/ Nottingham Scientists in the Classroom, Dr. Jeff and Dr. Walden, as well as AES Corp. and parent volunteer, Mr. Spugnardi. Special thanks to the many former Knights who are now members of NHS at Yorktown High School. Their efforts to earn hours for their honor society was a win win for our Knights as these student volunteers helped make Science Night a success!


Not a Box

Entries must be turned in to the library by Friday, April 21

Not a Box book coverLooking for MakerSpace activity for your children over the break? Consider having your child participate in our Not a Box challenge. Nottingham groups, Planet Partners and ImagiLAB are teaming up to sponsor a fun family activity for Earth Day.   The Not a Box contest challenges families to use their imagination and creativity to make something out of a box.   The idea, based on the book Not a Box by Antoinette Portis, encourages Knights to find an old box – and instead of throwing it away, try to create something new out of it.   Questions we are asking our creative thinkers include: What will your box be?  An animal?  A rocket ship?  A book character?  Any kind of recycled box will work – a shoe box, a Kleenex box, a paper clip box.   Creations will be on display in the library through the end of April.   Judges will evaluate the entries for creativity and resourcefulness.  I join Mrs. Gustafson in encouraging all of our Knights to, “Unleash their creativity and have fun working on this project.”   We can’t wait to see where their creative problem solving and strong use of their imaginations takes them!


Math Day

A friendly reminder that we hope you can join your child/children as Nottingham staff celebrate all things mathematical on Friday, April 28, from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m., right after our Knights @ Nine TV show!  Grade level teachers will be sharing their plans for activities with parents/ guardians via their regular communication. Throughout the week leading up to Math Day, our Knights will have a chance to engage in daily critical problem solving opportunities with estimation activities and more. Kudos and thanks to Math Lead Teacher, Mrs. Costa for her efforts to coordinate this year’s Math Day!


Parents / Guardians of Rising 5th and 6th Grade Knights

Northern Virginia Writing Project Student Summer Institutes

The Northern Virginia Writing Project (NVWP) is facilitating summer writing institutes at George Mason University Arlington campus for July 24 – August 4 for interested students going into grades 5-12. https://www.apsva.us/post/northern-virginia-writing-project-student-summer-institutes/


Writers’ Night Update

Thank you to so many of you who joined your child in reviewing their ELA Writing and Digital Portfolios while learning more about their efforts to write for an authentic audience.  Our annual Writers’ Night was packed with families celebrating student growth.  I hope you enjoyed the opportunity to enter your child’s classroom to interact with them while they proudly shared their personalized learning work.  Exemplary Project Coordinator Kelly Bergeron invites parents/guardians to visit the  Knight Writer webpage regarding information on publications and our ongoing activities.

Kudos and thanks to Angela Na and Rachel Agnew who dutifully coordinated the Book Swap and Ice Cream Social.  The Multi-Purpose Room was packed and it was exciting to see so many Knights and their families enjoying the rare treat of a free ice cream while discovering new reads!

Discovery PTA First Aid/CPR Class – April 19 –  Invitation to Join!

Former Nottingham Parent, Kara Strazzella, currently serves as one of the co-chairs of Discovery PTA’s Health & Wellness Committee: The Nottingham community has been invited to participate in First Aid/CPR Training on April 19th.  The group will be hosting two sessions – morning (9 am) and evening (6:30 pm).  Parents, caregivers, and teens (must be 13 years) are encouraged to attend. https:/squareup.com/store/discoverycpr.

Dates to Remember:

Our Student Council Association has confirmed our Spirit Day for April 26:  Decade Day.

An alternative to participating in our Spirit Days is for our Knights to simply wear Nottingham Spirit wear.

  • April 17 – Grade Prep Day for Teachers – No school for our Knights.
  • April 17 – 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Rising Kindergarten Information Day

Enjoy an adventurous, family oriented spring break.  Mr. Koutsouftikis and I look forward to welcoming our Knights back to school for the fourth and final quarter of the 2016-17 academic year on Tuesday, April 18th!

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us