Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – December 1, 2016

Since we live in an age of innovation, a practical education must prepare a man for work that does not yet exist and cannot yet be clearly defined.    

 – Peter F. Drucker

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Keep Calm and Learn to CodePlans for members of the Nottingham Community of Learners to integrate Hour of Code Activities are underway. National Computer Science Week, (Hour of Code) will launch Monday, December 5th. (  In collaboration with Mrs. Gustafson, Nottingham Librarian, and Gifted Resource Teacher, Ms. Van Valen, classroom teachers in grades K-5 will assist our Knights in joining millions of students around the world for the upcoming Hour of Code!  Tomorrow’s Knights @ 9 broadcast will highlight this weeklong NCSW.

Teachers will be incorporating the Hour of Code focus via our schoolwide Writer’s Quest as well as incorporating Coding in our Responsive Classroom Morning Meetings. We believe this will be an amazing opportunity for our Knights to learn/reinforce basic programming skills and problem solving in a fun and engaging way.

It is a given that today’s APS students are growing up in a world surrounded by technology. We look forward to reviewing with our Knights the basic analytics and mathematical ideas behind coding. Staff will work with our Knights as part of our ongoing efforts here at Nottingham to teach these foundational 21st Century skills. These activities are designed to demystify computers.  We trust that our teachers will share in their students’ enthusiasm that coding is fun, easy, and accessible to learners of all ages. Whatever job fields our Knights enter as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on a deep understanding of how technology is integrated into everyday life.

APS Global Hour of Code

Monday, December 5, 2016, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Arlington Career Center 816 Walter Reed Dr., Arlington VA 22204

APS Codes! is a kickoff event to recognize Global Hour of Code week (Dec. 5-11). This free APS community event is for everyone – all levels, all ages. The Global Hour of Code is an international event being held the week of December 5-11 that encourages everyone to take time to experience coding/computer programming.  Coding helps everyone develop analytical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills that are used on the job and in life.  So, grab a device (iPad or laptop) and code during Global Hour of Code week.  Everyone is invited to participate in the APS Hour of Code event…

 Winter Kids Night at the Lab!

(Children’s Science Center) at Fair Oaks Mall Friday, December 2, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Here is a winter themed activity that your child might enjoy. Children will make their own snow, grow their own crystal snowflake and float tinsel during the two hour winter adventure.

Report Cards

Report Cards are being sent home in tomorrow’s backpack mail.  Thank you in advance for taking the time to celebrate achievements and discuss areas of continued growth for your child in terms of their academic learning.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky, Principal