Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – December 20, 2016

Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter.  Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Winter Concert Update

Mr. Koutsouftikis shared with me that it was a full house last Wednesday evening for our annual Winter concert. Kudos and thanks to our wonderful Music team of Randy Glasner, Cora Rhodes and Jessica Simonetti for their efforts in preparing our Knights for such an engaging evening! Thank you to those of you who provide your support for our Arts here at Nottingham, whether it be early rides to morning Chorus practice or providing opportunities for private lessons.

Ms. Rhodes shared:

Nottingham’s 5th Grade Band and Strings Ensembles performed on Wednesday with the 4th and 5th Grade Chorus. The Band and Strings demonstrated several marches as well as a song from the Medieval period. The audience was entertained by the Chorus’ waltz about Coffee and danced to the hit song “Holiday Road” from National Lampoon’s Christmas Adventure. It was a concert to remember!

Health Alerts

You may be aware that there has been an increase in Gastrointestinal illness in Arlington. School Health personnel have been working closely with the Community Health Protection Bureau to address these concerns and reduce the spread of illness. Any child who complains of any one of these three symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) will be sent home and must stay home until they are symptom free for a full 24 hours. Thank you for doing your part to ensure that our Knights and their families can enjoy a healthy restful break.

When we return to school in January, refreshed and ready to return to the academic setting, our instructional staff will be asked to focus a Morning Meeting with their Knights. In this meeting, they will be working with their students in reviewing their hopes and dreams set this fall and revisiting their classroom rules and expectations.  Faculty members will be asked to renew their commitment to facilitating the seven principles of the Responsive Classroom curriculum, including fidelity to the implementation of Teacher Language. Winter always brings with it inclement weather, whether in the form of a 2 Hour Delay or a day off from school. Part of our Responsive Classroom approach to learning and intentional modeling includes our Knights and their teachers practicing for Inclement Weather Recess and Lunch.

Inclement Weather Information 

In case of snow, ice, or other unusual conditions such as power outages and excessive heat, school officials may decide to close school, delay school opening, or send students home early. News about these decisions is communicated as soon as the decision is made in these ways:

  • Posted on the home page.
  • Sent by e-mail to APS School Talk subscribers who elect to receive emergency announcements.
  • Recorded on the telephone hotline, 703-228-4277, in English and Spanish.
  • Posted on the Comcast Cable Channel 70 and Verizon FIOS Channel 41 School-Community Bulletin Board.
  • Called in to local radio and television stations: Channel 4, Channel 5, Channel 7, Channel 8 and Channel 9.

Read the letter from the Superintendent and Arlington County about snow emergencies | Español

Here is what happens in each situation when the school schedule changes:

Schools Closed

All school buildings are closed. The decision is usually announced by 6 a.m. on all information outlets. Extended Day is also closed. All school activities are canceled unless otherwise announced. Administrative offices usually remain open.

Delayed Opening

Schools will open two hours later than usual. The decision is usually announced by 6 a.m. The morning bus route schedule is also delayed by two hours. Field trips are canceled. Breakfast is not served. The Extended Day program will also open two hours late. On any early release day, the early release is canceled and students remain until the regular daily dismissal time.

Early Dismissal

Schools will dismiss two hours early if conditions require. This decision is normally announced by 11:30 a.m. Extended Day will close at 4 p.m. Extracurricular activities, interscholastic contests, team practices, field trips, adult and community education classes, and recreation programs in schools and on school grounds are canceled. If it is Wednesday, elementary students will be released at the usual early release time.

All residents are asked to clear sidewalks as quickly as possible following snow and ice storms. Sidewalks must be clear in order for students to walk to school and to bus stops safely.

Thank you for being a partner in your child’s education. Best wishes for a safe, relaxing holiday break.

Mary Beth Pelosky