Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – February 27, 2017

Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.  

– Dr. Seuss


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Read Across America Day – March 2, 2017

Read Across AmericaI spent time this morning at the Dr. Seuss gallery in the library joining fellow Knights trying on Seussian attire!  We are excited to announce that Read Across America Day is coming!  This Thursday, March 2nd, we will be joining schools across the country to celebrate a love of reading and the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Knights will be invited to show their love of reading by dressing up as a favorite book character.

The class that has the most participation will receive a trip to Nottingham’s ImagiLAB to participate in some Seuss-themed STEM activities.  Please join us in encouraging your child to think about his/her favorite books and see what you can pull out of the dress-up box at home! For more information about activities and events about Read Across America Day, follow this link: http://www.nea.org/grants/886.htm.

Use of Front Playground from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. on School Days

The Extended Day Program is not able to use the front playground after school because of the number of children staying after school and playing.  Specifically, there is a concern with lack of supervision during this time period.  Therefore, we are asking parents/guardians to refrain from using this play area from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. so that it is available for the Extended Day Program’s use.  This playground is essential to the Extended Day Program as it is considered a part of their instructional space. It is important for them to have use of the space on a daily basis.  As many of you are aware, the Extended Day Program also uses the back playground area. We acknowledge that our Knights and their parents/guardians would like a place to play after school so please note that the back playground and the field areas are available for supervised play.

Thank you for your consideration as we manage shared usage of the front playground area.

Elementary Summer Enrichment Opportunities

This past weekend’s weather makes it easier to think that it is time to plan for the summer of 2017!  I wanted to call your attention to the APS Summer School Catalog. This link will lead you to the Elementary School Catalog, Application Form, List of Summer School Fees, etc.    Those parents/guardians interested in the Summer Laureate Program can click on the following link. This is a link to what Summer Laureate looked like last year if parents are interested. http://summerlaureateaps.weebly.com/.

Here is a complete list of all the Enrichment Classes being offered in the 2017 Summer School Program.

Superintendent’s Proposed Budget for FY 2018

Superintendent's 2018 BudgetMany of you are aware that Superintendent Murphy presented his FY 2018 proposed budget late last week. I wanted to call your attention to the following:

Superintendent’s Video on Proposed Budget Demonstrates Value of APS

(Our very own Dr. McCormac has a short cameo in the video!)  The FY18 budget focuses on maintaining investments in meeting the needs of all students – academically, emotionally, physically and socially.  This video can serve as a good reminder of the collective vision and mission of our work with our Knights.

GT Referral Deadline – April 1, 2017

If you would like your child screened for Gifted Services, please be mindful that the deadline to turn referrals in to our RTG is April 1st.  There will be no exceptions to this date.  You can find the referral form on the APS Gifted website. If you have any questions, please feel free to send Ryan Van Valen  or myself an email.

Upcoming Events

  • March 2/3   Early Release/ Parent Teacher Conferences
  • March 8:  Early Release Wednesday (1:26 p.m.) / Professional Learning Day
  • March 30: Writers’ Night / Book Swap and Ice Cream Social – 5:00 – 8:30 p.m.
  • April 10 – 14:  Spring Break
  • April 17:  9:30 – 11:00 a.m. / Kindergarten Orientation  /  Library and Kindergarten Classrooms

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us