Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – January 6, 2017

We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt, that peace and abundance may manifest for all.

Dorothy Day

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Happy New Year to you and yours!

I hope you enjoyed a slower pace to your days, and the gift of time enough to stop and reflect on the joys of being together with family and friends. Mr. Koutsouftikis and I commented that it has been great fun to see our many Knights back here at Nottingham! They were quite animated as they excitedly greeted friends and teachers while sharing details of local “staycations” as well as travels to climates warmer than Northern Va. Many thanks to so many of you who assisted with Winter Holiday gatherings.

Together with your children, you created warm winter memories and played your part in continuing long standing Nottingham traditions. Many thanks also, for your thoughtful and generous remembrances for our hard working staff!Together with our instructional staff, we have dived right back into our purposeful work of planning and pacing for the next few weeks of instruction. Our Language Arts and Math Coaches have been assisting classroom teachers in creating common formative assessments with which to target instruction and when necessary, remediate or accelerate learning. In the next few weeks, Mr. Koutsouftikis and I will be holding our Mid-Year SMART Goal meetings with teachers, reviewing their data driven goals for the learners in their classroom. We will also be checking in with staff regarding the first few full weeks of Knight’s Block Intervention and Acceleration work and reviewing our collective commitment to our Knights and their learning!

LED Stop Sign

I’m delighted to share that we are the happy recipients of a VDOT Safe Route to Schools Program Grant! Members of the Arlington County Police Department applied for this grant earlier in the academic year.  This new LED stop sign for our crossing guard in front of Nottingham’s entrance will be on view at the intersection of Ohio St. and Little Falls Road.   Identified as an area that has a distinct need for this new equipment, we join the local police force in their efforts to easily capture the attention of drivers while enhancing safe walking and bicycling to school for our Knights. Be on the lookout for the high visibility stop/slow sign this week!


Nottingham Book Discussion 

January 18 – 7 – 8:00 p.m. / Nottingham Library

Members of the Nottingham School Counseling program are sponsoring a book discussion on the book, UnSelfie, Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World.  This is a very readable book with suggestions for children, teens and adults. Please join the discussions of the 9 essential habits that provide the “Empathy Advantage.” Discussion will be held from 7-8:00 PM in the Nottingham Library


Thank you for helping us to ensure that our Knights are dressed for winter weather. Mr. Koutsouftikis works with our Front Office staff and lunchroom teachers to determine whether or not there will be Outdoor Recess or Inclement Weather Recess. Typically students are sent outside unless it is below freezing or raining. Thank you in advance for labeling your child’s jacket, coat, gloves, hat, and/or scarf.

The remains of our Fall Lost and Found have been donated to a local charity. For 2017, our hope is that we continue to see increased personal responsibility in our Knights for their personal belongings! To that end, we hope only to find items with names so that they can be easily returned to owners.

Celebrate Creativity of NTM Knights!

Arlington Connection Newspaper Cover

The cover of the December issue of The Arlington Children’s Connection was drawn by Ellie Price, 5th Grade. More Nottingham artwork on page 3!

Upcoming Events:

  • January 6 – Family BINGO Night!  – 6:30 pm – 8:00 p.m. – Multipurpose Room
    Bring your family, dinner, and a gently used game, book or toy to donate to the prize pool. It’s always a fun time for all!
  • January 16 – MLK Holiday / No School
  • January 17 – 20 – No Name Calling Week
  • January 20 – Inauguration Day Holiday / No School

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

Mary Beth Pelosky