Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – June 15, 2017

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Our morning here at Nottingham began with an early faculty meeting in which instructional staff was asked to reflect on their own lessons learned this year, about themselves as role models for their students, their roles as teachers, and their goals for the future.

What have you taught your students this year, by your words or example, about how to be a human being in the world?

  • What have you learned?  What do you know now that you didn’t in August about children, teaching, and yourself?
  • What do you feel you have done well?  We all have successes; think about what you are proud of accomplishing or doing this year.
  • What do you feel you need or want to work on moving forward?   Think about what you can change or learn to better meet your students’ needs.

We spent time reviewing early SOL Data, engaged in Climate building activities and enjoyed the following Kid President message about the 5 Things That are Awesome about Summer.  We are committed to ensuring a fun, safe end to the academic year. If you follow me on Twitter, checkout the tweets from this morning’s Responsive Classroom Morning Meeting Celebration. Our Knights were highly engaged in the four components and especially enjoyed the greeting and interactive aspects of the celebration.

Ms. Embrey and the rest of the front office staff keep reminding Mr. Koutsouftikis and me that we are in the final countdown with only six days left in our academic year. The literal and figurative growth of our Knights is all around us, and it’s a wonderful time of year to express appreciation to the craftsmen and women who are your children’s teachers. Thanks very much to those of you who have shared your reflections as to how your child’s experience was enhanced by his/ her relationship with a teacher. By now, your child’s teacher should have sent home individual communications regarding classroom picnics, end of year trips and special events.


To ensure a smooth wrap up to our year:

  • Please encourage your child to take one last look for errant class or library books which can still be returned to their rightful owners.
  • Mrs. Christina Cuesta, our school nurse, asks that you mark your calendar and plan to pick up your child’s medicine from the clinic during the last full week of school, prior to our last day of school.  Any medication that is not picked up will be discarded at the end of the day on June 23rd.
  • If you’ve received notification from Ms. Embrey or Mrs. Tran of money owed to the cafeteria, please help us clear our financial books.
  • If you and your family anticipate a move from our Nottingham Learning community, we wish you well in the next chapter. Remember, once a Knight, always a Knight! Please call Ms. Embrey (703 228-8326) in the main office or email her at janet.embrey@apsva.us to let her know that you do not intend to return

Box with Lost and Found itemsLost and Found

Please continue to check out Lost and Found and claim all your child’s missing items.  All unclaimed items will be donated to charity after the last day of school, June 23rd.

During the last week of school (June 19 – 23), two large tables with the Lost and Found items will be placed near the Matisse inspired painted pillars in our main hallway. Parents/guardians may visit the tables during drop-off or pick-up from school.


Hoops for Hughes: 5th Grade Charity Basketball Game

Friday, June 16, 2017 – 7 to 9 p.m. / Williamsburg Middle School Gym

Come join in the fun at the Annual “Hoops for Hughes” basketball game with special guests, our friends from Discovery Elementary. Mr. Koutsouftikis looks forward to seeing many of you at the game.


Fifth Grade Parent/Guardians – Rising 6th Grade Parent Meeting:

I am pleased that acting Principal at Williamsburg Middle School, Connie Skelton will be joining me for this informational parent meeting.  It is scheduled for Wednesday, June 21 – 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. in the Nottingham Library.


Rising Up Visits

Rising Up visits are underway, affording our Knights a chance to visit a classroom in the next grade level. Our staff has been creative with many ways to provide rising up students with a window into the next grade level curriculum, projects, and expectations.  Please share in your child’s excitement by asking about their “Rising Up” experience.         

  • K-1            June 15           Barnett to Whitley     9:30 – 10:00 a.m.      
  • K-1            June 15           Biechman to Jensen  9:30 – 10:00 a.m.     
  • K-1            Thursday, June 22     Griffin to Gray           2:50 – 3:20 p.m..     
  • K-1            Monday, June 19       Allen to Costa             10:00 – 10:30 a.m.  
  • 1-2             Friday, June 20          9:30 – 10:00 a. m.      
  • 2-3              Wednesday, June 21   9:30 – 10:15 a.m.    
  • 3-4               Monday, June 19       2:45 – 3:15 p.m. (in 4th grade classrooms) Ready to Jacoby, Johnston to Zipfel, Moore to Mendelson, Wine gets split between the three classes.    
  • 4-5               Tuesday, June 20       3:00 – 3:25 p.m.  (in 5th grade classrooms) 

The Great Library Race

Theme:  Read for the Win!

Hopefully by now you are aware that the Great Library Race has been underway for over a week now.  Classes have been collaborating as they race to see which class will receive the title of Most Responsible Knights:  those who have returned all of their books to the library. They have enjoyed watching the frogs jump down the board as the books roll in. Despite best efforts to return books to the library by today, errant books will be still be accepted. Mrs. Gustafson asks that you please help your child locate any missing books. Thank you for your efforts to join us in getting all accounts cleared out before the end of the academic year.


  • Math Summer Review Access

The Math Department no longer prints summer review packets. Parents/Guardians can access the summer review with the following link: https://www.apsva.us/mathematics/summer-reviews/. These reviews are a perfect way to keep your child’s skills in mathematics sharp and aid in grade level transition.


A Fond Farewell to our Rising Sixth Graders

Please join us in “clapping out” the fifth graders at dismissal on Friday, June 24.

  • Teachers will have their classes lined up outside their classroom.
  • If you would like to join us, please plan to be in place inside or outside the school by 1:05 pm. We will begin our farewell at 1:10 PM.  The fifth graders will walk down each hallway.  

Fun in Arlington! – Arlington Parks and Recreation eNews

Click on the link below for some fun June activities to participate in: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAARLINGTON/bulletins/19e4294


Kindergarten Summer Play Dates Set

Please mark your family calendars to join new Nottingham Knights for these summer play dates:

Saturday, July 8 & 15   /    Saturday, August 19 & 26
9:30 – 11:00 a.m. – Nottingham Front Playground

Committee Co-chairs:

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us