Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – June 9, 2017

Inspiratonal teaching quotesDear Parents/Guardians,

2017-2018 Staffing Update

As shared at this week’s PTA meeting, the end of the academic year is always a fun, frenetic time, with lots of wonderful activities to celebrate the academic and socioemotional growth of our Knights.  Mr. Koutsouftikis and I bid a fond farewell to the following Nottingham colleagues and extend our personal and professional thanks to those who have touched our Knights’ lives in ways too innumerable to count.

Carla Griffin / Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. GriffinIt is with great sadness that I bid farewell to the Nottingham community. I am so grateful for these past five years that I was able to spend working at Nottingham. My family and I will be relocating to Leesburg and because of this I have accepted a kindergarten teaching position in Loudoun County.  I will deeply miss all of my students and their families and I can’t thank you enough for all of the special memories I will take with me.  I want to thank the entire Nottingham community including the Nottingham Elementary administration and staff that has helped me blossom and grow as an educator. My wish for all of my previous and current goldfish is that I have instilled a love for learning!  Good luck to all of my goldfish –  I will miss you all!

Kendra Hackenberg / Reading Specialist

Ms. Kendra HackenbergI will not be returning to Nottingham next year as I would like to continue working part-time to spend more time with family.  I want to thank all of you for welcoming me with open arms to Nottingham.  I have enjoyed getting to know many of you this year and I wish you all the best in the future!

Briana Wine / Grade 3 Teacher

Ms. Brianna WineIt is with much sadness that I share the news of my departure from Nottingham. My husband and I have decided to start a new, exciting adventure; we will be moving to Dallas, Texas in July. We will both take a year off from our full time positions to explore other passions. We are unsure where we will be going next! I have loved working in the Nottingham community. Everyone has been so kind, and I will miss each and every Knight. Thank you for a wonderful year. Keep being amazing!

Sarah Wysocki / Grade 5 Teacher

Mrs. Sarah WysockiThe past three years teaching 5th grade at Nottingham have been wonderful and full of unforgettable memories.  Teaching the whole child has always been at the center of my practice and in recent years I’ve been wondering if there’s more I can do to help students handle the pace and stress of modern day childhood, which is what lead me to create The Mindful Ones.    The Mindful Ones is an after-school program that teaches kids mindfulness and provides them with the tools and time to work on issues and projects that are meaningful to them. I am beyond excited to be offering this program at Nottingham next fall.   You can find more information on this program at,  While I’m leaving the 5th grade classroom, I hope to see you around Nottingham for many more years!

Anne Stewart / Special Education

Mrs. Anne StewartAs I bid farewell to the Nottingham Community, I am thankful that I have been blessed to work in a community that has extended me caring and support. As a teacher, I appreciate the opportunity you have given me to work with your children. It has been my honor and privilege to do so.   I am excited for all that retirement will bring. While resting and mulling over my next plans, I will help in my neighborhood with a couple of needs and get involved with some community projects.  Traveling will also be in my future, most immediately to California to visit my daughter and her family! I am optimistic that the next years will be among the best and am excited to begin my new adventure!

Current Staff Changing Positions with the Nottingham School Community

Jessica Gray / Grade 1 Teacher

Jessica GrayAfter receiving my endorsement in ESOL I am excited to be the new ESOL/HILT teacher at Nottingham next year. I will miss teaching First Grade but I am very glad to be able to stay at Nottingham and continue to work with all the wonderful colleagues and families that we have in our community.

Hannah Mendelson / Grade 4 Teacher

Hannah MendelsonI am excited about my new position for next year as a first grade teacher at Nottingham! I have absolutely loved my time as a fourth grade teacher and have enjoyed working with such talented colleagues and inspiring students. However, after having taught fourth grade for eight years, I am looking for a change. I am excited to take on this new challenge and I feel so lucky to be joining such a strong team of teachers. Thank you for your support!

Update from Mrs. Gustafson, Nottingham Librarian:

The school year is winding down, and the Great Library Race is on! Beginning this Monday, all library books are due, and classes of Knights will be joining the race to see which class can get all of their library books returned first. The frogs on the bulletin board outside the library will start jumping down the board to track our progress!    Please check with your child to see if he/she has any books that need to be returned to the library.   We have no overdue fees here, so just send them on in!  If a book is truly lost and can’t be found, please send in a check made payable to Nottingham School with the replacement cost to get your account cleared.

Arlington Public LIbrary Summer Reading 2017On Wednesday, the public librarians from Westover Library are visiting Nottingham to share their summer reading theme:  Build a Better World.  The public library has a great summer program, with lots of fun activities for the family.  Be sure to check it out!

Nottingham’s summer reading program is designed to coordinate with the public library program; Knights will find a summer reading packet in their final report card. Knights will be asked to “collect” Legos for each activity they complete or each book they read. The Legos they collect will be added to next year’s class total.  The class that collects the most Legos over the summer will receive an invitation to visit ImagiLAB, Nottingham’s Makerspace area, for a special STEM summer reading program.   We wish you a relaxing summer break!   Happy reading!

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

Mary Beth Pelosky