Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – March 13, 2017

One of the very best reasons for having children is to be reminded of the incomparable joys of a snow day.                  

Susan Orlean

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Mr. Koutsouftikis and I join everyone in eagerly awaiting the likely possibility of a snow day!  During this afternoon’s Principal’s Reading Group, I solicited Snow Day Advice from my fifth grade Knights. Advice included, but was not limited to: “You should sleep in and once you get up you should bake something. If you’re feeling reckless, go sledding.”  Also, “To get snow, throw a fork out the window, flush ice down the toilet and wear your pajamas inside out.”  Wonderful, sage advice from my Knights!

The forecast has been changing, so we wanted to be sure you had access to read the APS policies on school closings and delays, as well as the ways that these alerts are published for parents/guardians:

Odyssey of the Mind

2017 Odyssey of the Mind CompetitionKudos and thanks to Odyssey of the Mind Sponsor, Nottingham  parent/ guardian, Dana Carr and her dedicated team of fellow coaches, as well as third grade teacher Laura Moore. Together with our committed parents/guardians, they helped our Knights demonstrate their “problem solving prowess!”   Mrs. Moore’s update on Odyssey of the Mind:

Our five teams had a great time.  Our one team that participated in problem 1 Catch Us If You Can), placed 10th in their division. Our other four teams did problem 5 (Superhero Cliffhanger).  One got 3rd in their division (1A), with another team in the same group getting 11th. The remaining two teams got 10th (1B) and 8th (1C), respectively. 

Seems that their critical and creative thinking skills received a real work out at the OOM competition. To learn more about Odyssey of the Mind, follow this link:


FLES Performance – World Languages Day – March 8, 2017:
An update from Sra. McKenzie:

Nottingham Knights made us proud! Only in their third year since FLES was implemented at Nottingham, our Knights did a great job at reciting poetry, performing a skit, and singing a song for the World Languages Day at the Arlington Career Center on Wednesday, March 8. Second graders Emery, Jackie, Sydney, Xavier and Harper recited two poems, El Barquito de papel, and Alla en la Fuente. Both of these poems were written by Mexican authors.  Fourth graders Aida, Karin, and Claudia wrote and performed their own skit/song titled ¿Qué llevas puesto? Fifth grade student Kelly recited the poem, El Mar, with much emotion. The last group to present included another group of 4th grade Knights, Andrew, Jack, Meredith, Wylie, Collin, J.J., Max, Mitchell, and Mason. They sang Hall of Fame translated into a Spanish rap. Great job, Knights!

Parents/ Guardians of 5th Grade Knights and Community MembersWhole Child Conference: A Conference for Students (Grades 5-12)

Thursday, March 16, 2017: 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Washington-Lee High School, 1301 N. Stafford Street, Arlington, VA  22201

Arlington Public Schools is committed to educating the Whole Child – ensuring that each child is healthy, safe, supported, academically engaged and challenged.   Parents, students (Grades 5-12) and staff are encouraged to attend this FREE conference to learn more about supporting the needs of the Whole Child.

Breakout Sessions will include:

  • Love the Skin You’re In: A session for girls and young women and their parents
  • Healthy Dating and Relationships
  • Teen Stress
  • Yoga and Mindfulness:  An Interactive Workshop
  • Heal Yourself: Healthy Eating and Active Living
  • Personal Safety in Today’s World
  • Creating a Culture of Respect for LGBT Students
  • Ending the Silence: The Importance of Talking about Mental Health
  • Teen Voices: The Truth About Substance Abuse and Middle School
  • LUV: Listen, Understand and Validate – Building Trusting Relationships
  • Coaching Boys Into Men
  • A Community Conversation About Middle School and Substance

Registration is required. Register online now as space in some sessions may be limited. Pizza and light refreshments will be provided.

Writers’ Night – March 30, 2017 – 5:30 p.m. / Classrooms

A reminder that Writers’ Night is fast approaching!  Our annual Writers’ Night celebrates student growth, and we look forward to having you join in our celebration of our Knights’ hard work.  Guests and parents/guardians tour classrooms to interact with our personalized learning work, partake in a gallery walk, and review digital portfolios!  Our community of learners eagerly anticipate this night every spring.

This year’s theme is, The Power of Words, inspired by Conceptual artist, Barbara Kruger. In conceptual art, the idea or concept is the most important part. She marries smart word choice with clever pictures to make a big impact. A digital slide show will be presented to illustrate Fifth grade student creativity and the connection between visual and language arts. Please join us to acknowledge our Knights’ artistic achievements and our commitment in implementing the, to ensure that each student is healthy, safe, supported, and engaged.

Exemplary Project Coordinator Kelly Bergeron invites parents/guardians to visit the Knight Writer webpage regarding:  information on publications, ongoing activities, etc.

Science Night – April 4, 2017 – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Please mark your family calendar to join your child/children and Science Lead Teacher Mrs. McKenzie for an evening of scientific exploration.

Program: S.T.E.A.M. MUSEUM  –

This year our Science Night will have a S.T.E.A.M. Museum that truly has something for everyone!  From building an arch to programming a robot to 3D printing, there will be a wide variety of topics covered.  There will be five 40 minute sessions for Knights to choose from.  The sign-ups for sessions will be sent out by our PTA President and will be on a first come first serve basis.

In the multipurpose room, we will also have hands-on activities that will be run by student volunteers.  There will be two very special presentations, one will be by AES Energy Company and the other by a Parent Scientist.  We look forward to seeing many of our Knights attend the event!

School Options: Community Feedback

Engage with APSThe APS Department of Instruction has launched a “Community Feedback Form” to gather information on those options that are most important to parents/guardians when determining the school their child will attend.  This feedback is going to be used by APS Staff as they continue to plan for new schools and instructional options as outlined in the APS 3-5 year Action Plan.
Engage with APS!

Mark Your Calendars for These Upcoming Events

  • 3/30:  Writers’ Night – 5:30 p.m. – Theme:  The Power of Words (Inspired by Conceptual artist, Barbara Kruger)
  • 4/4:    Science Night – 6 – 8:00 p.m.

Kindergarten Orientations and Kindergarten Information Day:

Please share the following information with friends and neighbors.

*Please call Ms. Embrey at 703-228-8326 to schedule an appointment for one of the sessions below (for parents/guardians only – Kindergarten Orientations).

  • *3/23 – 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
  • *3/27 – 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
  • *3/25- 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

  Kindergarten Information Day (Parents and Rising Kindergartners):

  • April 17 – 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky