Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – May 15, 2017

In this place we open our minds.  Here, we don’t just learn, we learn how to learn.  Here, we don’t just answer questions, we uncover new questions to ask.  Here, we see opportunity and direction, purpose and reason.  In this place we take the knowledge of the past and mould it into the ideas of the future.  We motivate.  We collaborate.  We participate.  We are building finer versions of ourselves.   In this place we make tomorrow possible.  

Taken from:  Diocese of Guilford – The Church of England

Dear Parents/Guardians,

SOL Testing Window Information -Parents/ Guardians of Knights in Grades 3-5

May 15 – June 16

Please keep in mind the SOL window as you schedule appointments or plan travel.  Thank you for helping ensure a smooth, uninterrupted test administration this year.  Please increase your child’s success by making sure they get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and by limiting disruptions to their morning routine.

Standards of Learning (SOL) & Testing serves as a helpful guide to all thing SOL related as well as changes and practice items for mathematics, reading, VA Studies (4th Grade) and science (5th Grade).

Knights in Grades 3-5 will take the following SOLs this year:

  • 3rd Grade: Reading (May 18 & 19) and Math (June 5 & 6)
  • 4th Grade: Reading (May 18 & 19), Virginia Studies (May 26), and Math (June 5 & 6)
  • 5th Grade: Reading (May 18 & 19), Science (May 26), and Math (June 5 & 6)

We will be in touch with parent/guardians regarding retakes for students who do not pass their SOL and receive a score between 375 and 399.  All tests will be given in the morning.

Nottingham CARES

Recently, members of our Nottingham Executive SCA team worked with 4th grade teacher Sarah Jacoby and me to revise our Code of Conduct. Core classroom teachers are introducing this Code of Conduct to our Knights in preparation for our whole school Responsive Classroom school celebration in early June.  We believe that this reflects our current beliefs and core values, with character traits and social skills closely aligned  to our Responsive Classroom work.

The 5 key terms are: Cooperation, Assertiveness, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-control. 

Responsive Classroom Wordle

Nottingham CARES
Empathy and

Bike & Walk to School Day LogoBike and Walk to School Day Report from Mike Giusto

Our bike and walk to school event took place on the morning of May 10th, with over 300 students walking, biking and scootering to school. As usual, Nottingham had a great turnout and we were all very proud of our Knights! Thank you once again for all of your support with this event!

Fourth Graders Visit NOAA’s Exhibit of “Hurricane Hunter” Airplanes

Science Lead teacher Ms. Ofelia McKenzie shares the following:

On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Nottingham’s 4th grade knights were one of two APS schools to have enjoyed a unique opportunity to pilots, engineers, scientists and military personnel that work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  NOAA is responsible for sharing important information and warning people about storms, hurricanes, or other natural phenomena.    Our Knights were invited to view sophisticated weather instruments as pilots, meteorologists, and data scientists shared their experiences flying in the eyes of hurricanes. Our Knights were then invited to tour three aircrafts known as the “Hurricane Hunters” that fly into hurricanes.  See more in the Washington Post.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky