Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – May 5, 2017

And Spring arose on the garden fair, Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere; And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.

—Percy Bysshe Shelley


Dear Parents/Guardians:

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week –  May 8-12, 2017

Mr. Koutsouftikis and I appreciate the support of our PTA in sponsoring a delicious and heartfelt week of thank you’s for our instructional staff!  We are fortunate indeed to experience daily the creative and engaging work of our colleagues and their efforts to provide a fun and engaging educational experience for our Knights.   If you are on Twitter and want to help us highlight your appreciation, please use the hashtag: #ThankAPSTeachers.

Our teachers look forward to the following PTA sponsored treats:

  • Monday:  Duck Donuts and coffee for breakfast
  • Tuesday: Books for the classroom
  • Wednesday:  Notes/Drawings from students indicating their favorite part of the school year. ***Frozen Yogurt treat after school.
  • Thursday: “Thank you!”  Get ready to receive special notes from our Knights as a kind way to let you know how much they care.
  • Friday:  Lebanese Taverna lunch

If you were fortunate enough to be at yesterday/ last evening’s Orchestra and Band concert, you no doubt were impressed by the teaching talent of instrumental music teacher Randy Glasner. It is a joy to experience the growth and depth of the musical talent he is able to nurture from our Knights!  Knights in grade 3 will be invited to an Instrument Petting Zoo towards the end of the academic year.


SCA Officer Elections:

Nottingham Student Council BannerMore detailed information will be sent home in Friday Folders on May 12th. Please see the following update from SCA Co-chairs, Laura Moore and Tricia Zipfel.

Knights in grades 2 – 4 will elect the SCA Executive Board in June. The election process will begin with primary elections in classrooms in May.  Knights currently in 3rd and 4th grades can run for the offices of Vice President, Secretary, or Sergeant at Arms.  Knights currently in 4th grade, can also run for President.   The winners of the primaries will be required to make a poster and write a speech, which must be approved by Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Zipfel. Nottingham Knights will then cast votes in the general election June 19 through 21st. Elected officers will be announced at our annual Awards Ceremony on June 22.

Election Timeline: May 16:  Informational meeting for all interested candidates (candidates must attend 1 meeting) 8:30 a.m.:  L11 (Mrs. Zipfel’s room) OR 9:00 am: library – Mrs. Moore – candidates will need to check in with their homeroom teacher.

May 19:  Permission slips are due to classroom teacher May 22-25:  Classroom primaries are held.

May 31:  Meeting with winners of the primaries regarding election procedures and regulations 8:30 a.m. in L11 (Mrs. Zipfel’s room)

June 8:  Nominees’ speeches and posters due to Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Zipfel

June 19-21:  General elections, grades 2-4 only   June 21:   Elected officers will be called to be notified of their victory June 22:   Officers for the 2017-2018 school year will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony – 9:15 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room

Class representatives will be elected in September. If you have any questions regarding our SCA election, please email Mrs. Moore: laura.moore@apsva.us or Mrs. Zipfel:  tricia.zipfel@apsva.us.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us