Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – November 15, 2016

A collection of good books, with a soul to it in the shape of a librarian, becomes a vitalized power among the impulses by which the world goes on to improvement.   

– Justin Winsor

Announcing Nottingham’s 2017 Teacher of the Year

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It is my pleasure to announce Nottingham’s selection for our 2017 Teacher of the Year:  Nottingham’s librarian, Mrs. Nicole Gustafson! Our Teacher of the Year committee met and reviewed the many exemplary attributes of all of the nominees, especially those of Mrs. Gustafson. Mr. Koutsouftikis, PTA President Cory Folliard and the Lead Teachers who served on the selection committee are delighted to support Mrs. Gustafson as Nottingham’s nominee for APS 2017 Teacher of the Year!

To us, her colleagues here at Nottingham, she embodies the highest ideals of being a cherished educator: a love of children, a passion for her Library Media Services content and a challenging, creative approach to instilling a love for reading in our Knights.  Mrs. Gustafson is a respected teacher/leader here at Nottingham. What stood out in the discussion regarding Mrs. Gustafson’s nomination were her outstanding leadership qualities.  She is a leader, not only in her duties as our School Librarian, but in her role as the Chair of the Climate Committee. Most recently, Mrs. Gustafson agreed to serve as one of two lead teachers for Nottingham’s Project Lead the Way’s Makerspace and Science Engineering curriculum.

Please note that all members of the Nottingham Community of Learners, Knights included, may submit a letter of support on Mrs. Gustafson’s behalf. Please submit letters of support to my secretary, Sharon Bash, (703-228-8339, either by mail (if you can include an electronic signature) or hand delivery no later than Friday, January 6, 2017.  These letters should be originals and must be signed.  They should be addressed to:

Steven R. Staples,
State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Commonwealth of Virginia,
P.O. Box 2120,
Richmond, VA 23218-2120.

Please do not mail or send the letters of support directly to the State Superintendent’s office.

Knights Unite! Multi-Cultural Evening / Pot Luck Dinner
Thursday, November 17, 2016 
 (Multipurpose Room)

I hope you have marked your family calendar to join us at our annual Knights Unite! Multi-Cultural Evening / Pot Luck Dinner this Thursday, November 17th, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. We are also delighted to have the Latin American theater group, Teatro de la Luna, performing at our celebration this year.

PTA Volunteers are still needed to help set up/clean up/ and bring paper goods. Please go to this link to let us know what you are bringing or can help out with: For any questions, please  email Renu Mansukhani at

Last year we had over 70 dishes/cultures represented. Please bring a nut-free dish that is special to your family. Store bought dishes are welcome.  Dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. Performance at 7:30 p.m. “Sanos y Contentos”/Happy and Healthy (This will last approximately 35 minutes).  For more information on the performance, click on:

Screenagers Movie Event and Discussion
Tuesday, December 6: 7 – 9 p.m. (Multipurpose Room)

In Screenagers Delaney Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.Come watch the film and participate in optional post-movie discussion at Nottingham on Tuesday, December 6th, from 7:00 pm – 9:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room.  NOTE:  Knights in grades 4 and 5 are welcome to join their parents at this event if they are in attendance for the purpose of education and discussion. There is no childcare provided and children in grades 3 and below may not attend. This free event is open to the public; however, donations will be accepted to help offset the costs of renting this movie.  Space is limited and information on how to RSVP will be provided soon.To learn more about the film, visit:

Thanks to our PTA, this event is a part of the Digital Citizenship Program co-sponsored by members of Nottingham’s library and counseling staff as well as members of the Nottingham PTA.

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

Enjoy a peaceful, restful Thanksgiving break.

Mary Beth Pelosky, Principal

@NTMPrincipal  @NTMKnightsAPS