Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – November 22, 2016

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving.           

 – W.T. Purkiser

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I know that many of you will be travelling this week and I wanted to wish you and yours a restful Thanksgiving holiday break. Mr. Koutsouftikis and I, along with our instructional staff, are grateful to have such a group of committed parents/guardians who partner with us on behalf of our Knights. Please see below the message I shared with staff this a.m.:

Wishing you and yours a restful, peaceful Thanksgiving break. I am thankful for your hard work and collaboration on behalf of, and dedication towards, our Knights and their families. Thank you for the integral role you play in making Nottingham a fun, safe, respectful place for our Knights to grow and learn!

Exemplary Project:

An update from Ms. Bergeron, who wishes everybody a delicious and warm Thanksgiving , , . It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving break has arrived.  And yet, thinking about the Exemplary Project’s pace, it seems that it should be Winter Break! First, a huge congratulations to all of our Knights who entered the PTA Reflections Contest. Knights were asked to respond to this year’s s theme, “What is Your Story?”   The art categories were: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts. We look forward to honoring our creative Knights at a celebration next month.  All participants are invited.  Click here to read about these Knights and to learn the details of the celebration.

Speaking of outstanding Knights, many have strived to be published in our new Exemplary Project Digital Knight Writer.  Arlington County’s new writing curriculum, the Lucy Calkin’s Writing Workshop emphasizes writing multiple drafts during a unit, versus past writing instruction of primarily working on one piece for the entire quarter.  Therefore the Exemplary Project provides the opportunity to publish every month!  While some Knights have chosen to publish pieces they’ve diligently written in class, others have opted to write on their own time about topics important to them.  Check out the online publications here.

Finally, your child’s classroom teacher should be reminding you and your child about Arlington County’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Literary & Visual Arts Contest here.

Thanksgiving break might be a great opportunity for your child to reflect on Dr. King’s statement concerning courage: Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Winter Dates to Remember:·

12/2/16 – Report Cards Issued·
12/7/16 – Early Release.
12/14/16 – Winter Choral and Instrumental Concert – 7:00-8:00 p.m. – Multipurpose Room·
12/22 – 01/02/17 – Winter Break

Chorus update:

Kudos and thanks to Nottingham’s Choral Music teachers, Ms. Rhodes and Mrs. Simonetti, who are working hard with their large group of choral music members. I stopped by chorus rehearsal briefly this a.m. and was excited to hear the buzz and excitement of holiday music.  Mark your calendars for the evening of December 14th. Parents/Guardians of Choral Music students, please encourage your child to practice their music over the Thanksgiving break. Perhaps they could entertain you or your family members with an impromptu concert!  A hearty Nottingham Knight Congratulations to the following Honors Chorus members: Lizzy B., Brinley H. and Dima Y.

Lost and Found: 

This past month’s weather highs and lows have resulted in an overflowing Lost and Found bin! Thank you to those of you who have made an extra trip to school or encouraged your child to look for items that might belong to them. We will keep the Lost and found items in the main lobby area, outside of the library until December 9th, at which point left over items will be donated to charity.

Clinic News:

As we encounter cold and flu season, please see the following request from the clinic. Mrs. Christina W. Cuesta, Public Health Nurse/School Health, writes:

Please remember to keep your child at home when he or she is sick.  Children cannot concentrate and learn or have fun when they feel sick.  A student who has a fever, is vomiting, or has diarrhea should remain at home until he or she is free of fever and symptoms without medication for 24 hours.

Screenagers – Movie Night:  Tuesday, December 6 – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Register Here!

Please plan to join members of our PTA and Student Services team in a viewing of the movie, Screenagers. Are you watching your kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span?  Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. 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 also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance. More…

SCA Treats for Troops:

Mr. Koutsouftikis and I are always amazed at the generosity of our Knights and their parents/guardians. And our recent SCA Treats for Troops Collection further convinced us of this!  Together, our Knights donated over 500 pounds/13 boxes of candy that was shared both nationally and internationally with those troops serving America both here and overseas.

Knights Unite! Multi-Cultural Evening and Pot Luck Dinner:

Thank you to Nottingham parents/guardians Renu Mansukhani and her team for their efforts to plan a wonderful family evening for Nottingham!  I enjoyed greeting many Nottingham families and sharing small vignettes from my recent travels to India. Please see below a message from Renu:

Thanks to all who came to our Knights Unite Potluck this year! It was wonderful to see long time Nottingham families there as well as some new faces. We had lots of delicious food and an enthusiastic show-must-go-on performance by Teatro de la Luna even when one of their actors was ill and unable to perform at the last minute! We’d love to increase our attendance for this event, so we’d appreciate if those who attended could please spread the word to all members of the Nottingham community next year and bring your friends! Thanks again to all who came and see you next year!

In housekeeping notes, a white Corelle tarte dish was left behind at the event – it may have held deviled eggs – if it is yours, it is in the PTA office. 

Thank you for being a partner in your child’s education.  Enjoy Thanksgiving and the many gifts that time with family and friends can reap.

Mary Beth Pelosky, Principal

@NTMPrincipal  @NTMKnightsAPS