Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – October 26, 2016

Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees.

– Faith Baldwin

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Nottingham was a sea of colors last week as our Knights and their teachers joined Dr. McCormac, Mr. Koutsouftikis and me as we participated in wearing Character Counts colors representing our Character Pillars. I enjoyed sharing in the message of good character and “Be the Three” in my read alouds with all K and 2nd grade classes.

I hope that your child came home yesterday excited to share with you the opportunity to participate in the national Mix it Up at Lunch Day – October 25.  Ms. Lambdin, School Psychologist worked with staff to reinforce this year’s theme of Make a Connection:  We are ALL Linked.  Last week, during Character Counts Week, classroom teachers had their Knights in grades 1 and 2 engaged in activities promoting acceptance and teamwork and our Knights in grades 3 through 5 engaged in activities focused on empathy, acceptance, and cliques.

If you are curious about which activities teachers may have used during Morning Meeting last week, please see the following:

Read for the Record Day – October 27

Tomorrow, our Knights will be a part of the world’s largest shared reading experience via our participation in the 11th anniversary of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record.  This program inspires adults to read with children, spurs policymakers and organizations to take action towards transformative change in early education, and puts books in the hands of more children across the country. This year’s read is The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach.

CogAT Testing Window:  Parents/Guardians of 4th Grade Knights:

Please note that our 4th grade students will be taking the nationally normed CogAT Tests November 2 – 4 from 1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Members of the fourth grade team have sent home further information regarding this countywide assessment.

PTA Meeting – Tuesday, November 1 – ELA Presentation on Writing Curriculum

Please join Mr. Koutsouftikis and Ms. Bergeron, Exemplary Project Coordinator, at our November 1st PTA meeting. Together with members of our English Language Arts team, Ms. Bergeron has prepared a presentation on our countywide Lucy Calkins (LC) Writing Units of Study Professional Development. Last year at Nottingham, we were delighted for our upper grade classes to be selected to receive LC Reading Units of Study to incorporate into their Language Arts blocks.

Book Fair:  November 2 – November 8: Hours:  9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Nottingham’s Annual Book Fair will be held in the library from November 2 – November 8. (Extended hours on Wednesday until 8:30 p.m.)  There will be lots of fabulous books and games for our Knights, their siblings and their friends!  This is a great opportunity to get some holiday shopping done while supporting the NESPTA.

Picture Make Ups – Date Change – New Date is November 21

Our Splendid Portrait make-up picture day originally scheduled for November 1st has been postponed until November 21st.  If you decide you would like your child’s picture retaken you will need to return the original picture package, with the exception of the class picture. Questions? Please contact Ms.  Embrey in the main office at 703-228-8326.

Arlington Tiered System of Support: Communication to Staff, Students, Parents and Community (ATSS)

The Department of Student Services and Special Education (DSSSE) launched several communications, web links, presentations and brochures in an effort to efficiently communicate and disseminate information about theArlington Tiered System of Support (ATSS) to students, families and communities.

Screenagers:  December 6th at 6:30 p.m.

ScreenagersPlease save the date for a special Parent/Guardian program on Digital Citizenship. Members of our library staff, Dr. McCormac and our PTA Executive Team will join together to host a screening of the movie Screenagers. There will be time for a discussion of the film afterwards. From the website:

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. I think you’ll find it an interesting film.

Link to Common Sense Media/Screenagers:

Upcoming Dates

  • 11/1 – 7/16 – Treats for Troops Collection / Bins by Front Office
  • 11/2 – 11/4 – Fourth Grade CogAT Testing – 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
  • 11/2 – 8/16 – Book Fair / Library (Evening Sale:
  • 11/3)11/4/16 – Teacher of the Year Nomination Forms Due
  • 11/5/16 – Fall Social & Auction / Cheeseburger in Paradise    Knights of Columbus / 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.
  • 10/30/16 – Halloween Parade – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. / Nottingham Backfield If you celebrate Halloween, I hope you and your family will be able to attend the PTA sponsored Halloween Parade.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky

@NTMPrincipal  @NTMKnightsAPS