Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – Sept. 27

Curiosity is at the heart of learning– and a healthy curiosity depends on questioning. Learning to ask and answer questions moves children beyond themselves; they become able not only to consider what they know or think, but to seek out the knowledge and opinions of others. To do this, children need to know how to ask relevant, respectful, and probing questions and how to answer questions thoughtfully and succinctly. — Margaret B. Wilson: The Language of Learning

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I know that several fifth grade families are getting ready to welcome our visitors from Aachen, Germany!  The fifth grade Knights and their families who are participating in this Arlington County sponsored exchange program will have an opportunity to visit our sister city in the spring of 2017.  I have had the good fortune to participate in this exchange and to visit Aachen; it is a lovely place, steeped in history.  I am excited for our Knights and their families as they will enjoy this unique opportunity to developing lifelong friendships while exploring a new culture. What a wonderful ways to broaden their worlds!

Parent/Teacher Conference Days

As you are aware, this year, Parent/Teacher Conference Days are scheduled for two full days:

  • Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7

This long weekend presents a wonderful opportunity for families to travel and spend family time together. However, some parents/guardians have begun requesting a make-up conference time with their child’s teacher prior to the county allotted times. As a county and as a school community, we try hard to provide these very important conference days so that all parents/guardians wishing a conference may cycle through for conferences.  The conferences are a very important activity, one that helps our staff get to know you and your child better.

Requests for make-up conferences must come from the planning time that instructional staff need to prepare for teaching your children. If you would prefer a brief telephone call, please let your child’s teacher know. Most likely, the teacher will send home pertinent information in your child’s backpack. Thank you for your efforts to partner with us in attending conferences during the county allotted time frame. Teachers are not required to reschedule conferences as the dates and calendar have been approved far in advance of the academic year’s start.

Front Playground: Extended Day Instructional Space

4:00 to 6:30 p.m. It has been brought to my attention that the Extended Day teachers are having challenges when trying to access the front playground after school because of the number of children playing.  This program is essential to the Extended Day program and therefore, important for them to have use of the space on a daily basis. For those of you whose children enjoy a few minutes of play before the 4:00  p.m. timeframe, thank you in advance for supervising your child‘s play.

Book Drive Donations

Thank you to those of you who have been scouring your house for gently read/loved books to donate to our Book Drive. Please also encourage your child to see if he/she can find a book to donate and share with a fellow reader. Thank you for your support in this well received initiative.

Tomorrow:  Wednesday’s Spirit Day

Your child’s teacher will remind them, but please note that tomorrow, Wednesday, September 28, is our first SCA Spirit Day. The theme is:  Wear Olympic colors!

Gifted Resource Parent Meeting

Mr. Koutsouftikis and Ms. Van Valen are looking forward to seeing many of you at the scheduled Gifted Resource Parent meeting Friday, September 30.  If you are interested in learning more about the identification process and what the classroom instruction looks like using resources aimed at the gifted learners, please join them from 8:45 – 9:30 a.m. in the Library.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
@NTMPrincipal  @NTMKnightsAPS