Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – September 1, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians

Mr. Koutsouftikis and I were thrilled to see so many of you and your children at last week’s  Open House and our Knight to Remember evening! Teachers shared many stories of welcoming their Knights and of their excitement and enthusiasm for the year ahead. We look forward to seeing our Knights bright and early on Tuesday am, September 5, 2017. Knights will be welcomed into their classrooms at 8:50 and instruction begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. Consider joining our Reading Specialists from 9:05 – 9:40 am on Tuesday in the library as they provide a parent presentation on our Literacy Program here at Nottingham.

As we prepare to welcome you and your children back to school, please review with them (as age level appropriate), regarding  the need to wear bike helmets when riding a bike, looking both ways when crossing the street, and paying attention to the directions of the crossing guards when they are on duty, and giving way to walkers.  I wanted to share the good news with members of the Nottingham Community of Learners that LED signs will be used by our crossing guards this school year are part of the Safe Routes to School Initiative. In the spring of 2017, the Arlington County Police Department was awarded grant funding to purchase hand-held flashing LED stop signs for use by crossing guards at Arlington County schools. The LED stop signs are bright enough to attract the attention of motorists driving in the area of the schools. The flashing double-sided signs enhance the safety of the morning and afternoon bikers and walkers who often are commuting to school in low light. The Police Department applied for the funding through the VDOT Safe Routes to School Grant Program, in order to encourage and enable safe walking and biking to school in Arlington County. Thank you in advance for partnering with us to ensure the safety of all members of our community. Please take the time to speak with your child about how he/she will go home on the first day of school, and consider sending a note to your child’s teacher indicating how your child will go home from school. Include the bus number if your child rides the bus.For dismissal information,  see the School Dismissal Map.

Sol Letters: SOL letters were mailed late last week and should be arriving in the homes of Knights in grades 4 and 5. Please be on the lookout for them..  If you are looking for last minute advice for the first day of school for you or your child, please see the following links.

Ten Tips to Help Your Child Adjust to School:

http://www.ahaparenting.com/ages-stages/school-age/Help-kids-adjust-school

Back-to-School Wisdom From the Creators of Your Favorite Children’s Books: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/30/books/children-drawing-illustrators-back-to-school.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ml_20170831&nl=well-family&nl_art=7&nlid=62126664&ref=img&te=1&referer=

Enjoy your Labor Day holiday and thank you for being a partner in your child’s education!