Principal’s Notes from Nottingham

Why Standards Based Grading

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Nottingham Knightly News, June 11, 2019

We look forward to seeing many of you at our end of year events…

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Nottingham Knightly News, June 4, 2019

We are so excited for the culminating events and activities as we wrap up the year. As you know, next week is our field day, followed by the student picnic…

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Nottingham Knightly News, May 28, 2019

Reminder…Did you know that all students in APS can take a “grab and go” breakfast during SOLs? Free breakfast is available for all students from now until June 13…

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Nottingham Knightly News, May 21, 2019

Did you know that all students in APS can take a “grab and go” breakfast during SOLs? Free breakfast is available for all students from now until June 13…

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Nottingham Knightly News, May 14, 2019

Getting plenty of rest and eating a healthy breakfast is important, especially now that students are beginning to take Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other end-of-year exams…

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Nottingham Knightly News, May 7, 2019

TOMORROW is BIKE AND WALK TO SCHOOL! Get your walking shoes on and your bike helmets out and join us for a fun start to the day…

SOL Testing Dates and Parent Letter

Important SOL testing dates and information for parents…

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Nottingham Knightly News, April 30, 2019

We hope to see everyone at the Fun Fair Fiesta this weekend. If you need some assistance with the cost of the bracelets, please reach out…

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Nottingham Knightly News, April 23, 2019

I hope everyone had a great spring break. We’ve heard lots of stories about vacations and staycations. Glad to know everyone enjoyed the break and we’re happy to have everyone back…

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Nottingham Knightly News, April 9, 2019

STEAM NIGHT is almost here! Please join us for Nottingham’s STEAM Night on Thursday, April 11th from 6:00-8:00 PM…

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Nottingham Knightly News, April 2, 2019

This month, we are celebrating Disability Awareness. Ask your Knight what they are learning about differently-abled students and acceptance. Watch for updates on Twitter too. Did you know many famous Americans have disabilities?

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Nottingham Knightly News, March 26, 2019

We are in the beginning planning phases of standards based grading, which will be implemented at Nottingham next year (2019-20) and countywide in 2020-21…

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Nottingham Knightly News, March 19, 2019

Nottingham participated in the statewide tornado drill today at 9:45. Students entered the hallway and assumed a “duck and cover” position. The drill took approximately 5 minutes and…

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Nottingham Knightly News, March 12, 2019

It looks like we are finally heading to spring weather! Please remind your child(ren) about being safe in coming to and going home from school. With the change in daylight…

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Nottingham Knightly News, March 5, 2019

I hope you are doing well. I hope you enjoy your parent-teacher conferences. Teachers are excited to share updates and progress with you about our wonderful students…

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Nottingham Knightly News, Feb 26, 2019

Remember we have parent-teacher conferences next week. As always, our teachers look forward to partnering with you…

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Nottingham Knightly News, Feb 12, 2019

Rain, rain, go away! Thanks everyone, for your patience with the weather and the changes to the schedule…

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Nottingham Knightly News, Feb 5, 2019

Our Sensory Path is open! We now have a vinyl pathway for students to follow in order to get some movement and sensory input as they work their way through the path…

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Nottingham Knightly News, Jan 29, 2019

On behalf of Megan and myself, thank you all for your notes, generosity and thoughtfulness during Principal Appreciation Week. We truly appreciate it. Thanks for your patience as we navigate the winter weather…

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Nottingham Knightly News, Jan 22, 2019

We see that everyone enjoying sledding on “Nottingham Hill” out back. I hope you enjoyed the extended weekend with your family. Please remind your child(ren) to dress appropriately for outdoor recess as often as possible…

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Nottingham Knightly News, Jan 16, 2019

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Nottingham Knightly News, Jan 8, 2019

Welcome back from what we hope was a restful and enjoyable break. The New Year promises lots of new activities, fun and learning…

Welcome back from what we hope was a restful and enjoyable break. The New Year promises lots of new activities, fun and learning…

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Nottingham Knightly News, Dec 18, 2018

We wish each and every one of you a restful and relaxing winter break and a happy, healthy new year. It is such a pleasure to be here and we look forward to working with you for years to come…

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Nottingham Knightly News, Dec 11, 2018

Learn about the excitement happening here on 12/21…

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Nottingham Knightly News, Dec 4, 2018

The students are getting very excited about the holiday season and winter break! Happy Hanukkah to our families who celebrate. We are planning lots of fun activities for Friday, December 21 and hope to see many of you throughout the day. We will communicate a schedule of events to you next week and ask that you keep some of them a surprise for our students…

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Nottingham Knightly News, Nov 28, 2018

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We are heading into the winter holiday season and look forward to many festive events to come. Remember, we WILL go outside as much as possible…

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Nottingham Knightly News, Nov 13, 2018

I hope to see many of you tonight at our PTA meeting where we will have a presentation on ADHD…

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View Dr. Gardner’s Special Education Presentation

Did you miss the Principal’s Coffee presentation on Special Education? Not to worry, here is the material that was presented…

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Nottingham Knightly News, Oct 30, 2018

We are super excited for the Halloween Parade and parties on Wednesday! The weather report looks fantastic. As noted on Friday’s message, the following should help you plan and prepare for the day…

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Nottingham Knightly News, Oct 16, 2018

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Nottingham Knightly News, Oct 9, 2018

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Nottingham Knightly News, Sept 25, 2018

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Nottingham Knightly News, Sept 18, 2018

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Nottingham Knightly News, Sept 11, 2018

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Read the first issue of the weekly Knightly News…

Important Dates

  • 12 September, Wednesday – Back to School Night, 7:00PM
  • 12 September, Wednesday – PTA Meeting, 8:05PM
  • 26 September, Wednesday – SCA Spirit Day
  • 2 October, Tuesday – PTA Meeting, 7:00 PM
  • 8 October, Monday – Professional Learning Day (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)
  • 10 October, Wednesday – ASPAN Walk-a-Thon, 8:00AM
  • 10 October, Wednesday – Early Release, 1:26 PM

2018-2019 Early Release Dates: October 10, October 25, December 12, January 16, February 13, March 7, March 13, June 5, June 12. Students will be dismissed at 1:26PM.

We are combining our newsletters! The combined newsletter will be sent from APS School Talk on Tuesdays every week. In addition to the weekly newsletter, please check the PTA website, www.nespta.org (as well as our Facebook and Twitter feed) and Nottingham’s school website https://nottingham.apsva.us/ to stay current with what is going on at school.

Kudos and Appreciation
We would like to thank our volunteers who have helped the PTA throughout the summer and during last week’s teacher work week. Thank you to:

• Katia Smith-King who coordinated the summer kindergarten playdates;
• Lisa Solinger for ordering and setting up the staff welcome back breakfast;
• Elissa Ghosh, Andrea Kaplowitz, Angela Na, Ewa Schweitzer, Stacey Stump, Jim Wisniewski and Colleen Wright sorting and delivering school supply kits; and,
• Maureen Bouda, Elissa Ghosh, Andrea Kaplowitz, Angela Na, Stacey Stump and Colleen Wright for sorting and delivering APS first day packets.
• Stacy Rosenthal for helping welcome and transition new leadership, counselor and other staff so seamlessly.
• Stacy Rosenthal and Stacey Stump and the PTA for putting together the fabulous staff luncheon last week!

From the Principal
Thank you all for a great start to the year! I am so thrilled to be a part of the Nottingham community and look forward to everything we plan to do this year. As with all change, there are bumps and stumbles. I really appreciate how flexible, patient and adaptably everyone has been as we endeavor to streamline processes and procedures to ensure ours is a well run program. You may already have heard about a few:

• The Halloween Parade will be on Halloween! More details will be forthcoming once Halloween is closer, but since this is a BIG change, we wanted to alert you sooner rather than later.
• 4th and 5th grade is departmentalizing (switching classes) for content. Our students will be ready for middle school and all the transitions they will face in grade 6
• We will be spending a great deal of time experimenting and evaluating what works to build our exemplary project “STEAMing Ahead” and look forward to seeing where Kristin Muller, Exemplary Project Coordinator takes us.
• Recess is now 30 minutes at every grade level (more if they finish lunch a little early).
• Dismissal changes have been implemented and I apologize for not getting the information to you sooner. See below for specifics.

It’s been an exciting transition and again, I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know all our students and families. Hope to see you all at Back to School Night next week.

Eileen

Here’s a few reminders and updates about arrival and dismissal….School begins at 9:00AM and students are welcome to arrive at about 8:40AM. Students should sit outside the classroom (MaryBeth Johnson’s students should sit outside the art room near the back door). Students in grades 3 and 4 who have classrooms on the lower level can also sit outside classrooms with 2 exceptions. Ms. Ready’s class should sit across from the library by Mr. Jones’ counseling office. Students in Ms. Foeckler’s class should sit outside the art room storage closet. Signs will be posted and staff will be available to assist. Breakfast will be served to any student who would like to have some.

We’ve adjusted the dismissal process to streamline and build student independence. You may have already received my note, but just in case…

• Walkers in grades K/1 will meet a parent or designee on the front blacktop.
• Walkers in grades 2-5 will dismiss through the door closest to their classroom or near a point of pickup that families have agreed upon.
• Bus riders will line up in the hallway or on the front steps to await arrival of the bus.
• Extended day students in K/1 will be escorted to Extended Day.
• Extended day students in grades 2-5 will be dismissed directly to Extended Day.

Safety is of the upmost concern and children and families should obey and follow all posted signs, staff and crossing guards. If you are driving your child to school, please follow directions from Ms. Pugh, Mr. Giusto and the patrols for kiss and ride. Please make sure you are parking legally around the neighborhood if you plan to walk your child in to the building. At the end of the day, please be mindful of the parking signs and do not park illegally around the school. This presents safety hazards and confusion. Thanks for your cooperation on this.

Back to School Night is September 12 at 7:00PM. This is the perfect opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher, if you haven’t already, and to learn about the great things happening at Nottingham. First, you will view a short video from your principal and PTA President, Stacy Rosenthal. Parent-teacher conference sign-ups will also be available. There will be two sessions for parents to attend. Specials teachers and specialists will be in the library should you have any questions.

Finally, please join us for the PTA Meeting at 8:05AM for some important information and to establish plans for the year.
VERY IMPORTANT…Please “Opt-In” and grant APS permission to share your student information with the PTA. If you want to be included in the student directory, please check “yes” in Part I on the 2018-19 Release of Student Information Form included in your child’s APS first day packet.

From the PTA President
Welcome back, students! Didn’t we just say “have a great summer” and now our kiddos will join our wonderful faculty and staff at Nottingham for a new school year. I hope everyone had a terrific first day of school!

As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, we will be over-communicating with you during the upcoming weeks and a lot of information will be headed in your direction – both electronically and hard copy. Please keep a lookout in your inbox and child’s backpack.
I would like to welcome Dr. Megan Lynch, who was appointed at last week’s school board meeting, as our new Assistant Principal. She has hit the ground running and we welcome her to our school community.

A few September reminders:

• Back to School Night (BTSN) is Wednesday, September 12. At the conclusion of BTSN, please join me for a brief PTA meeting in the multi-purpose room. We will have a few announcements and vote on the 2018-19 PTA budget.
• If you have volunteered (or plan to volunteer) to be a room parent, please plan to attend a room parent orientation on Tuesday, September 25 at 7:00 pm in the Nottingham library.
• Please go to www.nespta.org and update or create your PTA account with your child’s class assignment. While you are there, you can join the PTA, pay the bulk supply fee, make a donation and/or let us know where you are interested in helping out
• Please “Opt In” and grant APS permission to share your student information with the PTA. If you want to be included in the student directory, please check “yes” in Part I on the 2018-19 Release of Student Information Form included in your child’s APS first day packet.

Last, but not least, please update your calendar to reflect the Halloween parade will actually take place on Halloween, DURING the school day (in the afternoon). As always, I welcome your comments, questions and feedback at president@nespta.org.
Thank you,

Stacy Rosenthal
PTA President 2018-19

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Update on Grade 3 & 4 Classrooms

I wanted to say thanks again for all your patience as we address the mold issue on the lower level. On Saturday…

Hello Third and Fourth Grade Families,

I wanted to say thanks again for all your patience as we address the mold issue on the lower level. On Saturday, we were able to get into four of the six classrooms. Tomorrow they will be doing an additional cleaning and inspection and hopefully, we will be in before the end of the week.

If your child has Ms. Zipfel, Ms. Benowitz, Ms. Cornacchio or Ms. Brandt, your child may be in the classrooms tomorrow morning.

Ms. Ready’s class will meet in the library and Ms. Foeckler’s class will meet in the art room. As soon as we are given the clearance that Ms. Ready and Ms. Foeckler’s room are ready, students will be permitted to attend class there. I’ll keep you as updated as I am about the progress.

Thanks again for your patience and support.
Eileen Gardner, Principal

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Notes from Nottingham – August 28, 2018

It has been such a positive and exciting start to the year! Teachers are back and are attending staff development…

Hello Families,

It has been such a positive and exciting start to the year! Teachers are back and are attending staff development, meeting with teams to discuss and plan for the first weeks of school and prepare classrooms for your arrival. We have been working hard to get the building ready for our open house this Thursday, August 30 (8:45 for K and 9:00 for grades 1-5) and hope to see many of you there. Families new to Arlington Public Schools are invited at 8:30 for a brief orientation prior to the open house. The clinic staff will be available August 27-August 31 9AM -4PM if you would like to avoid the rush and drop off medication and paperwork for the upcoming school year.

Our placement letters were sent electronically yesterday. Thank you all for being understanding and patient as we work through the technological kinks and ensure we have updated emails for families. If you did not get the email, feel free to call to find out who your child will have for homeroom.

A very special thank you to our outstanding custodial team, Dilma Reyes, Rolando Posada, Ana Mendoza and Noe Corada for all their hard work, moving furniture and making Nottingham sparkle in preparation for our students next Tuesday.

Thank you to all our volunteers who have come in for breakfast, lunches and the meet and greet last week. It’s because of you that we can do so many wonderful things to appreciate and welcome our families and staff to the 2018-2019 school year. A special thank you to Stacy Rosenthal for getting volunteers for the meet and greet. We really appreciate everyone who helped with the event, especially Sampak Garg, Megan Roe, Kristen Alcorta, Indu Spugnardi , Janna Tranfa, Kim Fortin, Elizabeth Ingram and Indu Spugnardi for signing up to help as well as everyone else to jumped in where needed. It helped make the night a huge success.

Also thank you to Lisa Solinger for setting up our delicious staff breakfast on Thursday, August 23. And, thank you in advance to the PTA volunteers who are helping with the staff lunch on Wednesday. We really appreciate it!

Thanks again,

Eileen Gardner
Principal

Notes from Nottingham – August 16, 2018

Next Tuesday, August 21 is our Meet and Greet activity night, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. If you haven’t already done so, please RSVP…

Hi Everyone!

I can’t believe it’s already Thursday! I’ve enjoyed meeting more students, families and staff, and I especially enjoyed meeting several of our rising kindergartners at the play-date last Saturday. Students can help me get to know them by completing a simple “Tell Dr. Gardner About You” online form that can be found here. The direct link for the form is: bit.ly/sharingaboutme

Remember, our final playdate is set for August 25, from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, at Nottingham. I’ll there and am happy to open some kindergarten classrooms so our students can take a peek inside!

I am really looking forward to next Thursday, August 23, when our full staff returns so I can start to get to know them as well.

Next Tuesday, August 21 is our Meet and Greet activity night, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. If you haven’t already done so, please RSVP, so we can accurately plan for materials —craft and cookie decorating supplies, and the food truck. The direct link to RSVP is: https://goo.gl/g569B2

Be on the lookout for Classroom Assignment letters which will be sent via email on August 27. We have a great staff here! Many factors have been taken into consideration when making student placements. I’m confident you will trust our decisions. Bus transportation letters will be sent to your homes directly by the APS Transportation Department.

Our Open House is on August 30. Kindergartners are welcome at 8:45 AM, and rising 1st – 5th graders should plan to be here around 9:00 AM. Please stop by to meet teachers and drop off supplies. If you are new to Arlington, please stop by for a quick welcome session at 8:30AM, in the library. We hope you can make it, but if you are still away on vacation, no need to worry. We will be happy to greet you on the first day of school, September 4.

I am really looking forward to the next few weeks and the school year to come.

Sincerely

Eileen Gardner
Principal
Nottingham Elementary School

Mr. Koutsouftikis is Moving to Williamsburg MS

I wanted to let you know that John Koutsouftikis will be moving to Williamsburg Middle School as an assistant principal this year. I truly appreciate John’s support during my transition…

Dear Nottingham Families, Students and Staff,

I wanted to let you know that John Koutsouftikis will be moving to Williamsburg Middle School as an assistant principal this year. I truly appreciate John’s support during my transition. He has worked closely with me to ensure a smooth leadership transition at Nottingham, and I know he will be available should any questions arise in the future. John asked me to extend his best wishes and sincere thanks to Nottingham with the following:

I have enjoyed every second working with you and your children and getting to know so many of you over the past eight years. Although I am leaving, it is not goodbye as I will see many of you at Williamsburg next year and when your children go to middle school. So much has been accomplished at Nottingham over the past 8 years and I leave with many, many great memories. Thank you for your support over the year.

-John Koutsouftikis

I hope you will join me in wishing him the very best as he transitions to his new assignment at Williamsburg. In the meantime, I will be working closely with our Human Resources to fill the position.

I am excited about the coming year and working closely with everyone in the coming year.

Eileen Gardner, Principal
Nottingham Elementary School

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Notes from Nottingham – August 10, 2018

It’s been a great first week and I’ve really enjoyed getting to meet many of you around the building and during library night. I plan to be at the kindergarten play date tomorrow…

Hi Everyone and Happy Friday!

It’s been a great first week and I’ve really enjoyed getting to meet many of you around the building and during library night. I plan to be at the kindergarten play date tomorrow and hope to see many of you there as well. Next week, I’ll be in the office and available for a quick hello or a scheduled meeting if you’d like one.

I’d also like to invite everyone to come in for a little get together on August 21, 2018 from 5:00-7: 00 PM. We will have some games and activities for our students. I look forward to meeting you and hope you’ll be able to stop by for a little bit — click here to RSVP

Some other dates coming up include:

August 11 – Kindergarten Playdate

August 25 – Kindergarten Playdate

August 27 – Teacher assignment letters will be sent via email

August 30 – Open House to meet your teacher

September 4 – First Day of School

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Welcome Message from Dr. Gardner

I am so happy to be starting my first day at Nottingham! It was a pleasure to meet many of you last week and I look forward to meeting everyone in the weeks to come.  As you may know…

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Good Morning Everyone,

I am so happy to be starting my first day at Nottingham! It was a pleasure to meet many of you last week and I look forward to meeting everyone in the weeks to come.  As you may know, I’ve been working with Arlington Public Schools for 20 years now as a special education teacher, an autism coordinator, behavior specialist and assistant principal. In all those roles, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with APS staff, students and families. Please check the website and your email often for updates regarding events, open house opportunities and back to school information. This will include dates and times that I will be available to meet and talk with you informally. Also, please feel free to drop by and say a quick hello or call to schedule a meeting if you have some specific needs, questions or concerns that I can help address. I am very happy and excited to be here and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Eileen Gardner
Principal, Nottingham Elementary School

Notes from Nottingham – May 22, 2018

We have completed almost all of the Reading SOL assessment. The first week went very smoothly. As a reminder, the balance of the SOL’s are as follows…

Dear Parents/Guardians,

“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” -Gertrude Stein

SOL Testing Window Information -Parents/ Guardians of Knights in Grades 3-5 Update
We have completed almost all of the Reading SOL assessment. The first week went very smoothly. As a reminder the balance of the SOL’s are as follows:
– Friday, May 25: 4th Grade VA Studies
– Tuesday, May 29: 5th Grade Math, Part 1
– Wednesday, May 30: 3rd Grade Math, Part 1 & 2, (AND) 5th Grade Math, Part 2
– Monday, June 4: 4th Grade Math, Part 1
– Tuesday, June 5: 4th Grade Math, Part 2
– Wednesday, June 6: 5th Grade Science
We will be in touch with parent/guardians regarding retakes for students who do not pass their SOL and receive a score between 375 and 399. When possible, all tests will be given in the morning.

Nottingham Shakespeare Festival
The Nottingham Shakespeare Festival was once again a resounding success. Our 5th grade Knights gave flawless performances in two of the bard’s classic romantic comedies, The Merry Wives of Windsor and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, much to the delight of the packed house. Our talented actors skillfully rendered the interwoven plotlines in each story and kept the audience in stitches, particularly one 5th grade parent who shall remain nameless. The action however, was as much physical as it was verbal, with several characters involved in raucous tussles on stage ably demonstrating the actors ability to handle slapstick humor as well and making it vividly clear that love does indeed hurt.

Upcoming dates to remember
Wednesday 5/23 Kindergarten Field Trip
Monday 5/28 Memorial Day Holiday – no school
Thursday 5/31-6/1 5th Graders-Outdoor Lab
Friday 6/1 K-2nd Field Day
Wednesday 6/6 Early Release – 1:26
Friday 6/7 3-5 Field Day
Wednesday 6/13 Early Release – 1:26
Tuesday 6/19 Promotion – Williamsburg Middle School 5:30
Wednesday 6/20 Last day of school and Early Release 1:26

Constance Skelton
Acting Principal

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Notes from Nottingham – May 4, 2018

Knights have broken out their spring wardrobes! Parents/guardians are asked to assist their child in reviewing their clothing choices so that they are appropriately attired for school activities as well as for comfort…

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning. ~Brad Henry

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Safe Routes to School HEADS UP! Public Service Announcement contest.

Congratulation to the First Place winners in the Public Service Announcement contest! Nottingham’s own Luc Penella, a 3rd grade student in Ms. Foeckler’s class, Caroline Rice, a 2nd grade student in Mrs. Casey’s class and Emily Rice, a kindergarten student in Ms. Biechman’s class! They did a fantastic job of demonstrating safe and responsible ways to get to school!

May Festival

Please come over and join the fun at Robin Hood in Nottingham Forest this Sunday, May 6th from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Activities include: 3 Inflatables including Moon Bounce for 5 & unders only

Laser Tag / Sack Races / Archery / Photo Booth / Basketball Games / Bubble Center Games / Hair Flair / Face Painting
Food Trucks: Rocklands BBQ, ChixNStixDC & DC Slices On-Stage Entertainment in the MPR
While You Eat & SO MUCH MORE!

Announcement

Effective April 2nd Janet Embrey has retired from Arlington Public Schools. We thank her for her 30+ years of service to Nottingham and wish her the best!

Your Voice Matters Survey.

Parents: Please be on the lookout for the upcoming Your Voice Matters Survey. This survey is a collaboration between Arlington Public Schools and the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families (APCYF) to provide the Arlington community with a snapshot of school climate, staff engagement, and student and family well-being.

If you have questions about either the parent or the student survey, please contact Regina Van Horne at 703-228-2481 or regina.vanhorne@apsva.us.

The SCA Jar Wars Campaign 2018

Thank you for allowing students to bring in coins for Jar Wars. We are about half way done counting the coins and the amount of money raised. The total amount collected will be announced on Knights @ 9 on Friday, May 11. The money collected this year will be donated to Arlington Thrive.

The 2018 – 2019 SCA Officer elections are coming!!

Students in 3rd and 4th grade will receive information regarding SCA Officer Elections in their Friday Folder this week. Current 3rd grade students can run for Vice President, Secretary, and Sergeant at Arms and current 4th grade students can run for President, Vice President, and Secretary. If your son or daughter are interested in running for an office, please read the information carefully. Students must attend a meeting on May 8th at 8:30 am in Mrs. Zipfel’s room OR 9:00 am in the Library with Mrs. Moore, if they want to run for an office. Please pay close attention to do the important dates listed in the information regarding elections. If you have questions, see Mrs. Zipfel or Mrs. Moore for more information.

Recycling: On May 18th, the SCA Officers and 5th grade representatives will conduct a survey of our school to see how Nottingham is doing with recycling. An update on how we are doing will be given here on Knights @ 9 after we receive the results.

Thank you for your support of SCA this year!

Appropriate Dress: Friendly Reminder

Knights have broken out their spring wardrobes! Parents/guardians are asked to assist their child in reviewing their clothing choices so that they are appropriately attired for school activities as well as for comfort. The active learner will climb on playground equipment, run outdoors, and sit on rugs in the classrooms and library. On days when your child has PE, sneakers should be worn or carried to school. Flip flops are not appropriate for school. Head coverings, (including hats and caps) may not be worn in the school building, unless for religious purposes or school-designated spirit days. Shirts and blouses must fully cover the chest, midriff and back. Tank tops and camisoles should not be worn to school. Thank you in advance for your efforts to help your child determine appropriate clothing for school!

Math Letter to Fifth Grade Parents/Guardians

Parents/Guardians should have received a letter with information about sixth grade math courses in their child’s backpack earlier this month. An excerpt from the letter is below:

In June, a team of experienced math educators will determine a mathematics course recommendation for your rising sixth-grader…For more information about the different assessments noted above or the APS Mathematics Pathways, please see the enclosed information or visit the following website: https://www.apsva.us/mathematics/secondary-math-program/course-pathways.

Upcoming Events

05/06/18 – May Festival – Theme: Robin Hood in Nottingham Forest! – Sun. 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
05/10/18 – Choral Musical – Pirates 2 – 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. / MultiPurpose Room
05/17/18 – Shakespeare – 7:00 p.m. / MultiPurpose Room

Have a great weekend!

Connie Skelton, Acting Principal
John Koutsouftikis, Assistant Principal

 

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Testing Information w/Student iPads and Summer Device Information for Parents

Parents, please carefully read all of these details…

① SOL Testing with Student iPads – Grades 3-5

The SOL testing window at Nottingham will begin on Monday, May 14th. This year, all students in grades 3-5 will be administered their required SOL tests on their APS 1:1 issued Apple iPad. Research shows that elementary students test very well on iPads as they can manipulate the device in a manner and distance that is best for them. In the event of any equipment failure or needed student accommodation, laptops can be used for testing.

All students in grades 3-5 are to bring their iPad charging block and charging cable to school on Thursday, 5/10. From May 10th through the end of the testing window on June 15th, all student iPads will remain at school and charged overnight in their respective homeroom classroom.

Teachers and your school’s instructional technology coordinator, Mr. Crouse, will ensure that the iPads are compliant and properly prepared for SOL testing. When an SOL test is in progress, the iPad enters a mode known as ‘kiosk’ where the student can only use the testing application – that is, the device is disabled from accessing any other application, website or web content.

② Important Summer iPad Device Information for Parents

– Current grade two (2) students – Student iPads for grade two will be collected on Thursday, June 14th. Second grade iPads will be stored at Nottingham over the summer under custody of the school’s instructional technology coordinator.

– Current grade three (3) and four (4) students – After SOL testing and to best facilitate continued personalized digital learning opportunities, student iPads (and their charging accessories) for all third and fourth grade students will be returned to your child to go home for the duration of the summer. While the student devices are at home, the continued protection of the content filters and VPN service will remain in full-force, as well as full compliance of the APS Acceptable Use Policy. As with any technology at home, it is understood that parents can restrict or remove the technology from student use as they deem appropriate in their household. Should you desire to personally opt out your child from the take home program for the summer, please click the following link: http://bit.ly/ipadoptout

– Current grade five (5) students – As our current fifth grade students have the oldest devices, APS has made a decision to recycle these iPads. As a result, all current fifth grade student iPads will be collected and erased on June 12th. As a rising sixth grade student, your child will be issued a new APS personalized learning device at the start of middle school.

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Notes from Nottingham – April 20, 2018

As you know, APS is working on the first phase of the Elementary School Planning Initiative…

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you know, APS is working on the first phase of the Elementary School Planning Initiative. I met with many of you on Tuesday night. Wednesday morning, I attended an Elementary Principals Meeting. At that meeting, considerable time was devoted to the Elementary School Location Review and analysis of preliminary data. Central office staff took note of the concerns and ideas expressed by the principals. There is another meeting for principals on April 26.

I want to assure you that I am fully engaged in working for Nottingham. The fact that I am your acting principal in no way lessens my voice in the process.

A School Talk was sent today and references the documents that are available for review at:
www.apsva.us/elementary-school-boundary-change/location-review and www.apsva.us/elementary-school-boundary-change

Please feel free to reach out to me with questions or concerns.

The 3rd Annual Discovery/Nottingham Friendship 5K is tomorrow. The race starts at 8:00 AM from Nottingham.

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and Nottingham will be honoring our volunteers this Monday morning, April 23rd. If you are room parent, regular volunteer or PTA volunteer, please stop by the main hall between 8:30 and 9:00 for a small thank you gift and see how our grateful our Knights are for all the hard work you do.

On Monday, April 23rd, contractors will begin work on Nottingham Street between Little Falls Road and Williamsburg Boulevard. The first leg of the work will be to mill the road and should be completed by Tuesday, April 24th. The second leg of the work, paving, will most likely begin the following week. Again, this should only be, at most, a two-day job.

The work should not impact pedestrian traffic in any manner. Sidewalks should remain open and all pedestrians will be able to navigate to and from school safely. We have been informed that contractors will only work between the hours of 9:15 a.m.-3:00 p.m. This will be the schedule, weather permitting.

Please notify Mr. Koutsouftikis, john.koutsouftikis@apsva.us or (703) 228-5290, immediately if there are any concerns regarding pedestrian safety.

Yearbook Price Will Increase on May 1 – If you haven’t purchased a yearbook for your child(ren) yet, the price will rise from $25 to $30 on May 1. The last possible day to purchase a yearbook is May 15 @ midnight. For questions, please email webmaster@nespta.org.

MayFest will be on Sunday, May 6. 12:00-3:00. Please consider donating your time for this fun event.

If you have a rising Kindergarten student or know a neighbor who has one, please stop by and register as soon as possible. We’d like to get all next year students in the system as early as possible. Please see any front office staff with questions.

Best,
Connie Skelton

Notes from Nottingham – March 23, 2018

We have had a busy week of learning and an unexpected spring snowstorm! Next week is Spring Break. Nottingham will be closed.

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.” Anne Bradstreet

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We have had a busy week of learning and an unexpected spring snow storm! Next week is Spring Break. Nottingham will be closed. I will have limited availability via email. You may also leave a phone message and I will reply on April 2. Remember April 9 is a grade preparation day. There is no school for students on that day.

Updated Enrichment Opportunities From State of Virginia
http://nottingham.apsva.us/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2018/02/ENRICHMENT-OPPORTUNITIES-2018-1.pdf

Summer School: Registration Began on March 1

During your Spring Conference, your child’s teacher may have mentioned Summer School opportunities for remedial or enrichment learning. Registration for Summer School and the 2018-19 school year began Wed, March 1. Summer school registration ends on May 4.

Summer School Catalog

Extended Day Registration for Summer School and 2018-19 School Year Begins on May 1
Families can register for both Summer School Extended Day and Extended Day for School Year 2018-19 starting on May 1 at 8 a.m.
Registration is first come, first served and you may be put on a wait list if space is not available.
For more information about Extended Day registration please visit https://www.apsva.us/extended-day/registration/.

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

Connie Skelton
Acting Principal
@NTMKnightsAPS

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Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – February 27, 2018

Does your child struggle with reading or writing? Do you want help for your child, but do not know what questions to ask? Maybe your child is receiving an intervention that does not seem to be effective? Or is your child receiving effective reading instruction/intervention that other children should have access to?

Learners are active participants in setting goals, planning learning paths, tracking progress, and determining how learning will be demonstrated. At any given time, learning objectives, content, methods, and pacing are likely to vary from learner to learner as they pursue proficiency aligned to established standards. A fully personalized environment moves beyond both differentiation and individualization.
-Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning – J. Rickabaugh


Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are looking forward to seeing you for Parent-Teacher Conferences this Thursday and Friday. A friendly reminder that Thursday, March 1st is an early release day and our Knights will be dismissed at 1:26.

Mr. Koutsouftikis and I look forward to seeing you at our next PTA meeting on Tuesday, March 6th at 7:00 pm in the Library. Below is an excerpt from our PTA President, Stacy Rosenthal:

Does your child struggle with reading or writing? Do you want help for your child, but do not know what questions to ask? Maybe your child is receiving an intervention that does not seem to be effective? Or is your child receiving effective reading instruction/intervention that other children should have access to?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please join us at the next PTA meeting on Tuesday, March 6 @ 7:00pm.
We will devote the first 45 minutes to learning more about the special education identification process/cycle, available reading interventions, including early interventions, dyslexia support and/or other learning disability supports available at Nottingham
and throughout APS.

Carlette Bryan – Special Education Coordinator, Lori Silver – English Language Arts (ELA) Department Acting Supervisor, and Donna McConnell – ELA Elementary Reading Specialist will present on these topics followed by a question and answer session. Reminder, there is babysitting available at all our PTA meetings.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us
@NTMPrincipal @NTMKnightsAPS

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Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – February 16, 2018

We look forward to seeing many of you at our APS Spring Conferences, scheduled for March 1st and 2nd. Online sign-up for conferences will opened last Friday evening.

The world needs more kind acts and one small act can literally spread around the world. Source: Random Acts of Kindness Week

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Enjoy a restful holiday weekend. We hope you are able to share some additional family time with your loved ones!

Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences: Mark Your Family Calendar
We look forward to seeing many of you at our APS Spring Conferences, scheduled for March 1st and 2nd.
Online sign-up for conferences will open today at 6pm.
Please use this link to access the Parent/Guardian Conference sign-up: https://nottingham.apsva.us/conferences/
· Thursday, March 1 – Conferences will begin at 2:00 p.m.
· Friday, March 2 – Conferences will begin at 8:30 a.m.

We recognize that you may be satisfied with your child’s performance here at Nottingham and that you already feel that you enjoy regular communication with your child’s teacher. You may not feel a conference is necessary at this time. Some of you may have recently met with your child’s teacher for a variety of reasons, in which case a phone conference would suffice or you may choose not to conference at this time. Please communicate your preferences to your child’s teacher.

Knights Take Note Week:
Kudos and thanks to parent Colleen Wright for a successful Boogie Nights themed Knights Take Note Week! The Music Masters crew arranged for DJs every morning before school, and hosted parent/teacher/friend performances at Tuesday’s Nottingham Jams sessions. I enjoyed dancing with lots of fifth grade knights as we were serenaded by 5th grade teacher Susie Matthews and music teacher Cora Rhodes. Our annual Open Mic Knight found knights showcasing their talent as they performed for each other. Our Boogie Nights KTN Week culminated in an all-school assembly with a performance by the Cherry Blossom String Quartet! It was a real treat to have NTM parent Clif Ogea and two former parents Yvonne Brant and April Maddox perform as part of the ensemble. Knights were treated to a musical lesson focused on 2 pieces of music played in different tempos and times. On Tuesday, February 13th, the Army Chorus group “Army Voices” worked with and performed for our Chorus students. Ms. Rhodes shares that, “Our Knights were delighted to hear songs performed in many styles and learned about the responsibilities and duties involved in being in an Army performing group!”

Knights STEAMing Ahead
Our third grade Knights have been learning about Matter via the Engineering Design Process. This critical component of Nottingham’s Knights STEAMing Ahead Exemplary Project takes the learner on a journey, encouraging critical and creative thinking with encouragement to tinker and learn from structural mishaps. I enjoyed seeing lots of parents/guardians who were invited view the artistic creations made especially for them. Our third grade Knights were excited to share poems, sculptures, and paintings related to Matter. They were tasked with sharing their lessons learned through their design process in which they created their own play dough to mold their sculptures. Kudos to the Valentine’s Day Dream team who created and conducted this valuable Project Based Learning Unit: Art teacher, Ms. Sam O’Connor, our 3rd grade team and Exemplary Project Coordinator Becky Johnson!

Love The Bus Week:
Yesterday, Nottingham Knights received bus rider tokens for “Love the Bus Week.” Love the Bus Week is a national event hosted by the American School Bus Council to express appreciation of school bus drivers. Bus drivers report before sunrise and often complete their last route after dark. Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP), APS’s partner in supporting APS Go!, is raising awareness of the importance of riding buses for the APS community. Riding the bus, just like biking, walking and carpooling, is one way that the APS community can support healthy, sustainable transportation. Special thanks to the 5th grade Knights who helped craft letters of thanks to our bus drivers.

Crossing Guard Appreciation:
Crossing Guard Appreciation Week is an annual Safe Routes to School celebration recognizing Crossing Guards for the critical role they play in the safe routes to school network. Thousands of APS students regularly walk and bike to school with assistance from the 30+ Crossing Guards who make up the Arlington County Police Department Crossing Guard Unit. To show our appreciation, Nottingham Knights who serve as patrols made cards and shared expressions of appreciation that will be given to the Crossing Guards later this afternoon.

Bike Unit
Knights in our second grade Physical Education classes will be participating in a Bike Safety Unit this month. Our outstanding Health and PE team will work with our second graders on safe riding skills; understanding traffic signs and signals; hazard avoidance; proper bike maintenance; and communicating with other vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians while riding.

Virginia Elementary School Counseling Week
2018 National School Counseling Week, “School Counselors: Helping Students Reach for the Stars,” was created to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. No doubt you are aware of Ms. Bisbee and Dr. McCormac’s efforts to join our teachers in ensuring that our Knights achieve school success and plan for a career!

Parents/Guardians of Fifth Grade Knights:
Digital Learning Day – Thursday, February 22, 2018
We have a strong infusion of instructional technologies here at Nottingham and with the inclusion this year of 1:1 Apple iPads for all students in grades 2-5, our students integrate learning with their devices on a daily basis. As you know, our current fifth graders have had opportunities with their personalized device for the past four academic years. This year, our fifth grade teachers and students will generally showcase multiple uses of instructional technology methods on the afternoon of Thursday, 2/22. Each teacher will communicate their showcase schedule in a parent newsletter directly to you. If you are able to visit, please talk with the students as to how the devices have assisted in their learning and motivation.

For more information about Digital Learning Day, follow this link: http://www.digitallearningday.org

Middle School Transition Timeline
As always, parents and guardians of our fifth grade Knights, please continue to check Dr. McCormac’s blog for updates to transition activities. A direct link to the blog: https://nottingham.apsva.us/post/staff_posts_category/counseling-blog/

Volunteers
Nottingham front office secretary Mardi Moorman will be taking over as our Volunteer Liaison. As always, we appreciate our Parent Volunteers and look forward to highlighting the many and varied ways our parents/guardians volunteer for our Knights in their classrooms. Friendly reminder that a Volunteer Application and Non-Disclosure Form should be completed before volunteering in the classroom.
https://www.apsva.us/volunteers-partnerships/volunteer-application-form/
A reminder that parents attending Field Trips must also complete a Field Trip Application Form.

Summer School Registration Begins March 1
Registration for Summer School begins on Thu, March 1. Arlington Public Schools provides a variety of summer programs for students in PreK through Grade 12 during summer 2018. Most classes begin on July 9.
https://www.apsva.us/post/summer-school-registration-begins-march-1-2/

Note – Lost and Found: The next time building, please browse through our Lost and Found items. They will be located across from the library in the front lobby. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity after March 5, 2018.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us
@NTMPrincipal @NTMKnightsAPS

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Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – February 2, 2018

I hope you enjoyed the additional family time last week; our instructional staff were busy preparing report cards and preparing lesson and unit plans for the 3rd quarter. Hard to believe it’s here already! Report cards will be sent home on Tuesday, February 13th.

Start each day with a grateful and healthy heart – Healthy is the new Black

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope you enjoyed the additional family time last week; our instructional staff were busy preparing report cards and preparing lesson and unit plans for the 3rd quarter. Hard to believe it’s here already! Report cards will be sent home on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Thank you in advance for taking the time to speak with your child about all aspects of their report card. Many goals have been reached and new learning goals, whether academic in nature or not, can still be set!

Teachers have worked with their students to set learning goals and renew their Hopes and Dreams. This week we held our school wide Responsive Classroom mid-year celebrations. Mr. Koutsouftikis and I enjoyed following the example of our Knights in sharing our own school (and life) related Hopes and Dreams. Check out our Twitter feed for a video of our Shark activity. Knights in grades K, 2 and 4 even began the celebration by demonstrating their budding Spanish skills greeting one another!

Principal Appreciation Week
Special thanks to our PTA Executive Team and to those of you who have sent an email of appreciation and recognition of the collaborative work of our instructional team. Mr. Koutsouftikis and I enjoyed the many drawing and letters we received from our Knights! Our work here is indeed a labor of love, made easier by the joy of being surrounded by a talented team of teachers and the wonder and the curiosity of our Knights.

Concert
Kudos and thanks to our outstanding Music Team comprised of Ms. Cora Rhodes, Mr. Randy Glasner, and Mrs. Jessica Simonetti!
Nottingham Knights were treated to a medley of songs and sounds from our NTM musicians:the 4th and 5th grade Chorus as well as our 5th Grade Strings and Band. I enjoyed the opportunity to hear and see the performance during the academic day. Parents/ Guardians in the audience were treated to a whole school rendition of our school song.

Our Chorus portion of the evening centered around our Knights singing in Canon or in a Round. Songs included “Toembai”, a Hebrew folk song and the “Taco Bell Canon” which was dedicated to our beloved P.E. team of Ms. Pugh and Mr. Giusto! Instrumentalists played such numbers as “Music in the style of Telemann” and “Miramar Fanfare” Please plan to join us for the spring performance this

Important Attendance Update
Thank you to so many of you who have worked to assist us in managing attendance and front office staff needs. We appreciate you monitoring your child’s health needs in this winter season and encourage you to reach out to our clinic staff if your child is diagnosed with the flu. If your child is absent from school, please send all attendance emails to: attendance.ntm@groups.apsva.us.

SCA
Thank you to those of you who are working with your child to assist our SCA in hosting our annual “Souper Bowl” food drive for AFAC (Arlington Food Assistance Center). Our drive will end on Monday, February 5th. If you have the following items in your patry and can donate, please note the following items the AFAC personnel indicate a need for: tea/coffee, crackers & cookies, baking mixes, jelly, peanut butter, low sugar cereal, oatmeal, canned foods and condiments. Quick meals such as Hamburger Helper, Taco Kits, Ramen Noodles etc., would also be appreciated. Collection boxes will be by the Main Office. Please, no glass containers.

The next SCA meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 at 8:00 am in the library.

Arlington’s Summer Camp Registration begins Wed., Feb. 14
Your child can become a Wellness Warrior or explore a full day of gymnastics fun while your teen enhances nutrition skills in the Fabulous Fun Fixin’ Foods camp or completes nature adventures. And of course, our classic camps! Arlington County has great offerings to fit different skills, hobbies and interests for a variety of ages and abilities. check out our new camp search tool here. Registration starts at and register on Wed., Feb. 14 at 7 a.m. Looking for even more to do? Come to the Summer Activities Fair Fri., Feb. 9, 6-8 p.m. at Kenmore Middle School

Early Release Wednesday: February 14th, 2018
Please remember that Wednesday, February 14th is an Early Release Day. Our Knights will be dismissed at 1:26 p.m., giving time for teachers to attend to their professional development. Enjoy this gift of time with your children!

Upcoming Dates

-Monday, February 5th: Knights Take Note Week begins
-Tuesday, February 6th: PTA meeting 7:00 pm in the library
-Tuesday, February 13th: Mix It Up at Lunch
-Wednesday, February 14th: Early Release- Students dismissed at 1:26
-Monday, February 19th: President’s Day- No school

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us
@NTMPrincipal @NTMKnightsAPS

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Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – January 24, 2018

Kudos and thanks to Nottingham Social Studies Lead Teacher, Ms. Jacoby, who enthusiastically planned and facilitated Nottingham’s 2018 Geo Bee held earlier last week!

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is,”What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Parents/ Guardians:

Kudos and thanks to Nottingham Social Studies Lead Teacher, Ms. Jacoby, who enthusiastically planned and facilitated Nottingham’s 2018 Geo Bee held earlier last week! The Bee, an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, was designed to inspire and reward fourth through eighth grade students’ curiosity about the world. Each year, thousands of schools across the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee, competing for college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee Champion!

Here at Nottingham, Knights in fourth and fifth grade were given an opportunity to participate in the initial rounds of questioning. Congratulations to our top ten Knights who made it to the final round of our school wide competition! The finalists impressed those in attendance with their growing knowledge of Geo Bee facts. Even well-travelled adults in the audience were daunted by some of the rigorous questions.

Congratulations are in order to:
Gabriel B., Collin D., Hayden B., Matthew H., Ryan H., Meredith L., Claire M., Drew M., Megan R., and Wylye T.
Special Congratulations to Claire M. who will serve as our 2017-18 Nottingham Geo Bee Champion! I enjoyed dropping by the Maverick classroom to deliver Claire a book I love that encourages exploration at a young age. With Claire’s knowledge of all things Geo related, no doubt she will go on to become a citizen of the world! Best wishes to Claire for her upcoming qualifying test for the Virginia State Geography Bee.

Sock Hop
A big shout out and thank you to Mrs. Laurie Sinton who wore her PTA hat while chairing the Sock Hop Committee. Knights enjoyed a fun time dancing with their friends. The costumes were delightful, showing lots of creativity in recreating a 50’s look. Laurie thanks all the parents/guardians for their large and small efforts to ensure this beloved tradition continues for our Nottingham Knights!

Nottingham Kindergarten Observations
Do you have a friend or neighbor with a rising K learner? Invite them to join me at a K orientation. Call 703-228-5290 to reserve a spot at one of our K Orientations.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 – 10:30-11:30
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – 10:30-11:30
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 – 10:30-11:30
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 – 10:30-11:30

We encourage parents / guardians to bring their rising Knights to our Kindergarten Information Day scheduled for Wednesday, April 11, 2018 2:15-3:30 pm.

No Name-Calling Week
Dr. McCormac and members of the Student Services team worked collaboratively to use the national No Name-Calling Week to remind our Knights with ways to handle name-calling and bullying. This week serves as a reminder that name calling can be a form of bullying. Knights were taught that while it might often start out by joking, calling someone a name with the intent of hurting them is not okay. Thank you in joining us by sharing the message with your child that when calling someone a name, even if they feel the person deserves it, is not okay and if repeated will be considered bullying. Efforts were made to reinforce to Knights that even if the child is doing the name calling, “behind their back” or through an electronic device, it is still hurtful and might be shared with that other child. It is never acceptable, even if the other child started the name calling. At Nottingham, Knights are taught early and often the following strategies to handle name calling: 1) ignore; 2) be assertive; and if those do not stop it 3) tell a trusted adult in our Nottingham Community of Learners.

5th Grade Instrumental Music
We hope to see you tonight at the 5th grade Instrumental Music and Chorus concert at 7:00 pm. Our Knights have been practicing both at home and at school to prepare a wonderful concert highlighting our talented musicians!

Upcoming Dates to Remember
• 1/26 – Teacher work (Grade Prep) / No School for our Knights
• 2/6 – PTA Meeting, Library, 7:00-8:30 PM
• 2/9 – Family Bingo Night – Multi-Purpose Room, 6:30-8pm
• 2/14 – Early Release – 1:26 p.m.
• 2/19 – Presidents Day / No School

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us
@NTMPrincipal @NTMKnightsAPS

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Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – January 10, 2018

Attendance Update: NEW PROCEDURE – If your child is going to be tardy or absent please call the attendance line at 703-228-5292 and email attendance.ntm@groups.apsva.us as well as your child’s teacher.

America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Early Release Wednesday
A friendly reminder that today, Wednesday, January 10th is an early release day. Knights will be dismissed at 1:26.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
There will be no school Monday, January 15th, 2018 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I hope you will be able to take advantage of the many MLK, Jr. events that the D.C. area has to offer.

Attendance Update: NEW PROCEDURE
If your child is going to be tardy or absent please call the attendance line at 703-228-5292 and email attendance.ntm@groups.apsva.us as well as your child’s teacher.

APS School Talk messages through School Messenger.
Did you miss receiving yesterday’s text message about the 2-hour delay? If so, there’s an easy fix. As long as your cell number is already in the school’s database, just text the word YES to 67587. This will verify that you can receive text messages to that phone.

Meteorological winter is here and that means there is always a possibility of school delays and closures. Whenever snow and icy conditions are in the forecast, APS begins making preparations to ensure that schools can remain open whenever possible.

APS crews communicate closely with County staff to make sure accumulating snow is cleared and icy conditions are treated on bus routes. If a storm occurs during the overnight hours, APS crews monitor road conditions thoroughly and provide updates to the Superintendent. (Winter Weather PSA)

Throughout the winter season, we encourage families to be prepared for the possibility of school delays or closings by establishing plans for alternate work arrangements and/or child care if schools delay opening, close early, or are closed for the whole day. If a decision is made overnight to open late or to close for the whole day, families will be notified typically by about 5 a.m. You can also get the latest information through the many other communication channels that APS uses:

• Visit the website at www.apsva.us.
• Check your email for an update from APS School Talk.
• Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
• Tune in for news updates on major English or Spanish television & radio stations.
• Announcements will be posted on AETV on Verizon Channel 41 or Comcast Channel 70.
• Call the APS Hotline at 703-228-4277 to hear a recorded message.
• Download the free APS app to receive a notification on your mobile device.

For more information on snow-related closings, delays, and emergency updates, visit https://www.apsva.us/emergency-alerts/.
Thank you for your efforts to keep our Community of Learners healthy and happy this winter season!

Geography Bee:
Nottingham’s annual Geography Bee will take place on Wednesday, 1/17 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Each fourth and fifth grade class will hold a preliminary round in their classroom and the top ten finalists will complete the the school bee. If your child would like to brush up on his or her skills, they can go to: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/bee/study/play-kahoot/
Also, check out the Study Corner on the navigation bar for more practice.

Upcoming Important Dates:
Jan. 17 Nottingham Geography Bee 2:00 in the Multi Purpose Room
Jan. 19 Sock Hop (Snow day is Feb. 2)
• 6:30-8:00pm Dance for K-2nd graders
• 8:00-9:30pm Dance for 3-5th graders

Jan. 26 Teacher Planning Day – no school for students

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us
@NTMPrincipal @NTMKnightsAPS

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Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – January 5, 2018

Happy New Year to you and yours! It is wonderful to see our sleepy Knights back here in the halls of Nottingham. I enjoyed family and friend time in MA, which did not quite prepare me for these wintry temperatures!

“So when you’re cold from the inside out and don’t know what to do,
Remember love and friendship, and warmth will come to you.”
― Stephen Cosgrove, Gnome from Nome

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Happy New Year to you and yours! It is wonderful to see our sleepy Knights back here in the halls of Nottingham. I enjoyed family and friend time in MA, which did not quite prepare me for these wintry temperatures. We trust you cherished the gift of time and the joys of family over the break. Our knights were quite animated as they excitedly greeted friends and teachers while sharing details of local “staycations” as well as travels to climates warmer than Northern Va. Many thanks to so many of you who assisted with Winter Holiday gatherings. Together with your children, you created warm winter memories and played your part in continuing long standing Nottingham traditions. Many thanks also, for your thoughtful and generous remembrances for our hard working staff!

We are delighted to highlight the hard work and significant accomplishment of our NTM colleague, Ms. Danielle Mascioli, who is now a National Board Certified Teacher! She holds a certificate is the area of Exceptional Needs Specialist: Early Childhood through Young Adulthood, (ages birth-21+). Ms. Mascioli is in her fourth year of teaching here at Nottingham and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary and Special Education with an endorsement in Autism. National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education. Those colleagues and families fortunate to work with Ms. Mascioli recognizes her strong content knowledge and calm, caring approach with all learners. Congratulations, Ms. Mascioli, we’re very proud of you!

Together with our instructional staff, we have dived right back into our purposeful work of planning and pacing for the next few weeks of instruction. By the end of the month, Mr. Koutsouftikis and I will have met with all of the staff we supervise, reviewed documentation logs and held Mid-Year SMART Goal meetings with teachers, reviewing their data driven goals for the learners in their classroom. Formative assessments help us as we review initial learning goals as well as our collective commitment to our Knights and their learning!

2018 Kindergarten Information Night Scheduled for Jan. 22
If you have neighbors and friends who have rising K learners in their homes, please remind them of the (APS) Kindergarten Information Night: Monday, Jan. 22, from 7 – 9 p.m. at Washington-Lee High School, 1301 N. Stafford St.
https://www.apsva.us/post/2018-kindergarten-information-night-scheduled-jan-22/

SCA
The next Spirit Day is Wednesday, January 31. The theme is “Group” Day. Knights on the SCA came up with this inclusive idea, hoping that other knights wil want to dress up aspartners of a sports or music ensemble, dress like twins, or triplets, etc… Even better yet, wear their Nottingham gear or any shirt that they wear as part of a “group.”

Nottingham’s traditional “Souper Bowl” is coming! It will be held from Jan.30 – Feb. 5 (leading up to the actual US Super Bowl). All members of our Community of Learners will be asked to bring in food to donate to AFAC. There will be boxes outside the main office. The grade with the most items donate, will be the Souper Bowl winner. SCA officers and representatives will talk to their classes and partner classes about this in January.

Recycling Update- Kudos and thanks to NTM parent Mimi Shah, as well as K assistant Marcie Williams for their efforts to partner with me in raising student and staff awareness about the values of recycling. Student Council officers and representatives are pushing into classes modelling recycling at Nottingham and putting out new signage in the cafeteria. Later this month, our SCA Officers will highlight recycling on Knights @ 9. The next SCA meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 at 8:00 am in the library.

Recess
Thank you for helping us to ensure that our Knights are dressed for winter weather. Mr. Koutsouftikis works with our Front Office staff and lunchroom teachers to determine whether or not there will be Outdoor Recess or Inclement Weather Recess. Typically students are sent outside unless it is below freezing or raining. Thank you in advance for labeling your child’s jacket, coat, gloves, hat, and/or scarf.

Parent Workshop Opportunity
“Unstuck and on Target” Workshop for Parents: TMRW: Saturday, 1/6/18 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th St S., Arlington, VA. For some students, problems with flexibility and goal-directed behavior can be a major obstacle to success in school and in life. But flexibility and goal-setting can be taught, and this how-to workshop equips teachers and parents with simple, real-world ways to help students develop this critical aspect of executive functioning. This workshop, facilitated by SEPTA, is highly recommended and it is free. A number of Jamestown teachers have been trained in the “Unstuck and on Target” strategies, and they recommend this workshop for parents who would like to help their children improve their executive functioning abilities.

Upcoming Events and other items:
Wednesday, January 10: Early Release. Students are dismissed at 1:26 pm.
Wednesday, January 10: PTA Meeting, Library 7:00-8:30 pm.
Thursday, January 12: Sign up for Shakespeare @8:35 am near the gym.
Monday, January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. No School.
Tuesday, January 16 – Friday, January 19: No Name-Calling Week.
Wednesday, January 17: Nottingham Championship Round of the National Geographic Geography Bee.
Wednesday, January 19: Mark your calendars and start practicing your hula-hooping skills because the NES annual Sock Hop is this month!

The Sock Hop will take place on Friday, January 19, 2018 (Snow day planned for February 2)
6:30-8:00pm Dance for K-2nd graders
8:00-9:30pm Dance for 3-5th graders

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us
@NTMPrincipal @NTMKnightsAPS

Happy Holidays!

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – December 19, 2017

Season’s Greetings from our “home” to yours! The purposeful planning of our teachers and the hard work of our Knights is still on display as we work collaboratively to finish academic units of study, culminate Project Based Learning units and finish assessments before the winter holidays begin.

As the year comes to a close, it is a time for reflection – a time to release old thoughts and beliefs and forgive old hurts. Whatever has happened in the past year, the New Year brings fresh beginnings. Exciting new experiences and relationships await. Let us be thankful for the blessings of the past and the promise of the future. — Peggy Toney Horton

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Season’s Greetings from our “home” to yours! The purposeful planning of our teachers and the hard work of our Knights is still on display as we work collaboratively to finish academic units of study, culminate Project Based Learning units and finish assessments before the winter holidays begin. With the winter weather finally here, please note that we make every effort possible for our Knights to go outside for recess. Thank you for doing your part to ensure your child/children are dressed for the weather and that their names are in their coats, jackets, hats, gloves, and scarves. I think we are all anticipating the joy, exhilaration and solitude of the first significant snowfall.

It’s been wonderful to see so many parents/guardians here at Nottingham, taking the time to volunteer to share family holiday traditions, help with a grade level gathering or volunteer for Art Ace. Nottingham traditions like the second grade Nutcracker Toy Soldier activities have taken place, and our Girls on the Run group has finished up strongly for the season.

When we return from Winter Break, following our Responsive Classroom principles, teachers will be asked to dedicate time in their Morning Meeting to reflect upon and revisit the Hopes and Dreams/Classroom Rules/Expectations crafted by each homeroom. Age level appropriate, they will discuss if the class rules and hopes are still a priority for them as learners or if new goals need to be set.

ImagiLab Update
Our ImagiLab STEM/STEAM Makerspace program is off to a great start this year! Throughout the fall and continuing through the new year, Knights can enjoy an opportunity to visit ImagiLab, both as a whole class and in small groups at recess time. Projects in ImagiLab vary from week to week, but they all have some elements in common: unstructured time to collaborate, solve problems, create and learn in a hands-on way. Recently, Third grade classes created a project using simple machines to rescue an animal in danger. Second graders built flotation devices for an injured duck. December is coding month in ImagiLab, and our Knights have had the opportunity to experiment with different coding tools and robotics, such as Dash and Dot, BeeBot, Robot Mouse, Ozobots, and various coding games using apps such as The Foos, Scratch Jr, and Kodable. Questions re: ImagiLab? Contact Librarian Nicole Gustafson – nicole.gustafson@apsva.us <mailto:nicole.gustafson@apsva.us or Regina Koehler – regina.koehler@apsva.us <mailto:regina.koehler@apsva.us> .

Technology Update
Instructional staff who work with Knights in grades 2-5 have been working closely with our Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mr. Ron Crouse to begin the installation of Apple Classroom on all APS-issued student assigned iPads.

Apple Classroom is an iPad app for the teacher. It provides new ways to guide learning and control student iPad devices in the classroom. With Apple Classroom, the teacher can perform actions on each student’s iPad to guide their experience during class. For example, the teacher can help a student or an entire class open an app, view a teacher-pushed webpage, monitor student activity, remotely lock and mute student devices, share student screens and even project student work on other iPads or share it with the whole close through AirPlay and the many integrated Apple TVs at Nottingham. This new tool and electronic teacher interaction help students focus on exactly what we want them to learn.

This software tool only works within the school and teachers can only control and monitor devices of students of which they have enrolled in their unique class. By design, there is no extended ability to monitor any device outside of our school through Apple Classroom. If you have any specific questions about this new initiative, please contact Mr. Crouse directly to ron.crouse@apsva.us.

For several years now, Arlington Public Schools has used Google Apps for Education for instructional purposes. Google Apps for Education includes Google Drive (which includes Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and Drawing), Google Sites, and Google Classroom. Every student in Arlington has a Google Apps for Education account and Nottingham classrooms are using these tools to collaborate in all subject areas, specifically in the Language Arts domain of Writing. Teachers of Knights in grades 2 – 5 are using Google Drive applications in a variety of ways. Google Apps for Education is free to public schools and their students. It is deployed and managed by the Arlington Public Schools. I enjoy seeing the various ways our Knights and their teachers are using Google Apps for education blended learning experiences in the classroom environment. To learn more about Google Drive, please check out the following video links that provide tutorials:


Exemplary Project Update
Parents/Guardians of Fifth Graders – Please join us in the library on Thursday, December 21st from 1:00-1:30 to view creations and presentations made by your Knights as a part of our Exemplary Project. The Exemplary Project, Knights STEAMing Ahead, focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math with an emphasis on project based learning. The fifth grade Knights have worked hard to create noise-eliminating headphones in conjunction with our study of sound in science. They are excited to share what they have learned with you! This event will be held immediately before the fifth graders’ winter celebration.

Girls on the Run (GOTR) Update (A message from Beth Yoder)
Thank you for a wonderful season! I wanted to share that GOTR Nottingham 2017 successfully donated thirty three pounds of cereal to needy families in Arlington. More importantly, however, these girls stood up for many members of their community, increased awareness, and demonstrated that little people can do big things! Kudos to our GOTR group and their sponsors!

A Word from the Clinic:
Mrs. Cuesta- Public Health Nurse/School Health shares the following: I am sure you can ask any student how many days are left until Winter Break and we want to be sure that everyone is able to enjoy the holiday festivities. Please remember to keep your child at home when he or she is sick. A Knight who has a fever or is vomiting should remain at home until he or she is free of fever or has stopped vomiting without medication for 24 hours.

National Geography Bee- An update from Social Studies Lead Sarah Jacoby
Become a Geo-Genius! Nottingham’s annual Geography Bee will be held on Wednesday, January 17th. Fourth and fifth grade Knights can participate in preliminary rounds held in homerooms to qualify for the championship round. Practice geography skills or download the study app at https://www.nationalgeographic.org/bee/study/

Parents/Guardian of fourth and fifth graders, please save the date for January 17, 2018 for our annual Geography Bee. More information can be found at Natgeobee.org <http://Natgeobee.org>.

Updated Contact Information
If you have had a change of work or cell phone contact information, please provide the changes to your child’s classroom teacher as well as Ms. Embrey in the main office by Friday, January 5, 2018. Thank you for your efforts to ensure that all current information is updated in our APS/Nottingham student database.

Lost and Found
If you are in the building prior to the winter break, please take the time to look through our growing Lost and Found collection. As the weather has gotten progressively colder, our Lost and Found has grown! Please have your child/children check for missing hats, gloves, jackets, water bottles, etc. Any unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity.

Winter Break Dates
Please note Nottingham will stay closed for winter break through Monday, January 1. We look forward to seeing our Knights and their teachers bright and early (and on time), Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Dates to Remember – Please mark your family calendars.
12/22 – 1/1 Winter Break
01/5 Bingo Night 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
1/15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
1/16-1/19 No Name Calling Week
1/17 National Geo Bee 2:00 p.m./MPR
1/24 Winter Concert: Chorus Performance 7:00 p.m. /MPR
1/26 Teacher Work Day-No School For Students

At this time of year, as we enjoy the bounty of the season, I want to be sure and wish you and your family peace, joy and wellness in the year ahead. As always, thank you for entrusting us with the gift of caring for your children.

Best wishes for a safe, happy start to the New Year!

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us
@NTMPrincipal @NTMKnightsAPS

Two snowmen

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – December 6, 2017

Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.   -Japanese Proverb Dear Parents/Guardians: It brings me great pleasure to announce Nottingham’s selection for our 2017 Teacher of the Year, Special Education Lead Teacher, Sarah Garrett! Our Teacher of the Year committee met and reviewed attributes of all our […]

Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.
  -Japanese Proverb

Dear Parents/Guardians:

It brings me great pleasure to announce Nottingham’s selection for our 2017 Teacher of the Year, Special Education Lead Teacher, Sarah Garrett! Our Teacher of the Year committee met and reviewed attributes of all our peer and parent/guardian generated nominees. Mrs. Garratt is a student of learning herself, having recently graduated from the University of Virginia with a Masters in Reading Education. Daily she can be found conversing with colleagues regarding best instructional strategies to reach Knights on her caseload. Her collaboration within the fourth-grade teachers in their Collaborative Learning Teams is a relative strength, as Mrs. Garratt consistently holds high standards for her learners measured with a dose of care and concern for their identified learning needs. Mrs. Garrett is a respected teacher/leader here at Nottingham, serving as the lead Special Education teacher and a conduit for colleagues for resources to meet struggling learners’ needs.

Please note that all members of the Nottingham Community of Learners, Knights included, may submit a letter of support on Mrs. Garrett’s behalf. Please submit letters of support to my secretary, Mardi Moorman, (703-228-8339, Mardi.moorman@apsva.us <mailto:mardi.moorman@apsva.us> ) either by mail (if you can include an electronic signature) or hand delivery no later than Monday, January 8, 2018. 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.

Hour of Code-Global Kickoff

Here at NTM, the Hour of Code is not an hour or a just this week, but instead a month-long endeavor that began earlier this week and will run until winter break. I’ve enjoyed a chance to join Nottingham Librarian, Nicole Gustafson and Regina Koehler, library assistant as they provide their non-device coding opportunities for our Knights! We appreciate their partnership with Mr. Ron Crouse, NTM’s Instructional Technology Coordinator, as they prepare classroom teachers in grades K-5 for this amazing opportunity for our Knights to learn/reinforce basic programming skills and problem-solving in a fun and engaging way. As stated in our Nottingham Mission statement, we acknowledge that our Knights are growing up in a world surrounded by technology. Coding helps our children in developing their analytical thinking, problem-solving and creativity skills. These are lifelong skills for their future! Whatever job fields our Knights enter as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on a deep understanding of how technology is integrated into everyday life and problem-solving. Our Coding Team is working with all grade levels to actively work with instructional staff in infusing coding activities into their teaching and learning. Our fundamental foundation is that coding builds problem-solving skills and those skills have both real-life and academic application for our Knights. We trust that our instructional staff will share in our Knights’ enthusiasm that coding is fun, easy, and accessible to learners of all ages.

Nottingham Ice Cream Social, December 3-10 : A word from our PTA

Bring the herd for a fun and tasty gathering. 25% of proceeds will support Nottingham when presented with this flyer found on Peachjar at https://www.peachjar.com/index.php?a=28&b=138&region=24874

Operation Santa Holiday Show: A word from the Arlington County Police Dept.

Join members of the Arlington County Police Department for a public performance of the Operation Santa ‘All I want for Christmas’ holiday show. To celebrate the holiday season and give back to the Arlington County community, members of the police department perform in the Operation Santa holiday show, which features many popular characters including, Santa, Rudolph, the Grinch, and others. This event will offer members of the public an opportunity to experience the show, get to know the officers who make it happen each year and take photos with the characters and officers following the performance: Saturday, December 9 at 11:00 a.m. Nottingham parking lot. This is a free, family-friendly event. Toys will not be distributed at this performance.

Social Worker Request

As the temperature drops, please be on the lookout for a student in your class who does not have a warm coat, hat or gloves, scarf, mittens, etc. Please send elizabeth.brady@apsva.us the estimate for gender and size, and she will use her resources to procure one for those in need.

Help a fellow Nottingham Family! Please consider picking up a Gift Card or two, to brighten the holidays. Gift cards in denominations of $10, $20, or $25 are suggested. Giant, Safeway, Target, Toys R Us or other local stores of your choice. Our Knights are encouraged to use their own money to buy a small gift card (even $5 is helpful!) Please drop off cards in the designated green boxes in the Main Office and at Extended Day by this Friday, December 8th. Cards will be distributed by our school social worker, Elizabeth Brady. Question? Call or email at 703-228-8337/ elizabeth.brady@apsva.us. Thank you for making a difference!

Inclement Weather Information

The winter weather season is upon us, and that means there is always a possibility of school delays and closures. Whenever snow and icy conditions are in the forecast, APS begins preparing to ensure that schools can remain open whenever possible. APS crews communicate closely with County staff to make sure accumulating snow is cleared and icy conditions are treated on bus routes. If a storm occurs during the overnight hours, APS crews monitor road conditions thoroughly and provide updates to the Superintendent.
Throughout the winter season, we encourage staff to be prepared for the possibility of school delays or closures by establishing plans for alternate work arrangements and/or childcare if schools delay opening, close early, or are closed for the whole day. You can get the latest information through multiple communication channels: https://www.apsva.us/post/inclement-weather/

Check your email for an update from School Talk. In addition to the many ways APS notifies the public online and through local media, all APS staff receive a voicemail message by about 5 a.m.
• Follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
• Tune in to updates on major English or Spanish television & radio stations.
• Watch for an announcement on public access television, Verizon Channel 41 or Comcast Channel 70.
• Call our emergency hotline at 703-228-4277.
• Download our APS app to receive notification on your mobile device.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us
@NTMPrincipal @NTMKnightsAPS

Happy Thanksgiving

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – November 22, 2017

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

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,

Wishing you and yours a restful Thanksgiving holiday break and safe travel whether near or far.

I hope you’ve had a chance to drive by and see our marquee in which we express appreciation for all members of our Community of Learners. It was great fun to slip on my cowboy boots and join you all at the Boots and Bluegrass PTA Auction. Hats off to our co-chairs and their army of volunteers! Also, many thanks for your generosity in bidding for the many different types of donated auction items.

Hopefully by now, your child’s classroom teacher has shared information with you regarding Arlington County’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Literary & Visual Arts Contest. More info here. Thanksgiving break might prove 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.

NPR’s Great Thanksgiving Listen project is another way to have fun and record some family history. I have used this framework and gleaned fun family facts and stories that can be shared across generations. StoryCorps suggests using its app to have a meaningful, one-on-one conversation.

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 needs to stay at home until he or she is free of fever and symptoms without medication for 24 hours.

5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After Wonder | Common Sense Media:

For parents/ guardians of 3-5th grade Knights, I hope you have been able to read the book Wonder with your child before taking them to see the movie. For a few years now I have alternated incorporating aspects of the story into my end of year awards ceremony and the fifth grade promotion ceremony. This is a powerful story and a great way to broach topics of kindness and respect for differences with your child. See the following from Common Sense media: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/oblog/5-conversations-to-have-with-your-kids-after-wonder

Teacher of Year (TOY)

It is that time of year again when we call for nominations to select Nottingham’s 2018 Teacher of the Year! If you wish to nominate a teacher for this honor, please submit a letter of reference to Nottingham via Mardi Moorman no later than this Monday, November 27. She can be reached at 703-228-8339 or email: mardi.moorman@apsva.us. Our instructional lead teachers serve as the nominating/selection committee. Together they will review the nominations and select one candidate. The Nomination Committee will meet and vote to select our TOY at the November 30th Lead Teacher’s meeting. Stacy Rosenthal, as the PTA President, will serve as the community member on the selection committee. We look forward to sharing the announcement of Nottingham’s 2018 Teacher of the Year.

Dates to Remember:

11/28/17: Report Cards Issued
12/1/17: Family Bingo Night – Multipurpose Room

Enjoy a restful break and thank you for being a partner in your child’s education.

Mary Beth Pelosky, Principal

Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us
@NTMPrincipal @NTMKnightsAPS

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – November 15, 2017

Right education should help the student, not only to develop his capacities, but to understand his own highest interest. – J. Krishnamurti Dear Parents/Guardians, Arlington Public Schools issued the following news release: Acceptable Use Policy (Technology/1:1 Device) Community Discussion Community Can Provide Input In-Person and Online from Nov. 15-Dec. 1 APS is hosting a community […]

Right education should help the student, not only to develop his capacities, but to understand his own highest interest.
– J. Krishnamurt
i

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Arlington Public Schools issued the following news release:
Acceptable Use Policy (Technology/1:1 Device) Community Discussion
Community Can Provide Input In-Person and Online from Nov. 15-Dec. 1
APS is hosting a community discussion on the Acceptable Use Policy (Technology/1:1 Device) today Wed, Nov. 15 from 7-9 p.m., at Washington-Lee High School.
https://www.apsva.us/post/acceptable-use-policy-technology11-device-community-discussion-nov-15/

Bluegrass & Boots
I look forward to seeing staff and parents/guardians at the Nottingham Fall Social & Auction this Saturday, November 18th at the Knights of Columbus. Kudos and thanks to co-chairs of the event, Daniele Herndon and Meredith Chistolini as well as Lauren Conklin, chair of the Auction Committee. They have been dedicating countless hours to ensure a good time had by all! I’ve enjoyed following our teachers’ Twitter feeds to see the creativity of their auction pieces. This week, our fifth graders have been wearing ties in honor of our Harry Potter themed auction items. I’m not sure who is more interested in those items, our Knights or their parents/ guardians.

Treats for Troops
Kudos to all Knights, but especially to members of our Nottingham SCA, who led the collection of donated Halloween candy for “Treats for Troops!” Tuesday, Nov. 6, I joined SCA members, and SCA Co-Chairs Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Zipfel as they had fun and worked collaboratively to sort and box the candy. We were glad to have a member of the US Coast Guard, NTM dad, Mr. Mauger join the group.
Notes of appreciation were tucked inside the boxes which at final count totaled 21 boxes of candy! Thanks to Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Zipfel who delivered our “Treats for Troops” to Mr. Chris Duffley, Director of Service to the Armed Forces at the American Red Cross in Fairfax. He was impressed with the amount of treats collected as well as the effort and service of our SCA members. He shared that he was, “Happy to deliver these treats to our troops.”

Elementary Honors Chorus Auditions:
Kudos to our musically inclined Knights! The following Knights were selected amongst close to 200 students that auditioned for the Elementary Honors Chorus this year.
Ajay A.
Lola G.
Polina H.
Meredith L.
Libby S.

Lost and Found
Please encourage your child to take a moment to look through the Lost and Found items in the hallway near the library this week. We will be donating unclaimed items on November 21st to a local shelter.

Teacher of Year (TOY)
It is that time of year again when we call for nominations to select Nottingham’s 2018 Teacher of the Year! Nottingham’s nominee will then be placed in contention to be selected as Arlington’s Teacher of the Year.

Attached to this APS Talk you will find a copy of the Nottingham Teacher of the Year Nomination Form. If you wish to nominate a teacher for this honor, complete the form and return it to Nottingham via Mardi Moorman no later than Monday, November 27. She can be reached at 703-228-8339 or email: mardi.moorman@apsva.us. Our instructional lead teachers serve as the nominating/selection committee. Together they will review the nominations and select one candidate. All qualifications listed in the Department of Education official document will be considered during the voting process.

Qualifications of Nominees
• Individuals who are planning to retire at the end of the current school year are not eligible.
• Teachers, librarians, guidance counselors, reading specialists or technology specialists who transfer to administrative or supervisory positions for the next school year are not eligible.
• A person cannot nominate himself/herself.
• Nominees must have three consecutive years of successful, full-time experience in the Arlington Public Schools in one of the eligible categories (teacher, librarian, guidance counselor, reading specialist or technology specialist) by the end of the 2016-17 school year.
• Nominees must be on full-time active duty teaching status during the entire 2017-18 school year.
• Nominees should be strong participants in their own schools’ activities.
• Forms, supporting statements, and letters of support should be typed or word-processed; essays should be double-spaced.
• All forms and other documents must be free of borders and artistic embellishments.

Our timeline calls for a quick turn-around to submit nominations for consideration. The Nomination Committee will meet and vote to select our TOY at the November 30th Lead Teacher’s meeting. Stacy Rosenthal, as the PTA President, will serve as the community member on the selection committee. We look forward to sharing the announcement of Nottingham’s 2018 Teacher of the Year.

See you Saturday evening. I’m looking forward to a great reason to wear my cowboy boots and kick up my heels!

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

Mary Beth Pelosky, Principal
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us
@NTMPrincipal @NTMKnightsAPS

Veterans Day

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – November 3, 2017

“Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees.”                                                                                 […]

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

                                                                                                               -Faith Baldwin

Dear Parents/ Guardians:

With the impending time change, I wanted to ask that you continue to encourage your child to practice pedestrian safety walking or biking to and from school, i.e.,  using crosswalks, paying attention to cars backing out of driveways, etc. Thank you for helping us to continue to keep all members of the Nottingham Community of Learners safe

Treats for Troops: November 1st through November 6

Hopefully by now your child shared with you a few vignettes regarding Tuesday’s dismissal!  Our Knights were “treated” to the wonderful musical sounds of the Yorktown  Pep/Marching Band. Special thanks to band director Brian Bersch and several former Knights dressed in costume who made it a special event here at Nottingham.

Members of our Nottingham Student Council Association (SCA) are thrilled with the amount of donations received thus far for our current Treats for Troops campaign.  Knights have been bringing in their leftover candy to donate to our US troops/service members, serving both here and abroad.  Knights are also encouraged to create cards thanking service members for their efforts.  The bins are getting close to capacity but we are still accepting donations of candy and cards through November 6 by the main office.  Knights are asked to drop off their  treats / cards before heading to their instructional space.  The SCA Officers and Representatives will package treats and cards after school on Monday, November 6

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

Kudos to those of you who are parents/guardians of our 4th grade Knights! We appreciate your efforts to ensure that your child is arriving to school on time and rested as they continue to take the nationally normed Cognitive Achievement Test (CogAT) during morning classes.  The testing window will run through  November 16. This year’s schedule was challenging due to the swimming curriculum, Veteran’s Day and the teacher work day.  Parents/Guardians of 4th grade students have received a detailed letter regarding this countywide assessment.

Reminder No School:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 – No School for Students – Grade Prep Day
Friday, November 10, 2017 – No School – Veteran’s Day

Friday is Veterans’ Day and a national holiday. One of the wonderful benefits of living so close to the nation’s capital are the many  family centered and free or reasonably priced activities. There are many meaningful things to do in our area to recognize the contributions of veterans and many places to visit as a family that will help your children appreciate our nation’s history. Where to Observe Veteran’s Day & Activities for the … – KidFriendly DC
https://washington.org/dc-guide-to/veterans-day-in-washington-dc

PTA Meeting – Tuesday, November 14 – Arlington Outdoor Education Association (AOEA)

We hope you are planning to attend our next general PTA meeting on Tuesday, November 14 in the library.  There will be an informal question and answer session with a PTA officer from 6:30-7:00 pm and the meeting will start at 7:00 pm.  A speaker from the Arlington Outdoor Education Association, AOEA  will present on the Outdoor Lab, the AOEA and the relationship between the two

Fall Social/Auction: 11/18/17: Bluegrass and Boots Knights of Columbus 6:30-10:00 pm

I look forward to visiting with NTM Parents/ guardians as they join fellow parents at our PTA sponsored evening of barbecue, bluegrass, and country cocktails at the Fall Social & Auction! Kudos and thanks to Chairs Meredith Chistolini and Danielle Herndon who promise blazing hot auction items, games of chance and skill, a bourbon pull, and live music by local band Hollertown!

Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation 5-K & Family Fun Day – November 18 – 9:00am-1pm

Current and former Nottingham families are invited to join our friends at Discovery as they honor the life of former NTM parent, Jennifer Bush Lawson. The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation is hosting the third annual 5K & Family Fun Day on November 18 at the Knights of Columbus. Proceeds from this event will help provide access to high-quality pediatric and maternal healthcare services for economically vulnerable expectant mothers and their children through their primary beneficiaries, the Virginia Hospital Center and Arlington Pediatric Center. Register online.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us
@NTMPrincipal  @NTMKnightsAPS

PChat

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – October 5, 2017

The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools. ― Henry Beston Dear Parents/Guardians, Thank you for a strong showing and whole family efforts to encourage your child to participate in our Bike and Walk to School Day. Mr. Koutsouftikis and I were thrilled […]

The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools. ― Henry Beston

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you for a strong showing and whole family efforts to encourage your child to participate in our Bike and Walk to School Day. Mr. Koutsouftikis and I were thrilled to learn of so many Knights eager to prove to Ms. Pugh and Mr. Giusto that they had indeed biked, walked or scootered to school! We had just over 250 walkers and 100 bike riders.

Kudos and thanks to our Patrol sponsor, Mr. Giusto! Last week I joined Mr. Giusto and Corporal Tiffany Haig, School Resource Officer, (SRO) as she briefly addressed our fifth-grade patrols at their monthly Patrol meeting. Our patrols take their responsibility for ensuring student safety very seriously and were eager to demonstrate that they have learned their oath. Here at Nottingham, our patrols wear their belts in school all day on Fridays, further modeling for our community of learners that they are a resource and a problem solver for other Knights.

Mr. Koutsouftikis and I look forward to seeing many of you in the building for our Parent/ Teacher Conferences. In partnership with you, we join our instructional staff in focusing our efforts on nurturing our Knights in their academic journey of self-discovery. Family involvement and communication between school and home are important elements in creating a strong learning environment. We consider parents/guardians a true asset to our learning community and we look forward to continuing our partnership to enhance the educational experience for each Knight. Thank you for working with your child/ children to strive for on-time arrival to school in order to ensure good attendance and a smooth start to the instructional day. All instructional staff have reviewed our CARES Code of Conduct and daily work to encourage our Knights to demonstrating safe, respectful and caring behaviors. Yesterday I joined Dr. McCormac and SCA advisor’s Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Zipfel in reminding our student reps of their responsibility to serve as role models for our Knights and to demonstrate strong inclusivity in developing new friendships within their classroom and around Nottingham.

Online Scheduling: Parent/Teacher Conferences
**Online Sign-Up: Beginning noon on Wednesday, 10/11/2017

Parent-Teacher conferences are all day, Thursday, October 26th and Friday, October 27th. Online scheduling for these conferences will begin at noon on Wednesday, October 11th. If parents/guardians are unable to attend a Parent-Teacher conference in person, they are encouraged to use the online scheduling link to schedule a “phone conference” on either October 26 or October 27. If parents sign up for a phone conference, they must input their best contact phone number on the form. Please visit https://nottingham.apsva.us/conferences for access to the conference schedule links and remember that the links do not go live until 12:00 pm on Wednesday, 10/11. Please note that parents of siblings will be receiving an assigned conference time from their children’s classroom teacher no later than the morning of Wednesday, 10/11. If for any reason you are unable to schedule your conference online, please contact your child’s classroom teacher who can work with you to find a mutual time. This will be viewed only by your child’s teacher. To access the conference schedule link, click on https://nottingham.apsva.us/conferences

APS School Health Advisory Board Releases Food Allergy Guidelines

I wanted to bring the following information to your attention: Arlington Public Schools (APS) aims to provide a safe, academically enriching, and socially accepting setting for all students. These guidelines specifically address the needs of students who live with life-threatening food allergies. All APS schools are encouraged to implement these evidence-based recommendations, which outline prevention and response protocols: https://www.apsva.us/post/allergies-and-anaphylaxis/

Managing Allergies and Anaphylaxis Among Students is a collaborative effort between APS, parent volunteers serving on the APS School Health Advisory Board (SHAB) and the Arlington County-School Health Bureau. Its purpose is to set uniform and consistent APS-wide guidelines, which establish a safe environment for students with food allergies and support parents regarding food allergy management. Nottingham staff continues to focus on ensuring that these new guidelines are followed and that all of our children are safe at school. For your reference, this website has some excellent information that should help parents and students find “children-friendly” non-nutty food.

APS Honors Chorus, Band & Orchestra Auditions for 5th Grade Knights

Parents/guardians are asked to encourage their 5th grade children to audition for Honors Chorus, Band, or Orchestra. These music performance groups are an excellent learning opportunity for our Nottingham Knights! Online audition sign up, music rehearsal tracks, rehearsal and performance information, and more can be found on the following link: https://www.apsva.us/arts-education-overview/honors-band-orchestra-and-chorus/

APS Dyslexia Conference: October 28, 2017: 9:00am – 3:00pm Kenmore Middle School 200 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington, VA 22204 Arlington Public Schools’ first Dyslexia Conference will address building knowledge, interventions, accommodations and more.

Ameer Baraka, actor, educator, activist and author of The Life I Chose, and Miya Ali, an adult with dyslexia and daughter of Muhammad Ali, will join us as Keynote Presenters. Registration is required and space in sessions are limited, so interested participants are encouraged to register early. View session descriptions. Register online now. Parent Resource Center (PRC) at 703.228.7239 or emma.parralsanchez@apsva.us

Upcoming Principal Chats:

10/10/17 – 4th Grade 8:30 – 9:15 Library
10/16/17 – 5th Grade 8:30 – 9:15 Art Room
10/16/17 – 3rd Grade 9:15-10:00 Art Room

We are here to support you and your children and look forward to working collaboratively with you to create an enjoyable, safe, and successful school year. Below is a list of which administrator is supervising which grade level:

Ms. Pelosky – Grades 1, 3 and 5
Mr. Koutsouftikis – Grades K, 2 and 4

My last APS Talk had a defunct link, please see the following link for an article on Anxiety from Dr. McCormac. Dr. McCormac’s Presentation.

School Picture Day – Save the Date: Thursday, November 9

School Picture information will be sent home via a Friday Folder in late October. If you have any questions regarding this opportunity for a “snapshot in time,” please contact Janet Embrey at 703-228-8326, or janet.embrey@apsva.us

Changes in Routine:

Friendly reminder that Monday, October 9, APS students and staff will be off in honor of Columbus Day. Wednesday, October 25, is an Early Release day, dismissal is at 1:26 pm.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky, Principal
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us
@NTMPrincipal @NTMKnightsAPS

Baldridge Award

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – October 2, 2017

The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which highlights customer satisfaction, workforce empowerment, and increased productivity, has come to symbolize America’s commitment to excellence. ~William J. Clinton Dear Parents/Guardians, Members of our adult community of learners were devastated to hear the news of the violence and loss of life in Las Vegas this morning. As always, […]

The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which highlights customer satisfaction, workforce empowerment, and increased productivity, has come to symbolize America’s commitment to excellence.
~William J. Clinton

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Members of our adult community of learners were devastated to hear the news of the violence and loss of life in Las Vegas this morning. As always, we here at Nottingham will do our best to support you and your children with tools for a facilitated conversation. Please see below for recommended guidelines in terms of addressing this with your child.The American School Counseling Association (ASCA) offers the following suggestions:

• Try and keep routines as normal as possible. Children gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school.
• Limit exposure to television and the news.
• Be honest with children and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle.
• Listen to children’s fears and concerns.
• Reassure children that the world is a good place to be, but that there are people who do bad things.
• Parents and adults need to first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress.
• Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships.

Student Services:

Dr. McCormac and members of our Student Services staff are an integral piece of our efforts to educate the whole child. We’re proud of their collaborative good work on behalf of our Knights. For those of you new to the Nottingham Community of Learners, I wanted to share Dr. McCormac’s article on Anxiety in Schools: Addressing Student Anxiety in the American School Counselor Association’s September newsletter. Dr. McCormac has also received the significant honor of serving as a past VA Elementary Counselor of the Year: https://www.apsva.us/post/snapshots-features-virginia-elementary-school-counselor-of-the-year

Gifted Resource Parent Meeting:

Many thanks to our lead critical and creative thinker, Ms. Van Valen, Resource Teacher for the Gifted, who recently shared with parents/ guardians the APS and NTM processes for identifying gifted learners. In addition, she shared several photos to illustrate what classroom instruction looks like using resources aimed at gifted learners. Please see Ms. Van Valen’s Presentation here.

APS Community Engagement: Two Community Meetings RE: Middle School Boundaries
APS will host two community meetings to kick off the resetting of middle school boundaries.
https://www.apsva.us/post/save-date-aps-begins-process-resetting-middle-school-boundaries/
Tonight, Mon. 7-9 p.m.10/2/17 at Yorktown High School (This meeting will be livestreamed.)
Also, Weds., 10/4/17, from 7-9 p.m., at Kenmore Middle School.

Challenging Racism: Learning How Workshops for Parents
Americans are talking about race in a new way… but it is not always easy. To help, APS has been sponsoring yearlong Challenging Racism: Learning How workshops for parents since 2004. The workshops provide a parallel experience to the teacher/staff Conversations About Race and Equity (part of the APS effort to close the Achievement Gaps). Through reading, stories, activities and conversation, participants learn to work effectively in cross-cultural situations. These conversations encourage a basic understanding of racism, institutional racism, White privilege, the roots of racism, and its modern manifestations around us. Each of the 11 sessions builds concrete skills for engaging in challenging conversations related to race, second language and other forms of bias. The location for the next series will be Discovery Elementary School, beginning 10/11/17. For more information and to register go to: http://www.challengingracism.org/parent-workshops.html

Lost & Found: Now that the weather is starting to turn with cool mornings and evenings, please label your children’s outerwear. We appreciate the many parents/ guardians who ensure that their children’s names are on/in jackets, sweatshirts and other clothing that they are likely to leave around. All lost items with names are returned to classroom teachers. Our Lost and Found is conveniently located near a well travelled corridor, near the PE and Cafeteria spaces.

Dates to Keep in Mind Online Scheduling: Parent Teacher Conferences-
Parent-teacher conferences are all day, Thursday, October 26th and Friday, October 27th. More information will be forthcoming re: Online scheduling.

Digital Device Initiative in Grades 2, 3 and 4 – APS Personalized Learning
Teachers of Knights in grades 2, 3, 4 and 5 have begun their Digital Device initiative work. Together with their teachers, our Knights have established technology rules and guidelines and reviewed iPad expectations. For those parents/guardians interested in more information on the district initiative for Personalized Learning. Please see the APS Personalized Learning Device Handbook webpage at this link for parents in both English and Spanish:
https://www.apsva.us/personalized-learning/parent-resources/parent-handbook/

Dismissal Policies / After School Playdates
Thank you for working with your child to encourage on time arrival at school. If you know that your child will need to be out of school, please send emails 24 hours in advance. If a teacher is absent, he/she will not receive the email to know about a change in schedule, pickup, etc. Please copy Ms. Embrey on your emails at janet.embrey@apsva.us. If you must make a change during the school day, contact Ms. Embrey in the main office at 703-228- 8326.

If your child will be heading home on the bus with a classmate or fellow Knight, they must bring written permission from a parent/guardian. Both children must have a note. Our APS Transportation Department requires that bus drivers have a written note from each parent if a child is going to ride a bus that he/she is not assigned to ride. These notes must be checked by the classroom teacher before the children ride the bus.

Walk and Bike to School Day 2017
To promote the health, environmental, and community-building benefits of walking and biking to school as often as possible, Nottingham Knights and Parents/ Guardians are reminded to join us in our Walk, Bike and Scooter to School Day 2017 this Wednesday, October 4. 2017. Walk and Bike to School Day 2017. More information about walking and biking in Arlington any time.

Music Twitter Handles: Here at Nottingham, we are fortunate to have a strong vocal and instrumental music program. Music is in full swing! Please consider following Mrs. Simonetti and Ms. Rhodes on Twitter. Their handles are: @NTMMusicMrsSim and @NTMMusicMsR.

Malcolm Baldrige Visit
Tomorrow, October 3rd will be another highly productive day here at Nottingham! I’m pleased to announce that Nottingham was one of just a few elementary schools selected by the school division for a Baldrige Site visit. The committee will be with us from 10:30 am -12:30 pm., and Mr. Koutsouftikis and I look forward to serving on teacher and faculty panels designed to highlight our collaborative work.
We will provide a brief report out at tomorrow evening’s PTA meeting and Panel on Anxiety.

Parents/ Guardians of Second Grade Knights: Please join me at my Principal’s Chat on Wednesday, October 4 at 8:30 in the library.

We are here to support you and your children and we look forward to working collaboratively with you to create an enjoyable, safe, and successful school year. Below is a list of which administrator is supervising which grade level:

Ms. Pelosky: Grades 1, 3, and 5
Mr. Koutsouftikis: Grades K, 2, and 4

 

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us
@NTMPrincipal @NTMKnightsAPS

3Ts

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – September 28, 2017

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. Joseph Chilton Pearce Dear Parents and Guardians, At this point in the academic year, we are well underway in our collaborative efforts to create a classroom community of learners! Mr. Koutsouftikis and I enjoyed seeing such a strong parent turnout for Back […]

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. Joseph Chilton Pearce

Dear Parents and Guardians,

At this point in the academic year, we are well underway in our collaborative efforts to create a classroom community of learners! Mr. Koutsouftikis and I enjoyed seeing such a strong parent turnout for Back to School Night… Thank you for taking the time to share your Hopes and Dreams for your child with their classroom teacher. They offer helpful insight for teachers as they work to get to know each learner on a personal level. Our sincere appreciation to those of you who have volunteered to be room parents and to those of you who have taken on additional volunteer duties, whether it be helping out in our teacher workroom, serving on a PTA committee or volunteering in your child’s instructional space.

Instructional staff has finalized beginning of year assessments and are working together in their Collaborative Learning Teams (CLT) reviewing data for instructional groupings. Mr. Koutsouftikis joined Ms. Pugh, Mr. Giusto, Dr. McCormac and myself in our Responsive Classroom grade level meetings for Knights in grades 3-5. We enjoyed starting off these grade levels RC meetings with an interactive greeting after which Health and PE teacher, Ms. Pugh introduced our NTM rules and expectations:

The 3 T’s:
Take care of yourself – feel happy and safe.
Take care of others -be a friend – include everyone at all times (Buddy Bench).
Take care of Nottingham – respect and use others properties/equipment properly.

Knights were asked, “How are you showing CARES?” We concluded by reminding our Knights that Nottingham CARES:
*You are always part of this community *Your voice always matters *Your actions and words determine your true character *By you being a rule follower, you keep NTM a safe place to learn for all Knights *Always treat others the way you want to be treated *Always think before acting

ImagiLAB Makerspace Lunch Bunches
Knights are S.T.E.A.M.ing ahead in ImagiLAB! Lunch bunches started this week. Librarian Mrs. Gustafson, along with Librarian assistant, Mrs. Koehler will rotate through the grade levels and invite our Knights to come to the library during their recess time to work on fun Makerspace activities. Participation is optional, but any student who would like to attend is welcome. Activities vary depending on the grade level, but all are hands-on and require our Knights to design, problem solve and collaborate. Whole group lessons in the library will also take place periodically throughout the year at every grade level. We are grateful to the PTA for being so generous in supporting our ImagiLAB program, and we are looking forward to a fantastic year of making!

Principal Chat Dates
Parents/ Guardians are invited to join me over the next few weeks in my grade level specific Principal Chats. Dr. McCormac and a teacher representative from each team will be on hand as we delve deeper into the curriculum and do our best to answer questions that might have arisen over the course of the first month of school.

10/4/17 – 2nd Grade 8:30 – 9:15 Library
10/10/17 – 4th Grade 8:30 – 9:15 Library
10/16/17 – 5th Grade 8:30 – 9:15 Art Room
10/16/17 – 3rd Grade 9:15-10:00 Art Room

Attendance
Thank you for your efforts to share the message that school attendance is important to school and life success. Good attendance will help our Knights develop good personal habits to do well throughout their time here at NTM, as well as in middle and high school, college, and at work. If you need assistance getting your child to school on time and every day they are not sick, please contact Nottingham social worker Elizabeth Brady or Dr. McCormac.

Bike and Walk to School Day, Wednesday., October 4th
Consider starting your day off by joining your child/children in participating in our annual Walk and Bike to School Event to be held Weds., October 4th. Knights are invited to walk, bike, and scooter to school. Once at Nottingham, Knights will receive walker/biker tokens to add to their collection, along with a special walk/bike sticker. They will be entered into a raffle for items including pedometers, bike computers, bike locks, Klean Kanteens and other fun bike and walk regalia! Accommodations are made for our early Extended Day arrivals, and Knights are encouraged to partner with other Knights in the community to travel together along a safe route that morning. Knights that ride a bike or scooter to school are reminded to wear a helmet everyday. Please share with your children that the same sidewalk rules apply around school campuses. Cyclists should be mindful of speed (maintain a low speed) and available space on sidewalks (dismount and walk their bikes when there are too many pedestrians/no space on the sidewalk to ride safely.) As we tell all of our Knights, this is by no means mandatory and we appreciate the extra effort it may take families to have their children go car or bus-free.

Panel Discussion on Anxiety in Children
We hope to see you at next week’s PTA meeting, Tuesday, October 3 in the Nottingham Library. There will be a casual question and answer session with a PTA officer from 6:30-7:00 pm; and the general meeting will start promptly at 7:00 pm. Consider staying to attend our Panel Discussion on Anxiety in Children moderated by Elizabeth Brady, School Social Worker and Dr. Mary Beth McCormac, School Counselor.

Upcoming Important Dates to Remember

October 3 PTA hosting Panel Discussion on Anxiety in Children in Library 7:00 PM
October 9 Holiday (Columbus Day)
October 21: Reflections Entry Deadline- Theme: “Within Reach”
October 25: Early Release Wednesday 1:26 p. m,
October 26 and 27: Parent/Teacher Conferences: More details to follow from your child’s classroom teacher next Friday.
October 29: Halloween Parade and Festivities – 1-3 p.m.
November 18: PTA Fall Social and Auction: Knights of Columbus
Theme: Bluegrass & Boots

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us
Please follow me on Twitter: @NTMPrincipal @NTMKnightsAPS

Students with iPads

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – September 13, 2017

The path you are on is the fabric of imagination, but it is kindled with the fires of hopes and dreams… -Michael Delaware Dear Parents and Guardians, Many thanks for your efforts to assist us in helping your child develop and stick to routines that include a good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast and on […]

The path you are on is the fabric of imagination, but it is kindled with the fires of hopes and dreams…
-Michael Delaware

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Many thanks for your efforts to assist us in helping your child develop and stick to routines that include a good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast and on time arrival to school. Our staff has been hard at work preparing for this evening’s Back to School Night event. We hope to see you here at 7:00 pm. Please report to your child’s classroom.

A few beginning of school reminders…. Arrival: Thank you to those of you who have been giving your final hugs and goodbyes outside of the building. Parents/ guardians are welcome to sign their child in and walk them to class, but please exit the building after doing so. Please note you will be asked to sign in and receive a sticker identifying you as a brief visitor. As we work collaboratively to ensure that Nottingham is a welcoming, safe space to learn, consider that not all children or adults are comfortable around dogs. Please adhere to our signage as dogs should not be on school property during arrival and dismissal. Thank you for finding a meeting spot for you to wait for your child just outside of our school grounds. We appreciate adherences to our signage regarding parking as well as parents/ guardians arranging to pick up their children up in an area that does not block the flow of pedestrian traffic (i.e. bottom of the ramp). We understand the need that some parents/guardians desire for their older children to have cell phones. Please note that your child will be held responsible and they must be kept in backpack in off mode. Knights have access to a telephone if a need should arise during the instructional day.

Student Services:

Dr. McCormac and members of our Student Services staff are an integral piece of our efforts to educate the whole child. We’re proud of their collaborative good work on behalf of our Knights! For those of you new to the Nottingham Community of Learners, I wanted to share this video clip honoring her selection as the VA Elementary Counselor of the Year, our very own, Dr. McCormac. You can view the video here: https://www.apsva.us/post/snapshots-features-virginia-elementary-school-counselor-of-the-year/

Parents/ Guardians of Knights in Grade 2-5

As our second week of school gets underway I wanted to bring to your attention information regarding the district initiative for Personalized Learning in APS. As you may be aware, Knights in grade 2 will be issued an APS-owned Apple iPad Air 2. This device will not be sent home and the classroom teacher will assume responsibility for the device. Families of Knights in Grades 3-5 are likely already aware that their child will be issued their personalized learning iPad next week. Mr. Ron Crouse, our ITC (Instructional Technology Coordinator) extraordinaire, will be joining classroom teachers to set-up the devices with your child. Together with their teachers, Knights will establish technology rules and guidelines and review iPad expectations.It is anticipated that the devices will be sent home each day with the student and it will be infused as a learning tool into regular instruction here at Nottingham. Knights at these grade levels will be given an opportunity to take the device home, with the expectation being that the learner be responsible to bring it to school each day, fully charged for an optimal classroom learning experience. Parents/Guardians who wish to opt-out of this should speak with their child’s classroom teacher.

Core classroom teachers will briefly touch upon this initiative at tonight’s Back to School Night. For your convenience, here is the link for reviewing the iPad Policies at Nottingham as well as the Acceptable Use Agreement for Students and Families of Students w/ APS-Issued Student Apple iPads – Your child’s classroom teacher will be asking you to review this form, sign it and return. Our Knights will sign and acknowledge both the form referenced above and will review the Acceptable Use of Electronic Networked Resources & Internet Safety expectations. Continued digital citizenship instruction will be ongoing throughout the academic year. Common Sense Media and other sources are used within the Arlington Public Schools for the purpose of providing a structured learning environment for digital literacy, safety and citizenship.

SCA Classroom Representative Election Information: Parents/ Guardians of Knights in Grades 3-5:
Wednesday, September 20 through Friday, September 22.

The 2017-2018 Nottingham Student Council (SCA) Classroom Representative election will take place Wednesday, September 20 through Friday, September 22. A letter and permission slip will be sent home in Friday Folders. If your child is interested in participating in the election, please complete the form and return it to your child’s classroom teacher by Wednesday, September 20. Candidates must write a short speech, telling their classmates why they should be elected their class representative. Letters will go home on September 25 to those Knights who were elected, congratulating them on their being selected as a Classroom Representative.The first meeting is scheduled for October 4. Each class will elect two representatives to the SCA. All meetings are the first Wednesday of the month, from 8-8:40 a.m. in the library.

Duties for the SCA representatives include: * Communicate ideas/input from student body to Student Council and vice versa. *Give monthly reports to their classroom and to K-2 classrooms as assigned.*Participate and propose ideas for Spirit Days, service projects, and represent peers. Questions regarding Student Council Association elections should be directed to Mrs. Moore or Mrs. Zipfel, SCA co-sponsors.

Social Studies

A friendly reminder that the Commonwealth of Virginia has mandated changes to the APS Social Studies Curriculum. Social Studies Curriculum changes. .https://www.apsva.us/social-studies/k-12-curriculum/

Virginia Tech Maker Festival – STEM Event

If your child enjoys Makerpsace or STEAM activities, here is a fun, local opportunity for them.: https://www.apsva.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/MakerFestFlyer17.pdf

APS Calendar:

Please see the following link for our county calendar: https://www.apsva.us/calendar/

 

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

Mary Beth Pelosky, Principal
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us
Please follow me on Twitter: @NTMPrincipal @NTMKnightsAPS

BTSN

Nottingham BTSN Info for Parents

Upon the subject of Education….I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.  -Abraham Lincoln Dear Parents/ Guardians: It has been wonderful, (yet tiring!) keeping up with our Knights these first few days of school! Mr. Koutsouftikis and I have enjoyed experiencing […]

Upon the subject of Education….I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.
 -Abraham Lincoln

Dear Parents/ Guardians:

It has been wonderful, (yet tiring!) keeping up with our Knights these first few days of school! Mr. Koutsouftikis and I have enjoyed experiencing the first few days of school alongside your children. As I shared with many of them, summer break is fun and calm, but we miss our Knights and their childish sense of wonder and enthusiasm for life and learning. Not to mention the hugs and high fives they bring to our lives.

New and returning Knights alike have shared with their teachers and classmates engaging stories of summer adventures. Nottingham sure is a well-traveled community of global learners! As she does each fall, Dr. McCormac has hosted her New Student Orientations and Mr. K. and I have enjoyed learning about our new Knights and making connections over our shared common interests. New Knights shared important details about themselves as learners and played Nottingham trivia, while reviewing our Nottingham Knight Bingo Board. This helps our new Knights get to know our support staff and non-classroom teachers.

Administratively, Mr. Koutsouftikis and I have been getting into classrooms and observing our strong instructional staff as they begin to lay the very important groundwork for classroom culture via our Responsive Classroom curriculum. Please be on the lookout for a Hopes and Dreams parent letter that will be sent home either electronically or in paper form in your child’s backpack this afternoon.

Thank you for your efforts to get your children back into the routines that set them up for successful days and weeks of learning. We appreciate you collaborating with your child’s teacher in terms of your child’s transition, ensuring an on-time arrival and a rested learner. This year, we will continue our Responsive Classroom school wide implementation, focusing on Academic Choice and implementing Closing Circles once per week. Here at Nottingham, we are proud of our efforts of inclusivity. Please ask your child about our Buddy Bench. Click on the link for additional information. http://buddybench.org/what-is-the-buddy-bench/

Thank you in advance for working through concerns regarding your child with your child’s classroom teacher. If you feel the need to reach out to us administratively, Mr. Koutsouftikis will be the point of contact in terms of Supervisory Responsibilities for staff working with children in grades K, 2, and 4. I will be the point of contact in terms of Supervisory Responsibilities working with staff working with children in grades 1, 3, and 5.

Back to School Night Info

We look forward to seeing you at Back to School Night, this Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. There are two sessions designed to give families a chance to visit more than one learners instructional space. Special Education teachers and specialists will be in the library for the first session and in their instructional spaces for the beginning of the second session.
We look forward to formally welcoming you to our Community of Learners, and to share our appreciation of all members of the PTA and the collaborative partnerships we enjoy with parents/guardians.

  7:00 Parents/ Guardians report directly to their child’s classroom

· 7:05 – 7:15 Administrator and PTA President Greetings

· 7:15 – 7:35 Session One

· 7:35 – 7:40 Travel to Second Session

· 7:40 – 8:00 Second Session

· 8:00 – 8:05 Travel time to MPR for PTA Meeting

· 8:05 – 8:30 PTA Meeting in MPR

Transportation Information

As our instructional and Extended Day staff continue to strengthen our dismissal routines and procedures, we appreciate your efforts to pick up your children on time from our front blacktop. Our efforts addressing the bus dismissal times have begun to bear fruit. Should you have additional concerns about transportation related issues, please call (703) 228-8670 or (703) 228-6640 with questions between 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. Email your concerns to: transportation@apsva.us

PTA Account Renewal Verification: Info

This year, the contents of Nottingham PTA’s First Friday Folder are posted online: https://nespta.membershiptoolkit.com/firstfridayfolder . The e-Friday Folder contains a welcome letter, information about creating/updating a PTA account, this year’s calendar of events, volunteer and after school enrichment options, information about retail loyalty programs, as well as the Walking Permission Slip form, which must be printed, completed, and returned to your Knight’s classroom teacher. Please contact the PTA Webmaster if there are any access issues.

Mark Your Family Calendar

Gifted Resource Parent Meeting: Tuesday, September 26th: / 8:45-9:30 a.m. / Library

Please plan to join Ms. Van Valen, our Resource Teacher for the Gifted, as she will be conducting a presentation on the implementation of service for Gifted Learners here at Nottingham. All parents/guardians are welcome to attend and learn more about the process for identifying gifted learners, as well as what the classroom instruction looks like using resources aimed at gifted learners. We are delighted to have Ms. Van Valen with us, as she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Gifted Resources field to our Nottingham Community of Learners.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us
@NTMPrincipal
@NTMKnightsAPS

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 […]

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!

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – August 30, 2017

When I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm.  They were spectacular and got a lot of attention.  But as I grew, my heroes changed, so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child […]

When I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm.  They were spectacular and got a lot of attention.  But as I grew, my heroes changed, so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.  We are all neighbors.
  -Mr. Rogers


Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am happy to report that our wonderfully enthusiastic and talented staff reported to work this past Thursday! We kicked off our 2017-18 academic year in the shoes of our Knights, beginning with the typical PE warm up of stretches, skipping, yoga moves, etc., before engaging in team building activities. All of that movement work let us get out of our collective summer malaise and begin to engage in the necessary professional development/heavy cognitive load of professional development of the year ahead.

Important Dates to Note

  • 8/31 – Open House – K:  8:45 – 9:45 a.m. / Grades 1-5:  9:00 – 9:45 a.m. – in classrooms
    Mr. Koutsouftikis and I look forward to seeing all Nottingham families at our annual Open House – Members of the Nottingham Community of Learners will have a chance to visit their new classroom and meet their teacher.
  • 8/31 – Principal’s Meet and Greet Chat:  4:30 – 5:15 in the library
    Consider attending my Principal’s Meet and Greet before our Knight to Remember event
  • 8/31 – A Knight to Remember – 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Members of the Nottingham Community of Learners are invited to a Back to School Celebration, “A Knight to Remember.” Reconnect with old friends and make new ones! Please plan to pack a picnic dinner for the whole family and bring your blanket, lawn chairs, and favorite lawn games for some good old-fashioned fun. This event will take place on Thursday, August 31st, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Note: This is not a drop-off event; parents should plan to stay to supervise and socialize.  (No alcoholic beverages, please.) Ice cream and popcorn vendors will be on hand selling treats. For those who prefer indoor entertainment, we hope you’ll join us beginning at 6:15 p.m. to join your child in watching the movie, Born in China. (79 minutes) Please see below for Common Sense Media’s reviews on this family friendly fun:
    Born in China:Video Review | Common Sense Media

School Year Patrol Belt Pick Up: Mr. Giusto, Nottingham’s Patrol Sponsor, asks that parents/guardians remind their 5th grade children to visit the Gymnasium on Thursday, August 31st, at 9:45 a.m. to pick up information and equipment necessary to carry out their duties beginning the first day of school. Those parents We are proud of the Nottingham Safety Patrols and appreciate their help in keeping all of our Knights safe as they travel to and from school!

Math Packets –   A word from Ms. Harrington, our Math Coach: Continue on an upward SLOPE with math this summer by ADDING these math packets to your summer plans. DIVIDE and conquer – do the math packets together and MULTIPLY your fantastic results.

Launching into Literacy Presentation

  • September 5   /   9:05 – 9:40 a.m. / Library

Please consider joining us Tuesday morning, September, 5th at 9:05 a.m. in the Nottingham Library. Reading Specialist Jennifer Brown will be presenting a workshop on the Lucy Calkins’ Reading and Writing Initiatives at Nottingham. Join her for a brief overview of the workshop model. Attendees will receive information and activities to support and enrich literacy at home.

A Warm Welcome to our Newest Staff Members:

Rachel Benowitz – Third Grade TeacherHello Nottingham Knights! My name is Rachel Benowitz and I am thrilled to be part of the Knight family. I grew up in the Lehigh Valley Area of Pennsylvania and recently graduated DeSales University this past May. I have teaching experience in a variety of school settings, particularly in and 1st and 4th grades.  Also for the past two summers, I was a writing teacher for a summer enrichment program back in Pennsylvania called Lehigh Valley Summerbridge. I am the second oldest of six siblings and I love to FaceTime them whenever I get the chance. I also love to read, play games, cook, travel, and use technology. With all of the help and shared resources from the third grade team, I am looking forward to a wonderful school year!

Elizabeth Brady, School Social WorkerMy name is Elizabeth Brady and I am so excited to be part of the Nottingham community as your Social Worker. I am a graduate of Georgetown University and Catholic University, and I have called Arlington home since 2002. After a career in the military, I obtained my Masters in Social Work with a concentration in clinical social work, during which time I interned at Williamsburg Middle School and fell in love with APS. My husband and I enjoy walking our good dog Betty.  In my free time, I love to cook for friends and family, garden, read, travel, and practice Bikram yoga.

Christine Zelenak – School PsychologistHello, I am Christine Zelenak, your new school psychologist. I am very excited to join the Nottingham team and look forward to working with and supporting the students and families in our school community.   I completed my Master’s Degree in School Psychology at the University at Buffalo, after earning my B.A.at the University of California, Irvine.  This is my first in APS, following two years most recently, in Fairfax County and 11 years with the Montgomery County Public Schools prior to that. I am passionate about supporting the needs and growth of the whole child, as I believe that in order to be successful in school and in life, we all need to have strong social-emotional functioning, resilience, and a multitude of skills to help us navigate a sometimes very complicated world.   Outside of work, my young daughter and son keep me and my husband hopping!  Next fall, we will join you in the ranks of APS parents.  I look forward to getting to know many of you this year.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions or needs you may have.  I will be at Nottingham on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Cheers to a wonderful year! Information from APS Community Engagement Department.

Please see below a statement from the Arlington County School Board Regarding Racism (forwarded from Dulce Carrillo in the APS Engage Department)

Items of Interest for Your Family Calendars:

APS Dyslexia 2017 Conference

  • Saturday, October 28, 2017: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington, VA 22204

View English/Spanish Dyslexia Conference Save the Date Flyer

Arlington Public Schools’ first Dyslexia Conference will address building knowledge, interventions, accommodations and more! We are pleased to announce that Ameer Baraka, actor, educator, activist and author of The Life I Chose, and Miya Ali, an adult with dyslexia and daughter of Muhammad Ali, will join us as Keynote Presenters.Registration will open in late September and updates will be posted at the conference website: https://www.apsva.us/aps-dyslexia-conference-2017

Parent Tool Kit Article: Back-To-School: What You Can’t Buy

http://www.parenttoolkit.com/news/back-to-school-what-you-can-t-buy

Six Things Parents Should Know About Sending Kids Back to Schoo

lhttps://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/well/family/6-things-parents-should-know-about-sending-kids-back-to-school.html?mcubz=0

Harvesting Dreams for Our Children –  Opportunities for a Successful School Journey

NASA Langley’s Centennial Open House

Museum Day Live!

 

We look forward to seeing you and yours on Thursday! Thank you for being a partner in your child’s education.

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Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – July 26, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians, Despite the very warm temperatures here in Arlington, I hope you are keeping cool and enjoying a slower pace wherever you may be. Kudos and thanks to PTA president Stacy Rosenthal and her executive team who are working hard on your behalf to get PTA related items off to a strong start come […]

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Despite the very warm temperatures here in Arlington, I hope you are keeping cool and enjoying a slower pace wherever you may be. Kudos and thanks to PTA president Stacy Rosenthal and her executive team who are working hard on your behalf to get PTA related items off to a strong start come September!

Mr. Koutsouftikis and I have been enjoying the photos and summer update from our Knights in their various forms of communication: email, postcards, links from parents/guardians, etc. Personally I enjoy seeing our Knights demonstrating their school spirit and sporting their current and past Nottingham spirit wear at vacation spots both near and far!

My summer schedule is lighter than the school year, giving me a chance to reconnect my spring coursework with renowned educator, Dr. Fernando M. Reimers of the Harvard School of Education, and his recent publication: Empowering Global Citizens, A World Course. I can appreciate the theory behind the work, in particular asking the following questions: How do we help students understand the world? How do we prepare them for work and life in an era of globalization, volatility, and uncertainty?  How do we help students work effectively with others from diverse cultural backgrounds?

As Mr. Koutsouftikis and I prepare to greet our teacher colleagues in late August, questions we will ask ourselves will center around our Nottingham mission statement and our collective commitment to our Knights.  Nottingham Mission Statement: The Nottingham community is dedicated to the education and development of the whole child — intellectually, socially, emotionally, culturally and physically. Together, we share the responsibility of helping each child reach his or her potential as a contributing citizen in our rapidly changing global, and digital society.

We believe that all students:

  • Have the ability to become lifelong learners with proper guidance and encouragement from our school and with support and reinforcement from their parents.
  • Must be encouraged to express creativity through many venues including music, art, writing, movement, and athletics.
  • Are more self-fulfilled and make the world a better place when they are respectful, responsible, trustworthy, and kind.
  • Can benefit by being technologically literate in order to strengthen their communication skills and effectively respond to the increasing technological challenges in the world.

We believe that in order to fulfill our mission, the Nottingham staff must:

  • Provide a safe, supportive environment in which students feel free to explore, question, learn, and grow.
  • Provide curriculum which encompasses communication skills, problem solving, critical thinking, and fosters creativity.
  • Collaborate with our students’ families and the community in order to provide rich opportunities for cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth.
  • Encourage continuing learning opportunities and professional development for our staff.
  • Create an environment for our students, teachers and staff which embraces learning with attention to personal growth and responsibility, development, and collaboration.
  • Provide opportunities to bring students, families, and staff together to celebrate and learn from one another.
  • Assist each student in developing a positive self-concept and a desire to do his/her best by providing an atmosphere of warm acceptance.

We believe that in order for our teachers to support our mission, they must:

  • Believe that all children can learn when offered proper guidance and developmentally appropriate strategies.
  • Encourage each child to strive for academic excellence by becoming resourceful, creative, critical thinkers who are comfortable taking academic risks.
  • Contribute to and promote collaboration among their students and colleagues in order to meet effectively the diverse needs of our students and staff.
  • Engage in a cycle of assessment, reflection, and goal setting in order to support student achievement and to further their own intellectual development.
  • Possess strong skills for problem-solving on the students’ behalf, interact with families to enrich cultural exchange and to promote a mutual understanding of our students’ strengths and needs.

Here at Nottingham staff takes our part in the PTA seriously, staying committed to:

  • Collaborating with our families to help each child further develop the concepts and skills necessary to become a respectful, responsible, trustworthy, kind and contributing member of our school, community, and the world.
  • Integrating instruction with core academic areas mandated by state and federal entities.
  • Planning and providing opportunities for our families and staff to share cultural heritages and diverse backgrounds in meaningful ways.

Summer Library/STEAM Update:  Build a Better WorldNottingham Librarian, Mrs. Gustafson reports that our first summer library night was a resounding success, with over 75 Knights and their family members in attendance!  Knights had an opportunity to check out books for the summer and to have fun engaging in critical and creative thinking/STEAM building activities.   Upcoming dates for library check in/MakerSpace are: Wednesday, August 2 and Tuesday, August 22 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Capitalizing on the energy and creativity of our Knights on display from this past year’s ImagiLab sessions, Knights and their parents/guardians will be invited to participate in STEAM activities each night. The activities will complement our summer reading theme – Build a Better Worldhttps://nottingham.apsva.us/library/summer-reading-writing-challenge/

Please join Mr. Koutsouftikis and me in welcoming our newest staff members:

Mr. Ron Crouse – Instructional Technology Coordinator

I am very excited to begin my new endeavor with Arlington Public Schools as the Instructional Technology Coordinator at Nottingham Elementary School! I have over 20 years in public education serving in a variety of roles previously in both Loudoun and Fairfax counties. I have experience as an elementary school educator, middle school administrator, recruiting and talent acquisition specialist; and most recently, for the past ten years, I have served as a technology specialist with Fairfax County Public Schools serving both the elementary and secondary levels. My passion is elementary education and I am beyond honored to work so closely with the instructional staff at Nottingham to refine and promote effective use of instructional integration with varied technology across a multitude of disciplines. In my free time, I personally enjoy reading, hiking, running and sailing! I hold three unique and very different graduate degrees, so life-long learning is clearly something I personally embrace and will promote in my role with APS and the super-dedicated Nottingham staff!

Ms. Kathy Darvishian – Grade 3

Greetings, and I am very excited to be part of the Nottingham community!  I am originally from Montclair, New Jersey but have lived all over because my father was in the Navy.  I graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk and attended graduate school at San Diego State University.  I have taught for the Virginia Beach Public Schools, Department of Defense Schools in Germany, and Fairfax County Public Schools.  I have three daughters – all with very different interests.  My oldest daughter just graduated with a degree in criminal justice, my middle daughter is going to acting school, and my youngest daughter works at UPS and is training daily to become a professional MMA fighter.  I love to travel and learn about other cultures, and my dream is to take a world cruise one day.  I also love to dance and have been dancing at Chris Collins Dance Studio for many years.  You are never too old to dance!  Going to the gym is part of my daily routine, and I am also a Zumba fanatic.  I really look forward to the upcoming year and working with all of you!

Ms. Teresa Foeckler – Grade 3

Hi everyone! My name is Teresa Foeckler (pronounced “Fek-ler”) and I am so excited to be joining the Nottingham team as one of your third grade teachers! I earned my Bachelor’s degree at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas where I also student taught in a 2nd grade classroom and received my first teaching license. After college I moved to Los Angeles, got a California teaching license, and taught Kindergarten for three years while working on a Master’s degree in Reading Instruction/Child and Adolescent Literacy at Loyola Marymount University. After three years on the West Coast I decided to move back home to the East Coast to be near my family and I now live in Arlington, VA. For the past two years I have been teaching Fifth Grade English/Language Arts and Social Studies at Carlin Springs Elementary School and I am currently teaching Summer School Reading Intervention for grades 3-5. In my free time I like to read, cook, craft/organize, exercise, travel, and spend time with family and friends. I am really looking forward to starting at a new school and teaching a new grade level and I can’t wait to meet all of you!

Eric Krumich, Special Education, Resource

Hello New Friends, my name is Eric Krumich and I am going to be a Special Education Resource Teacher.  Originally, I hail from Pittsburgh, PA, but have had a number of addresses over the years.  After retiring from the United States Army, I taught K-8 general education and special education students in Hampton, VA, St. Mary’s County, MD, and Arlington, VA.  Additionally, I was an adjunct professor at Christopher Newport University and the College of William and Mary.  My most recent teaching assignment was at Randolph Elementary School, where I taught special education resource (grades K-5), and self-contained special education (grades K-2) over the past six years.  I have a wide variety of interests and hobbies.  These include various outdoor sports and work projects that I focus on when spending my free time at two undeveloped properties in the woods.  I also shamelessly spoil my two grandchildren!  I look forward to meeting all of you and collaborating throughout the year.

Samantha O’Connor: Art Teacher

Hello, my name is Sam O’Connor and I am thrilled to be a joining the Nottingham team! Born in Florida with much of my family in Maine, I wound up naturally right in the middle of the two growing up. Taking advantage of the nation’s capital, I received my BA in both Art and Visual Technology, and BA in English from George Mason University. Before graduation, I wrote, illustrated, and published my first book, Captain Marlowe and the Red Tide. From there, I went on to receive my Masters in Elementary Education at the University of Virginia. I currently live in Arlington where I enjoy painting, drawing, reading, and watching movies. I also love traveling, animals, and nature. I look forward to meeting you all! Have a great and creative summer.

Kindergarten Summer Play Dates Set

If you are neighbors with rising K learners and their parents/guardians, please encourage them to mark their family calendars to join new Nottingham Knights for these summer play dates:

  • Saturday, August 19 & 26 – 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. – Nottingham Front Playground

Committee Co-chairs:

Open House: Thursday, August 31

Hard to imagine that we are already thinking about our annual Open House, in which we welcome new and returning Knights! Please plan to come to Nottingham on Thursday, August 31st for a brief visit.Rising K Learners:  – 8:45-9:45 am, Knights in Grades 1-5:  9:00- 9:45 am

A Knight to Remember:  Thursday, August 31 –  5:30-8:30 PM

Please mark your family calendar to join Mr. Koutsouftikis and me for A Knight to Remember!     Our beloved PE staff of Ms. Pugh and Mr. Giusto will facilitate group games while families enjoy an old fashioned picnic – each family will bring their own food for their picnic.Consider bringing your blanket, lawn chairs, and favorite lawn games for some old-fashioned family fun.  Use this opportunity for you and your child/children to reconnect with friends and make new ones!   Additionally, leave room for a sweet treat, which can be purchased from Scoops to You, an ice cream truck. After the picnic, we will be featuring the movie Born in China: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/born-in-china.  We look forward to seeing you and your family to help kick off the year in fine fashion!

Local Summer Activities:

Searching for variety of activities, different idea of a play date for your child, or visiting nieces or nephews? Here are some good local resources:

KidFriendly DC | A go-to resource for recreation with kids in the DC …

kidfriendlydc.com / All ages, DC, Maryland, Nature, Ongoing, Outdoor and  Fun Things to do with Kids in the Washington DC Area, … ‎Weekend · ‎The Great Indoors · ‎The Best Places in the DC … · ‎Everyday Play

On a personal note, I am looking forward to some beach and family time and will soon be heading up the Northeast corridor to spend time with family and friends. Over the course of this summer, as I continue my online work, I am reading The Innovator’s Mindset – The Principal of Change by George Couros.  This work encompasses:

  • The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning; Unleash Talent and Lead a Culture of Creativity
  • Chapter 1:  What Innovation Is – why is it important in our schools today?
  • I look forward to continued dialogue with teacher leaders and conversation on how we need to embrace this notion to create better opportunities for learners.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us
@NTMPrincipal  @NTMKnightsAPS

Build a Better World

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – June 20, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians, Monday was a whirlwind of activity here at Nottingham, what with class trips, publishing parties, Readers’ Theater, class picnics, and end- of-year activities. Hard as it is to believe, we are in the home stretch! This morning I enjoyed addressing our fifth graders/ rising 6th graders one last time, as they completed their […]

I will understand problem solving, self-exploration, decision making, number relationships, structures, complex vocabulary, healthy living, cause and effect, creativity, imaginative thinking and my natural world when I am big. Because I play outside while I am little.Dear Parents/Guardians,

Monday was a whirlwind of activity here at Nottingham, what with class trips, publishing parties, Readers’ Theater, class picnics, and end- of-year activities. Hard as it is to believe, we are in the home stretch! This morning I enjoyed addressing our fifth graders/ rising 6th graders one last time, as they completed their final run through of promotion practice. We are ready for a memorable evening!


Hoops for Hughes

An update from HFH Lead Volunteer: Parent/ Guardian Karen Lindquist- I want to thank each of you for the time that you spent organizing, planning, and volunteering for Friday night’s game!   The 4th grade chorus did a fantastic job of singing the National Anthem prior to the start of the game. Our 5th graders showed great sportsmanship.  Each of the 60+ players played hard and had fun.  The enthusiasm from the cheering stands was so nice to see – and hear!   Together, Nottingham and Discovery 5th grade families raised a total of $2,505.00 for the Marjorie Hughes Fund.  They are always very appreciative of this event and the infusion of money that goes to the non-profit Marjorie Hughes Fund.


Fifth Grade Promotion Program – Thank You to our Fourth and Fifth Grade Parent/Guardian Volunteers

Many thanks to Robyn Joseffer and her army of volunteers who have invested heart and soul to ensure a memorable promotion for our Rising 6th Grade Knights. We will gather to celebrate the next stage in their educational journey at Williamsburg Middle School later on this evening. This is yet another outstanding example of the teamwork and dedication to our Knights!

Fifth and Fourth Grade parent volunteers who helped with all the various tasks regarding promotion are listed below

  • 4th Grade Parent Volunteers – Kendra Anderson and Maria Fusco
  • DAR Coordinator – Meaghan Thomas
  • Program Production – Stephanie Mitchell
  • Video Production – Betsy Churchill, Larry Gomez, Janna Tranfa and Patty Hines
  • Photo Bulletin Boards – Robyn Menard, Stephanie Mitchell, Elizabeth Duke and Rachel Agnew
  • Poetry Contest – Liz O’Neill, Karen Hammar Firebaugh, and Holly Tully
  • Certificates – Eileen Kostanecki Roosa
  • Decorations – Elizabeth Duke
  • AV Support – Lee Furches
  • Class photo – Soni Manickmam and Patty Hines
  • Community Service Project – Karen Kerley-Schwartz (she has a list of her volunteers)
  • Art Contest – Courtney Portner, Erin Colbert Jessica Neumann
  • Treasurer – Kendra Anderson

Knight Writer May

Nottingham Knight Writer

As we wrap up our academic year, I wanted to call your attention to our May Knight Writer online magazine. We have chosen to highlight the works of our rising 6th graders. It is inspiring to read their work and to be granted an opportunity to read more about the things they feel passionately about.

Nottingham Knight Writer New Focus:  Knights S.T.E.A.M.ing Ahead

For the 2017-18 academic year, Nottingham’s Knight Writer Project will take on a decidedly STEAM like focus. Via further integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, our STEAM focus will be on providing authentic, inquiry-based learning experiences that encourage our Knights to collaborate, experiment, and create solutions to real-life problems. As we incorporate elements of Project Lead The Way, we remain dedicated to providing our Knights with an engaging, hands-on environment. Our MakerSpace and ImagiLab work with our Knights and their teachers is dedicated to fostering those lifelong skills while engaging in hands-on learning. Global and local challenges surround us. To address these challenges and move forward, we know the world needs citizens who know problem-solving strategies, think critically and creatively, communicate and collaborate with others, and persevere when something does not work the first time! We think that sounds like our Knights!


A Fond Farewell to our Rising Sixth Graders

Please join us in “clapping out” the fifth graders at dismissal on Friday, June 23.

  • Teachers will have their classes lined up outside their classroom.
  • If you would like to join us, please plan to be in place inside or outside the school by 1:05 pm. We will begin our farewell at 1:10 PM.  The fifth graders will walk down each hallway.

Ice Cream Treat:  Celebrating the Last Day of School

Specials thanks to our PTA for sponsoring an Ice Cream Truck which will be located on the back black top beginning just after dismissal. Families are welcome to bring their children back to school as the Ice Cream Truck will stay until 2:30 p.m. Our PTA executive members have ensured that our ice cream treats will be nut free, and gluten and dairy-free options will be available. The items will have the ingredients listed on the packages and there will be wipes available as well.  Knights who attend Extended Day will be brought out to the truck in turn, and walkers/car riders may stop by on their way home. Bus riders will be brought options while waiting for their bus.


2017-2018 Staffing Update: New Staff Joining the Nottingham Learning Community

Please join Mr. Koutsouftikis and me in extending a warm Nottingham welcome to the following new colleagues:

  • Kelynne Bisbee, School Counselor
    Hi! I’m Kelynne Bisbee and I’m thrilled to return to Nottingham as a counselor this fall. I will be assigned here one day a week and am excited to see my former Knights again and meet some new ones. I am originally from upstate New York and for many years, I was a counselor in non-profit agencies. After I earned my graduate degree at UMass Amherst in 2000, I relocated to Arlington, VA and became a full-time elementary school counselor with APS. When my son was born in 2008, I enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom and once he started school, I returned to counseling part-time. During my free time, I enjoy reading, doing arts and crafts, and spending time with my husband, son, pets, and friends.
  • Martine “Cherise” Harrington, Math Coach
    “You have a brain in your head and feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”  ~ Dr. Seuss.  Not only is Dr. Seuss one of my favorite children’s book authors, but this quote really captures my attitude toward learning.  I am so excited to be joining the Nottingham Knights family as the new Math Coach.  I have over 20 years of experience in education including my first 10 years as a classroom teacher in Fresno, California before serving as a Math Coach for 3 years and was also selected to become a State Trainer, delivering 5-day training sessions on Math curriculum and standards.  In 2009, I decided to move to Virginia to be near my family and served as a Math Resource Teacher for a couple of years before being awarded my first Consulting contract in which I worked with 7 schools (on 4 of the 8 islands) in the state of Hawaii.  I also served as a full-time professional development consultant with a non-profit company called NWEA where I trained schools and districts throughout the US in the administration and application of a computer adaptive assessment.  Now, that I am back in Virginia, I am so excited to be getting back to Coaching where I can build and extend the capacity of our Instructional Teams at Nottingham to increase student learning in Math.When I am not teaching or developing professional development content for use in my coaching work, I am playing ball with my 2 dogs, playing at Top Golf, playing free poker or shopping!  I cannot wait to begin working with the Nottingham community.
  • Mary Beth King, Kindergarten Teacher
    My name is Marybeth King and I am so excited to be joining the Nottingham team! I started in Fairfax County 4 years ago as a Reading Resource teacher. I then transitioned to teaching Kindergarten, which I loved for the past 3 years.  I attended East Carolina University for my undergraduate degree and this past May I received my Master’s Degree from George Mason University, specializing in Math leadership.  I grew up in New Jersey and enjoy going home during the summer to visit my family and go to the beach.  In my free time I enjoying reading books, spending time with my brother and my niece, being in the sun, and shoe shopping!  I already feel so welcomed at Nottingham and I look forward to meeting everybody in September!
  • Katharine, McGinn, Special Education Resource
    Hello, Families!  My name is Katharine McGinn Pipke and I am delighted to join the Nottingham community this fall.  For almost 15 years, I taught Special Education inclusion in grades 2-4 in Alexandria, Virginia.  I recently received my Master’s Degree in Special Education from the Curry School of the University of Virginia and am eager to focus on meeting the needs of students requiring specialized instruction and their families.  Currently, I live in Alexandria, Virginia with my husband and two children.  When not in school, I enjoy visiting with family in DC, NJ, and NYC, travelling, running, and reading.  I am eager to work with members of the Nottingham community this coming year.
  • Teal Miles, Reading Specialist
    My name is Teal Miles.  I am excited to be joining the Nottingham Family!  I have worked as a Literacy Coach for the past 5 years in the Alexandria City Public Schools.   I am originally from Florida and taught 9 years in the same district from which I graduated.  My undergraduate degree is from Florida Atlantic University and my Masters in Reading is from Stetson University.  When not working, most of my time is spent exploring and attending all the amazing events in the area.  My husband and I are often looking for ways my 3-year-old son can burn off energy.  I am looking forward to meeting everyone in the fall!
  • Kristin Muller, 4th Grade Teacher
    Hello, Nottingham Elementary School members!  My name is Kristin Muller and I am thrilled to be joining the Nottingham Knights.  This will be my thirteenth year of teaching.  Most recently, I have been teaching Advanced Academics for a Primary Years Programme School, Belvedere Elementary, in Fairfax County.  I’m originally from a small town in upstate New York and received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from SUNY Cortland. I am a thespian at heart and have enjoyed theater since a very young age. I was a performer until college, when I fell in love with the technical aspect.  Eight years ago I developed and directed a theater program for upper elementary students in Louisa County.  This year I am hoping to find time to participate in some form of theater.  I look forward to meeting the Nottingham Community this fall.
  • Kelly Neill, 4th Grade Teacher
    My name is Kelly Neill and I am excited to be a member of the Nottingham community!  I spent the last 7 years teaching grades 1-4 in Fairfax County and Loudoun County, most recently at Cardinal Ridge Elementary.  Before that, I attended the University of Virginia for my undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Last summer, I completed my reading specialist license through UVA as well.  In my free time, I love to cheer on the ‘Hoos, work on my goal of visiting all 50 states, and spend time with family and friends.  I’m looking forward to meeting everyone in the fall!
  • Joe Price, 5th Grade Teacher
    My name is Joe Price and I am so excited to be joining the Nottingham community this year!  I have been teaching in Virginia since 2004.  Most recently, I taught fifth and fourth grades at Ashlawn Elementary. Prior to that I was a fifth grade teacher in Stafford County. I am originally from Rochester, NY and attended the State University of New York at Potsdam for my undergraduate studies. I earned my master’s degree from University of Mary Washington. When I’m not teaching, I love to coach baseball, play chess and spend time with family. I’m looking forward to becoming a Knight!

Summer Library Hours – Nottingham Library/Makerspace

Members of Nottingham’s Community of  Learners are invited to join Mrs. Koehler and Mrs. Gustafson, our Library Media Services team, for three special evenings from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. Capitalizing on the energy and creativity of our Knights on display from this past year’s ImagiLab sessions, students and their parents will be invited to participate in a different STEAM activity each night. The activities will complement our summer reading theme – Build a Better World.

Dates:

  • Thursday, 7/6, Wednesday, 8/2 and Tuesday, 8/22
  • 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Build a Better WorldHere is the link to the summer reading page and the summer reading packet.

On a never ending search for great reads?

One of the joys of living so close to the nation’s capital is our proximity to unique opportunities for fun summer activities.
Your child/ children might enjoy Summer Learning – National Geographic Society


A Knight to Remember Scheduled – Thursday, August 31 –  5:30-8:30 PM

Please mark your family calendar to join Mr. Koutsouftikis and me for A Knight to Remember! 

Our beloved PE staff of Ms. Pugh and Mr. Grasso will facilitate group games while families enjoy an old fashioned picnic. Leave room for a sweet treat, which can be purchased from Scoops to You, an ice cream truck. After the picnic, we will be featuring the movie Born in China: .  We look forward to seeing you and your family to help kick off the year in fine fashion!

Thank you for entrusting our staff with the gift and joy of being a formative part of their educational experience this year.

Wishing you a fun, safe, “outdoorsy summer,” full of play with your children!

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

Box with Lost and Found items

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – June 15, 2017

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.  – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  Dear Parents/Guardians, Our morning here at Nottingham began with an early faculty meeting in which instructional staff was asked to reflect on their own lessons learned this year, about themselves as role models […]

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Our morning here at Nottingham began with an early faculty meeting in which instructional staff was asked to reflect on their own lessons learned this year, about themselves as role models for their students, their roles as teachers, and their goals for the future.

What have you taught your students this year, by your words or example, about how to be a human being in the world?

  • What have you learned?  What do you know now that you didn’t in August about children, teaching, and yourself?
  • What do you feel you have done well?  We all have successes; think about what you are proud of accomplishing or doing this year.
  • What do you feel you need or want to work on moving forward?   Think about what you can change or learn to better meet your students’ needs.

We spent time reviewing early SOL Data, engaged in Climate building activities and enjoyed the following Kid President message about the 5 Things That are Awesome about Summer.  We are committed to ensuring a fun, safe end to the academic year. If you follow me on Twitter, checkout the tweets from this morning’s Responsive Classroom Morning Meeting Celebration. Our Knights were highly engaged in the four components and especially enjoyed the greeting and interactive aspects of the celebration.

Ms. Embrey and the rest of the front office staff keep reminding Mr. Koutsouftikis and me that we are in the final countdown with only six days left in our academic year. The literal and figurative growth of our Knights is all around us, and it’s a wonderful time of year to express appreciation to the craftsmen and women who are your children’s teachers. Thanks very much to those of you who have shared your reflections as to how your child’s experience was enhanced by his/ her relationship with a teacher. By now, your child’s teacher should have sent home individual communications regarding classroom picnics, end of year trips and special events.


To ensure a smooth wrap up to our year:

  • Please encourage your child to take one last look for errant class or library books which can still be returned to their rightful owners.
  • Mrs. Christina Cuesta, our school nurse, asks that you mark your calendar and plan to pick up your child’s medicine from the clinic during the last full week of school, prior to our last day of school.  Any medication that is not picked up will be discarded at the end of the day on June 23rd.
  • If you’ve received notification from Ms. Embrey or Mrs. Tran of money owed to the cafeteria, please help us clear our financial books.
  • If you and your family anticipate a move from our Nottingham Learning community, we wish you well in the next chapter. Remember, once a Knight, always a Knight! Please call Ms. Embrey (703 228-8326) in the main office or email her at janet.embrey@apsva.us to let her know that you do not intend to return

Box with Lost and Found itemsLost and Found

Please continue to check out Lost and Found and claim all your child’s missing items.  All unclaimed items will be donated to charity after the last day of school, June 23rd.

During the last week of school (June 19 – 23), two large tables with the Lost and Found items will be placed near the Matisse inspired painted pillars in our main hallway. Parents/guardians may visit the tables during drop-off or pick-up from school.


Hoops for Hughes: 5th Grade Charity Basketball Game

Friday, June 16, 2017 – 7 to 9 p.m. / Williamsburg Middle School Gym

Come join in the fun at the Annual “Hoops for Hughes” basketball game with special guests, our friends from Discovery Elementary. Mr. Koutsouftikis looks forward to seeing many of you at the game.


Fifth Grade Parent/Guardians – Rising 6th Grade Parent Meeting:

I am pleased that acting Principal at Williamsburg Middle School, Connie Skelton will be joining me for this informational parent meeting.  It is scheduled for Wednesday, June 21 – 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. in the Nottingham Library.


Rising Up Visits

Rising Up visits are underway, affording our Knights a chance to visit a classroom in the next grade level. Our staff has been creative with many ways to provide rising up students with a window into the next grade level curriculum, projects, and expectations.  Please share in your child’s excitement by asking about their “Rising Up” experience.         

  • K-1            June 15           Barnett to Whitley     9:30 – 10:00 a.m.      
  • K-1            June 15           Biechman to Jensen  9:30 – 10:00 a.m.     
  • K-1            Thursday, June 22     Griffin to Gray           2:50 – 3:20 p.m..     
  • K-1            Monday, June 19       Allen to Costa             10:00 – 10:30 a.m.  
  • 1-2             Friday, June 20          9:30 – 10:00 a. m.      
  • 2-3              Wednesday, June 21   9:30 – 10:15 a.m.    
  • 3-4               Monday, June 19       2:45 – 3:15 p.m. (in 4th grade classrooms) Ready to Jacoby, Johnston to Zipfel, Moore to Mendelson, Wine gets split between the three classes.    
  • 4-5               Tuesday, June 20       3:00 – 3:25 p.m.  (in 5th grade classrooms) 

The Great Library Race

Theme:  Read for the Win!

Hopefully by now you are aware that the Great Library Race has been underway for over a week now.  Classes have been collaborating as they race to see which class will receive the title of Most Responsible Knights:  those who have returned all of their books to the library. They have enjoyed watching the frogs jump down the board as the books roll in. Despite best efforts to return books to the library by today, errant books will be still be accepted. Mrs. Gustafson asks that you please help your child locate any missing books. Thank you for your efforts to join us in getting all accounts cleared out before the end of the academic year.


  • Math Summer Review Access

The Math Department no longer prints summer review packets. Parents/Guardians can access the summer review with the following link: https://www.apsva.us/mathematics/summer-reviews/. These reviews are a perfect way to keep your child’s skills in mathematics sharp and aid in grade level transition.


A Fond Farewell to our Rising Sixth Graders

Please join us in “clapping out” the fifth graders at dismissal on Friday, June 24.

  • Teachers will have their classes lined up outside their classroom.
  • If you would like to join us, please plan to be in place inside or outside the school by 1:05 pm. We will begin our farewell at 1:10 PM.  The fifth graders will walk down each hallway.  

Fun in Arlington! – Arlington Parks and Recreation eNews

Click on the link below for some fun June activities to participate in: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAARLINGTON/bulletins/19e4294


Kindergarten Summer Play Dates Set

Please mark your family calendars to join new Nottingham Knights for these summer play dates:

Saturday, July 8 & 15   /    Saturday, August 19 & 26
9:30 – 11:00 a.m. – Nottingham Front Playground

Committee Co-chairs:

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

Early Release Day

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – June 14, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians, Reminder of Early Release Dates – Dismissal Time:  1:26 p.m. It is a busy week here at Nottingham as we continue to celebrate student growth and the realizations of their hopes and dreams.  I wanted to remind you that next week the following days are early release: Wednesday, June 21 Friday, June 23 […]

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Reminder of Early Release Dates – Dismissal Time:  1:26 p.m.

It is a busy week here at Nottingham as we continue to celebrate student growth and the realizations of their hopes and dreams.  I wanted to remind you that next week the following days are early release:

  • Wednesday, June 21
  • Friday, June 23

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

Red apple that says School + Health= Sucessful Students!

Strep Throat Alert – June 13, 2017

Dear Nottingham Parents/Guardians, Thank you for assisting us in keeping Nottingham a healthy school environment. Due to the recent outbreak of multiple cases of strep throat at Nottingham, below is a letter from the Department of Human Services giving guidelines to follow to minimize any additional spread. Several cases of Strep Throat have recently been […]

Dear Nottingham Parents/Guardians,

Thank you for assisting us in keeping Nottingham a healthy school environment. Due to the recent outbreak of multiple cases of strep throat at Nottingham, below is a letter from the Department of Human Services giving guidelines to follow to minimize any additional spread.

Several cases of Strep Throat have recently been reported at your school

FACTS:

Strep throat (caused by Group A streptococcus bacteria) is commonly seen in pre-school and school-age children, especially during the school year. Untreated strep throat can lead to more serious conditions, so evaluation by a medical professional is recommended if symptoms occur. The disease is moderately contagious but spread can be minimized by

1) covering all coughs and sneezes,
2) keeping hands clean with soap and warm water (hand sanitizer is also effective unless a child has a lot of “yuck” on their hands), and
3) not sharing common objects.

HOW IT SPREADS:

The bacteria which cause Strep Throat are spread by respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing or close contact with someone who is infected, especially sharing any toys, eating utensil, water bottles, etc.

SYMPTOMS:

  • Sudden onset of sore throat, fever, painful swallowing, and redness in the back of the throat.
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck are common.
  • Some children will have white spots or patches on their tonsils.
  • Headache, fatigue, stomachache, and decreased appetite may also be present.
  • A rash called “scarlet fever” sometimes occurs.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

Make sure your child is washing their hands and covering their cough!

IF SYMPTOMS DEVELOP:

  1. Please keep your child at home and notify the school.
  2. Contact your child’s healthcare provider for guidance and/or evaluation. Provide them with a copy of this letter.
  3. If your child is diagnosed with Strep Throat, they will need to take antibiotics for at least 24 hours AND be feeling somewhat improved before they may safely return to school.

WHAT WE ARE DOING:

School Health, which is part of the Public Health Division, is working closely with Arlington Public Schools to monitor illnesses and to prevent the spread of the disease.

MORE INFORMATION:

If you want to learn more about Strep Throat, information from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is available online here: http://www.cdc.gov/groupAstrep/about/faqs.html

QUESTIONS:

If you have questions, please contact the school clinic at (703) 228-8329.  The School Health Bureau’s website is www.apsva.us/schoolhealth.

Sincerely,
Samuel Stebbins, MD, MPH
School Health Bureau

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

Thursday, May 18th, The Nottingham Shakespeare Players performed William Shakespeare's Macbeth

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham II – June 9, 2017

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.   Anthony J. D’Angelo Dear Parents/Guardians, Another busy, beautiful day in June can only mean that we are winding down the school year!  This week’s Publishing Parties at our primary levels as well as several mathematically based post SOL learning opportunities (including […]

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.   Anthony J. D’Angelo


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Another busy, beautiful day in June can only mean that we are winding down the school year!  This week’s Publishing Parties at our primary levels as well as several mathematically based post SOL learning opportunities (including one with Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment) remind me of the creativity of our Knights and their teachers. I enjoyed my last Principal’s Reading group of the year.  We shared lunch and pizza on the front steps while book talking and sharing out about their Magazine Covers, in which they envision their future selves in 2037.

At this week’s PTA meeting, I shared that Mr. Koutsouftikis and I are finalizing teacher evaluations, planning and preparing for the 2017-18 academic year and interviewing new hires to join our team. For me, it’s a wistful time of year as I look at the Rising Stars’ Baby pictures in the front lobby. One of the greatest joys of being a principal is seeing your children five days a week, and celebrating their developmental milestones. Promoting from elementary school is definitely one of them!


In case you missed it… Nottingham Chorus Performance a Grand Success!

Chorus Pirates Musical

Mrs. Simonetti shares the following regarding last month’s choral performance: the Nottingham Chorus set sail on a swashbuckling adventure musical, Pirates! by John Jacobson and Roger Emerson. The musical told the story of a stowaway hiding on a pirate ship bound for a choral music competition.  At first the stowaway is marked and sent to the brig, but when the beloved pirate king and star of the singing competition falls ill with laryngitis, the stowaway saves the day with her beautiful voice! Chorus members did a wonderful job singing pirate songs and the actors put on a stupendous display of pirate and prisoner talent.  It was a great way to wrap up the choral season!


2017 Knights Joust Want to Have Fun!

Belated special thanks to our 2017 Knights Joust Want to Have Fun! main event chairs, Katrina Ivatts, Emily Carrigan and Danielle Esposti for their efforts to plan and execute a memorable day of fun for this year’s May Fest.  Their army of subcommittee chairs ensured a good time was had by all: Chip Colbert, Maria Scheller, Tita Freeman, Katrina and Monte Hawkins, Colleen Wright, Karen Ansary, Mimi Shah, Michelle Zamarin, Suzanne Libby, Susan Michaels, Meg Ogea, Christina Spies, and Katie Roland.  Our Knights enjoyed a variety of fun activities which included the Maypole dance, bouncing in bounce houses, playing laser tag, watching live entertainment, playing a host of creative games in the gym, and having their hair sprayed and face painted, among many other exciting offerings!


June 13, and 15, 2017 Responsive Classroom School-wide Morning Meeting

Special thanks to 4th grade teacher, Sarah Jacoby, a national trainer for the Responsive Classroom corporation. She has been most helpful in assisting me with planning for our upcoming meetings. Please ask your child about their class work and preparation for next week’s Responsive Classroom meetings.

  • Greeting:  Pop See Ko –Knights have been hard at work creating a motion to share when we greet each class  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMxtwzroMTQ.
  • Sharing: Hopes & Dreams: Representatives from each class will briefly share ways they achieved/ worked on meeting their Hopes and Dreams.
  • Activity: Opposite World –Our Knights will enjoy a chance to dance around when the music is NOT playing and freeze when the music IS playing.
  • Message: Our SCA Executive team will guide our work on learning our new Code of Conduct, CARES.

Stellar Performances by Nottingham’s Shakespeare Thespians

Thursday, May 18th, The Nottingham Shakespeare Players performed William Shakespeare's Macbeth
The cast dressed and ready for action

The Nottingham Shakespeare Players performed William Shakespeare’s Macbeth before a packed house of family, friends and theater fans.  Months of preparation and hard work paid off as the 29 member 5th grade cast gave an outstanding performance of this tragic tale complete with ambition, murder, blood, madness, cackling witches and even a few laughs!  The Players performed a shortened version for our 3rd, 4th and 5th grades Knights.  I enjoyed catching our fifth grade thespians in action at last week’s Mini-Shakespeare Festival Performance at the McLean Montessori School.


Tech Lab for Fifth Grade Students

Earlier this month, our fifth grade Knights, their teachers and Ofelia McKenzie, Science Lead teacher visited Qualcomm Lab and enjoyed the opportunity to code and program their own robots.  Qualcomm Lab sponsors STEAM learning and is possible because of a partnership between Virginia Tech and Qualcomm Corp.  Knights voted it their favorite field trip!


Fifth Grade Promotion: Rising Stars

All is moving along smoothly with the fifth grade promotion plans.  Most of our Knights/ parents/guardians have been a part of our learning community since kindergarten.  Our rising 6th  Grade Knights’ promotion ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20 at Williamsburg Middle School at 5:30 in the evening. Information regarding this special event has been shared with families of our fifth grade Knights.

  • Please join me for a Rising Sixth Grade Parent Meeting with Williamsburg Middle School Interim Principal, Connie Skelton on June 21 – 9:00 – 9:40 a.m. in the Library.
  • Parents/Guardians will have a chance to learn about the sixth grade instructional program as well as receive some advice about helping their child transition to middle school.

A Fond Farewell to our Rising Sixth Graders

Please join us in “clapping out” the fifth graders at dismissal on Friday, June 23.

  • Teachers will have their classes lined up outside their classroom.If you would like to join us, please plan to be in place inside or outside the school by 1:05 p.m. We will begin our farewell at 1:10 p.m.  The fifth graders will walk down each hallway.

SCA News:  An Update from our SCA Co-Chairs (Laura Moore and Tricia Zipfel)

Knights in grades 2 – 4 will elect the SCA Executive Board in June. Our general election will be held June 19 through 21st. Elected officers will be announced at our annual Awards Ceremony on June 22.

  • June 19-21:  General elections, grades 2-4 only
  • June 22:  Officers for the 2017-2018 school year will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony – 9:15 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room

Class representatives will be elected in September. If you have any questions regarding our SCA election, please email Mrs. Moore: laura.moore@apsva.us or Mrs. Zipfel: tricia.zipfel@apsva.us.


Notification to School Office Regarding Intent to Not Return for 2017-2018

Please let your child’s teacher and Ms. Embrey in the main office know if your child/children will not be returning to Nottingham for the 2017-18 school year.  Ms. Embrey’s contact information is:  janet.embrey@apsva.us or 703-228-8326.


Calling for Kindergarten Registrations for 2017-2018

If you know of any parent who has a rising kindergartener, who is not registered, please encourage them to register now!

Parents/Guardians can contact our registrar, Janet Embrey, at 703-228-5290 or go to the APS Website https://www.apsva.us/registering-your-child/ for information about the APS registration process. Only students officially registered as kindergarten students are in the official count used for the APS allocation of kindergarten teachers. Please contact Ms. Embrey if you have any questions.


Upcoming Events:

  • June 14, 2017 – Public Library Visit
  • June 14, 2017 – Early Release
  • June 16, 2017 – JK-Hoops for Hughes/Williamsburg – 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
    Tickets:  $5.00 / Sales:  5th Grade, Friday, June 9th / 4th Grade, Monday, June 12th
  • June 20, 2017 – Promotion@Williamsburg
  • June 22, 2017 – Awards Assembly
  • June 23, 2017 – Early Release – 1:26 p.m.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

Inspiratonal teaching quotes

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – June 9, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians, 2017-2018 Staffing Update As shared at this week’s PTA meeting, the end of the academic year is always a fun, frenetic time, with lots of wonderful activities to celebrate the academic and socioemotional growth of our Knights.  Mr. Koutsouftikis and I bid a fond farewell to the following Nottingham colleagues and extend our […]

Inspiratonal teaching quotesDear Parents/Guardians,

2017-2018 Staffing Update

As shared at this week’s PTA meeting, the end of the academic year is always a fun, frenetic time, with lots of wonderful activities to celebrate the academic and socioemotional growth of our Knights.  Mr. Koutsouftikis and I bid a fond farewell to the following Nottingham colleagues and extend our personal and professional thanks to those who have touched our Knights’ lives in ways too innumerable to count.

Carla Griffin / Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. GriffinIt is with great sadness that I bid farewell to the Nottingham community. I am so grateful for these past five years that I was able to spend working at Nottingham. My family and I will be relocating to Leesburg and because of this I have accepted a kindergarten teaching position in Loudoun County.  I will deeply miss all of my students and their families and I can’t thank you enough for all of the special memories I will take with me.  I want to thank the entire Nottingham community including the Nottingham Elementary administration and staff that has helped me blossom and grow as an educator. My wish for all of my previous and current goldfish is that I have instilled a love for learning!  Good luck to all of my goldfish –  I will miss you all!

Kendra Hackenberg / Reading Specialist

Ms. Kendra HackenbergI will not be returning to Nottingham next year as I would like to continue working part-time to spend more time with family.  I want to thank all of you for welcoming me with open arms to Nottingham.  I have enjoyed getting to know many of you this year and I wish you all the best in the future!

Briana Wine / Grade 3 Teacher

Ms. Brianna WineIt is with much sadness that I share the news of my departure from Nottingham. My husband and I have decided to start a new, exciting adventure; we will be moving to Dallas, Texas in July. We will both take a year off from our full time positions to explore other passions. We are unsure where we will be going next! I have loved working in the Nottingham community. Everyone has been so kind, and I will miss each and every Knight. Thank you for a wonderful year. Keep being amazing!

Sarah Wysocki / Grade 5 Teacher

Mrs. Sarah WysockiThe past three years teaching 5th grade at Nottingham have been wonderful and full of unforgettable memories.  Teaching the whole child has always been at the center of my practice and in recent years I’ve been wondering if there’s more I can do to help students handle the pace and stress of modern day childhood, which is what lead me to create The Mindful Ones.    The Mindful Ones is an after-school program that teaches kids mindfulness and provides them with the tools and time to work on issues and projects that are meaningful to them. I am beyond excited to be offering this program at Nottingham next fall.   You can find more information on this program at www.themindfulones.com,  While I’m leaving the 5th grade classroom, I hope to see you around Nottingham for many more years!

Anne Stewart / Special Education

Mrs. Anne StewartAs I bid farewell to the Nottingham Community, I am thankful that I have been blessed to work in a community that has extended me caring and support. As a teacher, I appreciate the opportunity you have given me to work with your children. It has been my honor and privilege to do so.   I am excited for all that retirement will bring. While resting and mulling over my next plans, I will help in my neighborhood with a couple of needs and get involved with some community projects.  Traveling will also be in my future, most immediately to California to visit my daughter and her family! I am optimistic that the next years will be among the best and am excited to begin my new adventure!

Current Staff Changing Positions with the Nottingham School Community

Jessica Gray / Grade 1 Teacher

Jessica GrayAfter receiving my endorsement in ESOL I am excited to be the new ESOL/HILT teacher at Nottingham next year. I will miss teaching First Grade but I am very glad to be able to stay at Nottingham and continue to work with all the wonderful colleagues and families that we have in our community.

Hannah Mendelson / Grade 4 Teacher

Hannah MendelsonI am excited about my new position for next year as a first grade teacher at Nottingham! I have absolutely loved my time as a fourth grade teacher and have enjoyed working with such talented colleagues and inspiring students. However, after having taught fourth grade for eight years, I am looking for a change. I am excited to take on this new challenge and I feel so lucky to be joining such a strong team of teachers. Thank you for your support!

Update from Mrs. Gustafson, Nottingham Librarian:

The school year is winding down, and the Great Library Race is on! Beginning this Monday, all library books are due, and classes of Knights will be joining the race to see which class can get all of their library books returned first. The frogs on the bulletin board outside the library will start jumping down the board to track our progress!    Please check with your child to see if he/she has any books that need to be returned to the library.   We have no overdue fees here, so just send them on in!  If a book is truly lost and can’t be found, please send in a check made payable to Nottingham School with the replacement cost to get your account cleared.

Arlington Public LIbrary Summer Reading 2017On Wednesday, the public librarians from Westover Library are visiting Nottingham to share their summer reading theme:  Build a Better World.  The public library has a great summer program, with lots of fun activities for the family.  Be sure to check it out!

Nottingham’s summer reading program is designed to coordinate with the public library program; Knights will find a summer reading packet in their final report card. Knights will be asked to “collect” Legos for each activity they complete or each book they read. The Legos they collect will be added to next year’s class total.  The class that collects the most Legos over the summer will receive an invitation to visit ImagiLAB, Nottingham’s Makerspace area, for a special STEM summer reading program.   We wish you a relaxing summer break!   Happy reading!

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

Digital Resources for Families

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – June 6, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians of Fourth Graders, I hope this letter find you all enjoying the last few days of the school year and the beginning of long, hot summer days. We are close to the end of the academic year and want to ensure that all of our fourth graders continue to find Nottingham a safe, […]

Dear Parents/Guardians of Fourth Graders,

I hope this letter find you all enjoying the last few days of the school year and the beginning of long, hot summer days.

We are close to the end of the academic year and want to ensure that all of our fourth graders continue to find Nottingham a safe, welcoming place to grow and learn. I wanted to bring to your attention an area of concern for Mr. Koutsouftikis and me regarding poor choices exhibited by some Knights with respect to their use of digital devices.

Mr. Koutsouftikis, the 4th grade team, Mrs. Gustafson, Dr. McCormac and I all feel it is necessary to reinforce to our Knights their personal responsibility in making smart choices regarding their digital reputation.  Through a recent series of events, it has been brought to our attention that group chats on personal cell phones for 9-10 year olds can very easily be the source of children being exposed to content parents/guardians would not want their child to see.

To better assess if students were using their school iPads appropriately, we have reviewed over half of the iPads for the grade level and checked search histories to determine if students are following our acceptable use guidelines.  We encourage you to speak with your child regarding safe, appropriate searches when accessing digital content.  The curriculum we use in school is called Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/.  APS has been developing a collection of Parent Resources – https://www.apsva.us/personalized-learning/parent-resources/.  We have a Family Resource Pack on Digital Citizenship. We encourage you to take the time to explore some of these resources.

Please join the fourth grade team in celebrating your child’s growing independence.  As we move through the 4th and final quarter, continue to encourage your child to share with you their weekly triumphs and challenges.  Please share with your child that, as rising 5th graders, they will be the  leaders of our school and as such will need to demonstrate increased personal responsibility to take control of their own actions.  Being a Nottingham citizen comes with expectations to show respect for themselves, their peers and their teachers.  We would appreciate you taking the time to speak with your child to reiterate the importance of making appropriate choices in order to be a good friend, classmate and citizen

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

Responsive Classroom Wordle

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – May 15, 2017

In this place we open our minds.  Here, we don’t just learn, we learn how to learn.  Here, we don’t just answer questions, we uncover new questions to ask.  Here, we see opportunity and direction, purpose and reason.  In this place we take the knowledge of the past and mould it into the ideas of […]

In this place we open our minds.  Here, we don’t just learn, we learn how to learn.  Here, we don’t just answer questions, we uncover new questions to ask.  Here, we see opportunity and direction, purpose and reason.  In this place we take the knowledge of the past and mould it into the ideas of the future.  We motivate.  We collaborate.  We participate.  We are building finer versions of ourselves.   In this place we make tomorrow possible.  

Taken from:  Diocese of Guilford – The Church of England


Dear Parents/Guardians,

SOL Testing Window Information -Parents/ Guardians of Knights in Grades 3-5

May 15 – June 16

Please keep in mind the SOL window as you schedule appointments or plan travel.  Thank you for helping ensure a smooth, uninterrupted test administration this year.  Please increase your child’s success by making sure they get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and by limiting disruptions to their morning routine.

Standards of Learning (SOL) & Testing serves as a helpful guide to all thing SOL related as well as changes and practice items for mathematics, reading, VA Studies (4th Grade) and science (5th Grade).

Knights in Grades 3-5 will take the following SOLs this year:

  • 3rd Grade: Reading (May 18 & 19) and Math (June 5 & 6)
  • 4th Grade: Reading (May 18 & 19), Virginia Studies (May 26), and Math (June 5 & 6)
  • 5th Grade: Reading (May 18 & 19), Science (May 26), and Math (June 5 & 6)

We will be in touch with parent/guardians regarding retakes for students who do not pass their SOL and receive a score between 375 and 399.  All tests will be given in the morning.

Nottingham CARES

Recently, members of our Nottingham Executive SCA team worked with 4th grade teacher Sarah Jacoby and me to revise our Code of Conduct. Core classroom teachers are introducing this Code of Conduct to our Knights in preparation for our whole school Responsive Classroom school celebration in early June.  We believe that this reflects our current beliefs and core values, with character traits and social skills closely aligned  to our Responsive Classroom work.

The 5 key terms are: Cooperation, Assertiveness, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-control. 

Responsive Classroom Wordle

Nottingham CARES
Cooperation
Assertiveness
Responsibility
Empathy and
Self-control  


Bike & Walk to School Day LogoBike and Walk to School Day Report from Mike Giusto

Our bike and walk to school event took place on the morning of May 10th, with over 300 students walking, biking and scootering to school. As usual, Nottingham had a great turnout and we were all very proud of our Knights! Thank you once again for all of your support with this event!


Fourth Graders Visit NOAA’s Exhibit of “Hurricane Hunter” Airplanes

Science Lead teacher Ms. Ofelia McKenzie shares the following:

On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Nottingham’s 4th grade knights were one of two APS schools to have enjoyed a unique opportunity to pilots, engineers, scientists and military personnel that work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  NOAA is responsible for sharing important information and warning people about storms, hurricanes, or other natural phenomena.    Our Knights were invited to view sophisticated weather instruments as pilots, meteorologists, and data scientists shared their experiences flying in the eyes of hurricanes. Our Knights were then invited to tour three aircrafts known as the “Hurricane Hunters” that fly into hurricanes.  See more in the Washington Post.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

Nottingham Student Council Banner

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – May 5, 2017

And Spring arose on the garden fair, Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere; And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast rose from the dreams of its wintry rest. —Percy Bysshe Shelley Dear Parents/Guardians: Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week –  May 8-12, 2017 Mr. Koutsouftikis and I appreciate the support of our PTA […]

And Spring arose on the garden fair, Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere; And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.

—Percy Bysshe Shelley


Dear Parents/Guardians:

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week –  May 8-12, 2017

Mr. Koutsouftikis and I appreciate the support of our PTA in sponsoring a delicious and heartfelt week of thank you’s for our instructional staff!  We are fortunate indeed to experience daily the creative and engaging work of our colleagues and their efforts to provide a fun and engaging educational experience for our Knights.   If you are on Twitter and want to help us highlight your appreciation, please use the hashtag: #ThankAPSTeachers.

Our teachers look forward to the following PTA sponsored treats:

  • Monday:  Duck Donuts and coffee for breakfast
  • Tuesday: Books for the classroom
  • Wednesday:  Notes/Drawings from students indicating their favorite part of the school year. ***Frozen Yogurt treat after school.
  • Thursday: “Thank you!”  Get ready to receive special notes from our Knights as a kind way to let you know how much they care.
  • Friday:  Lebanese Taverna lunch

If you were fortunate enough to be at yesterday/ last evening’s Orchestra and Band concert, you no doubt were impressed by the teaching talent of instrumental music teacher Randy Glasner. It is a joy to experience the growth and depth of the musical talent he is able to nurture from our Knights!  Knights in grade 3 will be invited to an Instrument Petting Zoo towards the end of the academic year.


SCA Officer Elections:

Nottingham Student Council BannerMore detailed information will be sent home in Friday Folders on May 12th. Please see the following update from SCA Co-chairs, Laura Moore and Tricia Zipfel.

Knights in grades 2 – 4 will elect the SCA Executive Board in June. The election process will begin with primary elections in classrooms in May.  Knights currently in 3rd and 4th grades can run for the offices of Vice President, Secretary, or Sergeant at Arms.  Knights currently in 4th grade, can also run for President.   The winners of the primaries will be required to make a poster and write a speech, which must be approved by Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Zipfel. Nottingham Knights will then cast votes in the general election June 19 through 21st. Elected officers will be announced at our annual Awards Ceremony on June 22.

Election Timeline: May 16:  Informational meeting for all interested candidates (candidates must attend 1 meeting) 8:30 a.m.:  L11 (Mrs. Zipfel’s room) OR 9:00 am: library – Mrs. Moore – candidates will need to check in with their homeroom teacher.

May 19:  Permission slips are due to classroom teacher May 22-25:  Classroom primaries are held.

May 31:  Meeting with winners of the primaries regarding election procedures and regulations 8:30 a.m. in L11 (Mrs. Zipfel’s room)

June 8:  Nominees’ speeches and posters due to Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Zipfel

June 19-21:  General elections, grades 2-4 only   June 21:   Elected officers will be called to be notified of their victory June 22:   Officers for the 2017-2018 school year will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony – 9:15 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room

Class representatives will be elected in September. If you have any questions regarding our SCA election, please email Mrs. Moore: laura.moore@apsva.us or Mrs. Zipfel:  tricia.zipfel@apsva.us.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

Bike & Walk to School Flyer On Two Wheels or Two Feet By Biking or Walking to School on Bike and Walk to School Day WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – May 3, 2017

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.                                                                                                            Theodore Roosevelt Dear Parents/Guardians, It will be a busy Nottingham filled weekend! I look forward to seeing current and former Knights and their families for our May Fest this Sunday, May 7 – […]

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.                                                                                                            Theodore Roosevelt


Dear Parents/Guardians,

May Fest 2017It will be a busy Nottingham filled weekend! I look forward to seeing current and former Knights and their families for our May Fest this Sunday, May 7 – 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. This year’s theme of Knights Joust Want to Have Fun!  promises to be a good time.

Kudos and thanks to Math lead teacher Maryanne Costa and Math Coach Angela Torpy for their efforts with our fifth grade Math Dice team. (Last year’s team took home the county team championship. As I like to say, Mathletes rule!)  The annual APS tournament will be held this Saturday morning, May 6, at Discovery, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

I look forward to joining fellow fans of Nottingham’s Chorale group for next week’s school musical, Pirates on Wednesday, May 10 – 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.  Mr. Koutsouftikis will be on hand for tomorrow night, May 4, evening’s Instrumental Concert at 7:00 p.m.

Please be on the lookout in your child’s backpack for his/her report card as they are going home tomorrow afternoon. We are proud of our Knights and their collective academic efforts! Thank you in advance for discussing your child’s report card and assessing his/ her learning profile from a growth based mind set.

Bike & Walk to School Flyer On Two Wheels or Two Feet By Biking or Walking to School on Bike and Walk to School Day WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017Don’t forget about Bike and Walk to School Day – Wednesday, May 10, 2017! Below is a word from our P.E. Teacher/Health and Wellness Coordinator, Mr. Mike Giusto: Are you ready for Bike and Walk to School Day? It’s right around the corner, on May 10th.  We are again encouraging our Knights to walk and bike on May 10th, and have some fun swag as well as a Fitbit Blaze giveaway available for some lucky person.  We look forward to seeing our Knights wearing helmets!


Spinners/Fidgets

There has been much discussion amongst APS leadership about the increase in Spinners, especially by students who do not have an IEP or 504 plan that indicates specific sensory needs. When a student has a need for a tool to increase self-regulation the school will provide an appropriate tool based on a child’s needs.  Please see below to clarify why we are discouraging distracting toys from being brought to school for both our Knights and their parents/guardians.

Fidgets…Tool or Toy?  There is no shortage of fun activities for our Knights and their peers across the division – from the water bottle flip challenge to now the spinner fidgets your child may have already asked you for.  What was created as a tool to help individuals display energy that might otherwise distract them from the task at hand, the spinner fidgets have now become a craze wide spread beyond even the United States.  There are even YouTube videos dedicated to tricks and challenges.   What is the purpose behind the use of a fidget in school?  The goal is to provide support to individuals who either need more sensory support for regulation in order to focus or a calming tool for anxious energy.  This is what we would call a “tool” some students would use when needed, just the same as some students may need to use a calculator more than others.  When a fidget ceases to be used as a tool, it becomes a toy and will be taken away.  Teachers and staff have been asked to remind our Knights that the goal of a fidget for some students who need them is to increase their ability to focus on their schoolwork. 

If you choose to purchase and send in fidgets with your child, please consider if it will distract peers (they cannot make any noise) and if it really will serve the purpose of increased focus. If a toy requires two hands and eyes on it to solve, like a Rubik’s cube, it is more appropriate for home or independent time away from peers. 

All students must sign a contract to use a stress/focus fidget at Nottingham. The language is based on our Responsive Classroom approach.


Student/Family Handbook

As a reminder, as stated in the Parent/Family Handbook:

Nottingham Knights are not allowed to bring toys, electronic devices, trading cards and/or other valuables to school.  Staff is not responsible for safeguarding.  Cell phones may be carried for emergency purposes and are the sole responsibility of the Knight.  Cell phones must be turned off completely and kept in backpacks or lockers.  Cell phones may only be used after receiving permission from a staff member.  Knights who misuse their cell phones or disrupt the learning process risk their cell phone being confiscated.


13 Reasons Why

Caution for Families about Students Viewing “13 Reasons Why”

APS staff has heard and many families may be aware from recent media reports about concerns that have been raised about the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why.  Many youth, including APS students, are watching the Netflix series, which was adapted from a popular book of the same title by Jay Asher.  The book and series follow a group of students as they piece together a story left behind by a classmate who died by suicide. While the story touches on important topics, the content is very graphic in nature. Critics have raised concerns that the series romanticizes or glamorizes suicide but gives no healthy alternative to kids struggling with emotional problems.

Although we do not encourage viewing, we believe it is critical for our children and youth to process this information with a trusted adult if they have been exposed to this series.  For this reason, we encourage you to talk with your children about what they are watching, either at home or elsewhere in the company of their friends.

APS resources related to suicide prevention are available through the In Crisis/Need Help Now button under “Quicklinks” on the APS main webpage. Finally, as always, we want to remind families that all of our APS school counselors, school psychologists and social workers are available whenever you have questions or concerns.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

Planting the tree

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – April 27, 2017

If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees. – Hal Borland Dear Parents/Guardians, Arbor Day Earlier this spring we received notification that Nottingham was selected for the honor of being chosen as the elementary school site for the annual Arlington Arbor Day ceremony. During my remarks at this morning’s ceremony, in […]

If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.

– Hal Borland


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Arbor Day

Arbor Day FlagEarlier this spring we received notification that Nottingham was selected for the honor of being chosen as the elementary school site for the annual Arlington Arbor Day ceremony. During my remarks at this morning’s ceremony, in which Nottingham Knights were the fortunate recipients of two new Oak trees, I shared that it was my great pleasure to welcome Arlington Supt. of Schools, Dr. Patrick Murphy, members of our PTA, Arlington County Board Member Libby Garvey, and School Board Member Tannia Talento who joined other esteemed guests from the VA Dept. of Forestry, Arlington County Parks and Recreation and the Arlington Union Forestry Commission.

Those in attendance learned that Nottingham’s Arbor Day celebration was centered upon the good works of an African woman, Wangari Maathai.  I first learned about her on my first trip to Africa in Kenya. Her story resonated with me as a teacher, in particular about the powerful impact of one determined person.  Knights learned that, “In Arlington and across VA, in fact across the nation, during the last week of April, students are learning about the importance of trees and the challenges of de-forestation. In preparing for this morning’s ceremony, I refreshed my memory about the first Arbor Day in the United States, in 1872 in Nebraska. It is estimated that one million trees were planted during the first Arbor Day.  Children then and now learn many facts about trees. Primarily, that they are needed as windbreak to keep soil in place, for fuel, for shade from the hot sun and for clean air.  An Arbor Day Proclamation was read, we received a flag commemorating the 21st Tree City USA Award and our very own SCA president, Grant C., did an outstanding job of reading a brief biography of Wangari Maathai’s life dedicated to Planting a Path to Peace.  In 2004, she became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.   Seeds of Change: Wangari’s Gift to the World | A Mighty Girl

Strong kudos are in order for Choral Music teacher, Ms. Cora Rhodes as she very ably led select musicians and choral members through three performances, most notably a newly written piece in honor of this visionary woman, Mama Miti. Lastly, the executive SCA leaders were joined by two representatives of our Planet Partners as we helped plant our very own trees of peace.


SOL Testing Window Information – Parents/ Guardians of Knights in Grades 3-5

SOL LogoMay 15 – June 16

Please keep in mind the SOL window as you schedule appointments or plan travel.  Thank you for helping ensure a smooth, uninterrupted test administration this year.

Our instructional staff has been planning for the fast approaching Standards of Learning (SOL) exams.  The following link serves as a helpful guide to all thing SOL  related as well as changes and practice items for mathematics, reading, VA Studies (4th Grade) and science (5th Grade):http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/index.shtml.

Knights in Grades 3-5 will take the following SOLs this year:

  • 3rd Grade: Reading (May 18 & 19) and Math (June 1 & 2)
  • 4th Grade: Reading (May 18 & 19), Virginia Studies (May 26), and Math (June 1 & 2)
  • 5th Grade: Reading (May 18 & 19), Science (May 26), and Math (June 1 & 2)

Parents/ Guardians of Rising K Learners:

Parents/guardians of children six and under might be interested in these resources.Earlier this month, Mr, Koutsouftikis, the Kindergarten team and I all enjoyed the excitement that ensues when you are welcoming over 60 rising K learners for their orientation. We shared a welcoming letter from Nottingham’s PTA and the following links that might be of help to you.


Dyslexia: Helping Families and School Staff Learn More – Dr. Sandman-Hurley 

Mark your family calendars for May 11 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Charles Drew Community Center (adjacent to Drew Model School – Enter via Door 11) 3500 23rd Street South, Arlington, VA 22206

Arlington Public Schools is offering an evening event designed to help individuals understand the types of assessments appropriate for dyslexia, how to interpret assessment results, and what is included in an appropriate Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Additionally, a description of an appropriate
program for students with dyslexia in both general education and special education will be discussed.

Dr. Sandman-Hurley Dr. Sandman-Hurley is an author and co-founder of the Dyslexia Training Institute, Past-President of the San Diego Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, and has co-created and produced “Dyslexia for a Day: A Simulation of Dyslexia”. Registration is required, and space is limited. 


Math Day

All parents/guardians are welcome tomorrow, from 9:20 – 10:20 a.m. for Nottingham’s Math Day.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

Jar Wars!

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – April 26, 2017

Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.           —Rainer Maria Rilke Dear Parents/Guardians, Have you noticed a decided uptick in the pace of your days? We here at Nottingham certainly have! Our return from break found our teachers hard at work finalizing grades for the third quarter report cards, and meeting […]

Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.           —Rainer Maria Rilke


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Outdoor lab tentHave you noticed a decided uptick in the pace of your days? We here at Nottingham certainly have! Our return from break found our teachers hard at work finalizing grades for the third quarter report cards, and meeting with coaches to plan and pace out the 4th quarter learning objectives. Our fifth graders, their teachers, several intrepid parents/guardians and Mr. Koutsouftikis and I enjoyed a real taste of spring at their Outdoor Lab experience.  One of my favorite experiences has to be the night hike in which we challenged and tested our night vision. During “free” time in which Knights are given the chance to go boating, fishing, or play a variety of games with friends, the joy and delight was infectious. Late last week our rising middle schoolers fanned out to visit their respective middle schools for a formal welcoming orientation. This all points to sure signs that we are nearing the home stretch of the academic year.


Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for HeartThanks to the outstanding efforts of our P.E. Team, Mike Giusto and Bobbie Pugh, Nottingham Knights in grades three – five raised $13,324 for the American Heart Association via the Jump Rope for Heart Program.  This event helped our Knights learn the importance of keeping their heart strong as well as learning jump rope skills, all while providing the opportunity to raise money to help children with special hearts. We appreciate that our Knights learned about heart-healthy activities while participating in this worthwhile, fun endeavor. Thank you for your generosity to such a worthy cause!


Volunteer Appreciation- Calling all Volunteers

Volunteer Thank You Bulletin BoardHere at Nottingham we value our parent/teacher relationship. You are a large part of what makes our learning community such a wonderful place for children to learn and grow. Thank you so much for all of the extra help this year – we think you are terrific!  If you are here at Nottingham on Friday, April 28th for Math Day, consider stopping by the Main office for a small “Thank You” treat. To us, you are a lifesaver.


Math Day

By now, your child’s teacher should have invited you to “learn alongside your child” on Nottingham’s Math Day, Friday, April 28.  Math open houses will be held in classrooms between 9:20 and 10:20 a.m.  Stop by the library to gauge your estimation skills.   If you would like to further help your children improve their mathematical thinking skills, here are some powerful questions to ask your child/children about mathematics from Jo Boaler (you can learn more at youcubed at Stanford University).

  • Why does that answer make sense?
  • Why does that method work?
  • How is the method connected to others?
  • How can that idea be represented in different ways?
  • Can you prove it?
  • Can you prove it visually?
  • Can you predict what would happen if…?
  • Did you make any interesting mistakes?

The SCA Jar Wars Campaign 2017 – April 24th to April 28th

Jar Wars!This week members of our Nottingham SCA have been encouraging all Knights to look for spare change in order to join in our annual Jar Wars event. This year, the SCA will be purchasing recorders and music supplies (along with a donation) for students in the Sneha Care Home /School in Bangalore, India.

When sharing the brief presentation with our SCA members, I asked them to think about the question:  What do we have in common with our friends across the globe?  I noted that both schools have students who speak more than one language and come from different cultures and practice many religions. In addition, they have a Champion in Me 5K Run/ Discovery NTM Fun Friendship Run and we both have School Beautification projects.

Jars, labeled with each grade, will be in front of the main office.  Before and after school, Knights should place their coins in the jars of their choosing.  Pennies count positively for the grade and silver coins take away from the total. Our Student Council representatives told students to be sure to “ask their parents/guardians” before bringing in any money.


Appropriate Dress:  Friendly Reminder

smilng sunWhen the current rains stop, we anticipate a string of beautiful weather, prompting our Knights to break out their spring/summer wear. Parents/guardians are asked to assist their child in reviewing their clothing choices so that they are appropriately attired for school activities as well as for comfort. The active learner will climb on playground equipment, run outdoors, and sit on rugs in the classrooms and library. On days when your child has PE, sneakers should be worn or carried to school.  Head coverings, (including hats and caps) may not be worn in the school building, unless for religious purposes or school-designated spirit days. Shirts and blouses must fully cover the chest, midriff and back. Tank tops and camisoles should not be worn to school. Thank you in advance for your efforts to help your child determine appropriate clothing for school!


Math Letter to Fifth Grade Parents/Guardians

Parents/Guardians should have received a letter with information about sixth grade math courses in their child’s backpack earlier this month.  An excerpt from the letter is below:

In June, a team of experienced math educators will determine a mathematics course recommendation for your rising sixth-grader…For more information about the different assessments noted above or the APS Mathematics Pathways, . . . visit the following website: https://www.apsva.us/mathematics/secondary-math-program/course-pathways.


May Festival

May Fest 2017Here ye! Here ye! Come one, come all! The quest runs from 1 PM – 4 PM on Sun., May 7 in our very own Kingdom! An epic adventure awaits!

  • Experience the jousting arena, fencing demonstration, laser tag and more
  • Don a disguise in the Creative Corner, then tackle the Scavenger Hunt
  • Get your move on with sack races, basketball free throw, and other games and adventures
  • Dine at the Royal Food Court from a selection of local food trucks
  • Rest and recuperate from your travels with live entertainment
  • And More!

Get all of the noble details on the May Fest Website

The Garden Shop Returneth!

Pre-sales run through 11:00 PM on Saturday, April 29th. Get more information and place your order here:  https://nespta.membershiptoolkit.com/gardenshop Pre-order your plants and pick them up May 7th at May Fest!  Contact Suzanne Libby with questions suz.c.libby@gmail.com

Royal Assistance is Needed!

We are scouting for adult volunteers (that’s you!) to assist on the day of the event in one-hour time slots. The class with the most parent volunteers will win a special treat – Mrs. Pelosky will join their class for a lunchtime discussion! Do your part for the kingdom and sign-up here


Upcoming Events

  • 05/06/17 – May Festival – Theme:  Knights Joust Want to Have Fun! – Sun. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • 05/10/17 – Choral Musical – Pirates – 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. / MultiPurpose Room

I look forward to seeing many parents/guardians at this week’s Math Day event!  It is with deep gratitude towards our parents/guardians for your hours of volunteerism that I thank you all for being partners in your child’s/children’s education.

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

The future belongs to the CURIOUS. The one who are not afraid to try it, EXPLORE it, POKE at it, QUESTION it and TURN it inside out.

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – April 7, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians, It’s been a busy week here at Nottingham! We, (staff and Knights included), are anxiously awaiting the promise of sun and fun with family and friends. The raging winds and rain of yesterday are visible signs that spring showers bring May flowers. We look forward to our staff returning refreshed and committed to […]

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The future belongs to the CURIOUS. The one who are not afraid to try it, EXPLORE it, POKE at it, QUESTION it and TURN it inside out.It’s been a busy week here at Nottingham! We, (staff and Knights included), are anxiously awaiting the promise of sun and fun with family and friends. The raging winds and rain of yesterday are visible signs that spring showers bring May flowers. We look forward to our staff returning refreshed and committed to a strong academic push for the 4th quarter of the school year.

Discovery/Nottingham Friendship 5K Update

Kudos and special thanks to Nottingham parent Elizabeth Ingram, Coordinator of our joint Friendship Fun Run! I enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate our cross school friendships with current and former Knights and their families.

Elizabeth writes, “March 25, 2017 brought a sea of red to the neighborhood for the 2nd Annual Discovery/Nottingham Friendship 5k.  The race was enthusiastically completed by 250 runners and walkers.  It was a great day for a race and there were lots of smiling parents, teachers, students, and neighbors. The 1st and 2nd boy finishers from Nottingham were Roman S. and Christian H.  The 1st and 2nd girl finishers from Nottingham were Erin B. and Hannah H.”


STEAM Mobile Museum/ Science Night

Science Lead teacher Ms. McKenzie notes that our Knights and lots of parents/guardians enjoyed stretching their brain while thinking mathematically at Tuesday evening’s Science Night. For me, a highlight was the realistic looking bot and being able to join fellow Knights in following along with the coding that made her/him move his limbs. (We even did the Dab at one point!) In addition to the STEAM Mobile Museum, Knights enjoyed activities in the cafeteria from Barrett/ Nottingham Scientists in the Classroom, Dr. Jeff and Dr. Walden, as well as AES Corp. and parent volunteer, Mr. Spugnardi. Special thanks to the many former Knights who are now members of NHS at Yorktown High School. Their efforts to earn hours for their honor society was a win win for our Knights as these student volunteers helped make Science Night a success!


Not a Box

Entries must be turned in to the library by Friday, April 21

Not a Box book coverLooking for MakerSpace activity for your children over the break? Consider having your child participate in our Not a Box challenge. Nottingham groups, Planet Partners and ImagiLAB are teaming up to sponsor a fun family activity for Earth Day.   The Not a Box contest challenges families to use their imagination and creativity to make something out of a box.   The idea, based on the book Not a Box by Antoinette Portis, encourages Knights to find an old box – and instead of throwing it away, try to create something new out of it.   Questions we are asking our creative thinkers include: What will your box be?  An animal?  A rocket ship?  A book character?  Any kind of recycled box will work – a shoe box, a Kleenex box, a paper clip box.   Creations will be on display in the library through the end of April.   Judges will evaluate the entries for creativity and resourcefulness.  I join Mrs. Gustafson in encouraging all of our Knights to, “Unleash their creativity and have fun working on this project.”   We can’t wait to see where their creative problem solving and strong use of their imaginations takes them!


Math Day

A friendly reminder that we hope you can join your child/children as Nottingham staff celebrate all things mathematical on Friday, April 28, from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m., right after our Knights @ Nine TV show!  Grade level teachers will be sharing their plans for activities with parents/ guardians via their regular communication. Throughout the week leading up to Math Day, our Knights will have a chance to engage in daily critical problem solving opportunities with estimation activities and more. Kudos and thanks to Math Lead Teacher, Mrs. Costa for her efforts to coordinate this year’s Math Day!


Parents / Guardians of Rising 5th and 6th Grade Knights

Northern Virginia Writing Project Student Summer Institutes

The Northern Virginia Writing Project (NVWP) is facilitating summer writing institutes at George Mason University Arlington campus for July 24 – August 4 for interested students going into grades 5-12. https://www.apsva.us/post/northern-virginia-writing-project-student-summer-institutes/


Writers’ Night Update

Thank you to so many of you who joined your child in reviewing their ELA Writing and Digital Portfolios while learning more about their efforts to write for an authentic audience.  Our annual Writers’ Night was packed with families celebrating student growth.  I hope you enjoyed the opportunity to enter your child’s classroom to interact with them while they proudly shared their personalized learning work.  Exemplary Project Coordinator Kelly Bergeron invites parents/guardians to visit the  Knight Writer webpage regarding information on publications and our ongoing activities.

Kudos and thanks to Angela Na and Rachel Agnew who dutifully coordinated the Book Swap and Ice Cream Social.  The Multi-Purpose Room was packed and it was exciting to see so many Knights and their families enjoying the rare treat of a free ice cream while discovering new reads!

Discovery PTA First Aid/CPR Class – April 19 –  Invitation to Join!

Former Nottingham Parent, Kara Strazzella, currently serves as one of the co-chairs of Discovery PTA’s Health & Wellness Committee: The Nottingham community has been invited to participate in First Aid/CPR Training on April 19th.  The group will be hosting two sessions – morning (9 am) and evening (6:30 pm).  Parents, caregivers, and teens (must be 13 years) are encouraged to attend. https:/squareup.com/store/discoverycpr.

Dates to Remember:

Our Student Council Association has confirmed our Spirit Day for April 26:  Decade Day.

An alternative to participating in our Spirit Days is for our Knights to simply wear Nottingham Spirit wear.

  • April 17 – Grade Prep Day for Teachers – No school for our Knights.
  • April 17 – 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Rising Kindergarten Information Day

Enjoy an adventurous, family oriented spring break.  Mr. Koutsouftikis and I look forward to welcoming our Knights back to school for the fourth and final quarter of the 2016-17 academic year on Tuesday, April 18th!

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

STEAM Museum Portable Hands-On Museum | Grades K-6

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – March 29, 2017

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.              Madeleine L’Engle Dear Parents/Guardians, Writers’ Night – March 30, 2017 – 5:30 p.m. / Classrooms Join us for an evening designed to celebrate student growth!  Guests and parents/guardians […]

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.              Madeleine L’Engle


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Writers’ Night – March 30, 2017 – 5:30 p.m. / Classrooms

Knight Writer Icon - KnIght holding pen as a lance and laptop as a shieldJoin us for an evening designed to celebrate student growth!  Guests and parents/guardians are invited to tour our classrooms, interact with our personalized learning work, partake in a gallery walk, and review digital portfolios!  Our community of learners eagerly anticipate this night every spring.

This year’s theme is, The Power of Words, inspired by Conceptual artist, Barbara Kruger. In conceptual art, the idea or concept is the most important part. She marries smart word choice with clever pictures to make a big impact. A digital slide show will be presented to illustrate fifth grade student creativity and the connection between visual and language arts. Please join us to acknowledge our Knights’ artistic achievements and our commitment in implementing the https://www.apsva.us/plans/wholechild/, to ensure that each student is healthy, safe, supported, and engaged.

Exemplary Project Coordinator Kelly Bergeron invites parents/guardians to visit the Knight Writer webpage regarding:  information on publications, ongoing activities, etc. https://nottingham.apsva.us/programs/the-nottingham-knight-writer-exemplary-project/.


Science Night is coming to Nottingham on Tuesday, April 4th!

Please mark your family calendar to join your child/children and Science Lead Teacher Mrs. McKenzie for an evening of scientific exploration.

STEAM Museum  Portable Hands-On Museum | Grades K-6Program: S.T.E.A.M. MUSEUM  –  info@mobileedproductions.com

http://www.mobileedproductions.com/steam-museum
www.mobileedproductions.com  A friendly reminder to sign your child up for a session at our upcoming Science Night. From 4 – 8 pm, there will be 40 minute sessions conducted by the STEAM Museum.  Knights must be registered: https://nespta.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/28617 (no cost) for a session to attend.

If your child(ren) attends Extended Day and you wish them to visit during that time, sign up for one of the first two time slots and indicate that your child is in Extended Day.  Students not attending through Extended Day must be accompanied by an adult (maximum of 5 students/adult).

From 6 – 8 pm, in the multi-purpose room, the Science Department is offering hands-on activities run by student volunteers. There will be two very special presentations, one will be by AES Energy Company and the other by a Parent Scientist.  These activities do not require a sign up.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

Writers’ Night is Coming! March 30, 5:30 pm

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – March 24, 2017

A poet dips words into springtime to season her poems with beauty. – Terri Guillemets Dear Parents/Guardians: March Madness I have enjoyed joining Nottingham 4th and 5th graders in their earnest endeavors to read and then vote on their favorite books for the 2017 March Book Madness contest.  Our bracket-style contest started with 16 books, […]

A poet dips words into springtime to season her poems with beauty.

– Terri Guillemets


Dear Parents/Guardians:

March Madness

Pax by Sara PennypackerA Night Divided by Jennifer NielsenI have enjoyed joining Nottingham 4th and 5th graders in their earnest endeavors to read and then vote on their favorite books for the 2017 March Book Madness contest.  Our bracket-style contest started with 16 books, and the playing field has been narrowed down each week.   This national contest is in its final stages this week, and we eagerly await the final round as to which book will be crowned our Nottingham champion of 2017 — Pax or A Night Divided.   The votes will be coming in all week and the winner will be announced next Wednesday!


Book Swap/Ice Cream Social   /   Thursday, March 30th starting at 6:30 pm

Knight Writer Icon - KnIght holding pen as a lance and laptop as a shieldWe look forward to seeing you at our Writers’ Knight, and want to take the opportunity to remind you of the PTA’s Book Swap and Ice Cream Social taking place that very same evening.  You are welcomed to drop off gently used books on the multi-purpose room stage before (8:30-9:00am) or after (3:30-4:00pm) school Tuesday (March 28th) through Thursday (March 30th).  Thursday evening right after Writers’ Night at 6:30 p.m., you’re invited to bring your children to select new books to take home and enjoy a free ice cream!

Volunteers are needed to sort books and help with the event.  Please consider signing up to help at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0B4AA9AC22A13-nottingham2.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Angela Na at angela.gina@gmail.com or Rachel Agnew at rgagnew@gmail.com.

All kinds of books are welcome, including children’s books, chapter books, and adult books.  Please do not drop off encyclopedias or outdated reference books, or books with inappropriate content. 


Nottingham Kindergarten Orientation Monday, April 17:  9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Nottingham staff would like to invite all rising kindergarten Parents/Guardians (and their rising kindergartners) to school on Monday, April 17th, from 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.  Parents/Guardians will have the opportunity to see what a day in the life of a kindergarten student looks like at Nottingham.  Rising kindergarten students will have an opportunity to meet kindergarten teachers and participate in some fun kindergarten readiness activities.  Please RSVP so we know about how many future Knights will attend. If you have questions, please call Janet Embrey at 703-228-8326.  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054eabaf2ea31-nottingham


Clinic Thank You and Request:
Dispensing of Cough Drops at School – Precaution is Always the Best Policy

no cough dropsThe clinic staff would like to thank those of who are helping to keep illness at bay by following county protocols. Recently some concerns have been raised regarding cough drops. According to county policy, the clinic staff would need a doctor’s order and parent permission to dispense.

  • From a classroom perspective, cough drops could generate a choking hazard and therefore use at school is considered a safety issue.
  • From a school health position, cough drops are considered as “over the counter” medication; therefore the use of cough drops during the school day is not allowed.

Marymount STEAM: Free!  –  Saturday, March 25 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Should you be on the lookout for an additional family centered Science event, consider participating in the “Celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math Fair.”

Altamira Technologies Corporation (Altamira) is proud to be one of the key sponsors of the fourth annual K-12 STEM Symposium, which will take place 9am-3pm Saturday March 25 at the Nysmith School in Herndon, VA. The event represents the largest K-12 STEM Symposium in Northern Virginia and brings together students, parents, and teachers with industry experts to bridge the gap between classroom instruction and impactful careers.


Dream ExploreDream, Explore, Create Your Own Path Saturday, April 1, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. / Wakefield High School

Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy and APS welcome all APS students and families to explore students’ individual interests, plan for their future and connect with counselors and career professionals.

  • Registration is Required – Lunch will be provided

2017 APS Site-Based Surveys

You may have heard by now that Arlington Public Schools Personnel are preparing for the launch of the annual Site-Based Survey. The surveys for students begins at the end of March and parent/guardians will receive a survey invitation starting in mid-April. This document lays out the details of the surveys, why your participation matters, and how you can take the survey when it launches. If you have questions about either the parent or the student survey, please contact Regina Van Horne at 703-228-2481 or regina.vanhorne@apsva.us.

About the Parent Survey:

  • The survey is open to all APS parents.
  • The survey asks parents to rate their child’s school, and provide feedback on climate, bullying, communication, safety, quality of instruction, responsiveness, collaboration, cultural competence, and more.
  • The survey will be open from Tuesday, April 18, through Friday, May 12.
  • The survey is offered in English and Spanish.
  • Parents will be mailed a survey packet, or they can take it online at www.apsva.us/survey.
  • If parents have provided an email address, they will also receive an email invitation to the online survey.
  • Parents will receive a survey for each APS school in which they have a child or children enrolled, and will be asked to reflect on the experience of their oldest child at each school.

About the Student Survey: 

  • The survey is open to APS students in grades 5–11.
  • The survey asks about quality of instruction, homework, challenges, school climate, safety and health, bullying, cultural competence, responsiveness, and more.
  • The survey will be open from Monday, March 27, through Friday, April 7.
  • It is offered in English and Spanish.
  • Students will participate in school, during a designated time. Survey coordinators will manage the survey administration in school.
  • All fifth-grade students will take the survey, either online or on paper.
  • A sample of students in grades 6–11 will take the survey online.

General Survey Information:

  • Confidentiality is guaranteed.
  • Independent research and communications firm K12 Insight is administering the survey and compiling all results.
  • No one in APS will know who participates or be able to connect participants to their answers.
  • Reports will only include the overall findings, not individual responses.
  • If you have questions about confidentiality, please contact K12 Insight at SoutheastRegion@k12insight.com.

Goals of the Survey:

  • APS leaders will compare this year’s feedback to previous results to identify trends in perceptions of our strengths, gaps, and ongoing needs.
  • The superintendent will review each site’s data with the principal at the end of the school year to inform planning for next year.

NTM/ Discovery Friendship 5K/ (Tomorrow, March 25 -8:00 a.m. / Discovery Elementary)

I am looking forward to seeing many of you bright and early tomorrow morning, March 25, for the Nottingham / Discovery Friendship 5K. Online registration is closed, however you can register in person/pick up your packet at Discovery Elementary School today, March 24, 8-9 a.m. and 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.  You can also pick up your packet tomorrow morning before the race 6:30 – 8:00 a.m. at Discovery.  Check out the new course!  Proceeds benefit both the Nottingham Elementary and Discovery Elementary PTAs.

Williamsburg Families: A Word from the New Administration at Williamsburg – Acting Principal, Connie Skelton

Williamsburg Middle SchoolThanks to those of you who were able to attend the Principal’s Chats yesterday.  It was my pleasure to meet you and get to hear about your experiences at Williamsburg.  As I mentioned at the Chats, I am “info” gathering about moving to Block scheduling next year.  It should be understood that Wolf Time (ATSS: Arlington Tiered System of Support) is separate from Block Scheduling and will be implemented in the 2017-18 school year. If you would like to share your thoughts about Block Scheduling with me, please send an email to constance.skelton@apsva.us.  Your email may be short and to the point or longer with more explanation.  I would like to hear from as many families as possible before Monday morning, March 27.  I’m delighted to be a part of the Williamsburg family and look forward to your input.


Mark Your Family Calendars

  • March 30 – Writers’ Night and Book Swap/Ice Cream Social immediately following
  • April 10 – 14 – Spring Break / No School
  • April 17 – Grade Preparation Day – No School for Knights
  • April 18 – Students Return After Spring Break
  • April 26 – Early Release Day – 1:26 p.m.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

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Assistant Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – March 21, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians, This morning we completed our annual tornado drill required by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Our Knights did a great job getting into a duck and cover position along an interior wall away from windows and remaining quiet so they could hear directions from their teacher.  The drill took less than five minutes.  We […]

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

This morning we completed our annual tornado drill required by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Our Knights did a great job getting into a duck and cover position along an interior wall away from windows and remaining quiet so they could hear directions from their teacher.  The drill took less than five minutes.  We have four fire drills remaining this school year and we will have completed all of the required state and county drills for the 2016-2017 school year.

John Koutsouftikis
Assistant Principal

2017 Odyssey of the Mind Competition

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – March 13, 2017

One of the very best reasons for having children is to be reminded of the incomparable joys of a snow day.                   Susan Orlean Dear Parents/Guardians, Mr. Koutsouftikis and I join everyone in eagerly awaiting the likely possibility of a snow day!  During this afternoon’s Principal’s Reading Group, I solicited Snow Day Advice from my fifth […]

One of the very best reasons for having children is to be reminded of the incomparable joys of a snow day.                  

Susan Orlean


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Mr. Koutsouftikis and I join everyone in eagerly awaiting the likely possibility of a snow day!  During this afternoon’s Principal’s Reading Group, I solicited Snow Day Advice from my fifth grade Knights. Advice included, but was not limited to: “You should sleep in and once you get up you should bake something. If you’re feeling reckless, go sledding.”  Also, “To get snow, throw a fork out the window, flush ice down the toilet and wear your pajamas inside out.”  Wonderful, sage advice from my Knights!

The forecast has been changing, so we wanted to be sure you had access to read the APS policies on school closings and delays, as well as the ways that these alerts are published for parents/guardians:  https://www.apsva.us/emergency-alerts/


Odyssey of the Mind

2017 Odyssey of the Mind CompetitionKudos and thanks to Odyssey of the Mind Sponsor, Nottingham  parent/ guardian, Dana Carr and her dedicated team of fellow coaches, as well as third grade teacher Laura Moore. Together with our committed parents/guardians, they helped our Knights demonstrate their “problem solving prowess!”   Mrs. Moore’s update on Odyssey of the Mind:

Our five teams had a great time.  Our one team that participated in problem 1 Catch Us If You Can), placed 10th in their division. Our other four teams did problem 5 (Superhero Cliffhanger).  One got 3rd in their division (1A), with another team in the same group getting 11th. The remaining two teams got 10th (1B) and 8th (1C), respectively. 

Seems that their critical and creative thinking skills received a real work out at the OOM competition. To learn more about Odyssey of the Mind, follow this link:  https://www.odysseyofthemind.com/p/.

 


FLES Performance – World Languages Day – March 8, 2017:
An update from Sra. McKenzie:

Nottingham Knights made us proud! Only in their third year since FLES was implemented at Nottingham, our Knights did a great job at reciting poetry, performing a skit, and singing a song for the World Languages Day at the Arlington Career Center on Wednesday, March 8. Second graders Emery, Jackie, Sydney, Xavier and Harper recited two poems, El Barquito de papel, and Alla en la Fuente. Both of these poems were written by Mexican authors.  Fourth graders Aida, Karin, and Claudia wrote and performed their own skit/song titled ¿Qué llevas puesto? Fifth grade student Kelly recited the poem, El Mar, with much emotion. The last group to present included another group of 4th grade Knights, Andrew, Jack, Meredith, Wylie, Collin, J.J., Max, Mitchell, and Mason. They sang Hall of Fame translated into a Spanish rap. Great job, Knights!


Parents/ Guardians of 5th Grade Knights and Community MembersWhole Child Conference: A Conference for Students (Grades 5-12)

Thursday, March 16, 2017: 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Washington-Lee High School, 1301 N. Stafford Street, Arlington, VA  22201

Arlington Public Schools is committed to educating the Whole Child – ensuring that each child is healthy, safe, supported, academically engaged and challenged.   Parents, students (Grades 5-12) and staff are encouraged to attend this FREE conference to learn more about supporting the needs of the Whole Child.

Breakout Sessions will include:

  • Love the Skin You’re In: A session for girls and young women and their parents
  • Healthy Dating and Relationships
  • Teen Stress
  • Yoga and Mindfulness:  An Interactive Workshop
  • Heal Yourself: Healthy Eating and Active Living
  • Personal Safety in Today’s World
  • Creating a Culture of Respect for LGBT Students
  • Ending the Silence: The Importance of Talking about Mental Health
  • Teen Voices: The Truth About Substance Abuse and Middle School
  • LUV: Listen, Understand and Validate – Building Trusting Relationships
  • Coaching Boys Into Men
  • A Community Conversation About Middle School and Substance

Registration is required. Register online now as space in some sessions may be limited. Pizza and light refreshments will be provided. https://www.apsva.us/whole-child-conference-2017.


Writers’ Night – March 30, 2017 – 5:30 p.m. / Classrooms

A reminder that Writers’ Night is fast approaching!  Our annual Writers’ Night celebrates student growth, and we look forward to having you join in our celebration of our Knights’ hard work.  Guests and parents/guardians tour classrooms to interact with our personalized learning work, partake in a gallery walk, and review digital portfolios!  Our community of learners eagerly anticipate this night every spring.

This year’s theme is, The Power of Words, inspired by Conceptual artist, Barbara Kruger. In conceptual art, the idea or concept is the most important part. She marries smart word choice with clever pictures to make a big impact. A digital slide show will be presented to illustrate Fifth grade student creativity and the connection between visual and language arts. Please join us to acknowledge our Knights’ artistic achievements and our commitment in implementing the https://www.apsva.us/plans/wholechild/, to ensure that each student is healthy, safe, supported, and engaged.

Exemplary Project Coordinator Kelly Bergeron invites parents/guardians to visit the Knight Writer webpage regarding:  information on publications, ongoing activities, etc.


Science Night – April 4, 2017 – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Please mark your family calendar to join your child/children and Science Lead Teacher Mrs. McKenzie for an evening of scientific exploration.

Program: S.T.E.A.M. MUSEUM  –  www.mobileedproductions.com
info@mobileedproductions.com

This year our Science Night will have a S.T.E.A.M. Museum that truly has something for everyone!  From building an arch to programming a robot to 3D printing, there will be a wide variety of topics covered.  There will be five 40 minute sessions for Knights to choose from.  The sign-ups for sessions will be sent out by our PTA President and will be on a first come first serve basis.

In the multipurpose room, we will also have hands-on activities that will be run by student volunteers.  There will be two very special presentations, one will be by AES Energy Company and the other by a Parent Scientist.  We look forward to seeing many of our Knights attend the event!


School Options: Community Feedback

Engage with APSThe APS Department of Instruction has launched a “Community Feedback Form” to gather information on those options that are most important to parents/guardians when determining the school their child will attend.  This feedback is going to be used by APS Staff as they continue to plan for new schools and instructional options as outlined in the APS 3-5 year Action Plan.
Engage with APS!

http://survey.k12insight.com/survey.aspx?k=SsSRTVsWWYsPsPsP&lang=0&data=


Mark Your Calendars for These Upcoming Events

  • 3/30:  Writers’ Night – 5:30 p.m. – Theme:  The Power of Words (Inspired by Conceptual artist, Barbara Kruger)
  • 4/4:    Science Night – 6 – 8:00 p.m.

Kindergarten Orientations and Kindergarten Information Day:

Please share the following information with friends and neighbors.

*Please call Ms. Embrey at 703-228-8326 to schedule an appointment for one of the sessions below (for parents/guardians only – Kindergarten Orientations).

  • *3/23 – 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
  • *3/27 – 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
  • *3/25- 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

  Kindergarten Information Day (Parents and Rising Kindergartners):

  • April 17 – 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

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Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – March 9, 2017

Regarding:  Curb and Sidewalk Repair Work on N. Ohio Street Dear Parents/Guardians, I wanted to bring your attention to the fact that curb and sidewalk repair has begun on N. Ohio Street as of this morning. Today the contractors started their work early even though Nottingham Administration had been assured they wouldn’t begin until 9:30 […]

Regarding:  Curb and Sidewalk Repair Work on N. Ohio Street

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Department of Environmental Services LogoI wanted to bring your attention to the fact that curb and sidewalk repair has begun on N. Ohio Street as of this morning. Today the contractors started their work early even though Nottingham Administration had been assured they wouldn’t begin until 9:30 a.m.  They will complete their work before 3:30 p.m. The Department of Environmental Services informed us that this portion of the project will be completed by noon tomorrow.  The clean-up will be completed by next Tuesday, 3/14/17.  The road will then be milled and paved during Spring Break, April 10 – 14, 2017.

Our understanding is that the contractors are only repairing areas that need replacement and are moving Southbound – where the work is taking place this morning is the furthest from the school they will be for this phase of the work as they move southbound.  If your children travel this route to school and you feel it is not safe, please walk with them or find a different route.

If you have any questions about the work you may contact the Department of Environmental Services at 703-228-6585.  As always, our main concern is always the safety of our Knights and staff.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

Superintendent's 2018 Budget

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – February 27, 2017

Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, […]

Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.  

– Dr. Seuss


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Read Across America Day – March 2, 2017

Read Across AmericaI spent time this morning at the Dr. Seuss gallery in the library joining fellow Knights trying on Seussian attire!  We are excited to announce that Read Across America Day is coming!  This Thursday, March 2nd, we will be joining schools across the country to celebrate a love of reading and the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Knights will be invited to show their love of reading by dressing up as a favorite book character.

The class that has the most participation will receive a trip to Nottingham’s ImagiLAB to participate in some Seuss-themed STEM activities.  Please join us in encouraging your child to think about his/her favorite books and see what you can pull out of the dress-up box at home! For more information about activities and events about Read Across America Day, follow this link: http://www.nea.org/grants/886.htm.

Use of Front Playground from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. on School Days

The Extended Day Program is not able to use the front playground after school because of the number of children staying after school and playing.  Specifically, there is a concern with lack of supervision during this time period.  Therefore, we are asking parents/guardians to refrain from using this play area from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. so that it is available for the Extended Day Program’s use.  This playground is essential to the Extended Day Program as it is considered a part of their instructional space. It is important for them to have use of the space on a daily basis.  As many of you are aware, the Extended Day Program also uses the back playground area. We acknowledge that our Knights and their parents/guardians would like a place to play after school so please note that the back playground and the field areas are available for supervised play.

Thank you for your consideration as we manage shared usage of the front playground area.

Elementary Summer Enrichment Opportunities

This past weekend’s weather makes it easier to think that it is time to plan for the summer of 2017!  I wanted to call your attention to the APS Summer School Catalog. This link will lead you to the Elementary School Catalog, Application Form, List of Summer School Fees, etc.    Those parents/guardians interested in the Summer Laureate Program can click on the following link. This is a link to what Summer Laureate looked like last year if parents are interested. http://summerlaureateaps.weebly.com/.

Here is a complete list of all the Enrichment Classes being offered in the 2017 Summer School Program.

Superintendent’s Proposed Budget for FY 2018

Superintendent's 2018 BudgetMany of you are aware that Superintendent Murphy presented his FY 2018 proposed budget late last week. I wanted to call your attention to the following:

Superintendent’s Video on Proposed Budget Demonstrates Value of APS

(Our very own Dr. McCormac has a short cameo in the video!)  The FY18 budget focuses on maintaining investments in meeting the needs of all students – academically, emotionally, physically and socially.  This video can serve as a good reminder of the collective vision and mission of our work with our Knights.

GT Referral Deadline – April 1, 2017

If you would like your child screened for Gifted Services, please be mindful that the deadline to turn referrals in to our RTG is April 1st.  There will be no exceptions to this date.  You can find the referral form on the APS Gifted website. If you have any questions, please feel free to send Ryan Van Valen  or myself an email.

Upcoming Events

  • March 2/3   Early Release/ Parent Teacher Conferences
  • March 8:  Early Release Wednesday (1:26 p.m.) / Professional Learning Day
  • March 30: Writers’ Night / Book Swap and Ice Cream Social – 5:00 – 8:30 p.m.
  • April 10 – 14:  Spring Break
  • April 17:  9:30 – 11:00 a.m. / Kindergarten Orientation  /  Library and Kindergarten Classrooms

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

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Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – February 22, 2017

Digital media enables us to build more stages for our kids to express themselves. – Marco Torres Dear Parents/Guardians, Parent/Teacher Conferences:  March 2nd and 3rd A friendly reminder that Nottingham’s staff looks forward to seeing you for the upcoming spring conferences. Thursday, March 2 – Conferences will begin at 1:45 p.m. and end at 4:10 […]

Digital media enables us to build more stages for our kids to express themselves.

Marco Torres


Dear Parents/Guardians,
Parent/Teacher Conferences:  March 2nd and 3rd

A friendly reminder that Nottingham’s staff looks forward to seeing you for the upcoming spring conferences.

  • Thursday, March 2 – Conferences will begin at 1:45 p.m. and end at 4:10 p.m.
  • Friday, March 3 – Conferences will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:15 p.m. ·
  • Parent/Teacher Conference information was sent home by your child’s teacher on Wednesday, February 15.

Please note that:  The Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences are designed for teachers to fill you in on your child’s academic and socio-emotional growth.  Conversation regarding class placement for the next grade level would be premature at this time and thus the staff will not be addressing this subject during your conferences.

Our Family Resource Packs are available in Dr. McCormac’s office.  These family resource packs cover a multitude of topics for children and parents alike including but not limited to, anxiety, asthma, death of a pet, parent/guardian with a serious illness, and mindfulness. Click the link to see the brochure –  https://www.smore.com/za7g-family-resource-packs.

Parents/Guardians of Fourth Grade Knights:
Digital Learning Day – Tomorrow, February 23, 2017 – 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Please join the fourth grade team tomorrow when our Knights and their parents/guardians will enjoy a Digital Learning Day together from 9:00-10:00 a.m.  Some of the planned activities are listed below:

  • First, we intend to do a Responsive Classroom morning meeting in which we incorporate digital learning.
  • Seesaw app logoThen students and parents/guardians will engage in 5 tasks (one for each content area) using the Seesaw app and potentially other apps. The students will show their parents/guardians how to use the app while completing the 5 content-based tasks. The idea is that the parents and students will work together, while seeing the different ways technology is used on a daily basis in our classrooms. Some of the tasks will showcase work the students have already completed (e.g. book trailers on iMovie) and some of the tasks will require the students to create something brand new. Knights and their parents/guardians will engage in 5 tasks (one for each content area) highlighting the Seesaw App Seesaw: The Learning Journal Overview – YouTube

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For more information about Digital Learning Day, follow the link below.

  • http://www.digitallearningday.org
  • Additionally, we encourage families to stop by the front bulletin board and scan the QR codes to hear their child’s hopes for the future.

Parents/Guardians of Fifth Grade Knights:
Middle School Transition Timeline

As always, parents and guardians of our fifth grade Knights, please continue to check Dr. McCormac’s blog for updates to the transition timeline and transition activities.  A direct link to the blog is below:

Note – Lost and Found: 

While in the building, please browse through the Lost and Found items.  They will be located across from the Library in the front lobby.  All unclaimed items will be donated to charity after March 10, 2017.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

Nottingham Elementary School

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – February 21, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians, As I am sure many of you are aware, there was an incident in the Nottingham neighborhood that resulted in a loss of life over the weekend. We are not discussing the incident with students, but we are monitoring those who live in the immediate neighborhood who are aware of what happened to […]

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As I am sure many of you are aware, there was an incident in the Nottingham neighborhood that resulted in a loss of life over the weekend. We are not discussing the incident with students, but we are monitoring those who live in the immediate neighborhood who are aware of what happened to determine if they need support.

Talking to Students about the Incident

If your child knows or finds out about it from a friend or neighbor, acknowledge their feelings, share only the facts that answer their questions, and discuss how Arlington’s first responders are working to keep us safe. We are providing a few links in case you need more detailed suggestions on how to respond to the situation. If your child has a strong response or you have concerns, please contact Dr. McCormac at mary.mccormac@apsva.us.

Resources for Helping Children Cope with a Traumatic Event:

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

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Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – February 17, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians, I am happy to report, via notification by Washington Gas personnel as well as APS Plumbing Supervisor, Mr. McLoughlin, that the necessary work on the gas leak has been completed.   There will be no impact on dismissal. Farm to School Maple Avenue Market of Vienna, Virginia brought “Farm to School” to the Nottingham […]

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am happy to report, via notification by Washington Gas personnel as well as APS Plumbing Supervisor, Mr. McLoughlin, that the necessary work on the gas leak has been completed.   There will be no impact on dismissal.

Farm to School

Veggie soupMaple Avenue Market of Vienna, Virginia brought “Farm to School” to the Nottingham lunchroom today. I joined several Knights as they enjoyed a tasty beet soup (ingredients:  beets, apples, onion, celery, garlic, olive oil, cumin, bay leaves, lemon juice and salt and pepper).  Special thanks to Alison Teres and Jennel Markowski, chairs of the Nottingham Food Allergy Committee, for coordinating worthwhile activities such as “Farm to School.”  Mr. Koutsouftikis and I agree with Mrs. Markowski who states that:

Having all children navigate new foods with confidence is a worthwhile goal, including those in our community with allergies!  We encourage self-advocacy and empowered self-reliance for food safety.  With the soup server being well-equipped with all potential allergens, this can facilitate a confident interaction between server and consumer! What a great opportunity to help kids with food allergies make a safe choice independently!

I wish everyone an enjoyable Presidents’ Day holiday weekend and thank you for being a partner in your child’s education.

Mary Beth Pelosky

Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

Engage with APS

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham II – February 7, 2017

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. Oscar Wilde Dear Parents/Guardians, Thank you so very much to those of you who donate your time and energy in partnering with us and our PTA to ensure that Nottingham is a fun, safe place for […]

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.

Oscar Wilde


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you so very much to those of you who donate your time and energy in partnering with us and our PTA to ensure that Nottingham is a fun, safe place for children to grow and learn! We are recognizing and celebrating acts of kindness and I wanted to be sure and express to you our admiration and respect for your many contributions to our learning community, seen and unseen. Speaking of appreciation, special thanks to Meghan Thomas, Sock Hop chair, and all of her many volunteers for their efforts to help our Knights “rock the night away” at the Sock Hop. The pictures from the fun event are priceless!

hope you enjoyed the additional family time on Friday. Mr. Koutsouftikis and I joined the teachers in a busy day dedicated to data work, preparing report cards, collaborative planning, and finishing up the important midyear meetings that teachers and administrators have at this time of the year. Report cards will be sent home on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

Of Thee I Sing by Barack ObamaThe next time you are in the building, I want to encourage you to stop by our front bulletin board, use your QR Code APP and scan the QR codes to hear about our Fourth Grade Knights’ personal hopes for their future!  Knights were asked to think about the impact they can have on the world around them. A study of the book Of Thee I Sing, by 44th President Barack Obama, highlighted several Americans who have had significant lasting contributions. Knights used the Seesaw App to reflect on their own future goals and state their own lasting contributions!

Nottingham’s staff has enjoyed an opportunity to express appreciation for the Virginia Elementary School Counselor of the Year, our very own, Dr. McCormac.  National School Counseling Week 2017, “School Counseling: Helping Students Realize Their Potential,” is designed to draw public attention to the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems.  No doubt you are aware of Dr. McCormac’s efforts to join our teachers in ensuring that our Knights achieve school success and plan for a career.


Early Release Wednesday:  February 8th, 2017

Please remember that, tomorrow, Wednesday, February 8th is an Early Release Day. Our Knights will be dismissed at 1:26 p.m., giving time for teachers to attend to their professional development.  All staff who are implementing the new writing program, including the Lucy Calkins’ Teachers’ College (TC) Units of Writing and the Step Up to Writing resources, will attend collaborative professional development sessions around the county. Instructional staff who are not implementing these literacy programs will receive content specific training at different locations around Arlington. Enjoy this gift of time with your children!


Knights Take Note Week:    February 6 – 10, 2017

Our mornings have been filled with music this week as we enjoy our annual Knights Take Note Week!  Our theme of Music Moves Us Forward! culminates in a performance by The String Thing Duet, featuring Nottingham parent Paul DeNola.  Paul is a member of the National Symphony Orchestra; his humorous presentation will show our Knights how seemingly formal instruments like violin and double bass can be as fun as they are fancy! On Thursday evening, the PTA is offering your child a chance to take center stage with Open Mic Knight (pun intended).  Piano and microphones will be available, and our musically inclined Knights will have 5 minute slots to perform their favorite song, show off their piano skills, and more. The event begins at 6:30, and will wrap by 8:00 p.m. Please join me in a musical note of thanks to our Music Masters Co-Chairs, Colleen Wright and Laurie Cordova!


Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences:  Please Mark Your Family Calendar

Spring conferences are coming up on March 2nd and 3rd.

  • Thursday, March 2 – Conferences will begin at 1:45 p.m. and end at 4:10 p.m.
  • Friday, March 3 – Conferences will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:15 p.m.
  • Parent/Teacher Conference information will be sent home by your child’s teacher on Wednesday, February 15.

We recognize that you may be satisfied with your child’s performance in school and that you already have regular communication with your child’s teacher.  You may not feel a conference is necessary at this time.  Some of you may have recently met with your child’s teacher for a variety of reasons, in which case a phone conference would suffice or you may choose not to conference at this time.  Please communicate your preferences to your child’s teacher.

Please note that:  The Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences are designed for teachers to fill you in on your child’s academic and socio-emotional growth.  Conversation regarding class placement for the next grade level would be premature at this time and thus the staff will not be addressing this subject during your conferences.


Writers’ Night – Mark your Family Calendar Thursday, March 30 – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Whole Child FrameworkOur annual Writers’ Night celebrates student growth, and we look forward to having you join in our celebration of our Knights’ hard work.  Guests and parent/guardians tour classrooms to interact with our personalized learning work, partake in a gallery walk, and review digital portfolios!  Our community of learners eagerly anticipate this night every spring.

This year’s theme is, The Power of Words, inspired by Conceptual artist, Barbara Kruger. In conceptual art, the idea or concept is the most important part. She marries smart word choice with clever pictures to make a big impact. A digital slide show will be presented to illustrate Fifth grade student creativity and the connection between visual and language arts. Please join us to acknowledge our Knights’ artistic achievements and our commitment in implementing the Whole Child framework, to ensure that each student is healthy, safe, supported, and engaged.

Exemplary Project Coordinator Kelly Bergeron invites parents/ guardians to visit the Knight Writer webpage regarding:  information on publications, ongoing activities, etc. https://nottingham.apsva.us/programs/the-nottingham-knight-writer-exemplary-project/


Enrichment Programs and Opportunities in Virginia

Cheryl McCullough, Supervisor, Gifted Services, shared a wonderful list of Summer Enrichment Opportunities in Virginia.  Not all listed programs are specifically structured for gifted students, so I encourage all Nottingham parents/guardians to take a look at the extensive list of offerings. Please see the  Enrichment Opportunities pdf for several opportunities for interactive, extended summer learning


Engage with APSEngage with APS: www.apsva.us/engage  

I wanted to bring to your attention that APS recently launched an Engage with APS webpage. In schools and classrooms, and with the help of our advisory committees, families and neighbors, APS is committed to partnering with the entire community to create the best learning experiences for our students.  Shaping the future for our children — now more than ever — requires a continuous, collaborative and coordinated effort from across our community.


Upcoming Events

  • 02/20/17 – Presidents’ Holiday – No School
  • 03/02/17 – Early Release – 1:26 p.m. – Parent/Teacher Conferences – p.m.
  • 03/03/17 – Parent/Teacher Conferences / No School for Students
  • 03/08/17 – Early Release – 1:26 p.m.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

School Crossing Guard

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham I – February 7, 2017

Regarding:  Sewer Work in the Nottingham Neighborhood Dear Parents/Guardians, Thank you for your concerns regarding the work that is currently in progress off of Little Falls Road. I wanted to assure that you that Nottingham’s front office staff had been in touch with the Sagress Construction Corporation who has been contracted out to repair the […]

School Crossing GuardRegarding:  Sewer Work in the Nottingham Neighborhood

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you for your concerns regarding the work that is currently in progress off of Little Falls Road. I wanted to assure that you that Nottingham’s front office staff had been in touch with the Sagress Construction Corporation who has been contracted out to repair the main sewer lines in the vicinity.  The Arlington County Inspector was made aware of our safety concerns regarding dismissal yesterday afternoon as well as arrival and dismissal today.

Local residents received notification from the Arlington County Water, Sewer and Streets Bureau of the upcoming Sanitary Sewer Installation/Upgrade.  A Construction Management Specialist came into the office to notify us that they would be delivering equipment for sewer work that would continue for approximately two weeks.  We requested that they could begin work at 9:00 a.m. due to our Knights walking to school.  It was shared that that was not possible.

This morning APS Facilities checked in with Sagress Construction about the sidewalk closure on the south side of Little Falls Road at Nottingham Street.  Sagress has been helpful in working to expedite the road repairs and plans to have the sidewalk open by 3:00 p.m. today.  If the work is not completed in time they will have a person stationed at the crosswalk in front of Nottingham to direct students across Little Falls Road away from the road construction on the south side of Little Falls Road at Nottingham Street.  Knights may utilize the crosswalk at John Marshall Drive if they need to return to the south side of Little Falls Street.  No sidewalks will be blocked for school tomorrow. We will continue to monitor the situation to ensure safety for our Knights.

** Please join Mr. Koutsouftikis and me, along with our school Safety and Wellness Coordinator, PE teacher Mike Giusto, in recognizing the efforts of our school safety crossing guards.  Thank you for continuing to model for your children and encouraging them to follow our crossing guards’ directions in the mornings!   Mr. Stuckie – Little Falls and Ohio, Mr. Covel – 30th and Ohio and Ms. Noonan (temporarily assigned to Little Falls and John Marshall.)

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

National Geographic GeoBee Logo

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – January 30, 2017

Next to ignorance of the grammar of one’s native language, nothing betrays want of information so soon as ignorance in matters of geography, without which it is almost impossible to carry on conversation long on any general subject.                    William Playfair Dear Parents/Guardians, National Geographic / GeoBee Kudos and thanks to Nottingham Social Studies Lead Teacher, […]

Next to ignorance of the grammar of one’s native language, nothing betrays want of information so soon as ignorance in matters of geography, without which it is almost impossible to carry on conversation long on any general subject.                   

William Playfair


Dear Parents/Guardians,

National Geographic / GeoBee

National Geographic GeoBee LogoKudos and thanks to Nottingham Social Studies Lead Teacher, Mrs. Meden who enthusiastically planned and  facilitated Nottingham’s 2017 GeoBee held earlier this week!   The Bee, an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, was designed to inspire and reward fourth through eighth grade students’ curiosity about the world. Each year, thousands of schools across the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee, competing for college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee Champion!

Here at Nottingham, Knights in fourth and fifth grade were given an opportunity to participate in the initial rounds of questioning.  Congratulations to our top ten Knights who made it to the final round of our school wide competition. Ask the adults present, they sure were put through some rigorous, challenging Geography questions, courtesy of the National Geographic Bee.

Congratulations are in order to:

  • Karin A.,
  • Parker B.,
  • Kelly C.,
  • Eric C.,
  • Grant C.,
  • Callan H.,
  • Matthew H,
  • Meredith L., and
  • Taylor S.

Special Congratulations to John V. who will serve as  our 2016-17 Nottingham GeoBee Champion!  John will now go on to complete an online qualifying test for the Virginia State Geography Bee.  Good Luck John,  your fellow Knights are all behind you!


Chinese New Year 

Events & News – Confucius Institute

Lunar New YearHappy Year of the Rooster! If you and your family are looking for some fun, engaging, educational ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year, please see the following links.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky

Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

Foodbus logo

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – January 25, 2017

Where wise actions are the fruit of life, wise discourse is the pollination. Bryant H. McGill Dear Parents/ Guardians: I hope that you and your family enjoyed the opportunity for increased family time over the three day Inaugural weekend.  Historically, a presidential inauguration presents parents with ripe opportunities to speak with their children about current […]

Where wise actions are the fruit of life, wise discourse is the pollination.

Bryant H. McGill


Dear Parents/ Guardians:

I hope that you and your family enjoyed the opportunity for increased family time over the three day Inaugural weekend.  Historically, a presidential inauguration presents parents with ripe opportunities to speak with their children about current events. As a colleague of mine stated, “Inaugurations always have many educational aspects and serve as wonderful “teachable moments” with our children.”  Monday morning arrived damp and dreary, but the energy and enthusiasm of our Knights greeting one another and sharing stories of their experiences over the long weekend quickly brought the energy level of the adults in the building up to speed!

Principal Appreciation Week #ThankAPSPrincipals, #KnightsRock

As many of you have heard me say over the years, the joy and curiosity of our Knights, and the creativity of their teachers, is what sustains me and gives Mr. Koutsouftikis and me the necessary energy to make it through our long days here at Nottingham! Special thanks to our PTA Executive Team and to those of you who have sent an email of appreciation and recognition of the work, or had your children draw a photo/ craft a quick note.  It is indeed a labor of love. Thank you for the significant honor of placing your children’s learning and overall well-being in our care.

National Geographic Geography  Bee:

Details on the GeoBee are forthcoming very soon.

Congratulations are in Order to Nottingham’s Newest American Citizen

During yesterday’s Geo Bee, our Knights in grades 3, 4 and 5 were treated to a brief celebration of “Nottingham’s Newest Citizen,” lunchroom teacher and Extended Day teacher, Ms. Lourdes Arias. Monday afternoon, I had the honor and pleasure of joining Ms. Lourdes, (as our Knights call her,) at her Citizenship ceremony. Together with men and women from up to 30 countries, Ms. Lourdes, who originally hailed from Cuba, took the oath and received her paperwork. It was a very exciting event! Please join Mr. Koutsouftikis, Ms. Dailey, Ms. Williams and me in congratulating Ms. Lourdes on this significant milestone.

Food Bus Initiative Coming to Nottingham

Foodbus logoThanks to Nottingham PTA members, Mimi Shah and Rachel Riley for researching and getting Nottingham up and running to participate in this worthwhile cause. The Food Bus  http://foodbus.org is an Arlington-based program with over 40 schools participating across the country.  This public charity designs, implements and maintains systems by which unused/unopened food leftover from elementary school lunches is saved from being thrown out as waste and then is distributed to local food pantries.

The Food Bus Initiative collects unused and unopened food left over from elementary school lunches and distributes it to local food pantries, in this instance, AFAC.  Wasted food from elementary school lunches costs the economy over 2 billion dollars a year.  Food Waste also contributes approximately 20% of the carbon footprint which in turn has a major impact on climate change www.fao.org/nr/sustainability/food-loss-and-waste

Nottingham staff and students will join fellow Arlington Public School students and colleagues already participating in the Food Bus program:  Arlington Science Focus, Ashlawn, Barrett, Discovery, Glebe, Taylor, and Tuckahoe.  Our Knights will be learning about this program from their classroom teachers, in which, (as age level appropriate,) they will discuss the purpose of the initiative, discuss the importance of a healthy lunch and how we will work collaboratively to recover unused food from our cafeteria.   Participants in the Food Bus program will work with our SCA to:

  • distribute it to the local food bank (AFAC)
  • strengthen community relationships
  • teach children how they can make a difference in our community
  •  help reduce our carbon footprint

 Imagi.LAB

Librarian Nicole Gustafson and Library Aide, Regina Kohler continue their strong work of providing STEM/ STEAM type activities in the Nottingham Library!  Please note that another round of BSH: before school hours (8-8:35 am) in ImagiLAB is now underway. “Maker Mornings” give our Knights a chance to participate in hands-on building activities. Parents/ Guardians: please remember these two simple rules: 1. Sign your child up only once. 2. Sign your child up for the appropriate grade level day (3-5 or k-2).  Please access the ImagiLAB SignUpGenius link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0944ACAA29A4FE3-imagilab1

Dr. McCormac: Nottingham School Counselor

Knights throughout Nottingham were taught the Second Step strategies to handle name-calling as part of their January counseling lessons. This valuable life skill is a part of our APS problem-solving unit –http://www.cfchildren.org/second-step/elementary.

Book Talk on Unselfie

In case you were unable to attend our Book Talk on Unselfie, here is a brief recap: Last week the Nottingham Counseling Advisory Committee and PTA held a lively discussion of UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. Empathy is the critical ability that puts us in other people’s shoes. Research finds that this immensely human trait can be cultivated. That means we can teach empathy to kids just like reading, math, and writing because it is made up of social-emotional skills that can be developed. But in today’s culture, cultivating kids’ empathy is difficult. Author Borba “methodically argues through the book that there are nine basic habits that help children ‘navigate the emotional minefields and ethical challenges’ they will face in life. The first four, she writes, are ones that must be developed in young children as the “fundamentals” of empathy: emotional literacy, which teaches children to understand the feelings and needs of themselves and other people; moral identity, which gives them values and integrity; perspective, so that children can put themselves in the place of others; and moral imagination, which allows children to use art like books and films as a source of inspiration.” As I stated at this month’s PTA meeting, it is well worth the read.

Student Support Services Open House

Thank you to Nottingham PTA members Stacy Rosenthal and Wendy Pizer for planning and coordinating Monday morning’s Student Support Services Open House.Stacy shared the following: Thank you to all the parents and staff who attended Nottingham’s First Student Support Services Open House! We were thrilled to see so many members of the Nottingham community come out early on a Monday morning to meet, talk and engage with staff and each other. We look forward to maintaining and growing the partnership between staff and families. Links to the information discussed are below and/or attached and will be posted to the PTA website. 

Link to Nottingham Web site / Special Education and Student Services

You will find the following documents located there (scroll down to:  Further Information)

  • Who’s Who @ Nottingham
  • Arlington Special Education Resources
  • Parent Resource Center Overview PowerPoint

For more information on the APS Special Education Programs, visit the following web pages:

Sock Hop Information – January 27, 2017 – Nottingham’s Annual Sock Hop is this Friday! 

Members of our PTA are hard at work planning for our annual Sock Hop!  tickets are now on sale.  This beloved tradition is a fun night for all Nottingham Knights to dress up in 50’s attire and dance the night away! Mr. Koutsouftikis and I hope you enjoy this annual event. We will be celebrating the Winter holiday season with a staff social but look forward to seeing our Knights decked out in 50’s attire at school on Friday!

Root Beer floats, pizza and other goodies will be available for purchase at the dance, too.  Tickets are $6 per student. Parent chaperones are free. Purchase your tickets on-line until Thursday midnight.  No at-the-door sales! Tickets are $6 per student.  Remember, the Sock Hop is for our Knights only, so please leave other siblings (younger and older)/friends at home. This is not a drop off event, but we do encourage groups of friends to come together with just one parent chaperone. Questions? Contact Meghan Thomas atmeghansthomas@yahoo.com. Pick up your wristband that acts as your ticket and purchase dance food tickets at the following times: -Thursday and Friday morning outside the front office from 8:30-8:50 or Thursday evening at Extended Day from 5:15-6:00 pm.

Dance times are as follows: 6:30- 8:00 – Dance for K-2nd graders   8:00-9:30 – Dance for 3-5th graders.Upcoming

Dates to Remember

  • 2/03 – Teacher work (Grade Prep)  / No School for our Knights
  • 2/08 – Early Release – 1:26 p.m.
  • 2/20 – Presidents Day / No  School

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

The Misfits

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – January 13, 2017

Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. Martin Luther King, Jr. / Strength to Love, 1963. Dear Parents/Guardians, Nottingham Book Discussion – January 18 (7-8 p.m.) / Nottingham Library Members of the Nottingham School Counseling program are sponsoring a book discussion on the […]

Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr. / Strength to Love, 1963.


Dear Parents/Guardians,
Unselfie

Nottingham Book Discussion – January 18 (7-8 p.m.) / Nottingham Library

Members of the Nottingham School Counseling program are sponsoring a book discussion on the book, UnSelfie, Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World.  This is a very readable book with suggestions for children, teens and adults. Please join the discussions of the 9 essential habits that provide the “Empathy Advantage.”


Kenmore Science NightSixth Grade Science Night – January 19, 2017 – Kenmore Middle School – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.


 No Name-Calling Week “Celebrate Kindness: No Name-Calling Week”
January 17 -19, 2017
No Name Calling Week

 From Fiction to Reality

No Name-Calling Week was inspired by the popular young adult novel entitled The Misfits by author James Howe. The book tells the story of four best friends trying to survive the seventh grade in the face of all too frequent taunts based on their weight, height, intelligence, and etc. The friends create a new political party during student council elections and run on a platform aimed at wiping out name-calling of all kinds. The No-Name Party in the end wins the support of the school’s principal for their cause and their idea for a “No Name-Calling Day” at school.

Motivated by this simple, yet powerful, idea, the No Name-Calling Week Coalition, consisting of over 60 national partner organizations, organized an actual No Name-Calling Week in schools across the nation. Since then, No Name-Calling Week has been adopted by schools everywhere and has grown into one of the largest bullying-prevention initiatives in the country.  For more information go to No Name Calling Week.


 National Geographic Family Day

  • Register Today! Nat Geo’s Free Family Day is Feb 20
  • Starting at 10:00 a.m. at the National Geographic’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.
  • For full details and to register, go to National Geographic Family Day.

Upcoming Events:

  • 1/16 – MLK Jr. Holiday / No School
  • 1/18 – Nottingham Book Discussion – Unselfie – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. / Library
  • 1/20 – Inauguration Day / No School
  • National Geographic Bee1/24 – Nottingham’s National Geographic Bee – 2:00 – 2:20 p.m.
  • 2/03 – Teacher work Day / No School
  • 2/08 – Early Release
  • 2/20 – Presidents Day / No  SchoolThank you for being a partner in your child’s education.

Mary Beth Pelosky

Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

 

Nottingham Spirit Wear Sale

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – January 6, 2017

A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier. Tom Stoppard Dear Parents/Guardians, Attendance Thank you for your efforts to keep our Community of Learners healthy and happy this winter season! As you are aware, this is the time of year when winter takes a toll on school attendance. […]

A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.

Tom Stoppard


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Attendance

Thank you for your efforts to keep our Community of Learners healthy and happy this winter season! As you are aware, this is the time of year when winter takes a toll on school attendance. The colds, fevers and earaches that often come with the winter months, along with snow and inclement weather, can all contribute to a decline in on time arrival to school or even increased absences. Absences due to illness are excused absences, however, they can impact instructional learning and contribute to difficulties with academics. If it is a snowy or rainy day but school is still open, our Knights miss out on learning if they aren’t in class.  These absences can result in lower test scores and grades.There’s not much we can do about the weather, but there are two key steps every Nottingham family can take to help avoid additional absences this year.

  1. Develop back up plans for getting your children to school in winter weather. That could mean checking with other families who have a car that can manage in the snow or forming a “walking school bus” to walk your children to school with other parents/ guardians. If you’re looking for a family to try and pair up with, contact school social worker, Jean Waterbury at Jean.waterbury@apsva.us / 703-228-8337 or your child’s teacher. They can connect you with other parents or staff members who can help.
  2. Keep your children healthy. Continue to encourage your child to dress warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage your children to wash their hands regularly.  If your child/children do get sick, talk to a doctor or Mrs. Cuesta, the school nurse, about whether they should come to school and when it is okay for them to return.

Please contact the school social worker, Jean Waterbury at Jean.waterbury@apsva.us / 703-228-8337 for additional support. We want your children/our Knights coming to school on time and ready to to learn!


Nottingham Spirit Wear Sale – Deadline to Order is 1/12/17

Nottingham Spirit Wear Sale
A Message From Your PTA:

Nottingham HoodieIt is time to get excited about Spirit Wear!  The PTA is offering several fun, new designs for Nottingham spirit wear.  Items include: water bottles, performance shirts, PJ pants, knit caps, picnic blankets, hoodies and t-shirts.  Take a look and order now.  Sale ends January 12th.  Order online here or contact treasurer@nespta.org to pay offline.  Please check your child(s)’ FRIDAY FOLDER for a FULL COLOR BROCHURE showing all of the items for sale!  This is a great opportunity to order items for your kiddos to wear to school on Fridays for School Spirit Day!   Any questions?  Please contact Bonnie Rosenthal, Spirit Wear Chairperson.

SCA Update

Upcoming Spirit Day:   January 25 Team Shirt Day


Souper Bowl Food Drive for AFAC

AFAC logo

The SCA will be collecting for AFAC (Arlington Food Assistance Center).

The Food Drive will be from January 27 – February 2.  Each grade level is being asked to bring in different foods. The grade level that collects the most food will be acknowledged for their efforts.

  • Kindergarten: tea, coffee, crackers, cookies, baking mixes, low sugar cereal
  • 1st: low sodium canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, pasta sauce; quick meals- such as Hamburger Helper, Taco Kits, Ramen Noodles; cereal
  • 2nd: jelly, condiments – mayo, mustard, ketchup, salad dressing, oils – vegetable, canola, olive, cereal
  • 3rd: oatmeal, tuna fish, low sodium canned meats, cereal
  • 4th: canned fruits and vegetables, cleaning products, laundry detergents, dish soap
  • 5th:  toiletries – soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, floss, toothbrushes, toilet paper, paper towels, and tissues, canned soup, canned beans, cereal

Enjoy a restful weekend and thank you for being a partner in your child’s education.

Mary Beth Pelosky

Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

Arlington Connection Newspaper Cover

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – January 6, 2017

We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt, that peace and abundance may manifest for all. Dorothy Day Dear Parents/Guardians, Happy New Year to you and yours! I hope you enjoyed a slower pace to your days, and the gift […]

We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt, that peace and abundance may manifest for all.

Dorothy Day

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Happy New Year to you and yours!

I hope you enjoyed a slower pace to your days, and the gift of time enough to stop and reflect on the joys of being together with family and friends. Mr. Koutsouftikis and I commented that it has been great fun to see our many Knights back here at Nottingham! They were quite animated as they excitedly greeted friends and teachers while sharing details of local “staycations” as well as travels to climates warmer than Northern Va. Many thanks to so many of you who assisted with Winter Holiday gatherings.

Together with your children, you created warm winter memories and played your part in continuing long standing Nottingham traditions. Many thanks also, for your thoughtful and generous remembrances for our hard working staff!Together with our instructional staff, we have dived right back into our purposeful work of planning and pacing for the next few weeks of instruction. Our Language Arts and Math Coaches have been assisting classroom teachers in creating common formative assessments with which to target instruction and when necessary, remediate or accelerate learning. In the next few weeks, Mr. Koutsouftikis and I will be holding our Mid-Year SMART Goal meetings with teachers, reviewing their data driven goals for the learners in their classroom. We will also be checking in with staff regarding the first few full weeks of Knight’s Block Intervention and Acceleration work and reviewing our collective commitment to our Knights and their learning!

LED Stop Sign

I’m delighted to share that we are the happy recipients of a VDOT Safe Route to Schools Program Grant! Members of the Arlington County Police Department applied for this grant earlier in the academic year.  This new LED stop sign for our crossing guard in front of Nottingham’s entrance will be on view at the intersection of Ohio St. and Little Falls Road.   Identified as an area that has a distinct need for this new equipment, we join the local police force in their efforts to easily capture the attention of drivers while enhancing safe walking and bicycling to school for our Knights. Be on the lookout for the high visibility stop/slow sign this week!

Unselfie
Unselfie

Nottingham Book Discussion 

January 18 – 7 – 8:00 p.m. / Nottingham Library

Members of the Nottingham School Counseling program are sponsoring a book discussion on the book, UnSelfie, Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World.  This is a very readable book with suggestions for children, teens and adults. Please join the discussions of the 9 essential habits that provide the “Empathy Advantage.” Discussion will be held from 7-8:00 PM in the Nottingham Library

Recess

Thank you for helping us to ensure that our Knights are dressed for winter weather. Mr. Koutsouftikis works with our Front Office staff and lunchroom teachers to determine whether or not there will be Outdoor Recess or Inclement Weather Recess. Typically students are sent outside unless it is below freezing or raining. Thank you in advance for labeling your child’s jacket, coat, gloves, hat, and/or scarf.

The remains of our Fall Lost and Found have been donated to a local charity. For 2017, our hope is that we continue to see increased personal responsibility in our Knights for their personal belongings! To that end, we hope only to find items with names so that they can be easily returned to owners.

Celebrate Creativity of NTM Knights!

Arlington Connection Newspaper Cover

The cover of the December issue of The Arlington Children’s Connection was drawn by Ellie Price, 5th Grade. More Nottingham artwork on page 3!

Upcoming Events:

  • January 6 – Family BINGO Night!  – 6:30 pm – 8:00 p.m. – Multipurpose Room
    Bring your family, dinner, and a gently used game, book or toy to donate to the prize pool. It’s always a fun time for all!
  • January 16 – MLK Holiday / No School
  • January 17 – 20 – No Name Calling Week
  • January 20 – Inauguration Day Holiday / No School

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

Happy Winter Break!

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – December 20, 2016

Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter.  Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Dear Parents/Guardians, Winter Concert Update Mr. Koutsouftikis shared with me that it was a full house last Wednesday evening for our annual Winter […]

Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter.  Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Winter Concert Update

Mr. Koutsouftikis shared with me that it was a full house last Wednesday evening for our annual Winter concert. Kudos and thanks to our wonderful Music team of Randy Glasner, Cora Rhodes and Jessica Simonetti for their efforts in preparing our Knights for such an engaging evening! Thank you to those of you who provide your support for our Arts here at Nottingham, whether it be early rides to morning Chorus practice or providing opportunities for private lessons.

Ms. Rhodes shared:

Nottingham’s 5th Grade Band and Strings Ensembles performed on Wednesday with the 4th and 5th Grade Chorus. The Band and Strings demonstrated several marches as well as a song from the Medieval period. The audience was entertained by the Chorus’ waltz about Coffee and danced to the hit song “Holiday Road” from National Lampoon’s Christmas Adventure. It was a concert to remember!

Health Alerts

You may be aware that there has been an increase in Gastrointestinal illness in Arlington. School Health personnel have been working closely with the Community Health Protection Bureau to address these concerns and reduce the spread of illness. Any child who complains of any one of these three symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) will be sent home and must stay home until they are symptom free for a full 24 hours. Thank you for doing your part to ensure that our Knights and their families can enjoy a healthy restful break.

When we return to school in January, refreshed and ready to return to the academic setting, our instructional staff will be asked to focus a Morning Meeting with their Knights. In this meeting, they will be working with their students in reviewing their hopes and dreams set this fall and revisiting their classroom rules and expectations.  Faculty members will be asked to renew their commitment to facilitating the seven principles of the Responsive Classroom curriculum, including fidelity to the implementation of Teacher Language. Winter always brings with it inclement weather, whether in the form of a 2 Hour Delay or a day off from school. Part of our Responsive Classroom approach to learning and intentional modeling includes our Knights and their teachers practicing for Inclement Weather Recess and Lunch.

Inclement Weather Information 

In case of snow, ice, or other unusual conditions such as power outages and excessive heat, school officials may decide to close school, delay school opening, or send students home early. News about these decisions is communicated as soon as the decision is made in these ways:

  • Posted on the home page.
  • Sent by e-mail to APS School Talk subscribers who elect to receive emergency announcements.
  • Recorded on the telephone hotline, 703-228-4277, in English and Spanish.
  • Posted on the Comcast Cable Channel 70 and Verizon FIOS Channel 41 School-Community Bulletin Board.
  • Called in to local radio and television stations: Channel 4, Channel 5, Channel 7, Channel 8 and Channel 9.

Read the letter from the Superintendent and Arlington County about snow emergencies | Español

Here is what happens in each situation when the school schedule changes:

Schools Closed

All school buildings are closed. The decision is usually announced by 6 a.m. on all information outlets. Extended Day is also closed. All school activities are canceled unless otherwise announced. Administrative offices usually remain open.

Delayed Opening

Schools will open two hours later than usual. The decision is usually announced by 6 a.m. The morning bus route schedule is also delayed by two hours. Field trips are canceled. Breakfast is not served. The Extended Day program will also open two hours late. On any early release day, the early release is canceled and students remain until the regular daily dismissal time.

Early Dismissal

Schools will dismiss two hours early if conditions require. This decision is normally announced by 11:30 a.m. Extended Day will close at 4 p.m. Extracurricular activities, interscholastic contests, team practices, field trips, adult and community education classes, and recreation programs in schools and on school grounds are canceled. If it is Wednesday, elementary students will be released at the usual early release time.

All residents are asked to clear sidewalks as quickly as possible following snow and ice storms. Sidewalks must be clear in order for students to walk to school and to bus stops safely.

Thank you for being a partner in your child’s education. Best wishes for a safe, relaxing holiday break.

Mary Beth Pelosky

Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

Google Apps for Education

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – December 14, 2016

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.                        G. K. Chesterton Dear Parents/Guardians, Judging by the holiday festivities taking place in our nation’s capital, we know December is here, and that winter vacation is impending.  Please join Mr. Koutsouftikis for tonight’s Choral and […]

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.                       

G. K. Chesterton


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Judging by the holiday festivities taking place in our nation’s capital, we know December is here, and that winter vacation is impending.  Please join Mr. Koutsouftikis for tonight’s Choral and Instrumental Winter Concert.  Our young musicians and singers will be performing a wonderful selection of music celebrating the winter season. Come and enjoy this festive performance!

  • Performing:  Fifth Grade Band and Orchestra / Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus
  • 7:00 p.m. / Multipurpose Room

We greeted the month of December with a restating of our Nottingham Oath and a review of our December Character Trait of Respect! Here at Nottingham, we define respect as: Treating others the way I want to be treated. Being considerate and honoring the feelings, opinions and property of others. I appreciate that many staff members have worked explicitly with their classes to focus on being a respectful classmate and Nottingham citizen.

We are off to a busy start to the month, with staff and students alike anticipating the first significant snowfall. Nottingham traditions like the second grade Nutcracker Toy Soldier activities have taken place, and our Girls on the Run group has finished up strongly for the season. We have been fortunate indeed to still be able to get our Knights out in the fresh air for recess.  Last week I enjoyed hosting my first quarter 3-5 Grades Knights’ Café celebrating Knights of good character.   Having these outstanding Knights join me for lunch is a highlight of the ending of each quarter and a visible reminder of why we “do the work.”

Girls on the Run (GOTR) Update

(A message from Janell Markowski)

2016walklogoThank you for a wonderful season! I wanted to share that GOTR Nottingham 2016 successfully raised $1,315 for the Food Allergy Research and Education program (FARE), currently placing them in 3rd place in Northern Virginia.  More importantly, however, these girls stood up for many members of their community, increased awareness, and demonstrated that little people can do big things!  Kudos to our GOTR group and their sponsors!

Team Page of GIRLS ON THE RUN NOTTINGHAM – FARE Walk for Food Allergy Awareness

From the Clinic

Mrs. Cuesta – Public Health Nurse/School Health shares the following:

I am sure you can ask any student how many days are left until Winter Break and we want to be sure that everyone is able to enjoy the holiday festivities.  Please remember to keep your child at home when he or she is sick.  A student who has a fever or is vomiting should remain at home until he or she is free of fever or has stopped vomiting without medication for 24 hours.

Schedules for Final Days Prior to Winter Break

This week and next staff will be working with students to finish academic units of study, culminating projects and finishing assessments before the winter holidays begin. Nottingham teachers are planning to continue full days of instruction for December 19 – 21. When possible, our Knights will go outside for recess. Please do your best to ensure your children are dressed for the weather and make sure their names are in their coats, jackets, hats, gloves, and scarves.  Thank you for taking the time to discuss your child’s recent report card information focusing on the social skills/comments part as much as the academic skills piece. Both aspects of the APS report card help us as educators have age level appropriate conversations with our learners regarding the acknowledgment of learning strengths and learning challenges. We trust it will provide you with the same opportunity should you see fit. Instructional staff has been having conversations with their classes and individual students regarding the setting of their learning goals for the 2nd quarter of the academic year.

Coding Update

Hour of code logoKudos and thanks to our Librarian, Nicole Gustafson and  our Resource Teacher for the Gifted, Ryan Van Valen for their efforts to plan several different opportunities for teachers to engender in our Knights a familiarity with the universal language of coding.   With our participation in the Hour of Code, our Knights joined a global movement that reached tens of millions of students in over 180 countries.  Nottingham is moving beyond the Hour of Code to an entire month of code, with coding activities throughout the whole month of December.  Knights have had the opportunity to code in the classroom, in library classes, and through small group sessions at indoor recess and before school.  Looking for additional resources to motivate your child? Please click on the following link:  code.org,

ImagiLab Update

Our new ImagiLab STEM/STEAM program is off to a great start this year!  Throughout the fall and continuing through the new year, Knights have enjoyed an opportunity to visit ImagiLab, both as a whole class and in small groups before school and at recess time.   Projects in ImagiLab vary from week to week, but they all have some elements in common:  unstructured time to collaborate, solve problems, create and learn in a hands-on way.  Recently, 2nd and 3rd grade classes created Pom Pom Chutes out of cardboard tubes.  December is coding month in ImagiLab, and students have had the opportunity to experiment with different coding tools, such as Dash, BeeBot, Robot Mouse, Ozobots, and various coding games using apps such as The Foos, Scratch Jr, and Kodable.  Second grade classes have also started the Project Lead the Way classes and are experimenting with states of matter.  They have designed coolers to keep an ice pop cold, using different types of materials as insulators.

Ms. Gustafson and Ms. Koehler are always looking for donations to keep ImagiLab running.  As we welcome in the new year, please be on the lookout for extra building materials at home that you can no longer use.  Please consider donating them to the Nottingham library to add to our supply.

Craft supplies, fasteners, and building supplies, such as Tinker Toys, Legos, foam or cardboard inserts from packages, are particularly useful.

Questions re: ImagiLab?
Contact Librarian Nicole Gustafson – nicole.gustafson@apsva.us or
Library Administrative Assistant Regina Koehler – regina.koehler@apsva.us.

Google Apps

For several years now, Arlington Public Schools has used Google Apps for Education for instructional purposes.  Google Apps for Education includes Google Drive (which includes Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and Drawing), Google Sites, and Google Classroom. Every student in Arlington has a Google Apps for Education account and Nottingham classrooms are using these tools to collaborate in all subject areas, specifically in the Language Arts domain of Writing. Teachers of Knights in grades 2 – 5 are using Google Drive applications in a variety of ways. Google Apps for Education is free to public schools and their students. It is deployed and managed by the Arlington Public Schools. I enjoy seeing the various ways our Knights and their teachers are using Google Apps for education blended learning experiences in the classroom environment.

Google Apps for Education

 

To learn more about Google Drive, please check out the following video links that provide tutorials:

Dates to Remember – Please mark your family calendars

 Date

 Event

 Time/Place

 12/14  Tonight! Winter Concert:  Chorus and Instrumental  7:00 p.m. /MPR
  12/22 – 1/2  Winter Break/ Schools Closed
 01/6  Bingo Night  6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
 1/16  Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday / Schools Closed
 1/17 – 1/20  No Name Calling Week
 1/18  Book Discussion – Unselfie   7:00 – 8:00 p.m. / Library
 1/20  Inauguration Day / Schools Closed

     

Updated Contact Information

If you have had a change of work or cell phone contact information, please provide the changes to your child’s classroom teacher as well as Ms. Embrey in the main office by Friday, January 6, 2017.   Thank you for your efforts to ensure that all current information is updated in our APS/Nottingham student data base

Lost and Found

If you are in the building prior to the winter break, please take the time to look through our growing Lost and Foundcollection. As the weather has gotten progressively colder, our Lost and Found has grown!  Please have your child/children check for missing hats, gloves, jackets, water bottles, etc.  Any unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity.

Winter Break Dates

Please note that the Arlington Public Schools will stay closed for winter break through Monday, January 2. We look forward to seeing our Knights and their teachers bright and early (and on time), Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

At this time of year, as we enjoy the bounty of the season, I want to be sure and wish you and your family peace, joy and wellness in the year ahead. As always, thank you for entrusting us with the gift of caring for your children.

Best wishes for a safe, happy start to the New Year!

Mary Beth Pelosky, Principal

Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

Book Fair Volunteer

Volunteers Encouraged and Appreciated

Thank you for your interest and commitment to the well being of the Nottingham learning community. A parent/guardian’s love and involvement in their child’s education is the best kind of investment: invaluable. Children love to see their parents/guardians at school. It clearly illustrates for them the importance of the home/school connection. Please consider joining forces […]

Ms. Mary Beth PelosiThank you for your interest and commitment to the well being of the Nottingham learning community. A parent/guardian’s love and involvement in their child’s education is the best kind of investment: invaluable. Children love to see their parents/guardians at school. It clearly illustrates for them the importance of the home/school connection.

Please consider joining forces with the instructional staff here at Nottingham by volunteering. Depending on your interest level or skill set, you can assist in the classroom, agree to chaperone a field trip, be a room parent, work alongside the librarian, participate in a teacher luncheon, chair Teacher Appreciation week, or volunteer on one of the many NES PTA committees. If you are new to the NES PTA, this is a great way to display your Nottingham pride!

Many thanks to those of you who continue to serve our Nottingham community. With your many hours of volunteer service here, you afford teachers an opportunity to provide an even richer educational experience for your child. You make a difference.

Mary Beth Pelosky, Principal
703-228-5290
marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

Keep Calm and Learn to Code

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – December 1, 2016

Since we live in an age of innovation, a practical education must prepare a man for work that does not yet exist and cannot yet be clearly defined.      – Peter F. Drucker Dear Parents/Guardians, Plans for members of the Nottingham Community of Learners to integrate Hour of Code Activities are underway. National Computer Science Week, […]

Since we live in an age of innovation, a practical education must prepare a man for work that does not yet exist and cannot yet be clearly defined.    

 – Peter F. Drucker


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Keep Calm and Learn to CodePlans for members of the Nottingham Community of Learners to integrate Hour of Code Activities are underway. National Computer Science Week, (Hour of Code) will launch Monday, December 5th. (https://code.org/)  In collaboration with Mrs. Gustafson, Nottingham Librarian, and Gifted Resource Teacher, Ms. Van Valen, classroom teachers in grades K-5 will assist our Knights in joining millions of students around the world for the upcoming Hour of Code!  Tomorrow’s Knights @ 9 broadcast will highlight this weeklong NCSW.

Teachers will be incorporating the Hour of Code focus via our schoolwide Writer’s Quest as well as incorporating Coding in our Responsive Classroom Morning Meetings. We believe this will be an amazing opportunity for our Knights to learn/reinforce basic programming skills and problem solving in a fun and engaging way.

It is a given that today’s APS students are growing up in a world surrounded by technology. We look forward to reviewing with our Knights the basic analytics and mathematical ideas behind coding. Staff will work with our Knights as part of our ongoing efforts here at Nottingham to teach these foundational 21st Century skills. These activities are designed to demystify computers.  We trust that our teachers will share in their students’ enthusiasm that coding is fun, easy, and accessible to learners of all ages. Whatever job fields our Knights enter as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on a deep understanding of how technology is integrated into everyday life.

APS Global Hour of Code

Monday, December 5, 2016, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Arlington Career Center 816 Walter Reed Dr., Arlington VA 22204

APS Codes! is a kickoff event to recognize Global Hour of Code week (Dec. 5-11). This free APS community event is for everyone – all levels, all ages. The Global Hour of Code is an international event being held the week of December 5-11 that encourages everyone to take time to experience coding/computer programming.  Coding helps everyone develop analytical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills that are used on the job and in life.  So, grab a device (iPad or laptop) and code during Global Hour of Code week.  Everyone is invited to participate in the APS Hour of Code event…

 Winter Kids Night at the Lab!

(Children’s Science Center) at Fair Oaks Mall Friday, December 2, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Here is a winter themed activity that your child might enjoy. Children will make their own snow, grow their own crystal snowflake and float tinsel during the two hour winter adventure. http://childsci.org/event/winter-kids-night-at-the-lab/.

Report Cards

Report Cards are being sent home in tomorrow’s backpack mail.  Thank you in advance for taking the time to celebrate achievements and discuss areas of continued growth for your child in terms of their academic learning.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky, Principal

Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

Thanksgiving Wordle

 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 […]

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

Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

@NTMPrincipal  @NTMKnightsAPS

Assistant Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – November 22, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians: In coordination with the Arlington County Police Department, we have just concluded our third of four state-mandated lockdown drills for the 2016-2017 school year.  Our procedures have been developed with the assistance and guidance of police and public safety officials.  Like all other safety drills such as fire, tornado, earthquake and bus safety […]

Dear Parents/Guardians:

In coordination with the Arlington County Police Department, we have just concluded our third of four state-mandated lockdown drills for the 2016-2017 school year.  Our procedures have been developed with the assistance and guidance of police and public safety officials.  Like all other safety drills such as fire, tornado, earthquake and bus safety drills, the purpose of today’s exercise was to practice the procedures used in the event that we have to put an emergency plan into action.

Ms. Pelosky and I walked the building with Arlington County police officers to ensure that procedures were followed and to make any adjustments to procedures, if necessary.  Safety drills help us ensure that our students and staff know what to do, where to go, and how to respond if an emergency occurs.  As always, our first priority is the safety and well-being of our Knights, our staff, and visitors.

In an earlier statement after one of our lockdown drills we had explained that two of the four lockdown drills were to be conducted with the support of law enforcement and two were not.  At this time, all lockdown drills will be held with the support of officers from the Arlington County Police Department.

Sincerely, John Koutsouftikis

Assistant Principal

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 […]

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, sharon.bash@apsva.us) 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: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4da8a82ea46-multicultural. For any questions, please  email Renu Mansukhani at renumansu@gmail.com.

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:  http://teatrodelaluna.org/tem/23/sanos/home_i.htm.

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

Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

@NTMPrincipal  @NTMKnightsAPS

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – November 7, 2016

On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.  – Dan Lipinski Dear Parents/Guardians, Fall Social and Auction – Thank Yous! Extending our […]

On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free. 

– Dan Lipinski

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Fall Social and Auction – Thank Yous!

Extending our thank you to committee co-chairs:

  • Fall Social Committee Co-chairs:
    • Daniele Herndon and Meredith Chistolini
  • Auction Committee Chair:
    • Stacy Rosenthal

We so appreciate all your work on this event and all that our PTA does throughout each school year to benefit the entire Nottingham School Community!

A special thank you to the committee chairs and their committee of volunteers who worked tirelessly planning and hosting the annual Fall Social and Auction event held on Saturday, November 5.  The evening, as usual, was a huge success and a wonderful time was had by all in attendance.  Thanks to this great effort, the PTA will be able to continue to support all of the wonderful programs and activities throughout this school year enriching the educational experience for all our Knights.RemindersI wanted to make you aware of upcoming holiday and school closing dates:

  • Tuesday, November 8 – Grade Prep Day – No school for students
  • Friday, November 11 – Veteran’s Day Holiday – School closed
  • November 23 – 25 – Thanksgiving Holiday Break

I also wanted to make you aware that the week of November 14 – 18 has been designated as National School Psychology Awareness Week.

National School Psychology Awareness Week, November 14 – 18, 2016.
The theme this year is “Small Steps to Change Lives.

For more information and resources, visit the website at:  https://www.nasponline.org/research-and-policy/advocacy-tools-and-resources/school-psychology-awareness-week-2016

Please join me in expressing our gratitude and appreciation for Mrs. Lambdin, School Psychologist, for her efforts with our Knights and their families.Thank you for being a partner in your child’s education.

Mary Beth Pelosky

Principal

Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

@NTMPrincipal  @NTMKnightsAPS

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – October 27, 2016

Right education should help the student, not only to develop his capacities, but to understand his own highest interest. – J. Krishnamurti Dear Parents/Guardians, Institute for Educational Leadership: Global Education Policy Fellowship Program As some of you may be aware, I wanted to share the good news that I will be travelling to India as a […]

Right education should help the student, not only to develop his capacities, but to understand his own highest interest.

– J. Krishnamurti

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Institute for Educational Leadership: Global Education Policy Fellowship Program

As some of you may be aware, I wanted to share the good news that I will be travelling to India as a fellow in the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Global Education Policy Fellowship Program.  I will be participating in A Field Study Focused on the Challenges of Managing Growth and Improving Quality in India’s education system. A lofty challenge indeed! 

In addition to my work here at Nottingham with the principalship, I have served on boards that focus on issues of access for women and girls. I have enjoyed the work of the past few months, planning and preparing for policy conversations, site visits to educational institutions from elementary through college in the states of Delhi and Bangalore.  Together with a small group of other Fellows from across the United States I have been participating in webinars, learning more about educational policy in India, the world’s largest education system.

Recent webinars included working with Vibha Sharma, Educational Consultant, and Delhi, India. She has been engaged in the field of international education for more than a decade.  Most recently, she served as Consultant to the University of Chicago to help them establish an academic center in Delhi, which is serving to benchmark the ways in which collaborative academic activity and global engagement can take shape.  Prior to that, she was Director, Office of US-India Higher Education Cooperation, established at the behest of the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the US government’s Department of State.  There, she developed and directed the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative grant program, aimed at fostering institutional collaborations. Currently, she is developing, exploring and expanding a portfolio of independent consultancy assignments in the field of Indo-US academic engagement.

I’m excited to have the opportunity to broaden my knowledge of this part of the world. Should you need assistance with a matter concerning administration, please reach out to Mr. Koutsouftikis at john.koutsouftikis@apsva.us.

Teacher of Year (TOY)

It is that time of year again when we call for nominations to select Nottingham’s 2016 Teacher of the Year!  Nottingham’s nominee will then be placed in contention to be selected as Arlington’s Teacher of the Year. Attached to this APS Talk you will find a copy of the Nottingham Teacher of the Year Nomination Form.  If you wish to nominate a teacher for this honor, complete the form and return it to Nottingham via Sharon Bash no later than Friday, November 4.   She can be reached at 703-228-8339 or email: sharon.bash@apsva.us.  Our instructional lead teachers serve as the nominating/selection committee.  Together they will review the nominations and select one candidate.  All qualifications listed in the Department of Education official document will be considered during the voting process.Our timeline calls for a quick turn-around to submit nominations for consideration.  The Nomination Committee will meet and vote to select our TOY at the November 10 Lead Teacher’s meeting. Cory Folliard, as the PTA President, will serve as the community member on the selection committee.  We look forward to making the announcement of Nottingham’s 2017 TOY before Thanksgiving Break.

Democracy Day

I wanted to extend my appreciation to Mrs. Meden, Nottingham’s Social Studies’ Lead Teacher. Her enthusiasm in planning a memorable learning activity for our Knights was catching! She   worked with me and our SCA advisors to plan yesterday’s Day of Democracy here at Nottingham. As part of this month’s Spirit Day, October 26 was designated Democracy Day.  Students were asked to dress in red, white, and/or blue.  Every grade level decided to vote on a topic unique to their grade level, i.e.:  every fourth grader chose to vote on which region in Virginia they would like to live in.  The results will be tallied and shared on Knights@9.

APS Go! Travel Survey

Please consider taking part in this APS Go! Travel Survey, A community-wide, school-driven process that raises awareness and provides incentives, information and encouragement related to walking, biking, transit, car/vanpooling and school busing.  APS Go! is a part of the APS efforts to proactively assess the needs of the community, respond to growth and demand, and develop forward-thinking transportation programs. The information collected as part of the survey will be used to update and measure progress on the APS Go! comprehensive, long-term Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Plan. The Parent Survey is intended for parents of APS students in grades Pre-K through 10. It includes 21 questions and should take less than 10 minutes to complete.  The online survey available here:  http://sgiz.mobi/s3/APS-Parent-Survey-2016.  Please visit  APS Go for more information.

Cheeseburger in Paradise Fall Auction:

Mr. Koutsouftikis looks forward to seeing staff and parents at the Nottingham Fall Auction. Members of the Auction committee have been working hard to ensure a good time will be had by all. Please plan to join your friends and neighbors at this fun, community building event.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky

Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

@NTMPrincipal  @NTMKnightsAPS

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 […]

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:
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/search/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

Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

@NTMPrincipal  @NTMKnightsAPS

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – October 20, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians, Earthquake Drill Completed At 10:00 a.m., over 500 students, staff, and visitors “ducked, covered, and held on” during a brief earthquake drill at Nottingham.  Students were asked to go underneath desks or tables and grab the legs to protect themselves in the event of an earthquake.  All APS schools are expected to conduct […]

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Earthquake Drill Completed
At 10:00 a.m., over 500 students, staff, and visitors “ducked, covered, and held on” during a brief earthquake drill at Nottingham.  Students were asked to go underneath desks or tables and grab the legs to protect themselves in the event of an earthquake.  All APS schools are expected to conduct an earthquake drill during the month of October as we continue practicing our emergency preparedness drills to make schools a safe place regardless of the situation.  Our drill time was close to the time that others who were registered for The Great Southeast Shakeout conducted their earthquake drill.

For more information about how you can best be prepared in the event of an earthquake, please go to the following link: http://www.shakeout.org/southeast/index.html

Sincerely,

John Koutsouftikis
Assistant Principal

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – October 17, 2016

falling leaves hide the path so quietly –John Bailey, Autumn Dear Parents/Guardians: The Third Grade Principal’s Chat is scheduled for tomorrow morning, October 18 – 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. in the library. Kudos and thanks to our PTA and especially to the parents/ guardians who donated and cooked for the Chili lunch for our recent […]

falling leaves
hide the path
so quietly

–John Bailey, Autumn

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The Third Grade Principal’s Chat is scheduled for tomorrow morning, October 18 – 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. in the library.

Kudos and thanks to our PTA and especially to the parents/ guardians who donated and cooked for the Chili lunch for our recent Parent-Teacher Conference days. Staff certainly appreciated the efforts of Tavya Casad in choosing and coordinating the menu which included delicious Italian Store sandwiches/salads! Mr. Koutsouftikis and I know that teachers were happy to receive and exchange information about each individual Knight. These detailed conversations give instructional staff a deeper understanding of your hopes and dreams for your child.

A-SPAN Walk-a-Thon – Another Successful Year
Kudos and thanks to our Nottingham’s SCA Co-sponsors, Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Zipfel, for coordinating our recent A-SPAN Walk-a-thon. This year our SCA sponsors worked hard to have our Knights continue to develop empathy for those community members who may find themselves in challenging circumstances. Parents/guardians: Your generous contributions resulted in a significant effort to support Arlington’s own A-SPAN in reducing homelessness and food scarcity right here at “home.” Together, our Community of Learners raised: $4,222!  A-SPAN was thrilled and grateful for all the support and participation from our Knights, their family members and our staff.

Laurie Keller Visit
Thank you to our wonderful PTA for sponsoring last week’s visit by author/illustrator Laurie Keller.  Ms. Keller is the author of the popular Arnie the Doughnut series, Scrambled States of America, Do Unto Otters, and others.  Our Knights enjoyed her talk about the writing process and also learned how to illustrate their own characters.  Ms. Keller pointed out that, even in a room full of artists drawing the same picture, each and every one will be different and unique.  Her great sense of humor kept both Knights and their teachers laughing. Nottingham Librarian, Mrs. Gustafson, reports: A great time was had by all!

Character Counts
This month our Nottingham Community of Learners will be honoring Unity Day (October 19), Character Counts Week (October 17-21), and Mix It Up at Lunch Day (October 25).

Wednesday, October 19th Knights are encouraged to wear orange to “Take a stand to end bullying.”  During Character Counts Week, staff will be joining our Knights in dressing in the color of the character traits. On October 25th, Knights will be asked to sit at different tables with children they do not normally sit with. Our goal is to continue our efforts in creating a school climate where respect and inclusiveness are core values!

Unity Day – Make it Orange and Make it End! – October 19, 2016
Teachers will hold a classroom discussion to define the word “Unity” and what each Knight can do to make Nottingham a safer place to learn. Please take the time to check in with your child (as age appropriate) regarding their key takeaways.

Character Counts! Week – October 17 – 21, 2016:
Please encourage your child to show their colors in a joint NTM wide effort!

Date Character Trait Color Think
Tuesday, 10/18 Respect Yellow/Gold Think, “The Golden Rule”
Wednesday, 10/19 Unity Day and Fairness Orange Think of “Dividing an orange into an orange into equal sections to share fairly.”
Thursday, 10/20 Responsibility Green Think, “Being responsible for a garden or finances.”
Friday, 10/21 Choose either
● Caring
● Citizenship
Red
Purple
Think “Of a heart”
Think, “Regal Purple”

 

PTA Sponsored Halloween Parade – Sunday, October 30 – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
If you and your family celebrate Halloween please consider marking the family calendar to join in the fun at Nottingham’s annual Halloween Parade!  The festivities begin at 1:00 p.m. on the back lot.  Several former Knights will be performing as part of the Yorktown Band, adding some “pep in the steps” for our Knights and their families.

Treats for Troops: November 1 through November 7
Our Student Council Association, SCA, will once again be sponsoring our annual Treats for Troops campaign.  Starting on November 1st, Knights are asked to bring in leftover candy to donate for our US troops/service members, serving both here and abroad.  Knights are also encouraged to create cards thanking service members for their efforts.  There will be bins ready for students to donate their candy and cards from November 1 through November 7 by the main office.  Knights are asked to drop off their treats / cards before heading to their instructional space.  The SCA Officers and Representatives will package treats and cards on 11/9.

PTA Meeting – November 1 -Nottingham Staff Presentation
Please consider joining Mr. Koutsouftikis and Mrs.  Bergeron, Exemplary Project Coordinator, at our November 1st PTA meeting. Together with members of our English Language Arts team, she 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.

Humanities Program:  Knights’ Unite Evening Event – Nov. 17
Dinner is 6:30 PM / Teatro performance at 7:30Sanitos y Contentos, “Happy and Healthy” www.teatrodelaluna.org

This DC Spanish theater group will perform a thirty-five minute play at this year’s Knights Unite event. Their performance will tell the story of Miss Lettuce (Señorita Lechuga), a bright, bubbly vegetable, visits to talk about the benefits of eating vegetables and fruits when she is attacked and overcome by Mrs. Laziness (Doña Flojera), who tells everyone they should avoid exercise and only eat candy and sweets. With the audience’s, and Mr. Cucumber (Don Pepino)’s help, Miss Lettuce triumphs over the vile Mrs. Laziness, and good health and happiness overcome sloth, greed and laziness. Teatro de la Luna bring Spanish theater to schools throughout the DC metropolitan area.  We are excited to have them at Nottingham!

Book Drive
Thank you to all families who participated and helped get books to students and families who may not have access to books at home. 1,403 books were donated during the 2016 book drive, about fifteen banker boxes full!  Staff took books for classroom libraries and Mrs. Gustafson found books for the school library, however, the majority of the books will be donated to other schools through Arlington Bookshelf Program.  We are proud to share the joy of literacy throughout Arlington! Congratulations to Mrs. Wine’s class, together they donated 217 books!Thank you to parent volunteers who collected books from the classroom, sorted the books in the library and helped pack them for delivery.

Picture Make-up Date Scheduled
Due to scheduling changes the make-up day had to be postponed and has been rescheduled to:

  • November 21, 2016

I hope you and yours were able to enjoy the beautiful Fall weather this weekend! Thank you for being a partner in your child’s education.

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.Pelosky@apsva.us
@NTMPrincipal  @NTMKnightsAPS

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham –  October 5, 2016

The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools.                                            ― Henry Beston Dear Parents/Guardians, It has been a busy day here at Nottingham! Thank you for a strong showing and whole family efforts to encourage your child to participate in our International Bike and […]

The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools.                                             Henry Beston

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It has been a busy day here at Nottingham! Thank you for a strong showing and whole family efforts to encourage your child to participate in our International Bike and Walk to School Day. Mr. Koutsouftikis and I were thrilled to see so many Knights eager to prove to Ms. Pugh and Mr. Giusto that they had indeed biked or walked to school! We had just over 300 walkers and 55 bike riders.

Kudos and thanks to our SCA advisors Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Zipfel for their efforts to coordinate our ASPAN Walkathon. Grade level teams walked to support and address ending homelessness and food scarcity here in Arlington. I enjoyed walking with our fifth grade Knights, many of whom are patrol who shared where their patrol posts were and proudly spoke about their new responsibilities as a patrol. Other fifth grade Knights shared that they are eagerly awaiting their new German friends who will soon be arriving from Arlington’s sister city, Aachen.

Knight to Remember:

We look forward to seeing you and your family at tonight’s event:  A Knight to Remember. We will be gathering on  the back field of Nottingham, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Please plan to pack a picnic dinner for the whole family and bring your blanket, lawn chairs, and favorite lawn games for some good old-fashioned fun! Note: This is not a drop-off event; parents should plan to stay to supervise and socialize.  (No alcoholic beverages, please.)

Ice cream and popcorn vendors will be on hand selling treats. For those who prefer indoor entertainment, we hope you’ll join us beginning at 6:15 p.m. to join your child in watching the movie, Zootopia. Please see below for Common Sense Media’s reviews on this family friendly fun: Zootopia Movie: Video Review | Common Sense Media

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/zootopia-video-review

Parent/ Teacher Conferences:

We look forward to seeing many of you in the building over the next few days for our Parent/ Teacher Conferences. In partnership with you, we join our instructional staff in focusing our efforts on nurturing our Knights in their academic journey of self-discovery. Family involvement and communication between school and home are important elements in creating a strong learning environment, as well as in supporting our Knights’ efforts in school. We consider parents/guardians a true asset to our learning community and we look forward to continuing our partnership to enhance the educational experience for each Knight.

Staff will be implementing our school wide theme of  “Be the 3!” encouraging our students in demonstrating safe, respectful and caring behaviors.  In keeping with our Responsive Classroom work, Knights will be encouraged to strive for on-time arrival to school, good attendance and the continued application of efforts that demonstrate grit, curiosity, optimism and conscientiousness.  Our instructional staff continues their strong lesson planning and data work with coaches in the Professional Learning Communities, also known as Collaborative Leadership Teams/ CLTs.

We are here to support you and your children and we look forward to working collaboratively with you to create an enjoyable, safe, and successful school year. Below is a list of which administrator is supervising which grade level:

  • Ms. Pelosky –  Grades K, 2, and 4
  • Mr. Koutsouftikis –  Grades 1, 3, and 5

Project Lead the Way:

As I have begun to mention in my grade level Principal Chats and at last night’s PTA meetings, Nottingham was one of three school communities in Arlington to receive a grant from Project Lead the Way (PLTW). PLTW sponsors are aware that, “Global and local challenges surround us.”  PLTW’s vision and mission is to address these challenges, and acknowledging that “We need people who know problem-solving strategies, think critically and creatively, communicate and collaborate with others, and persevere when something does not work the first time. Whether designing and producing prosthetics or deploying innovative water filtration devices in developing countries, PLTW students and the teachers who support them will be empowered to make a difference in their classrooms, in their communities, and around the world.” Project Lead The Way provides hands-on learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S.

At Nottingham, Librarian Nicole Gustafson and Science Lead Ofelia McKenzie will be facilitating student learning in an engaging, hands-on curriculum that teaches real world problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration through engineering, biomedical science, and computer science.  They are implementing the program with Nottingham Knights in Kindergarten through 5th grade this year.  Modules will be implemented over the course of the year, and the curriculum will also be included in our GEMS after school Science program.

Traveling Salad Bar

In celebration of National Farm to School month, APS Food Services selected Nottingham as the site to launch its “Traveling Salad Bar.” The Food Services Department received the salad through a grant from the Chef Anne Foundation in partnership with Whole Foods Market. Our Traveling Salad Bar will feature local fresh vegetables and fruit. Items served today were hydroponic spring mix lettuce, kale, cucumbers, baby summer squash, bell peppers and heirloom tomatoes. Knights can select items as part of a regular school lunch. The salad bar will available for the month of October.

Dismissal Policies  /  After School Playdates

Thank you for working with your child to encourage on time arrival at school. If you know that your child will need to be out of school, please send emails 24 hours in advance. If a teacher is absent, he/she will not receive the email to know about a change in schedule, pickup, etc.  Please copy Ms. Embrey on your emails at janet.embrey@apsva.us.  If you must make a change during the school day, contact Ms. Embrey in the main office at 703-228- 8326.

If your child will be heading home on the bus with a classmate or fellow Knight, they must bring written permission from a parent/guardian.   Both children must have a note. Our APS Transportation Department requires that bus drivers have a written note from each parent if a child is going to ride a bus that he/she is not assigned to ride. These notes must be checked by the classroom teacher before the children ride the bus.

APS School Health Advisory Board Releases Food Allergy Guidelines

I wanted to bring the following information to your attention:

Arlington Public Schools (APS) aims to provide a safe, academically enriching, and socially accepting setting for all students. These guidelines specifically address the needs of students who live with life-threatening food allergies. All APS schools are encouraged to implement these evidence-based recommendations, which outline prevention and response protocols: https://www.apsva.us/post/allergies-and-anaphylaxis/

Managing Allergies and Anaphylaxis Among Students is a collaborative effort between APS, parent volunteers serving on the APS School Health Advisory Board (SHAB) and the Arlington County-School Health Bureau. Its purpose is to set uniform and consistent APS-wide guidelines, which establish a safe environment for students with food allergies and support parents regarding food allergy management. Nottingham staff continues to focus on ensuring that these new guidelines are followed and that all of our children are safe at school. For your reference, this website has some excellent information that should help parents and students find “children-friendly” non-nutty food.

APS Honors Chorus, Band & Orchestra Auditions for 5th Grade Knights

Parents/guardians are asked to encourage their 5th grade children to audition for Honors Chorus, Band, or Orchestra. These music performance groups are an excellent learning opportunity for our Nottingham Knights. Online audition sign up, music rehearsal tracks, rehearsal and performance information, and more can be found on the following link:https://www.apsva.us/arts-education-overview/honors-band-orchestra-and-chorus/

Kudos to Dr. McCormac

Congratulations to Dr. McCormac on  the acceptance of her article on Anxiety in Schools in the ASCA School Counselor magazine: Addressing Student Anxiety in the American School Counselor Association’s September newsletter.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us
@NTMPrincipal  @NTMKnightsAPS

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 […]

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
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us
@NTMPrincipal  @NTMKnightsAPS

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – Sept. 20

Dear Parents and Guardians, It was wonderful to see such a packed house on BTSN! Mr. Koutsouftikis and I enjoyed seeing the many creative ways teachers encouraged you to leave a motivational note for your child. This reiterates to them that you have seen their learning environment and can validate their learning opportunities. Many thanks […]

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It was wonderful to see such a packed house on BTSN! Mr. Koutsouftikis and I enjoyed seeing the many creative ways teachers encouraged you to leave a motivational note for your child. This reiterates to them that you have seen their learning environment and can validate their learning opportunities. Many thanks to those of you who have volunteered to be room parents and to those of you who have taken on additional volunteer duties, whether it be helping out in our teacher workroom, serving on a PTA committee or volunteering in your child’s classroom.  We appreciate that you spent some time this weekend responding to our request to share your Responsive Classroom Hopes and Dreams for your child this academic year.  Dr. McCormac and members of our Student Services staff are an integral piece of our efforts to educate the whole child. We’re proud of their collaborative good work on behalf of our Knights! For those of you new to the Nottingham Community of Learners, I wanted to share this video clip honoring the VA Elementary Counselor of the Year, our very own, Dr.  McCormac. You can view the video here:  https://www.apsva.us/post/snapshots-features-virginia-elementary-school-counselor-of-the-year/

Principal Chat Dates  –  8:45 – 9:30 a.m. / Library
Parents/ Guardians are invited to join me over the next few weeks in my grade level specific Principal Chats.  Dr. McCormac and a teacher representative from each team will be on hand as we delve deeper into the curriculum and do our best to answer questions that might have arisen over the course of the first few weeks of school. Please note the following dates:

  • 9/23/16 – Kindergarten
  • 9/27/16 – 5th Grade
  • 10/5/16 – 2nd Grade
  • 10/11/16 – 1st Grade
  • 10/14/16 – 4th Grade
  • 10/18/16 – 3rd Grade    Please note this date change.

Digital Device Initiative in Grades 2, 3 and 4 – APS Personalized Learning
Teachers of Knights in grades 2, 3 and 4 have begun their Digital Device initiative work. Together with their teachers, our Knights have established technology rules and guidelines and reviewed iPad expectations. For those parents/guardians  interested in more information on the district initiative for Personalized Learning, please see the APS Personalized Learning webpage at this link: https://www.apsva.us/personalized-learning/

Student Council Elections – 9/ 21- 9/23:
Parents/Guardians of 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders: The 2016-2017 Nottingham Student Council (SCA) Classroom Representative election will take place tomorrow, September 21 through Friday, September 23.  A letter and permission slip were sent home in last week’s Friday folders.  If your child is interested in participating in the election, please complete the form and return it to their classroom teacher tomorrow, Wednesday, September 21. Each class will send two representatives to the SCA.  All meetings are the first Wednesday of the month, from 8-8:40 a.m. in the library.  Duties for the SCA representatives include:

  • Communicate ideas/input from student body to Student Council and vice versa
  • Give monthly reports to their classroom and to K-2 classrooms as assigned
  • Participate and propose ideas for Spirit Days, service projects, and represent peers

Letters will go home on September 26 to those Knights who were elected, congratulating them on their being selected as a Classroom Representative. The first meeting is scheduled for October 5. Questions regarding Student Council Association elections should be directed to Mrs. Moore or Mrs. Zipfel, SCA co-sponsors.

National Book Festival Saturday, September 24, 2016
Looking for activities centering on literacy for the whole family to enjoy? Consider taking advantage of our proximity to DC and head to the Washington Convention Center for the National Book Festival. 2016 Book Festival | National Book Festival – Library of Congress

School Picture Day – Thursday, September 29 School Picture information went home in last week’s Friday Folder. If you have any questions regarding this opportunity for a “snapshot in time,” please contact your child’s teacher.

Gifted Resource Parent Meeting:

  • Friday, September 30  / 8:45-9:30 a.m. / Library

Please plan to join Mr. Koutsouftikis and Ms. Van Valen, new Resource Teacher for the Gifted as she presents a parent presentation on Gifted Learners here at Nottingham.  All parents/guardians  are welcome to attend and learn more about the process for  identifying gifted learners, as well as what the classroom instruction looks like using resources aimed at gifted  learners.

Bike and Walk to School Day is Wednesday – October 5
Nottingham’s PE Staff is excited to announce that our annual Bike and Walk to school event takes place on the morning of October 5th!  We expect to see our Knights wearing their protective clothing for their chosen mode of transportation to school that day, whether it be biking, walking or ‘scootering” to school.  Upon arrival, Knights will receive biker/walker tokens to add to their collection and are given a special walk/bike sticker.  At the end of the day, our Knights that have a specially marked sticker will receive a prize. Students that ride a bike or scooter to school must wear a helmet to receive a prize. Prizes include pedometers, bike computers, bike locks, Klean Kanteens and other fun bike and walk regalia! Accommodations are made for our early Extended Day arrivals.  Knights who do not live in an area with a safe route to school are encouraged to partner with other students in the community to travel together along a safe route that morning.  As we tell all of our Knights, this is by no means mandatory and we appreciate the extra effort it may take to go car or bus-free.

A-Span Walkathon:  In conjunction with the National Walk/Bike to School Day – October 5
Please join Nottingham’s Student Council members in sending a message of support for local families in need.  Register your child for A-SPAN’s Nottingham Walk to End Homelessness in Arlington! In our efforts to remind our Knights of their role in helping community members, they will be viewing an A-SPAN informational video on Knights@9 in the next few weeks. For more information on the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, A-SPAN, and our efforts to support their initiatives in meeting the needs of local homeless people, please click on the following link:   Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN).  Knights will be walking with their grade level in this fundraiser to end homelessness right here in Arlington.  Registration forms will be sent home in Friday Folders, this Friday, September 23.  Please check your child’s Friday Folder for a registration envelope – or you can complete the form online now at this link: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/aspan.)  Be sure to include Nottingham and Classroom Teacher Name in the special purpose box near the bottom of the page. The Nottingham class with the most participation receives the honor of selecting SCA November’s Spirit Day.

Social Studies
The Commonwealth of Virginia has mandated changes to the APS Social Studies Curriculum. These changes might have been communicated to you at Back to School Night.  However, I wanted to share this link for those of you interested in further understanding the Social Studies Curriculum changes. .https://www.apsva.us/social-studies/k-12-curriculum/

I hope to see many parents/guardians of our Kindergarten learners later this week.  Thank you for being a partner in your child’s education.

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us
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Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – Sept. 20 – Lockdown DRILL

Dear Parents/Guardians:  In coordination with the Arlington County Police Department, we have just successfully concluded our first of four district-mandated lockdown drills for the 2016-2017 school year. In past years we have only been required to have two lockdown drills per school year. We will have one more drill with the ACPD and two drills […]

Dear Parents/Guardians: 
In coordination with the Arlington County Police Department, we have just successfully concluded our first of four district-mandated lockdown drills for the 2016-2017 school year. In past years we have only been required to have two lockdown drills per school year. We will have one more drill with the ACPD and two drills will be conducted without the assistance of the ACPD. Our procedures have been developed with the assistance and guidance of police and public safety officials. Like all other safety drills such as fire, tornado, earthquake and bus safety drills, the purpose of today’s exercise was to practice the procedures used in the event that we have to put an emergency plan into action. Ms. Pelosky and I walked the building with Arlington County police officers to ensure that procedures were followed and to make any changes, if necessary.  Safety drills help us ensure that our students and staff know what to do, where to go, and how to respond if an emergency occurs. As always, our first priority is the safety and well-being of our Knights, our staff, and visitors.  

Sincerely,  
John Koutsouftikis Assistant Principal

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – Sept 13th

Creativity is especially expressed in the ability to make connections, to make associations, to turn things around and express them in a new way.  – Tim Hansen Dear Parents/Guardians: It’s been a busy start to our second week of school here at Nottingham!  This morning I facilitated a Data Team meeting with Mr. Koutsouftikis and a […]

Creativity is especially expressed in the ability to make connections, to make associations, to turn things around and express them in a new way.  – Tim Hansen

Dear Parents/Guardians:

It’s been a busy start to our second week of school here at Nottingham!  This morning I facilitated a Data Team meeting with Mr. Koutsouftikis and a small group of our teacher leaders as we assist teachers in best practices to reach their learners’ needs. It’s exciting to join in on the very necessary, first six weeks of school activities, including, briefly joining our chorus for their warm up exercises, completing a read aloud with the Sea Turtle classroom, signing Class Constitutions, and reviewing student Hopes and Dreams.

Teachers are working hard to cultivate personal relationships with their students as they establish both learning and behavioral expectations. Back to School Night Mr. Koutsouftikis and I look forward to seeing you tomorrow night, September 14, for our annual Back to School Night!  Our goal is to provide an informative, enjoyable evening designed to have you meet your child’s teacher, view their learning space, hear more about our Responsive Classroom work and learn more about your child’s instructional day. By now you should have received information from your child’s teacher.

Additional information regarding the evening schedule is listed below:
Parents /guardians are asked to head to their child’s classroom for our evening to begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.   Beginning at 7:15 p.m., our Specialists (Art, FLES Staff, Music, PE, Gifted and ESOL) will join our Special Education staff in the library for the first Informational Classroom Session.  Specialists and SPED Staff will be available to meet with parents/guardians in their instructional spaces for the second session. The evening will proceed as follows:

  • 7:00 – 7:15      Parents/Guardians in First Session Classroom for Admin. / PTA Greetings
  • 7:15 – 7:35      First Informational Classroom Session
  • 7:35 – 7:40      Travel to Second Session (For families with siblings)
  • 7:40 – 8:00      Second Informational Session
  • 8:00 – 8:05      Travel Time to MPR
  • 8:05 – 8:30      PTA Meeting in NTM’s Multi-Purpose Room / Cafeteria (Please attend so that the group will reach a quorum.)

Parent Teacher Conference Information:
Mr. Koutsouftikis and I want to remind you that our county wide Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for full days on Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7. You will be receiving your appointment time from your child’s teacher in the next few weeks. As we continue our Responsive Classroom work and focus on the education of the whole child, our instructional staff looks forward to hearing from you. Conversations will center on your thoughts regarding your child’s sentiments about his/her first few weeks at Nottingham, what’s going well in school and what you feel are their areas of needed growth, i.e., where they need a “nudge.” Attendance Record Keeping Thank you for your efforts to ensure that your child has an on time arrival to school. Should your child need to be out of school or come to school late due to an appointment, please address your communication regarding student attendance to both your child’s classroom teacher and Ms. Embrey in the main office at: janet.embrey@apsva.us. She can also be reached at 703-228-8326. Student Safety Ensuring that our Knights get home safely is a mainstay of our message as we establish routines for the coming year.  If your children’s normal plans for getting home change, please write a note to the classroom teacher. If your children normally go to Extended Day after school and those plans change, please make sure you write two notes.

One for the classroom teacher and the other for Ms. Dalley and the Extended Day staff. Bike Riding Etiquette At Nottingham, we are proud of our Knights and their efforts to fully participate in our active learning community. We appreciate that many Knights and even some parents/guardians bike to school. Mr. Koutsouftikis and I are hopeful that, if your child rides his/her bike or a scooter to school, you will have a conversation with them about Bike Etiquette and expected Rules of The Road. These include, but are not limited to: ·                  Not riding aggressively ·                  Getting off of a bike and walking it if the sidewalks are crowded with walkers ·                  Using a voice along with a bell to signal that you are passing a pedestrian Thank you for helping us send a clear, concise message to keep all learners safe as they walk to and from school. National Hispanic Heritage Month:  September 15 – October 15, 2016: Honoring our Heritage, Building our Future Please join FLES Spanish  teachers Ms. Gibbons and Ms. McKenzie in taking advantage of some of the local family activities to celebrate Hispanic Heritage:  Calendar | Heritage Month Events | Smithsonian.

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

Mary Beth Pelosky

Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us

@NTMPrincipal  @NTMKnightsAPS

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – September 7th

Dear Parents and Guardians, Mr. Koutsouftikis and I have been working with Transportation to resolve the transportation issues that many of our Knights and their families encountered yesterday.  We have been working internally with staff to clarify dismissal routines for all children including bus riders. Additional staff will be on hand to assist us at […]

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Mr. Koutsouftikis and I have been working with Transportation to resolve the transportation issues that many of our Knights and their families encountered yesterday.  We have been working internally with staff to clarify dismissal routines for all children including bus riders. Additional staff will be on hand to assist us at the black top dismissal and older students have been advised as to where to meet their siblings.

Pick- up/Walkers: Kindergarten parents/guardians are asked to congregate directly outside of their child’s classroom outside door.  First grade parents/guardians are asked to congregate closer to the playground equipment.  Large cones will be an indicator of where each grade level is gathering along with small cones delineating teachers in that respective grade. Second grade parents/guardians are asked to congregate inside along the fence line abutting the sidewalk. Third grade parents/ guardians are asked to congregate by the fence line next to Ohio Street.  Fourth grade will dismiss through the gym doors.  Fifth grade will dismiss through the front doors turning left down the ramp to pick up siblings or head towards home. Regarding bus riders:

Teachers have been given updated lists of children in their class who ride the bus. All students will ride home on the same bus number that took them to school in the morning, i.e., My child took Bus 516 in the morning and will ride Bus 516 home. Transportation has shared with us the following information concerning Nottingham bus schedules – regarding pick up and drop off times for the morning and afternoon runs. Families of students riding Nottingham Route 527. Transportation sincerely regrets any worry and inconvenience caused to families as a result of the late arrival of 527 on the afternoon of the first day of school. The bus was delayed significantly during its first route of the afternoon when the driver took a wrong turn. This initial delay was compounded as the bus completed its second route, ultimately resulting in its arrival to Nottingham at 4:35 PM, 54 minutes after dismissal. Delays in communication in transportation between the driver and the dispatch officer further complicated things. In order to prevent a recurrence of the problem, the importance of timely notification to Dispatch of any route delays was reiterated to drivers and Transportation will be closely monitoring the Nottingham arrival times over the next several weeks using the GPS tracking technology on the bus. *Please note that due to variations in traffic, students and families should report to the stop at least 5 minutes but not more than 10 minutes in advance of the scheduled time. Bus 516 AM Stop                                                                            Time 22nd ST N &N KENSINGTON ST                            8:27 AM 24TH ST N & N ILLINOIS ST                                   8:30 AM 22ND RD N & N HARRISON ST                              8:32 AM —————————————————————————————————————– Bus 516 PM Stop                                                                            Time 22nd ST N &N KENSINGTON ST                            3:51 PM 24TH ST N & N ILLINOIS ST                                   3:59 PM 22ND RD N & N HARRISON ST                              4:03 PM ——————————————————————————————————————— Bus 527 AM                                                                        Stop                                                                                        Time WILLIAMSBURG BLVD & N TACOMA ST                       8:29 AM WILLIAMSBURG BLVD & N UNDERWOOD ST 8:31 AM 30TH RD N & N WESTMORELAND ST                               8:33 AM 31ST ST N & N UNDERWOOD ST                           8:34 AM 31ST ST N & N TRINIDAD ST                                              8:37 AM ——————————————————————————————————————— Bus 527 PM                                                                     Stop                                                                                        Time WILLIAMSBURG BLVD & N TACOMA ST                      3:55 PM WILLIAMSBURG BLVD & N UNDERWOOD ST 3:57 PM 30TH RD N & N WESTMORELAND ST                               3:58 PM 31ST ST N & N UNDERWOOD ST                                       4:00 PM 31ST ST N & N TRINIDAD ST                                              4:03 PM   Thank you for your patience and forbearance as we work to ensure that all of our Knights arrive home safely. Sincerely, Mary Beth Pelosky Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us @NTMPrincipal  @NTMKnightsAPS

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham

Dear Parents/Guardians, Thursday, September 1st Annual Open House and “A Knight to Remember” Open House. Mr. Koutsouftikis and I look forward to seeing all Nottingham families at our annual Open House to be held on: Thursday, September 1st – Members of the Nottingham Community of Learners will have a chance to visit their new classroom and […]

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thursday, September 1st Annual Open House and “A Knight to Remember” Open House.

Mr. Koutsouftikis and I look forward to seeing all Nottingham families at our annual Open House to be held on:

  • Thursday, September 1st – Members of the Nottingham Community of Learners will have a chance to visit their new classroom and meet their teacher.
  • Kindergarten Open House is from 8:45-9:45 a.m.
  • Knights in grades 1-5 may stop by for a “Meet and Greet” from 9:00-9:45 a.m.

Consider attending my Principal’s “Meet and Greet” before our Knight to Remember event from 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. in the library.  Child care will be provided.

A Knight to Remember
Members of the Nottingham Community of Learners are invited to a Back to School Celebration, “A Knight to Remember.” Reconnect with old friends and make new ones! Please plan to pack a picnic dinner for the whole family and bring your blanket, lawn chairs, and favorite lawn games for some good old-fashioned fun. This event will take place on Thursday, September 1st ,from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Note: This is not a drop-off event; parents should plan to stay to supervise and socialize.  (No alcoholic beverages, please.)

Ice cream and popcorn vendors will be on hand selling treats. For those who prefer indoor entertainment, we hope you’ll join us beginning at 6:15 p.m. to join your child in watching the movie, Zootopia. Please see below for Common Sense Media’s reviews on this family friendly fun:

Zootopia Movie: Video Review | Common Sense Media

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/…/zootopia-video-reviewCommon Sense Media Mar 4, 2016 – Is Zootopia OK for your child? Watch Common Sense Media’s video review to help you make informed decisions.

5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After Zootopia | Common …https://www.commonsensemedia.org/…/5-conversations-to-have…Common

Sense MediaMar 14, 2016 – Advice from Common Sense Media editors. … Not only is Zootopia a smart, funny friendship story set in a world populated by walking, talking…

Return of iPads
We look forward to seeing you at Open House!  In preparation for the school year, we are asking 3rd and 4th grade Knights that took their iPad home for the summer to please bring it back to the library after the Open House.  Please make sure to also bring their charger.  If you are not able to come to Open House with your child, please have them bring their iPad and charger back to school on the first day.  Here is a timely article for parents concerned about social media use with children and teenagers:  Preparing for Back to School in the Age of Technology | Caron Treatment Centers from Caron Treatment

.Library Open House

Please join Ms. Koehler for the last Nottingham Library Open house of the summer:  Tuesday, August 23rd, 5:30 – 7 p.m.  Knights are invited to come exchange their books for new ones and update Ms. Koehler on their summer reading.   She would love to hear which books your children enjoyed reading and get their suggestions of books to read.  Your child can have up to ten (10) books checked out at a time.  Parents, you can check out books for your own reading pleasure on your child’s account.Teacher Placement Letters will be mailed out on, Tuesday, August 30th. We look forward to seeing you/ your child bright and early on Tuesday, September 6th as we join our Knights as they embark on a year of academic and socio- emotional growth!

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Principal

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – Back to School

The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has.                                                                                                        __ Michelangelo Dear Parents/Guardians, Regarding:  Patrol Belt Pick Up Information and Launch into Literacy Information 2016 – 2017 School Year Patrol Belt Pick Up Ms. Matthews, Nottingham’s Patrol Sponsor, asks that parents/guardians remind their 5th grade children to visit the main office […]

The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has.                                                                                                        __ Michelangelo

Dear Parents/Guardians, Regarding:  Patrol Belt Pick Up Information and Launch into Literacy Information 2016 – 2017 School Year Patrol Belt Pick Up Ms. Matthews, Nottingham’s Patrol Sponsor, asks that parents/guardians remind their 5th grade children to visit the main office on Thursday, September 1, after 9:45 a.m. to pick up information and equipment necessary to carry out their duties beginning the first day of school.  We are proud of the Nottingham Safety Patrols and appreciate their help in keeping all of our Knights safe as they travel to and from school! Launching into Literacy Presentation

  • September 6
  • 9:05 – 9:40 a.m.
  • Library

Please consider joining us Tuesday morning, September, 6th at 9:05 a.m. in the Nottingham Library. Reading Specialist Jennifer Brown will be presenting a “Launch to Literacy” event. Join her for a brief overview of early literacy stages, including concept of word, sight words, and Robust Vocabulary. Attendees will receive helpful activities to do with their child and academic links for websites to enrich the literacy experience in your home. I hope to see many of you at my Principal Meet and Greet, scheduled for Thursday evening, September 1st, from 4:30-5:15 p.m. Childcare will be provided. Afterwards, consider bringing your children out back on the back field for a picnic dinner at our “Knight to Remember!” family event, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

New Staffing Updates

Please join Mr. Koutsouftikis and me in extending a warm Nottingham welcome to:
Becky Johnston- Third Grade. My name is Becky Johnston and I am so excited to be joining the Nottingham community this year! I recently moved to Virginia with my husband after living in Kansas for a year. We have moved around a lot as my husband is in the military. This has given me the opportunity to teach a wide variety of students around the world. I taught first and third grade in Savannah, GA. We then moved to Japan, where I taught 5th and 6th grades to Japanese students learning all subjects in English. In Kansas, I taught 6th grade for the 2015-2016 school year. I have loved every grade that I have taught, but am happy to be coming back to third grade! I am originally from Wilmington, NC and attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington for my undergraduate studies. I earned my master’s degree from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA. I am a lifelong learner and strive to instill the love for learning in my students. When I’m not teaching, I love to travel, read, and ride my bike. I’m looking forward to a great school year!

Brianna Wine – Third Grade
My name is Brianna Wine and I am excited to be teaching third grade at Nottingham this year! I taught two years of fourth grade for FCPS after I received my degree from Towson University near Baltimore. Although I consider myself from Maryland, I have lived in eight different states.  I love cooking with my husband, traveling, games, and baking chocolate chip cookies. What I love most is helping students grow!

Juanita H. Gibbons – FLES K-5
Hola!  My name is Juanita Gibbons.  I am very excited to be teaching Spanish at the elementary level after having taught English as a Second Language (ESOL) at Gunston and Thomas Jefferson Middle Schools.  While teaching ESOL the thought was always in the back of my mind that I would one day want to change my career and begin teaching Spanish to elementary students.  Consequently in the Spring of this year, I decided to act on that interest and received my certificate in teaching Spanish.  Colombia is my country of birth, but shortly after graduating from high school, I traveled to the United States to pursue higher education in Latin American Studies (BA) and in English Linguistics (MA) with an endorsement in ESOL. My husband and I live in Arlington and we have one daughter who just finished her first year of college.

Katherine Corke – Art
My name is Katherine Corke, but everyone calls me Katie. I am excited to be teaching art at both Nottingham and Reed-Westover this year! I am a New Jersey native, but attended college in Virginia at James Madison University for Art Education and Psychology. This will be my first full time teaching job since graduating, and I am really excited! In my spare time I love to spend time with my two dogs, read, swim, and of course, create art.

 Kendra Hackenberg – Part-Time Reading Specialist
I am looking forward to working with and getting to know everyone at Nottingham this year!  My teaching career started in Montgomery County, where I taught grades 3, 4, and 5.  The past three years I have been a reading specialist in Fairfax County.  I received my undergraduate from Penn State University and my Masters from Johns Hopkins University.  I am a huge Penn State fan!  I have a 14 month old son and two rescue dogs:  a labradoodle and bichon frise/poodle mix.  My husband and I love being outdoors, hiking and traveling.  I love spending time with friends and family, reading, and working out (after the workout!)

Karina Vargas – Clinic Aide
Hi! My name is Karina Vargas. I went to George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. I previously worked as a substitute teacher for pre-k to twelfth grade, summer camp counselor, and iCamp counselor teaching robotic engineering with LEGOs and video game programming. I enjoy watching movies, playing soccer, reading and writing, playing video games, sewing, traveling, and taking a lot of pictures. This year I hope to help every parent and child that comes into the clinic with the best care

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

Mary Beth Pelosky
Principal
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.u s@NTMPrincipal  @NTMKnightsAPS

Library Open House – August 5th

Dear Parents and Guardians, A message from Ms. Koehler, Nottingham’s Library Assistant:   Please join me for our third Nottingham library open house of the summer:  Friday, August 5th – 5:30-7:00 p.m. Come by to exchange your books for new ones and update me on your summer reading. I’d love to hear which books your […]

Dear Parents and Guardians,

A message from Ms. Koehler, Nottingham’s Library Assistant:   Please join me for our third Nottingham library open house of the summer:  Friday, August 5th – 5:30-7:00 p.m. Come by to exchange your books for new ones and update me on your summer reading. I’d love to hear which books your children enjoyed reading and get their suggestions of books to read. Your child can have up to ten (10) books checked out at a time. I will also have a fun activity planned that goes with our Olympic theme! Not only is the library open but it’s the opening ceremony for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!

I can answer questions about our summer reading challenge “Read for the Win!” and the Arlington Public Library summer reading program, as well as offer book suggestions.   Mark your calendars for the last library opening:   Tuesday, August 23 – 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

See you soon,

Ms. Koehler Library Assistant

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – Library Hours

Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.  – Helen Keller, The Story of My Life Read for the Win: Off to a Great Start!  Please join Mrs. Koehler […]

Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
 – Helen Keller, The Story of My Life

Read for the Win: Off to a Great Start!  Please join Mrs. Koehler for our first Nottingham library open house of the summer, tomorrow, Friday, July 8th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Knights and their families are invited to the library to check out up to ten (10) books. We invite all members of our Community of Learners to come work on a group puzzle with Knights of all ages or join in the fun of  setting a Summer Reading Goal for our library bulletin board. Share your favorite summer reads with other Nottingham Knights,  Nottingham staff members and even Mr. K. and Ms. Pelosky! Need more strips to record books for the summer reading challenge?  We will have those too. Let’s all “Read for the Win!”

Parents/ Guardians: Please mark your family calendar for the next three library openings:   Wednesday, July 20th 5:30-7:00 p.m. Friday, August 5th 5:30-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 23rd 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Thank you for being a partner in your child’s education.
Mary Beth Peloksy, Principal

Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – Mid Summer Updates

I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library. – Jorge Luis Borges Dear Parents/Guardians, Here’s hoping you and yours are enjoying a somewhat slower pace to the cadence of your days!  Mr. Koutsouftikis and I have commented that things sure seem quiet around here. He has been able to reconnect with […]

I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.
– Jorge Luis Borges

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Here’s hoping you and yours are enjoying a somewhat slower pace to the cadence of your days!  Mr. Koutsouftikis and I have commented that things sure seem quiet around here. He has been able to reconnect with some of our Knights at Tuckahoe’s summer school site and I am enjoying welcoming new families to Nottingham and orienting our new teacher colleagues.

We hope to see you at A Knight to Remember, our Nottingham Family Social Event, scheduled for Thursday, September 1, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. You are welcome to pack a picnic dinner for the whole family and bring your blanket, lawn chairs, and favorite lawn games for some old-fashioned family fun.  Use this opportunity for you and your child/children to reconnect with friends and make new ones!  For dessert, there will be ice cream and popcorn vendors selling treats.  The movie, Zootopia, will be playing in the Multipurpose Room for those who prefer indoor entertainment.

I am looking forward to some beach and family time and will soon be heading up the Northeast corridor to spend time with family and friends. Even principals have summer learning/homework, and this summer is no different. I was fortunate to join other APS principals in attending the Visible Learning Conferences highlighting a literacy focus. This is the very important work of researcher John Hattie and his work on effect sizes as they relate to learning and achievement.

This summer I was delighted to be selected to receive a fellowship to China from the Confucius Institute. I joined a group of eight school leaders from the DC, VA and William and Mary school communities on school visits in Beijing and Shanghai.  It was an amazing experience and I proudly shared our APS and Nottingham instructional best practices while sporting my Nottingham spirit wear in the Forbidden City and the Great Wall.

Read for the Win: Off to a Great Start! I wanted to bring you up to date on our library summer reading program. Mrs. Koehler wanted to share the following regarding our first library opening:  We had 56 visitors total, I estimate 40 of those were children. Compared to previous years, our numbers are up! Thank you to Nicole Gustafson for giving your time on Friday and mingling with the families! I have a picture of our bulletin board where Knights wrote their reading goals and book recommendations.   Please join Mrs. Koehler for another opportunity to “Read for the Win!” in Nottingham’s library   tomorrow, Wednesday, July 20, 2016 – 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. This week’s theme is “Reading Takes You Places.” Knights will be invited to create and color a paper flag of their favorite country. Knights will be extended the Olympic size challenge to read a book that takes place in another country or read a book about a culture other than their own.  We want our Knights to keep in mind that history of the Olympics is not just that of a sporting competition but also a way for the citizens of the world to learn about other cultures.

A friendly reminder that Knights and their families are invited to check out up to ten (10) books. This wonderful family activity presents opportunity for parents and guardians to search for “Just Right” and read aloud books with their children. Mrs. Koehler will be ready to further student participation in the Arlington County Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge, “Read for the Win.” Enjoy a mid-week break with a trip to the school library.

Mark your family calendars for the next two library openings:  Friday, August 5th – 5:30-7pm, Tuesday, August 23rd – 5:30-7pm.  Summer Olympic Information for those of you who love to follow the Olympics: Dates are – August 5 – August 21, 2016

2016 – 2017 Staffing Update

Mr. Koutsouftikis and I hope that you will join us in extending your gratitude to the following colleagues who will be leaving our Nottingham Community of Learners:

  • Melissa Sevier / Grade 4 Teacher:  Thank you for the incredible time I have spent here at Nottingham Elementary. My husband’s Air Force career will presumably relocate us out of the area this coming Fall. I have felt welcomed and supported by the faculty, staff and families here at Nottingham. It has been a true privilege being a part of this phenomenal community the past two years. Thank you for the wonderful memories!
  • Diana Chicas-Garcia / FLES Teacher Thank you Nottingham students for the great year! While I will not be returning to Nottingham in the fall, I will be around the corner working full time at Williamsburg. I have thoroughly enjoyed bonding and learning with my students and will treasure our memories. Keep up the great work Knights and I will see you when it’s your time to become a Wolf!How to Talk to Children About Violence Those of you who follow me on Twitter are aware of the many resources I share with Parents/ Guardians and teachers regarding the socio- emotional gifts and challenges of childhood. In light of the recent tragedies here at home in America as well as abroad, sadly, I believe it its timely to reissue this information to you:  How to Talk to Your Children About Violence:  http://www.apsva.us/post/talk-children-violence/

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

Mary Beth Pelosky, Principal
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.us
@NTMPrincipal  @NTMKnightsAPS