Weekly School Notes

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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?

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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?

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]



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