From the Principal

    Notes from Mrs. Jackson

Welcome to the school year. We are excited to begin another wonderful year with our great students, parents and teachers.

Parent Opening Letter 2017-2018

11/10/17

We all really enjoyed our Veteran’s Day Assembly and our many veterans and guests helped to make this a special day. It is always amazing to see how each and every one of our students view this day with great respect for those who protect our country. Teachers benefited from our full day of professional development activities on Tuesday and developed a variety of strategies to implement with students in all subject areas. We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the Pancake Breakfast next week!

11/3/17

It was an exciting week here at NSS.  Our Halloween Parade was fun for all and it was great seeing so many parents outside.  Next week, staff are anticipating a fine professional development day of learning together.  We are also looking forward to honoring our Veterans!

10/27/17

It was great seeing so many parents at conference time. The children had a busy and reading focused week as they enjoyed visiting the PTA Book Fair. I am so proud that our students love books so much!

10/20/17

Another great week at NSS.  It was wonderful seeing so many parents at the first evening conferences.  The teachers had many great things to share about our fine students.  Don’t forget to get ready for October 31st and our Halloween Parade.  

NSS Veterans Day Assembly
This is a very special event at NSS.  If you are new to our school community – please make sure you read through all the information in the flyer attached to this week’s “Flash.”  If you have a veteran in your family – we would love to add him/her to our NSS Wall of Honor – so please make sure to get a picture ready to send in.  More information on this great event is included in the following attachments: Veteran’s Day Commemoration and Wall of Honor.

Volunteers Needed for Veterans Day Decorations
Our Veterans Day Assembly is right around the corner (on November 8th)  and we are looking for a few volunteers to help us put up pictures and decorate the entrance hallway on November 1st.  If you are interested and can lend a hand, please email Mrs. Furey at [email protected].

Literacy Objects
NSS is in need of small objects to help us reinforce many early literacy skills! We use these objects to teach rhyme, syllables, beginning/ending sounds etc. Please send in any small objects that might be helpful with this. Old happy meal toys or little trinkets that are no longer being played with work great. Please send in things that do not have to be returned. See attached picture for examples. Place them in a bag labeled Literacy Objects – Mrs. Stiber. If you come across more throughout the year they will always be welcomed! Thanks for your help in building up our collection!

NSS Storybook Pumpkin Patch
Our storybook pumpkin patch is growing even bigger!  It’s still not too late to decorate a pumpkin to look like your favorite book character and send it in to be displayed in the library.

 

10/13/17

We were all delighted to have Dr. Jones visit NSS on Monday. She spent time in every classroom and was very impressed with the wonderful work students and teachers were doing together! I also had time to stop in classes during Writer’s Workshop – our young writers express their ideas so colorfully! Dress in Pink Day to support Breast Care Awareness Month was a great way to end our week and our students and staff were a sea of pink as we took pictures next to the special pink police car. Many thanks to all for participating in this!

A VERY SPECIAL thank you to Mrs. Beth Catanesi and her wonderful parent volunteers for the fine landscaping work of art they completed to make our front entrance so beautiful!

NSS Veterans Day Assembly
This is a very special event at NSS.  If you are new to our school community – please make sure you read through all the information in the flyer attached to this week’s “Flash.”  If you have a veteran in your family – we would love to add him/her to our NSS Wall of Honor – so please make sure to get a picture ready to send in.  More information on this great event is included in the following attachments: Veteran’s Day Commemoration and Wall of Honor.

10/6/2017

Another great week at NSS filled with many wonderful activities. Dr. Jones is visiting NSS on Monday afternoon and I am looking forward to having her on site to see all the great learning that is taking place throughout the building. We are all looking forward to the October 31st Halloween Parade and more information will be sent home regarding this. For now please keep in mind that this is a special event at school – children have the opportunity of wearing costumes (we ask for no clowns or scary ones) and parents come outside to watch us all march around the bus circle together as a school family. So please mark this on your calendars.

9/22/2017

Another great week at NSS. Students are doing a great job utilizing their lunch cards and acting appropriately in the cafeteria. I stopped in classes during writing this week and was so impressed with the quality of work K-5. Many thanks for keeping our children safe during arrival and dismissal.

9/15/2017

It was great seeing so many of you at Open House night. The children loved having you visit their classrooms. I spent time in many classrooms during reading this week and was very impressed by the conversations students were having with one another about their books. Our kindergarten students are doing a great job following classroom routines and are getting very involved in the “business” of school!

9/8/2017

We are off to a great start for the 2017-2018 school year.  The children are doing well and adjusting to their school routines.  Our classroom teachers and specialists use a variety of assessments to inform classroom instruction (including STAR in reading and mathematics).  The beginning of the school year assessment window for students in K-5 is September 5-22 in classrooms and the computer lab.  Your children may have already begun taking an assessment in the classroom or the computer lab.  Your child’s classroom teacher will share assessment information with you during fall conferences.  We are looking forward to seeing many of you at next week’s Open House.  This is a great time to meet your child’s teacher and learn more about classroom routines and practices. Your children look forward to having you visit their classes.  Please remember this event is for adults only.