March 18, 2019

Friday Flash 2/16/2018


Dates to Remember
February 19—————–School Closed Presidents’ Day
February 26 & 27———-NSS Fundraiser at Little Pub, 11:30am – 10:00pm
March 2———————-Read Across America
March 2———————-Sweetheart Dance 6:30pm-8:30pm in the APR
March 8———————-NSS PTA Meeting 7:30pm in the APR
March 13——————–1:40 Dismissal for Professional Development
March 14——————–Math Night 6:30pm-8:00pm in the APR

2017-18 Elementary 6-Day Rotation

Week: February 19, 2018

Monday-No School, Tuesday-A, Wednesday-B, Thursday-C, Friday-D


Notes from Mrs. Jackson
We started the week with our Kindness Assembly and all of our students participated in activities to promote being kind to others.  This is a great focus area to keep focusing on for our children.  We hope you all enjoy the long weekend.

***Students in grades 3, 4, & 5 will be taking the state Smarter Balance Assessments beginning in April.  Here’s a look ahead at the “window” of dates by grade:

Grade 3        April 23-27 – Language Arts        April 30-May 4 – Math
Grade 4        April 16-20 – Language Arts        May 7-11 – Math
Grade 5        April 2 – 6 – Language Arts         May 14-18 – Math

Makeup testing grades 3-5 – May 21-25

We continue to share with you that flu season this year is particularly dangerous, and we want to take every precaution to keep our staff and children safe.  Please see the attached document from the Health Office for information about the flu. The district posted a link to the Fairfield Health Department on the district Facebook page regarding flu shots that are still available.  Please help us at school by remembering to keep children home when they are not feeling well.  Hopefully, flu season will pass quickly and will be uneventful for our NSS community.


A big thank you to…
Veronica Mollica, Diana Palmentiero, Eileen Dancho, and Carolyn Wasserlauf for organizing our Random Acts of Kindness Week activities and Ms. Z, Dr. Goldman, Mrs. J, and Mari for helping to coordinate the RAK Week assembly.

All the parents who took time out of their busy days to help out at parties in the classrooms for Valentine’s Day.

A Message from the PTA About Volunteering
Hello NSS friends and families! Please consider volunteering for the upcoming year with the PTA. We have many opportunities to volunteer, make new friends, and create memories while your children are here at NSS. We cannot run these events without you. Check out the attached document for potential volunteer opportunities. Any questions, please contact me, Alene Sabados –  A little time goes a long way! Have a great weekend.

Save the date: NSS Parent Spring Fling!
Saturday, March 10th from 6:30-10:30pm
Vazzys 19th Hole
Food, DJ and Open bar all night long!
Tickets are $45/pp. Buy your tickets online!

Don’t miss this fun night out for parents only! See the flyer for more details.

Math Night – March 14th
Math Night for Grades 2-5 is coming up on March 14th from 6:30-8pm. Choose one of the easy ways to register:

– Complete the attached form, which also came home in backpack mail this week. Have your child return it to school, Attn: Family Math Night
– Send an email to, including your name, your child’s name, class & teacher
– Fill out & submit the Google Doc found at:

Volunteers are needed to ensure everything runs like clockwork. If you are available the evening of the event, please contact Debbie Venech at  Thank you!

NSS Fundraiser at Little Pub
Little Pub in Fairfield will be hosting an NSS “Fun-raising” event on Monday, February 26th and Tuesday, February 27th.  Come to Little Pub on either date from open to close and they will donate 15% of all proceeds to NSS! They are honoring the fundraiser for dining in and take-out for both lunch and dinner with the bar area included! Just show the flyer to your server on your smartphone and enjoy a fun afternoon or evening out for a great cause! Please see attached flyer for more information.

Mother & Son Bowling Night Update!!!
We are so thrilled by the overwhelming response to our first ever Mother & Son Bowling Night!  For those of you who’ve signed up, an email will be sent on Friday 2/16 with the link to a Sign Up Genius so you can select your lane.  Nutmeg Bowl allows only 6 people per lane, so grab your lucky lane ASAP! It’s going to be a blast! Questions: email Jen Nori at or Alexandra McHale at

Sweetheart Dance Information
Calling all North Stratfield Girls: GS Troops 33010 and 33011 invite you to the annual Sweetheart Dance on Friday, March 2 from 6:30 – 8:30 in the NSS APR.  See attached flyer for more information.

Variety Show Volunteers Needed
We have our annual Variety Show coming up and we need more help to make this event happen. The show will be April 27th and 28th at 7:00pm at Fairfield Woods Middle School. We are looking for someone to work with the DJ to coordinate the music, 2 emcee managers who help the emcees write and practice their scripts (1 for each night), and 2 stage managers (1 for each night). You can still help if your child is in the show. Please contact Laura Coletti by text: 203-526-7968 if you have any questions or if you are interested in helping out this year.

Walk-A-Thon Sponsors Needed
NSS is actively looking for sponsors for the NSS Walk-A-Thon in May!

The Walk-A-Thon is the BIGGEST fundraiser of the year and we need YOUR help to make it a success. All proceeds go directly to the NSS PTA to support the wonderful things we do for our kids at NSS. If you know a local business who would like to sponsor the Walk-A-Thon, please reach out to the Walk-A-Thon committee at This is a fantastic opportunity to advertise your business. The banner will hang at the school until next year’s Walk-A-Thon. We also welcome all of our generous sponsors who supported us last year to come back! Sponsor form is attached.

If you would like to work with the committee to help get local sponsors, we can use your help as well. Please contact Nicole Farrell directly at If every parent at NSS approaches one business about sponsoring this event, we can make this a huge success!

NSS Golf Tournament Update
Save the date! The NSS Golf Tournament is back! The event will take place Friday, May 11th at Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course. See the attached flyer for more information. If anyone is interested in helping with the planning, please email Mary and Kurt Rauner at

Change of Plan Pads
If a change of plan pad is needed, please send in $3 cash or check payable to NSS PTA, with your child’s name and class. Please allow up to a week to receive a new pad. Thank you!


Girl Scout Pet Supply Drive
Girl Scout Brownie Troop 33261 will be doing a Pet Supply Drive to benefit the Westport Humane Society. Beginning Wednesday 2/7 until 2/20, there will be a collection box in the entrance hall at NSS for the following items:

-Clay litter ***CHS is urgently in need of this item.***
-Cat, dog and small animal toys (we especially need cat toys!) ***CHS is unable to accept catnip toys.***
-Kong toys (any size appreciated for both cats and dogs)
-Snuggle Safe microwave heat disks
-New or gently used towels, blankets, bedding (must be machine washable)
-New litter boxes
-Cat scratchers by STRETCH AND SCRATCH
-CareFresh or recycled newspaper bedding for small animals
-Paper towels
-Yesterday’s News litter
-Large garbage bags, (heavy duty only, 55 gal.)
-Reusable grocery bags
-Slow feeder bowls
-Kitten bottles
-Ballpoint pens
-Kitten food (especially canned Royal Canin and canned Friskies)
-Busy bones
-Denta Stix
-Soft training treats (Zuke’s are recommended)
-Small animal toys (for mice, hamsters, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, etc.)
-Friskies canned food
-Oxbow Guinea pig and rabbit food

The girls thank you in advance for supporting their Pet Supply Drive!

Friday Flash Info
If you have a submission for the Friday Flash, send it to no later than 11:00 AM on Thursday.  Please include any attachments as well. When we have a short week, the Flash will go out on the last school day of that week. The deadline for submissions will then be 11:00 AM on the previous day. Also, when sending an email for the Flash, please include no extra formatting, i.e., bold, caps, shading, etc.  For any “community” or non-PTA flyers, please utilize the district’s new system – Peachjar. Peachjar is a website where you can find out about community events and post your own flyers for others to see.

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