April 22, 2019

NSS Friday Flash 9/7/18

Dates to Remember
September 7 ————————–Welcome Back Jam 6-8pm
September 10 ————————School Closed for Rosh Hashanah
September 13 ————————NSS Open House
September 18 ————————Picture Day
September 19 ————————School Closed for Yom Kippur
September 27 ————————NSS PTA Meeting 7:30pm APR – All parents and staff are welcome!
October 9 – 11 ————————NSS Book Fair
October 10 —————————-NSS Walk to School Day
October 10, 11, 18 ——————–Early Dismissal 1:40pm for Conferences

2018-19 Elementary 6-Day Rotation

Week: September 10, 2018

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


Notes from Mrs. Jackson
We are off to a great start for the 2018-2019 school year.  The weather has not prevented our students from working hard as they adjust to their class routines.  Many thanks for working with us as we experienced the first early dismissal of the school year.  It is especially helpful to have clear dismissal plans every day and we appreciate your understanding when we ask you to do your best to keep dismissal consistent for your children.

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.  Doors open at 6:10 and classroom presentations begin promptly at 6:15 (grades 3, 4, 5) and then again at 7:15 (grades K, 1, 2).  Classroom presentations are approximately 30 minutes and you have some time to stop in and visit the specials classes – art, music, physical education, and library media.  There is time set aside from 7:00-7:15 for you to visit with PTA representatives and Mrs. Jackson in the APR.

OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE – Thursday, September 13
6:15-7:00 – Grades 3-5 – Classroom Presentations  (Grade 5 – please go to your child’s homeroom class first to meet the homeroom teacher and then you will switch classes to meet with the other member of your child’s teaching team.  The teams are – Mrs. Furey/Mr. Gillen and Mrs. Dushok/Mr. Wendin)
7:00-7:15 – Welcome Back – APR (this is a time for parents to stop in and meet PTA representatives and Mrs. Jackson)
7:15-8:00 – Grades K-2 – Classroom Presentations

Insurance Information
The Voluntary Student Accident Claims Administrator for the 2018-2019 school year will be Bollinger Insurance Solutions. Enrollment details and additional voluntary student accident information can be found at this link.

The Fairfield Public Schools has an exciting new curricular program for all students in grades 3-5 – S(cience)T(echnology)E(ngineering)A(rts)M(athematics) – STEAM.

Students will meet with their STEAM teacher once per six-day cycle to apply problem-solving and inquiry processes to address everyday situations.  We are very excited about this addition to our already rich elementary curricula.

There will be a STEAM information night for parents of students in grades 3, 4 and 5 on October 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm in the Fairfield Warde High School Auditorium. Come see what your children will be experiencing and try out some of our exciting materials. Please see the attached document to learn more.


And a big thanks to…
Laura Equale, Michelle Hennessey and the Hospitality Committee for arranging a wonderful Back To School teacher’s luncheon and for providing all the refreshments for the Welcome Tea on the first day of school. It was great to see so many parents, both returning and new.

Beth Catanesi for her wonderful floral creations in the planters in front of the school entrance.

Katie Flynn and the Kindness Committee for organizing our welcome back play date which was such a great way for existing and new families to connect!

PTA Membership
Please join the NSS PTA and help us make NSS the best possible community for students, staff & families!  There is no commitment beyond joining – but there are many ways to get involved for those interested.  All families who join the PTA by October 1st receive a free paper directory!  Please click here to download a membership form.

Please Join Us for the Fourth Annual NSS WELCOME BACK JAM & Ice Cream Social
Friday, September 7th from 6pm – 8pm @ NSS

Come reconnect with friends and meet new NSS parents! Make your own Sundaes with all the fixings. *Designated Peanut Free/Dairy Free Table! Dancing and entertainment provided by DJ!!!

Ticket prices: $5 for kids and adults. If you have not sent in a form you can pay at the door.

Please contact Maria Baptista or Jenn Novia with any questions.

4th Grade River Lab
4th Grade Parents – we need you for River Lab! Our 4th graders visit Mill River on October 1st – it’s right around the corner. We need trail guides and model leaders – not a “science person?” No worries! The folks at River Lab do an amazing job of prepping us for the field trip. There is one training and one trip – and we’re done for the year. Please email Kelly McWhinnie if you can help.  Training dates are: 9/8, 9/12, 9/14, 9/22 or 9/27.  (You only need to attend one.)

NSS Picture Day 
Picture day will be on Tuesday, September 18.  Order forms will be going home in backpack mail this week or you can order by following this link.

If you would like to volunteer to help on Picture Day, please email Sue Fekete or Maggie Joyce.

NSS Hoe Down
Attention y’all, GS Troop 33261 is hosting an NSS Hoe Down on Friday, September 28th, 6:30-8:00pm!  Girls, invite your Pa; boys, invite your Ma (or any other adult partner!)…grab your cowboy hats & dancing shoes & c’mon down for a night of square dancing fun!  Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door (see attached flyer).  This event is open to ALL NSS students & their adult partners. See attached flyer for more information. Any questions?  Email Annalisa Panagiotakis or Bonnie Liang.

NSS Library Volunteers Needed!
The NSS library volunteer program is getting underway and we are looking for parents to help throughout the year. No experience is necessary – responsibilities include shelving books, checking books in, and helping students check books out. The time commitment is only what you can give – an hour or so here and there makes a big difference! We will have an orientation meeting in the coming weeks, though you don’t have to attend to be able to volunteer. Please contact Annie Ringelheim if you are interested or have any questions!

Spirit Wear Update
NEW for this year, Spirit Wear can be ordered online with convenient pick-up at the Soccer Post, in the Shop Rite shopping center on Black Rock Turnpike. Please see attached flyer or follow this link for the new apparel. Please note there are various colors available for the sweatshirts and dri-fit T shirt. For any questions about sizing, please reach out to Tricia Todd. Additional NSS gear like water bottles, magnets, and tiger bag tags will still be available directly through Tricia Todd.

NSS PTA Reimbursement and Deposit Information
If you need to submit an expense to be paid or are seeking reimbursement, please reach out to Jen Whelpley, PTA Treasurer. If you have money that belongs to the NSS PTA, please reach out to Ed Lee, PTA Assistant Treasurer who will make the deposit on your behalf. Please note that you will either need a check form or a deposit form in order to process your request. Follow links below to access forms. For PTA regulation record keeping, we are not allowed to process any request without the appropriate form being submitted.
Check Request Form
Deposit Form
If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Jen Whelpley or Ed Lee.

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


Cub Scout Pack 95 Open House
Come find out about Cub Scouts at NSS at their open house on Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00pm at NSS. Both girls and boys are welcome to join the Cub Scouts. See the attached flyer for more information.


Represent NSS at Only You 6th Annual 5K Run
Come out and represent North Stratfield Elementary School at the Only You 6th Annual 5K, 1-Mile Kids’ Run & 1-Mile Walk on Saturday morning, September 22, 2018 at Jennings Beach in Fairfield.  Only You is a Fairfield-based charity whose mission is to enrich and enhance the lives of children with special needs and their families. The Fairfield Elementary School with the most participation in any of the events takes home the School Spirit Trophy for the year. The School with the best average time (top three runners) in the 1-Mile Run takes home the Mile Challenge Trophy for the year. Go to this link to learn more and to register. North Stratfield students can use this link to register directly as a member of the NSS team.

NSS Flash Info
If you have a submission for the NSS Friday Flash, send it to info@nsspta.org no later than 1:00pm on Wednesdays. Please include the text of your blurb (plain text, no special formatting) and any attachments in PDF format. When we have a short week, the Flash will go out on the second to last school day of that week. The deadline for submissions will then be 1:00pm on the previous day. 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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