April 22, 2019

NSS Friday Flash 02/01/2019


NSS PTA Friday Flash
February 01, 2019

DATES TO REMEMBER

Date Event
February 1 NSS School Fundraiser – All Sports Day
February  1 NSS Drama Performance at 7 p.m.
February  2 NSS Drama Performance at 1 p.m.
February  4 Grade 4 NAEP Testing
February  5 Daisy Troop Meeting 6-7 p.m.
February  6 Kindergarten Curriculum Coffee at 9:15a.m. in the APR
February  8 Grades K-2 Pee Wee Theater Performance APR 6:30 p.m.
February  8 JRFH Donations Due
February  8 4th Grade Orchestra Concert for Teachers and Students
February  9 Troop 88 & 188’s Spaghetti Supper 6-8 p.m.
February 11 4th Grade Orchestra Concert for Parents at 7 p.m.
February 13 NSS PTA Meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the APR
February 14 1:40 p.m. Early Dismissal – Professional Development
February 15-18 No School
February 16 Yearbook Sale closes
February 20, 21, 22 Pizza Bingo at 6 p.m.
March 1 Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day)
March 6 Book Swap at 7 p.m.
March 8 Sweetheart Dance 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the APR
March 9 Mother & Son Bowling Night at 5-7:30 p.m.
March 12 1:40 p.m. Early Dismissal – Professional Development
March 14 STEAM Night at 7 p.m.

2018-19 Elementary 6-Day Rotation
Week: February 4, 2019
Monday-B, Tuesday-C, Wednesday-D, Thursday-E, Friday-F


SCHOOL NEWS
A Note from Mrs. Jackson
It was a great week at NSS even in the frigid weather and early dismissal/delayed opening. The children worked hard to take STAR assessments in grades 3-5 and managed to balance this with all their many activities. We are all looking forward to the Drama Production as it is a great NSS event for all. Stay warm!


NSS SCHOOL FUNDRAISER
SPORTS DAY!!!! Friday, February 1st will be a school sports day at NSS! Donate a dollar and wear apparel from your favorite sport’s team. All money collected will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


4th Grade Orchestra
Concert for school students and staff, Friday, Feb. 8 and Concert for parents Monday, Feb. 11 at 7:00 p.m. Jennifer Ficks (Orchestra Teacher)


Board of Education Update
On Thursday January 24th the Board of Education unanimously approved Dr. Toni Jones’ 2019-2020 Operating Budget. The budget recommends a 4.99% increase over last year’s budget, of which 3.66% is attributed to salaries and benefits. The BOE budget will now go before the town’s Board of Selectmen, then the Board of Finance and then to the RTM to be further voted on and adopted (voting dates are listed in the attached document link below). If you like the proposed changes and want these town bodies to pass the budget to support these changes, you must email each town body communicating your support for the budget. Emails are counted and make a big difference! Your email can be simple, stating who you are and that you want to see the BOE full proposed budget passed with no cuts.
Email addresses:
Board of Education: boemembers@fairfieldschools.org
First Selectman: firstselectmanffld@town.fairfield.ct.us
Board of Selectmen: bos@fairfieldct.org
Board of Finance: bof@fairfieldct.org
RTM: rtm@fairfieldct.org
More details include in the following link:  BOE Update 02-01-2019


Art News
Looking for NEWSPAPER! If you have newspaper at home that you can spare to the Art Room please send it this way! We’re beginning more and more 3D art lessons and are quickly running out of newspaper. Thank you!! – Mrs. Mansi


Health Office News
The Flu season is upon us and we have seen many illnesses over the last two weeks: stomach virus, strep, upper respiratory and flu. Please click on the following link for a letter from our Health Department for information and preventative care suggestions. Following these preventative guidelines will help keep NSS healthy. If your child is going to miss school, please remember to call in on the absentee line each day they will be out 203-255-8416. If you have any questions, please contact our school nurse, Mrs. Gyarfas RN.


Kindergarten Registration
If your child will be entering Kindergarten in the 2019/20 school year, please be sure to pre-register on line and schedule an appointment with our registrar’s office prior to our visitation/orientation day scheduled on May 1, 2019. We have added the links below to guide you through our registration process. Once you have pre-registered on line, you will need to make an appointment to confirm the registration at Central Office. To make an appointment, please call 203-255-8398. Thank you.
http://cdn.fairfieldschools.org/parent-resources/registration/KDGN_Program_2019-20.pdf
http://fairfieldschools.org/parent-resources


PTA NEWS

After School Enrichment  – Winter 2019
Don’t wait! Winter ASE classes are filling up fast! Sports Spectacular is full and closed, only few spots left in 3D Art, DIY kids edition. Get your ASE registrations in as soon as possible! Contact Lekha Joshi at chandralekhaa@gmail.com, Heidi Etre at hbetre@gmail.com, , or Lee Siegel at leesiegel1313@gmail.com, if you have any questions.

Pizza Bingo Meeting
The Pizza Bingo Committee is holding a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 6th at 7:30 p.m. to discuss logistics for the event. If you’re new to volunteering for us or a Pizza Bingo veteran, please join the fun! There will be drinks and food, so come on down to Brian’s house at 190 Canterbury Ln.
Want to get in on the Pizza Bingo Volunteer action? We especially need help setting up. Sign up here!
Still haven’t registered for Pizza Bingo? Spaces are filling up fast! Find out more and register here.
Send payment ASAP to hold your spot to Brian Carroll c/o Noah Carroll 4P.
Questions? Email Hannah Choi and Brian Carroll at nsspizzabingo@gmail.com
SEE YOU THERE!


Yearbook 2018-19
It’s time to order your NSS Yearbook for 2018-2019!  Don’t miss out on this great memory for your student!  We are only fulfilling pre-orders this year.  Follow the link and you can order online or through backpack mail using the formYearbook sales are open through February 16th.


Sweetheart Dance
Calling all North Stratfield Girls! Girl Scout Troop #33221 invites you along with an influential adult to the annual Sweetheart Dance on Friday, March 8, from 6:30-8:30 in the NSS APR. Bring your dancing shoes, along with donations of crayons and small containers of play-doh for the benefit of children in local hospitals in collaboration with Brady’s Smile. See the attached flyer for more information.


2nd Annual Mother & Son Bowling Night
Saturday, March 9th, 5-7:30 p.m. at Nutmeg Lanes, Fairfield
It’s time to break out your bowling shoes!  Mother & Son Bowling Night is back! Show off your skills and play with (or against) each other! Flyers will be coming home soon in backpack mail, or you can print the attached. This event sold out quickly last year as Nutmeg Bowl only allows 6 bowlers per lane. A week before the event, we’ll send out a link to everyone who’s registered and paid to pick those lucky lanes!  And of course, if Mom can’t make it, bring an aunt, grandma, or another special bowler!  It’s going to be a blast! Questions: email Jen Nori (kappajenny@comcast.net) or Alexandra McHale (alexandra.mchale1@gmail.com).


End of Year Events for our Fifth Graders!
Let’s Get Ready to Celebrate 5th Grade End of Year Events!
Our 5th Grade teachers and the 5th Grade Committee have some amazing events planned for our 5th grade children as they wrap up their time at NSS!  Please see the attached flyer and check out some of the great event that are coming up.
Any questions, please contact the Fifth Grade Committee: Torey Strauser  tstrauser@outlook.com & Nicole Farrell  nfarrell829@gmail.com


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!


COMMUNITY NEWS
Fairfield University Swim Lessons Spring 2019
Fairfield University 6 week spring swim lesson program registration is around the corner. These lessons are taught by the Fairfield University Swim Team members and all of the money goes directly to help fund the program.

  • The dates are: March 3, 10, 24, 31, April 7, 14 Note: No lessons on March 17, 2019 (instructors are on spring break).
  • The time slots are 10:00-10:45, 11-11:45, and 12:00-12:45.
  • The cost is $250 for the first child, $225 for each additional family member. (Fairfield University staff members pay $225 for each child enrolled).

Anyone of any swimming ability and all ages are welcome to join. Lessons are no more than three students to one instructor. Registration begins on February 13th for all people new to the program. Please email fairfielduswimlessons@gmail.com if interested in signing up for the program.


SCOUTING NEWS
 Girl Scouts – DAISIES 
Our next NSS Daisy Troop meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 5 at NSS in room 20 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Remember to submit your cookie orders to Sarah Martin by February 3.  
The troop membership is full, but we will update the Friday Flash should space become available.


Scouts BSA Troop 88 & 188’s Spaghetti Supper
Please Join Us for Troop 88 & 188’s Spaghetti Supper, February 9th – 6pm to 8pm! Enjoy an all-you-can-eat feast of spaghetti or penne with marinara and our homemade, Italian-style meatballs, along with bread, salad, drinks and dessert, all crafted and served to you family-style by your favorite Scouts!
Adults – $15; Seniors & Children (aged 5 to 12) – $10; Children under 5 – FREE


NSS Friday Flash Info
If you have a submission for the NSS Friday Flash, send it to info@nsspta.org no later than 1:00 p.m. 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 last school day of that week. The deadline for submissions will then be 1:00 p.m. on the previous day. 
PeachJar
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.
Useful Links
NSS Website
NSS PTA Website
NSS PTA Members Group on Facebook – Are you a member yet? If not, reach out to your room parent to be added here.
NSS PTA Calendar
Infinite Campus for Parents
MySchoolAnywhere – Online directory

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