May 26, 2019

NSS Friday Flash 03/01/2019


NSS PTA Friday Flash
March 1, 2019

DATES TO REMEMBER

March 1 Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day)
March 6 Book Swap at 6:30-7:30 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 6:30 p.m.
March 16 Spring Fling 6:30-10:30 p.m.
March 20 1:40 p.m. Early Dismissal – Parent/Teacher Conferences
March 21 1:40 p.m. Early Dismissal – Parent/Teacher Conferences
March 21 NSS PTA Meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the APR
March 28 1:40 p.m. Early Dismissal – Parent/Teacher Conferences
March 31 Family Fun Night at Urban Air, Orange, CT
April 5 Diversity Day (5th Grade) 9-11 a.m.
April 15-19 Spring Break
April 25 NSS PTA Meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the APR
April 27 Variety Show

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

SCHOOL NEWS
A NOTE FROM MRS. JACKSON
It was a Seusical week at NSS and a fabulous start to March! Our students really enjoyed our many activities that involved literacy including celebrating Dr. Seuss (thanks parents for the great APR and other decorations), stop, drop, and read in the hallways, and the launch to our One Book One School on Friday. The many creative costumes as we all dressed up as our favorite character from a book was also a big hit. We are looking forward to reading our One Book One School together and discussing the chapters every day during morning announcements.


JUMP ROPE FOR HEART UPDATE
Congratulations to North Stratfield School on another successful year doing Jump Rope For Heart. This was our schools 21st year participating in the event, and we raised a GRAND TOTAL OF $14,600!!!!! Everyone should be extremely proud of themselves, and it is so great to be a teaching at a school and part of a community with so many Heart Heroes! Also – Thank you to Kelly Takacs for coordinating with the volunteers & organizing/distributing all the donations and prizes, as well as all the photographers and parent volunteers for taking time out of their days to be part of each classes Jump Rope for Heart event. Way to go, NSS! – Ms. R


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

A BIG THANK YOU TO…
Kelly Takacs and Ms. R for all their efforts on another successful Jump Rope for Heart! It was a great time for a great cause.
Brian Carroll and Hannah Choi for all their hard work on the Pizza Bingo nights. This is always a great time for the kiddos (and adults!) and we appreciate all the planning you did to make this such a success.

PIZZA BINGO WAS A SMASHING SUCCESS
We truly enjoyed our first year as co-chairs for Pizza Bingo. Thank you to all the families who joined us this year. It was such a joy to look out over the APR and see everyone having so much fun. We hope you join us next year!We need to thank Buffy Barry, as she left quite a legacy and it was easy to pick up where she left off thanks to her meticulous notes and detailed instructions.

We would also like to thank the following parent volunteers for their help with this massive undertaking: Lea Hertzbach, Julie McCullough, Christine Dinerstein, Sonya Callen, Heather Lotstein, Daniella Kohler, Amy Vanderbes, Alene Sabados, Deirdre Sikora, Katie Flynn, Kerri Knight, Sheila Renovitch, Sue Fekete, Ed Lee, Gayle Kuhr, Nicole Farrell, Jen Whelpley, Anna Campbell, Alex McHale, Terri Pisseri, Jennifer Duffy, Aimee White-Charles, Diana Palmentiero, Debbie Lee and Bill Eller. Thanks also to the kids of these parents who were so helpful during set up and clean-up. Our heartfelt apologies if we missed anyone.

Bingo would not be as fun as it is without the superior technical support we get from Adam Kuhr. He makes us look like we’re professionals with his awesome computer and projector set-up for tracking which numbers have been called. Also, he’s got a super loud voice for calling back numbers, which we really appreciate!

Many thanks to Mari in the office, custodians Paulo and Charlie, Marty from Fire Engine Pizza, the Fairfield Fire Chief, Mrs. Onderko, Mrs. Hackney, Ms. Coleman, the Fifth-Grade Bake Sale and Graduation Committees, the Variety Show Committee, the Spirit Wear Committee, and the parents and families who donated raffles and prizes: Gina Kessler, Kari Edelen, Amanda Wormald, Eric Choi, Sonya Talbot, and Christine Dinerstein.

Please support the local businesses who very generously donated prizes to our event: Garden Catering, Whoopi Thai, Alina’s Bakery, L&G Nail Salon, Doughnut Inn, Alene’s Ice Cream, The Country Cow Deli, Dojo Fairfield, Eliza Bee’s Baby Gear, Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Thunder Ridge Ski Area, Carefoot Reflexology, Laser Line Striping and Driveway Sealcoating and Steve DeMasco’s Martial Arts.

Until next year,
Brian Carroll and Hannah Choi


NSS BOOK SWAP
Start saving books your kids are done reading!  The NSS PTA will be hosting our fourth annual Book Swap on Wednesday, March 6th from 6:30-7:30 in the APR!  Books will be collected on Monday 3/4, Tuesday 3/5 and Wednesday 3/6 in the classrooms. Please send books in a bag labeled with your child’s name and the number of books. One book donated earns a “new” book at the Book Swap.
See the attached flyer for further details!


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 8th 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).


STEAM NIGHT
STEAM Night has replaced Math Night for Grades 2-5, and is coming up on March 14th from 6:30-8:00pm. Choose one of these easy ways to register:
– Complete the attached form and have your child return it to school, Attn: Family STEAM Night
– Send an email to dvenech@hotmail.com, including your name, your child’s name, class & teacher
– Fill out & submit the Google Form found at: https://tinyurl.com/NSSSTEAM2019
Volunteers are needed to ensure everything runs like clockwork. If you are available the evening of the event, please contact Debbie Venech at dvenech@hotmail.com. Thank you!


SPRING FLING
NSS Spring Fling is here!  Join us for a wee bit o’fun at our parent dance on March 16th from 6:30-10:30 p.m! Open bar, tasty food, DJ and St Patrick’s themed fun will be had at this annual event which is always a fun and relaxing night out for all NSS parents!  Please purchase tickets ahead of time as there will be limited tickets available at the door!
See flyer here for all the details! – Lori Miller


NSS ANNUAL FAMILY FUN NIGHT!
Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park, Sunday March 31st from 4pm- 8pm
SAVE THE DATE! This year we’re switching it up and changing the venue, so gather up the entire family and come jump, climb, swing, ride, and play with NSS friends and families at our annual Family Fun Night! This event is inclusive to all family members from toddlers-adults. Don’t forget those older siblings!  Keep an eye out for flyers that will be coming home soon.  You’re not going to want to miss out on this family fun event! Any questions please reach out to Diana Carafotes at dcarafotes@gmail.com.


DIVERSITY DAY
Calling all 5th grade parents! We’re looking for 8-10 parent volunteers to help with Diversity Day on Friday, April 5th from 9-11am. The goal of Diversity Day is to promote empathy and acceptance of the differences that individuals with disabilities encounter every day as well as teach us about diversity within ourselves and our society. The program is held in the gym where each of the 5th grade classes will rotate through five hands-on learning stations: Motor Skills/Speech and Language, Food Allergies, Learning Differences, Visual Impairment and a Multi-Cultural station exploring our own diversity. Please email Carolyn Wasserlauf at cpwasserlauf@optonline.net if you are able to help out on this fun and educational day! Thank you!


CHANGE OF PLANS 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!


SCOUTING NEWS

PACK 95’s DEN 7
Please help Pack 95’s Den 7 collect non perishable food for Operation Hope and/or pet supplies for the local animal shelter.
Our collection will run  March 4th – March 15th. Den 7 is Doing Our Best to help the community!!


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 – Not a member? Reach out to your room parent
NSS PTA Calendar
Infinite Campus for Parents
MySchoolAnywhere – Online directory
Food Services – Check out this month’s LUNCH Menu

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