March 18, 2019

NSS Friday Flash 03/15/2019


NSS PTA Friday Flash
March 15, 2019

DATES TO REMEMBER

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
April 30 B.O.E Town Hall style meeting
May 6-10 Teacher’s Appreciation Week
May 7-9 NSS Plant Sale
May 10 NSS Golf Outing
May 16 PTA Induction Dinner, 7:30 p.m.
May 17 NSS Walk-a-thon

2018-19 Elementary 6-Day Rotation
Week: March 18, 2019
Monday-F, Tuesday-A, Wednesday-B, Thursday-C, Friday-D

SCHOOL NEWS

BEFORE SCHOOL ENRICHMENT UPDATE
Due to popular demand, both the American Ninja Warrior (Tuesday) and Project Adventure (Thursday) classes have filled. You should have received an email from me if your child was enrolled in the class prior to it filling! Since there is still a week before enrollment is closed, I will be opening up a second PROJECT ADVENTURE CLASS ON WEDNESDAY MORNINGS FOR GRADES K-5. The enrollment will be open until MARCH 22, 2019. If you would like to enroll your child in Project adventure, please fill out the registration form and send it in to the office. Spots are filled on a first come, first serve basis – so don’t delay!!!!


BOARD OF EDUCATION UPDATE
Our Board of Education has a lot of things coming to view this year from the future of our Early Childhood Center (public preschool program) which could effect current and future changes to all our facilities, possible redistricting, state legislation and how all these things intersect. I highly recommend taking the time to stay involved and engaged with the board, they are very thoughtful and receptive. There will be a town hall style Board of Education meeting on April 30th, it is vital that they hear from the public, especially right now. I have included the link to the most recent Board of Education meeting below and as always can help answer or point anyone in the right direction if they have questions.
https://media.discovervideo.com/show?vg=1d93268fec&vt=1&ch=9eb894355b


MARCH IS LITERACY MONTH – CELEBRATE LITERACY AT NSS!
Your family has the opportunity to donate and dedicate a book to the NSS Library in honor of your child, a special teacher or staff member. Simply pick out your title of choice from the list on the page 2 of the form and submit the form for title approval, purchase the book and send it in with your child. The library will place a dedication plate and schedule a photo-op with your child. The book becomes a treasure for all NSS students.
Contact Jen Giudice at giudice00@yahoo.com with any questions.
If you prefer to complete the form on-line, go to the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/WitSLGErMG5Pt00S2

PTA NEWS

SPRING FLING IS CANCELLED FOR MARCH 16TH
Due to low attendance we are canceling the Spring Fling for this Saturday (3/16). If you have already paid committee heads will be in touch about returning funds. But don’t despair our Golf Outing is coming up May 10th. Details coming soon so be sure to join us then for some fun!

A BIG THANK YOU TO…
To all the volunteers that made the Book Swap a success! Thank you to Kelly Tuller, Lee Siegal, Stephanie Schacher, Tracy Palmer and Annie Ringelheim for helping to collect and sort over 1,500 books! Also a big thanks to Megan Armitage, LeeAnn Weaver, Belinda Papageorge, Meghan Hathaway and Hannah Choi for all your help setting up and helping out at the event!!Deb Venech and Jodie Ortega for organizing another fun Sweetheart Dance.  The ladies and their special guests truly enjoyed dancing the night away!


5TH GRADE RIVER-LAB  >>>VOLUNTEERS NEEDED<<<
We are in desperate need of volunteers for the 5th grade River-Lab field trip. This is a perfect opportunity to attend a field trip and spend a few hours with your child, learning about our environment in Fairfield.
River-Lab is a unique program because it is an important part of the required science curriculum and requires your participation for it to be successful. Fairfield students consistently show a mastery of science that exceeds the state and national averages thanks in part to the participation of our parents.
The 5th grade River-Lab experience includes both a trip to the river and a class room lab where students observe live plankton under the microscope. It is an incredible and trans-formative experience for many students and one of the few remaining opportunities you will ever have to join them in the classroom.Thursday 4/25 for Dushok and Gillen & Friday 4/26 for Wendin and Furey

Please email me ASAP if you can participate. anward7@icloud.com
Thank you! Andrea Ward


5TH GRADE FUNDRAISER
Please join us for a friendly cooking competition at Cinch on Thursday, March 28th at 7:00pm!
All proceeds will go to the 5th grade class to help off-set costs for all of the amazing events we have planned for our 5th Grade class!
Please see the flyer for additional details! We look forward to seeing you there!


FAMILY FUN NIGHT!
Sunday, March 31st from 4pm- 8pm
Urban Air Trampoline Park, Orange, CT
Gather up the entire family, unplug, get active, and have fun with NSS friends and families at our annual Family Fun Night!  20% of all proceeds benefit our school! This event is inclusive to all family members from toddlers-adults. Don’t forget those older siblings! Food and Drink available to purchase that evening. Check out the flier for more details.
Any questions please contact 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!


NSS GOLF OUTING
Save the date – NSS Golf Outing! Friday, May 10th!
Sick of the snow?  Golf season is almost here!  Even non-golfers can join in and enjoy dinner, drinks and raffles.  Click here to see the Save the Date!
Be on the lookout for a Golf Donation sign-up link in the flash soon, asking the entire NSS community for donations for raffles.  We truly appreciate any and all donations, large or small – any family or business interested in sponsoring a hole, or if you are interested in volunteering day-of, we would love to have you!
Please contact Daniella Kohler dkohl73@gmail.com or Laura Tavella Lmtavella@icloud.com with any questions, or interest.


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!

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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