June 20, 2019

NSS Friday Flash 03/29/2019


NSS PTA Friday Flash
March 29, 2019

DATES TO REMEMBER

March 30 BOF Annual Public Budget Forum
March 31 Family Fun Night at Urban Air, Orange, CT
April 4 Garden Catering Fundraiser 2 p.m. – Close
April 5 Diversity Day (5th Grade) 9-11 a.m.
April 15-19 Spring Break
April 23, 24 NSS Fundraiser @ Little Pub
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 Appreciation Week
May 7 NSS Art Show
May 7-9 NSS Plant Sale
May 10 NSS Golf Outing
May 14 NSS Grades 4 & 5 Spring Concert, 7:00 p.m. in the APR
May 16 PTA Induction Dinner, 7:30 p.m.
May 17 NSS Walk-a-thon
May 24 1:40 p.m. Early Dismissal
May 26 No School (Memorial Day)
May 28 No School (Professional Development)

2018-19 Elementary 6-Day Rotation
Week: April 1, 2019
Monday-D, Tuesday-E, Wednesday-F, Thursday-A, Friday-B

SCHOOL NEWS

A NOTE FROM MRS. JACKSON
We all ended the month of March on a positive note. It was great visiting with our special author, Elise Broach, and we were very proud of our students as they engaged in activities with her on Wednesday. A special thank you again to our PTA for providing this experience for us and for providing staff with a delicious lunch on that day. It was also great seeing so many parents here as we concluded conferences. We are looking forward to spring weather now and hope April brings warmth and sunshine – no showers.
Many thanks for helping us focus on a safe dismissal each day within our car loop and parking lot area.


BOARD OF EDUCATION UPDATE
Our Kindergarten Orientation/Visitation Day is only a month away and invitations will be going out next week. 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 orientation/visitation 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


BOE UPDATES
The Board of Education’s budget was voted on by the Board of Selectmen (BOS), who unanimously approved to cut the budget by $700,000 due to the uncertainty of state-level pension funding requirements. The BOE budget is now before the town’s Board of Finance (BOF) and then to the RTM to be further voted on and adopted. The RTM can recommend further cuts but can not reinstate funds. Voting dates are listed below.
The Board of Finance will hold their annual public budget forum on Saturday March 30 at 9:30 a.m. at Fairfield Ludlow High School Auditorium. All Fairfield residents are invited to attend and public comment is welcome. This is a great opportunity to voice your support for education funding in Fairfield.
If you support the BOE budget, you can also email the BOF and RTM voicing your support for the proposed budget and ask for no further cuts. 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 proposed budget passed or not. All members can be reached at the addresses below.
bof@fairfieldct.org – vote will be on April 3rd
rtm@fairfieldct.org – vote will be on May 6th


PTA NEWS

A BIG THANK YOU TO…
Jen Giudice for all her hard work on organizing One School One Book and the wonderful visit with Elise Broach author of Masterpiece.

PTA NOMINATION
Join us!  Next year’s slate is shaping up wonderfully with old and new faces – it’s going to be an exciting year!  However, we’re still looking to fill several key positions.

  • The Treasurer-Elect works with the Treasure, assisting and training for the following year.
  • Yearbook Chairs coordinate yearbook photographers and organize the yearbook layouts using templates from our vendor.
  • The PTA-C Rep attends meetings and networks with the other Fairfield school reps to share ideas and collaboration opportunities.

If you are interested in any of the above positions, or want to hear more about other ways to get involved, please contact Kelly (kelly.mcwhinnie@gmail.com) or Torey (tstrauser002@gmail.com)  We look forward to working with you!


SQUARE 1 ART FUNDRAISER
The April 3 deadline is coming up! Support NSS today by ordering your child’s art as useful and fun keepsakes like magnets, mugs and pot holders. It’s not too early to think about Mother’s/Father’s Day! You can order online or through the paper form. Please email Christine Kelly, xinekite@gmail.com, with any questions.


GARDEN CATERING FUNDRAISER FOR 5TH GRADE CLASS
Running the kids around & no time to cook? Stop in for easy & delicious take out. Come help support the 5th grade class on Thursday, April 4th 2PM – Close. A percentage of the sales will go towards the costs for their end of year activities & graduation. Be on the look out for the flyer to bring with you or  just mention that you’re supporting the NSS 5th grade class.


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 FUNDRAISER @ LITTLE PUB
Want one less thing to do? Let Little Pub make your dinner on April 23rd and 24th! April 2019 NSS Fundraiser @ Little Pub


NSS PLANT SALE
Plant Sale Donations Needed:  Spring Cleaning? We are looking for donations of items that we can creatively re-purpose for the Annual Spring Plant Sale. Along with flower pots, we can also use small wicker baskets, pretty or cute coffee mugs and tea cups, small bowls… really anything that can be turned into a creative planter or garden ornament. If you are spring cleaning and find items you would like to donate, please contact Amy Boland at aj-boland@hotmail.com or text me at 203-450-2992. I am happy to pick up any donations!


NSS GOLF OUTING DONATIONS
Spring is coming – and that means golf season is almost here! Save the date for the NSS Golf Outing! Friday, May 10th! Even non-golfers can join in and enjoy dinner, drinks and raffles.
You should have received an email blast with the Golf Donation sign-up link, asking our entire amazing NSS community for donations for raffles. In case you missed it, here it is again: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4daaaa2da6fd0-2019 We truly appreciate any and all donations, large or small!
Also – 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.


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WALK-A-THON 
Get your walking shoes ready! The NSS Walk-A-Thon is coming on Friday May 17th! Parents, we need sponsors!! Please see the attached flyer, sponsor letter and form!


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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