April 8, 2020

NSS Friday Flash 02/28/2020

 NSS PTA Friday Flash
February 28, 2020


Mar 2 Mon Dr. Seuss Day – Dress-up as Favorite Book Character!
Mar 4 Wed Book Swap, 6:30-7:30 p.m., APR
Mar 6 Fri Pee Wee Drama Production, APR
Mar 6 Fri AR Workshop Fundraiser, 6:30 p.m.
Mar 7 Sat Mother/Son Bowling 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Mar 12 Thurs NSS PTA Meeting, TBD
Mar 13 Fri Girl Scouts Sweetheart Dance 
Mar 18,19,26 Early Dismissal, 1:40 p.m.
Mar 29 Sun Family Fun Night, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., The Stress Factory
Mar 31 Tue Deadline to order Yearbooks
Apr 10-17 Good Friday & Spring Break
See the full NSS PTA Calendar 
2019-20 Elementary 6-Day Rotation
Week: March 2, 2020
Monday-A, Tuesday-B, Wednesday-C Thursday-D, Friday-E

It has been a fine week at NSS and students have been working hard in all areas. We enjoyed the many fine Invention Convention projects by our fifth graders and it was great to see their many ideas put into action. I spent time in fifth grade reading class this week and was impressed with our students’ fine thinking skills as they worked together sharing ideas about characters in books they are reading. We are all looking forward to the many activities scheduled for next week, especially in the area of literacy. Please see the attached message from Superintendent Cummings regarding the Health Department and the coronavirus.

Literacy Month is coming up! Please see the attached PDF for important information about our One School, One Book program that will take place in March. Also, students and staff are encouraged to dress up as their favorites book character on March 2
nd! Happy Reading! – Jessica Brinsmade (Language Arts Specialist)

It’s that time of year!!!!! Sign up to see if you will be North Stratfield’s next Ninja Warrior. Join Miss R before school on Wednesday or Friday for mornings filled with cargo net climbing, rope swinging, rock wall scaling, peg board challenges, trampoline soaring, and so much more! Check out the flier for more information and for the sign-up form.



The PTA would like to thank Hannah Choi and Brian Carroll for another amazing Pizza Bingo! This is such a fun tradition at NSS! We are grateful to the Chairs for making the event so fun and such a success! The kids and the parents had a fantastic time eating pizza and winning great prizes! Thanks to everyone involved in making this happen. 

What a blast it was being co-chairs for Pizza Bingo a second year in a row. Thank you to all the families who joined us this year – over 500 people!! Our favorite thing is to look out over the APR from the stage and see all of you having so much fun. Come on out for more fun next year, and if you missed it this year, we hope to see you then!

We need to thank the following volunteers for their help with this massive undertaking. We absolutely could not pull off this event without their help: Lea and Lance Hertzbach, Julie McCullough, Jennifer Duffy, Stephanie Migdel, Amy Vanderbes, Alene Sabados, Adam Kuhr, Tracy Palmer, Bob Kozeraki, Diana and Chad Armstrong, Amy Diaz, Sonya Callen, Heather Lotstein, Daniella Kohler, Jennifer Biondo, Deirdre Sikora, Katie Flynn, Kerri Knight, Jeanne Hegedus, Laura Tavella, Sue Fekete, Dina Musano, Allison Cuccaro, Catherine Levens, Yuiko Guida, Brigid Holms, Annie Ringelheim, Jim Coghlan, Gabrielle Dinunzio, Jen Nori, Jen Whelpley, Alex McHale, Terri Pisseri, and Diana Palmentiero. Thanks also to the kids of these parents who were so helpful during set up and clean-up. NSS has some hardworking kiddos! Our heartfelt apologies if we missed anyone.

Did you know who makes our bingo night so professional with the fancy screen and bingo number-tracking? Adam Kuhr, with his superior technical knowledge and support, that’s who! We appreciate him more than we can ever say and hope that his son, Eli stops aging so Adam can stay at NSS forever. 

Many thanks to Mari in the office, custodians Paulo and Charlie, Marty from Fire Engine Pizza, the Fairfield Fire Marshal, Mrs. Furey, Mrs. Onderko, Miss Monahan, the Fifth-Grade Bake Sale and Graduation Committees, the Variety Show Committee, Tricia Todd from the Spirit Wear Committee, and the many parents and families who donated raffles and prizes.

Please support the businesses who very generously donated prizes to our event: Choice Pet of Fairfield, Melissa & Doug, JBL, Fairfield Pizza, Whoopi Thai, Alina’s Bakery, L&G Nail Salon, Doughnut Inn, Alene’s Ice Cream, Rudy’s Carpet and Flooring, Bow Tie Cinemas, The Country Cow Deli, Dojo Fairfield, Eliza Bee’s Baby Gear, NaturalAnnie Essentials, Little Stitch, Dairy Queen, Thunder Ridge Ski Area, Puerto Vallarta, Wings Over Water, and BonnaH Co.

And last, but not least, thank you, Brian, for being such an awesome co-chair. It’s been a pleasure working with you and you will be missed next year. –Hannah

Until next year,
Brian Carroll and Hannah Choi

Upcoming Events

PTA Nominating for 2020-21
The PTA has already started planning for the amazing things to come next year! We are working on our slate of leaders to help coordinate the diverse educational and social programming we provide to our community, and have put together a list of open positions. With a range of needs and time commitments, there is something for everyone who wants to get more involved! If you want to learn more, please fill out the form and return through backpack mail, or email Kelly Imschweiler at kimschweiler@optonline.net. Thanks in advance for your help!
This years’ NSS Variety Show will be held Saturday, April 25th at Tomlinson Middle School Auditorium 7-9 pm.
 Registration is due in MARCH 2nd.   Please complete the attached form and send it in either by email or backpack mail – details are included in attached
 formQuestions??? reach out to Jennifer Calabrese or Maria Kozeracki 

Dr. Seuss Day / Read Across America Day is
Monday, March 2nd!  Get your costumes ready, students are encouraged to come to school dressed as their favorite Seuss character or other literary character! 


The NSS Book Swap is next week!!  Send in your gently used books on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Volunteers will go to each class and collect daily. The swap is on Wednesday, March 4th from 6:30-7:30.  Please see the attached flyer.

All are welcome! 
Come out for a night of crafting and fun to support the fifth grade! Join us at AR Workshop on Friday, March 6 at 6:30 pm. BYOB and snacks and let’s create together! Click here to sign up and choose a project. Friends are welcome! A portion of the proceeds will support the fifth grade committee activities. 
Any questions, email Deirdre Sikora.

Saturday, March 7th,
 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Nutmeg Lanes, Fairfield
It’s time to break out your bowling shoes! Mother & Son Bowling Night is back for Round Three! Show off your skills and play with (or against) each other! Flyers were sent home or you can print the attached. This event sells out quickly 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 so they can 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 or Alexandra McHale.

Girl Scout Troop 33261 is proud to host the Annual NSS Sweetheart Dance this year on Friday, March 13th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the NSS APR.  All NSS Girls are invited to attend with their influential adult guest for an evening of fun and dancing as we celebrate “Springtime in Paris”…ooh la la!  Flyer have been sent home via backpack mail. You can even print them here
Questions? Email Annalisa Panagiotakis  or Bonnie Liang.
Come and join us at The Stress Factory on Sunday, March 29th, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 
for an evening filled of comedy, dinner and a professional magic show the entire family will enjoy! We will kick off the evening with some of our very own NSS students and families taking the stage to tell their funniest jokes. Awards will be given to the top comedians! A buffet style dinner will be served, followed by a professional magician that is sure to wow and amaze! The entire family (don’t forget those older siblings) is welcome to attend an evening filled of laughter, food and wonder! Click here to Sign-up!
Question? Email Diana Carafotes
Other Announcements
Attention all New York Yankee Fans! The PTA is working on “NSS Yankee Game Day” as a fundraiser for next year, 2020-21! Details are still forming so stay tuned for more information come Fall. In the mean time, if there are any fans that would like to gather a group of 10 or more for a discount this year, please reach out directly to Joe Salituro of the New York Yankees (email: jsalituro@yankees.com or phone: 646-977-8021) and he will assist with coordinating. Let’s play ball!

Get Your NSS Yearbook! 
Time is flying – it’s time to order your 2019-20 NSS yearbooks!  Deadline is March 31st – but don’t wait that long!  We won’t be ordering extra copies this year!

  • Visit www.memorybook.com/online-pay/parent-pay/
  • Enter school code 177366, then click “Go to your school store login/registration”
  • Click on the link below our school name
  • Login if returning or register as a new user
  • You may need to click on the Memory Book/Jostens logo
  • Buy an NSS yearbook for $27
Please direct any questions to Aimee White-Charles or Kelly McWhinnie.
Arrow of Light Scouts from Pack 95 Need Your Help!!! 
Your Cub Scout friends in 5th Grade have a service project to complete for their Arrow of Light Award. They are collecting donations for Fairfield Animal Shelter. Please help our furry friends by donating the following:
  • Dry dog or cat food
  • Canned dog or cat food
  • Dog & Cat Treats
  • Dog & Cat Toys
  • Cat Litter
  • Grooming Supplies
  • Towels & Blankets
  • Animal Beds
  • Collars & Leashes
  • Pooper Scoopers
  • Crates & Cages
  • Flea & Tick Spray

Donations can be dropped off in the box outside the main office from Monday, Feb. 24 –  Friday, Feb. 28.
For questions, please contact Diana Palmentiero. 

Attached please find the information on the Safety Town 2020 program for students entering kindergarten and Summer Adventures 2020 booklet for students Pre-K through 2nd grade. 

CHANGE IN PLANS PADS: If a ‘change of plans’ pad is needed, please send in $3 cash or check payable to NSS PTAPlease 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.
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 – Connect w/ room parent to become a member
NSS PTA Calendar 
Student & A-F Elementary Calendar – A-F Calendar 
Infinite Campus for Parents 
Membership Toolkit – Online directory 
Food Services – Check out this month’s LUNCH Menu

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