April 8, 2020

NSS Friday Flash 03/26/2020

 NSS PTA Friday Flash
March 26, 2020

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Let’s stay connected and support each other. Send positive vibes through your posts, questions, 4 o’clock funnies….

See the full NSS PTA Calendar 
2019-20 Elementary 6-Day Rotation
Week: March 30, 2020 
Monday-B, Tuesday-C, Wednesday-D Thursday-E, Friday-F
 
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
  • NO SCHOOL – Friday March, 27th, Professional Day
  • DEADLINE TO ORDER YEARBOOK – Tuesday, March 31st. (see details below)

SCHOOL NEWS
A MESSAGE FROM MRS. JACKSON
I hope you are all doing well in our second week of this new way of living and experiencing schooling.  Our teachers have been hard at work learning and leading distance learning which was never something we ever dreamed of let alone thought of implementing.  Many thanks to each and every one of you for working to take care of your children while supporting the learning curve of our teachers.  We will continue to do all that we can to help you and your children during this time.  It won’t however be a smooth and perfect situation and I know you are understanding of that. Friday will be a day teachers learn more of the technology so we hope to implement some new ways to engage your children and keep them connected to teachers and each other. 

Here are a few highlights from much of the literature I have already read and my own thoughts on how to help parents and families during this unprecedented time.  I hope they will give you some comfort in the weeks ahead. 

“No matter how many school plans you do or don’t get to in the coming weeks, I’ll bet you love your kids more than any other human walking the face of the earth has ever loved them,” says Sarah Mackenzie, founder of Read-Aloud Revival. “I bet your child will go to bed at night knowing they are wildly loved by you. That’s the most important thing.”

Find the positives in our current times – this is a great time to reconnect as a family and do things you haven’t had time to do before due to our hectic schedules – play board games – watch a special show or documentary together – start a chapter book that you all read and listen to each evening.

Your number one priority should be to find a way to make your home environment one where learning can happen peacefully.  Surround your family with good music and beautiful things.  Take time to watch the clouds and create a reason to have a party (my grandson had a birthday party for his favorite stuffed animal last Friday and we even found a way to include many of “Ducky’s” friends. 

Don’t take on too much in any given day.  Please know that our teachers are doing their best to provide plenty of rich home friendly activities.  Don’t feel pressured to get every single thing done every single day.  Build in plenty of breaks for all of you and keep a watchful eye on how much screen time is being used as it can be very overwhelming to our senses.

I promise you – your children are resilient and their learning will not stop during this time.  Years from now they will benefit from the way you all interacted with them at home during this time – so don’t add to the stress of this world-wide situation.  Enjoy the calm that comes from being together with your precious children.  They grow up way too fast.

Stay well!


SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM DANA BOSSIO
Please click here to read the special message from Dana Bossio, Teacher Leader, FPS School Psychologists.

 
PTA NEWS
 
NSS YEARBOOK – ORDER BY TUESDAY 3/31
Since we won’t be back in school by the deadline, we are asking everyone to complete their orders online:

  • 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

This has been an unforgettable year – don’t miss out on our NSS yearbook – we will not be ordering extras!

Please direct any questions to Aimee White-Charles or Kelly McWhinnie.
Also, we are developing a special spread to capture this unprecedented time. Please email photos of your NSS kids engaging in distance learning, hunkered down at home. Do you have pictures of encouraging chalk artwork on your walk? Other reminders of this time? Please share ASAP at nssyearbook2020@gmail.com. Reminder: ONLY NSS children, please, do to yearbook rules — no adults, no siblings. Pets welcome. 🙂 Our yearbook printing deadline is just two weeks away, so please send your pictures ASAP.

OPERATION HOPE
To all that forwarded the information about Fairfield Social Services Food Drive along, our gratitude…They had an incredible outpouring of support, and are overwhelmed with the amount of supplies they received! Per request, any further donations should be directed to Operation Hope.
DROP OFF LOCATIONS:
636 Old Post Road Fairfield, CT 06842. Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm
50 Nichols Street, Fairfield CT, 06842. Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm

NSS SUPPORTS OUR COMMUNITY

SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES
Please consider supporting these local businesses during these uncertain times. This list includes businesses that have supported NSS and we would like to give back by showing them some love. Call or visit their web site for up to date special take out offers.

Other Local Businesses that have supported NSS: Alene’s Ice Cream, Alina’s Bakery, BonnaH Co, Bow Tie Cinemas, Choice Pet of Fairfield, Dairy Queen, Dojo of Fairfield, Doughnut Inn, Eliza Bee’s Baby Gear, Escapology, Fairfield Pizza, Giant Steps, JBL, L&G Nail Salon, Little Stitch, Melissa & Doug, Natural Annie Essentials, Pure Barre, Rudy’s Carpet and Flooring, The Country Cow Deli, Thunder Ridge Ski Area, Whoopi Thai, and Wings Over Water.

 

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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