Only 51 days of school left! Hope someone lets the weather know that we are supposed to be in Spring now!
We have a PTA meeting coming up on Wednesday, April 12, at 6:30 PM and we hope you can make it. Childcare will be provided in the gym. Please let us know if there is something you would like to address on the agenda. Mr. Amodeo will give an update, and we will be discussing our remaining budget, our fundraisers, and our plans for the next 2 1/2 months. Hope you can make it.
Thanks to Mrs. Wanda Carter. Mr. Greg Cady, and Mr. Ken Skinner, Just Run! practices are starting this week. Grades K-2 are again participating in this wonderful program, after a brief hiatus last year. The lower grades practice on Tuesdays from dismissal until 4:35, and grades 3-5 on Thursdays. Please pick up your child promptly. The end of the year track meet date has not yet been announced. As soon as we have more info, we will get it out to you.
Our annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for the American Heart Association will take place next Monday in our gymnasium from dismissal until 4:30 PM. Thank you to Coach McClement and Mrs. Baker for all their work in putting this program together. And GOOD LUCK to our many jumpers!
Hope you placed your Square1 Art order already, but if not, you have until midnight, April 4th to order with free shipping to the school. After that, items can be ordered but you will pay shipping to have them shipped directly to you. The kids’ work came out great! Thanks to Mrs. Martin, our Art teacher, and Trisha McLean for coordinating this intensive effort!
Talent Show practices have been ongoing for the past month and will culminate with a Talent Show on Friday, April 29th at 6 PM. Due to space constraints in previous years, this year’s Talent Show will be held at Hackett Middle School! Good luck to all of our talented scholars. Hope you can make it! Our hard workers deserve your support.
Speaking of working hard, one of our NSES teaching assistants – Ms. Rowell, has been working hard with numerous students for our upcoming school play, The Mermaid of Edam, set to be performed on June 1 and 2. More details to come.
Our Albany High students are performing Oliver! this coming week with numerous showtimes starting Thursday, April 6 through Sunday, April 9. It’s a great way to see some of the fabulous things our Albany youth are doing, from acting, to stage crew, to set and costume design. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $15 for adults. Get your tickets right away. Our high school plays are often sold out!
Look for an email about our Book Fair, which runs from April 11-13 in our school Library! Fliers will be coming home beginning today.
Kids’ Paint & Sip to be held May 5 from 6:30-8:30 PM to support the NSES Beautification Committee! Your child will go home with a 12″ x 12″ canvas ready for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day! Tickets are $20 and include all supplies. You can get your ticket HERE.
As you have all seen by now, Mr. Amodeo has sent home another letter reminding parents about safe drop-off/pick-up procedures. If you attending the last PTA meeting, you will know that this was a very hot topic of discussion. Currently, we have had a heavier police presence during drop-off and pick-up times, but problems still remain.
Do you have ideas that may be “out-of-the-box”? We are looking at any and all suggestions to improve our traffic issues around the school. Things to keep in mind: (1) Our school is on a main road, and our side streets are residential. We need to be respectful of those two facts. (2) The back area of the school is used as a playground for the 3-5 graders in the AM and cannot be used for cars or buses, as a thoroughfare or a parking lot. (3) We have many children who are walkers – with or without their parents, and their safety must be paramount.
If you have ideas, please submit them to the PTA or to Mr. Amodeo. This will continue to be a topic of conversation and will be addressed at this coming PTA meeting on April 12. We realize that people have numerous reasons for needing to drive but the problem seems to be getting worse instead of better. Hopefully with the nice weather coming, more students will be walking than driving, but we will continually need to work together with our school community and neighbors to ensure everyone’s safety.