North Street Elementary School

To prepare all students to be life-long learners and responsible citizens

Principal's Update - March 27, 2017

NSS Pride Day 
Presented by the Student Council 
Friday March 31  
 
green
 
 
Dinner for Dimes
 
Dear Families,
 
Our very own student council is once again researching and finding ways to show off our core value of service by supporting our community.  Over the past week student council representatives have been spreading the word about the Dimes for Dinner campaign to support the Community Harvest Project here in Grafton.  The CHP maintains the community barn located on Brigham Hill Rd. just a short drive from NSS.
 
Our students have learned through their research that just a few dimes can provide a family vegetables for a whole week!  The student council will be collecting dimes, and other spare change, through this Friday.  To culminate their work and show how our school pride, they encourage all students to wear green on Friday, March 31st.  Already they have collected over $500 in loose change!
 
For more information on Community Harvest Project please visit the link above.
Best wishes for a great week ahead!
Steve 

North Street Updates - March 27 - March 31

WORD OF THE WEEK:
Word of the Week  
  • Inclusive - 
    The process of taking careful thought towards something.  Kind regards for others.
  • Core Value Action
    As you make decision take time to think about how your choices will impact those around you. 
      SPECIALS ROTATION March 27 - March 31
       
       Specials
      Monday -  A
      Tuesday - B
      Wednesday C 
      Thursday - D
      Friday - E
       
      PASTA DINNER/DANCE PARTY - SOLD OUT!
       
      pasta
      With over 300 tickets sold the Pasta Night is sold out.  However, class themed baskets & a gift card basket will be on display in the cafeteria this week for anyone wishing to purchase raffle tickets.  The PTG will be selling raffle tickets during lunches from Monday 3/27 through Friday 3/31.  Prices for tickets include $1 each, 6 for $5, 13 for $10, & 28 for $20.  Please make checks payable to NGES PTG. You do do not have to be present to win! Thank you to the NSS community of parents for your generous support of donations.
       
      EVERYDAY HERO AWARDS: 
      day
       
       
      This prestigious award is for any individual who has made a significant contribution in enhancing the life of a student with special needs. Examples include someone who goes above and beyond to support inclusion, ease daily transitions, keep the student safe, adapt the school curriculum, support their unique learning style or enhance the social aspect of a student with special needs. In the past, bus drivers, teachers, cafeteria workers, paraprofessionals, specials teachers (media, art, P.E., music), those in support positions, students, and community employees have been nominated.  Every person nominated is a winner and receives an award. 
       
      SAVE THE DATE: KID'S DAY OUT 
      sky  
       Thursday, April 6th 
      Half Day of School 
       
      Meet up at Sky Zone from 3-8PM and the North Grafton PTG will receive 25% of the total sales from jump passes that day!  A total of 50 jumpers must participate.  Then join your friends on April 6 for a MOOYAH Fundraiser at their new location in Northborough near the Wegman's plaza for delicious shakes, burgers & fries from 12-7PM!
       
      VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
      colonial day
      MCAS DATES:
      mcas  
       
       
      During the months of April and May our 3rd-6th graders will complete MCAS testing.  Linked above you will find each grade level’s schedule for the upcoming spring MCAS assessments.  As you’ll find, the state has shifted the testing window when compared with previous years.
       
      For the first time, all students in Massachusetts will take the newly designed version of the MCAS.  This newly updated assessment, Next Generation MCAS, blends various question types and specifically targets the new state standards.  A key component of this new assessment is to provide students with a computer based format.  This spring only our 4th graders at NSS will take the computer based test.  All other grades will complete a paper based model.  In subsequent years, additional grades will be added to the computer based model.  Information on this year’s state testing and the development of the Next Generation MCAS can be found on the Department of Education’s website: http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/parents. 
       
      BRUINS'S ALL SCHOOL ASSEMBLY
      bruins
       
      Calling all Bruins Fans!  The Boston Bruins organization will visit NSS on April 6 from 10-10:45, which is an early release day for students.  That day is also Bruins Day/wear you black and gold at NSS. A waiver has been sent home to 5th and 6th grade students.  This waiver is required by the Bruins organization, if a student is chosen to participate in the active part of the assembly. Please return waivers if your child is interested.
       
      The Boston Bruins School Assembly Program is a 45-minute all-school program focused on promoting a happy, healthy lifestyle by emphasizing the importance of proper nutrition, perseverance, and physical activity through movement.  In order to reach as many kids as possible, this program is an all-school assembly that will keep the kids engaged and enthusiastic and will give them the building blocks they need to make healthier life choices." 
      The Bruins also donated hundreds of dollars worth of Hockey Equipment for our NSS students to enjoy: Bauer hockey sticks, hockey balls, 2 complete sets of goalie equipment and 2 folding nets.  A huge shout out to the BRUINS!! 
       
      VENDOR CRAFT SALE - GMS
      Craft Fair  
      Saturday, April 8th  
      Grafton Middle School
      10:00 - 2:00
      Free Admission  
       
       
      NSS YEARBOOK ORDERS:
      yearbook  
       Order Forms Due April 28th
       

      Every Day Ways to Support NSS

       Every Day Ways to Support North Street School!
       
      Box Tops:
      Thanks to all of you for snipping box tops. NGES and NSS earned over $3,000 during the 2014-2015 school year! Please keep on snipping box tops so that we can earn cash for our schools! Look for Box Tops For Education and Bonus Certificates. Please be sure to check the expiration dates and that the dates are not cut off. Place box tops in zip lock bag with the number of box tops written on the outside of the bag and send it in to your child’s classroom. The grade that brings in the most box tops will win an extra recess! 
       
      Stop and Shop:
      Register your Stop and Shop card at www.stopandshop.com/aplus. You earn points when you shop, October through March. Points are turned into cash for the school! If you have registered before, you do not need to re-register.
       
      Amazon Smile:
      Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. To register go to: https://smile.amazon.com 

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      Welcome

      Principal: 
      Mr. Stephen Wiltshire 
      wiltshires@grafton.k12.ma.us

      Assistant Principal: 
      Mrs. Jennifer Mannion 
      mannionj@grafton.k12.ma.us

      Assistant Principal: 
      Ms. Jodie Rapping
      rappingj@grafton.k12.ma.us

      Administrative Secretary: 
      Mrs. Carla Jackman 
      jackmanc@grafton.k12.ma.us 

      Address: 
      60 North Street
      Grafton, MA 01519

      Phone: 508 839-5428
      Fax: 508-839-8539

      Hours: 7:55 am - 2:25 pm
      Early Release Dismissal: 10:55 am

      About NSES: North Street Elementary School houses approximately 580 students in grades 2-6. Our mission is to prepare all students to be life-long learners and responsible citizens.  As members of our school community we embody this mission by continuously challenging ourselves and each other to grow academically, socially, and personally. We believe in cultivating a growth mindset and in creating an environment where it is safe to take risks as a learner. We value respect, learning, creativity and critical thinking, and we strive to make our school a fun place to work and learn.