North Street Elementary School

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

Principal's Update - February 6, 2017

Spring MCAS Dates
 
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Dear Families,
 
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.
 
Please see the letter linked above for the exact dates your child will be taking the assessment.  All tests will begin promptly at 8:30.  Please try to avoid any appointments or trips that will prevent your child from attending school during his or her testing dates. In the event your child is absent, he/she will make-up the test they missed either on the day they return to school or at a scheduled make-up date.
   
Best wishes for a great week ahead! 
~Mr. Wiltshire 
 
 

North Street Updates - February 13 - February 17

WORD OF THE WEEK:
Word of the Week  
  • Dependable - 
    Trustworthy and reliable.  Knowing that you will always do what is expected and give your best effort.
  • Core Value Action
    Think about all of the chores and tasks you must complete at home and school.  Do you complete them without reminders?  Be dependable by accomplishing your work independently each week.
      SPECIALS ROTATION February 13 - February 17
       
       Specials
      Monday -  A
      Tuesday - B
      Wednesday C 
      Thursday - D
      Friday - E
        
      ARRIVAL TIME:
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      As a reminder we start our school day for all students at 7:55.  Please note that we ask all students to arrive between 7:40-7:55.  Students arriving after 7:55 are marked late.  In order to ensure a timely arrival please plan to arrive at North Street by 7:50 to provide a few extra minutes.  
       
      READING CHALLENGE UPDATE:
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      Across the building students are already reading lots of books!  Just this week alone students totaled over 500 books read based on sheets turned into the office.  If this pace continues, our goal of 5,000 books may need to be reset!  Please remember that students can turn in as many logs as they would like.  Additional logs can be found in the office, or within all of our classrooms. 
       
      AUTHOR VISIT: GORDAN KORMAN
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      On March 7th, renowned author, Gordon Korman, will visit North Street for two presentations.  Gordon Korman is the author of many children's titles and series, including 39 clues,  Swindled, Everest Trilogy, Schooled, and many more.  Recently a flyer went home sharing that families may purchase a book and Gordon will sign it during his visit.  Please see the ordering form above if you would like to receive a signed copy! 
       
      NORTH GRAFTON SCHOOLS RED SOX NIGHT:
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      The Red Sox are offering a great price for a night at Fenway on Thursday June 29 for our schools. In order for them to offer this, they need to secure our seats before tickets go on sale to the general public. Take advantage of this great offer to be a part of the North Grafton Elementary Schools Night Out! Join teachers, staff, students and their families at this fun event! Limited tickets available and forms are due back by Wednesday February 15, 2017.  Please note that this is not a fundraiser, the PTG has passed the savings onto you. 
       
      NURSES UPDATES:
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      • Screenings -  All screenings across grades have been completed.  If your child failed a screening a notice was sent home.  Please be sure to contact the nurse with any questions.
      • 6th Grade -  Letters were sent home for students that will need a physical and/or immunizations before entering 7th grade.  Please make appointments for your child in order for them to enter Grade 7
      MOVIE NIGHT AT MSS:
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       Finding Dory
      Presented by the the Grafton High School National Honor Society and Together We Can
      February 17th @ 6:00 PM
      Millbury Elementary School
       
      HIGH SCHOOL FUNDRAISING:
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      Now is your chance to have the delicious sweetness of Krispy Kreme doughnuts delivered right to you! The Senior Class at GHS will be selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts from Feb. 27 - March 9. All proceeds will go toward their Bon Voyage Party, Class of 2017’s last event together, that takes place on the night of graduation.   Please see the attached order form for more information and  to place a request!
       
      KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION:
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      Please click the link below to learn more about kindergarten registration
       
       
       
       

      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.