North Street Elementary School

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

Principal's Update - September 18, 2017

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    Many Thanks to our North Grafton PTG

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    https://ngesptg.wordpress.com/

    Dear Families,

    As you will hear at Know Your School Night, our PTG is a critical member of our North Grafton community. Collaborating alongside our team within the school, the PTG seeks to enhance instructional materials, enrichment, and organize community events through the generosity of the North Grafton families.  We simply could not implement all that we do without the support of our families through the PTG.  This week I'd like to highlight just a few examples of the impact your support has on all of our students as we move through the first month.

    Over the past few weeks our teachers have shared two wonderful stories with our students: Beautiful Hands by Kathryn Otoshi and The North Star by Peter Reynolds.  Over the summer, the PTG purchased copies of the texts for each classroom at North Street.  Both books highlight important themes that are students engage in during the first weeks of school.  In Beautiful Hands, the author pushes the reader to consider the various ways we can show service and support to those around us.  Peter Reynolds' story, The North Star, leads readers to consider their dreams and the importance of choosing goals along the way to reach them.  I encourage our families to read these texts at home and discuss with their child.

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    Beginning this week our students will also be introduced to a new Chromebook computer cart station.  This mobile cart holds 30 chromebooks and can easily be shared throughout the school.  The addition of this cart doubles our computer availiability in grades 2-5.  Instructional technology is an essential component of today's classroom.  Our team of teachers couldn't be more excited to start letting the students use these computers!
     
    On behalf of our everyone here at North Street, I thank you all for your continuous support and for the opportunity to educate the students of North Street each day.
     
    Best wishes for a great rest of the week,
    ~ Mr. Wiltshire 
       
     

September 18 - September 22 Information

  • Specials Rotation: September 18-22

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    Monday - C Day
    Tuesday - D Day
    Wednesday - E Day
    Thursday - A Day
    Friday - B Day 
    WORD OF THE WEEK:
    • AchievementTo reach a goal successfully through best effort, perseverance, and hard work.  Having a growth mindset when faced with a challenging math problem, homework assignment, or activity will help you persevere and achieve.

    2nd/3rd and 4th/5th KNOW YOUR SCHOOL NIGHT:

     

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    Grade 2 and Grade 3 Know Your School Night

    Monday, September 18

    6:30PM - 8:00PM

    Grade 4 and Grade 5 Know Your School Night

    Tuesday, September 19

    6:30PM - 8:00PM

    Parents/guardians attending more than one Know Your School Night do not need to attend the 6:30 welcome portion in the cafeteria.  These parents/guardians should arrive prior to 6:45 and head directly to the classroom.

    SAVE THE DATE:

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    September 14-21 - Book Fair
    September 18 - 2nd/3rd Grade Know Your School Night @ 6:30-8:00
    September 19 - 4th/5th Grade Know Your School Night @ 6:30-8:00
    September 18-19 - Book Fair Open during Know Your School Night
    September 27 - Picture Day
    September 29 - 1/2 Day, Dismissal begins at 10:55
    October 4 - Walking Wednesdays Begin
    October 4 - PTG Meeting @ NGES from 7:00PM-8:00PM.  All NSS and NSES families welcome!
    November 17 - NSS Fun Run (formerly Walk-a-thon)
     
    BOOK FAIR:
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    September 14th - September 21st
     
    The Fair will be open during school hours as well as Mon, Sept 18th & Tues, Sept. 19th from 7:00-8:30pm during ‘Know Your School Nights’.  The book fair will be held in the library.  All students will be coming home with the informational flyer linked above.  There you can find information on your child's book fair schedule and other ways to support the fair, such as volunteering.
     
    We are looking for volunteers to help us during the fair as well as set-up and break-down. Any amount of time is greatly appreciated. Volunteering is a great way to see what books we have available and to see the students in action. Book fairs are not successful without your help! To sign up to help, please go to http://signup.com/go/QitFBWy.  Please contact Marci Palmer, marcip72@gmail.com, or Kim St. Ours, kimstours76@gmail.com with any questions!
     
    PICTURE DAY:
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    September 27, 2017
    All pictures take place in the morning between 8:30-10:30
     
    WORCESTER RAILERS NIGHT!
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    Saturday, October 14th
    7:00PM
     
    Reminder, please send in your Railer's Opening Day forms if you plan on attending. We have extended the due date to Friday 9/29.  This is a community event and everyone is welcomed. Feel free to invite family, friends & co-workers! They can take advantage of our special rate and receive a free hat for an exciting opening night! Our schools will benefit from the "Chuck -a- Puck" proceeds on the night of the game.  The Worcester Railers are the new professional hockey team playing at the DCU Center.
     
    BRING YOUR PARENT TO PE WEEK:
     
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    ​NSS Stars, It is Take a Parent to PE ​Week Sept 25-29!

    Parents and guardians are welcome to attend PE during their child's regularly schedule time during the week of September 25.  The goal is to introduce parents to our NSS PE program and see what fun and valuable experiences your child has in PE. This program also encourages families to be physically active together at home and in the community.  To attend, parents must a have a CORI on file and sign in at the main office.​​ Hope to see you next week!  Please email Mrs. Peters with any questions.
     
    NURSE'S UPDATE:
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    • Substitutes: Grafton Public Schools are in need of substitute nurses. If you are a licensed MA RN, and interested in substituting at the schools or attending field trips, please call Ceil Thurber at GHS and apply at Central Office.
    • Medications - If your child will require any medication at school, prescription or over-the-counter (Tylenol, Motrin, cough drops), please have your child's Dr. fax an order to the school. If your child requires an Epipen, and you have not brought one to school, please do so as soon as possible, along with the Allergy Action Plan. The fax number is 508-839-8539.
    • Grades 2 & 3 - Vision and Hearing Screenings will begin in October. 
    • Grade 4 - Notices were sent home this week for 4th grade physicals. Physicals must be dated after August, 2016. If your child has not had a physical, please schedule one as soon as possible. This is a MA State requirement of all public schools.
    FUN RUN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
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    November 17, 2017
    Volunteers needed throughout the day
    Interested in helping support this event?
    Please email Katheleen Schaker
     

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 

Welcome

  • Principal: 
    Mr. Stephen Wiltshire 
    wiltshires@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.