North Street Elementary School

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

  • Thankful

    Dear Families,

    It's hard to imagine that we have already arrived at the holiday season.  As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving next week we will be asking students during morning announcements what they are thankful for and encouraging them to share.  As we head into the holiday season I'd like to offer a few ways to spread joy and happiness to those around you, and releive a little stress for those that may need it.

    • Perform random acts of kindness - spreading kindness leaves a positive fingerprint wherever you go
    • Focus on successes - this reminds and reinforces good practices
    • Express appreciation - This simple act can pay huge dividends for everyone involved.

    It is a true pleasure and privalege to collaborate with our families and support all students' learning at NSS, and I am truly thankful to have that opportunity.  On most days at 7:39 you'll find me standing at the main doors ready to welcome kids into the school for another day of learning. In just one minute, 7:40 to be exact, hundreds of students will start pouring into North Street and head to their classroom where they will spend 6 1/2 hours moving through the various learning experiences our talented staff prepare each day.  The next 10-15 minutes of the day are truly one of my favorite times and when I often find myself thankful.  As students arrive off the bus, walk down the sidewalk, or exit their cars, the vast majority are eager to begin their day. For many it is a fresh start and the beginning of learning something new!  In those few minutes our staff greet students, wave to parents, give high fives, and encourage all to have a great day! 

    On behalf of the NSS team I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving,

    ~ Mr. Wiltshire 

November 13 Information

  • Specials Rotation: November 13 - November 17

    specials
    Monday - A Day
    Tuesday - B Day
    Wednesday - C Day
    Thursday - D Day
    Friday - E Day
     
    WORD OF THE WEEK:
    • THANKSGIVING - An expression or act of gratitude. Throughout the week reflect on what you are thankful for and share that with friends and family!  Happy Thanksgiving! 

    SAVE THE DATE:

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    November 17 - NSS Fun Run - (Please see information below)
    November 20 - Student Council Food Drive
    November 20 - School Spirit Day - Students encouraged to wear class colors: 
                          Gr 2-orange, Gr 3-blue, Gr 4-yellow,  Gr 5-green, &  Gr 6-red
    November 21 - Kids Day Out! 3:00-8:00 PM Sky Zone Jump
    November 22-24 - No School - Thanksgiving Break
    November 27 - December 1 - 6th Grade Nature's Classroom Field Trip
    December 11 - Band/Chorus Holiday Concert @ 6:30 (GHS)
    December 15 - Grade 2 Holiday Concernt @ 1:30 (NSS Cafeteria)
    December 20 - Grade 3 Holiday Play @ 1:30 (NSS Cafeteria)
     
     
    CONFERENCES:
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    Thursday, December 14th
    7:45-2:45
    5:00-7:00
     
    All students will receive a conference letter this week with directions for selecting a conference time slot on Thursday, December 14th.  All times are on a first come, first serve basis.  Please feel free to contact your child's teacher or the North Street Office with any questions.
     
    FUN RUN:
    Fun Run
    The North Street School Fun Run is this Friday, November 17!
    Students & volunteers are to wear red, white & blue!
     
    Thank you to all the parent volunteers that have already signed up. We are very low on volunteers for 3rd and 5th grade for Friday. Volunteers are needed to mark laps & cheer students on http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094cabab2ba1f94-20171
     
    • Grade 6: 8:00 – 8:45
    • Grade 4: 8:45 – 9:30
    • Grade 5: 9:30 – 10:15
    • Grade 3: 10:15 – 11:00
    • Grade 2: 11:00 – 11:45

    Don't forget to sign your child up at Funrun.com, we have almost 80 % of students signed up! Your child receives a prize just for signing up. Questions? Please email Katheleen Schaker at liamsmom2006@gmail.com or Liz Spinney at emcand29@yahoo.com Thank you for supporting the fall's largest fundraiser.
    Fun Fact: We have received pledges from 32 states!  Do you know anyone in the following states to complete our 50 state challenge?  Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming

    PTG NEWSLETTER:
    PTG
    What's Happening? Read the PTG's November Newsletter Below
     
    November Newsletter
     
     NURSE'S UPDATE:
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    • Grade 4BMI and vision screenings will begin the week of November 13. Notices have been sent home. Please contact the school nurse in writing if you want your child exempt from the screenings.  Please send in your child's MA Mandated 4th grade physical as soon as possible.
    • Grade 6 - Health consent forms and physicals were mailed to the Sargent Center for review by their health staff. If your child will be bringing medication, you may deliver it to the school nurse any time starting on November 13. Please do not send medication in to school with your child. All medication MUST be in a labeled container/box. All inhalers must be in a labeled box. The Sargent Center will not administer any medication that is not in a labeled container/box. All over the counter medication must be in an unopened container, labeled with your child's name. The school nurse will send Epipens from school. No other medication will be sent from the school. Please contact the nurse with any questions.

    GRAFTON CHEER SHOWCASE:

    Grafton

    Grafton Cheer Showcase
    Wednesday, November 15

    7:00-8:00

    Grafton Middle School

    Informational Flyer

    OPERATION FRIENDSHIP DANCE:

    Dance

    Join us for our Thanksgiving dance, dress to impress! All Grafton residence 5-8th grade grade are invited to come from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Grafton Middle School. Admission is $8.00 at the door.

    In the spirit of Thanksgiving we will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Grafton Food Bank. Receive a free soda with your donation!

    During the dance, we will have our usual sale of snacks and refreshments plus dance competitions and more! We have a lot planned for this dance so you don’t want to miss it!

    As for parents-no need to worry! We will make sure you feel safe sending your kids to our dances, which are always chaperoned by certified crowd managers. If you're a new parent, feel free to let us know about any concerns you may have at the door. We do want to remind parents and attendees that Operation Friendship maintains a zero tolerance policy regarding bullying and misconduct, and that we expect students to dress appropriately. Additionally, for safety we do not allow students to leave our dances without a ride home – they cannot walk home from the dance. Should you have any additional questions, please contact Buddy Bartlett at nathaniel_bartlett@yahoo.com or 508-340-2540.

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.