North Street Elementary School

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

Principal's Update -February 12, 2018

  • Massachusetts Standards of Mathematics

    Three Part Series for Parent/Guardians

    Part Three

    Keep Calm

    Dear Families,

    This week we will continue our focus on useful mathematics curriculum reference guides provided by the Massachusetts Department of Education.  These guides are a great way for parents and guardians to better understand the math standards their students are learning and the progression of key processes, such as addition and multiplication.

    Our final part of this three part series focuses on fractions, a common area of difficulty for students, and parents that seek to support their child.  Although students gain an understanding of fraction language in their daily lives at the younger grades (K-2), the fraction standards begin to take shape for our third grade students.

    Most importantly, when students engage in fractions, they initially must understand that at the simplest concept they are numbers on the number line.  Additionally, that they represent part of a whole.  The reference guides below walk educators and parents through the progression fractions concepts from third through fifth grade.

    Fractions Quick Reference Guides

    I hope you taken the time to read through these short reference guides that have been shared over the past three weeks. 

    Best wishes for a great week ahead,

    ~ Mr. Wiltshire 

February 12 - February 16 Information

  • Specials Rotation: February 12 - February 16

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    Monday 2/12: E Day
    Tuesday 2/13: A Day
    Wednesday 2/14: B Day Happy Valentine's Day: We encourage you to wear RED
    Thursday 2/15: C Day
    Friday 2/16: D Day
    (If Snow days occur, the day will not skip)
     
    WORD OF THE WEEK:
    • DEPENDABLE - Trustworthy and reliable. Knowing that you will always do what is expected and give your best effort. 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.

    SAVE THE DATE:

    dates
    Tuesday, Feb. 13: PTG MEETING @ 7:00PM (North Grafton Cafeteria)
    February 14th: Wear RED for healthy heart awareness!
    February 19th-February 23rd - No School - February Vacation
    May 23rd - Originally scheduled as an early release, has now been changed to a full day.
    School Banking - Every Wednesday!
     
    PTG UPDATES:
    PTG
    • Next PTG Meeting -  Last week's cancelled PTG meeting will be held on February 13th from 7:00-8:00PM @ NGES.  Join us at Hunter's Grill after for an optional adult social. Free raffle for attendees and Fun Fair tickets for anyone bringing someone who has not attended a meeting this year. Join us to be part of the Spring Fling (auction items needed) & Fun Fair planning.
    • Thank you to the NSS Teachers & Staff for an awesome Sock Hop & Ice Cream Social on Friday February 9!

    • The North Grafton PTG invites you to the 2018 Spring Fling Thursday March 29 from 7-10 PM at the Civic Kitchen & Drink, Westborough
      A fabulous adults -only evening to gather together as a NGES & NSS Community. Enjoy live music by Chad Clements, great food, and desserts, and a silent auction and raffle.
      Tickets are $35 and on sale now through March 7 - limited availability so get your tickets early before they sell out! https://www.eventbee.com/event?eid=173669821

    • Red Sox tickets great deal for a Friday night game at Fenway $30 each on June 22. Flyers went home Friday February 9 . This is not a fundraiser, special group price and savings passed onto you! Join your NGES & NSS Community for a night at Fenway. Tickets available through Tuesday February 27. Forms also available on PTG website: https://ngesptg.wordpress.com/

    • North Street Apparel is in and went home in back packs on Monday, February 12th. Watch for the flyer for the next apparel sale after February break.  

    JUMP ROPE FOR HEARTS:
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    Program Overview
     
     
    Mrs. Peters is excited to bring the Jump Rope for Hearts Program to North Street.  This program encourages students to lead a heart healthy habits and that being physically fit can be fun!  Students will engage in various activities through the next two weeks.  To celebrate the conclusion of this program Mrs. Peters would like to invite parents and guardians to class during the week of February 12th-February 16th.  To find the complete schedule of classes and more information about the program, please visit the links above. 
     
    A MESSAGE FROM THE NURSE:
    Nurse
    • FLU - If your child has a confirmed flu diagnosis, please call or email the school nurse if you have not already done so. The number of confirmed flu cases must be reported to the Massachusetts Department of Health by each school.
    • LICE - If you treat your child at home for lice, please contact the school nurse. The child's classroom must be checked. All cases are confidential. A notice is sent home when a classroom is checked for lice.
    NORTH STREET SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT:
    We are pleased to provide you with a copy of our school’s report card. It contains information about school and district accountability, achievement, our students and teachers, and other important measures of school performance.  If you should have any questions please contact Mr. Wiltshire, or Assistant Superintendent Tracey Calo.
     

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 

NSES Calendar

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.