North Street Elementary School

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

Principal's Update - May 16, 2017

Fun at the Fun Fair
 community harvest
NSS Student Council Collects Over $2,000 in Loose Change for the Community Barn!
 
Dear Families,
 
Although the weather didn't full cooperate this past Saturday for the Fun Fair, a great day was had by all.   Even the dunk tank remained opened!  Having been dunked countless times, I can assure you that the youth baseball and softball leagues in Grafton are preparing the kids for success on the diamond.  On behalf of the entire North Grafton PTG community I would to extend many thanks to all the volunteers and Fun Fair planning committee for their tireless efforts organizing, running, and wrapping up the biggest event of the year.  A special shout to our PTG president and co-president, Katheleen Schaker and Kim St. Ours, for leading the way!  If you see her around the school or town, be sure to express your appreciation for a job well done.
 
On another note, many of our students recently entered an art contest for a chance to land on the cover of K-8 Music magazine.  Mrs. Kelley was thrilled to receive word that one of our very own was selected as the 7th runner up!  A great achievement considering this contest is held national with thousands of students participating.  In addition to her artwork being displayed in K-8 Music magazine, she received a small cash prize award as well.  Congratulations Emily!
 
artwork  
7th Runner Up, Emily Batterson, 6th Grade 
 
This week marks our final week of MCAS testing.  Our third graders will complete their mathematics testing on Wednesday, followed by our 5th grades on Thursday with science.  
 
Best wishes for a great rest of the week,
~ Mr. Wiltshire 
 
Teacher Appreciation:
Every Tuesday in May the PTG encourages families and students to participate in teacher appreciation activities to show our teachers how thankful we are for all that they do! Last week all students received a complete list of the Tuesday activities, but you can also locate the list by clicking the link below.
  
What's Ahead:
  • May 19 - Grade 5 field trip to Sturbridge Village
  • May 24 - Art Gallery Walk and Ice Cream Social - 6:00-7:30PM
  • May 26 - Incoming 2nd Grade Parent Information Night @ 6:30-7:30PM
  • May 29 - No School - Memorial Day
  • June 1 - Cultural Fair - 6:30PM-8:00PM
  • June 2 - Band/Chorus Night at Worcester Bravehearts
  • June 5 - Grade 3 Field Trip - Grafton History Day
  • June 6 - Grade 4 Field Trip - Mass Audubon Society 
  • June 7 - Grade 5 Field Trip to the Freedom Trail
  • June 8 - Grades 2-5 Field Day
  • June 8 - Spring concert @ GMS - 6:00PM-8:00PM
  • June 9 - Grade 3 Field Trip to Southwick Zoo
  • June 9 - Grade 4 Field Trip to Blackstone Valley Tech.
  • June 14 - Grade 6 Field Day
  • June 15 - 6th Grade Moving On Ceremony - 8:30-9:30AM

North Street Updates - May 8 - May 12

WORD OF THE WEEK:
Word of the Week  
  • Character - 
    A set of qualities that make something or somebody distinctive and unique, a trait.
      
  • Core Value Action -  Share with your friends and family the qualities, or character traits, you see in them that you appreciate.  
SPECIALS ROTATION May 15 - May 19
 
 
 Specials
Monday -  A
Tuesday - B
Wednesday - C
Thursday - D
Friday - E
  
FIELD DAY @ NSS
field day  
Grades 2-5 - June 8th (Rain date June 13th)
 Grade 6 - Tournament Day (Field Day)
 
All parents are welcome to join us for our annual field day events.  On June 8th, grades 2-3 will participate from 8-11 and grades 4-5 will participate from 11-2.  Our 6th grade tournament day will be held throughout the day.  Please know that any volunteers must have an updated CORI form on record in the office.  Please contact the NSS front office to inquire about or complete CORI requests.
 
6th GRADE MOVING ON CEREMONY:
moving on
June 15
8:30AM-9:30AM
North Street Gymnasium
 
All sixth grade parents, guardians, and families are invited to join the sixth grade class for a final Moving On Ceremony.  This student centered event will reflect on the class' time here at North Street over the past 5 years.  In fact, they are the first group of students to move through all 5 grades at North Street School.  Please join me in reflecting on the memories from past grade levels and wishing them well as they head off to Grafton Middle School.
 
A MESSAGE FROM THE NURSE:
nurse  
  • Ticks - With the warmer weather, we have noted that a small percentage of students have visiting the nurse's office recently after recess with ticks.  As the students continue to play outside in the coming weeks, please be sure to check for ticks frequently.
WALKING WEDNESDAYS:
walking  
 
 Every Wednesday Starting on May 3rd
 
GRADE 7-12 BUS PASSES: 
bus
Please use the form below to register for a bus pass (only for students in grades 7-12)
 
INCOMING SECOND GRADE PARENT INFO. NIGHT:
 
parent night  
Thursday, May 25th
6:30PM - 7:30PM 
 
This parent orientation night will provide parents with a chance to see second grade classrooms, ask questions about North Street, and learn more about the students' transition to second grade.   
 
GRAFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL INFORMATION NIGHT:
 
gms
 
Grade 6 Parent Orientation Night 
Wednesday, May 24th
6:30PM - 7:30PM 
 
OPERATION FRIENDSHIP DANCE:
dance  
OF Dance - Cinco de Mayo
Friday 5/19 Grafton Middle School Gymnasium
 
Get in the spirit of Cinco de Mayo and dance the night away!  Parents - enjoy a night off!  We work hard so you can feel safe sending your kids to our dances.  Our events are always chaperoned by certified crowd managers. 
If your child is new to our dances, 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 for the dances. Additionally, we will not let students leave our dances without a ride home—they cannot walk home from the dance. Thank you for supporting our OF Dances.  Our goal is to provide a safe, fun environment for 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders have fun!  Our OF parents have all completed a CORI check and supervise all aspects of the dance.
While we welcome parents, in order to assure the safety of all children, non-OF adults must stay in the supervised check in area.  We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.  Should you have any additional questions, please contact Kim Edgren at 508-735-5820 or kakoa5@gmail.com.
 

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 

Documents and Forms

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.