North Street Elementary School

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

Principal's Update - January 17, 2017

Jake the Lion and the Worcester Bravehearts Visit North Street School 
 
 bravehearts
 
Dear Families,
 
Last Friday Jake the Lion from the Worcester Bravehearts visited North Street school's assembly.  The purpose of the assembly was to introduce students to a school-wide reading initiative.  Through the Bravehearts' Exercise Your Mind program students can earn great prizes by simply reading books!  Prizes include tickets to a Braveheart game and official Bravehearts hats.  For more information on this engaging program please check out the site below or view the Exercise Your Mind booklet above.  All students will receive a copy of the program overview this week.  Once students have recorded 10 books at their level, simply return to your child's classroom teacher and another copy will be sent home.
 
Mr. Wiltshire, along with Mrs. Mannion and Ms. Rapping, presented the students with an additional principal's challenge!  The goal for students from now through May will be to read a total of 5,000 books.  If North Street successfully reads over that mark, then Mr. Wiltshire has agreed to have a barber visit North Street to shave stars into his head as a reminder of the core values.  However, the fun won't stop there!  Mrs. Mannion and Ms. Rapping will be duck taped to the wall!  
 
The next few months promises to be filled with excitement as the students begin reading! 
 
Best wishes for a great week ahead! 
~Mr. Wiltshire 
 
As we look at the week ahead please be sure to save the date for the events list below:
January 20th - New England Patriots Day
January 27th - Movie Night at North Street (Beginning at 6:45) 

North Street Updates - January 17 - January 20

WORD OF THE WEEK:
Word of the Week  
  • Cooperation - 
    Working together with individuals or groups to get something done.
  • Core Value Action
    Discuss various ways you have to cooperate with classmates, teammates, or family members to accomplish tasks.  When you notice someone cooperating be sure to give them a compliment for doing a great job!
      SPECIALS ROTATION January 17 - January 20
       
       Specials
      Monday -  No School
      Tuesday - B
      Wednesday C 
      Thursday - D
      Friday - E
        
      STARGAZER RECOGNITION:
       
      stars  
       
      As we continue to discuss North Street's core values throughout the year, we have reminded students that a person's character is defined in moments when they believe no one is watching.  Each day our students exemplify the cores values of STARS: Service, Teamwork, Achievement, Responsibility, and Self-Awareness.  To reinforce these positive behaviors our team has developed a recognition system titled Stargazers.  Staff members may nominate students to receive a Stargazer, which will be distributed at the beginning of each month.  This Tuesday will be our first official distribution.  If your child receives a Stargazer please be sure to ask them what core value they exhibited, and in the process, taught to others.
       
      MOVIE NIGHT:
      move night  
      Friday, January 27th @ North Street School
      Beginning at 6:15PM
       
      Last week students voted for the movie to be show and overwhelming selected Storks!  Please save the date and we hope to see you there!
       
      WINTER RECESS GUIDELINES:
       
       winter recess
       
      With the arrival of colder temperatures and snow please note our winter recess guidelines by clicking the link above.  There are a few main components of our recess guidelines.  First, indoor recess is held if the "real fee" temperature is 20 degrees or lower.  We also take into consideration precipitation and the condition of the recess area. 
       
      We do encourage students to play in the snow when it arrives, however, they must have the following items.  We refer to these items at the "Show Me 5" rule!
      • Hat
      • Gloves
      • Jacket
      • Snow pants
      • Boots 
      PATRIOTS DAY:
      pats
       
      This coming Friday, January 20th will once again be Patriots Day at North Street as we prepare to route on the Patriots!  Students are encouraged to wear their Patriots gear, or the colors red, white and blue.  Not a Patriots fan?  We also encourage students show off their favorite team's colors on Friday as well! 
       
      BOX TOP UPDATE:
       
      box tops  
      Second grade currently leads the way with 474 box tops!  5th and 3rd grade are close behind.  Please remember to continue bringing in those box tops!
       
      OPERATION FRIENDSHIP DANCE:
      dance  
      Join us for our first dance of 2017 and bring in the New Year right! All Grafton residents in 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade are invited to come from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Grafton Middle School. During the dance we will have some epic dance competitions, 2017 photo props, games and of course, our usual sale of snacks and refreshments! Admission is $8.
      As for parents—no need to worry! We will do our best to 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 for the dances. Additionally, we will not let students leave our dances without a ride home—they cannot walk back from the dance. Should you have any additional questions, please contact Kim Edgren at kakoa5@gmail.com or 508-735-5820.
       
      YEARBOOK PICTURES:
      yearbook
       
       
      Believe it or not our yearbook committee is already getting started on this year's edition.  The yearbook committee consists of sixth grade students and parent volunteers.  One of their first priorities is collecting pictures to include in the yearbook.  If you would like to share photos with the committee please use the directions linked above.   Please know that the photos uploaded are password protected and only viewable by our committee.  
       
      NURSE'S UPDATE:
      nurse
      Grade 4 
      • Students that did not have their BMI and vision screening will have make ups next week.  Mrs. Sugrue's class will have their screening done during PE on 1/20/17.
      • Letters were sent home for students that need to submit a recent physical.  If you would like a physical performed by the school phyiscian, please contact the nurse. 

      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.