Tuesday, May 15, 2018

It's not too soon to plan ahead!

2018 NCS Summer Learning Institute

     All K - 7  students (entering 1-8) are invited to participate in summer learning experiences.  There are several ways to do this!

  There will be a celebration and NCS Book Buck rewards for participants who have successfully completed any of the summer learning opportunities below!

ALL K - 7 NCS students are encouraged to participate in our annual: 
NCS Summer Reading Challenge

It’s easy! Students set a summer reading goal with their teachers and record their progress through the summer. Upon return to school in September, they turn in the record sheet to Ms. Harriman, our librarian. If they’ve met their goal and passed in their summer reading form on time, they win an invitation to a celebration and NCS BOOK BUCKS (redeemable at NCS/NPTO book fairs.

A number of NCS students will be nominated by their teachers or parents to join our:
NCS Online Learning Institute

Students use Aleks or IXL for math practice and/or Lexia (during a six-week period: 6/25-8/3.) Your child can practice anytime and anywhere there is access to a digital device and the internet. Parents and teachers can nominate students for online learning. NCS staff will monitor student progress through the summer. As with the Summer Reading Challenge, students who participate regularly and make progress in online learning will be invited to a celebration and receive NCS BOOK BUCKS.

Families in grades K- 5 can sign up for our weekly:
NCS Lending Library Program

This is an opportunity for families to continue growth and momentum with their young readers throughout the summer. Studies show that even 20 minutes of daily reading at the appropriate level ensures continued success and prevents setbacks when school resumes in September!
On Mondays-Thursdays 8am-12pm, from June 25-Aug 2, students (accompanied by an adult) can stop by the NCS Library and borrow a book from our beautiful Leveled Literacy Intervention kits. The books are organized from level A (kindergarten) - level W (5th grade.) Families will be asked to sign up to be part of the Lending Library Program. Reading tutoring is also available by appointment. Books can be logged for the Summer Reading Challenge!

It’s time to sign up!!

Friday, May 11, 2018


Our 8th grade students wrap up their week at Kieve's Leadership School today. What great weather they've had for that adventure!

Next week:
  • Monday, 5/14 @ 5:30 pm: Grade 6 Parent Meeting about Hurricane Island 
  • Monday, 5:30 pm: School Board 
  • Baseball, softball and track routines return to a more normal sports schedule. Always check the website for sports changes.
  • PARENTS, PLEASE REMEMBER:   Friday, May 25 is a FULL STUDENT DAY. The 25th was originally scheduled on the school calendar as a workshop day, but we DO have school that day (to help compensate for some of the cancelled school days during winter. You may be thankful for that decision, come June!)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Spring Festival of Arts!

Enjoy the art exhibit.
Listen to music.  
Visit the book fair.
Go home happy. 

Monday, April 30, 2018


Our 3rd Annual Family Fun and Fitness Night was well attended. We had between 150 - 200 people  in attendance!  Families played basketball, tennis, gaga ball, walked the track, danced, enjoyed the parachute, enjoyed dinner together and more!  

The newly renovated YMCA looks great!  
Thanks to the combined efforts of NPTO and the JVS PTO, families were treated to pizza, fruit, veggies and water while they enjoyed family activities. 

Now, this week, our focus is on our Spring Arts Festival on Thursday evening. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Spring, at last. Spring, at last!

Well, here's some great news: The sunshine and warm temps have arrived just in time for today's first school spring ball games. Today our softball and baseball teams play in Bristol at 3:45. GO LIONS!!!!

Hard to believe, but May is approaching and our SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL (CONCERT) is next week--MAY 3rd at 6:15.  All students participating should be in their classroom (or the music room if you are in band or senior chorus) by 6pm. Families, we invite you to come and enjoy approximately an hour of music and arts at NCS. The book fair will be open in the library that evening.

Here are other dates that many parents may need to have on their calendars:
  • FAMILY FUN NIGHT for NCS families at the newly renovated YMCA is Friday, April 27, 5:30-7:30. 
  • Three sessions of MEA Science testing for grades 5 & 8 will take place this week and next week. 
  • 8th grade Outing Club parent meeting--Monday, April 30 @ 6:30.  
  • Grade 8 to Kieve May 7-11
  • Grade 6 parent meeting for Hurricane Island is Monday, May 14 @ 5:30.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Take me out to the ballgame!?!

Hello! Just wondering, have you observed any cases of spring fever?  Here's a picture of kids getting ready for "spring" sports. Oh, my! Regardless of the ground conditions, we hope you're enjoying the April break. We'll be off and running with some traditional April/May activities when we return to school next week.

Signs of Spring:

  • First Baseball/Softball away games, scheduled for Tuesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 26. GO LIONS!  Also, some of our students will participate in their first track meet on Wednesday, April 25. As always, check the NCS family calendar for updated sports info.
  • Friday April 27 Final Chess Club Celebration--yes, you've read that correctly--Friday (not Thursday).
  • Also on Friday, April 27:  FREE FAMILY FUN NIGHT for all NCS families at the newly renovated YMCA. The fun begins at 5:30 pm.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  (See recent blog for details.)
  • In less than two weeks:  NPTO buy-on-get-one-free book fair in the library.
After that, the school year zooms along with Grade 8 attending Kieve, Grade 6 to Hurricane Island, spring sports, Kindergarten registration. Please note the change that has been made to the AOS 93 school calendar: There IS SCHOOL for EVERYONE on Friday, May 25 (staff workshop day postponed to the end of the year). 
Note to kindergarten families: No school for Mrs. Stewart's class on Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1 (registration/screening for the 2018-2019 K class).

Enjoy the rest of your vacation break. In the meantime, we'll be doing our best to be ready for the coming season at NCS. . .