Friday, September 18, 2015

Dismissal at noon on Sept. 24 and other bits of information

It's hard to believe that we have completed the third week of school!   It is a pleasure to have students back in the building and participating in all the activities associated with a new school year.   We hope you are settling in to your fall routines at home too!   

Thursday, September 24 will be an early release day for students in AOS93 schools.  This is the first of three scheduled early release days for NCS students.   The three early release dates are:   Thursday, September 24, Thursday, October 22, 2015 and Thursday, February 5, 2016.  Students will be dismissed at noon, so please plan your child(ren)'s arrival at home accordingly.  If your child has alternate plans for the afternoon, be sure to communicate that information with the school.   You may send a note, email, or call the office (before 9 am, please). 

That same morning, September 24, all 5-8th grade students will attend the Conservation Fair held in Union. Grade 5-8 students will be back at school in time for noon dismissal.   CAL students have been given instructions about their bus connections too.  NOTE to GR. 5-8 and CAL parents:  If you have not read the details/permission for this trip, please click here:   Gr 5-8 Field Trip

All students K-8 will be offered lunch on early release days.   Students attending the conservation fair Thursday morning will have a bag lunch (ordered ahead of time) or should bring a bag lunch.  

Why do we have early release days?   These days have been scheduled to provide extended time for teachers to engage in important professional development work without extending the student calendar year.  Although students are dismissed at noon, ed techs and support staff work a regular day, and teachers attend workshops on these three days from 1-5 pm.

Transportation news:   Parents are reminded that the bus circle should be kept clear of traffic between 7:30-8:30 am and 2:00-3:00 pm.  If you are dropping your child off within that time, you may use the lower lot.  Extra space has recently been set aside near the end of that lot. Hopefully this provides parents more room for turning vehicles than in previous years.   If you have a change in your child's dismissal plan on any given day, please call or email before 9am, if possible.   

The NCS K-8 Open House will be on Tuesday, October 6, 5:30-6:45 pm.   We look forward to seeing you on October 6!

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