Sunday, November 20, 2016

Being Thankful!

Thanks to everyone for helping to make Friday's community Thanksgiving meal a success. It all began early in the morning with junior high helpers. You would not believe the cooperative work that has taken place by the time our guests arrive! Whether you were a guest or a helper, we appreciate your part in our school.

This week is short, but please remember a few special things that will be happening:

  • Monday, November 21:  Lifetouch picture retakes.   Send in your first package if you need a re-do. If a student missed picture day, plan for a retake on Monday
  • Tuesday, November 22, 9am-10am:  Flu vaccine clinic.  Forms were sent home recently and if you returned one, your child is signed up for a flu vaccine (free of charge). Reminder, K-4 students who are signed up must have an adult accompany them.  Please call the school if you have questions.
  • Monday and Tuesday afternoons, Nov. 21 and 22:  Parent Teacher Conferences.
Enjoy Thanksgiving Break beginning Wednesday, Nov. 23.  Here are a few more scenes from Friday's lunch:

Friday, November 18, 2016

Grade 6 -- Water!

What are you thankful for? Most kids are thankful for games or toys. The sixth graders at NCS are thankful for good food, housing, family, and so much more. We are also thankful for the clean water that we drink every day.

Sadly, people in South Sudan don't have access to clean water like we do. After reading the novel A Long Walk To Water, by Linda Sue Park, we realized how important this problem is. Many people, like Salva Dut, a refugee from South Sudan, noticed that his family and friends needed medical attention from the contaminated water that caused their illnesses. Salva was a “Lost Boy of Sudan,” due to the civil war going on in his country from the 1980-1990s, and traveled miles for years on end, until he reached a refugee camp in Kenya. He was then sent to America, where he was notified about his sick father. After visiting his father and seeing him so ill, he decided to do everything he could to improve this situation, including starting his organization, Water for South Sudan, based in Rochester, New York.

Water for South Sudan drills wells in South Sudan and other African countries, so people have clean water to drink. That's why we, the sixth graders, are trying to raise money to support the Water for South Sudan organization! Help us help the people of South Sudan, and don't forget, every penny counts!

We have collection cans at school at the office window, and the sixth graders will be going around collecting donations from the other classrooms.

To read more about this>>>>

Thank You!
The 6th grade classroom.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Planning ahead . . .

Thursday, November 17 begins a "season" of parent teacher conferences.   Conferences are basically on 11/17 (that's tomorrow!) and continue on 11/21, 11/22.   If you haven't scheduled yours, follow this link and choose the link next to the appropriate teacher:  TO SCHEDULE A PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE   If you need help, be sure to call the office.

We look forward to greeting our K-4 guests on Friday at the NCS Thanksgiving Celebration, as well as sharing a nice meal with all students and staff.  Families, thank you for your offers of dessert, water or cider.  Baked goods and beverages may be left at the office any time Thursday or dropped off Friday morning before school.   

Next week is a short school week. Picture retakes are Monday, 11/21. If you'd like a retake, your child should bring the first package to school on Monday.   Tuesday, 11/22 is the flu vaccine clinic 9-10 am.  K-4 students who signed up for a flu vaccine should be accompanied by an adult.  No school Wednesday, 11/23 - Friday, 11/25.

Academics and sports continue--even on the short weeks!  T

That brings us to December.  Trimester 1 grades will close on Friday, December 2.  Report cards are available the following Friday. 

Mark your calendar for Thursday, December 8, 6 pm and plan to attend the NCS Winter Concert Fine Arts Event.  The NPTO book fair will also be open that evening (and all week December 5-9).

Please read on. . . 

This year the Central Lincoln County YMCA is partnering with local schools and organizations to help families in our community who might need a little extra assistance this holiday season. We are hoping to help spread the word and encourage families who could use some support putting presents under the tree to take part in the YMCA’s Holiday Tree of Giving’s simple!

You can find a one page application in the NCS lobby, at the YMCA, and at other community buildings, or contact Mrs. Weeks to have one sent through email or regular mail. In this application you fill out information that will help provide each child in your family with up to 4 gifts (2 wants and 2 needs). The YMCA will have these gift requests anonymously hanging as an “ornament” on a tree in their lobby for community members and organizations to take, fulfill and return to the YMCA. Once returned, the YMCA will contact you directly.

All applications to participate in this program will be kept confidential and can be returned to the school or the YMCA. The application deadline is November 29th.

Families who are looking to contribute and help fulfill wishes are encouraged to visit the YMCA lobby for ornaments from the Tree of Giving.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

November 10-22

No school Friday, November 11--Veteran's Day Holiday!

Have you scheduled a PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE? November 17, 21 or 22 are conference dates. You may have received an email with a link to do this, or check Parent Resources on our website to see your teacher's available times.

K-4 families are invited to the annual THANKSGIVING FEAST CELEBRATION, Friday, November 18.   If you have not yet responded, please use the following link:  


Grade 5-8 students do not invite guests, but all classes participate in the annual Thanksgiving Feast celebration. If you would like to bake a dessert, or donate cider or water, please drop it off at the office on Thursday, Nov. 17 or Friday morning before school. 

LIFETOUCH PICTURE RETAKES:  Monday morning, November 21. (This is a rescheduled date.)  For retakes, turn the first package in to the photographer. There is no pressure to purchase a package, but if your child missed picture day, plan to have a picture taken on Monday, November 21. Extra order forms are at the office.

Parents, check your child(ren)'s backpacks for information on a FLU VACCINE CLINIC at school on November 22.  Paperwork is due Monday, November 14. 

Enjoy the long weekend! 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Apres-Pumpkin Day

This week began with Pumpkin Day.   Families, if you you would like to share excess Halloween candy, please send it in to school.  The 8th grade is collecting candy for "OPERATION GRATITUTE."   Donations are being collected in the lobby, and they will be sent as a care package to US service men and women.  

Be sure to read yesterday's blog for important information about November. . . 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

November has arrived and there are many things for you to know:

NCS students at the LA PUMPKIN RUN
Dear Families,

November is a short but busy month at school.  Here's an overview:

  • Nov. 7  First basketball (HOME) games.  GO LIONS!  The NCS Family Calendar gives the most current sports schedule information. We hope you'll plan to attend a game and cheer for our teams.
  • Nov. 9  6:30  NPTO meeting  Thinking you'd like to help support the school? Try NPTO! Read this letter:  PARENT LETTER
  • Nov. 11 NO SCHOOL--Veterans Day
  • Nov 17, 21, 22 are parent/teacher conference dates.  If you haven't signed up, there's still time. Watch for an email notification or call the school.
  • Nov. 18  Annual Thanksgiving Feast.  K-4 families are invited. See details coming to you by email--or you can click here>>>> THANKSGIVING FEAST
  • Nov 21 Lifetouch picture retakes  Proofs are in. Packages will go home today/tomorrow.
  • Nov 22 9:00-11:00 Flu Vaccine Clinic. Details to follow.
  • Nov 23, 24, 25 Thanksgiving Break
Lunch menu news:   There is a new, improved way to access the lunch menu. Bookmark:  or you can access it under Parent Resources on our school's website.   Hoover over food items for a nutritional description of each item.   You can also download the app for Apple and Android devices.