The Nashua News

February 2015

Principally Speaking

We are officially into the 7th month of the 2014-15 school year. February brings visits from Punxsutawney Phil, Cupid, and Mother Nature! This year is looking to be no different as we hunker down to endure more harsh weather this month. Please remember to dress your STAR learner for winter weather and recess. Our students will be going outside if the temperature is above 25 degrees, and the playground is clear of snow and ice. Coats, hats, and gloves should be sent to school each day during the winter months.

Along with cold days, our STAR learners continue to develop key skills that are preparing them for the future! Our 4th graders just returned from EarthWorks during January and our 3rd graders are getting ready to attend the Coterie Theatre at the end of the month to see the play The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. 5th graders are deepening their understanding of fractions, while our Kindergartners are busy writing books and learning to ask questions while reading. Our 1st and 2nd graders are reviewing addition and subtraction, while they write Narratives during Writer's Workshop.

Nashua has been chosen to pilot an online registration program for the 2015-16 school year. Please look for more information on how to participate in the upcoming months. This process should help to decrease the paperwork load and time that has been required in the past.

As I say every month in this newsletter, it is an honor to serve as the principal of Nashua Elementary. Thank you for trusting us with your STAR learners every day! If you have any questions about what is happening in our classrooms, please contact your child's teacher. They are always happy to answer any questions you might have.

Upcoming Events

February Calendar

Feb. 4

Counselor's Day

3:45 p.m. Bricks 4 Kidz

Feb. 6

Spirit Day

Sierra Sandison, Miss Idaho 2014, meet with 3rd/4th/5th

Feb. 9

Math-a-thon Kick Off

Feb. 10

8:00 a.m. KLC meeting in Library

Feb. 11

3:45 p.m. Bricks 4 Kidz

Feb. 12

2:00-2:45 p.m. Spring Parties

Feb. 13

NO SCHOOL-Professional Development Day

6:00-8:00 p.m. Mercury Gym Night

Feb. 16

NO SCHOOL-President's Day

Feb. 17

6:00 p.m. PTA meeting in the Library

Feb. 18

3:45 p.m. Bricks 4 Kidz

Feb. 19

7:00 p.m. 2nd/3rd Grade Music Program at New Mark

Feb. 20

Alice in Wonderland Assembly

Math-a-thon ends

Feb. 24

5:00-8:00 p.m. Wendy's Night

Feb. 25

7:00 a.m. Art Club

3:40 p.m. Bricks 4 Kidz

Feb. 27

3rd grade Field Trip to Coterie Theatre

2014-15 Culture of Excellence

Excellence in Teaching: Kendra Lowe-K Teacher

Excellence in Service: Cody Bentley-Nurse

Excellence in Support through Volunteering: Jennifer Walters

Excellence in Supporting through Business Partnership: American Family Insurance

Kindergarten Enrollment

If you have a child who will be turning 5 before August 1st, 2015 please call the Nashua School Office at 413-6960 to begin the enrollment process. Mark your calendars for Kindergarten Round-Up on March 26th from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
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Nashua Pledge

I will be a STAR

I will show Respect

I will be Trustworthy

I will be an Active Learner

I will be Responsible

And I will have a STAR day of learning, be a STAR wherever you are!

Nashua PTA

PTA pays for our STAR learners to attend grade level field trips, school-wide assemblies, and author visits. PTA has also purchased new art books, storage bins for PE, and raincoats for staff members who have before and after school duties.

School-wide Reading Incentive

The 2014-15 building goal is to read 734,300 pages by the end of April. Our total to date is 326, 774 pages read. If our STAR learners read 407,526 more pages, staff members will spend the night on the playground in May!

Stuffed Animal Collection

Nashua Elementary is collecting new/gently used stuffed animals for the New Mark Care Center per our annual tradition. We deliver them for Valentine's Day distribution. Due to germs and the processing of the stuffed animals, we need all voluntary donations brought to Nashua Elementary (there will be boxes in the hallways) to conclude on Friday, February 6, 2015.

Yearbook Photos

We still need your photos of Nashua students, staff and events! Please submit yearbook photos by February 27th. (Reading Week and Cupstacking pictures will be accepted through March 6th.) Don't forget to include a grade or teacher in the category name so we can get them on the right page! Check out our flier for uploading instructions: http://nashuapta.my-pta.org/Content/31_4/DocumentStore/15/Yearbook%20Photo%20Uploads.pdf

Student-Led Family Fun Night Friday, May 1


Nashua PTA hosts an annual celebration on the first Friday night in May. This year we are planning a Student-Led Family Fun Night. Rather than tickets or wristbands, we'd like to have 16 free activities for the kids to enjoy. We are asking each class to choose a simple activity (bean bag toss, relay race, craft, face painting, etc.) to host. In order to make this happen, we need a Room Rep for each class. The Room Reps will pick three activities, have the kids vote on their top activity, and then help create a signup for the selected activity. Families will sign up to bring materials to setup the activity. Students, along with their parents, will sign up for 20 minute shifts to run their activity. At the end of the evening, kids will vote for their favorite activity, and the class with the most votes will get a trophy and a popcorn party. We need at least 12 of the 16 Room Reps by February 17th or we will need to cancel this event. For more details (including activity ideas) or to sign up, visit http://nashuapta.webs.com/ and click on Family Fun Night or call Jen at 816-730-1019.