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North Smyrna Elementary School Newsletter

October 2022

A Note from NSE Administration

Dear North Smyrna Elementary Family,

Our first month of school is complete, and we are excited to see our students become more confident and secure in their new classrooms! Routines are becoming more established, and we are diving deeper into the learning objectives for the year.

The month of October brings several events for our students and our families. Please see the information below for information on the experiences and events that are planned.

We look forward to a great month full of fall fun and learning!


Dr. Amber Augustus, Principal

Mrs. Amanda Noll, Associate Principal

Important Dates

Tuesday, October 3

  • Fall Fundraiser Begins

Friday, October 14

  • In-Service Day - No School for Students

Monday, October 17

  • Mid-Trimester 1

Wednesday, October 19

  • SSD Board Meeting, 7pm

Thursday, October 20

  • NSE PTO Meeting, 5:30pm - Enter through our Main Office

Friday, October 21

  • NSE Fall Fundraiser Ends

Saturday, October 22

  • SSD Fall Fest at SHS (see below for more information)

Monday, October 24

  • Interim Progress Reports Sent Home, K-3
  • NSE Spirit Week Begins (see below for schedule)

Friday, October 28

  • SSD Homecoming Parade

Monday, October 31

  • Wear your costume to school (see below for more information)
  • NSE Costume Parade, 2pm (weather permitting)

Our New Beginning

Looking Ahead to October

Fall Fundraiser - October

Our first fundraiser of the year will be sent home to families on Monday, October 3rd. This fundraiser will take place entirely online so families can shop, pay, and receive their items all from home. The collection has many items including kitchen supplies, holiday items, candles, chocolates, wrapping paper, and personalized items.

We hope you can help support us! NSE PTO uses the funds raised through our fundraisers to support our school (and many fun events!) throughout the year!

Smyrna School District Fall Fest - Saturday, October 22nd

We hope to see our NSE families there!
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NSE's First Spirit Week - October

Be on the lookout on our NSE PTO Facebook site for information on NSE's first Spirit Week of the year which will take place during the week of Homecoming! Even our littlest Eagles at NSE cheer for our Smyrna Eagles! #EagleUp!
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UPDATE: Friday - Red and White Day (not wear your costume to school day)

NSE Fall Festival Celebration - Monday, October 31st

NSE will celebrate the fun of the fall season on Monday, October 31st. Students are welcome (but not required) to wear a costume to school that day. Costumes must follow the school dress code and cannot have a weapon as an accessory. Our day will culminate in a costume parade open to families (weather permitting). The costume parade will take place around the NSE school building starting at 2pm. If you would like to attend, please plan to arrive around 1:45pm and find a spot on the outside of the sidewalk. Parking will be limited on school grounds. Once filled, please park at Smyrna Municipal Park.

Please note students are not able to change into their costume during the school day so they must arrive in costume if they choose to participate.

NSE Touch-a-Truck Event

On October 19th, NSE will welcome the Smyrna Police Department, the Smyrna Fire Company, the Clayton Fire Company, Delaware State Police Aviation (helicopter), the Delaware State Police Mounted Patrol, and the Delaware State Fire School for our first ever Touch-A-Truck assembly! Our state and local agencies will do demonstrations and talk to our students about safety in a variety of areas. We are excited for this partnership and a day of fun and safety learning!

Information for Families

1st-3rd - Headphones

Please be sure your 1st - 3rd grade students have a pair of headphones for use with their Chromebook. This is a vital supply to help them access the technology used in the classroom on a daily basis.

If you are interested in donating headphones we are happy to distribute them to students in need.

A few reminders

Please send your child to school each day with:

  • a water bottle
  • a snack
  • an extra pair of clothes to keep in their bookbag
  • a charged Chromebook (1st-3rd grade)

Parent/Teacher Contract

At NSE, we believe student success is achieved through a strong partnership through the school and home. Please see below for the SSD School-Parent Compact and Parent Involvement Guidelines.

September Fun

NSE SOAR Assembly - School Expectations + Fun!

NSE’s Movie Night

Thank you to everyone who came out in support of our first movie night on Friday, September 16th! The weather was beautiful, the movie was fun, and we enjoyed spending time with our students and their families!

We want to give a special thank you to our NSE PTO for setting up and managing the tables, our technology department for operating the projectors and audio throughout the night, and our maintenance department for setting up and taking down the screen!

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NSE's Kindness Project - Kindness Rocks!

On Wednesday, September 28th, NSE students, families, and staff had a great time decorating rocks with encouraging and kind messages! These rocks will be hidden around our community to brighten someone's day. It was wonderful to see so many families attend!

A special thank you to Anderson Landscaping for donating the rocks for this project!

Information to Review

NSE Transportation Information

Please take time to review the information below on NSE's transportation procedures for arrival and dismissal. Each day, we see approximately 700 students and over 100 staff members enter and exit our school campus everyday. Your assistance in following these procedures helps us ensure a safe and efficient dismissal for all. Thank you for your patience and support.

Early Childhood Arrival/Dismissal

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K-3 Arrival Dismissal

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Contact Information

If your family has moved at any point since last year or if there are changes to your phone number or email address, please contact our Main Office at 302-653-8589 as soon as possible to update this information. Having the most up-to-date contact information is crucial to providing your family with timely information, updates, scheduled events, and in the event an emergency arises.

Interested in being a NSE substitute?

If you are a NSE parent and are interested in substituting at North Smyrna Elementary School only, please stop by the Main Office and speak with Mrs. Berryman to get more information. We have flexible schedules and a great team! We hope you consider joining us!

Chromebook Usage & Care

Please see below for additional information on Chromebook usage and care to help ensure your 1st-3rd grade child is ready to use his/her Chromebook each day:

  • Charge the Chromebook nightly.
  • Place the Chromebook back in the bookbag before each morning.
  • Treat the Chromebook with care and avoid placing food or liquid near it.
  • Keep the charger with the Chromebook to avoid loss.

We are excited that students have the opportunity to use technology across home and school as they build a skillset that they will use throughout their lives.

Chromebook Student Accounts

As our students begin the year working with district Chromebooks and district Google accounts, we want to share information on student IDs and passwords needed for logging in:

  • For all students, their userid is firstname.lastname. If there are students with the same name in the District, we append a “1”, “2”, etc onto the lastname (john.smith, john.smith1, john.smith2). If this applies to your child, you will be notified.
  • For all K-6 grade students, their password will be SSD###### with the “######” being the student’s School Lunch Number, and it will stay the same from year-to-year.

If you have any questions with logging in, please contact your child's teacher.

Student Attendance

Regular attendance is a critical component to a successful school experience. We understand students may need to be absent for a variety of reasons throughout the year. Upon returning to school, please send an absent excuse note in with your child to turn in to your child's teacher.

A Note From Our School Nurses, Mrs. Hastings & Mrs. Warner

What are the responsibilities of a school nurse?

Most people have interacted with a school nurse over their school career. You may remember a school nurse applying bandaids, administering medication, and sending sick children home. While this was the image years ago, times have definitely changed! School nursing has evolved into a specialized strand of the nursing profession that supports the well being, academic success, and the life-long health and achievement of students. Our school nurses support a positive approach to normal development, promote health and safety, provide support with health concerns, and actively collaborate with families and staff to ensure the health and welfare of our students.

What difference does a school nurse make?
The work of a school nurse has been noted to improve student health and impact achievement and success. The work of school nurses has been shown to decrease absenteeism and improve students' engagement in school. School nurses collaborate with the NSE administration and staff to promote a healthy, safe, and nurturing school environment for all. They work diligently to establish strong and trusting relationships with families so that you can be confident that your child’s health needs and injuries are appropriately handled during the school day.

Who are the NSE School Nurses?

At NSE, we are fortunate to have the expertise of two wonderful school nurses: Mrs. Hastings and Mrs. Warner. Both nurses interact with our students on a daily basis and coordinate their care with their families and our staff.

Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Brogen & Dr. Mullen

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Use the QR code above to access our school counseling website!


Take time to talk with your child about how math plays a role in our everyday life!
Two Strategies to Help Your Child Learn to Love Math

Grading Policy for K-3

Smyrna School District has adopted standards based grading K-5. Grades will be reported in trimesters for K-6 as well. We encourage you to check out the following resources to learn more:

Parents continue to have access to their student's grades at any time by utilizing the Home Access Center website. If you need your user ID and password to login, please contact the NSE Main Office at 302-653-8589.

As a reminder, Early Childhood students do not receive grades, interim progress reports, or report cards. Updates on student progress are available midyear and at the end of the year as well as by contacting your child's teacher at any point.

Check out the NSE PTO Facebook Page

We are continuing to update the PTO Facebook page with learning activities and information for families. Please check it out at North Smyrna Elementary School PTO.

The last PTO meeting took place on Thursday, September 15th. We welcomed several new members and discussed the following:

  • Overview of our goals for the year - bringing memorable, enriching experiences to our students throughout the year through assemblies, field trips, school events
  • Overview of the year events: NSE Movie Night, SSD Fall Fest, Walkin in a Winter Wonderland, NSE Fun Run, assemblies scheduled so far
  • Overview of additional parent/community outreach activities: NSE Kindness Project, NSE support of other charitable organizations
  • Brainstormed additional events to consider including, recruiting and scheduling volunteers

Our next PTO meeting will take place on Thursday, October 20th at 5:30pm. We hope you will consider joining as we work together to provide the best educational experiences to our students throughout the year!

Keep In Touch!

Please reference the following to keep up with important news, events, and updates throughout the school year.
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Child Nutrition

At NSE, all students receive one free breakfast and lunch daily.

The NSE Cafeteria is also offers students the option to purchase a snack, drink, or a double entree at lunch. If your child is interested in purchasing one of these options, he/she will need additional money in their account. Money can be added to your student's lunch account by sending in cash, a check (made out to the Smyrna School District), or by creating a account to deposit funds electronically. If you have any questions,, please contact our Main Office.

Smyrna School District Food Pantry

The Smyrna School District Food Pantry is available to families with students in the Smyrna School District. Pre-packaged boxes will be distributed at Smyrna Middle School located at 700 Duck Creek Pkwy. Smyrna, DE 19977. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Scott at 302-653-8308 or at

Scenes from NSE

What does a day in the life of a NSE student include?

Keeping Up with NSE

NSE Website: Check out our website at:

NSE Families Remind App:
Text @nsefami to 81010 to receive school reminders

NSE Twitter Page: Follow us on Twitter at @NSESSD

NSE Facebook Page: Follow us on Facebook at North Smyrna Elementary School PTO

NSE YouTube Page: Check out our YouTube page at:

North Smyrna Elementary School

Dr. Amber Augustus, Principal

Mrs. Amanda Noll, Associate Principal