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North Smyrna Elementary School Newsletter

December 2022

A Note from NSE Administration

Dear North Smyrna Elementary Family,


As we head into December, we send warm wishes to our NSE families for a wonderful holiday season and winter break! We hope that you enjoy time together to rest and relax. Before we know it, we will be ringing in 2023 with positivity and joy!


We look forward to a wonderful month!


Sincerely,


Dr. Amber Augustus, Principal

Mrs. Amanda Noll, Associate Principal

Dr. Tiyana Mullen, Associate Principal

Important Dates

Monday, November 28

  • NSE's Book Fair Begins (volunteers needed!)


Wednesday, November 30

  • NSE's Book Fair Family Night @ 5-7pm

Friday, December 2

  • Pajama Day to Benefit CHOP


Tuesday, December 6

  • 3rd Grade Chorus Concert at 2pm & 6pm


Thursday, December 8

  • Rotary Delivers Dictionaries to all 3rd Grade Students
  • Last Day for Ronald McDonald House Donations


Friday, December 9

  • Picture Make-up Day
  • NSE PTO Winter Wonderland Event, 5;30-7:30 @ NSE (see additional information below)


Saturday, December 10

  • Rain Date - NSE PTO Winter Wonderland Event, 5;30-7:30 @ NSE (see additional information below)

Monday, December 12

  • Inservice Day - No School for Students


Thursday, December 15

  • 1st Trimester Report Cards Available on Home Access Center for K-3 students
  • NSE PTO Meeting at 5:30


Friday, December 16

  • KN Holiday Singalong @ 2pm

Wednesday, December 21

  • EC Holiday Singalong (contact your child's teacher for times)
  • SSD Board Meeting at Sunnyside Elementary School, 7pm


Friday, December 23 - Monday, January 2

  • Winter Break - No School for Students


Tuesday, January 3

  • School Reopens for Students and Staff

Looking Ahead to December

NSE's PTO Winter Wonderland Event - Friday, December 9th, 5:30-7:30

Interested in helping to make this event a success for our students? Please use the Sign-up Genius link below to volunteer!

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Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser

The Smyrna School District’s administration, teachers and support staff are continuously seeking ways to instill our community core values in our students. Each year, the Smyrna School District supports the annual Ronald McDonald House Share-A-Night Fundraiser. To date, the Smyrna School District has raised over $190,000 for this local and worthy cause.


This year, the fundraiser will begin November 16th. Collection envelopes will be sent home along with a letter describing our fundraising efforts. Families will also have the option to donate through an online site (the site link will be printed on the collection envelopes). This website will keep track of each school, grade level, teacher and student who has raised the most money. The class within each school that raises the most money will be rewarded with a delivered, just-for-them lunch. All donations will be due on December 8th.


We hope you will be able to help with this incredibly worthy cause. Every little bit helps so even taking change or a few dollars to donate helps our students understand how their efforts will benefit someone in need. Thank you for your consideration.

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Report Cards for Trimester 1 Will be Available on December 15th

December will see the conclusion of the first trimester of the school year ,and teachers are preparing for 1st Trimester Report Cards. Report Cards will be available for all Kindergarten through 3rd Grade students on Home Access Center starting Thursday, December 15th. If you need assistance accessing your HAC account, please contact the Main Office.


As a reminder, Early Childhood students do not receive report cards. If you would like an update on your child's progress, please contact his/her teacher.

NSE Winter Spirit Week - December 19-22

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What Fun We Had In November!

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Signs from NSE were sent to Dover Air Force Base for Veteran's Day!

Thank you to Mrs. Humes for getting these signs to her husband's squadron!

Another Successful Kindness Project - Everything But the Turkey Bags to be Donated to Local Families

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Ms. Korup's Kindergarten class was celebrated by our PTO with confetti blasts and treat bags for contributing the most donations to NSE's Kindness Project, Everything But the Turkey

Dr. Mullen Joined the NSE Admin Team as an Associate Principal

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Mullen will be joining the NSE Administrative Team as an Associate Principal. Dr. Mullen has been a staff member at NSE for the past 9 years, serving students as an Early Childhood Teacher and, most recently, as a Guidance Counselor. Dr. Mullen is an incredible asset to our school, and we look forward to her continued positive impact on our school community!
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Mrs. Randazzo Recognized as NSE's Education Support Person Award Recipient

In November, we celebrated Mrs. Randazzo as NSE's Education Support Person Award Recipient! Mrs. Randazzo has been a paraprofessional at NSE since 2019, and she is currently a paraprofessional in Ms. Korup's Kindergarten class. Mrs. Randazzo is a fantastic support for our students and staff as well. She will now represent NSE at the district level.
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Information from NSE's Specialists

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

Please use the portal below to report a student's COVID positivity to our school. Melody Duverger, our CDC liaison, will contact each family to offer assistance. The portal is located on Smyrna School District website under District Site Shortcuts or can be accessed here:

https://www.smyrna.k12.de.us/COVID-19_Information

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

Please check out the mindfulness resource below to use with your child at home.
Use the QR code above to access our school counseling website!
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Math@Home - Mrs. Schultz, NSE Math Specialist

From the Reading Nook - Ms. Brewer, NSE Reading Specialist

During our winter break, we will have a reading challenge! Students will be asked to read and log steps for Eagle Reading. Every step is equivalent to 15 minutes of reading. Students who complete the challenge will be rewarded when we return from winter break in January. More information will be coming home in December with specific details. You can also find reading updates and resources by visiting Books with Ms. Brewer. We hope that you encourage your child to participate in this challenge!

Information to Review

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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, November 17th. At this meeting, the following was discussed:


  • Planning for the NSE PTO Winter Wonderland Event including: volunteers, plans for setting up, items needed for purchase, activities available that evening


Our next PTO meeting will take place on Thursday, December 15th 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!

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 myschoolbucks.com account to deposit funds electronically. If you have any questions,, please contact our Main Office.

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)

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.

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.

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: https://www.smyrna.k12.de.us/Page/626.


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.

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 jennifer.scott@smyrna.k12.de.us.
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Scenes from NSE

Using Technology For Math Practice in 3rd Grade!

Keeping Up with NSE

NSE Website: Check out our website at: https://www.smyrna.k12.de.us/nes


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:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoEsLnqVcfz-l0Fa8YhxqOw

North Smyrna Elementary School

Dr. Amber Augustus, Principal

Mrs. Amanda Noll, Associate Principal