North Smyrna Elementary School Newsletter
A Note from NSE Administration
Dear North Smyrna Elementary Families,
Every day, our students enter North Smyrna Elementary with a natural curiosity that we strive to encourage and cultivate. They constantly encounter new material as we support them in their quest to achieve understanding and mastery. The concepts learned link and expand to grow each child's knowledge. Throughout this time, the partnership between home and school are crucial to assist each student in having a positive attitude about school and learning and to encourage them to persevere despite challenges. Below, find a few suggestions on how to foster these mindsets at home:
- Find ways to celebrate your child’s efforts. Sincere praise and listening to your child's joy in explaining his/her successes lets them know that their hard work at school is valued.
- Identify one or two areas for improvement and determine a plan of action. Goals should be manageable and achievable. Write them down, refer to them, and check their progress periodically with your child.
- Reach out to your child's teacher when questions regarding overall progress, interim progress reports, or report cards arise. Arrange a teacher/parent/student meeting if needed. Be sure to support each other. This is a team effort, and we are working towards the same goal: your child's success.
- The work done in school has benefits beyond academic success. It also helps teach students personal responsibility, the value in putting forth effort, good study skills, and positive social skills. These skills reinforce habits for success.
- Avoid comparing a child’s grades/progress with those of siblings or neighbors. Each child deserves to be celebrated for their own accomplishments and strengths.
- Are you looking for ways to support your child's academic growth? Encourage him/her to read at home nightly. Assist him/her in practicing basic math facts (addition, subtraction, and multiplication/division when the time comes). This establishes a solid foundation for your child's learning each day in math and reading.
At NSE, we strive to be partners with our families because that is how strong, long-lasting, and successful support systems for students are developed. Your child's academic, social, and emotional well-being are important to us. Let's work together to make this year the best one yet for your child!
Dr. Amber Augustus, Principal
Mrs. Amanda Noll, Associate Principal
Dr. Tiyana Mullen, Associate Principal
Thursday, March 1
- Read Across America Spirit Day - Dress like your favorite superhero or sports star!
- NSE STEM Night - 6:00-7:30pm
Friday, March 2
- Read Across America Spirit Day - Wear your red and white!
Tuesday, March 7
- NSE Spirit Day - Wear Red & White!
- SHS Drum Line performs for NSE
Thursday, March 9
- End of Trimester 2
Friday, March 10
- In-service Day, No School for Students
Saturday, March 11
- I Love Smyrna School District Day, 8-2pm at Smyrna High School
Tuesday, March 14
- Spring Pictures (see below for more information)
Wednesday, March 15.
- SSD Board Meeting at CIS, 7pm
Thursday, March 16
- K-3 Report Cards available on Home Access Center
- NSE PTO Meeting - 4:30pm (please note the time change)
Saturday, March 18
- NSE's OM Team competes at the Delaware Odyssey of the Mind Competition
Tuesday, March 21
- Rock Your Socks Day for World Down Syndrome Day - Wear your funnest, most colorful socks!
Thursday, March 23
- Soaring Eagles Recognition
- Pumping Up for Kindergarten - 5:30-8:00 at NSE (see below for more information)
Thursday, March 30
- Brickworks Fundraiser - Come eat at Brickworks tonight and tell them NSE sent you! They will then donate a portion of the bill to NSE!
Friday, March 31
- In-Service Day - No School for Students
Important Information and Reminders
Spanish Immersion KN Lottery Is Open
Please note: Failure to submit this document will exclude your child from being placed in the Spanish Immersion Lottery even in the event school choice paperwork was submitted and approved.
Please see the links attached here to learn more about this program:
Why Spanish Immersion? https://drive.google.com/file/d/1E4VE7PSyyq9uNAf5j5irR-49UiKPvLNL/view?usp=sharing
Spanish Immersion Q & A PPT: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Jj3T4-gP0GDulkWrcoStGKETtcH-613G/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=116428032870279807282&rtpof=true&sd=true
Kindergarten Presentation 2020-21 Slideshow: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Y60M8a5SeXtWao75h0-LTRdT8FUXON882KJt5Es_7Sg/edit
If you have any additional questions, please contact the NSE Main Office at 302-653-8589 or email@example.com.
Please complete this form to be eligible for the Spanish Immersion Lottery for the Spanish Immersion Program Kindergarten Program in 2023-2024
NSE Spiritwear Fundraiser
Click here to purchase your Smyrna gear as part of our NSE spiritwear fundraiser!
Please be sure your child comes to school each day with a jacket and other outdoor weather apparel (hats and gloves) so they are comfortable playing outside.
- Make sure your child brings a water bottle and a healthy snack each day.
- Check your child's lunch account for funds. While all students receive free breakfast and lunch, money can be deposited into their lunch account for snacks such as ice cream and chips.
- Check your child's book bag regularly for completed work, notes from his/her teacher, and other information.
- If your child absent, be sure that he/she returns with an absent note or medical note to turn into the office. These absences are reviewed and our school must abide by Delaware and Smyrna School District attendance policies.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the NSE Main Office at 302-653-8589.
Looking Ahead to March
NSE's STEM Night - March 2
NSE STEM Night Raffle Winners!
NSE's OM Team Competes in the Delaware Odyssey of the Mind Competition - March 18th
Rock Your Socks for World Down Syndrome Day - Tuesday, March 21
NSE PTO Brickworks Fundraiser
What Fun We Had In February
In Music, Mrs. Blake instructed students on Black American composers and students even recreated some of these composers' work in class. Click here to see more!
Bulletin boards around our school displayed information about Black History Month.
The library displayed books about those who have had an impact on black history and culture. Students had a great time reading more about these important individuals.
2nd grade researched important figures in black history and culture. In this picture, two students point out individuals they learned about.
I Have A Dream
Students in 1st grade did a writing project based on Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech. Students' writing pieces are now displayed in the hallway for all to see!
2nd grade Spanish Immersion did a research project in which they researched significant individuals in the civil rights movement. Students then placed themselves in the role of a civil rights leader and explained what they would do in that position. This project was completed entirely in Spanish.
Historical Figures Research Project
In art, students completed a project based on a book called “Beautiful Blackbird” by Ashley Bryan and created an art piece to go with it. The artist and book were first introduced to class paired with music set to African beats. From there, students created their interpretation of beautiful blackbird.
Ashley Bryant was described as “As an artist, author, and storyteller, Ashley's contribution to American art and literature was monumental. Throughout his entire career, his passion for amplifying the legacy of African and African American legacy knew no bounds."
Black. History Month
"It was that same passion that inspired Indigo Arts Alliance to create The Beautiful Blackbird Children's Book Festival, honoring Ashley's legacy of uplifting the roots, identity and resiliency within the Black Diaspora.”
Black Student Union
SHS's Black Student Union came to NSE to read to classrooms on Tuesday, February 28th. The SHS students selected books aligned to events, individuals, and concepts inherent in black history. They visited our K-3 classrooms to read and talk with students.
Our guidance counselors led a research project on Ruby Bridges in our K-3 classrooms. This project was modified to meet the needs of each grade level and incorporated reading, writing, and art. Students learned about the role she played in our country's history.
Celebrating NSE's BHP Award Recipient, Mrs. Jessica Krambeck
NSE Decades Spirit Day - We Love the 90s!
NSE Decades Spirit Day - 100 Good Days Means 100 Good Stories!
NSE Celebrated Bus Driver Appreciation Day - 2/22/23
NSE rocked their RARE in recognition of those fighting rare diseases!
NSE Celebrated Read Across America Week - February 27-March 2
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:
Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Brogen & Ms. Montalvo
Families, during the month of March students will be learning about conflict resolution and problem solving during their Social Emotional Learning lessons. Teaching them about the size of a problem helps with determining how to go about solving it and the level of urgency a problem has. Students will also be learning how to use I-messages and how to communicate with their peers when a conflict arises.
Conflict Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl3e-OUnavQ
Math@Home - Mrs. Schultz, NSE Math Specialist
From the Reading Nook - Ms. Brewer, NSE Reading Specialist
Information to Review
Arrival & Dismissal Procedures
As we return to school, we want to take a moment to review NSE's arrival and dismissal procedures. We have over 600 students and 100 staff members entering and exiting our campus every day. With this volume, your cooperation and support are crucial for a safe and efficient drop-off and pick-up. Please review this information below as we all work together to make this happen.
A few reminders for K-3 transportation:
- Beginning of the day car rider arrival: please do not form a double line until notified by staff. We need to ensure the parking lot is still accessible to arriving staff. Once directed, cars will begin to form a double line.
- End of the day car rider line: begin forming a double line upon arrival.
- The bus lane in front of the school is closed to all car traffic from 8:15-8:50am and 3:30-3:50pm every day. Cars may not enter this lane as the buses are pulling in and taking off with a large flow of students in and out of the building.
- Maintain a speed of 5mph while on school property.
End of Day Dismissal
All early dismissals and changes to a child's dismissal plan must be made by 3:00pm. Dismissal efforts begin at 3:00pm. At that time, our staff is working hard with all students so that they are grouped, escorted, and dismissed according to each child's dismissal plan.
Please see the attached document for additional information.
Thank you for your help and cooperation as we work to ensure a safe arrival and dismissal for every child.
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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, February 16th. At this meeting, the following was discussed:
- Reviewed assemblies planned for the coming month and the funding for each
- I Love Smyrna School District Day NSE PTO Table - activity and volunteers.
Our next PTO meeting will take place on Thursday, March 16th 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!
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.
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.
Grading Policy for K-3
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
Scenes from NSE
Mrs. Blake Recognized NSE’s SOARing Eagles!
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:
North Smyrna Elementary School
Mrs. Amanda Noll, Associate Principal