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North Smyrna Elementary School Newsletter

March 2023

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

Important Dates

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

Parents of children entering kindergarten in Fall of 2023: Are you interested in having your child be part of the Spanish Immersion program at North Smyrna Elementary School? If so, please click on the button below for the Spanish Immersion Commitment Form to complete the information required to confirm your commitment to the program and to secure your child's place in the Spanish Immersion Lottery which takes place on March 1st and June 1st.

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?

Spanish Immersion Q & A PPT:

Kindergarten Presentation 2020-21 Slideshow:

If you have any additional questions, please contact the NSE Main Office at 302-653-8589 or

Spanish Immersion Commitment Form Required for Lottery

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 on the link below to purchase your Smyrna gear as part of our NSE spiritwear fundraiser. Not only will you and your family be showing your school spirit in this awesome gear but the funds raised help us bring additional educational opportunities to our students such as assemblies and special end of year events.
NSE Spiritwear Fundraiser

Click here to purchase your Smyrna gear as part of our NSE spiritwear fundraiser!

Outdoor Recess

This time of the year, the weather changes near daily. It is our goal to take our students outside for recess whenever possible as we believe this is an important time for students to get outside, move, expend energy, socialize with their friends, and get fresh air.

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.

Other Updates

As we return to school, take time to note the following:

  • 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 held a STEM night for families on March 2nd. The night included 4 stations (two of which included activities to take home for use later). It was a wonderful night of fun and learning!

NSE STEM Night Raffle Winners!

I Love Smyrna School District Day - Saturday, March 11

Our district will celebrate I Love Smyrna School District Day on Saturday, March 11th at Smyrna High School from 8-2pm. We hope you can join us there!
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Spring Pictures - March 14th

Photographers will be back at NSE on Tuesday, March 14th for Spring Pictures. Class pictures will be taken at this time. Order information will be sent home with your child as the date gets closer.

NSE's OM Team Competes in the Delaware Odyssey of the Mind Competition - March 18th

Join us as we cheer on NSE's OM team as they compete in the Delaware Odyssey of the Mind Competition on March 18th! This multi-grade team is led by an NSE parent, Mrs. Patti Greene. She has led students in a weekly practice over the past few months as they prepare to meet the challenges of the competition. Good luck, Team NSE! We are so proud to have you represent us!

Rock Your Socks for World Down Syndrome Day - Tuesday, March 21

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NSE PTO Brickworks Fundraiser

Take the night off from cooking and come eat dinner at Brickworks on Thursday, March 30th. Be sure to tell them NSE sent you, and they will then donate a portion of the bill to NSE. This is a great way to help NSE receive funds to support our students!
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What Fun We Had In February

NSE Celebrates Black History Month!

Throughout the month of February, NSE celebrated Black History Month. Lessons and activities took place over the course of the month as we learned about black history and culture. See below for more information on what we learned!
NSE Celebrates Black History Month

Check out our video here!

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Our Music Class Celebrates Black History Month!

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!

Celebrating NSE's BHP Award Recipient, Mrs. Jessica Krambeck

Congratulations to Mrs. Krambeck for being selected as NSE's Behavioral Health Professional award recipient. Mrs Krambeck and the other school BHP award recipients were recognized at the February Smyrna School District Board meeting held at Smyrna Middle School. At this meeting, it was announced that Mrs. Krambeck will represent all of Smyrna School District as the district's candidate for the state BHP award. We are so very proud to have Mrs. Krambeck on our team!
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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:

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Use the QR code above to access our school counseling website!
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Math@Home - Mrs. Schultz, NSE Math Specialist

How Families Can Help Their Kids with Math - See the video linked below.

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

Read Across America Week was celebrated along with Black History Month at NSE on Tuesday, February 28th! The Black Student Union from Smyrna High School visited our K-3 classrooms to read aloud diverse texts. Our students loved listening to different stories and enjoyed the experience of having high school students visiting their classrooms.

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.

Classroom Supplies

We have passed the mid-year mark and this is typically the time that the school supplies purchased in the beginning of the year have now run out. Please take a moment to assess your students' supplies and replenish/replace if needed. These supplies include:

  • pencils
  • glue sticks
  • crayons
  • folders

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!

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.

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)

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:

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
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Scenes from NSE

Mrs. Blake Recognized NSE’s SOARing Eagles!

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