Nichols' Newsletter

Friday, January 11, 2019

Happy Friday!

As I type this newsletter, I'm trying to enjoy the last few hours of our Florida winter! It's hard to believe that as our students are back in shorts this weekend, my husband will be getting snow in Virginia. I'll be happy to soak up this sunshine as long as I can.

I hope to see you all tomorrow night at the Nathan Hayes Tournament. Several of our elementary girls are attending cheer camp tomorrow morning and are sure to put on a precious performance at halftime of our boys' game.

I hope you all enjoy a great weekend!


Mrs. Nichols

A Note From the iLab

STEM – MDCA Innovation Lab

For the next few weeks, your 2nd-5th grade student will be learning how to code
their own programs using Scratch.

Scratch is a programming language created by Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT). Scratch is designed to help students with little to no coding
experience dive headfirst into programming. Essentially, the software lets
students create animations and stories with building blocks that mimic the
structure of computer code. Students will:
-gain knowledge of important mathematical concepts,
 -learn the process of design (create, debug, revise, redesign, implement),
 -build critical thinking skills,
 -learn how to analyze systematically,
 -be creative.

Students will also develop a deeper level of fluency with digital technology. This
programming language is free, and assessable on your own home computer at
the below address.

Happy programming!

Mrs. Steele

Spring Play News for Elementary

If your child is interested in the elementary play this spring, please read the following information from our theater teacher, Cheryl Abbate.

"The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast" will be held on Monday and Tuesday (1/14 and 1/15) from 3:20-5:20 in Ms. Richmond's room.

Anyone interested in auditioning must be available to perform in all 3 performances April 12th-14th, and be able to attend scheduled rehearsals on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:20-5:20.

Students should sign up in an available time slot. Sign up sheets will be posted outside of Ms. Richmond's classroom. There is no need to prepare anything in advance for the audition. Although this is a musical, there are plenty of parts available for students who do not wish to sing!

There will also be a brief parent meeting on Monday, January 14th @ 6:00pm in the auditorium to answer FAQ's.

Nathan Hayes Tournament

I want to personally invite all of our elementary friends to come fill the gym tomorrow evening and support our boys Bulldog basketball team as they take on Mount Dora High School. The game will begin at 6:45, but we're asking all of our fans to come early.

Not only is this a big game for our boys, it's also a time for us to support a cause that's near and dear to my heart - the Nathan Hayes Foundation. This foundation honors one of our past students, Nathan Hayes, who was tragically taken from us 7 years ago. His father, Coach Steven Hayes, is our boys basketball coach and a very dear family friend. All proceeds from this tournament will benefit the foundation. The Nathan Hayes Foundation has helped so many students pay for field trips, school supplies, uniforms, etc.

Many of you will be coming to watch our little Bulldogs cheer at halftime. The cost for adults will be $5 each. Students and children are free. There will be a silent auction on the second floor of the gym.

Next Week's Lunch Menu

Monday - Chicken Nuggets

Tuesday - Baked Ziti

Wednesday - Meatballs

Thursday - Seasoned Chicken

Friday - Pizza