Weekly Note from Ms. Snyder 10/9/20

Dear NHS Community,


October is Fire Prevention Month. I have attached a sheet with fun facts and information for elementary parents who are interested. We had our second Fire Drill today and all went well.

Many thanks to all who attended our Curriculum Nights this week. The teachers did a great job preparing and presenting about our curriculum and grade level expectations. 


As a reminder, North Hampton School presented a new acronym for Jaguar PRIDE this year! PRIDE stands for Perseverance, Responsibility, Integrity, Doing the right thing, and Empathy. These are all qualities that we value in our students and staff and wish to recognize them whenever possible. We have also continued to reinforce our NHS school-wide expectations:

Be safe.

Be kind and take care of each other.

Be respectful, responsible, and positive.

Take care of our school.

Perhaps you’ve even seen the Jaguar PRIDE sign outside our school. Maintaining a positive school community and a safe and joyful environment for learning is our highest priority. Thank you for your support.


Parent Conferences

We are pleased to announce that we will be scheduling virtual Parent Conferences during the week of October 13th. Teachers will be in touch with parents in PK-8 at NHS to arrange appointment times. RLA teachers met with students and families at the beginning of the school year and have a different timeline for parent conferences. Due to the prolonged closure of school, and the fact that our middle school students are working virtually, we will devote the Parent Conference time to social/emotional learning. We believe that students need to feel a strong sense of connection to school staff and to peers and this topic is deserving of the conference time during this pandemic. As a reminder, Wednesday, October 14th is an early release day with a 12:00 dismissal time for all NHS PK-8 students. This allows teachers to schedule conferences during the afternoon hours on the 14th.


Please remember that we go outside every day, weather permitting. We are out even more this year, so it is important for students to be dressed for the weather.

Please also remember that encouraging reading for fun is one of the best possible ways to help readers grow and improve. When children get to choose what they read, they are usually more engaged. Building a habit of lifelong reading is a great goal. It is also an escape for adults and kids in a time when we are less able to travel and visit new places. I just finished “The Return” by Nicholas Sparks and “A Very Punchable Face” by Colin Jost from SNL. Not super cerebral, but enjoyable. I hope you all have a good book for the long weekend!


Dates to remember:

Oct. 12: No school--Columbus Day

Oct. 13, 14, 15, 16: Parent Conferences scheduled by appointment and via Zoom/Google Meet

Oct. 14: Early Release Day--12:00 dismissal

Nov. 3: Election Day--No school for students--PD day for staff

Nov. 11: No school--Veteran’s Day

Nov. 25, 26, 27: No school--Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 4: No school--SAU 21 PD day for teachers

Dec. 4: End of first trimester


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