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Nathan Hale Middle School, Norwalk CT
Message from the Main Office
October 11, 2017
 

THE LATEST NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS!  


Remember to scroll down for the easy to read weekly calendar at the end of this email!
PTA MEETING TONIGHT - 7:00pm in the new Learning Commons

UPCOMING SCHOOL CLOSURES & EARLY DISMISSALS:
November 07: Schools Closed, Election Day (professional day for teachers)
November 22: 2-Hour Early Dismissal, day before Thanksgiving. NHMS closes at 12:50pm
November 23: Schools Closed for Thanksgiving
November 24: Schools Closed, day after Thanksgiving

Please note, bus passes will be checked every day - morning and afternoon
Students must have a pass to ride the bus.
 

Students who have lost a pass can get a new pass from the Main Office for $1.00 and must come first thing in the morning. Passes cannot be replaced on demand at the end of the day. Please ensure your child has their pass in a safe place. We recommend placing the bus pass inside the clear sleeve of your child's binder, that way, they don't have to take it out.

UPCOMING EVENTS: 

PSAT: TODAY - OCTOBER 11th test administered to all Grade 8 students.
Please ensure your child is well reseted and has a good breakfast before they come to school today!

PICTURE RE-TAKE DAY: Friday, November 10, 2017!

NEW! GRADE 8 OPEN HOUSE!!!
AT NORWALK HIGH SCHOOL, Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 6:00pm 
Includes a meet and greet with school staff, academic offerings for the 2018-2019 school year, information about athletics, clubs, culinary program, music and the arts. Information about the Norwalk Early College Academy and the new NHS Digital Media Pathway will also be covered!
FALL BOOK FAIR:
October 30, 31, November 1, 2, 3

DANCES:
October 27, 2017 Halloween Dance
February 23, 2018 - Winter Dance

FIELD TRIPS:
Grade 8:
Ridgefield Playhouse for Mayhem Poets - payment was due last friday.
Students must bring a bagged lunch with them. 
Students 
who receive Free or Reduced Price Lunch will be provided with a bagged lunch.
Grade 7:
Nature's Classroom - March 27, 28, 29, 2018 - more information to come!
Grade 8:
Boston - May 30, 31 and June 1 - parent meeting will be scheduled in November
  
MUSIC DEPARTMENT:
Band:
October 20 - Grade 8 Band will perform at the Norwalk High School Football Game, 5:00pm
Concert Dates:
December 13, 2017
January 24, 2018
May 09, 2018
May 16, 2018 (alternative concert date)
May 23, 2018

Please note that we do not allow parents to order food to be delivered to their child at school. 
You can personally drop off food for your child, but we will not accept deliveries from local restaurants. The delivery drivers will be turned away. Thank you for your cooperation.

Does your child play on the Nathan Hale Football team or the Floor Hockey team?
If so, scroll down to the "After School" section for coverage of their latest games! 

NEW! STAFF E-MAIL CONTACT LIST
As you all know, email is the best and most efficient way to contact your child's teacher or another staff member. Because of numerous phone issues in the building, teachers should be contacted by email only. Please click here for the complete list of staff members at Nathan Hale:
NEW! BY NOW, EVERY PARENTS SHOULD NOW HAVE A COPY OF THE NHMS INFO BOOK!
At our recent Open Houses, we provided parents with a copy of the NHMS Info Book, which contains everything you need to know about Nathan Hale, rules, offerings, as well as bell schedules and staff contact lists. The Info Books were labelled with your child's name.

Parents who did not attend were provided a book as well. Students brought home their parent's copy which also contained a "sign-off" sheet to ensure your book made it home.

PLEASE send in the form as soon as possible to your child's homeroom teacher. This was our way to make sure that you received a book, and have read it's contents. 


If your child's other guardian received the NHMS Info Book, and you live in a separate household, please let us know if you would like your own copy as well. Simply reply to this email, and let us know if we can send it home to you with your child, or, if we should mail it. 
NEW! YEARBOOK CLUB WITH MR. McQUAID 
Attention students, Yearbook Club is back again this year. If you are interested in planning, designing, and photographing for our Nathan Hale Middle School yearbook, pick up a permission slip from the main office and attending our informational meeting on Wednesday, October 18. See Mr. McQuaid with any questions.

Click here to print a permission slip: Yearbook Club 
NEW! STUDENT COUNCIL
The following students were elected for Student Council 2017-2018. 
STOP & SHOP RAFFLE!
YIKES! VERY FEW FAMILIES HAVE ENTERED THE RAFFLE!!! 

UPDATE
The following families are currently entered into the Raffle:
The Mendez-Vega Family
The Zuniga Family 
The Catino Family 
The Pollard Family
The Nash Family 
The Papadopoulos Family
The Scofield Family
The Cincotta Family
The (R.) McNulty Family
 
To entice everyone, we are offering a FREE raffle.
Each card you sign up earns you a raffle ticket. If you sign up 5 cards, you will have 5 entries into the raffle, etc. 
First Prize: a $200 gift card to Stop & Shop 
Second Prize: a $100 gift card to Stop & Shop
Third Prize: a $50 gift card to Stop & Shop 
Fourth Prize: a $25 gift card to Stop & Shop
  
Remember, the more cards you sign up, the more chances you have to win - just in time for your holiday food purchases! You can't win if you don't enter! You do not lose your Stop & Shop points!!
 
To enter the Raffle:
1. Go online: Visit www.stopandshop.com and select "Savings" and then "Rewards." 
OR - if you are having difficulties - try - https://stopandshop.com/school-rewards/
2. Enter the FIRST THREE LETTERS OF THE LAST NAME the card was registered to. Enter ALL 13-digits on your card - no spaces!. It won't work if you enter less than 13 numbers.
3. Go to the box that says "Already Know Your School's ID?" Enter school code 14696. This is our unique code.
4. You will now be brought to a new screen that will list your card number and School Selection: Nathan Hale Middle School, Norwalk CT. Double-check that the information is correct and click on  "CONFIRM MY INFORMATION." The page will now say "Your Information Has Been Submitted" 
    
PRINT OUT THIS PAGE or TAKE A "SCREENSHOT" of this page.
5. WRITE YOUR CHILD'S NAME ON EACH PAGE YOU PRINT and BRING THE PAGES TO THE MAIN OFFICE. 6. You will receive one entry per page or screenshot.
PROBLEMS? CALL STOP & SHOP: 1-877-366-2668 OPTION #1
If you do not have a printer, and you know how to take a screenshot using your smartphone or computer, send it to Kathy Gamcsik in the Main Office and include your child's name in the email: GamcsikK@NorwalkPS.org (If you send a screenshot without your child's name, we cannot credit you and enter you into the contest.)
 
If you do not have a smart phone or computer, or aren't computer savvy, we can help you here in the office. Due to STRICT RULES of the program, no school is allowed to enter cards for customers! The website is in English only. If you are having difficulty reading English, please stop by the school and we will help.
If you are experiencing any difficulties, please call the A+ School Rewards Hotline at 1-877-275-2758 for assistance.

If you do not have a stop & shop card, register here: https://stopandshop.com/registration/ 
WE CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE!
Nathan Hale will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage month during October. Each morning, we will be reading a short biography of a notable person of Latino descent. We will cover authors, artists, scientists, sports figures and more. 

We celebrate ourselves, our friends and our community members who come from the Caribbean, Central and South America and we embrace the culture! ¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana!
BOWLING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM, SPONSORED BY THE NHMS PHYS ED DEPT!
The Physical Education Department is looking for sponsors to donate to, Bowling Across the Curriculum. The information on this program and the donation site is; donorschoose.org. We thank you in advance for your support - Nathan Hale P.E. Department
BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS POSTER CONTEST
The annual contest is open to all student in NHMS. Details and form are available in the Art Room. Please contact Mrs. Richello for more information -  RichelloD@NorwalkPS.org


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