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Rock Your Socks

Nichols Elementary School's PPS Department and the Diversity Committee is holding a, "Rock Your Socks," event to mark World Downs Syndrome Day, Thursday, March 21. Staff and students are asked to wear blue and yellow and/or their craziest socks.

Read-a-thon

BOOKS! BOOKS! BOOKS! We are raising money to purchase books for our students. Each year Nichols School families participate in a program called One School One Book. We purchase a book for each family and adult staff member at school, but we need more money for our growing community in order to keep this program going. We will also use the money for a family reading night in which we plan several literacy activities that tie into the book we are reading. It's a fun night that the students and families look forward to each year. Click on the link below to access our Read-a-thon website.

https://www.read-a-thon.com/school/Nichols-School_...


"Say Something Kind" Week, February 25 - March 1

Nichols' staff and students are letting their kindness show for, "Say Something Kind" Week., February 25 - March 1. Monday is, "Make a New Friend Day," Tuesday is, "Tell a Friend You Care Day," Wednesday is "Wear Your School Spirit Day," Thursday is "Thank You Day," and Friday is, "Flash Your Smile Friday." Everyone is encouraged to play with new friends, celebrate friends' favorite traits, show school spirit, thank a special someone, and smile big at everyone they see!

One School, One Book

Charlotte's Web, the timeless story of love and friendship has been chosen as this year's One School, One Book. Please click on the link below to be redirected to the OSOB page with its reading schedule, trivia questions and guest readers.

<https://nicholsoneschoolonebook.weebly.com/>


GSPD

Nichols Elementary is excited to participate in Global School Play Day this Wednesday, February 6th! Over 400,000 students from 70 Nations are register to stop everything and play. This grassroots effort is to bring awareness to the importance of unstructured play for the healthy development of our children.

STEAM Night

SAVE THE DATE: FEBRUARY 26 - Code, calculate, design and discover a new era of innovation! Join us on Tuesday, February 26 from 6 pm – 7:30 pm for a free night of space themed fun at our First Nichols Family STEAM night. There will be hands-on activities for the entire family and raffle prizes. (Snow date is February 28.)

Gingerbread people

For students in Mrs. Cook's Kindergarten class, America is a giant gingerbread house.

Nichols' Kindergartners participated in a gingerbread people exchange that has brought them over 30 gingerbread people decorated with details of their hometowns and states from around the country.

The gingerbread people were hung up in the hallway where a Gingerbread PowerPoint presentation played nearby.

Students decorated their Connecticut gingerbread man with a UCONN hat, holding a PEZ dispenser in one hand and a Wiffle Ball in the other. There was a cheeseburger in his stomach. Other details included the state flag, state flower (Mountain Laurel) and state bird (American Robin).

I Am Peace

Congratulations to Nichols School teachers Jennifer Cusmano and Michele Willett, recipients of a BEST mini-grant funded by the Judy O'Brien-Sheridan Scholarship Fund. Cusmano and Willett will purchase the book, I Am Peace by Susan Verde for each classroom in the school. Students and their teachers will be able to discuss the importance of deep breathing, meditation, and other strategies for coping with anger, stress or anxiety after reading the book.

Breakfast With Santa

Students at Nichols Elementary School recently enjoyed a Breakfast With Santa. This annual event, sponsored by the NES PTA, occurred on Saturday, December 8. A fun and festive time was had by all.

Former NFL Player Speaks To Students

Former NFL player, Mark Harrison, recently visited students at Nichols Elementary School for an all-school assembly. Harrison grew up in Stratford and played football at Bunnell H.S. He went on to play college football at Rutgers before being drafted by the Chicago Bears. He also played for the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. Harrison's son, Jordan, is a student at Nichols. His message to students touched on anti-bullying, setting goals, and doing well in school. He also talked about his new flag football league, FlagU starting in the Spring, 2019.

The Kindness Rocks Project

One message at just the right moment can change someone's entire day, outlook, and life!

In September, Nichols students created Kindness Rocks in their Art classes. These inspirational rocks will be "planted in two rock gardens; one located in front of the school's main entrance and the other, in the back of the school as part of the recently installed memorial garden.

Learn more at https://www.thekindnessrocksproject.com/

Crayola ColorCycle - Turn Markers Into Energy

Nichols has begun participating in Crayola's ColorCycle program devised to turn used markers into energy. Students and staff will be collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded. The markers will be sent to a facility where they will be converted into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to power vehicles, heat homes, cook meals and more!

Please help support our efforts by reminding students to deposit any used markers in the classroom or from home – even non-Crayola brands – into drop-off boxes located in the faculty lounge, main office and each of the kindergarten rooms.

Contact Julie Cola for more information.

Learn more at http://www.crayola.com/colorcycle

Start With Hello

Our week of "Start With Hello" has taken off. All of our Nichols students have shown kindness by greeting one another on, "Hey Day," as well as getting to know all of our new students on, "Ice Breaker Day." At recess students are playing with new friends and giving compliments throughout the day. Let's keep this going Nichols!

Learn more at https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/startwithhelloweek