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November Principal's Newsletter

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE        November 2013

As always, October came and went in a blur, and we leapt right into the holiday season!

We had several exciting activities in October that could not have been so successful without

the tremendous amount of work from our PTA.  First, I would like to thank our PTA for sponsoring our Fall Carnival. The event was a huge success and the participation was fantastic! I also want to thank the PTA for funding our KPREP Student Celebration plus our Character Counts Celebrations.  Both of these school activities applaud the amazing success of our students!

Also, thank you to all the parents for attending our Parent Conferences in late October.

There was a lot of anticipation and excitement in the air during those four days as we celebrated

students’ successes and talked about ways to continue academic and social growth. Although Northern only hosts parent conferences in the fall and spring, we feel that communication should be frequent and ongoing. Of course, parent/guardian communication is not limited to conferences. Our teachers use a variety of tools to share student progress and classroom happenings, such as monthly/weekly newsletters, a class webpage, phone calls, email, and progress report cards. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or me at any time to discuss progress.

Our fast pace doesn’t seem to slow down as November brings more exciting times. Please see the list below of all our November events!

Dates to Remember

Monday, November 4 – SBDMC Meeting at 3:00 p.m. in the library

Tuesday, November 5 – Election Day – No School

Monday, November 11 thru Friday, November 15 – Book Fair

Tuesday, November 12 – Third Grade Performance at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the gym

       – PTA Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the library

      – Family Night at the Book Fair from 5:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. in the


Thursday, November 14 – Grand Event at the Book Fair for grandparents  and other family members from 3:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 20 – Curriculum Committee Meeting at 3:00 p.m. in Mrs. Young’s room

           – Technology Committee Meeting at 3:00 p.m. in computer lab

           – School Climate/Equity Meeting at 3:00 p.m. in Mrs. Riggs’               Room

Thursday, November 21 – Family Thanksgiving Lunch

            – Fourth Grade Performance at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the gym

Friday, November 22 – November Student Birthday Bash at 2:15 p.m. in the cafeteria                

Wednesday, November 27 thru – Friday, November 29 – Thanksgiving Holiday


Book Fair  Northern’s Fall Book Fair is just around the corner! Mark your calendars and reserve November 11th through 15th for our Scholastic Book Fair! We will be transforming the library into an ancient Egyptian wonderland with hundreds of reading treasures just waiting to be discovered with our fall theme: Reading Oasis: A Cool Place to Discover Hot Books!

The fair will be located in the school’s library which will be magically transformed for the event!  We will be having a special Family Night on Tuesday, November 12th, from 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m..  Plus on Thursday, November 14th, the Book Fair will be open for a “Grand” event for grandparents (and/or other loved ones) from 3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.!  This is a wonderful opportunity to pick up a few Christmas gifts for the children in your family.  Remember the gift of reading is one of the most vital gifts we can ever give to our children! 

We hope to see you at the fair, but if you are unable to make it to school, we are also having an “online” fair that will be available November 7th-14th. You can access our online fair by going to the following web address ~

http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/northernelementaryschool. The webpage will be available on November 6th! Happy shopping!!!


Third Grade Performance  Our talented third graders will perform on Tuesday, November 12th, at 7:00 p.m. in our gym. Their musical review of the Gold Rush presents the highlights of the great stampede of the 49ers to the California goldfields. Join Luzena Wilson, Becky, John Sutter, Samuel Clemons, and a host of others for a trip down history lane, as they share their "memories" of this remarkable era in our country's history. All parents/guardians and families are invited to attend our evening performance! However, if you are unable to attend in the evening, you are welcome to attend the 10:00 a.m. school performance.


Thanksgiving Family Lunch  Our Family Thanksgiving Lunch will also be November 21st!  A menu and schedule of lunch times for this date is attached.


Fourth Grade Performance  Arts and Humanities are an important part of our students' education.  Each grade level presents an annual program that not only increases students' awareness of drama, but is also tied to other content areas.  This year, join the fourth grade as they present "Kentucky's the Place." This performance highlights Kentucky's regions and emphasizes some of what is great about our commonwealth. Our talented fourth grade students will present their program on Thursday, November 21st, at 1:30 and 7:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!


SBDM Council  Our SBDM Council will meet on November 4th at 3:00 p.m. in the library.  Items to be discussed will be our SBDMC Standing Committees, Title I, Consolidated School Improvement Plan (CSIP), SBDM Policies reviews, state testing information and student achievement.  Council also wants to congratulate and thank Vien Carter, for volunteering to be our new SBDM Parent Representative!     

Our SBDM Council invites parents/guardians to attend our SBDMC Meetings and all other school events.  December’s SBDMC Meeting will be held on Monday, December 2nd at 3:00 p.m. in our library.


During this month of Thanksgiving, I would like to give my thanks once again for the opportunity to serve as School Principal.  Please remember that if you have any concerns about Northern, don’t hesitate to call me (868-5007, Ext. 2111). I would like to wish all our families a peaceful and relaxing Thanksgiving break. Enjoy this time with your family and friends.  Mrs. Judi Hunter       

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