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District Announcements
Volunteers for NIT
Northfield Community School is sponsoring the “Northfield Invitational Basketball Tournament”, February 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, & 26th, 2016.​ We are looking for volunteers to offer their time to help us make this another successful tournament. Please see the attached letter for more information on how to volunteer.
Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project for 7th & 8th grade students
Dear Parents,
         Next month the Northfield Middle School will be participating in the Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project. This program will be presented to our seventh and eighth grade students over three days and each session will last approximately one hour. Please see the attached flyer for more details.
Kindergarten Registration

It's time for Kindergarten Registration for the September 2016 class!
Starting February 1st, registration will be conducted by appointment only.
Appointments will be available Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Please click here for more information and to view the requirements
Lip Sync Battle 2016
Sunday, February 21st @ 1 pm Northfield Community School. All NCS K-8 students are invited to participate. Please click here to view the flyer for more information.
2nd Grade February Renaissance project is Penny Wars
Grade 2 Renaissance - February - to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation ! 
 Bring your pennies in and fill up the bucket for your grade!  
 Bring dollars, quarters, nickels, and dimes to fill up the buckets
 for other grades!  All donations will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
 Please click here to view the flyer. Please click this link for the Grade 2 informational video posted on our FaceBook page.
NCS PTO/NEF Newsletter
Dear NEF - PTO Members and NCS Community,

I hope your 2016 has gotten off to a great start and you enjoyed the first real snow of the season!
Please read the NCS PTO/NEF Newsletter here.
PARCC Testing Dates
Any questions regarding PARCC Testing,
please call or email Mrs. Janice Dye at 609-407-4000 ext. 8515 or jdye@ncs-nj.org.


Grades 3 & 4
Math - April 28, 29, May 2, 3
ELA - May 4, 5, 6
Make-Up - May 9-13


Grades 5
Math - April 18,19, 20, 21 
ELA - April 25, 26, 27
Make-Up - April 28 - May 5


Grade 6

Math - April 18,19, 20 
ELA - April 25, 26, 27
Make-Up - April 28 - May 5


Grade 7 & 8
Math - April 6, 7, 8
ELA - April 11, 12, 13
Make-Up - April 14 - 20
LifeChanger Award
Our Northfield Elementary School Teacher was nominated for the LifeChanger of the Year Award https://lifechangeroftheyearnominees.com/mary-ellen-smith/. Please read the article at The Sentinel about Mrs. Mary Ellen Smith, and view the information on our FaceBook page http://tinyurl.com/ncselem-facebook. Congratulations, Mrs. Smith !
Free Yoga
Free YOGA Classes for all Northfield Middle School Students are available as part of our sustainable NJ Grant. Classes will take place after school from 3:00-3:45pm on Tuesday and Thursdays beginning January 12th. See the main office for registration forms or click here. Also please check out the attached flyer.
Teachers of the Year
Congratulations to Mrs. MaryBeth McGrath, Primary/Elementary & Middle School Music Teacher, Mr. Adam Law, Middle School 6th grade Science Teacher and Mrs. Karen Batschelet, Learning Disabilities Teaching Consultant.
Student Emergency Information
Dear Parents / Guardians,
 
We are working to streamline various data entry systems and processes for the school. Beginning now, you will be able to update your own contact information and emergency contacts in our student information system, Genesis, using parent portal. The instructions are provided in this e-mail. Please note that a parent portal account is needed to access Genesis, and is different than a school fusion account. Please e-mail clyons@ncs-nj.org or aphommathep@ncs-nj.org for any account-related issues.
 
URL www.parents.ncs-nj.org
Instructions
New Student Registration
New student registration requires an appointment. For Grades K-4, please call Mrs. Garwood at 407-4005 and for Grades 5-8, please call Mrs. Woodall at 407-4008. Registration packets can be picked up at Door #6.
 
 
Advertised School Budget 2015-16
Our district's 2015-2016 Advertised Budget is available for download here. In addition, our 2015-2016 User Friendly School Budget is available for download here.
Drop Off Procedures

All children will come into the building at drop off. They will not line up outside. 

Middle School - From 8:00-8:10 Middle School students can enter at three locations; Middle School Entrance, Elementary School Entrance and Door #6. Staff will be assigned to let the students in the building and direct them to their location. Middle School students that enter through the Elementary doors will be directed to go through the Library and up the stairs to their classroom. 

From 8:10-8:15 Middle School students can still enter through Elementary Entrance but will be marked late. Any Middle School student after 8:15 must enter either Door #6 or Middle School entrance and sign in.

If there are younger siblings, they will come in the building with their older sibling and go the Library until it is time to line up.

Grades 3-4 - from 8:10-8:20 can enter either through grades 3-4 doors, Door #6 or Middle School doors. They will go directly to their respective classrooms for line-up.

Grades K-1-2 will follow their normal procedures for drop-off time, but will be lining up inside upon drop-off.

Also, if you are in line for drop-off or pick-up at the Middle School entrance, please pull all the way up and proceed to the signage before dropping off and picking up. That will create more space for drop-off and pick-up, hopefully helping with the traffic flow.
School Hours

Grades K to 2
Student arrival time for lining up: 8:20 am  (No Supervision Prior).
*Students enter school at 8:30 am and Class starts promptly at 8:30 am.
After 8:30 am, all students must be accompanied by an adult, must enter through either Door #6 or Door #21, and be signed in by an adult.
Students are marked late at 8:30 am.       
Dismissal at 3:10 pm (1:15 pm on one-session days​)
Kindergarten is dismissed along the cul-de-sac.
Grade 1 is dismissed along the CedarBridge Road drop-off pick-up lane.
Grade 2 is dismissed along the Route 9 New Road Grades 3/4 new drop-off pick-up lane.


Grades 3 to 4
Student arrival time for lining up: 8:10 am  (No Supervision Prior).              
*Students enter school and Class starts promptly at 8:20 am.
After 8:20 am, all students must be accompanied by an adult, must enter through either Door #6 or Door #21, and be signed in by an adult.
Students are marked late at 8:20 am.
Dismissal at 3:00 pm (1:15 pm on one-session days​)
Grades 3 and 4 are dismissed along the Route 9 New Road Grades 3/4 new drop-off pick-up lane.

Grades 5 to 8
Student arrival time: 8:00 am  (No Supervision Prior)
*Class starts promptly at 8:10 am
Marked late at 8:10 am
Dismissal at 2:50 pm (12:50 pm on one-session days​)  

* Students may not be on school property prior to the times noted. NO STAFF SUPERVISION IS PROVIDED.

There are before-school and after-school options…one is the SACC Program.   Phone 609.407.0635 for more information.
Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures Review For All
Hello Everyone,
 
Please take the time to review this video NCS Drop Off - Pick Up Lanes which was produced to make the procedures for drop off and pick up very clear.  It is important that we look at this video from time to time to remind us of the procedure. When individuals do not follow these procedures, it always makes it difficult for others. It also can make it unsafe for our Northfield students.
 
Remember, Northfield Community School and The Northfield Police Department have established optional lanes to drop off and pick up students at the school. These "Love Them and Leave Them" lanes make it easy and safe to navigate the congested and busy area right before and after school.
 
You always have the option of parking elsewhere and walking your student or students to the school line up area. In addition, it is always a good option to park further from the school entrance doors and have your student or students walk from your car or to your car.
 
If you choose to use the “Love Them and Leave Them” lanes, then you must follow the procedures found on the video.  There is nothing unusual on the video, it is just good common sense. 
 
Drop Off
 
You never pull in front of the line and drop off your student.  Instead, you would join the line and wait until you arrive at the drop off point before letting your child or children out of the car.  Also, never begin to move your car forward until you are certain your child is safely on the sidewalk, as little toes are near the tires before they step up onto the curb.
 
Pick Up
 
In addition, you would never sit and wait for your child in the "Love Them and Leave Them" Lane if your child is not right there, as this would hold up the line.  We very simply ask you to continue around and get back in to line giving your child or children an opportunity to arrive at the pick up spot.
 
Important to Note
 
Again, none of these procedures are created to make life difficult for anyone.  Instead, they are created to keep our students safe.  It is also important to remember that this is a ten minute issue both in the morning and again in the afternoon.  If we plan ahead and are patient with each other the drop off and pick up process can be a pleasant one.
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