Sunday Night Reminder - November 15

The Cat Shack is open -- and hiring!

The Cat Shack is now open during all lunch waves on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and we need your help! If you have a F Channel study hall or would like to work during Connections/Study Hall channels, please email Mr. Legnos at

Makerspace kits available!

The NFA Library is offering Makerspace Kits that you can take home, make, and create for fun. Kits can be mailed home by contacting the library staff or text to (860) 373-0365. The November Maker Kits to choose from are:

Stop by or contact the library and we will get a kit to you today through Tuesday, November 24.

Virtual Calming Room

NFA's School Counseling Department has created a Virtual Calming Room as a place for students, families, and staff members to find tools and strategies for managing emotions and feelings. Turn to this space when you need a break, or just want to spend some time rejuvenating. And please remember that there are always people at NFA that are here to assist students in any way possible, beginning with this virtual space. Enjoy and take some time for yourself!  Students can view the new Virtual Calming Room here, parents can view here.

Playshop announces fall movie

The NFA Playshop Fall Movie, "The Monologue Show" is now available for pre-order at

In a hilarious tale of art imitating life, The Monologue Show involves a theater class preparing to perform a series of true-life monologues, only to scramble and improvise when things don't go as planned. Twenty-nine NFA students are taking part in the film, portraying roles as varied as a teen couple in the midst of an on-air breakup, a human cannonball, a Star Wars fan fiction writer, an intense spelling bee champion and a boy obsessed with cats. This show takes place over a Google Meet-type call and students were separately filmed in NFA's own television studio, overcoming the limitations of this socially distanced year.

The film will be available for three days, Friday, November 20; Saturday, November 21; and Sunday, November 22. A minimum donation of $10 gives you and your household full day access to watch as many times as you want. Questions can be directed to Philip Trostler at

Class of 2021!

Attention all seniors: Our second annual What’s Next for Me? event will be held Wednesday, November 18. Be sure to check your NFA email for exciting details and a schedule for the day. This is a great opportunity to plan for life after high school.  

Holiday meal distribution

Our grab-and-go meals will continue over the upcoming Thanksgiving break – but with a twist. Advanced sign up is required and distribution will be Tuesday, November 24, between 12 and 1:30 pm in our Bradlaw lot, located at the East Gate off Joseph Perkins Road. There will be no distribution of meals after this day until Monday, November 30. Bags will include six breakfast meals and six lunch meals. One bag per child, and any student age 18 and under is eligible. These meals are being provided through our foodservice partner at no charge with funding provided by the USDA.

To sign up, click here. Information is used for meal planning purposes and will be kept confidential. Deadline to sign up is November 18.

NFA Food Drive begins

Our annual food drive starts Monday, November 9, and runs until November 20. We are accepting donations of non-perishable food items. Items can be brought to the Project Outreach Office (room 7229). Remote students wishing to donate items may bring them to Mrs. Howe's office in Tirrell during school hours. All students who donate will be entered into a drawing for Dunkin Donut gift cards. One gift card will be given to each grade. All items donated will go to the NFA food pantry and the United Way food bank. The need is great this year, so every little bit helps.

Yearbook pickup for remote students

For fully remote students, you can pick up your yearbook Wednesday, November 18, or Wednesday, December 2, between 8 am and 1 pm in Mrs. Howe’s office (Tirrell Building, Office of Student Affairs). 

Project Outreach update

Project Outreach has shifted many of its volunteer opportunities and programs to a virtual format this year. Because of this shift, students can sign up for projects and programs either by stopping by the Project Outreach office in room 7229 or by emailing Mrs. Savage at Volunteer programs and projects change throughout the year, and some have a participant limit due to materials or supplies needed. Currently we are seeking volunteers for the following: 

  • Students to share a talent (sing, dance, instrumental, juggling etc.) by recording their act and sending it to us. We will be designing several talent show programs to share with residents in nursing homes and those in residential programs throughout the year.
  • Reading Buddies - sign up to read a book to little kids
  • Birthday Card Program - Sign up to make birthday cards for those that are in residential programs, nursing homes or homebound.
  • Thanksgiving Cards - Looking for students to make cards for Thanksgiving, blank cards will be made available for those that need them.
  • Mask Making - learn to make masks for those in need. Limited kits will be available.
  • Blanket Making - Make a tied fleece blanket for those in shelters or in need - Limited kits available.
  • Runners needed - we still need runners for all study hall periods!

For more information or to sign up please contact Mrs. Savage.

Wildcat Youth Dance Clinic

NFA Dance team members and coaches will conduct the 2020 Wildcat Youth Dance Clinic for children in grades K - 5. The clinic will focus on skill development and fun! Clinic Dates: November 21 & December 5, 12, & 19 - 10:00 am to 10:45 am on Google Meet. Links will be emailed upon registration. If interested, click the link for the registration form and the Image Release Waiver.

Winter athletics

Registration for the winter sports season is now open. Any interested student-athlete must be registered (and approved!) on FamilyID prior to November 20. For more information about student-athlete participation, the FamilyID registration process, a list of winter season coaches or to register, click here