Sunday Night Reminder - September 12, 2021
 
There is a great deal of information in this edition of Sunday Night Reminder. Please be sure to review all the information below. 
 
Tomorrow begins an A week with Wednesday classes being A-D.  
 
Parents Night -- date and calendar change
 
We will be hosting an in-person Parents Night Thursday, September 23. Information is being sent home this week with more information. This was originally scheduled for September 16. Please note also that the half day scheduled for September 17 is now September 24. September 17 will be a full day of school. Click here for the revised yearly calendar.
 
Parents -- important reminder!
 
Please log into PowerSchool to complete necessary electronic forms related to legal notifications, opt-outs and consent for your children to receive over-the-counter medications. To get there, log on to PowerSchool, click forms in the left column, click Legal Notifications, Opt-Outs and Medical Consent. The form is self-explanatory at that point. Thank you for your cooperation.
 
Late Bus
 
Norwich Public Schools will once again be offering a late bus for Norwich students starting Monday, September 13. The bus will run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 pm. Students need to sign up for the late bus in the Campus Safety Welcome Center (bottom floor of Slater) by 1:15 pm each day.

Absences and credits -- a change in policy

Please note that credit will be withheld when a student exceeds six class absences in a semester course or 12 absences in a full-year course.

Our New Attendance Office
 
This year, if your student is sick, will be tardy or needs early dismissal, we’ve made it easier for you to share that information. One number will do it, no matter what building your student is in. Call 860-425-5788.
 
What if a student needs an early dismissal?
 
Parents: if your child needs to leave school early for an appointment or other reason, please have them bring a note that morning to the attendance office in Cranston. If our team does not receive a note in the morning, dismissal will be delayed, especially if it is during a lunch wave. We understand circumstances happen, but most early dismissals are planned, and having your student bring in a note will ensure they are ready to leave at the appropriate time.
 
In addition, all early dismissals are from the main gate. Only medical dismissals are from the north gate. 
 
Chromebooks
 
Students are expected to bring a laptop -- either an NFA-issued Chromebook or their own Chromebook/laptop (not a phone or tablet) -- to school each day. This year, there will not be Chromebook carts in the classrooms. However, we are providing Chromebooks to NFA students upon parent/guardian request. Click here to learn more about our program and the details associated with it, as well as to fill out the form to secure a Chromebook for your student.
 
Secondary food purchase location 
 
A reminder that a food cart is available near Latham and Shattuck every day during lunch. Avoid the lines in the cafeteria and grab your lunch here! Full meals, as well as pizza, cold sandwiches, salads, snacks, drinks and more are available. Cafeteria seating will be limited. Students are encouraged to eat in Slater A and B, as well as any outside spaces across campus.  
 
Vaccination proof
 
Parents: if your student has been vaccinated, please provide proof to our Medical Center. This will help immensely with contact tracing and making the determination of who needs to be quarantined if determined as a close contact to a person who tests positive. Please take a picture of the front of the card and email it to tavaresa@nfaschool.org.
 
Attention Seniors

You should have received an electronic pass through your NFA email from Mrs. Danieluk to attend your group SSP meeting this week with your school counselors.  Please be sure to attend!

Audition date set for “Clue”
 
Auditions for the hilarious fall play "Clue" will be held Tuesday, September 21, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm in Slater Auditorium. Students may leave immediately after their audition. Students who receive a callback will also attend Wednesday, September 22, from 3 to 4:45 in Slater for the entire time. Audition material and full script are available here. LINK to - shorturl.at/jyK89. For more information, email Mr. Trostler at trostlerp@nfaschool.org.
 
Baseball team meeting
 
There will be a brief meeting for baseball players after school Monday, September 13, at 2:15 pm in the boys locker room. Fall and winter conditioning will be discussed with Coach Turgeon. 
 
Christian Fellowship meeting
 
The NFA Christian Fellowship Club will meet Tuesday, September 14, from 2:20 to 3 pm in room 8239. This is the first meeting of the year, and new members are always welcome! For more information, contact Mr. Pawluk at pawluki@nfaschool.org.
 
SAB meeting
 
The Student Advisory Board will meet Monday, September 20, at 2:15 pm in room 2201. All current SAB members should attend, and all students are welcome. Questions? Contact Mrs. Dooley at dooleyl@nfaschool.org.
 
Gymnastics team meeting
 
A virtual pre-season meeting for anyone interested in NFA gymnastics will be held Monday, September 20, at 9 pm, with Coach Grossi. Any students planning to join the team should attend, or reach out to Coach Grossi in advance. A parent is encouraged to join the call, too, to hear about season expectations, goals and schedules. The meeting will be held via zoom and be joined with the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83437359043?pwd=WVNQNDFjY0NKMFVoVGJjODRGaTVlUT09. Coach Grossi can be reached at clbriggs09@gmail.com
 
Photography Club meeting
 
The NFA Photography Club will hold its first meeting of the year Tuesday, September 21, from 2:20 to 3 pm in room 8239. New members are always welcome. Contact Mr. Pawluk at pawluki@nfaschool.org for more information. 
 
Freshmen boys basketball
 
If you are interested in trying out for the freshman boys basketball team, please email Coach Brown at brownj@nfaschool.org. You’ll then be added to the team Google classroom to receive information and updates. 
 
Lost and Found reminder
 
Lost and Found is located in the Project Outreach room (7101) in Tirrell for all items except for electronics (phones, computers, air pods, apple watches, etc.) which are housed in the campus safety office. Non-electronic items that are brought to the lost and found will be kept for 15 days, after which they will be thrown out or donated to charity depending on the condition. Due to the number of items that accumulate, we are unable to keep items beyond that time frame.
 
Financial aid and more -- a virtual workshop
 
Barnum Financial Group is hosting two virtual workshops for NFA families on Exploring Financial Aid and Cash Management Solutions. The first is September 20, and the second is October 28. Both begin at 6 pm. You are welcome to attend both, but it’s only necessary to attend one. The presentation will specifically address needs-based information, resources for merit aid, FAFSA versus CSS profile, tax code incentives, tuition discounting, and minimizing student loans. The workshop is open to 10th, 11th and 12th grade families. 
 
Interested in registering? Register via the links below or by contacting Katie Lauzier in the Anne Macaione Mitchell '44 College and Career Center at lauzierk@nfaschool.org or 860-425-5620. 
 
Registered for a UCONN class?
 
To any student registered for a UCONN ECE course, you must complete the online UCONN registration no later than October 6th. UCONN does not accept late registrations. Information and directions will be shared in your classes. Use this link for step by step instructions UCONN ECE Registration Screencastify
 
News from the Anne Macaione Mitchell '44 College and Career Center 
 
Visit the Mitchell '44 College and Career Center, Room, 1221
Open hours: 7:15 am – 2:45 pm, Mon.-Thurs.; 7:15 am – 2:00 pm, Fri.
Drop by or make an appointment with the Career Resource Specialist, Mrs. Lauzier, or email lauzierk@nfaschool.org.
 
Connecting Common App with Naviance Workshop
 
Discover how to connect Naviance to the Common Application and request recommendation letters through Naviance.
  • Tuesday, September 14: B, C, F and G Channels
  • Thursday, September 16: D, A, H and E Channels
  • Open to seniors. Sign up with Mrs. Lauzier in the College and Career Center.
College Visits
 
NFA will be hosting colleges for visits this fall both in person and virtually starting September 20! During these visits, college representatives will meet with interested students in small groups to discuss topics such as the academic programs, campus life, financial aid, and admission procedures of their college. Both in-person and virtual visits will take place in the Anne Macaione Mitchell '44 College and Career Center (Latham 1221). Students can view upcoming visits and sign up through Naviance. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Lauzier in the College and Career Center.
 
To Register through Naviance:
 
1. Log on to Naviance.
2. Select the College tab.
3. Locate the 'Research Colleges' column and select the 'College Visits' link.
5. A new page will load with the complete list: scroll down the list and select the college or university of your choice.
6. Click 'Register Now' on the right of the college or university name.