Sunday Night Reminder - September 13
 
Our first full week starts tomorrow and we’re going red! See below to find out more.  
 
Red/White schedule launches Monday
We launch the official start of our Red/White schedule flip Monday, September 14, which is a red week. Monday, September 21, will begin a white week. Click here to see a video explanation. For the schedule breakdown, students can login to their MyNFA student portal and view here, parents click here. We’ll remind you here each week what color we’re in.
 
Foodservice update
Great news! Funding has been approved to provide free meals at school to all students 18 years of age or under. This includes meals in the main cafeteria, our Slater Auditorium cafeteria and our grab-and-go meal pick-up location for any students not on campus. Complete meals are free. Anything ordered a la carte requires payment. It also includes daily snack served in the Atrium.
 
A reminder for our grab and go meals: pick up is Monday through Friday between 12 and 1 pm in the Bradlaw lot (located at our East Gate off Joseph Perkins Road). These free grab and go meals are available to any student 18 years of age and under and not on campus, which includes our fully remote learners. These meals are free to anyone 18 or under – not just NFA students.
 
Of note, this offer continues until December 31, 2020, or when the federal funding runs out, whatever is sooner. We will keep you informed of any changes prior to them happening.
 
Mask mandate
As you know, all students, faculty and staff are required to wear masks. The state has provided some additional guidance on what types of masks are acceptable. Click here to see the variety of masks and what is allowed and what isn’t, such as exhalation masks. Click here to see the entire state-issued guidance about this issue.
 
How to fund a college education -- a virtual workshop this week!
This Thursday, September 17, a virtual workshop will be held at 6 pm that is open to 11th and 12th grade students and families. The topic? "Exploring Financial Aid & Cash Management Solutions: How to Survive Funding Your Student's College Education Topics include: Need-Based Aid Information, Resources for Merit Aid, FAFSA vs. CSS Profile, Tax Code Incentives, Tuition Discounting, & Minimizing Student Loans. Presented by the Barnum Center for College Planning 
 
Register in advance for this event HERE. Please contact Ms. Zinn with any questions - zinna@nfaschool.org or (860) 425-5623.
 
Playshop -- Fall auditions on now!
Auditions for the fall movie, "The Monologue Show" will be held virtually until Friday, September 18th. There are 29 parts available for this extremely fun show and students can get involved by emailing their audition to Mr. Trostler at trostlerp@nfaschool.org. Access this Google Drive folder for all audition-related information and carefully read the enclose documents. 
 
The Cat Shack is hiring! 
Looking to get more involved on campus? Need work experience? If you have a C, F or G channel study hall (Cohort A or Cohort B), you can apply to work in The Cat Shack! It is a fun way to meet people and learn about business. Applications are available through Mr. Legnos (6102), Mr. Wilson (8033) or Mrs. Farinha (8106). Deadline 9/16/20.
 
Summer reading program update
Students have until Friday, September 18, to submit their book reviews for each book they read this summer. Students who participated will be notified of their prizes in October.
 
Tech help desk available! 
Our help desk is available to assist students and parents with technology issues. If you need assistance, please email studenthelpdesk@nfaschool.org or call (860) 425-5636. Our team is ready to help and available Monday through Friday from 7 am to 4 pm.
 
Using your own device -- how to get connected
Students are encouraged to bring in their own chromebooks, laptops or tablets this year. Campus wifi access is available on these devices by following a few simple steps. Click here to learn more on how to get connected.
 
Students -- Please be sure to change your email 
Returning students, your email is changing. This is being done to provide better integration with your teachers in Google Classroom and Google Meet. Please review the details and start the process now. If you are having issues connecting in some Google Classrooms, it’s likely because you haven’t made this change yet. It’s important that you do this sooner than later. You will no longer receive emails from NFA on your @nfastudents.org address as of October 1.
 
Email update #2 -- College Board
With our overall email switch comes a need for students to update your College Board accounts with your new email address. This won’t take long, but you need to follow certain steps. Click here to learn how to do it. Thanks for getting it done! 
 
Flu shots
NFA students are able to receive flu shots through the UCFS Healthcare School-based Health Center. Parents, learn more information about services and eligibility here and find a required flu shot consent form here. Please call the center directly at (860) 425-5557 to make an appointment. 
 
Daily Notices have begun 
Students: each week, we’ll post Daily Notices on your MyNFA student portal dashboard. We won’t email you every day, but we’ll update it on a regular basis and you’ll easily know when new information is available. 
 
Formal Senior Photos by LifeTouch
All seniors must get their formal senior photo taken by LifeTouch Photography. They are the official yearbook photographer. No senior portraits will be accepted if they were not taken by LifeTouch. You will receive more information as these dates approach.
 
Dates: October 5-8, 2-8 pm
  November 17-20, 2-8 pm
  December 14-18, 2-8 pm
  January 11-15 2-8 pm.
 
Project Outreach needs runners
Project Outreach is looking for students to be runners during their study hall channels. If you would like to volunteer during your study hall channel, please see Mrs. Savage in Project Outreach in room 7229 or email her at savagej@nfaschool.org. Please note the room change.
 
From the College and Career Center
The Anne Macaione Mitchell ’44 College and Career Center is open! Come check it out in Room 1221. Hours are Monday - Thursday from 7:15 am to 2:45 pm and Friday from 7:15 am to 2:15 pm. To make an appointment, email Mrs. Lauzier, lauzierk@nfaschool.org.
 
College Visits
For the fall, all on campus, in person college visits have been rescheduled to virtual visits. Students can sign-up for a virtual visit through Naviance. Students who sign-up for a virtual visit will receive a link to attend at the time of sign up. Students who are on campus, in class during the time of a scheduled visit will receive an email with a recorded copy of the virtual visit to view.
 
To Register through Naviance:
 
1. Log on to Naviance.
2. Click the College tab in the right hand corner.
3. Click the 'Research Colleges' link.
4. Click 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.
 
September 16
• Colby College, 7:25 a.m.
• Temple University, 8:25 a.m.
• Pennsylvania State University, 9:25 a.m.
• Binghamton University, 10:25 a.m. 
 
Friday, September 18
• Regis College, 7:25 a.m.
• Bryant University, 8:25 a.m.
• Lehigh University, 9:25 a.m.
• Lincoln Technical Institute, 10:25 a.m.
 
Late arrival/early dismissal
As part of NFA’s commitment to keeping our students safe and socially distant, any student who has a study hall during the first or last period of the day will not be required to be on campus at those times during the 2020-21 school year. Eligible students who submit the required paperwork to their House Office must adhere to the following procedures:
  • Sign in to their House Office when they arrive at school BEFORE going to their first class.
  • Arrive at their first class ON TIME. Failure to do so will negatively impact overall attendance counts for that class and may result in disciplinary consequences and/or loss of credit.
  • Leave campus AT THE BELL after their last class of the day. Parents must either provide transportation at that time or grant permission for their child to walk home. Students will not be allowed to remain on campus or return to campus after leaving to take the bus home at the end of the traditional school day. NOTE: Those who need to return for afterschool activities may do so at 2:30pm.
Registered for a UCONN ECE course? Read this!
If you have registered for a UCONN Early College Experience class, there are important steps you need to take to ensure you get proper credit for the course. Deadlines have been extended, but the time to get things done is now. Click here for all the information you need about the steps you need to take.