News & Updates 4/15/22

Weathering a Spike

Once again the NNS teachers have “made it work” under some challenging staffing conditions over the last two days. Today, we had an Upper School Teaching Assistant covering Pre-K art, a PE teacher covering the 2nd grade at times, a Lower School Teaching Assistant covering Spanish, and our Annual Fund Director was managing Pizza Day. Even teachers who were out sick today helped change schedules and kept things on track. Unfortunately, I drew the ultimate short straw and will be covering an xblock class for 90 minutes that will focus on making chocolate tarts. We all make sacrifices. We should be back at full strength on Wednesday, but I wanted to thank all the teachers who once again made adjustments as needed in order to make sure every student had a great experience today.

Red Sox Home Opener

There were a lot of Red Sox shirts around here this morning, and a parent reminded me that today was the home opener at Fenway Park. That immediately took me back to the first grade, and the year my father pulled me out of school to go to the game. I then assumed skipping school and going to Opening Day was a tradition, so the next year, the night before the game, I asked him what time we were leaving. He responded, “Leaving for what?” I will admit that my second grade self did not take the news well. After a flurry of phone calls, my dad had cleared his schedule and acquired standing-room tickets, and we didn’t miss a home opener for a decade. Every year as the baseball season begins, I think back to the little sacrifice that my dad made that year because I had misunderstood the plans, and he went out of his way to make it work for me.

Pastiche de Nata

Just after lunch, five kindergarten girls came screaming into my office. “Come with us now!” I tried to stay positive, but there was an urgency in their voices that made me a bit nervous. They grabbed my hand and raced back to the classroom pulling me from behind. Another student rushed over to me as I entered the room. Crumbs covered his face and his cheeks were clearly full. “You….have got….to….try these,” he mumbled through a mouthful of something. Every member of the class had a small pie shaped custard in front of them. Aly had arranged to have some Portuguese pastries flown in with the help of her mother, and her class was having a party complete with Pastiche de Nata. The excitement was overwhelming and multiple children proclaimed it was the best thing they have ever eaten. Students were literally dancing with joy clutching the last bite. And as I took a bite- they were right- it was delicious. But the best moment was when a very proud member of the class who has family in Portugal helped me to pronounce the name of the treat correctly. I failed to say it correctly in my first three or four tries, and the student patiently guided me and finally said, “Perfect!”

Third Annual Great Nantucket Duck Race

Raising money for financial aid and programming has never been so quackin’ important!

Here's how it works: Students, families, and friends adopt rubber ducky racers. We race them and you join us at The Creeks to root for your ducks. The three most nimble ducks win awesome prizes for their adopted families! The students who sell the most duckies win awesome prizes too! The school wins your crucial support! EVERYONE WINS!
Last year, we raised a record breaking $50,000 for our students and campers. We are certain we can top last year’s success by counting on all of you to sell ducks and help promote rubber ducky adoptions with friends and family off-island. Our goal is to get 100% participation from our students and families. 
Join us at The Creeks on May 14th to see if your rubber ducky makes it across the finish line first! Thank you in advance for your support! If you have any questions, please contact Kate Olson at: or 508-228-8569 ext. 302.
The Parent's Association will be hosting an after party at Cisco Brewery from 2-5 p.m. We hope you can join us!

Have a Great Weekend
It truly is a weekend filled with holidays. Enjoy the break and have a special celebration with your family.

Ever grateful,


Nantucket New School