News & Updates 12/1/23

From Danielle:

Holiday Season
The holiday season is upon us and the excitement is palpable at Nantucket New School! Sharing during morning meetings this week has been about upcoming travel and visits with family, special preparations for special events, the countdown to Hanukkah, breaking out the Advent calendars, and the arrival of an “Elf on the Shelf” or two! 

Earlier this week, our 7th grade led a presentation on Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, which is celebrated this year from December 7th through December 15th. We will have a menorah in the Great Hall that we will light each of the 8 days of celebration. To the families in our community who celebrate Hanukkah, we wish you a Chag Sameach.

Also in the Great Hall, we have a Christmas tree decorated beautifully with white lights, red ornaments, drumsticks, and a tambourine tree-topper. (I bet you can guess which teacher decorated the tree this year! And speaking of Christmas trees, we got together in our Big Friend/Little Friend groups to create one-of-a-kind ornaments and garlands with which to decorate five of the trees downtown. Make sure to check out all of the New School trees, located this year between 32 and 46 Center Street. Last but not least on the tree-front, make sure to visit the Festival of Trees at the Whaling Museum to see the NNS Cubist Self-Portraits Christmas tree designed by Art Teacher Jenny Gammil with ornaments created by our 1st and 3rd graders in art class.
Big Friend Little Friend trees:
33 Centre St - Hotel Pippa: Kindergarten & 4th Grade
37 Centre St - Glidden & Brescher: 1st & 5th Grade
32 Centre St - Pinwheels: Pre-K & 6th Grade
34 Centre St - Zero Main: 2nd & 7th Grade
34 Centre St - Graficas Gallery: 3rd & 8th Grade (This tree is closer to 46 Centre!)

It’s going to be a busy 12 days of school before the Holiday Program on Wednesday, December 20th and we are looking forward to it all!
Danielle Henry Beale
Interim Head of School
  • Fri., Dec. 8  - Pizza Day
  • Wed., Dec. 20  - Holiday program, 10:30am - Noon Dismissal
  • Thurs., Dec. 21 - Tues., Jan 2  - Holiday break - No School
  • Wed., Jan. 3  - Back to school!

Families in Need

We're partnering with Fairwinds again this year to provide holiday gifts for 3 families in need. Please wrap your gift, attach a label with the family member, and drop it off at school before December 11th. Sign up sheets are located on the bulletin board in the entryway of NNS.
Below, please find information that Fairwinds has provided about 3 families in need.
Family One 
- One adult female (mom)
- One 18yo male returning from college (son)
- One 16yo male developmentally delayed, loves Paw Patrol and Toy Story. (son)
- One 7yo girl (daughter)
Family Two (Portuguese speaking family only, needs interpreter)
- Two adults, male and female (mom and dad)
- One 5yo girl (daughter)
- One 9yo girl, loves arts & crafts, especially drawing, and loves music (daughter)
Family Three
- One 46yo adult female, wishlist item is a Stop&Shop gift card (mom)
- One 45yo adult male, wishlist item is a pair of sneakers, size 10.5 (father)
- One 22yo adult male, wishlist item is a natural-light therapy lamp that mimics daylight (son)
- One 20yo adult male, wishlist item is a starter acoustic guitar (son)
All families are extremely grateful for any generosity this holiday season. 

Shopping Party, Supporting NNS!

Join us for a shopping party on Tuesday, December 5th from 5 - 7pm at Milly & Grace. A fun & festive evening of shopping, gift wrapping and refreshments... all for a good cause! 20% of sales will be donated to Nantucket New School!
Hip hip hooray for December birthdays!
12/6    Tom    Connolly    K
12/6    Thomas    Robinson    5th
12/8    Bea    Holland    8th
12/8    Edward    Holland    8th
12/8    Jack    Hunter    7th
12/13    Willa    Trivelas    1st
12/14    Myles    Burton    7th
12/14    Curran    Dutra    4th
12/14    Charlotte    Graham    6th
12/15    James    Corry    PK
12/16    Malikai    Moore    5th
12/16    Emma    Taveras    4th
12/19    Christopher    Akins    4th
12/24    Ren    Lucas    3rd
12/25    Orla    Cressman    7th
12/26    Tripp    Geras    PK
12/26    Forrest    Stout    3rd
12/28    Parker    Erisman    1st
12/29    Mila    Lawrence    K
12/29    Eli    Slosek    5th

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