Makerspace Is Coming to Northeast!

makerspace_word_cloudMakerspaces are popping up everywhere, and now, Northeast has its very own. Our Makerspace will allow students to explore STEM-based concepts, encouraging kids to design, experiment, build and invent as they engage in science, engineering and tinkering activities. The Makerspace will evolve through the years, but will open with four main stations: a construction/building station, a stop-motion animation station, a crafting station, and a robotics/programming station. The PTO is collecting items for these stations and future stations. Items most immediately needed include duct tape, paper recyclables like toilet and paper towel rolls, tissue boxes, miscellaneous paper and envelopes, cardboard, etc.

In addition, if you have any (new or gently-used) building toys such as Keva Structures, Strawbees, or K’NEX sets, we could definitely use these in the Makerspace. A box will be placed in the main office to collect all items.

As we grow the Makerspace, the PTO will continue to collect all the items listed above, as well as any of the following: old electronics that kids can take apart and try to rebuild, gently-used Legos, marble runs, robotic/programming toys, and a sewing machine. Have something else you think the Makerspace could use? Please contact Carin Kalt or Maya Noren with any questions.


Apex Fun Run

apexfunrunfullcolorlogo1024x8201The 2nd annual Northeast APEX Fun Run 2-week program kicks off with a pep rally on Monday, 10/17. After the pep rally our Legendary Leaders will begin to form. Check your child’s backpack for a pledge kit to help them collect pledges for laps. Race day is Monday, October 31st.

Help us reach our $4/lap per child goal by calling family and friends and sharing your child’s pledge page on http://apexfunrun.com.

Get ready to hear all about how your child will transform into a Legendary Leader!

In the meantime, please sign up to volunteer during your child’s run time.

The chart below explains the prize structure. If you have any questions, please contact Alyssa Bernstein.



Got a Great Brain Buster Idea?

before-after-clubhouseNortheast is gearing up for another successful Brain Busters program. But we need your help! This extended after-school program offers Northeast students the opportunity to explore new subjects. In past years, students have enjoyed sports programs, language and math classes, as well as classes focused on art, nature and animals. Brain Busters is looking for parent volunteers to lead Fall programs on Mondays and/or Thursdays. Please share your talents with our Northeast students. If you are interested, contact Yasmin Tirado with a description of your proposed program and the number of students that could attend.


Odyssey of the Mind: Update

odyssey-of-the-mindOdyssey Parent Meeting

Tuesday, October 18

8:00 AM at Northeast School

This meeting is for parents of students in grades 3-5 who are interested in Odyssey of the Mind, a creative problem-solving, STEAM-based after-school program that culminates in a competition. The coordinator for Odyssey in Stamford, Kim Kempton, will be meeting with us to talk about launching the program at Northeast. We are hoping to have two teams of 5-7 students. If you would like to attend (or if you want to attend but can’t make it: either way!), please contact Kim Kempton at kkempton@spefct.org.

If you missed the meeting at the Government Center, or just want to learn more to see if this is a good fit for your creative problem-solver, please plan to attend!

More information here.


Open House Nights This Week

openhouseNortheast teachers and staff welcome you to the school’s Annual Open House Nights. This is your opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and specialists and to learn more about the year’s curriculum. NEPTO will also be selling Spirit Wear in the lobby.

Open House for Kindergarten- 2nd grade will take place on Wednesday, October 5.

Open House for grades 3- 5 will take place on Thursday, October 6.

Due to the large number of people expected, this is an “adults only” event. Please make every effort to attend.


Visit the Bruce Museum

Earth Science, Rocks and Minerals, Electricity, Animals and their Habitats, and More at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich

The Bruce Museum is featuring several exhibits—some temporary, some permanent—on topics that enrich Northeast’s science and social studies curriculum across several grades. Visit their website for more information.


Fall Festival 2016

The Northeast Fall Festival will be held Saturday, October 22 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Come join us outside on the back field for a fun morning of pumpkin painting, games, music, face painting, tattoos, popcorn and much more!

To register, click here or look for a paper form in your child’s folder and return it by Friday, October 14.

The price is $6 per child in advance or $10 at the door.

In the event of rain, the festival will be held Sunday, October 23.

Download the flyer and sign up to attend.

If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer during the festival, please contact Christine Meek at cmbuono@aol.com.


Odyssey of the Mind: Mandatory Parent Meeting

The Stamford Odyssey of the Mind program is proud to announce that the program has selected the Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) as its new fiscal sponsor.  SPEF’s education-focused mission, as well as existing relationships with Stamford Public Schools (SPS) staff, will assist in reinforcing the value of the Odyssey progodyssey-of-the-mindram where it is already in place, while helping to introduce creative problem-solving into additional school buildings. Northeast will be forming a team with students in grades 3, 4 and 5. See flyer for details.

To learn more, please join us for a mandatory parent information session on Thursday, September 29th from 7:00p.m. – 9:00 p.m.at the Stamford Government Center, 5th Floor Conference Room.  For more information email program director, Kim Kempton, at kkempton@spefct.org.

Odyssey of the Mind teaches students skills that they need to be successful today and in the future. Odyssey of the Mind provides an extra-curricular activity for students, driven by discovery and exploratory learning.

-Think and work creatively and solve problems using sound judgement.

-Reason and utilize systems thinking.

-Communicate clearly and collaborate effectively with others.

TEAMS ARE BEING FORMED NOW! See flyer for complete details.

Participation is open to students in grades 3 – 12.  Teams of 5-7 students meet weekly from October – March, preparing for the State Competition on Saturday, March 18th.  New teams will be formed based on availability of coaches. Teams can be coached by teachers and/or parents.  No previous experience is necessary.  Training, materials and mentoring is provided.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Northeast program, contact Anne Flounders or Rose Wong.


Harvest Festival Weekend @ SMNC

Harvest Festival Weekend, Stamford Museum and Nature Center, October 15-16, 11-3

Enrich your child’s education at SMNC’s Fall Harvest Festival Weekend. The 5th Connecticut Regiment will present a view into colonial life through their re-creation of camp life, military drills, crafts, uniforms, and weapons of the period. Your children have or will be studying Connecticut and colonial history and this is fabulous opportunity to experience this history coming to life. Also while at the festival see how apple cider is made, learn about farm animals, and participate in seasonal crafts and activities. For more information and to see ticket prices visit http://www.stamfordmuseum.org/harvest-festival.html.



Learning to Look: Volunteers Needed (Grades 2 & 4)

The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer


Do you want to have fun in your child’s classroom?

Do you enjoy art and want to learn more?

Would you like to get to know your child’s classmates better?

Then volunteering for Learning to Look is for you!

Learning to Look is a fun and interactive art education program for all second and fourth grade classrooms.

We need parent volunteers to go into their child’s classroom once a month and have fun teaching them about the elements of art and select masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City – don’t worry, no art background required! Students in second grade will be looking at 18th and 19th century masterpieces and students in fourth grade will be looking at American masterpieces.

At the end of the school year the children, teachers, and parent volunteers will go on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

If you would like to volunteer for this program, please contact Anna Martignoni at 203-595-9117 or anna.m@alumni.duke.edu.



First PTO Meeting of the Year

chs-pto-550x0Please join Principal Gordon and the PTO this Thursday, Sept. 22, at 6:30pm for the first PTO meeting of the year. Mr. Gordon will discuss this past summer’s building improvements and more. The PTO will share news about upcoming fundraising goals and school events. As always, Principal Gordon and the PTO will also be available to answer your questions. Our school works best when the entire community is involved. We hope you will attend!

This PTO meeting features:

  • Live Spanish translation
  • Complimentary childcare provided by ROSCCO in the Media Center
  • Conference call participation if you can’t attend in person: Dial 408-638-0968 and enter Meeting ID Number 537 787 529. Ask questions during the meeting at www.sli.do/home using Event Number 8546.


Time to Join Chess Club

chessclub_imageThe Northeast PTO is pleased to sponsor the 2016 fall Chess Club, taught by Merritt Nesin. The club will begin Monday, September 26, and continue every Monday for 11 weeks, with the last lesson on Monday, December 19. Chess Club will not meet on 10/3 or Columbus Day 10/10. The club will meet in the Media Center from 2:45 until 4:15 pm. Teachers will dismiss students from their classrooms to the Media Center. Parents must pick up their child at 4:15 pm in the Media Center. There is no after-school bus transportation.

Registration is open to grades 2 through 5 and is limited to a maximum of 20 players. The cost is $50 for the fall session. All levels of players are welcome. There will be lessons on the rules of chess for beginners, and lessons on strategies for those who are more advanced. Sportsmanship and thinking will be stressed.

Download the flyer for more information.

You can also pay online.


Promote Your Business and Support NEPTO with a Directory Ad

The Northeast School Directory is a frequently used resource that reaches every family at Northeast. Please consider buying an ad to help offset the cost of this directory — provided free of charge to every household — and to promote your business or service among the Northeast community. A link to the online ad form is below. Thank you for your support!

Buy Your Ad Now


Pie and Cookie Sale

piesOrder your Lyman Order Pies and Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough and receive it in time for the holidays!

Otis Spunkmeyer® cookie dough is the cookie dough with sweet benefits and taste for your group. Each 2.5 lb. box comes with approximately 36 one-ounce pre-portioned cookies. Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough can be frozen for up to 1 year. It also can be thawed and refrozen, making handling and storage easy!

For 275 years, Lyman Orchards has been making fresh fruit desserts the old-fashioned way, one at a time. Starting from scratch with every crisp, they peel and slice fresh apples, adding them to their delicious glaze and oat topping. Many of the fillings are made from fresh fruits picked at their Middlefield, CT orchards. They deliver the crisp frozen, ready for you to bake for a special occasion! Just bake and serve.

Start Date is 9/6/16. Return Order by 9/23/16. Pick-up Date 11/7/16.

Download the order form and start selling today!


Stay In Touch!

NortheastLogoPlease submit your information for the Northeast School Directory and to receive our weekly e-newsletter, which is packed with all the information you need to stay up to date on what’s going on with NEPTO and at school.


Order Northeast Spiritwear

northeast09Show your Northeast School pride! Northeast’s spiritwear for 2016-2017 is on sale now through September 16. Shorts, shirts, jackets and more are available in both kid and adult sizes. Place your order online or submit the folder that is being sent home with your child.

The sale will only be open for two weeks, so don’t wait! Order today. Once the sale ends, it’s over and you will not be able to order again this year.


Welcome Coffee With Principal Gordon & Volunteer Fair


The first day of school is coming up fast! Please plan to stop by the gym after dropoff for a welcome coffee with Principal Gordon. This is also the time to sign up to volunteer for NEPTO’s various committees, events and activities, or to be a Room Parent for your child’s classroom.

Can’t make the Volunteer Fair in person? It’s easy to sign up to volunteer online.


Teacher/Parent Potluck Mixer

meet_teacherNOTE NEW DATE! The Teacher/Parent Potluck Mixer is a great way to kick off the school year and get to know your child’s teachers in an informal setting. Please join us on Thursday, September 8 at 3:00 pm in the gym. Childcare is provided on site.

NEPTO is asking parents to bring an appetizer or dessert to share at the potluck. Sign up now with your contribution.

Questions? Please contact NEPTO co-president Jacque Sanchez.


Incoming Kindergartners’ Play Dates


The Northeast Elementary School PTO (NEPTO) welcomes new kindergartners and their families! We will be hosting two play dates for kids to meet their new classmates and incoming families to meet other Northeast families.

The play dates will be held on Wednesday, August 10 at 10:30 am, and on Saturday, August 20 at 10:00 am, both on the Northeast School playground (behind the school; from the front lot, walk behind the far-right side of the building. From the back lot, walk up the stairs, through the playing field, and turn right).

Current families are invited as well. Let’s play!


Summer Reading Program

Hope you’re all enjoying a great summer! In case you misplaced your information about the Summer Reading Program from the Ferguson Library:

-> Sign up online or at any branch of the Ferguson Library.

-> Encourage kids to complete the summertime activity appropriate for their new grade level.

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