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Parent Handbook: Special Activities


Special Activities

School Pictures

Individual pictures are taken in the fall and will be ready for holiday gift-giving.

Class pictures are taken in January.

A student-body picture is taken in the spring.



Birthdays are important events for children; accordingly, teachers will allow class time for brief celebrations. Parents are asked to provide the refreshments for these parties. Parents are welcome to schedule un-birthday parties for children who have summer birthdays. If a student is having a party at home, parents are asked to refrain from distributing invitations at school unless the entire class is invited.



As an independent, nonprofit organization, NAPS faces the enormous challenge of providing an outstanding faculty and facility to support the growing needs of its students while maintaining the lowest tuition cost in the area. Development activities are managed by the development chairman elected to the NAPS Board of Directors.

An annual giving fund, established in 2001, provides for specific, short-term projects and is supported by pledges made annually. In the recent past, the annual giving fund and the annual auction proceeds have funded the new fence and gazebo; new desks throughout the school, science equipment for first through fifth grade, and a completely new kitchen. All gifts are tax-deductible.


Classroom Fundraising

Parents and teachers organize several activities during the year to raise money for specific classroom purposes. The success of these ventures depends entirely on the willingness of a sufficient number of parents to participate. These activities provide an opportunity for new parents to become better acquainted with the school as well as with other parents.


Charitable Fundraising

Throughout the year, the school sponsors a variety of fundraising events for local, national, and worldwide charitable organizations. These activities often take the form of a dress down day. Students are given the opportunity to wear street clothes in exchange for a nominal donation. Students are not required to participate.


Holidays Celebrations

Classroom parties are planned and implemented by parent volunteers. The school celebrates Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter, with these occasions being casual-dress days. Children dress in costumes for Halloween but these costumes may not be gory or include toy weapons of any kind.

At the beginning of the school year, each family is asked to make a commitment to help with at least one party per child. If a family has more than one child in the school, parents should participate in a separate party for each student. Teachers rely on the supervision and manpower provided by parent volunteers throughout the entire event. Parents are required to make child-care arrangements for younger siblings while volunteering in the classroom.