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NAPS News March 2011


March 2011


Spring Break is nearly here!  The school will be closed Monday, March 14 through Friday, March 18, 2011 for spring break. Enjoy!


NAPS’ Savor Spring Annual Fundraiser is scheduled for this Saturday, March 5!  A portion of ticket sales directly benefits our NAPS students.   We encourage everyone to attend this great event.


The event will include specialty selections from local restaurants, wine tasting, both silent and live auction items, and surprise photos of our beautiful children. In the past, funds have been used to replace and upgrade computer equipment, playground equipment, science programs, and financial assistance.  Funds are also used to keep overall tuition costs down.  Please join us for a delightful evening that benefits everyone associated with the school! 


Visit Our Website, for a preview of many of the great items available for auction.  Photos of the class art are posted!  Enclosed in this Tuesday Envelope is a preview of the great auction items available Saturday night!


Raffle Mania is underway and you have a chance to win $500!  Selling your thirty raffle tickets is an easy way to participate in our fundraising efforts, contribute to your child’s quality of education, and win big!  Families that sell all thirty tickets will be entered into a special drawing for an additional $500 prize!


NAPS Association Board Elections are scheduled for April.   Positions up for election include Treasurer, Personnel, Development, and Communications.  These positions are voluntary and offer an excellent opportunity to support your NAPS community.  Those interested in sitting on the board should contact Joanie Kostacopoulos at or Devon Clouse at


Families enrolling new siblings should look for a confirmation letter and initial invoice in today’s Tuesday Envelope.  The deposit for new siblings only is due March 20, and is nonrefundable except in the case of military orders or medical emergency.  Please notify the Admissions office immediately if your new NAPS student(s) does not appear on the invoice.


Teacher Requests and any requests for special considerations should be submitted in writing directly to NAPS Director, Devon Clouse.  Requests are one of many elements considered when placing students and do not constitute a guarantee.  All class lists will be published in early August.  No advanced notice of placement will be available.


Mardi Gras Celebrations and Dress Down Day are scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, 2011.  All students may wear street clothes in support of the Childhood Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  For a $2 donation, students are encouraged to wear appropriate Mardi Gra colors…purple, gold, and green!  The fifth graders will celebrate with a parade for all the school to see!  The parade is scheduled for 1:30 pm, weather permitting.


Carpool Numbers are difficult to see when positioned on the dashboard.  Please affix your number to the upper passenger side of your windshield, to the back of the passenger sun visor, or hold the number upright so the staff member manning the walkie-talkie can see it clearly. Also, use the bold number assigned by NAPS or a bold number written in marker.  Staff members are unable to see numbers written in pencil or fine point ink.  Please contact Chris Daley for replacement numbers @


NAPS Camp is scheduled for May 31 through June 17, 2011.  The program is designed to bridge the gap between the end of our school year and the beginning of county programs. PK students who have completed at least one year of school at NAPS through graduating fifth graders are eligible to enroll.  Look for detailed information in the March 22 Tuesday Envelope.


PK Conferences are scheduled for April 14 and 15.  Confirmation forms will be sent home shortly after the spring break.


Standardized Testing for kindergarten through fifth grade is scheduled for April 18- 29.  First through fifth grade teachers develop schedules within that time frame, and will inform you of details in early April.  Mrs. Clouse will devise a kindergarten schedule and inform parents as well.  As always, every effort will be made to make-up tests missed due to illness.  However, tests missed due to absences for any other reason may remain incomplete.  Please plan accordingly.


A full night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast will ensure that your child is optimally prepared.  Your extra attention to these matters is greatly appreciated.


Volunteers Needed for the Spring Book Fair!  The fair is scheduled for Monday, April 11 through Thursday, April 14.  Volunteers are needed for all shifts, as well as set-up and pack-up.  Look for a volunteer flyer in an upcoming Tuesday Envelope.  If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Pasiuk at 410-757-3090.




Recent Security Exercise


            The recent security exercise should serve to remind us all that NAPS resides on federal property and therefore we are obligated to comply with all of the Navy’s rules and regulations in situations such as the one last week. 

I know that several NAPS families failed to get their vehicle/driver information in on time and then were frustrated at being turned away by the guards at the end of Greenbury Point.  Although these situations do not come along very often, it is important to read all information that comes home and respond by the deadline imposed.

Finally, please be assured that we would get your children up to the end of Greenbury Point and to you if there were a true emergency and Greenbury Point were blocked to those without proper DOD identification.


Make-Up Work


            I would like to clarify the school’s policy as regards make-up work.  In addition to children missing school due to illness, we have many NAPS families taking vacations during school time.  Although we support family vacations this can present a problem with make-up work, especially for the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. 

            First, it is at the classroom teacher’s discretion whether or not work is sent home for a sick child or a week’s worth of work is gathered ahead to be sent on vacation with a family.  Some teachers choose to do so – others prefer to introduce the work upon the child’s return to school.

In the event of an absence, every effort is made to help the student with missed work.  This is especially true if new material has been introduced during the absence.  But, it is just not possible for the teacher or student to make up every single assignment missed – especially if the absence lasts more than a couple of days.  Assignments and/or tests will be made up at the classroom teacher’s discretion.

As always, any illnesses or vacations requiring an absence of more than a couple of days should be discussed with the teacher.