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Weekly Update: September 30-October 6

Posted by TNCS on Sep 29, 2017

  • Monday, October 2

    • Parents Association Meeting, 8am, Greenwood Commons
    • 11th Grade Parent Gathering, 7pm, Greenwood Commons
  • Tuesday, October 3

    • College Rep visit from Roanoke College
    • 8th Grade Parent Gathering, 7pm, Greenwood Commons
  • Thursday, October 5

    • Picture Day for Grades 5-11
    • Deadline to register for the November SAT
  • Sunday and Monday, October 8-9

    • SATs


Grades on Portals

Teachers are updating grades on Portals by this weekend and will be posting reports that describe what their classes have been working on. To get these reports parents need to log onto their Portals accounts and then 1) click on the Reports Tab, 2) select Progress Reports, 3) select a class and click on it to see the report from the teacher.

Picture Day

Lifetouch will be on campus for picture day for grades 5-11 on Thursday, October 5 (makeup day November 8). Typical school day attire is appropriate. See details below regarding placing orders for photo packages. If you have questions with the ordering process, please call 800.736.4753 or email rvterritory@lifetouch.com.

  • Online orders: visit mylifetouch.com. Use the Picture Day ID: RV157081Q0 (both are zero’s, not oh’s). They accept Mastercard, Visa, AmEx, and Paypal.
  • Cash/Check: Paper copies of the order forms will go home with students this week. Please make checks payable to Lifetouch. Forms may be turned in to the main office anytime prior to or on picture day.

Seniors will have their picture day on Monday, October 30. Details on senior picture day will be coming soon.



Grade Level Parent Gatherings

Grade level parent gatherings are a great way to get to know other parents in your child’s grade, hear from Nancy Foy and Division Directors, Eric Gobble or Carolyn Tisdale and Adam Rothschild, and ask questions. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this gathering – click here to RSVP. All will take place on campus in Greenwood Commons. Light refreshments will be served.

  • 5th/6th Grades: Tuesday, October 10, 7pm
  • 8th Grade: Tuesday, October 3, 7pm
  • 10th Grade: Wednesday, October 11, 7pm
  • 11th Grade: Monday, October 2, 7pm


Simulation: Experience Dyslexia  

Join us on October 18th from 6-8pm as we host a simulation designed to help you experience the difficulties and frustrations that people with dyslexia and related learning differences encounter daily with reading, writing, and spelling. This simulation helps parents, teachers, and other professionals actually feel what it‘s like to have a reading or processing problem. Free and open to the public. Space is limited – RSVP to info@tncs.org  

Coffee with Nancy

Mark your calendar for the next Coffee with Nancy on Thursday, October 26 at 8am in Greenwood Commons. We will welcome a representative from Side by Side (formerly ROSMY), an organization dedicated to creating supportive communities where Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth can define themselves, belong, and flourish. There will be time to hear from Side by Side, as well as ask questions. Students will also hear from Side by Side the following day. To learn more visit sidebysideva.org. 

READ Art Show & Sale  

The 10th Annual READ Art Show & Sale is the Parents Association’s annual fundraiser and will take place on March 23-24, 2018. The event features 80+ local & regional artists selling their work in support of TNCS. Last year the event raised $80,000! There is a ticketed reception Friday night and then open to the public on Saturday. We need many hands to make this happen and will be asking for parent volunteers during the event and the week leading up to it. But the planning starts now! If you are interested in helping throughout the year with the planning and logistics of READ please consider attending the first planning meeting: Wednesday, October 11, 4pm in Westbrook House. If you cannot attend due to the 10th grade parent gathering or other conflicts but would like to hear more, please contact April Eddleton. 

Decoding Dyslexia Meeting & 5k Run

Decoding Dyslexia Virginia’s next monthly meeting will be Monday, October 2 from 7-8:30pm at Riverside School. The topic will be “Working Toward the IEP Your Child Needs”. Decoding Dyslexia meetings are open to anyone interested. DecodinDyslexiVirginia is also sponsorintheir 3rd Annual 5k Run for Dyslexia and 1 Mile Fun Run on October 15 at Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Station in celebration of October being Dyslexia Awareness Month. Click here for more details and to register.

Pizza Mondays

Mondays are pizza days for lunch at TNCS, to benefit the athletic department. Slices of cheese and pepperoni pizza from Domino’s are available. Students place their order on sheets posted on campus. Pizza is $1.50/slice. Drinks are also available for $1.00. Both are billed to the student’s account. Cash is not accepted.

We are looking for parent volunteers to help serve pizza on Mondays from 11:45am – 1:15. Click here to sign up to help!

Jason’s Deli Lunch Options Tuesday – Thursday

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays students are able to purchase in advance lunches from Jason’s Deli. Orders are submitted online by noon the day before delivery. Click here for the order form, which can also be found via a link at the top of the school’s homepage.

Food Truck Fridays


Join us for our Food Truck Fridays! Upper School Lunch, 11:53 – 12:26; Middle School Lunch, 12:33 1:06.

  • October 6 – The Boardwalk
  • October 13 – Pizza Day – Proceeds to benefit TNCS Athletics 12:00 Dismissal, No Friday Lunch
  • October 20 – No Classes, Progress Review
  • October 27 – Carytown Burgers and Fries



This Friday we will have our first round of clubs! This is a great opportunity for our studentto try something neand explore their passions. Be sure to ask youchilthis week whaclub they will be joining. This will also be a special time for the Middle School as students who have chosen to run for Student Advisory Board will give speeches and their peers will vote on who they want to represent them for their grade level. 


National Honor Society

Congratulations to the newest members of NHS! Last Sunday nine new members were inducted at a candlelight ceremony in Greenwood Commons. Welcome to senior Ella and juniors Emma, Morgan, Rachel, Gabrielle, Ben, Olivia O., Reade, and Olivia T. They join our eight returning members. This is the largest NHS chapter TNCS has ever had. Thus far NHS has raised $400 for Hurricane Relief efforts this year.

October SAT

Seniors who are taking the October SAT on October 8th and 9th should arrive to TNCS by 10am on Sunday, October 8th. On Monday, October 9th, students should arrive on campus by 8:30am. Students need to bring the following items: 

  • Computer 
  • Charger 
  • Headphones
  • #2 pencils
  • Approved calculator 
  • Admission ticket – please print the admission ticket with your photo. You can find this on the College Board page under SAT registration. 
  • Snacks and water 

November SAT

Seniors who plan on taking the November SAT on November 4th and 5th should plan on registering for the SAT by October 5thIf you have questions or would like help while registering, please contact Ms. Latta. 

PSAT/NMSQT for Juniors

Juniors will have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT on Saturday, October 14th. The test will begin at 8:30am, so students will need to arrive on campus no later than 8:15am. To cover test administration costs, a fee of $36 will be charged to student accounts. Click here to access the permission form. Please return the form as soon as possible. Ms. Latta will hold pre-administration meetings during Extra Help leading up to the test where students will receive information on what to bring and expect during the test. If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Latta at CLatta@TNCS.org 

College Rep Visits

This week, Alex Carr from Roanoke College will visit TNCS during Extra Help on Tuesday, October 3rd Any interested juniors and seniors should plan on coming to Ms. Latta’s room during Extra Help on these dates. Upcoming college representatives include: 

  • October 3 – Roanoke College 
  • October 11 – Randolph-Macon College 
  • October 18 – Longwood University 
  • October 23 – University of Mary Washington 
  • October 25 – Shenandoah University 
  • October 26 – Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) 
  • October 30 – Radford University 
  • November 1 – Ferrum College 

Stay tuned for more colleges to be added to the list. 

11th and 12th Grade Parent Gatherings  

The 11th Grade Parent Gathering will be Monday, October 2, and the 12th Grade Parent Gathering will be Monday, September 25. Both will be from 7-9pm in Greenwood Commons. Light refreshments will be served. If you have not already, please click here to RSVP.

Graduation Supply Orders

Seniors and Parents – Jostens, our Graduation Supply Company, will be meeting with our Seniors on Thursday, October 12, at 3pm in Greenwood Commons to learn about ordering caps, gowns and graduation announcements. During this meeting, students will be given order forms.   

Our Jostens Representative will return to campus on Thursday, October 19 at 3pm in Greenwood Commons to collect orders. Seniors must plan to order a cap and gown, but graduation announcements are not required.   

Senior parents are welcome to join these meetings! Additional details regarding the ordering process will also be sent to senior parents by email. Graduation day is only 247 days away!  



Athletic Schedules

Game schedules and scores can be found on www.tncsathletics.org.