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Weekly Update: December 2-8

Posted by TNCS on Dec 1, 2017

  • Saturday-Sunday, December 2-3

    • SATs
  • Wednesday, December 6

    • Gallagher Wellness Afternoon for 7th and 8th Graders
  • Thursday, December 7

    • Review Period begins
  • Friday, December 8

    • Side by Side Assemblies



The first semester is drawing to a close. Students in grades 8-12 will be reviewing for exams for a week, beginning on Thursday, December 7th. Exam Week starts Thursday, December 14th and continues through Tuesday, December 19th. Saturday, December 16th and Wednesday, December 20th are make-up days for exams missed due to illness. Students and their parents will receive individual exam schedules next week. In general, exams for grades 8 and 9 will be in the morning (start time 9am) and exams for grades 10-12 will be in the afternoon (start time 12:30), except that all Tuesday exams will be in the morning. Check the middle and upper school sections for more detailed information. 

Students in grades 5, 6, and 7 do not have exams during Exam Week. Instead, they will work on special cross-disciplinary projects during the mornings. Their school hours will be 8am to noon during Exam Week. There are a few 6th and 7th grade students who do take math exams, but they will take them during the school day on December 13th. 

Trip to Arlington

On Saturday December 16, US and MS student volunteers will go to The National Cemetery in Arlington to help lay wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers. This is part of the Wreaths Across America program and is a great experience. We will leave very early in the morning (5:45am)Click here for trip details and a permission slip. Sign up soon – bus space is limited! 

OSx Updates

8th – 12th grade families, just a friendly reminder that if you are updating your Operating System (OSx) on your laptop, the process can take several hours. It is best to upgrade the OSx during a time when you do not need your laptop for a while. Once the update has started, please do not ‘force quit’ your computer (by holding down the power button until the laptop restarts). This may result in getting the dreaded flashing Question Mark Folder (see image below) or even worse, damage to the hard drive. The flashing question mark folder indicates that the laptop cannot find the startup drive. If this happens to you, Mrs. DelMonte can assist in fixing this problem.   

Potential OSx Updates:

  • From El Capitan to macOS Sierra 
  • From El Capitan to macOS High Sierra 
  • From macOS Sierra to macOS High Sierra 

Giving Day

Thank you to all who participated in Giving Day on Friday, December 1st! We raised over $400! All of the proceeds will go to purchase items for the VCU Chemo Care Kits. The Upper School students will put these kits together as part of their holiday celebration on December 13th. Thank you for helping us bring some cheer to those who are going through chemo treatment this holiday season.

Side by Side Assembly

A representative from Side by Side will hold three separate, grade appropriate presentations for our 5th and 6th, 7th and 8th, and Upper School students on Friday, December 8th.

Opportunity to Host an Exchange Student 

A current TNCS parent is looking for host families for a Chilean student. He will be in Virginia for 2 months (December 17-February 15) and has met high standards of academic accomplishments, English aptitude, and church involvement. If interested, click here for more information on the exchange program and the student. You can also search Chilean Youth Exchange Program on Facebook or contact the coordinator, TNCS parent Cheryl Lafferty at 804.314.4925, Note: This program is not affiliated with TNCS.  

Decoding Dyslexia Monthly Meeting  

The next DDVA meeting will be Monday, December 4 at 7pm at the Bon Air Public Library, Room B. Click here to the view their flyer with more details. Meeting is open to anyone. 


Gallagher Wellness Afternoon for 7th and 8th Graders

The Gallagher Foundation will lead our 7th and 8th grade students through an afternoon of wellness activities on Wednesday, December 6th. The students will learn about the impact of positive words, stress management, and mindfulness.

Exam schedule

  • 6th and 7th grade Pre-Algebra and Algebra I exams – 8am on Wednesday, December 13 (during the regular school day)
  • 8th grade exams 
    • 9am Thursday, December 14 – English 
    • 9am Friday, December 15 – History 
    • 9am Monday, December 18 – Science 
    • 9am Tuesday, December 19 – Pre-Algebra and Algebra exams 

8th Grade Trip to VMFA

On Thursday the 8th grade visited the Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperer of China exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. They then gathered in Greenwood Commons to make some creations of their own!



College Acceptances

Congratulations to the following seniors who have been accepted to college! 

  • Christa: Bridgewater College 
  • Sam: Radford University 
  • Ella: Meredith College
  • Kaki: Randolph-Macon College 
  • Marian: Randolph-Macon College and University of the Sciences 

Exam schedule

  • 9th grade exams 
    • 9am Thursday, December 14 – English 
    • 9am Friday, December 15 – History 
    • 9am Monday, December 18 – Science 
    • 9am Tuesday, December 19 – Math 
  • 10th, 11th, and 12th grade exams 
    • 12:30pm Thursday, December 14 – English 10, Science 11, Government 12 
    • 12:30pm Friday, December 15 – Science 10, English 11, English 12 
    • 9am Saturday, December 16 – AP History 
    • 12:30pm Monday, December 18 – Math 10, Math 11, Math 12 
    • 9am Tuesday, December 19 – History 10, History 11, Science 12, Art Honors 


Athletic Schedules

Game schedules and scores can be found on


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.

  • December 8 – The Boardwalk 
  • December 15 – Exams and Group Projects  No Lunch on Campus