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Weekly Update: February 3 – 9

Posted by TNCS on Feb 2, 2018


  • Monday, February 5

    • Parents Association meeting, 8am, Greenwood Commons
  • Wednesday, February 7

    • READ Art Show & Sale meeting, 4pm, Westbrook House
  • Thursday, February 8

    • Friday schedule with Food Truck lunch
    • US Speaker Series continues
  • Friday, February 9

    • Coffee with Nancy, 8am, Greenwood Commons
    • Thursday schedule with Jason’s Deli lunch


Lunch Changes This Week

This week’s Food Truck will be on Thursday! Friday will be a normal lunch day, complete with the option to order Jason’s Deli. 

Coffee with Nancy

The next Coffee with Nancy is Friday, February 9, 8am in Greenwood Commons. We will discuss the new tax laws and implications to parents, as well as hear from Decoding Dyslexia Virginia. All parents are invited to attend.

Spirit Week

The Upper School Student Advisory Board is excited to announce a school-wide Spirit Week next week! Each day is a different theme, and the week culminates on Friday with a special Senior Night where we will honor our Senior basketball players between the two varsity games. Here are the details of each day: 

  • Monday: Tacky/Tourist Day  Dress in ridiculous colors, designs, or as a tourist
  • Tuesday: Twin/Teacher Day  Dress with a twin/triplet, or dress up as your favorite teacher
  • Wednesday: Pink Out  Dress in all pink in support of breast cancer awareness. We will be raising money for this cause, so we would love if you brought in a small donation.
  • Thursday: Decade Day  Dress in the following decades:
    • 8th & 12th Grades: 1980’s 
    • 7th & 11th Grades: 1970’s 
    • 6th & 10th Grades: 1990’s 
    • 5th & 9th Grades:  1960’s 
  • Friday: Black and Gold Day Dress in school colors and then come cheer on the Sabers Friday afternoon! Prizes will be given out during the game for most spirited.

Regarding dress code: If a student’s outfit requires tier-one dress code, that is fine as long as they are following the Spirit Week guidelines. For example, on “pink-out day” they are not permitted to wear a green t-shirt, but they could wear a pink t-shirt. Leggings and other tight knit pants may only be worn under tops, skirts, or dresses that are fingertip length or longer.  

Congratulations Mrs. McAndrew!

Congratulations to our Assistant Director of Development on her recent nuptials! Virginia (Layfield) and Sean McAndrew were married on Saturday, January 20th, followed by a relaxing week in Mexico. Stop by Westbrook House to congratulate her! (you may still reach Virginia at until further notice).

Great Reading Games

The Great Reading Games continue, we are currently 13th nationally! 30 minutes a day on Learning Ally helps towards developing a reading habit. Please encourage your student by checking in and asking what they are reading. 

Upcoming Meetings for Europe Trip Summer 2018!

You will soon receive forms that need to be completed and some notarized. We also will have a representative from World Strides skype with us in either March or April to answer any questions or address concerns. 

We have 3 important meetings planned to go over essential information about the trip, get to know each other better, and learn more about the countries we will be visiting. We will enjoy some fun activities related to our travel and share food that relates to each country. The meetings will be on Sunday evenings in Greenwood Commons from 7-8pm. Parents and students are invited to attend.

  • February 11: Italy; please bring a copy of your passport. 
  • March 18: France 
  • April 22: Spain 

Mark your calendars and plan to be there for information, food and fun! Questions? Contact Mrs. Noble or Ms. Latta.



Student Life

We hope everyone had a blast on Ski Day! This Friday, the MS students will learn more about the upcoming Student Led Conferences. 

Reading Games and the Richmond Flying Squirrels

The Richmond Flying Squirrels Baseball team wants to help encourage Middle School students to read for our Learning Ally Great Reading Games and Battle of the Books! The Squirrels will give a free baseball ticket to their April 18 game (with fireworks!) to every student who reads 8 books between February 1 and March 30. Students can earn a free ticket by having a parent sign off that they read each of the 8 books on a special Squirrels bookmark. We will give the bookmarks out next week. When a student has read 8 books, they will turn the bookmark in to Mrs. Petzer to receive a free baseball ticket. Keep Reading, Sabers! 

Reading Games Featured Books of the Week

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones
Harry’s Mad 
by Dick King-Smith


Volunteer Opportunity

On Saturday, February 17th, from 9:45am-1pm, Middle School students will be volunteering to help Houlagan’s Rest Dog Shelter at Stony Point Fashion Park. Students will have the opportunity to participate in their “Hike A Houlagan” program by walking dogs around the mall. This program builds confidence for dogs who need to reconnect with people and will allow our students to have the opportunity to bond with the needy animals. It is not an obedience class, it is simply leash-walking a rescue dog. Visit their website to learn more: 

Click here for the permission slip and Houlagan’s Rest required forms. In order to participate, students should turn in all of these forms to Mrs. Clelland or Mrs. Harley. All forms must be turned in by February 15. There is limited space on the bus, so students also have the option to meet our group at Stony Point Fashion Park. Contact Mrs. Harley with any questions.


Speaker Series

The Speaker Series on Entrepreneurship continues this week. Thursday afternoon, students will hear from local business owners from Beaty and Brown, Nudge, and Peter Blair. 

College Acceptances

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

  • Carolyn: Radford University 
  • Sydni: Longwood University 

English 12 Field Trip

On Wednesday, February 7,  English 12 students will see a performance of Brave New World at the Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center. We will leave after 1st period and return during lunch. Please turn in your permission slip to Ms. Orsini or Ms. Butterworth. 

Reading Games Featured Books of the Week

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
by Paul Fleischman


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.

  • Note: There will be no Jason’s option on Thursday, February 8. Instead we will have The Boardwalk Food Truck.

Food Truck Fridays

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

  • THURSDAY, January 8 –  The Boardwalk
  • January 9 – No Food Truck – Regular ordering process for Jason’s Deli instead
  • February 16 – Professional Development Day, no classes
  • February 23 – Pizza Day – Proceeds benefit Saber Athletics