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Weekly Update: May 11-17

Posted by TNCS on May 10, 2019

Thursday, May 16

  • Spring Athletic Awards Assembly, 2:15, Activities Center, Tier 3 dress day for ALL students.

Friday, May 17

  • Upper School Year-End Celebration Trip to Lake Monacan


Spring Athletic Awards Assembly

The Spring Athletic Awards Assembly will take place on Thursday, May 16 at 2:15 in the Activities Center. This is a Tier 3 dress day for all students. Parents are invited and encouraged to arrive a few minutes early to get a seat before students arrive. Parking will be available at Scottish Rite Temple. 

Moving Up Ceremony and Graduation Reception volunteers needed!

The PA is looking for a few 9th and 10th grade parents to volunteer to help serve cookies at the two receptions following these ceremonies. The help for this is very minimal – it’s helping set-up, monitor, and clean-up from the reception. The school will provide the waters, tablecloths, and cookies—we just need some friendly parent faces to serve. See dates and times below – contact Virginia McAndrew if you’re interested in helping.  

  • 8th grade Moving Up: May 31, 10:30-11:30am  
    • Set-up at 10am, you’d stay through the ceremony, and then reception is immediately following (lasting no more than an hour) 
  • Graduation:  June 4, 5pm 
    • Set-up at 4:15, you’d stay through graduation, and then reception is immediately following (lasting no more than an hour) 

Academic Planning Worksheet

Parents of rising 9th – 12th grade students who are returning to TNCS next year: If you have not signed and returned your student’s Academic Planning Worksheet, please return it to Mr. Rothschild this week. If you have specific questions or other course requests, please contact Mr. Rothschild.

Ambassador Program 

You were once a new parent at The New Community School. You may remember the mixture of excitement and uncertainty of your child starting a new school. You, no doubt, had lots and lots of questions. We would like you to consider being a part of our Parent Ambassador Program. Each Ambassador will be matched up with a new TNCS family in the same division, serving as a resource as they navigate the waters of a new school. You would be someone to turn to with questions and a parent’s perspective. If you are interested in becoming an ambassador, please email Carolyn Tisdale. 

Student Spotlight: Oakleigh Jones

TNCS 8th grader, Oakleigh Jones, dances at Momentum Dance Center with both their Competition Team and Pre-professional Ensemble group. She trains up to 16 hours/week and loves every minute – but make no mistake, she works hard to constantly improve her technique and performance. Oakleigh has also received scholarships to attend summer intensives with Dance Educators of America and The School of Richmond Ballet. This summer she will be attending a Ballet Summer Intensive at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Way to go Oakleigh!

Summer Programs

Sign up for TNCS Summer Programs! Classes are held from June 17 – July 12. Click here to see this year’s brochure. Summer Programs are not just open to TNCS students. If you know someone from another area school who could benefit please share with them!

Tech Tip of the Week: Bee-Aware

Earlier this year we shared the importance of quitting all programs and restarting occasionally to keep your laptop performing at optimal levels. This is your go-to action, the low hanging fruit of ‘How-To’ fix your machine when it starts acting weird and not doing simple tasks. What happens when you do a fresh restart and the problem remains? Next step is to see if your laptop has any OSX and program updates. Updates happen in the App store [Pages, Keynote, Mojave] and some others, like Microsoft Office apps, update under the Help dropdown menu. After running updates to either applications or operating systems, please make sure to check both a second time for additional updates – keep checking until both indicate you are up to date. For example, you check your applications and don’t have any updates in either the app store or with your Office 365 software. Then, you update your MacBook Air to Mojave – this will trigger app updates when it recognizes the new OSX and trigger additional software updates. 


Macbook for Rising 8th Graders

Reminder: Current 7th grade students will need a Macbook Pro or Air as an 8th grader in the 2019-2020 school year at TNCS. Please see the Technology Specifications on our website for more details and direct questions to Jessica DelMonte.


Book Swap

The Upper School LF Department is holding a Book Swap for students May 22-24. We hope faculty, students, parents, and friends will send in gently used books, in any genre, (mystery, sci-fi, dystopia/utopia, sports, biography, young adult, classic lit), anything enticing and appropriate for 9th-12th grade readers. There is a box in the Massey foyer for donations, and books can be easily dropped in the box by the stairs during morning car pool. Some annotating or light penciling is fine, but we really want books that are in good/readable/attractive condition. Upper School students will visit the swap during LF classes, May 22-24, and take home a great read or two. Please bring /send in your books by Monday May 20th. E-mail Lauren Clelland with any questions. Thank you!

Graduation Details

Senior Parents – Please review these Graduation Details with your senior. Graduation is only 23 days away! 

AP Calculus Exam

Good luck to our AP Calculus students, who will take the AP exam this Tuesday and Wednesday! 

Year-End Celebration Trip

Lake Monocan is on Friday, May 17! If your student has not turned in their form, please complete it and return! 

Senior Speeches

Senior Speeches will take place on Thursday, May 23rd at 11am. Participating seniors will speak to the entire upper school about his/her personal values, beliefs, and life lessons. Participating seniors this semester: Abbott Aiken, Benjamin Arnett, Morgan Boseman, Rachel Garrett, Douglas Kurtz, Benjamin Marcia, Cole Myers, Benjamin Northen, Alex Phillips, Reade Stallings, and Phil Wood. If you haven’t already, please RSVP to


Summer and Fall Athletics

  • Saber Strong Summer Program for rising 8-12th grade students is back this summer! These offerings include a focus on physical development, injury prevention, basketball and volleyball skill work, and an opportunity to build strong team relationships. Click the link below for more details.
  • Signups for fall sports will begin this month on campus. Practices begin August 12 for Upper School and August 20 for Middle School. Click the link below for more details.
  • Click here for more details on both summer and fall athletics.


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, 12:32 – 1:05; Middle School Lunch, 11:58  12:31.  

  • Friday, May 17 – Upper School– End of Year Celebration Trip; Middle School – Jason’s Deli is available for lunch orders on this day!  
  • Friday, May 24 –  The Boardwalk