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November 27, 2019

posted Dec 2, 2019, 1:03 PM by Christine Roman

We at NHCS are thankful for.....

Kindergarten
Sylus-family
Foster-going outside
Oliver-riding my bike
Raphael-my mom
Aria-everyone in my class
Julian-alphabet
Cayden-water
Allison-for going to see the hot air balloons
Luke-vegetables
Hazel-family
Noah-family
Preston-four wheeler
Sam-for my reindeer stuffy Comet
Gabby-toy kitties
Owen-everybody in the school
Evan-that I have my own race cars
Hayden-drinking water
Ella-sister

1st Grade
I am thankful for my mom, my dad, my two sisters and my brother. -William
I am thankful for stuffing at Thanksgiving. -Paityn
I am thankful for my family. -Brody
I am thankful for my mom and my dad. -Colin
I am thankful for my family. -River
I am thankful for my friend Molly and submarines. -Christopher
I am thankful for mommy and daddy. -Walter
I am thankful for my lungs even though they aren’t the best anyway. -Liam
I am thankful for my house because it’s nice and warm. -Connor
I am thankful for my mom and dad. -Holten
I am thankful for my family. -Scotty
I am thankful for my school. –Molly

2nd Grade
Michael is thankful for his family, friends and NHCS
Nicholas is thankful for his life
Colten is thankful for the Navy that keeps us safe
Saygen is thankful for his brother, Connelly
Felicity is thankful for her big sister
Addison is thankful for her friends and family
Beck is thankful for his life
Eric is thankful for his mother, since she brought him into this world
Iris is thankful for books and reading
Lexi is thankful for the teachers at NHCS because they help me learn
Noah is thankful for his collectible coin he got from the bank
Evelyn is thankful for friends, books and N.A.S.A.
Peter M. is thankful for his friends, family and NHCS
Noelle is thankful for her family, books and outer space
Ben is thankful for collectible quarters
Peter R. is thankful for his freedom
Alex is thankful for her family, especially her grandmother who spoils her
Wyatt is thankful for his fast cars
Nikolai is thankful for his Pooh Bear
Cody is thankful for his family

3rd Grade
Danika is thankful for my family because I love them.
Bella is thankful for my comfy bed because I can snuggle up in it.
Miles is thankful for having a dog because he sleeps with me and keeps me company.
Addy is thankful for my family and my dog, Trixie.
Sophia is thankful for school because it helps me learn.
Bailee is thankful for my house because it keeps me warm.
Dameian is thankful for books because they help me learn.
Payton is thankful for my cat because she keeps the mice out of my house.
Axton is thankful for Thanksgiving because I love turkey and my family comes together to feast.
Shelby is thankful for my sister, Charlotte, because she gives good hugs.
Ben H. is thankful for my dogs because they are nice and cuddly.
Wilder is thankful for food because it tastes good.
Ben K. is thankful for school because we can learn.
Jesse is thankful for my sister because she keeps me safe.
Dominic is thankful for the army because they protect us.
Ethan is thankful for my friends because they play with me.
Cassidy is thankful for my house because it keeps me safe and my bed because it keeps me warm.
Clare is thankful for my friends because I like to play with them.
Tyden is thankful for electricity because I can watch television.
Joshua is thankful for his family and friends.

4th Grade
Madison A - I am thankful for my pets because when I’m sad they make me feel better.
Isabella S - I am thankful for my pets and family because they help me when I’m sad.
Molly B - I am thankful for my friends.
Connelly K - I am thankful for my family.
Ryan B - I am thankful for math.
Isaac K - I am thankful for my family.
Hunter L - I am thankful for my brother.
Renesmee I - I am thankful for trees because they give us oxygen.
Deagan S - I am thankful for my teacher and classmates.
Leif M - I am thankful for trees because they give us resources (for my chickens).
Ethan P - I am thankful for my family.
Jed M - I am thankful for books.
Ella L - I am thankful for my family.
Logan B - I am thankful for my four wheeler.
Damien S - I am thankful for my Nana and my Mom.
Katie B - I am thankful for books.
Ryan H - I am thankful for my Grammy.
Maggie R - I am thankful for my Nana and Grandpa.

5th grade
Aubrey-Lynn - Family, friends, food, my life, my dogs, my cat
Madeline- I am thankful for my kitten and my other cat. Kaya (the kitten) and Zane (the cat)
Trey- I am thankful for my mom and dad, my house and my phone
Lucas- I am thankful for my family
Mia- I am thankful for my little sister
Serenity- I am grateful for my family and friends
Jack- I am thankful for family
Hannah- I am thankful that my brother is alive from his punctured eardrum
Gracie-May - I am thankful for my new clothes
Jayden- I am thankful for all the sports I can do, my friends and animals
Lauren- I am thankful for my family and my cat
Gabe- I’m thankful for summer so when I relax with my family my dad doesn’t have to worry about
getting called out.
Zach- I am thankful for my family
Colin- I am thankful for my dog because she keeps me happy.
Madison- I am thankful for my cat
Ben- I am thankful for all the love I have found in my family and friends

Faculty & Staff
Gayle Battersby- I am thankful for my beautiful life filled with love and laughter
Ashley Bureau - I am thankful for my family’s health and wellbeing
Lydia Cannon- I am thankful that I can enjoy the small and free pleasures of life.
Hannah Grady- I am thankful that I get to teach music every day.
Deirdre Conway is thankful for amazing family, friends, pets and having well water!
Shelley Doucette is thankful for my wonderful family and friends.
Nicole Eline- I am thankful for my supportive friends, family, and co-workers.
Amanda Seavey- I am thankful for health, family, lifelong learning and coffee.
Krista Morrison- I am thankful for my family, friends, and Pinterest.
Carolyn Mallahan- I am thankful for the unconditional love and support of my family and friends.
Samantha Austin- I am thankful for my family, friends and the beauty of nature.
Susan Schultz- I am thankful for my supportive husband and two wonderful sons.
Rachel Morrison- I am thankful for the health of my family and friends.
April Glenn- I am thankful for family, friends and my pets.
Christine Roman is thankful and grateful for my amazing family and friends
Doreen Troup – I am thankful for my wonderful family, health, my dog Al and beautiful sunsets
Brenda Deneault - I am thankful for my wonderful family, friends, and pets.
Jasmine Fayez- I am thankful for my family and support system.
Ann Holloran--I am grateful and thankful for my loved ones for their support, adventures, and
memories over the years. I am blessed to work with a great group of students and an amazing group
of dedicated and thoughtful adults.

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at NHCS. Have a safe, happy holiday!
-Ann

November 22, 2019

posted Nov 25, 2019, 5:42 AM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Lynn Lyons is a Licensed and Independent Clinical Social Worker out of Concord, NH. I have seen her speak on a few occasions, and read some of her books, Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children and Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids and follow her blog. Here is her most recent blog:




Mr. Rogers was a part of my childhood, and when I watched the documentary, Won’t You Be Neighbor, I felt so many different things that I teared up throughout. I admit I ugly cried for the last five minutes. I plan to see the new movie as soon as I can (it opened tonight!). It’s telling that the trailer makes me cry. I know I’m not the only one. 

Not surprisingly as we head into 2020, we can’t seem to get enough of Fred. His simple and prescient message of connection rang true when I was tiny, truer as a parent to my little boys, and even more so now as I travel the country talking to parents, educators, and mental health professionals about the well-being of our children and families. 

So, I’ve decided to do my part…to facilitate some connection in honor of Mr. Rogers.


I’ll be in MY neighborhood of Concord, NH giving a talk, Can Mr. Rogers Save Us All? The talk is free, but I’ll be asking for donations that will go directly to the Junior Service League of Concord, a volunteer organization whose mission is to support local women and children in crisis. 

When I moved to Concord 20 years ago, I knew no one. I joined the JSL, a group that for 88 years has stepped in to help families in crisis that need their neighborhood the most. Won’t you join me, neighbors, on Monday, December 16th at 7:00 at the newly renovated Bank of NH Stage in downtown Concord? Grab your free ticket at Eventbrite. Children 12 and older are welcome, too.

I have reserved my ticket for the event and look forward to attending. I hope others will take the drive down to hear her speak and take home strategies to build joy and connections within their families. 

Have a great November weekend!
-Ann

November 15, 2019

posted Nov 18, 2019, 4:57 AM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I can’t believe we are already halfway through another month! October seemed to go by rather slowly but November is just flying. We are not going to even mention how cold it has been this week! I saw this on Instagram and thought it would be a good topic for our weekly newsletter.

Elementary age children love to help and learn! We as adults need to provide them the opportunities and have the patience to let them try. It was painful to watch my nephew learn to tie his shoes and cut his food. However, my sister would make Ian try to do those tasks a few times (each time) in order for him to practice and develop those skills. It took a lot of time but not only did he learn to do those things on his own but he also learned perseverance, effort, problem-solving, and fine motor coordination. She had the rule that he had to try tying his shoes twice before she would do it for him. Did she have to get to soccer practice five minutes earlier because of this? YES! But she understood the importance of this concept.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “It’s not the destination, It’s the journey.” The more we can help our children become self-reliant, problem-solvers, risk takers, and confident. The better they will feel about themselves and have the skills to live in our ever-changing world.

Have a great weekend!
-Ann

November 8, 2019

posted Nov 11, 2019, 3:09 PM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

This week I had to attend a funeral for my sister's father-in-law. It was an emotional time as it brought up all the feelings of losing my dad. I was fortunate that my mom, siblings and their spouses were there to get me through it. During our time together, we were able to share stories about my dad and Pop McNeil. On the drive home late Tuesday night I started thinking about all the different values my parents modeled, expected and instilled in my siblings and in me. Character was unquestionably the most important among the other “biggies”, like respect for others and a solid work ethic. Dictionary.com tells us that character is “honesty, courage or the like; integrity.” My parents spoke often about character as something you “can’t turn on and turn off”. They told us that no matter where you are, what you are doing, and with whom you are hanging with, your character should not change. Strength of character is a constant—like a pole star against which everything else is measured. They taught us, by their example, how to behave in different places and situations. 

My mom and dad instilled in us the importance of always evaluating our own behavior and decisions, no matter what others were doing. There were logical consequences for the times when we made mistakes--apologies for being disrespectful, being sent to our rooms, helping to pay for the broken window-- we knew that we could make mistakes but that we needed to own our actions. For me, the greatest consequence of a wrong choice was the disappointment I knew my parents felt. Falling short of their hopes for me really hurt. 

This week, we held a dress rehearsal the day before our Veterans Day assembly. It was a challenging time for many of our students. I was a little more firm and maybe a little grumpy with our students as I reviewed the expectations we expect our students to show. Our students "rocked it" on Thursday morning! At the end of our assembly, I was able to compliment them on their behavior. I am trying to do exactly what my parents showed me so many years ago. I want our students to understand the importance of character, even when no one is watching. J.C. Watts states, “Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.” It’s my hope and dream that our students will want to do the “right thing” even when their parents, teachers, and administrators aren’t present. 

Have a great weekend!
-Ann

November 1, 2019

posted Nov 4, 2019, 5:21 AM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we move the calendar to another month, our school’s attendance committee will be meeting for the first time to review students’ attendance. We know that a child’s attendance plays an important role in their academic and social success. At the beginning of the school year, our speech pathologist sent me the graphic below. I found it to be very informative and interesting. So I thought I would share it at this point in the school year.


Along with teaching our students’ academic skills, we also strive to teach students life-long skills. Arriving at places on time, such as work, appointments, sports practices, and school is one of those important life lessons. Thanks for working with us to teach your child this valuable tool.

Have a great weekend!
-Ann

October 25, 2019

posted Oct 28, 2019, 5:39 AM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

I can’t believe we are at the end of another month!  It has been a busy week for me and things will continue to be busy with our Annual Canned Food Drive, Halloween Parade, Veterans Day assembly, Parent-Teacher Conferences, and Thanksgiving.  Since we have a lot of events coming up, I thought I would highlight a few of them. 

Canned Food Drive & Halloween Parade 
     See the attached flyer regarding these two events upcoming this week  
 
Veterans Day Assembly
     Thursday, November 7 at 9:00 a.m.  We ask that all scouts (boys & girls) wear their uniforms as they will help welcome and seat our honored guests 
     Please reach out to any veterans you know around our community and invite them to join us. 
     All are invited to join us for this celebration
     The PTO will be provide coffee and small snacks for our veterans and their families 
 
Parent-Teacher Conferences 
     Thursday, November 7 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. 
     Friday, November 8 from 8:00 a.m.-Noon 
     If you haven’t scheduled a conference with your child’s classroom teacher please reach out to the teacher or call the main office at 744-3221 
 
No School Days 
     Friday, November 8 (Parent-Teacher Conference Day) 
     Monday, November 11 (Veterans Day) 
 
Potential Whole School Field Trip 
     We are waiting on School Board approval as the field trip is out of state 
     Our PTO received a grant and the school will use our Box Top money 
     Hoping to go to the Boston Museum of Science on Tuesday, November 12 
     This day would be an extended day for students 7:30-3:30 p.m.  
     Due to this time schedule parents will have to make arrangements to pick their child up at school 
     Project Promise will start when we return to school and end at 5:30 p.m. 
     We will look for district-approved parent chaperones to join us for this event 
     More information to come after Halloween 
 
Thanksgiving Break 
     Early Release on Tuesday, November 26—dismissal at noon 
     No School—Wednesday, November 27-December 1 
 
Have a great weekend! 
-Ann

October 18, 2019

posted Oct 20, 2019, 1:10 PM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians,

With this unexpected day off, I am getting caught up on some things and trying to understand the world of video gaming. I know it is early in the year and I am already behind on writing my formal observations for teachers. Out of all the tasks required by a building principal, I struggle most with writing up these items. It is interesting for me because I believe I am an organized and timely person; however, I will always procrastinate on these! I will do everything on my “to-do” list and more before getting these done.

I have tried different strategies to get them finished in a timely manner such as typing as I observe, blocking off time in my schedule to write, and even closing my office door. Some strategies work better, like closing my door, but others don’t help at all, such as bringing my computer in to type. Also, I feel the pressure because I want the observation to be meaningful for my teachers. I really enjoy meeting with the teachers to have our pre-conference to talk about their planning and goals around the lesson. I love being in the classroom. The discussion and coaching that happens in the post-conference remains the highlight of the experience. Educational research on formal observations is mixed. As with teaching, an administrator needs to develop a solid relationship with the teacher first and then provide helpful suggestions and recommendations. Well, I have two written with only twenty-five more observations to go!

Over the past few years, I have wondered about the lure of video gaming with children, teens, and adults. I have asked to play some games when I have been with my nephews, godchildren and boyfriend’s son. I have read different articles and blogs. This morning I watched a documentary called, “The Celebrity Millionaires of Competitive Gaming” and a CNN investigative report called, “Being 13.” Both shows were interesting and provided me with more information about living in this digital and social media world. I am also trying to become more understanding of why young teens and teens are selecting these options over playing sports, reading a book or playing outside. I still have a lot of learning to do on this subject.

Have a weekend!
-Ann

October 10, 2019

posted Oct 14, 2019, 10:54 AM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Over the past few days, the weather people have changed their forecast and it looks like the weather will cooperate for this extra-long weekend. While the students will have an extra 1.5 days off, our teachers will learn a new student software program called Infinite Campus. Our teachers will learn how to take attendance and input grades into this new system. As we tell our students when they learn something new, sometimes there are challenges and everyone learns new skills at a different pace. A few of our teachers and all the administration have been provided with additional trainings so they can help coach the rest of the staff through this process. In the end, we know this change will be beneficial to all stakeholders.

I am writing this article on Wednesday night and wondering what I will do this long weekend. I know some of my “must-do’s”, but I am also trying to think of some different things to do this long weekend. 

Here are my “must-do’s”:
     Work out at least twice
     Pay bills
     Do laundry
     Go to Norwich University to see Maggie play volleyball and celebrate her birthday
     Go to Nashua on Sunday to have brunch with my college roommates and check in on my Mom

Here are some things I am thinking about doing:
     Going to the Sandwich Fair
     Going to the movies
     Going to pick some apples and make an apple pie
     Carving a jack-o-lantern

What are you going to do this long weekend? The autumn colors are hitting their peak around our area. Take some time to travel around and admire the natural beauty of our world. I hope you can take some time to enjoy the company of family and good friends.

Have a great long weekend!
-Ann

P.S. Remember if you ever get bored over the weekend, you can always lose yourself in a good book!

October 4, 2019

posted Oct 6, 2019, 11:58 AM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy October!

Since Wednesday, I have been serving jury duty at the Grafton Court House. It has been an interesting experience and I am learning a ton. The drive up Route 25 has been colorful and beautiful. I hope that today is our last day but I don't know as this is my first experience serving on a jury. During our down time (over a few hours), I should have been writing formal walk-throughs but instead I have been catching up on reading different blogs that I follow.
Dr. Tim Elmore wrote a blog a few years ago about children and doing chores. Here are some excerpts from this blog: https://growingleaders.com/blog/seven-ideas-teach-students-work-ethic/

From a recent survey of parents, 82 percent said "doing chores" was a normal household experience for them growing up. However, only 28 percent of these same parents say they ask their kids to do chores. For some reason, it was good for us, but not good for them. We feel we're not good parents if we stress them out with chores.
    1. Many believe their kids are just too stressed to add chores to their homework.
    2. Many know that trying to make kids do chores leads to an unpleasant argument.
    3. Many can assume they are bad parents if their kids have to work.
    4. Many say that it's just easier to do the tasks around the house themselves.

The Benefits of Chores Go Beyond Work Ethic
A study released from the University of Mississippi collected data drawn from over 25 years, (beginning in 1967) and discovered the obvious, Dr. Marty Rossmann says "chores instilled in children the importance of contributing to their families and gave them a sense of empathy as adults. Those who had done chores as young children were more likely to be well-adjusted, to have better relationships with friends and family and to be more successful in their careers.
What adult wouldn’t want that for this next generation?

In fact, Dr. Rossmann says that "asking children to help with household chores starting at age 3 or 4 was instrumental in predicting the children's success in their mid-20s." Do you realize this was normal a hundred years ago? Families were larger and all kids had to pitch in, even at pre-school age. They did age-appropriate chores like helping to make the bed. It actually helped them mature. "Children are often capable of more than their parents give them credit. Toddlers are eager to please and are ready to show off their big-kid skills, says Nicholas Long, director of the Center for Effective Parenting at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Growing up my siblings and I had weekly chores. We didn't get paid to do the chores, it was an expectation to help out the family. Our chores did rotate but we also could talk to each other and swap chores as needed. Our chores were taking out the trash, setting the table, cleaning the table and emptying the dishwasher. We had a list up on the refrigerator with the rotation schedule. It became something we were required to do and there were no arguments. To this day when we all go home for different events, we still pitch in throughout our visit and do these chores without even thinking about it. I do believe these chores we had as children helped me to develop my work ethic and my understanding of responsibility.

Have a great fall weekend!

-Ann

September 27, 2019

posted Sep 28, 2019, 7:43 AM by Christine Roman

Dear Parents and Guardians,

If you have read these newsletters, you know that I am a worry-wart and have dealt with my dad passing away last May. Well, I have come to realize over the past week that those two facts continue to be true. This whole grief process is so challenging, but also so interesting when I am able to put my emotions aside.

Since my Dad’s passing, I have had what I would call a “pit” in my stomach. Most days the “pit” is small but there are other days the “pit” is so big/heavy that I can feel it. On these heavy days, I find myself always on the verge of crying and most often I have a good sob session. Last week, when my sobbing came on, I was lucky enough to have two of my veteran teachers there to comfort me. After these moments, I try to remind myself, that although my dad isn’t physically here, I am me because of his incredible love and impact. I also try to tell myself that he wouldn’t want me to live in sadness. He would want me to live my life, work hard, and make a positive difference in the world.

I have also learned over the past two weeks that my worry-wart anxiety has grown to a new level. I have come to realize that I only have one parent left so when my mom passes away, I will not have living parents. Wow—that hit me like a rock this week. Over the weekend when I saw my mom, I didn’t think she looked well. She also shared she wasn’t sleeping well at night. Then Monday night, she texted me (I call my Mom every night around 8:30 p.m. to check in to see how her day was and if she needs anything) to say that she was going to bed early as she felt like “a Mack truck” hit her and not to call. Well the worry-wart in me immediately kicked in because my Mom never complains about being hurt or sick! Ten years ago, she fell down a flight of stairs while she was at my apartment. She broke her shoulder in two places and tore her rotator cuff, and she never once complained. Until I heard her voice when I called at 8:30 Tuesday morning, I was in a state of worry. It was so great to hear her voice. After this experience, I talked to my mom a little more about my feelings, called my sister, and talked to a few colleagues at school. My mom reassured me that she is healthy and fine. My sister and colleagues were there with a listening ear. I will need to try to not have my mind go to the worst-case scenario when my mom shares she isn’t feeling well. However, for now, I need to tell myself to be thankful.

On Sunday, my siblings and I will head down to my parents’ house to do some fall cleaning and we are deciding what we will do with some of my dad’s clothes and things. We will also go over to the cemetery to visit his grave. This is my first visit since his burial and his headstone being in place. These events will make it feel even “more real” but I am so lucky to have an amazing family, supportive colleagues and caring friends to help me (and the “pit” in my stomach) through these experiences.

Have a great weekend!
-Ann

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