Principal's Newsletter Oct. 30, 2018

Dr. Wilson's Newsletter
Posted on 10/30/2018
Dr. Wilson's Newsletter


It has been a busy & joyful fall at Nolan! Thank you for supporting the upcoming PTA Fun Run on November 8th. I am proud that our PTA fundraiser incorporates character education, physical fitness, and leadership. We would love to have families join us! It is sure to be a fun event where special memories are made! PTA intends to give back 10% of the proceeds to the teachers and use the remaining funds to buy new water coolers (fountains) that have water bottle refill dispensers and upgrade technology.


·         The Book Fair was a Beautiful Success! Mrs. Dowd, our librarian, was able to purchase $3500 in NEW books for the library. She received an additional $2000 in proceeds and is asking students for input on wishes for the library!

·         Giving BackNolan was able to donate $1803.62 to the Signal Mountain Social Services through the Student Council Coin Drive!

·         Pumpkin Coin Drive Winners: 1st Place HEDGEHOG: Samantha Altizer and Kyra Keanaaina; 2nd Place FORTNITE: Porter Jones and Joseph Urcheck; 3rd Place CINDERELLA: Riley Mauldin; 4th Place MELTED ICECREAM: Caroline and Lily Bernard

·         Teacher Leadership: Mrs. Becky Cox, Kindergarten teacher, won $850 Krystal Foundation grant to create S.T.E.A.M. carts for the playground!

·         Campus Improvements: In honor of Arbor Day, Student Council planted 4 red maple trees, sponsored by Enterprise Car Rental, to increase shade on the playground.

·         Arbor Day Winners: Poetry Winners: Aidan Rock, Kara Sutterfield, Isabelle Alpers, and Lily Haynes

Art Poster Winners: Sophia Chemin, Bess Innes, Samantha Thirston, Kara Sutterfield, and Claire Allen

·         Community Engagement: We have trained over 90 Book Buddy Volunteers to listen to K-2 readers! If you are interested in volunteering and have not been trained, please contact

·         Box Tops: Thank you for clipping! The following classes clipped over 300 Box Tops: Kindergarten: Adams, Calhoun; 1st: Hogue, Jones; 2nd: Kelley, Self, Cleary and Sharp; 3rd: Barrett: overall winner with 468 box tops; 4th: Johnston and Orenstein, 5th: Kennedy and Lisowski Thank you to Nikki Kent and her volunteer team who counted and prepped the labels!

·         Spreading Joy: Thank you to 4th grade parents for the Spooktacular Happy Cart! It was fun and very delicious!


Upcoming Events:

  • Oct 31- Dress Up Day (optional), No makeup, nothing scary, no props, no masks that cover full face J
  • Oct 31-Nov 7 Apex STRONG Character mini-lessons
  • Nov 1- Fall Picture Retakes: Please return the Lifetouch packet and contact the classroom teacher requesting a retake. Students who were absent on picture day will be photographed.
  • Nov 6- The PTA Reflections Art entries are due. There are 6 categories your student can participate - Dance Choreography, Film, Literature, Music, Photography and Visual Arts. Information and entry forms went home in September and more information can be found at  If you have any questions, please contact Marleah Alpers ( or Ledys Chemin ( 
  • Nov 6- 5th Grade Field Trip, Chickamauga Battlefield 
  • Nov 6- Election Day
  • Nov 7- Sportswear Extension: Last Day to Order PTA Sportswear for this year. If you need an order form stop by the office.
  • Nov 7- 1st Grade Channel 9 Weatherman, Brain Smith (speaker)
  • Nov 8- Fun Run during Related Arts. Families welcome! Volunteers needed. Look for the sign up genius coming from PTA.
  • Nov 9- MEF Free Community Movie Night @ Alexian, 5:30pm concessions, 6:30pm start: Incredibles 2, Sponsored by Travis Close Homes and Ascension Living
  • Nov 12- Kindergarten Field Trip, Audubon Acres
  • Nov 13- Character Assembly + Recognizing Veterans in honor of Veteran’s Day. All Nolan friends and family members who have served in the military are invited, 9:15am
  • Nov 13- Robotics Expo at TVA
  • Nov 14- MEF Grandparent Gathering, 9am, Coffee & Muffins on Pruett's Porch- All grandparents are invited to meet with our school principals and the Mountain Education Foundation to learn how you can help Protect the Promise of Great Schools on Signal Mountain! 
  • Nov 14- PTA Thankful Staff Appreciation Luncheon in Gym
  • Nov 16- K,2,4 Health Screenings
  • Nov 16- STEM Go-kart Try Outs for 5th Graders, 3:45-5pm
  • Nov 19- 4th Grade Field Trip, Aquarium and IMAX
  • Nov 19- RockPoint Community Engagement Event, The Gallery, 5:30-7pm  
  • Nov 19- Kindergarten Feast, 1:15pm-3:00pm
  • Nov 20-1st Grade Feast, 1:45-3:30pm
  • Nov 21-23 Thanksgiving Holiday, school closed
  • Nov 30- Happy Cart

Join me in Celebrating November Teacher and Staff Birthdays!

·         4th – Kathy Taylor, Math Interventionist

·         5th- Debra Smart, Counselor

·         11th Lisa Hope, Gifted Teacher

·         15th Amber Wright, Psychologist

·         15th Elaine Veins, Speech and Language Pathologist

·         18th Lesley Hyde, 5th Grade Teacher

·         20th Amy Kincer, special Education teacher



One of the most helpful ways to serve our school is to become a substitute. Please complete an online application at hcde.organd contact Mrs. Alyssa Teal in the front office to let her know you applied 886-0898. Thank you.


Birthday Books: You may purchase a book for the Nolan library in honor of your child for his/her birthday.

Library Helpers: 1500 books need re-shelving every week and volunteers are needed. Contact to volunteer. Idea: Park in the carline and while you wait, come in to help in the library.

Looking Ahead: Junior Achievement at Nolan~ March 8, 2019


Junior Achievement is a nonprofit organization that helps students of all ages prepare for life in the real world by helping them understand economic concepts. Each activity is age appropriate and simply explained. Some of the basic concepts include the responsibilities of having a job, receiving a paycheck, paying bills, and how these activities impact our local economy and everyday decisions. JA lays out each lesson with step by step instructions on what to say and how to guide students through each activity. If you would like more information about the content of your child's grade level, please visit Junior Achievement website.
Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have!

Thank you so much!
Shannon Lowe
(865) 850-0763

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