Wednesday, September 6, 2017

NORTHSIDE Library Update from Ms. Cole

We are excited about our theme for this year, "Lift Every Voice" and in the spirit of this belief, we created a digital video response that introduces each of our staff members to our Northside families.  We have lifted our own voices so you can get to know who we are.  You can view this on the front page of our school website or by clicking this link

We are thrilled to once again partner with Flyleaf Books to bring in another great author, Alan Gratz next Thursday to meet our 5th graders.  He will discuss his recent highly-acclaimed book, REFUGEE and share about his life as writer.  This will take place next Thursday at 9:00 in the Northside Library.  Books can be purchased from Flyleaf and delivered onsite for him to sign the day of the event.  For more information contact Flyleaf Books at (919) 942-7373
Don't forget our library has lots to share! You can connect via social media at or find us on Twitter @Neslibrary....and while you're there be sure to follow our school's social media accounts as well. These can be found on our school webpage.
Finally, the library is seeking volunteers who would like to commit to a 2-3 hour block of time each week to help oversee library circulation and shelving of materials.  If you are interested, please contact our librarian Kathryn Cole at . This will be a wonderful way you can support our school community. 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Starting the Year off Well! from our Social Worker, Ms. Norwood

Hello Navigator Nation!

Four ways to help your child make this school year great
1. Be positive about challenges.
     The children who do the best in school are those who approach a new task with a positive attitude.  Look for ways to model that behavior at home: "I don't know how to use this computer program. Shall we figure it out together?"
2. Break down big assignments.
     Reading an entire chapter book may seem overwhelming. But reading one chapter is something your chid can do. Teach your child to break down tasks into smaller, achievable steps.
3. Pay attention to instructions. 
    A classroom runs more smoothly when students do what the teacher says. Spend time at home learning to follow directions. Do activities together and talk about what happens if you don't follow the instructions exactly.
4. Solve problems on their own.
If your child can't figure out the answer to a math problem, help him think about a way to find the answer. Ask "Have you worked other problems like this?  

What can you do if the school year doesn't start off well?
Sometimes new classes don't meet students' expectations. Kids might complain "I don't like my teacher" or School is too hard". The best approach is to be calm, caring and cooperative. Think of yourself as:
  • An investigator. Ask questions and read between the lines. If your child says the teacher is "mean" probe for details. There's a big difference between, "She makes me do all my work" and "She yells at me."
  • A mediator. If the problem seems significant, take notes and say something like, "I'm sorry you're going through this. I'll talk with the teacher about it." Stay neutral. Remember there are always two sides to a story.
  • A partner. Approach the teacher in a positive and non-critical manner.  Work together to understand your child's complaints.
  • A parent. Occasionally, despite multiple tries with a teacher a problem can not be solved. In that case, school administration can help. 
Remember, you and the school share the same goal: your child's academic success. By working together, you can make this school year a great one! Have a great weekend and see everyone Mondaymorning. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

5th Graders offer solutions to Ecosystems problems

As the culminating activity to their unit of the world's ecosystems,
Content (Science)
5.L.2 Understand the interdependence of plants and animals with their ecosystem.

  • 5.L.2.1 Compare the characteristics of several common ecosystems, including estuaries and salt marshes, oceans, lakes and ponds, forests, and grasslands.
  • 5.L.2.2 Classify the organisms within an ecosystem according to the function they serve: producers, consumers, or decomposers (biotic factors)
  • 5.L.2.3 Infer the effects that may result from the interconnected relationship of plants and animals to their ecosystem,

and, incorporating Reading, Writing, Language, Technology, Speaking and Listening curriculum goals as well, Ms. Gay's students took on a challenge to find a way they could positively impact their assigned ecosystem. While some students made advocacy videos, others created 3D models of products that could greatly improve their ecosystem

Below, you may click on each of the links to give you access to the students' videos, reports and documentation they created as a portion of their demonstration of knowledge.

Ocean Project


Ganges River Project

                                                      Grant Request link

Save the Savanna Project

   Promotional video

Rain Forest Project
                                         Rain Forest  

Boreal Forest Biome Project

Wetlands Project

Monday, April 24, 2017

Mark your calendar! Northside Festival is on Saturday, April 29!

     The Northside Festival, which celebrates the history and diversity of this great neighborhood is scheduled for this Saturday, April 29 from 11:30 to 3:30 p.m. This awesome celebration is hosted by the Jackson Center and will be held on Rosemary Street between Roberson and N. Graham.  
    There will be lots of things for families and kids to enjoy, like face painting, games, food, performances, gardening, and much more! Please come out to celebrate the history and diversity of our school's great neighborhood, and to enjoy some family fun.

Click here for more information. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

I Am Me.

Charles R. Smith, 

2017 Steinfirst Author-in-Residence will be spending the week with us here at Northside Elementary beginning April 17th. 

Charles R. Smith Jr., award-winning, best selling children’s author, photographer, and poet is the author of many critically acclaimed titles including Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration title My People, Coretta Scott King Honor Author Award title Twelve Rounds to Glory, 28 Days, and Brick by Brick. You may read more at this website.
Our students have been busy anticipating for his arrival under the guidance of our librarian Kathryn Cole, who has curated photo sessions of our student population using green screen technology to support Mr. Smith's "I am Me"  project. She and UNC SILS persons have also supported unique 4th and 5th grade book study sessions giving opportunities to small groups of our students to enrich their understanding and experience in advance of the author's arrival.  One especially lively 5th grade session was enjoyed when CJ Suitt spent time with our students as seen in the video clip on Twitter,
(Click on photo)

Students will benefit from Charles' time at Northside by creating written works describing themselves and their identities. The writing along with the photos of themselves will give them opportunity to build forms of identity and awareness of their own personas and those of others. 
Also, Charles will be giving two school presentations while he's on our campus: one to students in grades K-2 and one to students in grades 3-5. He will also spend some time meeting with UNC SILS youth services students discussing his work.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

4th Grade Carolina Ocean Studies Field Trip - Your Support is Needed!
Help give our Northside students the opportunity to experience firsthand the Science wonders of our NC coastal region.
As a culmination of our Ocean Life and Animal Habitat unit, our Northside Elementary 4th grade students are headed to explore the coastal region of North Carolina. 
Our Students will have the opportunity to bring to life our study of the NC coastal region via island and sound exploration. Imagine a hands-on experience to study this area's ecology! There is nothing like running your hands through the water as you study the fascinating inhabitants of the estuary.

Our students are very curious. Regardless of a student's academic strength in the classroom, hands-on activities in science lead to greater student learning. During this field trip to the coast, they will become ecologists of our Coastal Region. They LOVE science! They LOVE experimenting and using the scientific method. There are children from impoverished home environments and children who are not. We represent a diverse ethnic and racial group of children and collectively enrich the lives of our school and greater community. Our goal is to increase student achievement through access to hand-on science activities, decreasing the gap in student achievement.
Our 4th grade field trip will begin at Carolina Beach marina. We will cruise to Myrtle Grove Sound, Snow's Cut and the Intracoastal Waterway and Carolina Beach Inlet. During this trip, we will learn about the ecology of our estuary. We will study the life cycle of live blue crabs, discuss their diet, and learn about their adaptations. On Masonboro Island, we will have a scavenger hunt at the marsh which will include clamming. Students will catch blue crabs on baited lines and study their behavior as they scavenge upon a chunk of fish. We will study the predator/prey relationships and food chains. At the beach, students will learn about fascinating adaptations found in the animals and plants that live in this harsh desert-like environment. Afterword, we will travel through the estuary and examine the feeding behaviors of egrets, herons, cormorants, and osprey. Finally, we will visit the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher where our students will dive into a world of wonder and water, studying a wide array of educational exhibits.
Some students cannot afford an experience like this. Without this field trip, they might never hold a blue crab or go clamming or travel through our estuary. Can you imagine anything more wonderful than studying animal habitats and ocean life through books and videos and then traveling to immerse yourself, first-hand, in the ecology of a coastal habitat? Making a donation means all of our students will be able to join in on a fabulous learning experience and do so with a great sense of dignity.
Our Appreciation. Due to the nature of the field trip with bus reservation and Carolina Ocean Studies timeline, all funds need to be available to us by April 24th 2017. Your help with this project is priceless. If you could see the faces of these children having the field trip of a life time, you would know how grateful we are for your assistance.

Help spread the word! Donate today!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Recognizing Black History Month with a very powerful video.

Please appreciate this very well done, thought provoking video performed by some of our 4th grade students in honor of Black History Month. Click on the title below the video pic.