- Why Nysmith
At Nysmith our goal is to make school truly enjoyable. We have fun, hands-on activities every day in each class. We also have many school-wide celebrations, community service projects, and special competitions as well. This section showcases just a few of them!
Back to School Socials
Field Day: A non-competitive sporting event day that builds friendship and camaraderie through a wide variety of fun games and activities. Parents are encouraged to volunteer for this all-day event.
Fun Fair: A PTO-run event the morning of “Meet the Teachers.” An opportunity to connect with families, enjoy fun games and meet the PTO executive board prior to coming inside the building and finding your class placement.
Grandparents Day: A great day of intergenerational bonding for students and their grandparents. Grandparents join their children for breakfast at Nysmith and then “shadow” them through their school morning.
Halloween Parade/Party: Students (and teachers!) wear costumes and parade all around the school, and then adjourn to their classrooms for themed parties. Parents are welcome to watch the parade outside.
Holiday Sing Along: An opportunity for the entire school to sing songs and to see members of staff give their own version of the “The 12 Days of Winter Vacation.”
In-School Parties: Parties are held to celebrate Halloween, winter holiday, Valentine’s Day, and the end of year. Each class is allowed to have five parents participate who help plan the party (crafts, games, and food.)
International Week: In conjunction with lessons from our social studies programs, we celebrate our diverse Nysmith community and the richness that such diversity brings. Family members are invited and encouraged to wear clothing that reflects their ethnic origins. Students may wear clothing from cultures of their choice.
Pajama Bingo Night: An “after hours” event where everyone plays bingo in pajamas!
Teacher and Staff Appreciation Days: Parents commend teachers and staff by providing breakfast, lunch, and other treats to thank them for their hard work and dedication to the children.
Martha’s Table Food Preparation: A local charity that provided, in 2015 alone, more than one million meals to neighbors in need.
Special Olympics Basketball Shoot-Out: This events allows students to raise money in support of Special Olympics athletes, based on the number of free throws attempted within 60 seconds. In keeping with the spirit of the Special Olympics, what matters is the effort to do one’s personal best. Everyone makes a difference!
American Mathematics Competition 8
American Mathematics Competition 10
Odyssey of the Mind