• Picture Make-up Day THIS TUESDAY, October 24
  • Hoodies!
  • 7th-9th Halloween Dance
  • 2018 Polar Plunge
  • After-School Activities – K-6 S.T.E.M. and Choir
  • Volunteer Opportunities – Art Auction Chair Needed
  • Congrats to Volleyball!
  • NDPA: In the News (AGAIN!)
  • Upcoming Events
  • Annual Calendar & Quick Links

PICTURE MAKE-UP DAY THIS TUESDAY – K-9 students who have not yet done school pictures and students who need retakes will have them taken first thing in the morning on Tuesday, October 24. If you need retakes, please bring the picture package you received for exchange. 7-9 students will also be doing group pictures for each grade. Be sure to come on time so you don’t miss out! Regular school uniform is required for pictures.

You can order pictures in advance at, use NDPA school code 18450RA.

HOODIES! – Each year the school authorizes the production of an NDPA themed piece of outerwear to add to your uniform collection that can be worn any day over the top of a uniform shirt. These pieces are sold at cost and are optional. The 2017 NDPA hoodies celebrate our school’s partnership with Spain. Look for the Spanish flag inspired crest, crown, lion, and Latin inscription encouraging students to go “further beyond” in their love of learning.

You will find hoodie samples, pricing, and ordering information in the foyer of each building. Be sure to try them on before ordering as there will be NO exchanges for incorrect sizes or colors. These hoodies are approved for students to wear in class on any school day, making them great gifts for your kids…Happy Hoodie Holidays!

The online ordering site we hoped for was not quite ready for this year….sorry about that! Hoodies can be ordered using a paper order form sent home with your student or you can print it here: Payment in either cash or check due at time of order.

Place your order, with attached payment, in the POET Box. Please order correct size and color. All sales are final. Order deadline is Friday, October 27th. Make checks payable to NDPA POET.

Have questions? Email Kristen Tate at

7th-9th HALLOWEEN DANCE – Calling all ghouls and goblins! The junior high Halloween Dance will be Friday, October 27 from 1:30-3:00 PM in the junior high gym. Bring your costumes to school, we cannot wear them to class (sadly). Please make sure costumes meet the basic dress requirements of the school– closed toe/heel shoes, bodies fully covered, etc. If you have a concern about a costume, ask early OR bring a backup plan if your costume doesn’t meet requirements. Katie Anderson (

2018 POLAR PLUNGE – It’s never to early to start planning for your plunge on Saturday, January 20, 2018! All students are invited to “TRY EVERYTHING” and jump n the Polar Plunge. Find sponsors who will pay you to take the plunge and that money can go toward you Spain Study Abroad now – no matter what grade you’re in!

Polar Plunge T-shirt Design Contest – Students are invited to submit design ideas for the 2018 Polar Plunge t-shirt. Be sure to incorporate the theme “Try Everything” or in Spanish “Todo lo intentare.” Submit completed design with your name and homeroom teacher by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17. Paper submissions to the front office in either building or email to


K-6 AFTER SCHOOL S.T.E.M. – Come join us after school for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities in the elementary library. Activities will include making and launching rockets, creating catapults, geo-domes, and many more hands-on projects. Each week will be filled with activities that are active, interesting, and relevant to students.

  • Who can come: All students K-6
  • Cost: $35 for 6 weeks, please make checks payable to POET
  • Dates: Thursdays…October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7
  • Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
  • Sign-up: Ongoing at the POET desk in the Elementary Building
  • Place payment in POET box in either building

VOLUNTEER! You may have noticed that we are not using this year. POET will be using the new RAPTOR system that the school will have for Checking In/Out. Until that is available, we are collecting volunteers the old fashioned way! Look for the volunteer form at the POET desk. There are lots of opportunities to volunteer, so watch Facebook for announcements.

  • ART AUCTION CHAIR NEEDED – POET is seeking to fill a board member position as chair of the Art Auction. The primary responsibilities: coordinate the public relations and marketing of the art auction, support the committee heads for the donations, art projects, show your love for art and decorating groups and serve as an active member of the POET board. Estimated time commitment is 20 hours a month during the months of February-April. Estimated time commitment from October-January is 5 hours a month. For more details, contact Diana Dearden at

Information about NDPA’s Annual Art Auction:

CONGRATS TO VOLLEYBALL – Congratulations to NDPA’s volleyball team, who made it all the way to state! You may not know this but many of the students did volleyball workshops all last year to strengthen their skills; looks like their hard work and dedication paid off this year! Great job!

NDPA: IN THE NEWS (AGAIN!) – Huge congratulations go out to our 6th grade “Ciencia en Acción” competitors! Out of 4,000 entries, 10 NDPA projects made it to the finals. 4 groups of scientists were able to go to Spain to “defend their hypotheses” and 3 won 1st place in their categories! This was the first time American students have been invited to attend Ciencia en Acción. Univision 32 visited with our scientists last Friday, here is their report:


Monday, October 23 – 7th grade Fitness Field Trip: Pickleball, 8:30-11:30 AM
Monday, October 23 – AFTER-SCHOOL: Girls basketball, 3:30 PM; Boys basketball 4:00 PM
Tuesday, October 24 – School Photo Make-up Day
Tuesday, October 24 – AFTER-SCHOOL: Boys basketball, 3:30; Girls basketball, 4:00 PM; K-6 Choir
Wednesday, October 25 – AFTER-SCHOOL: Boys basketball, 4:15 PM, Girls basketball, 5:00 PM; Spirit Squad, 3:30 PM; K-6 Art
Thursday, October 26 – AFTER-SCHOOL: K-6 STEM; Boys & Girls basketball, 3:30 PM
Friday, October 27 – Jr. High Halloween Dance, 1:30-3:00 PM
Saturday, October 28 – Spirit Squad, 7:00 AM

Monday, October 30 – AFTER-SCHOOL: Girls basketball, 3:30 PM; Boys basketball 4:00 PM
Tuesday, October 31 – 4th & 5th grades Spooktacular lunch with parents; 4th grade 12:00 PM, 5th grade 11:30 AM
Tuesday, October 31 – AFTER-SCHOOL: Girls basketball, 3:30; Boys basketball, 4:00 PM; K-6 Choir
Wednesday, November 1 – AFTER-SCHOOL: Spirit Squad, 3:30 PM; K-6 Art
Wednesday, November 1 – HOME Basketball games vs Legacy Prep, 5:00 PM
Thursday, November 2 – FBLA Field Trip, 2:00-7:30 PM
Thursday, November 2 – AFTER-SCHOOL: K-6 STEM; Boys & Girls basketball, 3:30 PM
Thursday, November 2 – Community Council, 3:30 PM
Thursday, November 2 – LEO Night @ Pizza Pie Cafe
Friday, November 3 – Dollar Dress Day
Friday, November 3 – AFTER-SCHOOL: Spirit Squad, 1:30 PM; Girls basketball, 3:00 PM
Saturday, November 4 – Spirit Squad, 7:00 AM


  • Thanksgiving Break – Wednesday, November 22-Friday, November 24

NDPA ALERTS: Text “@k-4alerts” or “@5-9alerts” to 81010. If you have trouble using 81010, text (385) 218-6887.