North Side Family Flyer

December 2022

Inspire, Engage, Empower!

Middle of Year (MOY) Benchmarking

North Side Families,

It is time for middle of the year (MOY) benchmarking here at North Side. Each student will participate in three different benchmark assessments. These assessments include: iReady reading diagnostic, iReady math diagnostic and Fountas & Pinnell reading benchmark.

You might be wondering what the purpose to benchmarking allows us to identify areas for improvement for each individual student. It provides us with a data set to analyze and look for strengths and weaknesses. The most important piece is then what we do with the benchmarking data. We use the benchmarking data to drive instruction in the classroom. Teachers split students up into small groups or sometimes work with them one on one to teach the needed skills, strategies and concepts students have not mastered. They utilize intervention time, rotation time and daily guided reading time for this purpose. During daily guided reading, teachers and trained instructional assistants work with students on the 5 essential components of reading, which include: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

Please look for the MOY benchmarking reports to be sent home on Thursday or Friday, December 15th or 16th before winter break.

Have a wonderful holiday,

Mrs. Leasure

Remind your child(ren) to give it their best when completing the benchmarking assessments so we may accurately support them and their needs! Thank you for being a part of our team!!

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Upcoming Events:

Monday, November 28th - Middle of Year Benchmark Testing begins

Monday, November 28th - PTO Meeting, 5:30 p.m.; Dr. Gremaux will be attending

Wednesday, November 30th - Art Club

Friday, December 2nd - K, 1st, 5th grades Vision Screening

Monday, December 5th - Friday, December 16th - SPIRIT WEEKS

Monday, December 5th - Student Council Meeting

Monday, December 6th - 8th - North Side, North Pole (See Schedule below)

Wednesday, December 7th - Winter Music Program for grades K, 2, and 4, 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 7th - Art Club

Monday, December 19th - Monday, January 2nd - Winter Break

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Front Office Guidance with Mrs. Hilterbrand and Ms. Myers

If your child is out ill, please call the school to let us know before 9:30 a.m. You may call and leave a message at any hour. It is very important for us to account for all students each day. If we do not hear from you, we will make a phone call to check on your child's absence. Our school phone number is (260) 347-1354.

The weather is getting colder. Students do go outside for recess unless it is under 10 degrees, including windchill. Please make sure that your child(ren) wear the appropriate outerwear to school based on temperature, precipitation and windchill. We have a limited amount of coats to offer children when they don't bring the proper attire to school.

School hours:

Mondays - 8:45-2:40, Doors open at 8:15 a.m.

Tuesday - Friday - 8:00 - 2:40, Doors open at 7:30 a.m.

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No PTO Meeting in the month of December for North Side

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In Tune with Attendance and Safety with Mr. Perlich

Attendance –

Attendance is an important part of your child’s education. Being present at school each day and on time helps them achieve their full potential. As a school district, we keep parents aware of absences. Some have received letters, and some have received phone calls. Our policy was given out at the beginning of the year to the procedures we follow. We take into consideration the doctor’s notes and try not to send letters if we have those on file. We understand that a doctor will not always be needed. Communication with the office is the best step to take so we can all work together. We all want the best for your child.

Safety –

November was full of drills. We participated in a fire, earthquake, tornado, and lockdown drills. We continue to practice such drills to prepare our students and staff in the event we would need to put this into real life action. During the month of December, we will be practicing in the following drills:

- Fire drill

- Lockdown/Shelter in place drill

As you can tell by looking at the list, safety is an important part of preparing our students and staff in case of an emergency. Talking to your students about safety will help them be prepared for an actual emergency. Stress to them not to panic and react to each situation with confidence and calmness.

If you should have any questions regarding attendance or safety, please contact me at the school or by email at

The Nurses Nook

Illness season is in full bloom! Influenza, stomach bug, and viruses seem to be rather common. Please remind your child to keep their hands away from their face as much as possible, wash their hands with soap and water, and cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze.

If your child does become ill, here are some reminders:

  • Your child must be fever-free, without fever-reducing medication, for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • The same applies to vomiting and diarrhea, 24 hours before returning.

Another thing to consider:

  • Please send a change of clothes in your child’s backpack for those occasional accidents or spills. I will do my best to provide your child with a change of clothes, but if I do not have the appropriate size, I will have to call home and ask for a change of clothes.

Nurse Whitney

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Nutrition Notice with Mrs. Yates

Students have been asking for more variety and we are responding. October focused on some dishes with apples and November has involved pumpkin. The children seemed to really like these changes! We have added some new meals to the menu as well. I look forward to student feedback!