Norton Creek Elementary
Thursday Tidbits - January 21 st, 2020
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
- 1/25/21-Business Services Committee Meeting-5:30pm
- 2/2/21- Parent University: Wake Up Call 6:30-8:00 pm Virtual Presentation
- 2/8/21- School Board Meeting 7:00-9:00pm Thompson Middle School
- 2/15/21- President's Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL
Attendance For Students
Please call the school attendance line if your student will be absent/tardy/leaving early from Remote Learning at 331-228-2700. Please spell your students first and last name or their student id number when you leave a message. If you are emailing the teacher please also email email@example.com indicate students first and last name.
SCHOOL DAILY SCHEDULES
1st thru 5th Grades-
Our School Office is open from 7:30am until 3:30pm on school days.
Please call the school attendance line if your student will be absent at 331-228-2700. Please spell your students first and last name or their student id number when you leave a message. If you are emailing the teacher please also email firstname.lastname@example.org indicate students first and last name.
1st Grade: 11:30-11:50
3rd Grade: 12:20-12:40
4th Grade: 10:40-11:00
5th Grade: 11:55-12:15
If your student forgets their lunch please email the classroom teacher and drop off at the main office. Thank You!
FROM THE PRINCIPAL...TONY WHITE
Grit is a word that has been used quite a bit over the years, but I am not always certain there is a common understanding of the word. When we think of grit, we think of toughness. However, what is "tough?" Being tough is not about how hard you hit, but more about how hard you can get hit and keep standing. It isn't even about "winning." It's about being focused on how you play the game. It's about the mindset you take into every situation. Will I have a growth mindset going in, or will I take on a fixed mindset?
Growth mindset works hand-in-hand with having grit. When I have a growth mindset, I believe I can learn anything I want to - as opposed to believing that I am either good at something or I am not (and never will be). It's about getting frustrated, but sticking with it, and not looking for a way out (and taking it) at the first sign of a challenge.
Growth mindset and grit also take a unique perspective on failure. With a growth mindset, I acknowledge and recognize that when I fail, I learn. Many of us have believed at some point in our lives that failure is not an option. However, we need to understand failure for what it is. Failure is only a temporary condition. It is the ultimate teacher and a sign that the task we are attempting is challenging. If we never experienced failure, we were never being challenged. Understanding failure for what it really is, appreciating a challenge, and managing frustration are crucial components to taking on a growth mindset and having that all-important grit to stay on top of life before life gets on top of us.
Next week, we'll talk about how effort, attitude, and other people's success make a huge difference. Have a wonderful weekend Norton Creek!
Note From the Nurse Concerning Dental Forms
If you have not yet turned in your dental forms. please send your forms to the nurse ASAP.
All Kindergarten, 2nd grade and New to Illinois Students need to have a current dental examination form on file. Any exam dated 2/15/20 or later can be used.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the nurse's office at 331-228-2704
D303 Preschool Annual Registration Information
El Programa Comunitario de Prescolar del Distrito 303 llevará a cabo la lotería de inscripción anual. La inscripción se ofrecerá en línea entre el 19 de enero y el 2 de febrero del 2021. Se ofrecerán dos juntas informativas por Zoom para todas las familias de la comunidad que residen en el Distrito 303 que estén interesadas. En enlace a la lotería de inscripción y el enlace para registrarse a las juntas informativas se encuentran en el sitio web del distrito en la página de Infancia Temprana (Early Childhood). Tome nota que para recibir los enlaces a las juntas informativas por medio de Zoom debe completar el formulario de registro.
For More Information-Click Below
The District 303 Kindergarten enrollment process for the 2021-2022 school year will be virtual! Between January 19 and March 12, families will be able to enroll their kindergarten-age children by visiting the Kindergarten Registration & Information page of the District 303 website. On the site you will find:
The New Student Intake Form (coming January 19, 2021)
The Kindergarten Step-by-Step Guide for registration
Health and Dental exams and immunization information
Contact information for all elementary schools
Information about Full Day and Half Day Kindergarten
MIDDLE SCHOOL TRANSFERS - REQUESTS
MIDDLE SCHOOL TRANSFERS - REQUEST PERIOD OPEN FROM FEB. 1 - FEB. 26
Families who wish to submit a Middle School Transfer request may do so beginning February 1, 2021. Families must complete a separate form for each student they want to be transferred. Requests are granted based on space available. This means that siblings are not guaranteed placement. A written decision will be communicated to families before spring break.
Once the request is approved, a student may remain at that middle school throughout his or her middle school career, as long as the student resides in District 303.
Families of students granted permission to attend a school outside of their assigned attendance area are responsible for their own transportation.
Students will return to their assigned attendance area high school regardless of the middle school attended.
The Middle School Transfer request window will close at 4:00pm on February 26, 2021.
If you have questions, please contact Tammy Marsan at: 331-228-2397.
School Picture Day!
Remote student pictures will be taken the same day. Students with last names A-L will be from 2:00-2:45 and M-Z from 2:45-3:30. Please enter though door 12 which is on the circle side drive of the building. Only students will be allowed in the building for pictures.
PTO'S E-NEWS THIS WEEK!
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED email@example.com
CONGRATULATIONS to our winner last week, Wesley Sternowski for spotting the eagle!!
Don’t forget to spot the Eagle every Friday during Eagle News! If you spot it, please make sure your student is filling out their name on the google form from their teacher here! Once a week, we will be drawing a winner and announcing them the following Friday!! A fabulous prize will be delivered!
EAGLES EAT OUT firstname.lastname@example.org
Our next Eagles Eat Out will be at Panera on 2/6/2021 from 6:00 - 9:00PM. See below for the flyer!
CO-CHAIRS NEEDED email@example.com
Are you interested in helping with a Variety Show this Spring?! Or perhaps the Basket Raffle as well? We are in need of Co-Chairs!! Please contact any of the board members if you are interested. The variety show is something all the kids really look forward to and the Basket Raffle is our biggest event to support our students and staff through the PTO. More information will be discussed at the February PTO meeting to possibly take these great events virtual, but we need your help and suggestions!
AMAZONSMILE (K-5) firstname.lastname@example.orgCalling all shoppers! If you are shopping on Amazon, please consider using AmazonSmile. With every eligible purchase, AmazonSmile donates 0.5% to our school when you choose Norton Creek Elementary as your charity. This includes millions of everyday items at smile.amazon.com. You must use the specified link for Norton Creek to receive credit. Ask all of the Amazon shoppers in your family to use AmazonSmile!
Employment Opportunities With D303
It takes more adults to operate schools safely for students during the pandemic. District 303 currently has numerous job openings in a variety of job categories. If you are looking for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment, please visit the D303 Human Resources page to apply for a position.
One of the more flexible positions available is that of a D303 Substitute. You can choose to work, or not work, as your schedule permits. Take a moment and read the Substitute Handbook to see what this job entails.
If you are interested and hold a:
- Bachelor's degree in any field you would qualify to apply for a substitute license with the state which allows you to sub for teachers or teacher assistants. You would apply using THIS link.
- Associate's degree you apply for a Paraprofessional license which only allows you to sub for Teaching assistants. You would apply using THIS link.
- High School diploma you have to take an aptitude test with the KANE ROE office. Once you pass that, you apply for a Paraprofessional license which only allows you to sub for Teaching assistants. You would apply using THIS link.
Contact Julie Wenger (email@example.com) with any questions
Message from Health Office to Families
Health Office Contact Information
If a family needs to contact the school nurse with a doctor's note to return to school or has a question, please contact us at:
Brittany Jensen (Certified School Nurse) - Brittany.Jensen@d303.org
Cathy Leone (RISE RN) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sumana Parveen (RN) - email@example.com
Virginia Wicinski (RN) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Policy Regarding if a Member of a Student's Household is symptomatic without diagnostic testing or clinical evaluation.
If an individual in a student's home is experiencing COVID like symptoms and has not received a COVID test or has not been evaluated by a health care provider then household members (any person living in the home e.g. siblings that attend any D303 school, parents) are to quarantine.
COVID-like symptoms include: Fever (100.4° F or higher), new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain from an unknown cause, new congestion/runny nose, new loss of sense of taste or smell, nausea, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches. Medical Evaluation and Testing are Strongly Recommended for ALL persons with COVID-Like Symptoms.
Students will be able to return to school when:
- If a COVID test is completed for the family member and test results are negative, the students in the family may return to school.
- If the symptomatic family member is evaluated by his/her doctor and an alternative diagnosis is given to the family member, the students in the family may return to school.
- If no COVID testing or no evaluation by a healthcare provider of the symptomatic family member, the family member will need to stay home 10 calendar days from onset of symptoms and ALL children in the family will need to stay home 14 calendar days from the onset of symptoms.
- If the symptomatic family member tests positive for COVID-19, the symptomatic family will stay home for 10 calendar days and need a release from isolation letter from the health department. All children in the family will need to stay home for 14 days and will need a release from quarantine letter from their local health department.
If a family needs a release letter from the local health department, here are the contact numbers for the health department. The department you contact will depend on where you live.
Kane County: 630 -208-3801
Dupage County :(630) 682-7400
Illinois Department of Health Definition of Close Contact
Who is a close contact?
A close contact is anyone (with or without a face covering) who was within 6 feet of a confirmed case of COVID-19 (with or without a face covering), for at least 15 minutes throughout the course of a day. The period of close contact begins 2 calendar days before the onset of symptoms (for a symptomatic person)
or 2 calendar days before the positive sample was obtained (for an asymptomatic person). If the case was symptomatic (e.g., coughing, sneezing), persons with briefer periods of exposure may also be considered contacts. Close contacts to a confirmed case of COVID-19 are required to remain in quarantine at home for 14 calendar days starting from the last day of contact with the confirmed case.
District 303 has specific guidelines on acceptable face coverings while at school.Please click on the link below to read these guidelines.