Norton Creek Elementary
Thursday Tidbits - September 30, 2020
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
- 10/1/21- Loop The Lake
- 10/4/21- Picture Retake Day
- 10/7/21- PreK-12 Parent Teacher Conferences
- 10/8/21- PreK-8th Parent Teacher Conferences
- 10/11/21- Columbus Day Holiday/No Students
- 10/12/21- School Board Meeting 7pm@ Haines Center
From The Principal..... Tony White
A topic of conversation across this great nation over the past year and a half has been equity. Equity is often misunderstood, and as an educator and school leader who is constantly striving to grow as a champion for equity, I would like to talk a bit here about what it means to Norton Creek.
For years now, I have talked about "building a school that works for everyone." In a nutshell, that's really what equity is all about. It isn't tied to any political, economic, or social agenda. Equity, when applied to the educational setting, is the belief that everyone should have equal access to reach the highest levels of success...and then putting systems in place to guide our students to it. Sometimes, folks worry that if a group of people are given more opportunity than they have historically had, that this will take away from their own opportunities. Put more simply, they worry about losing their seat at the table. In a truly equitable environment, no one loses their seat at the table - we just build a bigger table.
Equity is the lens through which any successful school should look at all of its decisions. Does what we do work for students who identify as female as well as it does for male? What about students with IEPs? Students with limited proficiency in English? What about students who are members of families struggling financially? LGBTQ students? Students living with mental illness? Students who practice a religion that the majority of school staff do not? Students who have divorced parents? Students who have lost a parent in death? Students with complex health histories? We need to ensure our programming meets their needs because these are populations who have been historically underserved by a system not designed with their stories in mind, while also continuing to serve the needs of our students who do not find themselves in these demographics as well.
With so many students' stories to be aware of, no school gets it right all the time. But, the important thing is that we try. Each student deserves to come to school everyday knowing, believing, and trusting that their school understands them - or at least will always strive to. Students should also see themselves at their school - in the books in our LRC, English Language Arts lessons, and so on and so forth. Norton Creek is stepping up our efforts in this endeavor. It is some of the most important work we will ever do as a school which means it will take time. It will also very likely never be "done." It's an ongoing process that will lead to continued refinement. As times change and society evolves, Norton Creek needs to evolve with it - while also providing the stability that our Eagles, families, and staff can rely on for years to come. That stability stems from our passion (for learning, teaching, and our school) and compassion (for our students, families, staff, and selves). That will never go away no matter how times change.
Tomorrow night is our annual Loop the Lake, and I want to thank Jessica Klepacki and Megan Kuczora for their amazing efforts putting an awesome experience together for our Eagles! Do yourself a favor and if you are able to attend, come on out, have some fun, and log some steps while you're at it!
Have a wonderful weekend making memories with your favorite people!
Picture Retake Day
Remote Students please attend picture retakes from 10:30-11:00 that day. Enter through the main office.
Support Mr. White for the Kick-A-Thon!
Mr. White will be participating in the event on October 8th at the St. Charles East varsity football game. Your student can bring in any donation to donate to the cause. Donations are being accepted now through October 4th. Students will be signing the Kick-A- Thon banner which will be seen at the football game on October 8th.
Every year, CUSD 303 students and community members come together to raise money for this important event. The Kick-A-Thon is a joint effort by St. Charles North and East High Schools to raise money to help fight cancer. To date, over $1M has been raised!!! If you are interested in donating, please use this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/stcharles-kickathon?utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer
All 5th-grade band members have been invited to watch the end-of-season marching band show at St. Charles East High School! The show will take place on Tuesday, October 5th at 7:30PM outside in the stadium. Students can meet Mrs. Lydigsen at the event, but please pick-up promptly at 8:30PM. Families are welcome to stay and watch the show too! If you haven't done so already, please sign up for the event HERE.
Parent Teacher Conferences
SCHOOL DAILY SCHEDULES
Kindergarten thru 5th Grades-
Our school office is open from 7:30am until 4:00pm on school days.
Attendance For Students
Please call the school attendance line if your student will be absent/tardy/leaving early from school 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.
When picking up your child early from school please come to the main office with your picture ID. Students will only be released to individuals that are listed under the contact information on the students account.
Early Release Wednesdays
The following dates below are early release Wednesdays. Please plan accordingly for your children.
Students will be released at 2:10pm on the followings dates this year-
- September 29th
- October 27th
- December 1st
- January 26th
- February 23
- March 23
- April 27
Dismissal Changes/Bus Changes
5th Grade: 10:50-11:10
1st Grade: 12:05-12:25
3rd Grade: 12:30-12:50
4th Grade: 12:55-1:15
If your student forgets their lunch please email the classroom teacher and drop off at the main office. Please label with the students full name.
Lunch Ordering Information
If your child orders a lunch it comes with a milk choice only. If your child orders breakfast in the morning it will be sent home that day for them to eat at home the next morning. Breakfast does not occur at school. Please call the office at 331-228-2700 with any questions.
Updated Information From The Nurse Below Regarding COVID Guidelines
PTO'S E-NEWS THIS WEEK!
LOOP THE LAKE
Loop the Lake on Friday, October 1st from 4:45-6:30 PM.
Register Here: https://nortoncreekpto.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/162724
VOLUNTEERS and PHOTOGRAPHER NEEDED! Sign-up on MTK
Show your school spirit with a "Wave of Color" shirt from home on race day:
Norton Creek spirit wear sale ends Sunday, Oct 3rd-Late orders not accepted
See flyer attached
PTO Minutes (Sept. 2021). We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting: October 12, 2021, @ 7 PM.
The fall fest team is excited to get our themed event on the calendar. We are looking for volunteers who have fun ideas for fall-themed games (i.e. bags, ring toss, various types of relay races, knock down the clown, etc...). Please reach out to your PTO board on FB messenger or via email: