Norton Creek Elementary

Thursday Tidbits - January 28th, 2020


  • 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
  • 2/16/21-Learning and Teaching Committee Meeting 5:30pm
  • 2/22/21- Business Services Meeting 5:30pm
  • 2/25/21- End of 2nd Trimester(elementary students)
  • 2/26/21- School Improvement Day- No Students

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New Email For All Families To Use

Please email any arrival/dismissal changes as well as any information for the school nurse or office staff to

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 indicate students first and last name.



AM Session-

8:00am -10:15am

PM-Session -


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 indicate students first and last name.



1st Grade: 11:30-11:50

2nd Grade:11:05-11:25

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!

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.

Completed forms can be faxed to 331-228-2701 OR can be scanned and emailed to either of the Norton Creek nurses at or

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the nurse's office at 331-228-2704

School Picture Day!

Our new school picture date is February 4, 2021 and picture retakes are scheduled for March 3, 2021. Please click on the file below to find information about pre-ordering. All orders must be submitted prior to picture day. Please feel free to reach out to the office with any questions or email

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.


A week later and after our first remote learning snow day of the year, here is part two of our thrilling series on grit. I've already discussed how the ability to believe I can learn anything I want to, welcoming a challenge with perseverance, and using failure as a learning experience as opposed to defeat are critical elements to possessing grit. The next elements have to do with praise, other people's success, and attitude versus abilities.

When we are praised for being smart, we believe that mistakes and failure mean we are not smart. That can lead to avoiding challenge because if I fail, I am not smart, and if I am not smart...then what am I? Who am I? This is why we need to shift to praising effort. When we praise effort, we praise the person for the process and recognize that the process shapes the person far more than the product (in most cases). Being recognized for hard work helps us own the results; however, when we are praised for being smart, it can sometimes feel like we lucked into the result.

Furthermore, when we believe our "smarts" are the result of our success, we can sometimes struggle with another person's success - even if that other person is our best friend in the whole world. We feel threatened because if my friend is smart and successful, am I? Success, joy, and contentment are not finite resources. If someone else has some, he or she is not taking mine. There's plenty to go around, and the gritty understand this.

Finally, my effort and attitude determine everything as opposed to my abilities. This is a tricky concept to understand and can lead to a slippery slope. Certainly walking into a situation with a positive attitude will not automatically guarantee a "win"...unless you take a broader perspective on what "winning" means. Winning does not necessarily mean everything going my way. A win can also come in a deeper perspective at the end of the day.

We haven't talked about it yet, but the opposite of grit is learned helplessness. We all know someone who struggles with learned helplessness. People with learned helplessness believe they are powerless when things get difficult and are paralyzed by the fear of failure. Folks with grit are the exact opposite. They seemingly can't be stopped. They have good days and bad days like anyone else, but the bad days just don't stop them.

I wish you all good days in the weekend ahead! There is a strong possibility of snow, but there is a lot of fun to be had in the snow. So, go have it with your favorite people in the world!

D303 Preschool Annual Registration Information

The District 303 Community Preschool Program will be conducting its annual registration lottery. Enrollment will be offered online from January 19 to February 2, 2021. Two informational meetings will be offered via Zoom for all interested community families who reside in District 303. The lottery enrollment link and informational meeting's registration link can be found on the District website on the Early Childhood page. Please note, in order to receive the Zoom links for the informational meetings, you must complete the registration form.

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

Kindergarten Information

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



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.

haga clic aquí para descargar el formulario de solicitud de transferencia para la escuela secundaria.



CONGRATULATIONS to our winner last week, Ava Kottmeier 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!

PTO Meeting

Mark your calendars for the next PTO meeting on 2/10/2021 @ 7PM. See agenda for details!


Norton Creek’s very own Brownie Troop 1150 has joined forces with all of you CARING EAGLES to collect food for a winter food drive from NOW through February 12. Contributions will be donated to the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry to help feed their 60,000 annual guests. Specific needs are: cereal, canned tuna/chicken and canned soup. Look for the collection bin by the front doors at school. Thank you, CARING EAGLES!


Our next Eagles Eat Out will be at Panera on 2/6/2021 from 6:00 - 9:00PM. See below for the flyer!


Save the date, Monday, February 8th for our school virtual assembly. Details will be announced soon!


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!


Please send any of your Eagle’s spirit week photos to Shelly at for the 2020/2021 yearbook!


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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:

Cathy Leone (RISE RN) -

Sumana Parveen (RN) -

Virginia Wicinski (RN) -

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

Northern Illinois Food Bank Information

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Help For Those Affected By Covid-19

If your family is in need of assistance with rent/mortgage or utilities please click on the form below for more information.