POLARIS EXPRESS

October 14, 2022

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT NORTH.....CLICK ON THESE ICONS TO FIND OUT!

North Bell Schedules

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DATES TO REMEMBER

October 18, 2022--Underclass Yearbook Retakes

October 19, 2022--Tutorial Bell Schedule

October 20, 2022--Fall Play--7:30pm

October 21, 2022--Fall Play--7:30pm

October 22, 2022--Fall Play --7:30 pm

October 25, 2022--Senior Class final yearbook photo opportunity in the LRC

October 25, 2022--Career Pathways Night at Compass Academy--6:30-9:00pm

October 26, 2022--Early Release Bell Schedule

Community Backpack

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Community Career Speakers Wanted

At North, we are looking to find ways to help students understand the different jobs in the local community, how they can get into those jobs, and how every job is necessary to help our community thrive. We are wanting community members to come speak and answer questions about their jobs with students for about 30 minutes.


We would be honored if you would share your career path with our students. Please fill out this form and someone from North will contact you to finalize the details with you. Thank you for taking the time to help our North Start students!


If you have any questions, please contact John Peters at: John Peters @d303.org

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Big Hearts of Fox Valley Week will be celebrated throughout the City of St. Charles the week of October 10-16th!

Big Hearts of Fox Valley is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization making a difference in our own community by brightening the lives of D303 children affected by financial hardship at Christmas time and throughout the school year.


Please bring in a NEW unwrapped toy or board game to the NHS cafeteria during this week to show your support for D303 kids in need. Each school will be collecting these items for the annual Big Hearts Toy Drive. We also encourage you to wear RED on Friday to help raise awareness for Big Hearts of Fox Valley.


To learn more about Big Hearts of Fox Valley and to make a much needed donation visit their website at bigheartsfv.org.


Thank you for helping to make Christmases brighter, winters warmer and every day easier for kids in need in D303.

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2022 Thanksgiving Dinner Drive

SCN's 2022 Thanksgiving Dinner Drive has begun! The Student Life Office is working with student organizations in our building to collect the 1,400 total items needed to provide up to one hundred families in District #303 with a complete Thanksgiving meal. These Thanksgiving meals will also be packed and delivered by our students. If you would like to donate towards the cost of these meals, you may mail your donation to the below address. Thank you!


ATTN: Libby Sutherland
St. Charles North High School
255 Red Gate Road
St. Charles, IL 60175

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All Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior students will have the opportunity to have their yearbook photo taken or retaken next Tuesday, October 18th in the LRC.

  • Underclassman students who have not taken a 2022-2023 yearbook photo this year - Mrs. Boynton will email an appointment schedule to you on Friday, October 14th. Make sure to check this schedule and come to the LRC at your appointed time!
  • Underclassman students who are retaking their 2022-2023 yearbook photo - please visit the photographer in the LRC whenever it is convenient for you (please do not visit during your instructional time). Photographers will be available from 7:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the LRC.

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SENIOR PHOTOs - FINAL OPPORTUNITY


There will be a final opportunity for Seniors to take a 2022-2023 yearbook photo on Tuesday, October 25th in our LRC. The yearbook advisor, Mrs. Boynton, is creating an appointment schedule that will include all Seniors who have not yet taken a photo. She will share this schedule with Seniors soon!


After your Senior takes their photo, please make certain to quickly visit rootseniors.com to choose the photo that you wish to appear in the yearbook. You may also order photos if you wish!

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National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a time to focus and raise awareness on bullying. “When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time. Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy.” The StopBullying.Gov website provides numerous resources to help parents and students recognize bullying and learn what they can do to help prevent it.


“Recognize the signs of kids being bullied or witnessing bullying:

  • Depression, anxiety, and loneliness, changes in sleep/eating patterns, loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy.

  • Decreased academic achievement and school participation and more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school.

  • Risk of suicide, though bullying alone is not the cause. Many issues contribute to suicide risk, including depression, problems at home, and trauma history. This risk can be increased further when kids are not supported by parents, peers, and schools.


Find more information at: WarningSignsOfBullying


How can we as parents and teachers help prevent bullying? “We can:

  • Talk about what bullying is, how to stand up to it safely, and stress that it is unacceptable. Make sure kids know how to get help.

  • Check in with kids often. Listen to them. Know their friends, ask about school, and understand and support their concerns.

  • Encourage kids to participate in activities, interests, and hobbies - this can boost confidence, help make friends, and protect them from bullying behavior.

  • Model how to treat others with kindness and respect.” Find more information at: HowToPreventBullying


Click this link to Report a bullying incident at D303 North. “This on-line system provides parents and students with a safe and confidential place where they can report bullying activity taking place within District 303 schools. All reports of bullying made through this form are sent directly to district and building administration who will identify and investigate reported bullying behavior with appropriate discipline and interventions. District 303 prohibits any and all forms of bullying by students and will not tolerate acts of retaliation for standing up against or making a report of bullying. If the situation is time sensitive, or life threatening, please call 911 and report it to law enforcement officials.”

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Home After Dark: A Novel By David Small “As Russell navigates life in a small, “Anywhere, U.S.A.” town in Northern California, his greatest challenges arise through the relationships he develops—with his alcoholic father, with an outcast classmate who helps him elude bullies but exposes him to odd rituals, with the clique he forms with two roughhousing friends, one of whom is particularly good at pushing buttons in a bad-boy, alpha-male way. Russell struggles to understand himself and his place in the world and along the way makes regrettable decisions, sometimes tinged with violence, so the inexplicable kindness and charity of an older immigrant couple proves particularly vexing to the boy. Grappling with questions of identity and society, the story has the authenticity and ache of universal experience—filtered through the singular eye of a visionary. Powerful and profound.” Read the full review at: KirkusReviews

Find Layla By Meg Elson “At 14, Layla Bailey is an aspiring scientist and caretaker of her younger brother, Andy. She acts as both subject and observer of her own life, living in an unsafe, moldering apartment that suffers from the same neglect that she and Andy do. Sharply observed and well-written, Layla’s story is both accessible and resonant, deftly tackling issues of poverty, neglect, and resilience. To get to know Layla is to understand the myriad challenges that many young people face behind closed doors and the fortitude required of them to survive against odds that are stacked against them. Layla’s mother and brother seem to be white; mention of Layla’s hair texture and hair-care needs may cue her as biracial. A powerful voice that is bound to make an indelible impact on readers.” KirkusReviews

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Watch for Details Next Week!

The St. Charles North PTO is excited to announce a new partnership with Sipology by Steeped Tea for our Fall 2022 fundraiser.


WHY SIPOLOGY?


  • Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world – 5 out of 6 North Americans drink tea
  • Health conscious products to fit any lifestyle
  • Great for gifting
  • Quality is their top priority – they only use real, whole ingredients tested to the highest standards
  • 40% of sales comes back to us....which helps to fund student and teacher events!



Sales begin October 21st and run through November 4th, and will be shipped in time

for the Holidays. Watch for more information next week when the fundraiser sales begin!

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It’s NOT TOO LATE to pay your annual PTO dues.

The PTO supports 100% of SCN students, parents and staff. To date, less than 30% of North families have paid the $30/family fee. We appreciate your support if you are able.

Pay PTO Membership Dues Here

Click here to pay your PTO membership dues.

October PTO Newsletter

Click here to read the October newsletter from your North PTO!

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Graduation Information

Click here for information on Graduation 2023.

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St. Charles North Athletics

Click here to see all of our upcoming North athletic events.

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St. Charles North Student Life

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North PTO

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