News at NES

December 2018


Brady Sackett


Twitter: @bradysackett

Denny Oswald

Assistant Principal

Twitter @MrOswald_NES

Instagram: norton_elementary_school

First Semester

Our school year is moving along quickly as we are just a few weeks away from the end of the first semester. We have worked hard this year in promoting our district theme of Protect the Pride. Students are recognizing other students that are taking care of each other and our building on a regular basis. The goal of Protecting the Pride is to improve our school culture through recognizing the need to take care of each other to positively impact our community. The staff at NES has embraced this mentality by finding ways to support one another leading to a better sense of unity. Staff members also use this concept in classrooms to build a positive classroom culture that revolves around helping each other. We hope that you feel that our school is positively representing the Norton City Schools and the Norton Community.

Winter Recess

NES values physical activity through play during recess. Students will be sent outside during the winter months on days the temperature reaches 25 degrees or higher. We also take in account wind chill, precipitation, and playground conditions. Please send your child to school prepared to spend 30 minutes outside for recess. You may want to consider hats, gloves, a scarf, boots, and a heavy coat.
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Winter Coats Available

We have received a generous donation of NEW WINTER COATS through our Panther Clawset. Please contact the office if your child is in need of a free winter coat. Remember, our Panther Clawset is stocked to provide gently used clothing for students. It is our hope that we can empty and replenish the closet often. DO NOT HESITATE to contact the office to access the closet.

Holiday Activities

NES will be taking time to celebrate the holiday season with events throughout December. These events are not designed to celebrate any one specific holiday, but to provide time for students to gather socially and celebrate the season. Please contact your child's teacher or the main office if you need any specific accommodations.

Holiday Shoppe - Students have the opportunity to purchase inexpensive gifts for family and friends through our Holiday Shoppe (provided by P.A.C.) December 5-9. All students will have the opportunity to visit the Holiday Shoppe during their regularly scheduled "Enrichment" class. This activity provides and opportunity for students to engage in the authentic use of money (counting, budgeting, receiving change).

Winter Sing Along - Students will gather together for a winter sing along on December 19 at 2:45 pm. The purpose of this activity is for students to join together and sing, building a sense of community. Students will sing secular songs such as Frosty the Snowman during this time.

Winter Parties - We will be celebrating our Winter Parties on December 20. The purpose of school parties is to provide students with a structured time to gather socially and celebrate cultural events. We will be sending information home the first week of December with more details.

Grades 1 and 2: December 20, doors open at 9:30 am, party times 10:00-11:00 am

Grades 3 and 4: December 20, doors open at 1:00 pm, party times 1:30-2:30 pm

Be on the look out for our holiday countdown spirit day list.

Community Support

NES is thankful for our community partners that have supplied food and gifts to families during the holiday season. The Norton Community has shown its willingness to "Protect the Pride" by caring for so many of our students and families through generous donations.

Grace Church - Giving Tree

Norton Apostolic Church - Blessings in a Bag

Norton Aid - Canned Food Drive

Trinity Lutheran Church - Holiday Food Baskets

Grace United Church - Gifts for students

Terpco Incorporated - Thanksgiving Dinner/Groceries and Gifts for Families

Norton Police Department - Shop with a Cop

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad - Polar Express Tickets

Receive Text Alerts

We're always looking to improve communication with families. One method for us to send quick bits of information and reminders is through Remind text alerts. You can sign up to receive these messages by choosing of the following options.

1) go to and follow directions for the app


2) text @2keaf6 to 81010

Latchkey Pick Up/Drop Off

Parents and guardians that are dropping off or picking up for Latchkey should park in a designated spot. Parking along the curb is not permitted during the hours of 7:15 am - 4:15 pm.

December Dates

12/3-12/7 3rd grade vision/hearing screenings

12/3-12/7 Holiday Shoppe (during "Enrichment" classes)

12/10 Board of Education Meeting 7:30 pm at NMS

12/19 Winter Sing Along 2:45 pm

12/20 Winter Parties

12/21 No School (Records Day)

12/24-1/4 No School - Winter Break