Norton Creek Elementary
Thursday Tidbits - January 14th, 2020
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
- 1/15/21- Norton Creek PTO Art Night- Please see PTO information below.
- 1/18/21-Martin Luther King Holiday - No School
- 1/19/21-Learning and Teaching Committee Meerting-5:30pm
- 1/25/21-Business Services Committee Meeting-5:30pm
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
When I was a child, students with disabilities were rarely seen at school. I might see a classmate with Down Syndrome in the lunchroom or possibly a peer with cerebral palsy occasionally in my PE class, but these instances were rare. We were putting our best and brightest lights under a bushel basket, and it was wrong. Certainly, it was not a maliciously intentional wrongdoing, but it was just as harmful. We were taught to have sympathy or pity for our friends with disabilities and not given enough opportunity to get to know them as people. Students in general education didn't know that folks with disabilities also enjoyed Cubs games, got crushes, had favorite foods, and liked to tell jokes, and everyone missed out on the friendships we could have made.
Fast forward to 2021 at Norton Creek, and I am pleased to say our Eagles have the opposite experience. No one here is trying to "fix" anyone - because no one here needs to be fixed. No matter your disability, we celebrate your ability - your talents, your gifts, your spirit, and what you bring to the table. Our students in RISE are treated like every other Norton Creek Eagle by students and staff. Our general education students have been known to tattle on students in RISE just as much as they tattle on anyone, and I like it. I know that sounds strange, but when you see a student with a disability treated the way anyone else his or her age is treated, it feels right.
This Monday, America celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - a man who set an incredible example for acceptance of all people. A first grade teacher was telling me about a social studies lesson she taught yesterday introducing her class to several Civil Rights leaders, and they learned the story of Rosa Parks. One of her boys was in disbelief. "They made her give up her seat on the bus because she's Black?! That's messed up!" I couldn't agree more, buddy. Let's hope the world sees more as our first graders do and celebrate everything about us that makes us unique from one another.
Have a wonderful, long weekend, Norton Creek, spending time with your favorite people in the world!
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 two winners so far, Avery Talsma and Tyler Carlson 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!
Here are our minutes from the PTO meeting held on 1/6/2021. Mark your calendars for the next meeting on 2/10/2021 @ 7PM.
EAGLES EAT OUT firstname.lastname@example.org
Huge thank you to Elisa Ignash for organizing our hugely successful eat out night at Portillos last week!! Next month will be Panera on 2/6/2021 from 6:00 - 9:00PM. See below for the flyer!
Thank you to ALL who signed up for our first virtual art night with All Things Art Studio in St. Charles! We can’t wait to see everyone’s masterpieces!
Are you interested in helping with a variety show this Spring?! We are in need of Co-Chairs!! Please contact any of the board members if you are interested in helping the students show us their talents. More information will be discussed at the February PTO meeting to possibly take this great event virtual, but we need your help and suggestions!
AMAZONSMILE (K-5) email@example.comCalling 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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) - email@example.com
Sumana Parveen (RN) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Virginia Wicinski (RN) - email@example.com
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.