Norton Creek Elementary
Thursday Tidbits - February 17, 2022
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
2/21/2022-President's Day- No School
2/22/2022 Learning and Teaching Committee Meeting 5:30pm (Haines Center)
2/23/2022-Early Release Day Elementary Schools at 2:10pm
2/24/2022- Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting-6pm
2/28/2022- Business Services Meeting-5:30pm (Haines Center)
2/28/2022-Specil Board Meeting -6:15am ( Haines Center)
3/4/2022- Kane County institute Day( No Student Attendance)
From the Principal Tony White.....
In a world that moves a million miles an hour with work commitments, kids with schedules that rival world leaders', and is powered by technology, slowing down to sit and read a book together is a beautiful way to combat the breakneck speed we find ourselves in. Find a book that centers on characters or a topic that interests each of you and carve out some time in your day to read together. It could be a work of fiction that draws you into a world similar to but totally unlike our own or it could be an informational or nonfiction text that teaches you all about something new and exciting in the universe. Finish that book, and then start another one. I promise you won't regret it.
As you read these books together, ask questions about a key moment to see if your Eagle(s) understand it, a new, unfamiliar word, or to make a prediction about what happens next. These are all skills readers use every time they crack open a book. In our classrooms, teachers tend to use shorter stories or vary the focus by each chapter of a chapter book to focus on one specific skill. You can try this at home, but certainly, there's no wrong way to build comprehension and vocabulary at home. You'll also be amazed at the vocabulary and comprehension skills your Eagle has already mastered!
Finally, when we read, we build empathy for characters. While we see this happen primarily in fiction because of the nature of protagonists, antagonists, and conflict, it can also occur when reading nonfiction depending on the topic and how you feel about it. When we read, our brain has to make the movie, and in doing so, we embody the characters - we can see them in our mind's eye. When we stop to ask how a character feels, how a choice made in the story would make you feel, or how a character might feel if "x" happens, we understand more about how someone else feels. The more we understand how someone else feels, the more we master the very important life skill of empathy.
Of course, this doesn't even begin to get at what we can do about math at home (Homework is certainly enough to ask of a family!), but reading with our kids at home is a beautiful way to boost not only their English Language Arts skills but their social skills as well. Have a wonderful Presidents Day Weekend with your favorite people, and if your schedule permits and the weather encourages you, feel free to read a book as a family!
2022-2023 Kindergarten Registration Is Open- Register from January 31st through February 25th 2022. Click on link below!
Updated IDPH COVID Information
The Illinois Department of Public Health will no longer consider a positive at home test result as a valid positive result. The health department now advises individuals who test positive on an at home test to go validate the test result at a COVID testing site. Individuals who test negative with an at home test are to validate with a rapid test at a testing site.
SCHOOL DAILY SCHEDULES
Kindergarten thru 5th Grades-
Students can be dropped off at 7:45am for the school day. It you arrive before that time please keep your child with you until 7:45 as there is no supervision outside until then.
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 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.
Students must apply for the privilege of using prearranged absence days through the principal’s office.
This completed form must be turned in at least (2) school days prior to the requested absence.
The building principal or designee has the authority to grant up to (5) days of excused absence per year
for the following types of absences:
Participation in regional and/or national contests or awards
Family vacation—qualified by the phrase “accompanied by parent”
Special religious events
Arriving Late To School
Wednesday Early Release Dates
Our next early release day will be on February 23rd. Dismissal is at 2:10pm.
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-
- February 23
- March 23
- April 27
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.
PTO'S E-NEWS THIS WEEK!
Here are our minutes from the PTO meeting held on 2/8/2022. Mark your calendars for the next meeting on 3/8/2022 @ 7PM.
EAGLES EAT OUT firstname.lastname@example.org
Our next Eagles Eat Out event is NEXT Thursday February 24th at Portillos! See flier below for more details!
BASKET RAFFLE Behind the Scenes email@example.com
The basket raffle committee is working diligently behind the scenes. Be on the lookout for volunteer sign ups in MTK soon. If anyone would like to help fundraise and reach out to local businesses for basket donations, please email anyone from the board or our amazing parent volunteer, Marla Rhinerson!! This is our BIGGEST fundraising event of the year and we can’t do it without your help!
VIRTUAL VARIETY SHOW IS BACK (K-5) firstname.lastname@example.org
We are excited to announce our lovely and talented trio from last year’s variety show will be organizing another amazing event this year! Watch out for more information soon! Thank you Corinne Robbins-Jones, Joy Krelle and Michael Grudecki
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!