Norton Creek Elementary
Thursday Tidbits - October 10, 2019
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
- SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT DAY (NO STUDENTS PM) October 11th 11:40 student release
- COLUMBUS DAY HOLIDAY - NO SCHOOL October 14th
- PTO LOOP THE LAKE AND FALL FEST Friday, October 18th (see information below)
- TRICK OR READING & PTO BOOK FAIR October 24th (see flyer below)
- WINDOW OPEN TO SCHEDULE FALL CONFERENCES IN PICK-A-TIME (SEE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW): FROM 7:00 A.M. MONDAY, OCTOBER 14TH THROUGH NOVEMBER 22ND AT MIDNIGHT
FROM THE PRINCIPAL...TONY WHITE
The word discipline comes from an Old English word meaning "to teach." We can aim for short-term discipline in which we seek to stop inappropriate behavior while explaining behavior that is appropriate. The goal of long-term discipline is for children to take responsibility for their own actions. When children feel their choices and behaviors are controlled by others, they wait for others to control their behavior as opposed to doing it themselves. This is the reason we teach self-discipline at Norton Creek (as well as in our homes). When our Eagles have to answer questions such as "What were you thinking at the time you made this choice," "Who was affected by your choice," and "What can you do to make this right" they take those necessary, all-important steps to managing their own behavior and solving their own problems.
The role of punishment, on the other hand, is often where adults think we should go first, but it is not effective in the long-run. When we were children, the majority of us experienced a punishment response to our misbehavior, and we attribute that punishment to our success saying we "turned out just fine." The research indicates something somewhat different.
Nelsen, Lott, and Glenn, authors of "Positive Discipline in the Classroom," pose this question: "Where did we ever get the crazy idea that to make people do better we first have to make them feel worse?" Punishment can create short-term gains that are often wiped out when the enforcer is no longer present or nearby and once the "sting" from the punishment wears off, it can teach children to only comply in the short-term. Punishment can have an inverse effect as the person giving the punishment releases their anger with the child for not following a rule, and the person receiving the punishment often becomes angry with the "punisher" as opposed to actually reflecting on their poor behavioral choice.
While we may have been conditioned to think punishment is the best way to bring about change, a tough conversation in which we ask thought-provoking questions may just prove better. Of course, this does not mean there is no place ever for punishment in our world; however, this research does teach us that there are other ways to get the behavioral change we're seeking. And therein lies the point: Our goal is never to punish a child; we're seeking long-term change. This is the vehicle to that change, and I am excited for our journey together.
Have a wonderful weekend, Norton Creek! Eight days until Loop the Lake and Fall Fest! Don't miss out on the fun, and thank you to everyone who has raised funds for Norton Creek as we continue to create a school that works for everyone.
SEE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW TO SIGN UP FOR PICK-A-TIME PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES Conference Dates: Monday, November 25th and Tuesday, November 26th
NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DAY UPDATE
Thank you to all parents who completed the form that provided us with feedback about the new elementary school day. The District was thrilled to have received over 900 responses. On September 23, parents and staff members who make up the Think Tank met to review research and have a discussion about innovative learning and what it looks like in District 303. In addition, they analyzed the feedback form responses. A summary of the first meeting is available on the District 303 website here. We encourage you to take a moment to read over the summary. We will provide you with additional summaries after subsequent meetings.
Volunteer opportunities abound! We have many fun events coming up and we need your help.
LOOP THE LAKE (K-5) firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re in the home stretch and are so close to meeting our goal! Thank you to all of our families who have so generously donated. It’s not too late. Stay tuned to the PTO website for updates and volunteer opportunities.
FALL FEST (K-5) email@example.com
The Fall Fest Committee has an amazing event planned, so head on over to the Community Room after Loop the Lake on October 18 for food, games, mums and FUN! We are in need of volunteers for all time slots. Can you spare 30 minutes to help? Log in on the PTO website for the updated list of volunteer needs.
FOOTBALL & FLANNELS ON OCTOBER 16 (K-5) firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone is invited to show their Fall spirit by wearing their favorite football t-shirt or a warm and cozy flannel on October 16, when our Teacher Appreciation Committee hosts a Football and Flannels Thank You Luncheon for our teachers and staff.
Our Fall book fair is coming up the week of October 21. Our children will be visiting the book fair during the day, and don’t forget about Trick-or-Read on Thursday, October 24 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Volunteer slots are available. Do you have some time to spend in our LRC helping our kids create their wish lists and find their favorite books? Volunteers receive a special discount on purchases! Log in on the PTO website for volunteer opportunities.
IMPORTANT DISMISSAL REMINDER:
- Your student(s)' teacher and
- Your student(s)' bus supervisor
Thank you for your assistance.
All Day Kindergarten Tuition/PushCoin:
All Day Kindergarten (ADK) tuition payment is due October 15th. All payments must be made through PushCoin or mailed to or dropped off at the District office at 201 South 7th Street, St. Charles, IL 60174. PushCoin directions can be found on the District website under the Parent pull down menu under Webstore/Pushcoin. Per District policy, tuition payments cannot be accepted at Norton Creek. If you would like to set up ADK monthly auto pay, please contact Wendy Sedwick at 331-228-4927. ADK tuition payments are billed in PushCoin on the first of each month and are due on the 15th of each month through April 15th.
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