Norton Creek Elementary
Thursday Tidbits - January 16, 2020
FROM THE PRINCIPAL...TONY WHITE
When we were kids, I would suspect many of us did not relish having homework. We thought to ourselves, "When I grow up, I'll never have to do homework." Well...not exactly. As parents and guardians, we often find ourselves still doing homework - it's just that now we are the homework helpers with our kids at home. Sometimes, homework can be a stressful time. How many times have you heard, "That's not the way we did it in class today!" and felt like throwing your hands up and walking away? Walking away is precisely our topic for this week.
If a math assignment is taking longer than a half-hour to complete (or 10-15 minutes for those of you with children in our younger grades), just draw a line and write a note that you tried. Another minute spent on that assignment will be torture for your child and you. Learning occurs during productive struggle - when we are challenged to accomplish something just beyond our comfort zone, but we can accomplish it with focused effort. However, at the 10/15-30 minute mark of an elementary homework assignment, the struggle is unproductive. Frustration has set in and this could lead to an emotional response. Your child's teacher will understand completely and work with him or her to get a better grasp of the learning. This work will likely take longer than a day, but Norton Creek is deeply committed to the learning, growth, and development of each and every Eagle.
For our third, fourth, and fifth grade families, I have a special message for you: Your Eagle will be coming home with Winter Performance Series scores for you to review with them. If you have any questions about this data, please, feel free to reach out to me at (331) 228-6167.
As we head into this weekend, let's be sure to remember that the reason we do not have school Monday is to celebrate a truly great man, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Have a wonderful, long weekend, Norton Creek!
Middle School Transfer Requests
Families who wish to submit Middle School Transfer requests may do so beginning February 3. The request form will be available on the District 303 website through February 28. Families must complete a separate form for each student they want transferred. Requests are granted based on space available so 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 are responsible for their own transportation.
Students will return to their assigned attendance area high school regardless of the middle school attended.
FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE
Parents/Guardians of Kindergarten & 2nd Grade Students,
Illinois State law requires that all children entering Kindergarten, and 2nd grade will have an oral health examination. A licensed dentist must perform the dental exam and he/she shall sign and date the report form. Students must present proof of a dental examination prior to May 1st of the school year. The Dental Examination form can be obtained on the D303.org website or by contacting your child’s school and requesting a dental exam form.
The rationale for these grades being identified as requiring the examination is that these are the ages at which sealants are applied to children’s teeth.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has established a waiver for children who show undue burden or lack of access to a dentist. Parents or legal guardians who object to the dental examinations on religious grounds shall present to the school a signed, detailed statement of the objection.
If you have any questions, please contact the Health Office.
D303 Health Services
Calling all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders! Come show your talent at Norton Creek’s Variety Show, Friday, March 13. Can you sing? Can you dance? Do you know some awesome magic tricks? Whatever your talent, this show is for YOU! 5th graders are invited to emcee! Register HERE by Friday, January 17. See flyer below for details.
Our biggest fundraiser of the year will be held on April 24! Did you receive any gift cards or other gifts during the holidays that you probably won’t use? Please consider donating them to be included in some of the many fabulous baskets that are being planned! Contact Cristina Beltrame or Lindsay Hermann for more information. Thank you!
KANE COUNTY COUGARS READING CLUB (K-5) email@example.com
Thank you to Stephanie Ross for organizing our Cougars Reading Club again this year! Students can earn tickets to a Cougars baseball game on Saturday, May 9 at 1 PM. Details and forms were sent home in backpacks earlier this week. Completed first base forms are due Monday, January 27.
CARING EAGLES FLEECE BLANKETS FOR CASA KANE COUNTY (K-5) firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey Caring Eagles! Even though the holidays are over, there are still lots of ways to give in our community. We will once again be supporting CASA this year by making fleece blankets for kids. Save the date of Monday, February 10th from 6:30-7:30 PM to make cozy blankets to brighten a child's day. Don't worry, it's easy and fun! See the details and sign up HERE.
VARIETY SHOW REGISTRATION...
Calling all 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade students, registration to be in the Variety Show is now open until Friday, January 17th. See flyer for details
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 January 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.
IMPORTANT COLD WEATHER & OUTSIDE RECESS INFORMATION
Per District policy, we will be going outside for recess as long as the temperature (with wind chill) is above 0 F and it is not raining. With that in mind, please make sure your child is dressed to go outside on days when it is cold, snowy or windy. Students should bring outerwear to school in a bag to put on before recess. Please make sure they have hats, gloves, scarves, snow pants and boots if they want to play in the snow. Don’t forget to label your child’s outerwear so it does not end up in the Lost and Found.
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