Norton Creek Elementary
Thursday Tidbits - September 3rd, 2020
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
- SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT- NO SCHOOL Friday September 4th.
- LABOR DAY- NO SCHOOL Monday, September 7th
- VIRTUAL PTO MEETING- September 9th @7pm
- VIRTUAL CURRICULUM NIGHT- September 10th
SCHOOL DAILY SCHEDULES
1st thru 5th Grades-
Please call the school attendance line if your student will be absent at 331-228-2700. Please spell your students first and last name when you leave a message.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL...TONY WHITE
I've always wondered the difference between partly cloudy and partly sunny. I'm sure there's a meteorological definition, but for the purpose of the point of my article, I'm not going to look it up. In my self-serving definition here, the difference is in perspective. I can look at the sky and focus on the clouds or I can focus on the sun. I can also focus on the sun, yet acknowledge that there are clouds in the sky. Sometimes they're beautiful, and sometimes they're ominous.
That is the perspective that I have on life since March 13, 2020. There have undoubtedly been clouds in our sky, and sometimes they have loomed ominously - millions sick and out of work, hundreds of thousands losing their lives, and school suddenly shifting to a virtual setting. Yet, the sun still shone too. We learned to take nothing for granted, how to reconnect as families as so many extracurricular activities went by the wayside and offices went remote, and placed an added emphasis on living more simply.
Two weeks ago, my wife was out for a midday drive with our kids, and happened to drive past Munhall Elementary School. She saw a class with their teacher skipping outside, and she started to cry. It was the first time she had seen kids at school since mid-March. Everyone seemed to radiate joy and truly belong where they were, and the simple beauty of this sight brought her to tears.
Whether your Eagle is learning remotely or in person, he or she is exactly where they belong, and I hope feeling the joy of learning and interacting with their friends and teachers for the first time in several months. School is magical - students learn skills they will take with them for the rest of their lives and continue to hone and perfect, make friendships that can last for decades and decades, and grow, evolve, and change right before our very eyes. In many ways, this school year is like no other, but no matter what happens, the magic of school and the truths of school (everyone wants to learn, make friends, be a friend, and have fun) will be true.
Happy Labor Day Weekend to you all, Norton Creek! The weather forecast looks beautiful, and I hope you enjoy it with your favorite people!
IMPORTANT DISMISSAL REMINDER:
Your student(s)' teacher and your student(s)' bus supervisor
Thank you for your assistance.
SELF CERTIFICATION FORM ONLINE
Back to School Night is going virtual! September 8, Trail guides will be sent to all families with links to videos created by our teachers as well as links to September 10th Zoom sessions for you to jump on with your Eagle's teacher. The Zoom sessions will each last 20 minutes and run between 6:00 and 6:20 and 6:30 and 6:50 (giving families with students at multiple grade levels time to get to each Zoom). Your child's teacher will share with you a Google Doc for you to add your question to be answered at these sessions in the near future.
Families with remote learners will receive Back to School Night information from your child's teacher.
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.
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!
NOT RECEIVING “THIS WEEK AT THE CREEK” (TWAC)? (K-5) email@example.com
Sign your family up for Membership Toolkit (MTK) by visiting http://www.nortoncreekpto.membershiptoolkit.com then click on "Register / Login" on the right side, then follow the prompts! Once registered, you will receive "This Week at the Creek" (TWAC), which is a quick weekly email reminder of what is happening during the upcoming week. Every family needs a FREE MTK account to register for events, order yearbooks, receive a directory, and much more!
UPDATE YOUR STUDENT'S TEACHER & T-SHIRT SIZE (K-5) firstname.lastname@example.org
Each year, every family needs to go back into Membership Toolkit (MTK) to update your student's teacher and their t-shirt size for the year. Visit http://www.nortoncreekpto.membershiptoolkit.com, log into your account then click Family/Personal/Student Information (scroll down past parent info & click Next Step to get to the child info). Be sure to Save when you are done!
SPIRIT WEAR (K-5) email@example.com
We have limited Spirit wear in stock that was purchased in anticipation of Kindergarten Connection and Popsicles in the Park. Given we weren’t able to host those events, the t-shirt below is available in YOUTH sizes (S, M, L and XL) in Berry, Royal Blue and Navy. See the attached image below. Quantities are limited and shirts are $10. Please contact Brad Steinhauser to place your order! Be on the look out; there will be a spirit wear sale coming in October to get us ready for the holidays!
YEARBOOK ORDERS PLACED BY SEPTEMBER 30th RECEIVE 10% OFF (K-5) firstname.lastname@example.org
2020/2021 Yearbooks are available to order! Don't miss out on this special discount offered by TreeRing. The yearbook committee is looking forward to capturing new memories of our Eagles, and TreeRing.com has opened the opportunity to order your student's yearbook for the 2020-2021 school year! Due to limited building access, the yearbook needs your pictures!! We would love to see some kids without masks on at home working on homework, elearning, playing outside, or with backpacks on! See the flyer below.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
The first PTO meeting of the school year is scheduled for Wednesday, September 9 at 7:00PM. Come meet our new staff members on Zoom!!! Everyone is welcome! https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4622387639?pwd=Q2xKUW5UaWZpL1ZiWGRGR3IUTzQrdz09
Meeting ID: 462 238 7639
Passcode: 0819Agenda for meeting: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pmNcRTupEgniCbLrE7yXOGCEZmIQMXIp-ca89lyTaLE/edit?usp=sharing