Norton Creek Elementary
Thursday Tidbits - March 24, 2022
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
3/22/2022- Business Services Meeting 5:30-6:30pm (Haines Center)
3/28/2022-4/1/2022 Spring Break (No Students In Attendance)
4/4/2022- School Resumes
From the Principal Tony White.....
I hope you have a fantastic spring break making memories with your favorite people. Time flies when we're having fun, and there's nothing we can do to slow the sands of time. All we can do is be present in every moment and enjoy. I had a fifth grader tell me the other day: Life isn't meant to be lived, it's meant to be enjoyed. Pretty profound stuff, and that's my wish for you this spring break (and everyday)! Enjoy the break!
Equity Audit Parent Focus Groups
Can you help the Nurses Office?
We are in need of gently used pants and/or shirts in the office. Students occasionally need a change of clothing during the school day, and we use these clothes for that purpose.
We can use boys and girls pants ( sweat pants, leggings etc.)
If you are able to donate some gently used clothing, please send them to the office.
Each year students receiving special education, those new to the State of Illinois schools, and those in mandated grades have vision and hearing screening performed by our vision and hearing screener or a Certified School Nurse. Norton Creek is scheduled for this routine screening on Tuesday April 5th and may be done as needed or as is feasible the rest of the school year. Screening requires the screener to put headphones on your child for hearing screening and may involve your child putting their head into a vision screening machine if a touchless vision camera is not available. Cleaning of equipment will take place and social distancing. In light of this if you DO NOT want your child screened, email Brittany Jensen Brittany.Jensen@d303.org. Hearing screening is mandated for elementary students in kindergarten, first, second and third grades. Vision is mandated for kindergarten and second grade for those who do not have a current vision exam.
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 to the main office.
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 March 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-
- 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!
GET YOUR YEARBOOKS: DUE 4/1/2022 firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you ordered a yearbook for your student yet? Visit TreeRing to confirm if you've already ordered or to place an order for your student(s). Included again this year with the yearbook purchase is the option to create 2 free custom pages, which must be completed by 4/1/22. If you've already ordered a yearbook, you have the option through TreeRing to customize 2 pages to capture your students' school memories for an unforgettable year! See attached for a quick how-to flyer from TreeRing.
ATTENTION 5TH GRADE PARENTS:
Do you have any pictures of your 5th grader participating in any school event/activity that you could share for the year end celebration? Please send them to NC5THGRADEFAREWELL@gmail.com
BUTTER BRAIDS FUNDRAISER (K-5) email@example.com
This PTO fundraiser was very popular last year! These delicious pastries are available in many flavors. Order forms were sent home in backpacks and are due back at school on Friday, March 25. Orders will be available for pickup at the school April 5, time and place TBD. If you have any questions, please email Jen Solare at the address above.
If you missed the PTO meeting last week, we voted on extra funds to be spent for the school! The minutes are here. Please be on the lookout for an order form from Mr. White to get your FREE NORTON CREEK T-SHIRT!
BASKET RAFFLE firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the date! Basket Raffle is scheduled to be Friday May 6th! The team continues to solicit local or connected businesses, sponsors, and items for our Basket Raffle! Do you have a favorite location, restaurant, or store that could help support our school? Check it out over spring break next week. Email above address if you can help or want to connect in a specific way. Every little bit helps! We meet bi-weekly via Zoom if you are free to join our planning crew!
VIRTUAL VARIETY SHOW (K-5) email@example.com
Videos are due April 8th! Happy filming!
COUGARS READING CLUB
Don’t forget to be jotting down those reading minutes to get your free Cougars Tickets!
Have a safe and fun SPRING BREAK next week!