Norton Creek Elementary

Thursday Tidbits - December 17, 2021


12/20/2021- Winter Break Begins

1/4/2022- School Resumes

1/26/2022- Early Release Day 2:10 dismissal time


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From The Principal Tony White.......

The Holidays of Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year mean many things to all who celebrate them, but one common theme that emerges in each of them is joy. When we look at Norton Creek, we have much to be joyful about.

Beginning with our Eagles, it is literally and physically impossible not to feel joy around these young people. They are so excited each day they come bouncing up to the front door - excited to be with friends, excited to see their teachers and staff, and excited to learn concepts they didn't know about the day before. That excitement is contagious and something I hope we can hold onto as adults living in times that sometimes are seemingly trying to rob us of our own. These Eagles are excited for life, and that's something I always hope for them and for all of us.

Our staff is as passionate and compassionate as they come and are the heart and soul of Norton Creek. Their passion for teaching, learning, and our school is only outsized by their compassion for our Eagles and community. Their hearts are in the right place and to be commended. When you see good people who are so clearly matched with their purpose, it's a daily source of joy.

Our community of families is so supportive, kind, generous, thoughtful, invested, caring, and another awesome source of joy for Norton Creek. We simply could not ask for better partners in our school and are so thankful to have you at the core of our school community. Your kind words, presence, work on the PTO, and all-around outstanding parenting to raise these Eagles to be the fabulous young people they are do not go unnoticed and are integral to who Norton Creek is.

There is so much to be joyful for at Norton Creek, and that is because we have so much to be thankful for. Everywhere I look, I can't help but see such amazing things happening at our school and that is because we have such amazing people at our school in our Eagles, our staff, and our families. To all who are celebrating Holidays these next few weeks, I wish you the Happiest Holidays and look forward to seeing you in 2022! Go enjoy them with your favorite people, Norton Creek!

Nurses Needed


Please include in your newsletters: D303 is looking for Substitute Nurses.

Do you have a friend, neighbor or relative who has a nursing license and is looking for work? A D303 substitute nurse has a flexible schedule, an opportunity to use their nursing skills and work in any of our 18 district school buildings. Many former D303 substitutes have gone on to become district employees.

For additional information, please contact: Juanita Gryfinski, Dept. Chair, D303 Health Services as 331-228-3834 or / Kristen Pozna, District Substitute Coordinator at 331-228-4924 or


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.

New Email For All Families To Use

Please email any arrival/dismissal changes as well as any information for the school nurse or office staff to

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 indicate students first and last name.

Arriving Late To School

If your child is arriving after 8:00am please walk them into the school and sign them in.

Wednesday Early Release Dates

Our next early release day will be on January 26th. 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-

  • January 26th
  • February 23
  • March 23
  • April 27

Outdoor Recess

Please ensure your students come to school dressed for the cold weather. The back of the Norton Creek building can be cold and windy most days. Please ensure they have a coat, hat, gloves, snowpants, and boots(when snow is on the ground).

Dismissal/Bus Changes

If there is a occasional change to your child dismissal please email and your child's teacher or call the office directly at 331-228-2701. If it is after 2pm please call the office directly so that we can ensure your child gets the notification of changes.



5th Grade: 10:50-11:10

2nd Grade:11:15-11:35

Kindergarten: 11:40-12:00

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.





Don’t forget to sign up for Chess Club this week! All participants should be registered before the holiday break. Learn to play with other Eagles this winter! See the flyer below for more details and sign up here. Deadline is 12/17!


We are still looking for some parent helpers to volunteer their time to get into the classroom with the kiddos and talk about a work of art followed by a fun activity. The monthly signups are now listed on Membership Toolkit! If you missed the informational meeting, please send an email to Kelly Charlson listed above.


Thank you to all the volunteers that helped make our Teacher Appreciation Luncheon a success!!! Thank you to all the volunteers that have signed up for AVIC or classroom parties or to help in the rooms! It takes a village and we have an amazing community of families. We couldn’t do it without you!


To our Norton Creek parents, guardians and families: you are a gift to our children and community. Whatever you celebrate, whatever your plans may be, we wish you a joyful, healthy and restful winter break. Enjoy your time off and we look forward to seeing you in 2022!


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