Norton Creek Elementary

Thursday Tidbits - November 4th, 2021


  • 11/5/21- Fall Fest 4:30-6:30pm
  • 11/5/21- End of 1st Trimester
  • 11/8/21- School Board Meeting @Haines Center 7pm
  • 11/15/21- Learning ang Teaching Meeting @Haines Center 5:30pm
  • 11/22/21-11/26/21- Thanksgiving Break- No School
  • 12/1/21- Early Release Day-Elementary Students/Dismissal at 2:10pm.

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From the Principal.....Tony White

According to a 2017 study, educators make on average 1,500 decisions in a day. It could be anything from the book they're going to use for an interactive read enriching for a student who already has the skills being reaching a learner who is struggling to grasp what is being engaging children growing up in the YouTube era where videos last no longer than three to five a classroom management decision on how to redirect a student that engages him or her in their learning while wholly respecting his or her dignity and place in the how to respond to a parent E-Mail asking a thought-provoking what time they're going to take a mask the problems they're going to use in today's Number Talk. You get the idea. Our staff works hard. They have a lot on their plates, and when you add teaching these past 20 months in a pandemic (in-person and remotely!), they have also had to use structures and protocols that no classroom has ever used before.

The bottom line is that education has always been a challenging, rewarding profession; however, now more than ever before, more and more is being asked of educators. The crew here has never shied away from this call, and knowing everyone here as I do, I don't believe that will ever change. I am proud of each and every person that serves here at Norton Creek. Everyone here is working very hard to give our Eagles and community a school they can believe in - a school you can trust to give our kids meaningful learning experiences in a safe, caring environments. They are really good people doing really hard work. Last month was National Principals Appreciation Month. Do you believe that? A whole month? I don't need a whole month. I don't even want a day. I'm surrounded by excellence here at Norton Creek, and I wanted to take a moment to shout that fact and our team out.

If you are celebrating Diwali today and tomorrow, I wish you a Very Happy Diwali and look forward to joining you at The BAPS Temple tomorrow evening. If you are attending Fall Fest tomorrow, I will be at The Temple with many of our families, but know you will have a ton of fun out back here at Norton Creek. I want to thank Mrs. Doren, Mrs. Wanner, and Mrs. Coughlin for all of their amazing efforts pulling off this year's Fall Fest. Have a wonderful weekend, Norton Creek! There's more of a chill in the air, but there's plenty of fun to still be had in and outside. Go find it with your favorite people!

What Is Going On In Empower!

Kindergarten and 1st grade are currently in the Make it to the End module.

Second and 3rd grades are currently in the Get on Board module.

Fourth and 5th grades are currently in the Light it Up module.

Student Council Information!

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Thanksgiving Holiday Support

It is important to us at Norton Creek that we provide a community of care and support to our families, especially when faced with financial hardship.

The current situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic has caused some families to experience a need related to job loss, medical bills, child care, etc. District 303 has several supports available for families through our schools.

We are currently reaching out to see if your family is in need of meal support for the Thanksgiving holiday. Please fill out the survey in the link below if your family has a need.

Survey Link

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


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 school 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.

When picking up your child early from school please come to the main office with your picture ID. Students will only be released to individuals that are listed under the contact information on the students account.

Arriving Late To School

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

Early Release Wednesdays

Our next early release day will be on December 1st. 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-

  • December 1st
  • January 26th
  • February 23
  • March 23
  • April 27

Dismissal Changes/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.

Lunch Ordering Information

If your child orders lunch it includes a white or chocolate milk. Water and juice will incur a fee regardless of whether a lunch is ordered. If your child only orders a milk there will also be a fee for that. Please ensure that your Pushcoin account has lunch money on it to cover any charges.

If your child orders a lunch it comes with a milk choice only. If your child orders breakfast in the morning it will be sent home that day for them to eat at home the next morning. Breakfast does not occur at school. Please call the office at 331-228-2700 with any questions.

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FALL FEST 2.0;;;

Don’t forget the rescheduled Fall Fest will be tomorrow Friday November 5th from 4:30 - 6. There are still spots to volunteer here.


Our lists are in and there are still a few spots left! Please sign up in MTK to help a family in our area this holiday season. We have been assigned 10 lovely families to support. All items are due by Friday November 12th. See the flyer below for more info.


Pumpkin Composting: THIS Saturday, November 6, 2021 9AM-12:00PM

Norton Creek Families did you know that in 2015 Illinois declared pumpkin pie the state pie. And 85% of "processing" of pumpkin grown world-wide happens in Morton Grove, IL! These fun Halloween jack-o'-lanterns are full of nutrients that are great for our soil but often thrown in the trash, ultimately taking up space in landfills. Lets help Illinois be the leader in pumpkin composting and do something great for our environment. See the flyer below for information on a local drop off site for your pumpkins or click on the SCARCE link for DYI information on composting your own pumpkins at home. Thank you Norton Creek students and families for being Earth Savers!


Save your cooking skills for Thanksgiving and grab some tasty Chipotle Wednesday, November 10 from 4:00 - 8:00PM!! See flyer below for code to order online, or show flyer when you order in person.

The PTO will host our next IN PERSON meeting Tuesday, November 9th @ 7PM in our LRC. We will also have a zoom call going at the same time as well. The link to that meeting is included in the Agenda.
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