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December 18, 2020

Constellation Concert 2020

With great pleasure, pride, and excitement, we share with you the work of all of the students in the music department over the last month for our annual Constellation Concert!

The concert will go live tonight (Friday 12/18) at 7 PM, and you can view it here: Constellation 2020.

Gather your family around the largest screen you can stream to, with the best speakers you've got, and enjoy the SCN Music Department's "Holiday Card." Feel free to share the concert with your friends and family!

Have a safe, happy holiday season and a restful break!

Constellation 2020

Winter Break

There will be no school from December 21, 2020, through January 4, 2021. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. The Main Office will be open from 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM on the following dates: 12/21, 12/22, 12/23, 12/28, 12/29, 12/30, 1/4. Have a wonderful and relaxing winter break!

Student Life News

Congratulations to our December SCN Students of the Month!

Congratulations to Sofia Baratta, Angelique Chipp, Alex Lilly, Louisa Olsen, and Daniel Surges, our SCN Students of the Month for December! Please take a look at our December SCN Students of the Month panoramic video. This will be updated with new students monthly, so make sure to visit again!

College & Career News

Future Freshman Curriculum Night: January 14, 2021

This event will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous presentations that allow 8th grade students and their families to meet the St. Charles North administrative team, interact with their counselor about St. Charles North and the course selection process, and explore the different course elective options available at our school.

Check Out The Course Selection Newsletter!

The Course Selection newsletter was designed to provide a comprehensive resource for St. Charles North High School students and parents to use when planning and choosing courses for the 2021-2022 school year. Information, resources, and links will be regularly updated as new information becomes available.

LRC News

Don't Forget to Grab a Great Book, or 3 or 4, Over Winter Break!

LRC book check out access will be available during winter break! Go to Destiny Discover, log in using your school Google account, find a great book, and place it on hold. We will email you when it is ready to be picked up. Here is more information on what the LRC can provide for you during remote learning.

1st Semester Textbook Return

First semester textbooks may be dropped off in the dropbox outside of Door #4 during winter break between 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM on 12/21, 12/22, 12/23, 12/28, 12/29, 12/30, 1/4.

2nd Semester Textbook Pick Up for Remote Students Only

Remote students, please schedule your textbook pickup time as soon as possible using this link: Textbook Pick Up Appointments.

If you are a fan of the sitcom The Office, then we have a great book for you!

The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History

by Andy Greene

“In his brand-new oral history… Greene gives us the true inside story behind the entire show, from its origins on the BBC through its impressive nine-season run in America, with in-depth research and exclusive interviews. Fans will get the inside scoop on key episodes from "The Dundies" to "Threat Level Midnight" and "Goodbye, Michael," including behind-the-scenes details like the battle to keep it on the air when NBC wanted to pull the plug after just six episodes and the failed attempt to bring in James Gandolfini as the new boss after Steve Carell left… Hilarious, heartwarming, and revelatory, The Office gives fans and pop culture buffs a front-row seat to the phenomenal sequence of events that launched The Office into wild popularity, changing the face of television and how we all see our office lives for decades to come.” GoodReads

Suggested Reading for International Human Solidarity Day on December 20

“A day to remember that education and health are two primary concerns of the world.”

Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time - David Miliband

“We are in the midst of a global refugee crisis. Sixty-five million people are fleeing for their lives. The choices are urgent, not just for them but for all of us. With compassion and clarity, David Miliband shows why we should care and how we can make a difference. He takes us from war zones in the Middle East to peaceful suburbs in America to explain the crisis and show what can be done, not just by governments with the power to change policy but by citizens with the urge to change lives.” GoodReads

Everybody Matters - Mary Robinson

"To me, there is an injustice that we have to draw attention to, but the good news is, there's so much we can do. I find it shocking that ... 1.3 billion people out of the 7 billion in our world today don't have any electricity. But even more so that 2.6 billion, mainly women, still cook on open fires — with coal, with wood, with animal dung — and ingest fumes that cause 4 million to die every year, and that's a lot of people. "So, how come when we have clean cookstoves now when we have D lights that can be recharged in the solar, wonderful sun that shines in poor developing countries, how come we haven't got the solidarity as a race to say, 'Everybody should have the basics of clean water, light in the home'? "That to me is what being part of human life together is about."

Yearbook Information

Attention Music Students & Parents!

Dear SCN Music Students & Parents,

We want to have music students featured in the yearbook this year, but we will need to adapt to our current environment, which means we will need your help! We are looking for parents to take photos of their students while participating in recording their Constellation Concert performances and/or Madrigal Performances. We want these photos to be of your student playing their instrument or performing vocally. Festive attire is welcome but certainly not required. If your family has more than one SCN musician, you are also welcome to include a family photo.

Photos can be submitted via the Yearbook Snap mobile app using the directions listed below or directly to lindsay.boynton@d303.org.

Thank you,

Ms. Lindsay Boynton

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PTO News

Support Two Great Causes & Take A Break From Cooking!

North PTO and Random Acts of Kindness invite you to become a "Buona-Fied" supporter on Friday, December 18, and Saturday, December 19. Apologies for yesterday's PTO email with the incorrect dates. 20% of sales acquired from 10:30 AM until 11:00 PM as a result of your participation will benefit North PTO and Random Acts of Kindness. Thank you for your support!

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Calling All Seniors!

North PTO scholarship applications are now available on the CCR Naviance site. We offer two $1000 scholarships. Applicants’ families need to be current PTO members (you can pay current year membership dues of $30 before submission of application on PushCoin or the PTO website). All applications are reviewed by an independent, external panel of three, and the deadline is March 18, 2021.

Butter Braid Sale Volunteer Needed

We need a volunteer to train with the current Butter Braid Chair for the PTO’s upcoming spring sale and then take over this Chair position for the 2021-2022 school year. This is a fun and easy job; the sale lasts about 1 month, and 99% of the orders are on-line. If you are interested, please contact Jenny Montgomery at jenny@andymontgomery.com.

District 303 News

As the first semester comes to a close next Friday, December 18, 2020, we want to provide you with updated information on our response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on our schools, and our plans for the second semester.

Return to In-Person Instruction - January 5, 2021:

Following the three-week adaptive pause across the district, we plan to return to hybrid instruction for students who have selected in-person learning on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

Class or Section Schedule Changes:

At the middle school and high school level, many students will see a change in one or more of their teacher or class sections for the second semester. Student course selections should not change. As students switched from remote to in-person or from in-person to remote, it became necessary to create some new class/course sections and collapse other sections. Revised schedules for middle school and high school students will be posted in our Home Access Center (HAC) by January 4.

School Day:

In-person high school students will return to school on their pre-pause hybrid block schedule on January 5 and will follow that schedule for the first two weeks of January. We continue to explore options for increasing access to in-person learning for high school students while balancing the needs of students participating in remote learning. The School Board will consider possible enhancements and improvements to the High School in-person schedule for the second semester at the December 21, 2020 Learning and Teaching committee meeting.

For more information from the District regarding Health and Safety Requirements and Protocols, Vaccinations, Social Emotional Learning Resources for Families, and much more, please click here.

District 303 Meal Distribution Information

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Rent and Utility Assistance

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Asistencia de alquiler y servicios públicos

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