Norton Creek Elementary
Thursday Tidbits - February 13, 2020
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY TO COMPLETE THE 5-ESSENTIALS SURVEY - FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH (See Link Below)
NORTON CREEK SOCK DRIVE FOR THE HALLIE STRONG FOUNDATION February 3rd -February 14th (See Flyer Below)
PRESIDENTS' DAY HOLIDAY - NO SCHOOL - Monday, February 17th
END OF 2ND TRIMESTER (ELEMENTARY SCHOOL) - Friday, February 21st
DRESS AS OUR FAVORITE CHARACTER from Because of Winn Dixie (No Masks) - see flyer below - Friday, February 21st
TEACHER WORK DAY - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - Friday, February 28th
FROM THE PRINCIPAL...TONY WHITE
At last month's PreK-12 principals meeting, Dr. Pearson showed us a video that showed a lot of things once thought to be science fiction that already exist - and the video itself was about three years old already. As a student of history (it was one of my majors in college, I taught it for ten years, and it's a real passion of mine...but enough about me!), we live in the most rapidly changing times ever. To put it plainly, we used to group centuries into ages (Dark Ages, Middle Ages, etc.), then we started talking about eras as centuries, eventually decades, and now we can barely qualify a year as an era because of how much change occurs between January and December! Technology is ever-evolving, societal norms are changing, and the question: "What will the world look like in ten years?" seems nearly unanswerable.
Bearing all of this in mind, what do Norton Creek and our family community do to ensure our kids are prepared for life? We focus on the how and the why behind everything. "What" will always eventually go out of style, but "how "and "why" we do what we do never will. Teaching our Eagles how to ask questions to gain deeper understanding, how to persevere in a challenge, and that the answer to "why" is always kindness and what is best for the team is as true today as it ever was and ever will be.
And for a quick story why kids are so much fun, I just finished administering the AT math placement test to a group of third and fifth graders this morning. Certainly, kids get nervous no matter how much we tell them not to worry and that it's just a test. When I walked through in the middle of the test and saw a fifth grader making funny faces at her third grade sister, we shared a laugh that broke some of that tension. Don't forget to take a moment to make a funny face at the people you love today too, and have a wonderful Presidents' Day weekend!
MANY THANKS TO OUR PTO & PARENTS...
FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE...
With cold and flu season upon us, please keep the following tips in mind for staying healthy this winter. This will help to control the spread of infectious diseases at school and allow your child to be available for learning.
Tips for Staying Healthy:
- Frequent hand washing by students and staff.
- Frequent cleaning and sanitizing of shared items.
- Good health habits such as adequate sleep, exercise, water and nutritious food.
Students should remain home for the following reasons:
- For a temperature of 100 degrees or greater. Children should be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school and not taking fever reducing medication to control symptoms.
- If diagnosed with a strep throat infection. Students need to be on an antibiotic for a minimum of 24 hours, fever free, and feeling well before returning to school.
- If your child has vomited or had persistent diarrhea during the night or in the morning before school.
- If your child has a heavy, moist, productive cough, chest congestion, or discolored nasal drainage.
- If your child has pinkeye (conjunctivitis). Students need to have completed 24 hours of medication, and have no visible redness or discharge before returning to school.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter concerning the health of our Norton Creek students.
Norton Creek Nurses
TOMORROW, FEBRUARY 14TH IS THE LAST DATE TO TAKE THE 5-ESSENTIALS SURVEY
Middle School Transfer Requests
Families who wish to submit Middle School Transfer requests may do so beginning February 3. The request form will be available on the District 303 website through February 28. Families must complete a separate form for each student they want transferred. Requests are granted based on space available so siblings are not guaranteed placement. A written decision will be communicated to families before spring break.
Once the request is approved, a student may remain at that middle school throughout his or her middle school career, as long as the student resides in District 303.
Families of students granted permission to attend a school outside of their assigned attendance are responsible for their own transportation.
Students will return to their assigned attendance area high school regardless of the middle school attended.
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Kindergarten Registration was yesterday. If you need to register your student for Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year, click HERE for registration paperwork/information and call the office at 331-228-2700 to schedule an appointment to register.
Hallie Strong Sock Foundation - Sock Drive ends Friday, February 14th
SCIENCE NIGHT (K-5) firstname.lastname@example.org
Cool Science! will be here on Friday, February 21 from 6-8 PM to share fun, hands-on science experiment stations with our students. Please register HERE by TOMORROW, February 14 to ensure that there are enough supplies for everyone. The event is FREE! Contact Kristi Culver if you have any questions. See attached flyer.
The 2020 Norton Creek Variety Show will be held on Friday, March 13 at 6 PM. Come see your classmates shine on stage! Admission is FREE!
Participants: Don’t forget to be at practice and on time this coming Tuesday, February 18 at 3 PM! We are looking forward to working with everyone and can’t wait to put on a great show. Click HERE for more information on practice dates and times.
Did you receive a gift card during the holidays that you probably won’t use? Please consider donating it to be included in one of the fabulous baskets that are being assembled for our main fundraiser of the year. Basket Raffle will take place on April 24. Please contact either Lindsay Hermann or Cristina Beltrame with questions. Thank you very much!
IMPORTANT DISMISSAL REMINDER:
- Your student(s)' teacher and
- Your student(s)' bus supervisor
Thank you for your assistance.
All Day Kindergarten Tuition/PushCoin:
All Day Kindergarten (ADK) tuition payment is due February 15th. All payments must be made through PushCoin or mailed to or dropped off at the District office at 201 South 7th Street, St. Charles, IL 60174. PushCoin directions can be found on the District website under the Parent pull down menu under Webstore/Pushcoin. Per District policy, tuition payments cannot be accepted at Norton Creek. If you would like to set up ADK monthly auto pay, please contact Wendy Sedwick at 331-228-4927. ADK tuition payments are billed in PushCoin on the first of each month and are due on the 15th of each month through April 15th.
Fiddle Fest 2020!
Calling all fiddlers and lovers of folk music! It’s time for the 15th annual Fiddle Fest. All advanced orchestra students, elementary through high school and beyond, can participate! Parents, teachers, older siblings, grandparents and community members who play guitar, banjo, mandolin or a string instrument are welcome! We guarantee you’ll have a great time! If you are interested in playing and need music, please contact an orchestra director, or email Rita.Borkowski@d303.org
Click here to sign up: Fiddle Fest 2020 Online Registration
The deadline to register is Thurs. Feb 20th.
PLEASE SUPPORT THE ST. CHARLES EDUCATION FOUNDATION
IMPORTANT COLD WEATHER & OUTSIDE RECESS INFORMATION
Per District policy, we will be going outside for recess as long as the temperature (with wind chill) is above 0 F and it is not raining. With that in mind, please make sure your child is dressed to go outside on days when it is cold, snowy or windy. Students should bring outerwear to school in a bag to put on before recess. Please make sure they have hats, gloves, scarves, snow pants and boots if they want to play in the snow. Don’t forget to label your child’s outerwear so it does not end up in the Lost and Found.
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