Norton Creek Elementary

Thursday Tidbits - October 15th, 2020


  • 10/19- District Learning and Teaching Committee Meeting at 5:30pm
  • 10/21- District DPTO Meeting at 6pm
  • 10/26- District Business Services Committee Meeting at 5:30pm
  • 11/3- Election Day(No School-No Students In Attendance)

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AM Session-

8:00am -10:15am

PM-Session -


1st thru 5th Grades-


Our School Office is open from 7:00am until 3:30pm on school days.

Please call the school attendance line if your student will be absent 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 as well please indicate students first and last name.


Please certify each child online every morning prior to 7:30am by filling out out the online form. Please know that you do not need to print out the "PASS" it generates. Once certified online sign the luggage tag on the students backpack for that day. Students without online certification are checked and parents called before they can enter the building. Thank you very much for your cooperation and understanding.


This week's article will really serve as a news & notes section:

Yesterday was safety day at Norton Creek as we held our first fire drill of the year with the West Chicago Fire Department at 10:00 and then a lockdown drill with the West Chicago Police Department at 1:00. It is always important to practice these drills in the interest of safety even though they can bring up uncomfortable feelings. As it relates to the lockdown drill, in accordance with regulations for this school year, we did not have students hide out of sight as that would not promote social distancing. Without an emergency, we are not to subject students to less than six feet of social distancing; however, our teachers have had conversations with students about what to do in the event of an actual emergency necessitating a lockdown. We will hold our severe weather drill near the end of the month and talk to students about where they go, the position they need to take on the floor to stay safe, and how to line up.

Halloween is coming! Last week I let you know that students can wear school appropriate costumes (no blood, gore, or weapons) and face coverings we typically wear to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other germs (but not Halloween masks that cover the whole face). Thanks to Joy Krelle, Lisa Carr, and Angie Miki, we have our sign-up for room parents for each classroom to help our teachers with the Halloween (and other) parties. While parents and guardians will not be allowed in the building, they can send crafts, goodie bags, and games for the party. These items will need to "quarantine" on a shelf for 72 hours before being handled, so, please, get these items in no later than Tuesday morning, October 27.

Technology has increasingly played a critical role in our Eagles' education over the years, and this year it has never been more important. Please, help your Eagle out by ensuring they bring their iPads and Chromebooks with them to school each day. We are seeing an increase in students who have had to head to the LRC for a loaner for the day, which then places a strain on that system. Thank you very much for your assistance and understanding!

Those are all of my news and notes for you today. We're heading back into the cooler weather of autumn, so put on a sweater, a pot of chili, and some hot cider, and enjoy a wonderful weekend with your favorite people!

Message from Health Office to Families

Health Office Contact Information

If a family needs to contact the school nurse with a doctor's note to return to school or has a question, please contact us at:

Brittany Jensen (Certified School Nurse) -

Cathy Leone (RISE RN) -

Sumana Parveen (RN) -

Virginia Wicinski (RN) -

Policy Regarding if a Member of a Student's Household is symptomatic without diagnostic testing or clinical evaluation.

If an individual in a student's home is experiencing COVID like symptoms and has not received a COVID test or has not been evaluated by a health care provider then household members (any person living in the home e.g. siblings that attend any D303 school, parents) are to quarantine.

COVID-like symptoms include: Fever (100.4° F or higher), new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain from an unknown cause, new congestion/runny nose, new loss of sense of taste or smell, nausea, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches. Medical Evaluation and Testing are Strongly Recommended for ALL persons with COVID-Like Symptoms.

Students will be able to return to school when:

  • If a COVID test is completed for the family member and test results are negative, the students in the family may return to school.
  • If the symptomatic family member is evaluated by his/her doctor and an alternative diagnosis is given to the family member, the students in the family may return to school.
  • If no COVID testing or no evaluation by a healthcare provider of the symptomatic family member, the family member will need to stay home 10 calendar days from onset of symptoms and ALL children in the family will need to stay home 14 calendar days from the onset of symptoms.
  • If the symptomatic family member tests positive for COVID-19, the symptomatic family will stay home for 10 calendar days and need a release from isolation letter from the health department. All children in the family will need to stay home for 14 days and will need a release from quarantine letter from their local health department.

If a family needs a release letter from the local health department, here are the contact numbers for the health department. The department you contact will depend on where you live.

Kane County: 630 -208-3801

Dupage County :(630) 682-7400


Please see the below guidelines for Halloween Celebrations this year at Norton Creek

  • Students will come dressed in costume to school that day
  • Costumes must be school appropriate with no blood, gore, weapons, or face masks
  • Halloween masks are not allowed - only our typical masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • There will be no food allowed for parties.


On the rare occasion that there will be a change to your student(s)' after school dismissal (i.e. bus), please send an email by 10:00 a.m. on the day of said change to:

Your student(s)' teacher and your student(s)' bus supervisor

Thank you for your assistance.

Band Spirit Wear!

Order your band spirit wear! Please click on the link below for more details.



Our Fall book fair is the week of October 15th and will run virtually through October 23rd. See the flyer below for the link and instructions. A flyer will also be sent home with the youngest sibling! The book sales this year will help our PTO and earn money for our school! A HUGE thank you to our library staff and teachers for getting these books sent home once they arrive at school.


Our annual pumpkin decorating contest is BACK!! Please see the flyer below for details and instructions! Make sure to fill out your character card to attach to your pumpkin. Parents and students will drop off their finished pumpkin outside the school the morning of Wednesday October 21st. Remote students!! Please let the PTO ( know if you would like to participate, and we can set up a video call for you to VIRTUALLY vote on your favorite pumpkin!! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Winners receive a gift card to the book fair!!


Don’t miss out on signing up for this fun program! Wellness Club will begin 10/26! 4PM on Zoom two Mondays a month with Fitness Trackers provided to each participant! Fall cooking 11/12/20 and Spring picnic 3/4/21 with Lisa Heim! Sign up here!


If you're interested in becoming your child's Room Parent, this is a great way to get involved, virtually! Room parent duties include but are not limited to: Organize class parties: Halloween, Winter Holiday, and End of Year; Collect money from parents and organize teacher gifts for holidays and birthdays; Recruit and coordinate volunteers as needed for the classroom needs; Send out communications to parents as needed to assist the teacher; Help the PTO promote school spirit activities; Be the liaison between the classroom and the yearbook committee! To sign up to be a room parent, please click here! If you have any questions, please reach out to Joy Krelle or Lisa Carr!


AVIC and the PTO are participating in Art to Remember again this year. It's a creative fundraiser that allows you to purchase keepsake products of your child's artwork! Each child will bring home a blank paper this week for them to draw and be creative any way they like, or they can look at lessons on for other great ideas! Please have your child return their artwork to their classroom teacher by Monday, October 19th. We can’t wait to see your child’s work of art!!


Don’t miss our next Eagles eat out night this month at Chipotle!! Thank you to Elisa Ignash for organizing these events! See the flyer below for more information!


Thank you to the lovely and talented Kelly Moore and Corinne Robbins-Jones for organizing school spirit for our sweet little one's faces! $6.50 each, proceeds go to our PTO in order to fund student activities! See flyer below or click to order here.


Here are our meeting minutes from our October 7th PTO meeting if you missed it. A HUGE thank you to Dena Pacione and Theresa Mastrangeli for joining us. It was so nice to see the new faces of our school’s front desks!!


Did you hear? Halloween is still here!! The kids may wear their halloween costumes to school on Friday, October 30th along with their daily covid face mask coverings. Please remember, no face ‘halloween’ masks, swords, or inappropriate costumes.


Not receiving This Week at the Creek? Wondering where to sign up your child for a club? Would like to take advantage of our many volunteer opportunities? Be sure you are registered on our PTO website, Membership Toolkit (MTK). Current family? Please be sure that your account is updated. This will ensure that our school directory contains the correct information. Thank you!

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Illinois Department of Health Definition of Close Contact

Who is a close contact?

A close contact is anyone (with or without a face covering) who was within 6 feet of a confirmed case of COVID-19 (with or without a face covering), for at least 15 minutes throughout the course of a day. The period of close contact begins 2 calendar days before the onset of symptoms (for a symptomatic person)
or 2 calendar days before the positive sample was obtained (for an asymptomatic person). If the case was symptomatic (e.g., coughing, sneezing), persons with briefer periods of exposure may also be considered contacts. Close contacts to a confirmed case of COVID-19 are required to remain in quarantine at home for 14 calendar days starting from the last day of contact with the confirmed case.


District 303 has specific guidelines on acceptable face coverings while at school.Please click on the link below to read these guidelines.



1st Grade: 11:30-11:50

2nd Grade:11:05-11:25

3rd Grade: 12:20-12:40

4th Grade: 10:40-11:00

5th Grade: 11:55-12:15

If your student forgets their lunch please email the classroom teacher and drop off at the main office. Thank You!


Click on the button for lunch menu.

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District 303 is now offering the opportunity for kindergarten students to order a meal that can be taken home after school. Students will choose items from a menu that will be ordered by their classroom teacher. The meals will be brought to the classroom 15 minutes prior to dismissal. Meals that students select are free of charge as part of the Federal Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) that has been extended through December 31, 2020.

Los estudiantes de kindergarten ahora tienen acceso a comidas preparadas para llevar

El Distrito 303 ahora les ofrece a los estudiantes de kindergarten la oportunidad de ordenar una comida que puede llevarse a casa después de la escuela. Los estudiantes pueden elegir de un menú y su maestro(a) tomará la orden. Las comidas se llevarán a los salones 15 minutos antes de la hora de salida de clases. Las comidas que los estudiantes seleccionan son gratuitas como parte del Programa Federal de Servicios Alimenticios del Verano (SFSP por sus siglas en inglés) que se ha extendido hasta el 31 de diciembre del 2020.

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Attendance Policy

Please see the district policy on attendance. More information can be found in the student handbook in the link below.