North Star News
February 26, 2021
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Hello North Families,
Our children are spending more and more time in front of screens. Whether it be their iPad on youtube, phones on roadblocks, or watching the tv, the fact is more and more of our life seems to revolve around the screen. Just look around any restaurant.
This means that there are fewer opportunities to interact as a family. Here are some helpful tips for cutting back on screen time and increasing the amount of time you spend together.
1. Track Habits
A little screen time here and there can really add up. For just one week have everyone track their screen time in a small notebook. Every bit counts-- your youngster might write "Music video for 4 minutes, " and you could write "facebook on phone 2 minutes". Another option is to utilize your devices to track and download at the end of the week.
2. Set Ground Rules
At the end of the week sit down as a family and talk about your screen time. Then, come up with rules to help you cut back and ask your child to write them down. Rules might include: Homework before screen time, No using devices in the car, or all devices are done being used by 8 pm. Then you may decide a whole family rule that there will be no screens when going to a restaurant or at family mealtime.
3. Talk about alternatives
Finally, after you have made your rules talk about what screen-free activities you can do at home. IE: Fly kites, play hangman on a restaurant napkin, play board games or word games in the car.
TIP: Post the list. Refer your child regularly and encourage them to add ideas!
Enjoy the weekend.
Mr. Lugo's Brainbuster
Andrew Olson from Mrs. Minnich's class knew the answer to the brainbuster was foot steps! He wins a pizza party for his entire class! Congratulations Andrew!
One Night, a king and a queen went into a castle. There was nobody in the castle, and no one came out of the castle. In the morning, three people came out of the castle. Who were they?
Write your answer on a piece of paper and put it in the jar in the office. If your name is drawn and you have the right answer, you will win a prize from Mr. Lugo.
Upcoming Events, Announcements, and Reminders
2/19-3/4 Online Book Fair
3/2 &3/3 Hearing screenings for K,1st, and 4th grades
3/4 Panda Express Fundraiser 10:30am - 9:00pm
3/11 Papa John Fundraiser
3/14 Yearbook order deadline
3/25 Spirit dress up day: 80's Day!
3/27-4/11 Spring Break
1. Please remember that if anyone in the household is getting a covid test, all members of that household must stay home until the results come back!
2. Please remember to send your child with a water bottle every day. The students can not drink out of the drinking fountain. They need a water bottle that they can refill as needed.
Hearing Screenings will take place for kindergarten, 1st, and 4th grade students on Tuesday, March 2nd and Wednesday, March 3rd here at North Elementary by our Speech-Language Pathologists. Additionally, if your child is new to North Elementary this year, they will be screened as well.
Questions? Please contact Liz Gale: firstname.lastname@example.org
It's time to order your yearbook! Order it today at ybpay.lifetouch.com
Yearbook code: 9564521
YEARBOOKS CAN ONLY BE ORDERED ONLINE! WE WILL NOT BE TAKING ANY CASH OR CHECKS THIS YEAR!
Order deadline: 3/14/2021
6 Easy Ways to Show Gratitude Every Day
Studies show that consistently keeping track of what you are thankful for and acting on those feelings of appreciation can not only make you happier, but actually boost your immune system and keep you healthier. We’ve put together six super easy ways that you can show gratitude on a daily basis. Just remember to be consistent—this works best if you commit to showing your appreciation and gratitude every day, not just when things are going great.
1. Remember all the small details by keeping a gratitude journal. Start a collection of little grateful moments and literally watch all the good in your life pile up.
2. Next time, skip the email or text and verbalize your thanks to that awesome co-worker, teacher, or friend. Showing gratitude by verbally acknowledging someone can really make his or her day (and boost your own mood, too!).
3. Clean up after yourself, both in public and in private. If you leave a small trail of milk or sugar on the kitchen counter, wipe it up. This small act of kindness symbolizes that you respect other people’s space and are appreciative of your co-workers’ efforts to keep the communal space clean too.
4. Don’t complain for 24 hours. This might seem strange, but it will be scary to realize how quickly you might jump to complaints rather than solutions. Next time, try finding the good in a sticky situation.
5. This is going to sound old school, but a great way to show gratitude is by writing a thank you card (yes, writing by hand). This physical memento shows that you are truly appreciative of someone giving you his or her time and effort.
6. Your home is where you go to relax and unwind, so why not give back to your neighborhood? Nothing shows you care more than actually offering a helping hand.
High Ability Identification Process
Noblesville Schools relies on NWEA scores to identify students who achieve at exceptional levels for High Ability (FOCUS) instruction. To identify students with the potential for high achievement that is not reflected in NWEA scores, all students in kindergarten and second grade who are not already identified as High Ability in both math and English language arts will take an online screener called the Cognitive Abilities Test, or CogAT. Students who meet the benchmark on the screener will later take the remaining portions of the CogAT. All fifth graders who are not already identified as High Ability in both math and English language arts and who met the benchmark will take the full CogAT without first taking the screener. Parents of online learners will receive a separate letter with detailed information regarding testing plans to accomodate these students. If you have any questions about high ability testing and instruction, go to Noblesville Schools and click on Academics and then on High Ability. Questions may be directed to Robert Lugo at email@example.com.
Noblesville East Performing Arts Sign-Up
5th grade parents,
The registration window for the Performing Arts at the MIddle School is fast approaching!
Use this link to find out more and sign your child up for fun and Music in the Middle School.
Please sign up in the google form (in the link) for either Middle School by Monday the 17th.
Spring Break Travel
Report International Travel to COVID Level 4 Areas- Quarantine Required
We are encouraging staff and families to stay home during spring break to minimize the spread of COVID.
If you are planning to travel internationally, please be aware that you are required to notify your school nurse of any international travel to a COVID “Level 4” area and will need to quarantine upon your return.
Please note that there is a possibility that domestic travel could be impacted if Governor Holcomb were to mandate that at some point.
Check carefully as the COVID travel level changes frequently.
You can check the COVID level of your destination here.
School nurse contacts can be found here.
Noblesville Youth Baseball
Preschool - 6th Grade
Registration starts January 1, 2021
Click here for more information.
Registration for 2021 Spring season open now through 2/28/21
CLICK HERE for more information.
Indiana State Middle School Bowling
5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students
CLICK HERE for more information.
Noblesville Schools Education Foundation
Miller-Palooza Virtual Trivia Event
March 5, 2021
Click Here for more information.
Can’t participate that night? You can still support by bidding in the online silent auction or making a donation.
Noblesville Schools recently opened a first-of-its kind community center. Located between Noblesville High School and Noblesville East Middle School, the center creates new flexible usage options for all residents.
Read more and view pictures here
Watch the dedication video here (with a sneak-peek of our new stadium at the end!)