September 27, 2022
Our character power word for September is RESPECT! This past week, all classrooms had the opportunity to buddy up with another classroom to participate in partner activities with a RESPECT theme. Such a fun opportunity to bring our North Star Husky students together to practice this powerful trait! Please take a minute to talk with your child about what it means to be respectful at school and home!
Wee Deliver is now accepting letters from students, teachers, staff and parents! Letters can be mailed using the Blue North Star Mailbox located outside the cafeteria and next to the display case. A link for all Wee Deliver addresses by classroom/office can be found on the North Elementary page under “North News”.
Animals on School Property
In order to assure student health and safety, animals are not allowed on school property at any time, except in the case of a service animal accompanying a student or other individual with a documented disability. This rule may be temporarily waived by the building principal in the case of an educational opportunity for students, provided that: (a) the animal is appropriately housed, humanely cared for, and properly handled, and (b) students will not be exposed to a dangerous animal or an unhealthy environment. As an additional reference, the McHenry County Department of Health has an Animal Control Ordinance, Article XVII, Section 5.13.
District 47 Parents Communications Survey
- TOMORROW, Wednesday, September 28th from 6-7 pm, is our first PTO meeting is in person in the North LMC & online (The meeting will be held in English and Spanish). Here is the Zoom link: https://d47.zoom.us/j/5524195773
- Do you want your child listed in the student directory? The student directory is how parents can set up playdates, birthday parties, etc. You will only receive a copy of the student directory if your child is listed in it. Follow this link to input your child(ren)’s information, deadline is September 30th
- The North Art Volunteer Committee works to present one art lesson per trimester to each classroom. Parent volunteers work to bring art to the classroom with a one-hour lesson, all provided by the art volunteer chair, that not only teaches about an artist or art form, but allows students the opportunity to create art. We have brought in different cultures, history, architecture, famous artists, and a wide variety of art mediums to keep things fresh and fun. We are looking forward to starting our first presentation this next month and helping to bring more art into our children’s lives. Reach out to Margaret Valladares, Art Volunteer chair, if you have any questions or ideas, Valladaresmargaret@gmail.com
- Find out what’s happening in the PTO through our Remind app: Send a text to: 81010 with this message: @a8h3dk6.You’ll get occasional texts and ways to get involved with Just ONE Thing!
NPTO General Assembly Meeting
Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 28th from 6-7 pm, is our first PTO meeting is in person in the North LMC & online (The meeting will be held in English and Spanish). Here is the Zoom link: https://d47.zoom.us/j/5524195773
Save the date, we will be collecting donations for Savers again!
Drop off times will be 10/12 & 10/13 from 3:30 PM-5:00 PM in the school parking lot. Let’s see if we can beat last year's total! We earn 20 cents per pound of “soft goods” like clothing, towels, bedding, etc. - our goal is to raise $600! A flyer with a donation bag will be coming home - be on the look out!
OLSAT and NNAT Assessments for 3rd & 5th Grade
Between October 3rd-October 21st, third and fifth grade students at all District 47 elementary schools will take the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT 8) or the Naglieri Nonverbal Test (NNAT). The OLSAT, a widely used measure of abstract thinking and reasoning ability, assesses students’ verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal skills. This year, the OLSAT test will be administered online (rather than paper/pencil) and will take approximately one hour. Teachers use test results to assess students’ learning strengths, predict success in school, and assist in the identification process for admission to the district's extended curriculum program. Based on language proficiency, some English Language Learner students may benefit from participating in the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) rather than OLSAT. Such determinations are made by individual school teams. The NNAT is a nonverbal measure of cognitive ability and reasoning used in the identification of gifted and talented students. This year, the NNAT will be administered online (rather than paper/pencil) and will take approximately 30 minutes. Additional information about specific OLSAT or NNAT assessment dates may be provided by your child’s teacher. Please contact the school should you have additional questions regarding OLSAT or NNAT assessments.