Norton Creek Elementary

Thursday Tidbits - January 13, 2022


1/17/2022- Martin Luther King Holiday-No Students In Attendance

1/18/2022- School Improvement Day- No Students In Attendance

1/26/2022- Early Release Day 2:10 dismissal time

1/27/2022- Citizen's Advisory Committee Meeting(Haines Center)6pm


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From The Principal Tony White.......

What does it mean when something changes frequently? Just last Friday, the Kane County Health Department and D303 adopted the CDC's newest health and safety protocols for COVID-19. It feels like these recent changes are the millionth in a long line of changes. I think that what we are seeing, frustrating as it can be to stay on top of, is the scientific method at work in front of us. As human beings we are always seeking answers, and we don't like it very much when answers change. Scientists tend to be a somewhat different breed of human being. They don't seem to stop at the answer. They test the answer. And then someone else tests the answer. And sometimes those deeper understandings reveal errors in initial answers. Sometimes they reveal deeper understandings. Other times, they reveal we got it right the first time. Folks in the media like quick answers because they have deadlines to reach and stories to get out. So, they'll report the first answer, and we gobble that info up right away. But, scientists are still testing that answer we took as the final thought on the matter. Then, when new information is presented to us, we may feel frustration.

So, what does this mean for our Eagles? I would want our Eagles to know that this is science at work right in front of us. And more importantly that errors and then change are important parts of getting it right. For years, I've heard Mrs. Cribaro chant with her kindergarten classes, "When we think we're done...we've only just begun." Our Eagles have it ingrained in their minds early on that we can be proud of our efforts without having to feel like the outcome is final. Keep working until you completely understand what's in front of you.

We used to study history in Ages, then centuries, then decades, and now the world changes so quickly, it's hard to even study one year's events. The world moves quickly, so the "stuff" we teach may not always stand the test of time. However, kindness, positivity, work ethic, curiosity, and a growth mindset will never go out of style. If there's something that I hope our Eagles take with them out of these uncertain times, this is it. Their generation will be the one who makes our times more certain, and that's not to put a lot of weight on their shoulders - it's to put that weight on ours.

Have a wonderful weekend celebrating the legacy and impact of Dr. King, and we look forward to seeing all of our Eagles next Wednesday morning (after a very rare Tuesday school improvement day)! Enjoy your favorite people!

D303 Preschool Program Information

Registration for the Preschool Program Lottery will be open from January 12 - January 26. Names will be randomly selected on January 27, and parents will be notified by email if their child is chosen. Those who are not selected will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified when a space becomes available. Click here to register!

Lotería del Programa Preescolar del Distrito D303

Las inscripciones para la lotería del programa preescolar del distrito se abrirán el 12 de Enero al 26 de Enero. Los nombres serán aleatoriamente seleccionados el 27 de enero, y los padres de familia serán notificados por e-mail si sus hijos están dentro del programa. Los alumnos que no sean seleccionados serán ingresados a la lista de espera, y serán notificados cuando se abra un espacio. ¡Presione aquí para inscribirse!
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January Empower Information

During the month of January, students in Empower are going to be experiencing a new module! Students in Kindergarten through fifth grades are going to be delving into the areas of communication. They will be utilizing various media tools in the Show it Off module!

Lost And Found

We have a collection of items that are lost!

Please have your student(s) check our lost and found collection which is located in the community room/lunchroom on the the stage for any items they may be missing. All items will be donated at the end on the school day Friday January 14th.


Kindergarten thru 5th Grades-


Students can be dropped off at 7:45am for the school day. It you arrive before that time please keep your child with you until 7:45 as there is no supervision outside until then.

Our school office is open from 7:30am until 4:00pm on school days.

New Email For All Families To Use

Please email any arrival/dismissal changes as well as any information for the school nurse or office staff to

Attendance For Students

Please call the school attendance line if your student will be absent/tardy/leaving early from Remote Learning 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 please also email indicate students first and last name.

Arriving Late To School

If your child is arriving after 8:00am please walk them into the school and sign them in.

Wednesday Early Release Dates

Our next early release day will be on January 26th. Dismissal is at 2:10pm.

The following dates below are early release Wednesdays. Please plan accordingly for your children.

Students will be released at 2:10pm on the followings dates this year-

  • January 26th
  • February 23
  • March 23
  • April 27

Outdoor Recess

Please ensure your students come to school dressed for the cold weather. The back of the Norton Creek building can be cold and windy most days. Please ensure they have a coat, hat, gloves, snowpants, and boots(when snow is on the ground).

Dismissal/Bus Changes

If there is a occasional change to your child dismissal please email and your child's teacher or call the office directly at 331-228-2701. If it is after 2pm please call the office directly so that we can ensure your child gets the notification of changes.



5th Grade: 10:50-11:10

2nd Grade:11:15-11:35

Kindergarten: 11:40-12:00

1st Grade: 12:05-12:25

3rd Grade: 12:30-12:50

4th Grade: 12:55-1:15

If your student forgets their lunch please email the classroom teacher and drop off at the main office. Please label with the students full name.





This month’s Eagles Eat Out is sponsored by Panera! Stop by TODAY, January 13th from open to close to help support our school! See flyer below for more information.


Are you interested in helping with a variety show this Spring?! We are in need of Co-Chairs!! Please contact any of the board members if you are interested in helping the students show us their talents. More information will be discussed at the February PTO meeting regarding virtual or in-person, but we need your help and suggestions!


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