Norton Creek Elementary

Thursday Tidbits - December 3rd, 2020


  • 12/14/20- School Board Meeting at 7pm
  • 12/17/20- Business Services Meeting at 5:30pm
  • 12/18/20- Last Day of School in 2020
  • 12/19/20-1/4/21- Winter Break-No Students
  • 1/5/21- School Resumes/ Classes Resumes

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New Email For All Families To Use

We have a new general email for all families to use going forward. This email address will replace the Please email any arrival/dismissal changes as well as any information for the school nurse or office staff to

Remote School Attendance

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.



AM Session-

8:00am -10:15am

PM-Session -


1st thru 5th Grades-


Our School Office is open from 7:30am 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 please also email indicate students first and last name.

Remote Learning Information

Dear Families,

Between Monday, November 30 and Friday, December 18, students in all District 303 schools and programs will be learning in remote environments. Our staff members and administrators worked tirelessly over the summer and fall to enhance remote learning to ensure that students have access to positive, meaningful learning experiences. You will notice that remote learning is different from what your child may have experienced in the spring. We encourage parents to provide students with a consistent working environment where they have access to technology and other learning materials. If your child will be absent from a remote learning day, please email the teacher and call the school office prior to the start of the school day.

Below you will find information about expectations, schedules, and specials during remote learning.

Student, Family, and Teacher Expectations

  1. Elementary school hours will be between 8:00 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. Students are expected to be available and ready to learn during those hours, whether the learning is synchronous or asynchronous

  2. As with in-person learning, students are expected to complete assigned work by the deadlines set by the teachers

  3. We ask that parents allow students to work independently or in collaboration with their teacher and classmates as much as possible

  4. Teachers will provide a weekly schedule that provides synchronous and asynchronous learning times.

Specials and Lunch

  1. Students in grades 1-5 will have a 30-minute daily special (art, music, physical education and LRC). The remote special schedule will be the same as the in-person schedule, with lessons being both synchronous and asynchronous. The special teacher will share the schedule with the students.

  2. Kindergarten students will continue to access 15-30 minutes of asynchronous specials each day.

  3. Students will have a 40-minute lunch break on the same schedule as they had during in-person learning. Student lunch times are based on grade level so your children may have different lunch times.

Instructional Technology Support for Families Explanation

Families can find support for all of their technology needs on our Instructional Support for Families website. This website can be found on our page D303 Technical Support Resources. See below for some of the resources:

  1. If you need IT support, technical assistance, device exchange, etc. please click on IT Direct Support.

  2. For Chromebook troubleshooting, click on Using D303’s Chromebook.

  3. For information on Seesaw, Google Classroom, and/or Schoology, click on the Learning Platforms support.

  4. For information on our video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet, and Schoology Conferences, click on Video Conferencing Tools.

  5. For support on any of the tools the teacher may use in the classroom, click on Digital Tools for Instruction.

Please see the Instructional Delivery Models document on the District website for sample schedules and expectations of all members of the learning community. We appreciate your partnership.


Perhaps this week, you've seen the words, "Check your connection" appear on your child's device screen. In this time of remote learning, I think these words have added importance. When you don't physically walk into your school, do you start to feel disconnected from it? At Norton Creek and across D303, we want to make sure students, families, and staff never feel disconnected in any way. I believe the vast increase in synchronous learning experiences help maintain that sense of normalcy, but we want to be sure everyone feels like they belong, are connected, and feel as similar as possible to the way they felt two weeks ago coming to school. If you ever have a need, a question, or a thought to share, please, don't hesitate to reach out to any of us on the Norton Creek team. It is our pleasure to help in any way.

I must say that as I bounce from remote classroom to remote classroom, I am so impressed with the quality of what our teachers and staff have put together for our students. I am absolutely floored by the commitment our Eagles demonstrate in their classrooms. And our families have once again come through in motivating and encouraging your kids to "get to school" in the classrooms you've set up. I know it's not always easy, but I tip my cap to all of you for making the seemingly impossible possible. Thanks to all of your efforts, our Eagles will continue learning at a high level before heading into winter break. This is no small feat, Norton Creek!

HERE is a link to D303's instructional technology support for families. If you ever need tech support, please, remember to start with the live chat found HERE. I thank every one of you for the role you are playing in the success of each of our Eagles. Have a wonderful weekend with your favorite people, Norton Creek!

School Picture Day Is Rescheduled

Unfortunately due to the district moving into remote learning our December 3rd picture day has been rescheduled. The new date is February 4, 2021 and picture retakes are scheduled for March 3, 2021. Please click on the file below to find information about pre-ordering. All orders must be submitted prior to picture day. Please feel free to reach out to the office with any questions or email


Thank you to all of our Norton Creek families that donated wrapping paper and tape for this year’s Big Hearts ofThank you to all of our Norton Creek families that donated wrapping paper and tape for this year’s Big Hearts of Fox Valley Christmas Sponsorship Program! Our Caring Eagles have definitely helped to make the holidays a little happier for these children.

AVIC Letters to Teachers!

Eagles can show our teachers and staff some love during this academic pause! Have your Eagles use their amazing art skills to draw a picture or make a card.! There will be a mailbox out front at Norton Creek this Friday, December 4th, for students to “mail” their cards/letters/pictures! See the flyer below for more information.


Help support our Eagles this year with our first Poinsettia Sale. They are gorgeous 6 inch crimson plants for $10 and all proceeds go back to our Eagles and Teachers!! The link for sign up is here!! We have a limited quantity of 50, so first come, first serve on ordering. The pick-up schedule and 2nd sign-up genius link will follow so that you can collect your festive flowers at the Ignash household! Share some beauty with friends and family this season!


Thank you to all of our hungry Eagle families for eating out at Jersey Mike’s last month! You helped raise $195 for our school. This month’s Eagles Eat Out is sponsored by Franky’s! Stop by next Saturday, December 12th to help support our school! See flyer below for more information.


Calling all shoppers (and this time of year, that’s all of us)! If you are shopping on Amazon, please consider using AmazonSmile. With every eligible purchase, AmazonSmile donates 0.5% to our school when you choose Norton Creek Elementary as your charity. This includes millions of everyday items at You must use the specified link for Norton Creek to receive credit. Ask all of the Amazon shoppers in your family to use AmazonSmile!


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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

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!

Northern Illinois Pop Up Market

Please click on the link below regarding the Northern Illinois Food Banks upcoming Pop-Up Markets.
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