Norton Creek Elementary
Thursday Tidbits - March 12, 2020
FROM THE PRINCIPAL...TONY WHITE
This past Sunday, the sun was shining, it was 65 degrees, and I had a bit of a moment of clarity related to parenting in 2020 and beyond. My wife, two daughters, and I were playing in the backyard. We have a raised deck, and the bottom is open. Our two-year-old daughter and intrepid explorer, Claire, wandered under the deck to take a closer look at this brave, new world. Not even a minute later, I heard, "Come get me!" Claire was safe, but had wandered under the deck to some junk (for lack of a better term - I'll clean it out one of these days) and froze. I quickly ran to her in a crouch, scooped her up, and carried her out. This was when my epiphany struck me out of the clear blue sky: I do this a lot, and if I keep doing this, they'll never learn to avoid potentially risky situations. They'll learn that they can do as they please, and Mom and Dad will get them out of any tight spots they find themselves in. No resilience. No survival skills.
Certainly, it is our pleasure and duty to guide, help, and keep our kids safe; however, the temptation we face as parents is to rescue them quickly and hope for the best. We owe it to our kids to set them up for futures filled with independence, resilience, success, and happiness. To do that, we must equip our Eagles with the necessary skills and mindsets for these futures and empower them every step of the way with responsibility and relationship (Think Mufasa and Simba.). When we think it is necessary, we should always step in to intervene - they're kids. However, our kids become empowered when we let them find solutions to their problems themselves. They can always bounce these solutions off of us for our input; however, they gain true strength from generating and then implementing the solution - no matter how small the problem. In fact, the more we empower our kids in small matters the more we likely avoid larger ones down the road.
Speaking of empowering kids, tomorrow night is our annual variety show presented by the Norton Creek PTO. Come on out and be wowed by our Eagles and enjoy some popcorn and water on the house! Enjoy the weekend, Norton Creek!
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KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION INFORMATION
If you need to register your student for Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year, click HERE for registration paperwork/information and call the office as soon as possible at 331-228-2700 to schedule an appointment to register.
We hope to see everyone at the show TOMORROW, Friday, March 13 at 6 PM. Your PTO will provide free popcorn and water for all those in attendance! DVDs of the show may be ordered HERE. The Norton Creek Bald Eagles team will be collecting donations for Cal’s Angels at the show, and all donations are greatly appreciated. Please see flyer below.
FIFTH GRADE YEARBOOK COVER CONTEST (5) firstname.lastname@example.org
Designs are due TOMORROW, Friday, March 13. See flyer below.
CAL’S ANGELS (K-5) email@example.com
Thank you to everyone who has helped the Norton Creek team raise funds to fight pediatric cancer. Donations are still being accepted HERE. The Cal’s Angels Just Shave It! event will take place THIS Saturday, March 14 at 5 PM at St. Charles North High School. Please see flyer below.
BUTTER BRAIDS FUNDRAISER (K-5) firstname.lastname@example.org
This PTO fundraiser was very popular last year! These delicious pastries are available in many flavors and will serve about 11 people per pastry. Order forms were sent home in backpacks and are due back at school on Thursday, March 19. Orders will be available for pickup in the Community Room on Thursday, March 26 from 3-5 PM. If you have any questions, please email Jen Solare at the address above.
The Earth Savers Club encourages all of us to reduce plastic waste, protect wildlife and help the environment by participating in Norton Creek Skip a Straw Day on Friday, March 20. See flyer below.
Variety Show - Friday, March 13th
5th GRADE YEARBOOK CONTEST
Deadline, Friday, March 13th
Cal's Angels Just Shave It!
Event held March 14th at St. Charles North High School
All Day Kindergarten Tuition/PushCoin:
All Day Kindergarten (ADK) tuition payment is due March 15th. All payments must be made through PushCoin or mailed to or dropped off at the District office at 201 South 7th Street, St. Charles, IL 60174. PushCoin directions can be found on the District website under the Parent pull down menu under Webstore/Pushcoin. Per District policy, tuition payments cannot be accepted at Norton Creek. If you would like to set up ADK monthly auto pay, please contact Wendy Sedwick at 331-228-4927. ADK tuition payments are billed in PushCoin on the first of each month and are due on the 15th of each month through April 15th.
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