Norton Creek Elementary

Thursday Tidbits - January 20, 2022


1/24/2022- Special School Board Meeting 6:00pm(Haines Center)

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

1/27/2022- Citizen's Advisory Committee Meeting 6:00pm(Haines Center)

1/31/2022- Business Services Meeting 5:30-6:30pm(Haines Center)

1/31/2022- Policy Committee Meeting 6:30-7:30pm(Haines Center)


Click on the tab to view the Norton Creek calendar

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

Every January 20, we celebrate the International Day of Acceptance - a day created to celebrate individuals with disabilities. I think there are two key elements to truly honoring this day - understanding acceptance and understanding what it means to live with a disability.

Acceptance is a true welcoming of someone into our lives. We accept people as they are - not as we want them to be. In accepting people with disabilities, it's important to put the person first. To truly accept someone with a disability is to put the person ahead of the disability. When we only see the disability, we fumble, mumble, and stumble our time together. When we remember that a person with a disability is a person, we remember that they have hobbies, interests, want to make friends, want to be friends, have hopes, dreams, goals, fears, and worries. They are not all that different at their core from someone without a disability.

However, it is also imperative that we not ignore the disability either. We need to remember that folks with disabilities are living with disabilities and not "suffering from a disability," "confined to a wheelchair," and other phrases well-meaning people have used for years. To ignore the disability disregards an important facet of their lives, so when planning activities, play dates, and time together, it's always good to bear in mind what the individual could do and have fun with (without an unproductive struggle).

Here at Norton Creek, the International Day of Acceptance kicks off our #BeKindFor25 - 25 days filled with specific focuses on kindness. I'm linking the calendar slideshow HERE if you would like to participate at home.

Have fun this weekend with your favorite people spreading kindness to everyone you see!

Organic Life Lunch Information

The FREE Lunch includes your choice of food and a white or chocolate milk. If you child orders just milk and no lunch then there is a charge for the milk. If your child orders a water or a juice there will also be a charge for those items.

Please check you students Push Coin account to ensure there are funds on it for ordering lunch.

Updated IDPH COVID Information

The Illinois Department of Public Health will no longer consider a positive at home test result as a valid positive result. The health department now advises individuals who test positive on an at home test to go validate the test result at a COVID testing site. Individuals who test negative with an at home test are to validate with a rapid test at a testing site.

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!


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.




PTO Meeting

Here are our minutes from the PTO meeting held on 1/11/2021. Mark your calendars for the next meeting on 2/8/2021 @ 7PM.


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. The variety show is something all the kids really look forward to! More information will be discussed at the February PTO meeting to possibly take this event virtual or outdoors, but we need your help and suggestions!


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