Norton Creek Elementary
Thursday Tidbits - April 30, 2020
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
FRIDAY, MAY 1ST REMOTE LEARNING PLANNING DAY FOR TEACHERS - OPTIONAL REMOTE LEARNING FOR STUDENTS (see additional information and a link below)
MONDAY, MAY 4TH Remote learning continues due to Governor Pritzker's suspension of in-school learning.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ONLINE RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION/FEES Online Returning Student Registration and Online Payment of Registration Fees began on April 27th. See information below.
ONLINE RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION FOR 2020-2021 IS NOW OPEN
Returning Student Registration for 2020-2021 has moved to an online format that opened on April 27. In years past, parents completed the necessary paperwork in paper format. This year, all acknowledgments and authorizations are contained in a single electronic, online registration form that will be easily accessible from most electronic devices (computer, Chromebook, and Smartphones).
Beginning April 27, parents can sign into the Returning Student Online Registration form using their Home Access Center (HAC) credentials, select individual students, and complete their registration. The form will be located in the Parents/Community menu of the District website.
Registration fees for elementary and middle school will be available in PushCoin beginning April 27, and billed to reflect the early bird discount of $10.00 if paid by May 22. High School fees will be available in June. For families who may qualify for a fee waiver, and are not directly certified by the state, a 2020-2021 district fee waiver application will be available on the District 303 website in July, accessible from the Parent/Community menu.
For assistance with PushCoin questions, please email email@example.com
For assistance with Home Access Center (HAC), please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to complete your Online Returning Student Registration paperwork and pay your student(s)' registration fees.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL...TONY WHITE
Like many of you, I was obsessed with the 90s Chicago Bulls (especially Michael Jordan) and never missed a single game. For months, ESPN has been promoting a 10-part docu-series aptly entitled "The Last Dance" all about Michael Jordan's last season as a Chicago Bull and the basketball dynasty the team became. This documentary gives us a look at Michael that we've never had before, and getting into his mindset has been fascinating. (Note: "The Last Dance" is not a show for our Eagles as it contains quite a bit of adult language and other themes not appropriate for children.)
Leading up to the premiere, ESPN.com had an article written by Jackie MacMullan who exclusively covered Jordan in the 80s and 90s, and there was a quote from Michael that has stuck with me that I think is highly relatable to our Eagles (and ourselves) in everyday life. In his career, MJ hit 28 game winners at the buzzer. No other player is even close (LeBron has 17, and is obviously the best player in the game today.). Jordan said: "I believed every time out I was the best. And the more shots I hit, the more it reinforced that. So, when you miss - because no matter how great you are, you will miss -- you don't waver, because you've built yourself a nice cushion of confidence."
Thinking about our Eagles, Michael is getting at resilience. The game is going to be on the line, you're going to be trusted with the last shot, and you're going to miss. It's impossible to hit that shot every time. Once we realize that perfection is not an attainable goal for ourselves or our children, we can let go of a lot of stress. Perfection is a nice ideal to strive for, because we know we perform better with a high bar. However, we also know that we cannot look at every mistake as a failure or crushing defeat.
Whenever Jordan missed a shot that would have given the Bulls the win, he knew that he was still Michael Jordan, and that the Bulls had another game the next day to win. Learning from mistakes and moving on from them is a wonderful way to build resilience and success. The same holds true for our Eagles. Whatever happens today, they are still the amazing person that they are, and there are countless opportunities ahead for success.
While working from home can present its own challenges, I also keep telling my wife that I'll never be around my family this much again until I retire. In every cloud, there's a silver lining. Enjoy the weekend, Norton Creek!
OPTIONAL REMOTE LEARNING INFORMATION FOR FRIDAY, MAY 1ST
Click HERE for optional remote learning information.
Week 4 SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)
This week's SEL lesson focuses on perspective taking; The ability to look beyond your own point of view, so that you can consider how someone else may think or feel about something. To do this successfully, you must have some understanding of others' thoughts, feelings, motivations, and intentions.” (Socially Skilled Kids, 2020). There are activities embedded in the presentation for students and adults. The five developmental stages of perspective taking; age 3 through 15+ is interesting and helpful to understanding this social-emotional competency.
· Social awareness: The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.
The challenges and uncertainty facing families and children are impactful on overall mental health and well being. We are hopeful the resources shared will be a support to parents/guardians and children. If you have any questions on the information provided or are seeking additional support for yourself or child, please contact Patti Palagi, Director Instructional Interventions (email@example.com or 331-228-6457).
A message from the health office:
If your child has medication in the health office that you need to retrieve at this time, please email one of the Norton Creek Nurses for assistance. The Norton Creek Nurses' contact information is listed below.
Brittany Jensen, Certified School Nurse: Brittany.Jensen@d303.org
Cathy Leone, RISE Nurse: Cathy.Leone@d303.org
Sumana Parveen, Health Office Nurse: Sumana.Parveen@d303.org
Virginia Wicinski, Health Office Nurse: Virginia.Wicinski@d303.org
As District 303 has already explained, when guidance for public access to school settings is received from the Illinois Department of Public Health/CDC, details on a general medication pick up process/timeframe will be shared. Thank you for your understanding and support at this time.
Norton Creek Family Support Survey
In our effort to ensure our Eagles get the best care during remote learning, we have created a survey for you to complete. In this survey, you will find ways to let us know how much support your Eagle requires for remote learning and if you would like Norton Creek to provide your child with any additional social-emotional support. During this global pandemic, many people - adults and children - can feel isolated and afraid. We want to help any of our Eagles who have feelings that are difficult for them to manage.
PTO COMMITTEE CHAIRS/CO-CHAIRS 2020-21 (K-5) firstname.lastname@example.org
A giant THANK YOU to everyone who has stepped up to chair a PTO committee for the 2020-21 school year. A special shout-out to Jessica Denk, who has volunteered to be a candidate for PTO Secretary! Several committee chair and co-chair positions remain open. No experience is necessary! Please check out the OPEN POSITIONS and see where you may be able to serve our school!
PTO MEETING, TUESDAY, MAY 12 AT 7 PM (K-5) email@example.com
Our final PTO meeting of the year will be held virtually on Tuesday, May 12 at 7 PM. Agenda items will include the presentation of the proposed budget for the 2020-2021 school year as well as the nomination of and voting on board executive officers for the 2020-2021 school year. Stay tuned for the virtual host and meeting log on information.
COUGARS READING CLUB/COUGARS GAME UPDATE (K-5) firstname.lastname@example.org
Any student who earned a ticket voucher in early March may use it for any game this season. Families who have already purchased tickets can email Kane County Cougars at email@example.com and exchange their tickets for another game this season. Please contact Stephanie Ross firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
PTO SPONSORSHIP FOR 2020-21 (K-5) email@example.com
Many thanks to those who have already paid their PTO sponsorship for next year. Your financial support helps all of the students at Norton Creek through our fun events, programs, books and more! You may pay your family sponsorship of $25 HERE or through PushCoin when you pay your school registration fees. Your support is greatly appreciated!
BUTTER BRAIDS SALE CANCELED (K-5) firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to Jennifer Solare for coordinating our Butter Braids sale this spring. Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the sale this year, but we look forward to offering these tasty treats for sale in the future.
SCHOOL SUPPLY PACKS FOR 2020-21 (K-5) email@example.comSchool supply packs are an easy and convenient way to get the supplies your child needs for the next school year. The packs are distributed to your child’s classroom shortly before the new school year begins in August. Orders are due June 30. Order your SCHOOL SUPPLY PACK today!
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURRENT 5TH GRADE STUDENTS HEADING TO WREDLING MIDDLE SCHOOL IN THE FALL...
Condado Kane de 2-2-1 Conectate. Obten respuestas.
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