Norton Creek Elementary
Thursday Tidbits - March 19, 2020
FROM THE PRINCIPAL...TONY WHITE
In my first message to you this week, I referenced "Frozen 2." This message will contain references to "Rise of Skywalker" because I am an unabashed Star Wars geek, and the movie just came out on digital and I can't stop watching it. A bit of a spoiler warning for the next few sentences, but there is this massive fleet of star destroyers that The Emperor's followers have built over the last 30+ years, in 16 hours that fleet will attack the galaxy, and The Resistance has slightly less than that much time to stop it. In the climactic battle of good against evil, the bad guys are on top for most of the fight, and then literally every ship in the galaxy shows up at warp speed to turn the tide toward good. I won't go so far as to spoil the rest, but this scene will always remind me of this week. Literally EVERYONE showed up and is working together to provide for our Eagles (and beyond!) the best e-learning experiences possible to keep our students growing. In three and a half days' time, together - district leadership, teachers and staff, students, and families - did out of a belief in doing what is right what many would have believed to be impossible. Every member of our community is doing something new. Never underestimate what a group of passionate, compassionate people with a shared goal can accomplish together.
When we look back on this time in a year or so, we will remember that we started off scared, but ended up together. When you cannot leave your home as regularly as you are used to, it can be easy to feel isolated and alone. However, not in this community. I have heard from so many Eagles' parents stories of virtual play dates and the way your family has drawn together. Stories like these are inspirational. Feel free to share them on Norton Creek's Facebook page, and let's keep the interaction going. If you have some pictures of your Eagles in e-learning, please, use the hashtag #d303elearning.
Be safe and healthy out there, Norton Creek. I sure miss seeing you all here at school, and look forward to when this clears up and we're all together again.
Please visit the District 303 website that is designed to answer your questions about e-Learning, assist you with finding community resources, and link you to information from reputable agencies about COVID-19.
Por favor, visite el sitio web del Distrito ya que está diseñado para responder sus preguntas sobre el aprendizaje electrónico (e-Learning), ayudarle a encontrar recursos, y enlazarlo con información de agencias confiables sobre el COVID-19
These are unprecedented times, and it's inspiring to see communities rising to the challenge. However, not everyone has the resources to "shelter in place" especially the millions of people in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Living paycheck to paycheck is hard when millions of businesses around the nation are closing down indefinitely, and hourly workers (including those dependent upon tips) are the hardest hit. In particular, families with kids whose primary meals happen at school are especially vulnerable when those schools shut down.
With this in mind, Expensify.org is going to temporarily redirect all of its charitable funds to Expensify.org/hunger. With its ability to reimburse volunteers directly in real-time, Expensify.org is uniquely positioned to help families in need immediately. Until today, this fund was focused on paying off kids' "lunch debts" , but with schools closed around the nation, that isn't the top priority. Instead, we're devoting everything to a new program: matching SNAP grocery purchases up to $50 per family. It works like this:
- Purchase food as normal with your SNAP card
- Download Expensify on iOS or Android, for free
- Join the Expensify.org/hunger policy
- SmartScan the receipt, which will tell us how much you paid and show that it was paid for with an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card
- Submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Set up your bank account to receive the funds
- So long as we have funds available, we will reimburse up to $50 per family (one time), the very next day.
To be clear, we can't commit to reimbursing every single person in need — we have no idea how many people will do this, and unfortunately, we don't have unlimited funds. We also don't know how long this crisis will last and how far our brand new charity's resources will stretch. But we're going to do what we can with the funds donated on behalf of Expensify Cardholders via the Karma Points feature, as well as by the extremely generous donors who have signed up for our Corporate and Personal Karma programs.
This is a truly global crisis, and it is only beginning. We all need to work together to weather the storm, and on behalf of Expensify.org's many generous members, we're eager to help.
President of Expensify.org
PS: While you may not personally be on SNAP, please forward this along to anyone based in the US (where the SNAP program operates) you know that may need food assistance — or to any other groups or organizations who might be able to spread the word that help is available. Helping our local communities is what Expensify.org is all about!Sent by: Expensify, Inc. - 548 Market St #61434 - San Francisco, CA 94103
Intra-District Transfer Requests must be submitted online no sooner than 8:00 a.m. on April 7th
For the 2020-2021 school year, ALL elementary students have been assigned to their attendance area school by the District. This includes elementary students currently attending a school on an intra-district transfer.
An Intra-District Transfer Request must be submitted online no sooner than 8:00 a.m. on the first Tuesday following spring break (April 7, 2020) and no later than 4:00 p.m. on the third Monday following (April 20). A link to the request form will be posted on the District 303 web page (district.d303.org) by 8:00 a.m. on April 7.
If you are requesting a transfer for more than one child, a separate request must be submitted for each. Due to fluctuating class sizes at schools and each grade level, siblings are not guaranteed placement. If granted, transportation is the responsibility of the parents.
If you have questions about the process, please call the District office at 331.228.2000.
Este mensaje es para recordarle a las familias de las escuelas primarias que el plazo para solicitar la transferencia dentro del distrito (Intra-District Transfer) para el ciclo escolar 2020-2021 se abre el 7 de abril a las 8:00 a.m.
Para el ciclo escolar 2020-2021, TODOS los estudiantes de primaria han sido asignados a su área de asistencia por el Distrito. Esto incluye a los estudiantes de primaria que actualmente asisten a una escuela bajo la transferencia dentro del distrito.
Una Petición de Transferencia Dentro del Distrito debe ser entregada en línea no antes de las 8:00 a.m. el primer martes después de las vacaciones de primavera (7 de abril de 2020), y a más tardar a las 4:00 p.m. el tercer martes después de esa fecha (20 de abril). Se publicará un enlace para el formulario en la página del Distrito 303 (district.d303.org) a las 8:00 a.m. el 7 de abril.
Si usted está solicitando una transferencia para más de un estudiante, se necesita entregar un formulario separado para cada uno. Debido a la fluctuación del tamaño de las clases en las escuelas y en cada grado, no se garantiza la colocación de los hermanos. Si se le otorga la transferencia, el transporte es la responsabilidad de los padres.
Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el proceso, favor de llamar a la oficina del Distrito al 331.228.2000.
On behalf of the PTO, we want to wholeheartedly thank the remarkable, flexible, and talented staff that consistently shares love, patience, and persistence with our children, technology, and curriculum!
Your effort, energy, emails, notes, videos, Google chats, Zoom meetings, virtual story times, checklists, honest encouragement, and impressive routines equipped our little learners in order to make this eLearning journey obtainable.
Your growth mindset and fantastic communication with our hard-working parents warms our hearts on a daily basis. Thank you! Wow!
All Day Kindergarten Tuition/PushCoin:
All Day Kindergarten (ADK) tuition payment was 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.
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION INFORMATION
If you need to register your student for Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year, click HERE for registration paperwork/information. Please call the office at 331-228-2700 regarding an appointment to register your student.
IMPORTANT DISMISSAL REMINDER:
- Your student(s)' teacher and
- Your student(s)' bus supervisor
Thank you for your assistance.
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