Norton Creek Elementary
Thursday Tidbits - September 17th, 2020
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
- 9/21-Policy Committee Meeting- 5PM
- 9/21-Learning and Teaching Committee Meeting- 5:30PM
- 9/28-Business Services Meeting-5:30PM
- 9/21- Pick A Time Opens
- 10/8, 10/9- K-12 Parent Teacher Conferences
SCHOOL DAILY SCHEDULES
1st thru 5th Grades-
Please call the school attendance line if your student will be absent at 331-228-2700. Please spell your students first and last name when you leave a message.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL...TONY WHITE
My wife has a much wider attention span than I do. Anyone who has sat with me more than five minutes would not be surprised to hear that. One thing my wife can do better than I can is binge watch shows. Don't get me wrong; once I'm hooked, I'm in. However, my wife can binge the same series over and over again. For instance, every time my wife has been pregnant, she's binged "Gilmore Girls." Recently, researchers indicated why people do this - predictability. The predictability of a familiar show keeps anxiety at bay. Human beings of all ages crave predictability because it lends itself to safety.
When we look at predictable structures to ensure safety at school, this year, it takes on a whole new level of importance. Certainly, teachers and staff have always worked very hard to help students feel safe to be themselves and ready to learn at their best, but now we also need to guarantee that masks are on, students are six feet apart, and that hands are washed and sanitized throughout the day - all without sacrificing an ounce of teaching and learning. Our remote teachers have learned a brand new way to reach our remote learners through a myriad of technological digital means, and to say they have revamped their entire approach to teaching to meet our Eagles' needs would be an understatement. Mr. Mercado, the famous Roger, makes hourly rounds sanitizing door handles, cleaning restrooms throughout the day, and more in addition to his typical duties. Roger's just a blur moving throughout the building all day everyday! Our nurses, Brittany, Gina, Sumana, and Cathy are at the epicenter of all of our safety measures as they efficiently and effectively treat students and follow all IDPH guidelines to the letter. Our administrative assistants, Theresa and Dena, calling families, answering questions for all members of our community, and being helpful and positive in unprecedented times.
There is a lot that goes into making each day at Norton Creek a joyful, safe experience for our Eagles, but trust me when I tell you that we wouldn't have it any other way. It's our pleasure to serve each member of our Norton Creek community, and we look forward to doing so for a long time to come!
It's starting to feel a bit more like fall out there today. It's such a beautiful, sometimes underappreciated season. Enjoy these last days of summer and first days of fall with your favorite people in the world!
IMPORTANT DISMISSAL REMINDER:
Your student(s)' teacher and your student(s)' bus supervisor
Thank you for your assistance.
SELF CERTIFICATION FORM ONLINE
K-12 Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent teacher conferences are coming soon. Schedule your students virtual conferences with their teachers starting September 21st. The conferences will be held on October 8th and 9th. Pick A Time will open on Sept 21st and close on October 7th. Please see the below instructions on how to schedule your students conference.
Remote parents will receive their communication for conferences and directions for Pick-A-Time in a separate email. The directions will be different.
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
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!
New Office Personnel
PTO'S E-NEWS THIS WEEK!
AMAZONSMILE (K-5) email@example.com
Turn your Amazon purchases into a force for good. With every eligible purchase, AmazonSmile donates 0.5% to our school when you choose Norton Creek Elementary. This includes millions of everyday items at smile.amazon.com. You must use the specified link for NC to receive credit. Ask all of the Amazon shoppers in your family to use AmazonSmile!
FALL MUM SALE (K-5) firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mums are here and they are green, but GORGEOUS!!! They are ready for blooming in red, yellow, orange and purple. We will be sending out a separate sign-up genius to all those that ordered for pick up slots.
YEARBOOK ORDERS PLACED BY SEPTEMBER 30th RECEIVE 10% OFF (K-5) email@example.com
2020/2021 Yearbooks are available to order! Don't miss out on this special discount offered by TreeRing. Due to limited building access, the yearbook needs your pictures!! We would love to see some kids without masks on at home working on homework, elearning, playing outside, or with backpacks on! See the flyer below.
Recess Ideas or Covid-friendly Equipment firstname.lastname@example.org
On October 7th, our PTO will be discussing ideas and items to keep our in-person students safe while having fun at recess. Feel free to share your thoughts with our executive board or recess equipment chair Jessica Kinzler.
Did you miss the last PTO meeting? Have no fear, the minutes are here
UPDATE YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER and T-SHIRT SIZE on Membership Toolkit (MTK)! Let us know if they are remote, as well as AM or PM kindergarten