Norton Creek Elementary
Thursday Tidbits - November 21, 2019
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
- IMPORTANT!! DEADLINE TO SCHEDULE FALL CONFERENCES IN PICK-A-TIME IS TOMORROW (SEE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW): NOW THRU NOVEMBER 22ND AT MIDNIGHT
- FIRST TRIMESTER REPORT CARDS ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON HOME ACCESS CENTER (HAC) If you experience any difficulties logging into HAC or have forgotten your password, email Madonna Strom at firstname.lastname@example.org and list your student(s) name(s). To respect your privacy, we will only answer these inquiries by email.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL...TONY WHITE
Tuesday morning, Norton Creek and D303 lost a very important figure in our school's history when Dr. Bob Allison passed away suddenly. Dr. Allison served as Norton Creek's first principal and had the opportunity to carry out the exciting work of opening our school. There is no doubt that Bob was the right man for the job, and the mission he and the team at the time set forth is the very same one we still strive to accomplish today. When our students and staff say each morning after The Pledge: Norton Creek is a community of learners. We collaborate to help each other reach rigorous, achievable goals. Our environment is safe, respectful, inclusive, joyful. We value and support risk taking and diverse thinking. we believe it. Bob started this mission, and Norton Creek owes it to each member of our community today and tomorrow to carry it out.
I also owe many of my leadership skills to Dr. Allison working with me as a mentor and friend. Early in my tenure in D303, I recognized how truly special Bob is. He didn't have to prove he was the smartest man in the room - he just was. He knew everything about everything, and I felt if I knew half of what he knew, I stood a chance of being a good leader. I admired Bob's calm yet strong leadership and how he always seemed to know just what to do. I seized every opportunity I could to learn from Bob, and would like to share a few of the lessons that have stuck with me years later:
1.) "It's not about you, and if you make it about you...you will fail."
2.) "Be very clear about what you stand for and what you believe."
3.) "Always find the joy." "Enjoy the kids."
4.) "I have an opportunity for you." This is how Bob introduced challenging tasks to teachers and others he worked with. It always has served as a good reminder.
Bob was unfailingly kind and humble, an outstanding chef, had a brilliant sense of humor, and in a profession full of readers - the most well-read educator I have ever known. He opened Norton Creek, led Wild Rose twice, directed our district's human resources department as well as instruction across our district. He mentored countless teachers, instructional support coaches, and leaders across our district these last 21 years. The magnitude of the impact he had on us all is only matched by the weight of our sense of loss in his absence. I am proud to call him my friend and mentor. To all who knew Dr. Allison, please, accept my most heartfelt condolences.
FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE...
Norton Creek 1st & 3rd Grade Music Program is Tonight!
IMPORTANT COLD WEATHER & OUTSIDE RECESS INFORMATION
We will be going outside for recess as long as the temperature (with wind chill) is above 0 F and it is not raining. With that in mind, please make sure your child is dressed to go outside on days when it is cold, snowy or windy. Students should bring outerwear to school in a bag to put on before recess. Please make sure they have hats, gloves, scarves, snow pants and boots if they want to play in the snow. Don’t forget to label your child’s outerwear so it does not end up in the Lost and Found.
Would you still like to help Big Hearts of Fox Valley with their Christmas Sponsorship program? This program has been running since 2014 to help the underprivileged children in School District 303 receive gifts from wish lists that each child personally creates. The Caring Eagles will be collecting donations to help round out those wish lists through Friday, November 22nd. Suggested donations include new, unwrapped toys, gift cards, hats, gloves, scarves, fuzzy socks, or slippers; nothing used please. Donation bins will be in the front foyer at school! Let’s make some holiday magic for as many kids as we can!
During this busy time of year, let us give you a suggestion for a night off of making dinner! Grab a tasty sandwich at Jersey Mike’s St. Charles location between November 20 through November 24, leave your receipt in the box on the counter and Norton Creek will receive 15% back. See flyer below for details.
SHERPA SWEATSHIRT SALE! (K-5) email@example.com
Snuggle up this fall/winter with a Norton Creek sherpa sweatshirt for your child! On sale for a limited time in order to arrive before Winter Break. The deadline to order is November 25. Place your order here: https://www.selectspiritwear.com/shop4/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=1250. See flyer below for details.
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
- Conference Dates: Monday 11/25 and Tuesday 11/26
- Sign up window closes tomorrow: Friday, November 22nd at midnight
IMPORTANT DISMISSAL REMINDER:
- Your student(s)' teacher and
- Your student(s)' bus supervisor
Thank you for your assistance.
All Day Kindergarten Tuition/PushCoin:
All Day Kindergarten (ADK) tuition payment was due November 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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