Norton Creek Elementary

Thursday Tidbits - February 10, 2022


2/14/2022- School Board Meeting 7pm(Haines Center)

2/21/2022-President's Day- No School

2/22/2022 Learning and Teaching Committee Meeting 5:30pm (Haines Center)

2/23/2022-Early Release Day Elementary Schools at 2:10pm

2/24/2022- Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting-6pm


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From the Principal Tony White.....

Fuses are short these days. I was in line at the pharmacy, and they had signs to divide us into two lines but only enough staff to operate one line. There were about 10 of us in line, and a man walks up and crosses to the sign that reads "Prescription Pick-up/Drop-off." "Sir, we only have one line. You'll need to head to the back of that line." "Excuse me! I don't like to be talked to that way! That was very rude! I'm following the directions! You're not! This sign says pick-up!" Another customer chimes in, "That's what I've been saying!" Puzzled, I looked up from my phone and wondered why this was a problem for him: they clearly didn't have the staff, and all the rest of us were in this long line. Shouting at staff members wasn't going to make one appear, and it certainly didn't cause him to get special service where he stood.

There is a shortage of patience, kindness, and mercy in our society these days, and shouting at someone for something they can't help or for merely doing their job isn't going to solve the problem, change the outcome, and for our purposes as parents, guardians, and educators - model what our children need to see from adults in order for them to emulate these critical behaviors. Times are tough right now, and they'll get tougher if the next generation doesn't see how to peacefully resolve conflict, handle disappointment, and have positive, productive conversations with people with different opinions.

Regardless of what is happening in our day, let's make a concerted effort to continue to choose kindness. Volcanic release is tempting but never works out for anyone. The recipient feels degraded, the volcano will soon feel regret, and that's not even to begin talking about any witnesses' feelings. In this day and age of social media, it's easy for us to forget people have feelings. But, everyone does, and if the next generation is to stand a better chance than our own, we need to make sure we are always acting like we are aware of this simple fact and model empathy at all times.

Have a wonderful weekend, and if you're celebrating Valentine's Day early, enjoy it with your favorite Valentines!

2022-2023 Kindergarten Registration Is Open- Register from January 31st through February 25th 2022. Click on link below!

Special Education Parent Advisory Committee Information

Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SE-PAC)

Greetings, Parents and Guardians of students receiving special education services in District 303! We are moving our next SE-PAC meeting to Tuesday, February 15, 2022 (From February 1). The meeting will be held from 7:00-8:30 via Zoom. During our time together, we will review outcomes from the 2021-2022 parent survey and participate in shared learning on supporting students during transition meetings. Department administrators will share information on the transition process and gain your insights to support students as they move from Early Childhood to Elementary, Elementary to Middle, Middle to High, and High School to Post-Secondary programs. We are hopeful you can join us on February 15!

¡Saludos, padres y tutores de los estudiantes que reciben servicios de educación especial en el Distrito 303! Estamos moviendo nuestra próxima reunión de SE-PAC al martes 15 de febrero de 2022 (desde el 1 de febrero). La reunión se llevará a cabo de 7:00 a 8:30 a través de Zoom. Durante nuestro tiempo juntos, revisaremos los resultados de la encuesta para padres de 2021-2022 y participaremos en el aprendizaje compartido sobre cómo apoyar a los estudiantes durante las reuniones de transición. Los administradores del departamento compartirán información sobre el proceso de transición y obtendrán sus conocimientos para apoyar a los estudiantes a medida que pasan de los programas de la primera infancia a la primaria, de la primaria a la intermedia, de la intermedia a la preparatoria y de la preparatoria a la postsecundaria. ¡Esperamos que pueda unirse a nosotros el 15 de febrero!

Patti Palagi is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: SE-PAC February 2022

Time: Feb 15, 2022 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 894 4169 2948

Passcode: 231724

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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.


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.

Prearranged Absence

Students must apply for the privilege of using prearranged absence days through the principal’s office.

This completed form must be turned in at least (2) school days prior to the requested absence.

The building principal or designee has the authority to grant up to (5) days of excused absence per year

for the following types of absences:

 Participation in regional and/or national contests or awards

 Family vacation—qualified by the phrase “accompanied by parent”

 Special religious events

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 February 23rd. 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-

  • 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.





Please help support the student council in raising money or bringing in new, fun, crazy, colorful socks for the Hallie Strong Foundation. This Friday is the last day for donations!


We are spoiling our teachers and staff with love muffins for Valentine’s Day!! Sign up to volunteer to bring in needed items in MTK


We need YOUR help! If anyone would like to help fundraise or volunteer for our basket raffle event, please email anyone from the board or our amazing parent volunteer, Marla Rhinerson!! This is our BIGGEST fundraising event of the year and we can’t do it without your help!


Thank you to all our hungry Eagles for supporting us in our monthly Eagles Eat Out events. We couldn’t do this without the support of our Eagle parent Elisa Ignash! Our next Eagles Eat Out event is Thursday February 24th at Portillos!


Thank you to ALL that attended our Zoom PTO meeting this week. WOW! We broke a record on attendance and it made our hearts swell. If you missed it, minutes will be available at TWAC on Sunday!


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