North Side Family Flyer
Excessive Exposure to Technology Can Impact Brain Development
I read an article recently about technology and the importance of providing guidelines and time limits for children through adolescence. American Academy of Pediatrics first recommends NO technology before age 18 months.
Findings are showing that over use of technology is like a "reward system" to children because it can over-release the chemical dopamine which makes us feel good. Our bodies build up tolerance as it releases more dopamine, which, in turn causes us to crave it even more!
Over use of technology also causes issues with natural development of executive functioning skills. This includes the ability to plan, organize, managing time, use of appropriate actions or responses to situations, good judgment, impulse control and multi-tasking. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that with an over-release of dopamine and cravings for more stimulation, children are not able to judge when they should use technology or for how long because their executive functioning is not developed.
The article continues on to explain how excessive technology use impairs the "fight or flight" response and relationships with others due to lack of socialization. I encourage you to research more on this if interested.
Please know that in the school setting, we do limit technology use each day. We know the importance of collaboration and discussion in learning. Nothing will ever replace the teacher to student learning experience.
Yours in education,
October Activities Updates:
The Fall Fundraiser is in full force - It began on Wednesday, September 22nd; We ask that students only sell to family and friends, practicing social distancing to keep themselves safe. The fundraiser and money are due back to school on October 13th. Delivery day is November 4th from 3-5 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1ST - STUDENT DO NOT HAVE SCHOOL AND NO E-LEARNING
FALL BREAK - Monday, October 4th - Friday, October 8th
The School Carnival has been postponed to the spring. We are HOPEFUL that things will be different and we can hold the carnival at that time.
Red Ribbon Week will October 25th - 29th; More information to come later.
Student Drop Off/Pick Up: IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ!!!!
PLEASE DO NOT DROP YOUR CHILD OFF IN THE MORNING BEFORE 7:30 A.M. OUR DOORS DO NOT OPEN UNTIL 7:30 A.M. THIS LEAVES CHILDREN UNSUPERVISED, WHICH IS UNSAFE.
Car Pick Up:
We ask that you CALL BY 1:30 if you are making changes to your child's end of day dismissal. We are receiving too many calls close to 2:30 p.m. At this time, I have advised my office staff to let families know that we cannot honor changes past 2:00 p.m. This is for the safety of your child!
Also, if you are picking your child up in a vehicle, you MUST pick them up in the car line at the back of the building. You MAY NOT pick them up at door 1. We have had too many close calls where students are running across the front lot to a car and almost getting hit by a vehicle passing through. THIS IS NOT OKAY! We put procedures into place for all families to keep our students safe! We need all families to respect these procedures and help us keep all of the children safe. Waiting a few extra minutes in line is worth a safe child!!!! We appreciate you working with us!!!
Information From Our North Side Office Staff:
As a courtesy to our office staff, please try to avoid making phone calls to the office from 7:50-8:10 a.m. and from 2:30-2:50 p.m. During these timeframes we are working to get students into classes or ready to head home on busses or by car. We don't want to miss anything or make mistakes. We appreciate your help with this!
1. Book rental rates are located online at the East Noble website. You may pay it all at once or make payments each month, due on the 15th. Final payment is due on February 15th. Please know that if you are inquiring about free or reduced textbook fees, you MUST complete the free/reduced lunch application form. Call the school if you have any questions.
2. If your child is ill, please call our office and let us know by 9 a.m. if at all possible. Our office number is (260) 347-1354. If you believe the illness is Covid related, please ask to speak with Nurse Whitney. Other ways to contact us, e-mail Nurse Whitney at firstname.lastname@example.org or Stephanie Leasure, Principal at email@example.com
3. Please contact the office by 1:30 p.m. if you need to make changes to your child's transportation home for the day. We cannot guarantee the changes when you call after 1:30 p.m. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR THIS! Please note that the office phone may be on night ring during dismissal, please leave a message and we will call you right back as soon as dismissal is complete.
4. If your child is a car rider, please make sure to use your car tags each day. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE CAR TAGS, PLEASE STOP AT THE OFFICE TO GET SOME RIGHT AWAY!
5. If you need to change your child's bus or start bus transportation, please follow these steps:
Bus Change or Start Up Requests
If you need to change your bus location, please go to the North Side website, https://www.eastnoble.net/o/north-side-elementary, and follow these directions:
Click on the "Menu" at the top of the home page. Click the “For Families” tab and then the "Transportation" tab. When the drop down menu appears, you will see a link called “Transportation Change Request.” When you click that link, you will be taken to a form that you can fill out and submit electronically. It will notify transportation via email that a request has been submitted and they will begin working on fulfilling the request. Once arrangements have been made and confirmed with drivers, transportation will communicate the arrangements to parents.
OUR SEPTEMBER "WILDCAT WAY" WINNERS WILL BE PULLED AFTER WE RETURN FROM FALL BREAK. LOOK FOR THEIR PICTURE ON OUR WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE!!!!!
Picture Re-Take Day
if you have any questions, contact Jane Hilterbrand in the office, (260) 347-1354 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Wildcat Way" Tickets - PLEASE CONTINUE TO CELEBRATE!!
Students and staff recite our Wildcat Way each day: WE ARE RESPECTFUL, WE ARE RESPONSIBLE, WE ARE SAFE.
As adults, we appreciate being acknowledged for doing a great job! Well, this is also true for students! Our implementation of "Wildcat Way" tickets to ACKNOWLEDGE students for being respectful, responsible and/or safe is well underway. Students are bringing home the ticket shown above. PLEASE CONTINUE TO DISCUSS AND CELEBRATE HOW PROUD YOU ARE OF THEM FOR RECEIVING THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT/TICKET!!! THIS MEANS SO MUCH TO THEM! Have you kept track of how many they have received thus far?
Before and After School Care located at NORTH SIDE..........
October 1st is an eLearning day – Champions will be open at NORTH SIDE for All Day Care 6:30am-6:00pm
Fall Break - 10/4-10/8 – Champions will be open at NORTH SIDE 6:30am-6:00pm
November 5th is an eLearning day – Champions will be open at NORTH SIDE 6:30am-6:00pm.
November 24th (school closed) – Champions will be open at NORTH SIDE 6:30am-6:00pm
November 25-26 – CHAMPIONS WILL BE CLOSED.
Winter Break 12/27-12/30- Champions will be open for an all day program at North Side 6:30am-6:00pm
New Years Eve 12/31- CHAMPIONS WILL BE CLOSED.
February 21st School Closed (President's Day) – CHAMPIONS WILL BE CLOSED.
Spring Break 3/28-4/8 – Champions will be open at North Side for an all day Program 6:30am-6:00pm
Good Friday 4/15 – Champions will be Closed.
Are you taking advantage of our FREE school breakfast and lunch?
Please understand that our food shortage simply means that we can't always get some of the student favorites. We promise that students are still receiving a variety of lunches each week and we are offering peanut butter/jelly as a second option each day to students. Please call if you have any questions.
Students are still receiving a well-balanced meal with fresh fruit and vegetables. Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. (8:15 on Mondays). Please contact food services if you have any questions.
For our lunch menu, download the East Noble app below. Click on the school in the top right corner and tap on North Side. Once on North Side's page, tap the 3 lines at the top left corner and touch "dining" and you will find our lunch menu for each day of that week.
Have you downloaded our district app? It gives you access to information, events and schedules for all buildings!
FROM THE OFFICE OF MR. PERLICH, DEAN OF STUDENTS
September 30th is 40 days of school. Reflect on your child's attendance, how are they doing?
According to the state of Indiana, students shouldn't miss more than 6 days of school in a school year, Non-Covid related. Ask yourself, of the days my child has missed school, ho many were Covid related and how many were not Covid related? those related to Covid, were you directed by the school or your doctor to stay home?
How will you work on improving or keeping your child's attendance to a minimum the remainder of the school year?
We have now experienced a few fire drills and a school lockdown. Students are doing a nice jo working through these learning experiences. I encourage you to talk with your children at home about the importance of practicing these drills in school so that if they were to ever happen, your child would be prepared.
On behalf of myself, Mrs. Leasure and Nurse Whitney, we want to say thank you for working with us through the continued Covid situations that arise. We understand the frustrations, but are happy to be able to offer more than one type of close contact quarantine option. Please visit www.eastnoble.net for the most up to date ENSC 2021-2022 School Year Opening Plan: Health, Safety, and School Environment Protocols.
Please feel free to contact me if you ever have any questions on the drills we practice or how we are keeping your child safe in our school environment during Covid-19 protocols. The school number is (260) 347-1354 and my e-mail is email@example.com
PLEASE MAKE SURE IPADS/CHROMEBOOKS ARE CHARGED AND COME TO SCHOOL DAILY!
COUNSELING CORNER WITH MISS HEADLEY:
If your child rides a bus, they must wear a mask. We have been handing out many masks at the end of each school day to students because they have lost their mask during the day. WE ARE OUT OF MASKS!!! Please make sure to send many masks with your child if they ride the bus!
Many illnesses are circulating. Please continue to keep your child home if they are ill and not feeling well. Students need to be fever free and vomit or diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning to school. I encourage you to call your doctor when unsure. I am always here to help as well.
If you have any concerns or questions, you may reach me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school at (260) 347-1354. If I am not available, please feel free to speak with Mrs. Leasure.
Please collect Box Tops and send into school in a baggie or join the online Box Top App and scan your receipts. This earns money back for the school through our PTO
Upcoming North Side Events:
Friday, October 1st - NO SCHOOL, NO E-LEARNING
Monday, October 4th - Friday, October 8th - FALL BREAK
Wednesday, October 13th - Fundraiser Orders/Monday Due to School
Tuesday, October 19th - Star Club Meeting
Tuesday, October 19th - PTO Meeting, 3:30 p.m. (library)
Wednesday, October 20th - Board Meeting, 6 p.m. @ CO
Monday, October 25th - Friday, October 29th - RED RIBBON WEEK, more info to come