Norton Creek Elementary

Thursday Tidbits - December 17th, 2020


  • 12/17/20- Business Services Meeting at 5:30pm
  • 12/18/20- Last Day of School in 2020
  • 12/19/20-1/4/21- Winter Break-No Students
  • 1/5/21- School Resumes/ Classes Resumes
  • 1/6/21- Citizen Advisory Meeting at 6:00pm
  • 1/11/21-School Board Meeting at 7:00pm
  • 1/18/21-Martin Luther King Holiday - No School

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New Email For All Families To Use

We have a new general email for all families to use going forward. This email address will replace the Please email any arrival/dismissal changes as well as any information for the school nurse or office staff to

Remote School Attendance

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.



AM Session-

8:00am -10:15am

PM-Session -


1st thru 5th Grades-


Our School Office is open from 7:30am until 3:30pm on school days.

Please call the school attendance line if your student will be absent 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.


At this time of year, we hear messages of good cheer, joy, and kindness. Kindness and empathy are often thought of as the same thing, but I actually believe that one is the cause and the other the effect. Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another person. To me, once a person has achieved empathy, kindness is then the result. Empathy is not a skill that children are born with. It can only be cultivated through intentional teaching, recognizing and celebrating empathetic moments, and reading books and articles together.

Reading often catches folks by surprise as an activity that builds empathy. However, when we think about the act of reading, our brains are constantly making a movie in our mind. In making that movie, not only do we envision what the setting and characters look like, but we also must visualize their feelings as they respond to situations and interactions. In visualizing those feelings, our Eagles begin to develop an understanding of the way other people feel. Children are naturally egocentric and think mostly of how they feel in situations, so this process truly wires the brain in a new and exciting way!

Speaking of empathy and kindness, I want to thank all of you who have taken the time to send Let's Talk! messages to D303 leadership and get in touch with me to share appreciation and praise for your Eagle's teacher during these truly unprecedented times. Also a big thanks for all of the letters your Eagles have dropped off for teachers here at Norton Creek. If you have had questions, concerns, and insights to share, I thank you for those too. Those help us learn, grow, and do what we do better. In all cases, we are grateful for our partnership and relationship with you. You trust us to give your children the very best everyday - whether they are learning in person or remotely, and we strive to make good on that trust everyday.

As we head into winter break, I wish you all the Happiest of Holidays as Hanukkah's Eighth Night is tomorrow, Christmas and Geeta Jayanti next Friday, and Kwanzaa starts the 26th. Then, we get the chance to reflect on 2020 and put it to rest forever as we look forward to 2021! Have a wonderful, fun, relaxing, joyful winter break and holiday, and I look forward to seeing you when our in-person learners return on January 5. And, for our remote learners, keep up the excellent work! Visiting your classrooms has been a treat, and I am so impressed with your focus, attention, and diligence!


Students have completed their winter i-Ready diagnostic. We will send home paper copies of diagnostic reports during winter break, but if you would like to access your child's i-Ready diagnostic information in the i-ready student portal as well as additional family resources, please watch the video below

School Picture Day Is Rescheduled

Unfortunately due to the district moving into remote learning our December 3rd picture day has been rescheduled. The new date is February 4, 2021 and picture retakes are scheduled for March 3, 2021. Please click on the file below to find information about pre-ordering. All orders must be submitted prior to picture day. Please feel free to reach out to the office with any questions or email



Coming January 15th, we will be hosting a virtual art night with All Things Art via Zoom!! There are two sessions to sign up for:

**Norton Creek Friday, January 15 4:00 Fundraiser

**Norton Creek Friday, January 15 5:30 Fundraiser

Invite the whole family to come and paint with us. (see picture below for the art piece we all will be painting together!) Curbside pick up will be on January 13th at the art studio. More information is included in the links above. 20% of the proceeds from the event will come back to Norton Creek PTO! We will send reminders after break as well!


Have you spotted the Eagle during Eagle News? If so, please make sure your student is filling out their name on the google form from their teacher here! Once a week, we will be drawing a winner and announcing them on Fridays! A fabulous prize will be delivered!

PTO Meeting

Join us for the first PTO meeting of 2021 on January 6th at 7PM via zoom. The link, ID and password for the meeting are included on the agenda!


Winter Break is almost here! To our Norton Creek parents, guardians and families: you are a gift to our children and community. Whatever you celebrate, whatever your plans may be, we wish you a joyful, healthy and restful winter break. Enjoy your time off and we look forward to seeing you in 2021!


Your Norton Creek PTO Board

PTO Meeting Agenda- Click Below



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Employment Opportunities With D303

It takes more adults to operate schools safely for students during the pandemic. District 303 currently has numerous job openings in a variety of job categories. If you are looking for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment, please visit the D303 Human Resources page to apply for a position.

One of the more flexible positions available is that of a D303 Substitute. You can choose to work, or not work, as your schedule permits. Take a moment and read the Substitute Handbook to see what this job entails.

If you are interested and hold a:

  • Bachelor's degree in any field you would qualify to apply for a substitute license with the state which allows you to sub for teachers or teacher assistants. You would apply using THIS link.
  • Associate's degree you apply for a Paraprofessional license which only allows you to sub for Teaching assistants. You would apply using THIS link.
  • High School diploma you have to take an aptitude test with the KANE ROE office. Once you pass that, you apply for a Paraprofessional license which only allows you to sub for Teaching assistants. You would apply using THIS link.

Contact Julie Wenger ( with any questions

Help For Those Affected By Covid-19

If your family is in need of assistance with rent/mortgage or utilities please click on the form below for more information.

Message from Health Office to Families

Health Office Contact Information

If a family needs to contact the school nurse with a doctor's note to return to school or has a question, please contact us at:

Brittany Jensen (Certified School Nurse) -

Cathy Leone (RISE RN) -

Sumana Parveen (RN) -

Virginia Wicinski (RN) -

Policy Regarding if a Member of a Student's Household is symptomatic without diagnostic testing or clinical evaluation.

If an individual in a student's home is experiencing COVID like symptoms and has not received a COVID test or has not been evaluated by a health care provider then household members (any person living in the home e.g. siblings that attend any D303 school, parents) are to quarantine.

COVID-like symptoms include: Fever (100.4° F or higher), new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain from an unknown cause, new congestion/runny nose, new loss of sense of taste or smell, nausea, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches. Medical Evaluation and Testing are Strongly Recommended for ALL persons with COVID-Like Symptoms.

Students will be able to return to school when:

  • If a COVID test is completed for the family member and test results are negative, the students in the family may return to school.
  • If the symptomatic family member is evaluated by his/her doctor and an alternative diagnosis is given to the family member, the students in the family may return to school.
  • If no COVID testing or no evaluation by a healthcare provider of the symptomatic family member, the family member will need to stay home 10 calendar days from onset of symptoms and ALL children in the family will need to stay home 14 calendar days from the onset of symptoms.
  • If the symptomatic family member tests positive for COVID-19, the symptomatic family will stay home for 10 calendar days and need a release from isolation letter from the health department. All children in the family will need to stay home for 14 days and will need a release from quarantine letter from their local health department.

If a family needs a release letter from the local health department, here are the contact numbers for the health department. The department you contact will depend on where you live.

Kane County: 630 -208-3801

Dupage County :(630) 682-7400

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

2nd Grade:11:05-11:25

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!

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