Norton Creek Elementary

Thursday Tidbits - September 9, 2020


  • 9/13/21-School Board Meeting@7pm(Haines Center)
  • 9/20/21- Learning And Teaching Committee Meeting @5:30(Haines Center)
  • 9/23/21-Citizens Advisory Meeting@6pm(Haines Center)
  • 9/27/21- Business Services Meeting@5:30(Haines Center)
  • 9/29/21- Early Release Day(dismissal at 2:10pm)

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"He's great. We've never had a single disagreement." This is often how I hear folks evaluate if a relationship is a good one. I always respond with, "If you have a disagreement, will that just totally ruin your friendship?" Disagreements will happen in any relationship, so using "no disagreements" as the criteria for a strong, positive one probably isn't the way to go.

So it goes for parenting. Often, I'll hear parents (not only at school but friends of mine, family, etc.) tell me, "I'm never going to let my child struggle." I think this is a highly noble statement; however, when our children inevitably struggle (as all living things do), if this is our goal, we'll feel like failures as parents. From there, we could intensify our efforts and try to outright eliminate any challenge or uncomfortable feeling for our child so he or she does not struggle.

Instead, to my friends and family who have this noble goal, I propose a new one: "My child will have the resilience to take on any challenge that comes up." Our Eagles must know that hard times come to everyone, and that they have what it takes to overcome it. They have it within themselves and they have a strong support network that believes in them in their families, friends, and community. Our Eagles are strong. They were born strong and made stronger by the lessons you've taught them, the faith you have in them, and the love you show them everyday.

Have a wonderful weekend, Norton Creek, with your favorite people in the world! Also, my apologies for any Signup Genius issues. I'm brand new to it and making tweaks as the day goes on so it works as well as it should for all of you.

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


Kindergarten thru 5th Grades-


Our school office is open from 7:30am until 4:00pm on school days.

Attendance For Students

Please call the school attendance line if your student will be absent/tardy/leaving early from school 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.

When picking up your child early from school please come to the main office with your picture ID. Students will only be released to individuals that are listed under the contact information on the students account.

Early Release Wednesdays

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-

  • September 29th
  • October 27th
  • December 1st
  • January 26th
  • February 23
  • March 23
  • April 27

Dismissal Changes/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.

Prearranged Absence Form

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.

Picture Retake Day

Picture Retake Day will be held on October 4th during the school day.



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.

Lunch Ordering Information

If your child orders lunch it includes a white or chocolate milk. Water and juice will incur a fee regardless of whether a lunch is ordered. If your child only orders a milk there will also be a fee for that. Please ensure that your Pushcoin account has lunch money on it to cover any charges.

If your child orders a lunch it comes with a milk choice only. If your child orders breakfast in the morning it will be sent home that day for them to eat at home the next morning. Breakfast does not occur at school. Please call the office at 331-228-2700 with any questions.

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Information From The Nurse Below regarding COVID Guidelines





Mark your calendar for our 1st PTO mtg. Tuesday, September 14th@7PM on ZOOM

Meeting ID: 462 238 7639 Passcode: nceagles

Link can also be found on TWAC, calendar via PTO website, and our FB page. Look forward to seeing you next week!


Loop the Lake on Friday, October 1st from 4:45-6:30PM. Check-in starts at 4:45 and people can start laps at 5PM. Strollers are welcome, but no other scooters or bikes (we want to keep everyone safe). Also, please bring a canned good to reach our goal of 500 cans for the Northern Illinois Food Bank. If we reach our goal, an extra recess pass can be cashed in by classroom teachers. $20 of an optional registration fee per household to participate (registration on MTK opens next week). Show your school spirit with a "Wave of Color" shirt from home on race day: K-red, 1st-orange, 2nd-yellow, 3rd-green, 4th-blue, and 5th-violet/purple!

Do you have a local business or connection to wellness that could use some marketing at our event? Please reach out to Megan Kuczora or Jessica Klepacki if you have a sign to display for sponsorship or would like more information.


Colonial Cafe (dine-in or take-out)

Friday, 9/24 @ 4-8PM


Join us in planning FALL FEST, future off-site events, fundraisers, and clubs. Art, Chess, Wellness, and Earth Savers Clubs are in the works, contact a board member for details or if interested in planning:

Future Saints Volleyball Clinic For Boys And Girls K-8th Grade

Please click on the link below to see information regarding volleyball clinics for K-8th grade.