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October 8, 2021

HOMECOMING UPDATE

The time is almost here! Last week, students and staff were given a comprehensive look at what will happen during this year's Homecoming. Take a look at this detailed video, provided by our Student Council, and bookmark this year's Homecoming webpage to check in on updates regarding schedules, ticket sales, events, and more!

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NORTH UPCOMING EVENTS

FALL TESTING

The Fall PSAT date is 10/13/21. 9th grade students will be taking College Board's PSAT8/9. This will be an online exam and students will need their Chromebooks.


10th & 11th grade students will be taking College Board's PSAT/NMSQT exam in the traditional paper & pencil format.


Details were emailed home last week. Please see the CCR Website for information.

Picture Day is Coming!

*IMPORTANT NOTE: There will not be underclassman photo retakes this year.*


October 18th through October 20th, all in-person freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will participate in school pictures during their English classes.


October 18th- freshman photos

October 19th- sophomore photos
October 20th- junior photos


HR Imaging will mail a flyer to you with ordering details. You do not have to preorder. You may have your student give the order form and check directly to the photographer on photo day or order online.


Again, please note that there will not be underclassman photo retakes this year. If you have further questions about purchasing photos, please contact HR Imaging at (815) 433-1766. If you have other questions, please contact Libby Sutherland at (331) 228-6237.

SENIORS: DID YOU KNOW THAT THE FAFSA IS NOW A GRADUATION REQUIREMENT IN ILLINOIS?

Beginning with the 2020-21 academic year, P. A. 101-180 requires all Illinois public high school students to complete either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid (Alternative Application) as a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma. Additionally, high schools are expected to provide students and their families with any support or guidance necessary to comply with the requirement. For students who choose not to file an application, a waiver may be completed by their parent. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) makes available through their website a FAFSA Nonparticipation Form (English and Spanish) for this purpose. Check out our FAFSA Update for more information.

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KICK OFF YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON BY GIVING BACK TO STUDENTS & FAMILIES IN OUR OWN D303 COMMUNITY

North PTO is collecting gift cards for the Big Hearts of Fox Valley Holiday Program

We are in need of: Amazon, Target, Walmart, or Meijer gift cards in denominations of $10, $20, or $25

*Make sure to write the denomination on the gift card.

Drop off at North in an envelope marked PTO Laura Thomas or my home mailbox
at 5N083 Middlecreek Lane, St. Charles. Any questions contact
LauraRThomas@att.net <mailto:LauraRThomas@att.net> . Deadline is November 5.

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NEWS FROM THE SCN LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER:

LGBTQ+ History Month celebrates the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Icons. Each day in October, a new LGBT Icon is featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources at this site: October is LGBT+ History Month


BACKGROUND: In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history, and gathered other teachers and community leaders. They selected October because public schools are in session and existing traditions, such as Coming Out Day (October 11), occur that month. The LGBT community is the only community worldwide that is not taught its history at home, in public schools or in religious institutions. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community and makes the civil rights statement about our extraordinary national and international contributions.


The St. Charles North LRC carries many LGBTQ inclusive fiction and non-fiction books; here are a few great reading options! Click on the book image to place the book on hold, click on GoodReads to read the book review.

Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community by Born This Way Foundation Reporters, Lady Gaga “Within these pages, you’ll meet young changemakers who found their inner strength, who prevailed in the face of bullies, who started their own social movements, who decided to break through the mental health stigma and share how they felt, who created safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth, and who have embraced kindness with every fiber of their being by helping others without the expectation of anything in return.” GoodReads - Click & Read a review

The Gay Revolution, The Story of the Struggle By Lillian Faderman “The Gay Revolution begins in the 1950s, when gays and lesbians were criminals, psychiatrists saw them as mentally ill, churches saw them as sinners, and society victimized them with hatred. Against this dark backdrop, a few brave people began to fight back, paving the way for the revolutionary changes of the 1960s and beyond. Faderman discusses the protests in the 1960s; the counter reaction of the 1970s and early eighties; the decimated but united community during the AIDS epidemic; and the current hurdles for the right to marriage equality.” GoodReads

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UPCOMING D303 PARENT UNIVERSITIES

October 13, 2021 - Supporting Kids Who Learn Differently: Back-to-School Edition, Zoom Webinar, 6:30 p.m. Debbie Reber, NY Times bestselling author


(Recording to be posted)

Click here to register!

School always presents certain challenges for students who learn and think differently (kids with ADHD, dyslexia, giftedness, autism, anxiety, or other neuro-differences). But the COVID-19 pandemic has created even greater obstacles. Debbie shares ideas on how parents can best prioritize and plan in the pandemic-era school landscape. She also offers advice on how to support differently wired children’s cognitive, social, and emotional needs during this atypical time, while also taking care of one’s own emotional health and well-being.


October 20, 202 - Facilitated Book Talk: Differently Wired by Debbie Reber, Zoom - 6:30 p.m.

Click here to register


Dr. Cindy Ruesch, Director of Staff, Family and Student Services, and Dr. Patti Palagi, Director of Instructional Interventions will lead a discussion about the book and how it can help parents embrace and accept their children who think differently. As part of the registration, you will receive a free copy of Ms. Reber’s book you may pick up at Town House Books.

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