Norton Creek Elementary

Thursday Tidbits - November 18th, 2020


  • 11/18/21-Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting @Haines Center 6:00pm
  • 11/22/21-11/26/21- Thanksgiving Break- No School
  • 11/29/21-Special School Board Meeting @ 5:30pm
  • 11/29/21- Policy Committee Meeting @ Haines Center 5:45pm
  • 11/29/21- Business Services Meeting @ Haines Center 6:45pm
  • 12/1/21- Early Release Day-Elementary Students/Dismissal at 2:10pm.

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There is so much research out there that cites the specific benefits of what I like to call "conscious gratitude." When we pause and reflect on what we have in our lives and give thanks for these blessings, it has a positive impact on our attitude...which impacts our approach to the day...which then brightens the days of everyone we come into contact with. Often times, in this fast-paced, smartphone, social media driven, 24/7 news network life, there are so many wonderful people and events happening around us that we can take for granted or just miss. Being the principal at Norton Creek, it would be easy to get caught up in the pace of my work and miss them, but I see so much to be grateful for everyday that I can't help but smile everyday.

Our Eagles are a constant source of joy for us here. It is truly special to see children learn something for the first time and carry it out to mastery. Perhaps even more special, though, is seeing potentially lifelong friendships start right here at Norton Creek. Our students are so kind and thoughtful, genuinely looking out for one another's best interests. If the world were as thoughtful as Norton Creek's Eagles, the world would be a much kinder place for everyone. It is such a treat and a true privilege to be with all 442 of these amazing young people.

Our Norton Creek community of families is so incredibly supportive. As a parent, I appreciate the trust you put in us each day you send us your children. That trust you gives us has led to kindness after kindness you have shown us. Your thoughtful messages to teachers, praise for our school, and positive presence at Norton Creek really adds to our culture and climate. We certainly enjoy our partnership with each of you and building our relationship each and everyday.

The staff at Norton Creek is second to none. Passionate about learning and teaching and compassionate towards our Eagles, families, and one another, our staff is another deep source of gratitude for me. The kind of person you are is the kind of educator you are, and Norton Creek is blessed to have the finest collection of people you'll find.

Yesterday was National School Support Staff Day, and I want to pass along my thanks to every teacher assistant, nurse, administrative assistant, and LRC assistant on our crew. We could not provide any of the services we do for our Eagles without you. Thank you for making Norton Creek who we are!

To all who celebrate, I wish you the Happiest Thanksgiving. Enjoy next week with your favorite people on the planet!


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.

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 December 1st. 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-

  • December 1st
  • January 26th
  • 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.





Thank you thank you thank you to the Norton Creek families (and friends and neighbors) who sponsored and donated to fulfill Christmas wishes of 10 children in D303 this year! The donations included winter gear, clothes, diapers, games and toys. We know the families will be filled with joy (and relief) when they open their gifts! You are so appreciated!

A note from our AVIC chair, Kelly Charlson

We are excited that AVIC is finally back (Art Volunteer in the Classroom)

We are looking for 2-3 parents for each classroom to volunteer their time to get into the classroom with the kiddos and talk about a work of art followed by a fun activity. This is something we've done monthly in the past, the volunteers can work together or split the months between them. There will be an informational meeting to give you all the details to get you started. Please sign-up through the Membership Toolkit.

If you have any questions at all, please email

Thank you Eagle Parents!!

The PTO loved hosting another in-person meeting last week. If you missed it or would like a recap of the meeting, please see our November meeting minutes! We hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday next week!


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