Norton Creek Elementary
Thursday Tidbits - August 15, 2019
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
- SCHOOL PICTURES August 21st
- PTO POPSICLES IN THE PARK August 23rd from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. behind school (see information below from the PTO)
- SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT/HALF DAY August 30 (No Students in p.m) release time 11:40 a.m.
- "RESILIENCE" MOVIE September 11th 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. (Community Room/Gym)
FROM THE PRINCIPAL...TONY WHITE
As we get this school year started, we invite you to join us the evening of September 11 from 6:00 - 8:00 to watch the movie, "Resilience," and participate in a conversation with Kristine Argue-Mason. The film teaches us the research behind the stress our kids are feeling these days and what we can do as a school and adults who care about them to help them with it. In January of this year, as a staff, Norton Creek watched this film with Kristine to lead us in a discussion. She comes to us with expertise in this subject as she has led schools and districts across Illinois in this learning and work.
The film and accompanying conversation are powerful and we hope you can join us September 11 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. As we build a school that works for everyone, the message of this film truly resonated with us, as we hope and believe it will you too.
Have a wonderful weekend!
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE
Every year cases of head lice are found in our community. Anytime children come together, particularly at the start of a school year, the cases of identified head lice rises. In an effort to assist parents and guardians increase their awareness regarding head lice prevention, detection and treatment we encourage you to reference the Health Services portion of the D303 Website for information regarding the control and management of head lice in our schools.
Anyone can get head lice. Head lice is primarily transmitted through direct head-to-head contact. Lice can also be transmitted from sharing hats, brushes, and other personal items. Transmission in the school setting is rare according to the Center for Disease Control. More commonly, children get head lice from siblings, playmates, and from sharing pillows at pajama parties. Thus, although transmission in schools is rare, identification is often made in the school setting. It is important for parents to know that head lice are a problem in many communities and do not reflect poor hygiene or social status. Most importantly, parents are integral in the prevention and detection of head lice in their children. To prevent the spread of this communicable condition, please check your child(ren) regularly for evidence of lice. If you should discover a case of head lice, please notify your child’s health office as well as their outside activity directors. The nurses in the health office will assist you in caring for this problem by helping you identify a probable case and seek out resources for care.
The district approach to lice management in the school settings is outlined for you on the website previously mentioned. This approach is based on scientific and medical evidence that supports the education process. With regard to preventative treatment, parents are encouraged to seek guidance from their health care provider prior to using any treatment options. Since mass school screenings do not reduce the incidence of head lice in our settings, such screenings are not conducted in our schools. Research clearly indicates that a "no lice" "no nit" policy for schools hinders academic attendance and performance, while doing little to change the incidence of lice in a school setting. It is important to keep in mind that the life cycle of a louse is 3 to 4 weeks, therefore, by the time live lice are identified in a student, they have had an infestation for many days and they have been in a variety of settings in the community during this timeframe. If a cluster (two or more cases is identified in one classroom over a few weeks period), the health office will send a letter home to parents to notify them of these findings.
Like so many health matters, prevention is key. Teach your child to avoid head to head contact with friends and to avoid the sharing of personal items such as hairbrushes and hats. Those messages are reinforced in the school as well. The nurses in the health office maintain strict confidentiality on all student concerns, and therefore, we are not at liberty to share personal student information on this matter. We thank you in advance for partnering with us to prevent the spread of lice among children and if you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call your building school nurse.
JOIN US FOR THE PTO POPSICLES IN THE PARK AUGUST 23RD FROM 6:00 - 8:00 P.M.!
POPSICLES IN THE PARK (K-5) email@example.com
Come out and enjoy our welcome back event on Friday, August 23 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m! Join us behind school for music, dancing, games and popsicles! Play kickball with Mr. White! Say "hi" to old friends and meet new ones. BYO chairs and blankets. And we still need volunteers! Can you spare 30 minutes? There are lots of opportunities; see MTK for details.
Attention all Norton Creek teachers and staff: your hospitality and kindness brought comfort to so many families at Meet Your Teacher! Thank you for all of your preparation and hard work over the summer, we can’t wait for a great school year!
A giant thank you to all the families who helped sort and distribute this year’s school supply packs! Special thanks to our super-organized, clipboard-wielding supply pack chairperson, Cyndie Ruhstorfer!
Many thanks to Cristina Beltrame for her time designing, planting and caring for the beautiful planters by the entry doors. What a lovely way to welcome all who pass through our doors!
A big thank you to Brad Steinhauser for organizing the spirit wear orders again this year. We can’t wait to show our Eagle pride!
And a very special note of appreciation to our outgoing PTO Board Members, whose patience, responsiveness, and care got us off on the right foot. Rebecca Soule, Kelly Rotella, Amanda Giordano and Jaime Hayes: thank you!
All Day Kindergarten Tuition/PushCoin:
The first All Day Kindergarten (ADK) tuition payment is due August 15th. All payments must be made through PushCoin or mailed to or dropped off at the District office at 201 South 7th Street, St. Charles, IL 60174. PushCoin directions can be found on the District website under the Parent pull down menu under Webstore/Pushcoin. Per District policy, tuition payments cannot be accepted at Norton Creek. If you would like to set up ADK monthly auto pay, please contact Wendy Sedwick at 331-228-4927. ADK tuition payments are billed in PushCoin on the first of each month and are due on the 15th of each month through April 15th.