Norton Creek Elementary

Thursday Tidbits - October 14th, 2020


  • 10/18/21- Learning and Teaching @5:30pm at Haines Center
  • 10/21/21- Citizens Advisory Meeting @6:00pm at Haines Center
  • 10/25/21- Business Services Committee @5:30pm at Haines Center
  • 10/27/21-Early Release Day Dismissal @2:10

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The Great Pumpkin Book Character Contest And Book Fair!

Dear Parents,

A pumpkin decorating contest is being sponsored by the Norton Creek PTO and Library Staff! Take a pumpkin and turn it into your favorite book character for a school-wide pumpkin parade to display to get us ready for the Norton Creek Book Fair. The book fair begins on Monday, October 18th (more info to come).

Please fill out the attached character card and book information, cut out along the black lines to make each card. Participation is voluntary.

The project is to be done entirely at home. Students choosing to participate, must provide their own pumpkin and decorating materials.

Parents are welcome to stop by Norton Creek during school hours to view pumpkins in front of the school.

Dates to Remember:

Pumpkin Drop off in front of Norton CreekWednesday, October 13th (Starting at 7:30 a.m.)

Rain Date: Thursday, October 14th

Pumpkins on Parade – All day Wednesday, October 13th

Top Winners Announced – October 15th in the morning

Pumpkin Pick up – Pick up your pumpkin to take home at the end of the day on Wednesday, October 13th. Find your child’s pumpkin on parade in front of the school.

Contest Rules

  • ABSOLUTELY NO CARVED PUMPKINS: Carved pumpkins rot, attract bugs and smell. You are welcome to use craft pumpkins.

  • Pumpkins may be decorated with markers or acrylic paint. Yarn, construction paper, feathers, pipe cleaners, etc. may also be used to decorate the pumpkin. Items can be attached using craft glue or tape.

  • Pumpkins should represent a favorite book character and should be accompanied with character cards and title cards. Pumpkins and books should be labeled with the student’s name and class. Please fill out the attached character card, cut along the black lines, and attach to your child’s pumpkin before pumpkin drop off. Although this is a family project, a majority of the work should be done by the student.

  • All contestants will receive a bookmark. Top 3 winners of the contest will win a book fair gift certificate.

Halloween Parties

We will have Halloween parties October 29. At 1:45, students will change into their costumes which they must be able to put on independently. Costumes should not have masks beyond their face coverings they wear to mitigate COVID-19, blood, gore, or weapons. Parties will begin at roughly 2:00 and begin to wrap up and clean up at 2:45 so students dismiss on time at 3:00.

Lost And Found

Please have your students check the lost and found for items they may be missing. We have many items unclaimed like clothing, water bottles, etc. All items will be donated on

October 22, 2021 if they are not claimed by then.

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.

Arriving Late To School

If your child is arriving after 8:00am please walk them into the school and sign them in.

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-

  • 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.



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.

5th Grade Choir Information

Information From The Nurse Below regarding COVID Guidelines




Eagles Eat Out (K-5)

Riverside Pizza - Oct. 20th (all day)

Earth Savers Club (K-5) 10/20/21

Earth savers are looking for students, parents, and staff to help plant, paint, and clean up the OLC. See Flyer attached:


We need your help at Fall Fest 10/29/21!

Fall Fest planning is in the works and we need your help running outdoor games, running stations for cider and donuts, and of course managing the bathroom facilities for this seasonal event. Do you have game supplies or ideas? Contact our chairs if you have a simple and safe game that can be played outside, contact with local food trucks, or have any ideas for this fun festival! Volunteer opportunities will be posted soon on the PTO website / MTK.

Marla Rhinerson Wanner:

Elizabeth Doren:

Chris Coughlin:

Ange Zitella:


Our Teacher Appreciation Committee is hosting a Taco Tuesday Teacher Appreciation for our teachers and staff on 10/26. Can you donate an item to help spoil our amazing Norton Creek Staff? Visit Norton Creek PTO website / MTK to sign up.


The book fair will take place the week of October 18th - 22nd during the school day.

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