Norton Creek Elementary
Thursday Tidbits - December 5, 2019
FROM THE PRINCIPAL...TONY WHITE
In "The Whole Brain Child," Drs. Siegel and Bryson (Dan and Tina, as they call themselves throughout the book) teach us 12 whole brain strategies to nurture our children's developing minds. We learn to teach kids to SIFT through their Sensations, Images, Feelings, and Thoughts so they can focus on and understand what is happening inside when situations arise that are less than desirable. We're reminded to enjoy each other through play, laughter, and shared experiences. The final strategy I'll highlight today is one of the first in the book. We are taught to Connect and Redirect when our children are upset. We connect with their "right brain" through empathy, listening, a story, and validation of feelings, and then redirecting to the "left brain" once our child is more receptive so he or she can determine with us how to make amends.
If these ideas sound interesting to you, you're in luck. D303 is hosting a book study for parents and guardians. You can click here to register. Book pickup is December 9 at the D303 Board Room, and "study sessions" will be offered in late February and mid-March at the Baker Community Center and Fox Ridge LRC during the day and evening.
I hope your Eagles have enjoyed their first few days back after Thanksgiving Break as much as we have enjoyed having them back! Have a wonderful weekend, and let's always remember to: Be Kind, Be Respectful, and Be Problem-Solvers!
PTO THANK YOU!!
Thank you to all of our Norton Creek families that sponsored a D303 child or donated items for this year’s Big Hearts of Fox Valley Christmas Sponsorship Program! Our Caring Eagles have definitely helped to make the holidays a little happier for these children.
Thank you to all of our hungry Eagle families for eating out at Jersey Mike’s! You helped raise $195 for our school. Stay tuned for information on our next restaurant nights, coming up in January.
Calling all shoppers (and this time of year, that’s all of us)! If you are shopping on Amazon, please consider using AmazonSmile. With every eligible purchase, AmazonSmile donates 0.5% to our school when you choose Norton Creek Elementary as your charity. This includes millions of everyday items at smile.amazon.com. You must use the specified link for Norton Creek to receive credit. Ask all of the Amazon shoppers in your family to use AmazonSmile!
IMPORTANT DISMISSAL REMINDER:
- Your student(s)' teacher and
- Your student(s)' bus supervisor
Thank you for your assistance.
All Day Kindergarten Tuition/PushCoin:
All Day Kindergarten (ADK) tuition payment is due December 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.
IMPORTANT COLD WEATHER & OUTSIDE RECESS INFORMATION
We will be going outside for recess as long as the temperature (with wind chill) is above 0 F and it is not raining. With that in mind, please make sure your child is dressed to go outside on days when it is cold, snowy or windy. Students should bring outerwear to school in a bag to put on before recess. Please make sure they have hats, gloves, scarves, snow pants and boots if they want to play in the snow. Don’t forget to label your child’s outerwear so it does not end up in the Lost and Found.
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