North Side Family Flyer

December 2019

Busy Month Ahead...

The month of December is full of events and activities and of course, student learning!

This week, we have our PTO sponsored "Cookies and Canvas" event for students and parents in grades 3, 4, and 5. You can join us and our talented art teacher to create a memory lasting canvas with your child. It is Tuesday of this week and we still have a few spots left.

All students in the school will be participating in the "Body Safety" presentation with Terry Hall. Before the student presentations, we are providing a parent informational meeting on body safety with Terry Hall. Please join us to hear about this! It will be at North Side on Monday, December 9th at 5:30 p.m.

Our winter music program is on Thursday, December 12th at 6 p.m. This is for students in grades 1, 3, and 5. These students will also have art work displayed for family viewing. Our students have been working hard on their songs and are excited to sing for you!

During the week of December 9th - 13th, our PTO will be providing students with a chance to purchase gifts for their families at our 2nd annual "North Side North Pole." More information will be coming home soon!

Our school will participate in a holiday sing-a-long on Friday, December 20th. This sing-a-long will be led by our music teacher, Miss Matthews, and our 4th graders. We look forward to this time together!

"Accountability breeds RESPONSE-ability." -Stephen Covey-

Building RESPONSIBILITY in children...

As infants, our children are dependent on us for everything! They build trust as we meet their needs! When they become toddlers, they have the "will" to do things for themselves. This is the start to building their confidence in themselves and developing some independence. As preschoolers, this independence increases. Children are learning "initiative." As elementary students, we, as a team, are teaching and supporting our children/students to learn to take the initiative to APPLY themselves in everything they do! This includes learning!

During this childhood stage of social development, we also want to instill responsibility in our children. Responsibility includes rules and consequences, developing empathy for others, assigning chores or things to do routinely at home, and allowing them to make choices. Most importantly, we MUST model responsibility for our children. As a team, we must show them what it looks like!

To tie this into education, model and show our children that you, too, value education and learning! As adults, you and I have the responsibility to provide for our children, this includes shelter, food and making sure their needs are being met. This is our job! Our children's job is to learn! Help instill this in our children, our students!

Parent Informational Meeting - Body Safety with Terry Hall

Monday, Dec. 9th, 5:30-7:30pm

302 Harding Street

Kendallville, IN

Come hear about the presentations that your children will be participating in...

Reminders from North Side Office Staff:

The 3rd installment of book rental is due December 15th. Final payment is due February 15th.

Reminder - If your child rides the bus, you can download "Here Comes the Bus" app to keep track of location and when it will arrive at your child's bus stop. this is handy during the cold months!

Bus Change Requests

If you need to change your bus location, please go to the North Side website,, and follow these directions:

Click on the "Menu" at the top of the home page. Click the “For Families” tab and then the "Transportation" tab. When the dropdown menu appears, you will see a link called “Transportation Change Request.” When you click that link, you will be taken to a form that you can fill out and submit electronically. It will notify transportation via email that a request has been submitted and they will begin working on fulfilling the request. Once arrangements have been made and confirmed with drivers, transportation will communicate the arrangements to parents.

Winter Music Program/Art Displays

Thursday, Dec. 12th, 6pm

302 Harding Street

Kendallville, IN

Please join us for our North Side Winter Music Program for grades 1, 3, and 5. Art work will also be on display!



Doors Open/Breakfast – 8:15

(Grab-n-Go Breakfast if arrive after 8:35)

School Starts - 8:45

School Ends - 2:40 (bell rings)

Tuesday - Friday

Doors Open/Breakfast – 7:30

(Grab-n-Go Breakfast if arrive after 7:50)

School Starts – 8:00

School Ends – 2:40 (bell rings)

Cafeteria News

Students must remove outerwear before going through the lunch line.

Unfortunately, we are not selling cookies on Fridays anymore. We apologize for this!

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Download our new district app. It gives you access to information, events and schedules for all buildings!



State law requires students to attend school for 180 days. When a student misses 7 days of school, the state sees this as "Chronic Absenteeism." The school corporation policy states that when a student misses seven days, a parent meeting will take place to sign an attendance contract. At this time, administration shares the next steps if more days are missed. Doctor, dentist, and counseling notes are verified absences that the school needs in order to support families with this attendance law. Please help us to ensure your children are in school! We do understand that things happen such as deaths in the family or family emergencies, but do understand that students must make up the missed work.


Each month our school participates in safety drills. The month of November included a fire, tornado and shelter in place drill. We practice these drills to ensure that in case of a real emergency, our students and staff are prepared and know what to do to stay safe. The month of December will involve a fire drill and lockdown. Please reach out to the school if you have any questions regarding the different types of drills.

Counseling Corner with Miss Headley:

In the month of November communication has been the focus for the counseling lessons. We have been discussing both communication bloopers and boosters as well as addressing communication do’s and don’ts. We have also discussed the different ways that people communicate among one another both verbally and non-verbally. Your student(s) has either participated in or practiced effective ways to engage with others during these lessons.

In December, the counseling lessons will focus on health/wellness and safety. This will go alongside the Terry Hall presentation in the month of December. The counseling lessons will focus on “what to do if a stranger approaches," review of positive and negative touches as we continue to have some rough play at recess and our students' overall health and wellness.

Nurses Corner:

It is illness season! Continue to remind your children to cover their mouths, keep their hands away from their faces and wash, wash, wash those hands!!!!

PLEASE follow our Arrival and Dismissal Procedures For Student Safety and your safety:

For student safety, please:

1. Drop off by car in morning at door 3, pull up to the yellow line

2. Pick up by car in afternoon at door 3, pull up to the yellow line

3. Bus drop off and pick up is at door 1, students should not walk between busses to go in or out of door 1

4. Please have your car tag visible when picking up students in car line. If you need a car

tag, please visit our front office.

5. PLEASE DO NOT walk between busses to pick up a student or drop a student off at school.

6. ALL end of day changes for students way home, must be called in to the front office by 1:30 p.m. If called in later, we can not guarantee the change will be made. Again, this deadline is for the safety of your child(ren)!

7. All walkers will be dismissed after the busses leave the school and ALL students will exit out the front door, Door 1, to head towards the crossing guard or to our staff who will cross students in front of the car line exit.

December PTO Events:

Candle Fundraiser Orders are due Monday, December 2nd. delivery will be the week of December 16th.

Join us for our PTO Meeting on Tuesday, November 3rd at 3:30 p.m.

Cookies and Canvas is December 3rd at 6 p.m. for those who registered in Grades 3, 4, or 5. There are a few spots left if interested!

We will have a Bake Sale during the winter Music Program on Thursday, December 12th. Donations are greatly appreciated!

The North Side North Pole is the week of December 9th-13th.

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Upcoming North Side Events:

Middle of Year Benchmark Testing will take place the next 3 weeks.

Thursday, December 5th - Robotics Practice

Saturday, December 7th - Robotics Competition at Wayne Center

Monday, December 9th - Parent Meeting on Body Safety Presentations in the schools. Starts at 5:30 p.m.

Monday, December 9th - Star Club Meeting

Wednesday, December 11th - Board Meeting @ CO, 6 p.m.

Thursday, December 12th - Body Safety presentations @ NS

Thursday, December 12th - Winter Music program for grades 1, 3, and 5 @ 6 p.m.; Art work will also be displayed

Thursday, December 12th - Robotics Practice

Tuesday, December 17th - NEHS Meeting

Wednesday, December 18th - Student Council Meeting

Thursday, December 19th - Robotics Practice

Friday, December 20th - School Sing-A-Long, 1:45 p.m.

Student council will be selling "Santa Grams" during the week of December 16th-20th

December 23rd-January 3rd - WINTER BREAK