Norton Creek Elementary
Thursday Tidbits - November 14, 2019
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
- WINDOW OPEN TO SCHEDULE FALL CONFERENCES IN PICK-A-TIME (SEE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW): NOW THRU NOVEMBER 22ND AT MIDNIGHT
- REPORT CARDS ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON HOME ACCESS CENTER (HAC) If you experience any difficulties logging into HAC or have forgotten your password, email Madonna Strom at email@example.com and list your student(s) name(s). To respect your privacy, we will only answer these inquiries by email.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL...TONY WHITE
Imagine, if you will (the same phrase that started many old episodes of "Twilight Zone!"), a window with a grille that separates it into four sections. The window is discipline, and the four sections are: To, With, Without, and For. These are the four styles of discipline that can be used to respond to behavioral choices, and they certainly vary in their degrees of effectiveness.
In ascending order from least to most effective, we see: Without, To, For, and With being the most effective. "Without" is simply not responding to the behavior. Occasionally, "planned ignoring" can be effective if the need the behavior is communicating is attention. However, "Without" runs the risk of sending the unintentional message that this behavior is acceptable because there was no message to the child stating otherwise. "To" focuses entirely on punishment and is used by people who believe there is no justice without punishment. They believe the punishment will bring about the desired change in behaviors, and without it, the child "gets away with" whatever they did. "For" is discipline that settles the matter for the parties involved. It might be a forced apology, telling the students involved what they think and what they should do, and completely takes the actual work of discipline out of their hands. In complete candor, times that I have believed I settled a matter for students, I initially felt a positive sense of accomplishment. However, that soon faded when the issue resurfaced. There was no change of heart or mind because the student didn't have to make the change for him or herself. "With" is where the money's at when it comes to discipline. This style is collaborative in which the two sides of the issue come together with a facilitator and work together toward a lasting solution. Anyone who caused harm owns it and comes up with ways to make things right with the person he or she harmed. The person who was harmed is heard and validated as they tell the other party (with a skilled facilitator keeping the environment safe and conversation productive) exactly what happened and how he or she felt. The party who committed the harm has to face the person they hurt, take full responsibility, and collaborate toward a solution that he or she is held accountable for carrying out. It is a powerful experience for everyone involved, and I am thrilled to have learned about it and that we are in the early stages of making these experiences a reality for our Eagles.
While we are on the topic of powerful experiences, I want to briefly discuss our Veterans Day assembly from Monday. Veterans Day has become my favorite day of the school year because of this assembly. To have the Veterans in our lives come to Norton Creek to be honored, recognized, and appreciated for their incredible dedication to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is a true blessing. I thank them for coming and for their service. I also want to thank all of the people whose time and talents made this event happen: Alex Jedlicka, Tasia Schechtel, and Marcy Cribaro organized the assembly, decor, and recognition of our Veterans and did an amazing job putting together an event we will all remember forever. Adrianne Gallaugher-Beetstra directed our students in beautiful songs to honor our Veterans. The PTO for their support providing the refreshments at our reception for our Veterans and their families and the beautiful American flag pins our Veterans received. Our Student Council for having representatives serve as ambassadors to receive our Veterans and escort them to the reception in the staff lounge. It takes a lot of people to execute an event of this magnitude, and I am thankful to you all for your time, talents, and treasure.
Have a wonderful weekend, Norton Creek, and never miss an opportunity to: Be Kind, Be Respectful, and Be Problem-Solvers!
FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE...
Norton Creek 1st & 3rd Grade Music Program
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.
Norton Creek families, thank you!! All 20 of our Big Hearts families have been sponsored! Would you still like to help Big Hearts of Fox Valley with their Christmas Sponsorship program? This program has been running since 2014 to help the underprivileged children in School District 303 receive gifts from wish lists that each child personally creates. The Caring Eagles will be collecting donations to help round out those wish lists through Friday, November 22nd. Suggested donations include new, unwrapped toys, gift cards, hats, gloves, scarves, fuzzy socks, or slippers; nothing used please. Donation bins will be in the front foyer at school! Let’s make some holiday magic for as many kids as we can!
During this busy time of year, let us give you a suggestion for a night off of making dinner! Grab a tasty sandwich at Jersey Mike’s St. Charles location between November 20 through November 24, leave your receipt in the box on the counter and Norton Creek will receive 15% back. Click on flyer below for details.
SHERPA SWEATSHIRT SALE! (K-5) firstname.lastname@example.org
Snuggle up this fall/winter with a Norton Creek sherpa sweatshirt for your child! On sale for a limited time in order to arrive before Winter Break. Place your order here: https://www.selectspiritwear.com/shop4/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=1250. Click on flyer below for details.
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
- Conference Dates: Monday 11/25 and Tuesday 11/26
- Sign up window: Now thru Friday, November 22nd at midnight
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 November 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.
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