Norton Creek Elementary
Thursday Tidbits - February 24, 2022
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
2/28/2022- Business Services Meeting-5:30pm (Haines Center)
2/28/2022-Special Board Meeting -6:15pm ( Haines Center)
3/4/2022- Kane County institute Day( No Student Attendance)
From the Principal Tony White.....
A question you may be wondering: "Is this bullying?" When we examine an interaction for bullying, we look for four elements: intentional cruelty, repetition, an imbalance of power, and the impact the behavior is having on the target. In this case, what was said by my daughter and her friend was unkind, but not intentionally so. The immediate remorse and desire to make it right would be one indicator of that. In addition to a lack of intentionality, there is also the fact that the girls are six and don't have a lot of life experience to guide them through a moment like this.
When we analyze a child's poor behavioral choice, we seek to find if it is the result of a skill deficit (i.e., they need to learn the skill) or a performance deficit (they know the skill, but chose not to use it). In most cases with elementary students, it is the result of a skill deficit. Going back to our daughter's story, kindergartners are known for speaking without a filter, and our daughter said what she said because she didn't know what else to say. After she finished her letter, we coached her to say, "I can be friends with both of you." She felt she needed to make a choice of friends and was worried what Friend A would say. So often in cases with children, they don't know what to do, they feel they need to do something, so they make a choice that isn't helpful.
It's fun being a kid, but it's hard growing up. The story I just told you, I'm sure you've had this happen in your own home too. It stinks. It comes with growing up because in growth there must be mistakes made and lessons learned from them. It's the hard part about growing up, but it sure does lead to stronger kids. Next week, we'll talk a bit about Restorative Practices - a way to make things right after a poor choice that focuses on repairing harm more than punishment.
Have a wonderful weekend making memories with your favorite people!
ART Class Information
Hello Norton Creek Families!
In art class, our students upload a photo of their work onto Artsonia, the world’s largest online student art museum. It's a free, safe, educational program designed to connect parents and families with their child's creative activities at school. Many of you are familiar with Artsonia because we have used it in the past.
Founded over 15 years ago, Artsonia has been recognized with the national distinguished
service award for outstanding contribution to the arts by the National Art Education Association, as well as the distinguished service award by the state art associations in New Jersey, Illinois, Michigan and Colorado.
Families in K-1 or those new to Norton Creek, please check your email for an invitation from Artsonia If you would like to grant permission for your child to join our exciting school art gallery or click on the link and enter your child's name and grade, along with an email address: https://www.artsonia.com/connect/J6SC62KW
We participate only for the digital gallery and it is not necessary to purchase anything that Artsonia offers. Thank you for your support! If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at Joyce.Simkus@d303.org.
Thank You Pto!
2022-2023 Kindergarten Registration Is Open- Register from January 31st through February 25th 2022. Click on link below!
Updated IDPH COVID Information
The Illinois Department of Public Health will no longer consider a positive at home test result as a valid positive result. The health department now advises individuals who test positive on an at home test to go validate the test result at a COVID testing site. Individuals who test negative with an at home test are to validate with a rapid test at a testing site.
SCHOOL DAILY SCHEDULES
Kindergarten thru 5th Grades-
Students can be dropped off at 7:45am for the school day. It you arrive before that time please keep your child with you until 7:45 as there is no supervision outside until then.
Our school office is open from 7:30am until 4:00pm on school days.
Attendance For Students
Please call the school attendance line if your student will be absent/tardy/leaving early from Remote Learning 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 firstname.lastname@example.org indicate students first and last name.
Students must apply for the privilege of using prearranged absence days through the principal’s office.
This completed form must be turned in at least (2) school days prior to the requested absence.
The building principal or designee has the authority to grant up to (5) days of excused absence per year
for the following types of absences:
Participation in regional and/or national contests or awards
Family vacation—qualified by the phrase “accompanied by parent”
Special religious events
Arriving Late To School
Wednesday Early Release Dates
Our next early release day will be on March 23rd. Dismissal is at 2:10pm.
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-
- March 23
- April 27
5th Grade: 10:50-11:10
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.
PTO'S E-NEWS THIS WEEK!
Here are our minutes from the PTO meeting held on 2/8/2022. Mark your calendars for the next meeting on 3/8/2022 @ 7PM.
EAGLES EAT OUT email@example.com
Our next Eagles Eat Out event is TODAY February 24th at Portillos! See flier below for more details!
BASKET RAFFLE Behind the Scenes firstname.lastname@example.org
The basket raffle planning is moving right along! It’s going to be a good one, we promise! SAVE THE DATE for May 6th and be on the lookout for volunteer sign ups soon. If anyone would like to help fundraise and reach out to local businesses for basket donations, please email anyone from the board or our amazing parent volunteer, Marla Rhinerson!! This is our BIGGEST fundraising event of the year and we can’t do it without your help!
VIRTUAL VARIETY SHOW IS BACK (K-5) email@example.com
We are excited to announce our lovely and talented trio from last year’s variety show will be organizing another amazing event this year! Please be on the lookout for more information soon! Thank you Corinne Robbins-Jones, Joy Krelle and Michael Grudecki
AMAZONSMILE (K-5) firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling all shoppers! 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!