Norton Creek Elementary
Thursday Tidbits - May 7, 2020
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
FRIDAY, MAY 8TH REMOTE LEARNING PLANNING DAY FOR TEACHERS - OPTIONAL REMOTE LEARNING FOR STUDENTS (see additional information and a link below)
MONDAY, MAY 11TH Remote learning continues due to Governor Pritzker's suspension of in-school learning.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ONLINE RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION/FEES Online Returning Student Registration and Online Payment of Registration Fees began on April 27th. See information below.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL...TONY WHITE
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and I ask your indulgence as I share my pride in Norton Creek's incredible team of teachers. Back when I coached basketball, I knew I measured the success of my team in their willingness to run as hard as they could up and down the court in the fourth quarter. They were sweaty, maybe a little sore, and their legs felt like rubber on hot asphalt, but they were giving all they had in the interest of not only winning but taking pride in who they were and what they did. I can confidently say that the team that I have the honor of "coaching" now is my hardest players and runners - this amazing team of teachers and staff here at Norton Creek.
When I think back to the middle of March, due to COVID-19, not only Norton Creek's teachers but teachers across the state and country - were asked to teach in ways they had never taught before. In a day, they had done the equivalent of putting Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon. They were presented with a tall order, put a lot of thought into it, and then overcame the obstacle in front of them and then some. They are making history with and for our Eagles each and every day this spring, but it also makes me think of what they did before the world changed. The care they put into building and relating to each student, dedication into crafting each lesson, and countless hours and energy has always been this high. The only difference is that this spring, they had to completely flip the script on the way they carry out this awesome work. I cannot tell you how proud I am to watch teachers learn on the job, and how much I appreciate what they do for our Eagles, community, and me. This team of teachers and staff is full of some of the most passionate, compassionate people I have ever met, and I am forever grateful to them for what they do.
Thank you, Norton Creek teachers and staff for all you do for all of us! We love you, we appreciate you, and we cannot wait to be all together again!
Have a wonderful weekend, Norton Creek! Be safe and have fun!
OPTIONAL REMOTE LEARNING INFORMATION FOR FRIDAY, MAY 8TH
Click HERE for optional remote learning information.
Week 5 SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)
This week’s SEL lesson focuses on relationship skills and their development through communicating effectively. Make sure to check out the information and resources highlighted for parents. This weeks competency is:
Relationship skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed.
The challenges and uncertainty facing families and children are impactful on overall mental health and well being. We are hopeful the resources shared will be a support to parents/guardians and children. If you have any questions on the information provided or are seeking additional support for yourself or child, please contact Patti Palagi, Director Instructional Interventions (email@example.com or 331-228-6457).
ONLINE RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION FOR 2020-2021 IS NOW OPEN
Returning Student Registration for 2020-2021 has moved to an online format that opened on April 27. In years past, parents completed the necessary paperwork in paper format. This year, all acknowledgments and authorizations are contained in a single electronic, online registration form that will be easily accessible from most electronic devices (computer, Chromebook, and Smartphones).
Beginning April 27, parents can sign into the Returning Student Online Registration form using their Home Access Center (HAC) credentials, select individual students, and complete their registration. The form will be located in the Parents/Community menu of the District website.
Registration fees for elementary and middle school will be available in PushCoin beginning April 27, and billed to reflect the early bird discount of $10.00 if paid by May 22. High School fees will be available in June. For families who may qualify for a fee waiver, and are not directly certified by the state, a 2020-2021 district fee waiver application will be available on the District 303 website in July, accessible from the Parent/Community menu.
For assistance with PushCoin questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For assistance with Home Access Center (HAC), please email email@example.com
Click here to complete your Online Returning Student Registration paperwork and pay your student(s)' registration fees.
Pandemic EBT Application Available
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) launched the Pandemic EBT application for families on May 1 at https://abe.illinois.gov/abe/access/. P-EBT is a new special benefit that can help families buy food for their school age children who would normally receive National School Lunch Program (NSLP) free or reduced-priced meals when schools are in session. All families with school age children who attend schools approved for Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) are eligible for the benefits as they receive NSLP meals at no charge.
Families that currently receive SNAP benefits do not need to apply for P-EBT benefits. These additional P-EBT benefits will be loaded into Illinois LINK EBT accounts along with regular SNAP benefits. Families who do not currently receive SNAP benefits but do have children who receive NSLP free or reduced-priced meals will need to apply directly with IDHS. The fastest way for families to receive benefits is to complete the application for P-EBT available online (Click “Apply for Benefits” at the link.) A paper application in English and Spanish is also available and can be submitted by email to DHS.FCS.PEBT@illinois.gov. IDHS created a flyer to help families with the application process. We are asking NSLP sponsors to share this flyer with their families.
ISBE is working in partnership with IDHS to ensure that this validation is available for all NSLP sponsors, both public and non-public. Thank you to all the schools that participate in the NSLP for submitting data by the April 17 deadline. We are asking that you please continue to verify that count, so that all families who are eligible can access the additional financial support provided by P-EBT. Instructions for this crucial verification can be found online.
If NSLP sponsors need assistance with the data submission/update, please email the ISBE Nutrition Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. If families need technical assistance with the application, please direct them to email IDHS at DHS.FCS.PEBT@illinois.gov.
A message from the health office:
If your child has medication in the health office that you need to retrieve at this time, please email one of the Norton Creek Nurses for assistance. The Norton Creek Nurses' contact information is listed below.
Brittany Jensen, Certified School Nurse: Brittany.Jensen@d303.org
Cathy Leone, RISE Nurse: Cathy.Leone@d303.org
Sumana Parveen, Health Office Nurse: Sumana.Parveen@d303.org
Virginia Wicinski, Health Office Nurse: Virginia.Wicinski@d303.org
As District 303 has already explained, when guidance for public access to school settings is received from the Illinois Department of Public Health/CDC, details on a general medication pick up process/timeframe will be shared. Thank you for your understanding and support at this time.
Norton Creek Family Support Survey
In our effort to ensure our Eagles get the best care during remote learning, we have created a survey for you to complete. In this survey, you will find ways to let us know how much support your Eagle requires for remote learning and if you would like Norton Creek to provide your child with any additional social-emotional support. During this global pandemic, many people - adults and children - can feel isolated and afraid. We want to help any of our Eagles who have feelings that are difficult for them to manage.
TEACHER AND STAFF APPRECIATION (K-5) email@example.com
Norton Creek students and their families are so incredibly lucky to have such wonderful, hard-working teachers and staff, who have shown their dedication to their students not just during the past few challenging weeks, but throughout the entire school year. Our most sincere gratitude goes out to each and every one of the many people who work to make Norton Creek such an amazing place for our children. To all teachers and staff: THANK YOU!
PTO MEETING, TUESDAY, MAY 12 AT 7 PM (K-5) firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join us for the final PTO meeting of the year, which will be held virtually on Tuesday, May 12 at 7 PM. Agenda items will include the presentation of the proposed budget for the 2020-2021 school year as well as the nomination of and voting on board executive officers for the 2020-2021 school year. Stay tuned for the virtual host and meeting log on information. Please see the agenda HERE.
PROKIDS ASSEMBLY WITH TIM HANNIG (K-5) email@example.com
Norton Creek has a surprise in store for our families and remote learners - a virtual assembly with Tim Hannig from ProKids! Stay tuned for details and log on information!
PTO COMMITTEE CHAIRS/CO-CHAIRS 2020-21 (K-5) firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you once again to everyone who has volunteered to chair a PTO committee next year. The committee chair positions that remain open include: Eagles Eat Out (one co-chair needed), Fall Fest, Fall Fest Food, Great America Read to Succeed, and Variety Show (2 co-chairs needed). Please check out the JOB DESCRIPTIONS to see the details! You do not need prior PTO experience to chair or co-chair a committee. Thank you for your interest!
COUGARS READING CLUB/COUGARS GAME UPDATE (K-5) email@example.com
Any student who earned a ticket voucher in early March may use it for any game this season. As the original game (May 9) has been canceled, families who have already purchased tickets can email Kane County Cougars at firstname.lastname@example.org and exchange their tickets for another game this season. Please contact Stephanie Ross email@example.com with any questions.
SCHOOL SUPPLY PACKS FOR 2020-21 (K-5) firstname.lastname@example.org
School supply packs are an easy and convenient way to get the supplies your child needs for the next school year. The packs are distributed to your child’s classroom shortly before the new school year begins in August. Orders are due June 30. Order your SCHOOL SUPPLY PACK today!
ATTENTION PARENTS OF CURRENT 5TH GRADE STUDENTS HEADING TO WREDLING MIDDLE SCHOOL IN THE FALL...
Condado Kane de 2-2-1 Conectate. Obten respuestas.
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION INFORMATION