Norton Creek Elementary
Friday E-News-February 3rd, 2023
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
2/06/23- Art Club
2/07/23- PTO Meeting
2/08/23- Chess Club
2/13/23- School Board Meeting at Haines(6pm)
2/13/23- Art Club
2/15/23- Chess Club
2/16/23- Parent University-Virtual(6pm)
2/20/23- President's Day- No School
2/21/23- Learning and Teaching Committee Meeting at Haines(5:30pm)
2/22/23- Early Release For Elementary/Dismissal at 2:10pm
2/22/23- Wellness Club
SCHOOL DAILY SCHEDULE
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.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL.....TONY WHITE
For every family who has felt like every inch your child has gained was hard fought and hard earned, I am with you. Nearly every word John uses is an approximation, but each and every approximation is cause for massive celebration. For every family who has worried that because your child didn't hit each "milestone" and "benchmark" when "the experts said he or she should" that folks would underestimate or not understand them, I have those same worries. For every family who wonders if things will always be the way they are today, or if they'll get better, I share those same thoughts. For every family who is concerned your child will be understood and has friends, you are most definitely not alone.
Raising kids in 2023 is exhausting. When your child has a disability or is experiencing a challenging time, it can be even tougher. Schools like my son's and Norton Creek are here to shoulder some of that load and partner with you. Each situation is unique and requires its own plan of attack; however, there are structures in place to ensure that each student gets what he or she needs. That process needs to be clear for families and it can feel daunting and sometimes even confusing. Never hesitate to ask us questions. We are your partners in parenting.
It's a freezing Friday today, but last Friday, Norton Creek was a Winter Wonderland! I want to thank our incredible PTO for creating an amazing experience and memories for the hundreds of Eagles and families in attendance. I hope you enjoy making memories this weekend with your favorite people in the world. Have a wonderful weekend, Norton Creek
SNACKS FOR SCHOOL
To keep our brains active and ready to learn each day, you are encouraged to pack a healthy snack for your child each day.
Please ensure that your students arrive to school daily with snacks for snack time.
A NOTE FROM THE NURSE'S OFFICE
The peak of the cold and flu season is upon us! Recently, the nurses in District 303 have been caring for a number of students experiencing fevers and other cold-like symptoms. We are also aware that some students are absent from school because they have been diagnosed with the flu and other respiratory illnesses. During the months of October through April, each school in District 303 tracks influenza activity in cooperation with the Kane County Health Department. We consult with their staff to determine whether influenza activity in a school warrants additional follow up and, at this time, no additional interventions are needed. Preventative measures remain the most effective way to reduce the spread of influenza and other viral illnesses.
Students who present to the Health Office with a fever and/or feeling poorly are sent home. To prevent widespread illness in school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines:
CONSIDER KEEPING YOUR CHILD AT HOME for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:
Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough
Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep or COVID)
Mild stomach ache
DEFINITELY KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:
Fever (greater than 100 degrees)
Vomiting (even once)
General malaise or feelings of fatigue
Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough
Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose
TO HELP PREVENT THE FLU AND OTHER COLDS, teach your children good hygiene habits:
Wash hands frequently
Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands
Avoid close contact with people who are ill
Colds and viruses are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home until "fever free" and for a minimum of 24 hours. A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on medication for at least 24 hours before he/she is considered non-contagious and able to return to school. Keeping your ill child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom!
Thank you in advance for helping make this year at school as healthy as possible.
Brittany Jensen BSN RN, PEL-CSN
Virginia Wicinski BSN RN
Cathy Leone BSN RN
Norton Creek Nurses
MESSAGE FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE
Illinois State law requires that all Kindergarten & 2nd Grade students will have an oral health examination. You may have already completed this requirement. If you have not, a licensed dentist must perform the dental exam and he/she shall sign and date the report form. This exam is due by May 15th of the school year.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has established a waiver for children who show undue burden or lack of access to a dentist. Parents or legal guardians who object to the dental examinations on religious grounds shall present to the school a signed, detailed statement of the objection.
Forms can be found at:
If you have any questions, please contact the Health Office at 331-228-3004
NORTON CREEK FIDDLE FEST INFORMATION BELOW
IS YOUR CHILD DRESSED FOR OUTDOOR RECESS?
The weather has officially changed and we are asking that you please make sure your student has the appropriate items to be outside for recess(coat/hat/gloves/scarf). It gets windy and cold in the back of the building. Please make sure your student also has snow gear(snow pants/snow boots) which is required to be able to be in the snow at recess. Please plan on an outside recess daily. You can send your child with the items daily in a bag so that they will be all set for the snow.
FRIENDLY REMININDERS FROM THE OFFICE
A few reminders to keep the school year going.....
What time can my student arrive to school?
We open the doors at 7:45am for student arrival every morning. Students should not be dropped off before that time as there is no supervision for students. If you arrive before drop off time please keep your child in your car until the appropriate time.
How do I report an absence?.
Absences should be called in by 7:45 AM if your child will be absent for any portion of the day. The number is 331-228-2701 and has voicemail. You can call during the evening or overnight and leave a message. Please leave your child’s name and the reason why your child is out. If they are ill, please indicate their symptoms.
Even if you notify your child's teacher of an absence via email, we ask that you please still notify the office at email@example.com. Please note that if your child is sick, they should be fever free and have no vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. Of course, you can always email the teacher as well, but you need to formally notify the school of any student absence.
Is your child leaving school early?
Also, if you will be picking up your child early or taking your child out for an appointment, please let our front office know as early in the day as possible by calling the main number at 331-228-2700 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This can be very helpful should a pick-up time be when the child is in specials or at lunch. Kids can be indoors as well as outdoors depending on their schedule and it can take a few extra minutes to locate and get the child down to the office for an early pickup if they are not in their classroom.
What if my child has a change in dismissal/transportation?
Please let the school know as early as possible if there is a occasional change to your child dismissal by emailing email@example.com and your child's teacher or call the office directly at 331-228-2701. If it is after 12pm please call the office directly so that we can ensure your child gets the notification of changes. Dismissal time can be very hectic and to help ensure a smooth dismissal, getting any transportation changes for students early is very helpful. Simply call the school office or email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know.
Will your child arrive late to school?
If your child is arriving after 8:00am please walk them into the school and sign them in.
Note: Save our school number in your contacts. Norton Creek Elementary: (331) 228-2700.
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 to the main office.
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
LRC MONTHLY COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER
Check out the October edition of the district LRC Community Newsletter! This newsletter is designed to share information on literacy-based special events and programs in our area as well as promote a joy for reading and technology in the homes of D303 families.
5th Grade: 11:20-11:40
RISE Students: 11:40-12:00
1st Grade: 12:00-12:20
3rd Grade: 12:20-12:40
4th Grade: 12:40-1:00
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.
Happy February! We hope everyone who joined us for the first family dance last weekend had a great time- we know we did!
Cougars reading program starts next week, Monday, February 6th. Keep your eye out for the info sheet in their backpacks.
Cougars Reading program - Feb 6
PTO meeting - Tuesday Feb 7, 5:30p
Eagles Eat Out at Portillos- Feb 16, 5-8p