Norton Creek Elementary

Thursday Tidbits - April 9, 2020




  • AS OF APRIL 7TH AT 8:00 A.M. THE WINDOW IS NOW OPEN FOR INTRA-DISTRICT TRANSFER REQUEST (Deadline is April 20th at 4:00 p.m. - see information below)


I'm writing this week's article from a recliner in the maternity ward at Delnor Hospital, as at 1:49 this morning we welcomed John Conchobhar (Gaelic spelling for Connor...long story) White. He's 6 lbs. 15 oz. and was born about three and a half weeks early, so his lungs need a bit of time in the NICU to open up.

My reason for telling you this is two-fold: 1.) I'm excited about the birth of our son, and 2.) the nursing team here at Delnor is incredible. They recognize we're in a global pandemic and take the necessary precautions, but they still make you feel like it's "business as usual." We're all wearing masks and washing our hands raw because that's how we stay safe, but this delivery was structured identically to our other two, nurses like Katie, Sue, and Amanda went above and beyond throughout their 12 hour shifts, and we joked and laughed and encouraged our way through everything together as a team. And, that's what each of us are doing every day for our kids, our spouses, and ourselves.

We are trying our best to manage what we cannot control and create environments conducive to "business as usual." Norton Creek isn't closed. D303 isn't closed. It's open for business - open for learning. We just have to take the necessary precautions, but we want our Eagles to feel like things are "business as usual" - as much as we can.

On the topic of "business as usual," I would like to take a moment to address our top order of business at Norton Creek - kindness. In these times of stay at home orders, online interaction is the main way for our Eagles to engage with one another. Online interactions are also the easiest to turn sour. We see it even between adults on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. People say things via a keyboard they would not usually say to someone in person. Let's remind our Eagles that kindness extends beyond face-to-face interaction. In these isolating times, it is important to choose kindness. Many Eagles feel lonely and sometimes scared during the COVID-19 outbreak. Don't exclude, make fun of, or harass a fellow Eagle (or anyone for that matter). Kindness is the most important choice we can make.

My apologies for the lengthy article, Norton Creek! I'm going on very little sleep, and had a lot to say. Be safe and well!


A note for Friday's remote learning: Learning for students tomorrow is optional. Teachers will be in meetings tomorrow and will not be available to respond. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope you enjoy the wide variety of choice in the activities if you choose to do them.

Click HERE for optional remote learning information.

Intra-District Transfer Requests must be submitted online no sooner than 8:00 a.m. on April 7th

Even though our schools are closed, we will still process elementary school transfer requests for the 2020-2021 school year beginning on April 7 at 8:00 a.m.

For the 2020-21 school year, ALL elementary students have been assigned to their attendance area school by the District. This includes elementary students currently attending a school on an intra-district transfer. An Intra-District Transfer Request must be submitted online no sooner than 8:00 a.m. on April 7, 2020 and no later than 4:00 p.m. on April 20. A link to the request form will be posted on the District 303 web page ( by 8:00 a.m. on April 7.

If you are requesting a transfer for more than one child, a separate request must be submitted for each. Due to fluctuating class sizes at schools and each grade level, siblings are not guaranteed placement. If granted, transportation is the responsibility of the parents.

If you have questions about the process, please call the District office at 331.228.2000.


Aunque nuestras escuelas están cerradas, aún procesaremos las peticiones de transferencia de escuela primaria para el ciclo escolar 2020-2021 comenzando el 7 de abril a las 8:00 a.m.

Para el ciclo escolar 2020-21, TODOS los estudiantes de primaria han sido asignados a su escuela de la zona de asistencia por el Distrito. Esto incluye a los estudiantes de primaria que actualmente asisten a una escuela bajo una transferencia dentro del distrito. Una petición de Transferencia Dentro del Distrito debe ser entregada en línea no antes de las 8:00 a.m. el 7 de abril de 2020 y a no más tardar de las 4:00 p.m. del 20 de abril. Se publicará un enlace para el formulario de petición en el sitio web del Distrito 303 ( a las 8:00 a.m. el 7 de abril.

Si está solicitando la transferencia de más de un niño, se necesita entregar una petición separada por cada niño. Debido a la fluctuación del tamaño de las clases en las escuelas y en cada grado, no se garantiza la colocación de los hermanos. Si se concede la transferencia, el transporte es responsabilidad de los padres.

Si tiene preguntas sobre el proceso, por favor, llame a la oficina del Distrito al 331.228.2000.


Food Service and Meals
District 303 is expanding our meal service to include additional school and residential locations beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020. Any student in District 303 is eligible to pick up breakfast and lunch grab and go meals at any of the following locations throughout the week.

Thompson Middle School, 705 W. Main Street
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Monday through Friday

Anderson Elementary School, 35W071 Villa Marie Rd.

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Monday through Friday

Wasco Elementary School, 4N782 School Street, Wasco

10:00 - 10:45 a.m. - Monday through Friday

A District 303 bus will deliver meals to the front of the school

Cumberland Green Cooperative, 1798 Cumberland Green

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Monday through Friday

A District 303 bus will deliver meals to the office parking lot

Prairie Point Apartments, 1820 Wessel Court

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.- Monday through Friday

A District 303 bus will deliver meals to the park facing the road at the front entrance (Entrance nearest to Randall Road)

The Crossings, 1690 Covington

10:40 - 11:10 a.m. - Monday through Friday

A District 303 bus will deliver meals to the area near the clubhouse

St. Charles Place, 15th Street and Indiana

11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Monday through Friday

A District 303 bus will deliver meals to an area in front of the apartment complex


Hello! My name is Ms. Otto and I am the student-teacher for Mrs. Simkus, your student’s art teacher! I am very excited to be working with the students and D303! I currently attend Illinois State University pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in both Art Education and Fine Art. I will be a part of your student’s art class through May 7th.

During student teaching, I will begin helping teach all of Mrs. Simkus’s classes and planning lessons for the students. The style of learning for the class will stay mostly the same and I will adapt my teaching and lessons to the students’ needs. I am always happy to work with the students to help them succeed.

I realize that we are in a unique situation due to the international pandemic, COVID-19. The last thing I want to do is make this any harder on the students. As we are currently e-learning your students may see my artwork in their lesson plans or my face in videos. Their interaction with Mrs. Simkus will still be the same, I will just be an extra helping hand working on your students’ lessons. I hope that your student is enjoying their art-making during this time and it is my goal to help them continue to do so.

As you and your student do not know me I have made a document sharing who I am, feel free to share this with them if you so choose.

I am very excited to be working with your student and to be at D303!

If you have any questions or need to contact me for any reason, please let Mrs. Simkus know.

Sincerely, Ms. Annie Otto



Please continue to check the following for updates regarding school events and activities: PTO WEBSITE; and PTO FACEBOOK PAGE; and NORTON CREEK ELEMENTARY FACEBOOK PAGE; and D303 WEBSITE. Please also watch for THIS WEEK AT THE CREEK (TWAC) emails that come to you on Sunday afternoons. If you are not receiving TWAC emails, please contact Angie Miki at


Don’t forget to ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK before April 10.


Here is your chance to get involved and work with an experienced PTO board next year! The board position of SECRETARY is open for 2020-21, as well as several COMMITTEE CHAIRS AND CO-CHAIRS. No experience? No problem! Please contact Maggie Carlson, PTO President, or Susan Brewster/Jen Zitella, PTO co-Vice Presidents if you would like to discuss any of the open positions. We’d be happy to host a video conference to discuss these PTO positions with anyone who would like to learn more. We truly appreciate your willingness to help!


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!




Unfortunately, our D303 book drive for Bernie's Book Bank which was scheduled to begin on April 6 has been postponed until further notice.

Bernie's Book Bank is an exempt organization under the Illinois Covid 19 mandate, and they are still delivering books to at-risk children via school free meal programs. They will need more books this year, so they are asking for books to be dropped off at donation sites this summer if D303 does not have a book drive.

A Message from Founder & CAO, Brian Floriani

FRAUD ALERT: USDA Warns of Scams Targeting SNAP Recipients

FRAUD ALERT: USDA Warns of Scams Targeting SNAP Recipients

(Washington, D.C., March 24, 2020) – Be on the lookout for potential scammers using the COVID-19 situation to steal personal information, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) warned Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants today. USDA is issuing this warning after receiving reports of several possible SNAP fraud attempts.

“While many organizations are seeking to help communities respond to COVID-19, SNAP participants should be suspicious of any unknown individual or organization that requests their confidential information,” said Brandon Lipps, Deputy Under Secretary for USDA’s Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, which administers the SNAP program at the federal level. “This is a difficult time for us all, and we certainly don't want to see bad actors taking advantage of those in need.”

Examples of confidential information include social security number, bank information, or a participant’s SNAP EBT card or PIN number. In one potential scam, a website asked SNAP recipients to enter their personal and bank account information to qualify for COVID-related monetary assistance.

If SNAP participants are unsure if a request for information is legitimate, USDA advises they contact their local SNAP office. If they do not know their local SNAP office, participants should contact their state agency. State contact information is available at

To stay on top of potential scams, please visit USDA’s SNAP scam alert webpage at

If you believe you are the victim of identity theft, contact your local police department regarding procedures for filing a report. You may also file a consumer complaint online with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at FTC is the federal agency responsible for protecting consumers from identity theft scams.

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administers 15 nutrition assistance programs that leverage American’s agricultural abundance to ensure children and low-income individuals and families have nutritious food to eat. FNS also co-develops the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which provide science-based nutrition recommendations and serve as the cornerstone of federal nutrition policy.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

ALERTA DE FRAUDE: El Departamento de Agricultura Advierte de las Estafas Dirigidas a los Receptores de SNAP

ALERTA DE FRAUDE: El Departamento de Agricultura Advierte de las Estafas Dirigidas a los Receptores de SNAP

(Washington, D.C., 24 de marzo de 2020) – Manténgase alerta a los posibles estafadores que están usando la situación actual del COVID-19 para robar la información personal, advierte el departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA) a los participantes del Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP). USDA está emitiendo esta advertencia tras recibir reportes de varios posibles intentos de fraude de SNAP.

“Aunque muchas organizaciones están buscando ayudar a las comunidades a responder al COVID-19, los participantes de SNAP deberían sospechar de cualquier individuo u organización desconocidos que les pidan su información confidencial,” dijo Brandon Lipps, Subsecretario Adjunto de Alimentación, Nutrición y Servicios al Consumidor del USDA, que administra el programa SNAP a nivel federal. “Este es un tiempo difícil para todos y ciertamente no queremos ver a malos actores tomando ventaja de aquellos necesitados.”

Ejemplos de información confidencial incluyen el número de seguro social, información del banco, o una tarjeta de SNAP EBT o número de PIN del participante. En un fraude potencial, un sitio web le pidió al receptor de SNAP que pusiera su información personal y cuenta de banco para calificar para una asistencia monetaria relacionada al COVID-19.

Si los participantes de SNAP no están seguros si la petición de información es legítima, USDA aconseja que contacten a su oficina local de SNAP. Si no saben cuál es su oficina local de SNAP, los participantes deberían contactar a su agencia estatal. La información de contacto del estado está disponible en

Para estar al tanto de las posibles estafas, por favor visite la página web de alerta de estafas SNAP del USDA en

Si cree que es la victima de robo de identidad, contacte con su departamento de policía local sobre los procedimientos para presentar una denuncia. También puede presentar una queja del consumidor en línea con la comisión federal de comercio (FTC) en FTC es la agencia federal responsable de proteger a los consumidores de estafas de robo de identidad.

El Servicio de Alimentación y Nutrición (FNS) del USDA administra 15 programas de asistencia nutricional que aprovechan la abundancia agrícola de los Estados Unidos para asegurar que los niños y las personas y familias de bajos ingresos tengan alimentos nutritivos para comer. El FNS también co-desarrolla las Guías Alimentarias para los estadounidenses, que proporcionan recomendaciones de nutrición con base científica y sirven como la piedra angular de la política federal de nutrición.


These are unprecedented times, and it's inspiring to see communities rising to the challenge. However, not everyone has the resources to "shelter in place" especially the millions of people in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Living paycheck to paycheck is hard when millions of businesses around the nation are closing down indefinitely, and hourly workers (including those dependent upon tips) are the hardest hit. In particular, families with kids whose primary meals happen at school are especially vulnerable when those schools shut down.

With this in mind, is going to temporarily redirect all of its charitable funds to With its ability to reimburse volunteers directly in real-time, is uniquely positioned to help families in need immediately. Until today, this fund was focused on paying off kids' "lunch debts" , but with schools closed around the nation, that isn't the top priority. Instead, we're devoting everything to a new program: matching SNAP grocery purchases up to $50 per family. It works like this:

  1. Purchase food as normal with your SNAP card
  2. Download Expensify on iOS or Android, for free
  3. Join the policy
  4. SmartScan the receipt, which will tell us how much you paid and show that it was paid for with an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card
  5. Submit it to
  6. Set up your bank account to receive the funds
  7. So long as we have funds available, we will reimburse up to $50 per family (one time), the very next day.


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