Polaris Express

October 15, 2021

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NORTH UPCOMING EVENTS

Picture Day is Coming!

*IMPORTANT NOTE: There will not be underclassman photo retakes this year.*


October 18th through October 20th, all in-person freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will participate in school pictures during their English classes.


October 18th- freshman photos

October 19th- sophomore photos
October 20th- junior photos


HR Imaging will mail a flyer to you with ordering details. You do not have to preorder. You may have your student give the order form and check directly to the photographer on photo day or order online.


Again, please note that there will not be underclassman photo retakes this year. If you have further questions about purchasing photos, please contact HR Imaging at (815) 433-1766. If you have other questions, please contact Libby Sutherland at (331) 228-6237.

SENIORS: DID YOU KNOW THAT THE FAFSA IS NOW A GRADUATION REQUIREMENT IN ILLINOIS?

Beginning with the 2020-21 academic year, P. A. 101-180 requires all Illinois public high school students to complete either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid (Alternative Application) as a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma. Additionally, high schools are expected to provide students and their families with any support or guidance necessary to comply with the requirement. For students who choose not to file an application, a waiver may be completed by their parent. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) makes available through their website a FAFSA Nonparticipation Form (English and Spanish) for this purpose. Check out our FAFSA Update for more information.

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PTO NEWS

KICK OFF YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON BY GIVING BACK TO STUDENTS & FAMILIES IN OUR OWN D303 COMMUNITY

North PTO is collecting gift cards for the Big Hearts of Fox Valley Holiday Program

We are in need of: Amazon, Target, Walmart, or Meijer gift cards in denominations of $10, $20, or $25

*Make sure to write the denomination on the gift card.

Drop off at North in an envelope marked PTO Laura Thomas or my home mailbox
at 5N083 Middlecreek Lane, St. Charles. Any questions contact
LauraRThomas@att.net <mailto:LauraRThomas@att.net> . Deadline is November 5.
The North PTO hosted a Fiesta themed Teacher Conference dinner last week; it included a nacho and taco bar with traditional Mexican desserts. A big thank you to Sue Evers and Robin Paris who worked very hard with PTO President Laura Thomas to make the dinner a huge success. Pictures posted on PTO website.

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NEWS FROM THE SCN LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER:


OCTOBER IS LGBT+ HISTORY MONTH - This month we celebrate the extraordinary national and international contributions of LGBT+ people. We are proud to share some of these critical accomplishments as well as suggesting wonderful books that illustrate the struggles and accomplishments of our LGBT community. Click on any link to either place a book on hold, or visit a website for further information.

The Deviant's War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America by Eric Cervini “In 1957, Frank Kameny, a rising astronomer working for the U.S. Defense Department in Hawaii, received a summons to report immediately to Washington, D.C. The Pentagon had reason to believe he was a homosexual, and after a series of humiliating interviews, Kameny, like countless gay men and women before him, was promptly dismissed from his government job. Unlike many others, though, Kameny fought back. Based on firsthand accounts, recently declassified FBI records, and forty thousand personal documents, Eric Cervini's The Deviant's War unfolds over the course of the 1960s, as the Mattachine Society of Washington, the group Kameny founded, became the first organization to protest the systematic persecution of gay federal employees. GoodReads

My Brother's Husband, Volume 1 by Gengoroh Tagame “Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo; formerly married to Natsuki, father to their young daughter, Kana. Their lives suddenly change with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi's estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Mike is on a quest to explore Ryoji's past, and the family reluctantly but dutifully takes him in. What follows is an unprecedented and heartbreaking look at the state of a largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it's been affected by the West, and how the next generation can change the preconceptions about it and prejudices against it.” GoodReads

Jerry Herman, Award-Winning Composer July 10, 1931 - December 26, 2019

Herman was an openly gay Broadway composer and lyricist best known for the smash musicals Hello Dolly! The play earned eight Tony Award nominations, including best composer and lyricist.” He collaborated with the author of “La Cage aux Folles” which won six Tony Awards. It is a funny and touching story of a gay couple and their straight, soon-to-be married son. It provided a watershed portrayal of gay relationships and same-sex parenthood at a time when the AIDS epidemic raged and homophobia was rampant.

Susan B. Anthony, American Suffragist February 15, 1820 - March 13, 1906

Susan Brownell Anthony devoted her life to women’s voting and labor rights and for the abolition of slavery. After the 15th Amendment passed, ensuring the right of Black men to vote, Anthony and her lifelong companion, Elizabeth Stanton, were outraged that women were excluded. Anthony continued to protest and agitate for women’s right to vote; which ultimately was granted in August of 1920, 14 years after Anthony passed away. Though rarely acknowledged, Anthony is one of the most famous lesbians in American history.

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UPCOMING SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS

OCTOBER 18--5:30PM

LEARNING & TEACHING COMMITTEE MEETING


OCTOBER 21--6:00PM

CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING


OCTOBER 25--5:30PM

BUSINESS SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETING

UPCOMING D303 PARENT UNIVERSITY OFFERING

October 20, 2021: Facilitated Book Talk: Differently Wired by Debbie Reber Zoom - 6:30 p.m.


Click here to register


Dr. Cindy Ruesch, Director of Staff, Family and Student Services, and Dr. Patti Palagi, Director of Instructional Interventions will lead a discussion about the book and how it can help parents embrace and accept their children who think differently. As part of the registration, you will receive a free copy of Ms. Reber’s book you may pick up at Town House Books.

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