POLARIS EXPRESS

October 7, 2022

Listen to St. Charles North Principal, Shanna Lewis, as she discusses the Blue Ribbon Process and what this honor means for North!

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Big Hearts of Fox Valley Week will be celebrated throughout the City of St. Charles the week of October 10-16th!

Big Hearts of Fox Valley is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization making a difference in our own community by brightening the lives of D303 children affected by financial hardship at Christmas time and throughout the school year.


Please bring in a NEW unwrapped toy or board game to the NHS cafeteria during this week to show your support for D303 kids in need. Each school will be collecting these items for the annual Big Hearts Toy Drive. We also encourage you to wear RED on Friday to help raise awareness for Big Hearts of Fox Valley.


To learn more about Big Hearts of Fox Valley and to make a much needed donation visit their website at bigheartsfv.org.


Thank you for helping to make Christmases brighter, winters warmer and every day easier for kids in need in D303.

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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT NORTH.....CLICK ON THESE ICONS TO FIND OUT!

North Bell Schedules

Click here to view the North bell schedules.

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DATES TO REMEMBER

October 10, 2022--Holiday--No School

October 11, 2022--School Board Meeting 6:00pm

October 12, 2022--PSAT/NMSQT/PSAT 8/9--The school day begins at 7:20 a.m. and dismisses at approximately 11:45 a.m., busses will depart NHS at 11:45.

October 13, 2022--Breakfast with the Stars 6:45am

October 14, 2022--Pizza with the Principal 4th & 5th hour lunch

October 18, 2022--Underclass Yearbook Retakes

October 19, 2022--Tutorial Bell Schedule

Community Backpack

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Fall Testing

The Fall PSAT date is 10/12/22.


  • 9th grade students will be taking College Board's PSAT8/9. This will be an online exam and students will need their Chromebooks.
  • 10th & 11th grade students will be taking College Board's PSAT/NMSQT exam in the traditional paper & pencil format.
  • Seniors have a non-attendance day.


The school day begins at 7:20 a.m. and dismisses at approximately 11:45 a.m., at the conclusion of the test. Busses will depart at 11:45am


Details were emailed home last week. Please see the CCR Website for information.

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Community Career Speakers Wanted

At North, we are looking to find ways to help students understand the different jobs in the local community, how they can get into those jobs, and how every job is necessary to help our community thrive. We are wanting community members to come speak and answer questions about their jobs with students for about 30 minutes.


We would be honored if you would share your career path with our students. Please fill out this form and someone from North will contact you to finalize the details with you. Thank you for taking the time to help our North Start students!


If you have any questions, please contact John Peters at: John Peters @d303.org

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Indigenous Peoples’ Day - October 10, 2022

“For the Native Americans, Columbus Day was always hurtful as it glorified the violent past constituting 500 years of colonial torture and oppression by European explorers like Columbus and those who settled in America. Indigenous Peoples’ Day draws attention to the pain, trauma, and broken promises that were erased by the celebration of Columbus Day. Before his arrival, the indigenous folk were successful self-sufficient communities that sustained life for thousands of years." Read more here: History of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

American Indian Association of Illinois

“CHICAGO HAS ALWAYS BEEN INDIAN COUNTRY. American Indian people from many different tribes including the Ojibwe, Ho-Chunk, Potawatomie, Ottawa, Sauk, Fox, and Kickapoo have lived in Illinois and the Chicago urban area for over 10,000 years. Today, tribal members from over 150 different tribes reside in urban and rural areas of Illinois, including the Ojibwe, Potawatomie, Lakota, Dakota, Navajo, Zuni, Menominee, Oneida and Choctaw, Cherokee and many others.”


“In 2010. AIAI opened the first American Indian Museum in Chicago.The opening exhibit was titled “We Carry Our Stories on Cradle Boards.” This exhibit featured handmade modern cradleboards and stories told by Dene flute player, Andrew Begay. The Chicago American Indian Museum Without Walls is home to the Black Hawk Performance Company and the Been Nah Un Den Nah Drum Group, who perform for thousands of children and their parents every year.”


“The Black Hawk Performance Company provides an outlet for experienced American Indian talent to share native cultures with the general public and it provides a venue for young native people to learn to celebrate the many tribal songs and dances that enrich our lives as tribal people. Members of Black Hawk speak five different Native languages and present storytelling, flute playing, and traditional as well as modern music in their presentations. Black Hawk, founded in 1984, is the oldest American Indian dance company in Chicago.”


Visit and learn more about Chicago Indian Country here: AIAofIllinois

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We encourage you to come and check out these and other excellent reads in our North LRC that honor Indigenous Peoples Day. Click the book title to place the book on hold and click the Kirkus Review link to read a full review of each book.

Firekeeper’s Daughter By Angeline Boulley

“A suspenseful tale filled with Ojibwe knowledge, hockey, and the politics of status. Daunis is trying to balance her two communities: The Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, teen is constantly adapting, whether she is with her Anishinaabe father’s side of the family, the Firekeepers, or the Fontaines, her White mother’s wealthy relatives. She has grand plans for her future, as she wants to become a doctor, but has decided to defer her plans to go away for college because her maternal grandmother is recovering from a stroke. Daunis spends her free time playing hockey with her Firekeeper half brother, Levi, but tragedy strikes, and she discovers someone is selling a dangerous new form of meth—and the bodies are piling up.” Read full review at KirkusReviews


Rez Life - An Indian’s Journey Through Reservations Life By David Treuer

Powerful, important reading. The author intertwines stories of growing up on the shores of the Lake Leech Ojibwe reservation in Minnesota with those of the Ojibwe people and other Native American tribes. Treuer writes that “[m]ost often rez life is associated with tragedy”; at the same time, he notes that it is also shot through with pride and a profound love of tradition. Alternating between personal recollections of unforgettable “rez” personalities—e.g., tribal police officers, rice-gatherers and fishermen—and sharp-eyed historical analyses of events in Native American history, the author sheds light on aspects of Indian culture closed to most non-Natives.” Read a full review at KirkusReviews

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2022 Thanksgiving Dinner Drive

SCN's 2022 Thanksgiving Dinner Drive has begun! The Student Life Office is working with student organizations in our building to collect the 1,400 total items needed to provide up to one hundred families in District #303 with a complete Thanksgiving meal. These Thanksgiving meals will also be packed and delivered by our students!

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PHOTO RETAKES

PHOTO RETAKES FOR UNDERCLASSMEN

All Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior students will have the opportunity to have their yearbook photo taken on Tuesday, October 18, 2022. Photographers will be available from 7:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the LRC.


  • Underclassman students who are retaking their photo - please visit the photographer in the LRC whenever it is convenient for you (please do not visit during your instructional time).
  • Students who have not taken a yearbook photo this year - a schedule is being created by Mrs. Sutherland in the Student Life Office, and it will be shared with students soon!

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SENIOR PHOTOs - FINAL OPPORTUNITY


There will be a final opportunity for Seniors to take a 2022-2023 yearbook photo on Tuesday, October 25th in our LRC. The yearbook advisor, Mrs. Boynton, is creating an appointment schedule that will include all Seniors who have not yet taken a photo. She will share this schedule with Seniors soon!


After your Senior takes their photo, please make certain to quickly visit rootseniors.com to choose the photo that you wish to appear in the yearbook. You may also order photos if you wish!

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D303 Community,


We are looking forward to a great community night as we come together for Kick-a-Thon and Friday Night Lights as East and North take the field at St. Charles North this Friday, October 7th. The sophomore football game starts at 4:30pm followed by the varsity at 7:00pm. We’ll hold a special celebration of Kick-a-Thon between the sophomore and varsity games.


In order to maintain a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all of our spectators in attendance at the game, please take a moment to review some important reminders regarding the game:

-Gates will open at 3:45 pm.

-Tailgating is not permitted.

-No backpacks, drawstring bags or outside food or beverages are allowed.

-All students under high school age must be supervised by a parent or guardian.

-No re-entry into the stadium is allowed.

-Use of profanity, taunting, including racial remarks of any kind, throwing objects, and possessing objects that block the view of other spectators are PROHIBITED.


Tickets will be sold at the gate. Prices are as follows:

-General Admission-$5.00

-Students 6-10 years-$2.00

-D303 MS/HS w/Student ID-FREE


East & North High School Students will enter through the Student Pass Gate just to the south of the main ticket booth. Student IDs are required for free admission.


Spectator Parking: Parking is available in our east lots and in the lot just to the north of Red Gate Rd. We have handicap parking in the rear of the building next to the football stadium. Please enter the south drive, show the parking assistant your handicap hang tag and you will be directed to preferred parking.


Overflow Parking & Shuttle Bus Information: Additional parking will be available off-site at Christ Community Church (37W100 Bolcum Rd, St. Charles, IL 60174). Shuttle buses will run from 6-10:30pm to/from St. Charles North. Map


Please contact the SCN Athletic Office at 331-228-6258 with any questions related to this event.

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Can you help?

The PTO is looking for volunteers to bake or buy Halloween treats for our great SCN staff. It’s the little things that make a difference, and we are grateful for your help.


Let’s show our teachers and staff how much they are appreciated!


Click here for more information.

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It’s NOT TOO LATE to pay your annual PTO dues.

The PTO supports 100% of SCN students, parents and staff. To date, less than 30% of North families have paid the $30/family fee.


We appreciate your support if you are able.

Pay PTO Membership Dues Here

Click here to pay your PTO membership dues.

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Changes to the District Website

Please be aware that the District 303 website will undergo construction during the week of October 3 to reflect recent changes to names and titles within the Department of Learning & Teaching. These changes have been made to better align with the work and responsibilities of the department. The most notable changes are:
  • The Department of Instructional Interventions will now be the Department of Student Services
  • Staff, Family & Student Services will now be Student Programs


Page names and links will update to reflect these new titles, and other changes may occur. Thank you for your understanding.

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Graduation Information

Click here for information on Graduation 2023.

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St. Charles North Athletics

Click here to see all of our upcoming North athletic events.

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St. Charles North Student Life

Click here to view our North Student Life Website.

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North PTO

Check out the North PTO website by clicking on the button above.

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Let's Talk

Let’s Talk provides a way for you to tell us what you think, ask us a question, or compliment a staff member.