Norton Creek Elementary
Thursday Tidbits - September 10th, 2020
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
- VIRTUAL CURRICULUM NIGHT- September 10th
- SCHOOL BOARD MEETING(MAY BE VIRTUAL)- September 14th at 7pm
SCHOOL DAILY SCHEDULES
1st thru 5th Grades-
Please call the school attendance line if your student will be absent at 331-228-2700. Please spell your students first and last name when you leave a message.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL...TONY WHITE
One of my favorite podcasts is a typically lighthearted show with a ton of laughs hosted by three Black gentlemen. Earlier this summer, though, they had a show that was atypically serious and spoke directly to my heart. The episode came one week after the tragic death of George Floyd and was about racial justice, equity, and reconciliation. They spoke about current events in America, but they also told their own stories as Black men growing up in New England, Georgia, and Florida.
One of the hosts, Austin, told a story about growing up in Atlanta, and as a third grader, a classmate spewed very hurtful, racist remarks at him. After school, he went home, found his mother making dinner in the kitchen, and told her what had happened that day at school. Sadly, she knew all too well what had happened to him, as it had happened to her time and again. In that moment, she made a powerful decision: She was going to stop making dinner immediately, and she and Austin were going to go to the boy's home and discuss this incident with him and his mother.
When they arrived at the boy's home, his mother was shocked, appalled, and apologetic. She said that she would keep her son away from Austin and was very sorry for the pain his words caused. Austin's mom replied that she would like just the opposite to occur: Austin and the boy were to walk to and from school together for a month. The first few walks were pretty quiet, but by the end of that first week, they started to learn how much they have in common. Conversations started, followed by laughs, and then understanding that they were not so different at all. They continued walking together to and from school far beyond that month, and to this day are still friends.
If Austin's mother didn't have them walk to school together, this story might have had a very different ending. Instead, it ends with Austin's faith in people restored, on a redemptive note for the boy, and it all resulted from education. Margaret J. Wheatley famously said, "You can't hate someone whose story you know," and that quote rang through my head as Austin shared this incredible story from his childhood. Once that boy learned about Austin, he could no longer blindly hate and judge him for the color of his skin, and if he could do this with Austin, he could do it with everyone he met.
Punishing the boy was the easy answer (and the one that, coupled with working to keep him apart from Austin, has historically been my answer), but placing him in a situation where he learned that Austin was a human being worthy of dignity and respect was the right one. This, of course, does not mean that as a principal I will never again use a punitive measure in the face of behavior like this, but the goal of discipline must always be to teach. Historically, people tend to use punishment to make themselves feel better - "___ did something wrong, I did something about it, and that person got what he or she deserved. Now, he or she will never do it again." But, rarely does punishment do what we want it to - teach a lesson and prohibit this behavior from happening again. Kids, like us, will make mistakes, and we owe it to them to respond in ways that make them better people as opposed to making ourselves feel better.
We look forward to "seeing" you virtually for Back to School Night this evening! We hope you enjoy it and find it informative! Have a wonderful rest of your week and weekend, Norton Creek!
IMPORTANT DISMISSAL REMINDER:
Your student(s)' teacher and your student(s)' bus supervisor
Thank you for your assistance.
SELF CERTIFICATION FORM ONLINE
Tonight is Back to School Virtual Night. Don't forget to jump on your scheduled Zoom sessions with your Eagle's teacher. The Zoom sessions will each last 20 minutes and run between 6:00 and 6:20 and 6:30 and 6:50 (giving families with students at multiple grade levels time to get to each Zoom).
Families with remote learners will receive Back to School Night information from your child's teacher.
Illinois Department of Health Definition of Close Contact
Who is a close contact?
A close contact is anyone (with or without a face covering) who was within 6 feet of a confirmed case of COVID-19 (with or without a face covering), for at least 15 minutes throughout the course of a day. The period of close contact begins 2 calendar days before the onset of symptoms (for a symptomatic person)
or 2 calendar days before the positive sample was obtained (for an asymptomatic person). If the case was symptomatic (e.g., coughing, sneezing), persons with briefer periods of exposure may also be considered contacts. Close contacts to a confirmed case of COVID-19 are required to remain in quarantine at home for 14 calendar days starting from the last day of contact with the confirmed case.
District 303 has specific guidelines on acceptable face coverings while at school.Please click on the link below to read these guidelines.
1st Grade: 11:30-11:50
3rd Grade: 12:20-12:40
4th Grade: 10:40-11:00
5th Grade: 11:55-12:15
If your student forgets their lunch please email the classroom teacher and drop off at the main office. Thank You!
PTO'S E-NEWS THIS WEEK!
FALL MUM SALE (K-5) email@example.com
Since we won’t be having a fall fest this year with our lovely mums for sale, we are taking the mum sale virtual! Please sign up via the SignUp Genius below to order your mums!! We have a limited quantity with a first come(sign-up), first serve basis. You may make your payment via the PTO PayPal account. The mums will be available in 2 weeks and the PTO will provide more info on pick-up when they arrive. Thank you for supporting our virtual and in-person Eagles!!!
CALLING ALL DAISIES! (K) firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see the informational flyer below to see what being a Daisy is all about!
ART VOLUNTEERS IN THE CLASSROOM (AVIC) email@example.com
Do you want to help students receive a bit more enrichment in art? AVIC does just that!! However, our volunteers cannot enter the classroom this year and we have virtual students to reach as well! We need your help creating unique ideas for students, virtual or take-home activities, and more! If you are interested in helping out, please sign-up by emailing Kelly Charlson! (MTK sign-up in the works!)
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION (K-5) firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to take advantage of the new (easier!) way to collect Box Tops for Education to benefit our school! Every penny counts! See attached flyers for more information.
ATTENTION 5TH GRADE PARENTS! Tanya@szat.com
I would like to invite all 5th grade families to email photos to Photos@szat.com throughout the year for use in the “end-of-year” video. If they could include the student’s names in the picture that would be great! I will respond to the emails I receive with a “thank you” to acknowledge receipt of the email with pictures.
SPIRIT WEAR (K-5) email@example.com
We have limited Spirit wear in stock that was purchased in anticipation of Kindergarten Connection and Popsicles in the Park. Given we weren’t able to host those events, the t-shirt below is available in YOUTH sizes (S, M, L and XL) in Berry, Royal Blue and Navy. See the attached image below. Quantities are limited and shirts are $10. Please contact Brad Steinhauser to place your order! Be on the lookout; there will be a spirit wear sale coming in October to get us ready for the holidays!
YEARBOOK ORDERS PLACED BY SEPTEMBER 30th RECEIVE 10% OFF (K-5) firstname.lastname@example.org
2020/2021 Yearbooks are available to order! Don't miss out on this special discount offered by TreeRing. Due to limited building access, the yearbook needs your pictures!! We would love to see some kids without masks on at home working on homework, elearning, playing outside, or with backpacks on! See the flyer below.