Norton Creek Elementary

Thursday Tidbits - May 21, 2020


  • FRIDAY, MAY 22ND Last Day of School for 2019-2020

  • IMPORTANT - DEADLINE TO COMPLETE ONLINE RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION/PAY FEES IS JUNE 5, 2020 Online Returning Student Registration and Online Payment of Registration Fees is due by June 5, 2020. There is an Early Bird discount of $10.00 if Registration Fees are paid by Friday, May 22nd. See information below.


I don't want to burst any bubbles, but I don't create the weekly eNews you read on your smartphones, tablets, or computers. Madonna does that. I just write my articles, but she does the hard work - which I make even harder by getting her my article at the last second of the deadline. Today, Madonna sent me an E-Mail entitled "LAST ENEWS REMINDER...", and it struck me that this is the last time she'll ever have to send me a reminder for my article. She retires in exactly one week. The fact that this school year is ending is dawning on me, and that feeling always comes with such mixed emotions. However, with a school year that ended like this one, those feelings are particularly pronounced.

We didn't have the end together we initially envisioned last August, but it was still beautiful in its own way. Earlier this week, our fifth grade Eagles and their families watched a beautiful montage video created by Kim Borri of their K-5 years at Fox Ridge and Norton Creek set to music from concerts they performed in a Google Hangouts room. It wasn't the same as being in the community room watching it, but we also have never been able to have this many parents watch it with their Eagles together for the first time either. The same goes for our Virtual Field Day. While it may not be the same as doing it all together as a student body, Eagles have never been able to participate in Field Day as a family.

Norton Creek has been making lemonade out of lemons all spring, and for that, I could not be prouder of this school community. It is the mark of a truly resilient community when you can take disappointment and magically turn it into a celebration. Certainly, it is how we feel for our teachers and staff moving on to new adventures - whether it be through retirement like Mrs. Pauling, Mrs. Strom, Mrs. Klos, Mrs. Gilroy (who will be subbing frequently next year!), and Mrs. Payne or new schools like Mrs. Jordahl, Mrs. Amaya, Mrs. Holmer, and Miss Vial. We are sad to see them go, but grateful for all they have done for our students, families, and colleagues and excited for new beginnings to new adventures. The same holds true for our fifth graders. It has been our truest pleasure and such an honor to be a part of and watch them grow and develop into the awesome almost-sixth graders they all are today.

Tony Stark says in the beginning of "Avengers: Endgame," "Part of the journey is the end." Whether this is the end of your time at Norton Creek or the end of a school year that will see you back with us in the fall, I want to thank you for making Norton Creek who we are. I hope you have enjoyed your experience. Have a wonderful summer! Be kind, be respectful, be problem-solvers, and be safe!

Join the Band!

Attention current 4th-graders! You can join the band program at your school and play the oboe, flute, clarinet, alto sax, French horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba or percussion! To learn more about our program and the available instruments, please click HERE. Questions? Please reach out to

A message from the health office:

If your child has medication in the health office that you need to retrieve at this time, please email one of the Norton Creek Nurses for assistance. The Norton Creek Nurses' contact information is listed below.

Brittany Jensen, Certified School Nurse:

Cathy Leone, RISE Nurse:

Sumana Parveen, Health Office Nurse:

Virginia Wicinski, Health Office Nurse:

As District 303 has already explained, when guidance for public access to school settings is received from the Illinois Department of Public Health/CDC, details on a general medication pick up process/timeframe will be shared. Thank you for your understanding and support at this time.


Billing and payment options for all-day kindergarten have been adjusted by semester. The option to pay for the full year has been removed and replaced with the option to pay in full for one semester at a time (5 months). You will still receive the 10% discount if the semester is paid in full by July 31, 2020.


Join St. Charles Public Library this summer to read, investigate, and discover! See the information below.

Dig Deeper! Summer Reading 2020



As this school year comes to a close, we want to send our gratitude to all of our school community. Families, students, volunteers, teachers and staff - THANK YOU for your commitment and dedication to our school. Whether you attended one of our PTO events, volunteered your time, chaired a committee, helped with a fundraiser, donated items for our staff appreciation and Veterans Day luncheons, purchased books at one of our book fairs, assisted your child with eLearning, helped with a Caring Eagles project, sent your child to school ready to learn each day, showed kindness to someone or shared a smile, please know that each and every member of our school family is appreciated! Have a great summer, everyone!


We send our best wishes for a happy retirement to Sarah Gilroy, Deb Klos, Deborah Pauling, Jennifer Payne and Madonna Strom! These ladies have given so much to Norton Creek and we wish them the best. If you would like to bring a card, note and/or artwork and leave it in the box on the Carlson porch (2414 Adelia Ln) we will deliver the items to these special ladies throughout the month of May.


If you’d like to share a photo of your 5th grader with their 5th grade t-shirt and sign, please send the photo to Shelly Atienza at the address above. Also, if you have pictures to share of your child participating in Virtual Field Day, please send these pictures as well. Pictures are due no later than May 25. Thank you!


The deadline to order school supply packs is June 30! Order your SCHOOL SUPPLY PACK today!


Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help with the many committees of our PTO. We still need the following chairs/co-chairs for the 2020-21 school year: Eagles Eat Out (one co-chair needed), Fall Fest (one or two co-chairs needed), Great America Read to Succeed, and Variety Show (2 co-chairs needed). See DESCRIPTIONS here.



Returning Student Registration for 2020-2021 has moved to an online format and the deadline to complete this process is June 5th. In years past, parents completed the necessary paperwork in paper format. This year, all acknowledgments and authorizations are contained in a single electronic, online registration form that will be easily accessible from most electronic devices (computer, Chromebook, and Smartphones).

Parents can sign into the Returning Student Online Registration form using their Home Access Center (HAC) credentials, select individual students, and complete their registration. The form will be located in the Parents/Community menu of the District website.

Registration fees for elementary and middle school will be available in PushCoin beginning April 27, and billed to reflect the early bird discount of $10.00 if paid by May 22. High School fees will be available in June. For families who may qualify for a fee waiver, and are not directly certified by the state, a 2020-2021 district fee waiver application will be available on the District 303 website in July, accessible from the Parent/Community menu.

For assistance with PushCoin questions, please email

For assistance with Home Access Center (HAC), please email


Click here to complete your Online Returning Student Registration paperwork and pay your student(s)' registration fees.


SCHOOL FEES WAIVER: The school fees waiver will ONLY be a PAPER application since there is financial documentation required for income verification. Important to note, there will be no reduced fees next year. A family can only qualify for a free waiver of fees. The application will be located on the district website in July.

Questions regarding school fee waivers - Sharon Wlezien at 331-228-5417

FOOD WAIVERS: Only one application needs to be completed for each household. Please include ALL family members that live in the household (even those not attending a school). In July, ONLINE applications will be posted on the district website. In addition, paper applications will be available at the schools and the Administration Building as in years past. Unlike the school fees, families can qualify for Reduced.

Questions regarding FOOD WAIVERS - Patti Townsend 331-228-6529

A few things to note:

  • Free/Reduced applications will be sent by mail during July to each household who previously qualified for the program.

  • Families directly certified by the State of Illinois for the 2020-2021 school year will receive FREE FOOD and their FEES will be WAIVED.

    • If your family is qualified by the state, do NOT need to complete either application.

    • You will receive an approval letter in the mail.


Dear District 303 families,

As we move into the summer months, District 303 is extending our grab and go meal service at each of our 6 locations. As part of this communication, you will find an updated schedule of days when meals will be available for any student in the district who needs them.

From now until May 29, we will operate on the same schedule that we have used throughout the spring. However, we will not be serving meals on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

Beginning on June 1, we will operate on Mondays and Thursdays only. Students will receive three meals on Mondays and two meals on Thursdays. Please refer to the list below for specific locations and times of service.

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

Anderson Elementary School, 35W071 Villa Marie Rd.
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Monday and Thursday

Wasco Elementary School, 4N782 School Street, Wasco
10:00 - 10:45 a.m - Monday and Thursday
A District 303 bus will deliver meals to the front of the school.

Cumberland Green Cooperative (1798 Cumberland Green-Office Lot near court #1)
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Monday and Thursday
A District bus will deliver meals to the office parking lot at 1798 Cumberland.

Prairie Point Apartments, 1820 Wessel Court
10:00 - 10:30 a.m.- Monday and Thursday
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 and Thursday.
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 and Thursday

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

As we progress through the summer, we will send families additional information and reminders about the district’s meal service program.



Familias del Distrito 303,

A medida que nos adentramos a los meses de verano, el Distrito 303 estará extendiendo nuestro servicio de comidas preparadas en cada una de nuestras 6 localidades. Como parte de este comunicado, a continuación, encontrará un horario actualizado con respecto a los días en que estarán disponibles las comidas para cualquier estudiante del distrito que lo necesite.

A partir de hoy hasta el 29 de mayo, operaremos bajo el mismo horario que hemos tenido durante la primavera. Sin embargo, no estaremos sirviendo comidas el lunes 25 de mayo en observancia al Día de Recordación.

Comenzando el 1ro de junio, operaremos solamente los lunes y jueves. Los estudiantes recibirán 3 comidas los lunes y 2 comidas los jueves. Por favor, vea la lista a continuación para ver los horarios específicos y las localidades de servicio.

Escuela Secundaria Thompson, 705 W. Main Street

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. – Lunes y Jueves

Escuela Primaria Anderson, 35W071 Villa Marie Rd.

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. – Lunes y Jueves

Escuela Primaria Wasco, 4N782 School Street, Wasco

10:00 -10:45 a.m - Lunes y Jueves

Un autobús del Distrito 303 entregará las comidas en la entrada principal de la scuela.

Cooperativa Cumberland Green, (1798 Cumberland Green- Estacionamiento de la Oficina cerca del patio #1)

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Lunes y Jueves

Un autobús del Distrito 303 entregará las comidas en el estacionamiento de la oficina en 1798 Cumberland.

Apartamentos Prairie Point, 1820 Wessel Court

10:00 -10:30 a.m.- Lunes y Jueves

Un autobús del Distrito 303 entregará las comidas en el parque que se encuentra frente a la calle cerca de la entrada principal (la entrada más cercana a Randall Road).

The Crossings, 1690 Covington

10:40 - 11:10 a.m. – Lunes y Jueves

Un autobús del Distrito 303 entregará las comidas en el área cerca de la casa club.

St. Charles Place, 15th Street and Indiana

11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Lunes y Jueves

Un autobús del Distrito 303 entregará las comidas a un área en frente del complejo de apartamentos.

A medida que avancemos en el verano, enviaremos a las familias información adicional y recordatorios sobre el programa de servicio de comidas del distrito.