Norton Creek Elementary

Thursday Tidbits - November 5th, 2020


  • 11/9-Remote Planning Day(NO Students)
  • 11/9- School Board Meeting@7pm
  • 11/13- End Of First Trimester
  • 11/23-11/27-Non Attendance Days/Thanksgiving Break

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AM Session-

8:00am -10:15am

PM-Session -


1st thru 5th Grades-


Our School Office is open from 7:30am until 3:30pm on school days.

Please call the school attendance line if your student will be absent at 331-228-2700. Please spell your students first and last name or their student id number when you leave a message. If you are emailing the teacher please also email indicate students first and last name.

No School Attendance On November 9th

Monday, November 9, 2020 is a Remote Learning Planning Day for staff. During the time that District 303 staff members are engaged in their learning, students have the opportunity to use this day to work on assignments or to engage in optional learning experiences that the district has created.

Please visit the website D303 Optional Remote Learning For Students to access this resource. The website houses a variety of optional learning experiences in the areas of math, digital citizenship, English Language Arts, college and career, virtual field trips, STEM, and social emotional learning. Although these optional learning experiences were designed for use on Remote Learning Planning Days, students are welcome to engage in the learning experiences on the website at any time.


Please certify each child online every morning prior to 7:30am by filling out out the online form. Please know that you do not need to print out the "PASS" it generates. Once certified online sign the luggage tag on the students backpack for that day. Students without online certification are checked and parents called before they can enter the building. Thank you very much for your cooperation and understanding.


Veterans Day is next Wednesday, and I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our families who have shared photos of the veterans in your lives with us to include in our video. Mrs. Lorenz and Mrs. Jedlicka have been very hard at work on this video, and I am very appreciative of their incredible efforts. When you see the video, I'm sure you will be too! I also want to thank Major Dave Culver of the U.S. Army (and proud dad to Elijah, Morgan, and Mackenzie) for his inspiring message he recorded, as well as Mr. Brito and his orchestra students, Mrs. Lydigsen and her band students, and Mrs. Beetstra and her music classes for their beautiful performances. We have a few other surprises in the video as well and will send out the link next week. If we could not bring our veterans in to Norton Creek for this celebration of their heroism, we'll bring Norton Creek to them!

Please, remember to self-certify your Eagle each morning, and remember that if anyone in your household has symptoms, all students will need to stay home from school. Ultimately, following these safety protocols to the letter is what will keep our Norton Creek community healthy and our school stable for in-person learning.

You may notice that I have been directing traffic outside the last few days. I want to share a few requests to keep things moving and safe outside. Please, only drop your Eagles off at the front of the building and not on the curve. Dropping off on the curve presents two issues: on rainy days, they step into the grass and puddles and on snowy days, that grass will be piled high with snow. Also, dropping off at the curve prevents cars from turning in off of Smith Road sooner. Certainly, I can appreciate wanting to give your Eagle a shorter distance to travel to his or her classrooms; however, for those two reasons, it truly is necessary that all of our students be dropped off at the front of the school. Secondly, if you are picking up your Eagle at the park district lot and getting out of your car, please, wear a mask.

This Monday, Eagles will be home as our staff engages in our first remote planning day of the school year. Even if we never go remote, the skills, concepts, and strategies teachers learn and design will prove beneficial for our in-person learners as we better utilize technology to foster literacy, collaboration, and student engagement. Certainly, for our remote learners, this day will help even further sharpen their experiences in their remote classrooms.

We have spring weather in the beginning of November! So, please, enjoy it! Have a wonderful weekend!

Picture Day December 3rd!

Norton Creek picture day will be held on December 3rd. In person students will take pictures during the school day. This year Color Portraits is offering only prepay picture packages. Payment must be made prior to or on picture day. Please click on the link below to see instructions on how to order and prepay for your students pictures.

Note: Remote students will participate after the school day has ended from 2:00-3:30pm. Please enter the side of the building by the West Chicago Lot and enter through door 34. Only the student will be able to enter the building. A schedule with your child's class time will be sent out at a later date.

Prearranged Abscence

Students must apply for the privilege of using prearranged absence days through the principal’s office. This completed form must be turned in at least (2) school days prior to the requested absence. The building principal or designee has the authority to grant up to (5) days of excused absence per year for the following types of absences:

Participation in regional and/or national contests or awards

Family vacation—qualified by the phrase “accompanied by parent”

Special religious events

Please see form below. The form can also be found on the school website under Forms.

Please Help Student Council Provide Thanksgiving Meals!

The Norton Creek Student Council is once again collecting for the Salvation Army to raise money in order to provide a Thanksgiving meal for local neighbors who are hungry, homeless, unemployed, elderly, or who have simply run out of luck. Last year we raised $926.91. We would love to see if we can beat that number this year. Our student council has decorated empty water jugs and made them look like turkeys. A turkey will be placed in each classroom on Monday, November 2nd. Start sending in your change or dollar bills if you would like to contribute!!! Thank you!


Norton Creek Families please email with any information that needs to shared with the office staff. Some examples of this would be a change to dismissal, absence for the day, or if you need to have anything sent to the school such as a doctors note, etc. Please indicate your students first and last name and teacher. You can always call the office directly as well.

Thank you for your assistance.



Spirit wear is here!!! See attached flyer for info on how to order. Deadline is November 6 and orders are due to arrive before the Holidays. Thank you to Brad Steinhauser for working with our vendor to get your eagle-wear! Please contact him with any questions! Click here to order!

Earth Savers Update!

Pumpkin Composting: THIS Saturday, November 7, 2020 9AM-1:00PM

Norton Creek Families did you know that in 2015 Illinois declared pumpkin pie the state pie. And 85% of "processing" of pumpkin grown world-wide happens in Morton Grove, IL! These fun Halloween jack-o'-lanterns are full of nutrients that are great for our soil but often thrown in the trash, ultimately taking up space in landfills. Lets help Illinois be the leader in pumpkin composting and do something great for our environment. See the flyer below for information on a local drop off site for your pumpkins or click on the SCARCE link for DYI information on composting your own pumpkins at home. Thank you Norton Creek students and families for being Earth Savers!


You can STILL sign up on MTK for this year's virtual wellness club!! Email Coach Laura with any questions or concerns!



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Message from Health Office to Families

Health Office Contact Information

If a family needs to contact the school nurse with a doctor's note to return to school or has a question, please contact us at:

Brittany Jensen (Certified School Nurse) -

Cathy Leone (RISE RN) -

Sumana Parveen (RN) -

Virginia Wicinski (RN) -

Policy Regarding if a Member of a Student's Household is symptomatic without diagnostic testing or clinical evaluation.

If an individual in a student's home is experiencing COVID like symptoms and has not received a COVID test or has not been evaluated by a health care provider then household members (any person living in the home e.g. siblings that attend any D303 school, parents) are to quarantine.

COVID-like symptoms include: Fever (100.4° F or higher), new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain from an unknown cause, new congestion/runny nose, new loss of sense of taste or smell, nausea, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches. Medical Evaluation and Testing are Strongly Recommended for ALL persons with COVID-Like Symptoms.

Students will be able to return to school when:

  • If a COVID test is completed for the family member and test results are negative, the students in the family may return to school.
  • If the symptomatic family member is evaluated by his/her doctor and an alternative diagnosis is given to the family member, the students in the family may return to school.
  • If no COVID testing or no evaluation by a healthcare provider of the symptomatic family member, the family member will need to stay home 10 calendar days from onset of symptoms and ALL children in the family will need to stay home 14 calendar days from the onset of symptoms.
  • If the symptomatic family member tests positive for COVID-19, the symptomatic family will stay home for 10 calendar days and need a release from isolation letter from the health department. All children in the family will need to stay home for 14 days and will need a release from quarantine letter from their local health department.

If a family needs a release letter from the local health department, here are the contact numbers for the health department. The department you contact will depend on where you live.

Kane County: 630 -208-3801

Dupage County :(630) 682-7400

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

2nd Grade:11:05-11:25

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!


Click on the button for lunch menu.

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District 303 is now offering the opportunity for kindergarten students to order a meal that can be taken home after school. Students will choose items from a menu that will be ordered by their classroom teacher. The meals will be brought to the classroom 15 minutes prior to dismissal. Meals that students select are free of charge as part of the Federal Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) that has been extended through December 31, 2020.

Los estudiantes de kindergarten ahora tienen acceso a comidas preparadas para llevar

El Distrito 303 ahora les ofrece a los estudiantes de kindergarten la oportunidad de ordenar una comida que puede llevarse a casa después de la escuela. Los estudiantes pueden elegir de un menú y su maestro(a) tomará la orden. Las comidas se llevarán a los salones 15 minutos antes de la hora de salida de clases. Las comidas que los estudiantes seleccionan son gratuitas como parte del Programa Federal de Servicios Alimenticios del Verano (SFSP por sus siglas en inglés) que se ha extendido hasta el 31 de diciembre del 2020.

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Attendance Policy

Please see the district policy on attendance. More information can be found in the student handbook in the link below.