Norton Creek Elementary
Thursday Tidbits - October 3, 2019
FROM THE PRINCIPAL...TONY WHITE
In a small town some years ago, five high school seniors with a need to be remembered hatched a plan for a prank they believed would be simple and harmless - steal five or six turkeys from a local farm, break into their school, set the turkeys loose, let them make a mess, and everyone would have a laugh the next morning when everyone got to school. That isn't exactly how events unfolded that night. It's a bit of a long story, but sadly, two turkeys died and the school was completely a mess. Beyond the condition of the school, the community was deeply hurt, saddened, and angry with these boys for what they did.
The school and farm pressed charges, and the case went before a judge. He saw the harm the boys had caused the community and saw the need to repair it, so he referred the case to the restorative justice program for a restorative conference. A restorative conference is facilitated by a neutral third party and is participated in by the one(s) who caused the harm, their families, and those harmed in the incident (be it physically or emotionally).
The high school's custodian participated in the conference, and in the prep work told the facilitator that he didn't want to get in a circle and sing "Kum Bah Ya." In the conference, one of the seniors spoke with his voice trembling about the shame he felt and not being able to look anyone in the eye as he walked around town. The custodian told him, "The next time you see me on the street, you can look me in the eye because I will remember you for who you were tonight and not for what you did."
This is discipline that works. It lets people know that they didn't merely violate a rule - they violated a relationship. And, then it puts the onus on them to repair it directly with the person they harmed. In the coming weeks, I will write more about this approach to discipline - the research behind it and ways we are putting it to use at Norton Creek.
Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for supporting our school through Loop the Lake! If you still have an envelope to hand in, our PTO has extended the deadline until tomorrow.
NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DAY UPDATE
Thank you to all parents who completed the form that provided us with feedback about the new elementary school day. The District was thrilled to have received over 900 responses. On September 23, parents and staff members who make up the Think Tank met to review research and have a discussion about innovative learning and what it looks like in District 303. In addition, they analyzed the feedback form responses. A summary of the first meeting is available on the District 303 website here. We encourage you to take a moment to read over the summary. We will provide you with additional summaries after subsequent meetings.
LOOP THE LAKE (K-5) firstname.lastname@example.org
Please support our Fall fundraiser and help us fund this year’s fun PTO events and programs! Loop the Lake is a fun and healthy run or walk that students participate in to raise money for our school, build school spirit, and earn wristbands. Watch the PTO website to see our pledge progress! Thank you to all the families that have donated. THE DEADLINE FOR $50 DONATIONS FOR A T-SHIRT AND RAFFLE ENTRIES IS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4.
EARTH SAVERS CLUB (K-5) email@example.com
Registration for this club is now open on the PTO website! Last day to register is October 10. Please see attached flyer for more information.
Our Football & Flannels thank you luncheon for teachers and staff will be coming up in October. We need your help! Log on to the PTO website for volunteer opportunities!
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EARTH SAVERS CLUB REGISTRATION
Deadline to register is October 10th
LOOP THE LAKE
The deadline for $50 donations for a t-shirt and raffle entries is Friday, October 4th.
IMPORTANT DISMISSAL REMINDER:
- Your student(s)' teacher and
- Your student(s)' bus supervisor
Thank you for your assistance.
All Day Kindergarten Tuition/PushCoin:
All Day Kindergarten (ADK) tuition payment is due October 15th. All payments must be made through PushCoin or mailed to or dropped off at the District office at 201 South 7th Street, St. Charles, IL 60174. PushCoin directions can be found on the District website under the Parent pull down menu under Webstore/Pushcoin. Per District policy, tuition payments cannot be accepted at Norton Creek. If you would like to set up ADK monthly auto pay, please contact Wendy Sedwick at 331-228-4927. ADK tuition payments are billed in PushCoin on the first of each month and are due on the 15th of each month through April 15th.
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