Norris News!

A weekly update from campus...

September 23, 2016

Book Fair & College Week -- Thank you!!

Thank you to everyone who participated in College & Career Week, and the "Bookaneer" Book Fair! A HUGE thank you to Mrs. Miller for organizing such a great college week, and to Marilyn Peebles and the PTA for running such an awesome Book Fair! See the fun pictures below of the Kindergarten and Fifth grade teachers dressed up for the "get creative with tape" day, and photos from the Book Fair!
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New Friday Tradition at Norris!

We are going to start something new at Norris! Every Friday the students will be encouraged to wear their sports uniforms or other activity uniforms to school. A lot of students play different sports or other activities on the weekends, so in order to promote a healthy lifestyle, they will be able to “represent” their teams on Fridays. Any uniform that is worn needs to follow dress code guidelines. If a student doesn’t play any sports, they can wear their Norris shirts. We will start this new tradition NEXT Friday!

Student Showcase Nights

We will have four Student Showcase nights at Norris this year, where students can show off their talents. The Showcase nights include:

  • Music and Singing – October 13, 2016
  • Art and Poetry – January 19, 2017
  • Dance – March 30, 2017
  • Athletic Abilities – June 1, 2017

Since we want to showcase as many students as possible, please have your child select one night. All Student Showcase acts must follow the Student Code of Conduct. It is the parent's responsibility to ensure each act is school appropriate. Costumes must meet the student dress code.

Below is the link to the Showcase Night form to sign up if your child is interested in showcasing their special talent. This form will close on Friday, September 30th.

Upcoming Events

September 27: Master Builders; 2:55-3:45 pm

September 28: Jump Rope Club; 1st & 2nd grade; 7:15 am

September 29: Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Event; 6:30 pm

September 30: Jump Rope Club; 3rd-5th grade; 7:15 am

October 3-7: PTA Box Tops Collection Week

October 4: Walk to School Day

  • 1st grade Safety Town - Vandercook & Berkheiser classes

October 5: Jump Rope Club; 1st & 2nd grade; 7:15 am

  • 1st grade Safety Town - Stroud & Hollis classes
  • New to Frisco ISD Orientation; 7:00 pm @ FISD Administration Building

October 6: 1st grade Safety Town - Fine & Brommer classes

October 7: Staff Development Day -- NO SCHOOL for students

October 10: Columbus Day -- NO SCHOOL

October 11: Kids Count Players Performance; Kindergarten-2nd grade

October 12: Jump Rope Club; 1st & 2nd grade; 7:15 am

  • Big Orange Pumpkin Patch Field Trip; Kindergarten

October 13: Coffee With Counselors: Protective Parent Program (goes with the Kids Count Players program for K-2nd grade); 8:00 am @ Norris Library

  • Student Showcase Night: Music & Singing; 6:30 pm @ Norris Cafeteria

October 14: Jump Rope Club; 3rd-5th grade; 7:15 am

  • Storytelling Field Day; 4th grade

October 17-21: National School Lunch Week

October 19: Elm Fork Field Trip; 4th grade

  • Dinosaur George Event; all grades during specials
  • Dinosaur George Family Night; 5:00-7:00 pm @ Norris Gym

October 21: Jump Rope Club; 3rd-5th grade; 7:15 am

  • PTA Spirit Stick Sales at recess
  • Frisco Fires Clowns Assembly (This will replace our regular Norris Now, and will be earlier in the day)

October 24-28: Red Ribbon Week

October 25: Master Builders; after school

October 26: Picture Retake Day

  • Jump Rope Club; 1st & 2nd grade; 7:15 am
  • Opera Field Trip; 3rd grade
  • Illustrator Visit: AG Ford; all grades; school hours

October 28: Jump Rope Club; 3rd-5th grade; 7:15 am

  • PTA Fun Run; during specials

Counselor's Corner

This year’s college and career week was a great success! All grade levels explored Paws in Job land to find out more about careers and career pathways they are interested in. Your child might be interested in more than one career or pathway.

Home challenge:

  • Encourage your child to explore their interests and find the “why” behind their spark.
  • Observe the toys/activities your child is interested in. This can help to identify where a child’s passion is located. Again, encourage why they like the toys and go from there.

Students chosen by staff who demonstrated college and career readiness were given “tickets to success” as recognition. Rewards were generously donated to our school from various colleges and alumni associations.

Home challenge:

  • Contact your alumni association(s) and request small items for us to reward our students with. Examples of items we had this year included: pencils, pens, book marks, cups, bags, color pages, stickers, pennants, note pads, lanyards, posters and other elementary appropriate items. Most colleges will follow through when it is mailed to the school directly.

The college and career readiness continued in our Character lab meetings. Students learned about S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Action, Realistic, and Timely) goals and started thinking of goals they would like to set.

Home challenge:

  • Set SMART goals as a family! Don’t be afraid to re-evaluate if needed. As always, CELEBRATE when the goal is accomplished!

The students really enjoyed seeing where our Norris staff members went to college. We will have the college graph and teacher facts in the hallway on display for a few more weeks. Take a look!

Mrs. Miller

PTA News

BOX TOPS: Continue collecting box tops! The first collection week will be here before we know it.

To stay up to date on all PTA events and important information, like us on Facebook @NorrisPTA, and check out our website: We can also be followed on Twitter @NorrisPTAFrisco

Library Volunteers Needed!

Looking for a way to help out? Look no farther. The library desperately needs your help! No experience needed. Just complete your background check and sign up for a slot through SignUpGenius. The link for SignUpGenius is below, as well as a link to the background check form (takes 3-5 business days to process).

Bookmark contest from Frisco Public Library

The Frisco Public library is hosting a bookmark contest. Below is the form to fill out if your student wishes to participate.
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How to Pay for College Forum

The American Legion Post 178 of Frisco is hosting a forum for students, parents and school guidance counselors who are interested in learning more about pursuing and paying for a college education through multiple opportunities.

The forum will be held on October 3, 2016 from 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Please follow the link below for more information.

Protective Parents Program at Norris

There will be a program for parents that goes along with the the Kids Count Players assembly for Kindergarten-2nd grade. See the flyer below...
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IHS Royals Daddy Daughter Dance

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TGA Golf at Norris

A new enrichment program will be available at Norris on October 19th. See more information on the flyer below...
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