Norton Creek Elementary

Thursday Tidbits - October 8th, 2020


  • 10/8 &10/9- K-12 Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 10/12- Columbus Day Holiday(No School)
  • 10/13- District School Board Meeting at 7pm
  • 10/19- District Learning and Teaching Committee Meeting at 5:30pm
  • 10/21- District DPTO Meeting at 6pm
  • 10/26- District Business Services Committee Meeting at 5:30pm
  • 11/3- Election Day(No School)

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AM Session-

8:00am -10:15am

PM-Session -


1st thru 5th Grades-


Our School Office is open from 7:00am 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 when you leave a message. If you are emailing the teacher as well please indicate students first and last name.


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.


In keeping with last week's article on giving and receiving feedback, I've been thinking quite a bit about the concept of candor. It is incredibly easy and feels wonderful to say nice things to people. It becomes much harder to tell people (our kids or another adult) they could do something better (and can be even harder for us to receive). I believe this is because we just don't know how the recipient of said candor will react. Will he or she get defensive? Fly off the handle? Cry? Will this destroy our relationship? I think we worry about it because we project how we may react. As human beings, we often become defensive in the face of critical feedback because we erroneously believe that we are ALWAYS doing the best we can possibly do at the moment. The truth is, it's not possible to do the best we can possibly do all the time.

More often than not, we are doing the best we feel like doing at the moment. And, another true statement is that more often than not, that is certainly good enough. However, when we receive feedback to grow in an area, it is specific enough to be implemented, and we recognize that we could expend a bit more effort, it's a good time to take that next step and grow. When we're putting this into the context of our Eagles, we first need to ensure that our relationship is where it should be, then deliver the feedback, and then help the child know that we believe he or she can do what we're specifically asking them to do. When we consider all that research says about the impact feedback has on the learning process, it's such a simple concept to learn and difficult one to master that I thought I would give it a little time in our E-News.

Halloween is coming up, and I wanted to share a bit of news here that I will follow up with in more detail next week. Eagles will be able to wear their costumes to school on Friday, October 30. Costumes should be school appropriate with no blood, gore, or weapons. Halloween masks are not allowed and are not a replacement for our typical masks used to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Students can also certainly elect not to wear a costume if they so choose too. I'll have more information for you on Halloween as well as how we will recognize and celebrate our heroic veterans in our families and Norton Creek community very soon.

Beautiful weather up ahead and free time for our Eagles the next five days should lead to a wonderful weekend! Enjoy it with your favorite people!

Zoom For Your Students Conference

Please see the directions below for the Zoom Conferences for your students.


Please see the below guidelines for Halloween Celebrations this year at Norton Creek

  • Students will come dressed in costume to school that day
  • Costumes must be school appropriate with no blood, gore, weapons, or face masks
  • Halloween masks are not allowed - only our typical masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • There will be no food allowed for parties.


On the rare occasion that there will be a change to your student(s)' after school dismissal (i.e. bus), please send an email by 10:00 a.m. on the day of said change to:

Your student(s)' teacher and your student(s)' bus supervisor

Thank you for your assistance.

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.



We desperately need you to make sure you and your student are registered in MTK so you receive PTO information throughout the year! Please click here to ensure you are registered!


The Norton Creek PTO’s virtual Wellness Club is launching next Monday October 19th. Please see MTK for signups and attached flyer below! Our initiative is about integrating healthy food choices, fitness and happiness. The goal is to educate Norton Creek students, so they make better choices which will also improve academic performance. We will be offering a few culinary classes on Zoom and a new “Running Eagles” virtual program. We will provide the members with (1) fitness tracker so they can track their steps and report totals weekly. We utilize a running application called Active 4 Me Running Club that will be able to allow the kids to enter other activity challenges that will convert to laps/miles too. This application also sends personalized reports so they can keep track of their miles earned. This will make it a lot more fun during the winter when we can assign indoor activity challenges and offer a couple Zoom Yoga classes as well. We will still offer small prizes along the way to keep them motivated as well as the end of the year participation medals/trophies based on total miles for the season. There will be a one-time fee of $50.00.


Are you tired of your little one's mask falling off their nose? Do you want to show your school spirit?!! Please check out the BEAUTIFUL hand made masks made by one of our very own Eagle parents. Safe and secure school drop off has been established as well as convenient no contact payment through PayPal. See flyer below for sizes and prices. Your PTO will receive a donation for every mask purchased. Ordering is on MTK!


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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.


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.

Remote Lunch Pickup on 10/8/20

Due to the long weekend, families may pick up three days worth of meals at the following locations on Thursday, October 8. There will be NO meals available at the elementary schools, St. Charles Place, or Cumberland Green.

Thompson Middle School 8:45 - 9:15 am

Wredling Middle School 8:45 - 9:15 am

St. Charles East High School 7:30 - 8:00 am and 2:45 - 3:15 pm

St. Charles North High School 7:30 - 8:00 am and 2:45- 3:15 pm

Please note: Regular meal service will resume on Tuesday, October 13.

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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.