Norton Creek Elementary
Thursday Tidbits - December 10th, 2020
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
- 12/14/20- School Board Meeting at 7pm
- 12/17/20- Business Services Meeting at 5:30pm
- 12/18/20- Last Day of School in 2020
- 12/19/20-1/4/21- Winter Break-No Students
- 1/5/21- School Resumes/ Classes Resumes
New Email For All Families To Use
Remote School Attendance
Please call the school attendance line if your student will be absent/tardy/leaving early from Remote Learning 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 firstname.lastname@example.org indicate students first and last name.
SCHOOL DAILY SCHEDULES
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 email@example.com indicate students first and last name.
Remote Learning Information
Between Monday, November 30 and Friday, December 18, students in all District 303 schools and programs will be learning in remote environments. Our staff members and administrators worked tirelessly over the summer and fall to enhance remote learning to ensure that students have access to positive, meaningful learning experiences. You will notice that remote learning is different from what your child may have experienced in the spring. We encourage parents to provide students with a consistent working environment where they have access to technology and other learning materials. If your child will be absent from a remote learning day, please email the teacher and call the school office prior to the start of the school day.
Below you will find information about expectations, schedules, and specials during remote learning.
Student, Family, and Teacher Expectations
Elementary school hours will be between 8:00 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. Students are expected to be available and ready to learn during those hours, whether the learning is synchronous or asynchronous
As with in-person learning, students are expected to complete assigned work by the deadlines set by the teachers
We ask that parents allow students to work independently or in collaboration with their teacher and classmates as much as possible
Teachers will provide a weekly schedule that provides synchronous and asynchronous learning times.
Specials and Lunch
Students in grades 1-5 will have a 30-minute daily special (art, music, physical education and LRC). The remote special schedule will be the same as the in-person schedule, with lessons being both synchronous and asynchronous. The special teacher will share the schedule with the students.
Kindergarten students will continue to access 15-30 minutes of asynchronous specials each day.
Students will have a 40-minute lunch break on the same schedule as they had during in-person learning. Student lunch times are based on grade level so your children may have different lunch times.
Instructional Technology Support for Families Explanation
Families can find support for all of their technology needs on our Instructional Support for Families website. This website can be found on our district.d303.org page D303 Technical Support Resources. See below for some of the resources:
If you need IT support, technical assistance, device exchange, etc. please click on IT Direct Support.
For Chromebook troubleshooting, click on Using D303’s Chromebook.
For information on Seesaw, Google Classroom, and/or Schoology, click on the Learning Platforms support.
For information on our video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet, and Schoology Conferences, click on Video Conferencing Tools.
For support on any of the tools the teacher may use in the classroom, click on Digital Tools for Instruction.
Please see the Instructional Delivery Models document on the District website for sample schedules and expectations of all members of the learning community. We appreciate your partnership.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL...TONY WHITE
D303 has a Substitute Teacher's Handbook to show you the ins and outs of the job.
If after reading this, you are interested, please, reach out to Julie.Wenger@D303.org. Julie is our substitute coordinator. If you hold a Bachelor's degree, she can walk you through the process of applying for a substitute license with the state. This license affords you the opportunity to sub for teachers and teacher's assistants. If you hold a high school diploma or Associate's degree, you can apply for a Paraprofessional License. This license affords you the opportunity to sub for teacher's assistants.
After you get your license, you can apply to substitute teach in D303.
Click HERE for the application if you hold a Bachelor's degree and Substitute license.
Click HERE for the application if you hold a high school diploma or Associate's degree and Paraprofessional license.
Thank you very much for your consideration of becoming a substitute and helping us out. Have a wonderful weekend with your favorite people, and stay healthy and well!
Students have completed their winter i-Ready diagnostic. We will send home paper copies of diagnostic reports before winter break, but if you would like to access your child's i-Ready diagnostic information in the i-ready student portal as well as additional family resources, please watch the video below
Save The Date! December 16th-Virtual Orchestra Concert
Mark your calendars for:
Wednesday, December 16
Norton Creek Virtual December Orchestra Concert
What is a Virtual Concert Viewing Party?
You, and your family, friends - whomever you would like to invite -- may watch the premier of our Norton Creek Virtual December Orchestra Concert 2020. Next week I will share with you the YouTube link to watch our concert from the comfort of your home. The concert will begin at 6:45PM, Wednesday December 16. It will be great fun if we all watch it at the same time - snuggle up with some cookies and cocoa and enjoy the culmination of many hours of work by your musicians!
Can't make 6:45PM next Wednesday, December 16 work? No problem! You can view the concert using the same link (shared as it becomes available) anytime after 6:45PM next Wednesday.
School Picture Day Is Rescheduled
PTO'S E-NEWS THIS WEEK!
AVIC Letters to Teachers! firstname.lastname@example.org
Eagles can still show our teachers and staff some love! Have your Eagles use their amazing art skills to draw a picture or make a card! The mailbox is out front at Norton Creek for students to “mail” their cards/letters/pictures! See the flyer below for more information.
ART NIGHT! email@example.com
Coming January 15th, we will be hosting a virtual art night with All Things Art!! Stay tuned as we will be sending out more information on how to sign up in the coming weeks.
POINSETTIA FUNDRAISER firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to ALL that supported our first ever poinsettia fundraiser! Pick up information was sent and will be Thursday and Friday this week. These beautiful festive flowers will be at the Ignash household! See sign-up genius for more information!
EAGLES EAT OUT email@example.com
This month’s Eagles Eat Out is sponsored by Franky’s! Stop by THIS Saturday, December 12th to help support our school! See flyer below for more information.
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED
Have you spotted the Eagle? Are you seeing it in the Eagle News? If so, please fill out your name and where you spotted it on the google form here. Kindergarten and 1st grade parents may need to assist their eagle on the form!! Teachers can also share the google form link if you need it. Once a week, we will be drawing a winner and a prize will be delivered!! (it’s a good one too!)
AMAZONSMILE (K-5) firstname.lastname@example.orgCalling all shoppers (and this time of year, that’s all of us)! If you are shopping on Amazon, please consider using AmazonSmile. With every eligible purchase, AmazonSmile donates 0.5% to our school when you choose Norton Creek Elementary as your charity. This includes millions of everyday items at smile.amazon.com. You must use the specified link for Norton Creek to receive credit. Ask all of the Amazon shoppers in your family to use AmazonSmile!
Employment Opportunities With D303
It takes more adults to operate schools safely for students during the pandemic. District 303 currently has numerous job openings in a variety of job categories. If you are looking for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment, please visit the D303 Human Resources page to apply for a position.
One of the more flexible positions available is that of a D303 Substitute. You can choose to work, or not work, as your schedule permits. Take a moment and read the Substitute Handbook to see what this job entails.
If you are interested and hold a:
- Bachelor's degree in any field you would qualify to apply for a substitute license with the state which allows you to sub for teachers or teacher assistants. You would apply using THIS link.
- Associate's degree you apply for a Paraprofessional license which only allows you to sub for Teaching assistants. You would apply using THIS link.
- High School diploma you have to take an aptitude test with the KANE ROE office. Once you pass that, you apply for a Paraprofessional license which only allows you to sub for Teaching assistants. You would apply using THIS link.
Contact Julie Wenger (email@example.com) with any questions
Help For Those Affected By Covid-19
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) - Brittany.Jensen@d303.org
Cathy Leone (RISE RN) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sumana Parveen (RN) - email@example.com
Virginia Wicinski (RN) - firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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!