News

North Notes: April 5, 2021

Upcoming Events

April 5

  • No School | Vacation Day
  • No Asynchronous Activities | District/School Offices Closed

April 6

  • Elementary Spirit Day:  Dress-Up Backwards!
  • Hybrid A and B groups attend together in person!
  • Morning Meeting for all grades | 9:15 AM
  • Remote Learning Live Times | Various
  • 4th and 5th Grade Choir | 3:15 PM

April 7

  • Elementary Spirit Day: Hawaiian Day!
  • Hybrid A and B groups attend together in person!
  • 2021-2022 PTO Officer Interest Due to Mr. Franks
  • Morning Meeting for all grades | 9:15 AM
  • Remote Learning Live Times | Various

April 8

  • Elementary Spirit Day: Sports Day!
  • All Flower Fundraiser Sales Orders and Money Due
  • Hybrid A and B groups attend together in person!
  • Morning Meeting for all grades | 9:15 AM
  • Remote Learning Live Times | Various
  • Battle of the Books Practice (Virtual) | 3:30 PM

April 9

  • Remote Learning Day for All Students
  • Supply Pick-up for Remote Students | 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Morning Meeting for all grades | 9:15 AM
  • Delivery of Supplies Begin | 12:30 PM

Announcements

INSTRUCTION CHANGES AND REMINDERS

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 6, we will start our in-person learning four days per week. As we make plans for this change, please make sure you are aware and plan for the following changes to occur:

IN-PERSON LEARNERS

  • In-person learners will attend school Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM - 2:10 PM. The doors will open at the 8:45 AM bell. All students will enter door W2, nearest the flagpole.
  • Masking is still required of all students and adults in a school building.  This is especially important as we move to three feet social distance in many instances.   All students will need a fresh, clean mask each day.   Because masks will be worn at all times (except eating), it is important that masks be comfortable and appropriately fitted.   Masks that slip or slide down cause a distraction for students.  Masks should attach at the ears, and cover the mouth and nose snugly. It is a good idea for students to bring an extra mask to switch out when they get wet, dirty or break.    Gaiter-style masks may be worn as long as they are double layered and fit snugly over the nose and mouth.   Because these guidelines will be strictly enforced, your child may be issued a mask at school.
  • In-person learners will be three apart in most classrooms
  • During lunch and snack students will have their masks off and will remain six feet apart
  • School water fountains have been turned off, but the water bottle fill stations remain on.   It is important for students to bring their own labeled water bottle for drinking water each day.  
  • Families need to be sure to complete the Daily Self Certification before leaving the house each day.  This ensures that all students and staff that are entering the building are healthy and symptom-free.
  • At this time, the contract tracing guidelines from the IDPH have not changed so if a student in a class is COVID positive, anyone who is seated less than 6 feet from the student will be quarantined.  Decreased distancing in the classroom potentially increases the number of individuals who may need to quarantine if there is a positive case.

REMOTE LEARNERS

  • Remote learners will continue to participate in live sessions daily
  • Any remote student who will be absent from a live session must contact the office prior to the absence with a reason for the absence
  • Teachers will only be posting recordings of live sessions for excused absences
  • Remote learners may see changes to their instructional delivery and learning boards.
  • Remote students should attend their learning pods at the end of the day.
  • Remote supply pick-up is available on Friday mornings until 11:00 AM.

ALL LEARNERS

  • Fridays will be asynchronous learning days for all learners
  • Any vacation days away from school need to be preapproved using the vacation request form. These can be requested through Mrs. Horan in the main office.  
  • All students will complete their specials daily asynchronous

DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP REMINDERS

With the change in the number of students attending daily, we all need to make sure we are following the procedures for drop-off and pick-up to ensure a safe and efficient experience for everyone.  A few helpful tips:

  • Student drop-off may begin as early as 8:45 and as late as 9:00.
  • When dropping off or picking up students, please use the designated area within the staff lot off of Brickville.  
  • Parents need to make sure that students are dropped-off and picked-up curbside.  Please do not exit your vehicle.  Staff will be in the area to help with traffic flow and to assist your child, if needed.   If your child requires additional assistance, please park in a designated space and walk your student to or from the entrance.  
  • For pick-up, students with last names M-Z (Car Line B) will be waiting near the East side of the pick-up area.   Students with last names A-L (Car Line A) will be at the West Side of the pick-up area.    Please see the diagram for additional information.
  • We ask that you please note the areas of “no parking” and please only use the student drop-off and pick-up area on the side of the school before and after school.   We appreciate the courtesy to our neighbors by not parking on the street, using their driveways as turnabouts, or blocking their mailboxes.   
  • Thank you for your patience and support as everyone navigates this together.

FLOWER FUNDRAISER - LAST FEW DAYS!

North School is selling beautiful hanging baskets and planters!   These items are due to deliver around Mother’s Day!  In conjunction with Roden’s Elegant Gardens in Roscoe, Illinois, we are happy to offer this PTO fundraiser as a way to assist our PTO continue their great work until we can continue to offer our clothing sale again next year.   Sales are going on now through April 8. 

IAR STATE TESTING

Districts throughout Illinois will be taking the Illinois Assessment of Readiness in grades 3-5.  We will be starting these assessments the week of April 12. The testing schedule is outlined below.   If you are a remote family, please note that we are setting up our computer lab with six feet of social distancing for remote learners to attend and take the assessments. You are not allowed to take the state assessments in a remote setting.    As a building we need to be prepared for this process.   If you are planning to attend the in-person testing sessions, please contact Mr. Franks or your child’s teacher to let us know.  We will not be teaching live during testing sessions.

3RD GRADE TESTING

  • Tuesday, April 13 | 10:30AM-11:45AM
  • Thursday, April 15 | 10:30AM-11:30AM
  • Tuesday, April 20 | 10:30AM-11:45AM
  • Thursday, April 22 | 10:30AM-12:15PM
  • Tuesday, April 27 | 10:30AM-11:30AM

4TH GRADE TESTING

  • Tuesday, April 13 | 10:30AM-12:00PM
  • Thursday, April 15 | 10:30AM-11:30AM
  • Tuesday, April 20 | 10:30AM-12:00PM
  • Thursday, April 22 | 10:30AM-12:15PM
  • Tuesday, April 27 | 10:30AM-11:30AM

5TH GRADE TESTING

  • Monday, April 12 | 10:30AM-12:00PM
  • Wednesday, April 14 | 10:30AM-11:30AM
  • Monday, April 19 | 10:30AM-12:00PM
  • Wednesday, April 21 | 10:30AM-12:15PM
  • Monday, April 26 | 10:30AM-11:30AM
  • Wednesday, April 28 | 10:30AM-11:30AM
  • Thursday, April 29 | 10:30AM-12:30PM

PTO OFFICERS

Per PTO by-laws, April is nomination month for our officer positions.  If you are interested in running for a PTO Officer position for next school year, please email me by Wednesday, April 7.   When contacting me, please email me your name and your position of interest:  president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer.   Officers serve a term of one year and can have the same position for two consecutive terms.  Elections are held annually at the May meeting.

YEARBOOKS - SPECIAL PURCHASE POSSIBLE

Our limited inventory of yearbooks sold out!  After speaking with our publisher, we are able to get more copies, but since the book has already been published and shipped, it will be an additional cost to do a book re-rerun.   If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the yearbook and did not reserve one, please contact the office and let Kathy Horan know.  If we have enough interest to meet the minimum order requirement, we will proceed with the additional order.  

PTO NIGHT @ NOODLES AND COMPANY

As a reminder, our next PTO Fundraiser Night will be at Noodles and Company on Tuesday, April 13. The flyer is attached to share with your family and friends!

DAILY SELF CERTIFICATION

As we continue to implement ways to keep our community and families safe, we have made some important changes to our process for symptomatic, exposed or COVID-19 positive students or staff. We understand this process has evolved many times throughout the pandemic. As our understanding of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) improves, we continue to make policy changes that help us keep students and staff members within the district as safe as possible. We appreciate your continued commitment to stay current with the latest information and help keep our schools operational throughout this challenging time. Please call the school office if your student is feeling ill, and be prepared to answer a few questions that will help us quickly and efficiently evaluate your child so that we can provide you information based on the latest recommended guidelines. It is imperative that if your student is experiencing ANY of the following symptoms, they remain home from school and any extracurricular activities outside the home.

  • Fever or chills  
  • Moderate to Severe Headache 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Congestion/runny nose
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches 

We know that things may look a little different this year and we are committed to keeping you informed on the changes that are taking place. Here is an overview of what your student can expect if they come to the Health Office with any of the symptoms listed above: 

  • The student will be brought to the health office where the nurse or their designee will quickly evaluate the student’s condition. 
  • If it is determined that they are experiencing any COVID like symptoms the student will be escorted to a designated and supervised isolation area. 
  • The school Nurse will notify the parent/guardian and walk them through the process of what is required for the student to return to school. 
  • Sick students should be safely transported home by parent or guardian as soon as possible.
  • Other household members of the student will be sent home as well. 
  • Students will be expected to remain home from school and any extracurricular activities until cleared to return by the school nurse. 

If your child will not be able to attend school or attend their online sessions, please contact our office to report an absence at (815) 899-8209.

ONLINE REGISTRATION

Online registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now available via the Campus Portal.  Registration may be completed by the primary residential guardian through June 4.  If you have any questions about the process or accessing your online portal account, please contact the District Administration Center at (815) 899-8100.

MEALS

Breakfast and lunch is available for all students attending in-person each day, free of charge.  Peanut butter and jelly along with the main menu offering is available daily.  Menus for breakfast and lunch can be found on the District website by clicking here.  Families wishing to sign-up for meals on days when school is not in session should contact our office or the District office at (815) 899-8100.

ATTENDANCE

Students should always take time to complete the attendance form and watch the daily announcements first thing as part of their school routine.  This is important so we can be assured students are participating in school and receive our state funding. We appreciate you making this a priority for your child each day. If your child will not be able to participate in the school sessions for that day, please call our office to report an absence at (815) 899-8209.

RESOURCES

THE FINAL SAY - A WORD FROM MR. FRANKS

Happy April!  I hope you all had a great extended weekend and were able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather.  

We are so excited to be transitioning again this week to another pivotal instructional model as we continue to move towards school normalcy.  

Thank you to all of our families that have been sending in those flower sales.  We know that this is a unique time, and we are grateful for any support.  

As we make this next transition, if you have any questions, or need additional support, please let me know what you need. We are happy to help.

Take care, stay well, and shine bright!

Mr. Franks