North Notes: January 10, 2022

Important Dates

Monday, January 10

  • No Orchestra Rehearsal
  • No Battle of the Books Battle — battle has been postponed!
  • PTO Meeting | 6:30 PM via Google Meet

Tuesday, January 11

  • PTO Fundraiser Night @ Hobnobbers | 4:00 PM-Close
  • Board of Education Meeting @ Sycamore High School | 7:00 PM — LOCATION CHANGE

Wednesday, January 12

  • Full Band Rehearsal | 3:30 PM

Thursday, January 13

  • Late Start | Doors Open At 9:15 AM, School Begins @ 9:30 AM
  • Battle of the Books practice | 3:30 PM

Friday, January 14

  • Happy Friday!
  • Choir Rehearsal | 7:45 AM
  • Winter testing scores sent home

Monday, January 17

  • No School | Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Full Calendar

School Year Reminders

  • Morning drop-off on Monday-Wednesday and Friday is 8:30 AM.  Supervision is not available before that time. Please try to send your student to school between 8:30 - 8:45 AM.
  • Each Thursday our school will have a late start. School begins at 9:30 AM, with drop-off beginning at 9:15 AM. Please send your student to school between 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM, as there is not outside supervision before that time.
  • All students should bring a water bottle. Our drinking fountains are turned off, but our bottle fillers remain on.
  • All students should wear a clean, well-fitted mask that covers their nose, mouth and chin, snug around the cheeks with no gaps. All masks should be multiple layers made up of two or more washable, breathable fabric. Spare masks in a backpack or left at school are important as masks may tear, get wet, or need to be replaced throughout the day.
  • If your child is feeling sick or if you have a person exhibiting COVID symptoms in your home, please do not send your child to school.   Call us for details on your next steps. 
  • Students arriving or departing school on a bike should remember to get off and walk it once on school grounds. This helps keep our other friends and guests safe as they walk to school or wait for their students for the evening.

Cold Weather

Cool weather is here! As temperatures continue to drop, be sure your children are dressed appropriately for the weather. When the temperature is 60° or below, all students are expected to wear a jacket. When the temperature is below 40° students should wear winter coats, hats and gloves. If students wish to play in the snow they must have on boots and snow pants.

Also, please note that students will go outside for recess unless the temperature and/or wind chill is below zero.  If you need assistance with any winter gear, please contact the office.

North PTO Night at Hobnobbers

On Tuesday evening, 10 percent of dine-in and carryout orders will benefit North Elementary School. Hours are 4 PM-close. If you are looking for an excuse to eat out — look no further!

Market Day

Market Day is back!  We are so excited to be offering this service to our families again - with direct mail order service and profits for our school! To see the January specials click here or to register your own account click here for information. Our PTO appreciates the support.

Register for Market Day

View January Specials

Math Games

Games are a great way to promote learning while having fun and engaging the entire family. The Math Specialists suggest the following board games and Eureka card games as an excellent way to reinforce math skills from home. Through games you can connect family fun and learning. The Math Specialists look forward to sharing more ideas to promote ways and incorporate math at home. Enjoy!

View Board Games

View Eureka Card Games

Early Learning Resources

Check out this new early learning resource to support families: a series of short videos aligned with the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) measures, featuring real families sharing ways to support their 3-5 year olds as they develop social-emotional, math and literacy skills. These videos also align to Basics DeKalb County, our local birth-age 3 initiative.

View Video in English

Ver video en español

1st Place Spirit Wear Now Available

If you would like to purchase some North School spirit wear, check out our new online shop. With the ease of an online shop, we require no order deadlines and no minimums! All orders are shipped directly to home and proceeds of every sale come back to support our school. A big grand opening sale is coming soon — look for 25% off and free shipping at the end of the month! (Some restrictions apply.)

Purchase Spirit Wear

Daily Self-Certification

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, your student should stay home from school and any extracurricular activities outside the home.

  • Temperature of 100.4 (or greater) degrees fahrenheit/38 degrees Celsius;
  • Cough;
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
  • Chills;
  • Fatigue;
  • Muscle and body aches;
  • Moderate to severe headache;
  • Sore throat;
  • New loss of taste or smell;
  • Vomiting;
  • Diarrhea; or
  • Any other COVID-19 symptoms identified by the CDC or IDPH.

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.
  • Siblings/household members of the symptomatic student may also be sent home.
  • Students will be expected to remain home from school and any extracurricular activities until cleared to return by the school nurse.

District Travel Guidelines

At this time, students will not need to be excluded after traveling (domestic or international). Individuals who have traveled should closely monitor symptoms for 14 days after arriving home. If symptoms develop, that individual should stay home and notify their school. It is recommended that those who travel internationally should test 3-5 days after returning.   


The Final Say — A Word From Mr. Franks

It’s been a bitter cold week, but we are back! Students are learning, experiencing, and growing.  

This month we are working on the core value of equality. If you would like to work with us at home, here are two great texts that illustrate the value.

Book Read alouds:

Thank you for all of your support.

Take care, stay well, and shine bright!

Mr. Franks
Principal, North Elementary School