North Notes: November 2, 2021

Important Dates

Monday, November 1

  • Happy November!
  • New Core Value | Citizenship
  • No School | Vacation Day

Wednesday, November 3

  • Full Band Rehearsal @ North School | 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Thursday,November 4

  • Late Start Thursday — Doors open at 9:15 AM, school starts at 9:30 AM
  • Battle of the Books Practice | 3:30 PM

Friday, November 5

  • National Jersey Friday | wear your favorite team gear!
  • End of Trimester
  • Choir Rehearsal | 7:45 AM
  • Have a Great Weekend!

Sunday, November 7

  • Daylight Savings Time Ends | Set clocks back one hour

Full Calendar

Employment Opportunities

The District is working to fill several positions. We are seeking several part and full-time positions. If you are interested, please click the link to see what might fit you best. If you are not interested, please feel free to pass around the information! We could really use your help with these positions.

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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.

Veteran's Day

This year we will continue to do our Veteran’s Day celebration differently than in the past. If you have a Veteran or actively serving member of the military in your family, could you please send me their picture, name, and branch of service? I would like to feature them in a virtual presentation to our students. If all submissions could be received to my email,, by Friday, November 5 at 10:00 PM, that would be greatly appreciated.

Tom & Jerry's PTO Fundraiser

Sycamore Tom and Jerry’s will be donating 10% back from sales 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 9. Dine in, drive thru, or delivery options are available.  We are looking forward to seeing you there!  Print out the attached flyer to share with your co-workers, family members, and friends!

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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

I hope you all had a great weekend.  After a rainy start, it was a beautiful ending to the Pumpkin Festival festivities.  Congratulations and thank you to all of our staff, parents and students for their support and participation.

As the calendar page has changed once again, please remember to send your child with proper outerwear.   We will continue to go outside every day for snack/mask breaks and lunch recess as long as the temperature is without a windshield below zero.  A sweatshirt, jacket, hat, scarf, and gloves may be needed as the weather continues to become cooler.   Eventually (not too soon hopefully!), students will need snow pants and boots.  

As many families are preparing for the upcoming season, please let us know if you are in need of assistance with meals, holiday help, or winter clothing. You can contact me directly or our social worker, Katie Beebe (, for confidential support.  We will do everything we can to find our families the resources they need.

Have a great week!

Take care, stay well, and shine bright —

Mr. Franks