North Notes: September 20, 2021

IMPORTANT DATES

Tuesday, September 21

  • Intruder Drill

Thursday, September 23

  • Late Start Thursday — doors open at 9:15 AM; school starts at 9:30 AM
  • Battle of the Books practice — 3:30 PM in the library

Friday, September 24

  • Have a Great Weekend!

Full Calendar

 

IN THIS ISSUE

 

SCHOOL YEAR REMINDERS

  • Morning drop-off on Monday-Wednesday and Friday is 8:15 AM.  Supervision is not available before that time. Please try to send your student to school between 8:15-8:30 AM.
  • Each Thursday our school will have a late start. School begins at 9:30 AM, with drop-off beginning at 9:15 AM.
  • 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.
 

EMERGENCY DRILLS

As part of our yearly planned drills, this week on Tuesday, we will conduct our Intruder (ALICE) Drill for our school.  These drills are done in conjunction with our District Safety Team and the Sycamore Police Department.  At our scheduled time, we will conduct our drill in accordance with the training that we have given our students and staff.  All of our students have practiced this drill with their classroom teacher, along with reading the book “I’m Not Scared, I’m Prepared”. 

 

PICTURES HOME

Picture Packages are making their way home - be sure to check your child’s backpack! If you haven't ordered, it's not too late. Inter-state Studios is sending home slips printed with your child's picture and Order Code. If you like what you see, you can still order online. Picture retake day is Wednesday, November 17.

 

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.
 

KINDERGARTEN PHYSICALS

The school nurse would like to remind all of our kindergarten guardians that the school physicals and immunizations are due. Please have your child bring them to the classroom teacher or they can be dropped off at the front office.

 

THE BOOK FAIR IS COMING!

Our school is having a Follett Book Fair!  This fall we'll have 2 ways to shop: at school and online!

  • Shop at School: October 11-15, 2021. Hours are 8:00-8:30 AM, and 3:35-6:00 PM in North's Library. We will be open during Fall Fest, on Thursday, October 14th!
  • Shop online: October 1-15, 2021 at this link.

No matter how you choose to shop, all purchases benefit our school library! Gift cards for our live fair can be found by clicking here. Online purchases are shipped to North Elementary after our live fair closes on October 15, 2021.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Our Fall book fair will be live and in person, October 11-15, 2021, and we need your help to make this North library fundraiser a success!  Did you know that Book Fair volunteers can earn a 20% discount on their book purchases at the fair?  We'd love to have your help setting up the fair, decorating, online promotions, helping with the student preview, checking students out, taking down the fair and more!  Visit the sign up link to sign up for 2 hours or less of your time.

 

A WORD FROM MR. LUCCA, OUR P.E. TEACHER

I hope that everyone is enjoying being back at school. I am beyond excited to have P.E. back in person. We have been outside a lot more for P.E. to allow the students to take their masks off while we do activities. Throughout the month of September we have integrated team building activities that require teamwork and communication. We are currently in our soccer unit and will begin our football unit later this month.

  • Vocabulary Words
    • Dribbling, passing, instep, kicking, strikers, midfielders, offense, defense, goalies, throw, catch, spiral, punt, quarterback, receivers, soccer, football, muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, heart rate, pulse
  • Character Word of the Month
    • Respect- To admire someone or something due to their abilities, qualities, and achievements. “The Golden Rule”- Treat others the way you want to be treated.
 

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.

View Positions

 

CUB SCOUT PACK 118 | JOIN THE FUN! 

For video information click here. For other questions, contact Cubmaster Scott Peska at speska@gmail.com with any questions.

 

INTERNET SUPPORT

Federal aid is now available specifically to help families pay for high-speed internet service, plus a computer or tablet. It’s called the Emergency Broadband Benefit, and it provides discounts of up to $50 a month for high-speed internet along with a one time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.  

Households qualify if anyone in the household is eligible for the free and reduced-price school lunch or breakfast programs; participates in SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline; received a Federal Pell Grant this year; or lost significant income due to furlough or job loss since Feb. 29, 2020. Please see the link below for more details about this support program.
Internet Service Site

Learn More

 

RESOURCES

 

THE FINAL SAY - A WORD FROM MR. FRANKS

Did you know that all of our North Stars practice their safety drills in the Fall?  You may have heard your child(ren) mention our fire drills, shelter in place for bad weather drill, bus evacuation drill, and our law enforcement drill. All drills are focused on helping our students to feel empowered by knowing the procedures we have in place to keep them safe. Our staff does a great job preparing with a positive message of how safety is all about building knowledge and practices that will help in different situations. Although we always hope we will never have to use the information taught, having it makes a huge difference.  

Have a great week!

Take care, stay well, and shine bright!

Mr. Franks