12/6/2019 Newsletter


EES CONCERT: The Winter concert is scheduled for Monday, December 9th It will begin at 6:30 PM. and will be held at East Campus in the gym. The students will practice at East Campus on Thursday at 12:30 and at 8:30 AM. on Friday and Monday.

EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING: In the event there is a need to start school late or close schools due to inclement weather, or other emergencies, the announcements will be made on the radio and television stations listed below. KQNK of Norton is the primary broadcast outlet for the Norton schools.
KQNK 1530 AM 106.7 FM Norton
KRVN 880 AM Lexington, NE
KKAN 1490 AM Phillipsburg
KQMA 92.5 FM Phillipsburg

KSNK NBC Channel 8
KBSH CBS Channel 7
NTV ABC Channel 13

GINGERBREAD HOUSE: The 1st graders will be working on their Gingerbread Houses on the 10th of December at 2:00 PM. in the school cafeteria.

GO EDU STAR: If parents would like to monitor their child’s progress, they can contact the elementary office and receive a password that will enable them to access their child’s work at school.

WINTER ACTIVITIES: The high school winter sports scene is upon us, which is a time to remind our students what is appropriate behavior while attending basketball games and wrestling matches.

TOBACCO POLICY: A reminder that all the school properties in Norton are TOBACCO FREE.

PICKING UP CHILDREN: A reminder that the teachers and the office appreciate any advance notice of parents picking up students during the day. Advance notice allows the teachers to make sure the student has everything they need when they leave school. Attendance is a very important part of the school day and with prior notice of a student leaving school early, it allows the office to keep accurate records.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS: There are times during the holiday break, that families will move from one address to the next or change a phone number. If this occurs, please let the school know of the changes. This assures us that we will be able to get ahold of parents when the need arises. If a family is planning on moving from Norton, please let us know so we can send appropriate information to the new school. Thanks for your help in this manner.

REPORT CARDS: Report cards will be going home the first week of January after we come back from the Holiday Break.

HANDWASHING: We have hand sanitizer available in all the rooms as well as in the lunchroom. Parents can help the school by encouraging your child(ren) to observe the proper ways to washing their hands and covering their mouth while sneezing or coughing.

TRANSPORTATION: We are asking parents to talk with their child(ren) about using the crosswalks when being dropped off the shuttle buses in the afternoon. It is important that students exercise caution when being dropped off the bus. The bus drivers do a great job communicating with the students when they get on and off the bus, but it helps when parents talk to their child about the importance of being safe.

SCHOOL BUS GUIDELINES FOR SAFE RIDING: Riding a school bus can be a fun time for students, however, it is a privilege to ride a bus and not a right. We have a great bunch of bus drivers in our community who spend countless hours transporting children safely to and from school, and school activities. We need to do all we can to help make their job easier during the school session, so the students are safer on the buses.

SACK LUNCHES: A couple of things about sack lunches that students are bringing to school. First, please don’t send food in any markings of the local fast food restaurants. This is hard for the other students sitting at the tables. No pop for lunch at school. There are becoming more and more students bringing lunches that need to be heated up. This process is causing more staff to be out of the cafeteria. Please send food in sack lunches that do not need to be heated up if at all possible. Call the office if you have any questions. Thanks for your understanding and patience with the school.

TITLE 1 SCHOOL WIDE PROGRAMS: Title 1 is the United States largest federal aid program for elementary schools. Eisenhower Elementary went through a lengthy application process four years ago to become a School Wide Title 1 Program. The purpose of a School Wide program is to improve student achievement throughout the entire school. Every child will benefit from the added services and programs that a School Wide Title 1 program can offer. Parents of EES students have the option to request information regarding the professional qualifications of their classroom teachers by contacting the office. At this time all Eisenhower elementary teachers are highly qualified according to State standards.

TITLE READING /MATH: Reading—Set aside a time and place for reading- like a comfortable chair with a reading light for bedtime stories, OR visit your public library on a regular basis. Find a book or two and read with your child that was one of your favorites when you were a child. Math—Ask your child to count change at the grocery store, or to estimate the total cost while shopping.

Since it is cold and flu season, Norton Community Schools would like to remind parents and guardians of our illness guidelines. Students may return to school after the following criteria is met:

*Vomiting -generally 24 hours since the last vomiting episode. It is helpful if your student can eat a meal at home to help determine further nausea/vomiting.
*Diarrhea- (consisting of 3 or more watery stools) generally 24 hours since the last episode
*Fever– at least 100 degrees or higher. Students needs to be fever free 24 hours before returning to school without the use of fever reducing medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
*Pink eye– a contagious bacterial eye infection. Students can return to school 24 hours after starting an antibiotic eye medication or if you have a note from your healthcare provider stating not infectious. Symptoms of pink eye include reddened, inflamed eyes with purulent drainage.
*Impetigo– a contagious bacterial skin infection. Students can generally return 24 hours after starting an antibiotic medication. Symptoms of impetigo include red sores around mouth or nose that form into a honey brown crust. Affected areas needs to be covered.
*Strep Throat– a bacterial infection. Students will need at least 24 hours of antibiotics and need to be fever free 24 hours without fever reducing medications. Remember to change your tooth brush after having strep throat!
*Ringworm– areas must be covered with a band-aid. Students can return to school after starting an antifungal treatment.
*Hand, foot, & mouth disease– this viral illness will need to run its course. Antibiotics will not cure this illness. Students with a fever and rash should stay home until fever free and rash free with no open lesions.
*Influenza-symptoms include abrupt onset of fever, headache, muscle aches, cough, sore throat, and malaise; some people have vomiting and diarrhea. KDHE recommends anyone with influenza will need to stay home for 5 days following the onset of symptoms or fever free 24 hours (without using fever reducing medications) whichever is longer.

Non illness guidelines:
Headlice– Students may return to school once an approved treatment has been started and no live lice are visualized.

For parents/guardians calling in their sick child, it will be helpful to inform the school the symptoms of the illness to protect the health of everyone. Please inform the school if you have any of the above illnesses or any other contagious illnesses.