Elementary Newsletter

September 20, 2017

From the Elementary Principal

We are off on another school year and it has started really well.
SCHOOL LUNCH PAYMENTS: The NOW School District no longer purchases the automated phone service to inform families of negative lunch account balances. All parents have access to lunch account information through the Family Access Program found on the District’s website. If you need information on how to get on Family Access, contact Sarah Watters, Grades 7-12 Secretary. The Principals will be sending letters to parents 3 - 4 times over the course of the year informing parents of a negative balance. If that balance is not paid within the timeline sent in the letter, the Superintendent will forward the parents’ name and balance to a Collection Agency for payment. Payment by credit card is available on the School District’s website.

VISITORS: In an effort to keep our school safe I would like to remind you on our procedures for school visitors. All classroom visitors must make an appointment with the classroom teachers; unannounced visits end up being a distraction to students and affect the learning atmosphere. Once an appointment is made all visitors will need to stop in the main office to sign in. If you are here to pick up your children at the end of the day we ask that you wait in the Falcon Mall. The end of the day is a busy time so please remain in the Mall until your child’s class comes down and let the teacher know that you are there to take your child home. We understand that these procedures take a little longer but we ask for your cooperation for the safety of our students and staff.

READING CHALLENGE: This year our reading challenge is the “Hungry Caterpillar”. Our goal is to read 32,000 books to feed the caterpillar. The challenge will run from September 5 – June 1.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE: This year Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, November 9th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and also on Friday, November 10th from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Your child’s teacher will be in contact with you in late October to schedule a conference time.

STUDENT DROP OFF: Just a reminder for dropping off students at the school in the morning: Students should not be dropped off before 7:45 a.m. When dropping off, please use the second driving lane of the parking lot. If you are coming into the school with your child, however, please park in the parking lot and walk them up to the school.

Homecoming Parade/Dress Up Days

Dress Up Days:
Wednesday, September 27 – Wacky Wednesday
Thursday, September 28 – Pajama Day
Friday, September 29 – School Spirit Day

Parade: NOW Elementary students will be marching in the Homecoming Parade on Friday, September 29th, at 2:30 p.m., in Norwalk. (Note that this year will feature a new parade route, starting at the old creamery and ending in the park.) Parents are reminded that the students will be loaded onto their regular buses after the parade at 3:00 p.m. We, at the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District, are responsible for your child before, during, and after the parade. Your child will bring home a form describing how they will get home after the parade. Please complete the form and have your child return it to their teacher by Wednesday, September 27th. Communication with your child’s teacher is essential in making the parade experience a safe and quality one for all involved.

Homecoming Tattoos: Once again, we will be selling temporary tattoos during Homecoming week. Regular tattoos will cost $0.25 each, while we will have black sets and large glitter tattoos for $1.00. They will be sold before school during that week.

After School CLC Program

Once again the NOW School District will be offering the after school program for students of elementary age. The first day of CLC was Monday, September 18th. We still have spaces available if you would like your child to attend. Spaces do fill up fast and it is on a first come first serve basis. If you would like more information on the CLC program, please contact Dr. Luebke at 608-337-4420 or your child’s homeroom teacher.

From the School Nurse

Here we are again! Hope everyone had a great summer!

Back to school reminders:

• Be sure that your child’s immunizations are up to date, especially students in 4K, 5K and 6th grade where additional vaccines are due. The goals is to be compliant by the 30th day of school. If your child is not vaccinated for personal, health or religious reasons a waiver needs to be signed. Please contact the nurse if you need assistance with this.
• If your child needs prescribed medication at school such as an asthma inhaler, epi-pen, etc. make sure to have signed medication forms in from the doctor. New forms are required at the beginning of each school year. These forms can be found at the doctor’s office, school offices and the school nurse office/website. It is also possible to call the doctor’s office to have them fax a form to the school. We would need a parental signature to complete the form.
• If your child has a health condition or needs special care during the day such as medication, treatments or monitoring, please inform the school nurse. Individual health care plans can be set up to help keep students safe and healthy.
• Please make sure your contact information is up to date with the school office so that we can contact you if your child needs attention.
• Please repeat to your children the importance of good hand hygiene and keeping hands away from the face; especially the eyes, nose and mouth to help avoid sickness.
• There have been a few cases of head lice. Our school continues to have a no-nit policy. Please monitor your child’s head for lice symptoms and let the nurse know if you have concerns or need assistance.
• Visit the school nurse webpage for more information on student health, school forms, immunizations and head lice.

Have a great year! My office is open from 8:30 – 2:30 Monday – Friday, but feel free to e-mail or leave a message any time outside of my office hours with any questions or concerns.

Carmen Peterson, RN
608-337-4420 X 373

Up-Coming Highlights

Friday, September 29
Homecoming Parade: 2:30 p.m. in Norwalk
Wednesday, October 4
Early Release: 1:30 Dismissal Teacher In-service
Thursday, October 26
Picture Retake Day
Friday, November 3
End of First Quarter
Thursday, Nov. 9 & Friday, Nov. 10
Parent Teacher Conferences
Tuesday, November 21
Early Release: 1:30 Dismissal Teacher In-service

Music News:

The Elementary Winter Concert is on Thursday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m. This includes Grades 3-6 and the Elementary Band.
The Elementary Spring Concert is on Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. This includes Grades Kindergarten – 2nd and the Elementary Band.

School Picture Information

Some parents have contacted the school because they forgot to send picture money with students. Parents can still go online to shop.hrimaging.com to order pictures.

Retakes: Retake day is Thursday, October 26th. HR Imaging has a “no questions asked” retake policy. If you are not happy with the pictures bring the entire picture package back and give it to the photographer before having your student’s picture retaken on that day.

Emergency School Closings

Please listen to the following TV and Radio Stations if inclement weather comes our way. School is usually delayed or cancelled no later than 6:45 a.m.


WCOW 97.1 FM WIZM 93.3 FM
WVRQ 102 FM WBOG 94.5 FM