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November 25, 2021

Good Afternoon

This is a short message from Norton Elementary School

Tomorrow is Jersey Day at Norton Elementary and students and staff are invited to wear sports jersey if they want.

Picadilly Coffee orders are due on Monday, 29 November

We are having a PSSC meeting at the school on Monday, 29 November at 6:30.  We are still looking for a chair for this committee.  If you are interested in learning more about this committee, clink on this link and go to the PSSC tab. DEC website

As you know, report cards will be sent home on Monday.  Below is the link that will allow you to book a virtual parent teacher conference with your child’s teacher. If this is not convenient for you, please reach out to arrange a phone interview for next Thursday or Friday. 

 https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/NortonElementarySchool@nbed.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/

To access the above link, either copy and paste into your browser or open the email that was sent via school messenger.​

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November 24, 2021

Good Afternoon Norton Elementary Families

 I am sending this message in the hopes of helping you better understand the upcoming report cards that will be sent home on November 29.

A report card is a reflection or snapshot of a child’s learning at any given time.  In New Brunswick our marks range from 1-4 and are based on a document written by the provincial Department of Education that states where a student’s learning should be at any point in a typical school year.  If a student receives a 3, that means that s/he is learning and performing at the level we would expect in his/her grade.  A mark of 2 means that s/he is progressing toward grade level but is not quite there yet.  A mark of 4 is an indication that the child is working above the standards and a mark of 1 means that there are significant gaps in the child’s learning at this point in the school year.  If you see ‘NA’ on your child’s report card that means that either a topic has just been introduced by the teacher or that a child has had a significant number of days absent so there is not enough student work to accurately assess it.  A blank space means that the topic has not yet been taught at grade level.

While we are all working hard to minimize the current learning gap, this will take time.  These marks are not punitive and should not be seen as an indication that your child cannot learn or is learning at slower rate, nor is it a reflection on parenting or teaching skills.  It is in part, a result of the times we are facing. That said, our goal is always to help students close the gap at a steady rate in the coming weeks, months, and years to bring them back up to those standards set out by the Department of Education. This can only happen with a true, committed partnership between home, school, and student.  Regular student attendance is more crucial than ever as so much of what we teach is built on previously taught material and so students must be at school to keep the pace of learning going strong.  As well, regular attendance helps improve their readiness to learn new concepts, as well as helping them to feel like a true member of their learning community.

I hope that this has shed some light on what you might expect on your child’s report card next week and I strongly encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher during virtual parent teacher interviews to ask any questions you might have, discuss his/her learning habits, and the best way to help him/her move forward throughout the coming school year.

Sincerely,

Linda Myers

Principal

Norton Elementary School

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October 14, 2021

Good Afternoon

This is a brief message from Norton Elementary School with a couple of important dates to keep in mind.

Tomorrow, Friday, 15 October is the deadline for picture orders to be handed in.  Retakes will be done next Friday, 22 October.

Our next NESPA meeting will be held in the school gym on Wednesday, 20 October at 6:30.  New members who are fully vaccinated are welcome to attend.

On Thursday, 21 October we will have our lock down drill.  Similar to a fire drill, this practice is held in the fall each year.  Staff have gone over the procedure with students in a very understanding way and you may wish to have this conversation with your child at home as well.

Lastly, just a reminder of how important your child’s regular attendance is at school each day.  Being present and on time has a positive impact on their learning, helping them to form habits that will last them a lifetime.

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September 30, 2021

Good Afternoon

This is a brief message from Linda Myers, Principal of Norton Elementary School with a few reminders of upcoming events.

Tomorrow, Friday October 1 is picture day at NES.  Proofs and packages will be sent home with students tomorrow.

On Monday, October 4 at 6:30, we will host our first Parent School Support Committee, or PSSC meeting.  We are hoping to see some new faces for this very worthwhile committee.  The meeting will take place socially distanced in the gym and we ask that those attending wear their masks and sign in upon arrival.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at 839-3000.

Registration for students entering Kindergarten in 2022-2023 school year will take place from Tuesday, 12 October – Friday, 15 October.  If you or someone you know has a child born in 2017, please have them go to the ASD-S website to register.

Remember that Monday, 11 October is Thanksgiving and there will be no school that day.

I hope everyone  is managing during these difficult and unusual times.  On behalf of the staff of Norton Elementary School, we thank you for your support.

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September 17, 2021

Good Afternoon

This is a message from Norton Elementary School.

The first meeting of NESPA, the Norton Elementary School Parents Group, will take place on Wednesday, 22 Sept at 6:30 in the school gym.  This group is a valuable part of our school community as they help us with such things as our hot lunch and milk program as well as our school fundraising.  Those attending will be asked to follow COVID protocols and wear a mask while in the building.

Next Friday, 24 Sept we will hold our annual Terry Fox walk and fundraiser.  If possible, students are asked to bring a “Twoonie for Terry” to support this worthwhile cause.

As always, we thank you for your support of our school and its students. 

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September 13, 2021

Good Afternoon

This is a brief message from Norton Elementary School

We have officially begun our first full week of classes and by all accounts, things are off to a very good start.

I would like to remind parents to be sure to keep their contact information current.  Should we need to contact you during the day, it is important that we have your most up to date phone numbers and people to reach out to in case you are unavailable.

With a new school year comes the need for parent volunteers. Our Norton Elementary Parents’ Association is responsible for organizing hot lunch and fund raisers that will benefit our students.   This group plays a big role in a successful school year, and we encourage returning and new parents alike to join in.

The Parent School Support Committee is another group in need of volunteers.  This committee is involved with school improvement and helping to set the educational goals for the school.   

As always, if you have any questions or concerns for us or if you wish to take a more active role in school committees,  please feel free to reach out between the hours of 8:00 and 3:00.

Sincerely,

Miss Myers

Principal

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August 30, 2021​

Good Afternoon 

This is a message from Norton Elementary School

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new families to NES and welcome back our returning families.

As you know students will be coming back to school next week on a staggered entry plan.  You can expect a phone call from your child's teacher today or tomorrow with your child's scheduled start day.  Please ensure that afterschool arrangements for your child are included in their school bag for their first week back.  

New Brunswick is currently in a green COVID phase.  Students and staff will be required to wear a mask in common areas such as hallways and entryways as well as on the bus but not outside or in the classrooms.  Please send 2 masks to school so that our child has a spare should the need arise

ASD-S uses an online busing system to manage our buses and bus routes and provided information to our families.  Should you have any concerns about bus routes or times, please contact https://asdsbp.ned.nb.ca

If you have any further concerns regarding the upcoming school year, please feel free to contact me at 839-3000

We are looking forward to a great school year!  See you next week!

Sincerely 

Linda Myers

Principal, NES​ ​​