Norris Elementary Parent News

December 12, 2013

Information from the Health Office

We have been notified that two Norris students have been diagnosed by their respective physician's with Varicella (Chickenpox), one in the Elementary and one at the

High School level.

 People who have received the recommended two doses of the Varicella vaccine are more likely to be protected against the varicella-zoster virus which causes chickenpox.


The virus which causes chickenpox spreads in the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It can also be spread by touching or breathing in the virus particles that come from chickenpox blisters. For additional information, please view


Any exposed person who has not been vaccinated for chickenpox is considered susceptible and may develop and spread chickenpox to other susceptible persons. This

virus usually infects younger children; however, older children and adults can also become infected if they haven't already had chickenpox or been vaccinated. Early

symptoms may include aching, fever, and sore throat. These symptoms are followed by a very itchy skin rash that develops into as many as 400-500 sores.


If your child has an illness which otherwise warrants a visit to your medical provider, you

should inform them about this potential exposure.


Now that we have snow on the ground and the days are much colder, we have students who are bringing additional clothing items to school such as hats, gloves, snow pants and boots.  We appreciate parents sending the appropriate gear for the times when you child is outside and would like to remind you to please put your child’s name somewhere on the item. Our lost and found is overflowing and this could help us find the right owners.



Hello Norris Families

My name is Michael Persampieri, the Elementary School Guidance Counselor.

I wanted to take a minute to inform you of the structure of our guidance classes.

We will be focusing on one concept or word per month (e.g., responsibility, caring).

A definition card will come home with your student each time we change topics.

Please work with your student to learn the definition and also complete any activities that may come along with the particular topic.

The hope is to help students become fluent with the language and behaviors that correspond with good character.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Michael Persampieri (Mr. P)

Elementary School Counselor


Our preschool is taking applications for the 2014-15 school year.  If you have a child who is 3 or 4 years of age and are interested in preschool please fill out an online application at the following address  Applications are due January 15, 2014.



In the event that Norris has a late start due to weather, we will NOT have morning preschool but WILL have afternoon preschool.  If Norris has an early release, we WILL have morning preschool but afternoon preschool will be cancelled.


Reminder- 2nd semester snack fee will be withdrawn from your student’s lunch account after the first of the year.  The fee is $35.00 per semester.


Students who will turn 5 on or before July 31, 2014 are eligible to attend Kindergarten during the 2014-15 school year.  Online registration is available at

Norris Food Pantry Donations

Help the Elementary School fill the chimney!!  Please bring boxes of dried or canned  food items & help us fill the chimney.   There are many people in our community that rely on our help. All proceeds will be donated to the Norris Food Pantry.  

Staff would like you to consider making a donation to the Norris Area Food Pantry instead of purchasing gifts for the Norris Elementary Staff.

Thank you for your support!

Caring Lane-- will run from Dec 2-16 and donations are optional.

Each grade will have a project for which they will be collecting donations

Kindergarten--collecting donations for Young Hugs

Ideas for donations include, but are not limited to:

Kid bags and baskets for filling

Lip balm Lotion Gift certificates Craft kits

Soft hats Socks Slippers Playing Cards

Soft blankets Kid pillow cases Drawing pads

Quiet activities with attached pieces

Color wonder sets Books Dolls Toy Cars

First Grade- will be donating money to the City Mission for a homeless family

First grade team will be sending home information to explain the process.  They have talked about how giving can be as much pleasure as receiving.  1st grade project will provide students with the opportunity to do extra jobs at home that are not a part of their regular chores.  Each time a student does an extra job, you can provide them with one of the hearts (provided in Thursday folders) with their name printed on the heart along with the job that they completed.  Please send the hearts to school with your child so he/she can put them on our “Giving Tree”.  

You may send your child’s pay (any amount will be appreciated) in an envelope by Friday, December 20.  

Second Grade--

Norris Second Grade will form a partnership with Crete Blue Valley Migrant Preschool..  

Clothing school supplies

mittens or gloves crayons

hats & scarves pencils

boots glue or glue sticks

socks paints

shirts puzzles

jeans books


Norris Special Olympics

Basketball practice for Norris Special Olympics athletes will be on Sunday afternoons at 3:30-4:30p.m. in the Elementary gym beginning on Sunday, January 5, 2014.  Please contact Coach Debbie Crippen at 402-792-2532 if you have any questions about participation with Norris Special Olympics.    


Conduct at Basketball Games

It is important that Norris fans create a positive experience for athletes and visitors. Norris has a great sportsmanship reputation which will be continued. Athletic Director, Greg Hardin, has prepared the following information for parents and children to observe when attending home athletic events this winter sports season.

1. Norris High School, Middle School, Intermediate and Elementary School students may sit in the student section behind the South basket. Middle School, Intermediate, and Elementary School students will sit at the top of the section with High School students filling the lower rows. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children during the game whether your children sit with you or in the student section. Please do not allow your child to run in and out of the game repeatedly and unsupervised. Please instruct your child that they are there to watch the game. Trips to the lobby/commons area should be limited. Students may be returned to sit with their parents in the event game administration finds students not following conduct expectations. The East bleachers will be designated for Norris fans.

2. No balls are to be brought into the building. The game ball is the only ball that is necessary at the game. Please do not allow your child to bring balls to the game for play purposes.

3. The lobby/commons area is not a place for children to stay after purchasing concessions or using the restroom.

4. The South doors are not student or public entrances, please only use the East doors to the Middle School.

5. Please help to teach your child the meaning of good sportsmanship. Everyone has a role in sportsmanship regardless of age.

6. The first home game is December 7 vs. Grand Island Northwest. JV games begin at 2:15 with Varsity Girls at 4:00 and Varsity Boys at 5:45.




December 20 End of 2nd Quarter

December 21-January 5 Holiday Vacation

January 6 Students begin 3rd Quarter

January 13 PTO Meeting Norris Elementary School 7:00 p.m.

January 20 Staff Development Day No Students

February 3 PTO Meeting Norris Elementary School 7:00 p.m.

February 14- Staff Development Day No Students

February 17 No School Presidents Day

February 18 & 20 Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00-8:30 p.m.

March 3 Meeting Norris Elementary School 7:00 p.m.

March 7 Staff Development Day No Students

Friday, December 13, 2013