Attendance & Tardiness Procedures
School attendance is the responsibility of students and parents. Punctual and regular attendance is necessary for students to do well in school. If an absence is necessary, parents should call the school before 8:15 am, (248.837.8330) giving the reason for a student’s absence. Please note that this is a 24 hour absence line. Please speak slowly and clearly. The Berkley School district participates in an automated attendance system that will begin calling all students who are absent without notice at 9:00 a.m. All calls sent to the attendance line (248-837-8330) prior to 8:15 am will not receive a phone call from this system.
Make-up work is the student’s responsibility. Students have the number of days equal to the number of days absent to make up work when the absence is excused. If a student is absent for an extended period (at least 3 days) and able to do school work, parents may request homework through the school office. Please allow 24 hours for teachers to gather assignments.
Should it be necessary for students to be absent for family vacations or travel, a pre-excused absence should be obtained by submitting a written request one week prior to the absence. Whenever possible, work should be completed in advance of the trip.
Morning Bell Schedule
Students should arrive to school by 8:05 am when the entry bell rings. A warning bell will ring at 8:10, and instruction will begin promptly at 8:15 am when the final morning bell rings.
Please refer to the attached building map for the appropriate morning door entrance for your student.
School instruction begins at 8:15 am. A little late is too late! Tardiness not only limits your child’s learning but is also disruptive to others. Late students who arrive between 8:15 to 8:30 am will be directed to their classroom and will not need an office pass. They will still be marked tardy, however, and will miss important instructional time. Students arriving after 8:30 am must be signed in by a parent/guardian in the main office and receive a tardy slip before they are admitted to class as attendance will have been processed by that time. Middle school tardiness during the day will be handled by the classroom teacher.
Box Tops for Education & Labels for Education
Norup International School participates in Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education. By saving and turning in Box Tops For Education and labels from certain brand name foods, you can help Norup's PTA raise money for our students. Simply cut out your Box Tops coupons and labels and turn them into the container placed just inside Norup's main entrance. Your child may also turn them in to his or her teacher/classroom envelop. See the links on this page for additional information. Thank you for your support!
Building Entry for Parents/Visitors
For the safety of our students, building doors remain locked throughout the school day. All parents and other visitors must enter the building through the main door, sign in at the office, and receive a visitor’s pass to enter the building. This policy must be followed at all times, including student entry and dismissal times (drop-off and pick-up).
Norup International Dress Code
NIS encourages students to dress in a manner which will allow the most individual freedom and comfort while still maintaining a businesslike atmosphere in which to work and learn. The following dress code regulations are for school and school related activities (including school dances):
- Shorts and skirts must be appropriate in length and provide the appropriate cover while standing or sitting for both boys and girls.
- No bare midriffs or bare backs for both boys and girls.
- Cleavage or undergarments should not be exposed for both boys and girls.
- Leggings, yoga pants and other form fitting pants are acceptable provided that the material is not see through. This applies to both boys and girls.
- No hats or bandanas; head apparel worn for medical or religious purposes are allowed.
- Clothing advertising or mentioning controlled substances (including drugs and alcohol), or containing inappropriate language is prohibited.
- For safety reasons, appropriate shoes should be worn on the playground and during physical education classes. For the playground, shoes must have closed toes and heels. PE classes require clean tennis shoes with a non-marking sole.
Drop-Off & Building Entry Information
Please take time to review the following drop-off information and safety procedures.
Enter though the northeast doors on Gardner.
Students should be dropped off along the east side of Gardner or cross with the crossing guards. For everyone’s safety, do not allow students to cross the street without being at a crossing guard station. Children should wait in line with their classmates. Teachers will meet their students outside when the bell rings.
Second, Third and Fourth Grade
Enter through the parking lot doors off of Tyler (northwest side of the building.)
Students should be dropped off at the Tyler Street drop off circle. Please remember that this is a no parking zone. To keep the flow of traffic moving, please pull forward as far as possible to drop off students. Drop-off is at the turn-around only. (The back parking lot area. Behind the building is reserved for staff only; and, for the safety of the children, there is no drive through or drop off allowed in that area.) Students should wait in line with their classmates. Teachers will meet their students outside when the bell rings.
Fifth & Sixth Grade
Enter through the southeast door on Gardner (nearest Manhattan Street.)
- It is suggested that you car pool and identify drop off and pick up locations that are at least a half block from the school.
- When at all possible, walk to the school with your child or have them walk with a group of friends.
- Obey all traffic markings, signage and speed limits.
- School building doors will open at 8:05 am. Please do not drop of your child too early as they will not be allowed to the enter before that time. Students should be at the school by 8:10 am when the bell rings.
- School building doors close at 3:35 pm. Students are expected to leave the school grounds when dismissed at 3:20 pm. Please make sure that you make arrangements for your child after school. Staff is not available to supervise students after school, with the exception of students enrolled in Latchkey and other after school activities or sports.
Seventh & Eighth Grade
Enter through the Main Entrance on Manhattan Street.
For the safety of students and improved traffic flow, we encourage parents to drop off students a block from the school so that they may cross at the corner with the crossing guards.
Early Dismissal Procedures
In order to limit the disruption of instructional time, Norup International has implemented a procedure for students who need to be dismissed early or who need to leave school in the middle of the day. This will prevent phone calls to classrooms, which are highly disruptive to the learning process.
In the event that your child needs to leave school early on a given day, please notify the office that morning, by 8:30 a.m. You may notify us by using a "Student Pass for Early Dismissal", or by simply writing a note. Phone calls to the main line or attendance line are also acceptable. Please be sure to include your child's name, the teacher's name, the reason for the early dismissal, and the time at which your child should be in the office. This way, the student will simply be dismissed from class at the appropriate time, without a disruptive phone call being made to the teacher.
Thank you for your cooperation and support with our efforts to preserve instructional time.
Fifth Grade Camp Information
You can now make 5th grade camp payments online!
INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING CAMP PAYMENTS THROUGH PARENT PORTAL WILL BE POSTED CLOSER TO THE DUE DATE
Flyers from Mr. Yowchuang's Newsletters
Incoming Kindergarten Information
Incoming 6th & 7th Grade Information
- 2021 -22 Incoming 6th grade Parent Information Night (with video).
- 2021-22 Incoming 6th grade Parent Information Night (powerpoint only)
- 2021-22 Incoming 7th grade Parent Information Night - (with video)
- 2021-22 Incoming 7th grade Parent Information Night (powerpoint only)
Elementary students will be assigned lockers by their classroom teachers the first week of school. Middle school students will be assigned a locker on packet pick-up day (indicated on
students’ schedules.) Most students will share a locker with another student from the same grade and gender, depending on the size of the locker. Students in grades 6-8 should also bring a combination lock to school for their gym lockers. Students are advised to purchase only high quality locks (we suggest Master or American brand locks).
It is school district policy that middle school and elementary students, district wide, remain in school and on campus for the lunch hour. Students eat lunch in the cafeteria and remain on campus throughout the lunch period, unless they are signed-out in the office by a parent or guardian.
Lunch is free for all students for the 2021-22 school year. Some a la carte items may still be available for a fee.
Lunch & Recess Schedule
6th-8th grade: 10:58-11:41 am
4th & 5th grade: 11:45 am - 12:26 pm
- Eat: 11:45-12:05 / Play: 12:05-12:26
2nd & 3rd grade: 11:45 am - 12:26 pm
- Play: 11:45-12:05 / Eat: 12:05-12:26
1st grade: 12:31-1:12 pm
- Play: 12:31-12:51 / Eat: 12:51-1:12
Kindergarten: 12:31-1:12 pm
- Eat: 12:31-12:51 / Play: 12:51-1:12
Breakfast is served from 7:30-8:05 am. The cost is $1.50.
Norup International School is partners with Smile Programs Mobile Dentists, providing in-school dental services to our students, because we know how important good oral health is to our children’s overall health. The Mobile Dentist will visit once in the fall and then again in the spring, six months later.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic and infectious disease among children. Poor oral health causes other problems in children, such as diminished growth in toddlers, poor nutrition due to difficulty eating, and an increase in bacteria in the blood and respiratory systems.
The Mobile Dentist will set up a mini-dental office in our building and can provide dental examinations, x-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, and sealants (if needed). Where exams reveal decay, the dentist, with parental consent, will provide fillings, pulpotomies, stainless steel crowns, and simple extractions where clinically indicated. Restorative care is available only where insurance coverage applies.
If you would like your child to see the dentist right here at school, you can sign up online. Search for Norup International using our zip code: 48237
If you prefer, paper application are also available. Simply fill out the Mobile Dentist permission slip and return it to school.
If you have any questions about the program, contact Jacie Georgiou by email, or by phone at (248) 837-8310.
Picture Day & Ordering
2022-23 Picture Day Information
MYP (Middle School) Picture Day: August 19
- 8th Grade: 9-10:30 AM
- 7th Grade: 12-1:30 PM
- 6th Grade: 1:30-3 PM
PYP (Elementary) Picture Day & MYP Make-Ups: August 30
This year Kaiser Studio is offering two (2) options for ordering school pictures.
- Option 1 is to print the order form below and send into school on picture day to pay by cash or check.
- Option 2 is to pre-order and pre-pay online using a credit card. Please note that pre-printed order envelopes will not be distributed.
- Use the School ID Code 22NORUP23 to order online. The option to pre-order will be available for three business days after Picture Day.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Hawks Honor
What is PBIS
PBIS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. It is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school-wide, and classroom behavior support systems. The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. Norup International has developed a set of expectations or rules for your child’s behavior at school. We will teach these expectations to all of our students, and we will recognize students who meet them. The expectations will be the same for students in all areas of our school, including the playground, the cafeteria, the classroom, and in the hallways.
We are calling this program Hawks Honor and all elementary students will be participating. They will be able to earn Hawks Honor tickets when staff members observe them following school rules. Students will be able to earn rewards via a weekly name drawing and also for accruing a certain numbers of tickets. The elementary class with the highest number of tickets will also win a monthly prize! The goal is to focus on the positive behavior of students; however, we know that all students make mistakes and we will be using Fix It Tickets to help students learn and grow. If a student receives a Fix It Ticket the family will be informed and it will be sent home.
Hawks Honor Expectations
Read by Grade Three Law
Read by Grade Three Law - What you need to know
In 2016, the Michigan Legislature passed the Read by Grade Three in an effort to ensure that students exit 3rd grade reading at or above grade level. The law will impact the 2017/2018 transitional kindergarten (TK), kindergarten, and 1st grade students by the time they are in 3rd grade. In accordance with this law, we will continue to conduct reading assessments with TK – 3rd grade students. These assessments will identify students who need intensive reading instruction and intervention and will also provide useful information to help teachers tailor instruction to meet individual student needs.
Visit the District's Curriculum page to see a letter from Scott Francis, Director of Curriculum, Technology, Assessment and Grants, DIBELS, NWEA and PELI facts for parents, a Parent Guide to Public Act 306 and the District's Read at Home Plan for Student Success.
In the event that there is a utility emergency (e.g. gas leak, hazardous materials)
that requires evacuation of the building, secretarial staff will send a mass email to families, advising them of the emergency and directing them where to go
to pick up their students.
Any parents/guardians who do not respond to the email will be called.
Following regular safety procedures, students will only be released to authorized adults.
A lockdown is when a situation exists inside the building, threatening the safety of students and staff and requires staying in the classroom. (The district may call a lockdown for everyone, however, even when the situation is at another building.)
Shelter In Place
Shelter in place is when a threatening situation has occurred outside of the building or area. The exterior is secured but movement (minimal) is allowed inside the building.
For the safety of Norup’s students and staff, our internal Lockdown procedures are kept confidential and not posted on our website. If you have questions or concerns regarding our procedures, please contact Mr. Yowchuang or Mrs. Sochacki.
Tornado Watch/Warning District Policy
In the event that a tornado WATCH is declared during the hours school is in session, classes will be conducted as usual. Principals will be notified by the superintendent’s office. Students will be dismissed at the end of the school day as usual.
If a tornado WATCH or WARNING shall be in effect at 3:00 p.m., all after-school activities will be canceled, including athletic events, adult education activities and parent meetings.
Any exceptions to the foregoing would be subject to the decision of the superintendent.
In the event of a tornado WARNING, children will be held in school until an all clear is given by the proper authorities. All staff members will stay on duty to care for the children until the all clear is given and students are dismissed.
MYP Bell Schedule
1st Hour: 8:15-9:06
2nd Hour: 9:11-10:02
3rd Hour: 10:07-10:58
4th Hour: 11:41-12:32
5th Hour: 12:37-1:28
6th Hour: 1:33-2:24
7th Hour: 2:29-3:20
*Dismissal is at 11:30am
MYP Speed Day:
1st Hour: 8:15 - 8:39
2nd Hour: 8:44 - 9:08
3rd Hour: 9:13 - 9:37
4th Hour: 9:42 - 10:06
5th Hour: 10:10 - 10:34
6th Hour: 10:38 - 11:02
7th Hour: 11:06 - 11:30
For all scheduled half days except for two in the middle school. The PSAT day in April for 6th and 7th grade will be hours 1-3 and then they are off while 8th grade will take the PSAT in the afternoon. The 6th grade orientation date in June will be hours 1-5 and then they are off.
Student Health & Medication
Find medication forms and learn more about staying healthy on the Student Health & Medication section on the District's Parent page.
If students become ill during the school day, they should report to the office where the office staff will contact a parent or guardian. No medication such as aspirin can be given to a student by the office staff without completion of a “Permission to Dispense Medication” form, found on the District's Parent Page.
Parents are encouraged to volunteer in classrooms, chaperone field trips, and be a volunteer driver. In order to volunteer, all parents volunteering in the classroom or during school sponsored functions or field trips must complete the Volunteer Release Form prior to any activities. Parents driving or chaperoning a field trip must have the Volunteer Driver Form and Chaperone Responsibility Form completed in addition to the Volunteer Release Form. All forms can be found on the District Volunteer/Chaperone page.