Woodlawn Principal's Blog 3/20/20

We made it to Friday.  A lot has been happening and a lot of planning for our students has been going on while you have been away from school.  

District 96 will be passing out food to our families in need at our ELC at 990 Corporate Woods Parkway in Vernon Hills next week from 11a.m. to 1p.m., Monday through Friday all of next week.  

Spring Break is next week! Please enjoy the time with your family!

A Message to our Woodlawn Students

As your principal, I want to reach out to you and tell you that I am sorry that your lives have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. As you may know, I have four children of my own. They are 24, 23, 20 and 17 years old.  I understand how difficult this time is for everyone. We are keeping busy by exercising, reading, doing academic assignments (both college and high school), shooting hoops outside, cleaning and organizing, doing art projects and puzzles, and playing games. 

Remote Learning was released on Thursday, March 19th. The Woodlawn Staff worked very hard to provide you with excellent learning opportunities. Please balance  each day with at home activities that you enjoy, family time, exercise, and of course, the academic work in each of your classes. Please reach out to your teachers if you have any questions.

Please remain positive throughout this break. Keep a positive and open mindset. Think about things you CAN DO rather than what you CAN’T CONTROL. 

Resources and Activities


Mrs. Garlick and I are missing you and wish you and your family the best of health.  

Stay healthy and don’t forget to wash your hands!

Mr. G-

Remote Learning

Please see below for the recent communication regarding Remote Learning.

District 96 Families,

We believe that keeping a focus on learning in these unprecedented times is both important and helpful. In Kildeer Countryside School District 96, our faculty and administrators are committed to continuing to engage our students. 

As discussed yesterday in Superintendent Julie Schmidt’s Mar. 18 message, designated remote learning days in our school district are Mar. 31, Apr. 1, Apr. 2, and Apr. 3. Students may choose to begin their remote learning earlier. 

Please see Remote Learning Links for grade-level work in all subjects prepared by our staff for your students.

In addition, see Remote Learning FAQs and Resources for answers to questions about accessing remote learning (including for students with IEPs), for additional resources identified by KCSD96 staff and the Illinois State Board of Education, and for technology support guidance for using KCSD96 technology.

To locate this information on our District website, find “Remote Learning” in the two-column lists on the homepages of our District and Schools at kcsd96.org 

iPad Safety: Gaggle and SecURLy 


-Monitors Drive+Email files for middle schools students.

-Monitors Drive files for all other students.

-Flags inappropriate content to the administrators

-Flags inappropriate communication being sent to others



-Always running on student iPads regardless of what network the device is connected to.

-Blocks inappropriate content from being reached


Please note, the SecURLy and Gaggle services do everything they can to block inappropriate content and time syncs such as gaming sites, social media sites, etc. That being said, no content-filter is perfect. The internet is a large place and a moving target that we are constantly monitoring to try and provide the most safe and efficient experience for our students. On top of SecURLy and Gaggle, we advise parents to utilize the screen time features outlined in the video linked HERE. Utilizing the screen time feature outlined in this video will allow parents to take more granular control over when their children can use the device, and what content is available.”

Talking to Children About COVID-19

Please see THIS LINK with resources when talking to children about COVID-19.

Please visit the Monthly PTO Blog 

Finally, Mrs. Garlick and I will be starting each day with our new Daily Announcements on Schoology for our students.  It is critical that you keep some kind of routine and stay up on your school work. Teachers and staff are available to answer email for questions or if you just want to say hello.  Remember that next week is supposed to be Spring Break, so if you don’t get an answer right away, know that you will get an answer.  

Each year, I go a few days without shaving over break.  This year may be my year to grow an actual beard. Mrs. G-  (Grana not Garlick) hates it.  We will see how long this lasts before she says enough. Stay safe and healthy.

You will hear from Mrs. Garlick or I on Monday.