Woodlawn Principal's Blog 10/9/20

Happy Friday afternoon!  That feels like an easy sell.  Everyone loves a Friday afternoon.  I am glad that this blog doesn’t go out on a Monday.  It would have a much different tone to it.  I hope the conferences went well for everyone.  Normally, I would cruise the hallways and enjoy seeing the parents and having nice conversations.  Currently, I am stuck in the office, only getting to join a few of the conferences.  I am looking forward to getting the staff back in the building this Tuesday for training and more preparation for the hybrid model.  

There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 12th due to Columbus Day. 

There is No SCHOOL on Tuesday, October 13th due to a State Approved Remote Learning Planning Day.

Picture Day Retakes

Many people have been asking and thank you for your patience.  Retakes will be NOVEMBER 6th!!  Details to follow!!  

Look for Fall MAP test result information this week.  A notification will be coming to you through District 96.  


Fall Conference Survey

Please fill out this parent survey for the fall conferences.  Click here!

Woodlawn Walk

This could be fun!  Tomorrow, Saturday, October the 10th, come to Woodlawn between Noon-2p.m. for a walk with friends.  Stay for 10 minutes, stay for an hour...your call.  Social distance yourself and our students will do the same (parents must be here with your student). Let's enjoy a nice fall day and use our amazing facility.  Obviously, walking with friends and families require masks, but it will give anyone who wants to visit with a friend (from 6 feet apart) the chance to see one another.  Parents must attend with the child!  


Health Forms- PLEASE READ

Please know that students who do not have the necessary health forms on file will be excluded from school on October 15th.  Please see the information below for specific details and health form deadlines.

Health form requirements vary by grade level and for new/returning students. New to District 96  See MORE INFO regarding grade-level specific health form requirements. 

All students entering Grade 6 must have their CERTIFICATE OF CHILD HEALTH EXAMINATION/IMMUNIZATION FORM (signed by the physician) on file in the school office by October 15, 2020. 

Language Arts Materials Pick Up - October 14-16

This is for all students except for 8TH GRADE Advanced Language Arts

Between Wednesday, October 14 and Friday, October 16, Woodlawn will be holding a materials pick up for all three grade levels.

ALL sixth-grade students in Language Arts will be picking up a title for book clubs. 

These classes include:

Mrs. Aussem/Miss Peterson Periods 2 and 8

Mrs. Aussem Periods 3 and 7

Mrs. Zbylut Periods 2, 3, 7, and 8


ALL seventh-grade students in Language Arts will be picking up a title for book clubs AND a package of notecards.

These classes include:

Ms. Gordon Periods 1, 2, 7, and 8

Ms. O'Shea Period 2

Ms. Russell/Mrs. Shanks Periods 1 and 7

Ms. Russell Periods 2 and 8


All eighth-grade students in Language Arts students will be picking up The Giver by Lois Lowry.

These classes include:

Mrs. Khan Period 1

Mrs. Khan/Ms. Chernich Period 4

Mr. Nordstrom Period 1

Mrs. Reuter/Mr. Nordstrom Period 2

Mrs. Reuter Period 4


These books are required for the Language Arts class.

Students in 8th-grade Advanced Language Arts will receive notice of a pick up at a later date. 

Each book will be checked out to a specific student and labeled with a post-it note with their name.


Wednesday 10/14 - 7:00am-4:00pm

Thursday 10/15 - 7:00am-7:00pm

Friday 10/16 - 7:00am-4:00pm



Please come to the Woodlawn parking lot and follow the signs directing you to the grade level needed.  Bring a sign with your last name, we will check off your name and either hand you the book or put it in the back of your car.  Please wear a mask and students do not need to be present to pick up the books.

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Finally, parenting styles differ.  My wife had the quick trigger with the kids where I was more of the slow fuse.  When they messed up, they were going to hear about it immediately from her while I was more of the let’s learn from this, but as your punishment, I will remind you of your horrendous lack of judgement for years and years to come.  (Quick reminder - I have 4 kids)  My oldest (boy) and youngest (girl) are very similar.  Outgoing, lots of friends, great conversationalists, but they both think that they are ahead of the game.  At three years old, my son locked his mother and grandmother out of the house and stood behind the storm door window and thought it was the funniest thing.  Once he opened the door, his consequence was immediate and one that he will remember for a long time according to an eye witness account (my mom).  When this same charming young man cheated on a math test in 7th grade, I called his teacher, collected the facts and had a sit down with him.  After 10 minutes of denying his guilt, I broke his terrible little story (he really had no chance...I do this professionally) and informed the teacher that he would be accepting any consequence, including cleaning out this fine gentleman’s car.  The teacher chose an after school detention.  To this day, when my son thinks he is wiser than his dear old dad, I bring up the time that he tried to outsmart me.  My daughter on the other hand is sweeter but very forgetful.  On a brisk winter morning, I was to drop off my 10 year old daughter at the middle school on the other side of town for her weekly group orchestra gathering.  When we pulled up to the school, she opened the door and said, “Oh no! I forgot my viola!”  After a quick shake of my head and thinking to myself, “Going to Orchestra, how do you forget the dang viola?”, I said, “Well, we better go get it.”  Confused and maybe a little amazed, my daughter said, “You handle this kind of thing much differently than mom.” I acknowledged that but said she would probably hear about this again.  For the last 7 years, she most certainly has.  

Yesterday, in a rush to get out of the house, I was carrying extra clothes for conference night and was simply out of my routine.  Arriving at Woodlawn, I realized that I forgot my laptop.  Knowing that she was home, I called my youngest daughter and she volunteered to bring the laptop to me during a break from her remote learning.  It was nice to have her meet me in the parking lot here and hand off my computer, but she looked me dead in the eye and said, “The next time you tell anyone that I forgot my viola at 10 years old, I am going to bring this up Mr. Principal.”  She then gave me a little eye raise and a nod.  I looked straight back at her and said, “Fair enough.”  I like her moxie.  She will be fine in life.  

Have a great weekend!