Woodlawn Principal's Blog 10/16/20

It is time for your favorite blog!  That sounds like a game show introduction from the 70’s!  Since I have a few (or a number of ) years on most of you, you will have to take my word for it.  We continue to prepare for an October 29, launch of hybrid learning.  At the same time, we are keeping our eye on the demographics and how that will impact what we are doing in class.  Take a good look at the blog this week.  

Return to School Information 

This is interesting for everyone to see.  If you have a child returning to school in our hybrid model, this is what they can expect.  Click here 

Visit the PTO BLOG

Check out today's PTO Blog for updates on their fall raffle baskets.  Fun items to keep your kids busy.  Go to Membership Toolkit to purchase tickets.  This is a fun little fundraiser and students can win an awesome raffle basket if their name gets pulled.  

There are 2 yard signs and about a dozen masks still available through the PTO. Go on Membership Tool Kit to purchase those items.  

Family Educator Conference Survey

Please click on THIS link to take the Middle School Family Educator Conference survey.

Lunch Pre Order Info Emails Are Coming Soon for In-Person Learners

An email with pre ordering information for middle school students will be sent on Oct. 21 for students starting in person on Oct. 29 (student's last name begins with M–Z) and on Nov. 4 for students starting in person on Nov. 9 (student's last name begins with A–L). Please make a note to watch for that email if your student will be learning in person.

Halloween Participation Door Signs

School Resource Officer Essig and the Buffalo Grove Police Department have provided signs to download and print for display on your front door on Sat., Oct. 31. Choose according to the decision your family has made:



If participating, please observe social distancing and wear a mask.

Picture Day Retakes

Retakes will be done on November 6th during PE for our students who will be in school that day.  Everyone else can come after school until 4:30p.m.  Students will be required to have their temperature taken, wear a mask (until it is picture time), and exit the building promptly.  

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Finally, I love baseball. My parents were skilled at knowing what motivated their children.  My oldest brother was an amazing artist, they directed him into starting his own custom picture framing business.  My other brother could talk his way out of any situation and wound up being an outstanding salesman.  My sister had a way with people and now manages one of the largest properties in the entire midwest.  Myself, I loved baseball.  The problem was, how do you make a living playing baseball when you did not possess any of the 5 tools (hitting, hitting for power, running, fielding and throwing) that a major league baseball player needed.  What my parents did was encourage me to keep playing the game.  In my summer after high school, I ran into a coach who was 26 years old and starting a Junior College program.  He had me at hello.  We had a great run and I wound up playing D3 baseball. Before I knew it, I was an education major and here we are today.  I hope you enjoy the quotes below and the interesting people who said those quotes.  Thanks Mom & Dad.   #28 - Yep, I played in the era of elastic waist pants.  

1.         It ain't nothin' till I call it. — Bill Klem, legendary Major League Baseball umpire

2.         There have been only two authentic geniuses in the world, Willie Mays and Willie Shakespeare. — Tallulah Bankhead

3.         I never threw an illegal pitch. The trouble is, once in a while I toss one that ain't never been seen by this generation. — Satchel Paige

4.         Ninety percent of this game is half mental. — Yogi Berra

5.         If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there is a man on base. — Dave Barry

6.         Who is this Baby Ruth? And what does she do? — George Bernard Shaw

7.         The way to make coaches think you're in shape in the spring is to get a tan. — Whitey Ford

8.         Running a ball club is like raising kids who fall out of trees. — Tom Trebelhorn

9.         I watch a lot of baseball on the radio. — Gerald Ford

10.       I didn't mean to hit the umpire with the dirt, but I did mean to hit that [guy] in the stands. — Babe Ruth

11.       If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can't get you off. — Bill Veeck

12.       Bob Gibson is the luckiest pitcher I ever saw. He always pitches when the other team doesn't score any runs. — Tim McCarver

13.       Trying to sneak a pitch past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster. — Joe Adcock

14.       The other teams could make trouble for us if they win. — Yogi Berra

15.       Beethoven can't really be great because his picture isn't on a bubble gum card. — Charles Schulz

16.       I think I throw the ball as hard as anyone. The ball just doesn't get there as fast. — Eddie Bane

17.       Third ain't so bad if nothin' is hit to you. — Yogi Berra

18.       There's no crying in baseball! — Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own

19.       I never took the game home with me. I always left it in some establishment. — Bob Lemon


20.       Well, it took me 17 years to get 3,000 hits in baseball, and I did it in one afternoon on the golf course. — Hank Aaron

21.       After Jackie Robinson, the most important black in baseball history is Reggie Jackson. — Reggie Jackson

22.       We know we're better than this, but we can't prove it. — Tony Gwynn

23.       It ain't like football. You can't make up no trick plays. — Yogi Berra

24.       If a horse won't eat it, I don't want to play on it. — Dick Allen on artificial turf

25. "You don't realize how easy this game is until you get up in that broadcasting booth."--Mickey Mantle

26.       Alan Sutton Sothoron pitched his initials off today. — Anonymous, St. Louis newspaper

27.       All I remember about my wedding day in 1967 is that the Cubs lost a doubleheader. — George F. Will

28.       Never root for a team whose uniforms have elastic stretch waistbands. — Susan Sarandon

29.       There ain't much to being a ballplayer, if you're a ballplayer. — Honus Wagner

30.       Us ballplayers do things backward. First we play, then we retire and go to work. — Charlie Gehringer

31.       The funny thing about these uniforms is that you hang them in the closet and they get smaller and smaller. — Curt Flood

32.       Sure I played, did you think I was born age 70 sitting in a dugout trying to manage guys like you? — Casey Stengel, to Mickey Mantle

33.       When you start the game, they don't say "Work ball!" They say "Play ball!" — Willie Stargell


34.       There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither one of them works. — Charlie Lau

35.       The way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until the ball stops rolling and then to pick it up. — Bob Uecker

36.       Think?!? How the heck are you gonna think and hit at the same time? — Yogi Berra

37.       The majority of American males put themselves to sleep by striking out the batting order of the New York Yankees. — James Thurber

38.       A hot dog at the game beats roast beef at the Ritz. — Humphrey Bogart

39.       He's the strangest hitter in baseball. Figure him out one way and he'll kill you another. — Sandy Koufax on Roberto Clemente

40.       As a nation we are dedicated to keeping physically fit — and parking as close to the stadium as possible. — Bill Vaughan

41.       Slump? I ain't in no slump. I just ain't hitting. — Yogi Berra

42.       A man once told me to walk with the Lord. I'd rather walk with the bases loaded. — Ken Singleton

43.       I'd be willing to bet you, if I was a betting man, that I have never bet on baseball. — Pete Rose

44.       Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets. — Yogi Berra

45.       Lasorda's standard reply when some new kid would ask directions to the whirlpool was to tell him to stick his foot in the toilet and flush it. — Steve Garvey

46.       If you don't succeed at first, try pitching. — Jack Harshman

47.       The Hall of Fame is for baseball people. Heaven is for good people. — Jim Dwyer

48.       So I'm ugly. So what? I never saw anyone hit with his face. — Yogi Berra

49.       He looks like a greyhound, but he runs like a bus. — George Brett on teammate Jamie Quirk

50.       The baseball mania has run its course. It has no future as a professional endeavor. — Cincinnati Gazette editorial, 1879