Woodlawn Principal's Blog 2/12/21

Happy Friday everyone!!  One of my favorite songs is Friday I’m In Love by The Cure (ask Alexa).  That song seems very appropriate as we head towards Valentine’s Day on Sunday.  I will have more to say about that later in this blog.  I have decided to make the theme of the blog today all about kindness, caring and love! 

Since I care...there is a ton of information in the blog today.  Make sure you read it carefully so you do not miss anything.  


There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, February 15th because it is President’s Day.  Love me some G.W. and Honest Abe.  


Coffee Chat 

Student Resource Officer Mike Essig and School Counselor Jacqui Jessogne will have a casual and interactive discussion with parents about internet safety!  Sit wherever you are, drink your coffee (which I know you love) and gain valuable insight from these amazing professionals.  

When: Monday, February 22, 2021

Where: Via Zoom @ 2/22 Coffee Chat

When: 9:00AM - 9:45AM

What: Internet Safety

Grab a cup of coffee and join us for some conversation around Internet Safety! Any questions please reach out to Jacqui [email protected] [email protected]


Spring Conferences 

Spring Conferences are right around the corner!  Everyone loves conferences!  

The conference dates are Thursday, March 11th from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM and Friday, March 12th from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM.

Conferences will be held over zoom.

We will be using Meet the Teacher as an electronic sign up for conferences.  

The sign up link will be sent out in a separate communication on Friday, February 19th at 7PM.

 

6th Grade parents will sign up for one, 10 minute time slot with their child’s 3rd period teacher.

7th Grade parents will sign up for one, 10 minute time slot with their child’s 2nd period teacher.

8th Grade parents will sign up for one, 10 minute time slot with their child’s 4th period teacher.

If parents would like, they will also be able to sign up for a conference with their child’s PE, Health, Exploratory, and Spanish Teacher.

Meet The Teacher does not REQUIRE multiple conferences to be made, but it does default to every teacher being checked.  Please see the picture below for directions. If you do not want to see a specific teacher, please uncheck the teachers. 

Please be on the lookout for the sign up link on Friday, February 19th at 7PM.



Upcoming Material Pick Ups- A reminder will be sent out prior to the pick up dates.

6th grade Book Pick Up and Science Material Pick Up

There will be a book pick up and science material pick up on Monday, February 22nd through Friday, February 26th from 7:00 AM-3:30 PM.

6th grade remote students in Language Arts will need to pick up their assigned book club novel and Seedfolks. These will be labeled with the student’s name.

Students should also return their book club novel from the fall. There will be a box for returns.

6th grade remote students in Language Arts Advanced will need to pick up their assigned book club novel and The Outsiders. These will be labeled with the student’s name.

Students should also return their book club novel from the fall. There will be a box for returns.

All students will also pick up a science kit.

In person students will receive their books and science materials in class.

Pick Up Details and Information:

Students do not need to be present during pick up.

Parents or guardians may send a friend or family member to pick up the materials.

There will be book carts set up and a table outside the main entrance. 

Please wear a mask when picking up materials. 

There is no need to enter the building for anything.
 

7th grade Book Pick Up- A reminder will be sent out prior to the pick up dates.

There will be a book pick up on Monday, March 8th through Friday, March 12th from 7:00 AM-3:30 PM.

7th grade remote students in Language Arts will need to pick up their assigned book club novel and The Outsiders.  These will be labeled with the student’s name.

Students should also return their book club novel from the fall/winter. There will be a box for returns.

7th grade remote students in Language Arts Advanced will need to pick up their assigned book club novel and The Book Thief. These will be labeled with the student’s name.

Students should also return their book club novel from the fall/winter. There will be a box for returns.

In person students will receive their books in class.

 

Pick Up Details and Information:

Students do not need to be present during pick up.

Parents or guardians may send a friend or family member to pick up the materials.

There will be book carts set up outside the main entrance. 

Please wear a mask when picking up materials. 

There is no need to enter the building for anything.

Thank you for your kindness in picking these items up.  


Covid Notice

A message went out to the Woodlawn community that an individual has tested positive for Covid within our building.  The district and our entire staff at Woodlawn has prepared the building and followed strict guidelines.  An email from Betsy Fresen came out from the district with information.  


NEW: Illinois 5Essentials Survey

Share your thoughts about how your child’s school is doing on the 5Essentials for school success. On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. District 96 will participate in the statewide 2020–21 5Essentials Survey to meet state legislation and the Board’s mandate. District 96 parents may voluntarily participate to complete the survey. (https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/) Please select the Parent Survey and begin.

Beginning in February and through Apr. 2, students and teachers will complete their surveys to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment. In District 96, students in grades 4–8 will complete their surveys on Mar. 19.

This survey is designed to help school and district leaders better understand the parent/school relationship. All responses are anonymous. Parents are asked to complete a survey for each student attending a Kildeer Countryside District 96 school. The survey will be open through Apr. 2, 2021. Questions? See Frequently Asked Questions (https://impactsurveyshelp.force.com/s/) and/or contact 5Essentials Client Services 866.440.1874.

I hope every parent takes the time to fill out the survey.  I care.  


Internationally Cool

Internationally the date is placed before the month, which makes today 12022021 which is a palindrome and an ambigram.  This means you read the date from left to right, right to left and here comes the exciting part....UPSIDE DOWN!!!  This is a victory for me in life.  This looks cooler with block numbers.  I do love this! 


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Obtaining Free Meals

Preorder free meals for in-person students by 6 PM on Thursday for the week ahead. Order at onlineordering.linq.com only for your student's in-person days.

Pick up meal supplies for 5 days for remote students on Wednesdays from 11 AM– 2 PM at Twin Groves or Woodlawn. No preordering needed.

Please direct questions to the public info coordinator [email protected]

Let kindness be contagious.  


Finally, it is Valentine’s Day this Sunday.  If your initial reaction is an eye roll and a shake of your head, I am quite sure that you are not alone.  In my home on the day before Valentine’s Day, our conversation goes a little like this: 

The wife: Did you get me a card?  

Me: No.  Did you get me a card?  

Her: No. I didn’t get you a card.  

Me: So we are cool?  

Her: Yes.  Are you lying are you?  

Me: No.  Are you?  

Her: No.  Maybe we will order some food in.  

Me: Perfect.  

Does this sound familiar?  It is simply too much of an effort. Maybe you are one of those “I don’t do a Hallmark holiday” kind of people.  On the flip side of that, I think of my mom and her approach.  She bought something for everyone, which meant that my dad was on the hook for flowers and a card that had the phrase, “To My Wonderful Wife” on it.  

This year, I am going to give it more of an effort.  No cards, but a few sentences to each of my kids and my wife to let them know that they are appreciated.  That seems reasonable...maybe we all try to just write down a few sentences.  It may turn into something really cool.