Woodlawn Principal's Blog 2/19/21

Welcome to Friday everyone.  I am going to peek into the future here and give us all some hope...Spring Break starts four weeks from today.  This means that the sun will be out, shining and everyone you run into will have a positive approach to life.  In the meantime, we keep plugging along.  


Be aware that you get your Spring Conference notification tonight at 7pm!!  More information below.  


Parents of in person students....PLEASE remind your student not to eat or drink for 30 minutes before their saliva test.  Thanks!!! 


Mathcounts Competition

Congratulations to all that participated in the 20-21 Mathcounts Competition! This year's competition was held virtually and the Woodlawn students did amazing. The top 15 students that qualified to participate were: Daniel Wang, Diana Tang, Michelle Kishinevsky, Lylian Zhu, Caleb Song, Jingyi Wu, Kyler Chou, Vivian Liu, Alex Han, Rachel Varghese, Sasvat Chigurupati, Andy He, Pooja Sampelli, Rishi Vemuri and Matthew Sirota. 

Congratulations to Diana Tang and Alex Han for qualifying for the Chapter Invitational on February 25th. Best of luck to the both of you!


This Wednesday

There is an asynchronous day on Wednesday, February 23rd. Dismissal will be at 12:00 PM.  HERE is the middle school schedule.

Monthly Asynchronous Wednesdays 

Once per month, beginning in December, students will participate in asynchronous activities for a portion of their school day.  The dates for each of these asynchronous Wednesdays are identified below.  Students will go through all of their periods on an amended schedule. They will be done with their classes at 12:00PM. The asynchronous portion of the day will be from 12:30-2:30 PM. Teachers will communicate with students to be sure that they understand the expectations for each of these days.  While we prefer that the asynchronous work is completed during this designated time, please adjust timing based on what works best for your family.  

These monthly asynchronous days were created to give students the opportunity to participate in topics that will enhance our current curricular content, and so that teachers have time to collaborate and plan with each other to determine the best way to approach future instruction.  

The asynchronous portion of the day will take place in the afternoon. The asynchronous focus for this day is digital citizenship.  Students will be engaging in a variety of Digital Citizenship activities See specifics below.


This Friday HALF DAY REMINDER- 2/26/21

Just a reminder...there is a half day of school on Friday, February 26th. Dismissal will be at 11:10AM. HERE is the schedule.


Spring Conferences  SIGN UP GETS SENT OUT TONIGHT AT 7PM

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 from the District TONIGHT, 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 TONIGHT, 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.


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 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]


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.


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]


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Incoming Freshman SHS Hockey Clinic Opportunity

Incoming Stevenson freshmen interested in playing ice hockey are invited to participate in clinics for skills development. The clinics are scheduled on Tuesday and Thursdays in April, 4:30–5:30 PM. Meet coaches and peers, acclimate to the Club, and prepare for tryouts. SEE INFO

https://www.stevensonhockey.org/program/incoming-freshman-clinics/333


Guiding Coalition of Interculturalism

For the last five years, I have been a part of the District 96 committee on diversity and inclusion, gathering information from community members across the district to try and improve Woodlawn as a whole.  Recently, I have been working with a group of students from both Woodlawn and Twin Groves to incorporate student ideals into our belief system.  There is nothing like the energy of the students to raise up your belief in the future. My goal is to work with these students and bring a presence and understanding that will grow across the district.  Next month, we will be meeting with the Board of Education to share some of our thoughts and ideals.  


Finally, this is not anything groundbreaking at this point, but I had my first vaccination shot a little over a week ago.  The shot was fine, it was the next day that brought back the memories for me.  My arm hurt where the shot was given.  Boo hoo, no one cares.  I actually liked having my arm hurt because it brought me back to my glory days of baseball and getting hit with a pitch.  My first collegiate at bat was on a cold day in March of 1984, at Murray State University. A wild, young right handed pitcher drilled me with a fastball, traveling toward me in the high 80’s, just above the elbow.  There is a code in baseball, one which I actually cherish, where you cannot show the guy who just cracked you that it actually hurt.  I am going to let you in on a little secret...it hurts.  For those of you who never played baseball, when you get your vaccination, you now know what you can expect.  As pitchers and catchers report to major league camps in Arizona and Florida this week and the boys of summer are preparing for their season, you can empathize with them when you see a fast ball get away from a pitcher.  If you get your shot, you will know what it feels like the day after being hit by a pitch**.  

 

**Thanks to 8th grade teacher Elliott Pollack for this reference.