Principal's Newsletter

Welcome to the Wood Oaks Newsletter.  This is my primary means of disseminating information to families, so please check back often.  I generally update this page once a week, usually on Fridays, but will occasionally put out a mid-week issue if there is information to share that cannot wait for the weekend.  To subscribe to this newsletter, click on the orange bell below, click on the newsletter, and fill out the pop-up form.

Newsletter Issue 1.22.21

Winter Conferences (First Posting)

The online registration window is currently open for the winter parent/teacher conferences.  Online registration will close at 4 pm on Friday, January 29.  These conferences will be held from 5:00 – 8:15 pm on February 3, from 1:00 – 8:15 pm on February 4, and from 8:15 am – 3:30 pm on February 5.  There will be no school on February 4 – 5 to make room for these important conversations.  These meetings will all take place via Zoom.  Zoom links for the teachers will be available to parents on the teachers’ Canvas pages.  We will also email out a list of Zoom links by grade level in the days prior to the start of conferences.

Trips Outdoors During the Day (First Posting)

Chicago weather being Chicago weather, you truly never know what you are going to get. For the most part, we do not go outside for PE/recess during the winter months. This year, given the fact that everyone is wearing masks all day, we are looking for every opportunity we can get to get students outside so they can spread out and take masks off for a little while.  We take into account the actual temperature, the wind chill, and how much sunshine there is to help with the “feels like” temperature.  I say this so you can help your Wildcat be prepared that we may be going outside even if it is in the thirties as long as it is sunny without too much wind.  I know many students don’t like having to carry their winter coats with them during the day, but they should be prepared to be outside as long as it is not too cold.  Now days like today (Friday), we will not go outside. 

Attention 8th Grade Families (Only Posting)

On Tuesday, January 26, all Wood Oaks 8th graders will be participating in a Zoom meeting with their GBN counselor to register for fall classes.  For Hybrid “A” and fully remote students, this meeting will be taking place while you are logging in from home.  For Hybrid “B” students, you will be excused from your class in the building and will report to one of several locations in the building based on your counselor to participate in this meeting via Zoom. Students should have the course placement email that was sent out on January 15 with them for this meeting. They should also know for which electives they would like to register next year and any questions they have about their scheduling.  An email will go out to the students early next week with the counselor’s name and the Zoom link attached.

Text-A-Tip (Third Posting)

Today, I will be sending a reminder to students that Text-A-Tip is a resource available to all Wood Oaks students to provide them access to help from a mental health professional if they or anyone they know is struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, thoughts of self-harm, physical abuse, or just needs someone to talk to.  The sticker we have provided to students in the past, is on posters in our hallways, and is always available on our website can be seen by clicking here. If they either scan the QR code or text “wildcat” to that number (844.823.5323), they will be connected to a mental health professional within minutes.  This assistance is available to students 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Since I am emailing the students this information, I wanted you to be aware of it as well. 

Terra Nova “Save the Date” (Third Posting)

While all planning for Terra Nova is not quite in place, I did want to put the dates on your calendars. I know medical appointments are made well in advance, and it is great if these days can be avoided to limit the need for any make-up testing.  Terra Nova testing at Wood Oaks will be held this year on Wednesday, February 10 (Hybrid “A” students) and Thursday, February 11 (Hybrid “B” students).  This testing will be done in the morning hours, so if those dates/times could be avoided with appointments, that would be wonderful.  More to come on the details of the testing itself soon.

Yearbook Photos Revisited (Final Posting)

The Wood Oaks yearbook committee needs your HELP!  Our goal is to have EVERY child’s picture multiple times in the yearbook. Because this is a super-interesting year, we need your help with the photography.  We would love pictures of your child posing/participating in a variety of activities while showing respect for the CDC guidelines (i.e. - wearing a mask around friends).  Some of the photo op ideas we have so far include the following: being outside (socially distanced), remote learning, pets, family, friends, playing a sport, doing a hobby, reading, sporting Wood Oaks spirit wear, and before/after shots of braces. Please encourage your students to take/share pictures!  All photos should be emailed to either Mrs. Reap ( or Mrs. Olesuk (  We will be accepting photos until March 15th.

Community Circle Project (Final Posting)

Wood Oaks art teacher, Mrs. Hoffman, recently partnered with artist Sandy Coleman to have our Wildcats participate in the Community Circle Project. Our students took some time to design their own “Community Circles,” and a good number of those circles from both first and second quarter art students were selected to be included in a blog on the Community Circle web page.  Click here to see some of the outstanding work done by our students.  Thank you, Mrs. Hoffman!