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 3.22.19

Rock of Ages (First Posting)

During the week of April 8, the staff and students of Wood Oaks will present our spring musical, Rock of Ages-Middle School Edition.  All students, including the students who will make up next year’s 6th grade class, will have the opportunity to see the presentation at an assembly during the school day.  There will be public performances at 7 pm on April 10 & 11 and at 2 pm on April 13.  There are no tickets for these free admission shows.  We do ask that when the doors to the stage area open, about 30 minutes prior to show time, families do not save more than a seat or two for their immediate family.  If you have several relatives coming, they should plan on arriving early with the rest of the group.  Since seating is first come, first served, we do want to allow those who commit to arriving early to find the seats of their choice.  Thank you for your attention to this matter.  

In order to access the seating for this show, guests will need to descend down 4-5 stairs.  If someone in your party will need access to a lift in order to get down those stairs, please contact the Wood Oaks Main Office (847.272.1900) as soon as possible so that we can make arrangements to have trained personnel on hand to operate that equipment. 

End of Quarter/Spring Break (Final Posting)

Friday, March 22 marks the end of the third quarter and is also the last day of school before spring break.  All D27 schools will be closed during the week of March 25 for spring break.  Classes will resume for all D27 schools under normal school hours on Monday, April 1 (no, that is not an April Fool’s joke!).  Third Quarter report cards will be available on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal starting at 3:30 pm on Monday, April 8. 

Attendance Line (Second Posting)

If your child is going to be absent from school for any reason, if he/she will need to be picked up early, or if the student will be arriving to school late, please remember to call the school (847.272.1900) and let the office staff know about the absence.  Main office hours are from 7:30 am until 4:30 pm, but the phone line does have the ability to take a voicemail message 24 hours a day, so a message can be left at any time.  If leaving a voicemail message, please clearly state your name, your child’s name, your child’s grade, approximate drop-off/pick-up times, and the reason for the absence.  If you are picking up your child from school early, please know that the office staff has been instructed to not call a student down until the parent is in the office.  This is to minimize the amount of time a student will be out of the classroom. 

Illinios Assessment of Readiness (Second Posting)

Wood Oaks will be administering the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) to students after spring break.  The IAR is replacing PARCC as our primary State Assessment.  You can learn more about this assessment by visiting the ISBE IAR website.  The test itself is administered on Chromebooks for most and is quite similar to its predecessor.  Testing in the area of reading will take place on April 4 – 5 and math will take place on April 15 – 17.  Please ensure the students get a good night’s sleep and have a healthy breakfast on these testing dates.  It is also important that students plug in their Chromebook each night so that it is fully charged for testing.  Students will also need corded headphones for testing.

Testing on each of the above days will start at the beginning of the day and will be complete by 10:15 am.  Since the testing starts right at 8:15 am, it is especially important that students arrive at school on time, or even early, on these dates.  The building will operate on a modified schedule for the rest of the day on each of the testing days.  Please try and limit any student appointments to times outside of those testing hours on the testing days.  We will have makeup testing days, but that does cause students to miss instructional time. 

Virtual Backpack (Final Posting)

If you do not already make it a habit to check out the information contained in the “Virtual Backpack,” please add that to your list.  This is the place where we will place information on various events and programs taking place across the Northfield Township.  It is definitely a location worth bookmarking and checking in on every couple weeks or so to see if there is something of interest to you or to your child. 

Word of the Week - Imposing (Ongoing Posting)

In an effort to continuously expand the vocabulary of our students, we present a new word or two to the entire building every week.  Students are exposed to these new words through teacher Canvas pages, our morning announcements, and through the lessons presented by teachers in all curricular areas.  We have been doing this for a few years now and have seen excellent measurable growth in our vocabulary scores.  Last year, we shared these words with families through this newsletter and received good feedback from students about using the words both at home and at school.  We appreciate any support you can provide by making use of these words around your children in your daily lives.  The word for next week is imposing.  Thank you for your partnership!


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