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 5.24.19

Graduation (Only Posting)

At 6 pm on Thursday, May 30, the Wood Oaks Class of 2019 will participate in their graduation ceremony at Glenbrook North High School. The event will be held at the GBN Center for Performing Arts.  Graduates should arrive at GBN no later than 5:30 pm in order to get checked in and lined up.  The ceremony will last about one hour and will be followed by a reception in the GBN cafeteria sponsored by our wonderful PTA.

Honors Breakfasts (Only Posting)

Next week, we will hold honors breakfasts for our 8th and 7th grade students on Wednesday and Friday, respectively.  These events are for students who made honor roll for all three of the quarters of the year, thus far, and their families.  If your child is in this group, you should have already received an invitation to this event.  Breakfast will be served starting at 7:15 am with the program beginning at 7:30 am.  At arrival time, parking will likely not be a major challenge, but over the course of the program, Wood Oaks staff will be arriving and will need places to park. I encourage anyone attending this event to consider carpooling to the maximum extent possible to conserve as much parking space as possible.  I appreciate anything you can do to assist us in that area. 

STAR Testing (Updated Posting)

A final decision has been made that we will not continue grade level STAR testing this spring. We anticipate mailing reports home at the end of next week. A cover letter will provide detailed information about the assessments. The district continues to work with the vendor of STAR with the goal of gaining assurances of a stable testing environment for the future. In terms of student placement decisions (math and ELP), we will make adjustments to our placement criteria to accommodate for the lack of spring STAR data. 

8th Grade Families (Second Posting)

Last week, your children were given two items related to graduation to bring home. Please ask them about these items.  The first was information about how to order the picture of your child shaking Dr. McElligott’s hand on the stage at GBN after receiving his/her diploma.  The second was a flyer from the PTA about the graduation party at Whirlyball.  A copy of that flyer can also be found below in the PTA section of this newsletter.

Last Day of School (Fourth Posting)

Due to the lost school days this winter, the last day of school for District 27 has been moved to Monday, June 10. Schools will operate under the following hours:

·       Hickory Point students will attend school on June 10 from 8:30 - 11:30 am

·       Shabonee students will attend from 8:45 - 11:45 am

·       Wood Oaks sixth and seventh graders will attend from 8:00 - 11:00 am

·       The last day of school for eighth graders will be graduation day, May 30. They will be dismissed at 1:15 pm.

Please note that school hours at Wood Oaks are shifted up 15 minutes on the last day of school. This is to allow for bus transportation for the other schools.  School will start at 8:00 am that last day.

Online Registration (Fourth Posting)

Online Registration will officially open on May 6th at 9:00 am. Please take a moment to log into Parent Portal, register your student(s), and pay your registration fees for the 2019-2020 school year.  To register your students, log into Parent Portal, then click Online Registration toward the bottom left.  Similar to last year, the process will allow you to verify all student demographic, emergency, and medical information for your child prior to the start of the new school year. The system will also allow you to electronically review and sign the annual forms for school district policies and you may also submit electronic payment for student fees. Registration will close on June 3rd at 4:00 P.M.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact James Phillips at 847-205-4843 or by email

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