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 2.19.21

5Essentials Survey for Students (First Posting)

All Wood Oaks students will take the 5Essentials survey during the school day on March 18. Both local and remote students will participate in this survey during their World Language, Learning Pathways, or Resource class.  This survey is based on many years of research at the University of Chicago. Students’ identities will be completely confidential, and teachers and administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions, only summary-level responses.

Please be aware that under the Protection of Pupil Rights Act. 20 U.S.C. Section 1232(c) (1) (A), you have the right to review a copy of the questions asked of your student(s). Survey questions are available on the 5Essentials website. If you DO NOT want your daughter or son to participate, please fill out the opt-out form and email it to Wood Oaks principal, Dr. Rob McElligott, before March 5, 2021.

Strep Throat (Only Posting)

We had a case of strep throat reported at Wood Oaks this week.  Please monitor your child for the signs of strep throat: sore throat, fever, headache and/or stomach ache.  If your child displays these symptoms, they should be seen by a physician and evaluated for a possible case of strep.  If there is a diagnosis of strep, once your child is on antibiotics and has been fever free for 24 hours, they may return to school.  Note: Sore throat is also a potential symptom of COVID-19.  If your child displays these symptoms, they should be seen by a physician and evaluated.  Please contact school nurse, Karen Kornick, at ext. 5536 if you have any questions.

Substitute Teachers Needed (Second Posting)

District 27 is still in need of substitute teachers at all buildings for the remainder of the school year. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Theresa Fournier at

Virtual Backpack (Second Posting)

This is just a friendly reminder that there is always some excellent information contained in our Virtual Backpack regarding programs and presentations in the community around us.  Right now, there is information about spring sports leagues in the community and a presentation from the Glenview/Northbrook Coalition for Youth about Adolescent Depression. I know depression is an area of concern for many adolescents during this time of isolation due to the pandemic and GNCY sponsors many very useful presentations like this one. Please visit the Virtual Backpack to read about these items and several others.