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 2.26.21

Hydration is Important! (First Posting)

While it may not quite be spring yet, this week’s warmer weather was nice.  It did also serve as a reminder of the importance of hydration.  There has been an uptick in the number of students who have been reporting dehydration symptoms.  Please remind your student to bring a fillable water bottle with them to school each day.  While our traditional water fountains are out of commission for COVID safety reasons, our bottle filling stations are operational.  As the weather continues to turn warmer, it will be more and more important for students to ensure they are getting enough water. 

Absence Reporting (First Posting)

If you are reporting your child as out of school or learning at home on an in-person day, please ensure to be clear on the reason why.  This is true if you are leaving a voicemail on the attendance line or if you are using the parent portal to communicate the absence.  If the child is ill, please let us know what symptoms the child is experiencing.  If the child will be out of town, please specify the location of travel and the date of return.  In a normal year, this much information is not necessary.  This year, that information will help our nurse and office staff determine if any quarantine is necessary and help the family determine when the child can return to school. Thank you for your cooperation.

Upcoming No Student Attendance Days (First Posting)

As we approach spring break, here is a brief summary of the upcoming dates when students will not be in attendance:

March 1: Teachers’ Institute - No School

March 19: Teachers’ Institute - No School

March 22-26: Spring Break


April 2: District Holiday - No School

April 23: Teachers’ Institute - No School


May 14: Teachers’ Institute - No School

May 31: Memorial Day - No School


June 1: Last Day of School for B Students (8 – 11 am)

June 2: Last Day of School for A Students (8 – 11 am)

5Essentials Survey for Students (Second 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.

Substitute Teachers Needed (Third 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 (Final 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.