Principal's Newsletter

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Newsletter Issue 4.1.21

Correction on Last Day of School (Only Posting)

In an older posting in last week’s newsletter, there was inaccurate information regarding the last days of school.  Originally, in a hybrid model, we were planning on two half days at the end of the year: one for “A” students and one for “B” students.  Now that all in person students attend together, only the final day of the school year, Wednesday, June 2 will be a half day of school. Hours at Wood Oaks for that day will be 8 – 11 am.  The final day of attendance for 8th graders will be Friday, May 28. 

D27 Schools Closed (Only Posting)

All District 27 schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday, April 2.  Schools will reopen under normal hours on Monday, April 5.

Graduation Update (Second Posting)

By now, many of you probably saw Dr. Kroeze’s announcement that this year’s graduation will be held at noon on Sunday, May 30 at the GBN football stadium.  Over the past few weeks, there has been a great deal of conversation and our direction has changed on several occasions. The primary message that has been heard is to do all we can to get the Class of 2021 together for this rite of passage.  This stadium graduation is the best way for us to accomplish this based on our current constraints.  As our plans are finalized and guidance on crowd sizes develops, we will share all of that information with 8th grade families.  We know that holding this on Memorial Day weekend will present a challenge for many families, but this was the only day available for us to make this happen.  We are so excited at the idea of giving our soon-to-be graduates a proper send-off after a very challenging year.

All-In Instruction (Second Posting)

The District announced today its intention to resume all-in instruction beginning Monday, April 12, meaning all students will attend school in-person, full-time unless they are already enrolled as fully remote for the remainder of the school year OR choose to opt into the fully remote program. No students will be continuing in the hybrid model. 

We will be working on the details on how the logistics of this will all work and will be communicating with parents by the end of next week.  For those of you whose children have not been in the building yet this year, we will have a separate communication with you.  For the sixth graders who will be shifting from remote to in person for the first time and have not been in the building yet at all, we are working on arranging some sort of visit to the building prior to April 12 to help orient them prior to the first day.  Much more to come.

Medicine at School (Final Posting)

Please be sure that if your child needs to take any medication during the school day, they are not simply self-administering.  Those meds should be controlled by the school nurse and administered in the nurse’s office, even if they are in the habit of self-administering at home.  This guidance is a part of District 27 Board Policy 7:270.  If you have any questions about how to handle the administration of medicine at school, please contact our school nurse, Karen Kornick, at kornick.k@nb27.org.  Thank you for your assistance in this matter of safety.