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 4.30.21

Teacher Appreciation Week (Only Posting)

Next week marks our annual celebration of teachers with Teacher Appreciation Week.  The amazing parents in the PTA have some wonderful treats planned for our teachers and I know many of you will be contributing treats on certain days by grade level.  Thank you for all of that.  It has been a stressful year for everyone, and teachers have had to completely overhaul their craft in short order after spending years getting it just right.  I know they are tired and a week of celebrating them will go a long way to getting us all to June 2.  I wanted to toss out a word of encouragement for you to consider taking a moment to write a brief note or email to some of your child’s teachers. The treats and gifts are always nice, but those words of appreciation from the students or the parents of the students really lift us up and remind us why we put so much into this profession.  If you have some time next week, please consider writing a short note to a few teachers. Thanks for your consideration.

Chromebook Charging (First Posting)

I am reaching out to parents for assistance with reminding our Wildcats to charge their Chromebooks each night before they turn in for the night.  We are having a sharp rise in the number of students in need of a charging device or loaner computer.  It would be greatly appreciated if you could help your children to remember to plug those devices in before they go to bed at night.  Thank you.

Community Circle Art Project (First Posting)

Wood Oaks art teacher Mrs. Hoffman recently partnered with artist Sandy Coleman to have our Wildcats participate in the Community Circle Project. Our students all took some time to design their own “Community Circles,” and a good number of those circles were selected to be included in a blog on the Community Circle web page.  Click here to see some of the outstanding work done by our students.  Thank you, Mrs. Hoffman!

Strep Throat (Only Posting)

We had two cases 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, he/she 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, he/she may return to school.  Note: Sore throat is also a potential symptom of COVID-19.  If your child displays these symptoms, he/she should be seen by a physician and evaluated.  Please contact school nurse, Karen Kornick, at ext. 5536 if you have any questions.

State Testing (Second Posting)

After several attempts to get some relief from the State Board of Education, it has been passed on that we will need to participate in IL State Testing this year.  The impact on Wood Oaks is twofold:

  • IL Science Assessment (ISA) – This is the annual test given to 5th and 8th graders to analyze the learning progress of students in the area of science.  We will administer this test to all 8th graders on Monday, May 3.  The testing will take place from 8:15 – 11:00 a.m. and again from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.  Please avoid creating appointments for 8th graders during those times. 
  • IL Assessment of Readiness (IAR) – This is the mandated state testing in Reading/LA and math for all grades 3-8.  This was previously known as PARCC and ISAT before that.  Wood Oaks will administer this testing on May 11 – 13. There will be a morning and after lunch session each day starting at 8:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively. The testing windows vary by day, but are all under 2 hours, if you are looking to schedule ortho appointments around this testing.  We appreciate all you can do to avoid pulling students during testing.  We will do makeup testing the following week.

Remote Learning - IPPR (Third Posting)

I know this has been written in a few locations before, but I want to reiterate something about attendance.  Since we have moved to all students belonging either to the group of every day remote learners or every day in-person learners, we are removing the option of an in-person student selecting to Zoom on a given day.  That was the code that was previously IPPR.  This status is now reserved only for students who are actually sick or are quarantining for COVID-related reasons.  If your child needs to miss all or part of a school day for other reasons, they would just check Canvas to see what they missed that day and make it up as they are able.  It will essentially be treated like an absence was treated in those pre-pandemic days. 

Morning Entry to the Building (Final Posting)

The adjustments we made this week for morning arrival time seem to be helping with traffic congestion in the morning.  Just a reminder that the big change was asking 7th grade parents to NOT STOP on the side of the building by Door K to let their children out, but to instead pull as far forward as possible prior to stopping.  Thank you to those of you who drive your children to school for your assistance.  One thing that can still be improved upon is all students having the Daily Health Certification Form filled out each day before arriving at school. As I have mentioned before, any time a student scans in and that form is not complete, it really slows down our process. 

End of Year Calendar At-a-Glance (Updated Posting)

May 14: Teachers’ Institute - No School

May 28: Last day of school for 8th graders

May 30: 8th Grade Graduation at GBN

May 31: Memorial Day - No School

June 1: This will be a full day of school for 6th/7th graders

June 2: Last Day of School for 6th/7th graders (8-11 am)