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 5.14.21

For Eighth Grade Parents (Updated Posting)

We are finalizing our comprehensive communication to 8th grade families regarding the May 30th graduation ceremony.  With the recent changes to the re-opening phase in IL and Cook County, we are still reviewing that information and in discussions regarding how that may impact our graduation ceremony. I anticipate being able to share information with families prior to next Friday.  As of today, we know we will be able to host four spectators for every graduate at the Glenbrook North football stadium.  We will have a limited number of additional seats available for families who need another ticket to the ceremony.  If you are in need of a fifth ticket to graduation, please complete this Google Form. These extra individual tickets will be given out on a first come-first served basis until they are gone. All seating is general admission, so the fifth ticketed person will still be able to sit with the other four. If you do need an extra ticket, please fill out that form ASAP.  You should use the same Google Form if someone in your party will need access to wheelchair accessible seating.  Given that the seating at the stadium is all bleacher seating, those in wheelchairs or who make use of a walker may need seats on the track at field level.  Please fill out the form linked above ASAP to let us know if your party will need access to that seating area.  There are a limited number of seats in this area, so please only submit this form if there is a member of your party in need of this accommodation.  If you need access to this seating area and require an extra ticket, you may take care of both requests with the same form entry.

In a related note, graduation gowns and ribbons for the ceremony will be available for pickup at Wood Oaks between 9 – 10 am on Saturday, May 22.  This is for all Wood Oaks 8th grade students.  At that time, we will also be issuing each family four tickets to parents for the ceremony.  Any extra tickets requested may be available at that time, but we will need to see how those requests go.  If you ordered, or want to order, a congratulatory yard sign for your graduate from the PTA, those signs will be available for pickup at this same event. If you have not yet ordered that yard sign, you can do so by clicking hereWhen arriving at the school for this drive-thru event, please have your graduate’s name clearly displayed in the passenger side window so that the volunteers can quickly locate your items.  We look forward to providing families this one stop shopping for all of these items.

6th and 7th Grade Families (Only Posting)

You should have received an email from me this week about registering your child for electives for the 2021-22 school year. We are not yet sure that we will be able to offer all of our standard electives, but we are going to collect that information now regardless, just in case we need it.  I am optimistic that we will be able to have all of these courses.  If you did not get these forms in an email on Monday, I would say to first check your spam or junk folders to see if it went there. Sometimes mass emails do get filtered out.  If you still cannot find the forms, I have included the links below.  They were due today, so I would ask that you fill them out as soon as possible.  Thank you.

Next year’s 7th grade elective form

Next year’s 8th grade elective form

From our Technology Department – Chromebook Collection (First Posting)

Each year, the technology department collects all District-issued Chromebooks, chargers, and bags to assess each device and prepare them for the next school year. Here's the schedule for when each grade level is expected to turn in their equipment:

  • For 8th grade students: On Thursday, May 27, the technology department will be collecting 8th grade Chromebooks during 10th period. They will not be needed on May 28. Please make sure to have your bag, charger, and Chromebook. Anything else that is in the bag can be removed. 
  • For 7th grade students: On Tuesday, June 1, the technology department will be collecting 7th grade Chromebooks at the end of 4th period. Please make sure to have your bag, charger, and Chromebook. Anything else that is in the bag can be removed.
  • For 6th grade students: On Tuesday, June 1, the technology department will be collecting 6th grade Chromebooks at the end of 10th period. Please make sure to have your bag, charger, and Chromebook. Anything else that is in the bag can be removed. In early October, some 6th grade families needed a secondary device to use for Zoom. If you have a secondary device along with the charger, please return that equipment on Tuesday, June 1. If you're currently not using the secondary device, you may return that computer to the technology office any time before June 1.

Please feel free to reach out to the technology department (werth.a@nb27.org) if you have any questions or concerns.

Erin’s Law (Final Posting)

In compliance with IL State law, a program on child sexual abuse awareness and prevention will be presented to Wood Oaks students on Monday, May 17. These presentations will be made during regularly scheduled P.E. classes using a presenter we have used in the past, Victor Pacini. The lessons will be presented virtually and each session will be attended by a Wood Oaks social worker or psychologist. 

The program is being scheduled in response to Erin’s Law, a State law requiring that all public schools implement a sexual abuse awareness and prevention curriculum for grades K-12. For additional information about Erin’s Law, please visit www.erinslaw.org.

The presentations will cover the following topics:

·       Safe touch, unsafe touch, confusing touches

·       Private body parts (parts of the body covered by a bathing suit)

·       Good and bad secrets

·       Saying “no” to unwanted touches

·       Safety steps and reporting

The presentations are designed to empower and educate children in a developmentally appropriate, child-friendly manner. If you have any questions about the presentations or do not wish for your child to participate in this program, please email Dr. McElligott (mcelligott.r@nb27.org).  A confirmation acknowledgment of your request will be sent.

Community Circle Art Project (Final 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!

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

May 28: Last day of school for 8th graders/Graduation Practice

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, with Field Day

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