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 5.7.21

Teacher Appreciation Week Gratitude (Only Posting)

HUGE thank you to all of the parents out there for your show of appreciation to all of the Wood Oaks teachers this week.  So many of you contributed by donating food, sending gifts, and/or sending notes of appreciation to the staff.  The teachers were literally overwhelmed by your kindness.  It is so uplifting to work in a community that is so appreciative of the work put in by the teachers, especially this past year. 

Mother’s Day (Only Posting)

Wishing all of the mothers out there a very happy Mother’s Day on Sunday.  I hope your children and their fathers shower you with gratitude all day long! Thank you for all you do.

For Eighth Grade Parents (First Posting)

As our graduation date grows closer, I know there are still several unanswered questions out there about the upcoming ceremony.  While I have some answers, I do not yet have some key answers for you as there are still some questions to be answered about our safety protocols for the ceremony.  Once I have definitive information for you, I will reach out to this group of parents separately.  I know a big question involves the number of guests per graduate.  That is one of the items I do not yet know for sure, but I am confident that we will be able to have three spectators per graduate and possibly up to four.  I do not believe the number will go any higher than that, unfortunately.  But I will let you know as soon as I do.

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 tickets to parents for the ceremony.  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.

Erin’s Law (First 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

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 (  A confirmation acknowledgment of your request will be sent.

District 27 Schools Closed (First Posting)

There will be no student attendance on Friday, May 14 so that teachers can participate in some professional development and planning for the end of the year. 

Chromebook Charging (Second 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 (Second 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!

State Testing (Final 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.  We recently completed ISA testing for 8th graders. Here is the information on next week’s IAR testing.

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.  Here is a link to the exact schedule.  We appreciate all you can do to avoid pulling students during testing.  We will do makeup testing the following week.

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

May 14: Teachers’ Institute - No School

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)