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 8.30.19

Curriculum Night Follow-Up (Only Posting)

Thank you to the many of you who were able to come to the building this week to participate in our annual Curriculum Nights.  It was wonderful to have the opportunity to see you in person and to watch our teachers share with you all that goes on here at Wood Oaks each day.  I am looking forward to an amazing year of teaching and learning!  And congratulations to Lauren Redland who won the PTA raffle for priority conference sign-ups in October!

Save the Date (First Posting)

Please mark your calendars for two important evenings of great information.  Dr. Doug Bolton will be speaking to families on the topic of raising resilient children.  Part 1 of this workshop will take place on November 14, 2019 and Part 2 will be on January 15, 2020.  Both evenings will begin at 6:30 pm and will take place at Shabonee School.  Click here for more information.

No School Monday (Only Posting)

All District 27 schools will be closed on Monday, September 2 in observance of Labor Day.  Schools will reopen on Tuesday, September 3 under normal school hours.  Enjoy the three day weekend.

Home-School Partnership (Second Posting)

We value the strong home-school partnership that we have here in District 27. Next to high quality instruction in the classroom, our partnership stands as one of the most significant factors in a child’s education. We want to ensure that we have an open and highly collaborative relationship with all our parents and that our communication is strong. In addition, we want to address any concerns you may have over the course of the year in a positive, constructive, and reasoned manner. Please reference our practice by clicking here and taking a moment to read this document.

8th Grade PSAT Testing (Second Posting)

I wanted to get these dates to you early so that 8th grade families can get them on their calendar as soon as possible.  All 8th grade students in the Northfield Township will need to take the PSAT-8 exam to provide placement data to the high school.  Wood Oaks eighth graders are scheduled to take that exam at Glenbrook North High School on the morning of Saturday, November 2.  If there is a schedule conflict with that date, the alternate date is Saturday, October 26 at Glenbrook South High School.  There will be much more information on these dates in the weeks to come.  I just wanted you to be able to mark your calendars early. 

STAR Testing (Second Posting)

All Wood Oaks students will participate in STAR Math Testing on Wednesday, September 4.  These tests are taken right on the students’ Chromebooks and will be administered during the normally scheduled math classes.  The majority of students are able to finish this testing in one class period.  The STAR test is administered three times each year and provides teachers with valuable insight into student growth over the year.  In the past, all students have also taken STAR Reading Tests.  This year, those tests will only be given to students who may need that data point for growth goals tied to an individualized plan.  We are currently looking for a long-term replacement for that test in the area of reading.