Greetings Wood Oaks Parents
Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! We are busy preparing for the return of our Wildcats on the first day of school, August 18, 2022. I am excited to lead our staff and students this coming school year. This is my 27th year in District 27 and could not be more proud of the collaborative relationships I have had with families, students, and staff over my many years in the District. I am certain this year will continue with that tradition. I also want to welcome and introduce our new Assistant Principal, Paul Suminski. He joins us bringing his own administrative and teaching experiences that span the past 18 years. I am confident his experiences will be an asset to the overall success of Wood Oaks.
Included in this newsletter is important information to help students start off the school year well. Please take the time to review the following information. If you have any questions or concerns, I encourage you to contact me at any time. You will come to learn that I am passionate about working as a team to create the most successful learning environment for our students.
We are so excited to get this school year underway with all of our students in the building.
Welcome to the 2022-23 school year!
Our Commitment to School Safety
Northbrook District 27 wants to remind our school community that the Northbrook School District 27 Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP) remains in place. The EPP is a comprehensive, all-hazard emergency response program designed to protect students and staff, and to respond rapidly in the event of an emergency. This plan is continuously updated and reviewed annually with the Northbrook Police and Fire Departments, and a Northbrook Police liaison officer is assigned to each school. All staff are highly trained for all emergency scenarios, above and beyond state requirements. In addition, both students and staff regularly participate in emergency drills throughout the school year. It is important that our school community maintains safe practices at home and continues to “see something, say something” by calling 911 when there is something suspicious to report. Thank you for your partnership.
Student Schedules Released August 11
Student schedules will be viewable on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal starting at 3 pm on Thursday, August 11. At that point, requests for schedule changes will not be possible unless there is an actual error, such as a missing course or being double scheduled somewhere. Changes to a different teacher or to line up with the schedule of a friend will not be honored. If there is an actual issue with a student schedule, please email me at email@example.com .
6th Grade Meet & Tour on August 16
We are excited to invite all our 6th grade students to Wood Oaks for an opportunity to meet their 1st period homeroom teacher on August 16, 2022 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Students will be able to obtain and practice their hallway locker combination, pick-up their District issued chromebook, and walk their schedule to get familiar with the building. This is a student only event. Staff and select 7th grade students will be on hand to assist students for the 1 hour meet and tour. Students should only bring their class schedule with them. No other supplies will be necessary. Entrance A at the very front of the school will open at 4:00 pm and staff members will be on hand to help students find their first period class. We expect the orientation to last about an hour, so please pick up your child at the same front entrance at 5:00 pm. If you are unable to have your child attend the Meet & Tour, they will have assistance during the first day of school to get acclimated to their locker and their schedule. Please make sure that your child is feeling well before sending him/her to school for this or any other activity/day.
Students will be expected to keep their cell phone turned off and kept secure in a backpack or locker between 8:15am and 3:30pm. We request that parents do not text children during the school day. If there is an emergency and you need to get a message to your child, call the main office. We will deliver the message to minimize the interruption to the learning environment.
Student Handbook, Assignment Notebook
Students will have the option this year to use a digital assignment calendar. All 6th graders will be given a paper version of the assignment notebook. Seventh and Eighth graders may have one if they choose. The Student Handbook is only available online. Please take time to familiarize yourself and your student with the contents of the handbook
Locker assignments will be handed out during the meet & tour for sixth graders and during homeroom time on the first day of school for seventh and eighth graders and any 6th graders that did not attend the meet & tour. Students will be encouraged to use their locker to hold any outerwear and lunches, as these should not be brought to classes. During lunch, students will be asked to place all classroom materials, including their chromebooks in their lockers.
Students can arrive at the school building at any point between 7:45 - 8:10 am. Our school day runs from 8:10 am until 3:30 pm. If a student arrives prior to 8:10 am, they will report to a location based on their grade level. Sixth grade students will report to the Small Gym, seventh and eighth grade students will report to the Big Gym.
Dismissal begins at 3:30 pm each day. Bus riders will go to the Commons, with walkers, bike riders, and carpool students exiting through Door A to leave the building. We do expect our driveway to be full for carpool pick up. Carpool pick up generally takes from 3:30 pm until 3:45 pm. At that point, we will start loading buses. We strongly encourage parents picking up students after school to wait until about 3:40 pm to approach campus if possible. This will save you the time just sitting in our lot, help to prevent our carpool lane from backing up onto Sanders Road, and still get you to your child at about the same time. Please be respectful of our neighbors, only pick up students in the Wood Oaks carpool lane.
All students will be eating in our Commons lunchroom space. Students will have an opportunity to attend Academic Lunch, as well as have access to our Testing Center during lunch periods. Academic Lunch is a quiet eating area in which students are able to work on assignments while eating lunch. Seating at Academic Lunch is limited. Students who wish to attend Academic Lunch must report directly to the Library to reserve a seat during their lunch period. The Testing Center is a classroom where students are assigned by a teacher to complete any classroom assessments. Students must be assigned to the Testing Center before they are allowed to eat lunch and work in that classroom.
Wood Oaks Physical Education will continue to allow students to wear their regular clothes to class each day. Students will be expected to wear athletic shoes for PE. If students choose to change shoes, they should use their hallway locker to hold their extra shoes.
After School Activities
We offer a variety of after school clubs and activities. Students are able to attend clubs on a drop-in basis. We encourage students to try different clubs and get involved in activities. All information regarding clubs can be found on our Wood Oaks School Clubs and Activities webpage. Our Library is also open everyday until 4:30 pm for students who wish to work on homework. At 4:30 pm everyday there will be two Activity Buses available to all students free of charge. I encourage all parents to complete the Google form for the Activity Bus, also linked to our Clubs and Activities webpage, to access this service. By completing the permission form for clubs and the Activity Bus Google form, your student will have the option at any time to participate, but will not be obligated if they choose not to stay or use the service.
Our sports programs will be starting shortly after the first day of school. This will include co-ed soccer, cross country, and girls volleyball. If your child is interested in any of these sports, they will need a school physical that is less than 12 months old on file with the school nurse. Girls volleyball is a cut sport and tryouts will start very soon after the start of school. If your daughter does not have a physical on file, she will not be allowed to try out. The same is true for soccer and cross country, but those do not have tryouts and we generally have room for all who wish to participate. Please see our Athletics page for all the important information regarding extra-curricular sports.
Curriculum Nights Save the Date
Please mark your calendars for our in-person Curriculum Nights. Sixth Grade Curriculum Night will be held at 6 pm on Thursday, August 25. Seventh and Eighth Grade Curriculum Night will be at 6 pm on Monday, August 29. More information will be shared regarding these events as we get closer to those dates.