Wood Oaks Newsletter

By: Mr. McElligott

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.  

 

Newsletter Issue 11.17.17

Nov 17, 2017

All-Illinois Junior Band (Only Posting)

Wood Oaks Junior High School will be represented by 11 musicians in the 2018 All-Illinois Junior Band (AIJB). AIJB is Illinois’ all-state band for middle school musicians in grades 7 and 8.

This year, 234 musicians representing 62 schools from around the State auditioned for selection in the 82-piece band. The 11 musicians from Wood Oaks represent the highest number of students representing any individual school. Auditions consist of three recordings of selected pieces that are uploaded to a web-site, and blindly judged by an expert panel of adjudicators. The musicians at Wood Oaks began working on the audition music in January, and submitted their recordings in early November.  The listed students will participate in a two-day festival in January at the University of Illinois with other talented musicians under the direction of some of the top directors in the country.

Congratulations to: Jenna A., Maya B., Rachel C., Peter G., Vidhata J., Jeannie K., James L., Elyse M., Teddy S., Alexa S., and Kristin Y.

Thanksgiving Break (Only Posting)

All District 27 schools will be closed from Wednesday, November 22 – Friday, November 24 in observance of Thanksgiving.  Schools will reopen for normal school hours on Monday, November 27.  There will be no additional newsletter next week.  There is calendar information at the bottom of this newsletter for both next week and the week after.

Township Wrestling Team (Only Posting)

As we have for the past few years, Wood Oaks will be joining with Maple and NBJH to form a township wrestling team.  This team is coached and run out of Maple School, but contains athletes from all three junior high schools, along with any interested fifth graders from the associated feeder schools, like Shabonee.  If your child is interested in joining the wrestling team, there is an informational meeting for student and parent(s) at 6 pm on Wednesday, November 29 at Maple School.  Have your child contact Mr. Schneider at Wood Oaks if further information is needed.

Toys for Tots (First Posting)

Wood Oaks, along with Hickory Point and Shabonee, is once again a drop-off site for the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots toy drive.  From Monday, November 20 through approximately December 15, please consider dropping off new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls of any age.

District 27 Ranked #1 on PARCC Assessment (Second Posting)

Statewide results from the 2017 PARCC assessment place District 27 as the top scoring K-8 district within Illinois! We are very proud of our students' achievement. For additional information on our performance results, the District and School Report Cards are posted on our website.

Terra Nova Testing (Second Posting)

On the week we return from Thanksgiving Break, from Tuesday, 11/28 through Friday, 12/1, all Wood Oaks students will be taking the Terra Nova test.  Testing each day runs from the start of the day until 10:30 or 11:00.  We ask that parents please avoid scheduling any appointments during those hours for that week.  We do have make-up testing the following week, but that will mean being pulled from classes and we would all prefer to avoid that.  Also for that week, please ensure that your child gets a good night’s sleep and has a healthy breakfast before leaving the house.  Good advice on any school day, but especially on these testing days.

During that week of testing, Wood Oaks will be running a block schedule each day.  Tuesday and Thursday will be even days, with only even period number classes meeting, Wednesday and Friday will be odd days, with only odd period number classes meeting.  Both 5th and 6th periods will meet each day as those are our lunch periods.

Marla’s Lunch Orders (Second Posting)

We have received guidance from Marla’s Lunch personnel that we should be disposing of unclaimed hot lunches no later than 1 pm.  This is based on potential bacteria growth on foods left unrefrigerated for too long being unsafe for consumption.  If your child is absent and you wish to pick up your child’s hot lunch order, please notify the front office when you call your child in on the absence line and then stop by the main office prior to 1 pm to pick up the lunch. 

Cell Phone Use in Motor Vehicles in a School Zone (Third Posting)

While standing outside at dismissal time, I have noticed a sharp increase in the number of drivers who are making use of a cell phone that is not in hands-free mode.  I have seen both telephone use and texting while trying to navigate the close quarters of our driveway.  Please be aware that any cell phone use while driving on our campus in anything other than hands-free mode (e.g. - a Bluetooth connection to your car stereo) is in violation of IL state law. More importantly, it puts the lives of children and staff members at unnecessary risk. The law also specifically states that holding a cell phone in “speaker” mode does not constitute “hands-free.”  Most drivers have a solid block of time while stopped and waiting for students to be dismissed to take care of personal business on a cell phone.  Please, once you start moving, put your phone down and focus on picking up your student(s) and heading home.  On behalf of all of our students, I thank you for your commitment to safety.

Word of the Week - Copious (Ongoing Posting)

In an effort to continuously expand the vocabulary of our students, we present a new word to the entire building each week.  Students are exposed to these new words through teacher Canvas pages, our morning announcements, and through the lessons presented by teachers in all curricular areas.  We have been doing this for a couple of years now and have seen excellent measurable growth in our vocabulary scores.  We felt that if we made families aware of our Word of the Week, that maybe you could find ways to use the word at home as well, further strengthening this effort.  We appreciate any support you can provide by making use of this word around your children in your daily lives.  Next week’s Word of the Week is copious.  Thank you for your partnership!

PTA NEWS

BRRR!  Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Yes, as expected from living in a northern climate, the temperature has dropped as we enter a new season.  And as adults, we instinctively know to dress warmer when we go outside.  However, our kids do not know this!  Help them dress warmer for outdoor gym class by getting them a Wood Oaks sweatshirt.  They are only $25 and can be kept in their gym locker.  Or, if your student likes to hang around the house in pajama pants, maybe a pair of Wood Oaks pajama pants are in their future!  Only $25 a pair.  Contact Kristin Ihrke at kihrke@me.com

UPCOMING EVENTS

November 20 – Monday – Piero’s
7:25am-8:09am                Honor Choir Practice – Room 102
5th & 6th periods                Library Leaders’ Meeting
3:40pm-4:30pm                               Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                               Drama Club Meeting – Room 101
3:40pm-4:30pm                               Foreign Language Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-5:00pm                               6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm                               7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm                               7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice - Big gym
3:40pm-5:00pm                               8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:15pm                               8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gymCANCELLED
 
November 21 – Tuesday
6:30am-7:45am                6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
7:15am-8:09am                Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods              Library Café
3:40pm-4:30pm                               Homework Hour – Room 108/109
3:40pm-4:30pm                               Student Leadership Meeting – Library- CANCELLED
3:40pm-4:30pm                               RoboRovers II Build Session – Room 114
 
November 22 – Wednesday – Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL
 
November 23 – Thursday – Thanksgiving Day – NO SCHOOL
 
November 24 – Friday – Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL
 
November 27 – Monday – Upper Crust Bagels
6:30am-7:45am                6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
7:25am-8:09am                Honor Choir Practice – Room 102
3:40pm-4:30pm                               Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                               Drama Club Meeting – Room 101
3:40pm-4:30pm                               Foreign Language Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm                               RoboRovers II Build Session – Room 114
3:45pm-5:30pm                               6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
4:15pm                               8th/7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Away Game @ Shepard
4:15pm                               7th/8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Home Game vs Shepard
 
November 28 – Tuesday – Terra Nova Testing
6:30am-7:45am                6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
6:45am-7:45am                7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am                Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods              Library Café
3:40pm-4:30pm                               Homework Hour – Room 108/109
3:40pm-4:30pm                               Student Leadership Meeting – Library
3:45pm-5:30pm                               6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm                               7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm                               8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:15pm                               8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
7:00pm                               Band “In Process” Concert
 
November 29 – Wednesday – Chipotle - Terra Nova Testing
7:15am-8:09am                Chamber Strings Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm                               Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                               Cooking Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-4:30pm                               Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm                               RoboRovers II Build Session – Room 114
4:15pm                               6th Gr Girls’/Boys’ Basketball Home Game vs NBJH
4:15pm                               7th/8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Away Game @ NBJH
4:15pm                               7th/8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Home Game vs NBJH
 
 
November 30 – Thursday – McDonald’s - Terra Nova Testing
6:45am-7:45am                8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am                Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods               Library Café
3:40pm-4:30pm                               Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                               Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm                               Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114
3:40pm-4:30pm                               Running Club
3:40pm-4:30pm                               RoboRovers Build Session – Room 114
3:40pm-5:00pm                               6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:45pm-5:30pm                               6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
4:15pm                               8th/7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Home Game vs MacArthur – Big gym
 
December 1 – Friday – Piero’s – Terra Nova Testing – Mid-Quarter
6:50am-7:50am                6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
7:15am-8:09am                Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm                               Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                               TEDeD Club Meeting – Room 201
3:40pm-5:30pm                               7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
 
December 2 – Saturday
9:00am-1:00pm                Open Gym

 

Newsletter Issue 11.10.17

Nov 11, 2017

District 27 Ranked #1 on PARCC Assessment (First Posting)

Statewide results from the 2017 PARCC assessment place District 27 as the top scoring K-8 district within Illinois! We are very proud of our students' achievement. For additional information on our performance results, the District and School Report Cards are posted on our website

Terra Nova Testing (First Posting)

On the week we return from Thanksgiving Break, from Tuesday, 11/28 through Friday, 12/1, all Wood Oaks students will be taking the Terra Nova test.  Testing each day runs from the start of the day until 10:30 or 11:00.  We ask that parents please avoid scheduling any appointments during those hours for that week.  We do have make-up testing the following week, but that will mean being pulled from classes and we would all prefer to avoid that.  Also for that week, please ensure that your child gets a good night’s sleep and has a healthy breakfast before leaving the house.  Good advice on any school day, but especially on these testing days.

During that week of testing, Wood Oaks will be running a block schedule each day.  Tuesday and Thursday will be even days, with only even period number classes meeting, Wednesday and Friday will be odd days, with only odd period number classes meeting.  Both 5th and 6th periods will meet each day as those are our lunch periods.

Marla’s Lunch Orders (First Posting)

We have received guidance from Marla’s Lunch personnel that we should be disposing of unclaimed hot lunches no later than 1 pm.  This is based on potential bacteria growth on foods left unrefrigerated for too long being unsafe for consumption.  If your child is absent and you wish to pick up your child’s hot lunch order, please notify the front office when you call your child in on the absence line and then stop by the main office prior to 1 pm to pick up the lunch. 

Cell Phone Use in Motor Vehicles in a School Zone (Second Posting)

While standing outside at dismissal time, I have noticed a sharp increase in the number of drivers who are making use of a cell phone that is not in hands-free mode.  I have seen both telephone use and texting while trying to navigate the close quarters of our driveway.  Please be aware that any cell phone use while driving on our campus in anything other than hands-free mode (e.g. - a Bluetooth connection to your car stereo) is in violation of IL state law. More importantly, it puts the lives of children and staff members at unnecessary risk. The law also specifically states that holding a cell phone in “speaker” mode does not constitute “hands-free.”  Most drivers have a solid block of time while stopped and waiting for students to be dismissed to take care of personal business on a cell phone.  Please, once you start moving, put your phone down and focus on picking up your student(s) and heading home.  On behalf of all of our students, I thank you for your commitment to safety.

Wood Oaks Author Visit (Second Posting)

On Wednesday, November 15, author Tara Sullivan will be visiting Wood Oaks. Staff and students are excited about her visit. Tara Sullivan will make four presentations regarding writing, revision, and her books Golden Boy and The Bitter Side of Sweet. Information about the author and her passion to alert readers about international injustice may be found on her website by clicking here. Students who wish to obtain a signed book may purchase books at a venue of their choosing. The Book Bin, located at 1151 Church Street does have an ample supply of both titles. 

Books to be autographed by the author need to be brought to the Wood Oaks Library by Monday, November 13. The books should include a sticky note with the student's first and last name neatly printed. 

Word of the Week - Arbitrary (Ongoing Posting)

In an effort to continuously expand the vocabulary of our students, we present a new word to the entire building each week.  Students are exposed to these new words through teacher Canvas pages, our morning announcements, and through the lessons presented by teachers in all curricular areas.  We have been doing this for a couple of years now and have seen excellent measurable growth in our vocabulary scores.  We felt that if we made families aware of our Word of the Week, that maybe you could find ways to use the word at home as well, further strengthening this effort.  We appreciate any support you can provide by making use of this word around your children in your daily lives.  Next week’s Word of the Week is arbitrary.  Thank you for your partnership!

PTA NEWS

BRRR!  Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Yes, as expected from living in a northern climate, the temperature has dropped as we enter a new season.  And as adults, we instinctively know to dress warmer when we go outside.  However, our kids do not know this!  Help them dress warmer for outdoor gym class by getting them a Wood Oaks sweatshirt.  They are only $25 and can be kept in their gym locker.  Or, if your student likes to hang around the house in pajama pants, maybe a pair of Wood Oaks pajama pants are in their future!  Only $25 a pair.  Contact Kristin Ihrke at kihrke@me.com

PTA Meeting

The next meeting of the Wood Oaks PTA will be held on Monday morning at 9:15.  Please consider joining us and finding out about ways to help make a positive contribution to the Wood Oaks school community!

UPCOMING EVENTS

November 13 – Monday – Once Upon a Bagel
6:30am-7:45am                6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
6:45am-7:45am                8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am                Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
7:25am-8:09am                Honor Choir Practice – Room 102
9:15am                             PTA Meeting
3:40pm-4:30pm               Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm               Drama Club Meeting – Room 101
3:40pm-4:30pm               Foreign Language Club Meeting – Room 103
3:45pm-5:00pm               6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:00pm               7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm               7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:00pm               8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
5:30pm-6:30pm               Basketball Parent Meeting - Library
 
November 14 – Tuesday
7:40am-8:09am                Faculty Meeting (no AM activities)
5th & 6th periods              Library Café
3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Room 108/109
3:40pm-4:30pm                Student Leadership Meeting – Library
3:40pm-5:00pm                6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:45pm-5:30pm                6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm                7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
3:45pm-5:30pm                8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
7:00pm-8:30pm                Choral Festival at Glenbrook North HS
 
November 15 – Wednesday – JD’s BBQ
                                         Author visit
7:15am-8:09am                Chamber Strings Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods              Creative Writing Club Meeting - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm               Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm               Cooking Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-4:30pm               Math Club Meeting – Room 229
4:15pm                            6th Gr Boys’/Girls’ Basketball Away Game @ Winkelman vs Field
4:15pm                            8th/7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Away Game @ Field
4:15pm                            8th/7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Home Game vs. Field
 
November 16 – Thursday – Stir Crazy
6:45am-7:45am                8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am                Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods              Library Café
3:40pm-4:30pm               Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm               Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm               Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114
3:40pm-4:30pm               Running Club
3:45pm-5:30pm               6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:00pm               6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm               7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:15pm               8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
6:30pm                             Board of Education Meeting – WO LIbrary
 
November 17 – Friday - Subway
7:15am-8:09am                Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm               Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm               TEDeD Club Meeting – Room 201
4:15pm                             6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Home Game vs Maple – Small gym
4:15pm                             7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Away Game @ Maple
4:15pm                             7th/8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Home Game vs Maple – Big gym
 
November 18 – Saturday
                                         ILMEA Jazz Fest – Woodstock HS
9:00am-1:00pm                Open Gym
 

 

Newsletter Issue 11.3.2017

Nov 03, 2017

Cell Phone Use in Motor Vehicles in a School Zone (First Posting)

While standing outside at dismissal time, I have noticed a sharp increase in the number of drivers who are making use of a cell phone that is not in hands-free mode.  I have seen both telephone use and texting while trying to navigate the close quarters of our driveway.  Please be aware that any cell phone use while driving on our campus in anything other than hands-free mode (e.g. - a Bluetooth connection to your car stereo) is in violation of IL state law. More importantly, it puts the lives of children and staff members at unnecessary risk. The law also specifically states that holding a cell phone in “speaker” mode does not constitute “hands-free.”  Most drivers have a solid block of time while stopped and waiting for students to be dismissed to take care of personal business on a cell phone.  Please, once you start moving, put your phone down and focus on picking up your student(s) and heading home.  On behalf of all of our students, I thank you for your commitment to safety.

D27 Schools Closed (Only Posting)

On Friday, November 10, all District 27 schools will be closed so that staff members can participate in a full day of professional development.  We are aware that these days pose a challenge to families in regards to child care, but the large block of time when all staff members can participate in training that supports their specific work in D27 is invaluable to our work with students.  We are very appreciative of this time for professional growth. 

Please be aware that main office staff is required to attend some of this training, leaving our office closed for certain blocks of time.  If you have business in the main office, please take care of it prior to Friday.  Thank you.

Picture Retake Day (Only Posting)

Wednesday, November 8 is picture retake day at Wood Oaks.  If your child was absent on picture day, September 27, or if the proof of their picture is not acceptable, your child will have a chance to retake his/her picture on Wednesday.  Your child should bring either their filled-in form and payment (if they were absent) or their proof (if it is an actual retake) and give it to the photographer that morning.  Students will be called down by grade on Wednesday morning.

Wood Oaks Author Visit (First Posting)

On Wednesday, November 15, author Tara Sullivan will be visiting Wood Oaks. Staff and students are excited about her visit. Tara Sullivan will make four presentations regarding writing, revision, and her books Golden Boy and The Bitter Side of Sweet. Information about the author and her passion to alert readers about international injustice may be found on her website by clicking here. Students who wish to obtain a signed book may purchase books at a venue of their choosing. The Book Bin, located at 1151 Church Street does have an ample supply of both titles. 

Books to be autographed by the author need to be brought to the Wood Oaks Library by Monday, November 13. The books should include a sticky note with the student's first and last name neatly printed. 

Fall Back (Only Posting)

Just a friendly reminder to set your clocks back one hour when you go to bed on Saturday night. 

Open Gym (Only Posting)

Saturday, November 4 is the first Open Gym of the season at Wood Oaks.  Gym space at Wood Oaks will be available for two Saturdays each month from 9 am – 1 pm for the months of November through March.  Open Gym dates are: 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 12/16, 1/13, 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, and 3/17.  These dates are also available on the calendar located on the front page of the Wood Oaks website.   

School Messenger Text Alerts (Final Posting)

Our school utilizes the School Messenger system to deliver text messages straight to your mobile phone with important information about school closings, safety alerts, and other important events.  You can participate in this service simply by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our school’s short code number, 67587.  You can also opt out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “Stop.”  Thank you.

Word of the Week - Chronic (Ongoing Posting)

In an effort to continuously expand the vocabulary of our students, we present a new word to the entire building each week.  Students are exposed to these new words through teacher Canvas pages, our morning announcements, and through the lessons presented by teachers in all curricular areas.  We have been doing this for a couple of years now and have seen excellent measurable growth in our vocabulary scores.  We felt that if we made families aware of our Word of the Week, that maybe you could find ways to use the word at home as well, further strengthening this effort.  We appreciate any support you can provide by making use of this word around your children in your daily lives.  Next week’s Word of the Week is chronic.  Thank you for your partnership!

PTA NEWS

BRRR!  Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Yes, as expected from living in a northern climate, the temperature has dropped as we enter a new season.  And as adults, we instinctively know to dress warmer when we go outside.  However, our kids do not know this!  Help them dress warmer for outdoor gym class by getting them a Wood Oaks sweatshirt.  They are only $25 and can be kept in their gym locker.  Or, if your student likes to hang around the house in pajama pants, maybe a pair of Wood Oaks pajama pants are in their future!  Only $25 a pair.  Contact Kristin Ihrke at kihrke@me.com

PTA Sponsored Free Skate on Friday, November 10th

On our next day off of school, Friday, November 10th, the PTA is sponsoring a Free Skate at the Glenview Ice Center from 10:30 am – 11:45 am.  This event is free to Wood Oaks students but you must bring your own skates or rent them for $3.  Registration is being done through PTGMS.  Contact Tracy Sandler with questions at jctref@gmail.com.

PTGMS?  How do I use that?  Where do I find it?

Head over to the school district’s website www.nb27.org.  From the home page, click on the PTA tab on the RIGHT hand side.  On the LEFT hand side, click on the tab that says PTA Online: hot lunch, volunteering and membership. On the next screen, click on WOOD OAKS. Welcome back to PTGMS!  If you haven’t been here in a long time or maybe this is your first visit since Shabonee, you might need to set up a new User ID.  If you were able to log in, click on the STORE tab on the top of the page. Select which student of yours will be skating, count them as one person and proceed to check out.  Remember, this is a FREE event, so there is no money involved.  If you get stuck on something, contact Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net

UPCOMING EVENTS

November 6 – Monday – Viccino’s - Grades Posted(3:30 pm)

6:45am-7:45am                 6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Tryouts – Small gym

6:45am-7:45am                 8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Tryouts – Big gym

7:25am-8:09am                Honor Choir Practice – Room 102

3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm                Drama Club Meeting – Room 101

3:40pm-4:30pm                Foreign Language Club Meeting – Room 103

3:40pm-5:00pm                8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym

3:40pm-5:15pm                7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Tryouts – Small gym

 

November 7 – Tuesday

6:45am-7:45am                8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Tryouts – Big gym

7:15am-8:09am                Wind Ensemble Rehearsal

5th & 6th periods              Library Café

3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Room 108/109

3:40pm-4:30pm                Student Leadership Meeting – Library

3:40pm-5:15pm                6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Tryouts – Small gym

3:40pm-5:15pm                7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Tryouts – Big gym

3:40pm-5:30pm                8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym

 

November 8 – Wednesday – Little Louie’s – Picture Retakes

6:45am-7:45am                6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Tryouts – Small gym

8:15am – 10:00am           Picture Retakes

7:15am-8:09am                Chamber Strings Rehearsal

3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm                Cooking Club Meeting – Room 105

3:40pm-4:30pm                Math Club Meeting – Room 229

3:40pm-4:30pm                RoboRovers 2 Build Activity – Room 114

3:40pm-5:15pm                8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Tryouts – Big gym

 

 

November 9 – Thursday – Buffalo Wild Wings

6:45am-7:45am                8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym                                           

7:15am-8:09am                Wind Ensemble Rehearsal

8th Grade Field Trip – Feed My Starving Children

5th & 6th periods               Library Café

3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm                Art Club Meeting – Room 116

3:40pm-4:30pm                Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114

3:40pm-4:30pm                RoboRovers 2 Build Activity – Room 114

3:40pm-4:30pm                Running Club

 

November 10 – Friday – Professional Development Day – NO SCHOOL

 

Newsletter Issue 10.27.17

Oct 27, 2017

School Messenger Text Alerts (First Posting)

Our school utilizes the School Messenger system to deliver text messages straight to your mobile phone with important information about school closings, safety alerts, and other important events.  You can participate in this service simply by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our school’s short code number, 67587.  You can also opt out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “Stop.”  Thank you.

Book Fair (Only Posting)

Thank you so much to our Book Fair volunteers who generously gave of their time to make the Book Fair a success. With almost $3,000 in sales, the Book Fair netted almost $900 in books for the Wood Oaks Library!  Thanks to all of you who visited our fair and definitely those who volunteered their time to work the fair.  Our heartfelt thanks goes to: Ms. Ihrke (chairperson), Ms. Cheyney, Ms. Cohen, Ms. Gentner, Ms. Hendricks, Ms. Morgan, Ms. Pomeroy, Ms. Raths, Ms. Ulrich, Ms. Weinstein, and Ms. Werman.

For 8th Grade Families Only (Only Posting)

All 8th grade students will be visiting Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville on Thursday, November 9.  Due to the travel schedule, hot lunch will not be available for these students.  All students will need to bring a lunch from home on that day.  If you ordered hot lunch on that day, you must go to the Marla’s Lunchbox site and cancel that order no later than Tuesday, October 31 to ensure you get a credit for that order.

End of First Quarter (Final Posting)

Friday, October 27 marks the end of the first quarter at Wood Oaks.  First quarter grades will be finalized the following week and report cards will be posted on the Parent Portal at 3:30 pm on Monday, November 6.  Second quarter Unified Arts rotations will begin on Monday, October 30. 

International Education Night at GBN (Final Posting)

At 6:30 pm on Monday, November 6, GBN will host their first International Education Night.  In addition to sampling some international cuisine, attendees will hear a keynote address from Worldview radio show host, Jerome McDonnell, see an international dance troupe, and visit booths hosted by a variety of outside organizations that focus on international education.  The evening will be held in the GBN student cafeteria.  Click here for more.

Halloween (Final Posting)

Each year, having students (and staff) dress up for Halloween adds to the rich culture of school spirit we encourage at WO.  It is always fun to see the creative costumes that are worn by everyone who participates in this fun day.  With that being said, we do try to put some guidelines in place to help students navigate this day successfully. 

The number one issue which needs addressing, year in and year out, is when students create a group costume and, purposefully, exclude others from participating in their group.  This inevitably leads to hurt feelings, tears, and the need for our social workers to help students work through the conflict.  Please, if your child is thinking about participating in a group costume with friends, ensure they are allowing any others who want to be a part of the group costume to participate with them. 

Here are the general rules we share with the students regarding Halloween costumes:

1.      Students may wear Halloween costumes but must be recognizable, i.e. no masks or facial coverings.

2.      Any student wearing a costume must fully prepare before arriving to school. Spray cans, hair coloring, spray string, face painting, etc. will NOT be allowed at school.

3.      Face painting is allowed only if the student is recognizable and the painting applies to the costume being worn, i.e. whiskers for a cat.

4.      No toy (or real) weapons are allowed at school.

5.      Group costumes are discouraged when they involve the exclusion of other students.

6.      Parents are encouraged to supervise their child’s costume choice – keeping in mind that ultimately, Wood Oaks serves as a place of learning, safety, and appropriateness.

If a costume is determined by a staff member or administrator to be a disruption to the school environment, a possible safety hazard, or inappropriate, the student will be asked to change into different clothes or their gym uniform.

Click here to view a video which we are showing to students to help guide them in their costume choices.

Word of the Week - Imminent (Ongoing Posting)

In an effort to continuously expand the vocabulary of our students, we present a new word to the entire building each week.  Students are exposed to these new words through teacher Canvas pages, our morning announcements, and through the lessons presented by teachers in all curricular areas.  We have been doing this for a couple of years now and have seen excellent measurable growth in our vocabulary scores.  We felt that if we made families aware of our Word of the Week, that maybe you could find ways to use the word at home as well, further strengthening this effort.  We appreciate any support you can provide by making use of this word around your children in your daily lives.  Next week’s Word of the Week is imminent.  Thank you for your partnership!

PTA NEWS

BRRR!  Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Yes, as expected from living in a northern climate, the temperature has dropped as we enter a new season.  And as adults, we instinctively know to dress warmer when we go outside.  However, our kids do not know this!  Help them dress warmer for outdoor gym class by getting them a Wood Oaks sweatshirt.  They are only $25 and can be kept in their gym locker.  Or, if your student likes to hang around the house in pajama pants, maybe a pair of Wood Oaks pajama pants are in their future!  Only $25 a pair.  Contact Kristin Ihrke at kihrke@me.com

PTA Sponsored Free Skate on Friday, November 10th

On our next day off of school, Friday, November 10th, the PTA is sponsoring a Free Skate at the Glenview Ice Center from 10:30 am – 11:45 am.  This event is free to Wood Oaks students but you must bring your own skates or rent them for $3.  Registration is being done through PTGMS.  Contact Tracy Sandler with questions at jctref@gmail.com.

PTGMS?  How do I use that?  Where do I find it?

Head over to the school district’s website www.nb27.org.  From the home page, click on the PTA tab on the RIGHT hand side.  On the LEFT hand side, click on the tab that says PTA Online: hot lunch, volunteering and membership. On the next screen, click on WOOD OAKS. Welcome back to PTGMS!  If you haven’t been here in a long time or maybe this is your first visit since Shabonee, you might need to set up a new User ID.  If you were able to log in, click on the STORE tab on the top of the page. Select which student of yours will be skating, count them as one person and proceed to check out.  Remember, this is a FREE event, so there is no money involved.  If you get stuck on something, contact Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net

UPCOMING EVENTS

October 30 – Monday – Upper Crust Bagels

7:25am-8:09am                Honor Choir Practice – Room 102

3:40pm-4:30pm               Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm               Drama Club Meeting – Room 101

3:40pm-4:30pm               Foreign Language Club Meeting – Room 103– CANCELLED

3:40pm-4:30pm               RoboRovers 2 Build Activity – Room 114

7:00pm                             Fall Instrumental Concert

 

October 31 – Tuesday

7:15am-8:09am                Wind Ensemble Rehearsal

5th & 6th periods              Library Café

3:40pm-4:30pm               Homework Hour – Room 108/109

3:40pm-4:30pm               Student Leadership Meeting – LibraryCANCELLED

 

November 1 – Wednesday – Josh’s

7:15am-8:09am               Chamber Strings Rehearsal

7:30am-8:09am               ILMEA Honor Choir Practice – Room 102

3:40pm-4:30pm              Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm              Cooking Club Meeting – Room 105

3:40pm-4:30pm              Math Club Meeting – Room 229

3:40pm-4:30pm              RoboRovers 2 Build Activity – Room 114

3:40pm-5:00pm              6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Tryouts – Big gym

3:40pm-5:10pm              7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Tryouts – Small gym

3:40pm-5:30pm              8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Tryouts – Big gym

 

November 2 – Thursday – Bella Via

6:45am-7:45am                8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Tryouts – Big gym

7:15am-8:09am                Wind Ensemble Rehearsal

5th & 6th periods               Library Café

3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm                Art Club Meeting – Room 116

3:40pm-4:30pm                Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114

3:40pm-4:30pm                Run Club

3:40pm-5:00pm                6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Tryouts – Big gym

3:40pm-5:10pm                7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Tryouts – Small gym

 

November 3 – Friday – Jimmy John’s

6:50am-7:50am                6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Tryouts – Big gym

7:15am-8:09am                Jazz Band Rehearsal

3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm                TEDeD Club Meeting – Room 201

3:40pm-5:10pm                7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Tryouts – Small gym

November 4 – Saturday

                                          ILMEA Festival – Wauconda

9:00am-1:00pm                Open Gym

 

Newsletter Issue 10.20.17

Oct 20, 2017
End of First Quarter (First Posting)
 
Friday, October 27 marks the end of the first quarter at Wood Oaks.  First quarter grades will be finalized the following week and report cards will be posted on the Parent Portal at 3:30 pm on Monday, November 6.  Second quarter Unified Arts rotations will begin on Monday, October 30. 
 
No After School Events (Only Posting)
 
Due to an all-school staff meeting, there will be no after school activities on Tuesday, October 24.  All students will need to head for home at 3:30 pm.  Thank you.
 
Strep Throat (New Posting)
 
We had a case 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.  Please contact Betty Greenholt, R.N. at ext. 5536 if you have any questions.
 
International Education Night at GBN (First Posting)
 
At 6:30 pm on Monday, November 6, GBN will host their first International Education Night.  In addition to sampling some international cuisine, attendees will hear a keynote address from Worldview radio show host, Jerome McDonnell, see an international dance troupe, and visit booths hosted by a variety of outside organizations that focus on international education.  The evening will be held in the GBN student cafeteria.  Click here for more.
 
Halloween (Second Posting)
 
Each year, having students (and staff) dress up for Halloween adds to the rich culture of school spirit we encourage at WO.  It is always fun to see the creative costumes that are worn by everyone who participates in this fun day.  With that being said, we do try to put some guidelines in place to help students navigate this day successfully. 
 
The number one issue which needs addressing, year in and year out, is when students create a group costume and, purposefully, exclude others from participating in their group.  This inevitably leads to hurt feelings, tears, and the need for our social workers to help students work through the conflict.  Please, if your child is thinking about participating in a group costume with friends, ensure they are allowing any others who want to be a part of the group costume to participate with them. 
 
Here are the general rules we share with the students regarding Halloween costumes:
1.      Students may wear Halloween costumes but must be recognizable, i.e. no masks or facial coverings.
2.      Any student wearing a costume must fully prepare before arriving to school. Spray cans, hair coloring, spray string, face painting, etc. will NOT be allowed at school.
3.      Face painting is allowed only if the student is recognizable and the painting applies to the costume being worn, i.e. whiskers for a cat.
4.      No toy (or real) weapons are allowed at school.
5.      Group costumes are discouraged when they involve the exclusion of other students.
6.      Parents are encouraged to supervise their child’s costume choice – keeping in mind that ultimately, Wood Oaks serves as a place of learning, safety, and appropriateness.
 
If a costume is determined by a staff member or administrator to be a disruption to the school environment, a possible safety hazard, or inappropriate, the student will be asked to change into different clothes or their gym uniform.
 
Click here to view a video which we are showing to students to help guide them in their costume choices.
 
Word of the Week - Bewilder (Ongoing Posting)
 
In an effort to continuously expand the vocabulary of our students, we present a new word to the entire building each week.  Students are exposed to these new words through teacher Canvas pages, our morning announcements, and through the lessons presented by teachers in all curricular areas.  We have been doing this for a couple of years now and have seen excellent measurable growth in our vocabulary scores.  We felt that if we made families aware of our Word of the Week, that maybe you could find ways to use the word at home as well, further strengthening this effort.  We appreciate any support you can provide by making use of this word around your children in your daily lives.  Next week’s Word of the Week is bewilder Thank you for your partnership!
 
PTA NEWS
 
Wood Oaks Book Fair
Thanks to everyone who volunteered to work and/or shopped at the Wood Oaks Book Fair the past couple evenings.  The event was a tremendous success.
 
Do You Feel Out of the Loop?
Are you wondering why you haven’t heard about any of this before?  If you tend to hang out on Facebook, like the Wood Oaks PTA page.  We will make sure you are the first to know about everything.  Do you have general PTA questions?  Contact Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
October 23 – Monday – Piero’s
7:25am-8:09am                Honor Choir Practice – Room 102
3:40pm-4:30pm               Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm               Drama Club Meeting – Room 101
3:40pm-4:30pm               Foreign Language Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm               RoboRovers 2 Build Activity – Room 114
3:40pm-5:00pm               7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
7:00pm                             Wind Ensemble Performance – Maple JHS
 
October 24 – Tuesday
6:45am-7:45am                7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am                Wind Ensemble Rehearsal- CANCELLED
5th & 6th periods              Library Café
3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Room 108/109- CANCELLED
3:40pm-4:30pm               Student Leadership Meeting – Library- CANCELLED
3:40pm-5:15pm               Teacher In-Service (no PM activities)
 
October 25 – Wednesday – Chipotle
7:15am-8:09am               Chamber Strings Rehearsal
7:30am-8:09am               ILMEA Honor Choir Practice – Room 102
3:40pm-4:30pm              Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm              Cooking Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-4:30pm              Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-5:00pm              7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
October 26 – Thursday – McDonald’s
7:15am-8:09am                Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods              Library Café
3:40pm-4:30pm               Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm               Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm               Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114
3:40pm-4:30pm               RoboRovers 2 Build Activity – Room 114
6:30 pm                            Board of Education Meeting – Wood Oaks Library
 
October 27 – Friday – Potbelly – End of 1st Quarter
7:15am-8:09am                Jazz Band Rehearsal
7:45am-8:09am                Girls’ Basketball Informational Meeting – Room 222
3:40pm-4:30pm               Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm               TEDeD Club Meeting – Room 201

 

Newsletter Issue 10.13.17

Oct 13, 2017
Halloween (First Posting)
Each year, having students (and staff) dress up for Halloween adds to the rich culture of school spirit we encourage at WO.  It is always fun to see the creative costumes that are worn by everyone who participates in this fun day.  With that being said, we do try to put some guidelines in place to help students navigate this day successfully. 
 
The number one issue which needs addressing, year in and year out, is when students create a group costume and, purposefully, exclude others from participating in their group.  This inevitably leads to hurt feelings, tears, and the need for our social workers to help students work through the conflict.  Please, if your child is thinking about participating in a group costume with friends, ensure they are allowing any others who want to be a part of the group costume to participate with them. 
 
Here are the general rules we share with the students regarding Halloween costumes:
1.      Students may wear Halloween costumes but must be recognizable, i.e. no masks or facial coverings.
2.      Any student wearing a costume must fully prepare before arriving to school. Spray cans, hair coloring, spray string, face painting, etc. will NOT be allowed at school.
3.      Face painting is allowed only if the student is recognizable and the painting applies to the costume being worn, i.e. whiskers for a cat.
4.      No toy (or real) weapons are allowed at school.
5.      Group costumes are discouraged when they involve the exclusion of other students.
6.      Parents are encouraged to supervise their child’s costume choice – keeping in mind that ultimately, Wood Oaks serves as a place of learning, safety, and appropriateness.
 
If a costume is determined by a staff member or administrator to be a disruption to the school environment, a possible safety hazard, or inappropriate, the student will be asked to change into different clothes or their gym uniform.
Click here to view a video which we are showing to students to help guide them in their costume choices.
 
Emergency Test Message (Only Posting)
Starting at approximately 6:00 pm on Monday, October 16, D27 will send out an emergency test message to all parents and staff. This system is used to notify district parents and staff regarding school closings, weather delays, and other emergency situations.  Notifications are automatically sent via voice mail and email to phone numbers and email addresses currently on file with the District. 
 
If parents or staff members do not receive a call or email, please contact the Wood Oaks main office.
 
From Our Library – Book Fair (Only Posting)
The Book Fair will occur next week! Students will preview books during their ELA classes on Tuesday, October 17. During the preview, students will create a wish list of books that they would possibly like to purchase. The book locations within the Fair appear on their wish lists. Parents, please stop by the Book Fair during parent-teacher conferences. The Fair will be open on Wednesday, October 18th from 5:00-8:00 pm and Thursday, October 19th from 1:00-8:00 pm. All purchases made at the Book Fair support the Wood Oaks Library.  
 
Parent Teacher Conferences (Final Posting)
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held from 5:00-8:30 pm on Wednesday, October 18 and from 1:00 – 8:30 pm on Thursday, October 19.  To accommodate this, there will be no school on October 19.  Teachers work very hard preparing for these conferences and are eager to share their feedback with you about your child’s performance in their classroom.  The five-minute block (ten-minute for ELA) does go by very quickly and often the conversation is not completely wrapped up as the end of the time arrives.  I ask that everyone involved, teachers and parents, do their best to honor the time window as there is always another parent waiting in the wings who wants to utilize all of their time as well.  If further discussion is needed, please call/email the teacher and set up a time to continue that discussion. 

I am also aware that not every parent is able to arrange for all of their conferences to be tightly scheduled and may have some free time in between conferences.  I would discourage you from trying to squeeze yourself in with a teacher who is unaccompanied at that moment as they may be waiting on another parent and your conversation, however brief, will disrupt another parent’s schedule and create a significant ripple effect.  If everyone sticks to their schedule, the evening will run smoothly.  Thank you.
 
Information on our Emergency Preparedness Plan (Final Posting)
District 27 has a well-developed Emergency Preparedness Plan. Please take a moment to read this letter from Dr. David Kroeze that highlights the procedures families should follow in case of emergencies. 
 
Word of the Week - Prudent (Ongoing Posting)
In an effort to continuously expand the vocabulary of our students, we present a new word to the entire building each week.  Students are exposed to these new words through teacher Canvas pages, our morning announcements, and through the lessons presented by teachers in all curricular areas.  We have been doing this for a couple of years now and have seen excellent measurable growth in our vocabulary scores.  We felt that if we made families aware of our Word of the Week, that maybe you could find ways to use the word at home as well, further strengthening this effort.  We appreciate any support you can provide by making use of this word around your children in your daily lives.  Next week’s Word of the Week is prudent.  Thank you for your partnership!
 
PTA NEWS
 
Wood Oaks Book Fair
 We are staffing the book fair this October.  This is the only book fair our PTA has, just one!  This is the perfect way to help out during non-school hours.  If you would like to get your name on the sign up genius, e-mail Kirstin Ihrke at kihrke@me.com
 
PTA Meeting
Come join us for the next meeting of the Wood Oaks PTA at 9:15 am on Monday, October 16.  Be there or be square!
 
Do You Feel Out of the Loop?
Are you wondering why you haven’t heard about any of this before?  If you tend to hang out on Facebook, like the Wood Oaks PTA page.  We will make sure you are the first to know about everything.  Do you have general PTA questions?  Contact Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
October 16 – Monday – Once Upon a Bagel
7:15am-8:09am                 Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
7:25am-8:09am                 Honor Choir Practice – Room 102
9:15 am                              PTA Meeting
5th & 6th periods                Library Leaders Meeting
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Drama Club Meeting – Room 101
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Foreign Language Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Cross Country Practice
4:00pm                               7th/8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs. Gemini
4:15pm                               6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Away Game @ Gemini
4:15pm                               Soccer Away Game @ Gemini
 
October 17 – Tuesday
7:40am                              Faculty Meeting (no AM activities)
5th & 6th periods              Library Café
3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Room 108/109
3:40pm-4:30pm                Student Leadership - Library
4:15pm                              6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Away Game @ Maple
4:15pm                              7th/8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs. Maple
4:15pm                              Soccer Away Game @ Maple
4:30pm                              Cross Country Conference Meet @ WO
 
October 18 – Wednesday – Little Louie’s
6:45am-7:45am                7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am                Chamber Strings Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods              Creative Writing Club Meeting - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm               Homework Hour – LibraryCANCELLED
3:40pm-4:30pm               Cooking Club Meeting – Room 105CANCELLED
3:40pm-4:30pm               Math Club Meeting – Room 229CANCELLED
5:00pm-8:00pm               PTA Book Fair – Room 101
5:00pm-8:30pm               Parent-Teacher Conferences
 
October 19 – Thursday – Parent-Teacher Conferences – NO SCHOOL
1:00pm-8:00pm                PTA Book Fair – Room 101
1:00pm-4:00pm                Parent-Teacher Conferences
5:00pm-8:30pm                Parent-Teacher Conferences
 
October 20 – Friday – Subway
7:15am-8:09am                Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm               Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm               TEDeD Club Meeting – Room 201

 

Newsletter Issue 10.6.17

Oct 06, 2017
Parent Teacher Conferences (First Posting)
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held from 5:00-8:30 pm on Wednesday, October 18 and from 1:00 – 8:30 pm on Thursday, October 19.  To accommodate this, there will be no school on October 19.  Teachers work very hard preparing for these conferences and are eager to share their feedback with you about your child’s performance in their classroom.  The five-minute block (ten-minute for ELA) does go by very quickly and often the conversation is not completely wrapped up as the end of the time arrives.  I ask that everyone involved, teachers and parents, do their best to honor the time window as there is always another parent waiting in the wings who wants to utilize all of their time as well.  If further discussion is needed, please call/email the teacher and set up a time to continue that discussion. Be aware that all parents have an automatic five minute gap between any two meetings, but teachers do not.

I am also aware that not every parent is able to arrange for all of their conferences to be tightly scheduled and may have some free time in between conferences.  I would discourage you from trying to squeeze yourself in with a teacher who is unaccompanied at that moment as they may be waiting on another parent and your conversation, however brief, will disrupt another parent’s schedule and create a significant ripple effect.  If everyone sticks to their schedule, the evening will run smoothly.  Thank you.
 
Schools Closed (Only Posting)
All District 27 schools will be closed on Monday, October 9 in observance of Columbus Day.  Schools will reopen at normal times on Tuesday, October 10.
 
Parent Ed Night (Only Posting)
Thank you to all of the parents who came out Tuesday evening to hear Jim Jelinske speak about the message he delivers to our sixth graders each year about being an upstander instead of a bystander.  It was a nice turnout and a fun evening.   If you missed it, or if you were present and are looking for more professional advice around the topic of bullying and how to guide your children through navigating that sort of situation, the Northbrook JCC is hosting a similar event to ours.  Click here to see a flyer about their program on Tuesday, October 17.
 
Attention 8th Grade Parents (Final Posting)
Each year for the past several years, our 8th grade students have visited Feed My Starving Children and boxed up thousands of dehydrated meals for delivery to parts of the world where food is scarce.  We will be going again this year on Thursday, November 9.  The FMSC facility requires a high adult/child ratio, so we are in need of a significant number of chaperones for this trip.  We are asking any 8th grade parent who is interested in volunteering some time and participating in this rewarding day to contact the 8th grade team coordinator, Cheryl Kinney, to volunteer.  You can email her at kinney.c@nb27.org.  Thank you for your consideration.
 
Information on our Emergency Preparedness Plan (Third Posting)
District 27 has a well-developed Emergency Preparedness Plan. Please take a moment to read this letter from Dr. David Kroeze that highlights the procedures families should follow in case of emergencies. 
 
From Our Technology Department (Final Posting)
It is important to keep your contact information up to date with Northbrook School District 27.  In the event of an emergency or a school closing, such as a snow day, messages will be sent to the phone numbers and email addresses we have on record.  If that information is incorrect, you will not receive the message.  To make this easier, we will be adding the ability for you to update your contact information through Parent Portal!  Starting October 3rd, when you log in to Parent Portal, you will see some new options that include Demographics, Household Information, and Family Members.  You can update your information or add new emergency contacts as you need. It may take up to one week before you see these changes reflected in Parent Portal.  
 
Word of the Week - Zeal (Ongoing Posting)
In an effort to continuously expand the vocabulary of our students, we present a new word to the entire building each week.  Students are exposed to these new words through teacher Canvas pages, our morning announcements, and through the lessons presented by teachers in all curricular areas.  We have been doing this for a couple of years now and have seen excellent measurable growth in our vocabulary scores.  We felt that if we made families aware of our Word of the Week, that maybe you could find ways to use the word at home as well, further strengthening this effort.  We appreciate any support you can provide by making use of this word around your children in your daily lives.  Next week’s Word of the Week is zeal.  Thank you for your cooperation!
 
PTA NEWS
 
Wood Oaks Book Fair
 We are staffing the book fair this October.  This is the only book fair our PTA has, just one!  This is the perfect way to help out during non-school hours.  If you would like to get your name on the sign up genius, e-mail Kirstin Ihrke at kihrke@me.com
 
PTA Meeting
Come join us for the next meeting of the Wood Oaks PTA at 9:15 am on Monday, October 16.  Be there or be square!
 
Do You Feel Out of the Loop?
Are you wondering why you haven’t heard about any of this before?  If you tend to hang out on Facebook, like the Wood Oaks PTA page.  We will make sure you are the first to know about everything.  Do you have general PTA questions?  Contact Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
October 9 – Monday – Columbus Day – NO SCHOOL
 
October 10 – Tuesday
7:15am-8:09am                Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods                Library Café
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Homework Hour – Room 108/109
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Student Leadership Meeting – Library
4:15pm                               6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs. Field
4:15pm                               7th/8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Away Game @ Field
4:15pm                               Cross Country Away Meet @ Wilmette
4:15pm                               Soccer Home Game vs. Field
 
October 11 – Wednesday – Josh’s
7:15am-8:09am                 Chamber Strings Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                Cooking Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-4:30pm                Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm                Soccer Practice
3:40pm-5:30pm                6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm                7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm                8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
4:15pm                              Cross Country Away Meet @ NBJH
 
October 12 – Thursday – Bella Via
7:15am-8:09am                Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th &6th periods                Library Café
3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm                Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114
3:40pm-4:30pm                Cross Country Practice
4:00pm                              8th/7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs. Wilmette
4:00pm                              Soccer Away Game @ Wilmette
4:15pm                              6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Away Game @ NBJH
 
October 13 – Friday – Piero’s
6:45am-7:45am                7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am                Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm               Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm               TEDeD Club Meeting – Room 201
3:40pm-5:30pm               6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm               8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
4:15pm                             Cross Country Away Meet @ Springman

 

Newsletter Issue 9.29.17

Sep 29, 2017
Jim Jelinske Parent Ed Night (Only Posting)
Jim Jelinske has been speaking to Wood Oaks sixth graders for the past 12 years.  Jim is a charismatic, entertaining speaker who encourages our students to speak out when they witness one peer mistreating another and how they can handle those situations.  His presentations leave a lasting impression and are one of the most cherished memories our 8th graders refer to when we reflect with them on their time at Wood Oaks.  At 6 pm on Tuesday, October 3, Jim will be speaking to parents on the topics of bullying, cyberbullying, and the raising of today’s children.  His presentation is well worth one hour of your evening and will give you a great insight into the presentation your children saw earlier that day (6th graders) or in previous years (7th/8th graders).  This presentation is geared towards adults, so please allow your wildcats to stay home and work on their homework!
 
Attention 8th Grade Parents (First Posting)
Each year for the past several years, our 8th grade students have visited Feed My Starving Children and boxed up thousands of dehydrated meals for delivery to parts of the world where food is scarce.  We will be going again this year on Thursday, November 9.  The FMSC facility requires a high adult/child ratio, so we are in need of a significant number of chaperones for this trip.  We are asking any 8th grade parent who is interested in volunteering some time and participating in this rewarding day to contact the 8th grade team coordinator, Cheryl Kinney, to volunteer.  You can email her at kinney.c@nb27.org.  Thank you for your consideration.
 
Information on our Emergency Preparedness Plan (Second Posting)
District 27 has a well-developed Emergency Preparedness Plan. Please take a moment to read this letter from Dr. David Kroeze that highlights the procedures families should follow in case of emergencies. 
 
From Our Technology Department (Second Posting)
It is important to keep your contact information up to date with Northbrook School District 27.  In the event of an emergency or a school closing, such as a snow day, messages will be sent to the phone numbers and email addresses we have on record.  If that information is incorrect, you will not receive the message.  To make this easier, we will be adding the ability for you to update your contact information through Parent Portal!  Starting October 3rd, when you log in to Parent Portal, you will see some new options that include Demographics, Household Information, and Family Members.  You can update your information or add new emergency contacts as you need. It may take up to one week before you see these changes reflected in Parent Portal.  
 
Letter From Dr. Kroeze (Third Posting)
Superintendent Dr. David Kroeze outlines District 27’s commitment to students’ educational opportunities, inclusion, and a safe learning environment in a letter to parents and community members. Click here to learn more.
 
Word of the Week (Ongoing Posting)
In an effort to continuously expand the vocabulary of our students, we present a new word to the entire building each week.  Students are exposed to these new words through teacher Canvas pages, our morning announcements, and through the lessons presented by teachers in all curricular areas.  We have been doing this for a couple of years now and have seen excellent measurable growth in our vocabulary scores.  We felt that if we made families aware of our Word of the Week, that maybe you could find ways to use the word at home as well, further strengthening this effort.  We appreciate any support you can provide by making use of this word around your children in your daily lives.  Next week’s Word of the Week is superfluous.  Thank you for your cooperation!
 
Emergency Closing Procedures (Final Posting)
I know winter weather may seem like a long way out from now, but it will be here before you know it!  Click here to read about the procedures District 27, and other Northfield Township Schools, follow to determine when, and when not, to close schools.  
 
PTA NEWS
Wood Oaks Book Fair
 We are staffing the book fair this October.  This is the only book fair our PTA has, just one!  This is the perfect way to help out during non-school hours.  If you would like to get your name on the sign up genius, e-mail Kirstin Ihrke at kihrke@me.com
 
PTA Meeting
Come join us for the next meeting of the Wood Oaks PTA at 9:15 am on Monday, October 16.  Be there or be square!
 
Do You Feel Out of the Loop?
Are you wondering why you haven’t heard about any of this before?  If you tend to hang out on Facebook, like the Wood Oaks PTA page.  We will make sure you are the first to know about everything.  Do you have general PTA questions?  Contact Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
October 2 – Monday – Viccino’s
7:25am-8:09am                Honor Choir Practice – Room 102
3:40pm-4:30pm               Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm               Drama Club Meeting – Room 101
3:40pm-4:30pm               Foreign Language Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm               Soccer Practice
3:40pm-5:00pm               7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm               8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
4:00pm                             7th/8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs. Shepard (moved from 10/6, change in order of play)
 
October 3 – Tuesday
7:15am-8:09am                Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods              Library Café
3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Room 108/109
3:40pm-4:30pm                Student Leadership - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                Cross Country Practice
3:40pm-5:30pm                6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
4:00pm                              7th/8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs. Caruso
4:15pm                               Soccer Away Game @ Caruso
4:15pm                               Cross Country Away Meet @ Attea (originally scheduled for 9/22)
 
October 4 – Wednesday – Drumstix Market
7:15am-8:09am                Chamber Strings Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods              Creative Writing Club Meeting - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                Cooking Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-4:30pm                Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-5:30pm                6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm                7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm                8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
4:00pm                               Cross Country Invitational @ Glenbrook North HS
 
October 5 – Thursday – Stir Crazy
7:15am-8:09am                Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods               Library Café
3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm                Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114
4:15pm                              6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs. NBJH
4:15pm                              8th/7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Away Game @ NBJH
4:15pm                              Cross Country Away Meet @ Washburne
4:15pm                              Soccer Home Game vs. NBJH
 
October 6 – Friday – Panera
6:50am-7:50am                Cross Country Practice
6:50am-7:50am                7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice
7:15am-8:09am                Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                TEDeD Club Meeting – Room 201
3:40pm-5:00pm                 6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm                 8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
4:00pm                               8th/7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs. Shepard (moved to Oct. 2)
4:15pm                               Soccer Away Game @ Shepard
 

 

Addendum to 9.22.17 Newsletter

Sep 24, 2017
The following is an addendum to this past Friday's newsletter.
 
PARCC Student Scores
 
This past April, students in grades 3-8 took the PARCC assessments, which are state-mandated assessments in mathematics and reading/writing. Individual student scores were mailed home this weekend. Please take some time to read the letter and PARCC reports included in the mailing. Overall, our students performed very well on the assessments.

Newsletter Issue 9.22.17

Sep 22, 2017
Information on our Emergency Preparedness Plan (First Posting)
District 27 has a well-developed Emergency Preparedness Plan. Please take a moment to read this letter from Dr. David Kroeze that highlights the procedures families should follow in case of emergencies. 
 
From Our Technology Department (First Posting)
It is important to keep your contact information up to date with Northbrook School District 27.  In the event of an emergency or a school closing, such as a snow day, messages will be sent to the phone numbers and email addresses we have on record.  If that information is incorrect, you will not receive the message.  To make this easier, we will be adding the ability for you to update your contact information through Parent Portal!  Starting October 3rd, when you log in to Parent Portal, you will see some new options that include Demographics, Household Information, and Family Members.  You can update your information or add new emergency contacts as you need. It may take up to one week before you see these changes reflected in Parent Portal.  
 
Picture Day (Only Posting)
Picture Day at Wood Oaks is this coming Wednesday, September 27.  Students will bring home order forms they will receive in PE classes.  If you wish to order pictures, fill out the form, place a check in the envelope portion, and have your child bring the completed form with them to their assigned photo time on Wednesday. 
 
Letter From Dr. Kroeze (Second Posting)
Superintendent Dr. David Kroeze outlines District 27’s commitment to students’ educational opportunities, inclusion, and a safe learning environment in a letter to parents and community members. Click here to learn more.
 
Word of the Week (Ongoing Posting)
In an effort to continuously expand the vocabulary of our students, we present a new word to the entire building each week.  Students are exposed to these new words through teacher Canvas pages, our morning announcements, and through the lessons presented by teachers in all curricular areas.  We have been doing this for a couple of years now and have seen excellent measurable growth in our vocabulary scores.  We felt that if we made families aware of our Word of the Week, that maybe you could find ways to use the word at home as well, further strengthening this effort.  We appreciate any support you can provide by making use of this word around your children in your daily lives.  Next week’s Word of the Week is curtail.  Thank you for your cooperation!
 
Emergency Closing Procedures (Third Posting)
I know winter weather may seem like a long way out from now, but it will be here before you know it!  Click here to read about the procedures District 27, and other Northfield Township Schools, follow to determine when, and when not, to close schools.  
 
Parent/Teacher Conferences (Final Posting)
Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on October 18 and 19 this year.  There will be no school on October 19 to accommodate these important conversations.  You should have received information in the mail this week regarding how to register for these conferences.  If you did not, please contact the Wood Oaks Main Office at 847.272.1900.  Online registration will open at 9 am on September 26 and close on October 10.
 
PTA NEWS
 
PTA 5K/1 Mile/Fun Run
Please come and join District 27 families and staff on September 23 for this fun family event!  You do not have to be a serious runner to find something at this event for you!  The race is certified and will be professionally timed for the serious runners, but there will be games and a DJ, along with free snacks and other giveaways.  Proceeds from this event go towards the Rohrabaugh Scholarship Fund, providing college scholarships to GBN seniors who graduated from Wood Oaks.  It is not too late to register.  Walk-up registrations are welcomed.
 
SUPPORT THE RACE BY DINING OUT INSTEAD!
The D27 scholarship fundraiser at Chipotle on Willow and Sanders is all day TODAY - Saturday 9/23! Chipotle is donating 50% of your sale to the scholarship fund.
Click here to see the official flyer or just mention D27 at the register when you order. Thanks for your support!
 
Wood Oaks Book Fair
 We are staffing the book fair this October.  This is the only book fair our PTA has, just one!  This is the perfect way to help out during non-school hours.  If you would like to get your name on the sign up genius, e-mail Kirstin Ihrke at kihrke@me.com
 
Do You Feel Out of the Loop?
Are you wondering why you haven’t heard about any of this before?  If you tend to hang out on Facebook, like the Wood Oaks PTA page.  We will make sure you are the first to know about everything.  Do you have general PTA questions?  Contact Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
September 25 – Monday – Upper Crust Bagels
6:45am-7:45am                6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
6:45am-7:45am                7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
7:40am-8:09am                Returning Honor Choir Auditions
3:40pm-5:15pm                Teacher In-Service (no PM activities)
3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                Drama Club Meeting – Room 101CANCELLED
3:40pm-4:30pm                Foreign Language Club Meeting – Room 103CANCELLED
3:40pm-5:30pm                6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
7:00pm                              Band “In Process” Concert
 
September 26 – Tuesday – Evacuation Drill
7:15am-8:09am Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods              Library Café
3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Room 108/109
3:40pm-4:30pm                Student Leadership - Library
3:40pm-6:00pm                Honor Choir Auditions (by appointment)
4:15pm                               7th/8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs. Attea (change from the original order of  play)
4:15pm                              Cross Country Home Meet vs. Springman & Gemini
4:15pm                              Soccer Away Game @ Attea
 
September 27 – Wednesday – Little Red Hen - Picture Day
7:15am-8:09am                Chamber Strings Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                Cooking Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-4:30pm                Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-5:30pm                6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-6:00pm                Honor Choir Auditions (by appointment)
4:15pm                              8th/7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Away Game @ Glencoe Central
4:15pm                              Cross Country Home Meet vs. Maple & Attea
4:15pm                              Soccer Away Game @ Glencoe Central
 
September 28 – Thursday – Buffalo Wild Wings
7:15am-8:09am                Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods               Library Café
3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm                Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114
3:40pm-5:30pm                6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
4:15pm                             7th/8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Away Game @ Springman
4:15pm                             Soccer Home Game vs. Springman
 
September 29 – Friday – Piero’s
7:15am-8:09am                 Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                TEDeD Club Meeting – Room 201
3:40pm-4:30pm                Cross Country Practice
3:40pm-5:30pm                8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym

 

Newsletter Issue 9.15.17

Sep 15, 2017
Letter From Dr. Kroeze (First Posting)
Superintendent Dr. David Kroeze outlines District 27’s commitment to students’ educational opportunities, inclusion, and a safe learning environment in a letter to parents and community members. Click here to view this letter.
 
Test of Emergency Bus Notification System (Only Posting)
On Wednesday, September 20, parents of any student who rides one of our First Student bus routes will receive a test message. This message is simply being sent to ensure we have accurate email addresses for the parents of bus riders. There is no need to respond to this message. We will just be looking for any emails that bounce back as undeliverable so that we can contact those families and update our records.
 
Word of the Week (Ongoing Posting)
In an effort to continuously expand the vocabulary of our students, we present a new word to the entire building each week.  Students are exposed to these new words through teacher Canvas pages, our morning announcements, and through the lessons presented by teachers in all curricular areas.  We have been doing this for a couple of years now and have seen excellent measurable growth in our vocabulary scores.  We felt that if we made families aware of our Word of the Week, that maybe you could find ways to use the word at home as well, further strengthening this effort.  We appreciate any support you can provide by making use of this word around your children in your daily lives.  Next week’s Word of the Week is meticulous.  Thank you for your cooperation!
 
Schools Closed on Thursday (Only Posting)
All District 27 schools will be closed on Thursday, September 21 for a District Holiday.  Schools will re-open on Friday with normal hours.  If you are observing Rosh Hashanah at that time, Shanah Tovah!
 
Strep Throat (New Posting)
We had a case 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.  Please contact Betty Greenholt, R.N. at ext. 5536 if you have any questions.
 
Emergency Closing Procedures (Second Posting)
I know winter weather may seem like a long way out from now, but it will be here before you know it!  Click here to read about the procedures District 27, and other Northfield Township Schools, follow to determine when, and when not, to close schools.  
 
Parent/Teacher Conferences (Second Posting)
Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on October 18 and 19 this year.  There will be no school on October 19 to accommodate these important conversations.  You will receive information in the mail soon regarding how to register for these conferences.  Online registration will open at 9 am on September 26 and close on October 10.
 
PTA NEWS
 
PTA 5K/1 Mile/Fun Run
Please come and join District 27 families and staff on September 23 for this fun family event!  You do not have to be a serious runner to find something at this event for you!  The race is certified and will be professionally timed for the serious runners, but there will be games and a DJ, along with free snacks and other giveaways.  Proceeds from this event go towards the Rohrabaugh Scholarship Fund, providing college scholarships to GBN seniors who graduated from Wood Oaks.  Click here for more information and to register.
 
Wood Oaks Book Fair
 We are staffing the book fair this October.  This is the only book fair our PTA has, just one!  This is the perfect way to help out during non-school hours.  If you would like to get your name on the sign up genius, e-mail Kirstin Ihrke at kihrke@me.com
 
Do You Feel Out of the Loop?
Are you wondering why you haven’t heard about any of this before?  If you tend to hang out on Facebook, like the Wood Oaks PTA page.  We will make sure you are the first to know about everything.  Do you have general PTA questions?  Contact Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
September 18 – Monday – Piero’s
7:15am-8:09am                Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                Drama Club Meeting – Room 101
3:40pm-4:30pm                Foreign Language Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm                Cross Country Practice
4:00pm                              Soccer Home Game vs. Gemini
4:00pm                              6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs. Gemini
4:15pm                              7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Away Game @ Gemini
4:15pm                              8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Away Game @ Gemini
 
September 19 – Tuesday
7:40am                              Faculty Meeting (no AM activities)
5th & 6th periods              Library Café
3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Room 108/109
3:40pm-4:30pm                Student Leadership - Library
4:15pm                              6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Away Game @ NBJH
4:15pm                             7th/8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs. NBJH
4:15pm                             Cross Country Home Meet with MacArthur & Washburne
4:15pm                             Soccer Away Game @ NBJH
 
September 20 – Wednesday – Josh’s
6:50am-7:50am                 Cross Country Practice
7:15am-8:09am                 Chamber Strings Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods               Creative Writing Club - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                Cooking Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-4:30pm                Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm                Soccer Practice
3:40pm-5:30pm                7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm                8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
 
September 21 – Thursday – District Holiday – NO SCHOOL
 
September 22 – Friday – Subway – Mid Quarter
7:15am-8:09am                Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                TEDeD Club Meeting – Room 201
3:40pm-5:30pm                8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
4:15pm                             Cross Country Away Meet @ Attea
 
September 23 – Saturday
                                         ILMEA Band/Orchestra Auditions – Round Lake Beach
8:00am-10:00am              PTA 5K Run/Walk

 

Newsletter Issue 9.8.17

Sep 08, 2017
Hurricane Relief Fundraising (Only Posting)
Next week, our student leaders will be collecting money to contribute to the One America Appeal started by our living presidents to go towards hurricane relief supporting those in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida.  There will be students collecting donations in the carpool line after school on Tuesday and in the school building both before school and at lunch.  You can also drop off any donation you would like to make in the main office at any time next week.  Kudos to our student leaders for taking an active role during this time of need for so many.
 
Emergency Closing Procedures (First Posting)
I know winter weather may seem like a long way out from now, but it will be here before you know it!  Click here to read about the procedures District 27, and other Northfield Township Schools, follow to determine when, and when not, to close schools.  
 
Parent/Teacher Conferences (First Posting)
Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on October 18 and 19 this year.  There will be no school on October 19 to accommodate these important conversations.  You will receive information in the mail in about a week regarding how to register for these conferences.  Online registration will open at 9 am on September 26 and close on October 10.
 
Parent/School Communications (Third Posting)
We value the strong home-school partnership that we have in the District. 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.
 
Arrival at School (Final Posting)
Last year was not the best year when it comes to having all of our wildcats in their seats and ready to learn at the 8:15 am bell.  I will say that the first few days this year show much more promise.  So just a friendly reminder that, while school starts at 8:15 am, that is when students should be in their classrooms.  So dropping them off at 8:14 am will not allow that to happen.  Please aim for student arrival at Wood Oaks no later than 8:05 am.  This will allow for a much less stressful start to the day.  As a parent, I know morning routines for adolescents are often a challenge, so I appreciate whatever you can do to get your children out the door on time.
 
Parking Lot Procedures (Final Posting)
There is always a higher volume of traffic, both in the morning and in the afternoon, for these first days of school.  There are fewer activities after school and many parents want to drive their children as they adjust to the new morning procedures at home.  Even with the higher volume, students have been dropped off and picked up in a fairly efficient manner in both morning and afternoon timeframes. Traffic volume will naturally decrease in the coming weeks.  For those families who are new to Wood Oaks, and as a refresher to our returning families, I have included a link to a short video summarizing the operation of our parking lot and driveway for both the morning drop off and the afternoon pickup times.  Please take a minute to watch it.  The production value is off the charts!
 
Marla’s Lunch Ordering (Final Posting)
Hot Lunch ordering is currently open.  You should have received an email from Marla’s Lunch earlier this month.  Click here to access the Marla’s Lunch website.  Remember, you can order at any time, but orders must be placed no later than the Tuesday of the week preceding the week for which you are ordering.  You can also cancel lunch orders in advance if you know your child will not be in school on a certain day for a medical appointment, field trip, or other reason.  Hot lunch ordering is the single largest fundraiser for the Wood Oaks PTA, we truly appreciate your support.
 
Twitter (Third Posting)
If you are a fellow Twitter user, you can follow the goings-on at Wood Oaks by following us on Twitter @WoodOaksJrHigh.  This platform is for the more visual consumers who are interested in seeing pictures of the various happenings at Wood Oaks.  This newsletter is more for the business side of your child’s education, while Twitter is more for the fun side.  Feel free to make use of both!
 
PTA NEWS
 
PTA 5K/1 Mile/Fun Run
Please come and join District 27 families and staff on September 23 for this fun family event!  Sunday at midnight is your last chance to register at the discounted rate and guarantee yourself a race shirt.  You do not have to be a serious runner to find something at this event for you!  The race is certified and will be professionally timed for the serious runners, but there will be games and a DJ, along with free snacks and other giveaways.  Proceeds from this event go towards the Rohrabaugh Scholarship Fund, providing college scholarships to GBN seniors who graduated from Wood Oaks.  Click here for more information and to register.
 
Back to School Bash
 We hope your student had fun at the Wood Oaks Back to School Bash.  Fun was had by all!  A very special thanks to Mileen Zucker for being in charge of the event and all of the parents who volunteered on Friday after school. 
 
The Very First Wood Oaks PTA Meeting of This Year
Want to get in on the ground floor to what is happening at Wood Oaks?  Join us at the First PTA Meeting of the Year!  It is this Monday at 9:15 am.  We are a very efficient concise board and you will be out the door by10:00 am or your money back! (FYI, there is no admission charge to the Wood Oaks PTA meetings).  Any questions, contact Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net
 
Wood Oaks Book Fair
 We are staffing the book fair this October.  This is the only book fair our PTA has, just one!  This is the perfect way to help out during non-school hours.  If you would like to get your name on the sign up genius, e-mail Kirstin Ihrke at kihrke@me.com
 
Do You Feel Out of the Loop?
Are you wondering why you haven’t heard about any of this before?  If you tend to hang out on Facebook, like the Wood Oaks PTA page.  We will make sure you are the first to know about everything.  Do you have general PTA questions?  Contact Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
September 11 – Monday – Once Upon a Bagel – Bus Evacuation Drill
7:30am                               Honor Choir Informational Meeting – Room 102 (7th & 8th gr students)
9:00am                               PTA Meeting
5th & 6th periods                Library Leaders Meeting
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Drama Club Meeting – Room 101
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Foreign Language Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Soccer Practice
3:40pm-5:30pm                 6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:00pm                 7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm                 8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
4:15pm                               Cross Country Home Meet vs. NBJH, Caruso and Glencoe Central
 
September 12 – Tuesday
7:15am-8:09am                 Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods                Library Café
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Homework Hour – Room 108/109
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Student Leadership - Library
4:15pm                               6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Away Game @ Field
4:15pm                               8th/7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs. Field
4:15pm                               Soccer Away Game @ Field
 
September 13 – Wednesday – JD’s BBQ
7:15am-8:09am                 Chamber Strings Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Cooking Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Soccer Practice
3:40pm-5:30pm                 6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm                 7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm                 8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
4:15pm                               Cross Country Away Meet @ Millburn Central/Wadsworth
 
September 14 – Thursday – McDonald’s - Lockdown Drill
7:15am-8:09am                Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods               Library Café
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Cross Country Practice
4:15pm                               6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs. Maple
4:15pm                               7th/8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Away Game @ Maple
4:15pm                               Soccer Home Game vs. Maple
 
September 15 – Friday – Jimmy John’s
6:45am-7:45am                6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
6:45am-7:45am                7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am                Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                TEDeD Club Meeting – Room 201
3:40pm-5:30pm                8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
4:15pm                              Cross Country Away Meet @ Caruso

 

Newsletter Issue 9.1.17

Sep 01, 2017
**This is a new Newsletter, not another republishing.  Please read!!**
No School on Monday (Only Posting)
All District 27 schools will be closed on Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day.  We will re-open with normal hours on Tuesday.  Enjoy the three-day weekend!
 
Parent/School Communications (Second Posting)
We value the strong home-school partnership that we have in the District. 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.
 
Arrival at School (Second Posting)
Last year was not the best year when it comes to having all of our wildcats in their seats and ready to learn at the 8:15 am bell.  I will say that the first few days this year show much more promise.  So just a friendly reminder that, while school starts at 8:15 am, that is when students should be in their classrooms.  So dropping them off at 8:14 am will not allow that to happen.  Please aim for student arrival at Wood Oaks no later than 8:05 am.  This will allow for a much less stressful start to the day.  As a parent, I know morning routines for adolescents are often a challenge, so I appreciate whatever you can do to get your children out the door on time.
 
Parking Lot Procedures (Second Posting)
There is always a higher volume of traffic, both in the morning and in the afternoon, for these first days of school.  There are fewer activities after school and many parents want to drive their children as they adjust to the new morning procedures at home.  Even with the higher volume, students have been dropped off and picked up in a fairly efficient manner in both morning and afternoon timeframes. Traffic volume will naturally decrease in the coming weeks.  For those families who are new to Wood Oaks, and as a refresher to our returning families, I have included a link to a short video summarizing the operation of our parking lot and driveway for both the morning drop off and the afternoon pickup times.  Please take a minute to watch it.  The production value is off the charts!
 
Marla’s Lunch Ordering (Third Posting)
Hot Lunch ordering is currently open.  You should have received an email from Marla’s Lunch earlier this month.  Click here to access the Marla’s Lunch website.  Remember, you can order at any time, but orders must be placed no later than the Tuesday of the week preceding the week for which you are ordering.  You can also cancel lunch orders in advance if you know your child will not be in school on a certain day for a medical appointment, field trip, or other reason.  Hot lunch ordering is the single largest fundraiser for the Wood Oaks PTA, we truly appreciate your support.
 
Twitter (Second Posting)
If you are a fellow Twitter user, you can follow the goings-on at Wood Oaks by following us on Twitter @WoodOaksJrHigh.  This platform is for the more visual consumers who are interested in seeing pictures of the various happenings at Wood Oaks.  This newsletter is more for the business side of your child’s education, while Twitter is more for the fun side.  Feel free to make use of both!
 
PTA NEWS
 
PTA 5K/1 Mile/Fun Run
Please come and join District 27 families and staff on September 23 for this fun family event!  You do not have to be a serious runner to find something at this event for you!  The race is certified and will be professionally timed for the serious runners, but there will be games and a DJ, along with free snacks and other giveaways.  Proceeds from this event go towards the Rohrabaugh Scholarship Fund, providing college scholarships to GBN seniors who graduated from Wood Oaks.  Click here for more.
 
Back to School Bash
All Wood Oaks students are invited to the Wood Oaks PTA Back 2 School Bash on Friday, Sept. 8th from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. There will be an inflatable obstacle course, a live DJ, and a visit from an ice cream truck, compliments of the Wood Oaks PTA. The event will end promptly at 5:00 pm so please ensure rides home are secured ahead of time. The normal activity bus will be available at 4:30 pm for students in need of transportation, as long as the paperwork for that service has already been turned in. Please encourage your child to join us for this free event!
 
PTA District Directory
Remember when you confirmed your information for the directory at packet pick up?  That means you will be IN the directory.  It doesn’t mean you GET one.  Make sure you have signed up for a PTA membership that includes a District 27 directory.  We do not order extras.  To confirm your membership, e-mail Kristin Ihrke at kihrke@me.com
 
 Wood Oaks Book Fair
We are staffing the book fair this October.  This is the only book fair the PTA has, just one!  This is the perfect way to help out during non-school hours.  If you would like to get your name on the sign up genius, e-mail Kirstin Ihrke at kihrke@me.com
 
Do You Feel Out of the Loop?
Are you wondering why you haven’t heard about any of this before?  If you tend to hang out on Facebook, like the Wood Oaks PTA page.  We will make sure you are the first to know about everything.  Do you have general PTA questions?  Contact Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
September 4 – Monday – Labor Day – NO SCHOOL
 
September 5 – Tuesday
7:15am-8:09am                Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm                Student Leadership Meeting - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Room 108/109
3:40pm-4:30pm                Cross Country Practice
3:40pm-4:30pm                Soccer Practice
3:40pm-5:30pm                6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm                7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm                8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
 
September 6 – Wednesday – Little Louie’s
5th & 6th periods                Creative Writing Club - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Cross Country Practice
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Soccer Practice
3:40pm-5:30pm                 6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm                 7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm                 8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
 
September 7 – Thursday – Stir Crazy
6:45am-7:45am                7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am                Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Cross Country Practice
3:40pm-4:30pm                 Soccer Practice
3:40pm-5:30pm                 6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm                 8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
6:30pm                               Board of Education Meeting
 
September 8 – Friday - Panera
6:45am-7:45am                6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
6:45am-7:45am                7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
6:50am-7:45am                Cross Country Practice
7:15am-8:09am                Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:30pm-5:00pm                WO PTA Event
3:40pm-4:30pm                Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-5:30pm                8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym

 

Newsletter Issue 8.25.17

Aug 25, 2017
**This is a republication of last week's newsletter** If you received that newsletter, there is no need to read this post.  A new edition of the newsletter will come out this weekend.  I apologize for the re-posting, but it seems like most (or all) of the new 6th grade families' email addresses did not upload properly.  That problem has been resolved and I wanted to ensure those families had access to all of the information in this first newsletter of the year.  Thank you.
 
Start of School (Only Posting)
I just wanted to take a moment and thank all of the Wood Oaks families out there for an amazing start to the 2017-18 school year.  I appreciate that you send your amazing children to us each day ready to learn, focused on meeting every challenge, and committed to doing well.  There was so much excitement in the building this week and smiles everywhere you looked.  This year’s sixth graders arrived as confident and respectful as any group I can remember.  There were so few issues with lockers, finding classrooms, or being worried about tardiness.  They assimilated into our culture very quickly.  I have heard so many good things about students at all three grade levels.  I am excited to keep this year rolling and see where we can go with the continued writing of our stories.
 
Parent/School Communications (First Posting)
We value the strong home-school partnership that we have in the District. 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.
 
Arrival at School (First Posting)
Last year was not the best year when it comes to having all of our wildcats in their seats and ready to learn at the 8:15 am bell.  I will say that the first few days this year show much more promise.  So just a friendly reminder that, while school starts at 8:15 am, that is when students should be in their classrooms.  So dropping them off at 8:14 am will not allow that to happen.  Please aim for student arrival at Wood Oaks no later than 8:05 am.  This will allow for a much less stressful start to the day.  As a parent, I know morning routines for adolescents are often a challenge, so I appreciate whatever you can do to get your children out the door on time.
 
Parking Lot Procedures (First Posting)
There is always a higher volume of traffic, both in the morning and in the afternoon, for these first days of school.  There are fewer activities after school and many parents want to drive their children as they adjust to the new morning procedures at home.  Even with the higher volume, students have been dropped off and picked up in a fairly efficient manner in both morning and afternoon timeframes. Traffic volume will naturally decrease in the coming weeks.  For those families who are new to Wood Oaks, and as a refresher to our returning families, I have included a link to a short video summarizing the operation of our parking lot and driveway for both the morning drop off and the afternoon pickup times.  Please take a minute to watch it.  The production value is off the charts!
 
Marla’s Lunch Ordering (Second Posting)
Hot Lunch ordering is currently open.  You should have received an email from Marla’s Lunch earlier this month.  Click here to access the Marla’s Lunch website.  Remember, you can order at any time, but orders must be placed no later than the Tuesday of the week preceding the week for which you are ordering.  You can also cancel lunch orders in advance if you know your child will not be in school on a certain day for a medical appointment, field trip, or other reason.  Hot lunch ordering is the single largest fundraiser for the Wood Oaks PTA, we truly appreciate your support.
 
Curriculum Nights (Second Posting)
Mark your calendars!!  Sixth grade curriculum night will take place from 6:30 – 8:30 pm on Monday, August 28.  Seventh and eighth grade curriculum night will be held on Thursday, August 31 at the same time.  These evenings will give you a chance to follow your child’s schedule and meet each of his/her teachers.  The goal of these evenings is to help you get a feel for the flow of your child’s day and to get an overview of what they will be learning in each of their classes.  Due to the short time spent in each class, we ask that parents do not use this evening as a time to share individual student information.  If there is a need for a conversation about your child, please reach out to the teacher via phone or email so they can set aside the proper amount of time for that conversation.
 
Twitter (First Posting)
If you are a fellow Twitter user, you can follow the goings-on at Wood Oaks by following us on Twitter @WoodOaksJrHigh.  This platform is for the more visual consumers who are interested in seeing pictures of the various happenings at Wood Oaks.  This newsletter is more for the business side of your child’s education, while Twitter is more for the fun side.  Feel free to make use of both!
 
PTA NEWS
 
PTA 5K/1 Mile/Fun Run
Please come and join District 27 families and staff on September 23 for this fun family event!  You do not have to be a serious runner to find something at this event for you!  The race is certified and will be professionally timed for the serious runners, but there will be games and a DJ, along with free snacks and other giveaways.  Proceeds from this event go towards the Rohrabaugh Scholarship Fund, providing college scholarships to GBN seniors who graduated from Wood Oaks.  Click here for more.
 
PTA District Directory
Remember when you confirmed your information for the directory at packet pick up?  That means you will be IN the directory.  It doesn’t mean you GET one.  Make sure you have signed up for a PTA membership that includes a District 27 directory.  We do not order extras.  To confirm your membership, e-mail Kristin Ihrke at kihrke@me.com
 
Wood Oaks Spirit wear
Didn’t get a chance to order spirit wear for your Wildcat at packet pick up.  No worries.  We will be selling it again at Curriculum Nights.
 
Baked Goods For A Good Cause
If you are racing to Curriculum night and may be in need of nourishment, Girl Scout Junior Troop 41295 will be running a Bake Sale to raise money for the Rohrabaugh scholarship.  They do not take credit cards or checks.  Cash only and preferably small bills.  If you are not into the sweets, please purchase something for your Wildcat waiting at home.
 
 Wood Oaks Book Fair
We are staffing the book fair this October.  This is the only book fair the PTA has, just one!  This is the perfect way to help out during non-school hours.  If you would like to get your name on the sign up genius, e-mail Kirstin Ihrke at kihrke@me.com
 
Thank You For A Great Lunch
The PTA threw a Back To School lunch for the Wood Oaks teachers and staff.  Thank you to Marcy Just and Davi Berk for organizing it.  Also, thank you to Amy Wise, Paula Zacharia, Debbie Kamensky, Stefanie Zelen and Mileen Zucker for helping too.
 
Do You Feel Out of The Loop?
Are you wondering why you haven’t heard about any of this before?  If you tend to hang out on Facebook, like the Wood Oaks PTA page.  We will make sure you are the first to know about everything.  Do you have general PTA questions?  Contact Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
August 28 – Monday – Viccino’s
3:40pm-4:30pm                               Homework Hour - Library
6:30pm-8:30pm                               6th Grade Curriculum Night
 
August 29 – Tuesday
7:45am-8:09am                               Student Leadership Meeting - Library
3:40pm-4:00pm                              Cross Country Informational Meeting – Room 118
3:40pm-4:30pm                               Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-5:30pm                               6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Tryouts – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm                               7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Tryouts – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm                               8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Tryouts – Big gym
 
August 30 – Wednesday – Chipotle - Severe Weather Drill
3:40pm-4:00pm                               Soccer Informational Meeting
3:40pm-4:30pm                               Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm                               Cross Country Practice
3:40pm-5:30pm                               6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Tryouts – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm                               7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Tryouts – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm                               8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Tryouts – Big gym
 
August 31 – Thursday – Bella Via
6:45am-7:45am                               6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Tryouts – Small gym
6:45am-7:45am                               7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Tryouts – Big gym
3:40pm-4:30pm                               Homework Hour – Library
6:30pm-8:30pm                               7th & 8th Grade Curriculum Night
 
September 1 – Friday – Potbelly - Bus Evacuation Drill
6:50am-7:45am                               Cross Country Practice
3:40pm-4:30pm                               Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-5:30pm                               8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Tryouts – Big gym

 

First Newsletter of 17-18 School Year

Aug 11, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year!! 

We will kick off the school year with our annual Packet Pick-Up event on Tuesday.  We will start at 8 am with a session just for our Band Camp students, so they can get to their activities by 8:30 am.  From 8:30-10:30 am, all other sixth grade students are welcome to come and pick up their schedules.  We will re-open from 1:30 – 4:30 pm for our seventh and eighth grade students.  In addition to schedules, students will be issued their Chromebooks on this day.  Students should bring those devices home and ensure they are charged and ready to go for the first day of school.  Login information will be provided for them at Packet Pick-Up.  Students will also get their locker assignment and lock, along with an assignment notebook.  Any ordered PE uniforms will be available for pickup and the school nurse will be present to verify that all needed medical paperwork is on file.  If your family is on vacation Tuesday, there will be a make-up Packet Pick-Up on Tuesday, August 22 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm.  Also, student schedules will be posted on the Infinite Campus Portal on August 15, so eager students who are out of town can at least login and view their accurate schedules at that time.

New to our student handbook this year is a more descriptive entry for the use of cell phones in the school building.  It is essentially the same as last year, but more clearly spells out the expectations.  Students will initial their understanding of those expectations during the first few days of school when they receive instruction on the acceptable use of electronic devices at Wood Oaks.  At Packet Pick-Up, we will be asking parents to initial and sign those same expectations so that you can help support proper student use of these prevalent devices while at school.  I have included a copy of that document here if you would like to preview those expectations.

In regards to the actual schedules, please ask your student to arrive to Packet Pick-Up with no expectations as to the contents of their actual schedule.  I understand that some students were able to see a version of their schedule in early August.  Due to an error with our Infinite Campus account, schedules were made viewable through the parent/student portals.  This was before much of the schedule proofing and balancing was completed, so there have been many, many changes to schedules since that day.  I know there was also a way to view courses through Canvas for a short time.  Please prepare students for the chance that the schedule they see on Tuesday may not match the one they saw earlier.   This will prepare them for any possible disappointment that they may no longer be in the class with their best friend.

Main Office Closures

As we prepare for the start of the school year, school staff members (including school secretaries) will be in a variety of different meetings on Friday, August 18; Monday, August 21; and Tuesday August 22.  This will lead to the necessity of closing the main office at various times throughout the day.  When we do need to close the office, we will post a sign stating when we will re-open, so if someone drops by while we are closed, that person will know when to return.

First Day of School

The 2017 – 2018 school year will begin at 8:15 am on Wednesday, August 23.  Students should enter the building and report to the small gym where we will start our year together with a short assembly. Students can begin arriving at 7:45 am, as that is when supervisors are present.  On all school days, we ask that parents do not drop off students any earlier than 7:45 am, unless it is for a scheduled practice or rehearsal, as there will not be any supervision present at that time.  While the school day starts at 8:15 am, we do ask that all students are in the building no later than 8:09 am.  This allows students time to get to their locker, collect necessary materials for their morning, and make it to class in order to be seated and ready for instruction by the 8:15 am bell. Thank you for your assistance with this matter.

Marla’s Lunch Ordering

Hot Lunch ordering will open on August 17.  You should have received an email from Marla’s Lunch last week.  Click here to access the Marla’s Lunch website.

Curriculum Nights

Mark your calendars!!  Sixth grade curriculum night will take place from 6:30 – 8:30 pm on Monday, August 28.  Seventh and eighth grade curriculum nights will be held on Thursday, August 31 at the same time.  These evenings will give you a chance to follow your child’s schedule and meet each of his/her teachers.  The goal of these evenings is to help you get a feel for the flow of your child’s day and to get an overview of what they will be learning in each of their classes.  Due to the short time spent in each class, we ask that parents do not use this evening as a time to share individual student information.  If there is a need for a conversation about your child, please reach out to the teacher via phone or email so they can set aside the proper amount of time for that conversation. 

Final Entry of 2016-17

Jun 08, 2017

Thank you to every member of the Wood Oaks community: students, staff, parents, for an amazing year!  I hope everyone has a wonderfully relaxing summer. Best of luck to the GBN class of 2021 as they start their high school journey.  I look forward to seeing the rest of you again at Packet Pick-Up on August 15.  

Newsletter Issue 6.2.17

Jun 02, 2017
Summer Reading (Only Posting)
 
Click here to see information on the Wood Oaks Summer Reading Program.
 
Graduation Pictures (Final Posting)
 
Attention 8th grade families - Did you ever want a picture of a school administrator shaking one of over 100 teenagers' hands?  Well, now is your chance!  Click here to read more about acquiring a professional photo of your new graduate walking across the stage with their newly minted diploma!
 
More Graduation Info (Final Posting)
 
I want to provided a head’s up that this year’s graduation program will be available in two formats.  We will print off a number of hard copy programs, which will be available at GBN that evening for those of you who like to have a tangible souvenir of this event.  For those of you who are either environmentally conscious, or just prefer electronic versions, we will also have a QR code available for scanning at multiple stations in the GBN CPA lobby that will provide you with a .pdf copy of the program on your smartphone.  If you do not currently have a QR code reader on your phone, there are several free readers available in both the Android and Apple app stores.  Just search “QR Reader” in the search box in the app store of your device, download the free app, and you will be able to view the graduation program right on your smartphone.  
 
For Eighth Grade Parents (Final Posting)
 
In early April, you should have received a letter in the mail from us containing a summary of the end of year activities for our graduates this year, including information about this year’s graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. on June 6.  Click here to see a copy of that letter.
 
Also, lunch will be provided for 8th grade students on both Monday and Tuesday of next week.  On Monday, the District will provide lunch from Josh’s as a part of the 8th Grade Event.  On Tuesday, the Wood Oaks PTA will be providing lunch from Piero’s Pizza.
 
Student Registration for 2017-2018 (Final Posting)
 
As we head into the final weeks of school and begin to prepare for the 2017 - 2018 school year, I want to share with you some important information regarding registering your student(s) for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.
 
·  Registration opened on Wednesday, May 10th at 9:00 a.m and will close Monday, June 5th at 4:00 p.m.
·  You will be able to register all of your students at one time and pay your 2017-18 school fees.
·  New this year is the requirement to upload three documents that verify your residency. Please clickto view the acceptable documents.
·  A completed online registration includes uploading verification of residency documents during the Online Registration Process and paying the 2017-2018 school fees.
·  If you have an incoming 2017-2018 kindergarten student and have already registered online, you do not need to register again.
·  If you have a graduating 8th grader this year, you do not need to register that student. Registration is only for students who will be attending Northbrook School District 27 in the 2017-2018 school year .
·  You can use your same Parent Portal login and password information that you used last year, are using currently, or one that has been emailed to you. If you have questions about your Parent Portal account, please call Ms. Diane Cederlund at 847-498-4970 ext. 4469or Mrs. Holly Yanaga at 847-498-4970 ext. 4470.
·  For additional information regarding registration and the Online Registration Process, please see the attached document.
·  If you need assistance or computer access, the District will provide a walk-in registration opportunity on May 24th from 2:00 – 6:30 p.m. at the Shabonee School lobby/main entrance. The Shabonee host site is for all Hickory Point, Shabonee, and Wood Oaks registrants.  (Please note the date change)
 
Last Day of School (Final Posting)
 
The last day of school for eighth graders will be Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the same day as graduation.  Only the eighth graders will be dismissed at 1:15 p.m. that day.  It will be a full day of classes for all other students.  The last day of classes for sixth and seventh graders will Thursday, June 8.  School hours that day will be from 8 - 11 a.m.  Note that this start time is 15 minutes earlier than a normal day.  All morning bus routes will run 15 minutes earlier than normal and carpool students should be dropped off before 8 a.m.  All after school bus routes will be running at 11 a.m. that day, but there will be no activity bus.  All students must leave the building at 11 a.m.  
 
Strep Throat (Only Posting)
 
We had a case 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.  Please contact Betty Greenholt, R.N. at ext. 5536 if you have any questions.
 
PTA News
 
6th and 7th Grade Parents
We want you involved in the PTA next year.  If you have not already contacted us with what committee you would like to be involved with, please check out https://www.nb27.org/pta/wood-oaks-pta/ to see the choices.  Then e-mail lornacohen@comcast.net so we can place you on a committee before the school year end.  Any questions, e-mail lornacohen@comcast.net
 
Upcoming Events
 
June 5 – Monday
7:30am-8:10am           8thGrade Honors’ Breakfast
11:30am-3:30pm         8thGrade Event
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
 
June 6 – Tuesday – Last Day for 8thGrade
7:30am-8:09am           Graduation Orchestra Rehearsal
9:00-10:00 am             Awards Assembly
5th& 6thperiods            Library Café - Library
1:15 pm                       8th Grade Dismissal
8thperiod                     7thGrade computer collection
10thperiod                   6thGrade computer collection
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
6:00pm                        8thGrade Graduation – Glenbrook North HS
 
June 7 – Wednesday – 6th& 7thGrades in attendance
7:30am-8:10am           7thGrade Honors’ Breakfast
Afternoon                   Field Day
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
 
June 8 – Thursday – Last Day of School – Report Cards Posted
8:00am-11:00am         6th& 7thgrade students in attendance
8:00 pm                       8thGrade PTA Event - Whirlyball

 

Newsletter Issue 5.26.17

May 26, 2017
Graduation Pictures (First Posting)
 
Attention 8th grade families - Did you ever want a picture of a school administrator shaking one of over 100 teenagers hands?  Well, now is your chance!  Click here to read more about acquiring a professional photo of your new graduate walking across the stage with their newly minted diploma!
 
More Graduation Info (First Posting)
 
I want to provided a head’s up that this year’s graduation program will be available in two formats.  We will print off a number of hard copy programs, which will be available at GBN that evening for those of you who like to have a tangible souvenir of this event.  For those of you who are either environmentally conscious, or just prefer electronic versions, we will also have a QR code available for scanning at multiple stations in the GBN CPA lobby that will provide you with a .pdf copy of the program on your smartphone.  If you do not currently have a QR code reader on your phone, there are several free readers available in both the Android and Apple app stores.  Just search “QR Reader” in the search box in the app store of your device, download the free app, and you will be able to view the graduation program right on your smartphone.  
 
All D27 Schools Closed (Only Posting)
 
All D27 schools will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day.  Normal school operations will resume on Tuesday, May 30.  
 
Parking on Residential Streets (Second Posting)
 
With the return of the nicer weather this week (short-lived that it was), a number of parents have been asking their student(s) to walk to one of our surrounding neighborhoods where they are parked waiting for them.  While we prefer parents pick up their child in the Wood Oaks parking lot where they can most safely get into a vehicle and start their trip home, there is no law against parking on a public street, unless there is signage stating so.  What I will ask is that anyone who is choosing to park on a local street while waiting for a child to please be considerate of the residents of those neighborhoods.  Please do not double park, block any driveways, or park in a manner that does not allow traffic to flow.  Again, the best way to approach picking up your child is to do so in our parking lot.  Thank you.
 
For Eighth Grade Parents (Fourth Posting)
 
In early April, you should have received a letter in the mail from us containing a summary of the end of year activities for our graduates this year, including information about this year’s graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. on June 6.  Click here to see a copy of that letter.
 
Student Registration for 2017-2018 (Third Posting)
 
As we head into the final weeks of school and begin to prepare for the 2017 - 2018 school year, I want to share with you some important information regarding registering your student(s) for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.
 
·  Registration opened on Wednesday, May 10th at 9:00 a.m and will close Monday, June 5th at 4:00 p.m.
·  You will be able to register all of your students at one time and pay your 2017-18 school fees.
·  New this year is the requirement to upload three documents that verify your residency. Please clickto view the acceptable documents.
·  A completed online registration includes uploading verification of residency documents during the Online Registration Process and paying the 2017-2018 school fees.
·  If you have an incoming 2017-2018 kindergarten student and have already registered online, you do not need to register again.
·  If you have a graduating 8th grader this year, you do not need to register that student. Registration is only for students who will be attending Northbrook School District 27 in the 2017-2018 school year .
·  You can use your same Parent Portal login and password information that you used last year, are using currently, or one that has been emailed to you. If you have questions about your Parent Portal account, please call Ms. Diane Cederlund at 847-498-4970 ext. 4469or Mrs. Holly Yanaga at 847-498-4970 ext. 4470.
·  For additional information regarding registration and the Online Registration Process, please see the attached document.
·  If you need assistance or computer access, the District will provide a walk-in registration opportunity on May 24th from 2:00 – 6:30 p.m. at the Shabonee School lobby/main entrance. The Shabonee host site is for all Hickory Point, Shabonee, and Wood Oaks registrants.  (Please note the date change)
 
Last Day of School (Fifth Posting)
 
The last day of school for eighth graders will be Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the same day as graduation.  Only the eighth graders will be dismissed at 1:15 p.m. that day.  It will be a full day of classes for all other students.  The last day of classes for sixth and seventh graders will Thursday, June 8.  School hours that day will be from 8 - 11 a.m.  Note that this start time is 15 minutes earlier than a normal day.  All morning bus routes will run 15 minutes earlier than normal and carpool students should be dropped off before 8 a.m.  All after school bus routes will be running at 11 a.m. that day, but there will be no activity bus.  All students must leave the building at 11 a.m.  
 
PTA News
 
6th and 7th Grade Parents
We want you involved in the PTA next year.  If you have not already contacted us with what committee you would like to be involved with, please check out https://www.nb27.org/pta/wood-oaks-pta/ to see the choices.  Then e-mail lornacohen@comcast.net so we can place you on a committee before the school year end.  Any questions, e-mail lornacohen@comcast.net
 
Upcoming Events
 
May 29 – Monday – Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
9:50am-11:30am         Memorial Day Parade (band)
 
May 30 – Tuesday – Council Lunch/Buffalo Wild Wings
5th& 6thperiods            Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
7:00pm                                    Instrumental Awards
 
May 31 – Wednesday – Piero’s
7:30am-8:09am           Graduation Orchestra Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
 
June 1 – Thursday
5th& 6thperiods            Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
 
June 2 – Friday – Little Louie’s
5th& 6thperiods            Peer 2 Peer Meeting – Room 120
10thperiod                    8thGrade computer collection
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          6thAnnual Brian Kriz Student/Faculty Kickball Game
 
June 5 – Monday
7:30am-8:10am           8thGrade Honors’ Breakfast
11:30am-3:30pm         8thGrade Event
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
 
June 6 – Tuesday – Last Day for 8thGrade
7:30am-8:09am           Graduation Orchestra Rehearsal
                                                Awards Assembly
5th& 6thperiods            Library Café - Library
8thperiod                      7thGrade computer collection
10thperiod                    6thGrade computer collection
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
6:00pm                                    8thGrade Graduation – Glenbrook North HS
 
June 7 – Wednesday – 6th& 7thGrades in attendance
7:30am-8:10am           7thGrade Honors’ Breakfast
                                               Field Day
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
 
June 8 – Thursday – Last Day of School – Report Cards Posted
8:00am-11:00am         6th& 7thgrade students in attendance
                                                8thGrade PTA Event - Whirlyball

Newsletter Issue 5.19.17

May 19, 2017
Parking on Residential Streets (First Posting)
 
With the return of the nicer weather this week (short-lived that it was), a number of parents have been asking their student(s) to walk to one of our surrounding neighborhoods where they are parked waiting for them.  While we prefer parents pick up their child in the Wood Oaks parking lot where they can most safely get into a vehicle and start their trip home, there is no law against parking on a public street, unless there is signage stating so.  What I will ask is that anyone who is choosing to park on a local street while waiting for a child to please be considerate of the residents of those neighborhoods.  Please do not double park, block any driveways, or park in a manner that does not allow traffic to flow.  Again, the best way to approach picking up your child is to do so in our parking lot.  Thank you.
 
Final Music Concert (Final Posting)
 
On Wednesday, May 24 at 7 p.m., the Wood Oaks Chorus will perform their final concert for the year.  Please consider joining us for this wonderful evening of music.
 
For Eighth Grade Parents (Third Posting)
 
In early April, you should have received a letter in the mail from us containing a summary of the end of year activities for our graduates this year, including information about this year’s graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. on June 6.  Click here to see a copy of that letter.
 
Student Registration for 2017-2018 (Second Posting)
 
As we head into the final weeks of school and begin to prepare for the 2017 - 2018 school year, I want to share with you some important information regarding registering your student(s) for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.
 
·  Registration opened on Wednesday, May 10th at 9:00 a.m and will close Monday, June 5th at 4:00 p.m.
·  You will be able to register all of your students at one time and pay your 2017-18 school fees.
·  New this year is the requirement to upload three documents that verify your residency. Please click to view the acceptable documents.
·  A completed online registration includes uploading verification of residency documents during the Online Registration Process and paying the 2017-2018 school fees.
·  If you have an incoming 2017-2018 kindergarten student and have already registered online, you do not need to register again.
·  If you have a graduating 8th grader this year, you do not need to register that student. Registration is only for students who will be attending Northbrook School District 27 in the 2017-2018 school year .
·  You can use your same Parent Portal login and password information that you used last year, are using currently, or one that has been emailed to you. If you have questions about your Parent Portal account, please call Ms. Diane Cederlund at 847-498-4970 ext. 4469or Mrs. Holly Yanaga at 847-498-4970 ext. 4470.
·  For additional information regarding registration and the Online Registration Process, please see the attached document.
·  If you need assistance or computer access, the District will provide a walk-in registration opportunity on May 24th from 2:00 – 6:30 p.m. at the Shabonee School lobby/main entrance. The Shabonee host site is for all Hickory Point, Shabonee, and Wood Oaks registrants.  (Please note the date change)
 
Last Day of School (Fourth Posting)
 
The last day of school for eighth graders will be Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the same day as graduation.  Only the eighth graders will be dismissed at 1:15 p.m. that day.  It will be a full day of classes for all other students.  The last day of classes for sixth and seventh graders will Thursday, June 8.  School hours that day will be from 8 - 11 a.m.  Note that this start time is 15 minutes earlier than a normal day.  All morning bus routes will run 15 minutes earlier than normal and carpool students should be dropped off before 8 a.m.  All after school bus routes will be running at 11 a.m. that day, but there will be no activity bus.  All students must leave the building at 11 a.m.  
 
PTA News
 
8th Grade Parents
Waivers for Whirlyball are due.  If your child is attending the party, we need an RSVP in the form of a signed Whirlyball waiver @ https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/emf/whirly/minorwaiver
** Don't forget to include the booking number: 311436
Remember, the only way to RSVP is to register through the Whirlyball site with our booking number.
The event is facilitated by the Wood Oaks PTA Graduation Committee. If you have any questions, please contact either Melanie Berkowitz (melanie.h.berkowitz@gmail.com) or Sue Morgan (suehmorgan@gmail.com).
 
6th and 7th Grade Parents
We want you involved in the PTA next year.  If you have not already contacted us with what committee you would like to be involved with, please check out https://www.nb27.org/pta/wood-oaks-pta/ to see the choices.  Then e-mail lornacohen@comcast.net so we can place you on a committee before the school year end.  Any questions, e-mail lornacohen@comcast.net
 
Upcoming Events
 
May 22 – Monday - Stir Crazy
7:25am-8:09am           Honor Choir Rehearsal
7:45am-8:09am           ROAR Store
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          French Club Meeting – Last Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm          Go Green Club – Last Meeting - Room 205
3:40pm-5:30pm          Peer 2 Peer Bowling Activity
3:40pm-4:30pm          Track & Field Practice – Conference Qualifiers
 
May 23 – Tuesday
5th& 6thperiods            Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Last Meeting - Room 116
4:15pm                                    Track & Field Conference Meet @ GBS
 
May 24 – Wednesday – Once Upon a Bagel
6:45am-3:30pm          “Live From the Heart” Field Trip
7:15am-8:09am           Chamber Strings Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Math Club Meeting – Last Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm          Shark Tank Club Meeting – Last meeting - Room 201
7:00pm                                    Choral Concert
 
May 25 – Thursday
5th& 6thperiods            Library Café – Library  - CANCELLED
5th& 6thperiods            Edible Books - Commons
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Art Club Meeting – Last Meeting - Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Craft Club Meeting – Last Meeting - Room 105
3:40pm-4:30pm          Minecraft Club Meeting – Last Meeting – Room 114
6:30pm                                    Board of Education
 
May 26 – Friday – Josh’s – Last Day to Return Library Books
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Chess Club Meeting – Last Meeting - Room 230

 

Newsletter Issue 5.12.17

May 12, 2017
Final Music Concerts (First Posting)
 
On Wednesday, May 17, at 7 p.m., the Wood Oaks Band and Orchestra will perform their final formal concert of the school year.  The following Wednesday, May 24, also at 7 p.m., the Wood Oaks Chorus will perform their final concert for the year.  Please consider joining us for these wonderful evenings of music.
 
For Eighth Grade Parents (Second Posting)
 
In early April, you should have received a letter in the mail from us containing a summary of the end of year activities for our graduates this year, including information about this year’s graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. on June 6.  Click here to see a copy of that letter.
 
Student Registration and School Fees for 2017-2018 (Second Posting)
 
Registration for the 2017-18 school year will open up on Wednesday, May 10 for first through eighth grade families. The Board of Education approved student fees for the 2017-18 school year at the April 27th Board Meeting. We are pleased to announce that the student fees will remain the same as the current school year, with the exception of the bus transportation fee. The bus transportation fee will increase from $325 to $385. This increase is due to the costs associated with the new three year contract with First Student Transportation. All other fees will remain the same as the current school year.
 
2017-2018 Registration Information (First Posting)
 
As we head into the final weeks of school and begin to prepare for the 2017 - 2018 school year, I want to share with you some important information regarding registering your student(s) for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.

·  Registration opened on Wednesday, May 10th at 9:00 a.m and will close Monday, June 5th at 4:00 p.m.

·  You will be able to register all of your students at one time and pay your 17-18 school fees.

·  New this year is the requirement to upload three documents that verify your residency. Please click to view the acceptable documents.

·  A completed online registration includes uploading verification of residency documents during the Online Registration Process and paying the 2017-2018 school fees.

·  If you have an incoming 2017-2018 kindergarten student and have already registered online, you do not need to register again.

·  If you have a graduating 8th grader, you do not need to register that student. Registration is only for students who will be attending Northbrook School District 27 in the 2017-2018 school year .

·  You can use your same Parent Portal login and password information that you used last year, are using currently, or one that has been emailed to you. If you have questions about your Parent Portal account, please call Ms. Diane Cederlund at 847-498-4970 ext. 4469 or Mrs. Holly Yanaga at 847-498-4970 ext. 4470.

·  For additional information regarding registration and the Online Registration Process, please see the attached document.

·  If you need assistance or computer access, the District will provide a walk-in registration opportunity on May 25th from 2:00 – 6:30 p.m. at the Shabonee School lobby/main entrance. The Shabonee host site is for all Hickory Point, Shabonee, and Wood Oaks registrants.

 
Strep Throat (New Posting)
 
We had a case 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.  Please contact Betty Greenholt, R.N. at ext. 5536 if you have any questions.
 
Last Day of School (Third Posting)
 
The last day of school for eighth graders will be Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the same day as graduation.  Only the eighth graders will be dismissed at 1:15 p.m. that day.  It will be a full day of classes for all other students.  The last day of classes for sixth and seventh graders will Thursday, June 8.  School hours that day will be from 8 - 11 a.m.  Note that this start time is 15 minutes earlier than a normal day.  All morning bus routes will run 15 minutes earlier than normal and carpool students should be dropped off before 8 a.m.  All after school bus routes will be running at 11 a.m. that day, but there will be no activity bus.  All students must leave the building at 11 a.m.  
 
PTA News
 
For 6th & 7th Grade Parents:
The planning has begun for next year’s PTA and we need YOU!  Be a part of Wood Oak’s PTA as a committee member or chairperson.  Or if you are shy of commitment, be a floater and help out as needed.  Fill out the attached form and either drop it off at the Wood Oak’s Office or e-mail it to lornacohen@comcast.net.  Help make 2017-2018 another great year!
 
For 8th Grade Parents:
Whether it is your first child, last child, or one of them in the middle who is leaving District 27, the PTA Council would like to thank you and honor you at our last meeting of the year on
Wednesday May 24th at 9:30 am in the Wood Oaks Rotunda.  Please RSVP to Emily Taylor at taylorfamilyx4@gmail.com Brunch will be served.
Also, the invitation to the 8th Grade Graduation Party from the PTA will be coming through a PTGMS e-mail over the weekend.
 
Final WO PTA Meeting of the Year
The final meeting of the Wood Oaks PTA will be held on Monday, May 15 at 9:15 a.m.   All are invited!
 
PTA Spring Social Event
Do your kids have too much energy?  Are they still bouncing off the walls when they get home after a long week at school?  Maybe they need some time at Rockin’ Jump!
Who:   Current Wood Oaks Students
What:   Some jumping fun after school
Where:  Rockin; Jump – Buffalo Grove
            950 Busch Parkway
            Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
When:  Friday May 19th
            4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
FAQ
Q: How do I get my kid into this amazing event?  
A: Fill out the waiver at https://rockinjumpbuffalogrove.pfestore.com/waiver/.  After you get your confirmation e-mail, forward it to wocheyney@gmail.com or lornacohen@comcast.net If we DO NOT get your forwarded waiver e-mail, you are NOT signed up.
 
Q: Do I need to bring or buy those special socks that Rockin’ Jump requires?
A: No, we will provide them for each child.
 
Q: Would it be ok if I wait until the last minute to sign up for this?
A: No, there are only 120 spots and once they are filled, no more children will be allowed.
 
Q: Can I send a snack or beverage for my child?  All that jumping makes a kid hungry!
A: No outside food or beverages are permitted.  We will serve pizza and bottles of water to stall any chances of starvation or dehydration.
 
Q: Who do I contact if the above information is lacking?
A: Either Wendie Cheyney at wocheyney@gmail.com or Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net.
 
Upcoming Events
 
May 15 – Monday – Little Louie’s
7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
7:25am-8:09am           Honor Choir Rehearsal
7:45am-8:09am           ROAR Store
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          French Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm          Go Green Club – Room 205
4:15pm                                    Track & Field Home Meet vs. Caruso and Maple
 
May 16 – Tuesday – Grad Lunch/Italian Kitchen
7:40am                                    Faculty Meeting (no AM activities)
5th& 6thperiods            Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116
4:00pm                                    Track & Field Home Meet with Gemini and Springman
                                                (originally scheduled 4/19)
 
May 17 – Wednesday – Panera
7:15am-8:09am           Chamber Strings Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm          Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201
7:00pm                                    Instrumental Concert
 
May 18 – Thursday
7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th& 6thperiods            Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Craft Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-4:30pm          Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114
 
May 19 – Friday – Viccino’s – Last Day to Check Out Library Books
7:15am-8:09am           Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Chess Club Meeting – Room 230
4:15pm                                    Track & Field Conference Meet @ Attea
                                                Track & Field – IESA Class AA State Finals
4:00pm-6:00pm          PTA Event – Rockin’ Jump – Buffalo Grove
 
May 20 – Saturday
                                                IESA Class AA State Finals

 

Newsletter Issue 5.5.17

May 06, 2017
For Eighth Grade Parents (First Posting)
 
In early April, you should have received a letter in the mail from us containing a summary of the end of year activities for our graduates this year, including information about this year’s graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. on June 6.  Click here to see a copy of that letter.
 
Teacher Appreciation (Only Posting)
 
Thank you so much to our amazing PTA and all of the parents who donated treats and/or time to ensure no teacher went unfed this week!  Your generosity is overwhelming.  Thank you as well to everyone who took the time to share a quick note or email with a teacher, thanking them for their dedication to your children.  Those short notes of thanks mean so much to our teachers who invest so much of their time and energy into the wonderful work they do.  We all are very appreciative of your various displays of appreciation!
 
Student Registration and School Fees for 2017-2018 (First Posting)
 
Registration for the 2017-18 school year will open up on Wednesday, May 10 for first through eighth grade families. The Board of Education approved student fees for the 2017-18 school year at the April 27th Board Meeting. We are pleased to announce that the student fees will remain the same as the current school year, with the exception of the bus transportation fee. The bus transportation fee will increase from $325 to $385. This increase is due to the costs associated with the new three-year contract with First Student Transportation. All other fees will remain the same as the current school year.
 
Please watch for an email from District 27 regarding Student Registration for the 2017-18 school year.
 
Adler Planetarium “Women in Space Science Day” (Only Posting)
 
On Thursday, May 11, twenty of our finest Lady Wildcats will be headed to the Adler Planetarium for "Women in Space Science Day."  This is an annual event, but Wood Oaks was gifted 20 seats this year because this year's honoree and keynote speaker is a former Wood Oaks student, Beth Moses.  Beth used to work for NASA on spacewalk equipment for the ISS and is now employed by Virgin Galactic as they prepare spacecraft for civilian use.  Our students will listen to her speak and will have the chance to participate in some hands on STEM-based activities.  This is an amazing opportunity for these young ladies and a true celebration of women in science and engineering!
 
Strep Throat (New Posting)
 
We had a case 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.  Please contact Betty Greenholt, R.N. at ext. 5536 if you have any questions.
 
Last Day of School (Second Posting)
 
The last day of school for eighth graders will be Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the same day as graduation.  Only the eighth graders will be dismissed at 1:15 p.m. that day.  It will be a full day of classes for all other students.  The last day of classes for sixth and seventh graders will Thursday, June 8.  School hours that day will be from 8 - 11 a.m.  Note that this start time is 15 minutes earlier than a normal day.  All morning bus routes will run 15 minutes earlier than normal and carpool students should be dropped off before 8 a.m.  All after school bus routes will be running at 11 a.m. that day, but there will be no activity bus.  All students must leave the building at 11 a.m.  
 
Parking Lot (Final Posting)
 
A couple reminders about safety in the Wood Oaks parking lot:
  1. The visitor spaces in the parking lot are only for use by those with business in the main office.  They are not to be used for parents to wait for their child to be dismissed and then to leave from that spot.  I do understand there are a variety of after school activities to which our Wildcats need to be driven in short order, but there are many parents in that position.  We have it down at this point of the year that, on most days, all parent cars are out of the lot by 3:40.  If you arrive on the earlier side, you can be out by 3:35.
  2. Please do not use the island in front of the school for drop-off or pick-up of your child at any time.  It has been observed both in the morning and near the 4:30 pick-up time that people are using that island as a way to circumvent the line of cars.  This forces a child to cross in front of vehicles pulling out of the lot and creates an unsafe situation.  Please remain in the line of cars curbside until your child is able to enter/exit your vehicle without needing to cross any traffic.
Thank you for your attention to these safety items.
 
PTA News
 
For 6th & 7th Grade Parents:
The planning has begun for next year’s PTA and we need YOU!  Be a part of Wood Oak’s PTA as a committee member or chairperson.  Or if you are shy of commitment, be a floater and help out as needed.  Fill out the attached form and either drop it off at the Wood Oak’s Office or e-mail it to lornacohen@comcast.net.  Help make 2017-2018 another great year!
 
For 8th Grade Parents:
 
Whether it is your first child, last child, or one of them in the middle who is leaving District 27, the PTA Council would like to thank you and honor you at our last meeting of the year on Wednesday May 24th at 9:30 am in the Wood Oaks Rotunda.  Please RSVP to Emily Taylor at taylorfamilyx4@gmail.com Brunch will be served.
Also, the invitation to the 8th Grade Graduation Party from the PTA will be coming through a PTGMS e-mail over the weekend.
 
Final WO PTA Meeting of the Year
 
The final meeting of the Wood Oaks PTA will be held on Monday, May 8 at 9:15 a.m.   All are invited!
 
PTA Spring Social Event
 
Do your kids have too much energy?  Are they still bouncing off the walls when they get home after a long week at school?  Maybe they need some time at Rockin’ Jump!
Who:   Current Wood Oaks Students
What:   Some jumping fun after school
Where:  Rockin; Jump – Buffalo Grove
            950 Busch Parkway
            Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
When:  Friday May 19th
            4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
FAQ
Q: How do I get my kid into this amazing event?  
A: Fill out the waiver at https://rockinjumpbuffalogrove.pfestore.com/waiver/.  After you get your confirmation e-mail, forward it to wocheyney@gmail.com or lornacohen@comcast.net If we DO NOT get your forwarded waiver e-mail, you are NOT signed up.
 
Q: Do I need to bring or buy those special socks that Rockin’ Jump requires?
A: No, we will provide them for each child.
 
Q: Would it be ok if I wait until the last minute to sign up for this?
A: No, there are only 120 spots and once they are filled, no more children will be allowed.
 
Q: Can I send a snack or beverage for my child?  All that jumping makes a kid hungry!
A: No outside food or beverages are permitted.  We will serve pizza and bottles of water to stall any chances of starvation or dehydration.
 
Q: Who do I contact if the above information is lacking?
A: Either Wendie Cheyney at wocheyney@gmail.com or Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net.
 
Upcoming Events
 
May 8 – Monday – Subway
9:15am                                    PTA Meeting
7:25am-8:09am           Honor Choir Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          French Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm          Go Green Club – Room 205
3:40pm-4:30pm          Track & Field Practice
 
May 9 – Tuesday
6:40am-7:40am           Track & Field Practice
7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th& 6thperiods            Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Track & Field Practice
 
May 10 – Wednesday – McDonald’s
7:15am-8:09am           Chamber Strings Rehearsal
7:45am-8:09am           ROAR Store
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm          Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201
3:40pm-4:30pm          Track & Field Practice
 
May 11 – Thursday
7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th& 6thperiods            Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Craft Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-4:30pm          Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114
3:40pm-4:30pm          Track & Field – Sectional Practice
 
May 12 – Friday – Piero’s
7:15am-8:09am           Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Chess Club Meeting – Room 230
 
May 13 – Saturday
IESA Class AA State Sectional Meet @ Hersey HS
 

Newsletter Issue 4.28.17

Apr 28, 2017
Wind Ensemble at SuperState (Only Posting)
 
On Friday, May 5, the Wood Oaks Wind Ensemble will be performing as the Honor Band at the 2017 SuperState Festival.  This is an honor received for their performance at this festival last year.  Their performance will be streamed LIVE over the internet at 1:30 p.m. at http://www.banddirector.com/.  Good luck to those fine musicians!
 
State Science Fair (Only Posting)
 
Congrats and good luck to the eight students who will be attending the State Science Fair in Dekalb on Saturday, May 6.  This group has already been one of the higher rated groups we have had in our Science Fair program in some time.  I am sure they will continue in their excellent ways.
 
Last Day of School (First Posting)
 
The last day of school for eighth graders will be Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the same day as graduation.  Only the eighth graders will be dismissed at 1:15 p.m. that day.  It will be a full day of classes for all other students.  The last day of classes for sixth and seventh graders will Thursday, June 8.  School hours that day will be from 8 - 11 a.m.  Note that this start time is 15 minutes earlier than a normal day.  All morning bus routes will run 15 minutes earlier than normal and carpool students should be dropped off before 8 a.m.  All after school bus routes will be running at 11 a.m. that day, but there will be no activity bus.  All students must leave the building at 11 a.m.  
 
Parking Lot (Second Posting)
 
A couple reminders about safety in the Wood Oaks parking lot:
  1. The visitor spaces in the parking lot are only for use by those with business in the main office.  They are not to be used for parents to wait for their child to be dismissed and then to leave from that spot.  I do understand there are a variety of after school activities to which our Wildcats need to be driven in short order, but there are many parents in that position.  We have it down at this point of the year that, on most days, all parent cars are out of the lot by 3:40.  If you arrive on the earlier side, you can be out by 3:35.
  2. Please do not use the island in front of the school for drop-off or pick-up of your child at any time.  It has been observed both in the morning and near the 4:30 pick-up time that people are using that island as a way to circumvent the line of cars.  This forces a child to cross in front of vehicles pulling out of the lot and creates an unsafe situation.  Please remain in the line of cars curbside until your child is able to enter/exit your vehicle without needing to cross any traffic.
Thank you for your attention to these safety items.
 
PTA News
 
It's crunch time, folks! Only one week till Club 27 celebrates Cinco de Mayo. Get your tickets today and join the fun! Just visit:  www.biddingforgood.com/club27.  Amazing LIVE auction items include: award-winning chef preparing dinner in your home for 10 people, a weekend getaway to Michiana in a vacation house that sleeps up to 11, tickets to Disney, Cubs, Sox and Bulls, autographed sports memorabilia and even a DJ for your Saturday night party!
 
Our online auction has hundreds of choices including a Trek kids bicycle, birthday parties, massages, salon services, camp, golf, groceries, kids fun packs, tickets to the movies, comedy, Disney on Ice & even The Joffrey Ballet. You can also be sure practically every restaurant around has donated gift certificates, so you could get enough options to not make dinner for months!  So don't delay, get your tickets today! And we'll see you at our fiesta next Friday night!
 
For 6th & 7th Grade Parents:
The planning has begun for next year’s PTA and we need YOU!  Be a part of Wood Oak’s PTA as a committee member or chairperson.  Or if you are shy of commitment, be a floater and help out as needed.  Fill out the attached form and either drop it off at the Wood Oak’s Office or e-mail it to lornacohen@comcast.net.  Help make 2017-2018 another great year!
 
PTA Spring Social Event
 
Do your kids have too much energy?  Are they still bouncing off the walls when they get home after a long week at school?  Maybe they need some time at Rockin’ Jump!
Who:   Current Wood Oaks Students
What:   Some jumping fun after school
Where:  Rockin; Jump – Buffalo Grove
            950 Busch Parkway
            Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
When:  Friday May 19th
            4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
FAQ
Q: How do I get my kid into this amazing event?  
A: Fill out the waiver at https://rockinjumpbuffalogrove.pfestore.com/waiver/.  After you get your confirmation e-mail, forward it to wocheyney@gmail.com or lornacohen@comcast.net If we DO NOT get your forwarded waiver e-mail, you are NOT signed up.
 
Q: Do I need to bring or buy those special socks that Rockin’ Jump requires?
A: No, we will provide them for each child.
 
Q: Would it be ok if I wait until the last minute to sign up for this?
A: No, there are only 120 spots and once they are filled, no more children will be allowed.
 
Q: Can I send a snack or beverage for my child?  All that jumping makes a kid hungry!
A: No outside food or beverages are permitted.  We will serve pizza and bottles of water to stall any chances of starvation or dehydration.
 
Q: Who do I contact if the above information is lacking?
A: Either Wendie Cheyney at wocheyney@gmail.com or Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net.
 
Upcoming Events
 
May 1 – Monday – Brown’s Chicken
7:25am-8:09am           Honor Choir Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          French Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm          Go Green Club – Room 205
3:40pm-4:30pm          Track & Field Practice – Team Conditioning
 
May 2 – Tuesday
7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th& 6thperiods            Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Peer 2 Peer Meeting – Room 120
4:15pm                        Track & Field Away Meet @ Attea with Field
 
May 3 – Wednesday – Upper Crust Bagels
7:15am-8:09am           Chamber Strings Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm          Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201
 
May 4 – Thursday
7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
7:45am-8:09am           ROAR Store
5th& 6thperiods            Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Craft Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-4:30pm          Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114
4:15pm                        Track & Field Home Meet vs. NBJH, Field & Shepard
6:30pm                        Board of Education Working Session
7:30pm                        Board of Education Regular Meeting – WO Library
 
May 5 – Friday – Szechwan North – Mid-Quarter
Wind Ensemble at Super State – University of IL-Urbana/Champaign
7:15am-8:09am           Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Chess Club Meeting – Room 230
 
May 6 – Saturday
State Science Fair – Northern IL University, DeKalb

 

13 Reasons Why

Apr 24, 2017

Greetings Parents,

I wanted to reach out to you today to make you aware of a television series that is gaining a large following with adolescent audiences.  The show is available on Netflix and is entitled “13 Reasons Why.” It has been in the news quite a bit lately, so you may have read about this already.  My purpose here is to bring the show to the attention of any parent who is not aware because many middle school aged children are avidly watching this show right now and should not be doing so without additional discussions with caring adults.  It is also to provide some mental health resources to all families to help guide family discussions on these sensitive issues.

The television show is based on a 2007 book of the same title by Jay Asher. The series tells the story of a 17-year-old girl who commits suicide and leaves behind 13 cassette tape recordings explaining the reasons why she killed herself to those who were negative influences in her life. Although there are some positive messages that are conveyed in this series, it also graphically depicts such topics as bullying, rape, drunk driving, substance abuse, and cyberbullying. I encourage you to speak with your child and see if they have seen or heard of the series.  There is some good information on this web page from the National Association of School Psychologists on how to talk with your child about the themes present in this show and other media sources with similar themes.

If, after talking with your child, you would like to have one of our school counselors follow up with him or her to help sort through any issues for which you did not feel prepared, please contact the school and we will connect them.  I appreciate your partnership in both the education and the social well-being of all students.

Thank you.


Rob McElligott

 

Newsletter Issue 4.21.17

Apr 21, 2017
PARCC Testing (Final Posting)
 
On Monday and Tuesday of next week, Wood Oaks will conclude PARCC testing for the 2016-17 school year with the math tests.  As mentioned a couple weeks back when we were doing ELA testing, please ensure that your student arrives at school on time as testing will start first thing on both Monday and Tuesday.  It is also helpful to their state of mind if students get a good night’s sleep the night before and have a healthy breakfast the morning of testing.  There will also be a Math PARCC test administered from 12:30 - 2:30 on Monday afternoon, so please avoid pulling your child from school that afternoon.  The morning testing session runs until about 10:15 a.m. each day.
 
Parking Lot Safety (First Posting)
 
A couple reminders about safety in the Wood Oaks parking lot:
  1. The visitor spaces in the parking lot are only for use by those with business in the main office.  They are not to be used for parents to wait for their child to be dismissed and then to leave from that spot.  I do understand there are a variety of after school activities to which our Wildcats need to be driven in short order, but there are many parents in that position.  We have it down at this point of the year that, on most days, all parent cars are out of the lot by 3:40.  If you arrive on the earlier side, you can be out by 3:35.
  2. Please do not use the island in front of the school for drop-off or pick-up of your child at any time.  It has been observed both in the morning and near the 4:30 pick-up time that people are using that island as a way to circumvent the line of cars.  This forces a child to cross in front of vehicles pulling out of the lot and creates an unsafe situation.  Please remain in the line of cars curbside until your child is able to enter/exit your vehicle without needing to cross any traffic.
 
Thank you for your attention to these safety items.
 
High School Musical, Jr. (Final Posting)
 
Congratulations to the cast and crew of the Wood Oaks production of High School Musical, Jr.! It was a tremendous week of singing and dancing and was a great chance to see so many of our talented students shine!  Great job to all!!
 
Elective Choice Forms (Final Posting)
 
Elective choice forms for next year from our current 6th and 7th graders were due back to Wood Oaks last week.  If you have not submitted that form yet, your student will be assigned to all study halls to accompany Advisory on their elective schedule.

PTA News
 
Teacher Appreciation Week is the first week of May this year.  Please help us recognize the hard work the Wood Oaks teachers put in each and every day to provide our children with a high quality education.  On Tuesday, May 2, sixth grade families should bring in breakfast-type treats to Wood Oaks.  On Wednesday, May 3, seventh grade families should bring in snacks and baked treats, and on Thursday, May 4, eighth grade families should also bring in snacks and baked treats.  Please try to have your contribution delivered to Wood Oaks by 8:15 a.m. so it can be set up in the staff lounge.  The Wood Oaks PTA is also providing lunch from Little Louie’s for all teachers on Friday, May 5.  Thank you for your support of our wonderful teachers!
 
Coming soon, your personal invitation to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Club 27 on Friday, May 5th at Pinstripes. Don't miss the casual dinner, entertainment, online auction, and cash bar.  Advance tickets*** only $27 for D27! Go online to www.biddingforgood.com/club27 to purchase tickets and register for the awesome auction.  Support this district-wide fundraiser for new SMART boards, to replace those that are obsolete and beyond repair.
***Early Club 27 registrants qualify to receive a free family portrait sitting with famous Chicago photographer, Kevin Hammett, on April 23rd. Once registered, you will be invited to "Sign Up Genius" to select your sitting time.  Kevin's work can be seen at www.khphotochicago.com. D27 participants will be eligible for special Club 27 pricing. Portrait sittings will be held at Five Seasons Sports Club, 1300 Techny Rd, Northbrook. Five Seasons offers something for everyone - tennis, fitness, swimming indoor and outdoor, Kids Club and basketball. Bring your workout clothes on Sunday, April 23rd and try the club for a day! A 3-day pass will be given to all families!
 
Upcoming Events
 
April 24 – Monday – Roti - PARCC Testing
7:25am-8:09am          Honor Choir Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm         French Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm         Go Green Club – Room 205
3:40pm-4:30pm         Track & Field Practice – Team Conditioning
 
April 25 – Tuesday - Council Lunch/Buffalo Wild Wings – PARCC Testing
7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library
6th period                      8th Grade Panoramic Picture – Big gym
3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm         Student Council Meeting – Room 116
4:15pm                           Track & Field Away Meet @ Shepard with Attea
 
April 26 – Wednesday – Little Louie’s
7:15am-8:09am           Chamber Strings Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm         Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm         Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201
3:40pm-4:30pm         Track & Field Practice
 
April 27 – Thursday
7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library - CANCELLED
5th & 6th periods         “Music in the Library”
3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm         Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm         Craft Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-4:30pm         Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114
4:15pm                           Track & Field Away Meet @ Old Orchard
6:30pm                          Board of Education Working Session – WO Library
7:30pm                           Board of Education Meeting/Board Reorganization – WO Library
 
April 28 – Friday – Viccino’s
6:40am-7:40am         Track & Field Practice
7:15am-8:09am           Jazz Band Rehearsal
7:45am-8:09am          ROAR Store
3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm         Chess Club Meeting – Room 230

Newsletter Issue 4.14.17

Apr 13, 2017
NAMM Foundation Recognition (Final Posting)
 
Congratulations to the music educators across District 27 on their recognition by the NAMM Foundation as one of the top music education communities in the country. You can read more about the foundation, and what went into selecting the communities with such an outstanding commitment to the arts as we have here in District 27, by clicking here.  Since such a high percentage of our students are involved in music programs across the district, many of you know first-hand how important we feel it is to provide rich opportunities to explore and grow any interest in music.  Great job to all of the talented and child-centered music educators in District 27!!
 
High School Musical, Jr. (Final Posting)
 
Wood Oaks is proud to presentHigh School Musical, Jr. as our spring musical this year!!  All Wood Oaks students will have the opportunity to see this amazing production at assemblies during the week of April 17.  There will also be public performances at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 20, as well as a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, April 22.  All performances will be on the Wood Oaks stage and do not require advance tickets. We expect the Saturday show will be close to a full house, so please plan on arriving early if you are attending that performance.  Doors to the seats will open approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the show.  Doors to the building will open 60 minutes prior to the show.  Saving of seats for more than just 3-4 family members will not be allowed, so please try to arrive with your entire party.  There are a few steps going down to the seating area for these shows, so if you or someone in your group will need assistance getting down to the seats, please let us know in advance so we can have our lift operator ready to assist you.
 
Tardiness (Final Posting)
 
At this point of the year, we have noted a significant number of students who have been tardy multiple times for the start of the school day.  We are asking parents who drive their children to
school to please make an effort to get them to school prior to 8:15 a.m., the time when students need to be in their classrooms, seated, and ready to learn.  Students may arrive as early as 7:45 a.m. and wait in the gyms for the school day to begin.  Thank you for your commitment to the value of every instructional minute of the day.  
 
Summer School Offerings (Final Posting)
 
While District 27 does not have summer school programming available for students, our neighbors in Districts 28 and 30 do allow for D27 students to register with them for summer school.  Click here to read more if you are interested.

PTA News
 
Hop to it and make it a Good Friday! Coming soon, your personal invitation to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Club 27 on Friday, May 5th at Pinstripes. Don't miss the casual dinner, entertainment, online auction, and cash bar.  Advance tickets*** only $27 for D27! Go online to www.biddingforgood.com/club27 to purchase tickets and register for the awesome auction.  Support this district-wide fundraiser for new SMART boards, to replace those that are obsolete and beyond repair.
 
***Early Club 27 registrants qualify to receive a free family portrait sitting with famous Chicago photographer, Kevin Hammett, on April 23rd. Once registered, you will be invited to "Sign Up Genius" to select your sitting time.  Kevin's work can be seen at www.khphotochicago.com. D27 participants will be eligible for special Club 27 pricing. Portrait sittings will be held at Five Seasons Sports Club, 1300 Techny Rd, Northbrook. Five Seasons offers something for everyone - tennis, fitness, swimming indoor and outdoor, Kids Club and basketball. Bring your workout clothes on Sunday, April 23rd and try the club for a day! A 3-day pass will be given to all families!
 
Upcoming Events
 
April 17 – Monday – Stir Crazy
7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
7:25am-8:09am           Honor Choir Rehearsal - CANCELLED
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          French Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm          Go Green Club – Room 205
3:40pm-4:30pm          Track & Field Practice – Team Conditioning
3:45pm-6:00pm          Musical Rehearsal
 
April 18 – Tuesday
7:40am                         Faculty Meeting (no AM activities)
5th& 6thperiods            Library Leaders to Hickory Point
5th& 6thperiods            Library Café - Library CANCELLED
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116
4:15pm                        Track & Field Away Meet @ Carusowith Caruso & Field – moved to   
NBJH
 
April 19 – Wednesday – Josh’s
7:15am-8:09am           Chamber Strings Rehearsal
5th& 6thperiods            Creative Writing Club - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm          Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201
4:00pm                        Track & Field Home Meet with Gemini, Wilmette and Springman
7:00pm                        Musical Performance – “High School Musical Jr.”
 
April 20 – Thursday – Grad Lunch/Once Upon A Bagel - Mexican
7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
7:45am-8:09am           ROAR Store
5th& 6thperiods            Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Art Club Meeting – Room 116 CANCELLED
3:40pm-4:30pm          Craft Club Meeting – Room 105 CANCELLED
3:40pm-4:30pm          Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114
7:00pm                        Musical Performance – “High School Musical Jr.”
 
April 21 – Friday – Potbelly’s
6:50am-7:50am           Track & Field Practice
7:15am-8:09am           Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Chess Club Meeting – Room 230
April 22 – Saturday
2:00pm                        Musical Performance – “High School Musical Jr.”

 

Newsletter Issue 4.7.17

Apr 07, 2017
NAMM Foundation Recognition (First Posting)
 
Congratulations to the music educators across District 27 on their recognition by the NAMM Foundation as one of the top music education communities in the country. You can read more about the foundation, and what went into selecting the communities with such an outstanding commitment to the arts as we have here in District 27, by clicking here.  Since such a high percentage of our students are involved in music programs across the district, many of you know first-hand how important we feel it is to provide rich opportunities to explore and grow any interest in music.  Great job to all of the talented and child-centered music educators in District 27!!
 
High School Musical, Jr. (First Posting)
 
Wood Oaks is proud to presentHigh School Musical, Jr. as our spring musical this year!!  All Wood Oaks students will have the opportunity to see this amazing production at assemblies during the week of April 17.  There will also be public performances at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 20, as well as a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, April 22.  All performances will be on the Wood Oaks stage and do not require advance tickets. We expect the Saturday show will be close to a full house, so please plan on arriving early if you are attending that performance.  Doors to the seats will open approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the show.  Doors to the building will open 60 minutes prior to the show.  Saving of seats for more than just 3-4 family members will not be allowed, so please try to arrive with your entire party.  There are a few steps going down to the seating area for these shows, so if you or someone in your group will need assistance getting down to the seats, please let us know in advance so we can have our lift operator ready to assist you.
 
D27 Schools Closed (Only Posting)
 
All D27 schools will be closed on Friday, April 14.  Schools will open again for normal hours on Monday, April17.
 
PARCC Testing (Second Posting)
 
Wood Oaks will be administering the PARCC test to all students on April 6,7, and 10, then again on April 24 and 25.  Testing will start each day at the very beginning of the school day and will run through approximately 10:30 AM.  Additionally, there will be an second test on Monday, April 24 from 12:30-2:30 PM.  In order to keep makeup testing to a minimum and preventing additional interruptions to instruction, please plan any outside appointments around the hours when we will be testing.  This online test does have some audio components to it, so we are requesting that students bring in their own headphones/ear buds on testing days.  Please help your child try to remember this item on those days.  
 
The results of last year’s PARCC testing placed Wood Oaks in the top 1% of all middle schools in the State, results about which we are incredibly proud.  Thank you for your assistance with helping your child ensure they get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast prior to getting to school on time for all testing days.  Every recognition we receive as a school is due to the wonderful partnership we have with our parent community.  Thank you for your assistance with preparing our students for these two testing windows.
 
Elective Forms (Second Posting)
 
By Tuesday, April 4, the second day back after break, all current sixth and seventh grade students will be in possession of their elective choice forms for the 2017-18 school year. On Monday, all sixth graders will see a presentation during their science classes with information about all of our STEAM-based electives.  On Tuesday, seventh graders, all of whom have already been exposed to the various STEAM courses last year, will have a brief presentation in their science classes as a reminder of the contents of the STEAM courses.  Students and parents will need to complete and sign these forms letting the school know which courses students are interested in taking next year.  These forms are due to homeroom teachers by Thursday, April 13.  If your student has misplaced this form, you can find copies on the front page of the Wood Oaks website in the News section.
 
Please keep in mind that staffing and budget decisions are made based on this choice form.  If a student fills out the form indicating an interest in taking a STEAM course, they will not be able to drop that course once they are enrolled.  This includes requests that come up next year based on a desire to have more study halls to get work done during the school day.  That conversation should take place at this time, prior to filling out the form.  Thank you.
 
Tardiness (Second Posting)
 
At this point of the year, we have noted a significant number of students who have been tardy multiple times for the start of the school day.  We are asking parents who drive their children to school to please make an effort to get them to school prior to 8:15 a.m., the time when students need to be in their classrooms, seated, and ready to learn.  Students may arrive as early as 7:45 a.m. and wait in the gyms for the school day to begin.  Thank you for your commitment to the value of every instructional minute of the day.  
 
Strep Throat (New Posting)
 
We had another case 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.  Please contact Betty Greenholt, R.N. at ext. 5536 if you have any questions.
 
Summer School Offerings (Fifth Posting)
 
While District 27 does not have summer school programming available for students, our neighbors in Districts 28 and 30 do allow for D27 students to register with them for summer school.  Click here to read more if you are interested.

PTA News
 
Watch your mailbox! Coming soon, your personal invitation to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Club 27 on Friday, May 5th at Pinstripes. Don't miss the casual dinner, entertainment, online auction, and cash bar.  Advance tickets*** only $27 for D27! Go online to www.biddingforgood.com/club27 to purchase tickets and register for the awesome auction.  Support this district-wide fundraiser for new SMART boards, to replace those that are obsolete and beyond repair.
 
***Early Club 27 registrants qualify to receive a free family portrait sitting with famous Chicago photographer, Kevin Hammett, on April 23rd. Once registered, you will be invited to "Sign Up Genius" to select your sitting time.  Kevin's work can be seen at www.khphotochicago.com. D27 participants will be eligible for special Club 27 pricing. Portrait sittings will be held at Five Seasons Sports Club, 1300 Techny Rd, Northbrook. Five Seasons offers something for everyone - tennis, fitness, swimming indoor and outdoor, Kids Club and basketball. Bring your workout clothes on Sunday, April 23rd and try the club for a day! A 3-day pass will be given to all families!
 
Upcoming Events
 
April 10 – Monday – PARCC Testing - Piero’s - Report Cards Posted
7:25am-8:09am           Honor Choir Rehearsal
9:15am                        PTA Meeting
5th& 6thperiods            Library Leader Meeting - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          French Club Meeting – Room 103 CANCELLED
3:40pm-4:30pm          Go Green Club – Room 205
3:40pm-4:30pm          Track & Field Practice – Team Conditioning
3:40pm-5:30pm          7thGr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym CANCELLED
3:40pm-5:30pm          8thGr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
 
April 11 – Tuesday
7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th& 6thperiods            Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Track & Field Practice
3:45pm-6:30pm          Musical Rehearsal
4:15pm                        7thGr Boys’ Volleyball Final 4 @ Wilmette DNQ
4:15pm                        8thGr Boys’ Volleyball Elite 8 @ Attea
 
April 12 – Wednesday – Little Louie’s
6:45am-7:45am           Track & Field Practice
7:15am-8:09am           Chamber Strings Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm          Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201
3:40pm-4:30pm          Track & Field Practice
3:45pm-6:30pm          Musical Rehearsal
4:15pm                        8thGr Boys’ Volleyball Elite 8 @ Attea
 
April 13 – Thursday
7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th& 6thperiods            Library Café - Library
5th& 6thperiods            Peer 2 Peer Lunch Meeting – Room 120
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Craft Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-4:30pm          Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114
3:40pm-4:30pm          Track & Field Practice
3:45pm-6:30pm          Musical Rehearsal
 
April 14 – Friday – District Holiday – NO SCHOOL

 

Newsletter Issue 3.24.17

Mar 24, 2017
PARCC Testing (First Posting)
 
Wood Oaks will be administering the PARCC test to all students on April 6,7, and 10, then again on April 24 and 25.  Testing will start each day at the very beginning of the school day and will run through approximately 10:30 AM.  Additionally, there will be an second test on Monday, April 24 from 12:30-2:30 PM.  In order to keep makeup testing to a minimum and preventing additional interruptions to instruction, please plan any outside appointments around the hours when we will be testing.  This online test does have some audio components to it, so we are requesting that students bring in their own headphones/ear buds on testing days.  Please help your child try to remember this item on those days.  
 
The results of last year’s PARCC testing placed Wood Oaks in the top 1% of all middle schools in the State, results about which we are incredibly proud.  Thank you for your assistance with helping your child ensure they get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast prior to getting to school on time for all testing days.  Every recognition we receive as a school is due to the wonderful partnership we have with our parent community.  Thank you for your assistance with preparing our students for these two testing windows.
 
Elective Forms (First Posting)
 
By Tuesday, April 4, the second day back after break, all current sixth and seventh grade students will be in possession of their elective choice forms for the 2017-18 school year. On Monday, all sixth graders will see a presentation during their science classes with information about all of our STEAM-based electives.  On Tuesday, seventh graders, all of whom have already been exposed to the various STEAM courses last year, will have a brief presentation in their science classes as a reminder of the contents of the STEAM courses.  Students and parents will need to complete and sign these forms letting the school know which courses students are interested in taking next year.  These forms are due to homeroom teachers by Thursday, April 13.
 
Please keep in mind that staffing and budget decisions are made based on this choice form.  If a student fills out the form indicating an interest in taking a STEAM course, they will not be able to drop that course once they are enrolled.  This includes requests that come up next year based on a desire to have more study halls to get work done during the school day.  That conversation should take place at this time, prior to filling out the form.  Thank you.
 
Tardiness (First Posting)
 
At this point of the year, we have noted a significant number of students who have been tardy multiple times for the start of the school day.  We are asking parents who drive their children to
school to please make an effort to get them to school prior to 8:15 a.m., the time when students need to be in their classrooms, seated, and ready to learn.  Students may arrive as early as 7:45 a.m. and wait in the gyms for the school day to begin.  Thank you for your commitment to the value of every instructional minute of the day.  
 
Spring Break (Final Posting)
 
This probably does not need to be said, but I am going to mention it just in case the fact has slipped anyone’s mind: All District 27 Schools will be closed the week of March 27 for Spring Break.  Schools will reopen on Monday, April 3.
 
End of Quarter Three (Final Posting)
 
Friday, March 24 marks the end of the third quarter at Wood Oaks.  When we return from Spring Break, students will rotate to their final Unified Arts course.  Third Quarter report cards will be available through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal at 3:30 PM on Monday, April 10.
 
Strep Throat (New Posting)
 
We had another case 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.  Please contact Betty Greenholt, R.N. at ext. 5536 if you have any questions.
 
Summer School Offerings (Fourth Posting)
 
While District 27 does not have summer school programming available for students, our neighbors in Districts 28 and 30 do allow for D27 students to register with them for summer school.  Click here to read more if you are interested.

PTA News
 
Watch your mailbox! Coming soon, your personal invitation to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Club 27 on Friday, May 5th at Pinstripes. Don't miss the casual dinner, entertainment, online auction, and cash bar.  Advance tickets*** only $27 for D27! Go online to www.biddingforgood.com/club27 to purchase tickets and register for the awesome auction.  Support this district-wide fundraiser for new SMART boards, to replace those that are obsolete and beyond repair.
***Early Club 27 registrants qualify to receive a free family portrait sitting with famous Chicago photographer, Kevin Hammett, on April 23rd. Once registered, you will be invited to "Sign Up Genius" to select your sitting time.  Kevin's work can be seen at www.khphotochicago.com. D27 participants will be eligible for special Club 27 pricing. Portrait sittings will be held at Five Seasons Sports Club, 1300 Techny Rd, Northbrook. Five Seasons offers something for everyone - tennis, fitness, swimming indoor and outdoor, Kids Club and basketball. Bring your workout clothes on Sunday, April 23rd and try the club for a day! A 3-day pass will be given to all families!
 
Upcoming Events
 
March 27 – March 31 – Spring Break – NO SCHOOL
 
April 3 – Monday - Subway
7:25am-8:09am          Honor Choir Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm         French Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm         Go Green Club – Room 205
3:40pm-4:30pm         Track & Field – Team Conditioning
3:40pm-5:30pm         6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm         7th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm         8th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
 
April 4 – Tuesday
6:45am-7:45am          6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
6:45am-7:45am          Track & Field Practice
7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
7:45am-8:09am          ROAR Store
5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library CANCELLED
3:40pm-4:30pm         Student Council Meeting – Room 116 CANCELLED
3:40pm-5:15pm          Teacher In-Service (no PM activities)
 
April 5 – Wednesday – Once Upon a Bagel
7:15am-8:09am           Chamber Strings Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods         Creative Writing Club - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm         Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm         Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201
3:40pm-4:30pm         Track & Field Practice
3:45pm-5:30pm         Musical Rehearsal
4:15pm                           6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Away Game @ Maple
4:15pm                           7th/8th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Away Game @ NBJH
 
April 6 – Thursday – PARCC Testing
6:45am-7:45am          Track & Field Practice
7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm         Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm         Craft Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-4:30pm         Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114 CANCELLED
3:40pm-4:30pm         Track & Field Practice
3:45pm-5:30pm         Musical Rehearsal
4:15pm                           6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Home Game vs Gemini
6:30pm                          Board of Education Working Session – WO Library
7:30pm                           Board of Education Meeting – WO Library
 
April 7 – Friday – PARCC Testing - Josh’s
6:45am-7:45am          Track & Field Practice
7:15am-8:09am           Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm         Chess Club Meeting – Room 230
3:40pm-5:30pm         7th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm         8th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
3:45pm-5:30pm         Musical Rehearsal

 

Newsletter Issue 3.17.17

Mar 18, 2017
Congratulations!! (Only Posting)
 
It has been a month of recognitions for many of our Wildcats!  First, on March 4, nine of our students attended the Regional Science Fair at Niles North High School. All nine of the student projects received a Gold Level Award.  Of the nine attending the Regional Fair, eight will continue on to State, with the ninth student missing State by a single point!  On top of that, three of those students won Best in Category for their project.  This was one of our higher performing groups ever!!  Thanks to Mr. Edmonds for his work with all of these students. Good luck to all of them at State!!!
 
Just this past weekend, the Wood Oaks Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Orchestra students each attended their respective IGSMA District competitions.  Each group returned with the highest possible rating - Division I “Superior,” qualifying them to participate in the IL State Contests.  Great job to Mr. Gordon, Mr. Lograsso, and all of our musicians.
 
Spring Break (First Posting)
 
This probably does not need to be said, but I am going to mention it just in case the fact has slipped anyone’s mind: All District 27 Schools will be closed the week of March 27 for Spring Break.  Schools will reopen on Monday, April 3.
 
End of Quarter Three (First Posting)
 
Friday, March 24 marks the end of the third quarter at Wood Oaks.  When we return from Spring Break, students will rotate to their final Unified Arts course.  Third Quarter report cards will be available through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal at 3:30 PM on Monday, April 10.
 
Strep Throat (New Posting)
 
We had a case 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.  Please contact Betty Greenholt, R.N. at ext. 5536 if you have any questions.
 
Summer School Offerings (Third Posting)
 
While District 27 does not have summer school programming available for students, our neighbors in Districts 28 and 30 do allow for D27 students to register with them for summer school.  Click here to read more if you are interested.

PTA News
 
Club 27 is back! Save the date, Friday night May 5th at Pinstripes!
Join the fun on the front end and be part of the planning committee for 2017! Email Mileen Zucker sbear808@aol.com or Marlyse Serlin at marlyseserlin@yahoo.com for details. This District-Wide Fundraiser will be raising funds to replace district 27 smart boards that are becoming obsolete and need replacement. Our goal is to raise upwards of $20,000 during this one event!  Do you have items that you could donate to our auction? Sports tickets, vacation homes, restaurant experiences, unique opportunities, experiences in our community, hotel stays...etc? If so, please email Mileen or Marlyse.
 
Upcoming Events
 
March 20 – Monday - Subway
7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
7:25am-8:09am          Honor Choir Rehearsal
7:45am-8:09am          ROAR Store
3:40pm-4:15pm          Track Informational Meeting
3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm         French Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm         Go Green Club – Room 205
3:40pm-5:30pm         7th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm         8th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
4:15pm                           6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Away Game @ Maple
 
March 21 – Tuesday
7:40am                          Faculty Meeting (no AM activities)
5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm         Student Council Meeting – Room 116
4:15pm                           6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Away Game @ NBJH
4:15pm                           7th/8th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Home Game vs Maple
 
March 22 – Wednesday – Piero’s
6:40am-7:40am         Track & Field Practice
7:15am-8:09am           Chamber Strings Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods         Creative Writing Club - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm         Peer 2 Peer Meeting – Room 120
3:40pm-4:30pm         Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm         Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201
3:40pm-4:30pm         Track & Field Practice
3:40pm-5:30pm         6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm         7th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm         8th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
3:45pm-5:30pm         Musical Rehearsal
 
March 23 – Thursday – Council Lunch/Buffalo Wild Wings
6:40am-7:40am         Track & Field Practice
7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm         Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm         Craft Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-4:30pm         Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114
3:40pm-4:30pm         Track & Field Practice
3:45pm-5:30pm         Musical Rehearsal
4:15pm                           8th/7th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Away Game @ Wilmette
6:30pm                          Board of Education Working Session – WO Library
7:30pm                           Board of Education Meeting – WO Library
 
March 24 – Friday – Little Louie’s - End of 3rd Quarter
7:15am-8:09am           Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm         Chess Club Meeting – Room 230
3:40pm-5:30pm         7th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm         8th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym

 

Newsletter Issue 3.10.17

Mar 10, 2017

Screenagers Screening (Only Posting)

Concerned about your children spending too much time on their phones, laptops or tablets? Consider attending a screening of "Screenagers: Growing up in a Digital Age" in the Glenbrook South Auditorium on Tuesday, March 14th at 7 PM.  It is free of charge and open to the public.  Sponsored by Youth Services, Maple PTO, Character Counts of Glenview and Family Service Center of Wilmette.  Click here to view the flyer for this event.

Illinois Science Assessment (Only Posting)

On Thursday morning, all Wood Oaks eighth graders will be taking the Illinois Science Assessment(ISA).  The IL State Board of Education requires that all public school eighth graders take this test as a measure of their science knowledge prior to entering high school.  The test is computer based and takes about an hour to administer.  This is the second year we have been directed to administer the test as it has gone hand in hand with PARCC.  Eighth graders will take the test first thing in the morning while sixth and seventh graders are participating in separate grade level activities. At 9:30 AM, the entire building will start visiting their regular classes, but in a modified order.

Summer School Offerings (Second Posting)

While District 27 does not have summer school programming available for students, our neighbors in Districts 28 and 30 do allow for D27 students to register with them for summer school.  Click here to read more if you are interested.

For 8th Grade Families Only (Third Posting)

GBN Request for Change in Course Level Placement Forms are now available in the Wood Oaks Main Office.  These are triplicate forms, provided by the high school, that need to be filled out and mailed to GBN to the attention of the appropriate academic department for any student wishing to change the level of any class in which they were originally placed by GBN.  The high school provides us with a limited number of these forms, so students will be limited to one form per day. The completed forms are due to GBN, not Wood Oaks, no later than March 17.

Communication with School (Final Posting)

You should be aware that at Wood Oaks, we teach students the importance of ROAR.  ROAR is an acronym for Respect, Ownership, Advocacy, Responsibility.  Recently, we have noted that some of our students do not fully understand the scope of what advocacy can mean for them.  With that in mind, along with the mindset that it is always beneficial to review communication expectations with everyone, I am republishing a newsletter entry from several years ago.  My hope is, as your children come home expressing frustration about something they are experiencing in one of their classes, you will be able to help them navigate the challenge. We will also explore ways at school to educate our wildcats here on the power of advocacy.

If your child comes to you expressing concerns about something taking place in one of their classes, please help guide them through the steps below.

1.    Encourage your child to discuss the issue with his/her teacher.  Learning how to discuss an issue with the teacher and to be able to come to a mutual agreement on how to move forward is an incredibly empowering skill.  Some parents have told me that they don’t think their child is capable of having that discussion, especially if they are a 6th grader.  I respond to that by saying that junior high is the best place to work on that skill.  The repercussions of struggling here are much less and our teachers are far less imposing than a high school teacher will be.  The first step in resolving any classroom miscommunication is to have the teacher and student talk.

2.    If the student goes to the teacher in an attempt to work out a solution, and you, as the parent, don’t feel the solution is satisfactory, that is the time for you to step in and contact the teacher.  This should be the first step only if you feel the conversation is not appropriate for your child to initiate.  In that case, if you compose a short email to the teacher describing the issue and seeking guidance, that is usually the most efficient way to get a resolution.  If the issue requires more than a single paragraph, it is probably best that you pick up the phone and leave them a voicemail.  Lengthy emails take a great deal of time and effort to sort through, process and respond to concerns.  At that point, a phone conversation is more respectful of the time for all involved.  Teachers generally respond to parent communication in 24-48 hours, depending on the meeting schedule around their teaching periods.  This time is usually reduced if it is a short, quick question.

3.    If you and the teacher are not able to work out a satisfactory solution, at that point you would contact a building administrator.

If you have a more general concern about your child at school, not just a single academic area, your point of contact would be your child’s team coordinator.  These coordinators meet almost daily with the teachers from their grade level and are able to plan and problem solve through a myriad of situations.

            8th Grade T.C. – Cheryl Kinney

            7th Grade T.C. – Elyse Rubin

            6th Grade T.C. – Susan Gustafson

If your child has a question regarding a club, activity or sport, I would encourage the student and parent to follow the same steps as above, but replace “teacher” with “coach” or “sponsor.”

Wood Oaks teachers are very capable and understanding professionals, as so many of you report to me in the hallways on Curriculum Night and at conferences.  Please give them the chance to problem solve with your student first.  This is usually the only step necessary in finding a resolution. Thank you for your assistance and encouragement of your children to advocate for themselves.

PTA News

Club 27 is back! Save the date, Friday night May 5th at Pinstripes!

Join the fun on the front end and be part of the planning committee for 2017! Email Mileen Zucker sbear808@aol.com or Marlyse Serlin at marlyseserlin@yahoo.com for details. This District-Wide Fundraiser will be raising funds to replace district 27 smart boards that are becoming obsolete and need replacement. Our goal is to raise upwards of $20,000 during this one event!  Do you have items that you could donate to our auction? Sports tickets, vacation homes, restaurant experiences, unique opportunities, experiences in our community, hotel stays...etc? If so, please email Mileen or Marlyse.

GBN Fundraiser

With most of our students moving up to GBN at some point, we do like to support their efforts as well.  On Wednesday, March 15 from 4 - 8 PM the Chipotle on Willow Road, by Target, will be hosting the GBN Grad Night Chipotle Fundraiser.  They will be donating 50% of all sales to GBN's Grad Night Festivities.  Want more information about Grad Night?  Visit www.gbngradnight.com  Because all our kids will be seniors one day!!!

Wood Oaks PTA Meeting

The next meeting of the Wood Oaks PTA will be held at 9:15 AM on Monday, March 13, 2017.  Please join us.

Upcoming Events

March 13 – Monday – Potbelly’s

6:45am-7:45am          6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym

7:25am-8:09am          Honor Choir Rehearsal

9:15am                        PTA Meeting

5th & 6th periods         Library Leaders Meeting

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         French Club Meeting – Room 103

3:40pm-4:30pm         Go Green Club – Room 205

4:15pm                           7th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Away Game @ Attea

4:14pm                           8th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Away Game @ Attea

 

March 14 – Tuesday

7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal

5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Student Council Meeting – Room 116

 

March 15 – Wednesday – Roti’s

7:15am-8:09am           Chamber Strings Rehearsal

7:45am-8:09am          ROAR Store

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Math Club Meeting – Room 229

3:40pm-4:30pm         Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201

3:45pm-5:30pm         Musical Rehearsal

4:15pm                           6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Away Game @ NBJH

4:15pm                           7th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Away Game @ Gemini

4:15pm                           8th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Away Game @ Gemini

 

March 16 – Thursday – Grad Lunch/Once Upon A Bagel - Mexican

7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal

5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Art Club Meeting – Room 116

3:40pm-4:30pm         Craft Club Meeting – Room 105

3:40pm-4:30pm         Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114

3:40pm-4:30pm         Run Club – Rotunda – LAST MEETING

3:45pm-5:30pm         Musical Rehearsal

4:15pm                           6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Away Game @ Field

4:15pm                           7th/8th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Home Game vs Field

 

March 17 – Friday – Viccino’s

6:45am-7:45am          6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym

7:15am-8:09am           Jazz Band Rehearsal

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Chess Club Meeting – Room 230

3:40pm-5:30pm         7th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym

3:40pm-5:30pm         8th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym

3:45pm-5:30pm         Musical Rehearsal

 

March 18 – Saturday

12:00pm-4:00pm       Open Gym

Newsletter Issue 3.3.17

Mar 03, 2017

Carl Wilkens (Only Posting)

On Thursday, March 9, Carl and Teresa Wilkens will make their annual visit to Wood Oaks so that Carl can share his experiences as the last american present in Rwanda during the time of the massive genocide during the mid-90s. This visit is the cornerstone of our 8th grade genocide unit that spans both social studies and ELA.  If you are not familiar with his story, you can click here to read more.  His work with our 8th graders is always a highlight of their year and provides some wonderful real life experience to go with this very difficult content.

Science Fair (Only Posting)

Good luck to the nine eighth graders who will be representing Wood Oaks at the Regional Science Fair at Niles North High School this weekend.  I know Mr. Edmonds has them prepared to present and provide detailed explanations of their work.  Good luck to: Mark G., Yoel G., Justin H., Nick I., David K., Azeem N., David S., Aya S., and Lucy T.

Instrumental Music Festivals (Only Posting)

This will be a busy week for all of our instrumental musicians.  This coming Tuesday Wood Oaks will host the D27 Orchestra Festival, then on Wednesday the D27 Band Festival.  Both programs will be held in the Big Gym and will begin at 7 PM.  These concerts are both joint performances of the Wood Oaks and Shabonee groups.  

If you are planning on attending the Wednesday evening Band Concert, please be aware that with the addition of the Shabonee musicians, we will not have enough parking at Wood Oaks for everyone who wants to attend (unless there are some fairly significant carpools set up!).  With this in mind, be aware that there will be remote parking at Wood Oaks Green Park immediately north of the school.  There will be a shuttle bus there to take anyone parking at the park to Wood Oaks and back again after the show.  Once the Wood Oaks lot is full, it will be closed off to any non-handicapped parking and all traffic will be directed to Wood Oaks Green.  We do not anticipate as significant of a challenge on Tuesday night, but the lot will still be very full on that night.

Summer School Offerings (First Posting)

While District 27 does not have summer school programming available for students, our neighbors in Districts 28 and 30 do allow for D27 students to register with them for summer school.  Click here to read more if you are interested.

Schools Closed (Only Posting)

All District 27 schools will be closed on Monday, March 6 in order to hold teacher inservice training.  Schools will open for normal business on Tuesday, March 7.

For 8th Grade Families Only (Second Posting)

GBN Request for Change in Course Level Placement Forms are now available in the Wood Oaks Main Office.  These are triplicate forms, provided by the high school, that need to be filled out and mailed to GBN to the attention of the appropriate academic department for any student wishing to change the level of any class in which they were originally placed by GBN.  The high school provides us with a limited number of these forms, so students will be limited to one form per day. The completed forms are due to GBN, not Wood Oaks, no later than March 17.

Communication with School (Third Posting)

You should be aware that at Wood Oaks, we teach students the importance of ROAR.  ROAR is an acronym for Respect, Ownership, Advocacy, Responsibility.  Recently, we have noted that some of our students do not fully understand the scope of what advocacy can mean for them.  With that in mind, along with the mindset that it is always beneficial to review communication expectations with everyone, I am republishing a newsletter entry from several years ago.  My hope is, as your children come home expressing frustration about something they are experiencing in one of their classes, you will be able to help them navigate the challenge. We will also explore ways at school to educate our wildcats here on the power of advocacy.

If your child comes to you expressing concerns about something taking place in one of their classes, please help guide them through the steps below.

1.    Encourage your child to discuss the issue with his/her teacher.  Learning how to discuss an issue with the teacher and to be able to come to a mutual agreement on how to move forward is an incredibly empowering skill.  Some parents have told me that they don’t think their child is capable of having that discussion, especially if they are a 6th grader.  I respond to that by saying that junior high is the best place to work on that skill.  The repercussions of struggling here are much less and our teachers are far less imposing than a high school teacher will be.  The first step in resolving any classroom miscommunication is to have the teacher and student talk.

2.    If the student goes to the teacher in an attempt to work out a solution, and you, as the parent, don’t feel the solution is satisfactory, that is the time for you to step in and contact the teacher.  This should be the first step only if you feel the conversation is not appropriate for your child to initiate.  In that case, if you compose a short email to the teacher describing the issue and seeking guidance, that is usually the most efficient way to get a resolution.  If the issue requires more than a single paragraph, it is probably best that you pick up the phone and leave them a voicemail.  Lengthy emails take a great deal of time and effort to sort through, process and respond to concerns.  At that point, a phone conversation is more respectful of the time for all involved.  Teachers generally respond to parent communication in 24-48 hours, depending on the meeting schedule around their teaching periods.  This time is usually reduced if it is a short, quick question.

3.    If you and the teacher are not able to work out a satisfactory solution, at that point you would contact a building administrator.

If you have a more general concern about your child at school, not just a single academic area, your point of contact would be your child’s team coordinator.  These coordinators meet almost daily with the teachers from their grade level and are able to plan and problem solve through a myriad of situations.

            8th Grade T.C. – Cheryl Kinney

            7th Grade T.C. – Elyse Rubin

            6th Grade T.C. – Susan Gustafson

If your child has a question regarding a club, activity or sport, I would encourage the student and parent to follow the same steps as above, but replace “teacher” with “coach” or “sponsor.”

Wood Oaks teachers are very capable and understanding professionals, as so many of you report to me in the hallways on Curriculum Night and at conferences.  Please give them the chance to problem solve with your student first.  This is usually the only step necessary in finding a resolution. Thank you for your assistance and encouragement of your children to advocate for themselves.

PTA News

Club 27 is back! Save the date, Friday night May 5th at Pinstripes!

Join the fun on the front end and be part of the planning committee for 2017! Email Mileen Zucker sbear808@aol.com or Marlyse Serlin at marlyseserlin@yahoo.com for details. This District-Wide Fundraiser will be raising funds to replace district 27 smart boards that are becoming obsolete and need replacement. Our goal is to raise upwards of $20,000 during this one event!  Do you have items that you could donate to our auction? Sports tickets, vacation homes, restaurant experiences, unique opportunities, experiences in our community, hotel stays...etc? If so, please email Mileen or Marlyse.

 

8th Grade Parents

Orders for 8th Grade T-Shirts are due NOW.  If you have not already ordered your shirt, please get your form and check to the Wood Oaks office by Tuesday, March 7th.  T-shirts cost $15 and a check can be made payable to Wood Oaks PTA.  Your 8th grader doesn’t want a shirt, no problem!  Please send back the form without a check but confirm that your child’s name is spelled correctly.  If your child cannot locate their form, you can find one here. Any questions, contact Michelle Zernik at michellezernik@hotmail.com

Additional Hot Lunch Dates

They’re back!  Buffalo Wild Wings are back for Hot Lunch on Thursdays.  New dates have been added to marlaslunch.com.  Check out March 23, April 25 and May 30.  There’s still time to order!

Wood Oaks PTA Meeting

The next meeting of the Wood Oaks PTA will be held at 9:15 AM on Monday, March 13, 2017.  Please join us.

Upcoming Events

March 4 - Saturday

12:00pm-4:00pm Open Gym (Only the Big Gym will be available)

March 6 – Monday – Teacher Institute Day – NO SCHOOL

March 7 – Tuesday

7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal

5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library

5th & 6th periods         Peer 2 Peer Lunch Meeting – Room 120

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Student Council Meeting – Room 116

4:15pm                           6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Home Game vs Gemini

4:15pm                           8th/7th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Away Game @ Shepard

7:00pm                          District 27 Orchestra Festival

 

March 8 – Wednesday – Little Louie’s

6:45am-7:45am          6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym

7:15am-8:09am           Chamber Strings Rehearsal

5th & 6th periods         Creative Writing Club - Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Math Club Meeting – Room 229

3:40pm-4:30pm         Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201

3:45pm-5:30pm         Musical Rehearsal

7:00pm                          District 27 Band Festival

 

March 9 – Thursday

7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal

5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Art Club Meeting – Room 116

3:40pm-4:30pm         Craft Club Meeting – Room 105

3:40pm-4:30pm         Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114

3:40pm-4:30pm         Run Club – Rotunda

3:45pm-5:30pm         Musical Rehearsal

4:15pm                           6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Home Game vs Maple

4:15pm                           8th/7th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Away Game @ Maple

6:30pm                          Board of Education Working Session – WO Library

7:30pm                           Board of Education Meeting – WO Library

 

March 10 – Friday – Piero’s

7:15am-8:09am           Jazz Band Rehearsal

7:45am-8:09am          ROAR Store

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Chess Club Meeting – Room 230

3:40pm-5:30pm         7th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym

3:40pm-5:30pm         8th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym

3:45pm-5:30pm         Musical Rehearsal

 

March 11 – Saturday

7:00am-2:00pm          IGSMA District Performance – Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble – Parkland School, McHenry

 

 

Newsletter Issue 2.24.17

Feb 24, 2017

For 8th Grade Families Only (First Posting)

GBN Request for Change in Course Level Placement Forms will be available in the Wood Oaks Main Office starting Tuesday, February 28.  These are triplicate forms, provided by the high school, that need to be filled out and mailed to GBN to the attention of the appropriate academic department for any student wishing to change the level of any class in which they were originally placed by GBN.  The high school provides us with a limited number of these forms, so students will be limited to one form per day.  If a student is looking to challenge multiple course placements, they can do one of two things: come back on subsequent days to pick up an additional form or make three photocopies of the form for each course they are challenging, then fill out three pages per course and stapling them together, in essence, creating their own “triplicate” form.  The completed forms are due to GBN, not Wood Oaks, no later than March 17.

Strep Throat (New Posting)

We have had another case 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.  Please contact Betty Greenholt, R.N. at ext. 5536 if you have any questions.

GBN Athletic Booster Club Fundraiser (Only Posting)

Click here to find information regarding a fundraiser for the GBN Athletics Booster Club on March 4.

Library Closed (Only Posting)

The library will be closed after school on Tuesday, February 28, and the other clubs and activities will be cancelled, in order for us to hold a staff meeting.  If your child normally stays after school on Tuesdays, for Homework Hour or otherwise, they will need to head home at 3:30 PM next Tuesday.  

Communication with School (Second Posting)

You should be aware that at Wood Oaks, we teach students the importance of ROAR.  ROAR is an acronym for Respect, Ownership, Advocacy, Responsibility.  Recently, we have noted that some of our students do not fully understand the scope of what advocacy can mean for them.  With that in mind, along with the mindset that it is always beneficial to review communication expectations with everyone, I am republishing a newsletter entry from several years ago.  My hope is, as your children come home expressing frustration about something they are experiencing in one of their classes, you will be able to help them navigate the challenge. We will also explore ways at school to educate our wildcats here on the power of advocacy.

If your child comes to you expressing concerns about something taking place in one of their classes, please help guide them through the steps below.

1.    Encourage your child to discuss the issue with his/her teacher.  Learning how to discuss an issue with the teacher and to be able to come to a mutual agreement on how to move forward is an incredibly empowering skill.  Some parents have told me that they don’t think their child is capable of having that discussion, especially if they are a 6th grader.  I respond to that by saying that junior high is the best place to work on that skill.  The repercussions of struggling here are much less and our teachers are far less imposing than a high school teacher will be.  The first step in resolving any classroom miscommunication is to have the teacher and student talk.

2.    If the student goes to the teacher in an attempt to work out a solution, and you, as the parent, don’t feel the solution is satisfactory, that is the time for you to step in and contact the teacher.  This should be the first step only if you feel the conversation is not appropriate for your child to initiate.  In that case, if you compose a short email to the teacher describing the issue and seeking guidance, that is usually the most efficient way to get a resolution.  If the issue requires more than a single paragraph, it is probably best that you pick up the phone and leave them a voicemail.  Lengthy emails take a great deal of time and effort to sort through, process and respond to concerns.  At that point, a phone conversation is more respectful of the time for all involved.  Teachers generally respond to parent communication in 24-48 hours, depending on the meeting schedule around their teaching periods.  This time is usually reduced if it is a short, quick question.

3.    If you and the teacher are not able to work out a satisfactory solution, at that point you would contact a building administrator.

If you have a more general concern about your child at school, not just a single academic area, your point of contact would be your child’s team coordinator.  These coordinators meet almost daily with the teachers from their grade level and are able to plan and problem solve through a myriad of situations.

            8th Grade T.C. – Cheryl Kinney

            7th Grade T.C. – Elyse Rubin

            6th Grade T.C. – Susan Gustafson

If your child has a question regarding a club, activity or sport, I would encourage the student and parent to follow the same steps as above, but replace “teacher” with “coach” or “sponsor.”

Wood Oaks teachers are very capable and understanding professionals, as so many of you report to me in the hallways on Curriculum Night and at conferences.  Please give them the chance to problem solve with your student first.  This is usually the only step necessary in finding a resolution. Thank you for your assistance and encouragement of your children to advocate for themselves.

PTA News

Club 27 is back! Save the date, Friday night May 5th at Pinstripes!

Join the fun on the front end and be part of the planning committee for 2017! Email Mileen Zucker sbear808@aol.com or Marlyse Serlin at marlyseserlin@yahoo.com for details. This District-Wide Fundraiser will be raising funds to replace district 27 smart boards that are becoming obsolete and need replacement. Our goal is to raise upwards of $20,000 during this one event!  Do you have items that you could donate to our auction? Sports tickets, vacation homes, restaurant experiences, unique opportunities, experiences in our community, hotel stays...etc? If so, please email Mileen or Marlyse.

PTA Exec Board

Got the kids gone all day at school but want to hang out with some adults every now and then?  How about joining us on the Wood Oaks PTA Exec Board?  We are looking for some great parents who have Monday mornings at 9:15 free once a month.  Be in the room where it happens.  We would love to have you join us!  If interested, please contact Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net.

Wood Oaks PTA Meeting

The next meeting of the Wood Oaks PTA will be held at 9:15 AM on Monday, March 13, 2017.  Please join us.

Upcoming Events

February 27 – Monday - Panera

7:25am-8:09am          Honor Choir Rehearsal

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         French Club Meeting – Room 103

3:40pm-4:30pm         Go Green Club – Room 205

4:15pm                           6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Away Game @ Gemini

4:15pm                           8th/7th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Home Game vs Gemini

 

February 28 – Tuesday

7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal

5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library CANCELLED

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library CANCELLED

3:40pm-4:30pm         Student Council Meeting – Room 116 CANCELLED

3:40pm-5:15pm          Teacher In-Service (no PM activities)

 

March 1 – Wednesday – Stir Crazy

7:15am-8:09am           Chamber Strings Rehearsal

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Math Club Meeting – Room 229

3:40pm-4:30pm         Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201

3:40pm-5:30pm         6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym

3:40pm-5:30pm         7th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym

3:40pm-5:30pm         8th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym

3:45pm-5:30pm         Musical Rehearsal

 

March 2 – Thursday

7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal

7:45am-8:09am          ROAR Store

5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library CANCELLED

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Art Club Meeting – Room 116

3:40pm-4:30pm         Craft Club Meeting – Room 105

3:40pm-4:30pm         Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114

3:40pm-4:30pm         Run Club - Rotunda

3:45pm-5:30pm         Musical Rehearsal

 

March 3 – Friday – Josh’s

7:15am-8:09am           Jazz Band Rehearsal

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Chess Club Meeting – Room 230

3:45pm-5:30pm         Musical Rehearsal

4:00pm                          8th/7th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Home Game vs Caruso

 

March 4 – Saturday

                                         Regional Science Fair – Niles North High School

12:00pm-4:00pm       Open Gym

 

Newsletter Issue 2.21.17

Feb 21, 2017

Upon arriving at school today, the nurse’s office was notified that over the weekend, one of our students was diagnosed with Influenza A.  This is one of the diseases about which the Cook County Department of Public Health requires us to notify them when we receive a medical diagnosis. They make a similar request for when we have a student diagnosed with strep throat, which is why you will find the occasional mention in my newsletter that we have a student who was diagnosed with strep throat. That is a much more common diagnosis received by our health office.  We don’t see Influenza diagnoses nearly as often.

 

You can read information the CDC publishes regarding Influenza A by clicking here.  The student who received the diagnosis has already been treated, deemed non-contagious, and is back at school today.  I am including information from the Cook County Department of Public Health regarding ways to prevent the spread of illnesses, such as the flu, and some general tips on how to stay healthy during this time of the year.  You can click here to read those tips.  They are similar to the tips shared in the February 10 newsletter issue (you can find that issue by scrolling down this newsletter page).  Should your child exhibit the symptoms outlined in the information from the county, please seek medical attention.

 

I know that the rumor mill, fed by social media, can run wild with items like this, so I will share the facts with everyone now: our absence rate due to illness today was 3.5%, which is a very good number for this time of the year. We will, as we always do, carefully monitor our illness absence rate.


Stay Healthy!

 

Newsletter Issue 2.17.17

Feb 17, 2017

Communication with School (First Posting)

You should be aware that at Wood Oaks, we teach students the importance of ROAR.  ROAR is an acronym for Respect, Ownership, Advocacy, Responsibility.  Recently, we have noted that some of our students do not fully understand the scope of what advocacy can mean for them.  With that in mind, along with the mindset that it is always beneficial to review communication expectations with everyone, I am republishing a newsletter entry from several years ago.  My hope is, as your children come home expressing frustration about something they are experiencing in one of their classes, you will be able to help them navigate the challenge. We will also explore ways at school to educate our wildcats here on the power of advocacy.

If your child comes to you expressing concerns about something taking place in one of their classes, please help guide them through the steps below.

1.    Encourage your child to discuss the issue with his/her teacher.  Learning how to discuss an issue with the teacher and to be able to come to a mutual agreement on how to move forward is an incredibly empowering skill.  Some parents have told me that they don’t think their child is capable of having that discussion, especially if they are a 6th grader.  I respond to that by saying that junior high is the best place to work on that skill.  The repercussions of struggling here are much less and our teachers are far less imposing than a high school teacher will be.  The first step in resolving any classroom miscommunication is to have the teacher and student talk.

2.    If the student goes to the teacher in an attempt to work out a solution, and you, as the parent, don’t feel the solution is satisfactory, that is the time for you to step in and contact the teacher.  This should be the first step only if you feel the conversation is not appropriate for your child to initiate.  In that case, if you compose a short email to the teacher describing the issue and seeking guidance, that is usually the most efficient way to get a resolution.  If the issue requires more than a single paragraph, it is probably best that you pick up the phone and leave them a voicemail.  Lengthy emails take a great deal of time and effort to sort through, process and respond to concerns.  At that point, a phone conversation is more respectful of the time for all involved.  Teachers generally respond to parent communication in 24-48 hours, depending on the meeting schedule around their teaching periods.  This time is usually reduced if it is a short, quick question.

3.    If you and the teacher are not able to work out a satisfactory solution, at that point you would contact a building administrator.

If you have a more general concern about your child at school, not just a single academic area, your point of contact would be your child’s team coordinator.  These coordinators meet almost daily with the teachers from their grade level and are able to plan and problem solve through a myriad of situations.

            8th Grade T.C. – Cheryl Kinney

            7th Grade T.C. – Elyse Rubin

            6th Grade T.C. – Susan Gustafson

If your child has a question regarding a club, activity or sport, I would encourage the student and parent to follow the same steps as above, but replace “teacher” with “coach” or “sponsor.”

Wood Oaks teachers are very capable and understanding professionals, as so many of you report to me in the hallways on Curriculum Night and at conferences.  Please give them the chance to problem solve with your student first.  This is usually the only step necessary in finding a resolution. Thank you for your assistance and encouragement of your children to advocate for themselves.

Attention 8th Grade Parents (Only Posting)

During the day on Wednesday, February 22, the 8th grade students will be bused over to GBN to meet with their counselors and register for their freshman classes.  They should have with them the green registration sheet that was recently mailed home from GBN.  They will also be taking their student ID picture that day, so have them prepared for that, too.

Text-A-Tip (Final Posting)

Recently, we shared with students information about a new service that is being implemented township-wide called Text-A-Tip.  Click here to read more about this service and click here to see a copy of the sticker students will have on their Chromebooks.

No School (Final Posting)

All D27 schools will be closed on Monday, February 20 in honor of President’s Day.  Classes will resume at normal school hours on Tuesday.

PTA News

Club 27 is back! Save the date, Friday night May 5th at Pinstripes!

Join the fun on the front end and be part of the planning committee for 2017! Email Mileen Zucker sbear808@aol.com or Marlyse Serlin at marlyseserlin@yahoo.com for details. This District-Wide Fundraiser will be raising funds to replace district 27 smart boards that are becoming obsolete and need replacement. Our goal is to raise upwards of $20,000 during this one event!  Do you have items that you could donate to our auction? Sports tickets, vacation homes, restaurant experiences, unique opportunities, experiences in our community, hotel stays...etc? If so, please email Mileen or Marlyse.

PTA Exec Board

Got the kids gone all day at school but want to hang out with some adults every now and then?  How about joining us on the Wood Oaks PTA Exec Board?  We are looking for some great parents who have Monday mornings at 9:15 free once a month.  Be in the room where it happens.  We would love to have you join us!  If interested, please contact Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net.

Wood Oaks PTA Meeting

The next meeting of the Wood Oaks PTA will be held at 9:15 AM on Monday, March 13, 2017.  Please join us.

Upcoming Events

February 20 – Monday – Presidents’ Day – NO SCHOOL

 

February 21 – Tuesday

7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal

5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Student Council Meeting – Room 116

3:40pm-5:30pm         6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym

 

February 22 – Wednesday – Josh’s

7:15am-8:09am           Chamber Strings Rehearsal

7:45am-8:09am          ROAR Store

9:00am-2:00pm         8th Grade to GBN

5th & 6th periods         Creative Writing Club - Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Peer 2 Peer Meeting – Room 120

3:40pm-4:30pm         Math Club Meeting – Room 229

3:40pm-4:30pm         Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201

3:40pm-5:30pm         7th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym

3:40pm-5:30pm         8th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym

3:45pm-5:30pm         Musical Rehearsal

4:15pm                           6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Home Game vs. Field

 

February 23 – Thursday – Grad Lunch/Once Upon A Bagel - Mexican

7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal

5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Art Club Meeting – Room 116

3:40pm-4:30pm         Craft Club Meeting – Room 105

3:40pm-4:30pm         Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114

3:40pm-4:30pm         Run Club – Rotunda

3:45pm-5:30pm         Musical Rehearsal

4:15pm                        6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Home Game vs. NBJH

4:15pm                        8th/7th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Home Game vs NBJH

5:00pm Northbrook Quiz Bowl @ Northbrook Public Library

6:30pm                        Board of Education Working Session – WO Library

7:30pm                        Board of Education Meeting – WO Library

 

February 24 – Friday – Piero’s - Mid-Quarter

6:45am-7:45am          6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym

7:15am-8:09am           Jazz Band Rehearsal

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Chess Club Meeting – Room 230

3:45pm-5:30pm         Musical Rehearsal

 

February 25 – Saturday

12:00pm-4:00pm       Open Gym

Newsletter Issue 2.10.17

Feb 10, 2017

Student Illnesses (Only Posting)

This week we have had more than our average number of student absences at Wood Oaks.  Our absence number has been right around the ten percent mark, which is comparable to what we experience each February.  While we don’t know the exact symptoms of all absences, we are hearing a mixture of stomach illnesses and coughing with head/chest congestion issues.  

Please be assured that our facilities staff is vigilant with its cleanliness procedures, cleaning the building classroom by classroom, each and every night.  We also shared some basic wellness tips with students in the announcements on Thursday morning, which you can view by clicking here.  These announcements focused on general good hygiene practices such as to wash hands frequently (if water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer); do not touch eyes, nose or mouth; cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing; use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands; and avoid close contact with people who are sick.

I would also like to share the guidance we have from the Cook County Department of Public Health on how to decide when to keep a student out of school or when to go to the doctor:  

  • Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms: very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough; mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep); headache; or mild stomach ache.  

  • Definitely keep your child at home and seek medical attention if he or she has any of these symptoms: fever (greater than 100 degrees by mouth); vomiting (even once); diarrhea; chills; general malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches; frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough; or lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose.  

Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home until "fever free" for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on the medication for 48 hours before considered non-contagious and able to return to school. Often when a child awakens with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin) it is wise to observe your child at home for an hour or two before deciding whether or not to bring him/her to school. Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities on return to school. Keeping a sick child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.

Text-A-Tip (Second Posting)

This week, we shared with students information about a new service that is being implemented township-wide called Text-A-Tip.  Click here to read more about this service and click here to see a copy of the sticker students will have on their Chromebooks.

Strep Throat (New Posting)

We have had another case 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.  Please contact Betty Greenholt, R.N. at ext. 5536 if you have any questions.

No School (First Posting)

All D27 schools will be closed on Monday, February 20 in honor of President’s Day.  Classes will resume at normal school hours on Tuesday.

Winter Parent Teacher Conferences (Final Posting)

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on February 15-16, 2017.  There will be no school on February 16 to accommodate afternoon conferences on that day. Online registration is now closed.  If you missed that opportunity to sign up, but still want to speak to a teacher, please reach out to that teacher.  There are limited spaces available, but if there are no slots are available that work, a time for a phone conference can still be arranged.

Twitter (Final Posting)

Are you a visual person who appreciates photos of the happenings in and around Wood Oaks on top of the information shared in this newsletter?  Then Twitter is where you want to be!  Follow us on Twitter @WoodOaksJrHigh to see all the fun things going on at the best middle school on the North Shore!!

PTA News

Club 27 is back! Save the date, Friday night May 5th at Pinstripes!

Join the fun on the front end and be part of the planning committee for 2017! Email Mileen Zucker sbear808@aol.com or Marlyse Serlin at marlyseserlin@yahoo.com for details. This District-Wide Fundraiser will be raising funds to replace district 27 smart boards that are becoming obsolete and need replacement. Our goal is to raise upwards of $20,000 during this one event!  Do you have items that you could donate to our auction? Sports tickets, vacation homes, restaurant experiences, unique opportunities, experiences in our community, hotel stays...etc? If so, please email Mileen or Marlyse.

Spirit Wear

Brrr!  It sure is cold outside!  Wouldn’t your Wildcat be warmed up in a Wood Oaks Sweatshirt?  Showing school spirit and keeping toasty warm.  It’s the best deal in town!  Please contact Kristin Ihrke at kihrke@sbcglobal.net or Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net for all of your Wildcat wardrobe needs.

PTA Exec Board

Got the kids gone all day at school but want to hang out with some adults every now and then?  How about joining us on the Wood Oaks PTA Exec Board?  We are looking for some great parents who have Monday mornings at 9:15 free once a month.  Be in the room where it happens.  We would love to have you join us!  If interested, please contact Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net.

Wood Oaks PTA Meeting

The next meeting of the Wood Oaks PTA will be held at 9:15 AM on Monday, February 13, 2017.  Please join us.

Upcoming Events

February 13 – Monday - Subway

7:25am-8:09am          Honor Choir Rehearsal

9:15am                       PTA Meeting

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         French Club Meeting – Room 103

3:40pm-4:30pm         Go Green Club – Room 205

3:45pm-5:30pm         Musical Rehearsal

4:15pm                           6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Home Game vs Field

4:15pm                           8th/7th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Away Game @ Field

 

February 14 – Tuesday

7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal

7:45am-8:09am          ROAR Store

5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library

5th & 6th periods         Peer 2 Peer Lunch Meeting – Room 120

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Student Council Meeting – Room 116

3:40pm-5:30pm         6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym

4:15pm                           7th/8th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Home Game vs Springman

 

February 15 – Wednesday – McDonald’s

7:15am-8:09am           Chamber Strings Rehearsal

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library - CANCELLED

3:40pm-4:30pm         Math Club Meeting – Room 229 - CANCELLED

3:40pm-4:30pm         Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201 - CANCELLED

5:00pm-8:15pm          Parent-Teacher Conferences

 

February 16 – Thursday – NO SCHOOL

1:00pm-4:00pm         Parent-Teacher Conferences

5:00pm-8:15pm          Parent-Teacher Conferences

 

February 17 – Friday – Little Louie’s

6:45am-7:45am          6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym

7:15am-8:09am           Jazz Band Rehearsal

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Chess Club Meeting – Room 230

3:40pm-5:30pm         7th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym

3:40pm-5:30pm         8th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym

3:45pm-5:30pm         Musical Rehearsal

Newsletter Issue 2.3.17

Feb 04, 2017

Text-A-Tip (First Posting)

On Monday, I will be sharing with students information about a new service that is being implemented township-wide called Text-A-Tip.  Click here to read more about this service and click here to see a copy of the sticker students will have on their Chromebooks.

Open Gym (Only Posting)

The Wood Oaks gymnasium will be open on Saturday, February 4 from noon until 4 PM if you or your children are interested in playing some pick-up basketball.  

Strep Throat (Only Posting)

We have had another case 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.  Please contact Betty Greenholt, R.N. at ext. 5536 if you have any questions.

Good Luck (Final Posting)

This weekend is an exciting weekend for many of our WO students.  Our RoboRovers 2 students will be travelling to Aurora to compete in an area-wide robotics competition on Friday.  You can read about the school-wide competition we had by clicking here.  On Saturday, many of our musicians will attend the Northbrook Solo and Ensemble Festival at Field Middle School.  Good luck to all of our students at these cool events!

Winter Parent Teacher Conferences (Second Posting)

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on February 15-16, 2017.  There will be no school on February 16 to accommodate afternoon conferences on that day. Online registration is now closed.  If you missed that opportunity to sign up, but still want to speak to a teacher, please reach out to that teacher.  There are limited spaces available, but if there are no slots are available that work, a time for a phone conference can still be arranged.

Twitter (Third Posting)

Are you a visual person who appreciates photos of the happenings in and around Wood Oaks on top of the information shared in this newsletter?  Then Twitter is where you want to be!  Follow us on Twitter @WoodOaksJrHigh to see all the fun things going on at the best middle school on the North Shore!!

PTA News

Club 27 is back! Save the date, Friday night May 5th at Pinstripes!

Join the fun on the front end and be part of the planning committee for 2017! Email Mileen Zucker sbear808@aol.com or Marlyse Serlin at marlyseserlin@yahoo.com for details. This District-Wide Fundraiser will be raising funds to replace district 27 smart boards that are becoming obsolete and need replacement. Our goal is to raise upwards of $20,000 during this one event!  Do you have items that you could donate to our auction? Sports tickets, vacation homes, restaurant experiences, unique opportunities, experiences in our community, hotel stays...etc? If so, please email Mileen or Marlyse.

 

Spirit Wear

Brrr!  It sure is cold outside!  Wouldn’t your Wildcat be warmed up in a Wood Oaks Sweatshirt?  Showing school spirit and keeping toasty warm.  It’s the best deal in town!  Please contact Kristin Ihrke at kihrke@sbcglobal.net or Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net for all of your Wildcat wardrobe needs.

PTA Exec Board

Got the kids gone all day at school but want to hang out with some adults every now and then?  How about joining us on the Wood Oaks PTA Exec Board?  We are looking for some great parents who have Monday mornings at 9:15 free once a month.  Be in the room where it happens.  We would love to have you join us!  If interested, please contact Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net.

Wood Oaks PTA Meeting

The next meeting of the Wood Oaks PTA will be held at 9:15 AM on Monday, February 13, 2017.  Please join us.

Upcoming Events

February 6 – Monday – Piero’s

7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal

7:25am-8:09am          Honor Choir Rehearsal

7:45am-8:09am          ROAR Store

5th & 6th periods         Library Leaders Meeting - Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         French Club Meeting – Room 103

3:40pm-4:30pm         Go Green Club – Room 205

3:40pm-5:30pm         6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Tryouts – Small gym

3:40pm-5:30pm         7th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym

3:40pm-5:30pm         8th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym

 

February 7 – Tuesday – Grad Lunch/Italian Kitchen

6:45am-7:55am          6th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Tryouts – Small gym

7:40am                           Faculty Meeting (no AM activities)

                                         6th Grade Field Trip – Houses of Worship

5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Student Council Meeting – Room 116

 

February 8 – Wednesday – Upper Crust Bagels

7:15am-8:09am           Chamber Strings Rehearsal

5th & 6th periods         Creative Writing Club - Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Math Club Meeting – Room 229

3:40pm-4:30pm         Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201

3:40pm-5:30pm         7th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym

3:40pm-5:30pm         8th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym

3:45pm-5:30pm         Musical Rehearsal

 

February 9 – Thursday

                                         8th Grade Field Trip – IL Holocaust Museum

7:15am-8:09am           Wind Ensemble Rehearsal

5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Art Club Meeting – Room 116

3:40pm-4:30pm         Craft Club Meeting – Room 105 CANCELLED

3:40pm-4:30pm         Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114

3:40pm-4:30pm         Run Club - Rotunda

3:45pm-5:30pm         Musical Rehearsal

6:45pm                          Incoming Freshman Night @ GBN

6:30pm                          Board of Education Working Session – WO Library

7:30pm                           Board of Education Meeting – WO Library

 

February 10 – Friday – Josh’s

7:15am-8:09am           Jazz Band Rehearsal

3:40pm-4:30pm         Homework Hour – Library

3:40pm-4:30pm         Chess Club Meeting – Room 230

3:40pm-5:30pm         7th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym

3:40pm-5:30pm         8th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym

3:45pm-5:30pm         Musical Rehearsal

Newsletter Issue 1.27.17

Jan 28, 2017
Winter Parent Teacher Conferences (New Posting)
 
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on February 15-16, 2017.  There will be no school on February 16 to accommodate afternoon conferences on that day. Online registration for these important conversations will close at 4 PM on February 1.  If you have not signed up already, please do so before then.
 
Good Luck (Only Posting)
 
Next weekend is an exciting weekend for many of our WO students.  Our RoboRovers 2 students will be going to Aurora to compete in an area-wide robotics competition on Friday.  You can read about the school-wide competition we had by clicking here.  Also, next Saturday, many of our musicians will attend the Northbrook Solo and Ensemble Festival at Field Middle School.  Good luck to all of our students at these cool events!
 
Erin’s Law (Second Posting)
 
You should have received a letter in the mail a week or two ago about Erin’s Law presentations being made to D27 students this year.  If you did not receive a copy of this letter, please contact the main office so we can verify your address.  You can also read a copy of the letter by clicking here.  These presentations about child sexual abuse awareness are now a part of the IL School Code and need to be made annually to students.  Wood Oaks sixth graders will receive their presentations from our social workers and psychologist in their existing Advisory classes during the week of January 30, 2017.  Seventh and eighth grade students will receive their presentations in the coming weeks.
 
Twitter (Third Posting)
 
Are you a visual person who appreciates photos of the happenings in and around Wood Oaks on top of the information shared in this newsletter?  Then Twitter is where you want to be!  Follow us on Twitter @WoodOaksJrHigh to see all the fun things going on at the best middle school on the North Shore!!
 
PTA News
 
Club 27 is back! Save the date, Friday night May 5th at Pinstripes!
Join the fun on the front end and be part of the planning committee for 2017! Email Mileen Zucker sbear808@aol.com or Marlyse Serlin at marlyseserlin@yahoo.com for details. This District-Wide Fundraiser will be raising funds to replace district 27 smart boards that are becoming obsolete and need replacement. Our goal is to raise upwards of $20,000 during this one event!  Do you have items that you could donate to our auction? Sports tickets, vacation homes, restaurant experiences, unique opportunities, experiences in our community, hotel stays...etc? If so, please email Mileen or Marlyse.
 
PTA Exec Board
Got the kids gone all day at school but want to hang out with some adults every now and then?  How about joining us on the Wood Oaks PTA Exec Board?  We are looking for some great parents who have Monday mornings at 9:15 free once a month.  Be in the room where it happens.  We would love to have you join us!  If interested, please contact Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net.
 
Wood Oaks PTA Meeting
The next meeting of the Wood Oaks PTA will be held at 9:15 AM on Monday, February 13, 2017.  Please join us.
 
Upcoming Events
 
January 30 – Monday – Subway - Report Cards Posted
7:25am-8:09am          Honor Choir Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          French Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm          Go Green Club – Room 205
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Tryouts – Big gym
 
January 31 – Tuesday
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
7:45am-8:09am          ROAR Store
5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – LibraryCANCELLED
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116CANCELLED
3:45pm-5:15pm          Teacher In-Service (no PM activities)
 
February 1 – Wednesday – Little Red Hen
7:15am-8:09am          Chamber Strings Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm          Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Tryouts – Big gym
3:45pm-5:30pm          Musical Rehearsal
 
February 2 – Thursday
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Craft Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-4:30pm          Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114
3:40pm-4:30pm          Run Club – Rotunda
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Tryouts – Big gym
3:45pm-5:30pm          Musical Rehearsal
 
February 3 – Friday – Szechwan North
7:15am-8:09am          Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Chess Club Meeting – Room 230
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Boys’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
3:45pm-5:30pm          Musical Rehearsal
 
February 4 – Saturday
                                    Northfield Township Solo/Ensemble Festival @ Field
                                    MathCounts Competition
12:00pm-4:00pm        Open Gym

 

Newsletter Issue 1.20.17

Jan 21, 2017
Sick Students (Only Posting)
 
As noted in the email you should have received from Dr. Fournier on Friday, we had several ill students at Wood Oaks on Friday morning during and after a choral assembly. I know some news outlets reported the story as well.  I first want to acknowledge all of the staff members who helped the students who began to feel overheated or lightheaded during the assembly, as well as those who assisted in the main office as we provided aid to the students and contacted their parents. I would also like to debunk some of the stories I heard about on social media about a “Super Virus” going around the building and reports of students vomiting in the halls.  All of this information is false.  I have been in contact with all families involved and every family I have heard back from at this point reports their child is doing better.  All is well at Wood Oaks.
 
Erin’s Law (First Posting)
 
You should have received a letter in the mail a week or two ago about Erin’s Law presentations being made to D27 students this year.  If you did not receive a copy of this letter, please contact the main office so we can verify your address.  You can also read a copy of the letter by clicking here.  These presentations about child sexual abuse awareness are now a part of the IL School Code and need to be made annually to students.  Wood Oaks sixth graders will receive their presentations from our social workers and psychologist in their existing Advisory classes during the week of January 30, 2017.  Seventh and eighth grade students will receive their presentations in the coming weeks.
 
Winter Parent Teacher Conferences (Only Posting)
 
Parent Teacher conferences will again be held on February 15 and 16, 2017.  Registration for those conferences will open at 9 AM on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.  If you have any issues with your login information for the online scheduler, please contact the main office.
 
Strep Throat (New Posting)
 
We have had another case 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.  Please contact Betty Greenholt, R.N. at ext. 5536 if you have any questions.
 
Twitter (Second Posting)
 
Are you a visual person who appreciates photos of the happenings in and around Wood Oaks on top of the information shared in this newsletter?  Then Twitter is where you want to be!  Follow us on Twitter @WoodOaksJrHigh to see all the fun things going on at the best middle school on the North Shore!!
 
End of Second Quarter (Final Posting)
 
The second quarter will end on Friday, January 20.  This means that not only will quarterly Unified Arts classes change to the next rotation, but semester long electives will also change.  Be sure to check the Parent Portal and ensure your student understands their new schedule for the start of the third quarter/second semester on Monday, January 23.  Report cards with second quarter grades will be accessible on the Parent Portal starting at 3:30 PM on Monday, January 30.
 
No School (Final Posting)
 
All District 27 Schools will be closed on Friday, January 27 in order for teachers to participate in full day professional development opportunities.
 
School Closing Information (Final Posting)
 
There will be times when inclement weather or other emergencies warrant the closure of D27 schools.  The Northfield Township superintendents have developed guidelines for making the decision about whether or not to close schools.  These decisions are always made with the safety of students as our top priority.  Parents, students, and staff should always assume that classes are in session at the normal time unless notified otherwise.  You can view the District 27 School Closing Protocol by clicking here.
 
PTA News
 
Club 27 is back! Save the date, Friday night May 5th at Pinstripes!
Join the fun on the front end and be part of the planning committee for 2017! Email Mileen Zucker sbear808@aol.com or Marlyse Serlin at marlyseserlin@yahoo.com for details. This District-Wide Fundraiser will be raising funds to replace district 27 smart boards that are becoming obsolete and need replacement. Our goal is to raise upwards of $20,000 during this one event!  Do you have items that you could donate to our auction? Sports tickets, vacation homes, restaurant experiences, unique opportunities, experiences in our community, hotel stays...etc? If so, please email Mileen or Marlyse.
 
Spirit Wear
Brrr!  It sure is cold outside!  Wouldn’t your Wildcat be warmed up in a Wood Oaks Sweatshirt?  Showing school spirit and keeping toasty warm.  It’s the best deal in town!  Please contact Kristin Ihrke at kihrke@sbcglobal.net or Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net for all of your Wildcat wardrobe needs.
 
PTA Exec Board
Got the kids gone all day at school but want to hang out with some adults every now and then?  How about joining us on the Wood Oaks PTA Exec Board?  We are looking for some great parents who have Monday mornings at 9:15 free once a month.  Be in the room where it happens.  We would love to have you join us!  If interested, please contact Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net.
 
Upcoming Events
 
January 23 – Monday - Panera
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
7:25am-8:09am          Honor Choir Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          French Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm          Go Green Club – Room 205
4:15pm                        8th/7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Home Game vs NBJH
4:15pm                        8th/7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Away Game @ NBJH
 
January 24 – Tuesday
7:40am                        Faculty Meeting (no AM activities)
9:00am                        P/T Conference-Maker opens
5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
4:15pm                        7th Gr Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Final Four @ Gemini
7:00pm                        Band “In Process” Concert
 
January 25 – Wednesday – Little Louie’s
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am          Chamber Strings Rehearsal
7:40am-8:09am          Spelling Bee Final
5th & 6th periods         Creative Writing Club – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm          Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
3:45pm-5:30pm          Musical Rehearsal
 
January 26 – Thursday
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
7:45am-8:09am          ROAR Store
5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library
5th & 6th periods         Peer 2 Peer Lunch Meeting – Room 120
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Craft Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-4:30pm          Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114
3:40pm-4:30pm          Run Club – Rotunda
3:45pm-5:30pm          Musical Rehearsal
4:15pm                        7th Gr Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Final @ Gemini
 
January 27 – Friday – Professional Development Day – NO SCHOOL
 
January 28 – Saturday
12:00pm-4:00pm        Open Gym

 

Newsletter Issue 1.13.17

Jan 13, 2017
MLK, Jr. Day (Only Posting)
 
All District 27 Schools will be closed on Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 17.
 
MLK
 
Attention Eighth Grade Parents (Only Posting)
 
On Wednesday, January 18, at 1:30 PM, representatives from Glenbrook North High School will be in the Wood Oaks Library for a short presentation on the transition process from Wood Oaks to GBN.  They will also be available for a brief Q & A session before heading off to meet with the 8th graders themselves at 2:30 PM.  Please come and join us for this valuable opportunity to discuss this big transition, especially if this is your oldest child and first to matriculate to GBN.
 
Twitter (First Posting)
 
Are you a visual person who appreciates photos of the happenings in and around Wood Oaks on top of the information shared in this newsletter?  Then Twitter is where you want to be!  Follow us on Twitter @WoodOaksJrHigh to see all the fun things going on at the best middle school on the North Shore!!
 
End of Second Quarter (First Posting)
 
The second quarter will end on Friday, January 20.  This means that not only will quarterly Unified Arts classes change to the next rotation, but semester long electives will also change.  Be sure to check the Parent Portal and ensure your student understands their new schedule for the start of the third quarter/second semester on Monday, January 23.  Report cards with second quarter grades will be accessible on the Parent Portal starting at 3:30 PM on Monday, January 30.
 
No School (First Posting)
 
All District 27 Schools will be closed on Friday, January 27 in order for teachers to participate in full day professional development opportunities.
 
Hot Lunch Changes (Second Posting)
 
The first week of our lunch service being provided by Marla’s Lunch went swimmingly.  Students had no problem adapting to the new system.  Actually, students were able to pick up their food and start eating in about half the time as with our former process.  Remember, you are able to login and modify or cancel your lunch order as long as it is more than one week out.
 
With the switching over of our hot lunch program to Marla’s Lunch, all lunches now arrive at Wood Oaks pre-assembled into brown bags.  One of the things this creates is a lunch delivery with no “leftovers” or extra items.  There were times in our old system that if a student forgot their lunch, they were able to get a hold of a leftover lunch item to hold them over.  This will not happen under Marla’s Lunch system. 
 
I bring this up just as a heads up to parents to ensure you are sending your children to school with a lunch each day they do not order hot lunch. The nurse’s office does keep a limited supply of pretzels and other snack items if we have a student who needs some food to move on with their day, but we do not have enough food to feed students lunches. Thank you for sending your children to school with a lunch each day.  
 
School Closing Information (Third Posting)
 
There will be times when inclement weather or other emergencies warrant the closure of D27 schools.  The Northfield Township superintendents have developed guidelines for making the decision about whether or not to close schools.  These decisions are always made with the safety of students as our top priority.  Parents, students, and staff should always assume that classes are in session at the normal time unless notified otherwise.  You can view the District 27 School Closing Protocol by clicking here.
 
PTA News
 
Second Session Hot Lunch ordering is now open!
There are exciting new vendors and a lot of options each day. Below is the link for Marla's Lunch Program. The Wood Oaks School Password is WOS309 which you will need when you register for the first time. The first day of Hot Lunch is Monday, January 9th.  You do not need to order for the entire session at once. As long as you order by Tuesday at 9am before the next week begins you will be okay.  For example, your order must be placed by Tuesday, January 3rd at 9am in order to get lunch for the week of Monday, January 9th.
 
If you ordered a lunch from Go Roma that was cancelled and are expecting a credit, we will be issuing credits through Marla's system.  These credits will not be available until February and can be applied to future orders at that time.
 
To register and begin ordering, go to:  https://marlaslunch.orderlunches.com/
 
If you have children at multiple schools, you will need to register on each school's site and have a different user name for each school since all 3 schools are operating separately.  All money will be collected by Marla's Lunch and should NOT be sent to the school. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and checks are accepted. Please be sure to complete the checkout process. Do not close your browser until you receive a confirmation that order was processed. If you are ordering for multiple children at Wood Oaks, add all items for all students to your shopping cart before checking out.
 
Thank you for your support for our school's Hot Lunch Program which is our largest fundraiser. If you have any questions regarding website support, there is information on Marla's Lunch website. Any other questions, please feel free to contact Jill Carter at jillscarter@hotmail.com or Leatte Gelfeld at leatteg@gmail.com
 
Club 27 is back! Save the date, Friday night May 5th at Pinstripes!
Join the fun on the front end and be part of the planning committee for 2017! Email Mileen Zucker sbear808@aol.com or Marlyse Serlin at marlyseserlin@yahoo.com for details. This District-Wide Fundraiser will be raising funds to replace district 27 smart boards that are becoming obsolete and need replacement. Our goal is to raise upwards of $20,000 during this one event!  Do you have items that you could donate to our auction? Sports tickets, vacation homes, restaurant experiences, unique opportunities, experiences in our community, hotel stays...etc? If so, please email Mileen or Marlyse.
 
Spirit Wear
Brrr!  It sure is cold outside!  Wouldn’t your Wildcat be warmed up in a Wood Oaks Sweatshirt?  Showing school spirit and keeping toasty warm.  It’s the best deal in town!  Please contact Kristin Ihrke at kihrke@sbcglobal.net or Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net for all of your Wildcat wardrobe needs.
 
PTA Exec Board
Got the kids gone all day at school but want to hang out with some adults every now and then?  How about joining us on the Wood Oaks PTA Exec Board?  We are looking for some great parents who have Monday mornings at 9:15 free once a month.  Be in the room where it happens.  We would love to have you join us!  If interested, please contact Lorna Cohen at lornacohen@comcast.net.
 
Upcoming Events
 
January 16 – Monday – Martin Luther King’s Birthday – NO SCHOOL
 
January 17 – Tuesday
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods          Library Café - Library
5th & 6th periods          6th Grade Spelling Bee
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116
3:45pm-6:00pm          Musical Callbacks
4:15pm                        6th Gr Girls’/Boys’ Basketball Home Game vs Maple
4:15pm                        8th/7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Home Game vs Maple
4:15pm                        8th/7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Away Game @ Maple
 
January 18 – Wednesday – Piero’s
7:15am-8:09am          Chamber Strings Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods          7th & 8th Grade Spelling Bee
1:30pm                        8th Gr GBN Parent Coffee
2:30pm                        8th Gr GBN Student Info Session
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Peer 2 Peer Meeting – Room 120
3:40pm-4:30pm          Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm          Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
4:15pm                        7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Away Game @ Gemini
4:15pm                        8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Away Game @ Gemini
4:15pm                        8th/7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Home Game vs Gemini
 
January 19 – Thursday – Grad Lunch/OUAB Mexican
6:40am-7:40am          6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods          Library Café - Library
12:30pm-2:00pm        Science Fair
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Craft Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-4:30pm          Minecraft Club Meeting – Room 114
3:40pm-4:30pm          Run Club – Rotunda
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
6:30pm                        Board of Education Working Session – WO Library
7:30pm                        Board of Education Meeting – WO Library
 
January 20 – Friday – End of 2nd Quarter - Roti
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
6:45am-7:45am          8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
6:45am-7:45am          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am          Jazz Band RehearsalCANCELLED
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Chess Club Meeting – Room 230
4:15pm                        6th Gr Girls’/Boys’ Basketball Away Game @ Caruso/Sachs Ctr.
                                    Musical Cast Posted
 
January 21 – Saturday
7:30am-1:30pm          VEX Robotics Competition
12:00pm-4:00pm        Open Gym

 

Newsletter Issue 12.22.16

Dec 22, 2016
Staff v. Student Basketball Game (Only Posting)
 
We had a wonderful final assembly of the year on Friday with the annual Staff v. Student Basketball Game.  The male teachers played the 8th grade boys team while the female teachers played the 8th grade girls team with a running score.  This is the fourth year where we have presented the Golden Basketball to the winning team as the trophy for this game.  For the first time since we have been presenting this trophy, the student team proved victorious.  It was a well-contested game, with the students pulling away thanks to a barrage of three pointers from the 8th grade boys.  The most important thing is fun was had by all and there were no major injuries.  Though some bruised egos on the staff team.
 
Technology Blog (Only Posting)
 
Please take a moment to catch up on the latest information from our Technology Department.
 
Hot Lunch Changes (First Posting)
 
With the switching over of our hot lunch program to Marla’s Lunch, all lunches will now arrive at Wood Oaks pre-assembled into brown bags.  One of the things this will create is a lunch delivery with no “leftovers” or extra items.  There were times in our old system that if a student forgot their lunch, they were able to get a hold of a leftover lunch item to hold them over.  This will not happen under Marla’s Lunch system. 
 
I bring this up just as a heads up to parents to ensure you are sending your children to school with a lunch each day they do not order hot lunch. The nurse’s office does keep a limited supply of pretzels and other snack items if we have a student who needs some food to move on with their day, but we do not have enough food to feed students lunches. Thank you for sending your children to school with a lunch each day.  
 
School Closing Information (Second Posting)
 
There will be times when inclement weather or other emergencies warrant the closure of D27 schools.  The Northfield Township superintendents have developed guidelines for making the decision about whether or not to close schools.  These decisions are always made with the safety of students as our top priority.  Parents, students, and staff should always assume that classes are in session at the normal time unless notified otherwise.  You can view the District 27 School Closing Protocol by clicking here.
 
AM Student Drop-off (Second Posting)
 
Last week, we had our first experience of the winter with morning student drop-off during inclement weather.  In this case, it was extreme cold.  Any parent who drops off their child by car in the morning should be aware that during times of rain, snow, or extreme cold, there will be a significant rise in the number of cars present during drop-off.  The best solution is to try to leave for Wood Oaks a little earlier than normal.  Yes, I am a parent and I know how ridiculous that solution sounds, but it is the best solution to avoiding the traffic issues on these days. 
 
Regardless of when you arrive on campus, it will be helpful to everyone involved, but especially those at the end of the line, if parents can encourage their students to exit their vehicles as soon as they reach the front of the school, or even the last portion of the side of the school.  I know it is cold.  Trust me, I know.  But the more students we can exit at once, the quicker we will get the cars through the lot.  Your child will not freeze during the walk from the metal sculpture to the door, even if they are one of the ones who REFUSE to wear a coat! There is no need to wait until you are directly in front of the door for your child to get out of the car.  Many of the buses unload along the side of the school and all of those students make it in just fine.  Thank you for your attention to this and for helping to keep the cars moving through our lot in the morning.   
 
Winter Break (Second Posting)
 
All District 27 schools will be closed for two weeks for winter break with Thursday, December 22, 2016 being the final day of school prior to break.  Schools will reopen on Monday, January 9, 2017.
 
PTA News
 
Second Session Hot Lunch ordering is now open!
There are exciting new vendors and a lot of options each day. Below is the link for Marla's Lunch Program. The Wood Oaks School Password is WOS309 which you will need when you register for the first time. The first day of Hot Lunch is Monday, January 9th.  You do not need to order for the entire session at once. As long as you order by Tuesday at 9am before the next week begins you will be okay.  For example, your order must be placed by Tuesday, January 3rd at 9am in order to get lunch for the week of Monday, January 9th.
 
If you ordered a lunch from Go Roma that was cancelled and are expecting a credit, we will be issuing credits through Marla's system.  These credits will not be available until February and can be applied to future orders at that time.
 
To register and begin ordering, go to:  https://marlaslunch.orderlunches.com/
 
If you have children at multiple schools, you will need to register on each school's site and have a different user name for each school since all 3 schools are operating separately.  All money will be collected by Marla's Lunch and should NOT be sent to the school. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and checks are accepted. Please be sure to complete the checkout process. Do not close your browser until you receive a confirmation that order was processed. If you are ordering for multiple children at Wood Oaks, add all items for all students to your shopping cart before checking out.
 
Thank you for your support for our school's Hot Lunch Program which is our largest fundraiser. If you have any questions regarding website support there is information on Marla's Lunch website. Any other questions, please feel free to contact Jill Carter at jillscarter@hotmail.com or Leatte Gelfeld at leatteg@gmail.com
 
Club 27 is back! Save the date, Friday night May 5th at Pinstripes!
Join the fun on the front end and be part of the planning committee for 2017! Email Mileen Zucker sbear808@aol.com or Marlyse Serlin at marlyseserlin@yahoo.com for details. This District-Wide Fundraiser will be raising funds to replace district 27 smart boards that are becoming obsolete and need replacement. Our goal is to raise upwards of $20,000 during this one event!  Do you have items that you could donate to our auction? Sports tickets, vacation homes, restaurant experiences, unique opportunities, experiences in our community, hotel stays...etc? If so, please email Mileen or Marlyse.
 
PTA Meeting
The next meeting of the Wood Oaks PTA will be held at 9:15 AM on Monday, January 9, 2017, the first day back to school after winter break.  Please come and join us at Wood Oaks.
 
Upcoming Events
 
December 23 – January 6 – Winter Break – NO SCHOOL
 
January 9 – Monday – Potbelly’s
7:25am-8:09am          Honor Choir Rehearsal- CANCELLED
9:15am                                    PTA Meeting
5th & 6th periods         Library Leaders Meeting - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          French Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm          Go Green Club – Room 205
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:45pm-4:30pm          Dance Workshop
 
January 10 – Tuesday
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116
3:45pm-4:30pm          Dance Workshop
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
4:15pm                        6th Gr Boys’/Girls’ Basketball Home Game vs Caruso
 
January 11 – Wednesday – Once Upon a Grill
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am          Chamber Strings Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods          Creative Writing Club – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm          Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
3:45pm-6:00pm          Musical Auditions
 
January 12 – Thursday
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Craft Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-4:30pm          Run Club – Rotunda
3:45pm-6:00pm          Musical Auditions
4:15pm                        6th Gr Girls’/Boys’ Basketball Home Game vs Field
4:15pm                        7th/8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Away Game @ Field
4:15pm                        7th/8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Home Game vs Field
 
January 13 – Friday – Josh’s - Special Schedule
6:45am-7:45am          6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
6:45am-7:45am          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am          Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Chess Club Meeting – Room 230
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
                                    Musical Callbacks Posted

 

Newsletter Issue 12.16.16

Dec 16, 2016
School Closing Information (First Posting)
 
There will be times when inclement weather or other emergencies warrant the closure of D27 schools.  The Northfield Township superintendents have developed guidelines for making the decision about whether or not to close schools.  These decisions are always made with the safety of students as our top priority.  Parents, students, and staff should always assume that classes are in session at the normal time unless notified otherwise.  You can view the District 27 School Closing Protocol by clicking here.
 
As of right now, the temperatures and wind chills for Sunday night into Monday are forecasted to be near the levels that would necessitate a closing of schools.  Dr. Kroeze will be watching the weather reports closely and if any action is taken, families will be notified via email, automated phone calls, and/or text messages, depending on your preferences.  Either way, stay warm and stay safe.
 
AM Student Drop-off (First Posting)
 
On Thursday, we had our first experience of the winter with morning student drop-off during inclement weather.  In this case, it was extreme cold.  Any parent who drops off their child by car in the morning should be aware that during times of rain, snow, or extreme cold, there will be a significant rise in the number of cars present during drop-off.  The best solution is to try to leave for Wood Oaks a little earlier than normal.  Yes, I am a parent and I know how ridiculous that solution sounds, but it is the best solution to avoiding the traffic issues on these days. 
 
Regardless of when you arrive on campus, it will be helpful to everyone involved, but especially those at the end of the line, if parents can encourage their students to exit their vehicles as soon as they reach the front of the school, or even the last portion of the side of the school.  I know it is cold.  Trust me, I know.  But the more students we can exit at once, the quicker we will get the cars through the lot.  Your child will not freeze during the walk from the metal sculpture to the door, even if they are one of the ones who REFUSE to wear a coat! There is no need to wait until you are directly in front of the door for your child to get out of the car.  Many of the buses unload along the side of the school and all of those students make it in just fine.  Thank you for your attention to this and for helping to keep the cars moving through our lot in the morning.   
 
Read to Succeed (Final Posting)
 
For sixth grade students only, we are pleased to offer the "Read to Succeed Program" to encourage students' independent reading. Students will receive their Student Reading Log and Parent Letter in their ELA classes on Friday, November 18th. Sixth graders who want to participate in the "Read to Succeed Program" will need to read six hours between Friday, November 18th, 2016 through Wednesday, February 15th, 2017. As noted on the Student Reading Log, "reading for homework or a class assignment does not count." Completed Reading Logs should be turned in to Mrs. Cronin in the library. Mrs. Cronin will submit the students' names who have completed the program. Reading Logs must be signed by a parent and time read has to equal six hours (360 minutes.) The program ends at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Students who successfully complete the program will receive one free Six Flags ticket to be used on select dates.  The limited age range for this program comes from the organizers.  The Wood Oaks Library is always looking for ways to encourage all of our students to read and is currently looking for incentives for our older students.
 
Winter Break (Second Posting)
 
All District 27 schools will be closed for two weeks for winter break, with Thursday, December 22, 2016 being the final day of school prior to break.  Schools will reopen on Monday, January 9, 2017.
 
PTA News
 
Second Session Hot Lunch ordering is now open!
There are exciting new vendors and a lot of options each day. Below is the link for Marla's Lunch Program. The Wood Oaks School Password is WOS309 which you will need when you register for the first time. The first day of Hot Lunch is Monday, January 9th.  You do not need to order for the entire session at once. As long as you order by Tuesday at 9am before the next week begins you will be okay.  For example, your order must be placed by Tuesday, January 3rd at 9am in order to get lunch for the week of Monday, January 9th.
 
If you ordered a lunch from Go Roma that was cancelled and are expecting a credit, we will be issuing credits through Marla's system.  These credits will not be available until February and can be applied to future orders at that time.
 
To register and begin ordering, go to:  https://marlaslunch.orderlunches.com/
 
If you have children at multiple schools, you will need to register on each school's site and have a different user name for each school since all 3 schools are operating separately.  All money will be collected by Marla's Lunch and should NOT be sent to the school. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and checks are accepted. Please be sure to complete the checkout process. Do not close your browser until you receive a confirmation that order was processed. If you are ordering for multiple children at Wood Oaks, add all items for all students to your shopping cart before checking out.
 
Thank you for your support for our school's Hot Lunch Program which is our largest fundraiser. If you have any questions regarding website support there is information on Marla's Lunch website. Any other questions, please feel free to contact Jill Carter at jillscarter@hotmail.com or Leatte Gelfeld at leatteg@gmail.com
 
Club 27 is back! Save the date, Friday night May 5th at Pinstripes!
Join the fun on the front end and be part of the planning committee for 2017! Email Mileen Zucker sbear808@aol.com or Marlyse Serlin at marlyseserlin@yahoo.com for details. This District-Wide Fundraiser will be raising funds to replace district 27 smart boards that are becoming obsolete and need replacement. Our goal is to raise upwards of $20,000 during this one event!  Do you have items that you could donate to our auction? Sports tickets, vacation homes, restaurant experiences, unique opportunities, experiences in our community, hotel stays...etc? If so, please email Mileen or Marlyse.
 
Upcoming Events
 
December 19 – Monday – Little Louie’s
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
7:25am-8:09am          Honor Choir RehearsalCANCELLED
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          French Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm          Go Green Club – Room 205
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
 
December 20 – Tuesday
7:40am-8:09am          Faculty Meeting (no AM activities)
5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library
                                    Chamber Strings to Covenant Village and Hickory Point
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
4:00pm                        7th/8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Home Game vs. Solomon Schechter
4:15pm                        6th Gr Boys’/Girls’ Basketball Away Game @ NBJH
5:30pm                        Board of Education Meeting – Administration Center
 
December 21 – Wednesday – Piero’s
6:45am-7:45am          6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
6:45am-7:45am          8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am          Chamber Strings Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods         Creative Writing Club - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm          Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201CANCELLED
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
5:00pm                        Chamber Strings to play at Northbrook Court
 
December 22 – Thursday – Special Schedule
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
7:45am-8:09am          ROAR Store
5th & 6th periods         Library Café – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Craft Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-4:30pm          Run Club – Rotunda
 
December 23 – January 6 – Winter Break – NO SCHOOL

 

Newsletter Issue 12.9.16

Dec 09, 2016
D27 Choral Festival (Only Posting)
 
On Wednesday, December 14 at 7 PM, Wood Oaks will be hosting the annual District 27 Choral Festival.  This event will feature performances by both the Wood Oaks and Shabonee choral groups, and is highlighted by a combined performance from the two groups.  It is a “must see” holiday event each year.  Please come out and join us!
 
Visiting Author (Final Posting)
 
For eighteen years, Peter Kujawinski, our visiting author, worked as an American diplomat on assignment in Israel, Haiti, France, and at the United Nations in New York. Most recently, he was the U.S. Consul General in western Canada, which included Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. While working as a diplomat, he started to write for children and adults. With co-author Jake Halpern, Peter wrote the Dormia trilogy (DormiaWorld's End and Shadow Tree) and Nightfall. He has also contributes to the New York Times.
 
Students have enjoyed reading his books. Wood Oaks students and staff look forward to Peter's author visit, which will occur on Tuesday, December 13 and for a half-day on Wednesday, December 14th. Should students want to bring from home copies of his books (none will be available for purchase during his visit) and obtain Peter's autograph, please have all books delivered to the Wood Oaks Library by Friday, December 10th. Please place sticky notes inside the books with the student's name and ELA teacher listed so we can be sure to get the book returned to the proper student.
 
Toys for Tots (Second Posting)
 
All three District 27 schools are, once again, designated drop off locations for the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.  From now through December 14, new, unwrapped items may be dropped off in our front offices. Unwrapped toys of all kinds, for either gender, are greatly appreciated.
 
High School Musical Jr. (Final Posting)
 
This year, the Wood Oaks Spring Musical will be the teen favorite High School Musical, Jr.  There will be 2 informational meetings held on Dec. 15th. The meetings will be from 7:45-8:05am and 3:40-4:00pm in room 211.  Students interested in auditioning for the musical should plan on attending one of these two meetings.  If your child is unable to attend either meeting, please have them contact Ms. Gould or Ms. Sullivan prior to that date.
 
Open Gym (First Posting)
 
The Wood Oaks gymnasium will be open for public use from noon until 4 PM on Saturday, December 17.  If you are looking for a warm place to keep your basketball skills up, we have a place for you. 
 
Read to Succeed (Third Posting)
 
For sixth grade students only, we are pleased to offer the "Read to Succeed Program" to encourage students' independent reading. Students will receive their Student Reading Log and Parent Letter in their ELA classes on Friday, November 18th. Sixth graders who want to participate in the "Read to Succeed Program" will need to read six hours between Friday, November 18th, 2016 through Wednesday, February 15th, 2017. As noted on the Student Reading Log, "reading for homework or a class assignment does not count." Completed Reading Logs should be turned in to Mrs. Cronin in the library. Mrs. Cronin will submit the students' names who have completed the program. Reading Logs must be signed by a parent and time read has to equal six hours (360 minutes.) The program ends at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Students who successfully complete the program will receive one free Six Flags ticket to be used on select dates.  The limited age range for this program comes from the organizers.  The Wood Oaks Library is always looking for ways to encourage all of our students to read and is currently looking for incentives for our older students.
 
Winter Break (First Posting)
 
All District 27 schools will be closed for two weeks for winter break with Thursday, December 22, 2016 being the final day of school prior to break.  Schools will reopen on Monday, January 9, 2017.
 
PTA News
 
Important Update on Second Session Hot Lunch
We will be switching to Marla's Lunch for ordering hot lunch. They have a website that we will order through and they are running the program for us. We are excited to use existing vendors as well as some new ones. It is a lot more flexible as far as ordering throughout the session and cancelling in advance for days your child will not be at school. There will not be the need for parent volunteers serve the lunch. Watch for ordering information in the next few weeks! Any questions contact Leatte Gelfeld leatteg@gmail.com or Jill Carter jillscarter@hotmail.com.
 
Last PTA meeting of 2016
December 12th is the last meeting of 2016, please come and join us.  Leatte Gelfeld will be at the meeting to answer questions regarding the new hot lunch system, Marla’s Lunch.  Meetings start promptly at 9:15am.
 
Upcoming Events
 
December 12 – Monday – Subway
7:25am-8:09am          Honor Choir Rehearsal
9:15am                                    PTA Meeting
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          French Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm          Go Green Club – Room 205 CANCELLED
4:15pm                        8th/7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Home Game vs Springman
4:15pm                        8th/7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Away Game @ Springman
 
December 13 – Tuesday – Grad Lunch/Jet’s
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
6:45am-7:45am          8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
                                    Author visit
5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
 
December 14 – Wednesday – Josh’s
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am          Chamber Strings Rehearsal
7:45am-8:09am          ROAR Store
                                    Author visit
5th & 6th periods         Creative Writing Club - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm          Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
7:00pm                        District 27 Choral Festival – Wood Oaks
 
December 15 – Thursday
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
6:45am-7:45am          8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble RehearsalCANCELLED
5th & 6th periods         Library Café – Library
5th & 6th periods         Peer 2 Peer Lunch Meeting – Room 120
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Craft Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-4:30pm          Run Club – Rotunda
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
4:15pm                        6th Gr Girls’/Boys’ Basketball Home Game vs. Maple – Small gym
6:30pm                        Board of Education Working Session – WO Library
7:30pm                        Board of Education Regular Meeting – WO Library
 
December 16 – Friday – Once Upon a Grill
6:45am-7:45am          6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
6:45am-7:45am          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am          Jazz Band Rehearsal- CANCELLED
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Chess Club Meeting – Room 230
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
 
December 17 – Saturday
12:00pm-4:00pm        Open Gym

 

Newsletter Issue 12.2.16

Dec 03, 2016
Visiting Author (First Posting)
 
For eighteen years, Peter Kujawinski, our visiting author, worked as an American diplomat on assignment in Israel, Haiti, France, and at the United Nations in New York. Most recently, he was the U.S. Consul General in western Canada, which included Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. While working as a diplomat, he started to write for children and adults. With co-author Jake Halpern, Peter wrote the Dormia trilogy (DormiaWorld's End and Shadow Tree) and Nightfall. He has also contributes to the New York Times.
 
Students have enjoyed reading his books. Wood Oaks students and staff look forward to Peter's author visit, which will occur on Tuesday, December 13 and for a half-day on Wednesday, December 14th. Should students want to bring from home copies of his books (none will be available for purchase during his visit) and obtain Peter's autograph, please have all books delivered to the Wood Oaks Library by Friday, December 10th. Please place sticky notes inside the books with the student's name and ELA teacher listed so we can be sure to get the book returned to the proper student.
 
Toys for Tots (First Posting)
 
All three District 27 schools are, once again, designated drop off locations for the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.  From now through the start of winter break, new, unwrapped items may be dropped off in our front offices. Unwrapped toys of all kinds, for either gender, are greatly appreciated.
 
High School Musical Jr. (First Posting)
 
This year, the Wood Oaks Spring Musical will be the teen favorite High School Musical, Jr.  There will be 2 informational meetings held on Dec. 15th. The meetings will be from 7:45-8:05 am and 3:40-4:00 pm in room 211.  Students interested in auditioning for the musical should plan on attending one of these two meetings.  If your child is unable to attend either meeting, please have them contact Ms. Gould or Ms. Sullivan prior to that date.
 
Read to Succeed (Second Posting)
 
For sixth grade students only, we are pleased to offer the "Read to Succeed Program" to encourage students' independent reading. Students will receive their Student Reading Log and Parent Letter in their ELA classes on Friday, November 18th. Sixth graders who want to participate in the "Read to Succeed Program" will need to read six hours between Friday, November 18th, 2016 through Wednesday, February 15th, 2017. As noted on the Student Reading Log, "reading for homework or a class assignment does not count."
 
Completed Reading Logs should be turned in to Mrs. Cronin in the library. Mrs. Cronin will submit the students' names who have completed the program. Reading Logs must be signed by a parent and time read has to equal six hours (360 minutes.) The program ends at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Students who successfully complete the program will receive one free Six Flags ticket to be used on select dates.  The limited age range for this program comes from the organizers.  The Wood Oaks Library is always looking for ways to encourage all of our students to read and is currently looking for incentives for our older students.
 
PTA News
 
The PTA is thankful for all of you!  Thank you to the parents, teachers and staff of Wood Oaks. We are so lucky to work with all of you! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
 
Important Update on Second Session Hot Lunch
We will be switching to Marla's Lunch for ordering hot lunch. They have a website that we will order through and they are running the program for us. We are excited to use existing vendors as well as some new ones. It is a lot more flexible as far as ordering throughout the session and cancelling in advance for days your child will not be at school. There will not be the need for parent volunteers serve the lunch. Watch for ordering information in the next few weeks! Any questions contact Leatte Gelfeld leatteg@gmail.com or Jill Carter jillscarter@hotmail.com.
 
Last PTA meeting of 2016
December 12th is the last meeting of 2016, please come and join us.  Meetings start promptly at 9:15am.
 
Upcoming Events
 
December 5 – Monday – Buffalo Wild Wings
7:25am-8:09am          Honor Choir Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods         Library Leaders Meeting - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          French Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm          Go Green Club – Room 205
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
4:15pm                        7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Away Game @ Attea
4:15pm                        8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Away Game @ Attea
4:15pm                        7th/8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Home Game vs Attea
 
December 6 – Tuesday
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
7:45am-8:09am          ROAR Store
5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Peer 2 Peer Activity – Room 120
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
4:15pm                        6th Gr Boys’/Girls’ Basketball Away Game @ Field/Winkelman
 
December 7 – Wednesday – McDonald’s
7:15am-8:09am          Chamber Strings Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm          Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201
4:15pm                        7th/8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Home Game vs Wilmette
(change in order of play)
4:15pm                        8th/7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Away Game @ WilmetteCANCELLED
7:00pm                        Band “In Process” Concert
 
December 8 – Thursday
6:45am-7:45am          6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods         Library Café – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Craft Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-4:30pm          Running Club – Rotunda
4:15pm                        7th/8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Away Game @ Caruso
4:15pm                        7th/8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Home Game vs Caruso
 
December 9 – Friday – Piero’s
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
6:45am-7:45am          8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
7:15am-8:09am          Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Chess Club Meeting – Room 230
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
4:15pm                        6th Gr Boys’/Girls’ Basketball Away Game @ Shepard/Sachs Ctr

 

Newsletter Issue 11.18.16

Nov 19, 2016
Terra Nova Testing (Final Posting)
 
On the week we return from Thanksgiving Break, from Tuesday, 11/29 through Friday, 12/2, all Wood Oaks students will be taking the Terra Nova test.  Testing each day runs from the start of the day until 10:30 or 11:00.  We ask that parents please avoid scheduling any appointments during those hours for that week.  We do have make-up testing the following week, but that will mean being pulled from classes and we would all prefer to avoid that.  Also for that week, please ensure that your child gets a good night’s sleep and has a healthy breakfast before leaving the house.  Good advice on any school day, but especially on these testing days.
 
During that week of testing, Wood Oaks will be running a block schedule each day.  Tuesday and Thursday will be even days, with only even period number classes meeting, Wednesday and Friday will be odd days, with only odd period number classes meeting.  Both 5th and 6th periods will meet each day as those are our lunch periods.
 
Goodbye, Blog.  Hello, Newsletter!
 
You may or may not have noticed a small change in the title of this post.  As a district, we decided to rename all three Principal Blogs to School Newsletters.  This change is due to the nature of the contents of these weekly offerings.  The content is more informational than opinion or interpretation.  While I will still offer entries sharing thoughts on changes in education, the majority of the information is informational and the title “newsletter” seems more appropriate.  So, now when people log into the school website, they will need to click on the link for “Wood Oaks Newsletter” to access this information.
 
Read to Succeed (First Posting)
 
For sixth grade students only, we are pleased to offer the "Read to Succeed Program" to encourage students' independent reading. Students will receive their Student Reading Log and Parent Letter in their ELA classes on Friday, November 18th. Sixth graders who want to participate in the "Read to Succeed Program" will need to read six hours between Friday, November 18th, 2016 through Wednesday, February 15th, 2017. As noted on the Student Reading Log, "reading for homework or a class assignment does not count." Completed Reading Logs should be turned in to Mrs. Cronin in the library. Mrs. Cronin will submit the students' names who have completed the program. Reading Logs must be signed by a parent and time read has to equal six hours (360 minutes.) The program ends at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Students who successfully complete the program will receive one free Six Flags ticket to be used on select dates.  The limited age range for this program comes from the organizers.  The Wood Oaks Library is always looking for ways to encourage all of our students to read and is currently looking for incentives for our older students.
 
Strep Throat (New Posting)
 
We have had another case 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.  Please contact Betty Greenholt, R.N. at ext. 5536 if you have any questions.
 
Thanksgiving Break (Final Posting)
 
District 27 schools will be closed from Wednesday, November 23 through Friday, November 25 for Thanksgiving Break.  Classes will resume on Monday, November 28.  With the short upcoming week, there will not be an additional newsletter entry next week.  The calendar information for the next two weeks is included in this issue.
 
I hope all Wildcat families have a wonderful break, filled with extensive time with family and friends.  It is not just at this time of year when I reflect on how thankful I am to be a part of such a wonderful school community, but certainly more during this holiday season.  I am so grateful to work with dedicated students, hard-working teachers, and supportive parents all striving towards the same goal of helping to create students who will thrive at GBN and into college.  Thanks to all of you for your important role in that process.
 
PTA News
 
Important Update on Second Session Hot Lunch
We will be switching to Marla's Lunch for ordering hot lunch for the second session. They have a website through which we will order and they will be running the program for us. We are excited to use existing vendors as well as some new ones. It is a lot more flexible as far as ordering throughout the session and cancelling in advance for days your child will not be at school. There will not be the need for parent volunteers serve the lunch. Watch for ordering information in the next few weeks! Any questions contact Leatte Gelfeld leatteg@gmail.com or Jill Carter jillscarter@hotmail.com.
 
Please join us for the last PTA meeting of 2016
December 12th is the last meeting of 2016.  Meetings start promptly at 9:15am.
 
Upcoming Events
 
November 21 – Monday – Subway
7:25am-8:09am          Honor Choir Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          French Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm          Go Green Club – Room 205
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
4:15pm                        7/8 Gr Girls’ Basketball Home Game vs Holmes – Big gym
4:15pm                        7/8 Gr Boys’ Basketball Away Game @ Holmes
 
November 22 – Tuesday – Grad Lunch/Noodles
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
6:45am-7:45am          8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
                                    7th Gr Assembly – “Accepting Differences”
5th & 6th periods          Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
 
November 23 – November 25 – Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL
 
November 28 – Monday – Little Louie’s
7:25am-8:09am          Honor Choir Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          French Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm          Go Green Club – Room 205
4:15pm                        6th Gr Boys’/Girls’ Basketball Away Game @ Maple
4:15pm                        7th/8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Away Game @ Maple
4:15pm                        7th/8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Home Game vs Maple
 
November 29 – Tuesday
6:45am-7:45am          6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
6:45am-7:45am          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods          Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – LibraryCANCELLED
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116CANCELLED
3:40pm-5:15pm          Teacher In-Service (no PM activities)
3:45pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
 
November 30 – Wednesday – Szechwan North    
7:15am-8:09am          Chamber Strings Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm          Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201
3:40pm-4:30pm          Running Club – Rotunda
4:15pm                        6th Gr Girls’/Boys’ Basketball Home Game @ NBJH
4:15pm                        7th/8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Away Game @ NBJH
4:15pm                        7th/8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Home Game vs NBJH
 
December 1 – Thursday – Council Lunch/Piero’s
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods          Library Café – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Craft Club Meeting – Room 105
3:45pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
4:15pm                        7th/8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Away Game @ Shepard
4:15pm                        7th/8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Home Game vs Shepard
 
December 2 – Friday – Mid-Quarter – Josh’s
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am          Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Chess Club Meeting – Room 230
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
4:15pm                        6th Gr Girls’/Boys’ Basketball Home Game vs. Shepard
 
December 3 – Saturday
12:00pm-4:00pm        Open Gym

 

Blog for Week Ending 11.11.16

Nov 13, 2016
Terra Nova Testing (First Posting)
 
On the week we return from Thanksgiving Break, from Tuesday, 11/29 through Friday, 12/2, all Wood Oaks students will be taking the Terra Nova test.  Testing each day runs from the start of the day until 10:30 or 11:00.  We ask that parents please avoid scheduling any appointments during those hours for that week.  We do have make-up testing the following week, but that will mean being pulled from classes and we would all prefer to avoid that.  Also for that week, please ensure that your child gets a good night’s sleep and has a healthy breakfast before leaving the house.  Good advice on any school day, but especially on these testing days.
 
During that week of testing, Wood Oaks will be running a block schedule each day.  Tuesday and Thursday will be even days, with only even period number classes meeting, Wednesday and Friday will be odd days, with only odd period number classes meeting.  Both 5th and 6th periods will meet each day as those are our lunch periods.
 
ILMEA Music Festival (Only Posting)
 
Congratulations to the 21 Wood Oaks students who were selected to participate in the ILMEA Music Festival in Wauconda last weekend.  These students were either nominated for this honor, or some participated in an audition process.  All of these students represented District 27 in an exemplary manner and should be recognized for their performances.  Great job to all!
 
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Feed My Starving Children (Only Posting)
 
A big thanks to the 8th Grade Team for taking all of our 8th graders to Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville last Tuesday.  Students spent 90 minutes packing dried foods into plastic bags, boxing up those bags, and getting them onto a pallet for shipment.  During that time, our students packaged enough food to feed 140 children for an entire year.  The food they packaged is bound for Haiti as they continue to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. 
 
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Thanksgiving Break (Only Posting)
 
District 27 schools will be closed from Wednesday, November 23 through Friday, November 25 for Thanksgiving Break.  Classes will resume on Monday, November 28.
 
PTA News
 
Directories are Here!
If you joined the PTA, your child has received the directory.
 
Hot Lunch
We have been informed that Go Roma has closed.  Please send a lunch on November 16th for your child, if you ordered Go Roma.  There will not be not hot lunch that day.  A credit will be applied to your account for the next session.
 
Wood Oaks Sweatshirts are in!
The weather is getting cooler and your student will need a sweatshirt for gym soon.  Wood Oaks sweatshirts are $25 and come in adult Small, Medium and Large.  We also have plaid pajama bottoms for $25.  Please email kihrke@me.com, if you are interested. 
 
Upcoming Events
 
November 14 – Monday – Viccino’s
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice
6:45am-7:45am          8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
7:25am-8:09am          Honor Choir Rehearsal
7:40am-8:09am          ROAR Store
8:45am                                    PTA Meeting
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          French Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm          Go Green Club – Room 205
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
 
November 15 – Tuesday – Vision/Hearing Screening
7:40am-8:09am          Faculty Meeting (no AM activities)
5th & 6th periods          Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
4:15pm                        7th/8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Home Game vs Gemini
4:15pm                        7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Away Game @ Gemini
4:15pm                        8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Away Game @ Gemini
7:00pm                        GBN Choral Festival
 
November 16 – Wednesday – Vision/Hearing Screening - Go Roma(NO HOT LUNCH)
6:40am-7:45am          6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
6:40am-7:45am          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am          Chamber Strings Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods          Creative Writing Club – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm          Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201
3:40pm-4:30pm          Peer 2 Peer Activity – Room 120
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
 
November 17 – Thursday
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods          Library Café – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Craft Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-4:30pm          Running Club – Rotunda
4:15pm                        8th/7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Home Game vs Field
4:15pm                        8th/7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Away Game @ Field
6:30pm                        Board of Education Working Session – WO Library
7:30pm                        Board of Education Regular Meeting – WO Library
 
November 18 – Friday – Josh’s
6:45am-7:45am          6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
6;45am-7:45am          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
6:45am-7:45am          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am          Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Chess Club Meeting – Room 230
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
 
November 19 – Saturday
                                    ILMEA Jazz Festival – Lake Zurich HS
12:00pm-4:00pm        Open Gym

 

Blog for Week Ending 11.4.16

Nov 04, 2016
Picture Retake Day (Only Posting)
 
Color Portraits will be at Wood Oaks on Wednesday, November 9 for picture retakes.  If your child was absent on picture day (Sept. 28), they simply need to bring in their order form and payment on Wednesday.  They will present the form to the photographer that day when their picture is taken.  If you would like your child to have their existing picture retaken, please have the student bring back their original envelope with the original pictures in it and they will be able to sit for a new picture.
 
Short Week (Only Posting)
 
All District 27 schools will be closed on Thursday, November 10 for teacher professional development and again on Friday, November 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day.
 
Open Gym (Only Posting)
 
The Wood Oaks gym will be open on Saturday from noon until 4 PM for anyone interested in playing some basketball.
 
Report Cards (Only Posting)
 
Report cards will be available for viewing on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal at 3:30 PM on Monday.
 
Day of the Dead (Only Posting)
 
Mrs. Marsh would like to thank the parent volunteers who helped her out with her Day of the Dead celebrations.  Special thanks to: Mrs. Gundrum, Mrs. Kamensky, Mrs. Swift, Mrs. Sellas, Mrs. McGee, Mrs. Gau, and Mrs. Stein.
 
Strep Throat (Re-posting)
 
We had an additional case 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.  Please contact Betty Greenholt, R.N. at ext. 5536 if you have any questions.
 
PTA News
 
Directories are Here!
If you joined the PTA, your directory is here.  Students should receive them early next week.
 
Hot Lunch
We were informed on Monday that Go Roma has closed.  Please send a lunch on November 16th for your child, if you ordered Go Roma.  There will not be not hot lunch that day.  A credit will be applied to your account for the next session.
 
Wood Oaks Sweatshirts are in!
The weather is getting cooler and your student will need a sweatshirt for gym soon.  Wood Oaks sweatshirts are $25 and come in adult Small, Medium, and Large.  Please email kihrke@me.com, if you are interested. 
 
Upcoming Events
 
November 7 – Monday – Report Cards Posted – Piero’s
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice
6:45am-7:45am          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice
7:25am-8:09am          Honor Choir Rehearsal
1st and 2nd periods      Wind Ensemble & Chamber Strings @ Shabonee
5th & 6th periods         Library Leaders Meeting - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          French Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm          Go Green Club – Room 205
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Tryouts – Big gym
7:00pm                        Fall Instrumental Concert – Small gym
 
November 8 – Tuesday – Grad Lunch/Jet’s
6:45am-7:50am          8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal- CANCELLED
                                    8th Grade Field Trip – Feed My Starving Children
5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Tryouts – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
 
November 9 – Wednesday – Picture Retakes - Little Louie’s
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice
7:15am-8:09am          Chamber Strings Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm          Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201
3:40pm-4:30pm          Running Club – Rotunda
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:45pm          8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Practice – Big gym
 
November 10 – Thursday – Professional Development Day – NO SCHOOL
 
November 11 – Friday – Veteran’s Day – NO SCHOOL
 
November 5 – Saturday
                                    ILMEA Jr Concert Festival – Wauconda HS
12:00pm-4:00pm        Open Gym
 

 

Blog for Week Ending 10.28.16

Oct 29, 2016
End of First Quarter (Final Posting)
 
The first quarter ended on Friday, October 28.  This means that students taking Unified Arts classes (Art, Music, Tech, Public Speaking, or Health) will rotate to their next UA rotation on Monday, October 31.  Report cards will be posted on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal at 3:30 PM on Monday, November 7. 
 
Strep Throat (New Posting)
 
We had an additional case 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.  Please contact Betty Greenholt, R.N. at ext. 5536 if you have any questions.
 
Guidelines for Halloween Costumes (Final Posting)
 
Each year, having students (and staff) dress up for Halloween adds to the rich culture of school spirit we encourage at WO.  It is always fun to see the creative costumes that are created by everyone who participates in this fun day.  With that being said, we do try to put some guidelines in place to help students navigate this day successfully. 
 
The number one issue which needs addressing, year in and year out, is when students create a group costume and, purposefully, exclude others from participating in their group.  This inevitably leads to hurt feelings, tears, and the need for our social workers to help students work through the conflict.  Please, if your child is thinking about participating in a group costume with friends, ensure they are allowing any others who want to be a part of the group costume to participate with them. 
 
This year, due to the disturbing number of “Creepy Clown” sightings and inappropriate social media posts regarding clowns, we are not going to allow any clown costumes in the building on Halloween.  The majority of these sightings/reports have been found to be either hoaxes or flat out false reports, but they have still caused a great deal of distress for many students, especially for those who may have a predisposed fear of clowns.  Any student who shows up to school on Halloween in a clown costume will be asked to change.  If they do not have appropriate clothing under the costume, we will have them call home. 
 
Here are the general rules we share with the students regarding Halloween costumes:
1.     Students may wear Halloween costumes but must be recognizable, i.e. no masks or facial coverings.
2.     Any student wearing a costume must fully prepare before arriving to school. Spray cans, hair coloring, spray string, face painting, etc. will NOT be allowed at school.
3.     Face painting is allowed only if the student is recognizable and the painting applies to the costume being worn, i.e. whiskers for a cat.
4.     No toy (or real) weapons are allowed at school.
5.     Group costumes are discouraged when they promote the exclusion of other students.
6.     Parents are encouraged to supervise their child’s costume choice – keeping in mind that ultimately, Wood Oaks serves as a place of learning, safety and appropriateness.
 
If a costume is determined by a staff member or administration to be a disruption to the school environment, a possible safety hazard, or inappropriate, the student will be asked to change into different clothes or their gym uniform.
 
Click here to view a video which we are showing to students to help guide them in their costume choices.
 
PTA News
 
Hot Lunch
We REALLY need volunteers to help serve hot lunch! Without volunteers, we will not be able to maintain this program for three days per week.  Please sign up to volunteer by going to this website: http://ptgms.com/schools/nb27/woodoaks/index.php
Any questions email us at wohotlunch@gmail.com.
 
Wood Oaks Sweatshirts are in!
The weather is getting cooler and your student will soon need a sweatshirt for gym.  Wood Oaks sweatshirts are $25 and come in adult small, medium and large.  Please email kihrke@me.com, if you are interested. 
 
Upcoming Events
 
October 31 – Monday - Brown’s Chicken
7:25am-8:09am          Honor Choir RehearsalCANCELLED
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          French Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm          Go Green Club – Room 205
 
November 1 – Tuesday
6:50am-7:50am          6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Tryouts – Small gym
6:50am-7:50am          8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Tryouts – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – LibraryCANCELLED
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116CANCELLED
3:45pm-5:15pm          Teacher In-Service (no PM activities, including HW Hour in Library)
 
November 2 – Wednesday – Upper Crust Bagels
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Tryouts – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am          Chamber Strings Rehearsal
7:30am-8:09am          ILMEA Choir Rehearsal (girls only) – Room 102
7:45am-8:09am          ROAR Store
5th & 6th periods         Creative Writing Club – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm          Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201
3:40pm-4:30pm          Running Club - Rotunda
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Tryouts – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Tryouts – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Tryouts – Big gym
 
November 3 – Thursday
6:50am-7:50am          6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Tryouts – Small gym
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods         Library Café – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Craft Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Tryouts – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Tryouts – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Tryouts – Big gym
6:30pm                        Board of Education Working Session – WO Library
7:30pm                        Board of Education Regular Meeting – WO Library  
 
November 4 – Friday – McDonald’s
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Tryouts – Big gym
 
6:45am-7:45am          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Tryouts – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am          Jazz Band Rehearsal
7:45am-9:09am          ILMEA Choir Rehearsal (boys only) – Room 102
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Chess Club Meeting – Room 230
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Boys’ Basketball Tryouts – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Basketball Tryouts – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Boys’ Basketball Tryouts – Big gym
 
November 5 – Saturday
                                    ILMEA Jr Concert Festival – Wauconda HS
12:00pm-4:00pm        Open Gym
 

 

Blog for Week Ending 10.21.16

Oct 21, 2016
Conference Follow-Up (Only Posting)
 
I just want to take a moment and thank everyone for a successful round of Parent-Teacher Conferences.  I know through my conversations with teachers over the past couple evenings that there have been many constructive conversations on how to best coordinate home and school support.  Thank you for giving of your evening time, which I know is so valuable, and meeting with your child’s teachers.  Even when all is going well and the child is mostly self-sufficient, it is good to have a touch point and meet face to face. 
 
Winter conferences are set for February 15-16, 2017.  Information about those sign-ups will be coming in January. 
 
End of First Quarter (First Posting)
 
The first quarter will end on Friday, October 28.  This means that students taking Unified Arts classes (Art, Music, Tech, Public Speaking, or Health) will rotate to their next UA rotation on Monday, October 31.  Report cards will be posted on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal at 3:30 PM on Monday, November 7. 
 
Strep Throat (New Posting)
 
We had a case 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.  Please contact Betty Greenholt, R.N. at ext. 5536 if you have any questions.
 
Canvas App (Final Posting)
 
Ever wonder what the Canvas app can do for you? If you haven't already download the app, we are encouraging parents to download the Canvas app. The Canvas app can enhance your viewing experience by accessing classroom information, student’s calendar and assignments with one click anytime or anyplace.
 
To get started:
 
1.     Click on one of the links below to download the orange Canvas app (NOT the blue Canvas Parent app, as it will not provide you with all of the features)
 
     2. Follow the linked Canvas Mobile App Setup Guide
 
Guidelines for Halloween Costumes (Third Posting)
 
Each year, having students (and staff) dress up for Halloween adds to the rich culture of school spirit we encourage at WO.  It is always fun to see the creative costumes that are created by everyone who participates in this fun day.  With that being said, we do try to put some guidelines in place to help students navigate this day successfully. 
 
The number one issue which needs addressing, year in and year out, is when students create a group costume and, purposefully, exclude others from participating in their group.  This inevitably leads to hurt feelings, tears, and the need for our social workers to help students work through the conflict.  Please, if your child is thinking about participating in a group costume with friends, ensure they are allowing any others who want to be a part of the group costume to participate with them. 
 
This year, due to the disturbing number of “Creepy Clown” sightings and inappropriate social media posts regarding clowns, we are not going to allow any clown costumes in the building on Halloween.  The majority of these sightings/reports have been found to be either hoaxes or flat out false reports, but they have still caused a great deal of distress for many students, especially for those who may have a predisposed fear of clowns.  Any student who shows up to school on Halloween in a clown costume will be asked to change.  If they do not have appropriate clothing under the costume, we will have them call home. 
 
Here are the general rules we share with the students regarding Halloween costumes:
1.     Students may wear Halloween costumes but must be recognizable, i.e. no masks or facial coverings.
2.     Any student wearing a costume must fully prepare before arriving to school. Spray cans, hair coloring, spray string, face painting, etc. will NOT be allowed at school.
3.     Face painting is allowed only if the student is recognizable and the painting applies to the costume being worn, i.e. whiskers for a cat.
4.     No toy (or real) weapons are allowed at school.
5.     Group costumes are discouraged when they promote the exclusion of other students.
6.     Parents are encouraged to supervise their child’s costume choice – keeping in mind that ultimately, Wood Oaks serves as a place of learning, safety and appropriateness.
If a costume is determined by a staff member or administration to be a disruption to the school environment, a possible safety hazard, or inappropriate, the student will be asked to change into different clothes or their gym uniform.
 
Click here to view a video which we are showing to students to help guide them in their costume choices.
 
Electronic Reporting (Final Posting)
 
If you have not had a chance to explore the Wood Oaks webpage recently, I would encourage you to check out all that it has to offer. In particular, there are two specific links that will enable anyone to recognize students and/or to help us monitor student behavior. In the top right hand corner of the Wood Oaks webpage there is a link to our eROAR form. Students, staff, parents, and community members are all able to recognize students for good behavior at any time. By submitting an eROAR for a student, that student will be given a copy of the eROAR and added to our monthly prize drawings. Students love being recognized through the eROAR program and actively recognize one another using this online form.
 
Students are also encouraged to report inappropriate behavior using the quicklink form that is monitored by our assistant principal, Mrs. Beake. Students are encouraged to seek assistance by using this tool whenever they see other students engaging in bad behavior or are the victim of someone treating them poorly. This form may be filled out with the reporter’s name attached or can be left anonymous.  If your child reports being treated inappropriately or observes such behavior, please encourage the child to utilize this reporting tool.  All reports submitted through this link will be investigated by administration.
 
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PTA News
 
Book Fair
Thank you to the Book Fair Committee for a wonderful Book Fair.  Thanks to: Ms. Berkowitz, Ms. Cohen, Ms. Ihrke, Ms. Marks, Carrie Melam, Ms. Molay, Ms. Morgan, Ms. Roches, Ms. Sherman, and Ms. Wilensky.  A big thank you to Melanie Berkowitz for her organization and coordination of this event.
 
Hot Lunch
We REALLY need volunteers to help serve hot lunch! Without volunteers, we will not be able to maintain this program for three days per week.  Please sign up to volunteer by going to this website:http://ptgms.com/schools/nb27/woodoaks/index.php
Any questions email us at wohotlunch@gmail.com.
 
Wood Oaks Sweatshirts are in!
The weather is getting cooler and your student will soon need a sweatshirt for gym.  Wood Oaks sweatshirts are $25 and come in adult small, medium and large.  Please email kihrke@me.com, if you are interested. 
 
Upcoming Events
 
October 24 – Monday – Subway
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
7:25am-8:09am          Honor Choir Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          French Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm          Go Green Club – Room 205
3:45pm-4:45pm          8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gymCANCELLED
 
October 25 – Tuesday
7:40am                        Staff Meeting (no am activities)
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116
3:45pm-4:45pm          8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gymCANCELLED
 
October 26 – Wednesday – Josh’s
7:15am-8:09am          Chamber Strings Rehearsal
7:45am-8:00am          7th Gr Girls’ Basketball Informational Meeting – Room 222
7:45am-8:00am          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Informational Meeting – Room 222
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm          Shark Tank Club Meeting – Room 201
3:40pm-4:30pm          Running Club - Rotunda
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Tryouts – Big gym
3:45pm-4:45pm          8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
 
October 27 – Thursday
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
7:45am-8:09am          ROAR Store
5th & 6th periods         Peer 2 Peer Lunch Meeting – Room 120
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Craft Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Tryouts – Big gym
3:45pm-4:45pm          8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
6:30pm                        Board of Education Working Session – WO Library
7:30pm                        Board of Education Regular Meeting – WO Library
 
October 28 – Friday – End of 1st Quarter – Piero’s
6:45am-7:45am          8th Gr Girls’ Basketball Tryouts – Big gym
6:50am-7:50am          7th Gr Boys’ Basketball Tryouts – Small gym
7:15am-8:09am          Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Chess Club Meeting – Room 230
 
October 29 – Saturday
8:00am-2:00pm          8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Conference Tournament @ Maple (must qualify)
 

 

Blog for Week Ending 10.14.2016

Oct 14, 2016
Parent Teacher Conferences (Only Posting)
 
Parent Teacher Conferences at Wood Oaks will be held on Wednesday, October 19 from 5:00 PM until 8:15 PM and on Thursday, October 20 from 1:00 PM until 8:15 PM.  There will be no school on Thursday to accommodate these meetings.  Teachers work very hard preparing for these conferences and are eager to share their feedback with you about your child’s performance in their classroom.  The five minute (ten minute for ELA) block does go by very quickly and often the conversation is not completely wrapped up as the end of the time arrives.  I ask that everyone involved, teachers and parents, do their best to honor the time window as there is always another parent waiting in the wings who wants to utilize all of their time as well.  If further discussion is needed, please call/email the teacher and set up a time to continue that discussion. 

I am also aware that not every parent is able to arrange for all of their conferences to be tightly scheduled and may have some free time in between conferences.  I would discourage you from trying to squeeze yourself in with a teacher who is unaccompanied at that moment as they may be waiting on another parent and your conversation, however brief, will disrupt another parent’s schedule and create a significant ripple effect.  If everyone sticks to their schedule, the evening will run smoothly.  Thank you.
 
Canvas App (Second Posting)
 
Ever wonder what the Canvas app can do for you? If you haven't already download the app, we are encouraging parents to download the Canvas app. The Canvas app can enhance your viewing experience by accessing classroom information, student’s calendar and assignments with one click anytime or anyplace.
 
To get started:
1.     Click on one of the links below to download the orange Canvas app (NOT the blue Canvas Parent app, as it will not provide you with all of the features)
     2. Follow the linked Canvas Mobile App Setup Guide
If you need assistance, there will be a Canvas help desk available in the front lobby of each building during Parent Teacher Conferences on October 19th & 20th, 2016. Please download the app prior to the start of conferences.
 
Guidelines for Halloween Costumes (Second Posting)
 
Each year, having students (and staff) dress up for Halloween adds to the rich culture of school spirit we encourage at WO.  It is always fun to see the creative costumes that are created by everyone who participates in this fun day.  With that being said, we do try to put some guidelines in place to help students navigate this day successfully. 
 
The number one issue which needs addressing, year in and year out, is when students create a group costume and, purposefully, exclude others from participating in their group.  This inevitably leads to hurt feelings, tears, and the need for our social workers to help students work through the conflict.  Please, if your child is thinking about participating in a group costume with friends, ensure they are allowing any others who want to be a part of the group costume to participate with them. 
 
This year, due to the disturbing number of “Creepy Clown” sightings and inappropriate social media posts regarding clowns, we are not going to allow any clown costumes in the building on Halloween.  The majority of these sightings/reports have been found to be either hoaxes or flat out false reports, but they have still caused a great deal of distress for many students, especially for those who may have a predisposed fear of clowns.  Any student who shows up to school on Halloween in a clown costume will be asked to change.  If they do not have appropriate clothing under the costume, we will have them call home. 
 
Here are the general rules we share with the students regarding Halloween costumes:
1.     Students may wear Halloween costumes but must be recognizable, i.e. no masks or facial coverings.
2.     Any student wearing a costume must fully prepare before arriving to school. Spray cans, hair coloring, spray string, face painting, etc. will NOT be allowed at school.
3.     Face painting is allowed only if the student is recognizable and the painting applies to the costume being worn, i.e. whiskers for a cat.
4.     No toy (or real) weapons are allowed at school.
5.     Group costumes are discouraged when they promote the exclusion of other students.
6.     Parents are encouraged to supervise their child’s costume choice – keeping in mind that ultimately, Wood Oaks serves as a place of learning, safety and appropriateness.
 
If a costume is determined by a staff member or administration to be a disruption to the school environment, a possible safety hazard, or inappropriate, the student will be asked to change into different clothes or their gym uniform.
 
Click here to view a video which we are showing to students to help guide them in their costume choices.
 
Electronic Reporting (Second Posting)
 
If you have not had a chance to explore the Wood Oaks webpage recently, I would encourage you to check out all that it has to offer. In particular, there are two specific links that will enable anyone to recognize students and/or to help us monitor student behavior. In the top right hand corner of the Wood Oaks webpage there is a link to our eROAR form. Students, staff, parents, and community members are all able to recognize students for good behavior at any time. By submitting an eROAR for a student, that student will be given a copy of the eROAR and added to our monthly prize drawings. Students love being recognized through the eROAR program and actively recognize one another using this online form.
 
Students are also encouraged to report inappropriate behavior using the quicklink form that is monitored by our assistant principal, Mrs. Beake. Students are encouraged to seek assistance by using this tool whenever they see other students engaging in bad behavior or are the victim of someone treating them poorly. This form may be filled out with the reporter’s name attached or can be left anonymous.  If your child reports being treated inappropriately or observes such behavior, please encourage the child to utilize this reporting tool.  All reports submitted through this link will be investigated by administration.
 
PTA News
 
Book Fair
The Wood Oaks BOOK FAIR is next Wednesday and Thursday, during conferences, and we need your help!  We have hourly shifts from 5-8 on Wednesday evening and 1-9 on Thursday (including clean up). If you are able to take an hour or two to work the book fair, please email Melanie Berkowitz at melanie.h.berkowitz@gmail.com
 
The Book Fair earns over $2,000 in new books for the library each year - so stop by and check it out when you are at Wood Oaks for conferences. We appreciate your help!
 
Hot Lunch
We REALLY need volunteers to help serve hot lunch! Please sign up to volunteer by going to this website:http://ptgms.com/schools/nb27/woodoaks/index.php

Any questions email us at wohotlunch@gmail.com.
 
Wood Oaks Sweatshirts are in!
The weather is getting cooler and your student will needs a sweatshirt for gym.  Wood Oaks sweatshirts are $25 and come in adult S, M and Large.  Please email kihrke@me.com, if you are interested.  Sportswear will be sold at the book fair.
 
PTA Meeting
The next meeting of the Wood Oaks PTA will be on Monday, October 17 at 9:15 AM.  Please come join us!!
 
Upcoming Events
 
October 17 – Monday – Piero’s
7:25am-8:09am          Honor Choir Rehearsal
9:15am                        PTA Meeting
5th & 6th periods         Library Leaders Meeting - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          French Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm          Go Green Club – Room 205
3:40pm-4:30pm          Cross Country Practice
3:40pm-5:30pm          Spirit Squad PracticeCANCELLED
4:15pm                        6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs Gemini – Small gym
4:15pm                        7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Away Game @ Gemini
4:15pm                        8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Away Game @ Gemini
 
October 18 – Tuesday
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116
4:15pm                        6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Away Game @ Maple
4:15pm                        8th/7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Away Game @ Maple
4:30pm                        Cross Country Away Meet @ Wilmette – Conference Meet
7:00pm                        Northbrook Invitational Concert @ GBN
 
October 19 – Wednesday – Little Louie’s
7:15am-8:09am          Chamber Strings Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods         Creative Writing Club Meeting - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – LibraryCANCELLED
3:40pm-4:30pm          Math Club Meeting – Room 229CANCELLED
5:00pm-8:15pm          Parent-Teacher Conferences
5:00pm-8:15pm          PTA Book Fair – Room 101
 
October 20 – Thursday – NO SCHOOL
1:00pm-4:00pm          Parent-Teacher Conferences
5:00pm-8:15pm          Parent-Teacher Conferences
1:00pm-8:15pm          PTA Book Fair – Room 101
 
October 21 – Friday – Brown’s Chicken
7:15am-8:09am          Jazz Band Rehearsal
7:45am-8:09am          ROAR Store
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Chess Club Meeting – Room 230

 

Blog for Week Ending 10.7.2016

Oct 07, 2016
Canvas App (First Posting)
 
Ever wonder what the Canvas app can do for you? If you haven't already download the app, we are encouraging parents to download the Canvas app. The Canvas app can enhance your viewing experience by accessing classroom information, student’s calendar and assignments with one click anytime or anyplace.
 
To get started:
1.     Click on one of the links below to download the orange Canvas app (NOT the blue Canvas Parent app, as it will not provide you with all of the features)
 
         2. Follow the linked Canvas Mobile App Setup Guide
 
If you need assistance, there will be a Canvas help desk available in the front hallway of Wood Oaks during Parent Teacher Conferences on October 19th & 20th, 2016. Please download the app prior to the start of conferences.
 
CanvasAppParentInfo
 
Guidelines for Halloween Costumes (First Posting)
 
Each year, having students (and staff) dress up for Halloween adds to the rich culture of school spirit we encourage at WO.  It is always fun to see the creative costumes that are created by everyone who participates in this fun day.  With that being said, we do try to put some guidelines in place to help students navigate this day successfully. 
 
The number one issue which needs addressing, year in and year out, is when students create a group costume and, purposefully, exclude others from participating in their group.  This inevitably leads to hurt feelings, tears, and the need for our social workers to help students work through the conflict.  Please, if your child is thinking about participating in a group costume with friends, ensure they are allowing any others who want to be a part of the group costume to participate with them. 
 
This year, due to the disturbing number of “Creepy Clown” sightings and inappropriate social media posts regarding clowns, we are not going to allow any clown costumes in the building on Halloween.  The majority of these sightings/reports have been found to be either hoaxes or flat out false reports, but they have still caused a great deal of distress for many students, especially for those who may have a predisposed fear of clowns.  Any student who shows up to school on Halloween in a clown costume will be asked to change.  If they do not have appropriate clothing under the costume, we will have them call home. 
 
Here are the general rules we share with the students regarding Halloween costumes:
1.     Students may wear Halloween costumes but must be recognizable, i.e. no masks or facial coverings.
2.     Any student wearing a costume must fully prepare before arriving to school. Spray cans, hair coloring, spray string, face painting, etc. will NOT be allowed at school.
3.     Face painting is allowed only if the student is recognizable and the painting applies to the costume being worn, i.e. whiskers for a cat.
4.     No toy (or real) weapons are allowed at school.
5.     Group costumes are discouraged when they promote the exclusion of other students.
6.     Parents are encouraged to supervise their child’s costume choice – keeping in mind that ultimately, Wood Oaks serves as a place of learning, safety and appropriateness.
 
If a costume is determined by a staff member or administration to be a disruption to the school environment, a possible safety hazard, or inappropriate, the student will be asked to change into different clothes or their gym uniform.
 
Click here to view a video which we are showing to students to help guide them in their costume choices.
 
Electronic Reporting (First Posting)
 
If you have not had a chance to explore the Wood Oaks webpage recently, I would encourage you to check out all that it has to offer. In particular, there are two specific links that will enable anyone to recognize students and/or to help us monitor student behavior. In the top right hand corner of the Wood Oaks webpage there is a link to our eROAR form. Students, staff, parents, and community members are all able to recognize students for good behavior at any time. By submitting an eROAR for a student, that student will be given a copy of the eROAR and added to our monthly prize drawings. Students love being recognized through the eROAR program and actively recognize one another using this online form.
 
Students are also encouraged to report inappropriate behavior using the quicklink form that is monitored by our assistant principal, Mrs. Beake. Students are encouraged to seek assistance by using this tool whenever they see other students engaging in bad behavior or are the victim of someone treating them poorly. This form may be filled out with the reporter’s name attached or can be left anonymous.  If your child reports being treated inappropriately or observes such behavior, please encourage the child to utilize this reporting tool.  All reports submitted through this link will be investigated by administration.
 
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Gallup Student Poll (Second Posting)
 
On Friday, October 14, Wood Oaks students will participate in a Gallup Student Poll.  This poll, run by the Gallup organization, is designed to measure the level of engagement of today’s students in their education, along with their hope and aspirations for the future.  The poll is anonymous and we do see our school’s results broken down by grade level, not by student.  The poll is 24 questions long, takes 15-20 minutes to administer, and will be given during homeroom that day. We participated in this poll in 2014 and our data reinforced our belief that our students do understand their schooling is important and that they have a great deal of hope they will be successful as adults.  
 
More information regarding this survey can be found at www.gallupstudentpoll.com.  If, for whatever reason, you do not want your child to participate in this survey, please contact the Wood Oaks Main Office at 847.272.1900.
 
Strep Throat (New Posting)
 
We had a case 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.  Please contact Betty Greenholt, R.N. at ext. 5536 if you have any questions.
 
PTA News
 
Hot Lunch
Do you love hot lunch?  Does your child love hot lunch?  Then please volunteer to serve hot lunch! Please sign up to volunteer by going to this website:
 
Any questions email us at wohotlunch@gmail.com.
 
Wood Oaks Sweatshirts are in!
The weather is getting cooler and your student will need a sweatshirt for gym soon.  Wood Oaks sweatshirts are $25 and come in adult S, M and Large.  Please email kihrke@me.com, if you are interested.  Sportswear will be sold at the book fair.
 
PTA Meeting
The next meeting of the Wood Oaks PTA will be on Monday, October 17 at 9:15 AM.  Please come join us!!
 
Upcoming Events
 
October 10 – Monday – Columbus Day – NO SCHOOL
 
October 11 – Tuesday – Council Lunch/Jet’s
6:45am-7:45am          6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
6:45am-7:45am          Cross Country Practice
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods         Library Café – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116
 
October 12 – Wednesday – District Holiday – NO SCHOOL
 
October 13 – Thursday
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
7:45am-8:09am          ROAR Store
5th & 6th periods         Library Café – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Craft Club Meeting – Room 105- CANCELLED
3:40pm-5:30pm          Spirit Squad Practice
4:15pm                        Cross Country Away Meet @ Shepard
4:15pm                        6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs NBJH – Small gym
4:15pm                        8th/7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs NBJH – Big gym
 
October 14 – Friday – Once Upon a Grill
6:45am-7:45am          Cross Country Practice
7:15am-8:09am          Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Chess Club Meeting – Room 230
4:15pm                        6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs Field – Small gym
4:15pm                        7th/8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs Field – Big gym
 

 

Blog for Week Ending 9.30.16

Sep 30, 2016
Gallup Student Poll (First Posting)
 
On Friday, October 14, Wood Oaks students will participate in a Gallup Student Poll.  This poll, run by the Gallup organization, is designed to measure the level of engagement of today’s students in their education, along with their hope and aspirations for the future.  The poll is anonymous and we do see our school’s results broken down by grade level, not by student.  The poll is 24 questions long, takes 15-20 minutes to administer, and will be given during homeroom that day. We participated in this poll in 2014 and our data reinforced our belief that our students do understand their schooling is important and that they have a great deal of hope they will be successful as adults.  
More information regarding this survey can be found at www.gallupstudentpoll.com.  If, for whatever reason, you do not want your child to participate in this survey, please contact the Wood Oaks Main Office at 847.272.1900.
 
Custodial Workers Recognition Day (Only Posting)
 
Sunday, October 2 is National Custodial Workers Recognition Day.  Please join me in thanking the men and women who work tirelessly from 6 AM through 11 PM each day to keep our building and our grounds impeccably clean and completely operational throughout the year.  These individuals work, often in very difficult conditions, to ensure our students and staff are safe and have a pleasant environment in which to teach and learn every day.  You most often notice them outside directing traffic or shoveling snow in the winter time as key members of our school safety team.  We are very proud of their continual efforts of maintaining our classrooms and common areas in a perpetual state of cleanliness.  Thank you to all of them!!!!
 
Canvas (Second Posting)
 
Now that we have a few weeks of school under our belts, every parent should have had an opportunity to activate their Canvas account and login to see some of the wonderful things your children are doing in their classes.  There is a wealth of information available in Canvas, but it can be overwhelming, too, especially if you have multiple children in the building.  Fortunately, we have an amazing technology department, who have created some video tutorials and answers to FAQ’s for you to access if you need assistance.  If you have had any difficulties with accessing information on Canvas, or maybe are just interested in finding more efficient ways to make use of this site, please click here to visit the Technology Information page of our website.
 
Emergency Test Message (Final Posting)
 
Starting at approximately 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 6th, we will send out an emergency test message to all District 27 parents and staff. This system is used to notify parents and staff regarding school closings, weather delays, and other emergency situations.  Notifications are automatically sent via voice mail and email to phone numbers and email addresses currently on file with the District. 
 
 If you would also like to receive text messages, which we do recommend, simply text the word “Yes” to the number 68453. If parents or staff members do not receive a call or email, they should contact the main office of the school where their children attend.
 
Concussion Protocol (Second Posting)
 
Concussion injuries need to be carefully managed to prevent long-term ramifications. Illinois School Code requires school districts to have specific procedures in place to manage the safety of a student diagnosed with a concussion. Whether or not the concussion is the result of an injury sustained at school or outside of school, the District will require written verification from your child’s doctor that your child may “return-to-learn” and/or “return-to-play” with or without accommodations.
If an injury is sustained at school, we will provide you with written information about the injury to present to your doctor. Please inform your child’s school nurse of a concussion sustained outside of school. 
Please read the Concussion Information Fact Sheet (signature required for all student athletes). You can read the Illinois legislation on this matter by clicking here.
 
Dismissal Time and Our Surrounding Neighbors (Final Posting)
 
I am aware that many parents, in order to avoid using the Wood Oaks driveway (which, by the way, is empty by 3:45 each day) are using the streets in the neighborhoods surrounding Wood Oaks to park and wait for their children to walk to their cars.  These are, of course, public streets and there is no law against parking on a public street.  Unfortunately, there are a couple fairly large side effects to this choice.  First and foremost, having children walk to a waiting car often causes them to need to cross streets at a chaotic time of the day, placing them in harm’s way in the name of saving a few minutes of time.  This week, we did have an announcement on our morning broadcast asking students to cross Sanders Road at the Wood Oaks driveway light, where we have a crossing guard.  Many have been crossing at Russett Lane, where there is no light or crossing guard, but there are many vehicles racing away to various after school activities who may not be paying close attention to pedestrians.  It is a combination of elements that make me incredibly uncomfortable.  The second thing is the large number of parked cars on the side streets creates a poor traffic flow situation, often blocking resident driveways and access for thru traffic. 
 
If you insist on making use of the Russett Lane area, or the Walters Avenue west of Sanders Road neighborhood to pick up a child, please adhere to all posted signage on where to not park and avoid blocking the driveways of the homes on those streets.  I have received complaints from residents in those neighborhoods that cars are blocking driveways or double parking while a child loads, causing a backup of traffic.  Just so you are aware, if there is no signage regarding where parking is or is not allowed, village ordinance does not allow stopping and standing within 30 feet of an intersection with a traffic signal or within 20 feet of the crosswalk at an intersection without a signal.  Once again, the safest way to pick up your child from Wood Oaks is by making use of our driveway and picking up your child curbside.
 
PTA News
 
Hot Lunch
Grad lunch 10/4 needs 3 volunteers and hot lunch 10/26 needs 7 volunteers.  We REALLY need volunteers to help serve hot lunch! Please sign up to volunteer by going to this website: http://ptgms.com/schools/nb27/woodoaks/index.php
Any questions email us at wohotlunch@gmail.com.
 
District 27 PTA 5K/1 mile
Congratulations to the all the participants and the organizers of the District 27 race.  It was a great event.
 
Wood Oaks Sweatshirts are in!
The weather is getting cooler and your student will need a sweatshirt for gym soon.  Wood Oaks sweatshirts are $25 and come in adult S, M and Large.  Please email kihrke@me.com, if you are interested.  Sportswear will be sold at the book fair.
 
PTA Meeting
 
The next meeting of the Wood Oaks PTA will be on Monday, October 17 at 9:15 AM.  Please come join us!!
 
Upcoming Events
 
October 3 – Monday – District Holiday – NO SCHOOL
 
October 4 – Tuesday – Grad Lunch/Jet’s
6:50am-7:45am          Cross Country Practice
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods         Library Café – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116
 
October 5 – Wednesday – Josh’s
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am          Chamber Strings Rehearsal
7:45am-8:09am          ROAR Store
5th & 6th periods         Creative Writing Club Meeting – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
3:45pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          Spirit Squad Clinic
4:30pm                        Cross Country @ GBS – Glenbrook HS Invitational
 
October 6 – Thursday
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Craft Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-5:30pm          Spirit Squad Clinic
4:15pm                        6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs Maple
4:15pm                        7th/8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Away Game @ Shepard
4:15pm                        Cross Country Away Meet @ Washburne
6:30pm                        Board of Education Working Session – WO Library
7:00pm                        Board of Education Regular Meeting – WO Library
 
October 7 – Friday – Little Louie’s
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am          Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Chess Club Meeting – Room 230
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
3:45pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
4:15pm                        Cross Country Away Meet @ Attea
 

 

Blog for Week Ending 9.23.16

Sep 23, 2016
Canvas (First Posting)
 
Now that we have a few weeks of school under our belts, every parent should have had an opportunity to activate their Canvas account and login to see some of the wonderful things your children are doing in their classes.  There is a wealth of information available in Canvas, but it can be overwhelming, too, especially if you have multiple children in the building.  Fortunately, we have an amazing technology department, who have created some video tutorials and answers to FAQ’s for you to access if you need assistance.  If you have had any difficulties with accessing information on Canvas, or maybe are just interested in finding more efficient ways to make use of this site, please click here to visit the Technology Information page of our website.
 
Emergency Test Message (First Posting)
 
Starting at approximately 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 6th, we will send out an emergency test message to all District 27 parents and staff. This system is used to notify parents and staff regarding school closings, weather delays, and other emergency situations.  Notifications are automatically sent via voice mail and email to phone numbers and email addresses currently on file with the District. 
 
 If you would also like to receive text messages, which we do recommend, simply text the word ”Yes” to the number 68453. If parents or staff members do not receive a call or email, they should contact the main office of the school where their children attend.
 
Concussion Protocol (First Posting)
 
Concussion injuries need to be carefully managed to prevent long-term ramifications. Illinois School Code requires school districts to have specific procedures in place to manage the safety of a student diagnosed with a concussion. Whether or not the concussion is the result of an injury sustained at school or outside of school, the District will require written verification from your child’s doctor that your child may “return-to-learn” and/or “return-to-play” with or without accommodations.
If an injury is sustained at school, we will provide you with written information about the injury to present to your doctor. Please inform your child’s school nurse of a concussion sustained outside of school. 
Please read the Concussion Information Fact Sheet (signature required for all student athletes). You can read the Illinois legislation on this matter by clicking here.
 
Dismissal Time and Our Surrounding Neighbors (Second Posting)
 
I am aware that many parents, in order to avoid using the Wood Oaks driveway (which, by the way, is empty by 3:45 each day) are using the streets in the neighborhoods surrounding Wood Oaks to park and wait for their children to walk to their cars.  These are, of course, public streets and there is no law against parking on a public street.  Unfortunately, there are a couple fairly large side effects to this choice.  First and foremost, having children walk to a waiting car often causes them to need to cross streets at a chaotic time of the day, placing them in harm’s way in the name of saving a few minutes of time.  This week, we did have an announcement on our morning broadcast asking students to cross Sanders Road at the Wood Oaks driveway light, where we have a crossing guard.  Many have been crossing at Russett Lane, where there is no light or crossing guard, but there are many vehicles racing away to various after school activities who may not be paying close attention to pedestrians.  It is a combination of elements that make me incredibly uncomfortable.  The second thing is the large number of parked cars on the side streets creates a poor traffic flow situation, often blocking resident driveways and access for thru traffic. 
 
If you insist on making use of the Russett Lane area, or the Walters Avenue west of Sanders Road neighborhood to pick up a child, please adhere to all posted signage on where to not park and avoid blocking the driveways of the homes on those streets.  I have received complaints from residents in those neighborhoods that cars are blocking driveways or double parking while a child loads, causing a backup of traffic.  Just so you are aware, if there is no signage regarding where parking is or is not allowed, village ordinance does not allow stopping and standing within 30 feet of an intersection with a traffic signal or within 20 feet of the crosswalk at an intersection without a signal.  Once again, the safest way to pick up your child from Wood Oaks is by making use of our driveway and picking up your child curbside.
 
Strep Throat (New Posting)
 
We had a case 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.  Please contact Betty Greenholt, R.N. at ext. 5536 if you have any questions.
 
PTA News
 
Hot Lunch
We REALLY need volunteers to help serve hot lunch! Please sign up to volunteer by going to this website: http://ptgms.com/schools/nb27/woodoaks/index.php.
Any questions email us at wohotlunch@gmail.com.
 
District 27 PTA 5K/1 mile   
This wonderful community-wide event is Saturday!!!!  The event includes games, a delicious snack buffet, DJ dance party and even chip timing!  For more info and to register, go to www.nb27.org/pta.
 
Volunteers needed for the District 27 PTA 5K/1 mile
We have many volunteer positions that need to be filled -- some of which are listed on this signup genius sheet:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d48aba62e5-volunteer
 
If you do not find something that works for you on the sign up genius site and would like to volunteer, please email Karen Frum, kmfrum@gmail.com.
 
PTA Meeting
 
The next meeting of the Wood Oaks PTA will be on Monday, October 17 at 9:15 AM.  Please come join us!!
 
Volunteers needed for 8th grade field trip
Mrs. Kinney is looking for approximately 20-24 8thgrade parent volunteers for an upcoming field trip to Feed My Starving Children.  The field trip is onTuesday, November 8.  Students will be traveling to the packing facility by bus and parent volunteers are asked to meet the class at the packing facility at9:20 am.  While at FMSC, volunteers will be helping to pack food, seal bags, replenish food containers, or bring packed boxes to the back. The packing session runs from 9:30-11:30 at which time students will travel back to Wood Oaks by bus.  Interested parents can email kinney.c@nb27.org and she will follow up with more details of the trip.  The 8th grade team truly appreciates any help we can get with this field trip.
 
Upcoming Events
 
September 26 – Monday – Little Louie’s
7:30am-8:09am          Honor Choir Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          French Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm          Go Green Club – Room 205
3:40pm-4:30pm          Peer 2 Peer Activity – Room 120
3:40pm-4:30pm          Cross Country Practice
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gymCANCELLED
4:15pm                        7th/8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs Springman
7:00pm                        Band “In Process” Concert
 
September 27 – Tuesday – Council Lunch/Piero’s
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
7:45am-8:09am          ROAR Store
5th & 6th periods          Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – LibraryCANCELLED
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116CANCELLED
3:45pm-5:15pm          Teacher In-Service (no PM activities)
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
 
September 28 – Wednesday – Picture Day – Upper Crust Bagels
7:15am-8:09am          Chamber Strings Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
4:15pm                        Cross Country Away Meet @ Gemini
4:15pm                        8th/7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs Gemini
 
September 29 – Thursday – Evacuation Drill
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods          Library Café – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Craft Club Meeting – Room 105
4:15pm                        Cross Country Away Meet @ Springman
4:15pm                        6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs Gemini
4:15pm                        8th/7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs Caruso
 
September 30 – Friday – Buffalo Wild Wings
6:50am-7:45am          Cross Country Practice
7:15am-8:09am          Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Chess Club Meeting – Room 230
3:45pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym

 

Blog for Week Ending 9.16.16

Sep 16, 2016
Dismissal Time and Our Surrounding Neighbors (First Posting)
 
I am aware that many parents, in order to avoid using the Wood Oaks driveway (which, by the way, is empty by 3:45 each day) are using the streets in the neighborhoods surrounding Wood Oaks to park and wait for their children to walk to their cars.  These are, of course, public streets and there is no law against parking on a public street.  Unfortunately, there are a couple fairly large side effects to this choice.  First and foremost, having children walk to a waiting car often causes them to need to cross streets at a chaotic time of the day, placing them in harm’s way in the name of saving a few minutes of time.  This week, we did have an announcement on our morning broadcast asking students to cross Sanders Road at the Wood Oaks driveway light, where we have a crossing guard.  Many have been crossing at Russett Lane, where there is no light or crossing guard, but there are many vehicles racing away to various after school activities who may not be paying close attention to pedestrians.  It is a combination of elements that make me incredibly uncomfortable.  The second thing is the large number of parked cars on the side streets creates a poor traffic flow situation, often blocking resident driveways and access for thru traffic. 
 
If you insist on making use of the Russett Lane area, or the Walters Avenue west of Sanders Road neighborhood to pick up a child, please adhere to all posted signage on where to not park and avoid blocking the driveways of the homes on those streets.  I have received complaints from residents in those neighborhoods that cars are blocking driveways or double parking while a child loads, causing a backup of traffic.  Just so you are aware, if there is no signage regarding where parking is or is not allowed, village ordinance does not allow stopping and standing within 30 feet of an intersection with a traffic signal or within 20 feet of the crosswalk at an intersection without a signal.  Once again, the safest way to pick up your child from Wood Oaks is by making use of our driveway and picking up your child curbside.
 
 
District 27 Bus Test Message (Only Posting)
 
On Wednesday, September 21, parents of any student who rides one of our First Student bus routes will receive a test message somewhere around midday.  This message is simply being sent to ensure we have accurate email addresses for parents of bus riders.  There is no need to respond to this message.  We will just be looking for any emails that bounce back as undeliverable so that we can contact those families and update our records.
 
Strep Throat (Only Posting)
 
We had a case 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.  Please contact Betty Greenholt, R.N. at ext. 5536 if you have any questions.
 
PTA News
 
Hot Lunch
We REALLY need volunteers to help serve hot lunch! Please sign up to volunteer by going to this website: http://ptgms.com/schools/nb27/woodoaks/index.php.
Any questions email us at wohotlunch@gmail.com.
 
District 27 PTA 5K/1 mile   
There is less than a week left to register for our big upcoming community event, District 27's 5K, 1 mile & Kids' Run on Saturday September 24th!  The event includes games, a delicious snack buffet, DJ dance party and even chip timing!  Don't procrastinate and miss online registration – registering online is much easier than showing up early on the day of the event -- this is your chance to support District 27's scholarship fund for graduating GBN seniors!
For more info and to register, go to www.nb27.org/pta.
 
Volunteers needed for the District 27 PTA 5K/1 mile
We have many volunteer positions that need to be filled -- some of which are listed on this signup genius sheet:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d48aba62e5-volunteer
 
If you do not find something that works for you on the sign up genius site and would like to volunteer, please email Karen Frum, kmfrum@gmail.com.
 
Volunteers needed for 8th grade field trip
Mrs. Kinney is looking for approximately 20-24 8thgrade parent volunteers for an upcoming field trip to Feed My Starving Children.  The field trip is onTuesday, November 8.  Students will be traveling to the packing facility by bus and parent volunteers are asked to meet the class at the packing facility at9:20 am.  While at FMSC, volunteers will be helping to pack food, seal bags, replenish food containers, or bring packed boxes to the back. The packing session runs from 9:30-11:30 at which time students will travel back to Wood Oaks by bus.  Interested parents can email kinney.c@nb27.org and she will follow up with more details of the trip.  The 8th grade team truly appreciates any help we can get with this field trip.
 
Upcoming Events
 
September 19 – Monday – Viccino’s
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
7:45am-8:09am          ROAR Store
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          French Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm          Go Green Club – Room 205
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
4:15pm                        Cross Country Away Meet @ Wilmette
4:15pm                        7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Away Game @ Attea
4:15pm                        8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Away Game @ Attea
 
September 20 – Tuesday
7:40am                        Staff Meeting (no AM activities)
5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Cross Country Practice
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
3:45pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-6:00pm          Honor Choir Auditions (by appt. only)
 
September 21 – Wednesday – Josh’s
7:15am-8:09am          Chamber Strings Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods         Creative Writing Club – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
4:15pm                        8th/7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Away Game @ Wilmette
 
September 22 – Thursday
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods         Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Craft Club Meeting – Room 105
3:40pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
3:40pm-6:00pm          Honor Choir Auditions (by appt. only)
6:30pm                        New Teacher Reception/Board of Education
7:30pm                        Board of Education Regular Meeting
 
September 23 – Friday – Mid-Quarter – Piero’s
6:50am-7:45am          Cross Country Practice
7:15am-8:09am          Jazz Band RehearsalCANCELLED
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Chess Club Meeting – Room 230
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
3:45pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
 
September 24 – Saturday
                                    District 27 PTA 5K Run

 

Blog for Week Ending 9.9.16

Sep 09, 2016
Over the past two Wednesdays, we have hosted many of you at Wood Oaks for our annual Curriculum Night presentations.  I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you who were able to attend for your time.  My daughters’ Open House was last night and I know how difficult it is to carve out that time (and energy) to attend this optional event.  Teachers work hard to put together the information shared at these events and take great pride in sharing that information with parents on these evenings.  Thank you for taking the time to visit and listen to what they have to share.  For those of you who were not able to attend, I totally understand that life does happen and conflicts do come up.  I’ve been there, too.  I would encourage you to visit your child’s teachers’ Canvas pages, where you will find a great deal of the information presented at Curriculum Night for your perusal.  If you have any questions about what you see, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the teachers by phone or email with your questions. 
 
We are already looking forward to our next chance to host you at Wood Oaks at our October conferences on October 19-20.  Information about signing up for those conferences will be mailed home soon.
 
STAR Testing (Second Posting)
 
On Friday, all students participated in the fall administration of the STAR Math test during their regular math classes.  On Monday, they will take the STAR Reading test in their ELA classes. The STAR assessments are a new resource within District 27’s Assessment System and are replacing NWEA. Students in grades 6-8 will take the assessments during their reading and math instructional time. (Please note that students in Algebra or Geometry will not take the math assessment.) We anticipate most students completing the assessments in 20 to 30 minutes. They are computer adaptive assessments that provide teachers specific information regarding students’ knowledge of important skills and concepts. For additional information about the STAR assessments and District 27’s Assessment System, please review the following links:
·        STAR Assessment

If you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Olson (Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment - 847.498.2610 ext. 5115 or olson.k@nb27.org).
 
Letter from Dr. Kroeze (Final Posting)
 
Please click here to read a letter from our superintendent, Dr. Kroeze, regarding our Emergency Preparedness Plan. 
 
PTA News
 
PTA Membership
Do you want a District 27 directory?  Then you need to join the Wood Oaks PTA.  You can join online on the Wood Oaks PTA website.  Membership is $10.
 
PTA Meeting
The first Wood Oaks PTA meeting will be held on Monday September 12th at 9:15am at Wood Oaks. 
 
Hot Lunch
We REALLY need volunteers to help serve hot lunch! Please sign up to volunteer by going to this website:http://ptgms.com/schools/nb27/woodoaks/index.php

Any questions email us at wohotlunch@gmail.com.
 
District 27 PTA 5K/1 mile
Don't miss our big upcoming community event, District 27's 5K, 1 mile & Kids' Run!  The event includes games, a delicious snack buffet, DJ dance party and even chip timing!  The event is in less than 2 weeks -- don't miss your chance to support District 27's scholarship fund for graduating seniors!  For more info and to register, go to www.nb27.org/pta
 
Upcoming Events
 
September 12 – Monday – Little Louie’s
7:30am                                    Honor Choir Informational Meeting (7th and 8th grade) – Room 102
8:45am                                    PTA Meeting
5th & 6th periods          Library Leaders Meeting - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          French Club Meeting – Room 103
3:40pm-4:30pm          Go Green Club – Room 205
3:40pm-4:30pm          Cross Country Practice
4:15pm                        6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs Maple – Small gym
4:15pm                        8th/7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs Maple – Big gym
 
September 13 – Tuesday – Lockdown Drill
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
7:45am-8:09am          ROAR Store
5th & 6th periods          Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
3:45pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
3:45pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
 
September 14 – Wednesday – Go Roma
7:15am-8:09am          Chamber Strings Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Math Club Meeting – Room 229
4:15pm                        Cross Country Away Meet @ NBJH
4:15pm                        6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Home Game vs Field – Small gym
4:15pm                        8th/7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Away Game @ Field
 
September 15 – Thursday
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods          Library Café - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Art Club Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Craft Club Meeting – Room 105
4:15pm                        Cross Country Away Meet @ Caruso
4:15pm                        6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Away Game @ NBJH
4:15pm                        7th/8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Away Game @ NBJH
6:30pm                        Board of Education Working Session
7:30pm                        Board of Education Regular Meeting/Public Hearing on the Budget
 
September 16 – Friday – Szechwan North
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
6:50am-7:45am          Cross Country Practice
7:15am-8:09am          Jazz Band Rehearsal
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Chess Club Meeting – Room 230
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
3:45pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym

 

Blog for Week Ending 9.2.16

Sep 02, 2016
You probably noticed a change in how you receive my blog.  Instead of having to click on a link, the blog is now included in the body of an email. We are also sending the blog to every parent listed in our email database. This way, we can get our school information out to all parents and guardians. We believe this will be an effective way to ensure everyone is getting news and information from Wood Oaks. 
 
If you don’t want to receive the blog, please click the “change your subscription” button at the bottom to remove your name from our list.
 
Note: If you previously signed up for the blog, you may receive more than one email.  We ask for your patience as we work through the transition. Thank you.
 
Safety Drills (Only Posting)
 
Today we held our first evacuation drill of the year.  Our goal is to have everyone out of the building and fully accounted for in under five minutes.  Today we accomplished this in 4:34, one of the best times we have ever had.  The fact that we did this as our first drill of the year, with 6th graders who have not experienced this drill at Wood Oaks says a lot about how well our teachers prepared the students and how well the students were able to follow directions during an emergency situation.  I appreciate everyone’s efforts in making Wood Oaks such a safe building.
 
We also conducted bus evacuation and shelter in place (what we called a tornado drill when we were in school) drills this week.  Both of those drills were equally as successful.  Each year we front load the calendar with each type of drill so that students can be prepared for different types of emergencies as soon as school is in session.  We will also be conducting a lockdown drill in coordination with the Northbrook Police Department in the next couple of weeks.
 
STAR Testing (First Posting)
 
Next week we will start administering STAR Reading and Math assessments by Renaissance Learning. The STAR assessments are a new resource within District 27’s Assessment System and are replacing NWEA. Students in grades 6-8 will take the assessments during their reading and math instructional time. (Please note that students in Algebra or Geometry will not take the math assessment.) We anticipate most students completing the assessments in 20 to 30 minutes. They are computer adaptive assessments that provide teachers specific information regarding students’ knowledge of important skills and concepts. For additional information about the STAR assessments and District 27’s Assessment System, please review the following links:
·        STAR Assessment

If you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Olson (Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment - 847.498.2610 ext 5115 or olson.k@nb27.org).
 
Strep Throat (Only Posting)
 
We had a case 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.  Please contact Betty Greenholt, R.N. at ext. 5536 if you have any questions.
 
I have been asked by parents why I am always posting when some child has contracted Strep Throat.  There is actually a list of illnesses for which the Illinois Department of Health requires public schools to notify families if a student is confirmed to have contracted.  Due to its contagious nature, Strep Throat is among those illnesses.  Generally, we do not have more than one or two students at a time who have been diagnosed with this illness.  If we ran up a higher number of infected children, we would send a different type of communication. That’s the reason.
 
Letter from Dr. Kroeze (Second Posting)
 
Please click here to read a letter from our superintendent, Dr. Kroeze, regarding our Emergency Preparedness Plan. 
 
Wood Oaks Green Snake Issue (Second Posting)
 
You should have received an email the first week of school regarding the steps we are taking at Wood Oaks in order to keep all staff and students safe with regards to the rattlesnake which was found at Wood Oaks Green Park this summer.  If you did not read that memo, you can read a copy of it here.
 
Curriculum Nights (Final Posting)
 
Wood Oaks welcomed our newest parents to our hallways for Curriculum Night on Wednesday.  It was great to meet some new parents, as well as to welcome back the many returning parents.  I hope our 7th and 8th grade parents will be able to join us for their Curriculum Night on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 PM.  There is more information on this special evening, along with a schedule for the program, on our website.  You can access that information by clicking here.
 
These evenings are designed to share many of the amazing things our teachers will be doing with your students each day and to allow parents a chance to sit in each of the classrooms your children will be in each day and to meet the teacher.  This evening is not set up for conversations on individual students.  Those conversations will take place at our October conferences on October 19-20.  If you need to share important information prior to then, please reach out to your child’s teacher(s) via phone or email.
 
Dundee Road Project (Second Posting)
 
Please see the notice below from the Village of Northbrook regarding the Dundee Road construction project.
 
Both eastbound and westbound Dundee Road, near the Pfingsten Road intersection, will intermittently be reduced to one lane in each direction for the next several weeks. During the intermittent lane closures, there will be NO LEFT TURNS allowed from Dundee Road onto Pfingsten Road. As IDOT continues construction projects along Dundee Road, motorists are advised to expect delays and to use caution in the construction zones.
 
Motorists should obey the posted speed limit, refrain from using cell phones and watch for construction crews when traveling through construction areas. Please use posted detour routes and allow extra time during these road improvements. For more information, visit www.northbrook.il.us
 
PTA News
 
PTA Membership
Do you want a District 27 directory?  Then you need to join the Wood Oaks PTA.  You can join online on the Wood Oaks PTA website.  Membership is $10.
 
PTA Meeting
Please come and join us for the first Wood Oaks PTA meeting of the year!  This meeting will be held at Wood Oaks at 9:15 AM on Monday, September 12.  Hope to see you there.
 
Hot Lunch
Hot Lunch ordering will close on Friday, September 2. Please verify their lunch periods are entered under profile so they will receive their lunch.  Checks are due to the school office by Tuesday, September 6. We need 5 more volunteers to help serve hot lunch on Wednesday 9/7 andFriday 9/9. You can sign up online or email us at wohotlunch@gmail.com and we will sign you up. 
Please order and sign up to volunteer by going to this website:

Any questions email us at wohotlunch@gmail.com.
 
District 27 PTA 5K/1 mile
Don't miss our big upcoming community event, District 27's 5K, 1 mile & Kids' Run!  The event includes games, a delicious snack buffet, DJ dance party and even chip timing!  REGISTER NOW TO GUARANTEE YOUR T-SHIRT AND DISCOUNTED PRICING.  After September 9th, it will be too late!  Don't miss this chance to support District 27's scholarship fund for graduating seniors!  For more info and to register, go to www.nb27.org/pta.
 
PTA Directory Notice
Directory forms with your student’s information were available for review at packet pickup or through the Wood Oaks office.   Please remember to turn in a directory form to the school if (1) you are new to the district or (2) you have any changes to your listing.  One form per family is just fine. The deadline for changes and additions is Wednesday, September 7th.  Questions can be sent to district27directory@hotmail.com
 
Upcoming Events
 
September 5 – Monday – Labor Day – NO SCHOOL
 
September 6 – Tuesday
7:15am-8:09am          Wind Ensemble Rehearsal
                                    Lessons begin for band and orchestra
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Student Council Meeting – Room 116
3:40pm-4:30pm          Cross Country Practice
3:40pm-5:30pm          6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Small gym
3:45pm-5:30pm          7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
3:45pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
 
September 7 – Wednesday – Josh’s
6:45am-7:45am          7th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
7:15am-8:09am          Chamber Strings Rehearsal
5th & 6th periods         Creative Writing Club - Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Homework Hour – Library
3:40pm-4:30pm          Math Club Meeting – Room 229
3:40pm-4:30pm          Cross Country Practice
3:45pm-5:30pm          8th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Practice – Big gym
4:00pm                        6th Gr Girls’ Volleyball Away Game @ Gemini
6:30pm-8:30pm          7th & 8th Grade Curriculum Night
 
September 8 – Thursday
7:15am-8:09am&n