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Aiming to Keep You Informed

September 25, 2020

From the Office

At this time, there is no date set for a return to in-person learning at Westfield. However, we do remain hopeful that our middle school students can return soon, and we are excited to see that the Elementary Schools will have Kindergartners and Pre-K students able to attend on Monday, 9/28.


The DuPage County Health Department is currently not recommending the mixing of students throughout the day, but hopefully the county health numbers will improve soon and move us into the "minimal" category, which will allow us to function as a traditional middle school. One of the main challenges at the middle school level is the need for most students to switch classes throughout the day and attend classes at their individual instructional level or to take courses of their choosing.


This week, we sent home bus route and bus stop information for you to review in preparation of a potential return to in-person instruction at Westfield. As Dr. Bartelt has shared, parents will have the option to choose full remote learning for their child when a date is announced for in-person learning at Westfield.


Attention 8th Graders - No PSAT8 Testing

Lake Park High School has informed us that they will not be administering the PSAT8 exam this year. They are working on alternative methods for student placement and will share more information at a later date.


MAP Assessments: Parent MAP Letter

We have MAP testing scheduled on the following dates for the following grades. The students will receive more detailed information from their teachers.

6th grade 9/29

7th grade 10/1

8th grade 10/6


Students will take one test in the morning then one test in the afternoon and will not attend their regular classes for the day. When they have completed their morning test they are finished until they have to report back after lunch. Similarly, when they complete their afternoon test they are finished for the day.


If you'd like more information here are some resources:

Family Tool Kit, Family Guide to MAP growth



Attention 6th Grade Parents

This week, 6th Grade teachers helped students create their accounts in Otus. There are videos in the 6th grade team newsletter below to help you create your account, connect your account to your student (they can provide you their specific student code from their profile), as well as a deeper explanation of the Otus platform.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Stefan Larsson

Principal


Nicole Gabany

Assistant Principal

Warriors of the Week

Each week the staff recognizes students for demonstrating outstanding character based on attitudes or actions that fall under the Character Counts Pillars and our WARRIORS Mission and Vision.

WoW 9/25/20

UPCOMING DATES

Please visit our Google Calendar for all activities and schedules!

  • MAP TESTING: 6th grade - 9/29; 7th grade 10/1; 8th grade 10/6
  • District 13 Virtual Board Meeting: September 28th at 7:00pm
  • Spirit Wear: Westfield Wear Shop open now through October 5



2020-2021 DISTRICT CALENDAR - DRAFT 9/4/20

WESTFIELD THIS WEEK

Six Word Challenge

Students were asked to sub six words to sum up school this far! We have a lot of submissions and will run more in the following Arrow Newsletters! 😄
Six Word Challenge 20 21 - 92520

Grade Level News:

The teams will update these weekly with news and any upcoming information.


6th Grade Team

7th Grade Team

8th Grade Team

Explore Team (6, 7, and 8th)

PE Team (6, 7, and 8)

STUDENT INFORMATION

Westfield Spirit Wear! Order by October 5!

We have a Spirit Wear shop open! Click here to see the flyer! Click this link to take you to the shop: https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/WFMSSW20


Your order will come individually bagged to school and we will organize a pick up plan for your items we will communicate at a later date!

Student Expectations for Remote Learning

We ask that all parents take a moment and review the expectations for proper school behavior and on-line etiquette provided in the following links. Please reference our Student Handbook for general policies and procedures and this Virtual Etiquette for Google Meets infographic to assist students with Remote Learning expectations. Thank you!

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Students! Email Westfield Your Pictures for the Arrow and the Yearbook

Take appropriate pictures of you working on Drama projects, Art projects, STEM projects, PE workouts, Spanish projects, Band practice, Social Studies/Math/Science/ELA homework...!


Email your pictures to: WFyearbook@sd13.org

Extra-Curricular Activities

We are working with staff to create virtual opportunities for students to participate in clubs and performing arts programs. At this time, we are unable to offer traditional athletic programs, however we are working with coaches to design online opportunities for those groups as well. More information about Extra-Curricular offerings for the 2020-2021 school year will be shared soon.

TECHNOLOGY

Students: Please log out of your chromebook and back in daily

In order to ensure your chromebook is working the best it can and receiving updates from the technology department, we ask that students log out of their chromebook and back in, daily.


See this video on how to log in and out of your chromebook.

Get the Parent PowerSchool App

Similar to the PowerSchool Parent Web Portal, parents can download the PowerSchool Mobile App from the App store on your iOS device or the Play Store on your Android device. Simply search for “PowerSchool” to find and install the mobile app on your smartphone or tablet.



  • After downloading the mobile app to your device, connect the Mobile App to the correct PowerSchool server for Bloomingdale School District 13, by entering our unique four-character code: G M K T
  • You can also search for Bloomingdale SD13 by district or school name.
  • The PowerSchool Mobile App will display your child(ren)’s schedule and assignments.
  • PowerSchool Mobile app users can also enable Push Notifications to receive alerts when attendance is recorded or a final grade changes. To setup notifications within the app: Tap Account, then tap Notifications to configure the notifications you want to receive. Use the slider icons to turn the notifications on or off.
  • Note: Parents must have a PowerSchool Parent Web Portal account created and students linked to their account before using the PowerSchool Mobile App. Click here for instructions on how to create a parent Portal account.

Otus for 6th grade Parents

We will use Otus (https://my.otus.com/) to report the mastery of skill for 6th grade this year, while taking attendance in PowerSchool.

Chromebook Trouble?

If you need assistance from the Technology Department, please use this link to request support.

Technology Support

Parents/Guardians: Please Call in Your Student's Absence

Please call the Westfield Office 630-529-6211 (24 hour voicemail) to report any student absence: for a Doctor appointment, an illness, a vacation, Chromebook/WiFi issues etc. You may also email the Westfield office staff, Laurie Spejcher lspejcher@sd13.org or Lynne McGinn luhl@sd13.org 24 hours a day to report an absence. Thank you!

FROM THE WESTFIELD SOCIAL WORKER

Parents, please complete this needs assessment:

We would love to check in with you! Please let us know what your student may need during this time! Mrs. Zagotta will be receiving and reviewing your responses!


Westfield Student Needs Assessment

FROM THE WESTFIELD NURSE

PARENTS:

The State of Illinois is not waiving the requirements for all students who have mandated health forms (physicals, immunizations, dental and eye exams), even though students are not currently physically present in the schools. Please submit the mandated forms to your child’s school as soon as possible. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact your school’s building nurse for assistance (Westfield Middle School nurse is Beth Jones bjones@sd13.org) Please scan, fax, or drop off hard copies of medical documents to the school. We are unable to accept photographs of medical documents. Thank you!

{Students who are transferring into our district from out-of-state must speak with the building nurse.}

The exclusion date for non-compliant students remains October 15th, except for the dental exam which is not due until May 2021.

The required forms are available at your Doctor offices and on your school’s website, located under “Health Information”.


Please see below for the grades which have mandated paperwork due October 15th:

  • Kindergarten (or 1st grade, if your student did not attend kindergarten): physical examination, up-to-date immunizations, eye exam and dental exam. (Dental exam is due in May 2021.)

  • 2nd grade: dental exam. (Dental exam is due in May 2021.)

  • 6th grade: physical examination, up-to-date immunizations and dental exam. (Dental exam is due in May 2021.)

Teenage Depression and Anxiety

WESTFIELD'S PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO)

When hot lunch returns, we'll use SignUp.com to organize Westfield Hot Lunch Volunteers.

1) Click this link to see our SignUp: https://signup.com/go/xZeejVZ

2) When school resumes, review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

BLOOMINGDALE PARK DISTRICT PROGRAMS

Movie Nights on Fridays

B-FIT Center Membership

Little Acorns

Kids Place Before and after school care

WESTFIELD SOCIAL COMMUNICATION

How-To Videos

We are working with students to create "How-To" Videos to support students and parents. Below are some of the topics we have videos for so far. We will continue to cover different topics as they come up. (*If the video is not linked here it is in the process of being made and edited, but we wanted you to know it is coming!)


Gmail:

Google Classroom:

PowerSchool: Coming Soon

FlipGrid:

Chromebook: