The Wonderful World of Woodbury

Weekly Update for Families: February 20th

This Week at Woodbury....

Be sure to scroll through to check out important information and updates on future events and student celebrations. Also, new information in district news on registering your child for kindergarten.

Our link to to the state required 5 Essentials Survey is below. Our goal is to gain at least 20% of feedback from our families. We would love if you would help us by completing that survey below for each child who attends our school. Thank you!

Attendance updates were sent to all parents/guardians who have students with 7 or more absences. Please note that this is just a friendly reminder to many as we know it is not common for parents to log into Tyler to check attendance. The days can add up quickly, especially as we endure a year with spells of illness. We are being more diligent this year as excessive absence really does impact on academic and social growth and we are seeing significant numbers of absences this year. If you ever have questions, please call our office and we would be happy to help. The district provides 7 excused absences and we are obligated to inform at 3 unexcused and at 5 unexcused are required to refer to DeKalb Country Truancy Office. We do look at absences individually by student and aim to give as much grace and support by reaching out. To see our full policy please click here. We know that you can not to take your child to the doctor every time they are ill. We are also able to have our nurse see your student to excuse the absence as well. All you have to do is call us and let us know and Mrs. Hoyt can meet you out front of our building. Thank you for your help!

Our first Coffee and Conversation is coming up on Friday, March 3rd! Details below!

Our first PPA Rosati's Night was a success! Our PPA was able to raise $240 and Mrs. Mathis' kindergarten class was our pizza party winner! Congratulations!

Reminder: This week! We hope you will join us! We will be hosting a bullying and online safety parent presentation at our school on February 23rd (details below). This is a hard topic for kids and a worrisome topic for parents of kids of all ages. This is an adult presentation and a student presentation will also be scheduled in March.

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SEL Corner with Miss Rogowski

MARCH 5-11, 2023

The theme for National School Social Work Week 2023 is “We Rise.” School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) believes School Social Workers rise up - supporting their students, families, and school communities. School Social Workers rise to share hope. They rise to listen and understand. They rise to challenge inequities. They rise to support all students.

As a school social worker, I work as part of a multidisciplinary team to assist in the development of a positive learning environment and reduce the negative impact of environmental, social, and/or emotional problems in order to optimize learning for all students. I am lucky to be in every classroom every week teaching a social-emotional learning lesson. I provide individual and group social work services while also assisting in the development of behavior intervention plans for students in their classroom.

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Mr. Mlot's Reading Corner

Check out some of these reading suggestions from Mr. Mlot!

Illinois 5 Essentials Survey Reminder

Friendly reminder to complete the survey prior to March 31st. Thank you so much for your help!

This month, parents/guardians and teachers across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the eleventh annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5 Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

All of Woodbury Teachers, and Professionals will have the opportunity to complete a staff member survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. Additionally, if at least 20 percent of Woodbury parents/guardians complete this survey, a parent supplement report will also be generated. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in May 2023 and will also be included in the State School Report Card.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey linked below and provide Woodbury with valuable feedback! Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey for students and teachers will remain open until March 31, 2023. The Parent Survey Supplement will be conducted during that same timeframe. To take the survey please visit and select the appropriate survey to begin.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please visit If you have any questions or concerns, please contact UChicago Impact Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or

Dates to Remember

2/20: No School, Presidents’ Day

2/23: Parent Presentation, Bullying and Online Safety 6:00-7:00 p.m.

2/27: Read Across America Week

3/1: First Grade Hoover Field Trip

3/2: Trimester II Report Cards go home, Coffee with the Principal, Social Emotional Learning 7:45-8:45 a.m.

3/6: Kindergarten Registration Begins

3/8: Spring Pictures

3/10: 11:10 Dismissal

3/17: FV Therapy Dogs Visit

3/21: School Board Meeting

3/27-31: Spring Break

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You're invited! We will be hosting our first Coffee and Conversation on Friday, March 3rd from 7:45-8:45 a.m. Our first topic will be on social emotional learning and behavior. Come grab a warm cup of coffee in the staff lounge after you have dropped off your student on the playground and join Mrs. Kern and a few staff members for conversation centered on social emotional learning. This will be a great opportunity to learn and support each other! Watch for a flyer in your child's folder and please RSVP below!

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Coffee & Conversation: Social Emotional Learning & Behavior

Friday, March 3rd, 7:45-8:45am

322 East 3rd Street

Sandwich, IL

Do you want to learn more about social emotional learning and behavior? There is no one size fits all way to support children. Young children are learning every day how to manage and regulate all of their emotions and feelings as they experience and take in the world around them. Join us for a warm cup of coffee and let's share ideas, learn together and support one another. This event is intended to be relaxed and serve as a support for parents/guardians who want to learn more, parents who may be in need of advice or support, and for those who simply want to help others and share their own journey. We hope you will join us! PLEASE RSVP by February 24th.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Check out our great work!

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Leave a Woodbury Staff Member a Shoutout

Thank you for making a staff members day!

District News

New Procedures for Kindergarten Registration

Mission Kindergarten:

We are excited to welcome our new class of kindergartens to the school district. We will have several events to help these learners and their families build relationships with the school district. To begin the process we need all incoming kindergarten families to prove residence and sign up for our “Preparing to Launch” event.

Starting on Monday, March 6 please contact Jody at the district office to find out what you need to prove residence (Residence Paperwork). Once you have proven residence you can sign up for the first event at your elementary school. No families will be given a screening time at “Preparing to Launch” without proving residence first.

Kindergarten Registration Process

1. Contact Jody at the district office at (815-786-2187) starting on Monday, March 6

2. Complete the proof of residency:

3. Complete online registration in Teacher Ease

You will receive this link once residence requirements are met.

4. Sign up for a screening time slot at our “Preparing to Launch” event on April 12 or 13.

Contact Jody at the district office at (815-786-2187)

5. Attend “Preparing to Launch” event on April 12 or 13

6. Attend “Blast Off” orientation event the week of May 8th.

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2023 Sandwich Education Foundation Casino Night

The Sandwich Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed in 1994 to enhance the educational opportunities for the students of Sandwich C.U.S.D. #430. The Board of Trustees is made up of parents, teachers, and local business owners who volunteer their time to help support and enrich our schools.

Our biggest fundraiser this year is our Casino Night and Silent Auction, which will be held on April 15, 2023, at the Fox Valley Older Adults Community Center in Sandwich. Doors open at 6:00 and the casino games will open from 7:00-10:00. At the event, you will be able to test your luck on popular casino games like craps, roulette, and blackjack. Don’t worry you won’t be playing for real money so you can take a risk and bet big to help our students. We will also have dealers on hand to help teach games to our less experienced guests. Appetizers will be served and there will also be a silent auction and raffles. This event is always a fun night and a great way to support our schools. Tickets are $25 each and are available in the main office of each school or online by clicking this link.

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Superintendent's Notes

Please Click Here to access the most recent Superintendent's Notes. The purpose of these notes is for stakeholders to gain district-specific information that may not be included in building-level monthly newsletters.

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