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AUGUST 27, 2021

From the Office

We hope everyone had a wonderful first week of school! It was so nice to meet our newest Warriors, catch up with familiar faces, and hear all about everyone's summer experiences. We truly appreciate all of the support our students receive from parents & guardians, grandparents, office staff, teachers, bus drivers, paraprofessionals, siblings, and more! It all helps tremendously to make a transition like the first day of school a success for our students!!


Thank you to our fabulous PTO for the ice cream treats they provided our students and staff today! What a fun way to end the week!!


Emergency Preparedness

Next week, we will begin conducting our annual safety drills with the cooperation of both the Bloomingdale Fire and Police Departments. As part of our annual safety drills, students and staff will participate in a lockdown drill, a severe weather drill, and several fire drills.


The purpose of conducting safety drills is to make sure that students and staff have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with new locations, practice routines that we will use in the event of an actual emergency, and ensure the safety and comfort of everyone at Westfield. Students and staff are notified in advance of the drills and students are able to ask questions during each of the practice sessions. If you have any questions related to our safety drills, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Main Office at 630-529-6211.


Social-Emotional Learning

This week in Acceleration period, we began introducing our students to what it means to be a WARRIOR. Each letter stands for a word that we believe will help keep our students on the path to success in High School, College, and Beyond. We use the phrase "We are WARRIORS" as both our daily Mission statement, representing our values, and as our ongoing Vision statement, or the goals we continually strive to improve upon.


After the first 8 days of Acceleration, we will transition to more of a traditional Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) format, using one day a week to focus on the Illinois Social Emotional Learning Standards, which include the SEL competencies of Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, Self-Management, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision-Making.


As outlined by the Illinois State Board of Education, "Social and Emotional Learning is the process of acquiring the skills to recognize and manage emotions, develop caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging tasks effectively."


Health Protocols

Social distancing, mask wearing, cleaning of surfaces, and frequent handwashing will be practiced. Students are required to wear masks as they enter buses and District 13 schools. Students will be able to remove masks during designated breaks, while at lunch, and during certain outdoor PE activities.


Quarantining due to Close Contact

A Close Contact is anyone with whom the confirmed COVID case had close contact, within 3 feet, for at least 15 minutes throughout the course of 24 hours. Exposure on a bus must include everyone who sat within 3 feet of the confirmed or probable COVID case for 15 minutes or longer. At lunch, with masks removed, close contacts are anyone within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer.


Westfield Middle School does not have to exclude all students in a classroom from attending school because a student in the classroom tested positive for COVID...Only those students who were Close Contacts with the confirmed student will be required to quarantine for 14 days. It is important for students to wear a mask & maintain 3-feet of social distance from others at all times.


If your child is quarantining at home, student work will be made available by each of their classroom teachers. Students and their parents/guardians should stay in regular contact with each teacher to determine the best method to access materials and resources. Some work may be accessible through digital sites, while other work may need to be picked up from school. Individual teachers may exempt students from portions of the work that is missed or provide alternative activities for lessons that are difficult to recreate at home. In addition, students will receive extended time to complete school work upon their return to the classroom.


Any student who tests positive for Covid or is a Close Contact to an individual who tests positive for Covid may be required to quarantine for up to 14 days. We ask that parents speak with the school nurse to determine the length of the quarantine and return date to school. Students who need to quarantine due to being a Close Contact will not qualify for Remote Instruction. Assignments will be made available to students during their absence.


If your child is in quarantine in excess of 14 days, per doctor's note, remote instruction MAY be made available based on the following criteria:

  1. Unvaccinated

  2. INELIGIBLE for vaccine AND

  3. IN Quarantine due to Positive Covid Test.

  4. Please contact Samia Hefferan, Director of Student Services, shefferan@sd13.org to start the application process


★ Remote Learning/Instruction is defined as: At least one hour of instruction

each school day or five hours in each school week provided by a certified teacher.


Upcoming Dates

Monday, September 6th there is No School for Labor Day. Friday, September 17th is our first early release day of the school year. Please reference the 2021/2022 Calendar for additional important dates.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Stefan Larsson

Principal


Amanda Vreeland

Assistant Principal

WARRIOR 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.

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UPCOMING DATES

Please visit our Google Calendar for all activities and schedules!

Reminders

Social-Emotional Supports

If you feel that your child is struggling on a social-emotional level, please do not hesitate to contact our Social Worker, Mrs. Sheila Zagotta, and she can work with you to coordinate supports for your child for both inside and outside of the classroom.


The Middle School years can be very tricky for students to navigate even during the best of times, so with a uniquely challenging year like this one, it's even more important for all of the adults in a child's life to collaborate on supporting each student's needs. We are here to help, so please reach out if we can be of assistance and we will continue to do the same!


Academic Supports

Paper is a support that connects students in grades 1-8 to a live, human tutor in that content area via chat. Students can access this support through their school login whenever they have questions on homework, would like someone to review an essay, or need help reviewing for an assessment. Please see this video for Parent Information on Paper tutorial for more information. (Papel para Padres en Español)


Daily Attendance

Please contact the Main Office at 630-529-6211 to report any student absences. This will help us to keep accurate records of every student present in our building. Thank you!

WESTFIELD THIS WEEK

Order Spirit Wear Today!

The online spirit wear store is open until August 30th.

SPIRIT WEAR ONLINE ORDER Access Code: WESTFIELD2

Grade Level News:

The teams will update these weekly during the school year 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

Gotta Run? Join the Cross Country Team

  1. Fill out the Cross Country Sign Up Form.
  2. Make sure you have a current physical filed with the Westfield Nurse, Beth Jones.
  3. Go to Cross Country practice after school Monday, Aug. 30th 3:40-4:50pm.
  4. If you like, order some Cross Country spiritwear.

Band Information Meeting

There will be a short informational meeting next week for all band students. On Thursday, Sept. 2nd, 7th and 8th graders will meet from 12:01 to 12:22 pm in the band room. On Friday, Sept. 3rd, 6th graders will meet from 11:38 to 11:59 am, also in the band room. Students will not need instruments for this meeting. See you there!

Show Off Your Voice! Join Westfield Choir

Choir Director and DuJardin Music Teacher, Mrs. Krzysiak, will hold choir rehearsals at Westfield. The first rehearsal is on September 8th at 7:30am. All Westfield students are encouraged to join!

CHOIR SIGN-UP FORM

GoodWill Drop Off

On Friday, September 10th 3:45pm-8:00pm, please drop off your donation items with the Westfield PTO volunteers.

STUDENT COUNCIL

Student Council Sign Up

During the 2021-2022 school year, Westfield Middle School will be offering in-person student council. Please fill out this STUDENT COUNCIL SIGN UP FORM if you are interested in becoming a Student Council Ambassador or homeroom representative.

Forms are due no later than Tuesday, August 31st. Applicants will be selected the following day. The first meeting for the applicants selected will be Friday, September 3rd in the Health room.


Student Council is an organization led by students in their school. The purpose of Student Council is to give students an opportunity to develop leadership through organizing ideas, carrying out school activities, and community involvement projects, to name a few. In addition to planning events that contribute to school spirit and being involved in the community, the Student Council is the voice of the student body.



  • COMING UP: Bloomingdale SeptemberFest on Saturday, September 11th

Go Orange on September 17th!

Every year the Village of Bloomingdale hosts a “Go Orange Day” to help Raise Awareness about Hunger. Order your Go Orange T-shirts now for only $5 and 15% of your order will be donated to help local Food Pantries and those in need!

Click here to Order your Go Orange Day T-Shirt.

Want to give someone a shout out?

Students and Staff: Use your sd13.org, to give a shout out to another student or staff member use this Shout Out form! Responses will be reviewed before the recipient receives the shout out! Let's connect and tell each other how they've done something meaningful!

FROM WESTFIELD TECHNOLOGY

Chromebook Trouble?

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

Technology Support

Students: Please log out of your Chromebook and log 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.

Otus Student Progress for 6th & 7th Grade Parents

We will use Otus (https://my.otus.com/) to report the mastery of skill and detailed student progress for 6th & 7th grade this year, while continuing to take attendance in PowerSchool. Otus report cards will be mailed home at the same time as 8th grade report cards.

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.

FROM THE WESTFIELD SOCIAL WORKER

The Glenbard Parent Series

Join other parents, high school and middle school students, and professionals to learn about issues facing today’s youth such as Student Social Skills and Anxiety, Rethinking Parental Pressure.

The Glenbard Parent Series engages top experts, parents and school staff to become proactive and informed in pursuit of the mutual goal to strengthen our communities. Programs are free and open to the public. Coming August 24 & 25, 2021:

https://www.glenbardgps.org/

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

Local Food Pantry at Bloomingdale Church

Neighborhood weekly food pantry every Saturday, 10:00am-NOON

Roselle Community Food Pantry

Now expanded to serve Bloomingdale and Medinah along with Roselle.

LINK TO INFORMATION

FROM THE WESTFIELD NURSE

Parents/Guardians,

Welcome back to Westfield!

Please remember to turn in all physical, immunization, medication forms, and emergency care plans to the Health Office as soon as possible. Remember to complete and sign the required parent portions as well!

Thank you for attending to these important health mandates; this paperwork allows us to give your students excellent health care! Our goal is to keep them safe and healthy! Thank you!

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Discard Your Masks Safely

By cutting the ear straps on your masks before throwing them away, you can prevent wildlife from getting tangled in them. If the straps aren’t snipped, the loops can easily catch onto an animal’s legs or wings, and animals can easily choke on or consume them, leading to fatal bowel obstructions.

Teenage Depression and Anxiety

WESTFIELD'S PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO)

Volunteering is Back!


  • Westfield Parents and Guardians! Sign up to volunteer for school year 2021-2022.
  • CLICK HERE to fill out what you would like to do.
  • Questions? Email Loriann Hoyle or Linda Baker for information.

PTO Membership Dues

Benefits of your $20 membership:


  • All-school parties
  • Teacher appreciation
  • Scholarships
  • Field Trips
  • Student awards

New Board Contacts for Westfield PTO

The newly appointed 2021-22 PTO Board members are:

BLOOMINGDALE PARK DISTRICT

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: