Aiming to Keep You Informed
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!!
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.
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."
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:
INELIGIBLE for vaccine AND
IN Quarantine due to Positive Covid Test.
Please contact Samia Hefferan, Director of Student Services, email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
Please visit our Google Calendar for all activities and schedules!
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!
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)
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!
SPIRIT WEAR ONLINE ORDER Access Code: WESTFIELD2
Band Information Meeting
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.
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FROM WESTFIELD TECHNOLOGY
If you need assistance from the Technology Department, please use this link to request support:
Students: Please log out of your Chromebook and log back in daily
See this video on how to log in and out of your chromebook.
Otus Student Progress for 6th & 7th Grade Parents
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:
Parents, please complete this needs assessment:
Roselle Community Food Pantry
FROM THE WESTFIELD NURSE
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!
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.
WESTFIELD'S PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO)
BLOOMINGDALE PARK DISTRICT
WESTFIELD SOCIAL COMMUNICATION
- How to delete all email (6th grade)
- How to appropriately write an email
- You can only email other sd13.org email addresses
- Creating Bookmarks
- Starring and snoozing Emails
- How to Join Classroom(with Code)
- How to Join with Teacher Invite
- Check Stream and classwork page
- How to Turn in assignments
PowerSchool: Coming Soon