Panda Prints: Special Edition

March 30, 2021

Dear Sherwood Community,

It is almost time to welcome back students to full day in-person instruction! Below you will find more information that will help our pandas navigate the latest change in our learning model.

We want to reiterate our sincere appreciation to the Sherwood community. It is incredible to see how flexible and supportive our students, teachers, parents, and staff have been throughout the year. See you all bright and early on Tuesday, April 6th!

Wash your hands.

Wear a mask.

Watch your distance.

Stay safe everyone!

Panda Pride,

Rachel & Kevin

Full Day Sherwood School Hours

Supervision Begins @8:20am

School Begins @8:36am

School Ends @3:13pm

(Before and after child care is available through Innovation Learning)

Attendance Line: 224-765-3805

K-5 Teacher Full Day In-Person/Virtual Assignments

Please know that stability amongst the classrooms was a priority as we planned for our next (hopefully final) pivot. Parents and guardians will be able to access homeroom teacher assignments via Infinite Campus this evening. Homeroom teachers will be reaching out with more information this week.

Note From Nurse Greenberger

I'm looking forward to returning from Spring break and seeing all our smiling Pandas for a full day! How wonderful it will be for us to be together again.

An important reminder for parents: I will need to have on file the following forms for any of your students who might require health plans.

  • Medication Authorization Forms including for over-the-counter medications (sorry, no cough drops at school now)
  • Asthma Plans
  • Food Allergies Plans
  • Seizure Plans
  • Any other special plans your student might require

Please let me know if you have any questions about this or anything else. You may call me at 224-765-3809 or email me at

Be well, stay safe,


Safety Protocols

We will use the following mitigations to maintain our safe environment:

  • A minimum of 3ft social distancing will be maintained throughout the school day - lunchtime requires a minimum of 6ft social distancing.

  • With the exception of lunch, students and adults will wear a mask at all times.

  • Students will continue to practice hand hygiene throughout the school day.

  • Students will have their own materials in the classroom (no shared supplies).

  • Stay to the right in two-way hallways following the directional footsteps.

  • No visitors will be allowed in the building.

CrisisGo Self-Certification

Students will continue to be certified for entry via CrisisGo. Please complete the certification process EVERY morning by 8:00am.

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

With the entire school arriving and dismissing at the same time it is essential that everyone follows our arrival and dismissal procedures. We greatly appreciate your partnership ensuring the safety of our students and staff. Below are some important reminders:

Car Drop Off & Pick Up

  • Supervision begins at 8:20am. Please do not let your child exit your vehicle without a Sherwood staff present.

  • Pick up begins at 3:13pm. Please display a sign with your child’s name to help us keep the line moving as quickly as possible. All drivers must pull all the way forward and follow the directions of our staff. We are working diligently to keep the flow of cars moving and greatly appreciate your support.

  • The front circle is reserved for special transportation.


  • Parents who choose to meet their child on the blacktop/sidewalk must wear a mask.

  • No dogs allowed on school property per Highland Park City Ordinance.


  • All bus riders will have an assigned seat for contact tracing purposes.

  • Students must wear a face mask at all times on the bus.

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Lunch & Recess Information

Lunch at Sherwood will look a bit different this year so that our students and staff remain safe while eating. Each student will have their own desk and chair of which will be located 6ft a part to ensure appropriate social distancing. Students will be sitting in assigned seats. Desks and chairs will be disinfected in between lunch periods. Our lunchroom space will include our multipurpose room AND our gym. We will also be adding a third lunch period. Please review our new lunch/recess schedule below.

If you child has food allergies, please know our assigned seating arrangements using individual desks and cleaning protocol will provide your child with a safe place to eat.

Organic Life will be available for grab and go, or students will need to bring their own lunch each day. We will NOT accept student lunch deliveries from restaurants.

Recess will occur outside weather permitting, students will be organized by classroom cohorts.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Rachel (

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Daily Lunch Student Pick Up Survey

Please complete this form if you would like to pick up your child for lunch everyday.

Student Material Information: Virtual to In-Person Switch

  • Keep at Home - Art kit, PE kit, math manipulative kit, and Bridges Home Connection workbook

  • Return to School - ELA workbooks, ReadyGen Anchor Texts & Text Collections, Bridges Number Corner Workbook & Bridges Student Workbook

Specials Classes Information

For students attending in-person learning, specials will be taught by our Sherwood specials teachers. Due to safety and available space at Sherwood PE, music and library will be taught outside or in the homeroom classroom. Art will be taught in the art room based on class size and the ability to maintain 3ft social distancing in the art room.

Our virtual students will participate in specials classes taught by non-Sherwood staff through an online program called Proximity. More information will be shared soon!

Band & Orchestra Update (4th & 5th Grades)

Elementary band and orchestra will begin on April 12th. If you have questions about band, please reach out to Evan Canel ( If you have questions about orchestra, please reach out to Nate Rhodes ( Thanks!

Innovation Learning Registration

Innovation Learning will be back onsite at Sherwood! If you are interested in signing your child up for before and/or after school care, please REGISTER HERE.

Upcoming Dates


April Fool's Day - Spirit Day - Mismatch Clothes


No School - Good Friday


No School - Remote Planning Day


K-5 Pivot to Full Day In-Person/Virtual Learning


Cinco de Mayo - Spirit Day - Colorful Clothes

Sherwood Elementary School

Supervision Begins @8:20

AM Session 8:36am - 10:51am

(There will be asynchronous learning between sessions)

Supervision Begins @12:36

PM Session 12:51pm - 3:06pm

(Before and after child care is not available)

Attendance Line: 224-765-3805