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MARCH 5, 2021

From the Office

Today, marks the end of the 2nd Trimester. We encourage parents to reach out to their child's teachers if your child is struggling with their academics, so that our staff can partner with you on creating appropriate academic supports for your child during the 3rd Trimester.


If you feel that your child is struggling more 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!


2nd Trimester Report Cards

Report Cards will be sent home the week of March 15th. Grades can be accessed throughout the trimester, by logging into Otus for 6th graders and PowerSchool for 7th and 8th graders. Please contact one of your child's teachers if you have specific questions regarding student assignments or grades.


Celebrate Women's History Month

Women's History Month is an annual celebration of the achievements and contributions made by women throughout U.S. history. Although students at Westfield learn about the achievements and history of women throughout the school year in all courses, we also believe it is important to use this month to encourage students and families to learn more. We encourage students to have conversations at home about the contributions made by women throughout the history of the United States. The links below from History.com and Womenshistorymonth.gov have wonderful resources.


https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/womens-history-month


https://womenshistorymonth.gov/



Reminder - 2021 Illinois 5 Essentials: Parent Survey

We really value your feedback! If you have not yet had the chance to complete the 5 Essentials survey, please consider doing so in the next couple of weeks. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete and is phone friendly. Thank you to everyone who has already completed it!


Link to survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/

It will ask you to type in DuPage and Westfield Middle School

Survey window is Feb. 3, 2021 to April 2, 2021


Reminder - 2021 Illinois 5 Essentials: Student Survey

A student version of the 5Essentials Survey will be offered to all students at Westfield in March, starting with 6th and 8th graders on March 12th and 7th graders on March 15th. Teachers will provide students with the link and time to complete the survey. Please see this letter from District 13 regarding the 5 Essentials Survey and your right as a parent to request that your child not participate in the survey this year.


The Warrior Games - Round 3

Round 3 of our Warrior Games took place this week. The top scores in each grade level will advance to a final round where students will compete as a team versus our staff finalists. The final round of student finalists versus staff finalists is scheduled to take place next week. Detailed information will be shared with all finalists.


Updated District 13 Calendar

A reminder to see the updated January - June District Calendar shared in December. Please take note of the Noon Dismissals on March 10th, April 21st, and May 19th.


Next week - In-Person Learning Schedule

Monday, 3/8 - Group A

Tuesday, 3/9 - Group B

Wednesday, 3/10 - Group B - (Noon Dismissal)

Thursday, 3/11 - Group A

Friday, 3/12 - Group B

Have a wonderful weekend!


Stefan Larsson

Principal


Nicole Gabany

Assistant Principal

WARRIOR GAMES: Rounds 1, 2 & 3 are complete. Round 4 Championship next week!

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!

  • End of Trimester 2: March 5th
  • Begin Trimester 3: March 8th
  • 12:00 Noon Dismissal: March 10th
  • Student Supply Pick Up: March 10th 2-5pm ONLY FOR STUDENTS RECEIVING TEACHER/STAFF EMAIL
  • Spring Play Auditions: March 10th 4:00-5:30pm INFO LINK
  • Daylight Savings Time Change: March 14th
  • Spring Break: March 29th -- April 2nd

Reminders

Daily RAPTOR Pre-Certification form needed for all In-Person Learners

All students attending In-Person learning must have the RAPTOR health pre-certification form completed by their parents through each day that they attend In-Person learning.


Daily Attendance

Please contact the Main Office at 630-529-6211 to report any student absences. We also ask that parents/guardians notify the Main Office if your child is listed for In-Person Learning, but will be attending classes Remotely for the day. This will help us to keep accurate records of every student present in our building. Thank you!


UPDATED: Out-of-State travel - possible Quarantine days

If out-of-state travel becomes necessary for your child, students will be required to attend classes remotely upon returning to Illinois for a period of up to 10 calendar days if the student has traveled to an area that has a higher transmission rate than Illinois. Please reach out to our Nurse if you have any health related questions or concerns. Thank you for helping us keep our building as safe as possible for our students and staff!


Academic Supports

In addition to our current academic supports, we are very excited to add the use of Paper for our students, which will begin on Monday, February 1st!


This support 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)


On Monday, students will receive an email with instructions and information. They will also be watching a quick introduction video during Acceleration next week. We hope students find this resource useful, especially during afterschool hours and on weekends!

Check the In-Person Calendar

  • Remember to follow the new hybrid calendar for student in-person A and B days.
  • Parents will be able to update their choice again for Trimester 3.

FULL CALENDAR FOR JANUARY THROUGH JUNE 2021

12:00 NOON DISMISSAL SCHEDULE = 3/10, 4/21, 5/19

WESTFIELD THIS WEEK

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

Gold, Gold, Gold! Be a Part of the Spring Play

Audition for a dramatic role or apply for a crew/director position in Westfield's Presentation of: King Midas and the Touch of Gold.

SPRING PLAY INFORMATION

8th GRADERS! Send in Your Baby/Toddler Picture for the "Guess the Baby" Yearbook Page

Lancer Select 2021 Spring Basketball

Calling all athletes! All 3rd--8th graders, register and try out to play basketball this spring. Tryouts are March 8th, March 10th and March 11th. You must be registered to tryout.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Parents/Guardians: Please Call in Your Student's Absence (even if they are 'full remote')

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!

Join the Yearbook Team!

Do you like to take pictures? With the New Yearbook Team you can do that AND design a yearbook. All grades are welcome. If you're interested, send a message to: wfyearbook@sd13.org

Check Out Westfield Library Books Remotely

CLICK HERE to check out anything...anything?...yes, anything from the Westfield Library catalog! Questions: Email Westfield Librarian, Mrs. Wetendorf.

Westfield Art Needs Your Frosting Containers!

Please drop off at Westfield your empty frosting containers with lids. Students will use these for their Creature Container sculpture projects! Thank you!

Mrs. Gabany's Virtual Office

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 Grade Parents

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

Brand New to District 13 AND Starting in August 2021?

Only fill out this enrollment if your student will be BRAND NEW TO THE DISTRICT AND STARTING IN AUGUST 2021.

(Returning student registration will be coming soon!)

BRAND NEW D13 STUDENT ENROLLMENT FORM FOR AUGUST 2021

DOCUMENTS I NEED TO ENROLL MY NEW STUDENT

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

Career Education for Families

Career Services Virtual Information


  • Help getting a job
  • Free career coaching
  • Training grants

Education and Careers

Local Mobile Food Pantry

Make a Difference from a Distance

Support your local Marklund Children's Home by participating in the virtual Fun Run/Walk & Roll anytime...anywhere between April 15th and18th!

FROM THE WESTFIELD NURSE

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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

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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WESTFIELD'S PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO)

Graduating High School Seniors: District 13 College Scholarship 2021

For any high school student who attended DuJardin, Erickson and/or Westfield, here is college a scholarship opportunity offered by the District 13 Parent Teacher Organizations. Applicants must be accepted by an accredited college. Deadline for applications must be delivered to each school attended by April 5, 2021.

BLOOMINGDALE SCHOOL DISTRICT 13 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

When students return fully, we'll use SignUp.com to organize Westfield Volunteers.

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

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

BLOOMINGDALE CHARACTER COUNTS!

Annual CC! Nomination Form

Each year, the Bloomingdale Character Counts! Coalition individuals for exhibiting on-going good character. Nominate that person here! All nominations must be submitted before April 30th.

CC! NOMINATION FORM

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: