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September 4, 2020

Noteworthy: Thank You!

We are SO grateful...

Thank you to our amazing Sherwood PTO for supporting the Sherwood staff during our institute days by providing a delicious lunch from Cluckers, LOTS of snacks and beverages to keep us refreshed. Thank you for your contribution to our AWESOME "Welcome Back" balloons and sign for our students that we missed so much! And last but certainly not least, thank you to Leah Brajer, PTO parent, for designing and making a personalized mask chain for all of our staff members at Sherwood. We are so grateful!

Thank you to EVERY member of our Sherwood staff for putting in endless hours prepping for our students to come back to school whether it be in person or virtually. Your collaboration and dedication to our students and each other has been incredible! We are so grateful!

A BIG shout out to our Sherwood students! We continue to be impressed with your flexibility and your ability to start school in a new way without missing a beat. We are so lucky to have all of you at Sherwood! We are so grateful!

Thank you to ALL of our Sherwood families for your kindness, patience and support during these unprecedented times. We are fortunate to have a community that has truly come together to support each other during these uncertain times. We are so grateful!

Panda Pride,

Rachel & Kevin

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Sherwood Virtual Open House 9/17/20

Sherwood Family Questions & Comments

We're eager to virtually open our school doors to families for Open House. We will be moving back our Open House date to September, 17th to ensure that all schools across the district have it on the same day. This will allow both our hybrid and virtual classrooms to access content on the same day, as we know many families may have students being taught by teachers from multiple school sites.

Our teachers this year will be recording videos and we will be placing them online for you to view at your own leisure. We want to make sure that you're still able to have questions answered and share comments, so we're attaching a google form for you to fill out before our Open House. Your teacher will then address/incorporate your responses into the presentation.

Responses are DUE on Friday, September 11th at 10am.

Welcome Back - Highland Park Police Department Visit

We will be hosting our yearly Highland Park Police Department visit during both AM and PM hybrid arrival on Tuesday, September 8th. We are so fortunate to partner with HPPD!

Zoom Expectations

Please remind your child to post their FIRST & LAST name on their Zoom account so that their full name shows when they are participating in live Zoom sessions. Having this information is very helpful for our teachers to learn student names. Thanks!

Reporting A Student Absence

Parents/Guardians - When reporting an absence please include WHY your child is absent so that our office can code the absence correctly.

Please call: 224-765-3805

Sunset Woods Park Playground Renovation and Master Plan

The Park District of Highland Park Board of Park Commissioners has approved a planning project for the renovation of Sunset Woods Park’s iconic Rocket Ship playground and Titanic Tides tot lot located on the western edge of the park and development of a master plan for the entire park. Now, and over the next few months, community members will have a variety of opportunities to provide their input on the playground design and the vision for Sunset Woods as the project progresses. In keeping with COVID-19 DCEO guidelines, online, virtual, and in-person engagement opportunities will be available to all residents. Visit the Sunset Woods Interactive Project Website or email to learn more about the project and provide your feedback.

Important messages from your Sherwood PTO

PTO Registration (FREE) is open to everyone! If you haven’t already, please create an account online at so that you won’t miss any information from the PTO. (If you’re not sure how, look for and click the “INFO” button on the home page).

PTO Memberships are open for sale. Please help support our Sherwood school by making your $30 donation, and getting access to our Paperless PTO App!

Birthday Book sales are now open too! For more information, please visit, login, and click the link, or open the menu: “For Sale”, then, “PTO Membership”.

Sherwood Spiritwear is available to order! Please CLICK HERE or visit the link on the Sherwood PTO website. Sales are open through September 25.

McTeacher Night is back! It will look a bit different this year, but will still be great fun! Come on out to see your classmates, teachers and help support Sherwood too! Thursday, September 17 from 11AM-8 PM. Please CLICK HERE to view the flyer, and more information, on the Sherwood PTO website.

*** UPDATE YOUR STUDENT’S TEACHER **Very important**

Please, please help by updating your child's teacher & section (AM/PM)

  1. Login to
  2. Click “MY Account” on the menu bar.
  3. Click “MY STUDENTS” to update your child’s grade, teacher and session time (AM/PM) for the 2020-2021 school year.
  4. Click “SAVE STUDENT” at the bottom of the page or your updated info will not be saved.
  5. Click “ADD NEW STUDENT” if you have a new child coming to the school.

**PLEASE NOTE: The role of Room Parent is temporarily on hold as things are completely different this year and as of now, no parents will be allowed into the classrooms.

Upcoming Dates


No School - Labor Day


Sherwood Open House - Virtual @4pm (videos will be released)


PTO McDonald's Fundraiser 11am - 8pm


End of 1st Trimester

Sherwood Elementary School

AM Session 8:36am - 10:51am

(There will be asynchronous learning between sessions)

PM Session 12:51pm - 3:06pm

Attendance Line: 224-765-3805