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Aiming to Keep You Informed

September 18, 2020

From the Office

We would like to thank everyone who participated in our Curriculum Night Livestream Q&A last night! From creating teacher video presentations to answering questions on a Youtube livestream, this whole process was new for our staff. As you can imagine, it was on the one hand exciting to learn and try something new, and on the other hand a little nerve racking.😀 We believe our teachers did a fantastic job and we truly appreciate your support of our staff!


Bus Routes & Stops

While we all anxiously await local health metrics to allow for the return of middle school students, we thought it would be helpful for parents and students to have the most updated Bus Route information so you can be prepared. Student schedules with Bus Routes included, along with a separate list of AM and PM stops, are being mailed home next week. If riding the school bus is your child's preferred method of transportation this school year, please review the stop locations for when we are able to return to in-person learning. Please keep in mind that when we are able to return to in-person instruction at Westfield, it will most likely be under an A/B format with roughly 50% of students on campus each day. Some students and their families may also opt for Full Remote learning. Therefore, the bus passenger count could be reduced significantly on any given day from what is printed on the bus route sheet.


MAP Assessments

As in previous years, we do plan to assess student progress using the MAP Assessment for both Language Arts and Mathematics in grades 6th - 8th. MAP testing at Westfield typically occurs 3 times a year, during Fall, Winter, and Spring. We are currently working with NWEA MAP to finalize plans to administer the MAP test in a remote format for the Fall session. We are tentatively looking at the week of September 28th for Fall MAP testing at Westfield. The exact dates will be published in advance and teachers will provide students with details and specific procedures prior to the test date.


MAP testing is used to assess individual student academic progress and inform teachers of how best to support their students. We know that any type of test can trigger stress and anxiety. It may be helpful to remind your child that MAP tests are not designed to have participants answer every question correctly. Rather, questions are provided based on the student's individual performance on the previous question, in an effort to accurately identify each student's individual understanding of key standards and concepts. The data provided to staff from NWEA MAP allows teachers to carefully plan their instruction in order to meet the individual needs of our students. Regardless of a student's score, the most important part of the score is that it accurately reflects each student's current level of understanding. Please encourage your child to simply do their best to answer the questions.


Attendance Procedures

In an effort to keep parents informed of their child's attendance patterns, we record both tardies and absences in PowerSchool. School District 13 is required by the State of Illinois and the DuPage County Regional Office of Education to keep track of student attendance and report chronic truancy.


During Remote Learning, we realize there are unique circumstances that may affect a child's ability to attend classes or arrive on time. Our goal at Westfield is to work together with parents to support student learning. Having an accurate record of a child's attendance is important in determining appropriate interventions.


Parents, please contact the Main Office and report any class period absences, including full day absences and Doctor appointments that require only partial absences. Additionally, see the "Technology" section below for information on the PowerSchool App and attendance notifications. Thank you!


Attention 6th Grade Parents

This year, we will be using Otus as the platform to provide 6th grade students with feedback as it pertains to Standards-based grading and reporting. Starting next week, 6th Grade teachers will help students create their accounts in Otus. Parents will also receive information to access the Otus platform once student accounts are created.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Stefan Larsson

Principal


Nicole Gabany

Assistant Principal

Warriors 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.

UPCOMING DATES

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SUPPLY PICKUP: Wednesday, September 23 2-5pm

We will hold a supply pick up on September 23 from 2-5pm. At this time, all 6th grade students will have supplies to pick up for math and science. If other teachers have items for students, the teachers will be in contact to let students know who will need to come pick up supplies.


Supply pick up will be the same process as earlier this year: students will be asked to wear a mask in the building, as well as, socially distance. They will enter at the back of the school gym at door 27 then exit the building at door 30 in the front of the gym. Car traffic will be able to come into the back lot, drop off their student then drive to the front lot to pick up their student.

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Please visit our Google Calendar for all activities and schedules!

  • Early Dismissal at 1:40pm: Wednesday, September 23rd Westfield Early Release Schedule
  • MAP TESTING: Tentatively Scheduled for the Week of September 28th. Information to come.



2020-2021 DISTRICT CALENDAR - DRAFT 9/4/20

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

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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Students! Email Westfield Your Pictures for the Arrow and the Yearbook

Take appropriate pictures of you working on Drama projects, Art projects, STEM projects, PE workouts, Spanish projects, Band practice, Social Studies/Math/Science/ELA homework...!


Email your pictures to: WFyearbook@sd13.org

Attention! Students Who Entered Last Spring's 2020 Art Show....

All artistic students who had Artwork entered in the Spring 2020 Bloomingdale Art Show last school year: Mrs. Matt has finally had your amazing Artwork returned to Westfield! Please send Mrs. Matt an email (Dmatt@sd13.org ) letting her know when you will pick it up at Westfield.

Extra-Curricular Activities

We are working with staff to create virtual opportunities for students to participate in clubs and performing arts programs. At this time, we are unable to offer traditional athletic programs, however we are working with coaches to design online opportunities for those groups as well. More information about Extra-Curricular offerings for the 2020-2021 school year will be shared soon.

TECHNOLOGY

Students: Please log out of your chromebook and 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.

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.

Otus for 6th grade Parents

We will use Otus (https://my.otus.com/) to report the mastery of skill for 6th grade this year, while taking attendance in PowerSchool.

Chromebook Trouble?

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

Technology Support

Parents/Guardians: Please Call in Your Student's Absence

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!

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

FROM THE WESTFIELD NURSE

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)

{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

WESTFIELD'S PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO)

When hot lunch returns, we'll use SignUp.com to organize Westfield Hot Lunch Volunteers.

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

2) When school resumes, review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

BLOOMINGDALE PARK DISTRICT PROGRAMS

B-FIT Center Membership

Little Acorns

Kids Place Before and after school care

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: