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JANUARY 15, 2021

From the Office

On Tuesday, January 19th, we will begin our new In-Person Learning model for all students who selected In-Person Learning through our December survey or reached out to our Main Office in January. We look forward to having In-Person students attend each of their scheduled classes throughout our 9-period day.

If your child will be attending In-Person Learning starting next week, please pay special attention to the In-Person Learning sections below.

New In-Person Learning Model - Begins January 19, 2021

On Tuesday, January 19th, we will begin a new In-Person Learning Model at Westfield, allowing students to follow their current 9-period student schedule and physically change classroom locations each period on days that students attend In-Person Learning. The current Building Schedule will continue to be utilized for all students. Below, we are highlighting a few key aspects of In-Person Learning. For additional information please see our FAQ: Return to In-Person Learning or the District 13 Return to Learn resources page.

~Morning Arrival

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

Walkers and Car riders, please arrive between 8:10 - 8:25am. Bus riders will arrive according to their bus route information. Students will proceed into the building upon arrival and head to their first period classes. We are asking students not to arrive prior to 8:10, if possible, to avoid groups gathering on the front walkway prior to entering the building.

Bus riders: Updated bus routes and stops were mailed home in the beginning of the year.

Vehicle Drop-off: As a reminder, the front lot is only available for bus traffic before and after school; Car drop off is along Fairfield Way. Please drop your child off on the Westfield side of Fairfield or encourage your child to use the crosswalks if needed. Crossing in the middle of the street is unsafe during drop-off and pick-up times.

~Student Entrances

Staff will greet students on the front patio in the morning and assist them with safely entering the building. Students will be asked to wear a mask as they approach the building, socially distance themselves from others, and enter the building one at a time. Upon entering, staff will confirm that a health pre-certification form was completed for each student by their parent/guardian. All student entrances are along the front side of the building.

  • 6th Grade students will use Door 30, which leads into our Athletic Gym
  • 7th Grade students will use Door 32, which leads to our Commons
  • 8th Grade students will use Door 1, which is our Main Entrance.

~Daily procedures

  • Social distancing, mask wearing, cleaning of surfaces, and frequent hand washing/sanitizing will be practiced by all students and staff.
  • Staggered passing times and hallway traffic patterns will be utilized between classes to maintain social distancing.

  • Lockers and Locker rooms will not be used. (students will not change for PE)

  • Students will be asked to hang coats and bags on their chair during class.

  • Students will need to carry their lunch, water bottle, Chromebooks, coats, and other supplies with them from class to class. What do students need for in-person learning?

Full Remote Learning - Starting January 19th

If your student will be part of the Full Remote group starting with the week of January 19th, they should continue to follow their current class schedule while attending remotely, unless otherwise notified by a staff member. The current Building Schedule will continue to be utilized for all students.

Updated District 13 Calendar

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

Attention 8th Grade Parents/Guardians - Lake Park HS info for Incoming Freshmen

On Wednesday, January 13th, Lake Park held AAA Night for Incoming Freshmen. Please click on Welcome Class of 2025 for more details about the transition to High School.

Winter MAP Testing - January 21st and 22nd

On Thursday, January 21st & Friday, January 22nd, Westfield students will take the Winter MAP tests for ELA and Math. All students, whether attending In-Person or Remote will complete these tests similarly to our Fall MAP testing in October. Make-up testing will take place the week of January 25th. As we previously noted, this year Lake Park High School will utilize the 8th grade MAP scores to assist with the High School course placement process.

Next week - In-Person Learning Schedule

Monday, 1/18 - No School for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Tuesday, 1/19 - Group B

Wednesday, 1/20 - Group A

Thursday, 1/21 - Group A

Friday, 1/22 - Group B

Picture Day is coming

Please see the Picture Day section below for details regarding Yearbook photos and the option to purchase pictures. We are providing separate times for In-Person students and Remote students. All health/safety procedures will be followed, including social distancing and the wearing of masks while waiting for photos to be taken.

Have a wonderful extended weekend!

Stefan Larsson


Nicole Gabany

Assistant Principal


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.

Picture Day is Coming!

Picture Day Schedule: (RETAKES WILL NOT BE OFFERED THIS YEAR, You may also submit a photo for review or if you are 7th or 8th grade your previous years photo can be used.)

  • Hybrid A Students: Wednesday, February 3rd during PE class

  • Hybrid B Students: Friday, February 5th during PE class

  • Full Remote Students: Wednesday, February 3rd 3:30-4:15pm MUST MAKE APPOINTMENT - call Westfield at 630-529-6211

  • Full Remote Students: Wednesday, February 10th 1:00-4:00pm MUST MAKE APPOINTMENT - call Westfield at 630-529-6211

  • If you pre-pay online or by phone before Picture Day, you do not have to pay shipping costs, but you must pre-pay online or by phone before your child's picture is taken.

  • Prepaid prints will be delivered to Westfield within three weeks, given to in-person students and then available for remote students during supply pickup around March 10th.



Please visit our Google Calendar for all activities and schedules!

  • Sign-up Deadline for Virtual Sports: January 17th (see below)
  • NO SCHOOL/MLK, Jr. Day: January 18th
  • Begin New Hybrid In-Person Calendar: January 19th
  • Student MAP Testing: January 21st & January 22nd
  • 8th Grade Lake Park HS Course Selection Deadline: January 25th

Starting This Tuesday, January 19, 2021: Revised, Hybrid Calendar

  • On Tuesday, January 19th, a new format will begin based upon the December survey data indicating parent preference for their child's learning model during the remainder of Trimester 2.
  • Parents will be able to update their choice again for Trimester 3.


12:00 NOON DISMISSAL SCHEDULE = 2/10, 3/10, 4/21, 5/19


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)

'Infamous' Speeches in Drama Class


Sign Up for Virtual Sport Clubs! -before Jan. 17th

Battle of the Books (BOB) Team Competition!

Deadline for BOB group sign up is January 15th

  • Sign up on the library website BOB Team Form

  • Please contact Mrs. Wetendorf with any questions

  • Teams will be contacted for a meeting in January

Westfield's Got Talent 2021: Virtual Edition


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!

Parents & Students: Email Your Cross Country Snapshots

Send your pictures from Cross Country to WFyearbook@sd13.org! We can still have a yearbook...It's in your hands (and in your phone)!

Order Your Yearbook

Yearbooks will be shipped directly to your home this year.

Order by April 18th to make sure it arrives by the end of the school year! Please use this link>> to order your 2020-21 Yearbook

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!

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!


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.


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


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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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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.


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.


New Park District Programs

  • Teen Fitness Tracking
  • Virtual Fishing Instruction
  • 'Tween Programs
  • Boys Baseball and Girls Softball Registration Info

Frost One of Your Friends!

You’ve Been Frosted!

Frost your family, friends and neighbors with a surprise at-home candy delivery!

Frosty’s assistants deliver two dozen peppermint candies to a front porch or yard and leave a fun, “You’ve been Frosted!” yard sign. Frosting occurs 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 18-22. Program is available for Bloomingdale Park District residents only. Cost is $15. Registration deadline is January 12 at 5 p.m.

You've Been Frosted (Code #201342-A1) is located under Special Events on the registration site.



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!)


Google Classroom:

PowerSchool: Coming Soon