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Aiming to Keep You Informed

APRIL 9, 2021

From the Office

Every spring, students in Illinois participate in several assessments to measure their academic progress and achievement as required by the Illinois State Board of Education. We want to give you as much notice as possible to plan for testing days as we do ask that you avoid scheduling appointments during testing times, if at all possible. We also want students to plan ahead for getting extra sleep the night before a test and eating a healthy breakfast on testing days in order to allow them to perform their best.


Please take note of the testing schedules for Spring MAP testing and the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) that all Middle School students are expected to complete, as well as, the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) given to all 8th Graders. Each schedule provides time for test preparation, wrap-up time, breaks as needed, and transition time for Remote Learning Students to travel to and from school.


ISA Testing Schedule - 8th Grade Only

  • Tuesday, April 20th from 8:30am - 10:00am (1 Test)
  • Wednesday, April 21st from 8:30am - 11:15am (2 Tests)

The ISA consists of three 60 minute tests in Science to be administered to all 8th grade students in the State of Illinois.


MAP Testing Schedule - 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade

  • Tuesday, May 4th from 8:30am - 10:30am (1 Test)
  • Wednesday, May 5th from 8:30am -10:30am (1 Test)

MAP testing consists of one test in English Language Arts and one test in Mathematics. Students typically complete each test in 70 - 80 minutes.


IAR Testing Schedule - 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade

  • Monday, May 17th from 8:30am - 10:00am (Math)
  • Tuesday, May 18th from 8:30am - 10:30am (ELA)
  • Wednesday, May 19th from 8:30am - 10:00am (Math)
  • Thursday, May 20th from 8:30am - 10:30am (ELA)
  • Friday, May 21st from 8:30am - 10:00am (Math)

The IAR consists of 5 total tests, including two 90 minute tests in English Language Arts and three 60 minute tests in Mathematics.


Testing procedures for Hybrid Learning Students

All "A" and "B" Hybrid Learning students will be expected to attend school In-Person on each of the Testing dates for their grade level. We are required by the State of Illinois to administer the ISA & IAR tests at the school building sites and we do not have the option to administer the tests remotely.


Testing procedures for Remote Learning Students

All Remote Learning students will be expected to attend school In-Person on each of the Testing dates for their grade level for the duration of the test, unless circumstances do not allow. Remote Learning students will be provided a separate location for testing, a minimum of 6 foot distance from other students, and will be required to wear a mask at all times. When the testing session is completed, Remote Learning students will be dismissed from school. Time is built into the daily schedule on testing dates to allow for Remote Learning students to travel home without missing the next class period.


We understand the hesitation Remote Learning students may have with attending school for the tests, however we are required by the State of Illinois to administer the ISA & IAR tests at the school building sites and we do not have the option to administer the tests remotely.


Parents & Guardians of Remote Learning students should have received an email earlier today with details regarding the testing procedures for Remote Learning students, including the safety precautions being taken to provide each student with a safe location to complete the test. Please reach out to the Main Office should you have any questions regarding the testing dates, times, and procedures involved with spring testing. Thank you!


Remembering a WARRIOR

The District 13 Community lost a beloved member over Spring Break. Michael A. Carr, 6th grader at Westfield passed away on April 1, 2021. Michael also attended Erickson Elementary from Kindergarten - Fifth grade. A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family. Please keep the Carr family in your thoughts! Visitation services will be this Saturday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Click here for more information.


District 13 Calendar

DISTRICT 13 CALENDAR 2020-2021 - UPDATED. Please take note of the Noon Dismissals on April 21st, and May 19th.


8th Grade Graduation Ceremony - June 2, 2021

We are in the process of working with Lake Park High School to finalize the details for an In-Person Graduation Ceremony for our 8th Grade students. At this time we are planning to hold the Ceremony on June 2nd at 6:00pm outdoors using the stadium at Lake Park High School. All current IDPH & DCHD health and capacity requirements will be followed, which will unfortunately limit the number of spectators allowed to attend. At this time, we have been informed that each family will be alloted 2 tickets, not counting graduates. We will share more details as they become available.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Stefan Larsson

Principal


Nicole Gabany

Assistant Principal

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!

  • Michael Carr, 6th grader, Celebration of Life: April 10th at 12:30pm at Salerno's
  • 8th Grade Baby Picture Deadline: April 12th (see below)
  • 12:00 Noon Dismissal: April 21st, PM busses running at 12:00pm

8th Grade Parents/Students: Viewing and Ordering Graduation Pictures

  • Color Portraits will email you an individual code to preview your graduation pictures and purchase them if you like.
  • If you have questions, please email Color Portraits at: info@colorportraits.com or call Customer Service at: 847-382-7505, ext. 7

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.


Social-Emotional Supports

If you feel that your child is struggling 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!


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!


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!

Calendars for April, May & June 2021

  • In-person students started attending five days on April 5th.
  • Those who chose full remote will continue fully remote.

DISTRICT 13 CALENDAR 2020-2021 - UPDATED

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

A/B Calendar

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)

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STUDENT INFORMATION

ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK TODAY

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 from TreeRing.com

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

Yearbook Baby Picture Submission is extended to April 12th!

Email your picture HERE

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.
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Assist. Principal, 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!

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!

FROM WESTFIELD TECHNOLOGY

RETURNING STUDENT ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN for School Year 2021-2022!

If your student has registered for DuJardin, Erickson and/or Westfield last year---you are a returning District 13 student, and this is the online registration place for you!

Click the blue link for all the info you need to know:

2021-2022 RETURNING Student Registration

Enrolling a Brand New Student 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 THROUGH JUNE 2022.


BRAND NEW D13 STUDENT ENROLLMENT FORM FOR AUGUST 2021

DOCUMENTS I NEED TO ENROLL MY NEW STUDENT

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.

FROM THE WESTFIELD SOCIAL WORKER

Roselle Community Food Pantry

Now expanded to serve Bloomingdale and Medinah along with Roselle.

LINK TO INFORMATION

The Glenbard Parent Series

Join other parents, high school and middle school students, and professionals to learn about issues facing today’s youth. The Glenbard Parent Series engages top experts, parents and school staff to become proactive and informed in pursuit of the mutual goal to strengthen our communities. Programs are free and open to the public.

https://www.glenbardgps.org/

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

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

6th Grade Parents: Student Dental Exams Due May 15th

Parents, please remember that dental examinations for 6th grade students are due by May 15! Please, call the School Nurse at 630.671.5315 if you have any questions!

Discard Your Masks Safely

By cutting the ear straps on your masks before throwing them away, you can prevent wildlife from getting tangled in them. If the straps aren’t snipped, the loops can easily catch onto an animal’s legs or wings, and animals can easily choke on or consume them, leading to fatal bowel obstructions.

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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)

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

New Park District Programs

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: