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April 13, 2020

Principal's Note: Mr. Kevin Saunders - Associate Principal 2020-21

Congratulations are in order, as Mrs. Rode has accepted a new position in another District. Mrs. Rode began her career in early childhood, and she is excited to once again serve in an early childhood elementary school. Mrs. Rode will share more details soon! We will greatly miss her, and we appreciate her service to North Shore School District 112.

We are also excited to share that the School Board has approved Mr. Kevin Saunders as Sherwood’s new Associate Principal for next year! We had very strong interest in the position, and Mr. Saunders quickly rose to the top. I am confident he will do an outstanding job leading our Pandas!

Mr. Saunders comes to us from Manheim School District 83. He has been with District 83 since 2011, and has served as a 4th and 5th grade teacher at Westdale School. Mr. Saunders' passion for instruction and creating strong rapport with students, staff and families was evident throughout our interview process. His positive attitude and desire to lead will greatly serve our entire Sherwood community.

Mr. Saunders received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Geography from Augustana College. Mr. Saunders holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching with a focus in elementary education from National Louis University. He also has a Masters of Arts in Illinois Principal Leadership from Dominican University.

I am ecstatic for all of you to meet Mr. Saunders, and we will plan something as soon as we are back together!

Panda Pride,


Happy Birthday!!!

April 14th

Jake Lucterhand

Sebastian Martinez

Mason Seiffer

Gabriela Vargas

April 15th

Gabriel Martinez

April 16th

Lilianna Keating

Elldar Lavi

April 17th

Max Gonzalez

Sherwood Misses You ALL!

Thank you to Mrs. Andrews and Mrs. Weiss for creating this wonderful video for our Sherwood families.


Panda Staff Video

Sherwood PANDAS Spirit Days! (Wednesdays)

April 15

P: Pet Parade Day (show off pet or stuffed animal)

April 22

A: All about hats! Crazy Hat Day

April 29


(If we are back in school, we will continue our Spirit Days at school!)

May 6

D: Decades Day

May 13

A: All in tie dye! Tie-dye Day

May 20

S: Superhero Day

May 27

Sherwood Spirit Day!

Post your photos on Facebook & Twitter

Make sure to tag Sherwood

Twitter: @SherwoodPandas

Facebook: Sherwood ES

Purple Up Fridays!

Wear Purple EVERY Friday in April! Check the Panda Prints each week to learn about our Purple Up Friday plan for the week!

On Friday, April 17th (or anytime this week) share PURPLE UP pictures/videos on Facebook & Twitter participating in Month of the Military Child Boot Camp with Mrs. Cook & Mr. Jesselson!

Make sure to tag Sherwood

Twitter: @SherwoodPandas

Facebook: Sherwood ES

Join in by clicking on the video below!

SW MOMC Boot Camp 2020
Big picture

NSSD112 Virtual Library

Our librarians have been working hard collaborating over the past couple of weeks to provide our families and our students with a virtual library resource! This virtual library website will be a resource for:

  • Science and Social Studies Resources
  • E-books
  • Author events/read-alouds
  • Makerspace & STEAM activities
  • How To..
  • Digital Breakout Challenges
  • Virtual Field Trips
  • "Weekly Spotlight" section that will be updated each week with additional fun activities for students to do if they choose including: book recommendations, LEGO challenges, trivia, virtual travel, makerspace and learn a new skill (magic, knitting, cooking for kids...)

Message from our Social Workers and School Psychologist

We hope that you are doing well and finding healthy ways to stay active and connect with loved ones. As we head into week 5 of remote learning, we thought it would be helpful to focus on mindfulness strategies to help and manage stress/anxiety.

CLICK HERE to learn more...

District 112 Statement on Zoom

During this abrupt shift to e-learning, District 112 has chosen Zoom EDU as the main web conference tool for teachers and students. We are aware of the “zoombombing” incidents as well as some school districts choosing to use other web tools (such as Google Hangouts). In District 112 we are monitoring news, safety, and security features of these now widespread web and video conference tools.

All of our District 112 Zoom meetings require a “waiting room” where the host or teacher has to individually admit the participants. We strongly encourage the use of a password for every Zoom meeting. We have shared Zoom etiquette for students as well. During the Remote Learning Training Days, we held Zoom training sessions and we shared security settings with staff members. Teachers should use their D112 Zoom account that we provide for enhanced security settings.

We have been closely monitoring the news regarding Zoom. In District 112, we have Zoom EDU, not “basic” Zoom, and we have defaulted several of the security settings (with no edit control for our users) to make Zoom a more secure platform. We also have a CyberSecurity consultant in NET56 who monitors our network and advises us on matters such as these.

Moraine Township Food Pantry

The Moraine Township Food Pantry offers weekly food to Moraine Township residents. The pantry is open Tuesday from 10 am to 2 pm. If you know of a resident who needs food, please have them call the pantry office at 847-432-3240. Learn more.

Highland Park Community Foundation - All In This Together Sign

Physically, we may have to be apart, but we are all in this together. Show your support for your neighbors, friends, and community and download and print a pdf of an All In This Together sign available here in English and Spanish. Decorate, and hang it on your window or door. Then spread the word so there will be signs everywhere... Learn more.

Upcoming Dates

4/7/20 - Return to school date TBD

e-Learning lessons and content begin through Otus


PANDAS Spirit Day - Pet Parade


Month of the Military Child - BOOT CAMP Wear Purple


School Board Meeting @7pm District Office


PANDAS Spirit Day - All about hats! Crazy Hat Day


Month of the Military Child - Wear Purple




PANDAS Spirit Day - Decades Day


PANDA Spirit Day - All in tie dye! Tie Dye Day


4th Grade Sing @2pm


PANDAS Spirit Day - Superhero Day


PANDAS Spirit Day - Sherwood Spirit Day


5th Grade Sing @7pm

2nd Posting: Sherwood e-Learning Family Guide

PLEASE take a moment to review Sherwood's e-Learning Family Guide. The goal of the guide is to help you navigate the next couple of weeks. Your teacher meetings via Zoom tomorrow will also be VERY informative. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out! Missing you all!!!