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!
Sherwood Misses You ALL!
Thank you to Mrs. Andrews and Mrs. Weiss for creating this wonderful video for our Sherwood families.
CHECK IT OUT!
Sherwood PANDAS Spirit Days! (Wednesdays)
P: Pet Parade Day (show off pet or stuffed animal)
A: All about hats! Crazy Hat Day
N: NBA/NFL/MLB Day
(If we are back in school, we will continue our Spirit Days at school!)
D: Decades Day
A: All in tie dye! Tie-dye Day
S: Superhero Day
Sherwood Spirit Day!
Post your photos on Facebook & Twitter
Make sure to tag Sherwood
Facebook: Sherwood ES
Purple Up Fridays!
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
Facebook: Sherwood ES
Join in by clicking on the video below!
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
- 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
Highland Park Community Foundation - All In This Together Sign
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 - NBA/NFL/MLB Day
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!!!