Warhawk Weekly 4/27/2020

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The Hall Way...

This past week Mrs. Spear and I put on our masks and gloves and went into the building to take photos and record video to help us create a virtual orientation for our incoming 6th graders. It felt strange to have to split up and social distance from her as we have not been in the same place since our last day of school in the building. As I walked the empty hallways thinking about all of the things that I would want to share with these new Warhawks, I was reminded how amazing our school is. My heart is sad that our students, staff, and families do not get to end the year in person with field trips, olympic days, and of course our promotion for our 8th graders. At the same time, my heart is full with knowing that our building being closed has not stopped the Warhawks from connecting, persevering, working hard, and being kind. Students are still learning, we are connecting with them in numerous ways, we will celebrate our 8th graders with a virtual promotion, and I know that we will finish the year strong. As I walked the empty hallways and peeked in classrooms looking for inspiration, it was everywhere. If the walls of Northwood could talk, what would they say? They would share words of encouragement and the values that make Northwood amazing. As the walls spoke to me, they reminded me why I am so proud to be the principal of our school.

Stay healthy, safe, and take care of each other. We are all in this together. Warhawks, We Got This!

-Mrs. Hall

If these walls could talk...

No eLearning on Friday, May 1

D200 is having a teacher plan day on Friday, May 1. Students will not have eLearning courses, and teachers will not be available for online questions or courses.

Food Services During D200 School Closures

New Addition to D200 Food Services!!!

Every Thursday evening there will be a dinner drive-up option at Verda Dierzen from 4 - 5:30.

Breakfast and lunch will be offered to families while school buildings are closed. Families may drive through or walk up to Olson Elementary School and Verda Dierzen Early Learning Center, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m - noon. In addition we will be delivering meals to families at the following locations at the following times:

Route 1

  • Mapletree Apartments 10:30 - 10:40 am (Infront of the office building)
  • Autumnwood Apartments 10:50 - 11:10 am ( South parking lot next to the Building 717)
  • Prairie View Apartments 11:20 - 11:40 pm (Parking lot next to the Rental Office)
  • Greenwood School 12:00 - 12:20 pm (School parking lot)

Route 2

  • Willow Brooke Apartments 10:30 - 10:40 am (Back entrance, near the bus stop)
  • Woodstock Commons 10:50 - 11:00 am (Front entrance to the right of the Leasing Office)
  • Walden Oaks Apartments 11:20 - 11:40 pm (Picnic area near the pond)
  • Clay Academy School 11:50-12:10 (School Parking Lot)
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Student Locker Belonging Pickup is scheduled for May 15th

Over the next several weeks, custodians will be cleaning out student lockers and labeling bags with personal items enclosed. The middle schools will be offering a day to pick up materials if you wish to gather student belongings before the fall.

Please know this pick up in May is not a requirement, rather an opportunity to get materials before the start of next school year. If you do not want to participate, we will store your student's belongings safely over the summer and return them in the fall.

To pick up your student’s bag and ensure the items will be ready for a contact free pick-up, the form linked below must be completed. Please fill out the form linked below by Friday, May 8th, at 5:00 pm.

Filling out the form linked below will allow you to reserve a time to pick up these items at the school on Friday, May 15th. The form will allow you to select a preferred time slot and help us organize materials and expedite the pick up process. Cars will use the north entrance of the building and form a line into the circle drive. We will have signs and staff that will help direct you towards our gym entrance where a staff member will place the items in your trunk.

Item Pick Up Time Slots on Friday, May 15th:

  • 11:00 am-1:00 pm

  • 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

  • 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

  • 5:00 pm-6:00 pm

We will not be collecting any materials from students at this time. Library books, textbooks, and curricular materials will be collected in the fall. For 8th graders, WNHS will collect your curricular materials in the fall, and send them over to Northwood. The same will go for those 6th graders entering Northwood. We will collect elementary materials and send them over to our feeder elementary schools.

Sign up for a time for Locker Belonging Pick Up here

Please use this form to sign up for student locker belonging pick up by 5 pm on Friday, May 8th.

A message from 6th grade:

6th Graders, We Got This!
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A message from 7th grade:

7th Grade Warhawks continue to navigate their way through the US Constitution with Mr. Laidig. Please ask your students to quiz you on the many qualifications on becoming a US Representative or a US Senator.

In science, we are wrapping-up with our introduction to evolution. A process by which the populations on Earth change over time. Furthermore, this process helps us understand the variations that we see in organisms around us and provides evidence of the past.

NMS 7th Grade Go the Distance
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8th Grade Promotion Ceremony on May 20th

We are excited to announce that 8th grade promotion will still be taking place digitally on Wednesday, May 20th. Information will be coming soon about how to view the promotion ceremony as we honor our 8th graders and send them off to high school. The ceremony will be posted on YouTube at 7:00 pm Wednesday, May 20th.

We would love to have our 8th graders be a part of this digital ceremony. We are requesting that our 8th grade students share a short 15-30 second clip of their favorite memory of Northwood or their 8th grade year. Please have your student submit their clip using the link below if they wish to be part of the ceremony.


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8th Grade Message
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NMS eLearning Schedule

Our continued focus during this time is on learning and sustaining the home-school connection that we have developed throughout the entire school year. We hope the block schedule allows us to support and meet the needs of families with different dynamics. The curriculum and lessons during eLearning are meant to continue our strong relationships, prepare students for the next year, and keep them engaged in learning.

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What are the eLearning Plans for the week?

The new eLearning Plans for this upcoming week for each grade level are linked below. The NMS teachers have linked their lesson plans to these documents so parents do not have to go to Canvas. We appreciate your patience as teachers create, update, and make changes to their plans for the week.

Students should still be logging into Canvas as all teachers are creating Canvas Announcements, Assignments, etc for lessons for the corresponding “A” or “B” Days.

Need help understanding how to use all of the links above?

We understand we are sharing a lot of different information about eLearning with you right now. Our main goal is to keep you informed and help you understand what your students are working on during eLearning. If you need a little more guidance on what all of these resources are and how to use them, please check out the video below to see them in action.
eLearning Resource Link Overview 4/6/20

Engagement and Grading in eLearning

Each Thursday our teachers will post eLearning progress reports. You can log into Home Access and see the progress of your student and the eLearning assignments they have successfully completed. Completed assignments and activities are indicated with a "P" for passing. A assignment or activity that has not been completed will be marked with an "I" for incomplete. Instructions on how to access assignment and progress report grades during eLearning is linked below.

If you have any questions about grading, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Hall at bhall@wcusd200.org.

Dr. Moan sent a message to middle school parents with information about eLearning engagement and grading on 4/2. Please click HERE to link to the message on our district website

How do I check eLearning grades in Home Access?

Step by step instructions on how to use Home Access to access assignment and progress report grades during eLearning.

Chromebook Issues?

District 200 families who experience problems with a Chromebook, or who have other technology-related questions or concerns, are asked to reach out directly to the D200 Technology Department. District technicians are working hard to help keep our digital learning running as smoothly as possible, and will respond to emails sent to the following address:


How can the NMS families stay connected and informed?

During this time we are trying to provide different opportunities for communication with our students and families. So where can you go to stay informed?

NMS Parents/Guardians/Families:

  • Warhawk Weekly: Please remember that this newsletter is a live link. As things progress through the week, we will use it to provide any updated information. All you have to do is click the newsletter to go to the live page!
  • eLearning Page on NMS Website
  • Facebook: @northwoodwoodstock
  • emails and texts: Messages sent through the school, just like how you received this newsletter.


  • Canvas: Students should be checking Canvas for each of their teachers on the corresponding A or B day for announcements and assignments.
  • Warhawks, We Got This Student Newsletter: The next edition of the student newsletter will be emailed to students on Monday morning. Please remind your student to check it out for announcements, special messages from our staff, and tips for success during eLearning.
D200 eLearning and School Closure Updates

Click here for D200 eLearning and school closure updates

Medical Information


(815) 337-8618

If your student or family members have been in contact with anyone experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please call our attendance line at (815 ) 337 - 8618. This line is checked each day to help us monitor the health of our students.

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We know that all of this can be overwhelming for students and parents, so please reach out if you need any help or support. The NMS staff is here for your student and our NMS families. In addition, if your student needs support and you would like one of our social workers to reach out to them or to you, please let us know. Mrs. Moore can be reached at tmoore@wcusd200.org and Ms. Ortiz can be reached at aortiz@wcusd200.org.

Free Virtual Event through McHenry County College 4/30

Raising Healthy Children During Uncertain Times: Responding to Your Child's Emotional Needs Registration is required.

Free Virtual Event through McHenry County College 5/7

Raising Healthy Children During Uncertain Times: Responding to Lost Opportunities and Grief Registration is required

Coping During COVID 19 - Resources for Parents

We know parents are struggling to balance work, child care and self-care while keeping worries — both your children’s and your own — under control. You don’t have to do it alone.

How can students "visit" Mrs. Parrent and the NMS Library during eLearning?

Bored? No longer! Check out the Northwood Library LibGuide for activities, challenges, eBooks, and more!

Calling All Writers! The Writing Club Google Meet is on Wednesdays at 3:30. If you are interested, please email Ms. Parrent.

Checkout the Library eLearning Plan for information about Library Google Meets and more!

April is Poetry Month

April is Poetry Month! The NMS Library is accepting poetry submissions to share with the school. Our theme is "Shelter in Place." (Governor Pritzker is calling this time of staying at home "Shelter in Place.") Email your poems or share a doc with Ms. Parrent through April 30th.

Visit the Northwood Library LibGuide to see student poetry!

Calling all writers! If you are interested in Writing Club, please email Ms. Parrent.

Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is open!

Registration for the 2020 - 2021 school year is open. Please refer to the registration link you received in your email or visit our website here . As a reminder, payment is not due at the time of registration. If you have any questions or need help registering your child, please feel free to email one of our secretaries.

Mrs. Butler (Spanish) sbutler@wcusd200.org

Mrs. Dycus sdycus@wcusd200.org

Mrs. Maldonado cmaldonado@wcusd200.org



We are looking for more people to join the WNHS Booster Club!

For the past decade, the WNHS Booster Club has raised over $250,000 to support Thunder athletes and sports teams. We are 100% parent-volunteer run and need your help to continue to build upon this tradition of excellence as we enter the next decade of Thunder Athletics.

Board members participate in monthly meetings, and assume leadership roles for year-round Booster Club fundraising activities.

If interested please contact Shauna Crabill at shaunacrabill83@gmail.com.

The Woodstock Public Library Is here to help too!

Here are some of the amazing services being offered by The Woodstock Public Library:

Parking Lot WiFi: The library's wifi signal has been extended into the parking lot allowing anyone to be online from the safe distance of their own vehicle

Food Pantry: There are two bins of food and a bin for diapers, toiletries, etc in front the of the library's front doors. Anyone is welcome to take what they need, donate what they can.

Free e-books, audiobooks, magazines: Thousands of ebooks and audiobooks are available via the library's website Download page. All that is needed to access is a Woodstock library card. If a family was unable to get a library card before the library closed, an e-resource card can be applied for on the library's website. E-Resource Application

Databases: Ancestry.com, Newspapers.com, New York Times, Transparent Language Online, Chilton Auto Repair Library, and a lot more e-resources are all available on the library's Databases page. Easily accessed with a WPL card or e-resource card.

Online Storytimes: Ms Pamela, the children's librarian is posting storytimes a couple times of week. They are available on the library's YouTube channel and Facebook. Spanish storytimes are being posted by the library's guest storyteller Ms Janet on Monday nights on Facebook Live.

BINGO: The library has two versions of BINGO, filled with fun-activities to keep people of all ages thinking and moving. Youth Version and Adult Version

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Keep in Contact with Northwood!

24 hour Attendance Line: (815) 337-8618

If your student will be late to school or won't be in school please call the 24 hour Northwood Attendance line.
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