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Aiming to Keep You Informed

March 20, 2020

From the Office

Bloomingdale School District 13 schools are currently closed due to the pandemic threat for students and staff. Until further notice, the return date for students is Monday, April 6. Please continue to check the District website for the most up-to-date information.


We miss seeing all of you!

We know that this is a very stressful time for our students, parents, staff, and the community. We hope that everyone is staying safe & healthy and looking out for their friends & neighbors. In an effort to stay connected and support our students academically during the school closure, our staff has put together an At Home Learning plan that will be shared with parents & students very soon. Some introductory information regarding the At Home Learning plan is listed below. Please also take a look at the links provided below by our Nurse that may help students. We encourage all of our students and their families to follow the guidelines posted by the CDC regarding social distancing, hand washing, and other safety precautions. We are a strong community and a strong nation. When we work together we can accomplish anything! We look forward to seeing all of you very soon!


At Home Learning plan for students

On Monday, March 23rd, Dr. Bartelt will share the At Home Learning plan with parents and students. Beginning Tuesday, March 24th, teachers will communicate additional details of the new At Home Learning plan with their students. The At Home Learning plan will consist of daily communication from teachers, 20-30 minutes of learning per content area posted to each teachers' Google classroom page for a maximum of 2 1/2 hours per day combined, and additional options for students who wish to go beyond the recommended 2 1/2 hours per day of learning. At this time, no grades will be provided for the work students complete.

While completion of student work is optional, we strongly encourage your child's participation as a way of staying connected to their teachers and classmates! Our teachers and staff are working hard to provide engaging academic learning for our students. Please encourage your child to log in daily to the Google Classroom page for each of their teachers and to communicate with their teachers if they have questions related to any of the content. This At Home Learning plan is new for all of us. We appreciate your patience and understanding as the new procedures begin. Thank you!


From our Nurse - Materials for Children Regarding COVID-19

• What is COVID and how to prevent it (video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?

• How to prevent COVID (video) https://www.childrensmn.org/coronavirus-covid-19/

• Video and other materials on COVID http://neatoday.org/2020/01/06/schools-and-coronavirus/

https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/


Warriors of the Week

We would like to recognize the members of our custodial staff, maintenance department, front office staff, and technology office for their tremendous efforts this week to keep Westfield up and running! Please join me in congratulating our Warriors of the Week!

Stay healthy and safe!


Stefan Larsson

Principal


Nicole Gabany

Assistant Principal

Warriors of the Week

Each week the staff recognizes students (& Staff) for demonstrating outstanding character based on attitudes or actions that fall under the Character Counts Pillars. We would like to congratulate the following staff on their nominations for the week!

Be Counted! 2020 US Census

You will be invited by mail to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census in late March.

7th Graders: Taking Spanish Next Year?

If the answer is 'Yes', please read, sign and return this letter to the Westfield Office.

8th Grade Graduates: Important Info

Please read this letter regarding the 8th Grade end-of year academics and behavior.

Assistant Principal's Office - Substitute

Beginning on Monday, March 9th, Mr. Jeremy Gabriel will serve as our Assistant Principal for the remainder of this school year, while Mrs. Gabany is out on maternity leave. Mr. Chris Shamet will serve as the long-term PE substitute for Mr. Gabriel. Feel free to reach out to either Mr. Gabriel or Mr. Larsson for any assistance you need from Westfield Administration.

Upcoming Dates

Please visit our Google Calendar for all activities and schedules!


*At this time, events that were cancelled have not been rescheduled. Once school resumes, we will provide updates on past & future events that may have been affected. Thank you for your understanding!

THIS WEEK AT WESTFIELD:

Got Art?

Congratulations to the talented Westfield students for making it into the 37th Annual Student Art Show which takes various works of Art from each of the local participating schools to be put on display at the Bloomingdale Park District Museum. The Student Art Show can be seen by visitors Saturday, March 7th through Saturday, April 4th 2020 at the Bloomingdale Park District Museum.
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8th Grade End-of-the-Year Dates

8th Grade – End-of-the-year Events

We have a few dates, some of which are still tentative, that we would like to share regarding end of the year events for 8th graders. Due to the potential for weather related school closings, the date for 8th Grade Graduation may not be official until late March/early April, when the Board of Education officially approves the end of the school year calendar.


More information on each event will be shared in the coming weeks and months, but please pencil in the following dates:


  • 8th Grade Dance (Sponsored by the PTO) – Tuesday, May 26th @ 7:00pm at the Bloomingdale Golf Club
  • Warrior Excellence Awards Night (Open to all 8th graders and their families) – Wednesday, May 27th @ 6:30pm at Westfield
  • 8th Grade Graduation – (Tentative) Monday, June 1st @ 6:00pm at Lake Park West Campus


Graduation Ceremony


Location: Lake Park High School - West Campus Auditorium

Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Tickets: 4 per family (Graduates do not require a ticket as they will be seated on stage)

Tentative Date: June 1st, 2020 (Pending Board of Education approval)



Order forms for Graduation tickets will be sent home in April. More detailed information regarding Graduation and end of the year activities for 8th graders will be sent home as soon as it becomes available.

Help the Art Room

Do you have any cardboard toilet paper & paper towels tubes? Please please please considering saving them so that you can bring them in to donate to the Art Students - Thank you!

Order Your Student's Yearbook Here

To get delivery in time fo the end of the school year, order now--your student will be able to get their yearbook signed by teachers and friends in May 2020! The Westfield Passcode is: 1014041382501890

Yearbook Order Link

Nominate Someone Who is an Example of Great Character

Please fill out the Character Counts! Nomination Form before April 3, 2020 if you know of a child or adult who exemplifies one (or all!) of the Character Counts! Pillars. If chosen, they will be recognized at the Annual Awards Breakfast. Click Here for the Nomination Form


It was Bloomingdale School District 13 that brought the Character Counts! Coalition to our town. The CCC reinforces and recognizes examples of character in our community. For more information about Character Counts!, click here!

A Scholarship for Graduating High School Seniors Who Attended District 13 Schools

Click Here for the Bloomingdale School District 13 PTO Scholarship due on April 13th to the Westfield Office. Those eligible include former students of DuJardin, Erickson and/or Westfield school who are graduating from high school this year.

Walk, Run & Roll! Marklund Children's Home Fundraiser in Bloomingdale

Fill out this registration form to participate in the 5K/1 mile fundraiser for the Marklund special needs children on April 26th.

Taste the Best for Your School!

Mark your calendars for the District 13 Education Foundation Beer and Wine Tasting! Proceeds benefit Bloomingdale local schools. The event is on Friday, May 1, 2020 at the Bloomingdale Golf Club 6:30-8:30pm. To purchase tickets, go to: www.sd13foundation.org

2020-21 Online Enrollment for Students New to the District

New Student Online Enrollment is open--only for those students new to District 13. Please check the Bloomingdale School District 13 website for more information: sd13.org

Planning Ahead: 2020-2021 Proposed School Calendar

Click Here for the proposed Bloomingdale School District 13 2020-2021 calendar dates.

FROM WESTFIELD'S PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO):

PTO Newsletter


We're using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming Westfield Hot Lunch 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.

Big thanks to Bloomingdale Rosati's Pizza for partnering with PTO for hot lunch! Mention Westfield for discounts on catering (630-894-6200).

FROM THE WESTFIELD NURSE'S OFFICE:

New Information Regarding Coronavirus

Coronavirus Information for schools and child care centers.

Protect Your Child from the Flu

Teenage Depression and Anxiety