The Wonderful World of Woodbury

February 2021

Woodbury January 2021

A Note From Mrs. Kern...

Hello, Woodbury Families! I wanted to welcome everyone back! We are so HAPPY to have the pitter patter of little feet in our building again. We have truly missed our students!


A few things are coming up in February including Black History Month and Valentine’s Day. February 3rd is World Read Aloud day as well so be sure to snuggle up with a good book at home and read together. There are also 2 remote planning days on February 15th and 16th. Students, both remote and in-person, will not be in session those remote days. This month we also are wrapping up our bundt cake fundraiser. A shout out to the PPA for this delicious opportunity and a big thank you to all of our families for supporting the fundraiser!


We also have winter benchmarking beginning this week and next. In this clearly very wild year we have been experiencing, our data is certainly more important than ever, but also one that we are looking at through a very different lens. Review of data is part of what we do each year. This practice ranges from our 3 major benchmarking periods (fall, winter and spring) to progress monitoring for intervention or behavior (this could be daily, weekly or monthly), right down to observational, performance, and anecdotal data we review depending on the specific needs of our students. It is important to note that isolated test scores are just ONE piece of a very large puzzle. Other items in that puzzle include, but are not limited to, classroom performance, work habits, work completion, interaction and observation, engagement, attendance, outside impacts, social and emotional needs, and more.


In previous years, we have had more control over the variables that have affected our students. As you know this is a year like no other. Like any other year, we have areas to celebrate and areas to address. Please know that we remain committed to supporting our students in every possible way that we can and, like any typical year, we cannot do it without you. Thank you for your unwavering support throughout this challenging time. As always, we are a phone call away. Looking forward to melting snow and spring blossoms, and hopefully in due time we can all return safely – because we really are better together.

Kindergarten Registration 2021-2022

Our K-3 Elementary Schools: Lynn G. Haskin, Prairie View, and Woodbury, will be open for Kindergarten Registration on the following dates and times:


March 15, 2021-March 19, 2021

9:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.


Parents/Guardians should register their children at their individual school. Registration Packets are available for pick up outside of the main entrances of each K-3 building.


There are 2 options for registering your child. No Contact Registration or Face to Face Registration with Social Distancing Protocol. To reduce the amount of traffic inside of our buildings and to support a safe environment, we highly encourage no contact registration if you are able to do so.


No Contact Registration: Parents/Guardians may send registration and required proofs via email (email listed on registration form). Pictures of documents are acceptable. We will require official hard & notarized copies by the first day of the 2021-2022 school year. Once received, a secretary will contact you to set up a Tyler account to complete online registration requirements.


Face to Face Registration with Social Distancing Protocol: This option is available for those with no internet or device for no contact registration. Parents/Guardians can stop in to register at their child’s school during the scheduled hours.

We ask that you please do the following:

  • Please be sure registration forms are filled out prior to coming to the building.

  • We ask that only 1 individual comes in to register and that you abide by social distancing protocol.

  • Including wearing a mask.

  • We are sorry, but please no children.


If you have any questions or are having difficulty with registration please contact your child’s school and leave a voicemail.


Lynn G. Haskin: 815-786-8812

Prairie View: 815-786-8811

WW. Woodbury: 815-786-6316

K-3 Winter Benchmarking

Winter FastBridge Benchmarking will be taking place during the first two weeks of February. Hybrid students will be assessed while at school and remote families were sent information regarding in-person assessment appointments or being assessed at home. This data is useful to us as we continue to monitor the performance of our students as well as make decisions about curriculum. This year is quite exceptional for us as diagnosing the needs of our students and taking a creative approach to solutions is more difficult than ever with limited access to our students. We continue to monitor multiple areas beyond these snippets of data as we consider current and future needs of our students.

Nothing Bundt Cakes Fundraiser

WE MAY NOT BE IN SCHOOL "BUNDT" WE CAN GET CAKE!!! Today is the last full day for sales. Forms are due tomorrow, February 2nd. Thank you for your support! It's our most delicious fundraiser!
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News From Mrs. Hoyt

FEBRUARY IS AMERICAN HEART MONTH


Here are some links to ways your family can increase their daily heart-healthy activities:

Motivating Kids to be Physically Active

From KidsHealth.org - Tips for motivating school-age kids to be physically active.

Move Your Way

From U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services - An interactive way to meet the goal of 60 minutes of daily activity for kids ages 6-17.

Dental Reminder:

Completed Proof of School Dental Exam forms are required for current Kindergarten and second grade students by May 15, 2021. If you are unable to obtain the required dental exam, please complete the Dental Exam Waiver Form.

Learning Today, Shaping Tomorrow

Several years ago, our district surveyed parents/guardians, students, and staff to adopt a new vision statement. The winner was "Learning Today, Shaping Tomorrow!" Our vision statement closely aligns with the idea of a growth mindset, having a can-do attitude, goal setting, and never giving up. Our staff across the district spends a significant amount of time each year working towards improvement. Our improvement efforts include curriculum analysis and adoption, technology training and support, vertical articulation (teachers collaborating with staff at the grade level above them to ensure a smooth transition between grade levels), horizontal articulation (working with grade-level peers across the district), safety practices, subject-specific committees (English-Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Music/Fine Arts, Physical Education, etc.), and building-specific committees (student recognition, school improvement, community involvement, instructional technology, etc.) All of the efforts in these many committees lead to an impressive amount of extra commitment, work, and most importantly, improvement towards our students' success. All of our improvement efforts are aligned to our six district improvement priorities posted on our school website (see below). To evaluate the impact and effectiveness of our improvement efforts, Sandwich School District #430 partners with a non-profit organization known as Cognia.

Cognia School Improvement

The week of May 10th, Sandwich School District will be conducting an external review with a team of Cognia evaluators. Cognia (formerly AdvancED) is a nonprofit, third-party organization that assists schools and districts in their continuous improvement efforts to improve teaching and learning. External reviews take place every five years and are conducted by a team of enthusiastic educators from around the nation. During our five-year improvement cycle, Sandwich Schools have been focusing on the following six improvement priorities:


  • Utilize data from a variety of sources to drive purposeful professional development at the district and building level.

  • Work continuously to create and formalize a process to document and track our improvement efforts at the district and school levels.

  • Create a formal student improvement plan (MTSS) based on a comprehensive evaluation of student support services and programs.

  • Evaluate, revise, update, and communicate grading policies and practices throughout the district.

  • Work with a safety consultant to continuously improve upon processes and practices at the building level to ensure our students, staff, and stakeholders' safety.

  • Work collaboratively with stakeholders to develop and implement a blended and remote learning plan for the 2020-2021 school year based on guidance from the CDC, ISBE, and IDPH.**Priority added Spring of 2020

K-1 P.E. News With Mr. Adeoti


Our Current Unit: Scarf Juggling

Kindergarten and 1st grade have been working on tossing and catching as well as juggling two scarves. We are learning about hand-eye coordination where both our eyes and hands are working together.


Next Unit:

We will be moving on to volleying and striking the balloon with different parts of our body as well as striking with various objects.


Special Highlight:

Thank you for your continued support to keep students active at home! The efforts will help students achieve their best at school and at home while staying active and forming relationships with their peers.


Contact Information


Mr. Adeoti

Email: badeoti@sandwich430.org

Phone:815-786-8812 ext:24412

2-3 P.E. News with Mrs. Martin

Students have been working on volley skills during PE. We have learned how to use different body parts and objects to volley and have played some challenging volley games.


Please remember that while students are at home during their remote time, they should be completing and submitting work that has been added to their PE accounts. In a normal week, I post 3 new activities for students to complete. They are usually quick and fun activities that do not require a lot of equipment and that everyone can enjoy doing together!


As a reminder, when students come to school, (if they don’t keep gym shoes at school) please remember to send gym shoes with your student.


Mrs. Martin

Email mmartin@sandwich40.org

Phone: 815.786.6316

MUSICALLY SPEAKING

In music class, students are beginning a unit studying instruments from all over the world. They will learn about instrument families, sound production, and musical ensembles. A cross-curricular bridge will help students to understand music vocabulary and the science of vibration on several soundwave mediums.


Mr. Anderson


Email: canderson@sandwich430.org

Phone: 815-786-6316

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is a few weeks away and we hope to enjoy some fun at school. Teachers have sent out communication for when Valentines could be sent in for their students following our protocol. Classrooms will still have planned Valentine's activities to be able to enjoy the holiday with their students and provide an experience that is as close to typical as we are able.

Reporting Student Absences

To report an absence, parents or guardians are to call the school before 8:15 at 786.6316 on the day of the absence. An automated system will take calls before 7:00 a.m. If a phone call is not received by 8:15 a reasonable attempt will be made to contact a parent or guardian. If contact cannot be made, the absence will be considered UNEXCUSED. On e-learning days, students need to be sure to do their online attendance daily. This applies to all remote students as well. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

IMPORTANT NEWS FROM OUR TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Any Chromebook that is returned for damage due to liquid being spilled on it, will result in an automatic replacement fee. When liquid is spilled on a Chromebook, it is damaged beyond repair. Also, for replacement power cords (due to damage or loss), a $25.00 replacement fee will be charged to the student's account.

Please click flyer for information on PreK Registration

Important Dates

  • February is Black History Month
  • Winter Benchmarking February 1st-12th
  • February 3rd: World Read Aloud Day
  • February 15th & 16th: Remote Planning Days, NO SCHOOL for both In-person & Remote Students
  • Week of February 15th: Progress Reports
  • March is National Reading Month
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2021-2022 School Calendar

Here is access to the approved 2021-2022 school calendar. Please note, the calendar assumes a “return to normal” next fall and is subject to change pending the status of the unknowns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

City of Sandwich Truancy Ordinance

We all know optimal learning takes place when students attend school on a regular basis. When students are not in school on a regular basis and the absences are unexcused, the DeKalb County Regional Office of Education intervenes. To assist with their intervention, the City of Sandwich has approved a truancy ordinance reinforcing the importance of students attending school on a daily basis. Click here to read the truancy ordinance.