OJHS Remote Learning

April 20 - 24, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Governor Pritzker's press conference on Friday, April 17, set school closure for the remainder of the year. This announcement has created many uncertainties that will be addressed in the near future.

We will provide updated information on eighth-grade graduation and other end of the year events in the coming week. Our priority is to create a unique way to celebrate our eighth graders that is memorable and safe.

OJHS will continue to provide Remote Learning opportunities for students. The learning opportunities allow students to be involved in virtual meetings with teachers and other students. Activities continue to stress the importance of life long learning and help us transition back to school in the Fall.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me by email, burtona@oakwood76.org.

Thank you for the continued support.

Stay healthy,

Anne Burton, Principal

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Friday, April 24 - School Improvement Day

There will be no new Remote Learning activities on Friday, April 24. OJHS will use this day to "Catch Up" on missing assignments. Students need to post attendance and complete a How are You survey.

Please help your child review past daily plans, complete and submit work. Teachers will be planning for future Remote Learning days.

If your child is on target with Remote Learning, use this time for family events or enrichments.

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Google Meets

Teachers are inviting students to virtual classrooms through Google Meets.

Your child has access to Google Meets code for attendance through the teacher's Google Classroom or email. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with teachers and other students on assignments. Google Meets offer great discussions and connections. Please encourage your child to attend.

Guide to Google Hangouts Meet for Students and Parents 2020

Key to Success

Remote Learning is a new journey for all of us. Your child was part of a routine during the school day and had many opportunities to understand work expectations.

Directions to daily/weekly assignments are primarily written in the daily plan and in the Google Classrooms. Some staff are offering additional help with directions during Google Meets. A few staff are recording lessons with additional instructions to be reviewed.

Reading, reviewing, and understanding the assignment's directions is a key to success.

Google Classroom Expectations

Virtual classrooms have expectations so all students can benefit.

*Use language everyone can understand. (Avoid text talk.)

*Respect others' ideas.

*Student comments need to be related to class discussion.

*Comments must be school appropriate

*Take responsibility for all assignments.

*Submit completed work.

*Join Google Meets with teachers.

All teachers have office hours from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Teachers are available by email.

Wi-Fi Hot Spots

FaceBook can help you find wi-fi hot spots.

For Iphones:
*Go to the Menu on your Facebook app. (3 horizontal lines in the bottom right corner)

*Click on See More (toward the bottom of the page)

*Click on Find Wi-Fi (Your Facebook setting has to be on "Always" for location for this to work.)

Family Resources

Family Connections by Mrs. Nicoson

Hello OJHS Families! I hope you are staying healthy and making memories. Parenting is challenging when you have expected routines under 'normal' circumstances. We are living in uncertain times, with higher stress levels for everyone. You are not alone! The videos below discuss supporting behavior at home during this time.
Interview with Ross Greene: Supporting Challenging Behavior at Home during COVID-19
How to Manage Emotions & Be Social During This Time Of Social Distancing

Lunch Bunch Opportunities

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Staff would like to invite your child to join a lunch bunch this week. They will create a Google Meet to spend time visiting and catch up with each other.

Tuesday, April 21- Mrs. McGee and Mrs. Nicoson will sponsor a lunch bunch for OJHS Lady Knights. The Google Meet code will be found in Mrs. McGee and Mrs. Peterson's Google Classrooms.

Thursday, April 23- Mr. Delegge, Mr. Sheehan, and Mrs. Nicoson will sponsor a lunch bunch for OJHS Gentleman Knights. The Google Meet code will be found in Mr. Delegge and Mr. Sheehan's Google Classrooms.

Nurse News by Mrs. Zindars

Illinois Poison Center 1-800-222-1222

IPC Cleaning Product Exposures Up 30%

COVID-19 Pandemic Causes Surge in Exposures reported to Nation’s Oldest Poison Center

The Illinois Poison Center (IPC) urges people to use caution with cleaning products, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to IPC data, exposures to cleaning products are up 30%, compared to last year, related to novel coronavirus transmission precautions and concerns. Examples of exposures the IPC is managing include:

  • People using non-traditional chemicals to wash their hands (e.g. bleach, hydrogen peroxide, wipes, etc.) instead of regular hand soap resulting in rash/irritation and cracked skin.
  • People using chemicals (e.g. bleach, wipes, cleaning powders) to wash their groceries, including produce and, are then concerned about toxicity upon ingestion;
  • Mixing cleaning chemicals together and inadvertently producing toxic gas; and
  • Pediatric exposures to cleaning products left open/unattended.

“It is critical that consumers read all cleaning product labels carefully before use and heed any warnings,” says IPC Assistant Vice President Carol DesLauriers, Pharm.D. “While good hand hygiene and household disinfecting efforts are important in the fight against COVID-19, people must remember to use cleaning products for their intended use. If there is any doubt about the safe use of cleaning products, call the IPC for guidance.” While many people are using the stay-at-home order to tackle spring cleaning, in conjunction with disinfecting to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the IPC offers the following tips for poison proofing your home:

Whenever using cleaning products, always read the product label first and use the product according to the label directions;

  • Keep all cleaning products in their original containers with original labels;
  • Store cleaning products out of sight, in locked cabinets;
  • Keep all household cleaning products and other potentially harmful products separated from food products;
  • Never leave a cleaning product open and unattended;
  • When using cleaning products, work in well-ventilated areas; and
  • Dispose of cleaning products according to the instructions on the label or at your community chemical waste drop-off site.

The good news is that approximately 90% of poison exposures can be treated safely and effectively at home, by calling the IPC at 800-222-1222 and providing the name of the poisonous substance and the approximate amount involved in the exposure.

In case of a poisoning exposure, follow these first-aid steps, then call the IPC:

  • Swallowed: Give a few sips of water to drink. If the patient is unconscious, call 911 or take them to the nearest hospital emergency department. Never try to chemically neutralize any poison.
  • Skin: Remove contaminated clothing and wash skin gently with soap and cool water.
  • Eyes: Rinse eyes with lukewarm water for 15 minutes.
  • Fumes: Remove patient to fresh air, taking care not to become exposed yourself. If the patient is not breathing, call 911 and start artificial respiration and continue until medical help arrives.

IPC experts are available to provide information and treatment advice 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, including holidays. If you suspect that you or someone you know has been exposed to a potentially harmful substance, please call the IPC at 800-222-1222. The call is free and confidential. For more information, visit IPC’s website: https://www.illinoispoisoncenter.org/.


The Illinois Poison Center is a nonprofit health service that provides the people of Illinois with comprehensive and trusted information and treatment advice on potentially harmful substances via a free, confidential 24-hour helpline staffed by specially trained physicians, nurses, and pharmacists.

Information from Previous Newsletter

OJHS - Three Daily Responsibilities

Online Resource for Daily Lessons

OJHS News - The link above includes the daily lessons and the How are You survey. They are updated every morning by 8:00 am.

"Hello, Seventh Grade" includes the daily/weekly assignments for seventh-grade students. "Hello, Eighth Grade" includes the daily/weekly assignments for eighth-grade students. The "How are You" picture includes the link to the daily survey.

Assignment Expectations

Even though your child is not physically in school, he/she is still required to complete the provided assignments. Everything that they are working on will be a building block for next year’s academic work, so it is important that assignments are completed.

Teachers will "grade" student work as complete or incomplete. A complete will be given for assignments that met expectations. An incomplete will be given for missing assignments and assignments needing to be corrected. Assignments need turned in and/or resubmitted to get a complete grade.