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May 21, 2021

From the Office

This past week, Westfield students completed the final round of standardized testing for the year, by taking the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR). Students who missed one or more tests will be contacted to arrange make-up testing.


We appreciate all of the efforts made by our students and parents to prepare for testing and the adjustments made to accomodate our testing schedules this year. We would also like to thank our staff for the tremendous support and encouragement they provide our students all year long!


The wonderful partnership we have between our parent community and our staff ensures that our students are on the best possible path towards future success!


5th to 6th Grade Transition

Westfield teachers and staff will be sharing a Welcome Video soon with incoming 6th graders and their parents to introduce our new Warriors to life at Westfield. Starting next week, Mr. Larsson & Mrs. Gabany will also be visiting with both Erickson and DuJardin 5th graders to share information about Westfield and answer student questions.


In addition, we are planning to host a 6th Grade Camp in mid-August and will be sharing more information with incoming 6th grade parents & guardians in the near future. The 6th grade camp is free and provides students with an opportunity to meet new classmates and allows students to familiarize themselves with our building and their class schedule.


We are excited to meet our new 6th grade students next week and look forward to welcoming them and their families to Westfield for the 2021/2022 school year! If you have any questions, please contact our Main Office at anytime at 630-529-6211.


8th Grade Graduation Ceremony - June 2, 2021 @ 4:30pm

Date: Wednesday, June 2nd

Time: 4:30PM

Location: Lake Park West HS Stadium

Arrival Time for Students: 3:45PM

Tickets: 6 per family for Outdoor Ceremony (2 per family if Indoors)

Dismissal Time on June 2nd for 8th Grade Students: 11:00AM (Buses will be available)

Rehearsal Date & Time: June 2nd @ 8:30AM in the New Gym


Notes:

*All 8th Grade students planning on attending the 4:30PM Ceremony, are REQUIRED TO ATTEND our rehearsal at 8:30AM at Westfield.

*If weather does not allow us to be outside, we will be using the LPHS West Gymnasium.


Looking ahead

  • Friday, May 28th - Teacher Institute Day: No School for Students
  • Monday, May 31st - Memorial Day: Schools closed
  • Wednesday, June 2nd - Last day of school for 8th Graders
  • Tuesday, June 8th - Last day of school for 6th & 7th Graders

Have a wonderful weekend!


Stefan Larsson

Principal


Nicole Gabany

Assistant Principal

WARRIOR OF THE WEEK

Each week the staff recognizes students for demonstrating outstanding character based on attitudes or actions that fall under the Character Counts Pillars and our WARRIORS Mission and Vision.

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UPCOMING DATES

Please visit our Google Calendar for all activities and schedules!

  • Spirit Days: 5/24-Neon 5/25-Obnoxious Sox 5/26-Pajama 5/27-Quidditch/Harry Potter
  • NO SCHOOL/Teacher Inservice: May 28th
  • NO SCHOOL/Memorial Day: May 31st
  • 8th Grade ONLY 11am Dismissal and Graduation: June 2nd

Reminders

Social-Emotional Supports

If you feel that your child is struggling on a social-emotional level, please do not hesitate to contact our Social Worker, Mrs. Sheila Zagotta, and she can work with you to coordinate supports for your child for both inside and outside of the classroom.


The Middle School years can be very tricky for students to navigate even during the best of times, so with a uniquely challenging year like this one, it's even more important for all of the adults in a child's life to collaborate on supporting each student's needs. We are here to help, so please reach out if we can be of assistance and we will continue to do the same!


Academic Supports

Paper is a support that connects students in grades 1-8 to a live, human tutor in that content area via chat. Students can access this support through their school login whenever they have questions on homework, would like someone to review an essay, or need help reviewing for an assessment. Please see this video for Parent Information on Paper tutorial for more information. (Papel para Padres en Español)


Daily Attendance

Please contact the Main Office at 630-529-6211 to report any student absences. We also ask that parents/guardians notify the Main Office if your child is listed for In-Person Learning, but will be attending classes Remotely for the day. This will help us to keep accurate records of every student present in our building. Thank you!


7th Graders - Spanish Course for 8th Graders next year

All current 7th graders who are interested in taking our year-long Spanish 1 course in 8th grade next year, are asked to complete our Spanish 1 interest form by Friday, May 21st.

WESTFIELD THIS WEEK

Grade Level News:

The teams will update these weekly with news and any upcoming information.


6th Grade Team

7th Grade Team

8th Grade Team

Explore Team (6, 7, and 8th)

PE Team (6, 7, and 8)

STUDENT INFORMATION

ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK TODAY


  1. Click the blue link below
  2. Create an account, or log in to your existing account
  3. Yearbooks will be shipped directly to your home
  4. If you need the Westfield passcode: 1014041382501890


Please use this link to order your 2020-21 Yearbook from TreeRing.com

Class of 2025 (that's YOU, 8th Grade): Review of the Lake Park High School Incoming Freshman Orientation

8th Grade Parents/Students: Viewing and Ordering Graduation Pictures

  • Color Portraits emailed you an individual code to preview your graduation pictures and purchase them if you like.
  • If you have questions, please email Color Portraits at: info@colorportraits.com or call Customer Service at: 847-382-7505, ext. 7

Check Out Westfield Library Books Remotely

CLICK HERE to check out anything...anything?...yes, anything from the Westfield Library catalog! Questions: Email Westfield Librarian, Mrs. Wetendorf.

Upcoming Student Council Events


  • Bloomingdale SeptemberFest on Saturday, September 11th

Want to give someone a shout out?

Students and Staff: Use your sd13.org, to give a shout out to another student or staff member use this Shout Out form! Responses will be reviewed before the recipient receives the shout out! Let's connect and tell each other how they've done something meaningful!

Parents/Guardians: Please Call in Your Student's Absence (even if they are 'full remote')

Please call the Westfield Office 630-529-6211 (24 hour voicemail) to report any student absence: for a Doctor appointment, an illness, a vacation, Chromebook/WiFi issues etc. You may also email the Westfield office staff, Laurie Spejcher lspejcher@sd13.org or Lynne McGinn luhl@sd13.org 24 hours a day to report an absence. Thank you!

FROM WESTFIELD TECHNOLOGY

RETURNING STUDENT ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN for School Year 2021-2022!

If your student registered for DuJardin, Erickson or Westfield last year---you are a RETURNING District 13 student, and this is the online registration place for you!

Click the blue link for all the info you need to know:

2021-2022 RETURNING Student Registration

Enrolling a Brand New Student to District 13 AND Starting in August 2021?

Only fill out this enrollment if your student will be BRAND NEW TO THE DISTRICT AND STARTING IN AUGUST 2021 THROUGH JUNE 2022.


BRAND NEW D13 STUDENT ENROLLMENT FORM FOR AUGUST 2021

DOCUMENTS I NEED TO ENROLL MY NEW STUDENT

Chromebook Trouble?

If you need assistance from the Technology Department, please use this link to request support:

Technology Support

Students: Please log out of your Chromebook and log back in daily

In order to ensure your chromebook is working the best it can and receiving updates from the technology department, we ask that students log out of their chromebook and back in, daily.


See this video on how to log in and out of your chromebook.

Otus Student Progress for 6th Grade Parents

We will use Otus (https://my.otus.com/) to report the mastery of skill and detailed student progress for 6th grade this year, while continuing to take attendance in PowerSchool. Otus report cards will be mailed home at the same time as 7th and 8th grade report cards.

Get the Parent PowerSchool App

Similar to the PowerSchool Parent Web Portal, parents can download the PowerSchool Mobile App from the App store on your iOS device or the Play Store on your Android device. Simply search for “PowerSchool” to find and install the mobile app on your smartphone or tablet.



  • After downloading the mobile app to your device, connect the Mobile App to the correct PowerSchool server for Bloomingdale School District 13, by entering our unique, four-character code: G M K T
  • You can also search for Bloomingdale SD13 by district or school name.
  • The PowerSchool Mobile App will display your child(ren)’s schedule and assignments.
  • PowerSchool Mobile app users can also enable Push Notifications to receive alerts when attendance is recorded or a final grade changes. To setup notifications within the app: Tap Account, then tap Notifications to configure the notifications you want to receive. Use the slider icons to turn the notifications on or off.
  • Note: Parents must have a PowerSchool Parent Web Portal account created and students linked to their account before using the PowerSchool Mobile App. Click here for instructions on how to create a parent Portal account.

FROM THE WESTFIELD SOCIAL WORKER

The Glenbard Parent Series

Join other parents, high school and middle school students, and professionals to learn about issues facing today’s youth such as Student Social Skills and Anxiety, Rethinking Parental Pressure.

The Glenbard Parent Series engages top experts, parents and school staff to become proactive and informed in pursuit of the mutual goal to strengthen our communities. Programs are free and open to the public. Coming in August 2021:

https://www.glenbardgps.org/

Parents, please complete this needs assessment:

We would love to check in with you! Please let us know what your student may need during this time! Mrs. Zagotta will be receiving and reviewing your responses!


Westfield Student Needs Assessment

LOCAL FOOD PANTRY AT BLOOMINGDALE CHURCH

Neighborhood weekly food pantry every Saturday, 10:00am-NOON

Roselle Community Food Pantry

Now expanded to serve Bloomingdale and Medinah along with Roselle.

LINK TO INFORMATION

FROM THE WESTFIELD NURSE

Discard Your Masks Safely

By cutting the ear straps on your masks before throwing them away, you can prevent wildlife from getting tangled in them. If the straps aren’t snipped, the loops can easily catch onto an animal’s legs or wings, and animals can easily choke on or consume them, leading to fatal bowel obstructions.

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PARENTS:

The State of Illinois is not waiving the requirements for all students who have mandated health forms (physicals, immunizations, dental and eye exams), even though students are not currently physically present in the schools. Please submit the mandated forms to your child’s school as soon as possible. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact your school’s building nurse for assistance (Westfield Middle School nurse is Beth Jones bjones@sd13.org) Please scan, fax, or drop off hard copies of medical documents to the school. We are unable to accept photographs of medical documents. Thank you!

{Students who are transferring into our district from out-of-state must speak with the building nurse.}

The exclusion date for non-compliant students remains October 15th, except for the dental exam which is not due until May 2021.

The required forms are available at your Doctor offices and on your school’s website, located under “Health Information”.


Please see below for the grades which have mandated paperwork due October 15th:

  • Kindergarten (or 1st grade, if your student did not attend kindergarten): physical examination, up-to-date immunizations, eye exam and dental exam. (Dental exam is due in May 2021.)

  • 2nd grade: dental exam. (Dental exam is due in May 2021.)

  • 6th grade: physical examination, up-to-date immunizations and dental exam. (Dental exam is due in May 2021.)

Teenage Depression and Anxiety

Student Expectations for Remote Learning

We ask that all parents take a moment and review the expectations for proper school behavior and on-line etiquette provided in the following links. Please reference our Student Handbook for general policies and procedures and this Virtual Etiquette for Google Meets infographic to assist students with Remote Learning expectations. Thank you!

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WESTFIELD'S PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO)

When students return fully, we'll use SignUp.com to organize Westfield 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.

BLOOMINGDALE PARK DISTRICT

WESTFIELD SOCIAL COMMUNICATION

How-To Videos

We are working with students to create "How-To" Videos to support students and parents. Below are some of the topics we have videos for so far. We will continue to cover different topics as they come up. (*If the video is not linked here it is in the process of being made and edited, but we wanted you to know it is coming!)


Gmail:

Google Classroom:

PowerSchool: Coming Soon

FlipGrid:

Chromebook: