Westwood Weekly

Week of May 18, 2020

Congratulations Seniors!!

Check out the link below as teachers and staff share some final thoughts with the class of 2020!!

High School Updates

Prom refunds have been distributed to all students who had already purchased tickets.

Tentative dates for rescheduling prom are June 27 or July 18.

A survey was done to gather input on dates in June and July to hold a graduation ceremony. Based the on the results of the survey, we have settled on the following tentative dates for a WHS Graduation Ceremony: June 26 or July 16.

*Please keep in mind that these dates are tentative and we will follow all state and federal guidelines in place at the time.

Belongings Pick Up Reminder

Parents, when you come to pick up your child's belongings, please use the North entrance to the parking lot and work your way South. We ask that you stay in your vehicle as we will bring your child's belongings to you. Any belongings that are being returned, we will take those from you at that time as well.

Here are the following pick up days and times for your child's belongings:

Monday, May 18th 10am-1pm - Seniors, Juniors and SCI Students

Tuesday, May 19th 10am-1pm - Sophomores and Freshman.

In case of inclimate weather, we will notify you of an alternate plan. Athletic and music department uniforms are to be returned in a plastic bag with the child's name written on the bag. Items not picked up will be donated.

Updates from Nurse Korpi

Hello there all,

The American Heart Association has a few videos for Hands Only CPR and defibrillation of a person in cardiac arrest. Please take a few minutes to watch the videos. This may save a life! If you would like to watch additional videos, please go to YouTube and search Hands Free CPR and there will be countless video tutorials. Have a great week. Maybe you will save a life!



Understanding Grief In The Wake Of Covid-19

As we approach the end of the school year, we are facing a new reality marked by grief and loss in the wake of Covid-19. School concerts, sports, prom, graduation, celebrations and so much more, have been altered or cancelled as we adapt to the new reality this pandemic has brought. We are processing not only our individual feelings about these changes, but also collective grief in the face of uncertainly. The changes to our daily routines and loss of cherished milestones, create a lingering unease and sadness we are all feeling. Grief can be triggered by any type of loss: job change, interruptions to routine, isolation/social distancing, special plans that have been cancelled, or uncertainty about what the future will bring. It’s important to remember that grief is a normal process. Symptoms can be subtle, including difficulty focusing, sleeping too much/too little, restlessness, irritability, or fatigue. No matter what type of loss you have experienced, it is important to remind yourself that your feelings are valid and you are not alone. Give yourself permission to mourn and remember to be kind to yourself and others. To help cope with these losses, practice self-care by focusing on basic needs of eating, staying hydrated, and ensuring you get enough rest. Give yourself time to process your feelings. We may not all experience grief in the same way, but it’s important not to compare our grief or loss to someone else’s experience. Whatever you are experiencing at this time, remember to reach out to those around you. Check-in with friends, colleagues or family, who may also benefit from support. Explore coping strategies that can assist you in managing your feelings. Activities such as exercise, mindfulness, journaling, or meditation can help ease feelings of anxiety, sadness or anger. If you are struggling to deal with grief or loss, talking to a mental health professional can be helpful. Most therapists are offering telehealth options to assist with the challenges of in-person services. Being proactive about mental health and well-being can go a long way toward resuming and maintaining our overall health during these times of uncertainty.

All my best,

Jamie Dieterle, LMSW, CAADC

Updates from Mrs. Halamka

12th Grade: Your final transcripts will be ready to send to colleges/universities, employers, and your military recruiters at the end of May/beginning of June. If you need your final transcript sent to a college or university, you must request this using your SCOIR account. If you need your final transcript sent to an employer or your military recruiter, please email me.

11th Grade: Beginning today (May 15th), I will be holding weekly College Planning Zoom Meetings. An invite will be emailed to all juniors at the beginning of each week. You do not need to RSVP, but please come prepared with questions or concerns you have about the upcoming college application process.

9th-11th Grade: If you need to make any changes to your requested courses for next year, please get in touch with me as soon as possible. As in previous years, your actual schedule will be mailed out in July.