Warhawk Weekly 4/20/2020
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The Hall Way...
Thank you for your continued support this past week. With the recent announcement that remote learning will continue through the end of the school year, it is very understandable that students and families have questions about the end of the school year activities. We appreciate your patience as we navigate those things and we will share information with all of you soon. One thing that I know for certain is that our staff truly cares about our students and we are committed to supporting them during this time of uncertainty. The class meetings and activities that our teachers are creating are keeping our school community connected and providing both academic and emotional support.
Stay healthy, safe, and take care of each other. We are all in this together. Warhawks, We Got This!
Mrs. Butler, Mrs. Dycus, Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Maldonado, and Mrs. Spear miss our students so much! Check out the message the NMS Office staff shared with them last week.
Food Services During D200 School Closures
New Addition to D200 Food Services!!!
Every Thursday evening there will be a dinner drive-up option at Verda Dierzen from 4 - 5:30.
Breakfast and lunch will be offered to families while school buildings are closed. Families may drive through or walk up to Olson Elementary School and Verda Dierzen Early Learning Center, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m - noon. In addition we will be delivering meals to families at the following locations at the following times:
- Mapletree Apartments 10:30 - 10:40 am (Infront of the office building)
- Autumnwood Apartments 10:50 - 11:10 am ( South parking lot next to the Building 717)
- Prairie View Apartments 11:20 - 11:40 pm (Parking lot next to the Rental Office)
- Greenwood School 12:00 - 12:20 pm (School parking lot)
- Willow Brooke Apartments 10:30 - 10:40 am (Back entrance, near the bus stop)
- Woodstock Commons 10:50 - 11:00 am (Front entrance to the right of the Leasing Office)
- Walden Oaks Apartments 11:20 - 11:40 pm (Picnic area near the pond)
- Clay Academy School 11:50-12:10 (School Parking Lot)
NMS eLearning Schedule
Our continued focus during this time is on learning and sustaining the home-school connection that we have developed throughout the entire school year. We hope the block schedule allows us to support and meet the needs of families with different dynamics. The curriculum and lessons during eLearning are meant to continue our strong relationships, prepare students for the next year, and keep them engaged in learning.
What are the eLearning Plans for the week?
Students should still be logging into Canvas as all teachers are creating Canvas Announcements, Assignments, etc for lessons for the corresponding “A” or “B” Days.
Need help understanding how to use all of the links above?
District 200 families who experience problems with a Chromebook, or who have other technology-related questions or concerns, are asked to reach out directly to the D200 Technology Department. District technicians are working hard to help keep our digital learning running as smoothly as possible, and will respond to emails sent to the following address:
A message from 6th grade:
In Social Studies, the students have been learning about ancient Greece. They are learning about Greek gods in mythology and made a screen castify about Greek facts. It's also interesting to notice how many places, stars and planets, and things are named after Greek gods
In 6th grade math, the students started their unit on algebraic expressions, and will continue this over the next couple of weeks. Advanced 6th graders worked on more complicated two-step equations this week, and next week will begin inequalities.
In 6th grade literacy, students began their book study of "The Watson's Go to Birmingham." Advanced 6th grade students will begin "The Westing Game."
In science, Ms Thomas' class is learning about minerals. Next week they will complete an online activity where they have to identify different minerals by their properties. Please remember to attend your class meetings!
A message from 7th grade:
Mr. Filetti's math classes are currently working on Edpuzzle and Quizizz assignments. Many of the students are doing a nice job with completion and accuracy. The topics we are learning are Expressions, Equations and the Pythagorean Theorem. Keep up the great effort 7th grade.
While reading Lois Lowry's The Giver, students have been imagining what their own community would be like if we had Sameness. Students have been sharing their thoughts with other literacy classes via Flipgrid videos.
CALLING ALL INCOMING FRESHMAN PARENTS:
WE NEED YOU!
We are looking for more people to join the WNHS Booster Club!
For the past decade, the WNHS Booster Club has raised over $250,000 to support Thunder athletes and sports teams. We are 100% parent-volunteer run and need your help to continue to build upon this tradition of excellence as we enter the next decade of Thunder Athletics.
Board members participate in monthly meetings, and assume leadership roles for year-round Booster Club fundraising activities.
If interested please contact Shauna Crabill at email@example.com.
Engagement and Grading in eLearning
Each Thursday our teachers will post eLearning progress reports. You can log into Home Access and see the progress of your student and the eLearning assignments they have successfully completed. Completed assignments and activities are indicated with a "P" for passing. A assignment or activity that has not been completed will be marked with an "I" for incomplete. Instructions on how to access assignment and progress report grades during eLearning is linked below.
If you have any questions about grading, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Moan sent a message to middle school parents with information about eLearning engagement and grading on 4/2. Please click HERE to link to the message on our district website
Step by step instructions on how to use Home Access to access assignment and progress report grades during eLearning.
How can the NMS families stay connected and informed?
- Warhawk Weekly: Please remember that this newsletter is a live link. As things progress through the week, we will use it to provide any updated information. All you have to do is click the newsletter to go to the live page!
- eLearning Page on NMS Website
- Facebook: @northwoodwoodstock
- emails and texts: Messages sent through the school, just like how you received this newsletter.
- Canvas: Students should be checking Canvas for each of their teachers on the corresponding A or B day for announcements and assignments.
- Warhawks, We Got This Student Newsletter: The next edition of the student newsletter will be emailed to students on Monday morning. Please remind your student to check it out for announcements, special messages from our staff, and tips for success during eLearning.
Social Services Snippet
We know that all of this can be overwhelming for students and parents, so please reach out if you need any help or support. The NMS staff is here for your student and our NMS families. In addition, if your student needs support and you would like one of our social workers to reach out to them or to you, please let us know. Mrs. Moore can be reached at email@example.com and Ms. Ortiz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know parents are struggling to balance work, child care and self-care while keeping worries — both your children’s and your own — under control. You don’t have to do it alone.
How can students "visit" Mrs. Parrent and the NMS Library during eLearning?
Bored? No longer! Check out the Northwood Library LibGuide for activities, challenges, eBooks, and more!
Calling All Writers! The Writing Club Google Meet is on Wednesdays at 3:30. If you are interested, please email Ms. Parrent.
Checkout the Library eLearning Plan for information about Library Google Meets and more!
April is Poetry Month
April is Poetry Month! The NMS Library is accepting poetry submissions to share with the school. Our theme is "Shelter in Place." (Governor Pritzker is calling this time of staying at home "Shelter in Place.") Email your poems or share a doc with Ms. Parrent through April 30th.
Calling all writers! If you are interested in Writing Club, please email Ms. Parrent.
Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is open!
Mrs. Butler (Spanish) email@example.com
Mrs. Dycus firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Maldonado email@example.com
The Woodstock Public Library Is here to help too!
Here are some of the amazing services being offered by The Woodstock Public Library:
Parking Lot WiFi: The library's wifi signal has been extended into the parking lot allowing anyone to be online from the safe distance of their own vehicle
Food Pantry: There are two bins of food and a bin for diapers, toiletries, etc in front the of the library's front doors. Anyone is welcome to take what they need, donate what they can.
Free e-books, audiobooks, magazines: Thousands of ebooks and audiobooks are available via the library's website Download page. All that is needed to access is a Woodstock library card. If a family was unable to get a library card before the library closed, an e-resource card can be applied for on the library's website. E-Resource Application
Databases: Ancestry.com, Newspapers.com, New York Times, Transparent Language Online, Chilton Auto Repair Library, and a lot more e-resources are all available on the library's Databases page. Easily accessed with a WPL card or e-resource card.
Online Storytimes: Ms Pamela, the children's librarian is posting storytimes a couple times of week. They are available on the library's YouTube channel and Facebook. Spanish storytimes are being posted by the library's guest storyteller Ms Janet on Monday nights on Facebook Live.