Warhawk Weekly 3/30/2020

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The Hall Way...

Hello Northwood Families! I know I speak for the entire NMS staff when I say we hope that this newsletter finds our families healthy and doing well.


In all of my years as an educator, this is definitely turning into one of the most memorable. As I sat down to write The Hall Way this week, I found it difficult to put into words how proud and amazed I have been by our entire school community. I am amazed at how our students have embraced this new type of learning experience. I am amazed by the support of our families. I am amazed by the work of the Northwood staff and their care for our students, both academically and their well being. I am amazed by how our district has taken on this challenge of supporting our school community from all aspects.


During difficult and uncertain times, the support of the people around you is so important. I am confident that I will continue to be amazed at how we will all work together to support and take care of each other.


-Mrs. Hall

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NMS eLearning Information

As we embark on this eLearning journey, we wanted to structure and organize learning content in a way that is easily accessible to both you as parents, and the students. By now, our students have familiarized themselves with Canvas, but this may be new to you. To make things more accessible we have created grade level documents that contain teacher plans and student assignments.


Each teacher is developing an individual document with their lesson plans that will be available to you through the grade level eLearning plans linked below and through our school website.


Each teacher plan will contain the following information:

  • Learning Target

  • What do I do?

  • Where do I turn this in?

  • Where do I go if I have questions?

  • Tips for Success

  • Class Communication/Call In Time


In each grade level eLearning plan, you will be able to see all of your students’ teachers and click on the link to their weekly plans. We appreciate your patience as teachers create, update, and make changes to their plans for the week as this is all new to them as well.


As the district’s letter indicated, we will be running on a block schedule so students can focus on a limited number of their classes each day. This also allows for more teacher directed lessons and for them to be more available to answer questions to support students through the learning process. The schedule is linked below. We strongly encourage students to be checking their email and logging into Canvas for their specific courses each day.


During this time our social workers, nurse, and office staff will also be available via email if you have any concerns or questions for them. The staff directory on our school's website contains links to our staff emails and is linked here.


We understand that each and every one of your families are dealing with different things during this time. We want you to know that we are here to support your students. We hope that the lessons provided help in keeping them engaged in their learning as they prepare for the next level. In addition, we hope that the lessons help our students stay connected to our school community. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the Northwood staff for support.

D200 is asking parents to continue to report student health issues on our attendance line.

NORTHWOOD ATTENDANCE LINE

(815) 337-8618

D200 eLearning and School Closure Updates

Click here for D200 eLearning and school closure updates

Food Services During D200 School Closures

Governor Pritzker made clear in his stay in place message that feeding students is still a priority. Therefore, 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. Families will receive both breakfast and lunch at this time. In addition we will be delivering meals to families at the following locations at the following times:


    • Mapletree Apartments 10:30 - 10:50 am (Infront of the office building)

    • Willow Brooke Apartments 10:30 - 10:50 am (Back entrance, near the bus stop)

    • Autumnwood Apartments 11:10 - 11:30 am ( South parking lot next to the Building 717)

    • Woodstock Commons 11:10 - 11:30 am (Front entrance to the right of the Leasing Office)

    • Prairie View Apartments 11:50 - 12:10 pm (Parking lot next to the Rental Office)

    • Walden Oaks Apartments 11:50 - 12:10 pm (Picnic area near the pond)

    • Greenwood School 12:45 - 1:30 pm (School parking lot)

Please remember that this newsletter is a live link. As things progress, we will use it to provide any updated information throughout the week. All you have to do is click the newsletter to go to the live page!

Welcome Back, Warhawks!
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Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is open!

Registration for the 2020 - 2021 school year is open. Please refer to the registration link you received in your email or visit our website here . As a reminder, payment is not due at the time of registration. If you have any questions or need help registering your child, please feel free to email one of our secretaries.


Mrs. Butler (Spanish) sbutler@wcusd200.org

Mrs. Dycus sdycus@wcusd200.org

Mrs. Maldonado cmaldonado@wcusd200.org

Social Services Snippet

Webinar for helping your child manage anxiety: This is a free class designed to help your child if they worry about social situations; making mistakes; test taking or performance anxiety and negative thinking.

Supporting Kids During the Coronavirus Crisis

Useful tips to help calm fears, manage stress, and talk to your children about the coronavirus.

How can students "visit" the Library during eLearning?

Please feel free to visit the library Google Meet! Share what you are reading, vote in Northwood's Tournament of Books, and learn about e-book options, among other things. Join us for lunch on A Days and during Skills Lab on B Days. For exact library Google Meet times, please email Ms. Parrent at mparrent@wcusd200.org. Be sure to check out the eLearning Plan for your grade for resources as well. See you soon online!

Third quarter report card grades are updated in Home Access

We will not be mailing third quarter report cards due to the school closure. However, you can access your students report card in Home Access.


Directions to see Third Quarter Report Cards Grades in Home Access:

  • Make sure you have selected the correct student.
  • Click the grades icon at the top of your screen.
  • Click the report card tab.
  • Under where it says Report Card, select “View Report Card for Reporting Period” and select 3 from the drop down.
  • View the final grades in MP3

MESSAGE FROM OUR CHOIR TEACHING STAFF 3/16/20

Tonight, the WHS gym that would normally house the District 200 Choral Festival is vacant, devoid of the sounds of students and music-making. In this time of isolation, we were lucky enough that our teachers were informed of the cancellation of our concert during the day on Thursday, March 12th. While students and teachers were disappointed that all of the hard work going into that concert may be lost, there was a scramble to salvage something. Through quick collaboration and extreme flexibility, the directors at our middle and high schools were able to record a version of our combined closing piece.


Each year, a piece is chosen for all singers grades 5-12 to sing together in the spirit of hope and collaboration. This year, the piece selected was “One Voice” by The Wailin Jennys. “It is a song about singing together, but in the larger sense about all of us coming together in the spirit of peace and harmony and love and hope, and all that stuff that we need more of in the world.” What better piece to enjoy at a time like this. We hope you enjoy.

One Voice 2020

What's Happening, Warhawks!

3/30/20 - 4/2/20

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