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Aiming to Keep You Informed

October 16, 2020

From the Office

We enjoyed welcoming in our first group of students who selected in-person learning. It was so nice to have students in the building with us!


We are super proud of the efforts of our students and staff to keep everyone safe as we returned to having students on campus. Here are a few of the guidelines we put in place to insure everyone's safety:

  • Students and staff are required to wear masks* indoors at all times when not alone
  • Students are seated at minimum 6 feet apart from each other and staff members
  • Students are encouraged to wash their hands often and/or use hand sanitizer
  • Students are travelling in cohorts when they change locations
  • Staggered times are used to avoid congestion during arrival, dismissal, and passing
  • Students are seated by cohort at Lunch
  • Shared spaces/surfaces are cleaned between groups and each evening. Hand sanitizer is also available in all classrooms.


*Please see this resource on guidance for acceptable masks; please note, as we enter winter months, neck gaiters at this time are not considered an acceptable mask and won't be able to be used at school due to unknown effectiveness per the CDC.



COVID-19 Positive Parent & Staff messages

This week we sent home 2 notices regarding members of the Westfield community who were COVID positive. In both instances, the individuals had not been in the building yet. We will continue to share pertinent information with parents and staff when we receive it. The District 13 website is also a great resource. You can access the most updated health information and other resources using the following link: District 13 Return to Learn resources


If you have additional questions about Return to Learn please submit them here: Additional Return to Learn Questions


Reminders for In-Person Learning

Last week, we shared quite a bit of information for In-Person Learners. You can find all of it under the Student Information section in the Arrow.


The schedule for next week, 10/19 - 10/23:

  • Monday: A group in person
  • Tuesday: B group in person
  • Wednesday: Everyone remote (Early Dismissal at 1:40pm)
  • Thursday: A group in person
  • Friday: B group in person

Have a wonderful weekend!


Stefan Larsson

Principal


Nicole Gabany

Assistant Principal

Warriors 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!

  • Early Dismissal at 1:40pm: Wednesday, October 21
  • *Supply Pick-up 2-5pm: Wednesday, October 21 (*Only needed if you've been contacted by teachers).



2020-2021 DISTRICT CALENDAR - DRAFT 9/4/20

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

Information for In-Person Learners (First shared on 10/9/2020)

*Reminder - A/B Group Designation

Unless contacted directly by the Main Office, the A or B designation for your child will be based on the first initial of their last name.

  • Students in the A Group have last names starting with: A-L
  • Students in the B Group have last names starting with: M-Z


*Reminders-Morning Arrival Time

Walkers and Car riders, please arrive between 8:10 - 8:25am. Bus riders will arrive according to their bus route information. Students will proceed into the building upon arrival and head to their homeroom locations for the day (see below for location assignment information). We are asking students not to arrive prior to 8:10, if possible, to avoid groups gathering on the front walkway prior to entering the building.


Vehicle Drop-off: As a reminder, the front lot is only available for bus traffic before and after school; Car drop off is along Fairfield Way. Please drop your child off on the Westfield side of Fairfield or encourage your child to use the crosswalks if needed. Crossing in the middle of the street is unsafe during drop-off and pick-up times.


*Reminders - Student Entrances

Staff will greet students on the front patio in the morning and assist them with safely entering the building. Students will be asked to wear a mask as they approach the building, socially distance themselves from others, and enter the building one at a time. All student entrances are along the front side of the building.


  • 6th Grade students will use Door 30, which leads into our Athletic Gym
  • 7th Grade students will use Door 32, which leads to our Commons
  • 8th Grade students will use Door 1, which is our Main Entrance.


Get Involved! Sign Up for Student Council

During the 2020-2021 school year, Westfield Middle School will be offering virtual Student Council to all Westfield students. A Google form was posted in all students' P.E./Health Google classrooms. Please, fill out the sign up form if you are interested in becoming a Student Council member, or email Mrs. Hilden with any questions.

Westfield’s virtual Student Council will consist of being a part of an organization and having the opportunity to decide on school activities. There will also be an opportunity for students to take on a leadership role as a Student Ambassador or Junior Ambassador.

We look forward to Student Council started--it's up to you!

Click here to access the google form to sign up!

Students! Email Westfield Your Pictures for the Arrow and the Yearbook

Take appropriate pictures of you working on Drama projects, Art projects, STEM projects, PE workouts, Spanish projects, Band practice, Social Studies/Math/Science/ELA homework...!


Email your pictures to: WFyearbook@sd13.org

Save Your Plastic Frosting Containers for Art Class

Mrs. Matt is requesting empty Frosting Containers with Lids to help make Student Supply Art Kits. Please contact Mrs. Matt at Dmatt@sd13.org for drop offs!

Put Your Creativity Out There--Enter the Art Contest!

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TECHNOLOGY

Students: Please log out of your chromebook and 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 for 6th grade Parents

We will use Otus (https://my.otus.com/) to report the mastery of skill for 6th grade this year, while taking attendance in PowerSchool.

Chromebook Trouble?

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

Technology Support

Parents/Guardians: Please Call in Your Student's Absence

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!

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FROM THE WESTFIELD SOCIAL WORKER

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

FROM THE WESTFIELD NURSE

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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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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.

WESTFIELD'S PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO)

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

1) Click this link to see our SignUp: https://signup.com/go/xZeejVZ

2) When school resumes, review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

Halloween Contest!

Please see the Flyer for information on the PTO Halloween Contest!

Enter your submissions here: Submission Form

Need help on how to get your link? Watch this video from Mrs. Gabany: Getting a shareable Link

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BLOOMINGDALE PARK DISTRICT PROGRAMS

Movie Nights on Fridays

B-FIT Center Membership

Little Acorns

Kindergarten Kids Place Before and after school care

District 13 Kids Place

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: