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Aiming to Keep You Informed

October 2, 2020

From the Office

We are so excited to have a return date for Middle School students who wish to attend in-person learning! Next week, we will share cohort groupings and student A/B designations with students and families who chose In-Person learning for their child in preparation for October 13th. While we know that the cohort model isn’t ideal, but necessary given the current health guidelines, we are hoping that the transmission rates continue to trend in the correct direction and will soon allow for more movement and mobility for students attending in-person!

Thank you to everyone who already submitted the survey responses indicating your child's choice between In-Person and Remote Learning. If you have not had the chance to complete the form indicating your child's preferred learning model, please use the link found in the Return to in-person learning document linked here and shared on 9/30/2020. Please remember to complete the form by October 5th.

Yesterday, we shared a document with recent Questions & Answers regarding In-Person Learning. We know that you may have additional questions throughout the school year as it relates to In-Person and Remote Learning. Please submit any further questions here and we will do our best to respond in a timely fashion to you and/or share them with all parents/guardians in a continuously updated FAQ document.

As mentioned by Dr. Bartelt in his message to parents today, many of the procedures and protocols related to In-Person and Remote Learning in District 13 will be made available on the District website and updated frequently.

MAP Assessments: Parent MAP Letter

This week, 6th and 7th graders began Fall MAP testing. 8th graders are scheduled for 10/6. Make-up testing for any students who missed the test date has also begun and will continue next week.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Stefan Larsson


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.

Warriors of the Week - 10/02/2020


Please visit our Google Calendar for all activities and schedules!

  • Spirit Wear: Westfield Wear Shop order through October 5
  • MAP Testing: 8th grade October 6
  • Wear Purple for Citizenship: October 7
  • Early Dismissal: 1:40pm Wednesday, October 7
  • Student Supply Pickup: October 7, 2-5pm for 6th grade Science
  • Teacher Institute/No Students in Attendance: October 9
  • Columbus Day/No School: October 12

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


Six Word Challenge

Students were asked to sub six words to sum up school this far! We have a lot of submissions and will run more in the following Arrow Newsletters! 😄
Six Word Challenge 10/2/2020

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)


Westfield Spirit Wear! Order by October 5!

We have a Spirit Wear shop open! Click here to see the flyer! Click this link to take you to the shop: https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/WFMSSW20

Your order will come individually bagged to school and we will organize a pick up plan for your items we will communicate at a later date!

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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

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

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Extra-Curricular Activities

We are working with staff to create virtual opportunities for students to participate in clubs and performing arts programs. At this time, we are unable to offer traditional athletic programs, however we are working with coaches to design online opportunities for those groups as well. More information about Extra-Curricular offerings for the 2020-2021 school year will be shared soon.


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!

Trick-or-Treat in Bloomingdale


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


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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.


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.


Movie Nights on Fridays

B-FIT Center Membership

Little Acorns

Kids Place Before and after school care


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!)


Google Classroom:

PowerSchool: Coming Soon