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November 13, 2020

From the Office

Next Friday, November 20th, marks the end of the 1st Trimester. With Parent-Teacher conference days and the Thanksgiving Holiday during the following week, teachers will have until December 4th to complete the grading process. Please check with your child if they have any missing assignments or assessments to complete prior to November 20th.

Report Cards

Report Cards will be sent home the week of December 7th. Grades can be accessed throughout the trimester, by logging into Otus for 6th graders and PowerSchool for 7th and 8th graders. Please contact one of your child's teachers if you have specific questions regarding student grades.

Academic Honors Recognition

For 7th and 8th graders, we will continue to use their grade point average (GPA) to determine Honor Roll eligibility. All 7th & 8th graders who qualify for Highest Honors (3.8 - 4.0), High Honors (3.5 - 3.79), and Honors (3.2 - 3.49) based on their 1st trimester GPA will receive a corresponding Honors ribbon with their report cards and their names will be displayed in our main hallway.

For 6th graders we will be shifting to a new format, that recognizes students yearly who demonstrate excellence in a combination of academics, citizenship, and effort. With our transition to Standards-Based grading, we will no longer have a GPA for 6th graders to determine Honors eligibility. Staff members will collaborate to nominate a list of students in 6th grade for the 1st trimester and each trimester more names will be added to the Honor Roll. All 6th grade students who are selected will receive an Honors ribbon and their names will be displayed in our main hallway. More information on the new format will be shared.

Supply Pick-up: We have designated our Early-Release Wednesdays, from 2:00-5:00PM, for general supply pick-up. If your child has items to pick up this Wednesday, November 18th, please expect notification from a teacher. If you are unable to stop in during that time, please contact the Main Office to make an appointment. We are unable to accommodate drop-ins in the front foyer at this time. Thank you for your understanding!

Symptoms/Close contacts: Parents, please keep your child home if your child exhibits any COVID-like symptoms or is in close contact with other family members and friends who are exhibiting symptoms or who have tested positive for COVID-19. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately.

If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the child at home for 14 days and notify your primary healthcare provider, Westfield Middle School, and DuPage County Health Department.

We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation!

In-Person Learning schedule for 11/16 - 11/20

  • Monday: A group in person
  • Tuesday: B group in person
  • Wednesday: Everyone remote
  • Thursday: A group in person
  • Friday: B group in person

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.



Please visit our Google Calendar for all activities and schedules!

  • Early Dismissal Schedule: November 18 at 1:40pm
  • Student Supply Pick Up: November 18 at 2:00-5:00pm in Old Gym, Teachers will email students
  • Virtual Play Performance of "Virtually Ever After": November 19 at 7:00pm
  • End of Trimester 1: November 20
  • Submit District 13 Holiday Card Design: November 20 (see below)
  • Begin Trimester 2: November 30

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


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)


Art Contest Winners

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Girls! Want to Improve Your Basketball Skill and Strategy?

There's a new, virtual basketball club in town! Sign up before November 15th:

Westfield Virtual Girls Basketball Club Information and Sign Up

Call for Cross Country Yearbook Pictures

Send your pictures from Cross Country to the wfyearbook email address!

Here's Your Chance to Enter the District 13 Student Holiday Card Design Contest

Enter your Holiday Card design before Friday, November 20, 2020. All entries should be sent to the Westfield Art Teacher, Mrs. Matt by email, District mail, US mail or dropped off at Westfield Middle School. Send in your creation!
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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!

Calling All Students -- Email Westfield Your Pictures for the Arrow and the Yearbook

Email your pictures to: WFyearbook@sd13.org

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

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

Mrs. Gabany's Virtual Office

Want to give someone a shout out?

Students and Staff: Use your sd13.org, to give a shout out to another student or staff member use this Shout Out form! Responses will be reviewed before the recipient receives the shout out! Let's connect and tell each other how they've done something meaningful!

Save Your Plastic Frosting Containers for Art Class

Mrs. Matt is requesting empty Frosting Containers with Lids to help make Student Supply Art Kits. You may drop them off in a bin by Westfield's front office. Please contact Mrs. Matt at Dmatt@sd13.org with questions.


Chromebook Trouble?

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

Technology Support

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.


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.)

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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 fully, we'll use SignUp.com to organize Westfield Volunteers.

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

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.


  • Movie Nights on Fridays
  • B-FIT Center Membership
  • Little Acorns
  • Kindergarten Kids Place Before and after school care
  • District 13 Kids Place
  • Youth Sports, ages 2-8


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