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Aiming to Keep You Informed

SEPTEMBER 10, 2021

From the Office

With tomorrow being the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we observed a brief moment of silence this morning to reflect and remember the men, women and children who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Despite our students being born after this watershed moment in American history, the world they have grown up in was significantly shaped by the tragic events of that September day and the events that followed. Along with the discussions in classrooms today, we also encourage every student to take a moment this weekend to speak with a relative or family friend who recalls the events and atmosphere of that day. The 9/11 Memorial & Museum might be a resource that you find helpful for your children.


Curriculum Night - Video Presentations

We hope that you enjoyed the Curriculum Presentations shared with you yesterday outlining the teaching and learning formats your child(ren) will experience this year in each of their classes. You can access the videos at anytime by using the links under our Grade Level News portion of the Arrow Newsletter. The Curriculum Presentations can be viewed at your convenience and will not require a login. Should you have any questions regarding a particular course after viewing the presentations, please feel free to contact your child's teacher(s) at anytime.


MAP Testing


  • Fall MAP testing was completed this week for the majority of students
  • Makeups have already begun and will continue next week
  • Teachers will be utilizing the data to help students set goals for their learning and growth
  • Map Testing will also take place in the Winter & Spring, to assist with assessing student progress towards their goals and the standards in both ELA and Math.
  • Links from NWEA MAP that you may find useful: Parent FAQ & MAP Fact Sheet


Required Medical Forms

Please make sure to connect with our School Nurse, Mrs. Beth Jones, regarding all necessary medical forms and information for your middle school student. As a reminder, all incoming 6th graders are required to have a physical on file at the school. For athletics, all 6th - 8th grade students are required to have a sports physical on file in order to participate in Westfield athletics. Please reach out to Mrs. Jones with any questions.


Go Orange Day

Please consider supporting Go Orange Day next Friday, September 17th, to raise awareness about hunger in our community. See the flyer in this week's Arrow for more information.


Upcoming Dates

Friday, September 17th is our first early release day of the school year, with dismissal at 1:40pm. Please reference the 2021/2022 Calendar for additional important dates.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Stefan Larsson

Principal


Amanda Vreeland

Assistant Principal

WARRIOR 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!

  • Goodwill Donation Drop Off: September 10th, 3:45-8:30 pm DONATION INFO
  • Septemberfest & Parade: September 11th
  • Cross Country Meet: September 14th, 4:00pm at Clauss Park, Roselle
  • Early Dismissal: September 17th at 1:40pm
  • Go Orange Spirit Day: September 17th Hunger Action Day
  • All-School Picture Day: September 20th PICTURE DAY ORDER FORM

Grade Level News:

The teams will update these weekly during the school year 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)

Info for Parents: 24/7 Online Tutoring

Partnering with Paper.co --online tutoring support for grades 1-8.

ONLINE TUTORIAL

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FROM THE WESTFIELD NURSE

To 6th Grade Parents:

Please remember to turn in all physical, immunization, medication forms, and emergency care plans to the Health Office as soon as possible. Remember to complete and sign the required parent portions as well! We have many 6th grade students who are still non-compliant!


Thank you for attending to these important health mandates; this paperwork allows us to give your students excellent health care! Our goal is to keep them safe and healthy! Thank you!

WESTFIELD THIS WEEK

STUDENT INFORMATION

Don't Miss Picture Day on Monday, September 20th

Westfield's All-School Picture Day is coming up! There is an online payment with Color Portraits for prints before your child's picture is taken.

ONLINE PICTURE ORDER FORM

Reminders

Social-Emotional Supports

If you feel that your child is struggling on a social-emotional level, please do not hesitate to contact our Social Worker, Mrs. Sheila Zagotta, and she can work with you to coordinate supports for your child for both inside and outside of the classroom.


The Middle School years can be very tricky for students to navigate even during the best of times, so with a uniquely challenging year like this one, it's even more important for all of the adults in a child's life to collaborate on supporting each student's needs. We are here to help, so please reach out if we can be of assistance and we will continue to do the same!


Academic Supports

Paper is a support that connects students in grades 1-8 to a live, human tutor in that content area via chat. Students can access this support through their school login whenever they have questions on homework, would like someone to review an essay, or need help reviewing for an assessment. Please see this video for Parent Information on Paper tutorial for more information. (Papel para Padres en Español)


Daily Attendance

Please contact the Main Office at 630-529-6211 to report any student absences. This will help us to keep accurate records of every student present in our building. Thank you!


Quarantining due to Close Contact

A Close Contact is anyone with whom the confirmed COVID case had close contact, within 3 feet, for at least 15 minutes throughout the course of 24 hours. Exposure on a bus must include everyone who sat within 3 feet of the confirmed or probable COVID case for 15 minutes or longer. At lunch, with masks removed, close contacts are anyone within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer.


Westfield Middle School does not have to exclude all students in a classroom from attending school because a student in the classroom tested positive for COVID...Only those students who were Close Contacts with the confirmed student will be required to quarantine for 14 days. It is important for students to wear a mask & maintain 3-feet of social distance from others at all times.


If your child is quarantining at home, student work will be made available by each of their classroom teachers. Students and their parents/guardians should stay in regular contact with each teacher to determine the best method to access materials and resources. Some work may be accessible through digital sites, while other work may need to be picked up from school. Individual teachers may exempt students from portions of the work that is missed or provide alternative activities for lessons that are difficult to recreate at home. In addition, students will receive extended time to complete school work upon their return to the classroom.


Any student who tests positive for Covid or is a Close Contact to an individual who tests positive for Covid may be required to quarantine for up to 14 days. We ask that parents speak with the school nurse to determine the length of the quarantine and return date to school. Students who need to quarantine due to being a Close Contact will not qualify for Remote Instruction. Assignments will be made available to students during their absence.


If your child is in quarantine in excess of 14 days, per doctor's note, remote instruction MAY be made available based on the following criteria:

  1. Unvaccinated

  2. INELIGIBLE for vaccine AND

  3. IN Quarantine due to Positive Covid Test.

  4. Please contact Samia Hefferan, Director of Student Services, shefferan@sd13.org to start the application process


★ Remote Learning/Instruction is defined as: At least one hour of instruction

each school day or five hours in each school week provided by a certified teacher.

"I'm With the Band"

  • Band group lessons begin next week. Sixth-grade students will have lessons on Tuesday, 9/14, and seventh and eighth-grade students will have lessons on either Wednesday, 9/15 or Friday, 9/17. Check your schedule for the time.
  • Any student not already in band but interested in learning an instrument is encouraged to see Mrs. Metzger in the band room to get more information on how to join.

Game On Club

It's a new club at Westfield! Modern and retro games, competitions, coding & game design.

To SIGN UP: Email Mr. Segatti at dsegatti@sd13.org

Video Production Club

Become the next George Lucas in a new Westfield club! Make Youtube vids, TikToks, improve camera skills.

To SIGN UP: Email Mr. Segatti at dsegatti@sd13.org

Club Create--Make Something Cool

  • Westfield’s Club Create is for students who love to create whether it be with pencil and paper, nature, clay, cameras, or whatever artsy materials they like to use!

  • There will be an informational meeting Friday, September 10th during flex time, and our first after-school session is planned for September 20th.

  • Complete this Fall 2021 Club Create Sign Up

Our 1st visiting artist session is Monday, September 27th, where we will be creating October Gnomes--your permission slip fee of $10 are due to the main office no later than Friday, September 24th, 2021.

Order Your Yearbook Today

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STUDENT COUNCIL

  • COMING UP: Bloomingdale SeptemberFest on Saturday, September 11th

Go Orange on September 17th!

Every year the Village of Bloomingdale hosts a “Go Orange Day” to help Raise Awareness about Hunger. Order your Go Orange T-shirts now for only $5 and 15% of your order will be donated to help local Food Pantries and those in need!

Click here to Order your Go Orange Day T-Shirt.

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!

FROM WESTFIELD TECHNOLOGY

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 log 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 Student Progress for 6th & 7th Grade Parents

We will use Otus (https://my.otus.com/) to report the mastery of skill and detailed student progress for 6th & 7th grade this year, while continuing to take attendance in PowerSchool. Otus report cards will be mailed home at the same time as 8th grade report cards.

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.

FROM THE WESTFIELD SOCIAL WORKER

The Glenbard Parent Series

Join other parents, high school and middle school students, and professionals to learn about issues facing today’s youth such as Student Social Skills and Anxiety, Rethinking Parental Pressure.

The Glenbard Parent Series engages top experts, parents and school staff to become proactive and informed in pursuit of the mutual goal to strengthen our communities. Programs are free and open to the public.

https://www.glenbardgps.org/

Local Food Pantry at Bloomingdale Church

Neighborhood weekly food pantry every Saturday, 10:00am-NOON

Roselle Community Food Pantry

Now expanded to serve Bloomingdale and Medinah along with Roselle.

LINK TO INFORMATION

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Teenage Depression and Anxiety

WESTFIELD'S PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO)

New Board Contacts for Westfield PTO

The newly appointed 2021-22 PTO Board members are:

Vice-President: Linda Baker, parent of an incoming 6th grader sasha0708@yahoo.com

Secretary: Loriann Hoyle, parent of an incoming 6th grader hoylefamily04@hotmail.com

Treasurer: Ranna Kothari, parent of 6th & 8th graders ranna3@yahoo.com

Volunteering is Back!


  • Westfield Parents and Guardians! Sign up to volunteer for school year 2021-2022.
  • CLICK HERE to fill out what you would like to do.
  • Questions? Email Loriann Hoyle or Linda Baker for information.

PTO Membership Dues

Benefits of your $20 membership:


  • All-school parties
  • Teacher appreciation
  • Scholarships
  • Field Trips
  • Student awards

Lake Park Football Game Info

Lancer Fans,

Please be advised of the following policies regarding attendance as it relates to non-Lake Park students before coming out to the game:

  • Any non-high school age students (elementary and middle school) attending games at Lake Park High School must be accompanied by a supervising adult. Students arriving without an adult chaperone will not be admitted to the game.
  • Backpacks and opened beverage containers are not allowed in the stadium, so please plan accordingly and bring what you need to be prepared for all weather.
  • Admission of $3 is charged to non-high school age students over the age of five (5) years old.
  • If you are not being driven home by your adult chaperone, please arrange for a ride to pick you up by 9:30pm in the circle drive in front of West Campus and not in the stadium parking lot. This helps to reduce traffic near the stadium and pedestrian areas.

Make your plans to come out and support the football team and GO LANCERS!

BLOOMINGDALE PARK DISTRICT

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WESTFIELD SOCIAL MEDIA 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: