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JANUARY 29, 2021

From the Office

We appreciate all of the efforts of our students, parents, and staff who helped make our first "Remote Snow Day" on Tuesday, 1/26, a productive learning day despite everyone working from home. Hopefully, our community benefited from students using their "PE time" to help clear some snow! 😊

Academic Supports

In addition to our current academic supports, we are very excited to add the use of Paper for our students, which will begin on Monday, February 1st!

This support 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)

On Monday, students will receive an email with instructions and information. They will also be watching a quick introduction video during Acceleration next week. We hope students find this resource useful, especially during afterschool hours and on weekends!

Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of the achievements and contributions made by African Americans throughout U.S. history. Although students at Westfield learn about the achievements and history of African Americans throughout the school year in all courses, we also believe it is important to use this month to encourage students and families to learn more. We encourage students to have conversations at home about the contributions made by African Americans throughout the history of the United States. The links below from History.com and the Smithsonian have wonderful resources.


National Museum of African American History & Culture

Picture Day Next Week:

Students will take pictures during PE next week; Group A on Wednesday 2/3 and Group B on Friday 2/5. Fully remote students interested in picture day, please call the front office to schedule an appointment.

Updated District 13 Calendar

A reminder to see the updated January - June District Calendar shared in December. Please take note of the Noon Dismissals on February 10th, March 10th, April 21st, and May 19th.

Next week - In-Person Learning Schedule

Monday, 2/1 - Group A

Tuesday, 2/2 - Group B

Wednesday, 2/3 - Group A

Thursday, 2/4 - Group A

Friday, 2/5 - Group B

Groundhog Day - 2/2/21

On Tuesday, February 2nd, also known as Groundhog Day, the “Prognosticator of prognosticators” Punxsutawney Phil will reveal whether he thinks we will have an early spring or six more weeks of winter. How accurate is Phil? Check out Weather.com for more information.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Stefan Larsson


Nicole Gabany

Assistant Principal


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!

Picture Day is Coming!

Picture Day Schedule: (RETAKES WILL NOT BE OFFERED THIS YEAR, You may also email a photo for review or if you are 7th or 8th grade your previous years photo can be used.)

  • Hybrid A Students: Wednesday, February 3rd during PE class

  • Hybrid B Students: Friday, February 5th during PE class

  • Full Remote Students: Wednesday, February 3rd 3:30-4:15pm MUST MAKE APPOINTMENT - call Westfield at 630-529-6211

  • Full Remote Students: Wednesday, February 10th 1:00-4:00pm MUST MAKE APPOINTMENT - call Westfield at 630-529-6211

  • If you pre-pay online or by phone before Picture Day, you do not have to pay shipping costs, but you must pre-pay online or by phone before your child's picture is taken.

  • Prepaid prints will be delivered to Westfield within three weeks, given to in-person students and then available for remote students during supply pickup around March 10th.


{ If you would like to email your student's own picture for the yearbook, please email to: wfyearbook@sd13.org }


Daily Pre-Certification form needed for all In-Person Learners

All students attending In-Person learning must have a health pre-certification form completed by their parents through Raptor each day that they attend In-Person learning.

Daily Attendance

Please contact the Main Office at 630-529-6211 to report any student absences. We also ask that parents/guardians notify the Main Office if your child is listed for In-Person Learning, but will be attending classes Remotely for the day. This will help us to keep accurate records of every student present in our building. Thank you!

Out-of-State travel - 14 Day Quarantine

If out-of-state travel becomes necessary for your child, students will be required to attend classes remotely upon returning to Illinois for a period of 14 calendar days. Please reach out to our Nurse if you have any health related questions or concerns. Thank you for helping us keep our building as safe as possible for our students and staff!

Check the New Hybrid In-Person Calendar

  • Remember to follow the new hybrid calendar for student in-person A and B days.
  • Parents will be able to update their choice again for Trimester 3.


12:00 NOON DISMISSAL SCHEDULE = 2/10, 3/10, 4/21, 5/19


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)


Join the Yearbook Team!

Do you like to take pictures? With the New Yearbook Team you can do that AND design a yearbook. All grades are welcome. If you're interested, send a message to: wfyearbook@sd13.org

Westfield's Got Talent 2021: Virtual Edition


Acts of Kindness to Others...and Yourself!

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Check Out Westfield Library Books Remotely

CLICK HERE to check out anything...anything?...yes, anything from the Westfield Library catalog! Questions: Email Westfield Librarian, Mrs. Wetendorf.

Westfield Art Needs Your Frosting Containers!

Please drop off at Westfield your empty frosting containers with lids. Students will use these for their Creature Container sculpture projects! Thank you!

Parents/Guardians: Please Call in Your Student's Absence (even if they are 'full remote')

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!

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!


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 Grade Parents

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


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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An Easy PTO Fundraiser!

Order from Texas Roadhouse in Bloomingdale before Feb. 8th and 15% is donated to the Westfield PTO!


Graduating High School Seniors: District 13 College Scholarship 2021

For any high school student who attended DuJardin, Erickson and/or Westfield, here is college a scholarship opportunity offered by the District 13 Parent Teacher Organizations. Applicants must be accepted by an accredited college. Deadline for applications must be delivered to each school attended by April 5, 2021.


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.


Annual CC! Nomination Form

Each year, the Bloomingdale Character Counts! Coalition individuals for exhibiting on-going good character. Nominate that person here! All nominations must be submitted before April 30th.




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