The Wonderful World of Woodbury

November 2020

Woodbury October 2020
Dear Woodbury Families,

Parent-Teacher conferences are November 23rd and 24th and will be held virtually. We look forward to partnering with your child in their education. Conferences may look and feel a little different this year, but the teachers are looking forward to this valuable time together. You should have already received information on how to sign up for a conference time. If you have any questions, please contact your student's teacher.

Conferences provide an excellent opportunity for everyone, parents and teachers, to learn more about each individual student and in these times, those conversations become invaluable to us. The key to a successful school conference, parents and teachers agree, is two-way communication. By exchanging information, parents/guardians and teachers can support one another in order to make the best decisions for each of our students.

We will be celebrating Veteran's Day a little bit differently this year, with students participating in activities with their classroom teacher both virtually and in person. We will miss our traditional honorary assembly and the wonderful music of our high school band. We still feel it's important to keep intact a meaningful day to honor those who have served. Thank you to those who have shared pictures of your beloved veterans.

While these are hard times, we want to say we whole-heartedly appreciate the support we continue to receive from our families. We are proud of our students and our diligence in keeping our students safe. Please continue to stay home if you are not feeling well, to certify your student(s) each morning, and communicate with us when your child is ill or if they have been exposed to someone who is ill.

Thanks for helping us keep rowing in these rough waters.

All the best,

Mrs. Kern

Student Handbook

In a typical school year, Woodbury would send a paper copy of our student handbook home with each student. We typically send home a form for parents to sign to signify that they have looked over this document. Once again, due to COVID-19 considerations, we are trying to limit the exchange of paper between school and home. Therefore, this year we are not providing a paper copy of the handbook unless requested. We are also not requiring a signed form to be returned. Please click below to access the handbook. Please note that this handbook was developed and adopted prior to the pandemic.

Free and Reduce Lunch

  • The carryover period for students who were receiving free/reduced lunch for the 2019-2020 school year will be until October 2, 2020. If you haven't turned in a new 2020-2021 application or received notification for approval for this school year, please re-apply! Per federal/USDA guidelines, applications for free/reduced meal service must be completed on a yearly basis. Currently, the "Free Meals for Kids Program" will run through December 31st, 2020. However, if/when the "Free Meals for Kids Program" expires, students will need to have had a completed free/reduced application in order to receive free/reduced meals when returning from winter break.
  • Free/reduced lunch applications for the 2020-2021 school year are available in the office of each school or on the Sandwich School District website at you have any questions contact 815-786-2187
  • In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, and Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

News from the Nurse

November 14th is World Diabetes Day

In the United States, about 30 million adults and 200,000 people under the age of 20 have diabetes. Here are some website resources for Diabetes:

Dental Reminder:

Completed Proof of School Dental Exam forms are required for current Kindergarten and second grade students by May 15th. If you are unable to obtain the required dental exam, please complete the Dental Exam Waiver Form.

Flu season is here!

Protect yourself and your family this season with an annual flu vaccine for everyone who is 6 months and older. Seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and last as late as May. Visit for more information.


Thank you to all our families for a great start with the new daily self-certification process. Please continue to discuss with your child how they are feeling before sending them to school. If you need additional copies of the student certification forms please let your student(s) teacher know. We will send additional copies home with your student. Copies are also available in a plastic tub on the benches in front of the school.

Newest Guidance from IDPH

Sandwich CUSD #430 is following the most recent guidance from the IDPH when deciding if a student needs to be sent home from school. Students will be sent home or denied entry to school if ANY of the following symptoms are present: Fever (100.4°F or higher), new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain from unknown cause, new congestion/runny nose, new loss of sense of taste or smell, nausea, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches. Per the IDPH, medical evaluation and testing are strongly recommended for all persons with COVID-like symptoms. Any siblings or family members of the symptomatic student that attend/work at a Sandwich school will also need to be sent home as noted in the guidance tree.

Health Plans
Health plans for certain medical conditions (ex: asthma, diabetes, seizures, food allergies, etc.) need to be updated every school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school nurse. REMINDER: Students who require an inhaler at school should also have a spacer/chamber available to be used with the inhaler.

Eye Exam
All Kindergarteners and any student attending school in Illinois for the first time are required to submit a State of Illinois Eye Exam or Waiver by October 15, 2020.

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Inclement Weather

Winter weather is approaching. We have been blessed with some wonderful and warm fall days into November. It is important that children are dressed properly to go outside for recess. When the wind chill is 10 degrees or higher, we will be going outside for recess. It is important that our children have the ability to run around and get some exercise. Weather will be checked prior to each recess to verify the wind chill.

In addition, the district website ( will contain information regarding school closings. If a school is closed for an emergency during the day, parents will be notified by a School Messenger phone call. Please be sure you have discussed a plan with your child in case of an early dismissal.

PreK-8 Social-Emotional Learning in District 430

Please click here to read about supports provided to students in CUSD #430 via social-emotional learning curriculum.