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April 5, 2019

From the Office

We hope everyone enjoyed some extra time with family and friends last week!


Next week, our students will be completing the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR). This newly titled assessment resembles the PARCC tests that students have become familiar with over the last couple of years. In order to prepare for the IAR, teachers have spent time this week reviewing skills and strategies that will benefit students. There are also a few steps that parents can take to support their students during testing:


  • Encourage your child to get a good night's rest (8-9 hours minimum), eat a healthy breakfast, and to do their very best!
  • Remind your child to charge their Chromebooks fully each night, to bring their corded headphones each day (ear pods will not work), and to approach these tests with confidence!


Please reference the schedule below for testing sessions. All lunch periods will remain the same next week. Students will complete 3 Math tests (60min/each) and 3 English Language Arts tests (90min/each).


Tuesday, 4/9: Testing session begins at 8:50am (Math)

Wednesday, 4/10: Testing sessions begin at 8:50am ELA) & 12:45pm (Math)

Thursday, 4/11: Testing sessions begin at 8:50am (Math) & 12:45pm (ELA)

Friday, 4/12: Testing session begins at 8:50am (ELA)


We encourage our students to view tests like the Illinois Assessment of Readiness as a chance to show how much they have grown academically in the course of one school year. We are very proud of the work our students and teachers have put forth this year!

Have a great weekend!


Stefan Larsson

Principal


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. We would like to congratulate the following students on their nominations for the week!

Lots of Learning This Week

Hidden in Plain Site - Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization

The “Hidden in Plain Sight Trailer” will be traveling to Westfield Middle School on May 16th as part of a Drug Misuse Prevention program hosted by LTM Foundation for parents. This tool was created to assist parents in the battle against drug use by their children. The trailer is designed to simulate a typical teenager’s bedroom. Parents will be invited into the trailer to “discover” some of the telltale signs of a child using and hiding drugs of all kinds. It demonstrates the need for parents to remain vigilant and aware of the everyday activities of their child. There will also be a resource table including tips for talking to your kids about drugs. Note: No one under the age of 18 will be allowed into the trailer.
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Upcoming Dates

Please visit our Google Calendar for all activities and schedules!


Graduation Ticket Order Form Sent Home with 8th Grade Students: April 5th

Deadline for D13 Westfield PTO Scholarship Application: April 8th

Club & Team Picture Day: April 10th at 3:30PM (see list below)

Illinois Assessment for Readiness (IAR) Testing: April 9th-12th

Student Assembly with Lauren Robinson, 8th Grader: April 12th

Yearbook Order Deadline: April 18th (see flyer below)

Student IAR Testing April 9-12

Next week, students will complete the new Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) testing. IAR is state mandated and replaces the PARCC test. Please read this IAR Parent Letter or visit https://www.isbe.net/iar for more information regarding the Illinois Assessment of Readiness. At Westfield, students will complete testing April 9 - 12th with make-up testing the following week.


The Illinois Assessment of Readiness will be used to measure the growth of each student as compared to students around the state. We believe that our students should approach this type of testing with confidence and view it as an opportunity to demonstrate how much they have grown this year and how prepared they are to move to the next level.

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Spanish Course Parent Letter for 2019-2020

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Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year

Please see this letter regarding information for 2019-2020 School Registration. This letter was also sent home in 6th and 7th grade Report Cards.

Parents: PE/Health Student Project Due on April 12th

Dear Parents/Guardians-


Your student will be involved in an outside of school project for their PE class. The project is called “Healthy Food TV Show” where they will make a video that shows how to prepare and make a healthy food dish (ex: fruit smoothie, chicken kabobs, cauliflower pizza, etc). They can do this project individually or with a group of up to 5 students. We told the students that it is highly recommended to have adult supervision when they are preparing/making their food for their safety and the safety of the home. Please have a conversation with your child/children--when they plan on doing this, what they are making and who will be supervising (if needed). This project is due next Friday, April 12th. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s PE teacher.



Sincerely,

Westfield PE Department

PLEASE NOTE: CALENDAR CHANGES

  • Monday, April 22nd will be an Institute day (no student attendance)
  • Friday, May 24th will be a student attendance day. (previously listed as a teacher work day)

8th Grade End-of-Year Events

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Club Hype / T.E.K. Event

UPCOMING:

Needle Felt Creature: Wednesday, April 17th

Candy Bingo #4: Monday, April 29th

Order Your Yearbook Online before April 18th

Order by April 18th to ensure delivery to Westfield before the last days of school for signature/signing!
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National Police Appreciation Week: May 12-18

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Trimester 2 Honor Roll

Please click here to see the link for the Honor Roll!

Trimester 2 Honor Roll

From the Health Office: Information about Opioids

Information from the DuPage County Health Dept

Please see some helpful information from the DuPage County Health Department with helpful information and resource discussing Marijuana and Vape use among teens.


Vaping Fact Sheet: What is Vaping?

Marijuana Use and Teens: What Parents Need to Know

From the Westfield PTO

PTO Newsletter


We're using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming Westfield Hot Lunch Volunteers.

1) Click this link to see our SignUp: http://signup.com/go/FRAEinD

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

PTO Make-up Hot Lunch Dates

  • Wednesday, May 22nd (make-up for Jan. 31)
  • Friday, May 24th (make-up for Feb. 1)

Marklund Children's Home Fundraiser

Sign up for the Marklund Run/Walk on April 28, 2019!
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