October 1, 2021

Upcoming Events

WA Women’s Prayer
Tuesdays, October 5, 12, 19 & 26
1:30-2:45 p.m.
Armour Building Apartment

All women are invited to join us in prayer every Tuesday during the month of October. This month we will be praying for our own students and each student in the Freshman class by name.

Upcoming Bell Schedule Changes
Week of October 11

Please note the following changes to the bell schedule for the week of October 11:
Monday, October 11 – Columbus Day – No school, offices closed
Tuesday, October 12 – Regular bell schedule
Wednesday, October 13 – PSAT test day. Testing begins at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, October 14 – 7-period day
1st 8:00 – 8:48
2nd 8:58 – 9:46
3rd 9:56 – 10:44
4th 10:54 – 11:42
Lunch 11:42 – 12:11
5th 12:16 – 1:04
6th 1:14 – 2:02
7th 2:12 – 3:00

Friday, October 15 – Regular bell schedule

Parent Ambassador Program: New Family Connection Zoom Call
Tuesday, October 12
7:00 pm – 8:00pm
Registration Required

These calls are designed for new families and transfers, or for anyone who would like more information about the following topics: Upcoming Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences, step-by-step directions for conference sign-ups, and detailed explanations of Winterim and Internships. Use this link to register:
Register for Zoom Call

Get to Know Wheaton Academy
Thursday, October 14 & Tuesday, November 9
7:00 p.m.

Middle school students and their parents are invited to Get to Know Wheaton Academy on October 14 or November 9 at 7:00 p.m. This evening will provide an opportunity for families to learn about our school’s commitment to academics, spiritual life, co-curricular activities, and college readiness, as well as experience the community, connection, and culture that Wheaton Academy offers our students and families.  

Our time together will include:  

  • Opening Welcome from Mrs. Hockett, Principal  
  • Individual Family Tours  
  • Meet and Greet with Coaches, Teachers, Program Leaders   

Join us and discover what it’s like to be a Wheaton Academy Warrior.  Questions? Please contact Amy Burdett, Admissions Coordinator, or Amy Hogan, Director of Admissions.

General News

Homecoming 2021
Student Council would like to invite all WA students to our Homecoming Informal on Saturday, October 9, from 7:00 –9:30 p.m. under the WA tent. This will be a night of food trucks, carnival games,  yard games, and dancing. Tickets will be on sale starting September 29 for $25.00 per person or $30.00 at the door. Students can use pushcoin to purchase tickets. For information on all the week’s activities click here or email Jim Holtrop.

Parent Volunteers Needed the Week of Homecoming
We are in need of parent volunteers to work in The Shack, help with parking, chaperone the Student Informal, and sell WA Wear during Homecoming Week, specifically Thursday – October 7, Friday – October 8, and Saturday – October 9.  If you are interested in serving in one or more of these areas, please email:

The Shack: Phil Strzalka – pstrzalka@wheatonacademy.org
Parking: Caitlin Andrews – candrews@wheatonacademy.org
Student Informal: Jim Holtrop – jholtrop@wheatonacademy.org
WA Wear: Brad Byrne – bbyrne@wheatonacademy.org

Your help and support are greatly appreciated!

Homecoming Volunteers Needed for Alumni Events
We need volunteers to help with Alumni events over Homecoming weekend, October 8-10, in the following areas:

Friday, October 8 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)- set-up/ decorating for Alumni Dinner
Friday, October 8 (4:30-8:30 p.m.) – serving/clean-up at the Alumni Dinner
Friday, October 8 (8:00-10:30 p.m.) – serving/clean-up for the Alumni Dessert Reception
Saturday, October 9 (10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) – clean-up Heritage Breakfast

We especially need people to help serve and clean up at the Dinner and Dessert Reception on Friday, October 8. Your service is a blessing to our WA Alumni. If you would be willing to help with any of the above activities, please contact Director of Alumni Relations, Dawn Earl, at 630-562-7510 and let her know of your interest and availability.

Donations and Volunteers Needed for Homecoming Tailgate
Project Lead Global is hosting a Homecoming family tailgate fundraiser before the Thursday night football game on October 7 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. All proceeds raised will go towards the 24 vulnerable children Wheaton Academy sponsors in the DR and Haiti through Kids Alive International.  We are looking for donations of food and supplies and parent volunteers to help assist in preparing and serving the food and helping with clean up. Please click here to sign up to donate and/or serve. 

Homecoming Family Tailgate, October 7
You and your family are invited to be part of the Homecoming Family Tailgate, Thursday, October 7 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in the parking lot next to Performance Trust Field. The Project Lead Global team hosts this event as a fundraiser for the 24 vulnerable children Wheaton Academy sponsors through Kids Alive International. For a donation of $5 per person with a cap of $25 for a family, you will receive a yummy walking taco dinner and will be able to hang out and play fun yard games. The Shack will also be selling cinnamon rolls, with proceeds going to Kids Alive International. Each grade can also earn homecoming points when they and their families attend.

Please come for a fun evening of food, fellowship, and football! The girls’ championship Powder Puff Game will be held before the varsity football game. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie Gregersen. We hope to see you all there.

Conference Dinners
Our conference days are October 20 and 21. If you would like to contribute to our faculty dinners on those days, please contact Jim Holtrop.  Those willing may provide a pot of soup, a large salad, bread, or dessert for Wednesday night or a monetary gift towards a catered dinner for Thursday. Thanks so much for helping out. Our teachers really missed your amazing soups last year!!

Business & Innovation Program
Wheaton Academy’s Business & Innovation Program has had an excellent start to the school year with 75 Club members, the launch of our first student-run business, The Shack, and three new courses seeing full enrollment including 25 students participating in our INCubatoredu class this year. The students have ideated on their business ideas, formed teams, and are getting ready for their Coach Match Day. Please read the Newsletter focused on the INCubatoredu community of parents and volunteers by clicking here.

Picture Retakes
On October 12, Lifetouch will be at school for students who have not had their picture taken or need to retake their picture. This is the last time they will be at school, so make sure your student stops in the Atrium for a picture.

Senior Pictures
On October 22 Prestige will be in the Atrium after school for the final session of senior pictures. Please call them for an appointment if you are interested in having them take your student’s senior pictures.

Parking Privileges on Campus
Parents, please remind your students who drive to school to make sure they have registered the car(s) they drive and have received a Brand-New Parking Permit. This would be very helpful. Please look to see if they have the new sky-blue permit hanging in their cars.  With Homecoming quickly approaching and the addition of many alumni being on campus, being able to identify vehicles in our parking lots will be imperative.  Many students do not understand that they need to register their car every year, regardless of if they paid for multiple years last year.  Have your student visit with Mr. Ellison if there are any questions.

Interested in Sponsoring a Faculty or Staff Member for WA Appreciation Events?
The Wheaton Academy Appreciation team is seeking your help. Would you be interested in sponsoring a faculty/staff member of our school? Click here for full details and to sign-up. You may contact Sally Strzalka with any questions.

College Corner

PSAT Test Day Wednesday, October 13
Please click here to find instructions for the PSAT testing on Wednesday, October 13. You may contact Gina Churchill with any questions.

ACT Group Class
Registration for the next ACT Small Group Class is now open! We will cover tips and strategies for all areas of the ACT as well as go over effective ways to practice at home. There will be homework between each class.

Cost: $410 (materials provided)
Place: Wheaton Academy Room 125
Dates: Tuesdays (6:00-8:00 p.m.) October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, and December 7.
Spots are limited, so don’t delay! (Your payment is your registration.) Register at wa-tutoring.org/payments.

Questions? Email Cheryl Koslosky at ckoslosky@wa-institute.org

AP Exam Timeline
If your student is in an AP class this year, please click here to see a list of important dates and deadlines for registering, paying for, and taking the AP Exams in 2022.


The All-Access Passes are available for pick up in the Athletic Office between the hours of 12-3 p.m.  If your student is in a fall sport, you should have received your family passes from the coach or team parent.  If your child is NOT on a fall sport and you have not picked up your pass yet, please come to the athletic office between the hours of 12-3 p.m Monday-Friday and get your family pass.  This All-Access Pass gets your family into every sporting event held at Wheaton Academy for free admission.  A helpful hint: Take a picture of it and have it on your phone if you are all not arriving together. 

Swimming at Wheaton Academy 
Although Wheaton Academy does not have swim practices together, we do go to the Sectional Meet with students who practice and participate on club teams. Girl’s swimming is in the fall (sectional meet on Saturday, November 6) and Boys swimming is a winter sport (Sectional Meet on Saturday, February 19.) If your son or daughter is interested in participating, please contact Mr. Mack at kmack@wheatonacademy.org