October 9, 2020

Upcoming Events

October Bell Schedules
Please click here to see the bell schedules for the month of October. There are various changes due to holidays, conferences, and a Professional Learning Day for faculty.

WA Women’s Prayer
October 13, 20 & 27
1:45 – 2:45 pm
All women are invited to attend WA Women’s Prayer. While the weather is pleasant, meetings will take place outside.  Please bring your lawn chair or a blanket and plan to meet on the FAC lawn. An alternative location inside the building will be available when it turns cold.  Social distancing guidelines will be observed, and masks are required when entering the buildings.  Questions or special prayer requests should be directed to Mary Miller at 847-404-7529 or marym996.mac@mac.com.

WA Men’s Prayer
Saturday, October 10
8:00 a.m.
White Alumni Chapel
On the second Saturday of each month, the men from the WA community meet to pray and hear from one of our WA employees. This month the guest speaker is David Rivera, WA Social Studies teacher, and International Student College Counselor/Recruiter. Please join us tomorrow, October 10, at 8:00 a.m. in the white Alumni Chapel. Light refreshments are served.

Parent Ambassador Program: New Family Connection Zoom Call
Wednesday, October 14
7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
NO registration needed
These calls are designed for new families and transfers, or for anyone who would like more information about the following topics: Student/Teacher Conferences, Step-by-step instructions for conference sign-ups, Winterim/Internships explained, celebrate WAvinia, and Admissions.  
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 917 595 9781
Passcode: 5p6yiY

General News

COVID-19 Update  
Over the last week, we had two individuals test positive for COVID-19.  As we have done in previous weeks, we have contacted those who were in close contact with these individuals and asked them to quarantine at home for the appropriate time. We continue to be pleased with how well our students are doing with the guidelines set out for them. Please continue to self-certify and follow the protocols we have set in place.

A Message from Magnus
Based on your feedback, we have been hard at work, improving the Magnus Mobile App. This week we have released updates to improve the parent user experience, including Face ID/ Touch ID.

To take advantage of the new features, we recommend that Parents delete the old version of the app and re-install the new release.  Please be assured that the current version will continue to work even if the update is not installed.

Click here for instructions to enable Biometrics (Face ID / Touch ID) on Apple or Android devices with authentication enabled.

  • Users who do NOT have devices with biometrics enabled can still use the OS password keepers. Click here for Android and iPhone instructions. (If you have previously added the Magnus app to the keychain for Apple iOS or Autofill Service for Androids, you will not need to do it again.)
  • For users who have more than one Magnus Account: Biometrics will only use the last Username and Password with which you logged into the app.   We recommend that you add both sets of your login credentials to the Password Keeper on your device (see instructions above).  You will then be able to use your Biometrics (Face ID /Touch ID) for one set of credentials and will be able to log out and select the second set from the password keeper.

Should you have additional questions, please submit a User Support ticket. The End, User Support group has added staff and extended hours from 7:00 – 7:00 pm to respond to your questions.

Conference Registration Begins Thursday, October 15
Student/Teacher Conferences are Wednesday & Thursday, October 21 & 22. Registration begins on Thursday, October 15, at 8:00 a.m. through myconferencetime.com. Please click here for detailed instructions on how to register for your conference.

Conference Day Dinners
Once again, Wheaton Academy will be hosting conferences on October 21 & 22. In the past, the teachers have been blessed by your homemade soups, salads, and chili dishes for dinner those evenings. This year we will be unable to serve any non-prepackaged foods, so we will be catering our meals. If you would like to donate a monetary gift to help defer the catering cost, it would be greatly appreciated. It won’t be the same as your amazing homemade meals, but we will look forward to bringing those back next year! You can drop off any donations to the front office to the attention of Jim Holtrop. All checks should be made out to Wheaton Academy. Thank you for always taking care of the teachers here!

Important Yearbook Information for all Parents
Due to COVID-19 shutdowns, the production of the 2019-20 yearbook was slowed down. We anticipate receiving the yearbooks soon. You may already begin ordering the 2020-2021 yearbook for last year’s purchase price of $25.00 at www.jostensyearbooks.com.  Go to the Yearbooks dropdown to find “Buy Your Yearbook,” then search Wheaton Academy to finish your purchase. They will only be for sale through the website. We do not want you to miss out on receiving a yearbook, so please order yours today! If you do not order via the Jostens link, you will be unable to receive a yearbook next fall.

Senior Ads for Yearbooks
Parents, senior yearbook ads will again be available for purchase for $150 per quarter-page ad. If you order a senior ad, you do not need to order a yearbook through the Jostens website as that fee is included in the $150. Turn in your add with a check out to Wheaton Academy and send it to the front office to the attention of Jim Holtrop. You may click here for an example of what an ad should look like.

WA Tutoring Center
If your student needs extra support in a certain subject or is interested in SAT or ACT tutoring, visit wa-tutoring.org or email Cheryl Koslosky at ckoslosky@wa-institute.org. The Wheaton Academy Tutoring Center tutors are meeting with students in person and online. The Tutoring Center is conveniently located on Wheaton Academy’s campus, so students are able to meet during their study hall or after school.

College Corner

Wednesday, October 14
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m: SAT for Seniors
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m: PSAT NMSQT for Sophomores – Juniors
8:00 – 11:30 a.m: PSAT 8/9 for Freshmen
Please click here for important details regarding our all-school test day on Wednesday, October 14. Seniors will take the official SAT since we weren’t allowed to administer it in April. Contact Gina Churchill is you have any questions.

AP Test Timeline
If your student is taking an AP class this year, please click here for information and important dates/deadlines for test registration.

College Early Action/Priority Deadlines are Fast Approaching
Senior parents, college deadlines are fast approaching for your students who have chosen Early Action, Early Decision, or Priority deadline for applying to a college or university. Encourage your student to check their SCOIR account or speak with Mr. Gregersen or Mr. Ellison if there are any concerns about their applications.  Many colleges/universities are test-optional for the class of 2021, which means that other aspects of your student’s application will be more important this year, such as letters of recommendation. Students should give a teacher at least a month’s notice to complete the letter of recommendation.