September 22, 2023
Spiritual Life Week
We’ve had a great start to chapel this fall as our Bible department has been launching our year theme, “Journey.” Our first sub-theme “Look Up” has dealt with the importance of where we place our focus on our journey. Virginia Poe and Brad Thornton will wrap up this sub-theme during Fall Spiritual Life Week from Monday, September 25 through Thursday, September 28. In addition to these special chapels, we’ve scheduled some special events on Wednesday, September 27. At 8:15 a.m., we will meet on the south end of the athletic field for a “See You at the Pole” prayer rally. Joining with schools across the country, we will pray for revival on our campus and in our community. Then, Bridge Music will lead a worship night at 7:00 p.m. in the White Chapel. Parents, we invite you to pray for this special week and to encourage your students to attend the Wednesday events. Please click here for a modified bell schedule for the week.
Parents of Freshmen & Transfer Students – Fellowship
Wednesday, October 4
The Parent Ambassador team invites parents of Freshman and Transfer students to join us for a time of fellowship and light refreshments, and to receive a special gift! Younger children are welcome to attend the Fall Social. Drop your student off at Sonny Acres for the service project then head over to Wheaton Academy and let’s continue to build relationships within our parent community. Registration is required for the FALL SOCIAL for Parents of Freshmen and Transfers.
Project Lead Homecoming Tailgate
Thursday, October 5
When? Homecoming is approaching and Project LEAD is excited to announce the annual tailgate held on Thursday, October 5 from 5-7 pm.
Who? This event is for EVERYONE! There will be good food, games, face painting, and more! Bring your students and your families and enjoy time together before heading to the football game!
Why? All proceeds will go to support the students that Wheaton Academy supports in the Dominican Republic and Haiti through Kid’s Alive International.
Finally, in order to make this event successful, we need your help! Please sign up to donate food, plates, napkins, etc. Here is the link: Volunteer Sign Ups: Homecoming FAMILY TAILGATE 2023 (signupgenius.com) Please reach out to Anna Joy Setran (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions. We are excited to see you there!
Homecoming Fall Informal
Saturday, October 7
Student council would like to invite the entire student body to the fall informal on October 7. Our annual event will be held in the central parking lot from 7:00 – 9:30 pm. The night will include multiple food trucks, carnival games, a giant slide, pumpkin decorating, and our homecoming dance. Tickets will be on sale October 3-7 at lunch. The cost is $35.00 during the week and $40.00 at the door. Push coin is available. Students may bring a guest from another school, after filling out the permission form available next week. This event is informal and casual attire is the norm. Although students may attend with a date, friend groups are encouraged. We are looking forward to an amazing, fun, and safe night!
Get to Know Wheaton Academy
October 12 or November 9
Middle school students and their parents are invited to Get To Know Wheaton Academy on October 12 or November 9 at 6:45 pm. 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 Teachers, Coaches, and Program Leaders
Save the Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
How can we help equip our kids to have a Christian worldview in an increasingly secularized culture? Join us on November 14 to hear from author, singer, and apologist Alisa Childers. She will share tips about how Christian parents can teach their kids discernment by exposing them to bad ideas in an age-appropriate manner and teaching them to analyze media from a biblical perspective. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Please use this link to secure your registration https://wheaton.typeform.com/alisachilders.
Homecoming Week Bell Schedules
Homecoming is October 2-8. Please click here to see the modified bell schedules for the week.
Homecoming Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to help with alumni events over the Homecoming weekend (October 6-7). We are especially in need of people to help serve and clean up at the Alumni Dinner and Dessert Reception on Friday, October 6. Your service is a blessing to our WA alumni. Please click here to review the volunteer slots we are trying to fill.
Homecoming Volunteers Needed for Alumni Events – Help us serve WA alumni!
Friday, October 6 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)- set-up/ decorating for Alumni Dinner
Friday (4:30-7 p.m.) – serving/clean-up at the Alumni Dinner
Friday (7-10 p.m.) – serving/clean-up for the Alumni Dessert Reception
Saturday, October 7 (10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.) – clean-up Heritage Breakfast
If you would be willing to help with any of the above activities, please sign up here. Questions can be directed to Director of Alumni Relations Dawn Earl at 630-562-7510 or email@example.com.
2024-2025 Application Process Now Open!
We are excited to announce that the Application for the 2024-2025 School Year opened on Thursday, September 14! If you know any prospective students who are interested in Wheaton Academy, we invite you to tell them to APPLY NOW by visiting wheatonacademy.org/apply. Applicants who apply this fall will be considered for an early decision (before Christmas time).
Timeshare for Teachers
We are beginning to gather vacation opportunities for the Summer of 2024. Click here to learn about our Timeshares for Teachers program. If you have a timeshare, a privately-owned vacation home, vacation packages or airline miles, we invite you, as a friend and supporter, to provide our faculty and staff a much-deserved vacation at little or no cost to them. This partnership is a direct opportunity for our teachers and staff and is not a donation to the Academy. We will put you in touch with the teacher who selects your property, and you will work directly with them to make all arrangements. The process for vacation selection by teachers begins in January. Please fill out the Timeshare Participation Form by December 1st.
Guys Campout 2023
Parents of Freshman through Senior boys… Guy’s Campout is a long-standing tradition of forging bonds across classes over a weekend of camping with outdoor fun including Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Soccer, 9 Square, Capture the Flag, campfires, and more. The cost is $100 and includes breakfasts, dinners & snacks plus a sweatshirt. Students can choose to lounge and relax with a card game or join in an impromptu soccer match, it’s up to them. We’ll bond over incredible food at mealtime and the adventure of a weekend camping in the woods. They won’t want to miss it. Students need A SLEEPING BAG, AN EXTRA BLANKET, WARM CLOTHES, and A TENT or TARP. Please encourage your son to register to attend Guy’s Campout! For questions or help with CAMPING GEAR? CONTACT SEAN MCCALLUM. Click here to sign up.
WA Appreciation Team
Allow us to introduce ourselves. We are the WA Appreciation Team, a group of parent volunteers who plan, organize, and host two events during the school year for teachers and staff. These events help express our gratitude for all the ways teachers and staff not only teach, but inspire, nurture, and guide our kids throughout the school year. The WA Appreciation Team manages these events on behalf of ALL Wheaton Academy families and represents our collective gratitude.
We are already planning our first event, in December, where we serve coffee, donuts, and a Christmas blessing. You will also be hearing from us this spring, as we begin to plan an appreciation luncheon in April.
These events are funded solely through contributions from the school community (which are completely optional and not tax-deductible). Please click on the CheddarUp link to provide funds that will contribute towards making these events possible. Thank you!
PSAT Wednesday, October 11
An email went home this week regarding the details of the PSAT next month. You may click here for additional details of the day, and you may click here for the 2023 PSAT student guide. Please note the bell schedule for October 11 & 12 – we will have school after the testing which is different from previous years. Seniors should plan to arrive for first period class. Please contact Gina Churchill if your student will miss the test day and you are interested in scheduling a make-up.
Wednesday, October 11
8:00 – 11:00 PSAT NMSQT and PSAT 8/9
(Seniors arrive for 1st period at 11:50 am)
11:00 – 11:45 Lunch
11:50 – 1:05 Period 1
1:10 – 1:40 Community Time
1:45 – 3:00 Period 2
Thursday, October 12
8:00 – 9:10 Period 3
9:16 – 10:26 Period 4
10:32 – 11:42 Period 5
11:50 – 12:28 Lunch
12:34 – 1:44 Period 6
1:50 – 3:00 Period 7
AP Testing Timeline and Deadlines
Please click here for important AP Test timeline information including signing up for tests and test payment.
If your child is not on a Fall sports team, please come to the Athletic Office and pick up your ALL-ACCESS pass that allows you into any home game for the whole school year. All fall sports athletes should have received them from their coaches, but all other students/families should come to the Athletic office and pick theirs up. Thank you.