September 24, 2021

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.

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.

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.

As of Monday, September 13, 2021, the DCHD has said that Test-to-Stay is now an option for schools pending they follow these guidelines:

Students may return to school after being named a close contact as long as they:
-remain asymptomatic and monitor symptoms daily before arriving at school
-test on days 1, 3, 5, and 7 and provide the test results to the school nurse after each test
-wear a mask consistently and correctly each day (mask exempt students would need to wear a mask unless medically contraindicated with a note from their doctor on file stating it would be harmful to their health to wear it)
-stay home if any symptoms do develop

If students are unable to comply with these guidelines, they can remain home in quarantine for 10 days. Wheaton Academy began Test-for-Stay procedures for any new quarantine on Monday, September 20.

You may click here to see the information from the DCHD.

Winterim Trip Rosters
Hello families! Click here to view the 2022 Winterim Trip Rosters. These are still subject to change, so please notify Amy Heavey if you have any questions.

You’ll be hearing from your trip leader soon with more details on important dates and information about your trip. Thank you all!

Winterim Classes
If you have an idea for a Winterim class or know of someone who may be interested in teaching a Winterim class, please reach out to Jenn Trott.

College Corner

Financial Aid Night
Wheaton Academy will host Paul Daly on Monday, September 27, at 7:00 p.m. in the Library.  Please join us as he speaks on “College Financial Aid.”

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.

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