- Global Odyssey Trips to Italy and Belize Parent/Guardian Info
- Exchange News
From the Development Office
- The Virtual Spirit Store is Back!
- Alumnae Association Fun Run/Walk Update
Health & Safety
- Mental Health First Aid for Teens Program
A Reflection from Head of School
Greetings Woodlands Academy Families and Friends,
I hope you had a wonderful celebration of Easter and a restful and restorative break. As I shared with the students, faculty and staff at the Sacred Heart Awards Assembly this morning, we now begin the work that will bring a successful conclusion to this academic year. These days ahead will be laden with class projects and the demonstration of learning as well as celebrations and traditions associated with Spring and the close of the school year.
These wonderfully warm spring days have found students picnicking on the lawn, having art class outside, and enjoying our beautiful campus. We have shed the cloak of winter and are looking forward with renewed hope and enthusiasm. In the coming seven weeks, together, we will prepare to honor the class of 2023. The juniors will begin to assume new leadership roles. The sophomores will hit the midpoint of their high school experience, and the freshmen will claim Woodlands even more strongly as "their school" as they look forward to welcoming a new class of ninth graders.
Global Odyssey classes and trips will increasingly become the topic of conversation on the ride into school and at the dinner table. The Junior-Senior Prom is already on students' minds as they plan dresses and dates and, of course, an after-party! Network Summer Service Projects, being a camp counselor, learning to drive and afternoons at the lake bring much-anticipated joy.
There is so much to look forward to and so much to celebrate. Before we get into the middle of it all, I wish to take this opportunity to say thank you. Thank you for the warm welcome you have offered me across this first year at Woodlands Academy; I am so delighted to be part of this community of Christ's Heart in Lake Forest. Most especially, thank you for sharing the gift of your daughter with all of us at Woodlands and for engaging in a partnership with us on her behalf.
Wishing you the blessings of Eastertide,
Dr. Susan Tyree Dempf
Head of School
- April 16 Walk for Water
- April 17 Late Start 10:00 am
- April 18 Virtual Belize Parent Meeting 6:00 pm
- April 19 Virtual Italy Parent Meeting 6:00 pm
Please Join Us for Imagine Yourself in the C-Suite Speaker Series
On Monday, April 24, we welcome Chevy Humphrey to our April C-Suite event. A sips and sweets reception will start at 6:30 pm, followed by the 7:00 pm program immediately after.
Juniors and seniors will participate in a hands-on workshop about the power of knowing themselves and forming their networks from 5:30 - 6:30 pm
There is an expectation that all students attend this event dressed in traditional uniform. Dinner will be available in the main building ahead of the event.
In January 2021, Ms. Humphrey became the first woman and Black American to head a science center in the United States - the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI). Ms. Humphrey leads with sound management, entrepreneurship, and deploys resources to gain market share and respect, donor confidence, and public support. Please be on the look out for more event details next week.
Walk for Water
Join us this Sunday, April 16, Student Organizers, led by Avery Drehkoff '25, are hosting a Walk for Water. *Please note - In the chance of rain on Sunday, Walk for Water will be rescheduled to Sunday, April 30. A communication will be sent this Saturday, April 15 with more details if this happens. Thank you.
Junior-Senior Prom Details
Dear Junior & Senior Parents/Guardians - The Junior-Senior Prom is Friday, April 28 from 7 - 11 pm in the Oak Room in the Willis Tower. Please find more information under the Resources tab for both Parent and Student profiles or click here.
ACT at Woodlands
Woodlands Academy has been approved as a closed testing site for the ACT. This means that we will be able to offer the June ACT (for our students only) on campus.
Juniors have been emailed with instructions for registering for the ACT at Woodlands on Saturday, June 10, 2023. (Registration deadline 5/5/2023)
College Counseling Information Night
You are invited to join us for the Woodlands Academy Spring College Night on Wednesday, April 26, from 6-7:30 pm. Mr. Bond will present an overview of the College Counseling program at Woodlands Academy and will be joined by college admissions representatives for a panel on topics in college admissions, best practices for visiting colleges, and more. Please RSVP here. This event is open to all members of the Classes of 2024, 2025, and 2026 and their families. Please email Mr. Bond with any questions. If you are unable to attend in person, we will do a virtual program in August covering similar topics.
Woodlands Academy GrowGirl Summer Camp!
We are gearing up for the 2nd year of GrowGirl! GrowGirl is an all-girls summer day camp for students entering grades 4-9. Check out the innovative session offerings designed by our world-class faculty. Please help us spread the word about these exciting opportunities!
Spirit Store Hours
The Spirit Store will be open on the following dates: 5/11 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, 4/26 at 6:00 pm at College Counseling Information Night and 5/25 at 6:00 pm at Spring Sports Awards Night. Please be sure to check out our new WA lanyards!
Rental at Gloria Dei Center
We'd like to share that Mesquite Productions has leased the parking at the Gloria Dei Canter for acting staff and crew trailers through April 22. The company is filming an episode for the series 'Dark Matter' in an old Lake Forest mansion and on the beach in Lake Bluff this week. They work from 10 am until 10 pm, will leave the trailers overnight, and have hired Howe Security to monitor the parking lot.
Around Woodlands Global Education
Parent/Guardian Global Odyssey Italy and Belize Trip Information
Please have one parent or guardian attend the virtual meeting with your daughter's trip provider.
Italy Trip Woodlands Italy Parent Meeting
Wednesday, April 19 - 6:00 – 7:00pm
Google Meet joining info
Video Call Link
Or dial: (US) +1 269-718-3182 PIN: 109 739 118#
Belize Trip Woodlands BelizeParent Meeting
Time: Tuesday, April 18 - 6:00 pm Central Time (US and Canada)
Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 723 0839 0404
IMPORTANT TRIP REMINDER: The school requires medical clearance for travel for each student receiving treatment for physical or psychological health. Please review the 3.17.23 letter
Welcome Back Teresa Ciaglo, '24 from a three week exchange at Institution Marmoutier in Tours, France. Teresa's host, Lucie Vidal, is currently staying with the Ciaglo's and will attend classes at Woodlands through the 29th of April. Welcome to Woodlands, Lucie!
From the Development Office
The Virtual Spirit Store is Back!
Back by popular demand! The virtual spirit store is back. Please place your orders by Tuesday, April 25. Click here to start shopping.
Alumnae Association Fun Run/Walk Update
The Alumnae Association's Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, April 22, is canceled.
Mental Health First Aid for Teens Program
At Woodlands, the care for our students' well-being is at the forefront of all our efforts. With this in mind, we are pleased to partner with the Josselyn Center to offer the Mental Health First Aid for Teens Program to students in our community. Classes led by certified trainers will be held on Friday, April 28 for Sophomores. Please note that students may opt out of the April program with parent permission.
Please click here for more information regarding the tMHFA program or to complete an opt-out form
We are grateful for this opportunity to partner with the Josselyn Center, which "envisions a world in which Mental Health First Aid is as common as CPR ."
Please address questions to Dr. Meg Kincaid.
It is always here and now, there is always the present moment to do the very best we can with, and the future depends on the way these moments are spent.
-Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ