Welcome New Families!

This page is designed to connect you with resources regarding your daughter's transition to Woodlands! It will be continually updated as information becomes available. Please refer to this parents’ guide to summer information and forms. Have a question? Don't hesitate to give us a call at (847) 234-4300.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Student Registration Forms Available
June 14

Student Registration Forms Due
August 1 (including physical)

New Parent Orientation
August 13 at 6:00 p.m.

Sports Tryouts Begin for Domestic Students
August 12 (cannot tryout without physical!)

Welcome Weekend!

  • August 22 New Boarding Student Move-In
  • August 23 Freshman & Transfer Student Orientation
  • August 24 International Student & Parent Orientation
  • August 25 Family Mass
  • August 25 Woodlands Family Picnic for New & Returning Families

First Week of School Detailed Schedule

Major Dates for the 19/20 School Year

Riding the Train

Those students who plan to ride the train for the 19/20 school year will indicate such in the required student registration form accessed via MyBackPack.

To receive discounted student rates, present this letter to Metra.

ACADEMICS/TECHNOLOGY

Personal Computer

The integration of digital technology continues to have a transformative effect on learning both in and out of the classroom. Ensuring your daughter has an adequate device is very important and requires consideration of many factors: price, battery life, processing speed (processor plus RAM), and software requirements. Below is a list of recommendations and ideas for the power and type of device students should be aiming to bring to school


Min. Specifications

Minimum Recommended Specifications – PC Tablet Computer

  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel i3 (or equivalent)
  • Hard Drive: 64 GB SSD
  • RAM: 4GB (8GB is preferred)
  • Battery: 6 hours of battery life
  • Screen: 10” or larger
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capable
  • Touch Screen: Pen or Stylus input is preferred for note taking purposes

Tablet computer hybrids are preferred as they support all software that may be required at all levels. Additionally, these devices offer students the flexibility to takes notes, sketch, and annotate directly on their device while maintaining the full functionality of a laptop computer. Some examples of devices that meet the recommended minimum specifications include: Microsoft Surface devices, Lenovo Yoga/IdeaPad/ThinkPad models, and ASUS Transformer products.

Apple does not currently offer a product that fits into the tablet computer hybrid market, so Apple devices (iPads and Mac laptops) are not recommended at this time.

Chromebooks are very popular as reliable, less expensive alternatives, but they are NOT acceptable as there are productivity and compatibility issues, especially when offline.

Required Technology Training


All new students must attend a technology training session.

Please sign up for one of the training sessions below by emailing Mrs. Grasenick.

8/13 6:00 pm (during New Parent orientation)

8/23 1:15 pm

8/26 8:00 am

8/26 12:00 pm

Summer Work



FORMS & FOOD

You will access the 19/20 registration form via the same platform you used to execute your enrollment contract. Your credentials are the same. View this photo for an illustration of where to click once you login.

Additional Specialized Medical Forms*:

*Only complete if your daughter has one of the conditions mentioned.

Login with the same credentials used to execute enrollment contract.
Westleigh Roads Food Service

We partner with a wonderful company to provide meal service to our students and faculty and staff. We will share our food service plan options in the coming months.

Day Students

Friday, August 23– Sunday, August 25

The Welcome Weekend Team is excited to greet you when you arrive in August. Over the weekend, you’ll explore campus, connect with fellow Wildcats and meet your advisor & teachers.

New day students are required to attend orientation on August 23. It is our hope that you will join us for other weekend activities.

Friday, August 23

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Freshman & Transfer Orientation

Afternoon Sports Team Practices

Sunday, August 25

11:00 a.m. Family Mass (optional)

12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Welcome Weekend Picnic for New & Returning Families

Boarding Students

Thursday, August 22 – Sunday, August 25

The Welcome Weekend Team is excited to greet you when you arrive on campus in August. Over the weekend, you’ll explore campus, connect with fellow Wildcats and meet advisors, teachers and dorm parents.

New Boarding students are required to move-in on August 22. Once they have arrived they are expected to sleep in the dorm and attend all programmed activities.

A detailed schedule will be shared in the coming months.

International Parents

Thursday, August 22 – Sunday, August 25

New International Boarding students are required to move-in on August 22. Once they have arrived they are expected to sleep in the dorm and attend all programmed activities. While international parents are highly encouraged to participate in Welcome Weekend activities, it is not required.

A detailed schedule will be shared in the coming months.

Contacts

Below, we've compiled a list of point people based on subject. However, please never hesitate to simply pick up the phone and call the main line!

Main School Number: 847-234-4300

Full Contact List

Class schedules
Mr. Rocco Gargiulo

Contract/Enrollment
Mrs. Vickie Gadomski

Food Service
Mr. Steve Voldbering

Sports
Ms. Rosemary Briesch

Student computers
Mr. Elliot Coffey

International student questions
Mrs. Amy Perlick

International student insurance
Mrs. Amy Perlick

Medical Forms/ Health Info
Mrs. Chris Grasenick

Parent Portal/MyBackPack
Mrs. Patty Drummond

New student orientation
Mrs. Vickie Gadomski

Parent Organization
Mrs. Colleen Treutler

Parking spots/ Train/shuttle
Mrs. Chris Grasenick

Required student forms
Mrs. Patty Drummond

School Spirit Store
Mrs. Colleen Treutler

Textbooks
Mr. Rocco Gargiulo

Tuition/Accounts Receivable
Mrs. Elizabeth Maher

Uniforms
Mrs. Patty Drummond

Communication Archive

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