Principal's Message

Alison Petralia
Wood Elementary Principal

Dear John Wood Families,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year.  I hope you had a summer vacation filled with fun and exciting memories with your loved ones.  It’s hard to believe that the beginning of the new school year is approaching, but it’s coming, ready or not! Supply lists for the 2019-2020 school year are available online or in the John Wood office.  Please read the following information as it pertains to some back to school events.  

ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS WILL NEED TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE VERIFICATION OF INFORMATION FOR ALL STUDENTS UNLESS AN ADDRESS CHANGE IS REQUIRED.  If an address change is required, parents need to go to their child’s school with proof of residency. If you need assistance in updating your information on Skyward, please contact our office at 219-650-5305.

Additional upcoming important dates include:

  • Tuesday, August 13, 2019: BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

    • Back to school night is an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and to drop off your child’s supplies in the classroom.

    • Class lists and building maps will be posted near each set of entrance doors.  Please check the lists to determine your child’s teacher and classroom. At the designated times below, proceed to the specified location.  All students should be posted on a class list. In the event that your child is not on a class list, please come to the office and notify a secretary.

    • Representatives from transportation, The Adventure Club after school program, The Merrillville Education Foundation, and Geminus Head Start will be available if you have any questions.  Someone from the Food Service Department will be available in the cafeteria if you would like to put money in your child’s account. 

      • 4:30-5:30- Kindergarten and students new to John Wood 

        • 4:30-5:00- Meet in the multipurpose room with Mrs. Petralia and Mrs. Fairbairn

        • 5:00-5:30- Drop off supplies to the classroom(s) and meet the teacher(s)

      • 5:00-6:00- Returning John Wood Students

        • Anytime between 5:00 & 6:00 you may come to meet your child’s teacher and drop off supplies to your child’s classroom.

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

    • This is a FULL DAY, including breakfast and lunch.  School starts promptly at 7:55am and ends at 2:25pm.  PLEASE SEND LUNCH MONEY IN AN ENVELOPE WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME, TEACHER’S NAME, AND GRADE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.

    • Staff will help students locate their classrooms on the first day.  Kindergarten students will meet in the cafeteria. 

    • CAR RIDERS: All students will be dropped off at the front door of the school and parents will remain in their cars.  Please follow the line of cars through the front circle drive. If you are going to be picking up your child from school, you must WRITE A NOTE stating who will be picking your child up from school.  If your child does not have a note stating that they are a car rider that day, he or she will be put on the bus. PLEASE EXPECT LONG LINES AND WAITING THE FIRST FEW WEEKS OF SCHOOL.  We thank you in advance for your patience.

Enjoy the last few days of summer, and we will see you soon!

Mrs. Petralia


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