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Woodstock Elementary School

We believe all elementary students
are diverse learners with unique needs.

5601 SE 50th Ave.Portland, OR 97206Ph (503) 916-6380Fx (503) 916-2688

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  • Woodstock Spirit Days! Time to Get Our Pride On!

    School Pride

    March 1
    Wear Your Pajamas Day! Bring your favorite stuffed animal to read to during our DEAR time (Drop Everything and Read)!

    March 2
    It’s birthday time for Dr. Seuss!  Wear your hair styled in the fashion of a Dr. Seuss character!  Where in the world have you read a book? Be ready to pinpoint the spot in the main hall!


    March 3
    Deck yourselves out in your Woodstock Pride wear or….dress like a LION for extra Pride Insides! 
  • Celebrating the Year of the Rooster at Woodstock

    On Friday, February 10th, we celebrated Chinese New Year at our Morning Meeting.
    Chinese New Year at Woodstock Elementary
    The student performances included a dragon dance, New Year song, Chinese Yo-Yo, Chinese Dancers and a school-wide song. We also announced the winners of our Year of the Rooster Door Decorating contest. 
  • Kindergarten Enrollment and Mandarin Lottery Information

    Kindergarten Registration for the 2017-18 School Year begins in February.
    Here are few important dates and links for additional information.
    Kindergarten Registration
    Follow these steps to find your school:
    1. Locate your neighborhood by clicking here.
    2. Attend a Connect to Kindergarten event for your neighborhood school.
    3. If you are also interested in a different school, attend that open house as well.
    Complete the additional Registration Requirements outlined here no later than June 1, 2017.

    Connect to Kindergarten event at Woodstock is on Wednesday February 22 at 6 p.m.
    Please note: This is NOT the mandatory information meeting for the Mandarin Immersion Program lottery. 

    Mandarin Immersion (MIP) Application Information
    NOTE: Lottery is open: Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - Friday, March 3, 5:00 p.m., 2017
    MIP Mandatory Informational Meeting: 
    2/27/2017, Monday, 6:00 PM (Chinese Speaking Families); 6:45 PM (English)
    2/28/2017, Tuesday, 9:00 AM (Chinese Speaking Families); 9:45 AM (English)
    MIP Application Deadline: March 3, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
    School Choice Lottery Application Schedule for SY2017-2018 - Kindergarten Mandarin Immersion Program 
  • Ms. Vawter's Safety Corner

    We are continuing to see improvements with morning drop-off.  Please remember to pull up to the curb, pull forward and have your child exit on the Woodstock Building side of the curb. As always, we will continue to work on moving cars along so everyone will have a space to pull up to the curb.

    Please do not have your child exit the car in the middle of the street This can be extremely dangerous as cars exit the curb.

    Other safety reminders:

    If you pick up your child at the end of the day, please remember to meet them at their designated exit.  If you have an appointment or need to enter the building, please enter through the main front doors and check-in at the office.

    Thank you again for your support in keeping our Woodstock Community safe!

  • Coffee Conversation with Mr. Kosmas

    This past Tuesday, Ponny Kosmas, one of Woodstock’s School Counselors spoke about a class he took last summer where he learned about something called Growth Mindset. Growth Mindset was developed by Dr. Carol Dweck, and it is a belief that intelligence can be grown or developed with persistence, effort, and a focus on learning. 
  • Seeking Sustainability Coordinator

    In an effort to increase our sustainability at Woodstock Elementary, we are seeking a volunteer to represent our school as a Sustainability Coordinator.  Please read more for a description of the role.
  • Chinese Delegation

    I am excited to share that I have been selected to join the 2016 Confucius/Hanban Chinese Delegation!  Through the delegation, I look forward to continuing the work we started last year.  It is a great opportunity and I am excited to travel to China with several objectives to improve learning for students at Woodstock.
  • Positive Behavior Banners and Ribbons

    For those of you who have attended a Morning Meeting this year, you may have observed the new Classroom Flags/Banners. One of our School Climate goals for this year is to increase school wide recognition of students and classrooms that exhibit appropriate behavior and display the values and expectations of our school.

    Please talk with your child about things they can do to help their class earn a ribbon for their classroom flag/banner.

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Principal's Message

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  • November 2016

    Dear Woodstock Families,
    Thanks for a great start to the school year!  It has been a full, fast, and fun first two months of school!  As of today, our school population is at 535 students.  This is an increase of 44 students from where we were at last year at this time.  It is wonderful to see so many new faces in our school!
    As we have grown this year, we have experienced some growing pains.  I'd like to thank our staff and parents for being flexible and with changes this year designed to decrease the learning distraction to students.  Considering our growing population and some unexpected facility issues, our students are doing AMAZING!  Thanks for your role in keeping the focus on learning. 
    As we move into the late fall and winter months at Woodstock, we look forward to continuing to work with you and your child(ren) to make their school experience positive and enriching.  If you have any questions or concerns about your child's education, please do not hesitate to contact us.
    Seth Johnson, Principal
    Woodstock Elementary 
  • Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year!

    I am very excited to start my second year as the Principal of Woodstock Elementary.  I look forward to continuing our work to make your child’s school experience rich, meaningful, and successful!

    As we are eager to see returning and new students, I would also like to introduce staff new to the Woodstock School Community:

    • Katy Vawter, Assistant Principal - With our growing student population, Woodstock has been assigned a new Assistant Principal for the first time as a K-5 school.  Ms. Vawter joined us mid-August and is preparing to support students, teachers, and parents/guardians through this school year.
    • Kylea Sundberg, Counselor (Halftime) - Mrs. Sundberg is also a new addition based on our growing population.  She will be working at Woodstock in the mornings alongside Mr. Kosmas supporting whole class guidance and small group work.
    • Rebecca Wilcox, Kindergarten Neighborhood Teacher - Ms. Wilcox was a temporary Neighborhood Kindergarten Teacher last year and has been officially hired for this year.  We are excited to have her back!
    • Lynette Diller, 1st Grade Neighborhood Teacher - Mrs. Diller joins us from Peninsula Elementary.  She comes with some strong experience in differentiation and is looking forward to working with the families of Woodstock!
    • Jamie Hillenberg, 3rd Grade English Immersion Teacher - Ms. Hillenberg brings a great teaming approach and technology skills to our school.  She is excited to work with her Immersion Teaching Partner and begin the school year.
    • Aron Steinke, 5th Grade Neighborhood Teacher - Mr. Steinke will be teaching 5th Grade and will be a strong addition to our 5th Grade Team.  He has some creative and “out-of-the-box” approaches to connecting with students and engaging them in learning.
    • Ali Borosky, ELL Teacher - Mrs. Borosky comes to Woodstock from Lent Elementary School.  With a background in both Reading Instruction and English Language Development, she will be a great addition to our school.

    Please be sure to say hello to our new members of the Woodstock Staff!

    As we all return to school, please take a moment to review the Arrival and Dismissal Procedures in this packet of information.  With student safety being our first consideration, please cooperate with the Arrival and Dismissal Procedures.

    In preparation for a year full of learning and growth, the Woodstock School Community participated in a survey last spring to identify our school values.  In addition to our school expectations that students are Safe, Respectful, and Responsible, this year we will be emphasizing our community’s values of Compassion, Curiosity, Integrity, and Perseverance.  Through these expectations and values, we look forward to another great year!

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send me an email, give me a call, or stop by the office.

    With Woodstock Pride,

    Seth Johnson, Principal
    Woodstock Elementary

District News

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  • School Board approves boundary changes for Peninsula and Chief Joseph

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    The Portland Public Schools Board of Directors voted unanimously last night to approve boundary changes to Peninsula and Chief Joseph schools, both feeder schools for Ockley Green Middle School. The 7-0 vote endorses one of two proposals from the District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee (DBRAC), which was formed in 2014 to help with enrollment balancing across Portland Public Schools.
  • Nine of our schools earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR rating

    At a ceremony on February 10 at Wilson High School in SW Portland, nine PPS schools were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for achieving ENERGY STAR certification. To receive this certification, a building must perform in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency, and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. ENERGY STAR schools use an average of 35% less energy, and also release 35% less carbon dioxide.

    Read the full press release here.

  • From the factory to the toy; Mechanisms for triggering new educational behaviors

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    Giancarlo Mozzanti, prominent Colombian architect will speak:

    Friday February 24, 5:30PM
    At the University of Oregon Portland Center
    70 NW Couch Street
    Admission Free

  • Enrollment balancing for Peninsula, Chief Joseph and Ockley Green

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    The District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee (DBRAC) was formed in 2014 to help with enrollment balancing across Portland Public Schools. The committee’s most recent work led them to propose two options to help relieve crowding at Chief Joseph and to create more robust enrollment at Peninsula starting in the 2017-18 school year. On January 30, 2017, Interim Superintendent Bob McKean endorsed one of two DBRAC proposals.

    The proposal, which still requires the approval of the Board of Education, may be reviewed at,

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