September 1: First Day of School for 2nd-5th Grade Students
September 1-2: “Ramp Up” for 1st Grade (More information coming this summer.)
September 1-7: “Ramp Up” for Kindergarten (More information coming this summer.)
September 8: First Full Day of School for All Kindergarteners
Good Morning Woodstock Families,
I have two important items to share today...
COFFEE CONVERSATION REMINDER
Please remember that there is a Virtual Coffee Conversation scheduled for tonight from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.
To join the meeting, please use the following Google Meet link/code: ndd-swvc-qnt.
As you join the meeting, please be sure to mute your microphone. When we start, we will review other meeting protocols and norms to help facilitate the meeting.
CHROMEBOOK REQUEST PROCESS
If your child needs a Chromebook for distance learning, please complete the three question Chromebook Request Form - Woodstock Elementary. Please submit your request by August 20. If your child has their own device or if you already have one from PPS, you do not need to complete this form.
If you have any questions, please contact us at WoodstockAttend@pps.net.
Seth Johnson, Principal
Hello Families of Incoming Woodstock Kindergarten Students,
Welcome to Woodstock! We are excited your child will be joining us in the fall. Knowing this is such an important year and that we are in a new era of education, I wanted to reach out and connect with you all as we begin to approach the fall.
It is great to see both new families and younger siblings of current students joining our school.
I’m very proud to be a part of the Woodstock community and, as the last several months forced us to think about education in a very different way, I’ve been able to see how our Woodstock teachers and support staff responded in a way that only strengthens my sense of pride.
Currently, the district is reviewing the state’s educational guidance and discussing possible instructional scenarios to best meet the needs of all learners. We anticipate some additional local guidance in the coming weeks. However, even during the summer break, many of our teachers are engaging in professional development to enhance their ability to connect with students and families both in-person and virtually.
As we wait for a definitive instructional model from the district, we’d like to remind families to complete any registration paperwork so we can properly enroll your child. For families living outside of the Woodstock Neighborhood boundary that are entering the Mandarin Immersion Program (MIP), please remember to submit your registration through your neighborhood school. This is an important piece to make sure we can properly link your child to the Woodstock MIP.
If you have any questions about the enrollment process or registration materials, please email WoodstockAttend@pps.net.
Typically at this time, I’d be sharing information about summer gatherings and opportunities to meet staff, parent organizations representatives, and other Woodstock families. With the social gathering restrictions, we are, unfortunately, not able to schedule those at this time. However, I’d like to make sure you know that you can contact me with questions or concerns about the upcoming school year.
I will do my best to share updates with you when appropriate.
In closing, I’d like to reiterate our excitement to work with your child and your family this fall. I know the uncertainties of the upcoming school year can be daunting, but I’m certain that we have a caring staff that will do their best to make your child’s experience at Woodstock positive.
With Woodstock Pride,
Seth Johnson, Principal
Woodstock Elementary School
Portland Public Schools
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! It was great to see everyone together for the first time at our Morning Meeting. With all our new and returning students and staff, I’m really looking forward to this school year.
Please remember that the Woodstock Open House is next Wednesday, September 5, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Prior to the Open House will be a TAG Information Meeting (this is open to all interested families) at 5:00 PM and there will be an ELL Family Information Meeting at 5:30 PM. Both of the events will take place in the cafeteria.
If you were at our Morning Meeting today, you may have heard about some changes to our upcoming Open House. This year, all grade level teams will be doing a presentation in the cafeteria. Here is the schedule for the the grade level presentations:
6:15 PM - Kindergarten
6:30 PM - 1st Grade
6:45 PM - 2nd Grade
7:00 PM - 3rd Grade
7:15 PM - 4th Grade
7:30 PM - 5th Grade
Teachers will not be available in their classrooms during their respective presentations, but will be available to talk with families, on a more personal level, before and after their grade level presentation.
Please note that conference sign-ups will not happen during Open House this year. We hope you can focus on meeting your child’s teacher, exploring the school, and learning about Woodstock’s instructional program. There will be more information coming about conference sign-ups in September.
I’d also like to take a moment to remind families to review the updated Arrival and Dismissal Procedures Document. Specifically, I would like to point out that the cafeteria doors will no longer be open during arrivals. This week, we piloted the additional security of keeping those doors closed and having students and families enter, primarily, through the main school doors. We discovered that it provided better supervision and safety for students. We understand that this may cause an inconvenience for some families, but believe it allows for a more secure school. If you have any questions about these safety changes, please let me know.
Students and families may enter the building starting at 8:00 AM. However, there is not supervision and the front doors may be locked prior to 8:00 AM. To make sure your child is safe and supervised, please do your best to plan your morning so that you child arrives between 8:00 and 8:10 AM.
There have also been a few requests from families to allow students in 1st and 2nd Grade to walk to meet a younger sibling at their dismissal door. Please keep in mind that only students 3rd Grade and up can walk to meet a younger sibling at their dismissal door, but they will still need written permission to do so. If you have any questions, please talk with your child’s teacher.
Finally, I want to share that our new Kindergarten class has done a fantastic job of transitioning to the rigors of an elementary school. We hope you have a restful three day weekend and look forward to picking up again next week.
With Woodstock Pride,
Seth Johnson, Principal
I would like to remind you of some important events and updates for the the fall.
Project Community Care - This year, Community Care Day is scheduled for August 26 from 9:00 to 11:45 AM. This will be a great opportunity to help spruce up the school by spreading bark dust, pulling weeds, and doing some general landscaping. Our Sustainability Committee will also be embarking on the first steps to create a Learning Garden for our school. Please come and join us for this event to help our school and reconnect with other Woodstock Families.
Kindergarten Ice Cream Social - The Annual PTA/Shu Ren Incoming Kindergarten Family Ice Cream Social will follow the Community Care Day starting at noon. This event is for families of incoming kindergarten students and will take place in the Woodstock City Park, adjacent to the school grounds. Please help spread the word if you know any incoming kindergarten families!
First Day of School (and new school hours) - The first day of school for 1st-5th grade students is August 30. As noted below, the new school hours are from 8:00 AM to 2:15 PM...be prepared!
First Day of School for Kindergarteners - Kindergarten students will have an individual appointment on August 30, 31, or September 1. Their first day of school is September 5.
I hope you have a great summer and we are already excited for your return in the fall.
Seth Johnson, Principal
For the winter holidays, we are offering some assistance for families that are having difficulty making ends meet. We are currently collecting holiday wish lists from families needing support.
Here is how the program works:
We will be taking referrals for families during the month of November. Families wishing to participate in the program will fill out a wishlist for each child in their home. Please return your child’s wish list by November 12th. Each wishlist item will be coded, written on a tag and placed on the bulletin board across from Room 1. All names of program participants will be left off the tags and kept confidential. Families that are able to give will take one or more wishlist tags from the bulletin board and shop for those items. They will then bring the wrapped gift(s) or gift card(s) to the office with the tag attached. The tags are very important because they will have the family code written on it to be sure that the gifts go to the appropriate families. I will contact participating families and distribute the gifts
This is a confidential program. To inquire about participation, please call me at 503-916-6380 or talk to your child's teacher. During the weeks of Nov 12 - Dec 6th, check out the Season of Sharing bulletin board if you would like to fulfill someone's wish! Thank you for your care and concern for our school community.
Ponny Kosmas and Shannon Nicolas
Dear PPS Families & Community,
Thank you for your ongoing collaboration and support as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times. In our ongoing effort to support the needs of all our students, PPS is offering an Online Learning Academy (OLA) for students who cannot attend in-person due to COVID-19 related health reasons.
Dear PPS High School Families,
Yesterday, Multnomah County Health announced updated guidance for mask-wearing: Wear a mask when indoors around people you don’t live with, whether vaccinated or not. This update is in response to increases in Delta variant cases in Oregon and is consistent with evolving guidance from state and national public health agencies, including the CDC, which today will advise that vaccinated people who live in high-transmission areas wear masks in indoor public spaces and that K-12 schools require masks for all.
Yesterday, Multnomah County Health announced updated guidance for mask-wearing: Wear a mask when indoors around people you don’t live with, whether vaccinated or not. This update is in response to increases in Delta variant cases in Oregon and is consistent with evolving guidance from state and national public health agencies, including the CDC, which today advised that vaccinated people who live in high-transmission areas wear masks in indoor public spaces, and that K-12 schools require masks for all.