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  • Woodstock Morning Meeting - April 7, 2021

    Happy Wednesday!

    Please see this week's Morning Meeting.

  • Woodstock Update - April 6, 2021

    Good Evening Woodstock Families,

    It has been absolutely wonderful to welcome students back into the building over the past two days.  I want to thank all of you for your grace and understanding as we’ve made this transition to hybrid and our new Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) Cohorts.

    Although much of our focus, lately, has been geared toward logistical and safety procedures for the return to in-person instruction, I’d also like to acknowledge and thank our families that have elected to remain in CDL.  With the challenging staff demands, we know that the majority of students remaining in CDL are not with their original teacher.  We also know that a mid-year teacher change can be very difficult, especially during this year. So, I’d like to especially thank the families that have been put in a situation where they are not able to finish the year with their original teacher from the start.

    With that said, I’d also like to thank our CDL Teachers who have stepped up for a very challenging task and for continuing to still make this a positive learning experience for students.

    On that note, I’d also like to remind families that all students should be participating in a virtual, synchronous meeting with their original teacher and classmates tomorrow from 8:15-9:00 AM.  (There is no in-person instruction on Wednesdays, unless there are special arrangements made with your child’s teacher or a support staff member.)  If you haven’t received a meeting code or link yet, please be on the lookout for that from your child’s original teacher.  This will be a great opportunity for all students to stay connected with their original teachers and classmates. 

    On Thursday, students will return to their hybrid and CDL cohorts.  (Please remember there is no hybrid or CDL instruction on Friday, as it is a teacher work day.)  Next week, we’ll continue with the new cohort schedule of hybrid or CDL Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Wednesday will consist of a whole class meeting with some options for independent work.  The Wednesday asynchronous work will look different than the rest of the week, so please check with your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

    Settling into the new schedule, I’d like to share a few updates now that we are learning more about the day-to-day routines for hybrid:

    Arrivals and Dismissals

    • Thanks to everyone that has already completed the Individual Dismissal Form.  If you have not done so yet, please take a moment to complete it.  Teachers will use this information to help students depart safely at the end of each cohort.
    • Please do you best to follow the plans you submit on the Individual Dismissal Form.  If you need to make a change, please submit the changes prior to the start of your child’s cohort time.  Changes must be made in writing and sent to WoodstockAttend@pps.net and your child’s teacher.  If it is sent after the start of your child’s cohort time, we may not be able to relay the message in time.
    • Students third grade and older are able to walk to meet a younger sibling.
    • If your child is a pick-up at the end of their cohort time, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you arrive on time to meet your child.  Being late impacts our ability to maintain the integrity and intention of the learning cohorts.

    Bus Transportation

    If your child uses PPS bus transportation, be sure to complete the Bus Transportation Form.

    Water Bottles

    As a reminder, please continue to send your child with a filled water bottle each day.  With the days getting warmer, we want to make sure students are staying hydrated.  We’ve just received new guidance that students can refill their water bottles at the appropriate water fountains.  However, our goal will be to limit transitions and a full water bottle at the start of the day helps keep students in class. 

    Backpacks

    Thank you for helping keep personal items at home, including backpacks.  At this point, we are planning to continue with the plan to keep backpacks at home.  However, if you have a unique circumstance, please reach out to your child’s teacher.  We’ll continue to monitor this strategy and make changes if the need arises.

    Lunches

    You may have noticed your child coming home with a “grab and go” meal.  These are provided to students daily at no cost to families.  The meals are big, but they are intended to include two meals.  Your child can say “no thank you” if you’d rather them not take a meal.

    School Grounds

    Although our hours are different from a typical year, we are still asking families and community members to respect that school is in session from 8:15-10:30 AM and 12:30-2:45 PM.  Please stay off the school grounds, playground, and play structure during that time.  We also ask from 10:30 AM-12:30 PM, families do not use the play structure.  If you are looking for a place to play, please use the adjacent city park.  Thank you. 

    Travel and Self-Quarantine 

    If your family is traveling out-of-state while enrolled in hybrid instruction, please read the Oregon Health Authority’s Statewide Recommendations for Travel.

    Thank you for taking the time to read through these updates.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at WoodstockAttend@pps.net.

    Have a great rest of the week!

    With Woodstock Pride,

    Seth Johnson, Principal
    Woodstock Elementary

  • Woodstock Newsletter - April 2, 2021

    Upcoming Events: 

    April 5: Back to School for 2nd-5th Grade

    April 7: Let’s Get Reading Resumes

    April 9: No School (Teacher Planning Day)

    April 21: Kindergarten Connect: Storytime Live

    May 31: No School (Holiday)

    June 11: Last Day of School

    Message from the Principal

    Happy Friday! The last two days have been a blast! It has been great to see families and get students back into school. I know there have been SO many emails and different communications over the past few weeks, but THANK YOU for reading and doing your part to keep students and staff safe while making the transition back to school and into new learning cohorts...it has made a big difference these past two days.

    On Monday, all hybrid students, AM and PM cohorts, will be attending, so things may feel a little busier.  Please see the “Hybrid and CDL Information for Next Week” below as there are many important details.

    Hybrid & CDL Information for Next Week

    There is a LOT of important information from Sunday’s newsletter. Although some of the dates have already passed, if you haven’t read it, please do to be fully prepared for Monday.

    You should have also received a “welcome letter” from your child’s spring cohort teacher over the past couple days.  If not, please email WoodstockAttend@pps.net

    Although this was shared earlier this week, we’d like to invite you to watch the Woodstock “Afternoon” Meeting and the following videos that are appropriate to you and your child:​​​​​​​

    Hybrid Parents and Guardians:

    • It is important that you complete the Individual Dismissal Form prior to your child’s first day of in-person instruction.
    • Please review the  Arrival and Dismissal Form to know where to go at the start and end of your child’s cohort time.
    • All students will have access to FREE “Grab and Go” meals at the end of the cohort (AM and PM) each day.  To be clear, there is NO COST and this is available to all students. 

    School In-Session

    Please note that with hybrid instruction beginning, school will be in session Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:15 to 2:30 and the school grounds are closed to the public. Any visitors will need to check-in at the front office.

  • Woodstock Hybrid Update

    Hello Woodstock Families,

    I hope you are all well and returning to some sort of “normal” after the winter storm we experienced over the last week.

    I wanted to take a moment and provide a hybrid instructional model update.

    You should have received a survey via email unique to each child you have enrolled at Woodstock.  This was sent by the district, but it may have appeared in your inbox with my name as the sender.  The survey actually came from research@pps.net.  If you did not receive an email with a survey unique to your child(ren), email research@pps.net and request the survey be sent to you again.

    Please note that the original due date for the survey was February 22, but it has been extended to February 25.

    Those of you that have already received the survey and completed it, thank you for responding.  I’m also aware that there may be questions about hybrid and what it may look like for your child.  The district has prepared a Hybrid FAQ.  Please reference this for any questions you may have about hybrid instruction or accessing the survey.

    If you are not able to find what you need on the Hybrid FAQ, please submit additional questions, concerns, and suggestions to the Woodstock Hybrid Wonderings Form.

    Finally, we will hold a Community Conversation on February 24 at 6:00 PM (prior to the due date for the survey submission) for any questions and discussion regarding hybrid.  You can access the Google Meeting with the following link/code: cgj-spnt-xvz.

    As a reminder, if you have any survey questions, please contact research@pps.net

    Thanks for your patience through this process.

    With Woodstock Pride,

    Seth Johnson, Principal
    Woodstock Elementary

  • Woodstock Morning Meeting - February 19, 2021

    Happy Friday!

    Please see this week's Morning Meeting and PICCs.

    Have a great weekend.

  • Woodstock Newsletter - February 12, 2021

    Happy Lunar New Year! Happy Snow Day! 

    WSE

    Upcoming Events

    February 15: No School

    February 16: PTA Dine Out at Hopworks Urban Brewery

    March 5: Site Council Meeting

    March 15-19: Spirit Week

    • Monday: Woodstock Pride Day
    • Tuesday: Hat Day
    • Wednesday: Pajama/Stuffy Day
    • Thursday: Rainbow Day
    • Friday: Class Choice 

    March 17: PTA Meeting

    March 22-26: No School (Spring Break)

    March 31: Hosford Connect to 6th Grade

    No Book Bags Today

    Due to the winter weather, there's no library book bag pick-up today. It resumes next Friday. Crafts for Lunar New Year can also be picked up next week, too.

    Community Conversation Recap

    If you missed our community conversation this week, here’s a link to the presentations:

    Chinese

    English

    Principal Johnson discussed plans for Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI) and Hybrid Instruction. LIPI starts at Woodstock on March 2nd and is by invitation only. Hybrid instruction is expected to begin in mid-April. All families will have the option to participate in Hybrid Instruction or continue with Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) for the duration of the school year.

    Important Parent Surveys

    Portland Public Schools is conducting two important surveys. 

    1. The Fourth Quarter Learning Choice Form is due by February 22nd. Parents will receive a form for each student, allowing you to indicate whether you want your child to participate in Hybrid Instruction or continue with Comprehensive Distance Learning. Your participation is important so that we can plan for staffing, transportation and other logistics.
    2. The Successful Schools Family Survey is due by March 12th. By taking the survey, it helps us understand your experience as a parent or guardian. This information will guide us as we determine the future of our schools. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend. Take the survey today! If you prefer to fill this out on paper, copies are available at the Woodstock office. Pick one up during office hours or email woodstockattend@pps.net to have it mailed to you.

    School Photos

    Smile! Picture day is coming. We'll be hosting a local photographer - Visual Impressions - on site at Woodstock the week of March 1st. A schedule will be shared soon. A few important details:

    • A direct link to purchase picture packets will be sent out to parents/guardians in the next week or so. This email will come directly from the vendor. 
    • Pictures will be taken outside on school grounds.
    • Families are asked to show up at their scheduled class time - no earlier - to maintain COVID safety.
    • We ask that only one parent accompany their child/children to pictures. 
    • Siblings may come together.
    • Masks must be worn by everyone and the photographer will request the student remove the mask prior to their portrait.

    After pictures have been processed, they’ll be mailed directly to parents homes to lessen exposure to COVID. Please direct questions to Amanda with Visual Impressions Photography at 503-320-3076

    News from Fourth Grade

    Each week we share news from our virtual classrooms. Today we’re showcasing the fourth graders.

    Welcome to 4th grade! We are the Radical Reggies, Diamond Dragons, Smokey Sloths and Flaming Hamsters. We have been learning a ton this year in CDL!  Here are a few highlights from our classes: 

    • In science we've been studying energy and matter.
    • In math we're studying multiplication and division relationships.  We have been looking at multiple strategies and models to solve equations.
    • In Chinese, students are learning about the main idea of a text in both non-fiction and fiction books.
    • In English, students are learning about the history of Oregon, including indigenous peoples, land recognition, mountain ranges, landforms, water features, and more!  Students will be using their writing skills to create a claim (thesis statement) about a main character and support their idea with evidence from the text.
  • Woodstock Morning Meeting - February 12, 2021

    Happy Lunar New Year!

    As we enter the Year of the Ox, our celebrations will look very differently this year.  Although we won't be able to gather in person, we are still inviting student to wear yellow or red to their class meetings today to celebrate.  If possible, we are asking teachers to also try to capture a screen shot of the whole class in their yellow or red shirts.

    Please take a moment to view this week's Morning Meeting and PICCs.

    In this week's Morning Meeting, I'm continuing to share lesson's learned by Mr. Rogers.  I reference an important moment from one of Mr. Rogers shows and if you'd like to learn more, please listen to this Story Corps audio file and watch this YouTube clip.  

    Finally, to return to a fun Lunar New Year event from the past, please see the 2016 performance by Woodstock students, led by our well respected former teacher, Shen Yin.

    新年快乐

  • Woodstock Updates - February 8, 2021

    Good Morning Woodstock Families,

    Happy Monday!Please see the quick important updates below:

    Community Conversation

    Our next Community Conversation is scheduled for this Wednesday to discuss Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI), and Hybrid Instruction.  Although an initial LIPI plan has been drafted, there are still a lot of unknowns regarding Hybrid.  We hope to use this time to reflect on current CDL, share LIPI plans, and discuss the potential of upcoming hybrid instruction.

    Please use the following links to join the meeting most appropriate for you:
    Mandarin Conversation - 5:30 PM
    English Conversation - 6:30 PM

    Kindergarten Connect - School Choice: “Know Your Options”

    Over the past couple weeks we have been advertising a District Wide Kindergarten Connect for February 18 at 6:00 PM.  This event is open to all families that have a child who will be entering Kindergarten in the fall.  However, this meeting will be designed for families that are exploring options beyond their neighborhood program.  The district will be offering a general Kindergarten Connect event later this spring. 

    More information will be coming from the district and you can get Woodstock specific information, register for Kindergarten, and see upcoming events on the Kindergarten page on our school website.

    Successful Schools Survey - Tell Us About Your Experience

    What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “successful schools?” We believe that successful schools are safe, healthy and welcoming learning spaces that are inclusive for all students. But we want to hear your thoughts.

    We are excited to announce the 2021 Successful Schools Family Survey. When you take the survey, you help us understand your experience as a parent or guardian. This important information will guide us as we determine the future of our schools. The survey launches today and will be available for the next four weeks.

    Take the survey today! You can complete the survey from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. It should only take 15-20 minutes of your time. Select the school your child attends and answer the questions for that school. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend. If you need help taking the survey please contact your teacher or principal.

    Thank you for being part of the PPS family!

    surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily

    School Photos

    I’m happy to share that we’ve been able to secure a photographer for school photos.  As a health and safety precaution, we will be doing school photos outside this year.  More information will be coming soon, but be prepared for school photos to occur during the week of March 1.

    REMINDER: SE Guiding Coalition Recruitment

    As a part of the Enrollment and Program Balancing (EPB) we are seeking two SE Guiding Coalition representatives.  We are particularly seeking BIPOC parents/guardians who bring a good understanding of the school community and can also be district-wide thinkers and collaborators.

    If you are interested in joining the SE Guiding Coalition please complete this interest form (English and 中文).

    REMINDER: Site Council - Recruiting New Members

    Although we just went through Site Council elections a couple of months ago, we are returning to our regular Site Council election cycle and hope to have elections this coming spring. 

    If you are interested in participating in Site Council or would like to learn more about the role of Site Councils, please contact me at sjohnson5@pps.net.

    The two vacancies we will be filling are a neighborhood program representative and a Mandarin speaking representative from the immersion program.

    Have a great week! 

    With Woodstock Pride,

    Seth Johnson, Principal
    Woodstock Elementary

  • Woodstock Morning Meeting - February 5, 2021

    Happy February!

    Please see today's Morning Meeting and PICCs of the Week.

    Have a great Friday and weekend.

  • Woodstock Newsletter - February 5, 2021

    Upcoming Events

    February 9: Shu Ren Dine Out at Pure Spice

    February 12: Spirit Day - Wear Red or Yellow for Chinese New Year

    February 15: No School (Holiday)

    February 16: PTA Dine Out at Hopworks Urban Brewery

    February 18: PPS Virtual Connect to Kindergarten (tentative)

    March 5: Site Council Meeting

    March 15-19: Spirit Week

    • Monday: Woodstock Pride Day
    • Tuesday: Hat Day
    • Wednesday: Pajama/Stuffy Day
    • Thursday: Rainbow Day
    • Friday: Class Choice 

    March 22-26: No School (Spring Break)

    News from Third Grade

    Each week we’re showcasing what’s happening in our virtual classrooms. This week we visit third grade:

    Welcome to 3rd grade! We are the Wondrous Wolves, Heroic Hippogriffs, Golden Phoenix and Awesome Ocelots. We have an amazing group of students and a supportive family community. Here are a few highlights from our classes: 

    • In science we will be studying animals, plants and their environment.
    • In math we are starting advanced multiplication and area.
    • In Chinese students are learning to read, write and speak using sequencing words. They are also learning to locate information.
    • In English, students are learning to find the main idea and details while learning about the Chinook tribes. 
    • All third graders will participate in the Architects in Schools program this spring!

    Next week we’ll hear from the fourth grade team.

    Report Cards

    Report cards will be mailed out next week. They’ll look different from previous report cards. Here’s some information from Portland Public Schools about what to expect from the updated report card.

    Dear K-5 Parents, 

    We are excited to share with you the new K-5 Report Card. The report card has been revised by a committee of teachers and parents with one of the main goals being to help families more easily understand how your students are doing as they progress through the elementary grades.  Click here to see the new report in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, and Chinese. A highlight of the new report card is that there is now only one marking system for grades (E/M/CM/N/NE) and the +,V,/,-- system is now only for characteristics of a successful learner

    Dear Dual Language Immersion Family,

    As you all know, two main goals of our Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs are 1) academic achievement and 2) bilingualism and biliteracy. Your child’s report card is a reflection of your child’s progress towards these goals.

    The report card provides information on how your child is doing academically in all subject areas (i.e. math, language arts, health, etc.) whether they learned the content in English or the Partner Language (Mandarin).  The report card also provides information on how your child is progressing in their oral and written language skills in becoming bilingual and biliterate.  

    At K-2 the Reading and Writing sections along with the Partner Language section of the report card will reflect more about your child’s Partner Language oral and written skill development.  At 3-5 the reporting in Reading and Writing reflects your child’s biliteracy skill development with oral Partner Language skill development being reflected in the Partner Language section.  

    If need be your child’s teacher will use the notes section to indicate successes and areas for improvement specific to each language.  If you have questions about the information provided about your child's academic performance and/or language development in either language, please contact your child’s teacher.

    Shu Ren Craft Pick-Up and Dine Out

    WSE

    农历新年 / Chinese Lunar New Year Event with the Multnomah County Library

    Saturday, Feb 13th from 2:00 to 4:00

     The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in many Asian cultures, celebrating life, good health and prosperity. Join us to bring in the new year with cultural performances and educational activities.

    Register/join via Zoom

    恭贺新禧!  农历新年是亞洲文化中最重要的节日,图书館將举办特别庆祝节目,包括不同文化背景的表演、傳統小吃、和富有教育性的儿童活动,我們竭诚邀请大家一起來庆祝。

    请通过 Zoom 注册参加  

    Annual Asbestos Notification

    Each year, the District must notify the community of the existence and location of the Asbestos Management Plan. The memo from PPS can be found here.

  • Woodstock Update, (2 parts) - January 30, 2021

    Hello Woodstock Families,

    We are officially half-way through the 2020-2021 school year!  So far, it has been a year of firsts and learning for all of us.  Looking ahead to the second half of the year, it appears there will be many more new experiences as well.

    You all continue to show your resiliency as we make our way through this year.  We know this will be an important characteristic as we move ahead.  Thank you for doing your part to help our community see the positives in this challenging year.

    In the past week, there have been a lot of updates and information shared by the district.  If you haven’t done so already, please be sure to read the latest message from the district (English and 中文).

    Please read some of the impacts of the PPS message and other important updates in regards to Woodstock.

    CDL, LIPI, and Hybrid Instruction

    In the newsletter from the district, they identified that Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), will continue through the third quarter.  However, all schools will begin rolling out Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI) over February and March.  In the fourth quarter, the district is aiming to begin a hybrid model starting as early as April 12.

    At this point, there is not much information known about hybrid instruction.  We expect to learn more in the coming weeks.  However, at Woodstock, we have been working on creating our school’s reopening plan through LIPI.  Based on the current draft of the plan, here are a few things to expect:

    • To start, this will be limited to a cohort of 10 students.  Our plan does include an option for expanding, but it is dependent on a variety of factors, including any new information we learn about hybrid instruction over the next few weeks.
    • The LIPI plan includes a student identification plan.  Once students are identified, invitations will be sent to families of identified students.
    • After we have confirmed students who will be participating in the initial LIPI cohort, families of those students will be invited to a meeting to review the LIPI safety protocols and instructional plan.
    • LIPI is scheduled to begin the first week of March.

    Community Conversation

    With so many changes occurring regarding the school’s instructional focus, including the reopening plans, our next Community Conversation will focus on CDL, LIPI, and Hybrid Instruction.  We are tentatively planning the meeting for February 10 with a presentation for Mandarin speaking families at 5:30 PM and a presentation for English speaking families at 6:30 PM.  Once the meeting is confirmed, additional information, including meeting links will be shared.

    MAP

    As we continue through Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL), an important step for teachers is to understand your child’s most essential learning needs. To collect this valuable information, students in grades 3-8 will take Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. The MAP assessment is a low stakes test - this means that the results are not used for grading students or for school accountability purposes. If you have concerns about your student participating in this test, please talk with your student’s teacher.

    Normally, the MAP assessment is conducted in the classroom setting but, because of distance learning, students will take this assessment at home. Testing will take place between February 1- 26. Younger children may need assistance from an adult in the home. Click here to review a parent guide about this assessment. Your student’s teacher will provide further information about when the test will be given. The district will provide your student’s scores to you following the assessment window.

    SE Guiding Coalition Recruitment

    With Phase 1 of the Enrollment and Program Balancing (EPB) process complete, the SE Guiding Coalition will shift the focus to K-5 schools and programs in SE Portland.

    As mentioned previously, the potential outcomes of the EPB process could significantly impact the feeder pattern for students at Woodstock.  There has also been discussion about moving the immersion program away from Woodstock.

    Over the fall, we were fortunate to have two passionate representatives for school.  However, we know that one, possibly both representatives, may not be able to continue on the SE Guiding Coalition.

    Woodstock has been allotted two representative positions on the SE Guiding Coalition, one for the neighborhood program and one for the immersion program.  We will need to ensure we have both positions filled to represent both programs at Woodstock.  We are particularly seeking BIPOC parents/guardians who bring a good understanding of the school community and can also be district-wide thinkers and collaborators.  We welcome individuals who speak other languages and can provide language access services. We also would like participants whose children will not age out of the school this year, since the process will continue through next fall.

    If you are interested in joining the SE Guiding Coalition please complete this interest form (English and 中文).

    Site Council - Recruiting New Members

    Although we just went through Site Council elections a couple of months ago, we are returning to our regular Site Council election cycle and hope to have elections this coming spring.

    If you are interested in participating in Site Council or would like to learn more about the role of Site Councils, please contact me at sjohnson5@pps.net.

    The two vacancies we will be filling are a neighborhood program representative and a Mandarin speaking representative from the immersion program.

    Report Card

    As a reminder, families can expect to receive report cards by mid-February, summarizing the first half of this year in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL).  If a section is left blank, this means that it is a standard/area that has yet to be fully taught/assessed.  If a section is identified as “NE” or No Evidence,” this means that your child has not participated in the activities, during live instruction or through SeeSaw, demonstrating enough evidence to assess.

    Also, the “Library/Technology” grade will not be assessed this quarter as due to the constraints of CDL and the librarian’s efforts being focused on book distribution through the “Let’s Get Reading” Program

    Technology

    Please remember that if you need a Chromebook for your child during CDL, the district can provide one.  Please submit a request through the Chromebook Request Form.

    For families of K-2 students, the district has touchscreen Chromebooks available for distribution.  You can request an upgrade for your child’s device or make a first time request using the same Chromebook Request Form as above.

    Also, the school has headphones available for students needing them.  You can request a pair of headphones by emailing WoodstockAttend@pps.net. 

    With Woodstock Pride,

    Seth Johnson, Principal
    Woodstock Elementary

  • Woodstock Newsletter - January 29, 2021

    Upcoming Events

    • February 9: Shu Ren Dine Out at Pure Spice
    • February 12: Spirit Day - Wear Red or Yellow for Chinese New Year
    • February 15: No School (Holiday)
    • February 16: PTA Dine Out at Hopworks Urban Brewery
    • February 18: PPS Virtual Connect to Kindergarten (tentative)
    • March 5: Site Council Meeting
    • March 15-19: Spirit Week
      • Monday: Woodstock Pride Day
      • Tuesday: Hat Day
      • Wednesday: Pajama/Stuffy Day
      • Thursday: Rainbow Day
      • Friday: Class Choice 
    • March 22-26: No School (Spring Break)

    News from Second Grade

    Each week we’re sharing news from our virtual classrooms. This week we’re featuring our Woodstock second graders:

    Welcome to 2nd Grade! We are the Blue Dragons, Cute Koalas, Flying Dragons, and the Ice Dragons. We’re grateful for all the support from our families and proud of how our second graders demonstrate all of the Woodstock values of Perseverance, Integrity, Compassion, and Curiosity every day. 

    Our students are working hard and have learned a lot in a short amount of time. Here are a few of the second grade happenings: 

    • We had a guest speaker who is an expert on reptiles. 
    • We learned how to write a letter to someone about a favorite book or character.
    • We wrote personal narratives about real-life experiences in English and Chinese.
    • We’ve been growing stronger in our reading skills, including learning about how to describe characters, setting, and story elements.
    • In math, we're learning about place value, as well as adding and subtracting with larger numbers.
    • We're learning new Chinese characters every day. 
    • In science, we're learning all about landforms. 

    The second graders are looking forward to learning more about informational reading and writing, and how to describe both 2d and 3d shapes.

    Next week we’ll showcase the third grade team.

    Shu Ren Dine-Out

     WSE

    Show Your Pride

    WSE

    Show your Woodstock Pride. Send photos of your student(s) wearing their school t-shirts to woodstockattend@pps.net.

     

  • Woodstock Newsletter - January 22, 2021

    Upcoming Events: 

    • January 26: PTA Dine Out at Dick’s Primal Burger
    • January 27: Parent Workshop
    • January 29: No School (Teacher Work Day)
    • February 15: No School (Holiday)
    • February 16: PTA Dine Out at Hopworks Urban Brewery
    • March 5: Site Council Meeting
    • March 22-26: No School (Spring Break)

    News from First Grade

    Each week we’re sharing the good work happening in our virtual classrooms. This week we feature the fabulous first grade team:

    We are the Feisty Falcons, the All-Star Alpacas, the Golden Retrievers and the Penguins! And we love First Grade! This has been such a strange start of a school year, but our Woodstock first graders have figured it out. We’re getting through this time of CDL, being courageous, staying positive and feeling hopeful.  

    One ongoing focus in our classes has been Social Emotional Learning.  We’re using the Zones of Regulation to identify our feelings and whether we’re in the red, yellow, blue or green zone. We’ve learned strategies to help get back into the ready-to-learn green zone. Especially during this time, it has been increasingly important to be able to self-identify our feelings.   

    The four first grade classes are having a variety of learning experiences. Here are just a few that one or more of the 1st grade classes have had so far!

    • We had a guest speaker who has been to outer space. Whoa!
    • Learned how to write a friendly letter to someone.
    • We’re exploring our own identities and working on an identity journal.
    • We’ve collected, graphed and charted weather data. Cool!
    • We’re all becoming 2D and 3D shapes experts.  
    • Learning new Chinese characters every day. Awesome!
    • Writing narratives in English and Chinese.
    • We created self-portraits. Super creative.

    First graders are looking forward to learning persuasive writing, measurement and fractions math units as well as growing into awesome readers and earning our Word Detective badges. 

    Next week we’ll hear from the second grade team.

    Connect to Kindergarten

    If you have an incoming kindergartener for the 2021-2022 school year, be on the lookout for information about upcoming Connect to Kindergarten events. These events are tentatively planned for next month and will happen virtually.

    Parent Workshop

    The Office of Teaching & Learning’s Humanities Department, in partnership with the Oregon Historical Society is hosting a virtual workshop about racism in Oregon history. It’s designed to help parents understand how both racism and justice are at the heart of Oregon’s history – and how recognizing this is crucial to our ability to build a better future. Interpretation available upon request.

    Parent Workshop: Racism in Oregon History

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    Wednesday, January 27th from 4:00-6:00 pm 

    Comcast Channel 28

    Register Here

    PTA Dine-Out

    The next PTA dine out is on Tuesday, January 26th from 11-8pm at Dick’s Primal Burger (4905 SE Woodstock). Order online or call (971) 229-0786. 10% of proceeds benefit our school.

  • Woodstock Morning Meeting - January 22, 2021

    Please see this week's Morning Meeting and PICCs.

    As referenced in the Morning Meeting, here is a Balloon Breathing Exercise too.

    Have a great weekend!

  • Woodstock Elementary Update - January 19, 2021

    Good Morning Woodstock Families,

    Happy Tuesday!  I hope everyone had an enjoyable three day weekend.  As we start our shortened week, I’d like to share a few updates.

    Report Card

    As shared previously, teachers will be completing report cards at the end of this month.  In February, families can expect to receive report cards, summarizing the first half of this year in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). 

    I do need to clarify some information that was sent last week.  When report cards are completed, if a section is left blank, this means that it is a standard/area that has yet to be fully taught/assessed.  If a section is identified as “NE” or No Evidence,” this means that your child has not participated in the activities, during live instruction or through SeeSaw, demonstrating enough evidence to assess.

    Also, the “Library/Technology” grade will not be assessed this quarter due to the constraints of CDL and as the librarian’s efforts being focused on book distribution through the “Let’s Get Reading” Program.

    Technology

    Please remember that if you need a Chromebook for your child during CDL, the district can provide one.  Please submit a request through the Chromebook Request Form.

    For families of K-2 students, the district now has touchscreen Chromebooks available for distribution.  The touchscreen Chromebooks can be helpful for many of the online resources that students are using in the primary grades.  You can request an upgrade for your child’s device or make a first time request using the same Chromebook Request Form as above.

    Also, the school has headphones available for students needing them.  You can request a pair of headphones by emailing WoodstockAttend@pps.net.

    Woodstock Office Hours

    As the Woodstock Office Staff is striving to support families during CDL, we are continuing the special office hours schedule until further notice.  For families needing to drop-off or pick-up something at the school, the office will be open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and on Fridays from noon to 4:00 PM.

    However, the best tool for communication continues to be email through WoodstockAttend@pps.net.

    Limited In-Person Instruction

    Over the past week, there has been increased discussion regarding Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI).  Although the information is very new, the district is looking at options for small cohorts of selected students to attend in-person instruction.  There are still many unknowns about this instructional option as plans are still evolving.  However, we do know that current plans would include a process of identifying students most needing support, available/willing staff, and an extensive safety plan.  The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is expected to release additional guidance to districts today.  Hopefully more information will be shared with schools this week.

    Foundation

    At our last PTA Meeting, we were able to hear about the Woodstock Elementary Foundation from the Foundation Chair, Patrick Gronli.  As we are quickly approaching staffing for the 2021-2022 school year, the foundation can serve as a great resource for our students in providing an enriching and inclusive learning experience.  To learn more about the foundation and how to be involved, please see the presentation that was also shared at the PTA Meeting.

    Inauguration and Civic Engagement

    Finally, with the inauguration happening tomorrow, I’d like to remind you of the Civic Engagement resource provided by the district to support families and students through the election, inauguration, and beyond.

    Have a great four-day week and stay safe!

    With Woodstock Pride,

    Seth Johnson, Principal
    Woodstock Elementary

  • Woodstock Newsletter - January 15, 2021

    Upcoming Events: 

    • January 18: No School (Holiday)
    • January 22: Site Council Meeting 2:30-3:30pm
    • January 26: PTA Dine Out at Dick’s Primal Burger 11-8pm
    • January 29: No School (Teacher Work Day)
    • February 15: No School (Holiday)
    • February 16: PTA Dine Out at Hopworks Urban Brewery 4-8pm

    No School on Monday

    There's no school on Monday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    News from Kindergarten

    Woodstock students and teachers are working hard during comprehensive distance learning. Each week, we’ll showcase what’s happening in our virtual classrooms. This week we're featuring the kindergarten team. 

    The Kindergarten Team is excited to observe measurable academic growth in our students as we work on Quarter 2 assessments! Students are developing stamina for meetings with teachers one-on-one, as well as in large and small groups. 

    Neighborhood and Immersion students are studying the water cycle, numbers that are more than and less than, simple problem solving, and counting objects. Students are working on tapping and blending the sounds in words. Students are using songs to learn. Students are applying a number of literacy strategies toward developing and deepening their writing skills. Students received a packet of materials recently to support their writing and geometric shapes. Students are also working on retelling stories.

    Way to go, kindergarten students! Next week, we’ll share news from the 1st grade team.

    LGR (Let’s Get Reading) Returns

     Our Friday book bag pick ups have resumed. Interested in participating? Here’s how:

    • Want to get started with book bag check-out? Visit the library website and sign-up by clicking on the sign-up/feedback “button” on top of the library website.
    • When you are ready for a new book bag, there are two options:
    1. Return your book bag any Friday between 1pm-4pm. This will equate to signing-up for a pick-up the following Friday. -OR-
    2. By Thursday at 3pm, sign-up again by clicking the sign-up/feedback “button” on top of the library website to pick-up Friday of that week.
    • Choose any timeline that works for you! Some kids read their books in one week, others want a month.
    • If you’ve had books delivered, email Mrs. Lingo when you're ready for a new book bag and we'll make it happen!

    Contact Mrs. Lingo with any questions.

    Show Your Pride

    Send us photos of your students sporting their Woodstock Pride shirts! Email pictures to WoodstockAttend@pps.net

  • Woodstock Morning Meeting - January 15, 2021

    Please see the Morning Meeting and PICCs of the Week for January 15, 2021.

    Don't forget that there is no school Monday in recognition of MLK Day.

    Have a great three day weekend!

  • Woodstock Elementary Newsletter - January 8, 2020

    Hello Woodstock Families,

    Welcome back and Happy 2021!  It has been great to see students back in “classes” and so quickly adjusting back to the routines of Comprehensive Distance Learning.  I was able to join a couple classes and Monday and it was a real treat to see all the smiling faces and hear the excitement in their voices as they were able to reconnect with their peers and teachers.

    If there’s one thing that 2020 taught us, it is that we need to be resilient.  As we quickly discovered on Tuesday of this week, we will need to continue to show resilience in 2021.  We will also need to continue to focus on our values of Compassion, Curiosity, Integrity, and Perseverance.  The events of Tuesday have left an impact on all of us and I applaud our teachers for being so respectful and responsive to the needs of students during this time.

    You should have also received a message for Superintendent Guerrero regarding the January 6 incident (中文).  I’d like to echo his comments on remaining optimistic because of the strength of our community.

    During today’s Morning Meeting, I also introduced some concepts from one of my childhood role models, Mr. Rogers.  Through the Morning Meetings in the coming weeks, I hope to continue to share some of the lessons from Mr. Rogers and the importance of being neighborly.  If you’d like to preview some of the ideas I’ll be sharing, you can read the “Lessons from Mr. Rogers” article that I’ll be using as a reference.

    There are also two other important messages that were sent from the district earlier this week that have a direct impact on all students and families at Woodstock.  If you haven’t already read them, please be sure to read Initial Plans for Reopening Schools (中文) and the continuation of the Enrollment and Program Balancing (中文) work.

    This week has flown by and I’m sure that the rest of the month will as well.  As we quickly approach the start of the third quarter, I’d like to share a few updates in preparation for the upcoming reporting of student progress:

    • Assessment Window - With all the challenges that distance learning has brought to this school year, conducting valid assessments and collecting student growth and achievement data has been one of the hurdles.  At the end of this month, teachers will be completing report cards to share the progress of students this year.  To allow for authentic assessments, please plan on potential changes to your child’s regular CDL schedule during the weeks of January 25 and February 1.  Teachers may alter the whole group or small group live instruction time in order to ensure they can provide current and accurate assessment data for the mid-year report card.  More information will be coming from your child’s teacher if their schedule is impacted, but we wanted to give you advance warning.
    • “No Evidence” Rating on Report Card - When you receive your child’s report card, you may see some marks of “No Evidence.”  This can mean one of two things: 1.) It can mean that this is an area that has yet to be fully taught and/or assessed; or, 2.) It can mean that your child has not participated in the activities, during live instruction or through SeeSaw, demonstrating enough evidence to assess. Teachers will provide information in advance if there are areas identified as “No Evidence” for the whole class.  For students with individual marks of “No Evidence,” teachers will provide an explanation in the comments section of the report card.
    • Attendance - I’d also like to stress the importance of attendance.  We understand that due to the challenges of the pandemic and CDL, attendance is not always possible.  However, it is important to have your child attend live instruction as much as possible.  If there are circumstances that are preventing your child from being able to regularly attend, please contact your child’s teacher(s).

    Please see additional information about upcoming events, the PTA, and Shu Ren at the bottom of this message. 

    Finally, thanks for helping make the transition back to school after winter break a smooth one.  Although we do miss seeing students in person, we value the opportunity to work with them virtually.

    Have a great weekend!

    With Woodstock Pride, 

    Seth Johnson, Principal
    Woodstock Elementary 

    Upcoming Events

    January 14, Time TBA - PTA Meeting
    January 14, 6:00-8:00 PM - Enrollment and Program Balancing Meeting
    January 18 - No School (Holiday)
    January 22, 2:30-3:30 PM - Site Council
    January 26, 11:00 AM-8:00 PM - PTA Primal Burger Dine Out (See more information below.)
    January 28 - End of Quarter Two
    January 29 - No School (Teacher Work Day)
    February 4 - Start of Quarter Three
    February 16 - 4:00-8:00 PM - PTA Hopworks Dine-Out (See more information below.)

    PTA Update

    Join the PTA for a general meeting on January 14 at a time to be announced. Elections will take place for a new President, Vice President and Treasurer.

    There are two upcoming PTA Dine Outs:

    Tuesday, January 26 from 11-8pm 
    Dick’s Primal Burger (4905 SE Woodstock Blvd). Place orders on Dick’s website or call 971-229-0786. 

    Tuesday, February 16 from 4-8pm
    Hopworks Urban Brewery (2944 SE Powell Blvd). Place orders by calling (503) 232-HOPS. 

    Woodstock PTA gets 10% of revenue from your take-out orders.

    The PTA is in need of your photos of your student(s) for the school yearbook. You can go to www.hjeshare.com and use access code 5601Lions. Fill in all the pertinent information so that your child can be tagged with the correct name and grade.

    Shu Ren Update

    Shu Ren is looking for parents that are interested in joining the DLI Advisory committee. We have been tasked by the DLI department to look for both Chinese speaking parents and non-Chinese speaking parents to join. For those that join it would consist of the time commitment of 1-2 meetings a month from January - March at about 2 hours per meeting. If interested please email Chair@shurenofportland.org

    PPS双语教学部通过树人召集几名在Woodstock中文双语班的华人和非华人家长加入双语项目咨询委员会。这个委员会将在一月份至三月份之间每月召开一到两次会议,每次会议两个小时。会议将提供中文翻译,所以华人家长不一定要求会说英文。有兴趣的家长请发邮件到 Chair@shurenofportlabd.org

  • Woodstock Morning Meeting - January 8, 2021

    Hello Woodstock Families,

    Please see the first Morning Meeting of 2021 and the PICCs of the Week for January 8, 2021.

    Have a good weekend and see you soon.

  • Let's Get Reading is Back!

    Happy 2021! We are able to resume our Let's Get Reading book bag pick-ups starting this Friday 1/8! Please fill out this form (even if you've signed-up before) to let Mrs. Lingo know you're ready for new books. Please reach out to Mrs. Lingo (rlingo@pps.net) with questions.