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
8/3/2020Hello Woodstock Families,Happy August! This time of year, we are typically in the middle of summer activities and travels and just starting to think about returning to school in the fall. This year, we are in a very different place than we ever have been in previous years.Hopefully you received Superintendent Gaudalupe Guererro’s message last week regarding the continuation of Distance Learning through, at least, November 5. Although it was not necessarily a surprise and it does allow us to begin our initial stages of planning for returning to school in the fall, it also leaves many families with questions and concerns.As we move closer to the first day of school on September 2, please be sure to check the PPSFall 2020 site for information and updates.Although we expect to receive more messages and updates shared with families via email and the PPS Fall 2020 site, Woodstock will be hosting Virtual Coffee Conversation on August 17 at 6:00 PM. You can access the meeting through the following Google Meet code/link: ndd-swvc-qnt. We should have a clearer picture about the Distance Learning parameters at that time and can discuss implications for Woodstock and the Mandarin Immersion Program. If you have questions or concerns you’d like to be addressed at the Coffee Conversation, please email those to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.With that said, I do have a couple of updates to share:Child Care - With PPS being in Distance Learning through November 5 while many parents/guardians are returning to work, the district is preparing for child care operations in the fall. Families should be receiving additional information from the district as well as a survey to assess child care needs throughout our district. Please be on the lookout for that information soon.Staffing Update - When schools closed in the spring, many other district operations were paused or slowed as well. This included Human Resources, meaning there was a hiring freeze. Last week, we were able to post our vacancies for 2020-2021 and we are now beginning to screen applications with the hope of interviewing and hiring in the coming weeks.Student Assignment to Classes - We appreciate your patience as you and your child wait to hear class assignments for the fall. Although most of the work has already been done for assigning students to classes, we would like to complete our hiring prior to sharing class assignments. Our goal is to share that information with families by mid-August. Although we definitely appreciate family input, we cannot accommodate all placement requests. We will assign students to classrooms based on a variety of factors, with a high emphasis on teacher and support staff input. Please understand that all placements are made with the best interest of all students.School Supplies - In the spring, you should have received a “School Supply List” with your child’s year-end “Participation Report Card.” Since we are still uncertain about a date for a physical return to school, families do not need to purchase school supplies. As we move forward this year and learn more about the return to school, we will reevaluate the need for school supplies.Kindergarten Families - Although there has been some kindergarten specific information sent directly to kindergarten families, I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the challenges and worries that can come with starting kindergarten in a Distance Learning model. However, Woodstock has many great teachers and support staff that will do everything possible to make your child’s introduction to school positive. If you have specific questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.“First Day of School” - We anticipate this to be the most unusual start to the school year. Though there can be, appropriately, anxiety for school to start in the fall, our staff is participating in conversations about making this start of school special for all families. We too are anxious about returning to school in a model that is not our preferred way to engage students in learning, but we are excited to partner with you and your child this year and are looking forward to seeing you, whether in-person or virtually.Finally, I’d like to thank everyone in our Woodstock Elementary community for continuing to show strength and perseverance during this pandemic. I’m regularly impressed by the way our community cares for and supports each other. I know this is not an ideal situation, but I’m glad we have the ideal community to make this work, together.With Woodstock Pride,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
7/1/2019Welcome to Woodstock Elementary!
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
8/13/2018Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year! Please see the staffing updates and other important information in this Principal's Message.
8/7/2018For the 2018-2019 school year, we have several new hires and staffing changes which we are excited to share.
3/14/2018Thanks to all of our staff and students who participated in the Woodstock Unity Circle!This was a great was for us to show how we care for each other by creating a safe a welcoming environment. For those of you that did not have an opportunity to read the poem that was recited by all students, please see it below:We ARE Woodstock Strong!We lift each other up.We reach for the stars.We are united in a circle.We ARE Woodstock Strong!We speak different languages.We are the Woodstock Lions.We aren't afraid to use our voice.We ARE Woodstock Strong!We see each other for who we are.We reach to those that need a friend.We keep each other safe from harm.We ARE Woodstock Strong!
6/28/2017Happy Summer Woodstock Families! Thanks for another great year at Woodstock!
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