News for October 10, 201910/10/2019
10/11 - NO SCHOOL - all schools and offices closed
10/11 - PTA Dine Out: Henry Higgins Boiled Bagels (Foster location)
10/15 - Kinderkonzert: Strings
10/18 - Run for the Arts
10/18 - PTA Family Movie Night
10/21 - 3rd - 5th Author Visit: Remy Lai
10/23 - Make Up Day for School Pictures
10/25 - PTA Harvest Carnival and Shu Ren Annual Apple Fundraiser pickup
10/25 - 11/8 - PTA Book Harvest
See the full calendar for Woodstock Elementary online here: https://www.pps.net/Page/434#calendar573/20180831/month.
For information on accessing our online school calendar from other applications, please click here: https://www.pps.net/site/Default.aspx?PageID=434&PageType=20&DomainID=166&ModuleInstanceID=573.
2019/20 District Calendar: https://www.pps.net/cms/lib/OR01913224/Centricity/Domain/4/2019-20-School-District-Calendar.pdf
From the Principal
Hello Woodstock Families,
Happy almost weekend! As a reminder, there is no school tomorrow, as it is a Statewide Inservice Day.
We’ve been really fortunate to continue to have dry weather as we move further into fall. However, as it can still be cold and the weather can shift quickly, we’d like to remind families to make sure students are dressed in layers and have appropriate footwear and a water resistant or waterproof jacket for recess. If your family needs assistance with accessing appropriate clothing or footwear, please contact the office.
With the nice weather, we’ve also noticed many families are staying on the school grounds after the end of the school day to play and talk with friends and other families. Although we love that our school is a community gathering place, we’d like to remind families to be aware of the activities of their children. The school does not provide supervision for students after the school day. In order to allow the school to continue to be a safe space gathering space for all, be sure to supervise your child(ren) if you are remaining on school grounds after school.
Hopefully you received the previous email regarding conferences. If not, please see the information later in this newsletter. Please note that conference registration is open to all on Monday, October 14 at 8:00 AM..
Have a great rest of your week and weekend!
With Woodstock Pride,
Seth Johnson, Principal
WHAT’S ON THE NOVEMBER 5, 2019 BALLOT?
Portland Public Schools has referred to the ballot for voters’ consideration renewal of a levy that currently funds teaching positions across the district. Approximately one in three Portland Public Schools teaching positions is funded by the current levy.
If renewed, the levy is estimated to produce $99.9 million for Portland Public Schools in school year 2020-2021.
If approved, the levy would fund teaching positions and classroom supports at every school in the district. Over the past five years, the levy funded an average of 825 teaching positions annually. If approved, that average is estimated to be maintained. These teachers would:
- Represent approximately one-third of all teaching positions in Portland Public Schools.
- Teach core classes, as well as enrichments for elementary and middle grades and electives in varied interest areas and disciplines for high school students.
- Teach career and technical programs and STEM programs, including computer science education, and college and career readiness skills.
- Provide specialized academic support for students, in areas such as reading and math.
If the levy passes, there would continue to be fiscal supervision and independent oversight
- This renewal would maintain the existing local option levy rate of $1.99 per $1,000 assessed value and would provide funds that would be directed to supporting schools.
- If passed, this local option would require independent citizen oversight so that tax dollars would be used for purposes approved by local voters.
- Funds would be placed in a sub-account to facilitate oversight and accurate reporting.
- No funds from this local option levy would be used for district administration.
If passed, the levy would maintain the existing tax rate of $1.99 per $1,000 of assessed value. For a home with an average assessed value of $233,925, the cost would be approximately $39 per month, or $465 per year.
What would the cost to taxpayers be if the local option levy is approved by voters?
The proposed levy would not be a new tax. It would be a renewal of the current levy, first approved by voters in 2011 and renewed in 2014. Currently, homeowners pay $1.99 per $1,000 of assessed home value for the levy. If approved by voters, homeowners would continue to pay the same rate for an additional five years.
What would happen if the local option levy is not approved by voters?
If the levy is not approved in 2019, Portland Public Schools would not receive the estimated $99.9 million in tax revenue in school year 2020-21, which may result in the loss of up to 825 teaching positions.
Why was this levy referred to the voters?
This school district is funded through state, local and federal dollars. While the Oregon Legislature did increase funding for school districts, there is still a gap between what the state funds for K-12 education and the school district’s proposed expenditures. If approved by voters, the proposed levy would provide funds for the difference in the budget.
This year, conferences are scheduled for November 25 and 26.
If you need an interpreter for you child's conference or need assistance scheduling a conference, please email your child's name and your needed language to WoodstockAttend@pps.net.
Any appointments that are scheduled prior to the appropriate registration window may be deleted as the schedule is cleared for the tiered registration. Thanks for your cooperation.
Parents/guardians are being asked to register for conferences online. As this is such an important event and we truly want all families to be able to attend, we have developed tiered conference scheduling to allow for more equitable access to conference registration. Below you will find the dates that registration opens to families:
- Families whose First Language is NOT English - Tuesday, October 8 at 8:00 AM
- Families with Multiple Children Attending Woodstock - Friday, October 11 at 8:00 AM
- Open to All Families - Monday, October 14 at 8:00 AM
Please use the following link to register for conferences during your window:
Again, if you need an interpreter for conferences or if you have extenuating circumstances that need to be considered for conference scheduling, please email WoodstockAttend@pps.net.
We look forward to seeing you at conferences!
- 母语非英语的家庭； 10月8日星期二早上8点
- 有两个或两个以上在本校就读的家庭 ：10月11日星期五早上8点
- 本校所有家庭 ；10月14日星期一早上8点
Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) at Woodstock
We are seeking 2 parents (3rd grade parent and a 4th/5th grade parent) to co-lead our OBOB program here at Woodstock.
From the OBOB website,
“The Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries in conjunction with a Library Services and Technology Act grant. Students in 3rd-12th grade, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints. OBOB’s mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students. OBOB is run completely by volunteers through the Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) and funded partially through the Library Services and Technology Act, LSTA."
- Manage registration/teams
- Manage parent communication
- Create brackets
- Manage volunteers for battles
- OBOB Website
- Mrs. Lingo and Ms. Shawen
- Books provided in the library for student check-out
- On battle day(s): Space, time, and staff
Run for the Arts is coming up on Friday, October 18th.
The money we raise through this event helps us bring in incredible professional artists to work with our students for hands on art experiences. This year, students will get to craft puppets, learn Japanese drumming, create a mosaic art piece, and many other wonderful experiences. Everyone is invited to come cheer on our runners. If you'd like to help transfer data after the run you can sign up here: http://bit.ly/2019RFA
Mark your calendars!!
2nd & 4th grade Run: 9:00am-9:30am
Kindergarten & 1st grade Run: 10:00am-10:30am
3rd & 5th (including 4/5 blend class) grade Run: 12:45pm-1:15pm
Pledge forms came home with your students this week so start collecting sponsors. Our top earners will earn prize packages!!
Hello Woodstock Families,
It's been an incredible first month in the art room filled with excitement, experimentation and lots of creating! As beautiful artwork starts to fill the hallways and come home with students, I just wanted to reach out about a few reminders and opportunities.
- You can visit the class website: Art With Candace to stay up to date on class projects. Each grade level has their own page with student work examples and a description of each project we do.
- If anyone is looking to volunteer please send me an e-mail with your availability at firstname.lastname@example.org. Helpful hands in changing out artwork in the hall and bulletins, mounting certain projects, or volunteering to help on certain project days would be gratefully welcomed!
- I will be available for conferences for families who'd like to chat and check in about their student in art on Monday, November 25th. Please e-mail me at email@example.com with a time you'd like to meet.
It's been really wonderful to get to know the students and watch as they explore and grow as artists. Thanks for the continued support!
Due to this year's schedule, the library is only open for student check-out during the 8:15-2:30 school day. All students have the opportunity to visit the library once a week with their class for check-out. If additional reading materials are needed, parents and/or students may request scheduling an extra visit via their classroom teacher and Mrs. Lingo.
Author Visit: Remy Lai
Woodstock is excited to welcome author Remy Lai on Monday, October 21st at 9:00 am. 3rd-5th graders will attend an assembly where she will be speaking to her new book, Pie in the Sky. Family members are also welcome to attend!
About the story:
When Jingwen moves to a new country, he feels like he’s landed on Mars. School is torture, making friends is impossible since he doesn’t speak English, and he's often stuck looking after his (extremely irritating) little brother, Yanghao. To distract himself from the loneliness, Jingwen daydreams about making all the cakes on the menu of Pie in the Sky, the bakery his father had planned to open before he unexpectedly passed away. The only problem is his mother has laid down one major rule: the brothers are not to use the oven while she's at work. As Jingwen and Yanghao bake elaborate cakes, they'll have to cook up elaborate excuses to keep the cake making a secret from Mama.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 25TH
This year’s Harvest Carnival is on Friday October 25th (only 2 weeks away)! The Harvest Carnival is one of the PTA’s biggest fundraising events of the year. We need all the help that we can get to ensure that it’s a fun and successful event.
Please visit our online sign-up to read over the available volunteer positions and shifts, and commit to volunteering as soon as possible. There are many opportunities to help before, during, and after the carnival. Thank you!
Online sign-up: www.konstella.com/cd/hsEaPd
NOTE: You do NOT need to be a Konstella member to access the volunteer sign-ups.
Questions? Please email Stephanie Krasnow (firstname.lastname@example.org) or send Stephanie a message in Konstella.
The Woodstock Spirit Wear store is open! Check out the new, fun items being offered!!!
From Shu Ren
Chinese Homework Help:
Chinese Homework Help will start on Sept. 24th. It will be offered every Tuesday & Wednesday after school from 2:40-3:20 pm.
The first two weeks are now available for signup. You can sign up your student here: http://bit.ly/HHStudent
In order to make Chinese Homework Help possible please consider volunteering to be Classroom Monitor or Chinese speaker, as we cannot run this program without your support. Volunteers may bring sibling child with them while volunteering at homework help.
Sign up to volunteer here: http://bit.ly/HHVolunteer
Apple/Pear/Asian Pear Fundraiser:
-----------------Orders Extended to October 17th-----------------
We spoke with our farmer who can take orders up to the 17th. So order away!!
🍎 Shu Ren’s Annual Apple Fundraiser🍐
This year we will be offering 100% organic Apples, Pears & Asian Pears that are grown at Tamiyasu Orchards in Hood River. We have many varieties to choose from.
We are also offering fresh cider as by the 1/2 and full gallon by Ryan’s Juice Company in Hood River.
Look for the flyers in your Backpack or please feel free to place the order online at www.shurenofportland.org.
今年我们将提供产于Hood River Tamiyasu 田野的百分之百的原生态苹果，梨和亚洲梨。我们有许多的品种可以选择。
我们也将出售由Hood River Ryan’s Juice Company提供的半加仑和一加仑的新鲜苹果汁。