• 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