• 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