• 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