Woodstock School Newsletter - November 4, 2021

Reminder: There's no school for students tomorrow (Friday, November 5th)! 

Community Conversation Follow-Up

First, apologies for any misunderstanding about last night’s Community “Conversation.”  Although this is a term we use for our community meetings and we usually have an opportunity to engage in some robust dialogue, the district is encouraging that Enrollment and Program Balancing “conversations” to take place in the designated engagement opportunities to provide equitable access to all families and to ensure the questions and concerns are heard by district officials.

As a result, the intent of last night’s meeting was to make sure all families have a clear understanding of the two proposals that have been presented to the SE Guiding Coalition.

If you were unable to attend, please take a moment to review the November 3 Community Conversation Presentation. Also, in addition to the district SEGC Feedback Form, we utilized a Woodstock specific Questions and Comments Form at last night’s meeting. You are invited to contribute to that as well. Both forms will be shared with district officials.

Finally, please note that the SE Guiding Coalition will be meeting tonight at 6 and you can view the meeting on the PPS YouTube Channel.

Vaccine Update

This week, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved the recommendation for COVID-19 vaccines for children five and older. Following this announcement, Governor Kate Brown announced that children age 5 and older across Oregon are now eligible for the vaccine.

COVID Vaccine Facts:

  • Over 2 million Oregon adults, teens and kids have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Clinical studies show that the COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective at preventing serious illness for kids 5 and older.
  • More than 40,000 people participated in the clinical trials for the Pfizer vaccine to measure safety and effectiveness. More than 3,000 children ages 5 through 11 participated in the pediatric trials.
  • Anyone in Oregon age 5 and older can get a vaccine for free. No health insurance is required. Free vaccines are available regardless of immigration status.

Vaccine clinics will be offered at eight schools in the coming weeks. Portland Public Schools will provide additional details soon.

Schedule Changes for Lunch/Recess

With the news of the vaccine approval for children ages 5 through 11, we’d also like to share that we're exploring some shifts to our daily schedule at Woodstock. Although we’ve come up with some temporary solutions for indoor lunch, the solutions (as well as the longer recesses during the colder, wetter, and windier weather) are not sustainable.

We’re continuing to explore options to keep students safe, but we want to let families know that we may be shifting to grade level cohort lunches. In this model, students would continue to be seated and separated by cohorts during lunch, but we are going to utilize the cafeteria to separate cohorts into four quadrants in one common grade level lunch location. We will prioritize seating charts and spacing in the event we need to investigate potential COVID exposure.

4th/5th Grade Neighborhood Walk-to-Math

As we shared earlier this year, we are planning to provide a walk-to-math model for our 4th and 5th grade neighborhood students this year. We originally planned to begin this earlier this fall, but wanted to make sure we have the proper system and protocols in place before starting

We've been able to navigate the first couple months of school and have completed our fall assessments. With the math achievement and growth data to better understand how to support the range of learning styles and needs of our students, we are looking forward to this opportunity to tailor our instruction to meet the specific needs of groups of students.

There are still several details that we need to work out, but as we are making our schedule shifts, we'll be including this model in the updates. When we approach the start date, you’ll be receiving more information from the school or your child’s teacher about the next steps.

We’ll be providing more information as we get closer to these changes, but if you have any questions on either of these upcoming schedule changes, please contact Principal Johnson at sethjohnson@pps.net.

Upcoming Events

TONIGHT at 6:00 PM: SE Guiding Coalition Meeting

November 10: 2:45 PM: Site Council - School Committee Engagement Opportunities

November 11: Holiday (No School)

November 12: Teacher Work Day (No School for Students)

November 22-23: 8:00 AM-8:00 PM Conferences

November 24-26: Holiday Break (No School)

December 20-31: Winter Break (No School)

January 3: School Resumes After Winter Break

Conference Reminder

With conferences right around the corner, please remember to schedule your conference time through the conference registration website: https://ptcfast.com/schools/Woodstock_Elementary.

If you have any issues finding a time, please contact your child’s teacher to make alternative arrangements.

School Book Fair 

The Woodstock School Library Presents the Scholastic Online Book Fair which runs through next Friday (November 12th). Our library earns 25% back in rewards to purchase new books. Free shipping is included for any purchase of $25 or more. Browse books here!

Please feel no obligation to purchase books, we understand that many families are under a lot of financial pressure right now! Questions? Contact Mrs. Lingo via email at rlingo@pps.net.

Woodstock Community Bulletin Board 

Over the past few weeks, we have attempted to utilize a platform through padlet to create a “Woodstock Community Bulletin Board” to provide a space to ask questions, share concerns, and highlight good news in our community. Unfortunately, we're not going to be able to maintain that as a productive communication tool moving forward. If you have any questions, concerns, or compliments you are encouraged to email WoodstockAttend@pps.net or sethjohnson@pps.net