Woodstock Elementary School

We believe all elementary students
are diverse learners with unique needs.

5601 SE 50th Ave.Portland, OR 97206Ph (503) 916-6380Fx (503) 916-2688

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Counseling

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  • We Must Talk About Race

    Hello Woodstock Families,
     
    My School Counseling colleague Mr. Hildner (Scott K-5) has put together a very useful and comprehensive web page I wanted to share.  Not only is there resources for us as adults and parents, but I also appreciated the age appropriate resources for our kids and students.  We can sometimes not know where to start, and I hope the information and resources on his page helps have these important discussions about race.  
     
     
    Sincerely,
    Mr. Ponny 
  • Season of Sharing

    Dear Families,

    For the winter holidays, we are offering some assistance for families that are having difficulty making ends meet. We are currently collecting holiday wish lists from families needing support.

    Here is how the program works:

    We will be taking referrals for families during the month of November. Families wishing to participate in the program will fill out a wishlist for each child in their home. Please return your child’s wish list by November 12th.  Each wishlist item will be coded, written on a tag and placed on the bulletin board across from Room 1. All names of program participants will be left off the tags and kept confidential. Families that are able to give will take one or more wishlist tags from the bulletin board and shop for those items. They will then bring the wrapped gift(s) or gift card(s) to the office with the tag attached. The tags are very important because they will have the family code written on it to be sure that the gifts go to the appropriate families.  I will contact participating families and distribute the gifts
          This is a confidential program. To inquire about participation, please call me at 503-916-6380 or talk to your child's teacher. During the weeks of Nov 12 - Dec 6th, check out the Season of Sharing bulletin board if you would like to fulfill someone's wish! Thank you for your care and concern for our school community.

    Sincerely, 

    Ponny Kosmas and Shannon Nicolas

    School Counselor 

  • Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!

    Hello Families,
     
    We are very excited to see everyone again and meet new faces.  This will be our second year with the Wellness Center and we are looking forward to building on the success of the space from last year.  Please visit the link below to read more information on our Wellness Center, donations we will accept, and our new protocols for students.
     
     
    In addition to these positive changes, we also have exciting plans for our classroom guidance lessons this year and what we will be teaching all students.  We plan to push in for two 20 minute lessons each month per classroom to deliver the lessons.  Please visit our scope and sequence at the link below for an overview of the lessons for this year. 
     
     
    Last but not least, we will also be welcoming a new half time counselor, Shannon Nicolas, to our building.  Shannon is a fantastic School Counselor and is coming to us from a position at Alameda.  Our former half time counselor Ruth Tessema is moving on to a full time position at ACCESS Academy.  Congratulations Ruth!  In addition to Shannon joining us, we are also lucky to host a School Counseling intern Nathan Stein from Lewis & Clark.  Nathan Stein will be joining us two days a week for the school year!
     
    Thank you and see you all soon!
    Ponny Kosmas 
  • Welcome!

    Hello Woodstock families,
    Our goal is to provide a comprehensive counseling program that reaches all students' needs. We follow the ASCA Model that delivers three domains essential for student success: Academic, social/emotional, and career. Within these domains we strive to teach students self regulation skills and social skills that can promote their potential.  
     
    "School counselors design and deliver comprehensive school counseling programs that improve a range of student learning and behavioral outcomes. These programs are comprehensive in scope, preventive in design and developmental in nature. 'The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs' outlines the components of a comprehensive school counseling program. The ASCA National Model brings school counselors together with one vision and one voice, which creates unity and focus toward improving student achievement and supporting student development" (ASCA, 2017).
     
    Please check out our counseling website for more resources and newsletters.
     
    Sincerely,
    Ponny Kosmas and Ruth Tessema  
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District News

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  • West Sylvan Eighth Grader Wields a Mighty Pen

    Even as a small child, Miranda Yesser possessed a keen understanding of the mercenary nature of the publishing industry. 

    According to her one-page, tongue-in-cheek author bio, which hangs on a clothesline in English teacher Dr. Holly Graham’s colorful classroom, “Yesser began writing books at a young age, then trying to sell them to her family for 5 dollars a copy.”

    It might be time to scoop those copies up. Miranda recently received honorable mention in the annual Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her short story, “Youth.”

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  • The Arts Tax in Action: The HeART of Portland is Still Beating

    Students who took their first steps into PPS kindergarten classrooms in 2014 – the year Portland’s first-ever arts education tax went into effect – are now thriving sophomores.

    Evan Sampson is one of those sophomores, and he will have a chance to share his story at this year’s HeART of Portland, a showcase spotlighting the artistic accomplishments of some PPS’s most talented students.

    The two-week celebration of creativity will take place from April 16-28 at the Portland Art Museum. All exhibits and performances are free and open to the public.

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  • Lincoln & Grant Constitution Teams to Compete Nationally

    This weekend, the Lincoln and Grant high school constitution teams will compete in the annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals in Washington, D.C. 

    Now in its fifth decade, the event brings together students from all 50 states for a series of mock congressional hearings on everything from the Constitutional Convention of 1787 to the separation of powers and the future of democracy. 

    The Lincoln and Grant constitution teams, under the instruction of Patrick Magee-Jenks and Angela DiPasquale respectively, have long histories of taking home trophies on both the state and national level. 

    Good luck to all!

  • Important Calendar Updates

    First, the end of this school year will still be June 14 for K-11 students, and it will be May 31 for seniors.
    Second, next year’s bell schedules will change for many students.
    Beginning next school year, we added 15 instructional minutes for elementary and middle school students and provided all middle school students with a seven-period day. Accommodating these changes while supporting 410 minutes per week of teacher planning time and aligning our transportation systems requires us to adopt common start and stop times.
    Third, next year’s school calendars are available.

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