Starting Monday, March 16, 2020 - Portland Public Schools will be closed until April 1, 2020.
More info and updates here.
Portland Public Schools has implemented a new visitor/volunteer management system at Woodstock for the 2019/20 school year. Part of keeping students and staff safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times. Upon entering Woodstock when school is in session (8:10 AM - 2:45 PM), visitors/volunteers will need to present a government issued identification (ID), i.e. drivers license, passport, consulate card, etc. All names will be automatically checked against the sex offender registry, and registered sex offenders will not be permitted to enter the school grounds (View Policy: Registered Sex Offenders 3.10.015-AD or https://www.pps.net/domain/4814).
Approved volunteers who have cleared a Volunteer Background Check will already have their names in the system; however, they will still need to provide their ID upon their first visit. Upon future visits, they will be able to use their name to pull up their record and sign in. Approved volunteers may chaperone and work with students in our schools, whereas, visitors are only allowed restricted access and for shorter lengths of time. New volunteers should visit www.pps.net/volunteer to complete the online volunteer application.
Thank you, in advance, for your understanding and support of enhancing school safety protocols in our district. Please bear with us over while we implement this new system, as it may take longer to sign-in with the office staff.
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! It was great to see everyone together for the first time at our Morning Meeting. With all our new and returning students and staff, I’m really looking forward to this school year.
Please remember that the Woodstock Open House is next Wednesday, September 5, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Prior to the Open House will be a TAG Information Meeting (this is open to all interested families) at 5:00 PM and there will be an ELL Family Information Meeting at 5:30 PM. Both of the events will take place in the cafeteria.
If you were at our Morning Meeting today, you may have heard about some changes to our upcoming Open House. This year, all grade level teams will be doing a presentation in the cafeteria. Here is the schedule for the the grade level presentations:
6:15 PM - Kindergarten
6:30 PM - 1st Grade
6:45 PM - 2nd Grade
7:00 PM - 3rd Grade
7:15 PM - 4th Grade
7:30 PM - 5th Grade
Teachers will not be available in their classrooms during their respective presentations, but will be available to talk with families, on a more personal level, before and after their grade level presentation.
Please note that conference sign-ups will not happen during Open House this year. We hope you can focus on meeting your child’s teacher, exploring the school, and learning about Woodstock’s instructional program. There will be more information coming about conference sign-ups in September.
I’d also like to take a moment to remind families to review the updated Arrival and Dismissal Procedures Document. Specifically, I would like to point out that the cafeteria doors will no longer be open during arrivals. This week, we piloted the additional security of keeping those doors closed and having students and families enter, primarily, through the main school doors. We discovered that it provided better supervision and safety for students. We understand that this may cause an inconvenience for some families, but believe it allows for a more secure school. If you have any questions about these safety changes, please let me know.
Students and families may enter the building starting at 8:00 AM. However, there is not supervision and the front doors may be locked prior to 8:00 AM. To make sure your child is safe and supervised, please do your best to plan your morning so that you child arrives between 8:00 and 8:10 AM.
There have also been a few requests from families to allow students in 1st and 2nd Grade to walk to meet a younger sibling at their dismissal door. Please keep in mind that only students 3rd Grade and up can walk to meet a younger sibling at their dismissal door, but they will still need written permission to do so. If you have any questions, please talk with your child’s teacher.
Finally, I want to share that our new Kindergarten class has done a fantastic job of transitioning to the rigors of an elementary school. We hope you have a restful three day weekend and look forward to picking up again next week.
With Woodstock Pride,
Seth Johnson, Principal
I would like to remind you of some important events and updates for the the fall.
Project Community Care - This year, Community Care Day is scheduled for August 26 from 9:00 to 11:45 AM. This will be a great opportunity to help spruce up the school by spreading bark dust, pulling weeds, and doing some general landscaping. Our Sustainability Committee will also be embarking on the first steps to create a Learning Garden for our school. Please come and join us for this event to help our school and reconnect with other Woodstock Families.
Kindergarten Ice Cream Social - The Annual PTA/Shu Ren Incoming Kindergarten Family Ice Cream Social will follow the Community Care Day starting at noon. This event is for families of incoming kindergarten students and will take place in the Woodstock City Park, adjacent to the school grounds. Please help spread the word if you know any incoming kindergarten families!
First Day of School (and new school hours) - The first day of school for 1st-5th grade students is August 30. As noted below, the new school hours are from 8:00 AM to 2:15 PM...be prepared!
First Day of School for Kindergarteners - Kindergarten students will have an individual appointment on August 30, 31, or September 1. Their first day of school is September 5.
I hope you have a great summer and we are already excited for your return in the fall.
Seth Johnson, Principal
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.
Ponny Kosmas and Shannon Nicolas
Dear PPS Families,
We hope you are enjoying a safe and healthy summer break. Thank you for sharing your feedback on the re-entry survey we recently sent to you. While there are still numerous details to finalize, we wanted to update you on where we are with our efforts to ensure healthy beginnings for the 2020-21 school year.
Dear PPS Families,
We want to make sure you are aware of a change in meal distribution. For this week only, sacks of breakfast and lunch will be available Monday through Wednesday instead of the usual Monday through Thursday. Sacks of breakfast and lunch will be distributed outside 14 of our schools, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dear PPS Community,
We wanted to remind you about opportunities to provide feedback on the 2020 School Bond Renewal, including one that is now open. The 2020 School Bond Renewal Survey is now available. The survey, which will allow you to share your input on priorities and approaches to funding, will be open until 5 p.m. on Friday, July 3: