District Wide Broadcast Message


Click HERE to view all School Board and Superintendent communication to WESD parents (includes Spanish versions). 

Reopening Info

As of Tuesday, September 22, San Mateo County moved to the state's "red tier" (moved off the "purple tier"). Woodside School will continue the 2020-21 school year with Distance Learning through the 1st quarter or the first 9 weeks (October 26th).

View the Board approved 2020-21 Woodside School Reopening & Distance Learning Plan HERE.

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Click HERE to view this week's Wildcat Weekly (September 21, 2020). Spanish version HERE

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Miss the Parent Open Forum with School Board?
If you were unable to participate in the Parent Open Forum on Tuesday evening to discuss our school reopening and applying for the waiver, you can find the recorded session HERE. These discussions are necessary to hear the voices of all stakeholders for consideration for applying for the waiver and prior to the next School Board meeting (Special Meeting) on Tuesday, September 29th where a decision will be made. If you want to your voice heard on these matters, please reach out to any School Board member HERE
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Did you miss Back To School Night? 
Thank you to all the parents who attended Back To School Night grade-level presentations and parent socials. If you were unable to participate, click HERE to view the B2SN Administration and teacher presentations by grade (and Bitmoji). Recorded videos of specific sessions will be available soon HERE.  
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Next Woodside School Board Meeting
Tues., September 29; 3:30pm via Zoom (Special Meeting)
All WESD parents and community members are encouraged to attend this meeting and participate in the open session at the end of the meeting. The agenda and Zoom link are posted HERE. The recorded meetings are posted HERE.
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Find upcoming and past Woodside School Board meeting agendas HERE
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Parent/Administration & Student/Principal Chats
Administration: Thursdays @ 5-6pm
Lower School: Mondays @ 8-8:25am
Upper School: Wednesdays @ 8-8:25am

Parent/Administration Chats: Over the past few months, we have all seen how important clear and timely communication has been. In order to keep the lines of communication open during this time, the administration team will be hosting bi-weekly parent meetings. We will offer all-school, Lower School, and Upper School specific opportunities for our parents and our students. The purpose of these meetings is to provide information about the school year, to answer any questions that you might have, and to celebrate and share stories of student success. Schedule & zoom info below.

Student/Principal Chats: Additionally, the Lower and Upper School Principals will be holding weekly (virtual) student office hours to address any questions that your children might have and to continue to build community during this time. These are optional opportunities for students to connect with Ms. Bowdoin, Mrs. Pedersen, and one another. Schedule & zoom info below. 
Parent/Admin & Student/Principal Chat Schedule & Zoom Info
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Words As Windows — A Community "Read"
Hosted by the WIDC & Woodside Public Library
Thursday, Sept. 24; 7pm via Zoom
The WIDC is pleased to continue our conversation on the young adult book, Stamped: Racism, Anti Racism, and You (The Remix), by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds. The event was rescheduled to allow more members to sign up, get the book (free copies of the book available while supplies last at the Woodside Library, Tues-Sat 11am-4pm). Simply register for the event below and a zoom link for the discussion will be sent to you. We hope you can join us! Full Details & Participation Info
On-Campus Student Support for Select Students 
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health emergency, WESD has started the 2020-2021 school year in a distance learning model, under which students are presently remotely participating in educational programming.  However, as District leaders have communicated, once there is legal authority to do so and programmatic and logistical issues have been addressed, the District intends to provide in-person instruction and supervision, targeted support services and facilitation of distance learning on the Woodside Elementary School campus for certain students. Learn full details HERE
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Get The Flu Shot This Month!
The COVID-19 pandemic continues, it’s important that kids should get their flu shot as soon as possible. The American Academy of Pediatrics  recommends children get vaccinated for the flu in September or October. Please read Nurse Abbe's Full Note HERE.
Common Ground
Building Teen Resilience & Agency
Thursday, Oct. 8; 7pm–8:15pm 

Featuring Laura Kastner, PhD
In conversation with Nanci Kauffman, Head of Castilleja School
Parenting teens is not easy, even in ideal circumstances. But parenting with imposed social distancing when adolescents thrive on face-to-face interactions creates new challenges. Dr. Laura Kastner identifies resilience and personal agency as key strengths that can help both parents and teens in these complex times. She will provide parents with action-oriented, effective strategies for encouraging coping, problem-solving, and optimism in our teens.
For event details, visit the Common Ground website
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Woodside School Reopening Task Force
Next Meeting: Thursday, September 24; 2:00 pm
Preparation for the 2020-21 school year begins with the initial draft of the County's Pandemic Recovery Plan. This plan includes health guidelines that must be closely followed for schools to begin teaching students on campus again. To help with this transition, we have formed the Woodside School Reopening Task Force. The Task Force addresses the following topics: Health/Social Distancing/Safety (Cleaning Protocol); School Schedules; School Operations; Curriculum and Instruction; Technology; Facilities/Transportation; Budget; Mental Health needs, Communication and School Board Policy. This committee will actively solicit parent feedback related to the scope of their work and will provide the school community with regular updates on its progress. Agendas and recorded Zoom meetings can be found HERE. Direct emails to the Task Force may be sent to reopentaskforce@woodsideschool.us.
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Woodside School Campus Is Closed
Reminder: The Woodside School campus (parking lots, all facilities, restrooms) is closed until further notice — except for Preschool students, staff and children of staff. No groups or gatherings are allowed. The playgrounds are closed, along with picnic tables. Group activities and any organized sports are banned until we get to the next phase. There is 24-hour camera surveillance on campus. The tennis courts are open to the public. As always, NO DOGS are allowed on campus.  
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Title IX Notification
Click HERE to find the Notice of Title IX Coordinator and Complaint Process This notice is to be provided to applicants for employment and school admission, students, employees, parents/guardians, and all unions or professional organizations holding a collective bargaining or professional agreement with the school. The notice should be provided with the annual notifications, posted on the district website, on any handbooks, and in any other venue in which notifications are made available.
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Recorded ZOOM meetings
If you were unable to attend a scheduled parent, committee or school board meeting, many are and will be recorded to review at your convenience. The access password is communicated via grade-level room parent emails. Find the links to the ZOOM recordings HERE

Is Your Child Struggling & Need Support?
Allison Brunner, the School Psychologist, and Mena Lam, the School Counselor created the WESD Counselor's website containing resources for parents, students, and staff including a variety of coping skills, executive functioning strategies, and SEL activities. This website has a virtual "mailbox" to ask a question, share a message, or just contact Ms. Lam or Mrs. Brunner for a check-in. We hope this will provide some additional support with at-home learning. They are here to help your child if he/she is in need of support during this difficult time. Or simply email them directly — Ms. Lam and Mrs. Brunner.