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Click HERE to view all School Board and Superintendent communication to WESD parents during the 2020 summer (includes Spanish versions). 

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Click HERE to view this week's Wildcat Weekly (August 20, 2020 edition). Spanish version HERE

Reopening Info

AT THIS TIME, SAN MATEO COUNTY IS CURRENTLY ON THE STATE "MONITOR LIST" AND WOODSIDE SCHOOL MUST START THE FIRST 9 WEEKS OF THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR WITH DISTANCE LEARNING. 
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WESD Intent Form due by August 12th (Spanish version)
It is essential that all families complete the WESD intent form (Spanish version) so administration can properly prepare for student placement and staffing for the 2020-21 school year. As previously announced, all students at Woodside School will start the school year with Distance Learning on Monday, August 24, and will continue for 9 weeks (1st quarter). Once we determine that Woodside School will reopen for in-person instruction (either because we are taken off the county watch list or if we are granted a waiver), the various paths of opting in/out of the District's program will take effect. We realize that these are not easy decisions to make ahead of time, but it is essential that we have an understanding of how many students plan to opt-out when we do return to school. These accurate numbers will allow us to prepare our campus, assign staffing appropriately, and finalize class placements. Please fill out the Intent Form (Spanish version) with a focus towards your family's plan for the entire school year, using the definitions provide here: 
  • Option #1 — Opt-In: You agree that your student(s) will follow the WESD' Distance Learning and in-person learning plan at Woodside School for the rest of the 2020-21 school year. When we return to in-person on-campus instruction, Woodside school will follow the county mandated health and safety guidelines to protect students and staff. Please note that families are not able to opt into only part of the District’s plan for the year (i.e. only Distance Learning or only in-person learning). We need to ensure that there is learning continuity and progression for all students and that students and staff are protected within their stable cohorts. Additional information about Distance Learning and in-person learning will be presented at the next School Board meeting on Monday, August 11th.
  • Option #2 — Opt-Out: If you are not comfortable sending your student back to campus for in-person learning once we are able to do so, you can enroll your child in the alternate Distance Learning option offered by the District. Please note that the offerings below differ based on your child's grade level. 
    • TK-5th Grade: If you opt out, you can choose to enroll your student in the Virtual Learning Academy (TK-5 only). The Virtual Learning Academy will be in place for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. It is important to note that although the Virtual Learning Academy will be taught by Woodside teachers, the curriculum and learning paths offered at the Virtual learning academy may differ from in-person instruction and standard WESD offerings. 
    • 6th-8th GradeIf you have a middle school-aged student and do not wish to send your child back to the classroom for in-person instruction at any time, you can opt to enroll in the County Sponsored Distance Learning Plan (more information to come from the county). You can also choose an independent learning path, such as homeschooling. If you intend to enroll, you should indicate that you are opting-out of the District’s program on the Intent form.  ________________________________________________________
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2020-21 School Materials Pick Up Schedule HERE
Thurs., Aug. 20 & Fri., Aug. 21 
To ensure our student have all the student supplies needed for Distance Learning — Chromebooks or iPads, textbooks — we have scheduled a day to collect those items. If ordered, 2019-20 yearbooks will be included in this process. Pick-up times are based on students’ last name so that families can pick up materials for the whole family at the same time. We will use a drive-thru model (starting in the Kinder lot by the tennis courts) — simply follow the signs. During the drive-thru process, we ask that you stay in your car with face covering on and window rolled down. Next week, you will receive technology agreements in the mail that will be exchanged for your student's digital device. Please be sure to  bring these signed forms during your pick-up time so we can give you your device. Find schedule by family and full details about this process HERE
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Revised 2020-21 School Calendar
REVISED 2020-21 School Calendar (8.4.20)
On August 3rd, the School Board voted to adopt an updated 2020-2021 school calendar. The new version moves two staff professional development days to the beginning of the school year allowing our staff members to properly prepare. This change does not affect the overall number of instructional days. The new first day of school for students is now Monday, August 24 and the first week of school will be minimum days
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2020-21 Class Placement Lists
Email to WES families on Friday, August 21
The Woodside School Administration Team would like to take a moment to address feedback we have been receiving regarding the 2020-2021 school year learning dynamic structure. Our goal is to provide a structure during distance learning that will transition to “in person” learning.  Woodside School has always strived to make class placements with the end-goal of meeting student needs, creating beneficial learning environments, and fostering equitable learning opportunities. Find considerations about "learning pods" HERE
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WOODSIDE SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS

Next Regular School Board Meeting
The next regular School Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 11th at 3 pm via Zoom.  Agenda & Zoom link will be posted HERE.

On Monday, August 3rd at 11:00am, the Woodside School Board held a Special Meeting via Zoom (recorded meeting link HERE). At this meeting, the administration prensented an overview of the plan for Distance Learning at Woodside School, so that families have a clear understanding of what school will look like for our students in the fall and provided time for a community forum, where parents were able to present questions and comments with the group. 
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Find upcoming and past Woodside School Board meeting agendas HERE
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Woodside School Reopening Task Force
Next Meeting: Thursday, August 13; 2-3:30pm
Executive Summary for Pandemic Recovery for Schools (6.6.20)
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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summer reading
2020 Summer Reading Lists
Please find the reading lists for this summer below. All incoming 5th-8th graders have required reading and lower grades have suggested and leveled reading lists. Questions? Please contact Ms. LaCrosse
2020 Summer Reading Lists
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Summer Learning Enrichment Opportunities
In response to the needs presented in our parent survey, Woodside School is offering two great opportunities (IXL & ScootPad) for students to work on their academic skills over the summer to start the next school year strong. We have acquired licenses to these independent learning programs for all students, and students will be able to work at their own pace to strengthen academic skills introduced in their classes during this year. ScootPad is now accessible to all WESD students HERE.
Summer Learning Enrichment
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Woodside Preschool Reopening Plan
The Woodside Preschool is excited to reopen it's doors next month for all the Preschool students. The Woodside Preschool's Reopening Plan is consistent with the District's plan and will follow all the state CDC guidelines and the Department of Social Services' requirements for Childcare Centers. The changes to the Woodside Preschool program for the 2020-21 school year is provided below. Please review the details carefully, families will be asked to agree to these policies before returning. 
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A Community "Read" — WIDC & Woodside Public Library
In light of the events of the past few months, we are pleased to announce our first community "read", sponsored by the Woodside Inclusion & Diversity Committee and the Woodside public library. We encourage everyone to participate in this community "read" with the book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (The Remix) by Ibram X. Kendi.Students, families, and community members not affiliated with Woodside School are also encouraged to participate.

Discussions about Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You will take place in August via Zoom and will be moderated by our town librarians and WIDC members. 
  • The discussion for adult readers to join together will take place on August 6th at 6pm
  • The discussion for young adult readers (ages 12 & up) to join together will take place on August 13th 
    at 6pm. 
  • A final discussion opportunity for community members of all ages to join together will be announced soon.
To learn more details about this initiative, click HERE. Also, if you are interested in joining our discussions and receiving updates about the community read program, please fill out this form or go to https://bit.ly/wordsaswindows.
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Workshop Education Enrichment — Update
Workshop Education has temporarily closed business at all school sites until students resume attendance on campus. There have been unforeseeable changes due to distance learning in San Mateo County Districts that make it difficult for staff planning. Workshop Education looks forward to providing an on campus enrichment program when school resumes safely. 
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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
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School Board Election
November 3, 2020 Election for Two Four Year Term School Board Members
The Candidate Filing period for the November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election will open on July 13 and close on August 7, 2020. The County Elections Office has developed a Candidate Guide and a Candidate Seminar to help candidates understand their responsibilities and resources available to them. Candidates may attend one of the two candidate seminars which will be held on Wednesday, July 8 at 10:00 a.m. and Thursday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m. Click HERE for important information. Please RSVP for a seminar in the candidates/campaign link. https://www.smcacre.org/candidates-campaigns
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Campus Closure During Summer
The Woodside School campus is mostly closed due to the health order and summer gas pipeline repair work. The exception is household members taking a walk or playing tennis. No groups or gatherings are allowed. The playgrounds are closed, along with picnic tables, and no sharing of sports equipment (balls, etc.). Group activities and any organized sports are banned until we get to the next phase. In addition, there is heavy equipment and trenching on site due to the gas/water line replacement project. Any visit to access the fields should be made through the fire lane by Sellman and the Community Gym. 
As always, NO DOGS are allowed on campus.  
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counseling

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.