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Week of March 26, 2018
Educational Fun Facts!
  • In China, students receive approx. 3 hours per day of homework! 
  • France offers it's students the shortest school year and the longest school day.
  • In Korea, a new school year starts in March (ends in mid-February).
  • 30 years ago, the U.S. was the leader in quantity and quality (= students are well-prepared for college) of high school diplomas. Today, our nation is ranked 36th in the world.
  • Every year, U.S. teachers spend on approx. $1.5 billion of their own money on school supplies.
  • Research indicates that highly effective principals raise the achievement of a typical student in their schools by between two and seven months of learning in a single school year; ineffective principals lower achievement by the same amount.
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Week of February 5, 2018
 

MARS Exam 2018 — Grades K-5th; March 5-16
The Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative (SVMI) is a comprehensive effort to improve math instruction and student learning and is based on high performance expectations, ongoing professional development and examining student work. It includes a formative and summative performance assessment system, content-focused coaching, and leadership training and networks. Students in K-5th grade will be taking the MARS Exam during March 5-31. Each grade level has their own schedule that will be communicated to parents and students. 

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Week of December 18

Dairy Council of CA Assembly
Mobile Dairy Classroom was here on Wednesday, December 13th. Preschool through 6th grade students came to the assembly to learn about how milk comes from a cow to our home and school. Here are some pictures from the assembly. 
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Week of November 20
 
Report Cards
1st trimester report cards will be mailed home the week of Dec. 4th. The purpose of the report card is to describe the students’ learning process based on grade level expectations and is intended to inform parents about learning successes and to guide improvements when needed. Please review the report card with your child and share your child’s successes with him/her. Please talk about and brainstorm strategies to address challenges.
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Week of November 13

2017-2018 Professional Development for Staff

At Woodside, we provide our staff the opportunity to further educate themselves through professional development classes and attending summer trainings and conferences. Since the first day of the 2017-18 school year, our teachers have attended the following:
  • Articulation MT-Review all students with IEPs and 504s
  • Review Mandated Topics like Bloodborne Pathogens, New Safety Protocols, CPS Reporting
  • Technology Training
  • Design MT/Planning
  • SST Process and testing
  • Math Differentiation
  • Structured Word Inquiry
  • Math Training (Mathematical Practices, Strategies teachers can use in the classroom, etc.)
  •  SEL Training and Activities
  • DRA Training (Reading Assessment)
We also have these professional development classes scheduled:
  • Differentiated Instruction (Depth and Complexity Icons)
  •  Design Thinking
  • State Test Training
  • Differentiation (Assessment and Unit Development)
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Week of October 25


5 Parent-Teacher Conference tips

It is a time to come together and discuss a common goal: to help your child thrive and learn. Below are some simple way that you can prepare for your upcoming conference: 

  1. Observe your child doing his/her homework: This will give you a chance to notice issues that may need to be addressed. Observe how he/she is responding to the assignments.
  2. Ask for your child’s feedback: Casual conversations about school can give you some insight into your child’s attitude towards school. You can talk about the books he/she likes to read, friends he/she has at school, favorite activities at school, etc.
  3. Bring a list of questions: Come prepared so that you don’t forget to ask the questions you have. Ask for specific suggestions as to how you can help with the recommended growth areas.
  4. Take notes: Jot down answers to your questions and any teacher thoughts or suggestions. If you take notes, they are available for review later.
  5. Keep in touch: Keep an on-going open dialogue with your child’s teacher.
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Week of October 16, 2017

Helpful Tips
Try these easy ways to prepare for your day the night before:

  1. Prep easy to grab breakfast foods
  2. Make and pack lunches
  3. Have children lay out their clothes
  4. Have children organize and lay out school materials for the next day
  5. Designate an area for each family member to place items they need to take with them in the morning
  6. Organize bathroom cupboards and drawers so items needed on a daily basis can be easily found.

Interesting Stat: If your child is just 5 mins late to school each day (180 school days), he/she will miss 900 minutes, or 15 hours of school. That is significant!

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Week of October 9, 2017
 
Halloween Parade — Tues., Oct. 31
On Halloween, we will have our annual Halloween parade and sing-a-long. Kids may wear their costumes in the parade. Costumes should NOT be worn to school. All costumes should still adhere to the dress code (no fake weapons please). Students may get changed into their costumes at 1pm (20 min before the parade). The best location for parents to see the parade is lined up in the edge of the turf past the garden. Please do not stand on the Kinder field, as this is where the 4th-8th students line up to watch the parade. The parade ends in the amphitheater where we will have the singing and listening to the jazz band & first grade special song. (Festivities will be moved to the big gym if it rains.)
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Week of October 2, 2017

Flu Season & School Policies
As you may know, flu can be easily spread from person to person. Therefore, we are taking steps to reduce the spread of flu.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of the flu, symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit, 37.8 degrees Celsius or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.
 
Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever or do not have signs of fever, without using fever-reducing medication. Do not send children to school if they are sick.  You know your child best. If he or she is not well, resting at home is always the best medicine.

Please talk to our child about the importance of washing hands throughout the school day and about coughing or sneezing into his/her elbow.
 
Thank you for doing your part to keep all of our Woodside kids healthy.

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Week of August 28, 2017
 
Thank you parents!
It was great seeing so many of you at Back-to-School Night. Woodside is a great school because our parents and teachers are committed to providing the best education for their students.
When parents are involved:
• Students attend school regularly
• Students have better social skills and show improved behavior
• Students are motivated
Remember to praise students for their hard work and to recognize good behavior at home. At Woodside, teachers use positive feedback to reinforce positive behavior. In class, teachers use strategies from SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) workshops to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our students.
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Problems of the Month
Problem solving is a fundamental goal of any strong mathematics program. Woodside is committed to making each of our students a problem solver.  In September, January and May, we will present our students with a non-routine problem for them to analyze and solve. The problem will have several levels so that all students at our school will be able to work on a part of the problem appropriate to their learning development. Trials, errors, and retries are key attributes of good problem solvers. We ask you to encourage your students to persevere. In May, students will be asked to complete a write-up of their findings. This write up helps students understand how they think and approach new problems. We look forward to a partnership with you around problem solving. Thank you for supporting your child.