Dear Woodside Families,
It is hard to believe that December has reached us and we are almost ready for the winter break. Life at school has been busy with writing celebrations, field trips, musical performances, and assemblies. It is amazing to see the growth our students are making. I am always impressed with our students and the quality of work our students are demonstrating at school. I am grateful for our staff, students, and parents for their continued support and hard work. Every morning as I walk the campus, I am inspired by the smiles and greetings I receive from students and families. I look forward to seeing all of you in 2019. I am excited to have my parents visiting from Korea and staying with us during the holidays. I also look forward to reading for fun and having some down time.
I wish you all Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year!
Writer’s workshops in Woodside School are centered on ensuring that each child has the opportunity to develop writing skills in order to become a clear communicator, thinker, and innovator. One of the key cornerstones of workshop instruction is showing students how everything they learn about writing is transferable across many styles and subjects and that they can call upon this learning at any time they encounter a writing task. In the workshop setting, students focus on cycling through the writing process as they work on pieces within three Common Core genres-narrative, informative and opinion. Students receive focused and concise instruction through a teacher-led-mini-lesson and then have ample time to practice and hone their writing skills. Students determine and set their own goals through ongoing feedback provided by the teacher.
For Reader’s Workshop at Woodside, a commitment has been made to ensuring all students are thinkers, leaders, and creators. Readers’ Workshop begins with a commitment to giving students large amounts of time to read books of their own choice, and always ones that they can read with fluency, accuracy and comprehension. Currently, our reading coach Ms. Reilly and I are completing a needs assessment for all our classroom libraries to ensure that we have variety of books being offered to our diverse readers.
Happy Thanksgiving from Principal Petrea...
Dear Woodside Families,
With Thanksgiving approaching, let's reflect and think about what we are thankful for. I am always thankful to work with our students at Woodside. I enjoy visiting classrooms and seeing what kids are doing each day. I am grateful to be part of an amazing team and am always impressed with the work that they do for our students. I appreciate all of you for being our partner to provide the most nurturing and loving learning environment for our students. Thank you and have a wonderful break! On Thanksgiving Day, I will be running a 5K with my family at Silicon Valley Turkey Trot and will be hosting a feast at my house. Wishing all of you a beautiful Thanksgiving Day with your family and friends.
The maintenance staff will collect forgotten musical instruments after 4 p.m. each day. They will be placed in Mrs. Hoss's music room (Room 37), Students must pick up their forgotten instruments from Mrs. Hoss the next morning.
The maintenance staff has been instructed to not allow anyone into classrooms after school hours to retrieve forgotten items. If you have any questions, please contact Principal Petrea.
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.
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:
Week of October 16, 2017
Try these easy ways to prepare for your day the night before:
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!