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Click HERE to view this week's Wildcat Weekly for Monday, April 8, 2024. 

Click HERE to view all School Board and Superintendent communication to WESD families.

Evening In The Garden
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An Evening in the Garden — Next Tuesday Night
Tuesday, April 23 @ 5-7pm; WES Garden
Important!! We still need lots of volunteers to donate items to sell at the event (plants, baked goods, jam, honey, eggs, crafts, etc,) or to help with running the show (Cashier, set up, clean up). Visit our Sign Up Genius here.
If you don't already have this on your calendar, mark it down now! This is going to be a wonderful family event. Wondering what to expect? 
  • Live Blue Grass music
  • Complimentary Mocktails and Appetizers, including kid-friendly options
  • Over 100 spring seedlings for sale to get your summer garden started
  • Delicious goodies, crafts and more for sale
  • A painting wall for the kids
  • Garden art gallery showcasing the 3rd grade student's beautiful landscapes as well as all of the submissions for the Auction/May Day art contest
  • Opportunities to sponsor one of our garden raised beds with a custom tile that you get to decorate!
  • We are also holding a raffle for the 2024/2025 sponsorship of a new hand-made wooden bench, designed and built for the school garden
All proceeds from this event will go to support the PTA Scholarship Fund which helps families cover the cost of items like class photos, yearbooks and field trips.

2024 May Day & Carnival
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2024 May Day Parade, Carnival & BBQ
Saturday, May 4
Click below to find the full schedule and all the details for all May Day events — including Fun Run, pancake breakfast, parade, events at the amphitheater, carnival, and lunch from Buck's. Questions? Contact Rachel Ream
May Day 2024 Info

May Day preparations are underway! The 3rd graders are practicing their maypole skipping and sword dancing and the May Day committee has been hard at work organizing a memorable day for your family. Please, mark your calendar and purchase your Carnvial wristbands and BBQ meal tickets today! Purchasing early helps us plan better for your needs.
FUN RUN & WALK. Info & registration HERE
Our hometown Carnival boasts classic carnival table games, cotton candy, a giant inflatable obstacle course, face painting, and so much more. Come throw a ball to soak a graduating 8th-grader at the dunk tank or try your hand swinging the hammer to ring the bell on the high striker. Wristbands for full access to the Carnival are $25 - PURCHASE for participating children only.
Adjacent to the Carnival, Buck’s restaurant and the 7th-grade class will host a mouth-watering BBQ lunch of smash cheeseburgers, hotdogs, veggie chili, and beet & apple salads. Proceeds from the food sales will help the 7th-graders fund their operetta performance next year.  Please purchase your meals ahead of time HERE so that we can plan the food accordingly. Pre-purchasing by May 1 is the only way to guarantee you'll eat at the BBQ.
Our upper school students don’t just play hard during the carnival; they work hard, too. The students will be our face painters, carnival game masters, as well as cotton candy and popcorn servers. But we need some adult help too. Please take a look at this signup for parents only (the kids have a different signup) and consider helping for one shift at the Will Call table, Carnival Prize Room or face painting booth, etc. A little adult supervision goes a long way, and we appreciate your help!

2023-24 School Survey
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2023-24 Woodside School Survey — Please complete by Sunday, May 12
It's time for the Woodside School Annual Survey! With the help of Woodside School’s Site Council and the School Board, the district is eager to hear your thoughts. Your feedback and comments on our annual school survey are essential in helping us shape and improve our school. This year, we've streamlined the survey and it shouldn't take more than 10 minutes to complete, so we strongly encourage you to provide as much detail as possible. In addition, the survey format is slightly different and can be easily accessed on your mobile device. 

To encourage high participation this year, the grade with the highest participation rate in the lower and upper schools will receive a free Friday ice cream!  There will also be an opportunity to complete the survey at our Open House on Thursday, May 9th.
2023-24 School Survey


2024 Teacher Appreciation Week
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Teacher Appreciation Week — Week of May 6-10
Volunteer to help HERE.
Hello families! Join the PTA in a favorite annual tradition, Teacher Appreciation Week! Throughout the week of May 6-10, there will be several opportunities to show your appreciation. This year, we are kicking off the week by asking parents and kids to hand bake treats (cupcakes, muffins, etc.) for our teachers’ lounge. Other highlights will include daily coffee at the Hub, a teachers luncheon and the staff favorite, flowers & homemade cards of appreciation.
IMPORTANT: Wed., May 8 at drop-off
Please bring in flowers and homemade cards at drop-off to the PTA Tables by the front office. The PTA and Volunteers will use the flowers to make unique bouquets for all faculty and staff. Please don't forget your specialists, administrative staff and beyond! We plan to shower every faculty member with love. 
Teacher Appreciation Week 

2024 Grand Auction 
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2024 GRAND AUCTION — Viva Las Vegas!
Event date: Sat., May 18
Tickets are now on sale HERE!
Tickets are now on sale for the 2024 Grand Auction, VIVA LAS VEGAS! On May 18, get ready to roll the dice and make memories while we raise money to support our incredible school. Tickets may be purchased here and there are many options for attendance. Why not go big and purchase a table for you and your designated guests? Table options and amenities may be found on our ticketing site  and include extras such as premium beverages and personalized service. 

This year will feature fun casino games in addition to the live auction, dinner, and dancing. Pre-purchase casino chips or a seat at the high stakes poker game! And consider purchasing tickets for our WES faculty and staff to attend the auction as well! We hope you’re excited to see what you can bid on in our online and live auctions! Printed copies of the auction catalog will be sent home with your youngest child during the week following spring break. For all your auction related questions, please see our FAQ page or email us at wsf@woodsideschool.us
Check out the Viva Las Vegas 2024 Grand Auction IG handle for updates, stories, and sneak peeks! @woodside_school_district. Auction questions? Email the Auction Chair or the WSF Office!

Frank Talks
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Frank Talks Tues., May 7; 6-7pm; Wildcats
Superintendent Frank will hold his final "office hours" (aka "Frank Talks") on Tuesday, May 7, from 6-7pm in Wildcats. To accommodate schedules, the final session will be held in the evening. All WES parents are welcome and encouraged to attend these in-person events. Learn more below.
Frank Talks

FEMA — Final Public Notice
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received a subgrant application for Woodside School District, San Mateo County, CA. Pursuant to Executive Order (EO) 11988 and 44 CFR Part 9.12, final notice is hereby given of FEMA’s intent to provide funding for this project under the Public Assistance Grant Program (PA). An initial disaster-wide Public Notice for DR-4683-CA was published 9/11/2023. Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions. Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. EO 11988 and EO 11990 requires FEMA to consider alternatives and provide a public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority and low-income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). This notice serves as a project‐specific final notice for FEMA’s funding action located within a wetlands. FEMA has determined the only practicable alternative is to fund the use of contracts to restabilize a creek embankment, repair in kind a damaged fence, and storm drain discharge line. In addition to using mitigation measures which include adding Stitch Piers along the creek embankment in three identified areas. This action complies with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements. There is a potential for the facility to be impacted by future flooding events due to its location within the wetlands. The proposed work will take place in wetlands per the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory and will have little potential to impact or affect wetland values. 
FEMA Final Public Notice 

2024-25 School Calendar
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2024-25 School Calendar 
At the January Board Meeting, the trustees approved the calendar for the 2024-25 school year. Click HERE or below to review (yes, the format has changed). As always, student attendance is essential, please do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc. on school days. Thank you.  
2024-25 School Calendar 

2024 Operetta
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2024 Operetta — Willy Wonka Jr. 
May 29, 30, 31 & June 1
The 8th grade class of 2024 is thrilled to present Willy Wonka Jr. as this year's Operetta. Show dates are May 29  through June 1. Details, show times and ticket info coming soon! Wondering what Operetta is all about? Click HERE to learn about the history of this wonderful WES tradition.  
2024 Operetta Info 

WESD School Wellness Policy
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WESD's School Wellness Policy is available HERE. We encouraged the general public and school community (including parents, students, and representatives of the school food authority, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, the school board, and school administrators) to participate in the District's wellness policy process. If you would like to provide input, contact Nurse Abbe or Director of Business Waly Ndiaye.

TK is Expanding!
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Attention parents of 4-year-olds - Transitional Kindergarten is expanding!
If your child turns five on or between September 2, 2024 - September 1, 2025, they can attend TK beginning this August 2024. Registration for the 2024-25 school year opens on January 15, 2024.
For all incoming TK and Kindergarten families, attend our TK, Kindergarten and New Family School Tour on January 10, 2024 from 8:45 to 9:15am

23/24 Public Notices
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Please find the 2024 WESD Public Notice Inviting Interested Contractors (California Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Program Informal Bid List for Woodside Elementary School District) HERE and the 2024 California Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act (CUPCCAA) Informal Bid List HERE


WESD Facilities Needs & Solutions 
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Facilities Needs & Solutions for Quality Education 
As part of our commitment to continue providing high-quality education, we have been studying our facilities needs. Our school is in need of critical repairs that extend beyond our everyday maintenance. Thank you to everyone who has weighed in with feedback over the past year.
  • Facilities Master Plan (FMP).  Thank you to all stakeholders who participated in our FMP meetings. We plan to finalize the FMP later this year. Please don't hesitate to let us know if you have further feedback or would like to weigh in. DRAFT — Facilities Master Plan
  • Find the Community Presentation from the Public Meeting on November 8 regarding our facility needs and solutions.
Illness Protocol ... From School Nurse Abbe
This is a reminder about illness and when students should be kept home. While some students begin to first show symptoms of being ill at school, there are some students who are coming to school with significant symptoms of illness that should be at home. Click HERE to learn about "Stay At Home" symptoms and the protocol for returning to school after illness.

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Appointment Pick Up & Visitor Policy Reminder
We need your support ensuring the safety of our students. If you are picking up your child during the day for an appointment, please sign him/her out at the front office. Our office team will notify the teachers. Please do not pick up directly from the playground during recess, lunch, etc. Also, if you are visiting/volunteering on campus, please sign in at the office and obtain a visitor's badge. 

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No Dogs on Campus
Please do not bring your dogs to campus at ANYTIME — including after-school sports teams/clubs using the WES field, weekends and summer break. This is a school policy and large signs are posted at the entrances to campus. We have had a significant problem with dog waste on our fields and campus. It is also important to provide a clean and safe environment for our students, especially those with allergies and animal fears. Please use our beautiful Woodside trails to walk your dogs. More information HERE