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Click HERE to view this week's Wildcat Weekly (April 19, 2021). Spanish version HERE


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

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Closes Monday, April 26th @ 4pm 
Each year the School Site Council and Board of Trustees publish a school survey to enable families the opportunity provide feedback about their child's experience at Woodside School. This information is vital to us, and we use the data to reflect on our strengths and areas of need so that we can target our planning for the next school year. While this year was not normal by any standard, we feel that it is important that we provide an opportunity for reflection and feedback so that we can continue to hone our practices and engage in continuous improvement for the sake of our students and families. We ask that each family takes the time to fill out one survey per household between now and Monday, April 26 at 4pm. Your feedback, both positive and constructive, is critical to our ability to reflect and affect change in the school environment. This survey is anonymous, however, there is an option to leave your name at the end, should you want a member of the school community to follow up with you. Thank you!
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Next Woodside School Board Meeting
Today, Tuesday, April 20th, 3:30pm via Zoom 
Agenda and Zoom link are HERE 
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All WESD parents and community members are encouraged to attend this meeting and participate at the beginning of open session at 3:30pm. Recorded meetings posted HERE.
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Find upcoming and past Woodside School Board meeting agendas HERE

WESD COVID-19 Positivity Tracking Dashboard
View tracking of positive cases representing all students and staff participating in live instruction on the WES campus HERE

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Updated 2021-22 WESD School Calendar HERE
The 2021-22 WESD School Calendar was updated at the School Board meeting last Tuesday, April 20th. The revised and final calendar can be found HERE. Date changes affected Back To School Night and President's Day Week break. 
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Local COVID Testing Site Options
Need a COVID test? Click HERE to find local options through Curative, San Mateo County, CVS and Stanford Hospital.  

NEW! Links to Resources for Local Vaccination Sites
On April 1st, all CA residents aged 50 and over will be elligbile to receive the COVID vaccine. Click HERE to find local options for how to make an appointment and register to receive notification when eligible. 
WES COVID One Pagers — detailed flow charts for Health Screening & Testing, Case Notification Protocol, Returning to School after Exposure/Symptoms and Notification Letters
Woodside School Online Directory — click HERE to access
Last fall, Woodside School chose Konstella as our directory and collaboration tool. Konstella enables parents and staff to find other families and staff members, send messages, and organize school and classroom activities, and more — all via a secure, password-protected site. Also, be sure to download the mobile app to access Konstella on the go. 
All WES families enrolled for the 2020-21 school year received an invitation from Konstella to this year's online directory. If you have any questions, feel free to email woodsideschoolpta@gmail.com.
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Woodside School Safety Plan 2020-21
Please find the components of the 2020-21 Comprehensive School Safety Plan for Woodside School HERE
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Did you miss the parent education session on "Why is Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Work Critical? The PTA Parent Education Committee and Woodside Inclusion & Diversity Council (WIDC) provided a discussion led by Clarke Weatherspoon, Head of Middle School at SF Friends School. Learn more about Clarke and this topic HERE and view the recorded video HERE (Passcode: %9Kdv2N1).
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PTA Events & Fundraising Programs
WESD Face Masks & Updated Spirit Wear — Show your school pride with cool WESD face masks and a variety of updated spirit wear items (trucker hats!) while supporting the PTA. Ordering details HERE.
WES COVID Self-Portrait Project — Participate in our COVID Self-Portrait project — artwork will be posted all over our school campus. Get all the details and download the Lower and Upper School templates HERE.  
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LCFF Budget Overview for Parents
School districts receive funding from different sources: state funds under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), other state funds, local funds, and federal funds. LCFF funds include a base level of funding for all LEAs and extra funding - called "supplemental and concentration" grants - to LEAs based on the enrollment of high needs students (foster youth, English learners, and low-income students). Find the budget overview for Woodside School for the 2020-21 LCAP Year HERE
Reopening Info

After submitting our reopening waiver application to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) earlier this month, we are excited to announce that Woodside School has received approval. The waiver approval allows WESD students in grades TK - 5th to return to and stay on campus regardless of the county level color tier we are on. As of Oct. 28th, San Mateo County is on the state's "orange tier" (one tier down from "red) and continues to allow schools within the county to reopen if they can do so safely under the 4 pillars of reopening requirements. In the Reopening Phase 1, students in Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten and 6th grade will be welcomed back to campus for in-person teaching on Monday, October 26 and the rest of the grades will return to campus in three additonal phases.

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Woodside School Reopening Task Force
Next Meeting: Thursday, January 7; 2:00 pm
The continued reopening of the 2020-21 school year begins with the County's Pandemic Recovery Plan. This plan includes health guidelines that must be closely followed for schools to be able to teach students on campus. To help with this transition, we 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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Recorded Zoom Meetings
If you were unable to attend a scheduled zoom meeting, please find the following recorded sessions to review when convenient. Please contact Sandeep with any technical questions. 
Flu Shot
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.
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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, TK, Kinder & 6th grade 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.