September 26, 2022
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Dear Lower School Families,

I hope to see you this Wednesday morning (9/28) at our school-wide “Line Up” at 8:25. We will be kicking off our October theme of “Responsibility.”  These events last about 10 minutes, and it’s an opportunity to connect with other families and see your children with their classmates. There are monthly line ups, so don’t worry if you can’t make this one! 

If you have not had an opportunity to sign up for our October family conferences, please do so and contact your child’s teacher if you would prefer to have the meeting over Zoom. Teachers are also willing to do both in-person and Zoom at the same time if one family member is unable to come to the conference. 

Many of you are taking advantage of our free lunch program – Friday pizza is especially popular! In the event that you didn’t send your child with lunch or order lunch, we have blue canvas bins in the office where you can come throughout the morning to drop off a lunch. We ask that you remind your children in the morning that you will be doing this so that they know to come up at lunchtime. We don’t want to interrupt learning with phone calls to classrooms. This system works well once children know what to do. 

Finally, I recently joined the PTA and am proud to be a member of this important partnership between family and school.  You can also join HERE (and it’s easy to pay through Zelle).  

See some of you on Wednesday! If you ever need to talk to me about anything, I’m almost always out in front of the school near the tennis courts at drop-off! 

Patrick 

September 19, 2022
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Dear Lower School Families,

In this week’s message from Mr. Frank, you should receive the sign up links for our Fall Parent Conferences on October 11-12 and 20-21.  We will be holding these conferences in person this year; however our teachers will provide a Zoom link to anyone who requests one. There is not an option to select this in our sign up link, just email your child’s teacher directly.  This is a great opportunity to strengthen the partnership between home and school to improve the academic, social, and emotional growth for your child. 

I want to thank everyone for the birthday wishes last week. I doubt that many people my age get to experience a birthday like a seven-year-old! I got crowns and cards – even a horseshoe for my office! But most importantly, I got to see the faces and smiles of all the kids as they wished me a Happy Birthday. 

Have a wonderful week!

Patrick

September 12, 2022
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Dear Lower School Families,

Thank you for your attendance and attention during our “Back To School Night” grade-level presentations. I had an opportunity to speak with many of you in Sellman Hall. Thanks to all who brought food and beverages – especially those of us who didn’t have a chance to have dinner! 

You’ll have an opportunity to have a conference with your child’s teacher in October. You will receive an email with a sign-up link on Friday, September 16th. Unlike last night’s event, this is an opportunity to have an extended conversation with your child’s teacher. 

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our first “Line Up” of the year last Wednesday. If you were not able to attend, these events last about 10 minutes where students say the Pledge of Allegiance and sing a few songs. I also interviewed a couple of 3rd grade students who talked about their meeting with Woodside’s Mayor Brown! And Dr. D and the third graders sang the song “L-O-V-E.”  These will usually be the first Monday of the month; however, our next Line Up will be on Wednesday, September 28th since October 5th is a school holiday. 
 
Patrick Hurley (he/him) 
Lower School Principal 
Woodside School

September 5, 2022
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Dear Lower School Families,

I enjoyed talking with many of you at the PTA Family BBQ last weekend. The food and music were terrific, and I was reminded of how lucky I am to be part of this school community. Please continue to introduce yourself. 

On Wednesday, September 7th, we invite you to come onto the campus for our morning “Line Up.” Our students will be sitting with their class on the lower school playground and we will be making a few announcements and singing some songs. Parents generally stand in the areas around or behind the students. This is a long-standing tradition here at Woodside that was interrupted over the last few years. 

I hope to see you at “Back To School Night” the following evening, September 8th. You will meet with the entire grade level to learn about the specifics of the academic, social, and emotional learning programs for your child’s grade. 

I hope you had a nice three-day weekend.
 
Patrick Hurley (he/him) 
Lower School Principal 
Woodside School