Woodridge News Parent Update

Week of 10/05/2020

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Greetings Woodridge Families!


First, I want to thank you again for being a part of our team! NBA Coach Phil Jackson's quote says, "The Strength of the Team is each individual Member..." Thank you for doing your part as a vital member of this team. We are all continuing to learn as we work diligently together to navigate this virtual experience. I know it hasn't been easy for everyone. So, thanks for continuing to support your scholars through this process.


During the next two weeks, we will continue preparing and implementing protocols for the safe return of our scholars whose parents selected campus supervised learning for the second six weeks. We have an important informational parent meeting scheduled for October 13th at 6:00 p.m. This meeting is only intended for parents who selected campus supervised learning for their scholars for the second six weeks. If that's you, we look forward to you attending. We will be reviewing the district and campus reconnect re-entry guidelines.


Lastly, communication is very important as we work collaboratively to minimize any concerns that arise during this time. Please ensure that you are connected with your scholar's teachers through Schoology, Dojo and/or email. Our office staff is also available to assist you. Remember, we are a TEAM and Together Everyone Achieves More!



Warm Regards,

Principal Lunkin



#TogetherWeWill

#TogetherEveryoneAchievesMore

#TeamworkMakestheDreamWork

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The Importance of Hispanic Heritage Month

Every year from September 15 to October, Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the contributions of Americans o Spanish and Latin Heritage. Hispanic Heritage Month "pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.


Hispanic Heritage Month, whose roots go back to 1968, begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile, and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is October 12.


The following is a presentation of remarkable Hispanic Figures that have inspired and contributed to their communities.

Woodridge Hispanic Heritage Program

Thursday, Oct. 15th, 8am

This is an online event.

Save the date! More details coming soon!

Woodridge Reconnect Re-entry Guide

This is a living document that will be updated as needs arise.

Parent Informational Meeting - Campus Supervised Learning

Tuesday, Oct. 13th, 6pm

This is an online event.

On October 13th at 6:00 p.m., we will be hosting a parent informational meeting for parents who chose campus supervised learning for their scholars for the second six weeks. The Zoom information is provided below.




Join Zoom Meeting


https://desotoisd-org.zoom.us/j/93115434151?pwd=bCszZFhPakYzSlZnOFRqNyttTENJUT09


Meeting ID: 931 1543 4151

Passcode: 823383

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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The reference to K-5 Special Education students is intended for our scholars enrolled in Specialized Special Education Programs who have chosen Campus Supervised Learning for the second six weeks. (i.e. Applied Academics, BIC, etc.)

REQUEST A DEVICE AND SELECT SCHOOL OPTION

Parents may now select their option to return to campus learning or continue with home-supervised instruction for the second six-weeks that begins on October 12. The information collected in the form will be used to determine device access for families. If you have any questions about whether or not your student has a device for pick-up or not, please contact joshua.newton@desotoisd.org.


Click to complete the form: ENGLISH | SPANISH

For technology help, parents can email helpdesk@desotoisd.org

Click HERE to view information for live and recorded district training for parents
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It's a Fact: Kids Do Better When Parents are Engaged in Their Learning!

PTA Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 13th, 5:30pm

This is an online event.

We will be electing our PTA board members during the PTA meeting scheduled for Tuesday, 10/13/2020 at 5:30 p.m. Please submit your nominations by 4:00 p.m., Friday, 10/09/2020.


Join Zoom Meeting


https://desotoisd-org.zoom.us/j/93115434151?pwd=bCszZFhPakYzSlZnOFRqNyttTENJUT09


Meeting ID: 931 1543 4151

Passcode: 823383

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Click here to submit PTA Nominations

Click here to cast your nominations for PTA Board members.

Join PTA

Be a part of a powerful association than can advocate on behalf of children and educators at Woodridge, state and national levels.


Click HERE to sign up!

Message from Mrs. Wallace

ATTENDANCE AND GRADES


Parents,


We've reached the end of the first three weeks of virtual learning, and your student's first progress reports will be posted in Parent Portal, October 1, 2020. They will ONLY be available via Parent Portal, as no printed progress reports/report cards will be available during the AAL platform. Please click on the 'PROGRESS REPORT" Tab to view your students' progress through week three. Be reminded, that grades, attendance, and more can be found in Parent Portal. Please familiarize yourself with it, as it will be your primary source of information regarding your student's attendance and grades. If you need access to your parent portal account, please email me with your valid ID and student(s) name and I will assist you.



Thank you for doing the wonderful job you've done to date assisting your students with their virtual learning experience. Please be reminded that for attendance purposes, your student must be engaged through Zoom, Schoology, or checking in with the teacher daily (non-tech option) by 11:59PM. Non-tech options MUST connect with the teacher to schedule check-in time and method for attendance if you've not already done so. Attendance is posted at 12:00 noon on the next day. So, Monday's attendance will be posted on Tuesday, Tuesday's attendance on Wednesday, etc. Attendance is being tracked and excessive unexcused absences will lead to truancy.


If you have an emergency that requires your student to be away for a complete 24-hour period, please email me immediately to see if your absence is excusable. If your student has a doctor's appointment, please make sure they are engaged through Schoology (tech) or check-in (non-tech) prior to OR after the appointment to be counted present for the day. If you have any questions regarding absences for doctors, funerals, etc, please contact me, as with the Anytime, Anywhere Learning platform, your student has 24 hours to complete assignments to be accounted present for any given day.


Mrs. Adriene Wallace (adriene.wallace@desotoisd.org)

Counselor's Corner

Note from Ms. Wright, our Counselor

Woodridge Parents,


We realize these times are stressful for everyone. Here is a Calm Calendar to start for the month of October. Take time to meditate and participate in the daily activities to calm your mind. It's the small things and nice gestures that could brighten someone's day. And yours too!!! Enjoy!

Focus- Support Systems

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success.


This week's SEL skill that will be provided by teachers is Support Systems. Understanding your support system is a key social and emotional skill. Students can benefit from exploring who to count on, when, and how. Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success.

This week's SEL skill that will be provided by teachers is Support Systems. Understanding your support system is a key social and emotional skill. Students can benefit from exploring who to count on, when, and how.

Hamilton Counseling and Consulting

Hamilton Counseling and Consulting is offering free parenting and self-care for parents sessions. They also have been approved to render 20 free counseling sessions for students and their families. If you have any questions or concerns, please email karon.wright@desotoisd.org for further details.
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Parent Academy

The next Parent Academy is on October 8th. There will be separate sessions for English & Spanish. The topics will cover Schoology assignment submission & universal screeners usage.



Spanish Session: Thursday, October 8th @ 6pm Zoom Link Meeting ID: 957 7128 1412

Passcode: 947699


English Session: Thursday, October 8th @ 7pm Zoom Link Meeting ID: 981 3434 2028

Passcode: 066948

Anytime Anywhere Learning Communication

Woodridge Families,

To close the communication gap and gain a better understanding, we ask that you participate by providing your feedback.


Click the button below to complete the parent AAL survey.

To support parents as they contact campuses, the following directory brief has been prepared.


Campus Directory for Parents

Grab N' Go Meal Service Available Mondays & Thursdays

DeSoto ISD and Chartwells are committed to serving happy and healthy meals to DeSoto ISD students this school year.


Starting Tuesday, September 8, 2020, between 9am-11am or 4pm-6pm, district students will be able to enjoy FREE nutritious meals through contactless Grab N’ Go meal distribution at several DeSoto ISD campuses. Click here to learn more.


UPDATE: Until further notice, both breakfast and lunch meals picked up from any of our meal distribution sites will now be FREE for all students.


Watch the Child Nutrition Informational Video for picking up meals

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

To apply for free and reduced lunch, visit

http://www.mealappnow.com/mandso

Weekend Snacks

In addition to the weekend meals that are currently offered by the district for all students, the DeSoto ISD Chartwells Child Nutrition team has received a grant from the No Kid Hungry program to provide additional weekend snack bags to children starting Thursday, October 1.

Please ensure this information is shared with your parents.


http://www.desotoisd.org/news/what_s_new/child_nutrition_grant_brings_students_snacks


Child Nutrition

Valencia Jefferson

Valencia.Jefferson@compass-usa.com

Get connected

INTERNET FOR DALLAS-INTERNET FOR ALL


COVID-19 has made learning at home a necessity. But without high-speed internet access that’s practically impossible. Learn how you can get connected, get devices, find other resources, and set it all up.


Click here to learn more.

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Upcoming Events

  • October - National Principal's Month
  • Oct. 12 - End of 1st Six Weeks
  • Oct. 12 - District Holiday - No school/Offices closed.
  • Oct. 13 - 2nd Six Weeks begin.
  • Oct. 13 - Report Cards Issued; PTA Meeting @ 5:30 p.m.; Parent Mtg. for scholars returning to campus, only @ 6:00 p.m.
  • Oct. 15 - Hispanic Heritage Month Virtual Program @ 8:00 a.m.
  • Oct. 26 - 30th - Red Ribbon Week
  • Oct. 30 - Fall Festival Literacy Night; PTA membership drive
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2019-2020 End of Year Magnet Performances

End of Year Eagle Elite 2019- 2020

I Wanna Dance With Somebody Dance Video
WFAMA Eagle Elite Dancers End of Year Dance 2019-2020

End of Year Instrumental Magnet

Woodridge Instrumental Magnet - Eye of the Tiger - Directed by Daniel Slider

End of Year Elite Jr. 2019-2020

Elite Jr. 2019-2020, Woodridge Fine Arts Magnet Academy

End of Year Art Magnet

WFAMA Quarantine Survival Kits1

Resources

Click for Teacher Zoom Information

Staff and Student Virtual Expectations

With the goal of creating an optimal and effective virtual learning environment, DeSoto ISD has developed a guide for behavioral expectations for students and staff while engaging in Anytime, Anywhere Learning.


View the expectations by clicking the links below:

Staff Professional Expectations

Student Learning Expectations

Non Tech Assignments Submission & Attendance

Scholars who are unable to access our online platforms will have non-tech assignments as a alternative. Daily check-in's with their teacher(s) are required for each scholar and will be used for attendance purposes. (i.e. turning in work in Schoology, phone calls, email, Class Dojo, etc.) . Scholars will submit their assignments in the following ways:



  • Turn in the drop box (located in the front of the campus) by Monday of each week

  • Take a picture of the assignment and email to teacher

  • Take a picture of the assignment and upload to Schoology

  • Click HERE to review the district's guidelines for attendance
Non Tech Assignments

Click here to access lesson plans for Non tech assignments

Elementary Attendance Procedures

Click here to review specific attendance procedures for elementary.

Step by Step Parent Portal Instructions

Student schedules, attendance and grades can be accessed through the parent portal. Click here for instruction on using the Parent Portal.

Schoology and ClassLink Instructions

Click the button to view school and ClassLink Instructions

This year's School Theme is...

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We're All In This Together!!

High School Musical - We're All In This Together (with lyrics)

Woodridge Fine Arts Magnet Academy

Tarsha Lunkin, Principal

Charles Thomas, Assistant Principal (Grades 3-5)

Myla Wilson, Assistant Principal (Kinder- 2)

Karon Wright, Counselor

Vicky Waits, Instructional Coordinator