Staying Connected

April 24, 2021

Device Return- April 28 and 29 (Woodland School Student Devices Only)

As we move into the final stretch of the school year, we’d like to get started collecting devices from families whose students are learning full time in person. We’ve scheduled three times to collect devices. On April 28 and 29 we’ll collect devices at the morning drop at Woodland Elementary. As you drop off your student, someone will be available to collect your device and charger. Also, on April 28 between 2:30 and 4:00, devices can be dropped off at the main entrance to SRS. Again, we need both the device and the charger to accept the return as they are not recorded separately. If you are unable to return the device at these times, we’ll ask you to contact the office to arrange a time that works for you.



If you live in Tolland, Granville, or are a METCO or school choice family living a considerable distance away and concerned about the possibility of having to quarantine, we will schedule an additional time to drop off the device closer to the end of the school year. If a family needs to quarantine after having returned their school device, we will make a device available to be picked up for use during the quarantine.

Update on Quarantine Guidance for Close Contacts

The following update to the quarantine guidance for close contacts was approved by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services after consultation with the Governor’s Medical Advisory Board on COVID-19 and other medical advisors. This updated guidance is effective immediately!

Close contacts who were exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual in the classroom or on the bus while both individuals were masked do not have to quarantine unless they were within 3 feet of distance of the COVID-19 positive individual for a total of 15 minutes during a 24-hour period. This does not apply if someone was identified as a close contact outside of the classroom or bus (e.g., in sports, extra-curriculars, lunch, etc.) or if masks are not worn by both persons at the time of the exposure. All other close contacts must follow the standard protocol for when a close contact may return to school.

The full guidance is posted on the COVID-19 guidance page and available for download.

As a reminder, DPH defines close contact as:
  • Being within 6 feet of a COVID-19 case (someone who has tested positive) for a total of 15 minutes during a 24-hour period. Multiple brief or transitory interactions (less than a minute) throughout the day are unlikely to result in 15 minutes of cumulative contact and do not meet the definition of close contact. Being in the same room as an individual if you are consistently separated by 6 feet of distance does not meet the definition of a close contact.
  • Close contact can occur while being with, caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case, OR
  • Having direct physical contact with the person (e.g. hugging or kissing), OR
  • Sharing eating or drinking utensils, OR
  • Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on) while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment.

Yearbook Ordering

Woodland School Yearbooks are now on SALE. Yearbooks are $15 each. They will be on sale UNTIL 4/25 so order them now while you still can! They can be ordered by check/cash sent in with your child and made payable to PAWS PTO (please include child’s name and teacher) or online at http://www.memorybook.com/online-pay/parent-pay/ SCHOOL CODE: 945336


Any questions or photos can be sent to Christine Greco at pics4pawspto@gmail.com. This year is a year to remember so make sure you don’t forget to order!!!

Remote Families

Woodland School Yearbook Photos Needed!!!! Families we need YOUR pictures to include in the yearbook! We need some individual photos to include in the class photo pages (remote students who did not come for photo day) and we need at home learning photos! We want to make sure YOUR child is included!!! Photos can be emailed to Christine Greco at pics4pawspto@gmail.com.

Kindergarten Registration Event- May 6/Rain date May 7

Please share this information with anyone you know who has a child eligible to attend kindergarten in the fall. Children who will be five years of age before September 1st will be eligible to enter kindergarten in September.


This outside event has been scheduled for May 6 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-2:30 p.m. Pick a time that works best for you! If the weather does not cooperate, the event will be held the next day, May 7 at the same times.


There will be various tables set up to visit with important information pertaining to enrollment, activities to prepare your child for kindergarten, information about the District's breakfast and lunch program, Pathways for Parents summer activities, and the librarians from the Granville and Southwick Public Library will have information about their summer reading program. The transportation department will also have a bus on site to explore and a game to play! There will be lots of take a-ways for parents and your soon to be kindergarten child!

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Free School Meals Extended through Next School Year

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended school meal waivers through the end of the 2021-2022 school year, allowing the continuation of universal free school meals at any school district throughout the state for the rest of this school year, through the summer, and through next school year. Schools nationwide will be allowed to serve meals through USDA’s National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option, which is typically only available during the summer months and which allows schools to serve free meals to all children. More information is available online.

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Physical Education

During physical education class, the kindergarten students were using Noodle Bits and buckets. Noodle Bits are a great manipulative for exploring hand eye coordination concepts related to catching and tracking. They are soft, foam half-moon shaped pieces of pool noodles. The students were practicing launching, tracking, and catching them with their buckets.

Health

The students in Mrs. Scorzafava's class were working on their final project showing all of the things that they can do that are good for them. They sorted through pictures and made a poster of all the healthy habits that had been taught and discussed throughout their time together.

Art

Buzz buzz! Ms. Beebe read the story Honeybee by Kirsten Hall and Isabelle Arsenault to students in Mrs. Schindel’s class. This book has stunning illustrations and teaches readers about the process of making honey! Then Mrs. Schindel‘s artists drew fields of flowers on a blue piece of paper using crayons, and created a happy bee inspired by the one in the story. They practiced their cutting skills in order to cut the bee out and add it to their beautiful flower fields. They were a busy bunch and created some bee-autiful masterpieces!
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Music

First grade students in Mrs. Wheeler's class set to work composing their own rhythm.

Digital Literacy

Grade 1 students in Mrs. Iacolino's class practiced their computer coding and computational thinking skills during Digital Literacy Special. Different learning activities encourage children to create codes and think like a computer to complete mazes and solve puzzles.