Woodcrest Spanish Immersion

December 9, 2020 Newsletter

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Del Escritorio del Sr. Franke

Greetings Woodcrest Families,

We have made the transition to welcome all of our students to their Extended Flexible Learning (distance learning) classrooms. In doing so, our teachers have begun to make adjustments to their daily schedules. These shifts are intended to introduce more personalized small group instruction and flexibility for students to demonstrate their learning.

We have had a very positive response, as indicated by student attendance, this last week. As a reminder, attendance is taken and recorded at the end of each day based on student attendance in the "live" sessions for the day. We are following up with any student experiencing frequent absences to identify and resolve access concerns or other barriers to participating in instruction. When you know that your child will be absent, I ask that you continue to call the attendance line, 763-600-5800, to report their absence, whether that is participation in "live" sessions and/or completing the daily work expectations.

As we start the second trimester, I am sure that you are excited to receive your child’s first trimester report card. Report cards are now available and can be accessed through Campus Parent Portal. Watch a video tutorial on how to access your student’s report card through Campus Parent Portal. See more details in the Need to Know section about accessing and understanding your student's report card. If you have any questions regarding this please contact the main office at 763-600-5800.

Lastly, we continue to track COVID-19 cases in our community and work with our regional public health experts to be good community partners. As we get closer to winter break, which begins December 23, we will update families on plans for how we will return to leaving after break on January 4.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.


John Franke

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Trimester 1 Report Cards

Trimester 1 report cards are now available and can be accessed through Campus Parent Portal. Watch a video tutorial on how to access your student’s report card through Campus Parent Portal. If you have any questions regarding this please contact the main office at 763-600-5800.

Please know that report cards are just one of many ways teachers report on student learning throughout the year. Report card grades reflect student learning, and teachers look at evidence of learning, over time, to determine where students are at in their learning at the time of report cards. At the end of a trimester all grades reflect the student learning that occurred at the time of the report card. Grades for Woodcrest students include:

  • MS: Minimal progress toward standard

  • AS: Approaching the standard

  • S: Met the standard

  • ES: Exceeds the standard

  • You may see two other marks on the report card:

    • An NA indicates that students did not have opportunities to learn this outcome throughout Trimester 1. Any learning outcomes marked as NA for Trimester 1 will be addressed throughout the rest of the year.

    • An NE (No Evidence) grade indicates that students had opportunities to learn this outcome during Trimester 1, but did not submit any evidence of their learning. As a result, there is no evidence to determine where they are at toward meeting the learning outcome. Any learning outcomes marked as NE for Trimester 1 will be addressed throughout the rest of the year.

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Continue to report COVID-19 symptoms, positive cases during distance learning

Although our learning model has shifted to distance learning for the time being, it is vital that you continue to call the Health Office at 763-600-5804 to report any positive cases of COVID-19, close contact exposures to any positive cases of COVID-19, and signs or symptoms of illness that you may have in your household.

This information allows us to prioritize safety when we transition back into the hybrid learning environment by adhering to Minnesota Department of Health guidelines for quarantine and isolation, thereby limiting the spread of the virus.

As a reminder, Minnesota also has testing availability. Here is some additional information about available testing:

  1. At-home COVID-19 saliva testing - Minnesota offers free, at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for people who believe they need to be tested, with or without symptoms. Right now, families can order up to five test kits per household. Families will be asked if they have insurance, but the state will cover the costs for any uninsured or underinsured families. You should not receive a bill using this testing option. Order your at-home test here.
  2. COVID-19 community testing sites - All COVID-19 testing is free at Minnesota Department of Health community testing events. We are always planning more community testing events across the state, working together with communities to make sure everyone can get tested. Tests are free for everyone, and no identification or insurance is required.
  3. Find nasal swab community testing events
  4. Find saliva community testing sites

Reach out to our school nurse if you have questions, 763-600-5804.

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Barnes and Noble Book Fair

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Barnes and Noble Book Fair last weekend!

Free Family Fun Activity Bag Sign-up

Free Family Fun Activity Bags are available from WCSI PTO for student and staff families. Bring our usual Woodcrest Family Night to your home! Several games and activities including a set of rainbow dice are in each bag. Sign up by Tuesday, December 15 for pick-up or delivery on Konstella or email WCSI PTO

Pick-up items from WCSI PTO

Drive-thru the Woodcrest parking lot to pick up items from WCSI PTO on Friday, December 18 from 6:30-7 p.m. or Saturday, December 19 from 10-11 a.m.

During this time you can tentatively pick up:

Spirit Wear (pre-orders required)

Free Kinder Shirt (all Kinder students)

Free Dance-A-thon Stylus prize (all students)

Free Family Fun Activities Bag (pre-registration required)

PTO Monthly Meeting

Our next PTO meeting is Monday, December 14 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The agenda for our meeting is sent out to everyone signed up on Konstella.

Zoom Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 767 9988 6422
Passcode: PTO2021

FREE Digital Games Available

Free Digital Family Game Night for all via Breakout EDU! New puzzles have been released for the month of December. Complete one to be entered into the monthly prize drawing.

Scholastic Book Club

Woodcrest PTO is offering Scholastic Book Club. Please visit Scholastic and enter class code NJ89V. All purchases will help earn FREE books which will be used to support children's literacy at Woodcrest. Questions about Scholastic Book Club can be emailed to PTO.

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  • December 14- WCSI PTO Meeting at 6 p.m. via Zoom.
  • December 18- WCSI PTO Drive-thru Item Pick Up from 6:30-7 p.m.
  • December 19 WCSI PTO Drive-thru Item Pick Up from 10-11 a.m.
  • December 23-January 1- No school for students, Winter Break
  • January 4- School resumes for all students
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Community Education Youth Take-Home Kits

Take-home art and science activities are available for pick-up on Wednesdays and will keep your child's mind active and creative! Visit the website to view full details and sign up or call Community Education at 763-600-5050. This week's highlight of new take-home activities include:

  1. Science Explorers - Science of Slime and Crazy Catapults
  2. Arts & Crafts - Skateboarding Reindeer

Register for the spring 2021 lacrosse season

The Spring Lake Park Youth Lacrosse Association invites families to register their students for the upcoming spring 2021 lacrosse season. By joining the team, students will learn how to pass, catch, cradle and have a blast playing lacrosse! Online registration opens on January 4. For more details, check out this flyer.

Sign up for Spring Lake Park - Parks & Recreation Winter 2021 Youth Programs

Looking for fun and enriching activities for your child to be involved in this winter? From a 1v1 Solo Duos Fortnite Tournament and Snapology: Ninja Mania workshop to QC Dance Studio Classes and Parent & Child Robotics workshops, there are a variety of great programs for your child this winter offered by the Spring Lake Park - Parks & Recreation Department. Read this flyer for program descriptions and registration information.
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