The Puma Pulse Family Newsletter

January 9. 2022


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Dear Prairie Families,

Happy New Year and welcome back! We hope you all had a wonderful break. We are excited to have our pumas back! For the month of January, we will be focusing on the character trait of courage. Courage means to choose what is good, right, and kind even when it is hard or scary.

Have you taken the time to help your student set a New Year's Resolution? The new year is a good time to help your student set goals and form good habits. Here are some resolution ideas from

  • I will eat more green vegetables with dinner.
  • I will set myself a savings goal for my allowance.
  • I will brush my teeth and floss twice a day.
  • I will read for at least 30 minutes every day.
  • I will find an activity or sport that I can do twice a week.
  • When the weather is nice, I will play outside.
  • I will limit playing video games to one or two hours per day.
  • I will openly express my feelings and not be afraid to share them with others.
  • I will make my bed every morning.
  • I will keep my room and closet organized.

Setting and achieving goals can be very satisfying and boost confidence.

We would like to introduce a couple new staff members below. Ms. Robinson has officially retired as our PE Teacher. We will miss her and wish her all the best!

WJUSD is happy to announce that we will begin the process of allowing parent volunteers back on campuses in a limited capacity as soon as next month.

If you’re interested in being a volunteer you will need the following:

  • A current Tuberculosis (TB) test
  • Fingerprint clearance
  • Covid vaccines (including booster) OR proof of a negative Covid test taken no later than a week prior to your volunteer date
  • Approval from your site principal

More information about parent volunteers will be coming soon.

We look forward to getting back into the school routine this week!


Mrs. Schevenin & Mrs. Goettsch

Meet Our New Bilingual PE Teacher

Hi! I am Ms. Fuentes and I'm excited to be teaching Physical Education at Woodland Prairie Elementary School. I was born and raised in Reedley, CA. After graduating from Reedley High I set a goal to play soccer for Fresno City College, Fresno State, and then Missouri State University , which I successfully achieved. Through soccer I found a passion for playing the game as well as choosing to follow a healthy lifestyle. I enjoy being active, spending time with my family and I love teaching because I love making learning fun for others! As an educator I want to share the benefits of leading an active and healthy lifestyle. I am thrilled to work with the students, families, and staff of the Woodland Prairie
Elementary School.

Meet Our New Bilingual K-3 Literacy Para Professional

Carmen L Leon is a mother of 2 beautiful children. She graduated from Woodland Community College. Carmen has been working as a Registered Behavior Technician for over 3 years. She has dedicated her time to teach others the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. She has a passion for helping children achieve their goals. She is very patient dedicated and easily develops a rapport with her clients and families. She hopes to continue her education in the hopes to become a school teacher or school psychologist.

January Character Trait: Courage

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English Learner Advisory Committee Meeting ELAC

Thursday, Jan. 20th, 4-6pm

This is an online event.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 964 9827 1016
Passcode: 455237

School Site Council Meeting SSC

Wednesday, Jan. 26th, 6-7pm

This is an online event.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 979 2241 1251
Passcode: 127001

Walk Safely to and from School

We have had a few unfortunate incidents of students in our community being hit by cars while walking to and from school. We have been lucky that there have been no life-threatening injuries.

For the safety of our students, we must all do what we can to keep our students safe at all times. Drivers, please be vigilant and watch for children when driving near school zones. We would also like to provide some safety tips for students and families walking to and from school.

Please review these guidelines and share them with your students.

Look for traffic

  • Watch out for cars and trucks at every driveway and intersection on your walk to school
  • Look for drivers in parked cars. They may be getting ready to move
  • Make eye contact with the driver
  • Obey traffic signs, signals and adult school crossing guards

Cross the street safely

  • 1. Stop at the curb or edge of the street
  • 2. Keep your eyes up and your phones down
  • 3. Look left, right, left and behind you and in front of you for traffic
  • 4. Wait until no traffic is coming and begin crossing
  • 5. Keep looking for traffic until you have finished crossing
  • 6. Walk, don’t run across the street

Be seen

  • Remember, drivers may not be able to see you well
  • Wear bright-colored clothes
  • If it’s dark or hard to see, carry flashlights or wear reflective gear

Walk together

  • Walk with a friend when possible
  • Ask your parents to help you pick a safe route to school; one that avoids dangers
  • Stick to the route you picked with your parents. Don’t let friends talk you into shortcuts that are more dangerous
  • When you are near the street, don’t push, shove, or chase each other
  • Never hitchhike or take rides from people not arranged by your parents
  • Talk to your parents and teacher about any bullying that may happen during your walk


ASES After-school Program

The program runs Monday-Friday, 2:00pm-6:00pm. If you are interested in more information, please contact the coordinator Karely Gamboa at:, cell: 530-723-0872, or office: 530-662-2898.