Woods Lake Elementary

Weekly Update May 17-21, 2021

Hello Woods Lake Family,

This week we are preparing to administer the spring NWEA/MAP testing for students in reading and mathematics. It is important that your child gets plenty of rest and is prepared to do their personal best on the test. We ask that there are minimal distractions to support focus for our learners. Thank you for your help!

I want to invite you to our final virtual PTO meeting of the 2020-21 school year, Monday, May 17, 2021, from 5:15-6:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars, Wednesday, May 26, 2021, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. will be our annual family, Everything Educational Event hosted by Mary Anne and Mike from Three Rivers, Michigan! This Open House-style family game night will be packed with fun for everyone! As we comply with safety protocols, we ask that you RSVP HERE on this form so that we can gain a perspective of how many families plan on attending. In addition, we want to have enough FREE take-home games for families to continue engaging in learning and fun for everyone!

On June 9th and 10th we will celebrate our kindergarten students and will say farewell to our fifth-grade students. Be sure to save the date!

As always, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy!

Micole D. Dyson, Ph.D.


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Academically Talented/Avant-Garde 2021-22

Any student who has already been identified for A/T will be invited to participate next year, regardless of whether they participated this year. We understand that this year was a unique year and that many families chose not to participate; therefore there is no penalty for this. We will let families know that if they wish to opt-out again, they may do so by contacting the elementary education office.

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Who Do I Call?

(269) 337-0790

Lead Secretary: Mrs. Janice Garneau

Child Accounting Secretary: Ms. Cheryl Knight

Behavior Specialist: Mrs. Natalie Orbe

Communities In School: Ms. Blaec Arevalo

Unresolved Issues: Dr. Micole D. Dyson

Social Emotional Learning

The Learning Hub has a Social Emotional Learning webpage with a Family SEL Guide and interactive links, PDFs to print, and more!


Blurt: A set of cards are used with definitions for vocabulary words. Leader reads the card and only certain players blurt out answers.

Guard Duty: Being serious and guard- like as possible, ignoring anyone who tries to distract you.

Freeze: Play some music and dance, wiggle, and walk around. Have one person be the leader and yell “Freeze!”

Simon Says: Focus to listen for what Simon says to do, while using self-control to stop if “Simon” doesn’t say it!

Wait Five: Waiting 5 seconds before you can answer the question.

Role Play: Acting scenarios out, can also be a great way to practice skills for self-control.

Orchestra: Play an instrument or imaginary instrument and stay with the beat. May go between fast or slow.

Stoplight: Start with Green Light, then slow things down with Yellow Light, use Red Light to stop.
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Kalamazoo Communities in Schools (KCIS)

First Day Shoe Fund is doing one final round of distribution for the 20/21 school year. If your student wasn't able to receive a pair of shoes at the beginning of the year this year and you would like them to, please reach out to Ms. Blaec by May 17th.

Blaec Arevalo, CIS Site Coordinator


(269) 815-8209

Kalamazoo Kids In Tune (KKIT)

KKIT is inviting you to their end-of-the-year recital! Join us Thursday, June 3rd from 5 pm-6 pm for Music In the Park! Grab a blanket or chair for picnic-style seating as KKIT students perform solos and duet in the large field behind the playground. Park in the lot off of Parks Road. In order to attend, you must RSVP and complete a health form HERE.
Woods Lake Virtual Village

Our PTO invites you to the Woods Lake Virtual Village Facebook Page, click on the link above.

PTO Meeting

Monday, May 17th, 5:15-6pm

This is an online event.

Woods Lake PTO is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Woods Lake PTO Meeting
Time: May 17, 2021 05:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
STEM Passport

Help make your summer memorable by checking out these super STEM venues! Click on the name of any of the places to see to be taken to their website for information about what things they offer and directions to get there.

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Upload a selfie here with something identifiable in the photo to show where you are. For every three uploads, you will be entered into a drawing for some amazing prizes!


What are Woods Lake Elementary School's office hours?

Monday through Friday, 8:00-4:00 p.m.

When may I get my child's curriculum materials?

You may stop by the office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00-4:00 p.m.