The Wonderful World of Woodbury

January 2021

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Woodbury 2020 Virtual Family Reading Night

December 22, 2020 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Please click the image above to access our 2020 Winter Virtual Family Reading Night. We hope you enjoy listening to our staff's favorite winter and holiday stories. Feel free to visit to listen to stories throughout the break and/or join us on December 22nd from 6:00-7:00 p.m. to listen to stories LIVE with some of our teachers. Be sure enter zoom rooms in advance for the story or stories you want to hear. This will help the teacher start on time as it will be a challenge to check waiting rooms while they read. We are groveling at the feet of the technology gods and hope to avoid any technical difficulties. Fingers and toes crossed! We hope to see you!

The reading night can best be viewed on a laptop, desktop, or your child's device. The same link will be shared to their SeeSaw and Google Classroom. Once opened, simply click "Present" and enjoy clicking around on the many stories and readers. The reading night can be accessed at any time, but we will only have live readers for the hour on the 22nd.

Our schedule of Live Readers from 6:00-7:00 (click on their Bitmoji) includes:


6:00 p.m.: Mrs. Mathis, The Mouse Before Christmas

6:15 p.m.: Mrs. Sam, Santa’s Stuck

6:30 p.m.: Mr. Mlot, Dinosaur Christmas

6:45 p.m.: Mrs. Morgan, The Night Before Christmas

Our Story Line up!


Mrs. Mathis, The Mouse Before Christmas by Michael Garland, LIVE at 6:00 p.m.

Mrs. Heinekamp, Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini

1st Grade:

Mrs. Sam, Santa's Stuck by Rhonda Gowler Greene, LIVE at 6:15 p.m. (recorded version also available)

Mrs. Rogowski, Turkey Claus by Wendi Silvano

2nd Grade:

Mrs. Riley, Memoirs of an Elf by Devin Scillian

Mrs. Cryer, The Penguin Who Wanted to be Different by Maria O'neill

3rd Grade:

Miss Loux, Snow What Fun by Cheryl Hawkinson

Mrs. Morgan, The Night Before Christmas, LIVE at 6:45 p.m.

Social Work/Speech:

Mrs. Teti & Miss Lloyd, Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin

Reading Teachers:

Mrs. McGregory, There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro

Mr. Mlot, Dinosaur Christmas by Jerry Pallotta, LIVE at 6:30 p.m.


Mrs. Hartman, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Support Staff:

Mrs. Tate, 2nd Grade Teaching Assistant, How To Catch An Elf by Wallace and Elkerton

And more!

SHS Read Club, How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

Mrs. Kern, Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

Holiday Craft led by Mrs. Cryer

Please enjoy our Remote Holiday Sing-Along Complete with Staff Shenanigans!

Woodbury Holiday Singalong 2020

Materials Pick-Up Reminder

The next pick up dates are as follows:

Saturday, January 2nd

Friday, January 8th

Important Dates

  • December 21st-January 1st: Winter Break
  • December 22nd: Virtual Family Reading Night 6:00-7:00p.m.
  • January 18th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day- NO SCHOOL.

e-Learning Days

While students, staff and families have been engaged in full remote learning, we all know there is no substitute for in-person learning. We also know that the winter weather in the Midwest can be somewhat of a hindrance when traveling to and from school.

In the future, when in-person learning is scheduled whether it is A/B days or “back to normal”, using an e-learning day will be considered should there be inclement weather.

Since Sandwich CUSD #430 is now 1:1 and students and staff are familiar with remote learning, please be prepared, on a daily basis, to shift to e-learning on so-called “snow days”. Please note, this will require everyone taking the responsibility of having their school issued personal device available for use at all times. Unlike previous years, e-learning days do not need to be made up at the end of the school year. Once decided, e-learning days will be communicated via the district webpage and school messenger.

Remote Learning Attendance:

We recognize the difficulties that remote learning has created at home, and we empathize with the struggles that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause. Please know that we are focused on progressing student learning during this time to the greatest extent possible and want our students to be prepared to return to blended learning. Therefore, it is paramount for students to keep up with their learning expectations each day. If you are experiencing challenges, we want to support you in any way that we can. If you are having internet/technology issues, please call the school, email your student(s) teacher, or email Mrs. Ballas. Please reach out for help whenever necessary!

  • It is important to note that attending a zoom during the school day does not qualify as your student(s) attendance for that day. Similarly, completing the attendance form each day is a requirement, but doing so is not the only requirement for a student to earn attendance. Completion of Seesaw/Google Classroom activities is a requirement for a student to earn attendance. Ideally, attending virtual meetings, combined with completing work on your student's digital platform, will earn attendance. Our staff worked diligently to create scheduled Zoom meetings based on students' specific needs/groups. We understand that the virtual meetings are a challenge at times; however, when possible, please prioritize these meetings in addition to the required daily activities.
  • If assigned by your student's teacher, be sure to drop off/return student's completed pencil/paper work.

Remote Learning Attendance Expectations:

Attendance during our adaptive pause will be monitored closely. Students will be required to fulfill a daily attendance form within the times provided by each building (for example 7:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.). For students in Kindergarten through second grade, this requirement will be completed through a Seesaw activity. Students in grades three through twelve will fulfill their attendance requirements through Google Classroom. Per the Illinois State Board of Education, there is a minimum of a five hour day required for remote learning. This includes: student work time, viewing pre-recorded lessons, web-based and non-web-based skill practice, etc. Students will be expected to complete daily work and turn in assignments as they are assigned. If your student is not able to participate in learning due to illness or a family circumstance, this must be communicated to our secretaries in a timely manner. They can be reached at 815-786-6316 or you can email Mrs. Hulon at If we do not hear from you and work is not completed, then your student will be marked as an unexcused absence. Unless already being monitored for truancy, each school year students receive 7 unexcused absences as cited in our student handbook. Simply completing the attendance link does not count as attendance.

Adaptive Pause Free Meal Pickup Continues

Until the end of the calendar year, free food is available through the USDA's "Free Meals for Kids" program. During our adaptive pause from blended learning, our process for ordering and picking up meals will change. Each week, you will need to fill out a meal order form by Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. for the NEXT week. Meals will be picked up Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00-11:00 am behind Sandwich Middle School.

Click Here to access the meal order form

Remaining meal order deadlines during the adaptive pause:

  • December 30th at 12:00 noon
  • January 6th at 12:00 noon

Starting the week of January 18th, we will return to ordering food using the same process that was in place prior to the adaptive pause.

Tutoring Opportunity

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School Improvement Survey

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In order to continue our school improvement initiative, we need your help! Each year we send a survey to parents and guardians asking for input. Please take the time to fill out a survey. The link for the survey is below. In advance, thank you for your help. We will be closing the survey on December 18th.

Click Here to access the parent survey link!