The Wonderful World of Woodbury

May 2021

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All things seem possible in May....

Wow. And just like that, it's May. It seems that the world has picked up pace over a weekend. We are so happy to have all of our students back, including remote students on Fridays, enjoying a day with their teachers and peers. It's been an absolute joy. Baby chicks could be heard chirping through the halls and many jackets can be viewed in a pile on the playground as we rejoice in warmer temperatures. While we are only weeks away from the end of the year, these days are precious. Our goal is to maximize learning, but it is also a time to celebrate what we have endured and overcome together. We hope to finish the year with many of the same events and activities we have traditionally hosted such as Field day and the 3rd grade bike hike - always favorite days of both students and staff.

Being back full time has also had it's challenges. While we typically work on building the stamina of being back to school in August, we are building it now. It's much like the first days of school all over. Many students are also busy with spring extracurricular activities as a return also included the beginning of many programs that were on hold. We encourage you to strive for as much consistency as you can with regular bedtimes and routines as we finish out the year and make the most of our time to learn together at school.

We continue to be so incredibly grateful for the support of the Woodbury Community and have great hope for a "typical" year ahead.

News from the Nurse

MEDICATION: Please be reminded that medication not picked up by the last day of school will be discarded. Medication must be picked up by a parent or guardian, other than emergency type medication, students will not be allowed to take it home.


The required school medication forms, for the 2021-22 school year, will be sent home prior to the last day of school. Medication, prescription or over the counter, cannot be given without a completed school medication authorization form on file at school. Also, health care plans (asthma, food allergy, etc.) should also be updated for the 2021-22 school year. If you have questions you may contact the School Nurse. For your convenience, medication forms can also be found on the district website.


Food allergies are serious and affect all ages. 1 in 13 kids has a food allergy. To learn more about food allergies see the resource websites listed below.

Please inform the building nurse of your child’s allergies prior to the opening of school (or immediately after a diagnosis). An individual heath care plan which includes an emergency action plan will be developed with your assistance.


Musically Speaking

There will be an opportunity for K-5 students to perform musically this Spring. It will not be in the form of a formal spring concert that takes place in a regular school year. Students that wish to take part in performing will join Mr. Anderson (K-3), Mr. Aska (4-5), and RJMC (Rebecca Johnson) at The Music In The Park Summer Concert Series at Veteran's Park (The Gazebo across from The Opera House in downtown Sandwich). The event will take place on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Immediately following this event, at 7:45 p.m., there will be a second performance for residents at Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion on Main St. in Sandwich. We will not enter the facility but will perform the songs outside on the sidewalk/lawn that students have been working on as a part of The Audience and Performer Decorum Unit as outlined by The National Association for Music Education standards.

Please note that this singalong is not sponsored by Sandwich Schools. It is a community event that is presented by RJMC and the City of Sandwich. Students will be invited to perform the songs they have learned at approximately 6:30 p.m. and will be about 25-30 minutes in duration. The remainder of the time will be a sing-a-long for everyone in a "karaoke-style" manner with both Mr. Anderson and Mr. Aska playing guitar and piano with words projected to favorite sing-a-long songs for people of all ages. All are welcome to step up on the Gazebo and have their voices heard through microphones that will be placed to pick up voices without the necessity of putting hands-on for the safety and protection of those choosing to take part.

This is not a mandatory event for students and/or families. Students' music grades will not be affected if students attend or choose not to attend on May 26th. If students attend, they are welcome to come up onto the Gazebo and sing, or they could stand in front of the Gazebo or off to the side, or if parents/guardians would feel safer students could stand or sit with the families and put on a personal performance of the music that has been taught as a part of the curriculum for those that make up the audience. Parents are welcome to stand near their child if they are more comfortable. There is no suggested dress other than please look at weather conditions and dress accordingly. There is no set rain date. So, if we have to cancel because of the weather, we will not be making up the event. This is very simply a chance for our students to showcase their talents in an outside event.

Mr. Anderson

Music Teacher


Field Day: Thursday, June 3rd

Field day is coming up on June 3rd (rain date June 4th)! We are so excited to plan out and get ready for field day/fun events. This year the fun day and field day will be blended together. Students will have the opportunity to participate in some track and field events along with some other fun and exciting activities. We have been developing a schedule to ensure the safety of all, therefore grade levels will be split and will be assigned field day times. This is always a fun and active time for students. On this day, send students with an extra pair of clothes, as some stations may be using water and sunscreen because all stations will be outside. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing pandemic, we are unable to invite volunteers to this event. We will be having an outdoor picnic in between sessions on this day. Arbor will plan to have a picnic style lunch that day that is free to all students.

Spring Assessments


Our Illinois state testing, the Illinois Assessment of Readiness has begun and will continue until May 14th for third grade students with make-ups to follow. Spring Fastbridge Benchmark assessment will begin the week of May 17th. This data is helpful for our school to see individual growth and/or needs as well as it gives us useful class and grade data to help guide our teaching and learning.

The information gained from these assessments will be used to help our staff adjust their instructional planning next Fall which, due to the unorthodox learning that has taken place over the last calendar year is more valuable than ever!

There are some things that can be done to help your child reduce test anxiety and increase success. The Parent Institute recommends that children follow the guidelines below before testing sessions, but this is good practice to keep in mind every day of school.

  • Don’t stay up late. Aside from studying, the next best preparation is a good night’s sleep before the test.

  • Eat healthy meals. Make sure he/she eats a good breakfast. This provides energy at test time.

  • Wear a favorite/comfortable outfit. Your child should pick one that makes him/her feel comfortable. Make sure there are layers so, if it is too hot or too cold, he/she can take off a sweater or sweatshirt.

  • Learn to relax. Some children find it helpful to close their eyes and take a few deep breaths before a test. Others like to imagine a peaceful place. It really does calm them down.

  • Be positive. Expecting to do well helps children do well. Encourage your child to think positive thoughts!

Important Dates

May 14th - 11:10 am early dismissal - School Improvement Planning

May 18th: School Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.

May 18th: Kindergarten Orientation

May 26th: Music Sing-a-long at the park, 5:30 p.m.

May 28th: Scholastic Sidewalk Book Sale 9:00-4:00

May 28th: Retirement Open House for Mrs. Heinekamp 4:30-5:30 p.m.

May 31st - No School - Memorial Day

June 3rd: Field Day

June 8th: 3rd Grade Bike Hike

June 9th - Last Day of School - 1:10 p.m. dismissal time, Report Cards go home

June 10th - No School - Teachers Institute

June 14th: School Board Meeting

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Woodbury Kindergarten Orientation

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Retirement Open House in Honor of Deb Heinekamp

We hope that you can join us for a retirement open house in honor of kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Deb Heinekamp. Please feel free to stop and wish her well or drive through to send her good vibes as she begins her next chapter!
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Scholastic Sidewalk Sale

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Pre-K Screenings

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It's Never too Early to Give Your Child the Best Start...(click picture to learn more)

Free Diaper Distribution

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