Woodland Watch

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January 8, 2021

Upcoming Events

  • January 11: Board of Education Meeting @ 7pm
  • January 12: PTO Meeting @ 7pm
  • January 15: Student Materials Pick Up @ 8:30am-3:30pm
  • January 18: NO SCHOOL - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Chipotle Fundraiser @ 4-8pm
  • January 25: Board of Education Meeting @ 7pm
  • January 29: Student Materials Pick Up @ 8:30am-3:30pm
  • February 4: Early Dismissal @ 1:35pm
  • February 10: Count Day
  • February 12-16: NO SCHOOL - Mid-Winter Break
  • February 19: Student Materials Pick Up @ 8:30am-3:30pm
  • March 4: HALF DAY - 11:45am Dismissal; Teacher PM Records
  • March 5: HALF DAY - 11:45am Dismissal; End of 2nd Trimester

A Note from Mrs. Schneider

Dear Woodland Families,

Welcome Back! It was so exciting to see all of the staff and students. I got to see smiling faces and hearing their stories from the break. I heard about getting a new puppy, making snowmen outside, and playing board games with family. So much fun!

As we head into the next few weeks, we will be taking the NWEA Reading and Math assessments. We take the test three times a year to help us measure growth and to make instructional shifts to meet student needs. Teachers will be sending out specifics to you regarding testing dates and times. We will complete this assessment online. It is very important that you DO NOT provide any help on the assessments. If we do not receive data on the students true ability, we won't know that they need help and they may miss out on opportunities we can offer. Below are some resources regarding NWEA that you might find helpful.

Winter 2021 NWEA Communication

Family Testing Tutorial

Just a reminder that we have Student Materials Pick Up next Friday, January 15th. . We have extended pickup time to 8:30am - 3:30pm. We hope this provides some flexibility for families. Please return your clear Materials Bag from our last pick up. We will reuse it for the following one.

Please be sure to attend the Avondale Board of Education Meeting on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 7pm. Zoom link can be found on the District Home Page.

Have a nice weekend,

Arryn Schneider

Kindergarten 2021-2022 Information

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Meet Our New Woodland Staff

Nyein Lwin, 5th Grade Student Teacher

My name is Nyein Lwin, and I am excited to be working with Mrs. Jennifer McNaughton

this winter semester as a student teacher. As for my educational background, I have

obtained a Biology (B.S.) degree from Oakland University, and I am currently enrolled in

the OU's Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary Education (MATEE) program. I love

spending time with my family by watching a movie together, sharing meals or playing

games with them. When the weather is warm and sunny, I also love to run at my local


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Alicia Smith, Kindergarten Teacher

My name is Alicia Smith, and I am excited to be filling in for Bridget Wheeler during her maternity leave. I am a Rochester Hills native and recent Oakland University graduate. I hold a certification in Elementary Education and am currently in the process of receiving an endorsement in K-8 Language Arts. I spent the fall across the hall student teaching in Mrs. Castaldi's class of first graders.

In my free time, I love being active and visiting the gym whenever I can. My favorite place to be active is at Bloomer Park. As much as I love being active, I love staying home and snuggling on the couch with my puppy, Gunner! I am thrilled to be a part of the Woodland team and looking forward to the rest of the school year.

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Last Chance For School Pictures!

Lifetouch is holding picture retakes at their Shelby Township office location at 46855 Hayes Rd, Shelby Township, MI 48315 on February 12, 2021 from 3pm-7pm. You must contact Taylor at Lifetouch to make an appointment. She can be reached at (517) 349-1703 x74226. This will be your last picture opportunity to have your child's school portrait taken and included in the yearbook.

PTO Corner

PTO Meeting-Tuesday, January 12th

Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 12th @ 7pm. Please click on the following Zoom link:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 945 501 4577
Passcode: woodland

Chipotle Fundraiser for Woodland PTO

Please mark your calendar! We will be holding our first fundraiser of the year at Chipotle Mexican Grill on Monday, January 18th from 4pm-8pm at the Rochester Hills location at 2611 S. Rochester Road.

  • Woodland's online ordering code is: H9QQ3A8. Please note that fundraiser online ordering is only valid through pickup during our fundraiser’s scheduled date, time, and assigned restaurant. Ordering delivery for this fundraiser is not permitted at this time.

  • Make sure to show the fundraiser flyer (hard copy or on your phone) or tell the cashier at checkout that you are there for a fundraiser before you pay! If you don’t tell the cashier, we won’t get credit for the sale.

  • Gift cards purchased during fundraisers do not count towards total donated sales, but purchases made with an existing gift card will count.
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Student Materials Pick Up

Woodland will be having Student Materials Pick Ups approximately every 2 weeks from 8:30am-3:30pm on the following dates:

Friday, January 15th

Friday, January 29th

Friday, February 19th

Please make sure to have your student return any books and/or the clear plastic bags (with their name) so we can use them for the next Materials Pick Up.

Positivity Project (P2) #Other People Mindset

To access P2 for Families (password: P2), click here.

This week, we focused on Optimism.

Optimism means you expect the best from the future and work to achieve it. It represents a state of hopefulness and confidence about the future (both short and long term). People with this strength are future oriented. They have a positive vision of what the future holds and maintain confidence that they will get there. They keep a positive attitude despite setbacks – and often find ways to convert what seems like an obstacle into a stepping stone to achieve their goals.

Optimistic people are sometimes regarded as naïve or even delusional. And, yes, there are some people who are illogically optimistic, which can be detrimental. However, optimism is not about wearing rose-colored glasses and rolling over when the going gets tough. It’s about staying focused on the good in any situation – allowing you to be aware of opportunities and accountable for your emotions.

Next week, we will focus on Prudence.

Help With Our Yearbook!

We need your help! With the school year starting off remotely (and now continuing remotely), we have no fun photos of our students to include in the 2020-2021 yearbook. We still want to have fun memories of this school year that include our amazing students! It would also be a great way to include pictures of your children if you were not able to attend Picture Day.

Below will be a google link for you to attach pictures of your children. There is a folder for each grade, Leadership, Girl Scouts, and Spirit Week. Please send any photos you have to these various folders. We can’t guarantee that we can use all the photos shared with us, but we will do our best to include as many as we can.

If you’re unable to attach your photo, please feel free to email a copy of the photo to Denise.Scrase@avondaleschools.org with your child's name and which grade or group you would like the picture to be added.

Here is the link to the folders, please place your photo in the proper folder.


Thank you for helping us create memories of this most unexpected school year.

Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birthday to our Woodland Friends! Don't forget to take a picture in front of our electronic sign in front of the school!

January 8: Keira M.

January 12: Rancy A.

January 13: Ava B., Ms. Reichert

January 15: Declan B.

January 18: Kristiana M.

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Helping Our Avondale Community

Free or Reduced Lunch Program

Families wishing to apply for the Avondale Free or Reduced Lunch Program can sign their student(s) up online through the Parent Portal: https://mistar.oakland.k12.mi.us/avondale/parentportal/.

Please see the UPDATED pick-up schedule below:

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Blessings In A Backpack Program

Avondale families wishing to enroll their student(s) in our Blessings in a Backpack Program, please fill out the form at this link: https://forms.gle/PdsACS8KPo7tWKtf9.

Blessings in a Backpack provides simple meals at NO COST each week during the school year for families who need assistance. While Avondale Schools is conducting remote learning, meals will be disbursed in conjunction with the Chartwells Food Service Breakfast and Lunch distributions. (Watch for details about distribution dates, times, and locations). Sign up today!

Employment Opportunities

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Staying Connected

Please see the the Woodland Elementary website and the Avondale School District website as resources for valuable information. We also post reminders and information on our Woodland Facebook Page. Please like us to stay connected with Woodland and the community.