The Wonderful World of Woodbury

August 10, 2022

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A Message from Mrs. Kern

Welcome back! I am so excited to begin my 6th year as the proud principal of Woodbury Elementary School. This year our 2022-2023 school-wide theme is focused on growth: PLANT KINDNESS. At Woodbury we believe that academic and social emotional growth is rooted in a strong foundation of character and that we grow best in environments that have what we need to thrive. Those needs are different based on what kind of "plant" or person you are! Plants are like people and people are truly very much like plants! As we grow, the environment around us impacts how we thrive and succeed. How fast or slow we grow can take patience and sometimes we need to change something in the environment to help us grow better. In order to build and develop strong roots we need – soil (a good foundation), time (patience), sunlight (love and care) and water (nourishment). Ultimately, we all need our own unique mixture! We can’t be overwatered or underwatered—we need just the right amount. Sometimes we have to weather the storm, but we grow best in more comfortable and familiar environments and when we feel safe. We shine bright when we receive care, love, kindness, and a strong connection with others. Plants create communities, and each plant is different—just like people.

As we get our first days together started, I ask that you please take the time to look over our back to school reminders by clicking the green button below. This will help us a great deal with first day procedures as our students and staff get back in the swing of things, with safety as a priority and hopefully answer some questions. You can also find additional information at the bottom of the newsletter.

Last of all, we know many of our students (and parents) sometimes get those "First Day Jitters". As students adjust to their morning routine and a new school, sometimes saying goodbye can be hard to do. Reassuring your child that they will see you later and saying goodbye at the door or on the playground will help build their independence and allow them to learn to cope with emotions about separation. We have lots of caring adults on hand to help your child navigate the building and start their day. This also helps teachers begin the routines of their day more smoothly with their students. We promise that those tears will turn into smiles within moments.

We are looking forward to a wonderful school year ahead growing together!


Mrs. Kern

Woodbury Important Back to School Reminders


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Kindergarten First Days

The following schedule is listed below for the first days of kindergarten. Please refer to the schedule to determine which day(s) and time your child will attend. On the first day, students attend for one hour with their parent/guardian(s). We ask that siblings not attend as this is a special time for you and your child to get to know the teacher and their new classroom. We are looking forward to welcoming the many new faces and families to our little school!
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Who's My Teacher?

District-wide, all enrolled students will be able to view their assigned teacher on August 10th at 4:00 p.m. Simply log into your student(s) Tyler account and look in the bottom right corner under the portion titled "Student Schedule." If you have not completed registration you will not have access to see who your child's teacher is.

Beep & Greet: Supply Drop Off

On Tuesday, August 16th, we will have a supply drop off from 2:00-3:00 p.m. This is an opportunity to drop off supplies ahead of the first day of school in order to alleviate all supplies coming in on one day. This gives us more time on the first day to celebrate being back and enjoy the time getting to know one another. If you are unable to attend, please don't fret! If you would like to drop off supplies to our office during school hours prior to the first day that is just fine too!

For Supply Drop-off:

  • Please have your student's belongings in a plastic bag(s)
  • Label all bags with your student(s) first and last name and teacher's name
  • Students may enter the building to find their classroom and drop off their supplies to their teacher!
  • When you are done, find Mrs. Kern on the playground for a cool summer treat! Feel free to snap a picture with our KIND Banner located at the east end of our building (corner of Third St. & Washington)

First Day of School Pictures

Our Be the "I" in KIND Banner will be on display at the east end of our building (corner of Third St. & Washington) once again. Feel free to stop and snap a first day photo! We will have it up during the day on Monday and Tuesday as well for parents/guardians who may want to come grab a quick pic before the first day of school.

In need of after-school care?

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Woodbury PPA

Looking to join our wonderful parent organization? You can find out more information by checking out their Facebook page. Our PPA has been a wonderful to support to us in making our school a great place to be!

Woodbury Facebook Page

Please feel free to follow our Woodbury Facebook page! This is a place where we share celebrations, community information and school reminders for various events. Please note that all important information and announcements will go home to you in our newsletter, classroom newsletters or in your student's backpack. The page is not intended to be your primary source for communication, but instead an extra one. Please avoid sending messages or posting school related questions as the page is only monitored intermittently. Instead, always contact our school office for school related questions or to communicate about your student. We appreciate it!



Dear Sandwich School District 430 Community,

The federal program that has allowed school districts across the country to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students regardless of income expired on June 30, 2022. Since 2020, this program has eliminated the need to collect payments for school meals for any student.

At this time, the federal government has not extended the waivers for this school year to allow free meals for all students. As a result, schools across the nation will be reverting back to free and reduced-price meals based on income eligibility guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

During the 2022-2023 school year, families who do not qualify for free or reduced lunch will have to pay for school meals and registration fees. Students whose families are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch will be able to access meals this school year at no cost or a discounted rate. Families who qualify will have registration fees waived or applied at a discounted rate.

In order to review the requirements to qualify and to apply, please use the link below:

2022-2023 Free/Reduced Application

Only one application needs to be completed per household. If you recently received notification that you have already been approved for free or reduced meals for the 2022-2023 school year you do not need to complete an application.

Lunch Prices for 2022-2023:

K-5 Schools $3.10

Sandwich Middle School $3.20

Sandwich High School $3.20

If you have any questions, please reach out to:

Jody Kruswicki, Administrative Assistant

815-786-2187 or

Woodbury 2022-2023 Student Handbook

For complete information on district policies and procedures you may access our student handbook here.