What's Happening Woodward

10/17/21

Woodward Walks to School

On Wednesday, October 6th, Woodward students and staff took part in Walk to School day, sponsored by Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS). SRTS works to increase safe biking and walking to school while also promoting exercise and a healthy lifestyle. While this event occurred almost two weeks ago, we wanted to highlight and share some photos from the day. Thank you to all who participated!
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Woodward Students Taking Action!

I am so proud to share this next update with the Woodward community. Semona Peet, one of our third-grade students, has been on a mission to help get the Blue-spotted Salamander recognized as the state amphibian.


At the end of the 2020-2021 school year, Semona learned that Massachusetts does not have a state amphibian. This surprised Semona, but then motivated her to take action and get the Blue-spotted Salamander, which is a threatened species, recognized as the state amphibian.


When I sat with Semona, she explained the importance of Vernal Pools. "Vernal Pools are an important part of our environment. If we bring attention to Blue-spotted salamanders, we would be helping all the animals and amphibians that need Vernal Pools to complete their life cycles."


Currently, there is a bill in committee in the state house of representatives and one was just introduced into the senate. Now, Semona, along with other organizations around the state are asking for everyone's help. "I think it would be helpful if a bunch of kids can draw pictures or write letters to the committee to say that you like this idea. Thank you for listening!" ~ Semona


If you would like to help this great cause, students can send pictures and letters in support of the bill to Woodward School. Semona will collect the posters and letters and send them to the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight. This committee includes both Senators and Representatives.

Woodward In the News!

By now I'm sure many of you have heard that Woodward just received top ranks in the state for Elementary Schools. In an article from U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday, October 12, Woodward was ranked #3 in Massachusetts. This is so exciting for the entire community. As always, we thank our entire parent and school community for the partnership that exists- putting kids at the center of our work.


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Woodward extravaganza update

To ensure the health and safety of our Woodward community, the decision has been made to make this year's Woodward Extravaganza virtual. The basket raffle and auction will still take place- thank you all for your generous donations so far! Raffle baskets and auction items will be displayed in school and on our social media accounts. Parents and families will then be able to purchase tickets and bid on items electronically. More information will be coming soon!


Please help support Woodward School during our largest fundraiser of the year!

Whooo Loves Costumes?

We do! This year at Woodward, if students would like, they will be allowed to wear a school appropriate costume to school on Friday, October 29th. To ensure that the costumes do not interfere with the learning process, we ask that students DO NOT wear masks, blood, or body/ face paint. Please no toys or accessories, ie: guns, swords. As an alternative to costumes, students are also invited to wear pajamas or fall themed clothing.


Just a reminder that students will be following their regular schedule for this day, so keep that in mind when deciding on costumes, ie: being out at recess and having gym.

Thank You S0S, Parents and Families!

Thank you parents, families, and community members for hearing the call and making such generous donations to our Woodward SOS. In a matter of weeks, we have raised approximately $7,500 in donations that will be going directly back into our amazing students and school.

Fall Parent Teacher Conferences

Conferences are scheduled for the afternoon and evening of Thursday, November 18, and for the afternoon of Friday, November 19. Student Dismissal on these days will be 12:05 pm. Conferences can be held over Zoom or in-person based on parent preference and will be scheduled for 15 minutes. Please look for a conference sign-up from your student's classroom teacher either in a hardcopy or signup genius format.


If you would like to have a conference with one of our special area teachers, please use the sign-up genius link below to schedule.


Ms. Goode- PE

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4AABAB29A7FB6-conference


Mrs. Benford- Tech

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b48a9af2fa13-conferences1


Mrs. Dubois- Art

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A44ADAF2BA7F94-artconference


Mrs. Winer- Library

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B44A9A72AA20-fall1


Mrs. Geeze- Music

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4AABAB28ABF94-music

Scholastic Book Fair- Coming soon

The Scholastic Book Fair is back!

While the Fair will be held online for Woodward this fall, we’re so excited to connect our community through the joy of reading and create a fun virtual experience for our kids.


Mark your calendars for Thursday October 21st – November 3rd!


Our Virtual Fair will feature:


A fully virtual Book Fair experience where you and your child can browse nearly 300 titles by grade, meet popular authors, watch book videos, and discover the magic of reading.

Direct access to over 5,000 additional titles with family- friendly prices

Rewards that benefit our school directly—25% of every purchase will go back to our school community.

A Message From Superintendent Martineau

I am pleased to announce that The Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough has started the equity audit process with our partner, Mass Insight Education & Research. Throughout this process, Mass Insight will gather and analyze data and evidence around the ways in which students, families, community members, and staff experience the District's core values and learning opportunities for ALL students.


The survey will take less than 15 minutes to complete. This survey is anonymous and will be used to surface trends for the purposes of the equity audit. All identifying information will be removed from written responses.


Please complete the family survey linked below in your preferred language by Friday, October 22, 2021.