Woodcrest Spanish Immersion

January 13, 2021 Newsletter

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Del Escritorio del Sr. Franke

Greetings Woodcrest Families,


We are excited to welcome students back to the Woodcrest building January 21. We spent time today as staff and teams preparing for this transition. We focused our time on preparing for the learning and health and safety that must be in place when we return to the building. Thank you, families, for your support of this planning time to make this a smooth transition.


As we prepare for January 21, we are working through requests from families to change learning models and the impacts to teachers, classrooms and students. The family requests to change learning model will impact both at-school and online learning. As I have reviewed the requests, I believe there will be little impact on the student learning experience.


The work that we are engaged in today will continue next week. As a reminder, there will be no school Monday, January 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and no school on Tuesday, January 19 and Wednesday, January 20 for grades K-6 as we use these days to prepare for the transition.


As we continue to live through the impacts this pandemic has had on our lives and learning, the events at the U.S. Capitol last week and continued division in our country also have shaken us. Our teachers have provided space and time to process together. Our purpose in having these conversations is to emphasize that regardless of what we each believe, how we treat each other matters. At Woodcrest, we work hard to treat each other with respect and kindness and create an environment where each student feels valued and belongs. We are working to prepare our children for life in a diverse society – where we can disagree without disrespecting or hurting each other.


Again, I cannot over emphasize the excitement I have for returning to learning here at Woodcrest. Please, if you have any questions about this transition, I ask that you reach out to me. Thank you for your continued partnership, and I look forward to hearing from and working with you as this year continues.


With thanks,


John Franke

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Challenge #1 - Collection 'Pennies for Packs' & Community Food Drive

Now that you've marked your calendar for the Panther for a Purpose - Virtual Giving Event to Benefit the Panther Pantry on February 27, 2021, it's time to get involved and participate in Panther Challenges! Panther Challenges are designed to bring the community together leading up to the event.


Panther Challenge #1 has begun with the 'Pennies for Packs' and Community Food Drive challenge. Gather some food and spare change and be ready for the collection days on January 26 and January 27. Collection sites include the front office at each school and the District Services Center (DSC).


We want to see photos and videos of your collection efforts. Please submit photos and/or videos to pantherfoundation@district16.org. Photos submitted will be entered for a prize drawing including Panther Branded gear and a $25 gift card to the Panther Store!


Learn more about event and future challenges on the Panthers for a Purpose event page
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Family Game Night Activity Bags

Thank you to the Family Activity Committee for creating and distributing over 100 free family game night bags to Woodcrest Families and thanks to Bonnie Kienitz who donated all the copy paper for the bags! If you still need to pick up your bag or spirit wear order, email the PTO to arrange a time to meet at the school parking lot.

FREE Digital Logic Games Available

Free Digital Family Game Night for all via Breakout EDU! New puzzles have been released for the month of January. Complete one to be entered into the monthly prize drawing...more details on Facebook/Konstella. Sign up online with code OQXAW6.

Scholastic Book Fair

Woodcrest PTO offers easy to order books that ship directly to your home through Scholastic Book Club. Please visit Scholastic Book Club and enter class code NJ89V. All purchases will help earn FREE books which will be used to support children's literacy at Woodcrest. Questions about Scholastic Book Club can be emailed to PTO.

Contact Info

If you have ideas or questions at any time, contact the WCSI PTO.

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  • January 18- No school for students at Woodcrest Spanish Immersion
  • January 19- No School for students at Woodcrest Spanish Immersion
  • January 19- Kindergarten Connect from 12-1 p.m.
  • January 20- No School for students at Woodrest Spanish Immersion
  • January 20- Kindergarten Connect from 6-7 p.m.
  • January 21- First Day back for students at Woodcrest Spanish Immersion
  • January 21- Kindergarten Connect from 4-5 p.m.
  • February 8- WCSI PTO Meeting from 6-7 p.m.
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National Flag Football MN Begins This Spring

Visit the website to view full details and sign up or call Community Education at 763-600-5050.


The National Flag Football MN program is set up in collaboration with SLP's Community Ed. Registration is open now on their website. Click the image to enlarge details.

Youth Virtual Magic Tricks Class

Amaze your family and friends with magic tricks! Students will use common household items (deck of cards, paper clips, pencils, etc.) to learn and perform magic tricks. Register for YEL Magic 1.0 Class

Join Girl Scouts for Free

All girls in grades K-12 are invited to join the Girl Scouts of River Valleys for free if they sign up by February 28, 2021. By joining Girl Scouts, your student will participate in meetings and activities and be a part of a group that provides a sense of belonging to girls who are missing school and friends. Learn more here.

2021 Baseball & T-Ball Registration

The Blaine Area Little League is inviting boys and girls to sign up for the 2021 Baseball and T-Ball season. Registration is now open. Click here to learn about the different age groups, important dates and more.
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