Woodland Watch

A Woodland Wildcat Always R.O.A.R.S.

November 13, 2020

Upcoming Events

  • November 20: HALF DAY - Dismissal @ 11:45am; PM Teacher Records
  • November 24: HALF DAY - Dismissal @ 11:45am; End of 1st Trimester
  • November 25-27: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Recess
  • December 4: Student Material Pick Up @ 12:30pm-3:30pm
  • December 11: NO SCHOOL - Teacher PD Day
  • December 21-January 1: NO SCHOOL - Winter Recess
  • January 4: Return to Learning

A Note from Mrs. Schneider

Woodland Families,

It was so nice seeing so many of you today for picture retake and materials pick up. Everyone did such a great job with distancing and it brightened my day seeing the kids. If you did not get to pick up your child's materials, you can get them on Monday between 9am-12pm.

We are working to try to build in opportunities for students to interact with one another in non-academic ways. Our ASD teachers are starting up Bridge Buddies opportunities (see below) and we are putting together our Woodland Directory. Our Woodland Directory will list the names, phone numbers, addresses, and parents/guardian information that can be used to set up friend Zoom groups or other creative connections. We provide the opportunity for families to OPT OUT prior to printing the paper directory. Our goal is that paper directories will be distributed in our next pick up. You only need to fill out the form below if you DO NOT WANT your info included.

This week as part of our Positivity Project, we are focusing on gratitude. In all the craziness that is around us now, I am so grateful for the Woodland community! The teachers have been working like crazy to create engaging lessons, participating in professional learning, and giving it their all everyday. Our parents and guardians have been the best partners I could have wished for this year. I know this time of remote school has been challenging to balance work, life, illness, and school. I am thankful for you. Our kids...our kids are awesome! I am so grateful for their silly smiles, their flexibility in the remote classroom, and their ability to tell it like it is.

Please take a moment to share your gratitude with your partner, your children, your neighbor, or your child's teacher. It truly makes all the work worth it.

Have a nice weekend,


Woodland Bridge Buddies

Dear Parents,

Here at Woodland, we have a long-standing peer to peer mentoring program called the BRIDGE Buddies (Building Relationships, Independent Development, Growth and Excellence) . This program is utilized to help support students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other learning challenges.

The goal of this program is to develop the leadership skills of typically developing students, while also fostering communication and social skills for the individuals with disabilities. Research has shown that peer to peer mentoring is one of the most highly successful and reliable interventions to significantly improve the learning of both the individuals with disabilities, as well as the typically developing peers. This research has also proven to establish leadership skills of typically developing peers who participate in peer to peer programs.

BRIDGE Buddies tend to work in cohorts by grade level with students in both general education and special education. The cohort will be given an assignment to one specific time block. During their time block, students will have the opportunity to interact with other students and work on conversation skills within the zoom setting. Teams will have the option to participate in the program for one trimester, or longer.

The time blocks will be as follows:

Grades 1 and 2: Wednesday afternoon from 1:30-2:00*

Grades 3, 4, and 5: Wednesday afternoon from 12:45-1:15*

Training will be provided by the ASD teacher, paraprofessionals, and the school social worker to develop the skills of fostering peer to peer friendships. This training will take place once a month and will begin 15 minutes prior to the scheduled Bridge Buddy group time.

If your student is interested in becoming part of the BRIDGE Buddy program, please fill out the sign-up form. Thank you for allowing your child to participate in this important program. Feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns, or comments.


Tamara Yaxley

ASD Teacher


Jacqueline Victor

ASD Paraprofessional


Raelynn Buczkowski

School Social Worker


Woodland Directory OPT OUT form

The Woodland PTO is compiling information for the 2020-2021 edition of the Woodland Student Directory. Included in the directory are student name & address, parent/guardian name, phone number and email. We hope to have this year's directory available very soon. Please remember that this directory is intended for personal phone calls and mailings, and is NOT to be circulated outside of your household. It is absolutely NOT to be used for any commercial purposes.

If you DO NOT wish for your child to be listed in the Woodland Student Directory, please click on the link below and submit. If you do not return this form to us by Tuesday, November 24th, your family WILL BE included in the directory. You DO NOT need to submit the form if you are okay with your child's information included in the directory.

Woodland Student Directory OPT OUT Form

Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Woodland office by phone at 248-537-6900, or email denise.scrase@avodaleschools.org or dawn.montano@avondaleschools.org.

Woodland Material Pick Ups

Friday, December 4th - 12:30pm-3:30pm

Wednesday, December 16th - 12:30pm-3:30pm

Teachers will be sending home materials to support classroom instruction. Ms. Green sends home the materials for student art projects as well.

Please make sure all classroom library books and folders are returned to school ASAP.

If you are unable to pick up materials during the given times due to work, please call the Main Office and we will make arrangements.


Thank you again to all of our Woodland Wildcats for participating in our first annual Read-A-Thon! We raised $8,262.50! Don't forget to log into your personal Read-A-Thon page to shop and pick out your prizes! Deadline is today Friday, November 13th.

Letters To Our Troops

The third graders and the Leadership Team at Woodland Elementary have teamed up to write letters to soldiers who are either deployed or will be alone for the holidays. They are also sending a small care package as well which will include trail mix, gum, candy, books (slightly used or new), word search books, pens, and stationery. The students are really excited to spread some love, kindness, and appreciation to each and every one of our troops for the holidays. The letters will be sent to a base in Eagle River, Alaska.

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.

Positivity Project (P2) #Other People Mindset

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

This week, we focused on Gratitude.

This means that you

Next week, we will focus on Gratitude.

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!

November 13: James A.

November 15: Mrs. McIntyre

November 16: Rahket Rice-Harris

November 18: Jett M., Niranjan

November 20: Alonso A.

November 22: Alivia C., Alexa D.

Avondale High School News

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ATC Fundraiser

Avondale Theatre Company is spreading kindness with their fundraiser “Bee Kind”! They are selling hats and masks that have our district's signature letter "A" with a yellow jacket on it. There is also an option to add the words "Bee Kind" to the hat or mask. Help spread kindness and positivity - hat up / mask up! Please click the link below:

Avondale Theatre Fundraiser Link

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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!

Moments Photography Photo Sessions

Moments Photography is holding 10 minute mini sessions for the holidays on Friday, November 20th at Goldner Walsh Garden & Nursery from 10:30am-4:30pm. 100% of the profits will be used to purchase winter items and food for Avondale students in need this December.

Moments Photography is a non-profit photography business run by Avondale High School students. All proceeds from Moments Photography help support the Gift of Giving initiatives for the Avondale School District.
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Employment Opportunities

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Avondale GATE Magnet School

Avondale GATE Magnet School provides a challenging and innovative learning environment in which gifted students maximize their academic and social/emotional growth. GATE serves students in second through eighth grade. Please see below for more information.
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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.