Woodland Watch

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

September 23, 2022

Upcoming Events

September 27, 28 & 30: Hearing Screening-PreK, K, 2nd, 4th Grades

October 5: Student Count Day

October 7: Woodland Fun Run (Date Change!)

October 14: Avondale Homecoming Parade & Game

October 20: HALF DAY-End of 1st Quarter-11:45am Dismissal

October 21-24: NO SCHOOL - Fall Break

October 31: Halloween Parties/Early Dismissal @ 1:35pm

A Message from the Principal

Dear Woodland Families,

It was so nice visiting with so many families at last Friday's Family Picnic. The weather was beautiful and it was a joy to see all the kids playing. A huge thank you to the PTO and the best volunteer crew that we've had in years. It was truly an example of many hands, makes light work.

Today, we shared a video about our Woodland Fun Run with students. The Fun Run is on Friday, October 7th and it is our biggest fundraiser of the year. We ask that students collect pledges to run (or walk) with their class around our walking path and playground. We play music, give positive shout outs, and shower the students with bubbles. Families are encouraged to come cheer their student on or to even run alongside. The link of the video we shared with students is below and all students are bringing information home today in their Friday Folders.

Fun Run Video

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Arryn Schneider

Hearing Screenings

We will be conducting our yearly hearing screening for our TK, K, 2nd, and 4th grade students. This will take place between Tuesday 9/27, Wednesday 9/28 and Friday, 9/30. If you have a child who is not in one of these grades, but you would like to have them screened, please make sure to come into the Main Office and sign a permission slip for your child.

Kindergarten Drop Off in the Morning

Our TK and Kindergarten students are off to such a great start! They have practiced getting out of their cars or off the bus and walking to meet their teachers. This week, they met their teachers in Town Square and lined up along the hallway walls. We have staff and 5th grade safeties to help the students get there.

Attendance Reminders

We have many students who have been picked up early on multiple occasions. Important learning, including many intervention times, occur the last hour of school. Please be aware that when a child is picked up before 2:30pm, she/he is considered absent for the afternoon. Any time a student is picked up between 2:31pm and dismissal is considered an early withdrawal.

We are taking attendance very seriously because every minute missed, is a missed opportunity to learn.

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Woodland After-School Clubs...Coming Soon

Woodland teacher-run club information will be coming out next week. This year, we will have:

1. Board Game Club (Grades 3-5)

2. Violin Club (Grades 3-5)

3. EcoRanger/Green Team (Grades 1-5)

The costs for these clubs are $60 for 30 hours of club time over the course of the year. If a family receives free/reduced lunch, the cost is adjusted to $24.

We also host our Math Camp and Leadership Teams, but these are by application or invitation based on need and do not require a fee.

Woodland will also be hosting clubs that are run by outside organizations. The details on these have not been finalized yet. As soon as they are, I will share them out.

Wanted: Animal Experts

We are looking for guest speakers for a school-wide activity coming up in October. If you or someone you know is a veterinarian, vet tech or has a job related to animals, we are hoping to arrange for in-person or zoom presentations for each grade level. The more speakers we have, the better.

Please connect us with your “animal person” if he/she may be interested in sharing their love for animals with our students. You can email Mrs. Schneider at arryn.schneider@avondaleschools.org or call the Main Office at 248-537-6900 with the person’s contact information.

Breakfast is available in the cafeteria from 8:22-8:40am.

Cafeteria and Hot Lunch

School breakfast and lunch is no longer free. Breakfasts cost $1.50 and lunches cost $2.85. If a child orders a 2nd lunch, she/he must pay an additional $2.85. Money can be added to student accounts on Meal Magic.

Hot Lunch

Monday 9/26: A) Chicken Fries B) Strawberry Yogurt Parfait C) Sun Butter & Jelly Sandwich

Tuesday 9/27: A) Pasta w/Meat Sauce B) Strawberry Yogurt Parfait C) Sun Butter & Jelly Sandwich

Wednesday 9/28: A) Mini Corndogs B) Strawberry Yogurt Parfait C) Sun Butter & Jelly Sandwich

Thursday 9/29: A) Stuffed Crust Cheese Pizza B) Strawberry Yogurt Parfait C) Sun Butter & Jelly Sandwich

Friday 9/30: A) Orange Popcorn Chicken B) Strawberry Yogurt Parfait C) Sun Butter & Jelly Sandwich

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Food Service & Meal Magic

We are also transitioning from MiStar Parent Portal to Meal Magic Family Portal for all food service-related management including viewing your student’s meal purchases and making deposits into their meal account. Set up your student’s Meal Magic account and learn more at https://avondale.familyportal.cloud/. Note that if your student had an unspent balance in their MiStar meal account, that amount will be carried over into the new Meal Magic system.

Learn more about these changes to our food services here.

An additional note regarding Avondale Food Services is a reminder of the importance of sharing any allergies that your student may have with our Food Service Department. If your student has any food allergies, please fill out the form here and email it to megan.haase@avondaleschools.org.

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Happy Birthday

September 25: Joseph Z.

September 26: Shiori Y.

September 28: Victoria C.

September 29: Harmehar K., Vinnisio P.

September 30: Oliver H.

October 1: Kaylee S.

October 2: John Z.

October 4: Amelia B., Gabrielle M., Kevale M., Aaliyah N., Arianna N.

October 5: Makayla K.


Please Label Items

  • When sending in any money with your child, please make sure that your child's first and last name, teacher's name and what the money is intended for is clearly labeled on an envelope or baggie. It is difficult for the office staff to know when so many things are coming in at this time of year, and we do not want to interrupt the classrooms during instructional time.


Please DO NOT send your child to school if:

  • They have had a fever within the last 24 hours
  • They have vomited or had diarrhea within the last 24 hours

If your child will be late or not attending school, please call the attendance line directly @ 248-537-6910 before 9am. The attendance line is available to call 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Also, if you are calling in your child's absence and they (or someone in the household) have Covid, please make sure to also call our district nurse, Lourdes Lopez, so she can give you pertinent clinical guidance. You may contact her at 947-235-1067. This is the protocol this year. We need to report the cases to the Oakland County Health Department and MDHHS.

Volunteer Forms

When sending in your Avondale School District Volunteer Registration Form, please make sure that you include a copy of your driver's license and/or state ID. Please be sure to indicate at the top of the form what you are volunteering for (teacher assistant, chaperone, etc.) and the time period it will cover. For example, circle "teacher assistant" and put "September 2022-June 2023" for the volunteering date. We will be sending back home any volunteer forms that did not have a copy of a driver's license attached.


If your student needs medication throughout the school day or in case of emergency, please make sure that your doctor has filled out a "Permission Form for Prescribed Medication" and please turn it into the Main Office. All medication must be stored in our clinic.

Free & Reduced Lunch Forms

Please turn in your paperwork ASAP. Only one application needs to be filled out per family. Lunch assistance forms need to be resubmitted each year by September 30th in order to renew assistance for the 2022-2023 school year.

Blessings In A Backpack

Considering the tough economic times and the rising food costs facing our area, we are attempting to help Avondale families by making sure all our children have enough food. “Blessings in a Backpack” is a program designed to provide students on the free and reduced lunch program with enough food for three meals a day during the weekends. This program is a community-based program sponsored by Blessings in a Backpack-Michigan, Community Foundation of Greater Rochester, the Meijer Corporation, the Avondale Community and will continue for children attending schools in the Avondale School District.

If you agree to take part in this program, during the school year, your child will receive a bag filled with purchased food for the weekend. Bags will be dispensed in a discreet and caring manner. The simple meals may include food like macaroni and cheese, beef ravioli, canned chicken, canned tuna, granola bars, peanut butter, soups, fruit, and other items. For you there is no cost associated with this program.

To ensure, as to the best of our ability, to provide for a safe packing environment all volunteers will follow the guidelines established by the Avondale School District. All food will be sent home in disposable plastic bags.

If you would like to have your child participate in this program, click on the link below to sign them up online or stop by the Main Office and fill out an enrollment form If you have more than one child attending the school, list the names of all children in this school.

Blessings in a Backpack Sign-Up Link

Please be sure to indicate on the form if your child has any food allergies. If your child has a food allergy, you as the parent are responsible for checking all food labels when the food arrives home. Avondale School District as well as Blessings in a Backpack-Michigan, Community Foundation of Greater Rochester and Meijer will not be held responsible for any accidental food allergen exposure.

Return the below form to your child’s school OR, sign your child(ren) up to receive Blessings in a Backpack online at: https://forms.gle/PenBsXw6fhZ7opKz5.

Busy Bee Child Care

Woodland Busy Bees is located in our cafeteria in the morning. Parents drop students off at the front door. When you arrive, call the Busy Bee staff and they will come get your student. Parents will not enter the building.

In the afternoon, students are bused to GATE on Bus 19. We are hoping this is a temporary location and we will be back at Woodland in the morning and afternoon shortly.

Woodland Busy Bees is currently full. There is a waitlist. If you'd like to get on it, please call Aleesha Hollis @ 248-537-6402 or email her @ aleesha.hollis@avondaleschools.org.

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Positivity Project (P2)

This week, we worked on Being Present and Giving Others My Attention as our Positivity Project (P2) Trait.

What Does Mean?

When I’m with other people, I’m present and give them my full attention.

This element of the Other People Matter Mindset is so important today due to the increasing number of distractions vying for our time and attention. Phone calls, text messages, emails, social media notifications all have the dangerous capacity to pull us away from the present moment and what’s most important – our relationships with other people. How dangerous is this? Very.

Dr. Jean Twenge, author of iGen, cites research that should scare us about people born between 1995 and 2012. As she explains, “Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones.” But this isn’t just about kids. Adults, too, are addicted to devices and social media – and are being negatively impacted mentally, emotionally, and physically by these addictions.

Why Does It Matter?

Just like plants need sunlight to grow, our relationships need attention. The research is crystal clear, relationships are the cornerstone of health, happiness, and resilience. And, if we don’t give our attention to the people we’re building relationships with – whether family members, close friends, or even distant colleagues – we can’t build those relationships.

On a group level, it’s vitally important that we pick our heads up from our cell phones and truly listen to other people when they’re talking. A positive culture is built with positive relationships – and we can’t build positive relationships without attention. So, the answer is clear: we need to pay attention to people in our lives. That’s going to be good for individuals, small groups, and large societies.

Next week, we will focus on Perspective as our P2 strength.

PTO News and Happenings

Woodland Fun Run

Woodland's Fun Run is coming! It's that time of year again for the Woodland PTO to host our annual Fun Run Fundraiser! It is our BIGGEST and MOST IMPORTANT fundraising event of the school year. Every year, the PTO raises money to enrich and enhance our children's educational experience as well as provide community events for our families. This year, teachers will be able to use 5% of their classroom earned pledges to purchase books for their classroom!

This year, our Fund Run will be held on Friday, October 7th. Our goal is to raise $10,000. To reach our goal, we ask that each student try to raise $75 in Fun Run pledges, though we appreciate all pledges, big and small. There will be a fun surprise for the entire school if this goal is met! Flyers with more information will be coming home today in your child's Friday Folder.

Woodland T-Shirts

Woodland T-Shirts were ordered last week and will arrive and be delivered to your child(ren) before our Fun Run on Friday, October 7th. If you did not order a shirt, we will have extras for sale in October in the Main Office for $5 each (cash only - no large bills). Students are asked to wear their grade level t-shirts many times during the year such as Fun Run, field trips, school assemblies and spirit days.

Kroger Rewards

Do you have a Kroger Plus card? If so, you can link your card to our school and Kroger will donate a percentage to Woodland! You still get all the great savings and all the fuel points! Link your card online at www.kroger/communityrewards by entering our account number: SQ402 or searching for Woodland PTO.

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.