WildCat News

January 14, 2022

** Monday, Jan. 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day there is No School & Pop Keeney Will Be Closed **

In this Issue...

  • Quarantine Learning Support
  • Close Contact
  • Confirmatory Testing Update
  • Family Partnership Survey
  • Yearbooks on Sale Now!
  • Build Better Together: Our February 8 Funding Measures
  • Winter Delays/Closures
  • High Speed Internet Access
  • Northshore Families....Dual Language
  • Important Covid Links
  • PTA News

Quarantine Learning Support

With the increased number of positive batches in schools, we wanted to remind families about the available support for students who must isolate and/or quarantine due to COVID-19. Please visit the Quarantine Learning Support webpage if your student needs to quarantine. The schedule for live elementary lessons in math, reading and writing and the schedule for secondary students to access drop-in support can be found there. Beginning Tuesday, January 18 and lasting through this current surge of Omicron, we will double-up the live lessons in math, reading and writing. Our amazing Quarantine Learning Support teachers will teach lessons from 9:00-11:30 am and then again from 1:00-3:30 pm.

Close Contact

Due to the increase in positive Covid cases we will be communicating information about close contacts in the following manner:


Close Contacts:

  • You will receive a text message to inform you to check your email. The email will have important information on whether or not you need to pick up your child, and next steps that need to be taken before your child can return to school.


Staying Safe

While there are many things we can do to help slow the spread of this variant, here are a few reminders:

  • If you’re sick, stay home. If sick with Covid symptoms, get tested. You can sign up for a test at Pop Keeney here.
  • Spread out. Keep 3-6 feet of distance between yourself and others as much as possible.
  • If you test positive, please notify anyone you’ve been in close contact with as soon as possible, and notify our school office by emailing Nurse Deb @ dmurphy@nsd.org.

By following these guidelines, we can best keep ourselves, others, our staff, and our families as safe as possible.

Confirmatory Testing Update

Starting today, if your student is found to be in a positive batch and is unvaccinated, they will be able to have an individual PCR test administered here at school the same day to the extent possible (while supplies last). This means if we have enough PCR tests, and you have registered your student HERE, then we can test here at Woodin before they are sent home. Students who are unvaccinated can return when they have received a negative test. Please submit test results to Nurse Deb, dmurphy@nsd.org.


If your student is vaccinated please make sure you have also registered ahead of time so that we can administer the PCR test here at Woodin and send them back to class.

Family Partnership Survey

In December we held our annual Title family meeting where we shared what support services (Title, LAP and Multi-lingual) look like at Woodin. During the meeting we used our family partnership survey to gather input and ideas from Woodin families. We would like to hear from all families, not just those who attended the annual meeting. Please use the links below to share your thoughts with us. Family Partnership Survey

Yearbooks on Sale Now!

Please watch for the yearbook order form to come home with students. Sales will be from Jan. 14th - Feb. 18th. Cost is only $13.00 and all orders are run through PTA to help keep the cost down this year. Please make checks payable to Woodin PTA. Exact cash is accepted. Additional order forms are available in the main office. Questions, contact Theresa Cussac at tcussac@nsd.org.

Build Better Together: Our February 8 Funding Measures

Into the new year, we will continue to share information about the three funding measures on the February 8, 2022 ballot for our District. These measures will support our work to build better together: modernizing schools, sustaining technology, and increasing opportunities. Every school in our district will receive support through these measures.


The renewal Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) levy continues day-to-day operations that are not funded by the state. This includes providing funding for nurses, mental health counselors, academic supports and extracurricular activities.


The renewal Technology levy continues funding to maintain our investment in technology for our students. From classroom technology and innovative learning, to technology training, the levy ensures our students and staff have access to the resources to thrive in a digital learning environment.


The Capital Projects bond will address our highest facility needs by funding additional classrooms and learning spaces to address overcrowded schools. It will also reduce reliance on portable classrooms and make necessary repairs to our buildings.


Specific to our school, Woodin will receive some modernization of the existing building and a new expansion, totaling $30,750,000. This project will remove portables from our school site. Along with work on the building, the project will include the construction of a new, fully inclusive playground. We will also receive technology devices for students and staff on a four-year replacement cycle, new classroom technology tools to support innovative learning, adaptive technology tools to support individual student learning needs, and ongoing training opportunities for staff.


The annual school tax rate is projected to decrease during the four years of the measures. With an all-mail election, please watch for your ballot arriving around January 20 and remember to vote. Ballots must be returned by Election Day on February 8.


Learn more about the bond and levies: https://www.nsd.org/bondlevy

Interested in Teaching Spanish 200/300 in Northshore

Leota Middle School is looking for a teacher to teach Spanish 200 and 300. Below is the posting link.


Leota Middle School - Spanish Teacher - Middle School (powerschool.com)

Winter Delays/Closures

For District information on weather and emergencies, check out the district website:


https://www.nsd.org/resources/reference/closures-delays

High Speed Internet Access

The FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) has become the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Information about these excellent programs for providing families true high-speed Internet access at their homes (and not just the limited access that a hot spot provides) is available at https://www.nsd.org/internetaccess.


The website above provides information regarding eligibility and application process. Any family eligible should definitely apply.

Northshore Families… Have you ever thought about Dual Language?

The K-5 Dual Language Program at Woodin Elementary is a bilingual educational program integrating multilingual learners and English-speaking students for instruction in and through two languages (Spanish and English) with the goal being to create students who are multilingual, multiliterate, and multicultural.


Find out if the dual-language program is the right choice for your family at an upcoming information night!


Tuesday, February 8th, 2022


Important Covid Links


PTA News

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All families are invited to join this free two part webinar series for an informational and supportive program presented by Gender Diversity.


These sessions are intended for families, caregivers, educators, and community members. Students are welcome to attend, however, content (and terminology used) may be more suited for middle & high school students. Here is the google form to register.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe-tRaAgyM65TbZFJKASJjB_di-RTcGDa-wu06_d04tUWP_-w/viewform?usp=sf_link


Information for the zoom link will be sent as we get closer to a presentation.