Woodland Watch

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

April 30, 2021

Upcoming Events

  • April 12-May 11: Avondale School of Choice Applications Accepted
  • May 3-May 14: Leadership Team Cereal Food Drive
  • May 5: Early Dismissal @ 1:35pm
  • May 5: 5th Grade Parent Meeting via Zoom with Mr. Ohrt @ 6:00pm
  • May 6: Spring Picture Day; Parent-Teacher Conferences @ 4:30pm-7:30pm
  • May 7: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Development
  • May 11: PTO Meeting @ 7pm
  • May 12th: 6th Grade Class Registrations Due
  • May 26th: Advanced Math Testing @ Woodland
  • May 31: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
  • June 10: HALF DAY - Dismissal @ 11:45am
  • June 11: HALF DAY - Dismissal @ 11:45am - Last Day of School

A Note from Mrs. Schneider

Dear Woodland Families,

This week our 4th and 5th grade students have been ROCKSTARS! Our 5th grade students finished up the last two of their four MSTEP assessments and our 4th graders took their math and ELA tests. This school year has been unusual to say the least and students have struggled a bit with all-day school stamina, but the teachers and I were so impressed with the effort the students put in while testing and the patience they showed as classmates may have taken longer to finish. What TEAMWORK!!

Today, our 5th graders started on what we call Route 5/6. Mr. Ohrt, AMS principal, and Mrs. Wilson, 6th grade counselor, came to Woodland to introduce the students to the middle school and went over course selection. Since Ms. Pederson, choir and band teacher, was not able to host her Instrument Petting Zoo where she brings students over to demonstrate all instrument choices, she created a video slide show that all 5th graders watched yesterday. Next Wednesday, Mr. Ohrt would like to meet with all of you virtually to introduce himself and Mrs. Gomez, the assistant principal, to explain the class selection process and next steps. (His invitation and zoom link is below.)

Next week starts our Leadership Team's Cereal Food Drive. Breakfast is often considered the most important meal of the day. Many children face food insecurity over the summer when schools are not in session. We will be partnering with Gleaners Food Bank to help families in our community over the summer. Looking forward to seeing what we are able to bring in and what fun we might have with it! :)

Enjoy your weekend,

Arryn Schneider

Route 5/6 the Move to Middle School ~ from Mrs. Wilson, 6th grade counselor

We are excited to share that the 2021-2022 scheduling process has started with classroom presentations. We have scheduled visits to each of the elementary buildings to meet with the 5th grade students and teachers to discuss the transition from 5th to 6th grade and scheduling for next year.

The purpose of these presentations will be to begin the process for transition and orientation to Avondale Middle School. Students now begin the process to complete their course requests for next school year. All documents necessary are included in this email and are also housed on the AMS website under the Curriculum & Scheduling tab. It is required that each student have a Course Request form completed by May 12th. There are two options to complete the required information. There is an electronic Google Course Request form that is available, as well as a physical BLUE sheet that was provided to the in-person students, if needed. All families are welcome to use the electronic form. It is required that there is a form completed for each student.

As we promised the students, we are also attaching the scheduling presentation so that they can also share their new knowledge and excitement about AMS with you as well.

We will be hosting a virtual Parent/Guardian meeting on Wednesday, May 5th at 6 PM. We will cover the scheduling presentation that the students receive in their elementary buildings, procedures, and "how-to" information for completing the required student Course Requests as well as an opportunity for questions and answers with Mr. Ohrt and Mrs. Wilson.

The zoom link is:

Parents and guardians are now asked to review the BLUE course request sheet OR the electronic Google form with their student and finalize course requests. There are detailed instructions included in the Sixth Grade Transition Update packet. These forms include making one circled choice of either Band, Choir, or Trimester Elective Rotation. If your student selects Band or Choir as their choice then please also make sure that you have additionally completed the information from the Band or Choir web page that was sent home earlier and also included in this email. Again, we ask that these are either completed electronically or returned to their 5th grade teacher by Wednesday, May 12th.

Please think about course requests as you would a hotel reservation, we build our staffing and schedule based on the requests that we receive in May. There are no changes permitted after May 12th. For example, when making a scheduling choice for Band or Choir, this is a year-long commitment. Please take time to select the appropriate classes with informed decisions so we can support successful student and staff schedules.

If you have any questions, please contact our counseling office at 248-537-6303 or email michelle.wilson@avondaleschools.org.

Thank you for your assistance. It is crucial that each student has either an electronic form or the paper Course Request sheet submitted for their requests for accuracy and for the scheduling process.

Following the course requests, the next step in the transition process takes place in August. We will welcome all 6th grade students for 6th grade Orientation on August 12th. Information will be shared regarding this important and engaging day later in the summer.

We are very excited to plan for next school year!

As promised, here are all of the documents and links referenced in the sample packet:

Class of 2028 Save the Dates: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dhiD6AriDIi29iejbFnog0FNla1jDkCxfluS4Xqa4Js/edit?usp=sharing

Course Request Google Form complete by May 12th: https://forms.gle/4NnQs3kkCE7AuuGH7

Parent ZOOM Link for Wednesday, May 5th at 6 PM: https://zoom.us/j/96457738949 Meeting ID: 964 5773 8949

Transition letter to parents and guardians: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sovucDI3YjCxl6HhHSoM7wPVnEjEtaXR/view?usp=sharing

Link to the student provided presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1kaWoM4lNu_znrmIqS1saqaI33a8IBEOzLG9YhgRx-6o/edit?usp=sharing

Band site: https://sites.google.com/avondaleschools.org/band-recruiting/

Choir site: https://sites.google.com/avondaleschools.org/jointhechoir/

Curriculum guide: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1U6CpEu_jW3E4B9TfBPQqcNURssdnRp1_/view?usp=sharing

Advanced Math Information: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://drive.google.com/file/d/16io49F9T-4z6XDsS0BJFSsyHsUIOOtNi/view&sa=D&source=editors&ust=1619546335928000&usg=AFQjCNFi_IzuYeVVVCH8l0YgZXLDJKAnTw

Leadership Cereal Food Drive

The Woodland Leadership Team is holding a Cereal Food Drive from May 3rd-May 14th to help local families in need. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and many people struggle to feed their families during the summer break. Our school goal is to collect 1000 boxes of cereal and the students want to do a cereal box domino run through the hallways of Woodland! Each class that brings in 40 boxes of cereal will earn a popsicle party. Also, the class that donates the most cereal boxes in Lower El (Kindergarten-2nd grade) and Upper El (3rd grade-5th grade) will win a Pizza Party, courtesy of the PTO!

In-seat students will have Gleaners boxes outside of their classrooms to collect the cereal. Virtual students will have boxes for their classroom in the Main Entrance foyer. Please invite your family and friends to participate in this fun food drive!

We have collected 408 boxes of cereal so far! Way to go Wildcats!

Spring Picture Day

Woodland's Spring Picture Day will be Thursday, May 6th.

Picture flyers were sent home earlier this week and reminder slips were sent home today in Friday folders. The process has changed a bit this year. LifeTouch will still be photographing everyone, but are no longer producing packages for everyone. Orders can be placed either online using the online code EVTVHXC44 at mylifetouch.com before picture day and for about 48 hours after picture day or they can turn in a payment envelope to the photographer on picture day. All students that pay for a package will receive one. Everyone else will receive a proof sheet that gives information to order pictures at a later date.

If your child is remote and you would like to have their picture taken, please come to Woodland anytime between the hours of 1:30pm-3pm.

Parent-Teacher Spring Conferences

Please remember that Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held this year on Thursday, May 6th from 4:30pm-7:30pm. Conference letters were sent home only if your child's teacher requested one.

If you would like to conference with one of the Specials teachers, please reach out to them via email or call the Main Office to schedule a conference.




If your child receives reading support from Mrs. Alonso, you may schedule a conference with her by clicking on the following link: Mrs. Alonso's Sign Up Genius For Spring Conferences

Kids Standard Writing

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School of Choice Window Open Now

Do you have a friend or family member interested in having their child attend Avondale, but they do not live within the district? Please let them know that our window for School of Choice (SOC) applications is open from April 12th - May 11th and encourage them to join our Avondale community!

If you are a school of choice family that is already part of the Avondale School District, you do not need to re-apply each year. However, if you have another child that you would like to attend Avondale Schools, who is not a current student, you DO need to apply for a SOC spot for that child.

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Please Complete Your "Clear To Go" Screenings Every Morning

PLEASE complete your "Clear To Go" screening for every student in your household each morning before your child arrives at school.

You may download the "Clear To Go" app on your mobile device and have it alert you every morning to submit your "Clear To Go" screening for your student(s).

If you have any questions or difficulties downloading the app, please contact the Main Office at (248) 537-6900.

Updated Covid Protection Reminders

Because there has been outdated and sometimes misleading or conflicting information in the news and on social media about COVID-19, we are sending this note to reiterate and clarify what to do if your student is either exposed to a positive COVID-19 case, is experiencing symptoms, is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or has tested positive for COVID-19.


The quarantine period for Avondale Schools is currently 14 days. Quarantine guidelines do not apply to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 3 months. Quarantine guidelines also do not apply to anyone who has received their final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days prior to an exposure.

Isolate is a term used for those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who are awaiting a test result. Those in isolation must remain in separate rooms and avoid sharing personal items.

Quarantine is a term used for those who have been deemed a close contact to someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Those in quarantine must always remain home, which includes staying home from school, athletic events and other activities.

If your child is exposed to COVID-19 by someone who is a MEMBER OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD:

  • Complete the Clear To Go screening and notify your school.
  • Isolate the household members who are positive for COVID-19 for 14 days from the start of symptoms or the positive test collection date, whichever occurred first.
  • Quarantine the child who has been exposed to the positive case for 14 days from the date of last exposure. If the child in quarantine is re-exposed to the positive case during the 14-day quarantine period, the quarantine period must reset to another 10 days from the date of exposure. In some cases, the quarantine period for someone living with someone who has COVID-19 could be for a total of 28 days.

If your child is exposed OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD (at school, in the community, at a club or athletic event, etc.):

  • Complete the Clear To Go screening. If the exposure occurred at school or while participating in an Avondale School District activity or event you will be notified by an Avondale staff member.
  • Quarantine your child from interactions with others, by NOT allowing them to attend school and NOT allowing them to participating in athletic or club activities for 14 days from the date of exposure.
  • Have your child tested for COVID-19 and provide the test results to your school, if positive. A negative test will not permit your child to return to school early.

If your child is experiencing symptoms:

  • Complete the Clear To Go screening
    • A failed screening requires that your child remain home for a minimum of 14 days, unless you provide a doctor’s note with an alternative diagnosis to return.
  • Have your child tested for COVID-19 and provide the positive or negative test result to your school.
    Alternatively, visit your medical provider for a diagnosis that is not related to COVID-19. Provide a doctor’s note to your school before returning.

If your child is waiting for their own test results:

  • Isolate your child at home until the test result is returned.
    • Those in isolation must remain in separate rooms and avoid sharing personal items.
    • Please do not allow your child to attend school or an athletic or club activity while a test result is pending.
  • Complete the Clear To Go screening and notify your school.

If your child has received a positive COVID-19 test:

  • Complete the Clear To Go screening and notify your school.
  • Isolate your child for a minimum of 14 days from the start of symptoms or the positive test collection date, whichever occurred first.
    • If no symptoms remain after 14 days, they may return to school without a negative COVID-19 test.

We are committed to keeping our schools open for in-seat instruction and maintaining a safe environment for staff and all students in our schools. We need your help to do this. Please help us by adhering to the procedures outlined above. Please help us by having your child wear a mask when outside of your home and washing their hands frequently. The CDC has stated that these two mitigation practices help to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Michigan Secure Mobile App

Why Should You Download And Install Michigan Secure On Your Mobile Device?

Michigan Secure alerts you to unsecure Wi-Fi networks, unsafe apps in Android, system tampering, and more. It helps protect your mobile device or Chromebook without requiring any personal private information. (See our Privacy Policy)

Michigan Secure costs $0 to download, $0 to use, no in-app purchases, and no ads. It gives you the options and allows you to determine the best action to help protect yourself. Michigan Secure alerts Android users if a downloaded app may be unsafe. Don't leave your device unprotected. More information can be found in the attached document and at this link: https://www.michigan.gov/dtmb/0,5552,7-358-82548_78404_95432---,00.html


Cafeteria and Hot Lunch

All students (no forms required) are eligible to receive free lunch this year.

Hot Lunch

Monday, May 3: Chicken Nuggets OR Bosco Sticks w/Marinara

Tuesday, May 4: Chicken Alfredo Rotini OR Fruit & Yogurt Parfait w/Granola

Wednesday, May 5: Cheeseburger OR Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Thursday, May 6: Pepperoni Pizza OR Turkey & Cheese Sub

Friday, May 7: NO SCHOOL

Student Materials Pick Up

Woodland will be having Student Materials Pick Up (for Remote Students only) approximately every 2 weeks from 8:30am-3:30pm on the following dates:

Wednesday, May 5

Wednesday, May 19

Wednesday, June 2

Please make sure to have your student return any books and/or the clear plastic bags (with their name) so we can use them for the next Materials Pick Up.

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!!

April 30: Jack W.

May 1: Matthew K.

May 2: Jayce F., Jesse M.

May 4: Amna A.

May 5: Nyla J.

May 6: Liam N., Emmersyn S.

May 8: Brynna L.

May 9: Raquel S.


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

This week, we focused on Purpose. People who possess a sense of purpose believe that they were put on earth for a reason. That reason can have all kinds of variety. It could be to create a unique invention, to bring joy through art or music, or to raise their children to become good people. These people have a true calling.

Next week we will focus on Leadership.

Woodland PTO Corner

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3rd-7th) is just around the corner! Woodland teachers are the BEST and we have fun treats planned for them at school each day. We have also planned a Teacher Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, May 7th because this is a Professional Development day for teachers.

If you would like to help by contributing goodies, please sign up on the link below or contact Beth Smith at ebethannsmith@gmail.com if you have any questions. We appreciate all the help we can get!

Teacher Appreciation Sign Up Link

PTO Board Member Openings

There are two (2) open Executive Board positions for the 2021-22 school year. All Executive Board Members attend most PTO and Executive Board meetings. They also need to be available for needed votes and input throughout the year.

Please consider volunteering to be a part of the Woodland PTO, even if you do not want to hold a Board position. All positions are supported by the other executive board members, as well as a host of parent and staff volunteers. We are always looking for good help!

Open Positions and General Description of Responsibilities

Treasurer: Oversees the budget and spending of the PTO and keeps nonprofit paperwork up to date.

Fundraising Chair: Plans and organizes fundraising activities including the Fun Run.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Beth Smith at ebethannsmith@gmail.com or contact the Woodland Main Office.

Kroger Community Rewards

Do you have a Kroger Plus card? If so, you can link your cad 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.



Early Learning Center Ice Cream Social

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Avondale Early Learning Center Summer & Fall Programs

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Summer Camp Now Enrolling!

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AHS Class of 2021 Senior Class Car Parade

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Sports Physicals for Next Year

For the 2021-22 school year, an MHSAA pre-participation sports physical is required for all students who participate in sports. A physical examination must be completed on or after April 15, 2021 to be considered a valid physical for 2021-22.

The MHSAA Health Questionnaire will not be in use for next school year.

Avondale Band Virtual 5K Run/Walk

Join us for a virtual 5K Run/Walk to support the Avondale Band Program June 4th-6th!

Register: Visit us online at avondalebands.square.site to register.

Cost: $25 per participant (includes T-shirt and medal only if registered by May 20th). T-shirt and medal pickup will take place on June 2nd and 3rd at Avondale Middle School @ 1445 W.

Auburn Rd., Rochester Hills, MI between 2:45pm and 6:00 pm.

Time and place: Anywhere and anytime you like between June 4th and June 6th! Pick your favorite outdoor location anywhere in the world and plot your course (check out mapmyrun.com for ideas). Grab your friends and family and make it an outing. Time yourself only if you please. Treadmill runs/walks are also acceptable. Feel free to share your pics and time with us on social media. Use #avondalebandontherun2021. Find us on Facebook at Avondale Band Boosters.

All proceeds benefit the Avondale Band Program and help offset the cost of replacing the aging Yellow Jacket Marching Band uniforms. This event is hosted by Avondale Band Boosters. Questions? Contact us at bandboostersavondale@gmail.com or text Juli Drake at 248-840-3016.

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Avondale Family Resource & Support Package

The Avondale Family Resource and Support Package has been created to support families, students, and staff during times of need. This is a document that continues to be updated based on resources available. Please review supports and use as needed. Families in need of any of our Avondale Support Team members may also connect with us by email or phone.


Free Food For Families

Chartwells will be distributing breakfasts and lunches for children to ANY family that wishes to receive them every Wednesday from 11:00am-1:00pm at Avondale High School. Your children do NOT need to be present, and your children do NOT need to be enrolled in the Avondale School District to receive food.

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/.
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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.