Principal's Weekly Update
Harvest Lunch is November 17th!
Thank you for sending in your RSVPs for how many people will be eating with your student. Please bring cash or check to pay for lunches. You can request that we call down a sibling to join the other if that works better for you. Lunch times are as follows (recess follows each lunch):
11:00-11:30 Kinder lunch
11:35-12:05 1st and 2nd lunch
12:10-12:40 3rd and 4th lunch
12:40-1:10 5th and 6th lunch
Scholastic Book Fair
The Scholastic Book Fair will be happening in the library Monday 11/28-Friday 12/2, and we are looking for a few parent volunteers to help out during library classes that week, as well as during our evening visit from Joe Hayes on Wednesday 11/28. Please contact Molly Masse at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in volunteering. Thank you for your amazing support of the Wood Gormley Library!
An Evening with Joe Hayes, NM Storyteller at WG and a Family Engagement Survey
We would like to get some information from you regarding family engagement. Please complete the following survey so we can offer more opportunities for our families and students. Click this link for the survey. https://forms.gle/nmak7MGu2zsD8jqG7
We are also hosting a Magical Evening with Joe Hayes, NM Storyteller extraordinaire from 5:45-6:45 on November 30th in the WG Gym! Mark your calendars because you don't want to miss this!
The Scholastic Book Fair will also be going on so stop by on your way to the event!
Annual Snowflake Drive coming soon!
Every year WG hosts the Snowflake Drive to help WG families who are in need of assistance. If you know of WG families who are in need of assistance, please email Karen Lindeen, Principal, with your nominations. If you are in need of assistance, we encourage you to self-nominate. We keep this process very confidential. Once we gather this information, we will solicit wish lists for these families and open it up for our community to donate these items through the Snowflake Drive. (more info about that soon!) Thank you!
SFPS Transfer Lottery Opened on Nov. 1st!
Native American Heritage Month Education
YEARBOOK Picture submissions
WG Families -
Please submit any photos you may have taken for the following events and activities. Keep in mind that each event/activity has its own link. Password for all is Panthers22!.
Fall Festival -
First Serve Tennis -
Girls Basketball -
Boys Basketball -
Thank you -
WG Yearbook Coordinator
Wood Gormley Learner Traits: Trait of the Month...Organized
Happenings in Santa Fe...
Birthday Book Fundraiser for our Library!
Birthday Books is an annual library fundraiser. Please see the attached permission slip with details for participating.
Families who wish to participate in the program will be returning the signed form with a $12.00 check (made out to WG Elementary School) or cash. Please put any returned forms/payments you receive in the library mailbox in the workroom, or send them over to us in the library. Click here for the permission slip!
Lost and Found Updated on 11/11
Take a look and see if you are missing anything!
Calendar of Events
Information from previous newsletters
SFPS is initiating new practices and procedures to support increased attendance in school.
Be Visible! Parents will notice an increased focus on attendance under this year's new Be Visible initiative. It's simple: If students are not in school they cannot learn. Attendance will be taken daily and, for secondary students, in every class. Parent/Teacher meetings, home visits and weekly student meetings with their principal are slated for those frequently absent (more than 10 days).
Information from our WG Student/Parent Handbook:
Good attendance is critical for a student to fully participate in and benefit from the academic program. This applies to tardiness as well. Remember, you are your child’s first teacher and role model, and it is up to you to ensure your student is on time and ready to learn each and every day. This is also an important life skill that it is never too early to impart.
The district sends letters home regarding total absences. Those letters are reporting totals rather than reporting whether they are excused or unexcused.There is no need to contact us as we already will have your excused or unexcused absences logged in powerschool. If our school has issues with your student's attendance, we will be contacting you via email or phone.
As per Board Policy, “Excused absences are absences from school or a class that are short and long term mental or physical illnesses, observance of religious holidays, bereavement, suspensions, court summons, school sponsored/school sanctioned activities, hazardous weather conditions, pre-approved parent requested absences (as outlined in the Administrative Regulations) and activities approved or sponsored by the school, the Board, the NMPED, accepted by the Superintendent or the school principal, or their designees as a reason for excusing the student.
Please plan vacations or fun days for your student during planned school breaks (Fall and Spring Breaks, Holidays). As per the Board policy, “Parent Requested Absences for Educational Travel: Opportunities may be designated as an excused absence if approved by the principal and the assigned schoolwork is completed within two weeks of return to school or another agreed upon timeline.” Therefore, if you have an upcoming educational travel experience that you would like to be excused, you must send Principal Lindeen (email@example.com) an email with detailed information stating the purpose of the trip, the dates, and what kinds of educational experiences will be undertaken. The request and approval must occur PRIOR to travel for it to be excused.
Excused vs. Unexcused Absence Determinations
Short-Term Illnesses (fewer than 3 consecutive days)
Long-Term Illnesses (more than 3 consecutive days; must have a doctor’s note at 3 or more)
Hazardous weather conditions
Late bus arrivals
School sponsored/sanctioned activities
Other emergencies or set of circumstances
Woke up late
Doesn’t want to come to school
Vacation or Travel
At 10 or more absences, Administration will meet with the family to make an attendance improvement plan. As absences increase, our SFPS Social Engagement Officer will be involved and possible outside agencies contacted.
Absences are sometimes unavoidable. Please either call the front office 467-4800 to notify our secretary of the reason your student is not at school. If you get the voicemail, please leave a message as we check our voicemail regularly throughout our day. You can also email our secretary, Shannon Cordova, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our school system has an attendance monitoring program called Attention to Attendance, or A2A. Our school’s attendance support team looks at student attendance data from A2A every week; letters of concern regarding attendance are generated by the A2A program. You can find more information about student attendance outlined on the district website, www.sfps.info .
WG Aftercare Program
WG will have an aftercare program M-Th from 3:00-5:30pm and Fridays from 12:45-5:30 pm. Aftercare is first come first serve and staff dependent. Contact our Aftercare coordinator, Christine Walsh at email@example.com. Click here for a link to the 22-23 Aftercare program registration form. You can send it via email to Christine Walsh.