Woodland Watch

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

September 9, 2022

Upcoming Events

September 9: 5th Grade Band Rental Night at GATE @ 3:15-5:15pm

September 13: PTO Meeting @ 6:00pm

September 16: Family Picnic @ 5:30-7pm

September 21: School Picture Day

September 22: Early Dismissal at 1:35 pm

September 23: Woodland Fun Run

A Message from the Principal

Dear Woodland Families,

It was wonderful seeing so many of you last night at curriculum night. The hallways were full of families reconnecting with one another and with staff. Teachers had the opportunity to share their classroom routines, curriculum, and fun facts. Mrs. Keller even announced that Baby Keller will be here in December! If you were unable to attend, the teachers will be emailing their presentations to everyone. Please take a few minutes to read through it. It will likely answer a lot of questions you may have. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to your child's teacher.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Arryn Schneider

Folding the Flag

Today we started something new. We are having two of our safeties raise and lower our flag each day. In order to make sure our safeties did it correctly and respectfully, we asked Mr. Gerry to come and teach us. He shared facts about the flag with the young men and then demonstrated how to fold the flag. The safeties, Jack and Mark, did a great job all on their own at the end of the day!



Scholastic Book Fair

If your child still has money left in their eWallet account from the Book Fair, you can still purchase books online at Scholastic through September 11th. If you choose not to make an online purchase now, the money will still be available in their eWallet account for the Spring Book Fair.

Arrival Reminders

Drop-off is going pretty well. We are still a few minutes behind with getting students in the building by 8:32am. We need to safely shave a few more minutes off.

Here are a couple of helpful hints to make it go smoothly and quickly.

1. Pull as far up as possible. We should be able to get 12-13 cars in the lane at a time.

2. Make sure your child(ren) are ready to hop out once the car comes to a complete stop. (backpacks are ready, goodbyes, etc.)

3. Parents MUST stay in the vehicle. We can help if a student can't open the door. PLEASE DO NOT get out of your car and walk your child into the school.

4. As you are pulling out by the light, continue to pull as far forward as possible.

All ELC and ECSE students have a separate entrance on the south end of the building. It is easy to go through drop off and then turn right into the small parking lot.

Dismissal Reminders

If your child lives in the school district and is able to ride the bus, I would strongly suggest that option. Dismissal takes more time in general because we need to make sure students are going home with their caregiver. Here are some helpful hints to help speed up the process safely.

1. Make sure you have your green family pick-up card on your driver's side dash. If you have the number tags from last year, please throw them away.

2. Stay attentive - make sure you are ready to pull forward when it is your time.

3. Pull all the way forward to the end or as far as you can go (even if your child is standing in another spot). We will call your student to meet your vehicle.

4. We are helping our youngest Wildcats by having a 2nd-5th grade sibling pick up their TK/K siblings to get to the car.

5. If your child is having difficulty buckling their seat belt, pull forward and park before assisting.

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 9/12: A) French Toast Sticks B) Strawberry Yogurt Parfait C) Sun Butter & Jelly Sandwich

Tuesday 9/13: A) Classic Cheese Pizza B) Strawberry Yogurt Parfait C) Sun Butter & Jelly Sandwich

Wednesday 9/14: A) Hot Dog on a Bun B) Strawberry Yogurt Parfait C) Sun Butter & Jelly Sandwich

Thursday 9/15: A) Cheesy Baked Ziti Pasta B) Strawberry Yogurt Parfait C) Sun Butter & Jelly Sandwich

Friday 9/16: A) Chicken Tenders B) Strawberry Yogurt Parfait C) Sun Butter & Jelly Sandwich

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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School Picture Day

This year, Woodland's School Picture Day will be held on Wednesday, September 21st. Order online at mylifetouch.com. Woodland's Picture Day ID is EVTRRW8RC. Picture order forms and more information will be coming home soon.

Please note that yearbooks are NOT included in your picture package. We will send home yearbook order forms at a later date.

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Happy Birthday

September 9: Victor T.

September 10: Allen M.

September 12: Siobhan G.

September 13: Raymond G.

September 15: Hudson A., Ms. Wheeler

September 17: Maurya A., Emilia S.

September 18: Elin D.

September 19: Evelyn B., Alfonso N., Ms. None


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, fill out the form below and return it to your child’s school AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If you have more than one child attending the school, list the names of all children in this school.

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 Teamwork as our Positivity Project (P2) Trait.

What Does Teamwork Mean?

You work well as a member of a group or team. You are loyal, reliable, and dedicated to helping your team achieve its goals.

Teamwork is the ability and willingness to place overall group success as a higher priority than individual achievement. Citizenship is a willingness to work towards the common good as opposed to one’s own self-interest. Those who demonstrate strengths in teamwork and citizenship often work to help all group members find success. These individuals are willing to commit time and resources in order to further group goals and help toward the greater good.

This strength is associated with naturally positive feelings that accompany being a member of a family, team, school, political party, ethnic group, or country. However, those positive feelings can come with bad behavior towards the “out-group” in the form of blind obedience, disparaging words, or prejudice. This is important to guard against by leveraging a person’s other positive character strengths.

Why Does It Matter?

For individuals, teamwork often means deferring or delaying individual accomplishments in order to ensure that the group maintains a high level of success. Their commitment to the larger group effort makes them both good teammates and citizens. The positive feelings associated with being part of a larger whole – can be highly beneficial and combat selfishness and egotism.

Our ability to work effectively within group structures is tied directly to the group’s ability to succeed. In schools and workplaces across the world, commitment to teamwork and to the “greater good” helps to further learning and achievement for all group members. Maintaining the idea that “Other People Matter” is essential to any successful team environment.

Next week, we will focus on Open-Mindedness as our P2 strength.

Grade Reporting Changes this Year

Please see the information below from the district. This year we are moving to a Progress Report 1st & 3rd Quarters and a Report Card at the end of each Semester. We are looking at assessing on MASTERY of the standards. We will share more information as we get closer to each reporting period.
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PTO News and Happenings

Woodland T-Shirts

Woodland T-Shirts were ordered this week and will arrive and be delivered to your child(ren) before our Fun Run on Friday, September 23rd. If you did not order a shirt, we will have extras for sale in the Main Office for $5 each. Please bring cash. 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.

Woodland Family Picnic September 16

Please join us for our annual Family Picnic!

When: Friday, September 16th from 5:30-7:00pm

Where: Woodland Playground (Please bring a blanket for your family!)

Cost: $5 Per Family (Please make checks payable to Woodland PTO)

We will be serving hot dogs, chips, and lemonade.

We look forward to seeing EVERYONE there! If you have any questions or want to volunteer, please contact Lisa Brillhart at brillhart25@gmail.com or (586) 203-7445.

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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.