WildCat News

January 28, 2022

No School Monday, Jan. 31st

Dismiss at 12:20 on Friday, Feb. 4th

In this Issue...

  • Yearbooks for Sale
  • Batch Testing Update
  • Quarantine Update
  • Highly Capable Makeup Testing
  • Specialists Corner
  • Northshore School District's Bond & Levy
  • Important COVID Links
  • PTA News

Yearbooks on Sale Now!

Sales will be held from Jan. 14th - Feb. 18th. Cost is only $13.00 and all orders are run through PTA to keep the cost down. 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.

Batch Testing Update

If you opted your child out for batch testing for 90 days due to a positive Covid result and now want to have your child participate again, please contact the office at 425-408-5400.

Updated Quarantine Timeline

Starting on 1/17, NSD adopted the CDC recommendation of a 5 day quarantine period for a positive test. Starting on the day of the positive test (day 0), if a student has no fever and a substantial reduction in symptoms (or remains asymptomatic), among other requirements to be met, they can return to school in-person after 5 days have passed. To make sure this is done correctly, please reach out to Deb Murphy, dmurphy@nsd.org and/or Jenny Peterson, jpeterson@nsd.org so we can go over the requirements to return with you and make sure we’re tracking the days correctly. Thank you!

Highly Capable Makeup Testing

The following dates have been reserved for Highly Capable Makeup Testing:
  • Feb. 4th - NNAT3
  • Feb. 8th - Iowa


The HiCap Dept. should have already reached out to parents to obtain permission to test students. Please email hicap@nsd.org if you have any questions.

Specialists Corner

PE:

Our Wildcats have started 2022 off strong in PE. We continue to add to our impressive Mileage Club totals when the weather allows, now topping 3,700 miles and 18,000 laps! In the gym we have been introducing the sport of volleyball and practicing striking skills such as the forearm pass (bump), overhead pass (set), and underhand serve. Students have been practicing these skills in a variety of small group and large group games and activities.


Our intermediate students will run the PACER aerobic capacity test near the end of January to measure their cardio-respiratory endurance. Based on the results, students will set fitness goals from themselves looking ahead to the second semester of the school year. Setting goals is an important part of empowering students to take charge of their health and wellness.


During the month of February, students of all ages will take part in our jump rope and hula-hoops unit. February is American Heart Month which is an excellent opportunity to teach students about the importance of exercising to maintain a healthy heart. We will be learning all about the heart and different kinds of exercise with a focus on aerobic activities - such as jump rope - that raise the heart rate and build cardio-respiratory endurance.


MUSIC:

Woodin Musicians started out the new year on a high note with our virtual Martin Luther King Jr. Day performance. As you know, students are required to wear a 3-ply paper mask for singing indoors, so as we continue to do performances and singing activities, we are going through a lot of masks here at school. Our school district has been supplying them, but there are many supply chain shortages and sometimes we run out before we can get more. If your family is able to donate a box of child-size 3-ply paper masks, we would greatly appreciate it. Thank you to those families who have already donated.


Report cards will be going out soon, and since we are still in the midst of a pandemic and there are many absences, we will only be scoring one category - “Participates actively and appropriately in music.” While grading, we will be taking into account in-class participation in all music activities, positive attitude, willingness to try new things, and safe and courteous behaviors. If you have any questions after seeing your student’s score, please feel free to reach out to us.


LIBRARY:

K-2: In addition to reading more of our Washington Children’s Choice nominees (we are now officially half-way through), students in the primary grades have been getting to know our library even better through discussion and exploration. Kindergarteners have been introduced to shelf markers, a very important tool that helps us keep our library neat and organized. This has opened up a whole new section of our library for them to search through and find great books! Our first and second graders have been diving a bit deeper into our read-alouds as we have begun to focus our conversations on some key story elements, beginning with character. Looking ahead to February, we will move on to focusing on additional story elements such as setting, plot, conflict and resolution.

*Remember to visit our Woodin WCCPBA 2022 page to hear any missed stories or to hear a favorite again!


3-5: Our intermediate students are continuing to work on becoming more independent users of the library and all of the wonderful resources available to them both in the physical library space and online. We have spent some time looking at Destiny Discover, a more user friendly version of our online catalog. Students have learned how to search through favorite genres, check their personal library accounts, place their own holds, and create a favorites list of books they want to read. We wrapped up January with a look at SORA, our go-to spot for thousands of eBooks and audiobooks made available through both NSD and KCLS (King County Library System). Both of these wonderful resources can be easily accessed through Clever.


COUNSELING:

Happy New Year! It has been so wonderful to be back to school and back in classrooms after our winter break. This month we have been working on many important skills to help us have positive relationships, confidence in our abilities, and better understanding who we are as individuals. In kindergarten we’ve been learning how to apologize, how to do that effectively and ways to avoid further frustration. In 1st-2nd grades we’ve continued talking about problem solving with friends and siblings and all of the different strategies we can use.


In 3rd-5th grades we have been having conversations about recognizing our own accomplishments and identifying the different things that make us who we are. Both of these skills are so important when trying to understand how we interact with others and how we can be good community members of all the communities we may be a part of.


It has been a busy and wonderful month, but many of us are dealing with a lot of different challenges and feelings. If you or your student needs support or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out! You can reach me by phone at (425) 408-5454 or email at janderson3@nsd.org.

Northshore School District's Bond & Levy

February 8 election: Have you voted yet?


Have you voted yet? Northshore School District has three measures to support our students on the February 8 ballot.

Check out our video to learn more or visit https://www.nsd.org/our-district/overview/bond-levies. If you have any final questions, please let us know at bondlevy@nsd.org.

Want to know more about how to register to vote, where to drop off your ballot, or what to do if you lost your ballot? Check out Snohomish County Elections at https://snohomishcountywa.gov/224/Elections-Voter-Registration or King County Elections at https://kingcounty.gov/depts/elections.aspx

Important COVID Links

PTA News

PTA Membership


The PTA is moving closer to our 200 member goal for this year and we would love you to join us!


What does our PTA Do?

● Classroom and school grants for books, supplies, etc.

● Curriculum Enhancement for Science and Arts

● Books for Library and Book Room

● Provides Emergency Prep and Food Bank

● Family Events and Staff Appreciation

● Scholarship for Field Trips, Sports, Afterschool Programs, etc.

● Anyone! Parents, Teachers, Students, Grandparents, Friends, Alums, Relatives, Concerned Citizens, Business Owners, etc.

● Doesn’t matter where you live or if you have children at Woodin


Costs:

● Two memberships: $25 (save $5!)

● Individual membership: $15


Membership Includes:

● Access to Woodin School Directory

● National PTA discounts such as Great Wolf Lodge.

Multicultural Night

We have been given the thumbs up to have Multicultural Night in-person this year! There will be fun activities for the whole family!

Feb 11th from 5:00-7:00pm

Woodinville High School's Commons


The committee wants your help!

  • The committee is starting to get details planned and we are looking for your help. We will be featuring an international gallery and want you to participate. If you have artifacts, clothing, special items you would like to feature from your heritage we would love to have it displayed.
  • Do you or your student have a special skill that you would like to perform during the event? An instrument or dance? We would love to have you!

Please email our co-chair of events Erin at EREPPOND@ICLOUD.COM.

Garden/Beautification Club

Garden/Beautification Club is in the works to become a community event for Woodin families. We are looking for parents who would be interested in being on the committee. If you are interested please email our current PTA president at Hrangel34@gmail.com.

Spirit Wear

Looking for a way to get involved without a huge time commitment? We need members for the Spirit Wear Committee! Be a part of designing the merchandise and helping deliver to students next year. Please email our chair Natassja at Lexjaxtys@yahoo.com.

Paw Prints Winter Newsletter

We hope you enjoyed your Paw Prints Winter Newsletter. Please let the PTA know if you need another copy. Email us at woodinpta@gmail.com.
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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.


Registration is required to attend. Deadline to register is Wednesday, February 2nd at 4pm. There is NO requirement to attend both sessions, however only Session 1 will be recorded and shared.


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


This event is co-hosted by Arrowhead Elementary PTA, Canyon Creek Elementary PTA, Canyon Park Middle School PTSA, Cottage Lake Elementary PTA, Hollywood Hill Elementary PTA, Kenmore Elementary PTA, Lockwood Elementary PTA, Northshore Council PTSA, Northshore Middle School PTSA, PACE @ Lockwood, PACE @ Wellington Elementary, Ruby Bridges Elementary PTSA, Shelton View Elementary PTA, Skyview Middle School PTSA, Sunrise Elementary PTA, Wellington Elementary PTA, Westhill Elementary PTSA, and Woodin Elementary PTA.