Woods Lake Elementary

Weekly Update February 15-19, 2021

Hello Woods Lake Family,

Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Rita Raichoudhuri announced at the Feb. 11 Board of Education meeting that KPS students will remain learning remotely for the third and final trimester of the school year. Trimester 3 begins on March 15 and ends the last day of school, June 11.

“To ensure that we were methodical about our decision around transitioning to Trimester 3, we again used the weighted formula created in October before the Trimester 2 announcement. The weighted formula prioritized safety above all else,” Raichoudhuri said. “We surveyed parents and employees and reviewed research and health department data. The results of the formula indicated five of the nine points supported remaining fully virtual. A majority of KPS employees and parents who responded to the survey supported the virtual option over the two-day-a-week hybrid learning model.”

Dr. Raichoudhuri also announced some of the opportunities that will be in place for Trimester 3 to support students and plans for large scale summer readiness camps which will begin on June 28. KPS will create a COVID Recovery Plan over the summer to outline plans for the 2021-22 school year which begins August 30.

As always, Stay Safe and Stay Healthy!

Micole D. Dyson, Ph.D.


100th Day of School!

Woods Lake 2020-2021 Yearbook

This year we are building our yearbook with your help! We need pictures of your children from the shoulders up. Teachers are distributing flyers on how to take and send these portraits, and this information can also be found on the Woods Lake Elementary website and weekly S'more update. Pictures and questions can be sent to WoodsLakePTO@gmail.com. Please send them no later than Tuesday, February 16.

Middle School Counselors Present to 5th Grade Students

During the month of March, Middle School Counselors will present an informational video to our fifth grade students. A course selection form will be followed for completion. Click on the link to view the courses offered in Middle School!

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Who Do I Call?

(269) 337-0790

Lead Secretary: Mrs. Janice Garneau

Child Accounting Secretary: Ms. Cheryl Knight

Behavior Specialist: Mrs. Natalie Orbe

Communities In School: Ms. Blaec Arevalo

Unresolved Issues: Dr. Micole D. Dyson

Social Emotional Learning

The Learning Hub has a Social Emotional Learning webpage with a Family SEL Guide and interactive links, PDFs to print, and more!

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Kalamazoo Communities in Schools (KCIS)

We have made the tough decision to not hold a Girls on the Run team at Woods Lake this year. However, 3rd-5th grade girls will still have the opportunity to participate in GOTR. Please see this flyer for more information. If there are any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out!

Blaec Arevalo, CIS Site Coordinator


(269) 815-8209

(KKIT) Kalamazoo Kids In Tune

This month Kids In Tune transforms into Families In Tune as we celebrate Family February! Every February we invite family members and loved ones of KKIT students to join our Orchestra for the month and learn an instrument alongside their student. We are so excited to welcome 25 family members into our Orchestra this month - our highest number of participants yet! Together we are all working on a new piece of music that we are excited to perform for everyone at our upcoming virtual Spring concert March 5th at 6:00pm. You can watch the performance and cheer on fellow Woods Lake students and their family members on our KKIT Facebook page, we will be live streaming the event.

That's not all! We are also hosting a photo scavenger hunt where families take pictures of themselves completing fun activities together in order to win a pizza party. So far, our families in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place are all from Woods Lake! Last but not least, we are hosting a Family Game Night and KKIT Open House on Friday, February 19th at 6:00pm. If you'd like to play some fun games over Zoom with other KKIT families, you can RSVP here: https://forms.gle/vo1cF3TV4FwTZEv7A

Woods Lake Virtual Village

Our PTO invites you to the Woods Lake Virtual Village Facebook Page, click on the link above.

PTO Meeting

Monday, Feb. 15th, 5:15-6pm

This is an online event.

Topic: Woods Lake PTO Meeting

Time: Feb 15, 2021 05:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 299 882 6214

Passcode: 2HJZcg

School Improvement Team Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 4-5pm

This is an online event.

e-mail Mrs. Sikaundi if you would like to join us: SikaundiEC@kalamazoopublicschools.net


Who do I contact with questions about Trimester III?

You may contact our main office at (269) 337-0790 or the district office at (269) 337-0100 for additional questions about Trimester III.

Where and when do I send the Pictures for the School Yearbook?

We need pictures of your children from the shoulders up. Pictures and questions can be sent to WoodsLakePTO@gmail.com by Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

What are Woods Lake Elementary School's office hours?

Monday through Friday, 8:00-4:00 p.m.

May I get my child's curriculum materials?

You may stop by the office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00-4:00 p.m.