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WES Family Updates

January 22, 2021

Dear Woodbrook Families,


As a reminder, ALL students will continue learning virtually through at least next week (Jan. 25 - 29). On Wednesday, January 27th, the school division will communicate the plan for the week of February 1st to determine whether we will return to Stage 3 or remain in Stage 1. In the meantime, please stay safe and stay in touch if we can help in any way. The school office will remain open and the nurse will be available to serve families.


Important Dates for the Coming Weeks:

  • Week of January 25 - We remain in Stage 1 - ALL students will continue to learn virtually.

  • January 27 - The school division will communicate the plan for the week of February 1st to either return to Stage 3 or remain in Stage 1.

  • January 29 - End of the 2nd quarter


*Don’t forget the “Miles for Martin” school wide challenge during the month of January. If you missed this message last week, here are the details: Here’s a short video message from Ms. Williams & Ms. Underwood to kick off the annual “Miles for Martin” event. We challenge our students and families to think about an important cause that would positively impact our world and record miles walked throughout the month of January in pursuit of this dream. We ask that you record your miles walked in this Google form so we can celebrate our entire school community’s accomplishments.



Woodbrook Mobile Library

Shout out to Ms. Bonnie for all of her efforts in bringing the Woody Bear Mobile Library out on its first run today! Next Friday, the mobile library will visit additional Woodbrook neighborhoods so all students have the opportunity to check out books.

The book mobile will return to your neighborhood every other Friday so students can return and check out new books. Masks are required and remember to practice social distancing while visiting the mobile library. See the schedule below...


January 22 - February 5 - February 19 - March 5 - March 19


  • Bus #1: 1:00-1:30pm Abbington Crossing/Commonwealth &
1:30-2:00pm N Berkshire/Inglewood
  • Bus #2: 1:00-1:30pm Mallside & 1:30-2:00pm Rio Hill

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January 29 - February 12 - February 26 - March 12 - March 26


  • Bus #1: 1:00-1:30pm Granite Park & 1:30-2:00pm Bus lot at Woodbrook
  • Bus #2: 1:00-1:30pm Still Meadow/Carrsbrook & 1:30-2:00pm Minor Ridge

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Virtual French Club - An after school opportunity offered by an outside organization for those students who may be interested in learning French. If you are seeking an after school opportunity for your child, check out this Virtual French Club Flyer for more information. (They are offering 4 Full Scholarships for Woodbrook students!)


Safety Reminders:

  • If anyone in your household is awaiting the results of a COVID 19 test, please do not send your children to school. Please contact the school and we can work with you to accommodate your child while at home.

  • Please be sure the school has your most up-to-date contact information on file. Communication is vital during this time and it’s imperative that we have current email addresses and phone numbers.

  • Please continue to stay in close contact with our school nurse, Pam MacPherson, with any questions or concerns regarding covid-like systems. She is a great resource and is here to support our entire school community during this time. She can be reached via email at pmacpherson@k12albemarle.org or by phone at 434-973-6600.


Technology Support


Click here to learn more about Loaves and Fishes - A local food bank supporting those in our community who need assistance with groceries.


Return to School Website

Remember to refer to our Return to School website for all communication and resources related to the return of school for the 20-21 school year.


Have a great weekend!

Kristen Williams, Principal

Jennifer Underwood, Assistant Principal

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January 15, 2021

Greetings Woodbrook Families,


As you know, the Superintendent has announced that we will move to Stage 1 for a minimum of two weeks, at least until February 1st. This means no students in the buildings and all learning will be virtual for all students. With schools closed on Monday for the Martin Luther King holiday, Stage 1 begins Tuesday, January 19th.


For students who have been receiving instruction virtually during Stage 3, there will be no change. For hybrid students, beginning on Tuesday, the schedule will change just as it did the week before and after WInter Break. All virtual teacher-led instruction will be Monday through Thursday on an AM/PM schedule. Teachers will share schedules and post Zoom links in Seesaw. Fridays will remain asynchronous learning days.


On January 27th, the school division will communicate the plan for the week of February 1st - return to Stage 3 or remain in Stage 1. In the meantime, please stay safe and stay in touch if we can help in any way. The school office will remain open and the nurse will be available to serve families.


And lastly, Here’s a short video message that Ms. Underwood and I created and shared with students this past week as we kickoff the Woodbrook annual event, “Miles for Martin”. We challenge our students and families to think about an important cause that would positively impact our world and record miles walked throughout the month of January in pursuit of this dream. We ask that you record your miles walked in this Google form so we can celebrate our entire school community’s accomplishments. We have also extended the invitation to all ACPS schools and hope to log many miles in support of a kinder, more inclusive world for ALL.


We are proud of the diversity in our school and want to celebrate and learn more with and from each other as we model for our students what it means to be a kind and inclusive citizen in our school and in this world!


Thank you for your continued support and for trusting us with your children! Have a safe and joyful holiday weekend!


Sincerely,

Kristen Williams, Principal

Jennifer Underwood, Assistant Principal


Important Dates for the Coming Weeks:

  • January 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - No school for students!

  • Week of January 19 - Return to Stage 1 - ALL students will be learning virtually for a minimum of 2 weeks.

  • January 22 - PTO Schoolwide Magic Show - Don’t miss out! See details below.

  • Week of January 26 - We remain in Stage 1 - ALL students will continue to learn virtually.

  • January 27 - The school division will communicate the plan for the week of February 1st to either return to Stage 3 or remain in Stage 1.

  • January 29 - End of the 2nd quarter


PTO Virtual Schoolwide Magic Show: Click here for the full flyer!

Agnor-Hurt PTO & Woodbrook PTO join together to bring you a VIRTUAL MAGIC SHOW with one of today’s top magicians, Wes Iseli! When: Friday, January 22, 2021 from 7pm-9pm Purchase your tickets HERE to reserve your spot and get the Zoom Link!: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wes-iselis-magic-illusion-show-fundraising-event-tickets-131220446889 Different payment methods are available upon request! Please email Caitlin Hopkinson at chopkinson@k12albemarle.org for more information.



Woodbrook Mobile Library

We are excited to say that our library opened this week! All students will have the opportunity to check out 2 books for a 2 week period of time. Beginning on January 22, our mobile library bus will be visiting many of our Woodbrook neighborhoods for book delivery. Be sure to bring your books back every two weeks to get 2 more. Our schedule is listed below.




January 22 - February 5 & 19 - March 5 & 19


  • Bus #1: 1:00-1:30pm Granite Pk/Commonwealth & 1:30-2:00pm N Berkshire/Inglewood



  • Bus #2: 1:00-1:30pm Mallside & 1:30-2:00pm Rio Hill
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January 29 - February 12 & 26 - March 12 & 26


  • Bus #1: 1:00-1:30pm Abbington Crossing & 1:30-2:00pm Bus lot at Woodbrook
  • Bus #2: 1:00-1:30pm Still Meadow/Carrsbrook & 1:30-2:00pm Minor Ridge
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Virtual French Club - An after school opportunity offered by an outside organization for those students who may be interested in learning French. If you are seeking an after school opportunity for your child, check out this Virtual French Club Flyer for more information. (Scholarships available!)


Safety Reminders:

  • If anyone in your household is awaiting the results of a COVID 19 test, please do not send your children to school. Please contact the school and we can work with you to accommodate your child while at home.

  • Please be sure the school has your most up-to-date contact information on file. Communication is vital during this time and it’s imperative that we have current email addresses and phone numbers.

  • Please continue to stay in close contact with our school nurse, Pam MacPherson, with any questions or concerns regarding covid-like systems. She is a great resource and is here to support our entire school community during this time. She can be reached via email at pmacpherson@k12albemarle.org or by phone at 434-973-6600.


Technology Support


Click here to learn more about Loaves and Fishes - A local food bank supporting those in our community who need assistance with groceries.

Return to School Website


Remember to refer to our Return to School website for all communication and resources related to the return of school for the 20-21 school year.



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January 8, 2021

Greetings Woodbrook Families and Happy New Year -


We hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday break and had an opportunity to enjoy some restful, quality family time together. With this week being virtual for all of our students, it was a smooth transition back into school and we are grateful for your support in helping the children get back into the swing of things. It’s never easy after a long break.


As you hopefully read in last night’s message from ACPS, the plan for Monday, January 11th, is to resume Stage 3 and return to Hybrid learning. We look forward to welcoming our Hybrid students back into the building on Monday and want to remind everyone to please keep your child at home if he/she or anyone else in your family is currently experiencing Covid-like symptoms. Please reach out to our nurse, Pam MacPherson, with any questions. She can be reached via email at pmacpherson@k12albemarle.org or by phone at 434-973-6600.


As we all know and unfortunately witnessed again earlier this week, our country continues to face difficult and challenging times. As adults, it’s difficult to process and understand all that is going on. Explaining to our children and students what they are witnessing and experiencing, is even more challenging. We want to remind you that we are here for you and your children. We are committed to providing a safe and loving community for all and promise to model for our students in both our actions and our words, what it means to respect, honor, and love one another.


As we said to the staff earlier this week, we are here for you and together, we are stronger! I have no doubt that our school community will come together and exemplify what it means to love and respect one another as we work towards healing and moving forward during these incredibly difficult times.


Sincerely,

Kristen Williams, Principal

Jennifer Underwood, Assistant Principal


Important Information for the Coming Weeks:

  • January 22nd - PTO Schoolwide Magic Show - See details below


PTO Virtual Schoolwide Magic Show: Click here for the full flyer!

Agnor-Hurt PTO & Woodbrook PTO join together to bring you a VIRTUAL MAGIC SHOW with one of today’s top magicians, Wes Iseli! When: Friday, January 22, 2021 from 7pm-9pm Purchase your tickets HERE to reserve your spot and get the Zoom Link!: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wes-iselis-magic-illusion-show-fundraising-event-tickets-131220446889 Different payment methods are available upon request! Please email Caitlin Hopkinson at chopkinson@k12albemarle.org for more information.


Woodbrook Library Returns!

Beginning the week of January 11th, the Woodbrook library will reopen for business! All students will have the opportunity to check out 2 books for a 2 week period of time. Hybrid students will begin checking out books this upcoming week in school. The following week, we will begin a Friday schedule where our mobile library bus will be visiting each of our Woodbrook neighborhoods for book delivery. We will share further details and the mobile library schedule next week once we’ve finalized the plans!


Important Reminders/Information for Hybrid Families:

  1. Please be sure to return the following documents to the school:

    1. Green Emergency Contact Information Card

    2. Early Dismissal Form

  2. Daily At Home Covid 19 Screening Tool For Students: English Spanish

  3. ACPS Mask Policy


Safety Reminders:

  • If anyone in your household is awaiting the results of a COVID 19 test, please do not send your children to school. Please contact the school and we can work with you to accommodate your child while at home.

  • Please be sure the school has your most up-to-date contact information on file. Communication is vital during this time and it’s imperative that we have current email addresses and phone numbers.

  • Please continue to stay in close contact with our school nurse, Pam MacPherson, with any questions or concerns regarding covid-like systems. She is a great resource and is here to support our entire school community during this time. She can be reached via email at pmacpherson@k12albemarle.org or by phone at 434-973-6600.


Technology Support


Click here to learn more about Loaves and Fishes - A local food bank supporting those in our community who need assistance with groceries.


Return to School Website

Remember to refer to our Return to School website for all communication and resources related to the return of school for the 20-21 school year.


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December 18, 2020

Greetings Woodbrook Families,


On behalf of the entire Woodbrook staff, we’d like to wish you all a very happy holiday season. We hope everyone enjoys a safe, healthy, and joyful time together over the break! Following are some important dates to help your family begin planning for the New Year. See you in 2021!


Today is the deadline for completing the Stage 4 Intent Survey! If you have not completed this yet, please do so by the end of the day today, December 18, 2020. Thank you!


Click here to learn more about Loaves and Fishes - A local food bank supporting those in our community who need assistance with groceries.


Important Information for the Coming Weeks:

  • December 19th - January 3rd - Winter Break! No school for students AND the front office will be closed

  • January 4th - January 8th - All students will continue learning virtually at home

  • Week of January 11th - All Hybrid students will return to their Mon/Wed or Tues/Th Hybrid Learning schedules

  • January 14th - Superintendent will make his recommendation to the School Board regarding Stage 4 (Here’s the link to the WES Stage 4 Community Conversation presentation.)

  • January 21st - The School Board will make a decision regarding Stage 4

  • January 22nd - PTO Schoolwide Magic Show - See details below


PTO Virtual Schoolwide Magic Show: Click here for the full flyer!

Agnor-Hurt PTO & Woodbrook PTO join together to bring you a VIRTUAL MAGIC SHOW with one of today’s top magicians, Wes Iseli! When: Friday, January 22, 2021 from 7pm-9pm Purchase your tickets HERE to reserve your spot and get the Zoom Link!: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wes-iselis-magic-illusion-show-fundraising-event-tickets-131220446889 Different payment methods are available upon request! Please email Caitlin Hopkinson at chopkinson@k12albemarle.org for more information.


Important Reminders/Information for Hybrid Families:

  1. Please be sure to return the following documents to the school:

    1. Green Emergency Contact Information Card

    2. Early Dismissal Form

  2. Daily At Home Covid 19 Screening Tool For Students: English Spanish

  3. ACPS Mask Policy


Safety Reminders:

  • If anyone in your household is awaiting the results of a COVID 19 test, please do not send your children to school. Please contact the school and we can work with you to accommodate your child while at home.

  • Please be sure the school has your most up-to-date contact information on file. Communication is vital during this time and it’s imperative that we have current email addresses and phone numbers.

  • Please continue to stay in close contact with our school nurse, Pam MacPherson, with any questions or concerns regarding covid-like systems. She is a great resource and is here to support our entire school community during this time. She can be reached via email at pmacpherson@k12albemarle.org or by phone at 434-973-6600.


Technology Support


Return to School Website

Remember to refer to our Return to School website for all communication and resources related to the return of school for the 20-21 school year.


We appreciate you!

Sincerely,

Kristen Williams, Principal - kwilliams@k12albemarle.org


Jennifer Underwood, Assistant Principal - junderwood@k12albemarle.org

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December 11, 2020

Greetings Woodbrook Families,


Important Information For the Coming Weeks:


  1. ALL students will move to virtual learning for the following dates:

  • Monday, December 14 - Friday, December 18th AND

  • Monday, January 4th - Friday, January 8th.

For Hybrid families, your child’s teacher will be communicating with you today to share important links and times so all are ready for learning at home on Monday.

For Virtual families, schedules will remain the same during this time.


2. Family Stage 4 Intent Forms - Today, families who are currently participating in all virtual learning will receive a Stage 4 Intent survey. These surveys must be completed by Friday, December 18th. In planning for a potential move to Stage 4 in the future, the division will ask whether you plan to send your child in person and if so, would transportation be needed.


3. Stage 4 Community Conversations - We will host 2 Community Conversations next week to answer questions and support families in understanding Stage 4 details and the completion of the Intent Survey. Both meetings will provide Spanish interpretation. See below for details including the Zoom links.


Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Weeks of December 14th-18th AND January 4th - 8th - All students will learn virtually at home.

  • Week of December 14th -

    • Toy Lift Pick Up (See details below)

    • Pre-Order tickets to a schoolwide virtual Magic Show for January 22nd (See purchasing details below.)

  • December 14th - Stage 4 Community Conversations (11:00 am & 6:00 pm) with Spanish Interpretation.

  • December 18th - Stage 4 Intent Form Submission Deadline (This is for all families currently participating in the virtual learning model.)

  • December 19th - January 3rd - Winter Break! No school for students.


Toy Lift:

If your family submitted a Toy Lift request this year, please plan to drive through the back parking lot to pick up your gifts at one of the following times:

  1. Monday, December 14, 3:00-6:00

  2. Tuesday, December 15, 12:00-1:30

  3. Wednesday, December 16, 12:00-1:30 & 3:00-6:00


December School Spirit Days:

  • Monday 12/14 & Tuesday 12/15: Winter Wonderland Day!

  • Wednesday 12/16 & Thursday 12/17: Pajama Day!


PTO Virtual Schoolwide Magic Show: Click here for the full flyer!

Agnor-Hurt PTO & Woodbrook PTO join together to bring you a VIRTUAL MAGIC SHOW with one of today’s top magicians, Wes Iseli! When: Friday, January 22, 2021 from 7pm-9pm Purchase your tickets HERE to reserve your spot and get the Zoom Link! Different payment methods are available upon request! Please email Caitlin Hopkinson at chopkinson@k12albemarle.org for more information.


PTO Fundraiser - Attractions Books are back!

Click here to learn more about how you can get your Attraction Book and help raise money for our school! Please note: “If your “ship to” address is different from your “bill to” address, please note that in the comments section.


Safety Reminders:

  • If anyone in your household is awaiting the results of a COVID 19 test, please do not send your children to school. Please contact the school and we can work with you to accommodate your child while at home.

  • Please be sure the school has your most up-to-date contact information on file. Communication is vital during this time and it’s imperative that we have current email addresses and phone numbers.

  • Please continue to stay in close contact with our school nurse, Pam MacPherson, with any questions or concerns regarding covid-like systems. She is a great resource and is here to support our entire school community during this time. She can be reached via email at pmacpherson@k12albemarle.org or by phone at 434-973-6600.


Important Reminders/Information for Hybrid Families:

  1. Please be sure to return the following documents to the school:

    1. Green Emergency Contact Information Card

    2. Early Dismissal Form

  2. Daily At Home Covid 19 Screening Tool For Students: English Spanish

  3. ACPS Mask Policy


Technology Support:


Return to School Website:

Remember to refer to our Return to School website for all communication and resources related to the return of school for the 20-21 school year.


We appreciate you!

Sincerely,

Kristen Williams, Principal - kwilliams@k12albemarle.org

Jennifer Underwood, Assistant Principal - junderwood@k12albemarle.org

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December 4, 2020

Greetings Woodbrook Families,


We would like to say thank you to all of our teachers and parents who had to quickly shift gears this week and convert back to virtual learning. For most of our students, it appeared to be a smooth transition and learning was able to safely continue for all.


Today, we hosted our first “Virtual School Wide Meeting”. It was such a great way to end the week and to build a sense of community! Seeing so many of our students dancing and singing together with smiles on their faces was certainly the highlight of the week. Thank you to Ms. Gary and her two children for leading us in this fun event!


Safety Reminders:

  • If anyone in your household is awaiting the results of a COVID 19 test, please do not send your children to school. Please contact the school and we can work with you to accommodate your child while at home.

  • Please be sure the school has your most up-to-date contact information on file. Communication is vital during this time and it’s imperative that we have current email addresses and phone numbers.

  • Please continue to stay in close contact with our school nurse, Pam MacPherson, with any questions or concerns regarding covid-like systems. She is a great resource and is here to support our entire school community during this time. She can be reached via email at pmacpherson@k12albemarle.org or by phone at 434-973-6600.


Important Upcoming Dates:

  • December 8th - PTO Meeting - (6:30pm on Zoom)

    • Meeting ID: 818 9244 3239

    • Passcode: DecPTOMtg

  • December 10th - School Board Meeting (6:30pm - Live Stream) - Stage 4 details will be presented to the School Board so an informed decision can be made should the division move to the next stage in February or beyond. (The School Board will vote on this decision on January 21, 2021)


Toy Lift:

If your family submitted a Toy Lift request this year, please plan to drive through the back parking lot to pick up your gifts at one of the following times:

  1. Monday, December 14, 3:00-6:00

  2. Tuesday, December 15, 12:00-1:30

  3. Wednesday, December 16, 12:00-1:30 & 3:00-6:00


December School Spirit Days:

  • Monday 12/7 & Tuesday 12/8: Wacky Tacky Day!

  • Wednesday 12/9 & Thursday 12/10: Favorite Colors Day!

  • Monday 12/14 & Tuesday 12/15: Winter Wonderland Day!

  • Wednesday 12/16 & Thursday 12/17: Pajama Day!


PTO Fundraiser - Attractions Books are back! Click here to learn more about how you can get your Attraction Book and help raise money for our school! Please note: “If your “ship to” address is different from your “bill to” address, please note that in the comments section.


JMU Duke Dog Reading Incentive Program - We will be participating in a special schoolwide reading program through JMU this year. Click here to learn more about this reading insensitive program and stay tuned for more information from your child’s teacher.


Update on the Library - Please stay-tuned as we are still working through the processes needed to safely reopen the school library for book checkout!


Important Reminders/Information for Hybrid Families:

  1. Please be sure to return the following documents to the school:

    1. Green Emergency Contact Information Card

    2. Early Dismissal Form

  2. Daily At Home Covid 19 Screening Tool For Students: English Spanish

  3. ACPS Mask Policy

  4. Stage 3 Community Conversation Presentation


Technology Support


Return to School Website

Remember to refer to our Return to School website for all communication and resources related to the return of school for the 20-21 school year.


We appreciate you!

Sincerely,

Kristen Williams, Principal - kwilliams@k12albemarle.org


Jennifer Underwood, Assistant Principal - junderwood@k12albemarle.org

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November 20, 2020

Greetings Woodbrook Families,


We did it! Together, we successfully completed our first full week of Stage 3 learning at Woodbrook Elementary! Our virtual students had the opportunity to settle in with their new classes and all of our hybrid students made it into school this week.


Our students are amazingly resilient, flexible, and kind. We are grateful to be with them both virtually and in-person as we navigate this strange school year together. They teach us so much and help keep all things in perspective. Thank you for putting your trust in us and for sharing your children with us each day. They truly bring us much joy!


Next week, we have school on Monday and Tuesday and will begin the Thanksgiving break on Wednesday (Nov.25). We hope you all find safe ways to be together with your loved ones. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our school nurse, Pam Macpherson, with any questions or concerns should your child present with any new systems over the break. Nurse Pam can be reached via email at pmacpherson@k12albemarle.org or by phone at 434-973-6600.


Important Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, Nov. 23 - Quarter 1 Report Cards available on Parent Portal - If you are unable to access and would like a hard copy of your child’s report card, please let your teacher know.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 25 - Friday, Nov. 27 - Holiday (No School!)

  • Friday, December 4 - We will host our first school wide meetings of the year! Normally, these meetings are held the first Friday of each month and the whole school gathers together in the gym to connect as one learning community. This year, we will host these gatherings on Zoom. Our first one will take place on Friday, December 4. Please mark your calendars. All family members are welcome to join us for these community gatherings! We hope to see you there...


Important Reminders/Information for Hybrid Families:

  1. Please be sure to return the following documents to the school:

    1. Green Emergency Contact Information Card

    2. Early Dismissal Form

  2. Daily At Home Covid 19 Screening Tool For Students: English Spanish

  3. ACPS Mask Policy

  4. Stage 3 Community Conversation Presentation


JMU Duke Dog Reading Incentive Program -

We will be participating in a special school wide reading program this year through the James Madison University. Click here to learn more about this reading insensitive program and stay tuned for more information from your child’s teacher.


Coming Soon…

Great news! In the month of November, the Woodbrook school library will be reopening for business! We will be setting up a process for students to check out books online with pickup and delivery options available. We are excited to get library books back into the hands of our students to enjoy! Stay tuned for more details.


Technology Support


Return to School Website

Remember to refer to our Return to School website for all communication and resources related to the return of school for the 20-21 school year.


We appreciate you!

Sincerely,

Kristen Williams, Principal - kwilliams@k12albemarle.org


Jennifer Underwood, Assistant Principal - junderwood@k12albemarle.org

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November 13, 2020

Greetings Woodbrook Families,


This week we officially began Stage 3 and it was quite the start! We know the transition was a bit challenging to navigate and the weather certainly did not help! That being said, we are in this together as one Woodbrook family and we will press on despite the many challenges put before us. We look forward to a fresh start next week and hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend!


Important Information for Hybrid Families:

  1. You will receive a packet of information via the backpack on the first day your child attends school in person. Please be sure to return the following documents to the school:

    1. Green Emergency Contact Information Card

    2. Early Dismissal Form

  2. Daily At Home Covid 19 Screening Tool For Students: English Spanish

  3. ACPS Mask Policy

  4. Stage 3 Community Conversation Presentation


Important Dates For the Upcoming Week

  • November 16 and 18 - All of our Monday/Wednesday Hybrid students will attend school in person

  • November 17 and 19 - All of our Tuesday/Thursday Hybrid students will attend school in person


Coming Soon…

Great news! In the month of November, the Woodbrook school library will be reopening for business! We will be setting up a process for students to check out books online with pickup and delivery options available. We are excited to get library books back into the hands of our students to enjoy! Stay tuned for more details.


Technology Support


Return to School Website

Remember to refer to our Return to School website for all communication and resources related to the return of school for the 20-21 school year.


We appreciate you!

Sincerely,

Kristen Williams, Principal - kwilliams@k12albemarle.org


Jennifer Underwood, Assistant Principal - junderwood@k12albemarle.org

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November 6, 2020

Greetings Woodbrook Families,


This Monday, November 9th, we begin Stage 3. For some families, there is little to no change while for others, there is quite a bit of change happening. Either way, we are here to support you and your child and have been working hard to prepare and make this a smooth transition for all.


This week, we hosted two Community Conversations with the families whose students are returning to school in person. We look forward to seeing them in the coming week! If you were unable to attend one of our Community Conversations, please be sure to view the presentation so that you have all of the information needed to safely begin school in the building next week. Click here to access the Stage 3 Community Conversation Presentation, which includes important safety guidelines and what you can expect as students return to school in person.


Two of the most important pieces of information for families to review prior to their children returning to the building include the ACPS guidelines for mask wearing as well as the Covid 19 Screening Tool to be used each morning prior to sending your child to school. Click on the links below to access this important information:


  1. Daily At Home Covid 19 Screening Tool For Students: English Spanish

  2. ACPS Mask Policy


Bus information for Stage 3 should now be view-able in the Parent Portal. Bus drivers will be calling each family to confirm times and location for each student. If you do not hear from your bus driver by the end of the day on Monday, November 9th, feel free to contact the front office for support or you may call the transportation directly at 434- 973-4716.


Important Dates For the Upcoming Week

  • November 9 and 10 - All students will continue learning from home as PK-3 teachers prepare for the transition to hybrid learning.

  • November 11 - 1st day of in-person learning for students participating in hybrid learning on Mondays & Wednesdays

  • November 12 - 1st day of in-person learning for students participating in hybrid learning on Tuesdays & Thursdays


PTO Event/Fundraiser: Bulb Sale

Buy some beautiful winter blooms by November 15th and support Woodbrook Elementary at http://WoodbrookBears.fpfundraising.com. Ordering is super simple - purchase through the website and the bulbs will be delivered directly to your home for a flat shipping fee of $6. Prices are comparable to what you would spend at gardening centers, even with shipping. Even better, 50% of all sales come directly back to our school.

Each bulb comes with soil, a pot, and gift wrapping. They make great gifts for friends, family, neighbors, and teachers. The PTO sends a heartfelt thank you for your continued support of the students and faculty at Woodbrook Elementary. Go Bears!


Coming Soon…

Great news! In the month of November, the Woodbrook school library will be reopening for business! We will be setting up a process for students to check out books online with pickup and delivery options available. We are excited to get library books back into the hands of our students to enjoy! Stay tuned for more details.


Technology Support


Return to School Website

Remember to refer to our Return to School website for all communication and resources related to the return of school for the 20-21 school year.


We appreciate you!

Sincerely,

Kristen Williams, Principal - kwilliams@k12albemarle.org


Jennifer Underwood, Assistant Principal - junderwood@k12albemarle.org

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October 30, 2020

Greetings Woodbrook Families,


We are happy to say that we have finalized class placements for Stage 3 and they are now view-able in the parent portal. In addition, we mailed this information home to each family to assure that all are able to access the information. The letters went out on Thursday, October 29, so you should receive it by Monday, November 2nd. For your reference, the letter sent to each family is linked here.


Bus information for Stage 3 will be view-able in the Parent Portal by the end of the day on Monday, November 2nd.


Next week, we will host a Community Conversation for all families participating in the Hybrid Model. During this Zoom session, we will share important information regarding safety protocols as well as processes for arrival, dismissal, etc. We hope all will be able to attend.


Details are as follows:

November 4th - 11:30am - 12:30pm - Zoom Link - Meeting ID: 932 8104 5526

November 5th - 6:30pm - 7:30pm* - Zoom Link - Meeting ID: 969 9306 5703 - (*Spanish translation available!)


Important Upcoming Dates To Record & Remember

  • November 2 - Asynchronous learning day for ALL students (Parent-Teacher Conferences may occur on this day based on your teacher's schedule.)

  • November 3 - Election Day - No school on this day!

  • November 9 and 10 - All students will continue learning from home as PK-3 teachers prepare for the transition to hybrid learning.

  • November 11 - 1st day of in-person learning for students participating in hybrid learning!


Upcoming PTO Event/Fundraiser: Bulb Sale

Buy some beautiful winter blooms by November 15th and support Woodbrook Elementary at http://WoodbrookBears.fpfundraising.com. Ordering is super simple - purchase through the website and the bulbs will be delivered directly to your home for a flat shipping fee of $6. Prices are comparable to what you would spend at gardening centers, even with shipping. Even better, 50% of all sales come directly back to our school.

Each bulb comes with soil, a pot, and gift wrapping. They make great gifts for friends, family, neighbors, and teachers. The PTO sends a heartfelt thank you for your continued support of the students and faculty at Woodbrook Elementary. Go Bears!


Coming Soon…

Great news! In the month of November, the Woodbrook school library will be reopening for business! We will be setting up a process for students to check out books online with pickup and delivery options available. We are excited to get library books back into the hands of our students to enjoy! Stay tuned for more details.


Technology Support


Return to School Website

Remember to refer to our Return to School website for all communication and resources related to the return of school for the 20-21 school year.


We appreciate you!

Sincerely,

Kristen Williams, Principal - kwilliams@k12albemarle.org


Jennifer Underwood, Assistant Principal - junderwood@k12albemarle.org

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October 23, 2020

Greetings Woodbrook Families,


This week, we have been busy planning for the transition to Stage 3, which begins the week of November 9th. We have processed all of the choices made by our families and are currently working to finalize class placements. We will be communicating class assignments and schedules no later than Friday, October 30th via the Parent Portal. We will reach out and let you know once these have been posted.

Also, for families who have opted into the Hybrid model, we will be hosting several Community Conversations during the first week of November to discuss protocols for Stage 3 including safety, transportation, meals, schedules, etc. Stay tuned for more details in next week’s newsletter.


Important Upcoming Dates To Record & Remember

  • By October 30 - Student placements for Stage 3 will be posted in the Parent Portal

  • November 2 - Asynchronous learning day for ALL students (Parent-Teacher Conferences may occur on this day based on your teacher's schedule.)

  • November 3 - Election Day - No school on this day!

  • November 9 and 10 - All students will continue learning from home as PK-3 teachers prepare for the transition to hybrid learning.

  • November 11 - 1st day of in-person learning for students participating in hybrid learning!


Upcoming PTO Event: Annual Silent Auction - Begins Monday, October 19 at 9am

Woodbrook's Annual Silent Auction is here! Everyone is welcome to participate! There are a lot of great items waiting to be claimed! Bidding starts on Monday, October 19th at 9am and runs until Tuesday, October 27th at 10pm. Below is the link to the auction. Thank you for your support! Happy bidding!

2020 Woodbrook PTO Silent Auction


Coming Soon…

Great news! In the month of November, the Woodbrook school library will be reopening for business! We will be setting up a process for students to check out books online with pickup and delivery options available. We are excited to get library books back into the hands of our students to enjoy! Stay tuned for more details.


Technology Support


Return to School Website

Remember to refer to our Return to School website for all communication and resources related to the return of school for the 20-21 school year.


We appreciate you!

Sincerely,

Kristen Williams, Principal - kwilliams@k12albemarle.org


Jennifer Underwood, Assistant Principal - junderwood@k12albemarle.org


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October 16, 2020

Greetings Woodbrook Families,


Thank you to all who were able to attend our Community Conversations this past week regarding the transition to Stage 3 in November. Below are the links to the presentation from those nights as well as an FAQ document that may help answer questions you may have. Today is the deadline to complete the Parent Choice Survey letting us know what you’ve decided for your child for Stage 3. If you need any help with this survey (which came to you in an email from the division), please reach out to your child’s teacher or the front office at 434-973-6600.


We recognize that there are many factors parents need to consider in making this decision. Whether it’s about transportation, a possible change in your child’s teacher, childcare, etc., please send us an email if you have any specific requests that are important to your family. We will do all that we can to support you in this process. (We provided our email addresses below in the closing of this message.) We will communicate student class placements for Stage 3 by Friday, October 30th. Parents will access this information in the Parent Portal. We will send out a message to families once it has been posted.


Click here for the WES Stage 3 Transition for PK-3 Families

Haga clic aquí para el WES Espanol Etapa 3 Regreso a la escuela


Click here to view the FAQ’s (English)

Haga clic aquí para ver el FAQ’s (Espanol)


Important Upcoming Dates To Record & Remember


  • October 16 (Today!) - Deadline to complete the "Parent Choice Survey" for Stage 3
  • By October 30 - Student placements for Stage 3 will be posted in the Parent Portal
  • November 2 - Asynchronous learning day for ALL students (Parent-Teacher Conferences may occur on this day based on your teacher's schedule.)
  • November 3 - Election Day - No school on this day!
  • November 9 and 10 - All students will continue learning from home as PK-3 teachers prepare for the transition to hybrid learning.
  • November 11 - 1st day of in-person learning for students participating in hybrid learning!


Upcoming PTO Event: Annual Silent Auction - Begins Monday, October 19 at 9am

Woodbrook's Annual Silent Auction is here! Everyone is welcome to participate! There are a lot of great items waiting to be claimed! Bidding starts on Monday, October 19th at 9am and runs until Tuesday, October 27th at 10pm. Below is the link to the auction. Thank you for your support! Happy bidding!

2020 Woodbrook PTO Silent Auction


Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration: Huge shout out to Ms. Soto for hosting a wonderful celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. On Wednesday evening, families joined together on Zoom from their kitchens to follow along with Ms. Soto in learning how to make cheese quesadillas from scratch. It was so much fun to see our families coming together as a community for such a joyful event! Thank you for joining us. We may have started a new tradition!! :)


Toy Lift

It’s hard to believe we are talking about holidays already. However, many organizations like Toy Lift are starting early to adjust for current situations.

If your family needs assistance from the Toy Lift, you must complete the voucher on-line. The deadline to submit your form on-line is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Here is the link to the online voucher:


Some things to keep in mind:

  • Toy Lift will not accept bike requests this year.

  • According to Toy Lift, the earlier you apply the better chance they have of being able to meet your child’s wish list request.

  • If you have children at Jouett Middle School and Woodbrook, please consider selecting one school as your pick-up location for all of your children. Picking up at one location will help eliminate multiple pick-up stops for you and your family.

  • If you have any questions regarding Toy Lift please contact our school counselors: Sharon Buscher sbuscher@k12albemarle.org & Cheryl Drew cdrew@k12albemarle.org


Technology Support


Return to School Website

Remember to refer to our Return to School website for all communication and resources related to the return of school for the 20-21 school year.


We appreciate you!

Sincerely,

Kristen Williams, Principal - kwilliams@k12albemarle.org


Jennifer Underwood, Assistant Principal - junderwood@k12albemarle.org


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October 9, 2020

Greetings Woodbrook Families,


As you may have heard last night, the Albemarle County School Board voted to move our school division forward to Stage 3 beginning November 9. This was a difficult decision and one that involved intense thought and feedback. We recognize this decision brings many mixed emotions and we want to assure families that we are committed to making this transition to Stage 3 as smooth as possible for our entire Woodbrook community.


As we’ve shared with you previously, the transition to Stage 3 may result in a change of teacher for some of our students. Unfortunately, this is not something we are able to inform parents of prior to making the decision to either remain 100% virtual or participate in the hybrid option as staffing decisions will depend on the number of students in each option. However, our goal will be to minimize the number of changes for all of our students wherever possible.


Families with students in grades PK-3 will be receiving an important survey from the school division today (Friday, Oct. 9) that will ask you to confirm whether or not your child will participate in the hybrid option or remain 100% virtual. Surveys are due by Friday, October 16th.


In order to support families through this decision-making process, we have planned two “Community Conversations” in the coming week. This will be an opportunity for families to ask clarifying questions about Stage 3 prior to completing their survey. Following are the dates, times, and Zoom links:

  • Monday, Oct. 12 - (6:00-6:45pm) - Zoom Link

  • Tuesday, Oct. 13 - (5:15-6:00pm) - Zoom Link (Spanish Translation Available)

(PTO Meeting to follow at 6:30pm on Zoom!)

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Let’s Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Together! Join us for a Zoom Quesadilla-Making Party on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 6:00-7:00pm

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month WES Bears! Join me, Señora Soto, in making corn tortillas from scratch and then making the tortillas into delicious cheese quesadillas. I’ll be in my kitchen, you’ll be in your kitchen, but we are all going to be cooking together and we will share a meal at the end. Click here for the Zoom Link.


Ingredients:

  • MASECA (especial corn flour) a 2lb or 4lb bag (Find in Hispanic section of supermarkets or at one of the local Latinx stores.)

  • Shredded cheese – pick the one you like, I recommend any Mexican mix or mozzarella. Two 6oz or one large bag.

  • Salt and water

Cooking utensils:

  • A large bowl

  • Tortilla press or rolling pin

  • A Ziploc bag

  • Skillet or flat hot surface

  • A large Ziploc bag cut out open. (check the video)


Please watch this video with useful information https://youtu.be/4r5a_-iQL9


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SeeSaw Update: Based on parent feedback, we have come up with a schoolwide process for helping parents and students identify which assignments in Seesaw are required and which are optional. Beginning next week, you will see one of the icons below in front of each assignment. Thank you for your continued feedback and support! Click here to access the Seesaw Support Session that was presented at our Back to School Night by two of our classroom teachers. This presentation walks parents through the most frequently asked questions about Seesaw and Zoom.



🐾This icon denotes independent work that is based upon core instruction and it is required for students to complete.[Kid-friendly]: This is the symbol for must-do work.



⭐This icon denotes independent work that is based upon supplementary instruction and it is optional for students to complete.[Kid-friendly]: This is the symbol for may-do work.


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Action Item for All Parents/Guardians: 2020-2021 Student Registration Verification for All Families- Today is the last day to go into your Parent Portal account and update your child’s important heath and emergency contact information.

How do I get started?

If you have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, go to https://sis.k12albemarle.org/ and sign in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal. From the Parent Portal:

  1. Select the student you wish to update along the top

  2. Either:

    • Click the Student Registration Verification button on the left sidebar

Or

    • Click the Applications icon in the top right corner and select Student Registration Verification

  1. Enter your student's date of birth to verify access to the form

  2. Follow the prompts to begin the form

  3. Review all information on each page and make changes where necessary

If you do not yet have a parent portal account, please contact your student’s school.

For more information please visit the Registration Verification page on the ACPS website.

Parents > Student Registration > Registration Verification

Parent Portal

If you have not yet set up a Parent Portal account, please call our school office at 434-973-6600 to request your login information. You may want to click here to familiarize yourself with the division resources and guides for using the Parent Portal. It is more important than ever that we have your most up-to-date contact information.

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Technology Support

If you need technology support for your children's devices, please contact the Albemarle County Technology Support by visiting their webpage, calling (434)-975-9444, or emailing them at servicedesk@k12albemarle.org

Return to School Website

Remember to refer to our Return to School website for all communication and resources related to the return of school for the 20-21 school year.


We appreciate you!


Sincerely,

Kristen Williams, Principal - kwilliams@k12albemarle.org

Jennifer Underwood, Assistant Principal - junderwood@k12albemarle.org



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October 2, 2020

Greetings Woodbrook Families,

Following are the important updates and reminders for the week!


Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our virtual “Back to School Night”. We hosted two sessions that included the State of the School Address as well as a Q & A session on Seesaw. Below are the links to the slideshow and Zoom recordings in both English and Spanish.

20-21 Back to School Night Slideshow

20-21 State of the School Address Zoom Recording (Passcode Needed: %NUK#93q)

20-21 State of the School Address Zoom Spanish Translation Recording


Save the Date! Wednesday, October 14 at 6:00PM - ZOOM Quesadilla Making Party

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month WES Bears! We invite you to join Señora Soto in making tortillas from scratch and then making the tortillas into delicious quesadillas. Señora Soto will be in her kitchen, you’ll be in your kitchen, but we are all going to be together in heart and stomach celebrating the contributions and legacy of Hispanic Americans. Get yourself ready to get your hands in the dough and save the date! Stay tuned for the list of ingredients and zoom invite!


SeeSaw Upate: Based on parent feedback, we have come up with a schoolwide process for helping parents and students identify which assignments in Seesaw are required and which are optional. Beginning next week, you will see one of the icons below in front of each assignment. Thank you for your continued feedback and support!


🐾This icon denotes independent work that is based upon core instruction and it is required for students to complete.[Kid-friendly]: This is the symbol for must-do work.


⭐This icon denotes independent work that is based upon supplementary instruction and it is optional for students to complete.[Kid-friendly]: This is the symbol for may-do work.


Action Item for All Parents/Guardians: 2020-2021 Student Registration Verification for All Families- Between now and October 9th, please go into your Parent Portal account to update your child’s important heath and emergency contact information.

How do I get started?

If you have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, go to https://sis.k12albemarle.org/ and sign in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal. From the Parent Portal:

  1. Select the student you wish to update along the top

  2. Either:

    • Click the Student Registration Verification button on the left sidebar

Or

    • Click the Applications icon in the top right corner and select Student Registration Verification

  1. Enter your student's date of birth to verify access to the form

  2. Follow the prompts to begin the form

  3. Review all information on each page and make changes where necessary

If you do not yet have a parent portal account, please contact your student’s school.

For more information please visit the Registration Verification page on the ACPS website.

Parents > Student Registration > Registration Verification

Parent Portal

If you have not yet set up a Parent Portal account, please call our school office at 434-973-6600 to request your login information. You may want to click here to familiarize yourself with the division resources and guides for using the Parent Portal. It is more important than ever that we have your most up-to-date contact information.


Technology Support

  • If you need technology support for your children's devices, please contact the Albemarle County Technology Support by visiting their webpage, calling (434)-975-9444, or emailing them at servicedesk@k12albemarle.org


Return to School Website

Remember to refer to our Return to School website for all communication and resources related to the return of school for the 20-21 school year.


We appreciate you!

Sincerely,

Kristen Williams, Principal - kwilliams@k12albemarle.org

Jennifer Underwood, Assistant Principal - junderwood@k12albemarle.org


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September 25, 2020

Greetings Woodbrook Families,

Following are the important updates and reminders for the week!


Upcoming Community Conversations:

Back to School Night Presentation & SeeSaw Q & A

On September 29, 2020, we invite you to join us on Zoom (5:30 or 6:30pm) as we host our annual Back to School Night. We will share a brief “State of the School Address” (An opportunity to hear about our school’s current state and goals for the 2020-2021 school year), followed by a Seesaw Q & A session for parents! Please click here to submit your Seesaw questions ahead of time so we can prepare.


Please join us on September 29th at either of the times listed below:

  • 5:30pm - Zoom Link - OR

  • 6:30pm - Zoom Link - (Spanish translation will be provided for this session.)


2020-2021 Student Registration Verification for All Families

We are excited to announce online registration verification for the 2020-2021 school year is now open! This process replaces the paper forms traditionally sent home in first-day packets at the beginning of each school year. Your verification is now available online. You will need to use the PowerSchool Parent Portal to access the PowerSchool Enrollment registration system. We request that you submit registration verifications for all students by Friday, October 9th, 2020.

How do I get started?

If you have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, go to https://sis.k12albemarle.org/ and sign in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal. From the Parent Portal:

  1. Select the student you wish to update along the top

  2. Either:

    • Click the Student Registration Verification button on the left sidebar

Or

    • Click the Applications icon in the top right corner and select Student Registration Verification

  1. Enter your student's date of birth to verify access to the form

  2. Follow the prompts to begin the form

  3. Review all information on each page and make changes where necessary

If you do not yet have a parent portal account, please contact your student’s school.

For more information please visit the Registration Verification page on the ACPS website.

Parents > Student Registration > Registration Verification

Parent Portal

If you have not yet set up a Parent Portal account, please call our school office at 434-973-6600 to request your login information. You may want to click here to familiarize yourself with the division resources and guides for using the Parent Portal. It is more important than ever that we have your most up-to-date contact information.


Technology Support

  • If you need technology support for your children's devices, please contact the Albemarle County Technology Support by visiting their webpage, calling (434)-975-9444, or emailing them at servicedesk@k12albemarle.org

Return to School Website

Remember to refer to our Return to School website for all communication and resources related to the return of school for the 20-21 school year.

We appreciate you!

Sincerely,

Kristen Williams, Principal - kwilliams@k12albemarle.org


Jennifer Underwood, Assistant Principal - junderwood@k12albemarle.org



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September 14, 2020

Greetings Woodbrook Families:


We want to thank you for your patience, support, and partnership in getting through the first week of school. Together, we worked through many startup glitches and by Thursday, most of our students were up and running on Zoom and Seesaw. It was so wonderful to see and hear our students and teachers reconnecting. We could not have done it without you.Thank you and know that we will continue to work together in making sure all students are able to access their learning.


Zoom Family Help Session

  • We are providing two voluntary sessions this week for families to learn more about Zoom and to get help with any problems you may have with using this program.

  • Charli Nolan, who is our Woodbrook Learning Technology Integrator, will facilitate these sessions.

  • There are two opportunities:

    • Wednesday, 9/16 from 5:00-7:00pm (with live Spanish interpreting available)

    • Thursday, 9/17 from 5:00-7:00pm (with live Spanish interpreting available)

  • You may attend either session at any time that is convenient for you.

  • We are partnering with Greer Elementary School for these family help sessions.

  • This login information works for both nights:


Technology Support

  • If you need technology support for your children's devices, please contact the Albemarle County Technology Support by visiting their webpage, calling (434)-975-9444, or emailing them at servicedesk@k12albemarle.org.


Playgrounds at Woodbrook

  • We are excited to announce that the playgrounds at Woodbrook are open for you to use with your children at designated times.

  • The playgrounds are open to the public to use Monday-Thursday after 3pm, and all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

  • Please remember to follow current safety guidelines, including social distancing, while you are at Woodbrook.


Upcoming Community Conversations

Save the date! We will host our next Community Conversation on September 29, 2020. Please join us at either of the times listed below:

  • 5:30pm OR

  • 6:30pm (Spanish translation will be provided for this session.)

We will provide Zoom links for these conversations as we get closer to the date.


Parent Portal

If you have not yet set up a Parent Portal account, please call our school office at 434-973-6600 to request your login information. You may want to click here to familiarize yourself with the division resources and guides for using the Parent Portal. It is more important than ever that we have your most up-to-date contact information.


Return to School Website

Remember to refer to our Return to School website for all communication and resources related to the return of school for the 20-21 school year.


We appreciate you!


Sincerely,

Kristen Williams, Principal - kwilliams@k12albemarle.org

Jennifer Underwood, Assistant Principal - junderwood@k12albemarle.org


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September 4, 2020

Greetings Woodbrook Families:


We are down for the count! The first day for virtual learning begins this Tuesday, September 8, 2020. As you know, ALL students (except those we have been in direct communication with) will be working from home on their devices and will connect with their teachers via Zoom for direct instruction and will use Seesaw to access learning resources and to submit their work. Teachers have emailed Zoom links and Seesaw codes to each family so all can be ready to go on Tuesday!


Ms. Underwood and I are very excited to welcome all of our students to the 20-21 school year! Click here to view our “Welcome Video” and please share with your children. We cannot wait to “see” them all next week!


We have also created a "Woodbrook Staff - Picture Directory" so that all families can put a face with the name. We have a few pictures missing but will continue to add and keep this up-to-date. Click here to access the new directory!


Upcoming Community Conversations

Save the date! We will host our next Community Conversation on September 29, 2020. Please join us at either of the times listed below:

  • 5:30pm OR

  • 6:30pm (Spanish translation will be provided for this session.)

We will provide Zoom links for these conversations as we get closer to the date.


Changes Made to our WES Daily Schedule for the Current School Year (only)


  • For the current school year, we will not have a librarian. Instead, we have asked Ms. Bonnie Herring, who already serves as a Kindergarten teaching assistant, to also serve as our Library Teaching Assistant for this school year. We will share more about her role and how the library will function this year at a later date. We hope to put a system in place that will allow students to check out books! Stay tuned...

  • During the current school year, we will not be implementing our Spanish program. Ms. Soto and Ms. Hunt will be partnering up with teachers to support virtual instruction and learning. We plan to resume our Spanish program in the 21-22 school year.


20-21 School Meals Program: For details about the ACPS student meals program, including cost, delivery information, menus, and the 2020-21 Free and Reduced Meal Application, please read the August 14 community message. This information is also featured on our Return to School website.


Technology Distribution & Internet Access Updates:

If your child does not have a computer or iPad to use for virtual learning, please call our main office to schedule a time to pick one up. If you are still in need of internet access, we can help! Please contact Ms. Underwood at junderwood@k12albemarle.org


White Boards for Virtual Learning:

If your child does not have a whiteboard at home to use for virtual learning, please stop by or call the main office so we can provide one for you. Many thanks to our PTO who made this possible by purchasing whiteboards for ALL of our Woodbrook students to use at home. Click here to access our WES PTO Website!


Virtual Class Schedules:

Albemarle County has developed a schedule for virtual learning that will provide consistency across all 15 elementary schools. As you are aware, none of us have ever implemented anything quite like this before; therefore, we fully anticipate adjustments will need to be made along the way in order for this to work for our students, teachers, and families. Here are a few of the details:


  • Each student will have a synchronous block of instruction (interactive with the teacher) on Monday-Thursday of each week. Students will be assigned to either the morning or afternoon for this synchronous instruction. This will include opening and closing class meetings, and instruction in the core content areas. (2.5-3 hours/day with built in breaks away from the screen.)

  • Each student will have a primarily asynchronous block of learning opposite their synchronous learning times on Monday-Thursday, which will include activities and independent practice through SeeSaw, or projects assigned by the teacher. The two exceptions may be:

    • A synchronous specials class (art, music or PE) which could be during this block - OR

    • Synchronous instruction as needed by an interventionist, special education teacher, ESOL teacher, or other support staff member

  • We will be recording synchronous sessions for students who are unable to attend on a certain day.

  • Fridays will be a day of asynchronous learning for most students, which will include activities and independent practice through SeeSaw, or projects assigned by the teacher. (Synchronous instruction for students in need of differentiated support or special education services, may occur on Fridays.)

  • The school day will run approximately 8:00am-3:00pm.


We recognize this is a lot of information. Reach out to your child’s teacher with specific questions and concerns.


Parent Portal:

If you have not yet set up a Parent Portal account, please call our school office at 434-973-6600 to request your login information. You may want to click here to familiarize yourself with the division resources and guides for using the Parent Portal. It is more important than ever that we have your most up-to-date contact information.


Return to School Website:

Remember to refer to our Return to School website for all communication and resources related to the return of school for the 20-21 school year.


We appreciate you!


Sincerely,

Kristen Williams, Principal - kwilliams@k12albemarle.org

Jennifer Underwood, Assistant Principal - junderwood@k12albemarle.org


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August 28, 2020

Greetings Woodbrook Families:


This past week, all of our teachers have been reaching out by phone to touch base with their new families. Hopefully by now, you have had the opportunity to connect with your child's teacher to learn more about the start of the school year. If you have not heard from your child’s teacher this week, we may need you to update your family’s contact information. If so, please call the front office at 434-973-6600.


Teachers are finalizing AM/PM Synchronous Class Schedules and will be emailing each family their child's schedule next Tuesday, September 1st at 3:00 pm.


We'd like to introduce you to our newest members of the Woodbrook Staff. Click here to learn about each of our new Woody Bears!


Please join us in wishing the very best to our staff members who will not be returning to Woodbrook this year: Judy Blakey, Jamee Dion, Michelle Doerr, Stephanie Dugan, Nancy Gans, Lily Ha, Emily Holmstrom, Mack McLellan, Marian McCollough, Mariel Mendez, Sherry Remley, Sarah Schmitt, Megan Short, Anthony Smith, Diana Smith, Skye Tung, and Katie Walker. We wish you all the very best in your retirement and/or next adventures. You will be missed. Once a Woody Bear, always a Woody Bear!


Below is important information for all families as we approach the 1st day of school on September 8, 2020:


Technology Distribution Update

4th and 5th Graders

On Monday, August 31, all 4th & 5th grade students that do not already have a school laptop can pick up a laptop in the back bus parking lot of the school from 10:00am-12:00pm.


Kindergarten

On Wednesday, September 2, all Kindergarten students that do not already have a school device can pick up an iPad in the back bus parking lot of the school from 10:00am-12:00pm.


1st & 2nd Graders * Please note- The new Ipads that have been ordered for our 1st and 2nd graders have not yet arrived. If you have a personal device at home (computer or Ipad), that your child can use for now, we will let you know when the new Ipads arrive and ready to be picked up. If you do not have a personal device that your child can use at home, you may pick up a loaner computer at the school on Wednesday, September 2 between 2:00-4:00 pm. Drive through the bus loop and someone will be there to assist you.


**All families & students who are not able to pick up on their grade level day, can come on Wednesday, September 2 from 2:00-4:00pm.**


Virtual Open House Dates

We would like to invite all families to attend our upcoming Virtual Open House. Please choose the session that works best for your family:

  • Thursday, September 3, 4:30-5:15 pm (Teachers will send individual links)

  • Thursday, September 3, 5:30-6:15 (For Spanish-speaking families); here is the Zoom link

  • Friday, September 4, 11:00-11:45 am (Teachers will send individual links)


Community Conversations

We are hoping all families can join us for our Virtual Open House events next week. We will be scheduling our next Community Conversation mid-September. Stay tuned...


20-21 School Meals Program For details about the ACPS student meals program, including cost, delivery information, menus, and the 2020-21 Free and Reduced Meal Application, please read the August 14 community message. This information is also featured on our Return to School website.


Virtual Class Schedules

Albemarle County has developed a schedule for virtual learning that will provide consistency across all 15 elementary schools. As you are aware, none of us have ever implemented anything quite like this before; therefore, we fully anticipate adjustments will need to be made along the way in order for this to work for our students, teachers, and families. Here are a few of the details:


  • Each student will have a synchronous block of instruction (interactive with the teacher) on Monday-Thursday of each week. Students will be assigned to either the morning or afternoon for this synchronous instruction. This will include opening and closing class meetings, and instruction in the core content areas. (2.5-3 hours/day with built in breaks away from the screen.)

  • Each student will have a primarily asynchronous block of learning opposite their synchronous learning times on Monday-Thursday, which will include activities and independent practice through SeeSaw, or projects assigned by the teacher. The two exceptions may be:

    • A synchronous specials class (art, music or PE) which could be during this block - OR

    • Synchronous instruction as needed by an interventionist, special education teacher, ESOL teacher, or other support staff member

  • We will be recording synchronous sessions for students who are unable to attend on a certain day.

  • Fridays will be a day of asynchronous learning for most students, which will include activities and independent practice through SeeSaw, or projects assigned by the teacher. (Synchronous instruction for students in need of differentiated support or special education services, may occur on Fridays.)

  • The school day will run approximately 8:00am-3:00pm.

  • Next week, teachers will be reaching out to share their draft schedules. They will also share whether your child will be in either the morning or afternoon synchronous block.


We recognize this is a lot of information. Your child's teacher will be able to simplify it when they share what it will look like for your child’s specific class. Please talk with them about any concerns you have, and they can best answer questions and provide possible solutions.


Parent Portal

If you have not yet set up your Parent Portal account, please call our school office at 434-973-6600 to request your login information. You may want to click here to familiarize yourself with the division resources and guides for using the Parent Portal.


Return to School Website

Remember to refer to our Return to School website for all communication and resources related to the return of school for the 20-21 school year.


Sincerely,

Kristen Williams, Principal - kwilliams@k12albemarle.org

Jennifer Underwood, Assistant Principal - junderwood@k12albemarle.org