Woodland Watch

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

April 16, 2021

Upcoming Events

  • April 12-May 11: Avondale School of Choice Applications Accepted
  • May 5: Early Dismissal @ 1:35pm
  • May 6: Parent-Teacher Conferences @ 4:30pm-7:30pm
  • May 7: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Development
  • May 11: PTO Meeting @ 7pm
  • May 31: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
  • June 10: HALF DAY - Dismissal @ 11:45am
  • June 11: HALF DAY - Dismissal @ 11:45am - Last Day of School

A Note from Mrs. Schneider

Dear Woodland Families,

Next week begins our yearly MSTEP testing window. On Monday, our in-seat 5th grade students will participate in the ELA assessment and on Thursday, they will take the Math assessment. Our remote learners have the option to come into school to test on Wednesdays, they will take the ELA test on this week. Below I have outlined the MSTEP calendar for the next two weeks.

4/19 5th Grade ELA (in-seat)

4/21 5th Grade ELA (remote--in the building)

4/22 5th Grade Math (in-seat)

4/26 5th Grade Science (in-seat)

4/27 4th Grade ELA (in-seat)

4/28 4th Grade ELA & 5th Grade Math (remote--in the building)

4/29 4th Grade Math (in-seat)

4/30 5th Grade Social Studies (in-seat)

If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's teacher, Ms. Carion (katie.carion@avondaleschools.org), or me.

Enjoy your weekend,

Arryn Schneider

Battle of the Books

Congratulations to Valeria and Shriya, both 5th graders, who put in a lot of time and effort and took 2nd Place in the Battle of the Books competition. Battle of the Books was conducted virually by the Auburn Hills Library on Wednesday, April 14th.
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School of Choice Window Open Now

Do you have a friend or family member interested in having their child attend Avondale, but they do not live within the district? Please let them know that our window for School of Choice (SOC) applications is open from April 12th - May 11th and encourage them to join our Avondale community!

If you are a school of choice family that is already part of the Avondale School District, you do not need to re-apply each year. However, if you have another child that you would like to attend Avondale Schools, who is not a current student, you DO need to apply for a SOC spot for that child.

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Please Complete Your "Clear To Go" Screenings Every Morning

PLEASE complete your "Clear To Go" screening for every student in your household each morning before your child arrives at school.

You may download the "Clear To Go" app on your mobile device and have it alert you every morning to submit your "Clear To Go" screening for your student(s).

If you have any questions or difficulties downloading the app, please contact the Main Office at (248) 537-6900.

Updated Covid Protection Reminders

Because there has been outdated and sometimes misleading or conflicting information in the news and on social media about COVID-19, we are sending this note to reiterate and clarify what to do if your student is either exposed to a positive COVID-19 case, is experiencing symptoms, is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or has tested positive for COVID-19.


The quarantine period for Avondale Schools is currently 14 days. Quarantine guidelines do not apply to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 3 months. Quarantine guidelines also do not apply to anyone who has received their final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days prior to an exposure.

Isolate is a term used for those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who are awaiting a test result. Those in isolation must remain in separate rooms and avoid sharing personal items.

Quarantine is a term used for those who have been deemed a close contact to someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Those in quarantine must always remain home, which includes staying home from school, athletic events and other activities.

If your child is exposed to COVID-19 by someone who is a MEMBER OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD:

  • Complete the Clear To Go screening and notify your school.
  • Isolate the household members who are positive for COVID-19 for 14 days from the start of symptoms or the positive test collection date, whichever occurred first.
  • Quarantine the child who has been exposed to the positive case for 14 days from the date of last exposure. If the child in quarantine is re-exposed to the positive case during the 14-day quarantine period, the quarantine period must reset to another 10 days from the date of exposure. In some cases, the quarantine period for someone living with someone who has COVID-19 could be for a total of 28 days.

If your child is exposed OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD (at school, in the community, at a club or athletic event, etc.):

  • Complete the Clear To Go screening. If the exposure occurred at school or while participating in an Avondale School District activity or event you will be notified by an Avondale staff member.
  • Quarantine your child from interactions with others, by NOT allowing them to attend school and NOT allowing them to participating in athletic or club activities for 14 days from the date of exposure.
  • Have your child tested for COVID-19 and provide the test results to your school, if positive. A negative test will not permit your child to return to school early.

If your child is experiencing symptoms:

  • Complete the Clear To Go screening
    • A failed screening requires that your child remain home for a minimum of 14 days, unless you provide a doctor’s note with an alternative diagnosis to return.
  • Have your child tested for COVID-19 and provide the positive or negative test result to your school.
    Alternatively, visit your medical provider for a diagnosis that is not related to COVID-19. Provide a doctor’s note to your school before returning.

If your child is waiting for their own test results:

  • Isolate your child at home until the test result is returned.
    • Those in isolation must remain in separate rooms and avoid sharing personal items.
    • Please do not allow your child to attend school or an athletic or club activity while a test result is pending.
  • Complete the Clear To Go screening and notify your school.

If your child has received a positive COVID-19 test:

  • Complete the Clear To Go screening and notify your school.
  • Isolate your child for a minimum of 14 days from the start of symptoms or the positive test collection date, whichever occurred first.
    • If no symptoms remain after 14 days, they may return to school without a negative COVID-19 test.

We are committed to keeping our schools open for in-seat instruction and maintaining a safe environment for staff and all students in our schools. We need your help to do this. Please help us by adhering to the procedures outlined above. Please help us by having your child wear a mask when outside of your home and washing their hands frequently. The CDC has stated that these two mitigation practices help to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Was My Child A Close Contact?

When a student is COVID positive, we conduct what is called Contact Tracing. Anyone who was within 6 feet masked or unmasked for more than 15 minutes is considered a close contact. If your child is a close contact, you will get a friendly phone call from the office or from a Central Office staff member that notifies you, explains what quarantining is, and what day your child may return. We then send a letter to everyone in the classroom that there was a case and that all close contacts have been contacted. If you didn't receive a call, your child was NOT a close contact.

Quarantining and Extended Absences

Oakland County has extended the length of quarantine to 14 days if you were a close contact of someone that tested positive. Avondale School District must follow the county guideline.

At the elementary level, if a child is placed into quarantine and can't come to school, the teacher will post assignments on the child's Google Classroom each day. The teacher will also create paper packets that can be picked up to support learning if the student will miss more than 2 days due to quarantining. Unfortunately, students cannot join a virtual classroom. Virtual classrooms may not be at the exact same point as the current classroom teacher. Plus, most of our virtual classrooms are split classes which require slightly different scheduling.

Also, if a student is out ill or goes on vacation, I would encourage your child to check Google Classroom as well. Teachers will send work packets home for ill students if the absence is longer than 48 hours. Otherwise, we want your child to rest and heal. The work can be made up upon return.

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Absence Call In Needs

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. On your message, leave your child's name and teacher, your name, and the reason for the absence including symptoms.

  • If your child has 1 High Risk symptom or 2 Low Risk symptoms, we will be recommending a COVID test. If the COVID test is negative or you visit your doctor and get a doctor's note that says the child is sick for another reason, your child may return to school when they are symptom free for 24 hours.
  • If you choose not to get a COVID test or the doctor does not issue a note, students will need to remain at home for the 14 day quarantine.

High Risk--new cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell

Low Risk--fever (100.4 or higher), chills, muscle aches, headaches, sore throat, fatigue, diarrhea (2 times in 24 hours), nausea or vomiting (2 times in 24 hours), congestion/runny nose

Michigan Secure Mobile App

Why Should You Download And Install Michigan Secure On Your Mobile Device?

Michigan Secure alerts you to unsecure Wi-Fi networks, unsafe apps in Android, system tampering, and more. It helps protect your mobile device or Chromebook without requiring any personal private information. (See our Privacy Policy)

Michigan Secure costs $0 to download, $0 to use, no in-app purchases, and no ads. It gives you the options and allows you to determine the best action to help protect yourself. Michigan Secure alerts Android users if a downloaded app may be unsafe. Don't leave your device unprotected. More information can be found in the attached document and at this link: https://www.michigan.gov/dtmb/0,5552,7-358-82548_78404_95432---,00.html


Hearing & Vision Screenings

Every year, Oakland County Health performs Vision and Hearing screenings for our students. Hearing screenings are for students in Kindergarten, 2nd grade, and 4th grade. Vision screenings are for students in Transitional Kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade and 5th grade. This year, our Hearing screenings will be held on April 16th, 19th and 20th. Vision screenings will be held on April 27th, 29th & 30th. If the technician finds a hearing or vision concern with your child, you will be contacted by Oakland County Health Department.

Cafeteria and Hot Lunch

All students (no forms required) are eligible to receive free lunch this year. We will resume to two lunch choices the week of April 26th.

Hot Lunch (one choice until 4/26)

Monday, April 19: French Toast Sticks, Sausage Patties, Hash Brown, Fresh Orange Wedge, Milk

Tuesday, April 20: Popcorn Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Corn, Diced Pears, Milk

Wednesday, April 21: Hamburger, Green Beans, Fresh Apple, Milk (GSRP/ELC Only)

Thursday, April 22: Corndog Nuggets, Baked Fries, Applesauce, Milk

Friday, April 23: Pepperoni or Cheese Pizza, Steamed Broccoli, Diced Peaches, Milk

Student Materials Pick Up

Woodland will be having Student Materials Pick Up (for Remote Students only) approximately every 2 weeks from 8:30am-3:30pm on the following dates:

Wednesday, April 21

Wednesday, May 5

Wednesday, May 19

Wednesday, June 2

Please make sure to have your student return any books and/or the clear plastic bags (with their name) so we can use them for the next Materials Pick Up.

Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birthday to our Woodland Friends! Don't forget to take a picture in front of our electronic sign in front of the school!!

April 16: Krishna B.

April 22: Bailey R., Dayton R.

April 25: Haley G., Mrs. Keller

April 26: Griffin D.

April 27: Mrs. Mergener

April 28: Jo'el C.

April 30: Jack W.

Chromebook Distribution

If you were not able to attend our Chromebook distribution, you will need to call the Avondale Administration Building to make an appointment with our tech department. You can contact them at 248-537-6000 and ask for the IT department.


To access P2 for Families (password: P2), click here.

This week, we focused on Fairness. Fairness means you believe that all people have value. You approach situations with an unbiased mindset and treat everyone with respect.

​​​Fairness combines both the head and the heart. It is the product of moral judgment – the process by which people determine what is morally right and what is morally wrong. Moral reasoning has been explored and analyzed in two main traditions: the justice reasoning approach and the care reasoning approach.

Justice reasoning emphasizes the use of reason and logic. In justice reasoning, fairness is determined by objectively weighing what is right or wrong, as determined by a group, society, or universal ethical principles. Care reasoning, by contrast, emphasizes care and compassion. This approach uses concepts like empathy – and understanding and accounting for the needs, interests, and well-being of another person – when making moral decisions.

Next week we will focus on Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence.

Woodland PTO Corner

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3rd-7th) is just around the corner! Woodland teachers are the BEST and we have fun treats planned for them at school each day. We have also planned a Teacher Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, May 7th because this is a Professional Development day for teachers.

If you would like to help by contributing goodies, please sign up on the link below or contact Beth Smith at ebethannsmith@gmail.com if you have any questions. We appreciate all the help we can get!


Kroger Community Rewards

Do you have a Kroger Plus card? If so, you can link your cad 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.

Avondale District News

Avondale Family Resource & Support Package

The Avondale Family Resource and Support Package has been created to support families, students, and staff during times of need. This is a document that continues to be updated based on resources available. Please review supports and use as needed. Families in need of any of our Avondale Support Team members may also connect with us by email or phone.

Summer Camp Now Enrolling!

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Avondale National Honors Society Food Drive

The Avondale National Honors Society is hosting a drive-thru food drive the week of April 12th-16th and April 19th-23rd from 3pm to 6pm in the bus loop of Avondale High School. All donations will go to the Avondale Blessings a Backpack program to feed hungry students of all ages in our district.

Come out and support our Avondale community by donating unused, non-perishable, allergy-free, kid-friendly snack items. Examples of packaged food to bring include Cheez-it crackers, Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Soft-Baked Breakfast Bars, Pop-Tarts, Kellogg’s Sandwich crackers, Cliff Kid Granola Bars, Jack Link’s Beef Jerky, and more. We are also in need of new backpacks and drawstring bags for food distribution. Please see the list linked below for more examples of food donations. You are welcome to donate any similar items outside of this list as long as it adheres to the requirements previously stated.

At the food drive, National Honors Society members will approach your car wearing a mask and collect your donations. Donations can also be collected from the trunk of your car if you wish to avoid close contact. All COVID-19 protocols will be followed.

If you wish to give a direct monetary donation to the Avondale Blessings in a Backpack organization, click on the link and donate through the following page: https://secure.givelively.org//donate/blessings-in-a-backpack-inc/avondale-mi/avondale-national-honors-society

Thank you for your contribution in feeding hundreds of kids who otherwise would go hungry.


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Avondale Band Virtual 5K Run/Walk

Join us for a virtual 5K Run/Walk to support the Avondale Band Program June 4th-6th!

Register: Visit us online at avondalebands.square.site to register.

Cost: $25 per participant (includes T-shirt and medal only if registered by May 20th). T-shirt and medal pickup will take place on June 2nd and 3rd at Avondale Middle School @ 1445 W.

Auburn Rd., Rochester Hills, MI between 2:45pm and 6:00 pm.

Time and place: Anywhere and anytime you like between June 4th and June 6th! Pick your favorite outdoor location anywhere in the world and plot your course (check out mapmyrun.com for ideas). Grab your friends and family and make it an outing. Time yourself only if you please. Treadmill runs/walks are also acceptable. Feel free to share your pics and time with us on social media. Use #avondalebandontherun2021. Find us on Facebook at Avondale Band Boosters.

All proceeds benefit the Avondale Band Program and help offset the cost of replacing the aging Yellow Jacket Marching Band uniforms. This event is hosted by Avondale Band Boosters. Questions? Contact us at bandboostersavondale@gmail.com or text Juli Drake at 248-840-3016.

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Avondale Theatre Company

The Avondale Theatre Company presents "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown". The shows are April 22nd, 23rd, & 24th at 7:05pm and April 25th at 2:05pm.

The shows on April 23rd and 24th will be livestreamed at the same time.

Cost is $10 per ticket, but 12 and under are free with an adult ticket purchase.

The ticket link is avondaletheatrecompany.ludus.com and the live streaming link is atc.anywhereseat.com.

Thank you so much for helping to support and promote our students.

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Avondale Employment Opportunities

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Chartwells Food Service

Free Food For Families

Chartwells will be distributing breakfasts and lunches for children to ANY family that wishes to receive them every Wednesday from 11:00am-1:00pm at Avondale High School. Your children do NOT need to be present, and your children do NOT need to be enrolled in the Avondale School District to receive food.

Families wishing to apply for the Avondale Free or Reduced Lunch Program can sign their student(s) up online through the Parent Portal: https://mistar.oakland.k12.mi.us/avondale/parentportal/.
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Around The Community

Body & Mind Virtual Health Fair

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Rochester Mountain Bike Team

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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.