From Mrs. Davies
How can it be February already? We've been BUSY! I've truly enjoyed my first semester getting to know the staff and students at Woods. I know the last few years have been difficult, and I thank you for your patience and trust as we continue to right the ship.The staff and I are working hard to increase academic rigor, and regenerate the passion and traditions that make Woods an outstanding place to learn. We are keenly aware that as parents you have choices where to educate your child. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me, with questions or concerns especially if you are considering another choice of schools.
What We've Been Learning
This year, we've implemented two new curriculum programs at Woods. Students in K-8 grade have been introduced to Readers Workshop. The workshop model focuses on the work of the reader. Teachers model and directly teach the skills and strategies that proficient readers use. Each day students participate in a mini-lesson, where the teachers directly teach these strategies. Students are taught that these strategies can be used in many types of reading. Students have the opportunity to self select books and read a variety of text. It also allows the students to work at their own "just right" reading level. Gone are the days of the reading textbook as the sole tool to teach reading. Hopefully, you've already noticed your child finding more pleasure in reading.
How can you help your child at home?
- Talk about books as a family.
- Ask your child to share with you what he or she is reading. Ask questions like: "What was your favorite part?
- Make reading a priority. Have your young reader re-read old favorites to you. Older students can benefit from reading a series, or several books by the same author. Adults can read the same book and discuss it with your child.
Bridges Math Program
Bridges Math is our new K-5 math program. The curriculum focuses on developing students’ deep understandings of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex and novel problems. Bridges blends direct instruction, structured investigation, and open exploration. It taps into the intelligence and strengths of all students by presenting material that is as linguistically, visually, and kinesthetically rich as it is mathematically powerful.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Our next Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for February 10th. Your child's teachers sent out a link to sign up for a conference time. Specials teachers will have walk-in conferences. You are welcome to pop in before or after meeting with your child's homeroom teacher.
4K changes for 2022-2023 School Year
Beginning next school year, parents of 4K students will have the option to enroll their child for 5 days per week, or 3 days per week. The three day week will be on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays. Selection of a 3 or 5 day week is made for a commitment of one semester. Parents will have the option to increase (or decrease) in mid-January only.
Eighth graders recently attended Winterfest in Lake Geneva. Students were able to work in groups to create sculptures from blocks of snow. Groups from Woods won 2nd place for their Bear Sculpture and 3rd place for their Fungi sculpture. Thank You to parents who delivered snacks, hot cocoa and warming stations for our students. Your kindness was appreciated by your students!
We have some gently used items that were sent in for any family who may find use for them. There are several pairs of winter boots, jackets, and other clothing items. All items are free to a good home. Pop in and take a look, or stop by the table during parent teacher conferences.
Sizes range from 3T up to 16.