Monthly Wildcat- September

All of the news from Woodcrest Elementary!

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Principal's Message

Welcome to our September edition of the Monthly Wildcat! I am excited to share all the latest news and updates from Woodcrest Elementary.


Thank you so much to all of our parents that attended Back to School Night. For those who did not attend, here is the link to a video with staff introductions and messages from our school Nurse Susan, our counselor Mrs. Diaz, and myself. Back to School Night Welcome Video


Our students have been doing a great job of following all of our safety protocols. I am so proud of them doing their part to keep us all safe.


In order to keep students safe, morning temperature checks are done without physical contact. If a student has an elevated temperature, they will be given water and a few minutes to cool down and have their temperature rechecked. If the temperature remains elevated, you will be called to pick up your child. Please make sure to not send your student to school if they are sick. For more information on FSD’s safety protocols, please refer to the Fullerton School District website at https://www.fullertonsd.org/apps/pages/Covid19SafetyProtocols.


If you have not completed the Annual Information Review (AIR), please do so as soon as possible. An email was sent to you on August 5, 2021. If you have any questions or need support to complete this, please contact the office. Our office staff is happy to assist you. Once you have completed this, you are welcome to call or email us to find out who your child’s teacher is for this year.


Picture day is September 7 and 8th is Fall Picture Day. All general education students in grades kindergarten through sixth and special education preschool will take their pictures on Tuesday September 7th and all general education preschool and special education students in grades kinder through sixth will take their pictures on September 8th. The flier went home this week. If you have any questions, please call the office.


Our first Saturday school is on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Saturday school is for students who have an absence that need to make it up. Saturday school starts at 8 and goes until 12:15. The class is taught by our very own teachers. It is a fun day of learning for kids and helps students improve their attendance. Students who qualify to attend will receive a notice a few days before. Attendance matters!


September 15th through October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month. This month is to promote the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic Americans. All month long we will be highlighting notable Hispanic Americans in our classrooms and morning announcements. As a Hispanic- American this month is very dear to me and I look forward to our students learning more!


Fall Conferences are September 20 through 24th. There is no school on Wednesday, September 22nd and the rest of the week we are on minimum day schedule. Your teachers should be reaching out to schedule your conference time. Conferences are the time where parents get one on one time with their teachers to check on your child's progress. Translators will be available.


Our PTA membership drive is on! Here is a video outlining how to join PTA and the many benefits for kids from PTA. PTA Movie


If you don't already, please check out our social media. We are very active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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Here are some upcoming dates to remember:


-September 6th- Labor Day, No school

-September 7 & 8- Fall Picture Day

-September 10th- PTA meeting in person (MPR) or Zoom 8:30

-September 17th- ELAC meeting n person (MPR) or Zoom 8:30

-September 18th- Saturday School

-September 20 through 24th- Fall Conferences (minimum day all week)

-September 22 - No classes due to conferences

-September 29- Second Harvest Mobile Pantry


Thank you for choosing Woodcrest for your child's education.


Go Wildcats!

Mrs. Rochelle Wolf

Principal


rochelle_wolf@myfsd.org

Classroom Happenings

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From Mrs. Alarcon, Preschool

Hello Families! This month we are going to continue learning about building our community through building friendships and bonds. Routines are still being established in our classroom as well as our classroom rules. We are also going to learn about name recognition, letter names and numbers.

From Ms. Scofield: SPED Preschool

Hi Woodcrest Families! This month we are learning about the color yellow. The shape we are focusing on is a circle. We are learning the difference between happy and sad.

From Mrs. Michaels: Kinder/1st

Happy September! We are excited for the change of seasons from summer to fall. We can’t wait to do fun arts and crafts with apples and leaves! We are also continuing to practice key foundational skills such as name writing, tracing, coloring, and cutting. In ELA, the students will begin with an introduction of all letter names and sounds. As the weeks progress, we will focus on one to two letter names and sounds. Students will begin to learn their first sight words. In Writer’s Workshop, students will focus on narrative writing with pictures, labels, and words. In Math, we are focusing on representing, counting, writing, and comparing numbers 0-5. Also, we are starting to count to 100 by 1s. For Science, we will continue with our first unit on plant and animal needs. In Social Justice, we will continue to focus on identity and what is in a self portrait. “Together may we give our students the roots to grow and the wings to fly.”

From Mr. Ledon

Greetings Wildcat Families! We are done with the first month of school, congratulations! Here is what we will be #learningwithledon in the month of September!


Kinder: We will be focusing on our letter names and sounds during the ELA portion of class. Additionally, students will participate in group discussions about baby animals and what we are capable of doing as human beings! In Math, students will focus on counting and writing numbers by using manipulatives/pictures.


First Grade: Students will be introduced to various concepts of print. Additionally, students will learn new sight words and supporting activities on Seesaw for the ELA portion of class. In Mathematics, students will start to use pictures and models to answer subtraction problems. Students will also use Math Shelf in class or at home as an additional math resource.


For our Combined Social Justice Unit “All Are Welcome”, we will be covering how to embrace students of all backgrounds through diverse read alouds and group discussions. Let’s make it an awesome month of #learningwithledon! Go Wildcats!


From Mrs. Spencer: 1st Grade

Hello Wildcat Families! This month we are learning so many new things. In phonics we are focusing on reading words with short vowels. In the area of math we are learning how to add using many strategies, including pictures. Our class is working on guided narrative writing in a whole group setting. We are learning about identity and social justice with Mrs. Tran’s class on Fridays. I look forward to meeting with you all at parent/teacher conferences this month.

From Mrs. Tran: SPED Kinder/1st

Hello Wildkitten Families! This month, our Wildkittens will be learning tons and working hard on their personal IEP goals. In reading, we are focusing on stories and activities related to Apples and our Letter of the Week. In the area of math, we are learning numbers 0-5 and focusing on the color Red. Our class is working on daily calendar, communication, and social skills in a whole group setting. We are learning about identity and social justice with Mrs. Spencer’s 1st grade class on Fridays. We are continuing our mainstreaming with our 2nd-3rd grade buddies and having more playground fun with our Kindergarten friends.

From Mrs. Kollmansberger, 2nd Grade

This month we are starting our Readers Workshop. We will be looking at how second graders grow like beanstalks and start to take a sneak peak by making predictions about their ‘just right books’. In Math we are working on number concepts like even and odd and place value. We will begin Social Justice by using Nearpod to look at different types of families.

From Ms. Pionke: 2nd/3rd Grade

Hi Wildcat Families! This month we will be starting our mainstreaming with our friends in the special education wing. This will include time working with our friends in Mrs. Tran’s, Ms. Somoza’s and Mrs. Guzman’s classes. We will be working on reading “just right” books in ELA to boost our reading skills. Our second graders will be working on place value in math while our third graders will be reviewing addition and subtraction. In social justice, we will be talking about families and the different types of families we all live with. September is going to be a great month!

From Ms. Guardamondo, 3rd Grade

Hello Wildcats and welcome to September! This month we will be reviewing the different strategies to add and subtract within 1,000. We are focusing on estimations, mental math, and using place values. For ELA, we will be finding our “just right” books, enjoying read alouds, and beginning our reader’s workshop. In social justice, we will be emphasizing community, different types of families, and how we are a family in the classroom. Thank you for a great month and we are so excited for our second month of school!

From Mrs. Guzman: 2nd/3rd Grade SPED

Hello Wildcats! We will be working on foundational skills for both Math and ELA from our Unique Learning System Curriculum. In social justice, we will be talking about families and the different types of families we all live with. We will be mainstreaming with our buddies in Mrs. Pionke’s class and collaborating with our friends in the Wildcat Wing.

From Mrs. Wren: 4th Grade

Hello families! This month, we will be continuing to explore narrative reading and writing during our workshop time. In math we will keep working on place value, then move on to adding and subtracting with larger numbers and regrouping. In social studies, we will start learning about California’s four regions and what makes them special. Our class will continue to do identity and diversity work in our social justice lessons.

From Mrs. Rangel: 4th/5th Grade

Hello, Wildcat Families. This month our class will continue to participate in reader’s workshop, working on developing good reading habits and skills, such as reading “just right” books in “just right” spots. In writing, we are going to be working on narratives. In math, we will continue to work on place value and basic multiplication facts. In social studies, we will talk about colonization in the new world as well as the indigenous people who already lived here in North America . With social justice, we will continue to talk about community and identity. We are looking forward to another month of learning in room 17!!

From Mrs. Merrihue: 5th Grade

Hi Wildcats. This month our class will continue to participate in writer’’s workshop, working on developing good writing habits and skills, such as “just right” partners. In writing, we are going to be working on narratives. In math, we will continue to work on place value, exponents, and basic multiplication facts. In social studies, we will talk about colonization in the new world as well as the indigenous people who already lived here in North America . With social justice, we will continue to talk about community and identity. We are looking forward to another month of learning in room 16!!

From Ms. Somoza: 4th/5th/6th SPED

For the month of September we will work on functional reading and math skills from our ULS curriculum. We will begin mainstreaming with gen ed peers for social justice, STEM, SEL, movement, reading and virtual field trips. For science we will begin learning about planets, in social stories we will learn about ancient civilizations, life skills focus is brushing our teeth and for our artist of the month will be recreating works by Joan Miro.

From Mrs. Bergen: 5th/6th Grade

Hello Wildcats! This month our class will continue to participate in reader’s workshop, working on developing good reading habits and skills, such as reading “just right” books in “just right” spots. In writing, we are going to be working on narratives. In math, 5th grade will be working on place value and multiplication facts. 6th grade will be working on adding, subtraction, multiplication and dividing decimals. With social justice we will continue our work on identity and understanding ourselves and the world around us.

From Mr. Nunez: 6th Grade

Hello Wildcats! This month our class will continue to participate in reader’s workshop, working on developing good reading habits and skills, such as reading “just right” books in “just right” spots. In writing, we are going to be working on narratives. In math, 6th grade will be working on adding, subtraction, multiplication and dividing decimals. With social justice we will continue our work on identity and understanding ourselves and the world around us.

From Mrs. Joo: Response to Intervention/ELA

This month, we will continue to get to know our new groups and work through our lessons in Lindamood-Bell or SIPPS.

From Mrs. Alcaraz, Response to Intervention/ELA

This month, we will continue to get to know our new groups and work through our lessons in Lindamood-Bell or SIPPS.

From Mrs. Graza, Response to Intervention/Math

In September we will get to know our small groups as we work in the Bridges curriculum. Math intervention students will be working on foundational math skills such as counting, place value, addition, subtraction, and multiplication! Our groups will be meeting four times a week. I look forward to getting to know each one of our wonderful RtI math students!

From Coach Martinez: PE

Hello Wildcat Families. For September, we will be working on learning the rules of playground games such as 4 square, handball and gaga ball so that we can be successful playing during recess time. We will also continue to work on our PE classroom routines and our throwing skills which were introduced in August.

From Mrs. Adams: Speech

Our Speech and Language Pathologists Mrs Adams is on maternity leave. Her caseload is being handled by a sub until she returns.

Ms. Neri- Speech Teacher

Hello families and Wildcats! This month we are working on our individual goals. We will continue to build vocabulary and comprehension skills. We will continue to practice putting words together to formulate sentences to help us in communicating with others. We will practice our social skills with our friends during mainstreaming activities.

Mrs. Hernandez: RSP Teacher

This month, your Wildcats will continue to work on their individual goals in math, reading, and writing. We will be practicing kinesthetic and multisensory reading strategies. Please make sure to check out your child’s SeeSaw for updates!

From Mrs. Diaz: School Counselor

Welcome to September! In counseling, students will continue to receive classroom lessons, some students will be invited to participate in small groups, and few students will participate in individual counseling. Please be on the lookout for our Counseling Permission Slip and return it to the school at your earliest convenience.


Join me at the ELAC meeting on September 17th and learn about what we are doing to teach social emotional learning at Woodcrest! Hope to see you there!


Check out our first Social Emotional Newsletter #1! This newsletter is meant to provide families with simple ideas you may use at home to teach social emotional skills to your children.

Reminders from the Office Staff

From Ms. Diana- Office Manager

Hello Woodcrest Families!


Enrollment is still open for any Kinder to 6th grade student living in the area. If you have a family member or friend who recently moved to the Woodcrest neighborhood, please let them know to call the office to get their child in school.


Fall Pictures will be taken this month. Kinder through 6th grade will take pictures on Tuesday, September 7, as well as students in Preschool in Special Day Class.

For students in State Preschool and Kinder-6th grade in Special Day Class pictures will be taken on Wednesday, September 8.


Our first pantry is this month. Distribution will be on Wednesday, September 29th at 1 pm. The line starts as early as 12:30. Please don’t forget to bring a cart or someone to help you carry the boxes.

From Ms. Patty- Health Assistant

Wash your hands frequently and wear your masks.


If students or anyone in the household is sick please keep them home until you know that they are not contagious, whether it's by seeing a doctor or quarantining.


Please remember to take precautions and be safe!

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