Woodland Elementary School

Elementary Updates for January 21

A Note from Mr. Wollberg

What a great week at Elementary! There are so many great things happening this week at Elementary and many updates so please make sure to read this newsletter in its entirety.

First and foremost, we are seeking your feedback through our annual 5 Essentials Survey. Last year, we were unable to access the results as we did not hit the 20% threshold needed in order to obtain the results. This year, we really want to make sure we are able to view the results especially as we are making the change from Elementary East and Elementary West to Woodland Elementary. Please take a moment to share your feedback to help us as we move forward as one school!

We are also going to participate in a clothing drive to help update and diversify our classroom libraries. The week of February 14-February 18 we will be collecting gently used clothing and household textiles in order to raise money for the new libraries. I know Spring feels months and months away but anyone looking to do some Spring Cleaning and donate items for a great cause, see below for more details and more information will be coming in the next couple of weeks.

Lastly, report cards will be available for parents/guardians next Friday. We will include information next week on how to access the information. We will also be sending home paper copies of the Winter MAP Reports that students took in December. Please talk to your child's teacher or reach out to me if you have any questions regarding the reports.

As always, thank you for your support and I hope everyone has a great weekend!


Ryan Wollberg


5 Essentials Survey

Woodland Elementary School would love to hear from YOU!

You have been invited to complete the Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey. The information you provide will help guide improvement as we strive to inspire each student to realize their potential through the education and opportunities we provide at Woodland Elementary. Your participation in this survey is voluntary but crucial. We can’t receive results from the survey unless at least 20 percent of parents respond. The more responses parents provide, the more we will know how to focus our efforts toward the improvements you want. Therefore, we have set a goal to reach an 80 percent response rate. Please help us reach our goal by completing the survey.

  • Go to: https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois to take the survey.

  • Select “Parent Survey.”

  • You may enter your email address if you would like to receive confirmation of your submission, but it is not required.

  • Then enter “Lake” into the county field and “Woodland ElementarySchool” to find our school.

You will then be asked a series of questions to provide input regarding your family’s experience here at Woodland Elementary. Please remember to click “submit” once you are done so your responses can be counted.

Please know that your identity and responses will be kept confidential and will not be connected with your child. The survey closes on March 11, so please submit your responses soon!

Thank you in advance for your time and input. We appreciate you!

Woodland Elementary FUNDrive

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Gurnee Teacher of the Year

The Village of Gurnee Teacher of the Year award recognizes the excellent teachers who support the students in our learning community. We invite you to recognize teachers of all types such as homeroom, art, music, specialists, interventionists, physical education, special education, health, computer and more. All certified staff are eligible for nomination.

Nominate an amazing teacher today!

NOMINATION FORM English / Spanish

Nominations will be accepted through Monday, Jan. 31, 2022.

Visit the Teacher of the Year website to see previous winners and learn more!

Kids Heart Challenge

We are excited to kick off our Kids Heart Challenge this year. This fundraiser provides funds to the American Heart Association. This fundraiser will be 100% online. We will not be collecting cash donations. All online donations need to be completed by Feb. 18th. To participate, please click on the link below!

Kids Heart Challenge is officially off the ground and running at our school and we are SO excited to be learning about how to keep our hearts happy and healthy! Be sure that your student jumps on board to join us in taking the challenge to keep their hearts healthy and earning a free reminder wristband!

Health Updates

Hello Parents, we have the common goal of keeping your child safe, healthy, and learning. Here are a few kind reminders of D50 COVID-19 Guidance in accordance with the Lake County Health Dept:

Health Office Communication: Please use the NEW email elemhealthoffice@dist50.net or call 847-984-8810 beginning January 1, 2022 when communicating with the Health Office at Elementary.

Health Office Hours: The hours of the Health Office is M-F 7:20AM-2:55PM.

COVID-19 Vaccination Paperwork: If you choose, submit a copy of your child's vaccination card after the second vaccine is completed to the Health Office. This will be taken into consideration related to quarantine procedures.

Dental Forms Due for 2nd Graders: All second grade parents, submit a copy of your current dental form as required by the school code by May 4, 2022.

Extra Clothes: To help expedite student return to class as soon as possible when accidents occur, place an extra set of clothes in the book bag of your child.

We are happy to help. Please contact us for questions.

PTA News

VIRTUAL Game Night


Friday January 28th


Back by popular demand, the PTA is hosting a virtual AMONG US game night! Coming up on Friday January 28th, let's get together virtually and play Among Us. REGISTRATION is required.

Students will join the zoom and be placed in breakout rooms to play the game together. The zoom link will be sent to all registered participants by 5pm on 1/28. All skill levels are welcome! We will attempt to group students together with similar skill levels to keep the game fun for all.

Technology Needs:

-Each student will need a device with the Among Us game installed and updated to the most recent version.

-Each student will also need an additional device to participate in the Zoom call. (home computer, laptop, Chromebook)

We are also looking for Adult VOLUNTEERS to host each game room and monitor the game play. Each adult volunteer will be in charge of starting the game for their group and making sure game play and zoom behavior is respectful. Parents can also sign up using the same link.


Questions - Please contact Kathleen Williams, kvwpta@gmail.com

Upcoming PTA Events:

1/18 - 1/31: Little Caesar's Fundraiser, Click HERE for Details

1/28: Among Us Virtual Game Night, 6:30pm Registration Required

2/17: February PTA Meeting, 7:00pm via Zoom

Drop Off/Pick Up Reminders

In the last few weeks, we have seen an influx of students being dropped off. As such, we have had to make an adjustment to our drop-off procedures for the morning hours as outlined below. All changes are notated in bold:

Drop Off in the Morning (starts at 7:25 and ends at 7:45):

  • Please consider having your child take the bus
  • If your child will be dropped off, please remain in your car at all times
  • If it is after 7:45 and cars are still entering the pickup line, an administrator will stop traffic flow to the rear of the building and parents will need to park in a parking spot in the front of the building on either Elementary East or Elementary West. An adult should escort their child to the front doors of their respective school (signs will be posted effective December 9).
  • All cars that are in line by 7:45 will be able to utilize the drop-off in the rear of the building as has been our practice for this year and students WILL NOT be marked tardy.
  • If it is AFTER 7:50 and your child is entering the front of the building, your child will be marked tardy.

Pick Up Reminders:

  • We ask that parents who are picking up do not come until at least 2:05 as we have PE classes outside until that time and the earlier parents show up places a burden on these classes.
  • In the event you plan on picking up your child, please email your child's teacher or send in a written note as soon as possible so we are aware of the change. We will NOT allow them to go to pick up unless this comes directly from a parent/guardian.
  • In the pick up line, please do not block our transportation lot in the rear of the building so buses can come and go as necessary.
  • Please let transportation know of any address changes needed as these changes can take anywhere from 5-10 business days. Follow this link to complete the form.
  • If you would like to follow your child's bus in real time, consider downloading the Versatrans App found on the transportation website.
  • Please adhere to all signs and maintain a slow speed as to avoid any injuries to students or staff.

We truly appreciate your help in this matter and we thank you!

January Breakfast/Lunch Menu

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COVID-19 Dashboard

With more students returning into the building we are hearing more and more questions about the relocation of classrooms and actual cases of Covid. Woodland created a COVID-19 Dashboard to help stakeholders understand the impact of this virus-specific to Woodland. Please check the dashboard daily to see case counts for students and staff. This is a live document and the data will be updated throughout the day as new cases are confirmed.

The COVID-19 dashboard provides a big picture view of COVID19 cases in our Woodland learning community. More specific information will be shared by us at Elementary or classroom level if your child was potentially impacted by a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.