The Wonderful World of Woodbury

Weekly Update for Families: September 5th

A Message from Mrs. Kern

I can't believe September is here! September brings us Labor Day weekend and the Sandwich Fair which is one of many beloved events that makes our community so special. We are continuing to get adjusted to the new school year and are having a great time getting to know each other! I am always so excited when I have mastered each child's name and I think I am getting pretty close now! These first weeks of school we continue to practice a lot of routines and expectations to help support and promote a positive learning environment for all. Being ready to learn allows us to dig into our learning and enjoy the many experiences we have ahead of us with success! It's important stuff! We practice walking in the hallway peacefully in order to respect that other classrooms are learning. In our classrooms we practice showing our teacher that we are ready to learn with our eyes, ears and bodies, practice respectful talk and turn taking and showing kindness to others. Your help reinforcing these positive expectations is not only helpful, but supports our effort to provide an environment that respects your child and others. We are thankful for your partnership. Have a wonderful week ahead!

Thank you, Mrs. Riebe!

Have you ever noticed our little tree? Mrs. Riebe changes our little tree with the seasons. We love the back to school tree she made to start off the year!
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Welcome back Woodbury families! I am so happy to see so many familiar faces in the hallways and I have loved getting to know some new faces too! For those who are new to our Woodbury family, welcome! My name is Miss Rogowski and I am the school social worker for our building. This is my second year at Woodbury and I’m so lucky to call this building my home school.

I always tell our students that my number 1 job is to keep them safe. I want all of our students to feel safe and welcomed when they walk in the building each day. Here at Woodbury we want your child to be successful in school which not only includes academics, but their whole development as a person. I love being able to work with all the students in the building by entering their classrooms weekly. During my time in the classroom I utilize our social-emotional learning curriculum, Second Step. It is a research-based learning program designed to improve children’s social, emotional, and behavioral skills. Throughout the school year we will talk about setting goals and how to achieve them, having a growth mindset, emotion regulation, empathy, kindness, and problem solving. I also provide individual and small group sessions to students who may need additional support in these areas. Last year I ran multiple small groups with an emphasis on coping strategies, anxiety, anger management, friendship skills, executive functioning, expected and unexpected behavior, and stress management.

Please reach out at any time if you have any questions or concerns for your child. Just as a friendly reminder, I also love hearing about their accomplishments and want to celebrate with them so fill me in on the good stuff too!

Let’s make it a great year, Woodbury! Don’t forget to “Plant Kindness”

Friendly Reminders

A NOTE FROM THE NURSE: Often times our young learners have accidents. Sometimes students wait too long to ask to go to the bathroom, especially when having fun at recess. We also have been known to experience a few milk spills, bloody noses, puddle jumping, and of course, those slides on the playground are just too tempting to avoid on a wet morning. Regardless of the reason, there are times when students require a change of clothes. We have a stash of new underwear and socks (We are always accepting donations for new underwear and socks!) and some donated shorts, sweatpants, shirts, and shoes. Unfortunately, we do not always have the correct size for a student. So, please help us by sending a Ziploc back with a change of clothes in your young learner's backpack! Thank you for your help in this matter!

PERSONAL ITEMS: Please avoid sending personal items to school with your child such as electronics, special toys, trading cards, favorite stuffed animals, etc. Unfortunately, these items can become lost of stolen or become a distraction in the classroom.

ARRIVAL & SAFETY: Please do not drop off your student on the playground before 7:45am. We are unable to provide supervision until this time. Thank you for helping us keep your child safe.

LUNCH TIME: Lunch can be tricky for our littlest learners. To the best of your ability, please avoid sending food items that your child cannot open independently. This will help us run our lunch times more efficiently.

HEALTHY SCHOOL INITIATIVE: Please avoid sending snacks and lunches that contain candy or soda. In the case that your child brings soda or other caffeinated drinks we will ask them to return it to their lunch bag and substitute with their water bottle. Thank you!

This Week's Lexia Superstars!

Lexia® Core5® Reading is an adaptive blended learning program that accelerates the development of literacy skills for students of all abilities, helping them make that critical shift from learning to read to reading to learn. Lexia adapts to the students level and paces the program individual to each child. We celebrate our Lexia Superstars each week! Students are celebrated during our Friday announcements and come to the office to get a book charm to add to their chain.
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Upcoming Dates to Remember


9/9: Non-attendance Day, NO SCHOOL

9/16: 11:10 Early Dismissal

9/20: Bus Evacuation Drill

9/20: School Board Meeting

9/26-9/30: Homecoming Spirit Week

9/30: Homecoming Parade

10/4: Fall Pictures

Homecoming Week

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Helping Children Cope with Feelings of Separation

Saying goodbye to your child when they are struggling with feelings of separation can be so hard on a parent/guardian. We understand! Here are some helpful tips to aide in that transition from the following article about back to school jitters. Though those moments can be hard, we promise that those tears soon subside once your child is in the door and they are in good loving hands.

  • Before you leave, let your child know who will be picking them up and when you will see them again. If the child cries, give a good hug and kiss, tell them when you’ll see them, and leave them with the teacher.
  • “Don’t linger. The lingering suggests that you might not trust the situation and may make them more upset,” Miller says.
  • Separation can be emotional for parents, too, especially if a child routinely cries. Miller suggests taking deep breaths, going for a walk and buying yourself a cup of coffee.
  • At the end of the day, whether your child cried or not, praise their bravery and remind them that you’ll always return.
  • And take heart: crying and clinging is a sign that your child is attached to you, which is "critical for your child's healthy development and future academic success," Miller says. "Allowing them to practice trusting in someone else’s care because you’ve approved it for your child is yet another step in their growth and development."
  • Normalize the feelings associated with separation anxiety. You may enjoy listening and talking about the story The Invisible String below with your child.
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District Updates

Free & Reduced Lunch

Students whose families are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch are able to access meals at no cost or a discounted rate. In order to review the requirements to qualify and to apply, please use the following link:

Only one application needs to be completed per household. If you recently received notification that you have already been approved for free or reduced meals for the 2022-2023 school year you do not need to complete an application.

Lunch Prices for 2022-2023

K-5 Schools $3.10

Sandwich Middle School $3.20

Sandwich High School $3.20

If you have any questions, please reach out to Jody Kruswicki, Administrative Assistant, 815-786-2187 or

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