Woodland Elementary Newsletter

April, 2021

Principal's Message

Woodland Parents and Guardians:

This week marked the beginning of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment period with 5th grade taking the reading test. Throughout the month of April students in grades 3-5 will be completing these assessments. The specific dates and times of your child's grade level can be found on the Woodland MCA Testing Calendar.

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It is increasingly helpful during this time to avoid scheduling conflicts and to ensure your child is getting enough sleep so they are well rested to use their best thinking skills. We use these assessment results in combination with other data to develop school wide goals and to plan classroom instruction. All we ask is for students to do their best so we can celebrate their learning and provide instruction to best support the identified needs.

Yours in learning -

Darla Harstad

Woodland Elementary Principal

1410 South McKay Ave., Suite 101

Alexandria, MN 56308

320.762.3300 ext. 4130 | djharstad@alexschools.org

Class Assignment for 2021-22 School Year

A tremendous amount of thought and energy goes into preparing class lists for the following year. Classroom teachers meet many times amongst themselves, with specialists, special education teachers, social workers, and the principal to discuss appropriate placement of students. The goal is to develop classes that will grow into positive learning environments for all students. Things that are crucial to consider as we build those class lists included, but are not limited to:

* A blend of abilities

* Careful consideration of student personalities and behaviors

* A mixture of students from classrooms

* Placing students who work well together as learners, and

* A balance of boys and girls

Woodland School does NOT allow parents to request teachers. If parents have specific considerations to be aware of when making class lists, please contact the office to request a Special Consideration form. Forms should be submitted by May 12th.

It is understandable that on occasion, there may be special circumstances that should be considered with the class placement process. Please remember that no guarantees can be made based on that request due to all the other factors taken into account. Thank you for your cooperation.

Dates to Remember:

April 28th - 2 hour late start

May 7th - 5th Grade Tour DMS

May 31st - No School

June 4th - Last Day of School

Be the difference and give your time as a tutor.

Woodland Elementary needs tutors for the 2021-2022 school year to help our students succeed. Tutoring isn’t just a meaningful way to give back to the community; it also helps create bight futures! Tutors work one-on-one or in small groups with students grades K-3. No experience? No problem! Reading Corps provides great training in strategies proven to help students build skills and become better readers. Part-time and full-time opportunities are available. Tutors commit to serving 35, 25, or 18 hours a week during the school year, and can choose to begin in August, September, October or January.

While you give your time as a tutor you’ll receive some great perks!

• Learn reading strategies to apply with your own children/grandchildren

• Receive a paid stipend every two weeks

• Earn up to $4,441 for college tuition or student loans. Tutors 55 and older may gift the award to their child, grandchild, stepchild or foster child.

• Free health insurance and child care assistance for those who qualify.

If you’re ready to be a change maker for kids in our community, visit ReadingAndMath.net to learn more. Have a question? Contact join@servetogrow.org or call 866.859.2825. Minnesota Reading Corps is an AmeriCorps program (sometimes called the domestic Peace Corps). Several students need help in reading, and your time can make all the difference.


If your child (or any household members) is exhibiting any of the symptoms below, everyone will need to stay home until either a healthcare provider provides a different diagnosis or the symptomatic person is tested for covid. We will be following the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines for COVID-19 symptoms and quarantine/isolation.

ONE OR MORE “More Common” Symptoms:

  • Fever of 100.4 or greater

  • New onset and/or worsening cough

  • Difficulty breathing

  • New loss of taste and smell

TWO OR MORE of “Less Common” Symptoms:

  • Sore throat

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Muscle Pain

  • Excessive Fatigue

  • New onset of severe headache

  • New onset of nasal congestion or runny nose

Please check your child’s temperature and other symptoms each day prior to school and do not send them if they have any symptoms.


The 2020-21 yearbooks are coming in late May. Thank you to Lynn Didier and Kerri Townsend for creating this year's yearbook, it is full color and looks terrific! Yearbook distribution dates will be shared at a later date.

Kindergarten Enrollment

If you have an incoming Kindergartener, now is the time to register. Visit our website, https://www.alexschools.org/kindergarten to register.


All students, staff, parents and community members are expected to follow the standards of respect, honesty, kindness, responsibility and fairness when involved in school related activities.

Accurate Directory Information

In the event of an emergency, it is crucial that we have accurate contact information for parents/guardians. If you have a change in address, phone number or email, please inform the Woodland office at 320-762-3300.