The Wonderful World of Woodbury
A Message from Mrs. Kern...
Dear Woodbury Families,
It's hard to believe that March is here. This year the month of March arrives with whole new meaning and emotion. I wanted to take a minute to thank you for your continued hard work, effort, and support as we continue to navigate this incredibly challenging year. This month we have special events including our Virtual One Book One School event as well as Virtual Grandparent's/Grandfriend's Day that we look forward to celebrating. While it may look different, the importance of reading every day and connecting with loved ones remains the same. Please check out details below and stay tuned for additional information regarding these events.
As we find ourselves in the month of March, once again, we find ourselves reflecting on the events of a year ago that changed all of our lives and the whole world. I think it's natural to find ourselves filled with frustration and questioning why we are still here in this place- when so many of us never fathomed we would be. We see you. It's been hard. We have all felt it in varying ways and to different degrees and while we have grown in our ability to handle it, it doesn't make it less hard. So as we approach that defining day I keep thinking about how easy it would be to talk about how hard that day was...
Instead... we want to invite you in making that day a little more easy and bearable for others. We would love if you would join us in spreading good vibes and positivity on March 13th. Our school will be adorning the school windows and doors with those same hearts and messages we filled our own windows up with a year ago. By displaying hearts and messages of hope for moving forward, we make the conscious decision to choose joy...to brighten a day...to spread positivity in a world where the negatives are so easy to come by.
We hope you will use this day as a time to talk with your family about what you have overcome, how you have grown, how you have accomplished some really hard things and so much more. We will be doing the same here and hope that you will consider joining us in coloring our world once again by replacing the sun-faded hearts of last March.
As always, we remain committed to supporting you in every way that we can. Please feel free to share pictures of your windows and/or doors whether they are adorned with many hearts or just a few by emailing/messaging them to firstname.lastname@example.org or your child's teacher. Thank you for helping us in our mission to #brightenupourfadedhearts.
All the best,
Kindergarten Registration 2021-2022
Our K-3 Elementary Schools: Lynn G. Haskin, Prairie View, and Woodbury, will be open for Kindergarten Registration on the following dates and times:
March 15, 2021-March 19, 2021
9:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.
Parents/Guardians should register their children at their individual school. Registration Packets are available for pick up outside of the main entrances of each K-3 building.
There are 2 options for registering your child. No Contact Registration or Face to Face Registration with Social Distancing Protocol. To reduce the amount of traffic inside of our buildings and to support a safe environment, we highly encourage no contact registration if you are able to do so.
No Contact Registration: Parents/Guardians may send registration and required proofs via email (email listed on registration form). Pictures of documents are acceptable. We will require official hard & notarized copies by the first day of the 2021-2022 school year. Once received, a secretary will contact you to set up a Tyler account to complete online registration requirements.
Face to Face Registration with Social Distancing Protocol: This option is available for those with no internet or device for no contact registration. Parents/Guardians can stop in to register at their child’s school during the scheduled hours.
We ask that you please do the following:
Please be sure registration forms are filled out prior to coming to the building.
We ask that only 1 individual comes in to register and that you abide by social distancing protocol.
Including wearing a mask.
We are sorry, but please no children.
If you have any questions or are having difficulty with registration please contact your child’s school and leave a voicemail.
Lynn G. Haskin: 815-786-8812
Prairie View: 815-786-8811
WW. Woodbury: 815-786-6316
Virtual One Book One School
MARCH IS NATIONAL READING MONTH!!
As it's been with most school related activities, One School, One Book has been affected by Covid, and while not the most ideal presentation, we're proud of our conclusion in delivery! Our committee has decided that a "virtual author study" is the most effective means to get our message of "read every day" across to our families and students.
This year, we will celebrate an author and illustrator of many delightful books!
As you will see in the layout of the plan, we have selected one title per day and along with that title, a related activity has been selected and an interview with the author about their work.
There is no pressure for families to seek the books out, as there are links to readings of the stories.
It all begins on Monday, March 15, 2021! Keep your eyes and ears open!
Woodbury’s 2021 Virtual Grandparents'/Grand Friend's Day
Grandparents are SO important that we’re going to celebrate them for an entire week!
The week of March 22nd through the 26th students will have daily activities to honor their grandparents! Activities will include:
Letter to Grandparents
In class, students will be writing to their grandparents. Please send to school a stamped envelope addressed to each set of grandparents by March 19. Students will share in class.
Grandparent-themed coloring pages! Listen/Read grandparent-themed books!
Students can send in a photo of them with their Grandparents (shared on WWW Facebook page). Please email photo to: email@example.com
Please indicate your student's name/teacher and grandparent’s name.
At home FaceTime visit with grandparents Encourage students to plan a special face-to-face visit with grandparents the week of March 22.
Learning Center Reminders
Woodbury Learning Center is open and we are excited to begin sharing books! Students
will be able to explore our many titles of amazing books at home on their Chromebooks. Just
follow the easy steps to search, and put books on hold to be checked out to each student.
Checking Out Library Books
Students may check out 1 book at a time using Destiny Discover. Students must log in to Destiny Discover using the website http://gofollett.com/ or click on the installed Destiny Icon on bottom of your device. Your first time logging you will need to select our state and school. Our school site will appear, click on login at the top right of your screen, click on “sign in with google”. You are now logged in and your name will appear at the top right of your screen. Students may explore our virtual learning center and are now able to place a book on HOLD.
How to Check Out
In order to check out a book the student places the book on HOLD in Destiny Discover. Once the book is placed on HOLD, Mrs. Ballas will check out the book to the student and deliver it to the classroom teacher for supply pick-up day. Books should be placed on Hold no later than 8:00 a.m. Thursday morning of each week. Books checked out will be placed with your students’ materials on supply pickup day.
Quarantine of Books
All books will be quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in.
Woodbury Students please enjoy exploring our virtual learning center. Woodbury families if you have any questions please contact Mrs. Ballas at 815-786-6316, or firstname.lastname@example.org
News From the Nurse
A message from Mrs. Hoyt:
All K, 2nd and 6th grade students are required to have a completed dental exam form on file with the school by May 15, 2021. An exam from November 15, 2019 to the present will qualify. If financial difficulties are preventing you from getting the dental exam, complete the waiver form on the reverse side of the dental form and return it to your child’s school. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the School Nurse.
National Poison Prevention Week is March 21-27, 2021
If you suspect a poisoning or if you have questions regarding poisoning, call your Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. When you call this number, you will reach a Poison Control Center covering your area. Poison Control Centers are staffed by specially trained nurses, pharmacists and physicians and are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The call is free and confidential. To learn more about how to help prevent poisonings, visit: poisonhelp.hrsa.gov. Almost 90% of the public who call a local Poison Control Center get the help they need over the telephone without having to go to a doctor or the hospital.
Poison Prevention Tips:
• Make sure all potential poisons are out of the sight and reach of children
• Keep medicines and household products in their original containers with original labels
• Always read labels before using medicines, cleaners, and other products
• Teach children to ask first before eating or drinking anything
• Never call medicine "candy" or make a game out of taking it
National Nutrition Month
These websites have fun recipes, games, and ideas to help your family celebrate National Nutrition Month by eating healthy!
K-1 P.E. News With Mr. Adeoti
In physical education, kindergarten and first grade have been learning how to strike balloons with objects and body parts. Hand-eye coordination was discussed and how it is an important skill to develop, as it also helps with brain development in the classroom and in sports or physical activities. Students also learned how their heart beats and why the heart beats faster when exercising. We are currently participating in our parachute unit, and are discussing the importance of working together as a team to accomplish a task. We are also working on listening and following directions. In our next unit, we will dive into basketball skills, which will further develop hand-eye coordination, as well as building shooting, dribbling and passing skills.
2-3 P.E. News with Mrs. Martin
Students have been engaging in activities that help them learn about their hearts, its parts, and behaviors that are healthy to keep their hearts strong and healthy. Students are learning a lot of interesting facts!
We are currently in our basketball unit. Students are working on ball handling, dribbling, and will work on shooting skills. Students will play a variety of basketball activities and games to practice these skills and will help to enhance their fitness.
Please remember that if your student is a remote learner, they are responsible for completing and submitting work for 3 activities that are posted on seesaw/google classroom weekly.
If your student is a hybrid learner please be sure to send your child with gym shoes for PE.
Please assist your child in practicing shoe tying, this is a life skill and helps keep them safe!
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.
Woodbury students have been learning about musical instruments from all over the world. First, we began with brass family instruments. We discussed sound production through buzzing in a mouthpiece. We listened to demonstrations of brass instruments, and viewed brass instruments as a part of various ensemble. Next students learned about the long history of woodwind family instruments. We learned that Mrs. Rogowski, 1st grade teacher, has been a woodwind musician in her past. We moved along to the string family gaining exposure to many stringed instruments with an emphasis on orchestra music. Students finished the unit learning about percussion instruments. The unit will be completed through discussion, listening, viewing demos of many ensembles featuring instrument families in a number of musical genres that span the globe.
Reporting Student Absences
IMPORTANT NEWS FROM OUR TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT
Any Chromebook that is returned for damage due to liquid being spilled on it, will result in an automatic replacement fee. When liquid is spilled on a Chromebook, it is damaged beyond repair. Also, for replacement power cords (due to damage or loss), a $25.00 replacement fee will be charged to the student's account.
Please click flyer for information on PreK Registration
2021-2022 School Calendar
Here is access to the approved 2021-2022 school calendar. Please note, the calendar assumes a “return to normal” next fall and is subject to change pending the status of the unknowns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.