Woodland Watch

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October 16, 2020

Upcoming Events

  • October 16: In-Person and Virtual Enrollment Commitment Form for Families DUE
  • October 19: Facebook Live--Bedtime Story with Mrs. Schneider 7:30 pm
  • October 19-30: Read-A-Thon Fundraiser
  • November 2: Parent-Teacher Conferences @ 4:30-8pm via ZOOM
  • November 3: NO SCHOOL - Election Day/Teacher Development
  • November 5: Parent-Teacher Conferences @ 4:30-8pm
  • November 13: Picture Retakes @ 12-4pm
  • November 20: HALF DAY - Dismissal @ 11:45am; PM Teacher Records
  • November 24: HALF DAY - Dismissal @ 11:45am; End of 1st Trimester
  • November 25-27: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Recess

A Note from Mrs. Schneider

Woodland Families,

Thank you so much for completing the Return to Learn Commitment Survey. I have enjoyed sharing information regarding what Woodland face-to-face instruction will look like. Many families attended the Elementary Town Hall and many others have reached out personally. Below you will find some additional specifics pertaining to Woodland. As we prepare for the transition, some of the details may change on number of students returning, input from the health department, and/or unforeseen glitches. I promise to share changes with you if they arise.

Woodland Return to Face-to-Face and Remote Instruction

Schedule--Drop off begins at 8:27am-we will have a soft start to allow for parent drop off. Instruction will begin at 8:37am. Dismissal will be staggered like it always has been to maintain distancing. We also will be using our drop off lane for parent pick up!! More info will come soon.

Specials--Art, Music, and PE will be taught to both in-person and remote classes.

Remote Instruction Schedule-- will be similar to the In-Person schedule. Classes will be held from 8:32am-3:39pm. The last period will be office hours to call in and receive extra help.

Lunch/Recess--We will be going out for recess and mask breaks (weather permitting). Lunch will be in the cafeteria and gym so we can spread out since we won't be wearing masks when we eat. Lunch and recess times will be shared later. We will be building in additional time to clean between lunches. Hot lunches will be delivered to student seats so there will be no need to stand in line.

Seating in class--We will have some classes with desks and some with round or trapezoid tables. Spacing will be 3-5 feet depending on the number of students in the class.

Visitors--Unfortunately, we will not be able to have volunteers or visitors this year. Parents that are dropping students off late or picking them up early will be using our vestibule.

I will follow up with more specifics next week.

Have a nice weekend,


Employment Opportunities

Lunch Recess Aides Needed

As Avondale School District plans for the return to in-person instruction for our students and staff, there are staffing requirements that must be met to assist with providing a safe environment for all. Avondale School District has many positions available for Lunch Recess Aides.

Employment is coordinated through EduStaff. Work hours are 11:00am-1:00pm. Rate of pay is $11/hour (Revised). For postings and more information, please see the flyer below and visit the following link: https://tinyurl.com/y5pbh5bu

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Sign Up For Parent Teacher Conferences Here

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be scheduled using Sign-Up Genius again this year. Conferences are on Monday, November 2nd and Thursday, November 5th from 4:30pm-8pm. Conferences last 15 minutes.

Transitional Kindergarten

Ms. Carion


Ms. Burt

Mrs. Jalkanen

Ms. Wheeler

1st Grade

Mrs. Castaldi

Mrs. Davis-Comfort

Ms. Plodzik

2nd Grade

Mrs. Clar-Flores

Mrs. McIntyre

Mrs. Motherwell

3rd Grade

Mrs. Jones

Mrs. Reichert

4th Grade

Mrs. Keller

Ms. Polizzi

5th Grade

Ms. Barkatt

Mrs. McNaughton

Special Services

Mr. Trollman will be contacting parents directly to schedule a conference.

Mrs. Yaxley

Specials Teachers

Mr. Daniels - Gym

Ms. Green - Art

Mrs. Petipren - Music

Reading Support

Mrs. Alonso

If at any point you need to change your conference time, you will need to contact the teacher directly to make that change. The office staff will not have access to the account.


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Woodland Read-A-Thon

Please join the fun with the Woodland Elementary PTO’s Read-a-thon!

We kick off this Fundraising event this coming Monday, October 19th!

How Your Support Will Help Us:

We would like to concentrate our fundraising efforts this year towards updating the pod spaces for a welcoming gathering space once social distancing ends. We plan to purchase books for the classrooms to help support the reading and writing curriculum with monies raised. We will also use funds to support our school-wide positive behavior intervention and support program, and to put on our Community Events.

10% of funds raised will be allocated back to your child's classroom teacher for the purchase of books!

Help us make this the easiest and most successful fundraiser ever.

Go to: https://www.read-a-thon.com/readers/r/mmSZCe to sign up. You can do it all in a minute or two and really help us meet our goal!

How It Works:

•Activate your account at the link above.

•Use the easy online tools to tell friends and family about our Read-A-Thon.

•Track and log at home reading sessions online until the end date of October 30th .

That's it! Thanks so much for your support!

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October Reading and Learning Calendar

Be sure to check out the calendar below or click this link! It is filled with fun activities and exciting learning opportunities. It is a great way to log some Read-A-Thon minutes!!
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AMS Haunted Cruise

Save the date for the Avondale Middle School Haunted Cruise on Friday, October 30th. The parking lot of AMS will be decorated with tents and car trunks for children ages Preschool through 8th grade to dress up in their favorite costume and trick-or-treat from their cars! Tickets cost $10 per vehicle and will be available (and required) to purchase online. There will also be a Basket Raffle. The event runs from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Families must remain in their car as they drive the students through the trick or treating area. The tents and trunks will be socially distancing with masks on and will deliver candy touchless to the children in the car. Cash only (exact change) for the basket raffle are $1.00 for 1 ticket, $5.00 for 7 tickets or $10.00 for 15 tickets. Winners will be announced at 9:00pm through Zoom (link will be provided the night of). Please bring a bag to collect all of your goodies! RAIN OR SHINE! No refunds provided. For questions, contact Robin Bovensiep (248)379-7454 or Andrea Yamarino (248)410-0958. See below for details, and to sign up to host a trunk/tent.

Are you interested in setting up a tent? Sign Up HERE.

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Positivity Project (P2) #Other People Mindset

To access P2 for Families (password: P2), click here.

This week, we focused on Being Present & Giving Others My Attention.

This means that when I’m with other people, I’m present and give them my full attention. A focus on being present is so important today due to the increasing number of distractions vying for our time and attention. Phone calls, text messages, emails, and social media seem to pull us away from the present moment and what’s most important - our relationships with other people! It’s vitally important that we pick our heads up from our cell phones and truly listen to other people when they’re talking. A positive culture is built with positive relationships and we can’t build positive relationships without attention. So, the answer is clear: we need to pay attention to people in our lives!

Next week, we will focus on Forgiveness.

Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birthday to our Woodland Friends! Don't forget to take a picture in front of our electronic sign in front of the school!

October 16: Alyssa W.

October 17: Azlan M.

October 18: Declan O., Kaylee T.

October 20: Jaxon A., Luke S.

October 21: Cambria T.

October 22: London L.

Gift of Giving Holiday Drive

It is that time of the year again for our annual Gift of Giving Holiday Drive to support Avondale families in need. The Holiday Drive's goal is to provide basic needs (winter items, clothing, shoes, and food) for the Avondale families who could benefit from the service. Families in need should fill out the Holiday Drive application (https://forms.gle/86C1FGnPeV88LzwEA) by today, Friday, October 16th.

Pick-up Dates
Friday, December 11th from 12-7pm

Saturday, December 12th from 10am-2pm

Avondale Administrative Offices
2940 Waukegan Street
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

Chartwells Food Service

Free or Reduced Lunch Program

Families wishing to apply for the Avondale Free or Reduced Lunch Program can sign their student(s) up online through the Parent Portal: https://mistar.oakland.k12.mi.us/avondale/parentportal/.

Please see the UPDATED pick-up schedule below:

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Blessings In A Backpack Program

Avondale families wishing to enroll their student(s) in our Blessings in a Backpack Program, please fill out the form at this link: https://forms.gle/PdsACS8KPo7tWKtf9.

Blessings in a Backpack provides simple meals at NO COST each week during the school year for families who need assistance. While Avondale Schools is conducting remote learning, meals will be disbursed in conjunction with the Chartwells Food Service Breakfast and Lunch distributions. (Watch for details about distribution dates, times, and locations). Sign up today!

New District Website

Avondale School District launched our new website! It is the same web address, but it has an updated look and it's much easier to navigate!

Check it out here: www.avondaleschools.org.

Staying Connected

Please see the the Woodland Elementary website and the Avondale School District website as resources for valuable information. We also post reminders and information on our Woodland Facebook Page. Please like us to stay connected with Woodland and the community.