WildCat News

November 24, 2021

In this Issue...

  • Important Dates
  • Message From the Principal
  • Free & Reduced Lunch Application - We Need Your Help!
  • Art Docent Program Needs You!
  • Lunch Menu
  • Covid-19 Protocols
  • PTA News

Important Dates

  • No school Thursday & Friday, Nov. 25th & 26th for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Message from the Principal

Dear Woodin Community,

Wow! Students and teachers have sure had a busy fall and so much learning and growth has already taken place. I hope that you saw evidence of this learning and growth on your child’s progress report and during parent-teacher conferences.

It’s the time of year to reflect on those things for which we are most grateful. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve as your principal. I appreciate our students for their joy for learning and consistent effort, for the kindness and friendship they demonstrate toward one another, and for the genuine greetings they share with me each day. I appreciate our staff for their commitment to providing the very best learning activities and environment, for their willingness to support one another as they strive to meet the needs of each and every child, and for their efforts to continue learning themselves. I am so thankful for our wonderful parent community, who generously share their time to volunteer, give financial support to our amazing PTA programs, and have high expectations for their children’s learning, behavior, and treatment of others. Every day, it is a joy to come to work with such amazing students and staff, and to share such positive partnership with our parent community. On behalf of the Woodin staff, thank you for all you do to support your child’s learning, the teachers and the entire school.

Best wishes for a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving!

In Partnership,

Dawn Bowers

Free & Reduced Lunch Application - We Need Your Help!

Apply for Free & Reduced-Price Meals for Additional Benefits

While Northshore is currently providing free meals, qualifying for free and reduced-price meals provides families additional benefits. Please see details and more information about how this information supports programs accessible to students at Woodin Elementary.


  • Woodin is one of the elementary schools in Northshore that benefits from the federal funding called Title I funding.

  • At Woodin, we use the funding to support extra instruction in reading, a math specialist, evening events for families, professional development for staff, and instructional materials for our students and staff.

  • At the secondary level, eligibility for free or reduced-price meals includes additional benefits, such as reduced fees for PSAT and Advanced Placement Testing, sports/athletics, summer school and more.

  • Important Note: Please know that the number of eligible students for free and reduced-price meals connects to the District’s Title I funding, which provides additional support at schools to help students succeed. In order to continue to receive this funding, we need your help!

Here is how you can help:


  • All free and reduced lunch status is kept confidential and your information is not shared with any organizations outside the Northshore School District Food Services Department.

Note: If your family qualified last year, you must reapply this year. Additionally, if your family income has decreased, you may be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding Title I funding, please ask Principal Bowers or Assistant Principal Lenz.

In partnership,

Dawn Bowers

Art Docent Program Needs You!

Hello Parents,

We want to invite you to be part of the art docent program. Being an art docent is a great way to volunteer in your child's classroom even if you don't have a ton of available time. It's once a month for one hour. And if more than one parent wants to volunteer you can even take turns and do it every other month.

Being an art docent is an amazing experience! Seeing how creative the kids are is very rewarding. Your children will love seeing you in their classroom and you will get to know their classmates and teacher better.

What is expected from an art docent?

While visiting a classroom, art docents lead a discussion about the artwork and artist being featured, as well as lead an art activity inspired by the artists and their work. This provides students the opportunity to explore the process of art, bring awareness of art elements and gain an appreciation of the history of art. Over the years the program has served thousands of elementary students with the support of hundreds of volunteers.

To volunteer, please fill out the forms below. Proof of vaccination is required this year.

For inspiration check this out:


We still have several classrooms that need an art docent: Ms. Bennett, Mrs. Jimenez, Mrs. Walsh, Mrs. Lipke, Ms. Head, Mrs. Ajer, Ms. Hoover, Ms. Ro, Mrs. Jackson, Ms. Kapovich and Mrs. Maxwell.

Lunch Menu

Due to food shortage issues, last minute lunch changes occur so we are no longer printing school lunch menus. Please visit the Lunch Menu Link to see what is being served for lunch daily.

PTA News

Order your Spirit Wear! Sponsored by PTA

We are excited to offer spirit wear this year with all new designs! We are hoping that orders will arrive before Christmas but as with many businesses, supply chains and shipping are struggling so there will be no guarantees.

Orders can be made until Nov 30th

Link to order:


Go Wildcats- let’s show that school spirit!!!


PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity. Students of all grades and abilities may participate by submitting original pieces of work in 6 categories (Dance, Musical Composition, Visual Arts, Film, Literature and Photography) against the theme of "I Will Change the World by...".

Students will create their work of art AND write a short artist statement. Judging is based on both the artwork and artist statement. Please turn in your entry into the main office c/o Crystal Affolter. You will see an entry form there with the space to write an artist's statement. Entry forms are also being sent home this week in your child's backpack.

Pieces are due to our PTA by Tuesday, November 30th. For any questions, please ask Crystal Affolter, caffolter@nsd.org

For more information and students' packets (rules and forms) go to http://www.northshorecouncilptsa.org/reflections.html (make sure you scroll down the page to see the student packet links in each category).