Staying Connected

June 5, 2021

Updated Covid-19 Guidance

On Thursday, May 27, DESE released updated COVID-19 guidance and graduation guidance, including the following:


  • For the remainder of the school year, the health and safety requirements for K-12 schools will remain in effect, with the exception of outdoor masking. Students and staff are no longer required to wear masks during outdoor activities, including recess.
  • Graduation guidance has been updated to reduce restrictions, in line with the Commonwealth’s updates.
  • The State of Emergency ends on June 15.
  • DESE will not issue separate guidance for summer school programs. For summer programs, districts are encouraged to follow the health and safety guidance from DESE currently in place for in-person learning this spring.
  • For the 2021-22 school year, all schools will be required to be in-person, full-time, five days a week, and DESE health and safety requirements will be lifted, including distancing requirements.
  • DESE will collaborate with the Department of Public Health (DPH) to issue any additional health and safety recommendations over the summer (e.g., masks for elementary school students). DESE will provide updates to districts and schools as it receives them.
  • Districts will no longer be able to offer remote learning as a standard learning model in the fall.


With this guidance, no masks are required when at recess for adults and students. Adults outside for drop-off and pick-up will also not be required to wear masks. Parents helping their child(ren) at this time will not be required to wear masks. Masks do need to be worn when entering the school building.

Book Return

Throughout the year, classroom books and books from our school book closet have been sent home with students. As we are nearing the end of the school year, please check around the house for any school books and return to school with your child this week. Thank you.

Device Return


On Wednesday, June 16, Woodland School will be collecting any remaining devices that are at home for students who are attending school in-person. They can be sent in with your child via their backpack and will be collected, inspected and marked as returned by the technology department. Please remember to include the charger.


On Tuesday, June 22 (last day of school), from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM, we will collect devices from remote student families along with teacher books and materials that need to be returned. Any in-person family who was unable to return their device can do so at this time as well. Please drive through the Woodland loop to return devices, chargers and teacher materials. The IT staff will be there to collect devices.

Field Day

We are pleased to announce that we will have a modified version of Field Day for all Woodland Students this year!


All Woodland students in grades Pre-K -2 will participate in field day games and activities on Thursday, June 17th (rain date Friday, June 18th). K-2 Woodland students, including remote students, will participate in Field Day events with their current Specials teacher during their regularly scheduled Specials Class.


Pre-K students will participate in Field Day events with their Pre-K teacher.


All students should wear sneakers to school for field day activities along with sunscreen and a water bottle!

Online Scholastic Book Fair

You’re invited to shop our Scholastic Book Fair online from May 31 to June 13, 2021! All purchases benefit our school and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more.


You’ll love the NEW option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy these special online shopping features:

  • Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs
  • All orders ship direct to home
  • FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*
  • All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards

Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started:
https://www.scholastic.com/bf/powder_mill_woodland

Happy reading,


PAWS PTO

What Is Positive Self-Talk For Kids?

During the morning announcements, Mrs. Saso starts each school day with positive affirmations such as, I AM AN AMAZING PERSON, I AM PROUD OF MYSELF, I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! As counselors we teach and practice positive self-talk as a coping skill which helps to elevate positive thinking and develop self-esteem for our Woodland School students. It is an essential tool in social-emotional learning, and it has been shown to increase positivity and help people to gain more self-confidence. Teaching children the power of positive self-talk early is a great way to build resilience for any challenge and can help in building confidence. When using positive self-talk, we are training the brain, through repetition, to frame situations in terms of existing strengths and advantages, opportunities for improvement, and reasons for hope.

Notes of Appreciation

Second grade student, Samantha Garvey, was seen carrying a clipboard around two weeks ago looking very official. Come to find out, she was getting the spelling of staff member names to write a note of positivity and appreciation to who has impacted not just her, but her fellow second grade peers in their wonderful experience being a part of Woodland School. Her sweetness touched my heart and I gave up my Principal's Parking spot for the week. (This was possible as her mother teaches kindergarten!) On Thursday I received my note of appreciation! Thank you Samantha! You made my day and I will miss you too!

Last Day of School

Last day of Preschool Monday, June 21 (AM and PM attend)


Last day K-12 Tuesday, June 22 (1/2 day - Noon dismissal)

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Hatching Butterflies

Mrs. Irwin's class captured the emergence of a few of their butterflies from their chrysalis . Please share with your children. They will enjoy watching!
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Momma Turkey and Her Babies

I went to check my garden today and noticed a turkey and her little ones. I thought the kids would love this so please share with them!
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Momma and baby turkeys

Pathways For Parents Calendar of Events

Happy June! In the link below you will find Pathways for Parents June Calendar of Events!


They have an exciting training- offered Tuesday via Zoom!


  • Tuesday June 8th, 6:30PM via Zoom- “Making Sense of Healthcare Financing” with Pat Nemia- Project Coordinator at Mass Family Voices/Family-to-Family Health Information Center-This webinar will include a discussion of private and public health Insurance including MassHealth, the benefits and services included in health insurance plans including behavioral health services, eligibility for MassHealth benefits for children with a disability including CommonHealth, and an explanation of premiums and the premium assistance program. Register by contacting the East Longmeadow Library at 413-525-5400


Pathways for Parents is also hosting some outside playgroups in Southwick & Tolland, as well as Yoga outside in Longmeadow this month.

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Lost and Found

Pictured are our lost and found items. If they are not claimed this week, they will be donated. Please call the school if you can claim any of these items at 569-6598.
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