Wolf Pack Express

Woodland Elementary 12.9.15

Dear Woodland families,

'Tis the season to be busy as families prepare for the holidays. In addition to the other family commitments, we add shopping, holiday parties, decorating, etc. Sometimes our children can get lost in the holiday shuffle. Here are a few simple tips to help you and your family survive the days approaching the holidays:

  • Consistent Family Schedule and Routine: This may involve morning routines, bed times, healthy meals and family jobs. Children feel safe and secure with a predictable environment. If your family schedule and routine needs to change to accommodate a new plan, share these changes with your children in advance. This will help them plan ahead and prepare for a new adventure.
  • "Work Hard. Play Hard." This is a slogan at our house that is often repeated during this time of year. It is challenging to keep a focus on school when sugar plums are dancing all around. Your positive message about school and finishing strong will help your child be successful academically and socially during the last days of December.
  • Make the Memories Count: Making memories with your children does not need to be expensive or complex. You can bake cookies, read a holiday story or decorate together. My children love to find unique holiday light displays throughout the city. Ultimately, making memories equals quality time with your children.

On behalf of the staff at Woodland Elementary, we wish you a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends.

Standing for students,

Stacy Shipley


400 Special Guests Visit Woodland

Prior to Thanksgiving break, four hundred special relatives visited Woodland. Classroom teachers planned activities for students to share with their special relatives in the classroom. Students also spent time talking with relatives about how school is different today. We ended this event with an all school assembly directed by Mrs. Trawicki. Each grade level featured a hit song from the musical, "Let's Jam, It's Our Band".

SAVE the DATE: Thursday, February 4th Woodland Night at Urban Air

Thursday, Feb. 4th 2016 at 6-8pm

14401 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66223

Woodland Elementary PTO invites you to participate in an all school Urban Air experience on February 4th from 6:00-8:00. Early Bird rates for access to the entire facility will be $12 per person. Keep your eyes open for information after Winter Break. Click link below for more information about Urban Air. This event will replace our Sneaks and Snacks Health Fair previously scheduled.

Olathe West High School Opening in 2017-Boundary Task Force Information

In January, we will begin the process of reviewing and soliciting input with various school’s site council representatives on some options for HS boundaries, given the opening of Olathe West High School in August of 2017. Dates for 2-3 January Boundary Task Force meetings are being determined. Please contact Mrs. Shipley if you are interested in participating in this process. The North/Northwest areas of the district are likely to be the most impacted and we will be seeking increased participation on the Boundary Task Force from these areas (ON, ONW, MT, PRT, OT, SFT and their feeder elementary schools). All schools are welcome to have staff/parents join if interested and space allows. February will provide a second round of opportunity open for the entire district community to review and provide input on the recommendation to the district’s Board of Education in early March.

Woodland Elementary

Mission Statement:

Woodland Elementary is a positive learning environment that develops thinkers and leaders who serve our school, community and the world.