Woods Lake Elementary

Weekly Update October 19-23, 2020

From the Desk of the Principal

Hello Woods Lake Family,

I am so excited and proud of our student's daily engagement. They are learning how to use breakout google virtual rooms to continue their learning and provide feedback and reflection to their teachers and classmates. They are also building their content knowledge while strengthening their skills in technology. In addition, the level of engagement our students have shown is noteworthy!

Pictured above are two kindergarten students in Mrs. Brown's class that shared their DIY project from their science learning. You will also see a picture of Ms. Hutchings third grade students on what would have been our fall picture day last Wednesday, October 7th. The students were excited to pause their learning to take a class picture! What a wonderful way to stay close, while at a distance!

Our A.T. program has begun! Students are provided synchronous (real time) A.T. learning sessions with various class times, that have been shared with specific students. In addition, all students may access the AT for All learning hub to engage in Brainiac Fun!

Stay Safe and Stay Healthy!

Micole D. Dyson, Ph.D.


Who Do I Call?

(269) 337-0790

Scheduling/Appointments: Mrs. Janice Garneau

Attendance/Immunizations: Mrs. Lindsay Carr/Mrs. Browning

Behavioral Support: Mrs. Natalie Orbe

Communities In School: Ms. Blaec Arevalo

Unresolved Issues: Dr. Micole D. Dyson

Woods Lake Virtual Village

Our PTO invites you to the Woods Lake Virtual Village Facebook Page, click on this link.

Parent Teacher Organization- October meeting

Monday, Oct. 19th, 5:15-6pm

This is an online event.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 299 882 6214
Passcode: 2HJZcg

School Improvement Team- October meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 4-5pm

This is an online event.

Social Emotional Learning

The Learning Hub has a Social Emotional Learning webpage with a Family SEL Guide and interactive links, PDFs to print, and more!

Decision Making Skills

Decision making skills that will allow you to make good choices.

  • Step 1: Identify the decision. You realize that you need to make a decision...

  • Step 2: Gather relevant information. ...

  • Step 3: Identify the alternatives. ...

  • Step 4: Weigh the evidence. ...

  • Step 5: Choose among alternatives. ...

  • Step 6: Take action. ...

  • Step 7: Review your decision & its consequences.

Would You Rather

...is a game you could play with your student to practice decision making. Take turns answering each square. When you finish, change the questions and play again!
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Kalamazoo Kids in Tune (KKIT)

Kalamazoo Kids In Tune has started their virtual program: Stronger Together, Celebrating our Diverse-City. We were happy to welcome 21 students from Woods Lake into the KKIT program this year!

If you participated in KKIT in the past and would like to enroll again this year -

it's not too late! Just contact Ms. Donielle by email: dhetrick@kalamazoosymphony.com or call Cell: 269-929-8253 and we'll get you enrolled. If you have a 3rd or 4th grade student who is interested in joining KKIT for the first time, we will be enrolling new students again next month.

Stay tuned for more information!

Spooky Symphony

The KSO is hosting a FREE Spooky Symphony on Saturday, October 31st, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

Submit your photos by SUN OCT 25 — Kids | Family/Group | Pets EMAIL: education@KalamazooSymphony.com | FACEBOOK: @KalamazooSymphony

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

The next PTO meeting will be held via Zoom on Monday, October 19, at 5:15 p.m. Please make sure the PTO has your contact info so that you can receive the login information (email WoodsLakePTO@gmail.com).

We invite families, caregivers, teachers, and staff to join the Woods Lake Virtual Village - a special Facebook page created specifically for community support during remote learning. It may be accessed at : https://www.facebook.com/groups/795714871259284/ Please be sure to answer each question when submitting your request to join.

Finally, we look forward to hosting a virtual Scholastic Book Fair later this fall! The shopping period will span two weeks in late November and early December, and books purchased will be shipped directly to homes, in time for the holidays. Look for more specific details next month!

Box Tops for Education

Yes, Woods Lake is still collecting Box Tops!! Due to the pandemic Box Tops for Education is allowing ANYONE with traditional Box Tops clips to submit them on their own. To learn how to submit unexpired traditional clips, watch this video, and use these step by step directions to access the submission form that must be included for Box Tops clips to be counted. This year, all Box Tops fall submissions must be postmarked by November 2.

If you are not able to submit the Box Top clips yourself please put them in a baggie and bring them into the school office by Tuesday, October 27th. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8-4:30 pm.

Box Tops are phasing out the clipped Box Tops, so be sure to download the BoxTops for Education mobile app https://www.boxtops4education.com/. Once you do that, make sure you link our school (Woods Lake Elementary School) to your account and start earning free money back for our school!


Where can I view the town hall meetings, if I missed attending the meetings?
Slideshows from the District Townhall meetings are shared on our KPS webpage, see HERE!

Where can I give my opinion about the possibility of remaining remote or transitioning to hybrid?

Option 1 families received a survey from the district regarding your preference to remain remote or transition to the hybrid learning model for the second trimester. Be sure to take a moment and complete the survey by 5:00 p.m. on October 20, 2020. We value your input.

Where can I find information that identifies COVID-19 cases in our KPS district?

The district has created a COVID-19 dashboard, which is updated daily. The districts dashboard is located HERE!

Mobile Health Unit

Families may register for the Mobile Health Unit! A service calendar will be coming out in October to offer services such as immunizations and more!