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August 25, 2014
Dear Woodstock Families:
The staff and I welcome you and look forward to what this year will bring for us all as we begin the 2014-15 academic year. We often have some staff changes over the summer and this year was no exception. Please join me in welcoming our new staff to the Woodstock Family!
Ms. Connie Ford is our new fourth grade teacher replacing Mrs. Reichers who retired last year.
Mr. Mick Forstag is our new kindergarten teacher; he is taking the position of Ms. Joyce Iliff who is moving up to first grade this year.
Mr. David Topp joins us as our new music teacher replacing Mr. Soto who has moved to Mt. Tabor.
Ms.Yuliya Zakharchenko is joining us half time as an ESL teacher.
Ms. Shen Yin was slated to be our second grade immersion teacher this year. She has been promoted to be a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) supporting Mandarin Immersion teachers here and at the new MIP program at King School in North East Portland. We are still searching for a candidate to take her position here, but we have a wonderful teacher to start the year off with your students.
Nadia Chubok is our new Kitchen Lead replacing Kerry Rose
Kerry Rose has joined the front office to be our school secretary while Selena is out on maternity leave. Congratulations Selena!
In addition to our PPS staff we are welcoming two visiting teachers from China. Each is sponsored by the Confucius Institute through Portland State University and The College Board. They will be supporting instruction in our kindergarten and first grade Mandarin classes and assisting with our Homework Club. They are all staying in the Woodstock area this year, and I know would appreciate being included in family and community activities that would introduce them to our city. Please help us to extend a warm welcome as they join our community.
You’ll find a PPS School Calendar as well as a Woodstock Events Calendar included in the enclosed Student/Parent Handbook. Please take a moment to read through the Handbook. You will find useful information regarding a variety of school policies and programs. Please pay special attention to our arrival and dismissal procedures, parking, and traffic flow for pick up and drop off. These are vital to keeping your students safe!
You can also find up to date information about upcoming events, curriculum, and staff on our school website. Our web address is http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/woodstock/. Our Woodstock PTA also maintains a dynamic website, a Facebook page, a Twitter feed, and provides weekly newsletters via email. We are working to become a “greener” school so we will be limiting how many paper copies of these items we will send home with your student. They will come electronically via email and posted on our website. Please be sure to get your current email address to the office so we can update our list serve. If you do not have email access we will have copies of newsletters in the main office.
We hope you will be able to attend the Back to School Potluck sponsored by our PTA immediately after school on Friday, September 5th. It’s a great way to meet other families and kick off the school year with old and new friends.
Our Back to School Night scheduled for September 18th will be an informal opportunity for you and your child to meet with their teacher and learn more about specific instructional plans for this year. Each teacher will have a packet of information outlining their expectations, curriculum and procedures. Families are invited to visit the room, talk with the teacher and see some of the work already completed.
I will provide a formal presentation reviewing our student achievement data and outlining our goals for this year at the first Principal’s Coffee scheduled for October 15th at 6:00 p.m. This presentation will be followed by the second formal PTA meeting scheduled for 6:30 that same evening. The first PTA meeting will be on September 17th.
Our TAG and ESL parents are invited to attend information sessions specifically targeted to these services. Both sessions are scheduled for the evening of Oct. 9th. The ESL session will be at 6:00 and TAG will be at 7:00 in the cafeteria.
Among the forms you will find included in this packet are several which need to be completed and returned to school as soon as possible. They are as follows:
· Registration Form: Update/add phone numbers or additional person able to pick up your child in an emergency
· Fluoride: Sign so your child can participate
· Internet Permission Form: Sign to allow your child to access the Internet at school
· Website Permission Form: Sign to allow your child’s work to be displayed on our Website
· Transportation Information Sheet.
The following items need to be completed and returned to school only if you are interested:
· Insurance Forms: Return if you wish to sign up for school insurance
· Lunch Forms: Please sign if you feel you qualify. Federal funding is based on Free and Reduced Lunch Forms
· Publicity Denial: Return only if you do not wish your child to be photographed for school purposes.
These items are for your information and can be kept for future reference:
· Student/Parent Handbook
· Student Rights and Responsibility Handbook
· Copy of School Calendar and Events Calendar:
· Nutrition Services Calendar with Lunch Menu. Please keep for the year. Monthly menus will not be printed this year.
Finally, you will find information regarding the PTA and the Shu Ren Programs.
Communication between home and school is so important for school success. Hopefully this packet and our website will provide you with resources to support a successful year. There are several additional ways that parents can keep informed of Woodstock school activities and issues. These include:
· Woodstock Newsletter – Between The Lions
· Classroom communications
· Fall Parent Conferences
· Shu Ren Bulletin Board in the Main Hallway across from Rm. 1
· PTA Bulletin Board outside the front office
· TAG Bulletin Board by the Community Events Table, main hall outside Rm. 1
Please feel free to contact the school office, if you have any questions. On behalf of the Woodstock staff and for myself, best wishes for a truly fulfilling school year.
With Warmest Regards,
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