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November  14, 2016

General School News

Dear families,

As we all navigate a complicated national landscape post-election, I wanted to assure you that our school community continues to be positive and focused on the job at hand, teaching and learning. We serve a diverse community and want to ensure that all our families and staff feel equally supported. The staff here has been nothing but professional and caring in their work with students since election day and I believe the climate here has been constructive and student-focused.

From a parent point of view, I understand the difficulty of debriefing the larger social and political climate in our country with our own children. We have provided a few resources below to help you broach difficult topics with your children. 

If you are aware of any families or students who are in need of additional resources, please contact school administration.


Dr. Beth Polito 

Helpful Links for Parents:

Support The Annual Fund
Ways to Give

Corporate matching is a wonderful way to extend the benefit of your donation to the Annual Fund. Search to see if your company matches charitable donations. Donate and match - it's generosity without a catch!


 More Info on Annual Fund 


Hot Chocolate and Mexican Bread Sale

In an effort to achieve 100% participation for the Annual Fund and in conjuction with Give Day, a group of parent volunteers will be selling hot chocolate & Mexican bread.

  • Wed., Dec. 7 (before line-up)

  • $1 per item

  • 2 table locations: Sellman & Kinder/1st grade classes

A Dedication for Rudy Driscoll

Please join us on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at
3:30 pm at the school amphitheater to honor Rudy Driscoll. 


Parent Volunteer Opportunities 

Elementary School 

Woodside Students Vote!

Students in 2nd - 8th grades participated in the democratic process on Election Day by marking their votes for President. After casting their ballots they received “I Voted” stickers and listened to the final results announced at the end of the school day.  

Earthquake Drill on Campus

Students practiced an Earthquake Drill last week, utilizing a Drop/Cover/Hold procedure. In an emergency, such as an earthquake, parents should follow the guidelines listed on pg. 102 of the Woodside School Handbook below.

 See Earthquake Procedures 

California Science Frameworks

California recently became the first state in the nation to adopt a Science Framework based on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Woodside School has been implementing the Next Generation Science Standards since 2015-16. Our teachers continue to maximize opportunities and focus on the best ways to allow students to actively experience science in a deep, meaningful way. 

 More Info on NGSS for Students 

Middle School 

Report Cards

The 2nd trimester begins on Monday, Nov. 10. Report cards for the 1st trimester will be sent home. 

 Read More Info 

PowerSchool Portal

The parent and student portals for PowerSchool will be closed as of Mon., Nov. 18 as teachers finalize grades. The portals will reopen when report cards are mailed out. 


Support The Annual Fund
Ways to Give

Corporate matching is a wonderful way to extend the benefit of your donation to the Annual Fund. Search to see if your company matches charitable donations. Donate and match - it's generosity without a catch! Our goal is 100% participation by all Woodside School families to Bridge the Gap of $4,800 per student.


The School Garden Thanks You!

Thank you to all who participated in Garden Fest! We were able to raise our yearly operating budget plus extra for capital improvements — built/repaired 4 raised beds, plan to replace part of the fence, and build a kitchen viewing area.

Gift of Giving: Ravenswood Book Drive 
Support this year's The Gift of Giving campaign by donating or purchasing books to be donated to the Ravenswood School District. You can also donate gently used books or purchase at the Book Faire next month.

 Details on Ravenswood Book Drive 

Talbot's Toyland

Shop early for the holidays — mention Woodside School and earn 10% for the PTA. Promotion runs Nov. 18 - Dec. 2.

 More on Talbot's Promo 

Honey Bear Trees

Find your holiday tree at Honey Bear Trees — mention Woodside School and earn 15% for the PTA. Promotion runs Nov. 19 - Dec. 24. 

 More on Honey Bear Tree Promo 

Common Ground Speaker Series

Don't miss the three upcoming speaker sessions in November: 


 Common Ground Sessions in Nov. 

Athletics: Fall Sports 

Basketball: Registration for basketball is now closed. Practices will start at the end of the month. 


Music Program

Mark your calendar for the Winter Concert on Wed., Dec. 21 at 1 pm in Sellman. 

Learn about grade-specific musicals, zero period programs, concerts, songs to practice and more. 

 Dr. D's Music Program Page 

This week...

Wed., Nov. 16; 9 am

4th Grade Musical

Nov. 14 - 18
7th Grade Class

in Yosemite

... and beyond

Nov. 23 - 25

Thanksgiving Break
No School

Nov. 30 - Dec. 2

6th Grade Class 
in Marin Headlands


Dec. 5 - 9

Book Faire
@ School Library


Dec. 6 @ 3:30 pm

Dedication for Rudy
School Amphitheatre

Dec. 7 @ 8 am

Hot Chocolate & Mexican Bread Sale Sellman & Blacktop

 See Full Calendar 

2016 Annual Fund 

Oct. 31 - Dec. 22

Mileage Club

Open every Tues. & Thurs. at recess and lunch on the Kinder field. See the weekly updated list of "Toe Token" awardees.

Earn 10% for WES!

Click, bookmark, shop and earn 10% on all purchases.

 PTA Amazon Link 


Woodside Soccer Club — Spring '16 Tryouts Info & Dates

Harmony at Home
Parent Sessions
The Village Hub

Thursday mornings

It's A Wonderful Nutcracker!
Menlowe Ballet
Dec. 9-11 & 16-18 
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