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October News

October Newsletter 

2019


A Note from the Principal 
 

Dear Woodglen Families,

We have an exciting month ahead of us!  We are looking forward to celebrating our Fall Fundraiser this week with our students.  Students who earned the Fall Fundraiser prizes will have the opportunity to pie a staff member in the face, have pizza with the principal, and play hoops with Mr. Haviland.  We so appreciate the efforts of our participants.  These funds are incredibly important to our students as they support events like our Trunk or Treat night, Breakfast with Santa, kindergarten and fifth grade continuation, and field day.  We hope to share more information about the amount of funds raised in the near future.

We are also hosting our fall parent-teacher conferences on Thursday.  Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you haven’t already scheduled a conference.  In the communications below, you will find some suggestions for participating in a successful conference.  Please be sure to stop by and visit with any of our specials (art, music, and P.E.) teachers, our special education support staff, and our English Language Development teachers.

Please also review our Halloween costume guidelines and review information about our Halloween morning parties and parade in this document.

Thank you as always for your support of Woodglen Elementary.  We are proud to serve this community!

Matt Haviland

Principal


Parent/Teacher Conference Suggestions 

Before the conference

  • Ask your child how he/she feels about school.
  • Ask your child if there is anything that she/he wants you to talk about with his teacher.
  • Tell your child that you and the teacher are meeting to help him/her.
  • Make a list of topics that you want to talk about with the teacher.
  • Prepare a list of questions such as:
  • 1. What are my child's strongest and weakest subjects?
    2. Does my child hand homework in on time?
    3. Does my child participate in class?
    4. Does my child seem happy at school?
    5. What can I do at home to help?

During the conference

  • Be on time (or early) for the meeting.
  • End the meeting on time. Other parents will probably have a conference after yours.
  • Relax and be yourself.
  • Stay calm during the conference.
  • Ask the most important questions first.
  • If your child receives special services such as English classes, ask about your child's progress in those classes.
  • Ask for explanations of anything you don't understand
  • Ask your child's teacher for ways that you can help your child at home.
  • Thank the teacher.

After the conference

  • Talk about the conference with your child.
  • Talk about the positive points, and be direct about problems.
  • Tell your child about any plans you and the teacher created.
  • Keep in touch with the teacher during the school year.

Calendar

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 

  • Oct. 1- Picture Day
  • Oct. 9- NO SCHOOL- Elementary Work Day
  • Oct. 10- NO SCHOOL- Parent/Teacher Conferences 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 10- Book Fair 8:00 a.m. to7:45p.m.
  • Oct. 11 - NO SCHOOL – Teacher Work Day
  • Oct. 25   – Trunk or Treat 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. $1 per person
  • Oct. 31 – Halloween Parties begin at 7:35am, Halloween Parade at 8:15am Parents in the gym.


Halloween Guidelines

  Adams 12 Five Star Schools encourages the opportunity for students and families to engage in celebration that is respectful to all cultures, religions, races, and beliefs.  In our continued efforts to maintain a respectful, safe and secure learning environment, the following guidelines for Halloween celebrations have been developed. These guidelines apply to students, staff, and participants of all Halloween celebrations both during and after the school day.

Halloween Guidelines

  1. Costumes that would otherwise violate the Student Dress Code (Superintendent Policy 5060) will only be allowed if approved by an administrator prior to wearing to school.  For safety reasons, masks or makeup should not cover the student’s face in a manner that makes the student unrecognizable.  Masks or makeup that conceal student’s identity may be worn only during designated times such as during a costume contest.  
  2. The following are considered not appropriate for school or school events:
  • Costumes that are overly graphic, promote violence or otherwise might logically be assumed to be offensive to others 
  • Costumes that are sexually suggestive and would otherwise violate the school’s dress code
  • Costumes with sound effects, lights or other components which would disrupt the classroom learning environment
  • Costumes that could be considered insensitive to various races, cultures and religions
  • Toy or facsimile weapons of any kind (guns, knives, swords, bats, etc.) are not allowed
  • Costumes or dress of any kind that may be potentially disruptive to the educational or school environment

In alignment with Superintendent Policy 5060, school administrators may ask students or participants  to change into school appropriate attire and/or remove masks, makeup, or costumes.

Halloween Guidelines Addendum (RE:  Clown Costumes)

As you may recall, in 2016 the Five Star District prohibited students and staff from wearing clown costumes on school grounds due to social media threats nationwide. Although we have not been made aware of any similar threats this year, district  leadership made the decision to leave this prohibition in the 2019 Halloween guidelines, acknowledging the release of the movie, IT, and in anticipation of a social media response.  As always, the safety and security of students and staff is our first priority, therefore students and staff are prohibited from wearing clown masks or costumes on school grounds. This adjustment was made in the best interest of the school community and creates a safe environment for students and staff at Halloween celebrations this year. 

Keep in mind, the district and school leadership will reevaluate the guidelines each year and make adjustments as needed to ensure a safe celebration for the entire school community. Students who violate or are suspected to be in violation of this policy will be referred to school administration. 


Bookfair

October 10, 2019 in the school library

Open 8:00 am to 7:45 pm (break down of book fair will begin at 7:45pm, come early.)

Tons of great books for your

student to enjoy!

To Shop online go to

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/woodglen2

Books purchased online now ship to your house.