Sunday, September 9, 2018

News from WES 9/9/18


Monday, September 10 - WCUD Board Meeting, 6pm at Killington Elementary School
Tuesday, September 11 - Curriculum Exploration Night 6-7pm at WES (no students, please) 
Wednesday, September 12 - 5-6 grade to Pentangle, 10am 
Tuesday, September 18 - WES PTO and Principal coffee reception for WES parents, 8-9am at WES
Weds-Friday, September 19-21 - 4th grade to HOC 
Monday, September 24 - Musical Instrument Rental Pick-up Night, 6:30pm WES Cafe
Friday, September 28 - PreK-4th grade to Pentangle, 10am
Tuesday, October 2 - Picture Day
Monday, October 8 - No School, In-service Day for Teachers

WES Parent/Guardian Curriculum Exploration Night!
The Woodstock Elementary School Faculty invites WES parents and guardians to a curriculum exploration night on Tuesday, September 11th, from 6-7pm at the school. Teachers will present in content area teams to engage you in activities that demonstrate the type of learning WES students do on a daily basis. The topic options are listed below. Each session will be presented three times, during an A, B, and C time block, so you may pick from three of the sessions on the menu below. It is not important that you see your child’s teacher on this night because the whole faculty has planned these sessions together and each session fairly represents instruction across the school. If you need to speak to your child’s teacher about an individual matter or check in on your child’s progress, please email or call to check in or arrange a conference. This is an adult only event!

6:00 BLOCK A
6:20 BLOCK B
6:40 BLOCK C


Group leaders
Guided Reading of a nonfiction text
Ann Bahlenhorst
Christine Halik
Holly Taylor
2nd grade classrooms Frates/Halik, 2nd floor
PreK center-based learning:
Families get to participate in the Pre-K Explorations block where they will experience the work children engage with daily
Jacquelyn Porter
PreK classroom, 1st floor
PALS program center-based learning
Cathy Costello
PALS classroom, 2nd floor
Fostering Your Child’s Growth Mindset
Erin Klocek
Jamie Sudol
Betsy Frates
Stockwell kindergarten classroom, 1st floor
Mathematical Brownies
Kelley Grace
Kristen Hubbell
Jo MacMaster
DeVeau Sleeper
Nancy Stockwell
Hector Kent from WUMHS
Hubbell/Willis classrooms, 2nd floor
Introduction to Reading and Writing workshop in the upper grades
Martha Giller and Kelley Willis
5th grade math classroom, Grace, 2nd floor

Music is brain work!
Recorder lesson one!
Percussion game!
Peggy Ogilvy
Music Room, off cafe
Projects for Spanish Proficiency
Elaine Leibly
Roberts Room, 1st floor
Modeling Science Phenomena
Marcia Gauvin
Jill Kurash
Jay Mumford
STEM Lab, 2nd floor
PBIS At home!
Cody TanCreti
Kevin Smith


Electronics and Circuitry:  In this first STEM After School Club, students will be doing a variety of explorations around electric circuits and electronics. We will start by deconstructing old electronics, and then using the pieces as teaching tools on how electronics are built and how they work.  We will then put the pieces together into new circuits to create buzzing, whirring, and flashing inventions of our own.

STEM After School Club will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 24th - Oct 17- from 2:50 to 3:50 in the STEM Lab. Registration is open to students in 3rd through 6th grade - and is limited to 15 students.  Because of limited space - registration is limited to students who can attend both days. There is a $10 materials fee.


Welcome back! Hope everyone is enjoying a healthy, happy start to the school year. It has been a hot start so please make sure your child is bringing a water bottle to school and wears cool, breathable clothing. Parents of younger children are reminded that an extra change of clothing is always helpful to have at school (especially since we have water pumps on our playground that are very tempting in hot weather!) 

Our school is an "Allergy Aware" school. We do not restrict the kinds of foods that can be brought in from home for lunch but we do have allergy safe zones such as allergy aware classrooms and allergy aware tables in the cafe. If your child is in an allergy aware classroom, a letter has been sent home explaining what this means. We recognize that many families and students rely on nuts and peanut butter for nutritional value and we do not want to cause a burden on these families. That being said, there are other food items besides nuts that cause allergic reactions.

The new Wellness Policy for the Windsor Central Unified District encourages teachers and parents to "seek alternatives to food for use in celebrations in order to respect and include those individuals with food allergies, cultural restrictions and / or economic challenges". With this in mind, we kindly ask that you do not send in food items to celebrate a special occasion such as your child's birthday. If you would like a special day to be acknowledged, please speak with your child's classroom teacher about alternative ways to celebrate. We understand that this is a cultural change but we aim to keep all of our students safe and included. I look forward to getting to know all of our new students and to seeing familiar faces! 

Jamie Sudol MEd, RN - School Nurse


Woodstock Elementary School is in need of a paraprofessional to provide recess and lunch supervision and support to all students in our PreK-6 school. Candidates need to be firm, consistent, direct, intuitive, patient, and willing to work on a team with other adults. This position is ~10:45-1:30 daily. Please spread the word and contact Maggie Mills if interested! 


“Healthy Helpings” is a service that WES provides to families in partnership with the Woodstock Food Shelf.  The purpose of the program is to provide healthy snacks and meal items for our students to eat on the weekends.  The program is free of charge.  Here's how it works:

If you sign up, your child will receive a bag of non-perishable food items on (most) Fridays (or the day before school vacation).  Items may include things like mac and cheese, canned goods, oatmeal, popcorn, tuna, snacks, peanut butter and jelly, fruit cups, etc. 

Items will be distributed confidentially and discreetly in a way that works for your family.  We typically put weekend food bags in students’ backpacks on Fridays when the students are away from the classroom.  Alternatively, parents can pick up the bags in the office on Friday afternoons. Click here for more info!


Help us build a vibrant school community!
The PTO Team is looking for students, parents, teachers, and grandparents to help us achieve our mission for the 2018-2019 school year.


Our Pledge To You:
-      Limited meetings (we know you have a busy schedule!)
-       Focused teams to work on each activity
-       Fun for the whole family

WES PTO Sponsored Events Include:
Fall Bake Sale
Harvest Hoe Down Dance
Spring Teacher Appreciation Week
Family Game Nights

Sign Up Today!
To join the team, or for more information, email us at or


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