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Sunny Salutations

Hello and Happy Saturday!
I hope you are out and about enjoying this great day. I’ve just returned from one of my former student’s Bat Mitzvah and getting ready to celebrate and dance the night away with her and all of her friends and family. I absolutely love watching my students grow and change as they begin their life as an adult. I am quite proud of all my former students and I already adore all of my students in 2nd grade.

This upcoming week will be quite different than the first week of school because this past week was mainly reviewing concepts from last year. On Monday, we will be reading from our Journeys textbook, begin Chapter 1 on Addition and Subtraction, and we will start spelling, vocabulary, language arts, and so much more. Thank you for signing your student’s homework binder every night and please continue this good habit because it’s important for you to know what’s coming up and what subjects your student will need your support for the quizzes each Friday.

Hopefully, you have opened your student’s backpack because there is a lot of information and papers you want to take out and sort through for Monday. One day this week, your student will give us a quick presentation about themselves using 3-5 small items that tell us more about their recent journeys or some information about them. In addition, there is a paper cutout of a person that your student should create to make it look like him or her. Enjoy the journey and I am looking forward to getting to know my students a little bit better.

I believe that’s all for now. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I’ll see you on Monday.

Yours truly,
Cheryl Leagan
2nd grade teacher
The Wood Acres School


It’s time to begin a new school year. Whether you are a new family or a legacy one, we warmly welcome you to this special community that is Wood Acres. You are an important part of our 50th school year and we cannot wait to celebrate with you!

This blog is where you will find all kinds of information from your teachers and we hope you will visit it often. Please mark your calendars for these important upcoming dates:

• School Forms Due – Thursday, August 1
Student Profile 2019-2020
Tree House Parent School Agreement 2019-2020
Publicity Release 2019-2020
Authorization for Medication (If applicable) 2019-2020
Updated Immunization Form (Form 3231 from your doctor)

• Meet and Greet – Sunday, August 11
Drop in anytime from 2 – 4 pm.
Visit your child’s classroom, meet the teachers, collect supplies, and stop by the office to say hello.
Purchase ice cream, water, and spirit wear under the portico by the main office to raise money for the 8th grade capstone Spain adventure. Don’t miss it!

• First Day of School – Monday, August 12
Car lines open at the following times and our wonderful teaching assistants will help your children from the car and into the classroom.
 Kindergarten – 8:35 am
 1st – 3rd grade – 8:20 am
 4th grade – 8:20 am
 5th grade – 7:45 am
Please drop off 4th and 5th graders in front of the main office so that a member of our office team may great them as they make their way to Turner Hall. This is an important year for growing independence and we want to work with you to support that independence in your children.

We are happy for you to walk your child to his/her classroom on the first day. Please keep in mind that it important to be consistent with your drop off routine.

Morning Tree House is available at 7:00 am on the first day if you have pre-registered. You will need to walk your child inside to attend Tree House. Tree House will be located in the Few Cottage.

• 3rd – 5th grade Parent Orientation Meeting – Thursday, August 22
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Parent night is a night for parents to learn more about curriculum, ask questions, and sign up to volunteer.

• K – 2nd grade Parent Orientation Meeting – Tuesday, August 27
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Parent night is a night for parents to learn more about curriculum, ask questions, and sign up to volunteer.

Thank you for your attention to all of this and for choosing Wood Acres as your child’s academic home.

We are so glad you are here and we look forward to seeing you soon!

The Final Week

Hello Moms and Dads,

As we begin the last week of 4th grade, there are not enough ways to say how proud I am of our 4th graders this year. For the last nine months, every student has grown like a weed and they have truly learned A LOT in all subject areas. Social skills have changed and even some bad habits are gone. Like you, I am ready for a slower change of pace right now, but I am certainly not ready to let these awesome 4th graders go. Each one had my heart at hello and now saying “good-bye” will not be easy. This group of fine students will always be near and dear to my heart, and if you ever need anything from me, please do not hesitate at all to ask me.

Academically, we will finish the grammar book this week along with the chapters on fractions. I was hoping to cover some geometry this week, but time is not cooperating with our schedule. However, during the summer, I highly suggest that your student practice any workbook pages that we were not able to cover during the course of the year because in fifth grade, your student should be familiar with most of the concepts that we couldn’t cover this year.

This week, we have a few more summer birthdays to celebrate, our End of the Year party Thursday afternoon, and finally on Friday, the Honors Ceremony at 9:30. Please join us Friday morning as we celebrate our 8th graders as they leave for high school and cheer on those students who will receive awards for their hard work and perseverance throughout the year. When the ceremony is over, you and your student can begin your summer vacation wherever you choose. Just let me know that you are finding another place to celebrate the end of this great year.

Until then, enjoy the rest of your weekend, and I’ll see you soon.

Yours truly,
Cheryl Leagan
4th grade lead teacher
The Wood Acres School

Wacky Weather=Wonderful Weekend

Hello Everybody,

Yes, the weather this weekend is rather weird, but it made for a great day of grading and getting my school work done. Tomorrow, my daughter is taking my mother and me out for Mother’s Day because my husband’s birthday is ON Mother’s Day. We are celebrating my husband’s birthday on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway from McCaysville, Georgia to Copperhill, Tennessee. I promise that my fun is coming very soon when I spend time with my family.

This past week, I pushed all of our 4th graders towards doing the best they could on their reading assessments and they certainly did a great job. You’ll see the results when everything comes home on Monday. For this coming week, they all have their BOOK REPORT PRESENTATIONS on MONDAY, MAY 6, and I am sure they have been practicing, so their last test grade in reading is PERFECT-O!

Also, in Grammar next week, they will be tested on many grammar terms and parts of speech that they have learned all year long. Their study guide is with them and should be completed by TUESDAY because the test is on WEDNESDAY!! In addition, a test on Unit 4 on Adjectives, Adverbs, and Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases will be on Tuesday as well. We’ve been reviewing constantly but a little extra practice would be a great idea.

Math lessons are moving along nicely and we should be done with the two chapters on fractions very soon. More information later when I have a better feel for when the assessments will be the following week. We will work on Geometry until the school year ends, so that means we will be busy until the End of the Year Party on Thursday, May 23.

I hope you read about the upcoming fundraiser our eighth graders are having on Monday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 21. If you have any gently used books, games, and puzzles that you would like to donate, please bring them soon and your student will get a raffle ticket for every six books or items donated. That ticket could be a winner for one awesome prize. Thanks for participating and sharing the love of reading and learning.

I think that’s all for now. Enjoy the rest of your weekend because I know I definitely will.

See you on Monday.
Cheryl Leagan
4th grade lead teacher
Wood Acres School

Super Sunny Saturday

Hello to everybody on this picture-perfect spring day!

First, I must thank Beckett Wrenn, Dylan Jones, and Talia Tomsic and their moms for helping me with the Cool Girls Accessory Drive. These three cool kids helped set up, sort, and clean up after our pretty successful day. All of our boxes were filled to the brim with goodies that will make so many girls smile as they get ready for the new school year. Thanks to everybody who donated items for this worthwhile cause. If you come across items that you would like give to the Cool Girls, please drop them off in my classroom at your convenience. Thank you so very much.

Academically, we are moving right along in grammar, math, reading, history, science and Spanish. This upcoming week will be rather busy as we finish two math chapters on Fraction, our grammar unit on Adjectives, Adverbs, and Prepositions, and complete the assignments for our cute story called “Battle of the Brains.” There will be a reading quiz, vocabulary quiz and spelling test on Thursday. Please keep an eye on the homework folder for the remaining assessments that will be given the following week. Thanks.

I can’t stay inside anymore because it’s just too pretty to be in my house, so I’m heading outside to play in the dirt. Again, I truly appreciate everybody’s help with the Must Ministries Canned Food Drive and the Cool Girls “Back to School” Accessory Drive. Believe me, your kindness and generosity will not go unnoticed.☺

Take care, and I’ll see everybody on Monday.

Yours truly,
Cheryl Leagan
4th grade lead teacher
The Wood Acres School

Upcoming Stuff in 4th grade

Hello Parents,

Well, the circles have been bubbled in, the tests have been handed in, and we are done testing for the year. I must say that ALL went extremely well, and I was quite impressed with our students’ attitude toward this past week. Thank you for having your student rested, fed, and on time each day this week. The snacks were perfect and are gone.

Last week, we worked and almost finished on our five paragraph essay and research paper, but on Monday, we are back to our regular schedule which is something I am really looking forward to as we now head toward the end of the school year which is so hard to believe. All subjects will resume and our days will be normal again. Please keep an eye on the red homework folder for upcoming assignments and announcements from teachers and staff as well. Thank you very much.

On Friday, April 26 is Field Day. If the weather cooperates, we will meet at Fullers Park for a day of friendly competition, super sportsmanship, and good-ole fashion fun. We will definitely keep you informed about what to expect and all that is needed for one of the best days of the school year at Wood Acres.

On Saturday, April 27 is our Cool Girls Accessory Drive. This is the second community outreach program that we support in 4th grade. For the last 15 years, I have been volunteering my time to the Cool Girls organization based here in Atlanta. Cool Girls is an after school program that encourages and empowers young girls from DeKalb and Fulton counties and teaches them that they are capable of changing their lives for the better. As a teacher, I will do or help out in any way I can to get young girls excited for school and ready for their future no matter where they live. School is definitely cool for everybody!

Every summer, St. Peter & St. Paul Episcopal Church hosts a Cool Girls “Back to School” Shopping Day for about 200 Cool Girls, and I am one of the co-chairs who organizes this amazing event. For many years, Wood Acres has been very supportive with this event by hosting an accessory drive or by donating backpacks filled with items for school.

Next Saturday from 9-12, I am hopeful that our fourth grade families and many Wood Acres families will stop by and donate items that will be placed in the “Boutique” for the Back to School Shopping Day. The items that the Cool Girls love to shop for are books, jewelry, PJs, beauty supplies, hair accessories, room décor, card games, board games, sports equipment, fun school supplies, and purses. As you do your spring cleaning and come across any of these items or find them in local stores, please consider donating them next Saturday during our drive. I promise you, every item will be enjoyed by the Cool Girl who selects it during our “Back to School” Shopping Day.

I know how valuable Saturday mornings can be, but if your student can help at our Accessory Drive between 9:00-12:00, I would greatly appreciate it. As the items are dropped off by our friends and families, I will need our students’ help in sorting the items into the appropriate boxes that I will have that morning. Please let me know or have your student tell me before Friday if your student can help me. Trust me, the Cool Girls and I thank you very, very much.

I hope you have a lovely holiday weekend, and I am really excited to see everybody Monday morning.

Yours truly,
Cheryl Leagan
4th grade lead teacher
The Wood Acres School

Testing Week

Hello Everybody,
Before our weekend becomes full of things to do, I just wanted to let you know that we had a great week of reviewing, refreshing, and revving up for next week. We did take a practice test on Thursday, and I think our students felt pretty confident with the sample questions and their answers. I have reminded our students that their job is to play, eat, and sleep well because these are the main ingredients to a successful testing week.
I do not normally give homework for the weekend but time slipped away from us this week, so your student may have a few stories to complete in the packet that we worked on this past week and some more pages in our Word Skills book as well. These skills will most likely show up during the testing, and I am trying to prepare our students the best I can. You are welcome to review with your student, so everybody is ready to go Monday morning.
We know that a nutritious snack is always good for the body and mind, so thank you to those who signed up to provide snacks and water for the testing week. Trust me, it is very much appreciated. If you did not get to sign up, no worries because we will probably have a sweet celebration Friday afternoon when our testing week is over. More details will be provided later this week.

That’s all for now. Please enjoy your weekend and looking forward to a great week ahead.
Yours truly,
Cheryl Leagan
4th grade lead teacher

Super Sunny Saturday

Hello and Happy Saturday!
Where do I begin in saying how great these past few days have been for your student and me? Right now, my washing machine is full gear with clothes that remind me of all that we did during our field trip to the 4H Center on Jekyll Island. I wouldn’t be surprised if your washing machine is working right now as well. If you come across anything that doesn’t belong to your student, please bring it to school on Monday and we will have our own lost and found so all items go home to the rightful owner.

I must begin by thanking Mr. Ovbey, Dr. Feinberg, Mrs. Tomsic, Mr. Boyle, and Mrs. Parham for making sure all of the Sea Stars and Squids were on time for the classes, keeping them safe, and for making sure that all went well throughout the trip. There are just not enough words or ways of saying, “Thank you for all of your hard work and efforts that were given so all of our 4th graders had an awesome adventure. I cannot tell you how grateful I am for all you did.”

I am hopeful that you received the pictures we sent so you could get a glimpse of your student learning about the different phases of the beach and all that go on with each of the ecosystems and adaptations. Your student touched a few reptiles, learned about some constellations and what’s happening to our beaches and wildlife as erosion continues to change the make-up of coastal regions.

It may take some time for your student to tell you ALL that they learned during our trip because so much information was taught and it will take time to recall everything they did and saw. If your student did write in his or her journal during each class that will help them recall so much of our time spent at the 4H Center. Please make sure that your student’s journal comes to school and stays with them for it will be needed for upcoming assignments. Thank you very much.

Please enjoy the rest of the beautiful spring weekend, enjoy the stories you hear, and I look forward to seeing everybody Monday morning and listening to the best and favorite parts of our field trip. Until then, back to laundry, finishing up report cards and a little more of rest and relaxation.

Yours truly,
Cheryl Leagan
4th grade lead teacher

Sunny Salutations

Hello and Happy Sunday!

What an amazing sunny Sunday! The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and I’m sure you are busy packing for the field trip this week. My guest room is loaded with clothes, accessories, and stuff for the trip.

According to the 5-day weather for Jekyll Island, the weather will be PERFECT!!! If I were you, I would pack a warmer jacket or sweatshirt because the nights can get chilly and breezy. Our schedule shows that we will have our campfire and s-mores Wednesday night and Thursday night is our Night Walk on the beach, so please pack long pants and clothing that will keep your student warm and toasty. Thank you.

For our trip, here are a few reminders:
• On Wednesday, please arrive at school at 5:30 a.m.
• Put suitcase and sleeping bag in the lower part of the bus
• Pillow, day-pack, and disposable breakfast on the bus
• For any medicine, fill out form(s) for each medicine, put medicine in its original bottle with form in a Ziploc bag with your student’s name on the bag
• Please look at Sign-Up Genius and consider helping us with supplies that we need for our trip. Thank you.
• On Friday, March 22, we should be at Wood Acres by 5:30-6:00 p.m. We will be in contact with the office and parents to give you a better arrival time when we know that information.

4th grade’s Awesome Adventures is coming along quite nicely. The stories have been drafted, edited, revised, and typed. This week, we will work on the final draft before they are printed and sent off to the publisher. Next, the pictures will be completed after we return from our field trip. Our Press Date is Friday, March 29 and we are definitely on target to meet that date.

If you are still interested in purchasing a copy of our book, it is not too late. Your student has the order form for you to fill out and return or you can order on-line at a discounted price. Please return the order form whether you purchase or not to me as soon as you can. Thank you very much.

Hope your St. Patrick’s Day has been stress-free from leprechauns and green glitter. Take care and enjoy the rest of this beautiful spring day.

Yours truly,
Cheryl Leagan
4th grade lead teacher

Marvelous March

Hello Everybody,

Yesterday was a fabulous day for all of our fourth grade readers! Thank you to all parents and visitors who joined us for this novel of a day. I hope you were just as impressed as I was with the book report presentations. They are all on display in our building, so please stop by and see the effort used towards this 3rd book report. The fourth and final book report will be due in May, but a date has not been decided yet. Details will come soon.

Not long now, and we will be on our way to the 4H Center on Jekyll Island. It’s been awhile since you received the packet of information, so if you do need another one, please let me know or visit their website at Hopefully, your student gave you the green sheet on what to pack, so gathering things can now begin.
Monday, March 11 – Friday, March 15 is the Book Fair. Please stop by and shop for your student’s summer reading along with the many books that will meet the needs of all readers.

We are moving rather nicely on 4th Grade’s Awesome Adventures book. Yesterday, everybody voted on the cover of our book, and Truxtun Boyle’s picture won! Daniel Tzanov and Parker Welchel will draw the page for the Dedication Page. Darby Hayes, Talia Tomsic, Damion Tomlinson, Caleb Evertt, Ainsley Parham, Jonathan Naddaf, Ariz Asfandiyar, Sophia Naddaf, Zoey Brathwaite, and Leah Feinberg will be the extra artists for the Bio Pages that are located at the back of the book. Congratulations to all artists! This will be one awesome book for sure.

Yesterday, your student received an order form for you to purchase your own copy of our book. Please do not feel obligated to buy one. However if you are purchasing a copy, please fill out the order form and return your payment and form to me before we leave for our field trip. Whether you are buying a copy or not, I must have all order forms and pages to the book sent together. Thank you and if you have any questions about this book project, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

Academically, all is moving forward quite nicely. Just a quick note that there will not be a spelling list for a while because our focus is towards finishing our book project to meet the deadline of Friday, March 29 However, finishing long division, measurements, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions are still in the plans.
The 3rd grading period ends on Friday, March 15, and report cards will be sent home on Tuesday, March 26. Please note, Friday, March 29, we will dismiss at 1:00 with No Treehouse that afternoon. I do think all of us will be ready for a week of R&R after all of the madness that happened in March.

I do believe that is all for now. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and again, please stop in to see everybody’s book report projects. They are quite awesome.

Yours truly,
Cheryl Leagan
4th grade lead teacher
The Wood Acres School

This Matters At Wood Acres.

  • High Expectations For Teaching And Learning

  • Strong Instructional Leadership

  • Safe Learning Environment For Everyone

  • Positive And Welcoming School Climate

  • Valuing Time On Task For Mastery

  • Close Home School Partnerships