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Welcome Blog Aug. 17, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND HAPPY 50TH ANNIVERSARY TO WOOD ACRES SCHOOL!!!!

If you are a new family to the Woods, Erika and I want to extend a big welcome and if you are a returning family, we welcome you back home. We are looking forward to a year filled with learning, making new friends and having fun in the process! This is my motto….”Learning should be fun”. I can’t wait to begin my 26th year of teaching 3 yr olds! My, has the time flown!

Tomorrow, from 2-4, is the big day when I get to meet my new Early School students and their parents. So, Let the New Year Begin!

Wanda Roussarie and Erika Alger

Welcome!

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 7
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 18
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 plush navigator stuffed animals 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 19
Car lines open at the following times and our wonderful teaching assistants will help your children from the car and into the classroom
 2 year old program – 8:50 am
 3 year old program – 8:35 am
 4 year old program – 8:50 am

We are happy for you to walk your child to his/her classroom on the first day. Please keep in mind that it is important to be consistent in your drop off routine.
Morning Tree House is available at 7:00 am on the first day of school if you have pre-registered. You will need to walk your child inside to attend Tree House. Tree House will be located in the following buildings:
 2’s and 3’s – Button Cottage
 4’s – Few Cottage

• 2, 3, and 4 year old Parent Orientation Meetings – Thursday August 29
6:30 – 7:30 pm (in your child’s classroom)
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!

May 24, 2019 Newsletter

It’s hard to believe another school year has flown by and I do mean flown! Just think….your child has grown a little taller and a little wiser since that first day you dropped him/her off in car line some 9 months ago! I had a good time this school year and I know your child has too.

Our “End-of-the-Year Party” was a blast!! Our families really know how to put on a carnival. We had games, prizes, goody boxes, popcorn, cotton candy and the best of all, a bouncy house! A HUGE round of applause goes to Amanda Collins for organizing the carnival and parents!! Amanda, if you have any spare time (she has 3 girls), you could be an event planner!! Thanks too, to all parents and siblings for helping to make that morning a time to remember.

Since this is the last blog for our class, Sandy and I want to wish everyone a relaxing and fun Summer! I know a lot of children will be coming to a our Summer Camp here at the Woods!

See You Soon,
Wanda and Sandy

May 17, 2019 Newsletter

Where did the school year go? It seems like we just had Meet & Greet and here we are with just 5 days of school left!

This coming week will fly by…..our party is Thursday and Friday we honor the 8th grade graduates as the school assembles on the quad.
I am getting excited about the carnival on Thursday. Lots of cool activities are planned. Email Amanda Collins if you can help out.

We are happy to announce that we completed the alphabet last week! A photo of our letter craft is posted below. A certificate will be coming home soon if your child can identify every letter.

We had fun this week by playing letter games……”Feed the Letter Muncher”, “Swat the Letter Bug”, and “Alphabet Zoo”. Next week, more games will follow. We have also learned to spell our name with fun activities.

Happy Birthday to Nadia who joined the 4yr.old club and George will join on May 24! Speaking of birthdays, the class celebrated my Summer birthday (Aug. 9) today with cupcakes, Lillies and a very large VISA gift card! Thank you so much for the gifts cards for Sandy and me. Our families are the most generous in the school! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Have a nice weekend,
Wanda and Sandy

May 11, 2019 Newsletter

We spent much time this week preparing for Mother’s Day. In case you haven’t opened your present and card, I won’t tell you what it is but, I think you will LOVE it enough to frame so it will be something to cherish for years to come!!

We discussed how moms take care of their children even in the animal world and that mom’s job is 24/7! I read many books about mom’s love. Some of my favorites to check out……….”The Runaway Bunny”, “I Love You Stinky Face” and “Are You My Mother?”.

Thursday was a special day because we listened to the Chrome concert In the M. P. Room. What a talented bunch of children…….Some sang and danced and others played instruments. In a few years, your child too can become a star at Wood Acres!

Our “End-of-the-Year Party is Thursday May 23! What an exciting line-up the moms have planned………A Carnival with games, prizes, and yummy snacks! Please consider helping for at least an hour or two to help set up, man the games and cleanup. Set up starts about 10:00. If you can volunteer, please email Amanda Collins to let her know. Can’t Wait!!

We finished the alphabet!! What an accomplishment!! So proud of these boys and girls!! Next week we will focus on alphabet games, Chica Chica Boom Boom book and assessments.

The 7th graders are raising money for their Spain trip next year. Please send your gently used books for their book sale. Thank you.

Happy Mother’s Day tomorrow!! I hope you are showered with hugs and kisses that you so deserve!!

Wanda and Sandy

May 4, 2019 Newsletter

It was a busy, busy week here at the Woods! With just 15 more days of school left, I have a feeling these days will go by super fast!!

Last week, the class learned about the life stages of a frog. We made two adorable projects that reflected these stages. I read a delightful book, “The Caterpillar and the Polliwog,” by Jack Kent. It tells the story of a friendship between a caterpillar and a polliwog. This book, you have to check out of the library. It is one of my favorite stories!

The highlight of the week took place yesterday with our BIKE-A-Thon! The class had a ball riding their bikes around the parking lot earning money for the Smile Train. Thank you for the generous donations from all our families for this worthy cause! Also, thank you to all the help from moms and nanny to make sure everyone had a safe ride. Your help was so appreciated! Photos are below. Do you see the red tongues of the kids enjoying some rocket popsicles? Amanda has posted more photos on Shutterfly of each child on his/her bike. Check it out!

Everyone has gotten the email from Amanda about our upcoming End of the Year Party on May 23. All parents are welcome to attend. It will be a carnival theme and it will be a blast!

Happy Birthday to Reese who turned 4 on May 2!
Next week, we will pay homage to mom and will focus on letters Y & Z.

Have a nice week ahead,
Wanda and Sandy

May 4, 2019 Newsletter

It was a busy, busy week here at the Woods! With just 15 more days of school left, I have a feeling these days will go by super fast!!

Last week, the class learned about the life stages of a frog. We made two adorable projects that reflected these stages. I read a delightful book, “The Caterpillar and the Polliwog,” by Jack Kent. It tells the story of a friendship between a caterpillar and a polliwog. This book, you have to check out of the library. It is one of my favorite stories!

The highlight of the week took place yesterday with our BIKE-A-Thon! The class had a ball riding their bikes around the parking lot earning money for the Smile Train. Thank you for the generous donations from all our families for this worthy cause! Also, thank you to all the help from moms and nanny to make sure everyone had a safe ride. Your help was so appreciated! Photos are below. Do you see the red tongues of the kids enjoying some rocket popsicles? Amanda has posted more photos on Shutterfly of each child on his/her bike. Check it out!

Everyone has gotten the email from Amanda about our upcoming End of the Year Party on May 23. All parents are welcome to attend. It will be a carnival theme and it will be a blast!

Happy Birthday to Reese who turned 4 on May 2!
Next week, we will pay homage to mom and will focus on letters Y & Z.

Have a nice week ahead,
Wanda and Sandy

April 27, 2019 Newsletter

Whew! What a busy, busy week we had at school!

We started the week by making a mailbox with the number of your house. Your child is learning his/her address! Thank you for sending the love notes to fill the mailboxes. I enjoyed seeing their smiles as I read each letter. We spoke about the mail carrier’s job as our first Community Helper. We learned about a Doctor’s role and made a cute Doctor’s bag to show off the instruments. We delved into what each medical tool is for and we even gave each other a pretend shot. A Cobb County Police Officer paid a visit to the 3 Yr. Old classes for a little “Show ‘N Tell”. The kids had fun climbing through the back seat of the patrol car. Hopefully, this will be the ONLY time they get to see the back seat of a police car!! Also, the children practiced calling 911 on a play phone. I played the 911 operator. After each child dialed the numbers and spoke, they received a certificate. In addition, we talked about the times they would need to dial 911!

The best day for fun was Thursday when all 3 classes dressed as their favorite Community Helper! There were Police Officers, Veterinarians, Firefighters, Teachers, Underground Explorer, Doctor and even a GIRL President!! Nurse Patel (Mrs. Patel) was here to give anyone medical help. Thank you for dressing up your child on this special day!

I can’t forget to mention the letters U & V. U for Underwater and V for Vase. I hope your child is reviewing the alphabet as they name all the letters on their letter crafts.

Don’t forget our Bike-A-Thon is FRIDAY morning!!!! Please send in a HELMET with your child’s bike, tricycle or scooter. Please LABEL both helmet and bike because some bikes look alike. You will park them in front of the benches along the railing. I can’t emphasize this more by saying please make sure your child KNOWS how to ride his bike! Because we will need to watch 14 children in the parking lot, we cannot teach anyone at this time to ride.
Also, any donation to the Smile Train will be greatly appreciated.

The Marigold seeds we planted last week are coming up! I will keep them at school until they have grown a bit more.

Next week, we learn about the life cycle of the frog and the letters W & X.

Have a GORGEOUS Weekend,
Wanda and Sandy

April 22, 2019 Newsletter

“S” is for seeds, sunshine and Spring! “T” is for terrific Threes Class! That’s right, last week we delved into plenty of seeds, sunshine and Spring, those terrific Threes!!

There was an abundance of sunshine so we soaked up a lot of Vitamin D playing outside in this beautiful Spring weather. The birds are back and we enjoyed their singing every morning!
We investigated seeds and found out they differ in size, shape and color. Each child planted Marigold seeds in a pot. The class heard a funny book, “The Garden,” by Arnold Lobel. In the story, a toad planted seeds but thought you had to read stories, sing songs and play the violin for the seeds to come up. Let your child tell you what a seed and plant really needs to grow. Some of our boys and girls brought seeds to add to our SEED poster. This and other posters will be on display in our room.

It’s never too early for children to make a graph. Our graph was, “What is your favorite flavor jelly bean?” You can tell from the photo below that the pink was most popular. Seeing a graph, teaches concepts of most and least.

I hope you and your family had a nice Easter and that you enjoyed the card of your little “chick” popping out of the egg!

This week, we are on to learning about Community Helpers. A Cobb County police officer will visit us on Friday to speak to the children on keeping safe. We learned our home address today and made a mailbox for our letter(s) from home. If you have not sent your letter or picture in an envelope yet, you still have time. Don’t forget to have your child dress up like his favorite Community Helper on THURSDAY!

Have a Nice Week,
Wanda and Sandy

April 13, 2019 Newsletter

It was butterfly week in Early School! We heard books of this magical transformation of caterpillar to butterfly like the famous Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” We made a sweet caterpillar from the story and we will use it to adorn our bulletin board.

Your child can now name all the stages of a butterfly’s life in order. The boys and girls demonstrated this in a project made of all things…… PASTA! Can you name the pasta shape and stage it represented?: Orzo (egg), Rotini (caterpillar), Shell (chrysalis) and Farfalle (butterfly). All placed on a plate to show the cycle……..just too cute!

We covered the letters Q and R and made a queen and a rabbit for the letter crafts! The children learned the purpose of a question mark.

Next week, it’s on to the subject of seeds and how plants grow. Bring some seeds to school next week and we will make a poster on Friday of the different types of seeds . No need to buy them, just save the seeds from the fruit or vegetables you eat.

Have a super week ahead.
Wanda and Sandy

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