Safe Return to School

A year ago, The Wood Acres School started the year by celebrating our 50th anniversary of educating students in our community with grand fanfare and pride. As we closed that milestone year, our world looked very different, but the goals and vision that carried us through these important years remained the same. We quickly comprised our plan for the safe return of our students because we value the work we do each day with students and all of the magical moments that are a part of teaching and learning together.

Our spacious nine acre campus, abundant cottages housing classrooms, facility improvements and PPE purchases, dedicated faculty, and supportive families allowed us to easily follow the guidelines from the CDC and GA department of Public Health regarding the safe reopening of schools.
Starting on our first day of school as usual (August 10 for K-8th) and (August 17 for 2s-4s) we welcomed legacy and new students and families who share our vision. We purchased PPE for all students and faculty and required the wearing of masks when on our campus. We updated our HVAC systems with special filtration to ensure that students, teachers, and staff are breathing clean and fresh air. Regular electrostatic spraying, deep cleaning and sanitizing is also part of our effort in keeping areas clean and
germ free.

We required a signed Parent Partnership Agreement from our families to commit to keeping our community safe and healthy. Families must follow our protocols and make sure activities outside of school align with our goals of keeping everyone safe and healthy at school. We placed students in classes of no more than 13 and one teacher to maximize opportunities for
distancing. This class remains together for the entire day and in one shared space. Specialist area teachers (Art, Music, STEM, Technology, PE) work with just a few classes at a time in the students’ space each day for three weeks before moving on to another cohort in our Early (2s-4s) and Grammar Schools (K-5). This allows for students to explore these enrichment areas while still following guidelines. Students also receive Spanish instruction as we are an International Spanish Academy and everyone enjoys a minimum of 30 minutes of recess each day.

Our Upper School Students (6-8) follow a block schedule which allows them to delve deeper into subject matter (Spanish, English Studies, History Geography and Culture, Science) and limit their time in transitioning between classes this year. The one non-negotiable: math. Math instruction is always each day. They complete their electives (Technology, Leadership, Art, and Music History) virtually (except for Physical Education which is face to face). Students in grades 4th-8th use laptops assigned to them for the
school year as a tool for research, word processing, and to extend daily lessons. Students in lower grades still use purposeful technology on a rotating schedule.

As we look to the 2021-22 admissions season, we have noticed an interest in all grades and programs by families who are looking for academic excellence and a commitment to an affordable private school experience in a beautiful environment with dedicated faculty. We are offering tours by appointment by emailing admissions@woodacresschool.org. We have Open Houses by appointment on November 8 and January 24. Check out visit page to register. Come see why The Wood Acres School has done an
excellent job in educating children in our community for over 50 years and be a part of our lasting legacy.

Week 4 Update

Hello from Mrs. Leagan.

My school week is just about over and my holiday weekend will begin in just a few minutes. This morning, I spent time grading the pop quizzes and assessments that your student took yesterday, and I can say that practicing, listening, and paying attention does make progress. I am very happy and proud of all that my students achieved this past week and I am looking forward to seeing what’s going to happen in the weeks to come.

On Tuesday, we are welcoming Colette Clemmons and Paige Shaver to our 2nd grade class. All of us are very excited to have new friends join us. Please make sure you find the new class list in your student’s red homework folder so you can contact our classmates whenever needed.

Please note that Parent-Teacher Conferences are Monday, September 28 and Tuesday, September 29.  I would love to talk in person but that is not an option right now. However, we can Zoom together or talk on the phone one of these two days or when your schedule allows about half an hour or so to chat about your awesome student. Please let me know when and how you would like to talk about your student’s progress in 2nd grade. Thank you.

That’s all for now. My family is waiting for me so I will see your student Tuesday morning. Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend.

Yours truly,
Mrs. Leagan
2nd grade teacher

Welcome to the 2’s!

Hi All!

Welcome to the 2’s at Wood Acres and our class blog! Here you will find newsletters, updates, and pictures from our class throughout the year. We are so grateful to be back in school with your children and are looking forward to a wonderful year full of leaning and growth!

Thank you and welcome!
Mrs. Fay, Mrs. Biter, and Mrs. Jones

Golly It Would Be!

Dear Parents,

I couldn’t have asked for a better welcome back! It was such a nice feeling to come back and see that I was missed by your amazing kiddos! What a wonderful and busy week of learning we had. 

We bid a farewell to Oswald, as the kids completed their workbook on his fascinating odd animals and said hello to a new friend, a dog named Golly! Golly loves rummaging for food in garbage cans and he’s always hoping to find something in Cass’s leftovers, silly dog! Boy, he sure sounds like my dog, Guinness! With the introduction of Golly, the class has been learning to write upper and lower case G’s, as well as learning the /g/ sound. They’ve come up with some clever words for our board: goodness, gardenias, green, gold and my favorite guacamole! On Thursday we constructed green garbage cans with Golly and on Friday we spent time finding pictures that start with the /g/ sound to fill our garbage cans. We also made hats with big floppy ears so that we could all look like Golly for a day!

 The class has also been really focused on math this week, as we continue learning about geometry. I worked on introducing solid figures such as rectangular prisms, cones, cylinders, cubes, and spheres into the lesson, as well as talking about the plane shapes that come from each of these. We also learned that most of these plane figures contain corners and sides, except of course the circle! I had the children play a quick game with me where we each walked in a line down the sides of the classroom, and when we bumped into one another, well, there’s your corner! They had a good laugh over that activity.

Speaking of spheres, we had our second social studies lesson about the seven continents and the Earth’s oceans. I used a flashlight and our globe to explain how when it’s daytime in Marietta, it’s nighttime in Tokyo, Japan. As I rotated the Earth with the flashlight starting where we live, I walked the children through a 24 hour day! They were in complete aww. I also taught the class about maps and compasses. We continued the lesson by learning each direction (Never Eat Soggy Waffles, right!)  The best part was having the kids all use a real compass as we went on a walk around campus! Did you know Wood Acres has a giant compass rose in the quad? It was a fun learning excursion and we all took turns guessing what direction our compass would say as we rounded each building. 

Last week in Art we finished up our spaceships! We thought it would be a great addition to our geometry lesson too!  We also completed our owls out of newspaper, our seahorses, and of course our cities! We have been extremely busy in Art these past three weeks! This week began our three week Music rotation. The kids felt right at home with Mr. G! They have been actively dancing and singing with him!

In other exciting news, our class completed putting together their Mr. Potato Head which meant everyone got to enjoy a ring pop for Fabulous Fun Friday! We use the Mr. Potato Head to encourage the class to always do their best and to stay as focused as possible when at our specials each week. After each special class a new piece is added and when completed, Ms. Steele and I come up with something exciting and fun! Who knows what they could earn next?!

Before I go, there are a few important reminders:

We will officially kick off our mystery reader program on Shutterfly!  This is such a fun way to surprise your child and read their favorite book to their friends as well. You can sign up for a time slot (Friday’s from 8:50 a.m.-9a.m.) on Shutterfly. Please be sure to sign up only one time so that everyone has a chance. I have only put a schedule up until December. We hope to see you each week for this special treat on Zoom!

Our VIP schedule will also be up on our Shutterfly account! Our very first VIP will start the week of September 14th!

I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to speak with each of you about your child’s journey in learning at Wood Acres during conferences. I will be setting up a time for each of you. We can talk through, Zoom, Facetime, or phone call. The choice is yours. Please let me know which you would prefer!

And last, but certainly not least, the word of the week is: GLADIOLAS! This is a tricky one 😉

With love,
Ms. Porto and Ms. Steele

Colors here, colors there, colors are everywhere!

Wood Acres Parents,

We have completed another groovy week at the WA! Mrs. Patel and I are enjoying your amazing children and are learning something new about them each day.
This week we will meet Dilly Gator who is a part of our Investigator Club reading series. Dilly Gator is known for starting the club so that she and her friends could solve problems and explore together.

This week our theme is “Colors”. The children will be working together on mixing two colors to create one through painting. We will play “I Spy” color game and sort colors by using color counting bears. We will read “Go away Big Green Monster”, “Pinkalicious”, “Purplicious” and “Gilbert the Orange Fish”. What a bright and colorful week it’s going to be with your little ones!

In the Investigator Club, we will be working on the following subjects;
: Art – Art clues
The objective is to understand and share opinions about artistic products and experiences.
: Math/readiness – All Sorts of Colors
The objective is to identify primary colors, mix colors and participate in an investigation, think about it, and discuss what happened.
: Alphabet Knowledge – Dilly’s Alphabet song
The objective is to recite letters of the alphabet.
: Phonological Awareness – Environmental Sounds
The objective is to identify environmental sounds.
: Language/Social and Emotional – Introduce the Lap book: Dilly and the Investigator Club
The objective is to share and take turns listening and speaking.

Friendly reminder;

Parent orientation is this Tuesday at 6:30 pm. Please copy and paste the link into your search bar. This link below will give you access directly to our orientation night. We have also provided you with a meeting ID number and password incase you may need it use it.

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/75813737182?pwd=VG5rQWJyZUQzUitKNGZ2WEEyOTdRUT09

Meeting ID: 758 1373 7182 Passcode: 8msEkW

If you have any question or concerns please feel free to reach out to me or Mrs. Patel. We look forward to seeing you at orientation. Have a safe and healthy week.

Ms. Orsano & Mrs. Patel

Sunny Saturday Salutations

Hello Everybody,
 First, I want to say it’s been a pleasure teaching your student every day in school. I can definitely see learning happening and smiling behind our masks. Next, I want to tell you how much I appreciate you tuning in for our first Zoom Parent Night. Believe me, I would much rather bring us all together for many reasons but this is the way it has to be for now. Last, if you ever have any questions about curriculum, upcoming events, or clarification regarding school work,please do not hesitate to ask me. I want to make sure you and your student have a wonderful time in 2nd grade. 

Even though we went through the blue packet covering all topics, I want to let you know that we are making sure everybody is safe in both classrooms. Yesterday, we had our first fire drill along with a tornado drill and stranger safety drill. These drills are practiced every month and in every grade. I want your student to know that he or she is safe whenever we are together. Also, I want you to know that when your student enters either classroom, he or she is greeted by a teacher and a squirt of hand-sanitizer. Throughout the day, we are washing our hands, cleaning our desks, doorknobs, and all flat surfaces. We are wearing masks all the time but some students are chewing on their own. Please make sure you are washing your student’s mask and the back-up that your student gets from a teacher on a regular basis. If you come across any children’s masks that would work for our students, I would greatly appreciate any donation you can contribute to our collection. Thank you. 

When I am teaching, I wear a clear shield because I want my student to see my lips especially when we are learning the phonetics of our alphabet. When your student is talking, reading, or repeating a letter, your student will pull down their mask briefly, so I can see the tongue and lips moving properly for each sound. Not only are we working on the phonetics of a letter, we are now reviewing how the letters in the alphabet are formed. Because it’s been awhile since we learned how to print letters, we will practice each letter every day until we complete all 26 letters. Hopefully, this daily practice will encourage better handwriting and proper letter formation which will eventually lead to the start of cursive in 2021.  

This past week, we had new students join both 2nd grade classes and we will have more in the near future. We are so excited to welcome Charley, Cole, and Levi to Wood Acres, 2nd grade, and we look forward to getting to know you better. Thanks again for your patience and understanding as we tackle the drop-off and pick up times during car-line. I know with time, these issues will ease up and work out just fine. 
Take care and I hope you enjoy the last weekend of August.

Your 2nd grade teacher,
Cheryl Leagan
The Wood Acres School

OSWALDEREE!

Dear Parents,

Our class has been hard at work again this week and we’re excited to tell you all about our accomplishments!

We successfully completed Chapter 1 in math and have started Chapter 2, Geometry! On Thursday and Friday we talked about different shapes such as cones, cylinders, and spheres. Afterward, the kids were able to have a scavenger hunt inside our classroom to try and find as many of these shapes as possible. To add a bit of a challenge to the game, we had them help each other without using their voices, they could only use hand motions. It was awesome to see everyone working together pointing or clapping when they found a new object.

Speaking of spheres, we had our second social studies lesson about the seven continents and the Earth’s oceans. Don’t you just love Cross-curriculum!!

Our class is almost finished learning about Oswald and his odd animals too. We played a matching riddle game called, Oswalderee! Once everyone had matched the correct letter to the sound and animal, we all shouted out “OSWALDEREE!” I think that will be a game we play frequently, as we all had so much fun! The kiddos have also been hard at work this week with their handwriting skills! We worked very hard to complete our handwriting sheet of the letter O.

In Art we have been creating! We completed our cities, and beautiful seahorses! We even made owls. I cannot wait for you all to see their masterpieces! This will be our last week in Art as next week we start Music for three weeks.

Fabulous Fun Friday was, as always, fabulous and fun! Towards the end of the day the kids put their imaginations to the test and designed their own odd animal like Oswald with bright play-doh! We surprised the kids with a youtube video of a story I had recorded! Ms. Steele said it was the perfect ending to a busy day!

Wednesday marked our first birthday celebration of the year with Sam’s 5th! Happiest of birthdays to you Sam!

Thank you so much for attending Virtual Parent Night! It was an absolute pleasure seeing everyone!

And before I forget, the Word of the Week is PACIFIC OCEAN.

With love,
Ms. Porto and Ms. Steele

Cooking in the Kitchen with Cass

Dear Parents,

We have been oh so busy in our second week of Kindergarten! We started off the week on Monday introducing ice cream paper! The paper consists of strawberry at the top, vanilla in the middle, and chocolate on the bottom! This paper helps the kiddos form their letters the Superkids way and how fun since it is ice cream flavors! Then at the end of the day, we each enjoyed a scoop of strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate ice cream! What an awesome surprise!!
This Thursday, we completed the lesson plan with our first Superkid, Cass! Our class put their best writing forward when it came to forming the upper and lower case C. We hope that you were able to practice the form with your child during the week too! They all worked so hard and we are proud of their accomplishments, as we know writing our first letters can be a tough one at the beginning! The class continued to identify words with the /k/ sound and we added to our growing list of words. This is a fun activity for them, as they like to learn about unfamiliar words and what they mean. We’ve been impressed by their dedication coming up with the most unique one! We encourage you to find those unique words with your child.
At the end of our lesson with Cass, we decided to follow one of her very own recipes in the back of the book and made cool cups! It was a great treat for our Fabulous Fun Friday to enjoy our popsicles, and guess what? The popsicles were sweet (and very delicious)! We hope that you all have a chance to make them together as a family too!
On Friday, we got to meet our next Superkid, Oswald! He loves odd animals. We learned that he likes ostriches and ocelots. Did you know ocelots look like giant cats? They also live here in the United States- but mainly in Texas or southern Arizona. In the upcoming weeks, our class will focus on the letter O and the short O sound. Be on the lookout for interesting animals that start with the short o (/ah/) sound- like an octopus!

Our mathematicians were hard at work this week too learning how to sort by the same shape and same size, as well as sorting by color. The kids have really embraced this concept and we have even suggested to them that they can sort some of the toys in our class during free play. It’s such an awesome part of our day to see the children putting what they’ve learned into real-world applications. We’re so proud of them!

Also, please remember that Parent Night is virtual and will be held on Thursday 8/27/2020 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.  I will be going over the Superkids curriculum, as well as other important aspects of your child’s learning, such as math, handwriting, and science. I hope to see you there! Mrs Mazor will hold a Zoom meeting at 6:30 that evening as well. Be on the lookout for a Zoom invite email that I will send during the week.

Lastly, before I forget, the word of the week is: OSWALDERIE (another great tongue twister!)

With love,
Ms. Porto and Ms. Steele