Summertime

SUMMERTIME… and the livin’ is easy… hopefully for YOU!

At the Woods we are like ducks in the water each summer, calmly paddling along on the surface, yet working diligently beneath the water to have a productive summer that contributes to a great start to the 2019-2020 school year, our 50th!

The “Honey Do” list is always detailed- including deep campus cleaning, repairs, classroom moves, curriculum orders, curriculum review, team meetings, annual inspections, grounds upkeep, inventory, supply replenishing, planning and prep for WA staff kick off and family Meet and Greet to name just a few.  Layer over that the ongoing planning and coordination of all aspects of a robust summer camp 2019 (over 800 campers will have participated throughout the summer) and you can readily understand our “ducky” analogy! We are also well along with our exciting plans for a grand, family oriented 50th anniversary celebration!  You are cordially invited. Details will be posted on the website soon.

We still find time to enjoy a popsicle with campers, squirt each other with water, walk around this beautiful campus, and “kid watch” as the summertime for them is certainly easy, fun, joyous and the reason we exist! Enjoy your summer-if not actually on the beach- through the lens of your child splashing in a puddle pool, digging in the sandbox, and enjoying an easy summer day.

Make sure you enjoy a popsicle, too!


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

Walk A Thon

What a perfect Friday we had for our Walk A Thon supporting Smile Train! We did 5 big laps around the quad and only needed 5 bandaids when we finished! So proud of these precious preschoolers! We then cooled off in the shade with delicious popsicles!

Graduation at Wood Acres

Graduation of The Wood Acres School’s current eighth graders followed the next day by an on campus Honors Assembly for all students annually wrap up each academic year @ the Woods. Each event is steeped in tradition and celebration as we bid our graduates a fond farewell and honor achievement in grades fourth through eighth.

While caps and gowns are left to high school and university graduations, Wood Acres mixes a bit of British history with our own twist. Graduates don a “sub fusc” which is a black open short robe with arm length epaulets. This garb originated in the United Kingdom for university undergraduates and that is where we purchase them. Graduates also wear two cords around their necks, symbolic of green for the Woods and gold and green to represent their stellar accomplishment in graduating from our outstanding school. Graduates get to keep one cord as a memento and the other is then passed to the rising eighth graders to wear at their ceremony the following year. A prelude of light classical music welcomes the procession of our graduates to the ceremony led by the Head of School and followed by the Upper School faculty led by the Principal. Faculty wear academic hoods over their shoulders in the colors of their last attended university.

Graduates at the Wood Acres ceremony are seen and heard as they have an opportunity to speak to the gathered family and friends as to their time @ the Woods, their next educational steps, and what the school has meant to them. This year’s class 2019, the largest ever, will speak in groups based on the length of time they have matriculated at Wood Acres. Many have been here for over 5 years- some since they were two years old! The Head of School and Principal share their thoughts as well to send them on their way with pride and accomplishment for a job well done.

Students are awarded their diplomas as well as the US Presidential Academic Excellence Award, International Spanish Academy diplomas given through the Embassy of Spain, and a Certificado de Asistencia from the Universidad de Pontificia if they participated in the study abroad trip to Spain.

The ceremony ends with a much more 21st century vibe as students and faculty recess to pop music the students selected to the cheers and tears of proud family and friends. After group photos, this special day culminates with a catered lunch for all, gifts for the grads, and some fond hugs and farewells.

Three Cheers for the Wood Acres Graduating Class of 2019!

We can’t believe our final week is here!

Parents,
We give you back your child, the same child that you entrusted in our care last fall. We give you back your child a little bit older, a wee bit taller, and a hole lot smarter! It has been our pleasure and privilege to watch their character, personality, and intellect develop day by day as we learned new things together. This year we have lived, studied, learned, laughed, sang, and grew up together. We have become a close-knit classroom family and we will always be a part of each other. Remember that we will always be interested in your child and their destiny, wherever they go, whatever they do, and whoever they may become. We look forward to the day when we hear that familiar name linked with great accomplishments. Thank you for sharing your child with us.

Friendly Reminders

May 22nd
End of the year party will he held at 10:30. Room mom and volunteers please arrive by 10:00 to help set up. If you need a reminder of what your signed up for please let us know and we would be more then happy to refresh your memory. Come one come all! We are looking forward to celebrating the end of the year with you all.

May 24th
End of the year closing on the quad will he held at 9:30. If you are attending please arrive by 9:15. Please provide a water bottle and a hat with your child’s name on it. Early dismissal is at 12:45 durning car line.
Lunch will be provided day of.

We would like to close out the year with our last and final Mystery reader. We would like to welcome
Mrs. Fugedy James’s Mother’s. We look forward to hearing some more of Jame’s favorite stories.

Once again thank you for trusting your child in our care. What an amazing year we had at the Woods!!!
Now let’s end this year with a bang!!!

Have fun in the sun and don’t forget to come back and visit.

Ms. Orsano & Ms. Wright

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

5th Grade Weekly Update for Week of May 20th

Math: This week, we will put the finishing touches on our shape books and print! Students from previous years have told me that these shape books have been a great resource to look back on in sixth grade, so I recommend keeping them as a reference!

Science: Students did an outstanding job with their first oral exam! I can tell they really studied those flashcards and knew their stuff! Well done! Rubrics were sent home in Friday Folders. It included the questions I asked and the response I was looking for. Please review and let me know if you have any questions!

History: Our final Renaissance test will take place on Monday. Students played a review game and checked their study guide. This should be all they need to study to prepare for the test. The vocabulary we tested on last week will be all throughout the test, so if they are still not feeling confident, they need to review that as well.

ELA: We are finishing up our “Letters to our Future Selves” this week. If you haven’t sent in a picture for this project, please send one ASAP! We are also completing a “Survival Guide” for our rising fifth graders. Many remember their guide the setting on their desks at the beginning of the year! Continue to practice poems leading up to our poetry coffee house on Wednesday.

Spanish: Final on Wednesday!

Other:
Bring in yearbooks Wednesday through Thursday for autographs!

Wednesday is our Poetry Coffeehouse that we’ve been preparing for! Students have memorized their poems and are ready to present! Parents, grandparents, and siblings are all invited to attend our culminating event! It will take place on Wednesday morning at 8:00 in Mrs. Rozier’s room. Coffee, hot chocolate, and goodies will be served.

We made adorable bookmarks for our book buddies last week, please send in a gently used book to give them by Wednesday. We will be delivering the books that same day! If you don’t have one, you can always purchase one from the used book sale on Monday and Tuesday!

On Thursday, students will participate in our annual dodge ball/handball tournament with the sixth graders. We will start at 1:00 and end the event with an ice cold treat! Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the heat and has a refillable waterbottle. We will be switching back and forth between the grassy area behind the STEAM building and the multi-purpose room.

Cure Childhood Cancer is a great cause our Jr. Beta Club has chosen to support this year. If you would like to donate to Ca$h for a Cure, please bring your contribution to your homeroom teacher through Tuesday, May 21st. Thank you for supporting this wonderful cause!

The Used Book Sale will take place Monday, May 20th and Tuesday, May 21st. Come shop with your family and get a jump start on summer reading! 100% of the profits support the rising 8th graders’ trip to Spain.

All families are invited to attend the Wood Acres Honors Assembly on the last day of school, Friday, May 24th at 9:30 am on the Quad. Come enjoy a morning of excitement as we wish our 8th grade graduates a farewell, give scholarships to graduating high school Wood Acres alums, and pass out loads of well-deserved awards to our amazing students. Students are allowed to leave with their families after the assembly. Just please make sure to check out with your homeroom teacher. Otherwise, we have early release at 1:00. There is no treehouse on the last day of school.

Week at a Glance:
Monday: Renaissance Test, Used Book Sale, report cover for shape book due
Tuesday: Used Book Sale
Wednesday: Coffeehouse @ 8:00, Yearbook signing, Spanish Final, bring in book for book buddy
Thursday: 5th/6th Tournament, Yearbook signing
Friday: Candy awards and honor’s assembly @ 9:30

5th Grade Weekly Update Week of May 20th

Math: This week, we will put the finishing touches on our shape books and print! Students from previous years have told me that these shape books have been a great resource to look back on in sixth grade, so I recommend keeping them as a reference!

Science: Students did an outstanding job with their first oral exam! I can tell they really studied those flashcards and knew their stuff! Well done! Rubrics were sent home in Friday Folders. It included the questions I asked and the response I was looking for. Please review and let me know if you have any questions!

History: Our final Renaissance test will take place on Monday. Students played a review game and checked their study guide. This should be all they need to study to prepare for the test. The vocabulary we tested on last week will be all throughout the test, so if they are still not feeling confident, they need to review that as well.

ELA: We are finishing up our “Letters to our Future Selves” this week. If you haven’t sent in a picture for this project, please send one ASAP! We are also completing a “Survival Guide” for our rising fifth graders. Many remember their guide the setting on their desks at the beginning of the year! Continue to practice poems leading up to our poetry coffee house on Wednesday.

Spanish: Final on Wednesday!

Other:
We made adorable bookmarks for our book buddies last week, please send in a gently used book to give them by Wednesday. We will be delivering the books that same day!

Bring in yearbooks Wednesday through Thursday for autographs!

Wednesday is our Poetry Coffeehouse that we’ve been preparing for! Students have memorized their poems and are ready to present! Parents, grandparents, and siblings are all invited to attend our culminating event! It will take place on Wednesday morning at 8:00 in Mrs. Rozier’s room. Coffee, hot chocolate, and goodies will be served.

On Thursday, students will participate in our annual dodge ball/handball tournament with the sixth graders. We will start at 1:00 and end the event with an ice cold treat! Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the heat and has a refillable waterbottle. We will be switching back and forth between the grassy area behind the STEAM building and the multi-purpose room.

Cure Childhood Cancer is a great cause our Jr. Beta Club has chosen to support this year. If you would like to donate to Ca$h for a Cure, please bring your contribution to your homeroom teacher through Tuesday, May 21st. Thank you for supporting this wonderful cause!

The Used Book Sale will take place Monday, May 20th and Tuesday, May 21st. Come shop with your family and get a jump start on summer reading! 100% of the profits support the rising 8th graders’ trip to Spain.

All families are invited to attend the Wood Acres Honors Assembly on the last day of school, Friday, May 24th at 9:30 am on the Quad. Come enjoy a morning of excitement as we wish our 8th grade graduates a farewell, give scholarships to graduating high school Wood Acres alums, and pass out loads of well-deserved awards to our amazing students. Students are allowed to leave with their families after the assembly. Just please make sure to check out with your homeroom teacher. Otherwise, we have early release at 1:00. There is no treehouse on the last day of school.

Week at a Glance:
Monday: Renaissance Test, Used Book Sale
Tuesday: Used Book Sale
Wednesday: Coffeehouse @ 8:00, Yearbook signing, Spanish Final
Thursday: 5th/6th Tournament, Yearbook signing
Friday: Candy awards, honor’s assembly @ 9:30, early release @ 1:00

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

Oh what fun we had this year at the Wood Acres School!

Happy Belated Mother’s Day! We hope you enjoyed the day with your precious little ones as Ms. Wright and I always do. As we close out the last two weeks of school, this week we will review the alphabet. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom yay we made it through! For creativity, we will make Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees and play some of our favorite games such as the alphabet mystery game, alphabet bingo and seek out the letters of the alphabet throughout our classroom. The children will continue to work on the songs they are learning to preform for you at our end of the year party.

Friendly reminders:

End of the year party is May 22nd at 10:30. Come one come all and we hope to see you there. Please let us know by May 20th if you will be attending. Our room mom and the end of the year party helpers please plan to arrive at 10:00 to help set up. We will set up on the field outside our classroom.

Will be closing out the end of the year on the quad on May 24th. It gets hot out there so please put sunblock on your child morning of and send in a water bottle and a hat to keep your little ones cool and dehydrated.

Last day of school is May 24th. Dismissal for all is at 12:45 and lunch will be provided. If for some reason you are unable to pick up your child please make sure to make other arrangements for your child to be picked up.

We would like to welcome Mr. Hocberg Zoe’s father as our mystery reader this week. We are looking forward to hearing some of Zoe’s favorite books.

Thank you and have a bright and sunny week

Ms. Orsano & Ms. Wright

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