Posted on February 12, 2014 at 03:56 PM | Permalink
Hello, Fabulous Woodland Family!
We need to celebrate our Future Problem Solving Teams and their fabulous performance at their first competition. Our scholars, under the wonderful leadership of Mrs. Sandy Otto, showed the judges just how smart, organized, and creative they are. And their hard work, dedication, and teamwork have paid off!
Two teams will be moving on to the next level as they attend the State Future Problem Solving Competition at the end of March. Yippee!!
Lauren Bartunek, Owen Douglas, Jenny Ehlert, Mason Klemm, Grace Marshalek, Julie Ngo, Sophie Tharp, Emma Verkuilen, who will represent us at the state competition, and to their supporting cast of Greta Almen, Christa Asare, and Kiera McGinness.
We are all very proud of all of them and wish them the very best as they prepare for the next level of competition and perform at STATE!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Posted on February 12, 2014 at 10:17 AM | Permalink
Greetings! Happy Monday! In a building with nearly 1200 people (the size of many small towns) it is critical that each of us take extra steps to prevent the spread of the flu within our school family. The following information comes from the National Elementary School Principals' Association.
You’ve probably already heard it: the telltale sniﬄes of ﬂu season, which peaks in January and February. Navigate ﬂu and germ season with these tactics for prevention and care.
If Your Child Is Sick
Children who can’t keep their eyes open, even after having a normal night’s sleep, may be coming down with something. Add an “achy” feeling and loss of appetite, and it’s likely that the ﬂu is on the way. If, before school, you think your child may be starting to get sick, alert the teacher and make sure an adult is available for pick-up in case your child needs to come home. Children who are feverish, nauseated, or bone-tired can’t learn well, and can spread their illness to others. So, keep them home. Before returning to school, your child needs to have gone without a fever or vomiting for at least 24 hours.
Talk to your child’s teacher to ﬁnd out the best way to make up missed work. (Our district recommends completing the work after the child returns to school.) Have your child make up the work as soon as possible.
Preventing the Spread of Germs
Keep your family healthy all winter long by practicing everyday disease prevention tactics. Stress the importance of handwashing. Because germs are invisible, it’s diﬀicult for children to understand how dangerous a cough or sneeze can be.
Set a healthy example. Model all these healthy behaviors—sneezing into your elbow, washing your hands frequently—and your child will follow suit.
It takes us all to stop the spread of the flu and help our scholars stay in school! Thanks for your help with this!
Here are some additional web resources:
Posted on February 03, 2014 at 04:18 PM | Permalink
Greetings! Happy Friday!
Our School Board has made the following changes to our school calendar in order to recover some of the instructional time lost due to the recent weather-related cancellations. Two school days have been added to this year’s school calendar:
March 7 and April 18 are now regular school days for PreK-12
Friday, March 7 will be a regular school day for PreK-12. It was originally scheduled as a mark reporting day for our teachers.
Friday, April 18 will be a regular school day for PreK-12. It was originally scheduled as a staff development/teacher workshop day.
Making up these days for students is important because of the unusual amount of instructional time that has been lost due to the weather-related cancellations. Adding the makeup days in early spring will help ensure more productive learning than adding them to the end of the school year.
We know that some families may have already made plans to be out of town on either or both days. If you are unable to arrange for your student to attend school on a makeup day, please follow our regular process for reporting your student’s absence.
Please put these two dates on your calendars. Our district calendar will be updated soon and published on the website.
Have a great weekend!
Posted on January 31, 2014 at 03:51 PM | Permalink
Greetings! Can you believe this weather we are experiencing!! From bitter cold to snowy - gotta love our Minnesota winters!
Oftern during the school year, parents tell me they wish they had information about homework and supporting their child with homework. Well, I may have found some valuable information! In this blog I would like to share some tips about homework that come from the United States Department of Education (This document was prepared by Harris Cooper under contract ED-02-PO-0332 and Russell Gersten under contract ED-02-PO-0559 to the U.S. Department of Education.)
I hope the following tips help!
GENERAL HOMEWORK TIPS FOR PARENTS
✪ Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do homework.
Avoid having your child do homework with the television on or in places with other distractions, such
as people coming and going.
✪ Make sure the materials your child needs, such as paper, pencils and a dictionary, are available.
Ask your child if special materials will be needed for some projects and get them in advance.
✪ Help your child with time management.
Establish a set time each day for doing homework. Don‘t let your child leave homework until just
before bedtime. Think about using a weekend morning or afternoon for working on big projects,
especially if the project involves getting together with classmates.
✪ Be positive about homework.
Tell your child how important school is. The attitude you express about homework will be the attitude
your child acquires.
✪ When your child does homework, you do homework.
Show your child that the skills they are learning are related to things you do as an adult. If your child
is reading, you read too. If your child is doing math, balance your checkbook.
✪ When your child asks for help, provide guidance, not answers.
Giving answers means your child will not learn the material. Too much help teaches your child that
when the going gets rough, someone will do the work for him or her.
✪ When the teacher asks that you play a role in homework, do it.
Cooperate with the teacher. It shows your child that the school and home are a team. Follow the
directions given by the teacher.
✪ If homework is meant to be done by your child alone, stay away.
Too much parent involvement can prevent homework from having some positive effects.
Homework is a great way for kids to develop independent, lifelong learning skills.
✪ Stay informed.
Talk with your child‘s teacher. Make sure you know the purpose of homework and what your child‘s
class rules are.
✪ Help your child figure out what is hard homework and what is easy homework.
Have your child do the hard work first. This will mean he will be most alert when facing the biggest
challenges. Easy material will seem to go fast when fatigue begins to set in.
✪ Watch your child for signs of failure and frustration.
Let your child take a short break if she is having trouble keeping her mind
on an assignment.
✪ Reward progress in homework.
If your child has been successful in homework completion and is working
hard, celebrate that success with a special event (e.g., pizza, a walk, a trip
to the park) to reinforce the positive effort.
READING HOMEWORK TIPS FOR PARENTS
✪ Have your child read aloud to you every night.
✪ Choose a quiet place, free from distractions, for your child to do his nightly
✪ As your child reads, point out spelling and sound patterns such as cat, pat,
✪ When your child reads aloud to you and makes a mistake, point out the
words she has missed and help her to read the word correctly.
✪ After your child has stopped to correct a word he has read, have him go
back and reread the entire sentence from the beginning to make sure he
understands what the sentence is saying.
✪ Ask your child to tell you in her own words what happened in a story.
✪ To check your child‘s understanding of what he is reading, occasionally
pause and ask your child questions about the characters and events in the
✪ Ask your child why she thinks a character acted in a certain way and ask
your child to support her answer with information from the story.
✪ Before getting to the end of a story, ask your child what he thinks will
happen next and why.
MATH HOMEWORK TIPS FOR PARENTS
✪ Encourage your child to use a daily math assignment book.
✪ Follow the progress your child is making in math. Check with your child daily
about his homework.
✪ If your child is experiencing problems in math, contact the teacher to learn
whether he or she is working at grade level and what can be done at home to
help improve academic progress.
✪ Use household chores as opportunities for reinforcing math learning such as
cooking and repair activities.
✪ Try to be aware of how your child is being taught math, and don‘t teach
strategies and shortcuts that conflict with the approach the teacher is using.
Check in with the teacher and ask what you can do to help. Ask the teacher
about online resources that you can use with your child at home.
Posted on January 30, 2014 at 01:51 PM | Permalink
Greetings on this blustery winter day! I want you to all be aware of the current discussions happening regarding some major issues for the Osseo Area School District. The following information comes directly from the district website.
"The state’s recent decision to fund All-Day Kindergarten presents both an exciting opportunity to accelerate early learning and a need for more space. At a December 17 public work session, Supt. Kate Maguire presented two recommendations to the School Board regarding strategies to accommodate the expansion of All-Day Kindergarten districtwide.
Supt. Maguire’s recommendations outline what she believes is the best course of action to provide the space needed for the expansion of All-Day Kindergarten.
The School Board invites you to provide feedback on the superintendent’s preliminary recommendation for districtwide grade configuration by attending one of these information sessions:
You can also provide feedback by:
Timeline for consideration by School Board
Note: To allow board members more time to consider the proposed elementary administrative boundary adjustments, the timeline has been extended.
January 21, 2014, 6 pm
School Board work session to consider elementary administrative boundary adjustment proposals affecting Cedar Island, Fair Oaks, Oak View and Basswood Census Area 284
January 28, 2014, 6 pm
School Board meeting to act on elementary administrative boundary adjustment proposals affecting Cedar Island, Fair Oaks, Oak View and Basswood Census Area 284
Following community engagement activities, the superintendent will provide a final recommendation regarding districtwide grade configuration to the School Board on February 10,followed by Board action on February 25."
Posted on January 14, 2014 at 12:09 PM | Permalink
Brrrrrr.....it is cold out! Please stay warm over the weekend. Tuck in with the family; play games, READ, and build memories!
No school on Monday due to the extreme cold and Governor Dayton's proclamation!
We'll be back on Tuesday ready for a strong focus on learning and mastering learning targets and standards!
Here are some quotes from substitute teachers:
"The teacher provided very specific information and the class was very cooperative, respectful, and fun!"
"I always enjoy my days at Woodland - today I especially liked watching another teacher's great classroom management."
Have a great weekend!
Posted on January 03, 2014 at 04:04 PM | Permalink
Good morning! The Minnesota Reading Corps program has been in full swing at Woodland for two years. We have been very lucky to find high quality tutors for our program; however, other schools have not been so lucky.
If you know anyone who might be interested in becoming a Reading Corps member for the remainder of this school year in a school in Minneapolis or St. Paul, please share this blog entry with them.
Reading Corps has made a tremendous difference in the reading growth of our students!
Experience life-changing growth.
Become a tutor with Minnesota Reading Corps or Math Corps.
Minnesota Reading Corps-the nation's largest state AmeriCorps program-and its sister program Minnesota Math Corps are looking to place 12 full-time/part-time Literacy Tutors and 5 full-time/part-time Math Tutors within the Saint Paul & Minneapolis Public School Districts. Tutors not only change the world of kids who are struggling in school, they experience professional and personal growth.
Tutors help kids become successful readers by the end of third grade or proficient in math by the end of eighth grade, by implementing research-based strategies. Full-tutors earn a living allowance of $484 biweekly and an education award of $5,550. Other benefits are available if eligible.
Give a year of service to grow our communities and your own career. Apply today to become a tutor! Go to www.MinnesotaReadingCorps.org or www.MinnesotaMathCorps.org. Send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. To see a list of all positions available in the Twin Cities metro area, please visit here
One year. This year. Join Minnesota Reading Corps or Math Corps. Serve to grow.
Posted on December 18, 2013 at 11:45 AM | Permalink
Happy Monday! I have TERRIFIC news to share with our school family on this snowy and cold Monday!
I received the following message from the Sun Post just a few minutes ago:
Congratulations to Woodland Elementary School on being awarded the 2014 Reader's Choice Award for Best Public School; Best Principal/Asst. Principal; and Best PTA by our Sun Post readers in Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center!
Sun Newspapers Reader's Choice Awards is an annual contest published online and in Sun Newspapers. This past August and September hundreds of readers chose their favorite service providers, medical professionals, schools, daycare providers, restaurants, shops, fitness centers, etc.... Readers voted online or by mailing in the newspaper ballots. All answers were "fill-in the blank style" based on categories provided.
WE (Woodland Elementary) did it together as a school family!!
Posted on December 16, 2013 at 03:00 PM | Permalink
Good morning! After three consecutive days of indoor recess, we finally have a day when our scholars can to out and play during recess. Love it!
Many thanks to Mrs. Bordonaro and Mrs. Burk for their work this year with our Eagle Choir. This year, 46 students participated in Eagle Choir. They worked hard each week, coming in before school, and performed for the St. Therese Senior Living residents, the staff at our school district offices, and our third through sixth grade scholars. They sang beautifully and were loved by both audiences! Thanks to the scholars who represented Woodland so well and provided a valued service to our community.
We are looking for your input regarding two Woodland initiatives. Please take a moment to give us input regarding our parent-teacher conference schedule and to submit some creative ideas for our new SOAR acronym regarding behavior.
New SOAR acronym
Have a wonderful weekend!
Posted on December 12, 2013 at 10:35 AM | Permalink