Woodside School Office
March 26, 2020
Greetings from the “Lunch Bus” week #2!
(Woodside Custodians, Mike Langley and Mike Pulsifer have helped get our updated lunch bus program up and running smoothly at the new site: Mt. Ararat Middle School back parking lot. (Click here for a map.)
A huge thank you!
To all the Woodside staff who have volunteered over the past week to help make the lunch bus program a success. We’ve had a few curve balls thrown our way...a snow day, and a requirement to move from Woodside to a new location (with about 18 hours notice!)...but through it all you can count on MSAD 75 lunch staff, bus drivers, and Woodside’s own volunteers to help make it both fun, safe, and successful. What more could we ask? (Well, maybe that we could serve chocolate milk again?....But unfortunately that is not permitted by the federal food program.)
But that’s ok, under Food Service Director Katy DiCara’s leadership, and the wonderful cooperation of MSAD 75 Transportation and Custodial Supervision….we’ve put together what Ithink is a great resource to the community. Well done all the way around! And again, a big thank you to our Woodside volunteers. Those who are healthy are practicing great social distancing, and helping to make this program a success, we are grateful to your community spirit!
Link to our district information on COVID-19
Have you seen this man read a book?
Well, maybe I’m no you tube star, but I am flattered by all the thank yous and recommendations I’ve been getting to just keep reading. So long as I hear that kids are enjoying it, I’ll keep reading and posting. I’ll post copies of all the story links here, in case you missed any!
March 19th March 23rd
March 20th March 24th/ March 25th (2 parts, one story)
March 21st March 26th
March 22nd March 27th
(Learning Packets, version 1.0 above.)
Click here for: New At Home Learning Links (version 2.0)
This week our teachers have been working really, really hard to create new learning opportunities for our students while school is closed. I’m happy to say we all finished up our work today, grades K-5. Starting tomorrow, your grade level teacher will e-mail your family the new learning links as a PDF.
These new learning opportunities will cover school days from April 1 -April 16th, right up to our planned school vacation. (Our previous packets are good through Tuesday, March 31st.)
You might ask, why aren’t we printing them and mailing them this time? Well, it has been advised that to reduce the chance of spreading the COVID-19 virus in the community, that the schools stop mass copying, stuffing, mailing or distribution of packets. We know this may create a challenge for some families.
If you are having trouble accessing the new learning link PDF by e-mail...there will be a new At-Home Learning Link on our school and district web page coming soon. Your teacher will e-mail that new link as soon as it goes “live.” For now, we ask that you try to use the PDF attached from your teacher’s e-mail. You can expect that to arrive by 5p.m. Friday.
If you do run into challenges you can’t solve on your own, please contact your homeroom or special education teacher, and we’ll work our best to try and safely help you out.
Note from Mrs. McGlauflin
A Note from you Guidance Counselor
Dear Woodside Parents:
A video message from Mrs, McG
I have been waiting to be in touch because I know this is a tumultuous time and you have been receiving many communications from teachers and administrators! But I wanted you to know I have been thinking of you and your children every day, hoping you are well, staying well, or taking good care of yourselves if sick.
I so respect all you have to adjust to right now as a parent--becoming suddenly a teacher, facing job loss or the challenges of working at home, meeting your family’s basic needs, managing stress. It is so important to stay connected to yourself and your feelings, family, friends, the school and larger community to reduce stress and remain, stay or become well. I hope you are finding ways to do so.
Keeping in touch with me:
I am working on endorsed ways to keep in touch with you and your children in the weeks ahead, and am committed to continue supporting you in every available way I can. Right now, the best way is to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. This way we can set up a plan to connect by phone or other means.
Finding other assistance
The best and quickest way to find out how and where to get assistance is by calling
A statewide general helpline: 211. This person has at their fingertips the current information about community resources available to you to meet the needs of your family.
An intentional warm line: 1-866-771-9276. This is a statewide line to connect you to a friendly person who can listen, support, and help you problem solve various concerns.
A support services helpline: 1-888-568-1112. This is a number to call for any kind of support or assistance with mental health issues. It is a good place to turn if you feel you a=or a loved one are in danger, or at the limits of your coping skills.
Be well, stay well, become well, and keep in touch.
Warmly, Mrs. McG
Story time with Mr. Dedek
(Click for a link to see Thursday’s story!)
Link to our district information on COVID-19
Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!
PS - I hope you share the read aloud linked above with your child...and if you have any video to share of your child reading, it's a great way to encourage fluency practice and to share something special with distant family members who might not be able to visit with you or your children right now.
Take care and keep reading!