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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Parent Conferences

By now, parents should have a goal setting parent conference scheduled. Conferences are a wonderful opportunity to establish clear, meaningful home/school communications. All children learn in different ways. Each has his/her own unique personality, interests, likes, hopes, dreams, and fears. To aid their students in acquiring new skills and knowledge, teachers need to be aware of each child’s special interests, concerns, and learning style. No one knows a child better than his/her parents. Teachers have valuable information about how your child works in a group setting, and how well he/she is mastering grade level standards and skills. The parent conference is a great way to encourage two-way communication. Conferences are meant to facilitate parent involvement in students learning. At Woodbury, we believe students whose families are directly involved in their learning do better in school. Research supports this belief. A 1994 compilation of research entitled, “The Family is Critical to Student Achievement” edited by Henderson and Berla states:

“….. the evidence is now beyond dispute. The most accurate predictor of a student’s achievement in school is not income or social status, but the extent to which that student’s family is able to:
  • Create a home environment that encourages learning.
  • Express high (but not unrealistic) expectations for their children’s achievement and future careers.
  • Become involved in their children’s education at school and in the community.”
This year’s fall parent conferences will be held August 26th through September 2nd. In collaboration with you, teachers will be setting goals for your child’s learning. In addition, you will receive a report of your child’s progress, but no report card. The first trimester report card will be sent home in November following the end of the first trimester.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

An Update Regarding State Test Scores

This past spring, students took part in the 2016 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). CAASPP consists of computerized Smarter Balanced assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics for students in grades 3-8 and 11, as well as paper-pencil science assessments for students in grades 5, 8, and 10. In the next few weeks, your child’s CAASPP score report will be mailed to your home. When looking at these reports it is important to keep in mind that these scores should be considered as just one of many measures of student learning. Remember, your child’s teacher is always your best resource when it comes to information regarding your child’s academic progress. For more information about statewide testing in IUSD, please visit the IUSD Statewide Testing Website.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Woodbury Parent Outreach Coordinators

Woodbury is excited to announce we have created a staff position designed to meet the needs of our culturally and linguistically diverse student and parent population. Mrs. Teresa Yau and Ms. Jessica Mossbarger will serve as our Parent Outreach Coordinators. The purpose of our Parent Outreach Coordinators is to Connect, Communicate, Acculturate, and Educate (CCAE) the students and parents who are new to Woodbury Elementary.

Specifically, the intent is to:
  • create awareness about parent resources among teachers, parents, and Woodbury community. 
  • establish home-school connections for parents.
  • create cultural awareness and appreciation among all students and their families.
  • serve as a liaison between Woodbury and IUSD's Language Development Program.
  • provide parent outreach and engagement.
  • involve parents in both Woodbury and IUSD activities and resources. Examples- Woodbury PTA, volunteering, support at home, IPSF, etc.
  • design and provide Woodbury parent workshops that address a variety of topics and needs.
  • support teachers with resources for students and parents.
  • identify and develop leadership within cultural and linguistic groups.
It is our goal that this endeavor will make it easier for families to transition into our school and community. If you have any questions, ideas, or would like to be involved in these efforts, please contact Mrs. Yau at teresayau@iusd.org or Ms. Mossbarger at jessicamossbarger@iusd.org. You may also reach them by calling 936-5750.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Hot Weather Guidelines for Woodbury

As you know during the first few months of the school year, it is not uncommon for us to experience hot weather. Occasionally, the temperatures may reach into the 90s or even around 100. In response, Woodbury adheres to the County of Orange and Orange County Department of Education's Hot Weather Guidelines for Schools to determine student activities on those days. The activity heat index takes into account the temperature and humidity present to make recommendations for rest, activity time, and fluid intake.

Based on those activity heat index guidelines, as recommended, we will suspend physical education, conduct physical education during a time in the day when it is cooler, and have the children remain in their classrooms during snack recess and lunch recess. It is important to note, shade is available to students on our playground and activity time during recess and lunch is generally limited to about 20-25 minutes.

Parents can assist us in helping ensure that their children remain healthy and safe on hot days, by following the suggestions below:

• Have your child wear lightweight, comfortable and "breathable" clothing.

• Hydration is vital! Send your child to school with at least one water bottle. They can refill them throughout the day.

• Provide your child a hat to wear when outside.

• Apply sunscreen on your child before school.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Water Safety

IUSD and the City of Irvine have partnered with the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) on a water safety campaign for Irvine. According to OCFA, Irvine has the second highest drowning rate in Orange County. As you prepare for the hot summer months, filled with fun, IUSD would like to take this opportunity to share important water safety reminders. Attached are three helpful handouts from OCFA: an infographic with water safety statistics, and ABCs of Water Safety and Water Safety Rules handouts. These can be printed and placed on your refrigerator or somewhere visible for the whole family. Also, please share this information with caregivers. Another helpful resource is OCFA’s drowning prevention webpage, which includes tips and videos. The website can be found at http://www.ocfa.org/SafetyPrograms/DrowningPrevention.aspx .

Thank you and have a fun and safe summer.



Monday, May 23, 2016

Open House Tips


To get the most out of Open House, I would like to suggest the following tips for parents to follow as you participate in our Open House program on Wednesday, May 25, 2016:
  • Ask questions. If something said by a school employee, or something you see is unclear, ask your child’s teacher or the principal for clarification.
  • Make sure you meet your child’s support teachers and staff such as speech teachers, educational specialists, and science lab teachers. Feel free to visit other areas of the school such as the computer lab and library. It might be helpful to become familiar with the facilities offered at our school.
  • Encourage your child to join you. He or she can serve as a helpful aide in guiding you through the classroom and the school. It gives your child a chance to show you their hard work and accomplishments.
  • Expect a lot. If you cannot find evidence of what the teacher has been teaching all year and what your child has been learning, probe for details. The purpose of Open House is for the school to share with parents what took place throughout the year.
  • Learn how you can get more involved. Research tells us that greater parent involvement leads to greater student success.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Enrollment 2016-2017

Recently our office sent an email to each family in grades K-5 containing our annual enrollment survey and asking if your child will be returning to Woodbury for the 2016-2017 school year. This information assists us in accurately staffing our school for the upcoming year and ensures that we have the appropriate facility space to serve our students. In addition, it allows us to prepare to forward student information to the receiving schools of those students who will be leaving Woodbury at the end of this school year. If for any reason the information of your current situation changes, please notify our office immediately by phone or through email if your child will not be returning to Woodbury next school year. This will allow us to enroll students who currently are being displaced from Woodbury. Please be advised that this process is separate from the recent IUSD Residency Verification Forms and Documents that were requested as well. Once again, if your child will not be returning to Woodbury next year, please make every effort to inform our office.