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Monday, June 12, 2017

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.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Top Accelerated Readers for 2016-2017

Our Accelerated Reader program saw great success this school year. Students are reading at a higher rate than ever before. The success is measured in an increase in quizzes being taken and student reading levels moving up. The number of students reaching their point goal or going over the total increased dramatically.

We had 77 students invited to the end-of-the-year pizza party. Medals were given to all students and the highest readers in each grade level received special medals for their accomplishment. Prizes were given to all students as well.

Here are the name of the highest readers in each grade level and their points achieved……

1st grade…… Mason McIntyre 314.9 points

2nd grade….. Harish Rajkumar 91.2 points

3rd grade….. Chloe Urianton 711.5 points

4th grade….. Vivian Chang 709.1

5th grade….. Aoi Hiraki 602.0 points

6th grade….. Charis Kim 906.2 points 

These students have their name and point totals engraved on our perpetual plaque that is displayed in the library. I invite you to stop and take a look.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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 24, 2017:
  • 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, April 20, 2017

Enrollment 2017-2018

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 2017-2018 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.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Playground Assistant Appreciation

Woodbury playground assistants hold one of the most difficult positions at our school. They ensure the safety of our large student body and are expected to take the LEAD by modeling the school values we emphasize with our students. They are truly LEADers on the playground, as well as in the community. Often, their job requires them to have eyes in the back of their head, multi-task, and practice unbelievable patience. Within any given day they are the first aid responder, mediator, social skills counselor, and parent to hundreds. Students rely on their many areas of expertise and count on them to guide them daily.  

Woodbury playground assistants are trained to-
  • Circulate at all times
  • Arbitrate in the case of disputes
  • Regulate the flow of traffic, the speed at which students are traveling, and conduct of children under your supervision
  • Emulate the standards of fairness and equality at all times.

Most often, our playground assistants’ deeds go unnoticed and appreciation is slow to be expressed. Let’s not make that mistake, please take time to recognize these invaluable school employees with a kind word or thank you note expressing your gratitude for the contributions they make on the lives of our students. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Woodbury Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to our speech and language pathologist Mrs. Ruth Jarvis who was selected by her peers as Woodbury’s 2016--2017 “Teacher of the Year" and to Mr. Jared Gray who was selected as an IUSD "Teacher of Promise". They will be honored at a dinner this Friday evening, April 21st, at the Irvine Marriott.  Way to go Mrs. Jarvis and Mr. Gray! Your recognition is well-deserved.



Class Placement 2017-2018

Every year about this time, the staff and I begin to hear from some parents who want to request a specific teacher or have a special request regarding the classroom placement for their child for the upcoming school year. 

Woodbury recognizes that parents do have valuable information which could assist in the class placement of their child. Examples of this may be: 
  • an unsatisfactory experience between an older child and a teacher 
  • neighborhood problems that may necessitate the separation of two children 
  • description of the traits and characteristics present in a teacher that your child responds to best 
We also recognize that parents sometimes have preferences for teachers and may request a specific teacher for their child. Although your request is reviewed, little consideration is given to specific teacher requests. We cannot place children in classes based only on parent preferences or a teacher’s reputation in the community. Please keep in mind that staffing changes often occur from year to year. This includes teachers that may not return to teach at Woodbury, new and additional teachers that may be added, and teachers changing grade levels. We group children for instructional purposes, and placing them in classes for other factors would defeat those purposes. Although not guaranteed, requests that include multiple class placement choices have a better chance of being accommodated. Parent requests asking for their child to not be placed in a class that includes a specific population of students, a certain classroom composition, or a combination classroom are given no consideration. 

In summary, most parents do not request specific teachers for their child or have any additional information to give us, and leave it to us to place their child in an appropriate classroom. However, if you have a specific request or pertinent information related to the classroom placement of your child for next school year, please communicate your request in writing or email to Mr. Battenfield before May 19th, 2017.