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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is part of Woodbury's comprehensive reading program. It does not replace a reading series or other instructional materials; rather, it supports and enhances them. Each year, all students, grades 1-6, take the STAR reading assessment online to determine his/her ZPD range. Once their AR level is determined, students read books of their choosing that have a reading level in their AR range.  When students have completed reading their book, they take an AR quiz at school.  Points are earned based on the their quiz scores. Students earn prizes as they accumulate points.  
AR Testing Guidelines
  1. Quizzes may be taken in the classroom, POD, or media center with teacher supervision during school hours and in the AR Testing Center after school with librarian supervision until 3:00 PM. The AR Testing Center is closed on Wednesdays.

  1. Testing is available after school only in the AR Testing Center. All students must line up outside the AR Testing Center doors and wait for permission to enter. Students must enter the AR Testing Center from outside the building.
  1. Please note that parents may not help the child, talk to them while they take a test, and must remain outside the building.  

  1. Students must take the quiz without the book. If a student needs to know how to spell the title to look it up in AR, students should write it on a piece of paper to bring with them.

  1. Students should read items carefully to ensure they are taking the correct test.  Students should only take the reading test, not vocabulary.  

  1. Students may only take the test one time for each book.

  1. After students start a quiz, they must finish it. Students cannot move on to another book's quiz until they do. Students should be sure they have finished reading the book before they take a quiz.

  1. The window for AR Testing is August 7, 2017  through May 11, 2018. Only points earned between these dates will be counted towards prizes and awards.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Parent Outreach Coordinators

Woodbury is excited to have 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 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.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hot Weather Guidelines

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.

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.