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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.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

2017 Irvine Hoops Classic Champions


Way to represent and take the LEAD Woodbury Mustangs!



At the 2017 Irvine Hoops Classic tournament, the girls from Woodbury dominated the competition from the tip off. These ladies displayed a high basketball IQ with an unmatched skillset. Their intense defense led the team to the championship. The parents' team spirit and Woodbury values were very apparent during all the games.





The Woodbury boys' team made it to the semi-finals. Each player demonstrated a combination of strong Woodbury values and athleticism throughout the weekend. We are proud of our Mustangs!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Jog-a-Thon Results



Our Jog-a-thon was a huge success. A big “Thank You” goes out to our PTA Jog-a-thon Committee—our Dad’s Club, for their efforts in leading this event. As always, it was extremely well organized and a tremendous amount of fun for all.  We are thankful for the many additional parent volunteers who helped set up and take down, solicited donations, and cheered on the students.

We raised a record-breaking $75,000 from pledges! In addition to improving our students’ physical fitness and emphasizing exercise, its purpose was to raise money to assist us in maintaining and supporting existing student programs that have been established in past years. These programs include, but are not limited to the assemblies, Walk Through Programs, DARE, Family Nights, LEAD Video Game Lunches, Guy Stuff, Health Clerk, Mother Daughter Tea, library, City Fitness, Lunch Time Activities, Parent Education Seminars, Reflections Awards, Sixth Grade Promotion, Staff Appreciation Luncheon, Student Recognition Awards, scholarships, and teacher classroom enrichment.

Want to see your child's Jog-a-Thon results?  CLICK HERE to type in your child's name to view the laps, pace, and total distance run.