Did you sign up for ski yet? The deadline to sign up is tomorrow Jan 13th. Cost: $11.00 lift ticket, $15.00 if you need ski or snowboard rental. Pay using Push Coin or write a check to Woods School. Liability forms and ski rentals are online through Grand Geneva. Dates: Feb. 3rd, 10th. 17th (24th TBD) Grades: 3rd-8th
Welcome to our new Board Member Colleen Trybula! A message from Mrs. Trybula: Hello, my name is Colleen Trybula. I’m very excited to be a member of the Woods School Board! I have been a parent at this school for thirteen years. I started when my oldest came here in 4K and she is now a Junior in High School. My youngest daughter is in fifth grade. Throughout these years I have volunteered in different capacities. I have helped in the classroom and with the parent volunteer group. In addition, I was a substitute teacher and aide here at Woods. I love this school and I look forward to serving in a new way!
My wish for this holiday is that each of you find many moments of love and peace this holiday. See you all in 2021. That's Christmas to Me Pentatonix https://youtu.be/pFjdfjrtf1Q #woodsway. #hope. #strongertogether Alyson
Many have asked me if there is anything they can do if they did not get a chance to participate with the Giving Tree. Yes! FOW maintains a fund called the Angel Fund. This is used each year to support families in need for various things (winter coats, field trips, child care..etc). If you are interested in donating to the Angel Fund please write your check to FOW and it will be added to this special account. Thank you!!
The Woods School Giving Tree We have had a few inquiries about the giving tree for families in need at Woods this year, so here is all the information you need to know: *You can pick up a star(s) with the needed gift(s) in the front doorway at the school anytime during office hours. (Tomorrow during materials pickup may be a great time...) *Please see Mrs. Smiley to give her your name & the number star you have . *All gifts must be back to school by Wednesday December 16th, so they can be distributed in time for break. *Please return your gift wrapped and with the star taped to the top *If you have any additional questions please reach out to Mrs. Smiley. What a wonderful generous community we have at Woods School! Happy Holidays!
Join me for Virtual Coffee with the Principal! November 17th at 9 am Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/99518855293
School Spiritwear! Orders due Nov. 9th! Here’s the store link and the flyer! I’m working on masks now – hold tight. URL: https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/JvfbVSkMgE
Thank you Mrs. Moehling for hooking up all of our wildcat families! See the flyer (sent home and attached) and order link for amazing Woods Spirit Wear! Here’s the store link and the flyer! URL: https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/JvfbVSkMgE Orders are due on November 9th!
Board Meeting tonight at 5pm. Join us on Facebook Live or through the following link: Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device: Please click this URL to join. https://zoom.us/j/95715901619?pwd=RDdGckgrR3AxaTQ1c3hHS3J0bnlSQT09 Passcode: 038075
Board of Education Meeting tomorrow Wednesday September 16th at 5pm Please submit public comments to email@example.com by tomorrow morning at 9am. Thanks! You can join the board meeting either by watching on Facebook Live or through the following link: Hi there, You are invited to a Zoom webinar. When: Sep 16, 2020 05:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Topic: September Board Meeting Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/95715901619?pwd=RDdGckgrR3AxaTQ1c3hHS3J0bnlSQT09 Passcode: 038075
Happy August Birthdays!! Kayleigh A 08/02 Brooklyn L 08/02 Lucy S 08/02 McKenzie F 08/04 Gabriella D 08/05 Kira H 08/05 Cesar C 08/10 Lynden E 08/10 Dexter S 08/11 Daisy G 08/12 Miles K 08/15 Finley H 08/17 Noah S 08/18 Alberto S 08/19 Ailany R 08/21 Steele W 08/22 Molly A 08/26 Jordan H 08/26 Tessa H 08/27 Denise N 08/29
Good afternoon! Just a quick update that I will be sharing my back to school message with detailed information for the start of the year tomorrow afternoon. Staff are working hard to create slideshows and videos sharing information from their classroom and welcoming you back. The plan for the staff welcome back was for tomorrow so I decided to align my video with everyone else's :) Please check your email, facebook or the website tomorrow evening for our Woods Welcome Back! Reminder, if you have any materials, books, technology please return those as soon as possible. Office is open Wed and Thursday from 8-3. **If you did not complete the survey or we have not heard from you we are planning for your child to be in attendance in person on Sept 1st. If you have alternate plans please let me know. Thanks! This year's theme at Woods is "See the Silver Lining!" As always, thank you SO much for your support and if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me! Alyson
Good afternoon! If you are interested in sharing public comments with the school board please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4:30 today. I apologize for the short notice!
Good afternoon. I am touching base to share updates on some important topics as we get even closer to the start of school. -Please drop off Chromebooks and chargers next week anytime Monday-Thursday 8-4. They need to be set up for the new school year. -Teachers will be working together next week to create back to school videos or slideshows in place of the annual Hot Dog Night. More info to come! -Mrs. Kase and Mrs. Darbro are sending out information for our 4K and 5K students on a welcome conference that will be scheduled for families at Woods (outside!) from 1-6 on August 26th. -I will be finalizing and sharing specific procedures and expectations related to Covid-19. This will include specific drop-off and pick-up times and procedures, reminders and information on masks, cohort details, visitor policies, waivers for live streaming, etc. -I will be sharing a video next week with all families to provide a peek inside of Woods as well as information on many of the procedures mentioned above. -Woods at Home families- I will send a meeting invite for a Zoom on Thursday, Aug 27th at 10 am (this will also be live-streamed and recorded). We will also share information on a Sept 1st welcome event where families can meet the Woods at Home liaison teachers, pick-up materials and technology, and check-in with the administration with any questions or concerns. I am sure there is much more so please watch your emails, the website, and social media for important updates and information next week. Have a wonderful weekend! Alyson
Join me for a virtual Woods school meeting town hall style! Alyson Eisch is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Woods School Town Hall Style Time: Aug 5, 2020 05:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87159985920?pwd=RUQ0aEU3SzZKRmZQSzBHWnhpRE52QT09 Meeting ID: 871 5998 5920 Password: 8W2uHK One tap mobile +13017158592,,87159985920#,,,,0#,,983917# US (Germantown) +13126266799,,87159985920#,,,,0#,,983917# US (Chicago) Dial by your location +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 871 5998 5920 Password: 983917 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbKvUQ8K7v
Welcome Jennifer Frederick! Director of Financial Services! Jennifer Frederick is excited to join the Woods family. Jennifer comes to us after serving 7 years as the Village Administrator of the Village of Twin Lakes and as the Mayor of Green Bay's Chief of Staff from 2010-2012. Jennifer has a Master's Degree in Public Finance and Public Affairs from Indiana University- Bloomington. Jennifer lives in Fontana with her husband, Tyler, and two kids, Lucas and Allison. Jennifer loves to spend her weekends traveling or waterskiing and boating on Geneva Lake. Welcome Jennifer! We are so excited to have you join the Woods team!
Happy Monday!! We have had a bunch of birthdays since our last post so a very happy belated birthday to the following!! Nolan P 05/14 Klara H 05/17 Jacqueline R 05/17 Ryan A 05/20 Lily S 05/21 John B 05/24 Scarlett B 05/25 Jaxson L 06/04 Macy M 06/07 Daisy V 06/08 Scarlett H 06/10 Calder B 06/11 Adelyn D 06/17 Esteban C 06/19 Mallory B 06/20 Madalyn M 06/21 Connor B 06/23 Michael C 06/24 Paul B 06/25 Oliver E 06/26 Kensie H 06/28 Elsie M 06/28 Kyla P 06/28
Good afternoon! Tomorrow's board meeting is set for 4pm virtually through Zoom. The meeting will be broadcast on Facebook Live. If you are interested in submitting a public comment please email to email@example.com by tomorrow, Tuesday June 23rd, at noon. Thank you so much! Alyson
Good morning! I hope that your summers are off to a great start! This weather is absolutely beautiful. I am writing to let you know that report cards and yearbooks will be available for families to pick up Monday June 22nd between 9-2. **If you have items that you weren't able to drop-off on June 8th you can bring those items in as well. Woods is providing a yearbook for each student this year! If you are unable to stop by Monday the office will be open Monday through Thursday from 9-3 starting on July 1st. Kathy will have report cards and yearbooks will be on a table near the office so that you can grab one for each of your students. Wearing a mask when you come in the building is encouraged. Thanks so much!! Alyson
Today's school board meeting has been moved to Tuesday June 23rd at 4pm. Thanks!
Meet our new Instructional Coach Mary Gordon! "Currently I spend a couple days per week at my son's house with my two grand-babies to help with schoolwork and do 'crazy science' experiments (as my grandson calls them) while my son, Dan, works from home. Kylie just completed second grade; Tanner - K4. I love gardening, art-making, being outdoors, and, of course spending time with my family... and reading. I also enjoy biking (both motor and mountain bike). I began my world-of-work as an artist/designer in 1983 with my BFA from MIAD. I worked as a designer and creative director at area firms, then freelance until 2015. I only do pro-bono design work now. During this time, I also taught creative problem-solving, typography, and design courses at MIAD, UW-M, and Cardinal Stritch University (respectively) as well as volunteered to provide in-classroom support and tutor at-risk learners at each of the schools my son attended. Since earning my #801 Cross Categorical License from Stritch in 2012, I obtained five additional teaching licenses and earned my Master’s degree from Alverno College; my action research focused on Supporting Co-Teachers to Improve Inclusive Practice and Educator Effectiveness. I currently participate in courses as part of the Doctoral program in Language/Literacy at Cardinal Stritch University. Over the past eight years, I have been assigned to six urban teaching positions, primarily as special education staff. In this role, I have supported caseloads of up to 28 students: I wrote their IEPs and reevaluations, progress-monitored annual goals, differentiated instruction and provided accommodations in the general education setting as well as supported new special education staff. Additionally, I co-taught courses ranging from English/Literature to History and Science at the High School and Middle School levels. I also acted as the Tier 3 reading interventionist, created and taught Comprehensive Literacy Seminar for Freshmen and Sophomore students as well as co-taught the Tier 2 intervention classes. My most recent teaching assignment was at MPS-Success Center working with at-risk students in grades 4-8. Above all else, I am grateful for the opportunity to work with everyone at Woods Elementary, and look forward to meeting each of you. "
We hope tp see everyone tomorrow morning at 9:30! Alyson Eisch is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Have a Great Summer!! Time: Jun 8, 2020 09:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87196712872?pwd=TVlyOHgzUzAwY3JNVUpvc0RhTy8ydz09 Meeting ID: 871 9671 2872 Password: 9CZYBs One tap mobile +16465588656,,87196712872#,,1#,378270# US (New York) +13017158592,,87196712872#,,1#,378270# US (Germantown) Dial by your location +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) Meeting ID: 871 9671 2872 Password: 378270 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kWU3xHVed
Mrs. Bruns helped distribute 1500 lunches since school closed on March 13th. THANK YOU!!! #woodsway Any family in need to bag lunches this summer please contact Mrs. Bruns at firstname.lastname@example.org
Good afternoon! I wanted to share some updates and planning around grading for this year as well as fall. Grading The grading plan for fourth quarter is for the most part P/NP. This quarter is a "do no harm" quarter. If a student was passing when they left on March 13th they will pass for the year. It is possible for a student to have a NP for quarter 4 and a pass for the year, this would be if the student was engaged for or completed less than 60% of the work this quarter. Any work a student does 4th quarter can help their overall grade but it can't hurt it. Students in 4K and 5K will have more individualized communication from teachers this quarter due to the lack of ability to test. A time in August will be scheduled with families to come in for one on one meetings with next years teacher and do some assessing so that staff can tailor instruction for individual student needs. We will work to create a much more solid plan for grading moving into fall. Fall There are three potential options for instruction that will depend on the situation with the health crisis. We could spend time in all three of these as some point in the year so summer planning will be focused on planning for all contingencies. All three options will include a focus on the social emotional needs of students and support for families. Virtual I am sharing a parent survey to gather information on your experience this quarter. Please know that we are excited to improve upon instruction in a virtual format. When we left on March 13th, I thought that we would be back in school together in 3 weeks....that is why a more solid, streamlined plan was not implemented. Please rest assured that this would happen for any time that we would be in a virtual format next school year. As a staff we will be researching and learning about the most effective distance learning strategies. We will be investing to ensure we have the technology and the best programs being used with students. We will create consistent schedules for families and ensure that all resources are streamlined and easily accessible. Your survey feedback and what we have learned as a staff this quarter will all be a part of clear plans for virtual learning. We also recognize that not all students learning styles lend themselves to this format so we will be looking at creating more student choice around how they can demonstrate learning. Hybrid Model This is an option that would be implemented if we are at a stage that the health department recommendations include the possibility to open schools but we have groups size (less than 10) and other guidelines that are recommended. In this case the following ideas are in their infancy stages but I wanted to just share some of the thinking: -Could teachers livestream their lessons so that half of the class can watch at home while half of the students are physically at school? -Could those lessons also be recorded for student and parent access at a later time if needed? -Can some students be at the school and participate in a different room if there are too many kids to just split the class? (again watching on a livestream). -Ensuring that we split by alphabet so that all students in one family are onsite on the same days. -Flexibility, working with families that may want their students to participate entirely virtually for various reasons. -Consistent schedules so that parents can access daycare for the days their children are not at the physical building (for example beginning of the alphabet Mon and Tues, end of the alphabet W and Th and alternate Fridays) -Setting up ways for students to ask questions and get support when they are participating virtually. Back to School for all (these things would also all be in place in a hybrid model) -Lunch in classrooms -How to monitor for illness in students or staff and having strong protocol in place should someone contract Covid-19. -Social distancing -Possibility of masks (not sure on this one for younger students...) -Hand washing before entering new areas of the building and hand sanitizer -individual student classroom and art supplies and no sharing of technology, etc. Again, these are just in the idea stage. I am sure I have missed some of the things staff and I have talked about and we will be adding to this as we received parent and student feedback along with staff discussions. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your patience and understanding. I don't think there is anything more challenging for us as humans than uncertainty. I have appreciated each and every email and conversation with you all as they have helped us change course, self-reflect and make different decisions as needed. Have a wonderful and relaxing Memorial Day weekend. Alyson
Good afternoon! I hope everyone was able to enjoy the beautiful weather on Saturday! Our next Board of Education meeting will be held this Wednesday afternoon at 3:30. Due to the meeting being done in a virtual format we would like to offer the opportunity for written public comments. Please send any public comments to email@example.com by tomorrow May 19th at 5pm. All public comments will be shared with board members prior to the meeting. Thank you so much! If you have questions don't hesitate to contact me. Have a good night!
The building may be closed but we still have students doing amazing things! Some May Shout-Outs! (I owe you a sparkly pencil) These are leftover from before we left :) Ms. King to Jesus V is always helping in the classroom, without being asked. His leadership, kindness toward others, and positive attitude are so appreciated. Thank you, Jesus! Ms. King to 5th graders Chloe, Jesus, Jackson, Paul, Connor, Adam and Maggie who came to class completely prepared on Monday. Thank you! Mrs. Leitzke Kayden J. in 4th Grade. Kayden gets her work done first thing in the morning and always reads the directions and gives her best work Mrs. Kawlewski to Sage-8th, Makayla-8th, Lucy -8th These girls always are so positive in emails and on Zoom! Mrs. Moehling to Harper B - 3rd Grade. Harper is working right away in the morning and always gets her work done right away! She even works ahead! Mrs. Teske to Finley and Brooklyn for always being prepared for Zoom and volunteering to answer my questions! Mrs. Teske to Clara L. and Brooklyn for being Virtual Super Stars for our 2nd Grade class. Mrs. Leitzke to Keagan for always responding to my emails in a timely manner!
The next school board meeting will be held on May 20, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. It will be a virtual event.
I forgot to re-share the time and rest of the and plan, sorry about that! Monday May 4th 3-5pm Because of material prep and parent pick-up there will be no online learning this day. All Grades: -Please create a sign with your child’s last name and teacher and have it visible in your car window or windshield. This will allow us to quickly walkie to staff in the building to bring materials out. K-2 Pick-up at Kindergarten doors (normal elementary carline doors) 3-5 Pick-up at front office doors 6-8 Pick up at far south middle school doors (not the activity door the normal parent pick-up spot) Thanks in advance for your patience as we work hard to keep all of our staff and families safe! Alyson
Dear Woods Families, It never seems to fail that as soon as we have what we think is a great plan in place things change. I received updated guidance today from DPI and Public Health. I have attached the flyer that was sent to all Wisconsin school districts. Because of this updated guidance we will need to make a few changes for Monday’s drive-thru. We are asking ALL families to stay in their cars (middle school included). Staff will do their best to bag up all materials and locker items that they can identify for your child(ren). This might be tough in middle school as the teachers asked students today if they knew where all of their things were and they weren’t sure, lol) Please feel free to simply open your trunk or back car window so that materials can be added. If your child’s teacher has requested items to be dropped off you can have those in a bag in the trunk or back seat as well if you wish. Please consider wearing a mask or gloves and if you are uncomfortable coming we UNDERSTAND. Anything left will be boxed up and saved so that Wayne and his crew can begin deep cleaning and sanitizing lockers, cubbies and classrooms. Reminder, we will have a final drop off in June for technology and textbooks. Have a great weekend! Alyson
https://youtu.be/7QeRvAcGU5k Our students bring so much joy to our Woods School community through their Art! Enjoy! ~Mrs. Wagner
Major Shout-Out to Mrs. Bruns!! She continues to go above and beyond to support our students and families during this time away! Teachers have received emails from students thanking her. Thank you Mrs. Bruns!! #woodsway
Thank you for sharing this with me Jenna. I know many of us have seen it on social media. Knowing we will be out for the remainder of the year I thought now was a good time for us to reflect on this a bit... If they cancel the rest of the school year, students would miss 2.5 months of education. Many people are concerned about students falling behind because of this. Yes, they may fall behind when it comes to classroom education... But what if... What if instead of falling “behind", this group of kids are ADVANCED because of this? Hear me out. What if they have more empathy, they enjoy family connection, they can be more creative and entertain themselves, they love to read, they love to express themselves in writing. What if they enjoy the simple things, like their own backyard and sitting near a window in the quiet. What if they notice the birds and the dates the different flowers emerge, and the calming renewal of a gentle rain shower? What if this generation are the ones to learn to cook, organize their space, do their laundry, and keep a well run home? What if they learn to stretch a dollar and to live with less? What if they learn to plan shopping trips and meals at home. What if they learn the value of eating together as a family and finding the good to share in the small delights of the everyday? What if they are the ones to place great value on our teachers and educational professionals, librarians, public servants and the previously invisible essential support workers like truck drivers, grocers, cashiers, custodians, logistics, and health care workers and their supporting staff, just to name a few of the millions taking care of us right now while we are sheltered in place? What if among these children, a great leader emerges who had the benefit of a slower pace and a simpler life to truly learn what really matters in this life? What if they are AHEAD? 🙏🏼🏡♥️🏫
If there is anyone in need of meals during this time off please, please don't hesitate to contact us. We have wonderful staff and community partners desiring to help support in this way. Please contact Mrs. Smiley at 262-903-8821. Thank you and stay safe.
Good afternoon Woods families! I hope that you are all doing well and keeping busy. We miss seeing you so much! Hopefully we will start to see the end of this coming soon. I met with the staff this morning and there are a few things we wanted to communicate. Grades: Teachers will have third quarter grades completed by Monday April 6th and they will be mailed to your homes. Fourth Quarter grades will be done as pass/fail. Teachers will be tracking work completion and providing students with feedback. They will also continue to check for student understanding. Online Platforms: By now students have received invites and many are participating using platforms like Zoom, Google Hangouts and Google Classroom. By accepting the meeting invitation and allowing students to log on you are giving consent. If you DO NOT want your child participating please contact me or your child’s teacher. Please help us monitor what students are doing while online by checking your child’s history and/or usage and by encouraging your child to participate in a common area of the home. I want to reiterate how much your support has meant to myself and all of the staff over the last several weeks. We are all working hard to figure out this new way of providing instruction and support and we appreciate your understanding and patience. Alyson
Good afternoon everyone. It appears imminent that a Safer at Home order will be enacted by the Governor tomorrow for the state of Wisconsin. Because of this Mrs. Smiley and I will be at school tomorrow from 8-1 in order to have the building open for your needs. This is not mandatory and we understand if as a family you choose to stay home. If you do come in please spend as little time as possible in the building and avoid conversation or gathering with other parents. Here is the information I have received from each grade level or team: 4K/5K If you did not pick up materials today you are welcome to come grab prepared bags that Mrs. Darbro and Mrs. Kase have been placed on your child’s coat hook. 1st Per emails from Mr. Halverson there is no need to come in at this time. 2nd Mrs. Teske has gathered additional materials along with Chromebooks, passwords and log-in information. This is placed on your students desk. 3rd Mrs. Moehling bagged all of your students materials including what was in their lockers and it is on your students desk. 4th Mrs. Leitzke has no additional materials at this time but if you have any of your child's personal belongings or if you didn’t take some materials or technology last Monday you are welcome to come in tomorrow. 5th Mr. Milroy has reached out to families and arranged with some that want to come in to have you come in tomorrow morning. PE Mr. Lofy has left additional materials. Art/FACS/World Languages No additional items. Middle School There are no additional items but you are welcome to come and empty your child's locker or gather any other personal items. Thank you so much for your continued support and understanding. I hope that you all stay safe and healthy and know that everyone at Woods can’t wait to see you all again when this is all over. If you need anything please don’t hesitate to ask. Alyson
Good morning. An update from Governor Evers this morning: "Gov. Tony Evers to order Wisconsinites to stay at home, will close non-essential businesses. Gov. Tony Evers on Monday said he will order Wisconsinites to stay in their homes starting this week to fend off the coronavirus outbreak that is ravaging populations worldwide." Check out this story on jsonline.com: https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2020/03/23/wisconsin-gov-tony-evers-issues-safer-place-order/2897821001/ I will wait until the official order comes in tomorrow to make a determination about Wednesday's materials pick-up at school. If the order goes into effect starting tomorrow we will cancel Wednesday and close the building to keep everyone safe. If he gives us more time we will go ahead with Wednesday and just ask everyone to be in and out as quickly as possible. Stay safe everyone. Alyson
Dear Woods families, Thank you so much for your support and understanding as we continue to transition into a very new way of learning for our staff, students and families. As most of our staff are home taking care of families and attempting to maintain communication and instruction with their students we understand that many of you are also working full-time and suddenly thrown into becoming your child’s teacher. The staff at Woods are working hard to create a balance between providing meaningful educational support for your children and not wanting to overload families. Please know that we understand that you will do what is best for you and your family. Student Belongings and Continued Instruction: I spoke with staff this morning and we decided that it would be best to plan for the possibility of schools being closed for the remainder of the year. We hope that isn’t the case but know it is a very real possibility. In order to provide families an opportunity to pick up additional classwork, textbooks or just to clean out their lockers and desks we will have the building open on Wednesday March 25 from 8-4. We have created time slots and we are asking families to email or call Kathy Smiley to sign-up for a slot (firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-903-8821). We will be limiting each time to 10 families or less. We will also be asking that each family send one person in to collect belongings for all your students and to be in and out of the building in 15 minutes or less. Bags will be provided for you to put belongings in and any resources from specialist teachers will be on tables near the front office and labeled with grade levels. Please do not come if anyone in your household is sick and please let Kathy or myself know if the 25th won’t work and we will try to arrange a separate time for you. Communication: I spoke with staff about sharing with parents the times that they plan to be online with parents, students or both. Staff will work to return all parent emails within 24 hours Monday-Friday. Students have also discovered ways to chat with one another now that some additional features have been opened up through their google accounts. We love this opportunity for them to connect but please remind them that the google chat feature is primarily for educational purposes and asking questions and we don’t want it to interfere with work they are attempting to complete on their devices. Report Cards: Staff will be working on 3rd quarter report cards and those will be mailed out on or near April 6th. Fourth quarter grades will be primarily pass or fail. Staff will continue to assess and/or provide feedback on student work during the fourth quarter. State testing: We just received word that the federal government will be providing waivers that states can apply for to waive state testing fro this school year. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. I hope that you all stay healthy and safe. I will continue to update on the situation as changes occur. Thank you for being such an incredible Woods family. Alyson
Good afternoon. I am writing to share a message that I feared but hoped that I wouldn’t have to share. Less than 24 hours after we said goodbye to our last family the Governor held a press conference increasing the restrictions in the state in order to fight the spread of COVID-19. Many establishments will close and gatherings are being restricted to 10 people or less. Along with this new guidance, he has seemingly extended school closures indefinitely. The language from his press release this afternoon states the following: “Effective at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all public and private schools and institutions of higher education in the State of Wisconsin shall close for instructional and extracurricular activities at 5:00 p.m. Such institutions shall remain closed for the duration of the public health emergency or until a subsequent order lifts this specific restriction.” I want to again applaud all of the staff at Woods for their immediate and thoughtful response in order to ensure that our students continued to learn over the next several weeks. I will be working with school staff in order to have more materials, resources and options provided for families as we continue to have school closures. I want you to know that while the doors at Woods will be closed we are all here for you to provide support and guidance in any way that we can. I will continue to monitor the situation and will work with staff in order to get a continued educational plan out to all families by the week after Spring Break. I don’t think I can say it enough so thank you so much for all of your support and understanding!
A message from Geneva Joint 1 Schools. You DO NOT need to be a student to receive grab and go meals: Food Services Information "Grab and Go" Bag Lunches available for students via pick - up only. Dates: Meal service will be available Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - Friday, March 20, 2020, and the week after spring break (March 30 - April 3). There will not be meal service during the week of spring break. Time: Meal pickup will be from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Location: Badger High School Commons Door J (Off of Wells Street, Lot facing the Lake Geneva Middle School, Door J) Other Requirements: Students must be 18 years old and younger, or disabled adults ages 19-21 participating in a public or private educational program. Students do not need to be Lake Geneva Schools students. The child(ren) must be present to receive the meal(s). Meals will be “grab and go.” However, meals will contain perishable items that will need to be consumed or refrigerated immediately after pick-up.
The decision has been made to close school starting Monday through April 3 (pending an extension from the Governor). The school will be open to all families from noon-4 pm so that you can pick-up Chromebooks (if needed), other classwork and touch base with teachers. Thank you so much for your understanding during this continually changing situation! Alyson
Good evening. I am sure most of you have heard by now that the Governor issued an executive order this evening that all Wisconsin K-12 schools will be closed starting this Wednesday through April 3rd. At this time the plan is for schools to reopen on April 6th but the closure allows time to assess the situation and move forward in a way that is most safe for students, staff and communities. Our current plan for Woods, which aligns with Badger, Big Foot and Traver is to be open to students on Monday and Tuesday. This allows an opportunity for staff to prep students for and distribute classwork and Chromebooks to families for the time off. I will be monitoring the situation this weekend in Walworth County and will communicate immediately if the plan for next week changes. I understand that the decision to send students on Monday and Tuesday is a family decision and if you decide to keep your children home please stop by Monday or Tuesday to collect classwork. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out. I want to sincerely thank you all for the words of encouragement, ideas to support all families and understanding as we have navigated through these tough times.
Find your next favorite book at our Book Fair, February 17th-February 20th!
Purchase a Follett gift card for the book fair! They are a safe alternative to sending your child to school with cash. Gift cards can be purchased at www.follettgift.com.
Reading boosts your vocabulary. Join us for our Book Fair which begins next week on February 17th!
PLEASE READ: Because the Book Buffet is taking place on Wednesday, February 12th, the regularly scheduled FOW Meeting is being rescheduled for this Wednesday, February 5th at 6:00 in the school library. Officer Bob Linder will be present to discuss the WAVE Panic System. Woods has decided to move forward in purchasing this system, but is short on funding. FOW will be making a decision on whether or not to allocate funds to assist the school in this purchase. This is a large donation, so your input is important. If you are available, please join us and share your thoughts. Thank you!
8th Graders took part in the Lake Geneva Snow Sculpting activities today in downtown Lake Geneva. We learned techniques from expert snow sculptors, used real sculpting tools, and worked together in two teams to create some fun sculptures. Huge thank you to the Friends of Woods that sponsored this event with the bus and signage. Thank you for being such amazing advocates for the Arts! Thank you to Mrs. Kawlewski who worked side by side the Art Department to make this happen!
Spirit day Friday! Wear the gear of your favorite NFL team to celebrate the playoffs!! (Go Pack!!)
For any of you who can’t make it to the concert tonight, I will be checking in on Facebook live throughout!
**update 5th grade parent meeting save the date is Jan 14, not December. Sorry about the confusion!
**Save the Date 5th grade Parents! Good morning! I will be hosting an optional meeting for all parents of 5th-grade students. I want the chance to begin conversations around transition to middle school and get feedback from you on the needs of you and your students. This will be a casual question, answer and feedback session with both myself and our director of special education and pupil services, Sarah Oudenhoven. If you have potential agenda items are very welcome! I am planning this for December 14th from 4-6 pm. Questions or topics please let me know! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Alyson
Pilgrim Feast is coming soon! Please remember to send in donations! 8th 1lb. butter 7th 2 Brownberry 14 oz bags of sage and onion stuffing 6th 24 dinner rolls (bring to school on Tuesday, Nov. 19th) 5th 3 cans of canned corn (not creamed) 4th 1 applesauce, 48 oz (no cinnamon) 3rd 2 cans jellied cranberry sauce 2nd 2 Brownberry 14 oz bag of sage and onion stuffing 1st 1 apple juice (no cider) 4K and K 1 lb butter Thank you!!!
School Dance this Friday. Tickets can be ordered through Wednesday at Products – Friends of Woods School, https://friendsofwoods.com/shop-spirit-wear/. Hope to see you there!
NOTICE: The Annual Meeting for Geneva Jt. 4 School District will be held as scheduled at 6:00 p.m. this evening October 16, 2019, however, the regular monthly Board meeting will be postponed until next week.
Join Woods Student Council in raising money for the Ron and Vicki Santo Dog Foundation! Wear your spirit gear and bring $0.50 on Friday! We will be fundraising for this organization all year. Thanks so much for your support!
The parent survey is live! Please provide us with feedback to ensure that we are supporting you the best that we can!! It will be open until October 16th and the link is available on the first page of the website to the left of the cover photo. Thanks so much!! ¡La encuesta para padres está en vivo! ¡Por favor, envíenos sus comentarios para asegurarse de que lo estamos apoyando lo mejor que podamos! Estará abierto hasta el 16 de octubre y el enlace está disponible en la primera página del sitio web a la izquierda de la foto de portada. ¡¡Muchas gracias!!
Help us celebrate Wisconsin School Board Week! Today is the first day to recognize and appreciate our School Board members during Wisconsin School Board Week. Thank you to our current Board members - we appreciate all that you do for our students and district. We also want to thank our previous Board members for their dedication and service. #Woodsway
Parent Advisory Committee Looking for additional parents interested in being involved in the work of the Parent Advisory Committee. We especially need representation from Middle School and both open enrolled and resident families. We will meet quarterly (3-4 total meetings this year), from 3:50-4:50 on board meeting Wednesday's. First meeting will be Nov. 13th. Please contact Alyson Eisch or Sarah Oudenhoven for more information or to volunteer!
Spirit week! Today is PJs or lounge clothes! Sounds like a cozy Monday!
Spirit Week lunch update: Thanks for the questions! I will be sure to add this to the auto dialer this afternoon! Younger siblings, yes! Lunch times: 11:40-12:00 5th-8th 11:45-12:15 4K and 5K 12:00-12:20 1st-4th
Spirit Week Lunch! I would like to invite families to have lunch with their students during spirit week! (Oct 7-11). The schedule will be as follows. Monday (grades 2 and 3), Tues (4 and 5), Wed (4K, K and 1) and Th (6-8). Each student can invite up to 2 family members to come have lunch. If you have more than one child please choose one day and plan to eat with each of your children during their regularly scheduled lunchtime. Bringing a lunch that day is STRONGLY encouraged to keep lines down. Students will of course still be able to get a hot lunch if they would like to that day. If the weather is nice families are encouraged to use the outside picnic tables. There will also be additional seating in the breakout rooms off of the lunchroom and in the main hallway. Feel free to participate in the Spirit Week themed days!
Good afternoon! I wanted to send a quick reminder about dress code. The student handbook states the following: ACCEPTABLE CLOTHING School is the work place of children and the school environment is directly affected by the way we dress. Please help us out by adhering to the following guidelines: Tank tops with spaghetti straps are not acceptable. Any type of bare midriff is not acceptable. Shorts should be long enough so the tips of the student's fingers will touch material when standing with arms straight at their sides. Undergarments should never be showing. Any article of clothing that advertises alcohol, tobacco products, drug usage, violence or any other inappropriate behavior is not acceptable. Concert shirts that depict blood or violence are not acceptable. We have had a few issues in middle school that we will be talking with students about this afternoon so we wanted to just send a reminder home so that we are all on the same page. If a student is dressed inappropriately they will be asked to take care of it (put on a sweatshirt etc). If they do not have additional clothing at school you may be contacted to bring in a change of clothing. Thank you so much for your support! Alyson
To all parents looking to hang out on the playground with their students after-school we would like to try the following: Students can be picked up in the car line and then drive around and pull into the parking lot near the front doors to park. Students can also be picked up in the multi-purpose room (please notify teachers if this would be a change). Parents and students can then either wait for parent pick-up to end (this is typically by about 3:50) or walk around the school on the other side (by the garden) in order to stay safe and out of the car line that may still be picking students up. It is very important that all children are supervised during this time as there is no school staff available for supervision during this time. We are hopeful that we can do this in a safe way so that students and parents have the opportunity to socialize after school. We will try this suggested policy for a few weeks and if we see any safety issues with it all, we will communicate and adjust again as needed. Thanks so much! Alyson
Art Club will begin Tuesday Sept 17. Always the first and third Tuesday of each month from 3:30-4:30. All 4th-8th grade artists welcome. They are welcome to join with a permission slip only (attached under documents on the website "Forms and Permission Slips")
Good morning! I am getting very excited to meet everyone at Hotdog night on Tuesday. The schedule is as follows: 5-5:30 4K/5K meeting (location: primary teachers classroom) New MS student parent meeting for 6th graders or any new to Woods Middle School students (Ms. Kalewski's classroom) 5:35-5:45 Welcome from Ms. Eisch and introduction of new staff (multi-purpose room) 5:45-7 . Visit classrooms, drop off school supplies, fill out any forms and enjoy a hot dog dinner! First day of school Sept 3rd. School hours 8:30-3:35. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns! Alyson Facebook and Twitter @WoodsWayGeneva Website: woodsschool.com (get the app!)
Community Coffee Casual Meet and Greet with the new Geneva Joint 4, Woods School District Administrator and Principal, Alyson Eisch. She will be available at Simple Cafe, 525 Broad Street, Lake Geneva, on Wednesday August 21st from 8-9am. Please stop by, grab a cup of coffee and introduce yourself! All are welcome!
Community Coffee Casual Meet and Greet with the new Geneva Joint 4, Woods School District Administrator and Principal, Alyson Eisch. She will be available at Simple Cafe, 525 Broad Street, Lake Geneva, on Wednesday August 21st from 8-9am. Please stop by, grab a cup of coffee and introduce yourself! All are welcome!
August 1, 2019 As some of you may have heard in late June Neal DeVries announced his resignation from the Woods BOE. We want to thank him for his time and contributions as a board member. At this time we are looking to fill his position on an interim basis through appointment until the election in April. If anyone is interested in serving in this capacity please reach out to District Administrator, Alyson Eisch by sending a letter of interest to email@example.com by Thursday August 14th.
It was so wonderful to meet so many families last night. Thank you for taking the time to come in to support your child's reading! I am so excited to be at Woods! Hope you are all having a wonderful summer!
4K parents...Class assignments will be going out next week. Can't wait to see all of our new 4K students this fall!
8th Grade Graduation tonight at 6:00 p.m. See you all there!
Fantastic job to everyone who participated in the Variety Show! And a special shout out to this year's 8th grade graduating class. You all did a phenomenal job!!
5th-8th grade band and choir concert on Tuesday, May 14th at 6:00 p.m. See you all there!
A big thank you to Friends of Woods for providing us all with lunch today!
The 4k-4th grade spring concert is tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. See you all there!
I hope all of the sixth graders are having a fabulous time, staying dry, and sleeping enough! We miss you!
Woods School would like to congratulate Tim DeVries for qualifying as a semifinalist eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Wisconsin State Competition.
Cultural lunch will be held on Wednesday, March 13th.
Remember to purchase your ticket for the Silent Auction on Friday, March 8th from 6-9 p.m.
Congratulations to our lower grade science fair participants! Well done boys and girls for going above and beyond your regular classroom work!
4K Registration 2019-2020 - To register for next school year, please pick up a registration packet at the Woods School office.