Grade 6 Graduation Update
Dear Parents/Guardians of Grade 6 Students,
It brings Woodland Public School tremendous pleasure to invite you and your child to an individual graduation celebration on Friday, June 26, 2020. Graduation is the culmination of many years of hard work and while a curbside celebration couldn’t have been imagined at the outset of this school year, we are confident that this experience can be meaningful and memorable.
We hope you and your child will feel acknowledged and appreciated when joining our staff on Friday, June 26th at the school. As I am sure you can appreciate, in order to offer a personal connection between staff and graduating students, it will be important that we follow all required protocols. On Friday, June 26th, your child and his/her immediate family may visit the school. The school closure order remains in effect and students/families are not permitted entry to the building. That’s okay! We’ve planned for a curbside celebration according to the schedule found below. When you arrive at the school, please get in line behind any vehicles already in the queue. When your car is first in line, your child may approach his/her classroom teacher(s) and support staff who will be eagerly waiting to greet their student and your family. Please maintain two meters of physical distance at all times. At this time, you’re welcome to take pictures of your graduate with/without the staff. We will have their graduation diploma, a gift from Woodland P.S. and the Parent Advisory Council and of course, you’ll have our best wishes!
After this brief visit, we’ll ask that graduates and students return to their vehicles and depart. It will be hard for students to say goodbye to friends they may see from a distance, but we must ask that you refrain from any parking lot gatherings that would not be in accordance with provincial emergency orders. All aspects of this celebration will be contactless. Trust us! It will be hard for us to refrain from hugs and handshakes, but we must. Similarly, we would love to help you take family photos but at this time, we won’t be able to touch your personal phones or cameras. Thank you for understanding our duty to follow health and safety protocols. Your child’s grade 6 graduation is important to the staff of Woodland Public School. We hope you’re available to join us on Friday of next week to celebrate this momentous occasion!
Sincerely, Amanda Meighan
|Homeroom Teacher Name||Location for Curbside Graduation Celebration||First Letter of Student Last Name||Assigned Time (7 min per graduate has been allocated)|
|Ms. Roy||Sidewalk Close to Front Entrance||A- D||9:00 AM - 9:30 AM|
|E-H||9:30 AM - 10:00 AM|
|L-M||10:00 AM - 10:30 AM|
|O-R||10:30 AM - 11:00 AM|
|S-Z||11:00 AM - 11:30 AM|
|Mr. Colbert||Sidewalk Close to Bus Loop Area||A-C||9:00 AM - 9:30 AM|
|D-H||9:30 AM - 10:00 AM|
|I-Z||10:00 AM - 10:30 AM|
|Mr. Barnes||Sidewalk Close to Front Door||A-Z||1:00 PM - 2:00 PM|
|Mr. Chandler and Ms. Cote||Sidewalk Close to Bus Loop||A-C||12:00 PM - 1:00 PM|
|D-F||1:00 PM - 1:30 PM|
|G||1:30 PM - 2:00 PM|
|H-M||2:00 PM - 2:30 PM|
|N-Z||2:30 PM - 3:00 PM|
Please arrive at the school within the window of time assigned to your family (according to your child’s last name), and enjoy a brief visit (maximum of 7 minutes), receive your diploma and if you wish, enjoy a photo opportunity with your child’s teacher and other school staff. Don’t forget to pick up the special gift that’s been prepared for you on behalf of Woodland P.S. and the Parent Advisory Council.
As promised, I’m writing with further direction regarding your child(ren)’s personal belongings. Once again, please accept my thanks for your continued support, patience and flexibility. Your on-going partnership means the world to us!
On Tuesday, June 23, 2020 parents/guardians/designates will be permitted to visit Woodland Public School to pick up student personal belongings and return any school/Board owned materials (e.g. Library Books, math resources, etc.). Please carefully read the information below to ensure that our students, staff and the broader school community stay safe. Please accept my apologies for the length of the message and know that I’m grateful for your careful attention to the details below.
Regretfully, we cannot permit the entry of parents or students into the school. We have approval for a very specific curb-side pick-up/drop-off of belongings only.
• Parents of children with last names beginning with A through M may report to the school on Tuesday, June 23rd anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
• Parents of children with last names beginning with N through Z may report to the school on Tuesday, June 23rd anytime between 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
• If you have more than one child their belongings will be grouped (i.e. siblings can be picked up at the same time). If your children have differing last names, please come at the time assigned above according to your eldest child’s last name. For example, if I have a grade 3 child with the last name Smith and a grade 6 child with the last name Jones, I will come to the school on Tuesday in the morning because my eldest child’s last name is assigned to the morning timeslot.
• Please DO NOT visit the front of the school. Please drive through the school bus loop and remain in your car until you are directed to drive forward to the pick-up area. No parent/guardian may use the front doors of the school. The front entrance, at this time, is solely dedicated as an admittance area for emergency childcare for essential workers. The bus loop area is at the side of the building.
• While you are in line and in your car, you will be asked to roll down your window in order to provide the first/last name of your child(ren). A staff member will retrieve your child’s belongings. They’ve been gathered and placed in a plastic grocery bag.
• Remaining in your car, once you are at the front of the line (and in front of the bus loading doors) you will be invited with a visual cue to exit your vehicle and pick up the bag of personal belongings from a cart. If you are returning items, you will be asked to drop the items in a bucket at the same location. A contactless pick up/drop off approach will be used for your safety and the safety of our staff.
• What if you’re taking the bus, walking or biking? No problem! When you arrive, please simply line up on the sidewalk, leaving 2 metres between you and the person lined up before you. Our staff will be available to assist you.
• If your child does not have personal belongings at the school and does not have any school/Board items to return, there is no need to come to the school.
• Your cooperation is truly appreciated. We have hundreds of belongings to reunite with students/families. We’re up for the task! Unfortunately, as much as we miss you and your children, we can’t take time to catch up during this process. Similarly, we can’t wait for there to be a time to reconnect parents and classmates but for now, we must ask that you avoid congregating to reunite with friends. We are expected to strictly observe the emergency orders and safety protocols that remain in place.
We appreciate that these requirements are exhaustive, and we know it’s a lot to manage. Our dedicated staff will be here to support you on Tuesday.
Most sincerely, we hope this message finds you and your family in good health.
Please accept this message of thanks for all you've done to support your child's continuity of learning. We remain amazed and appreciative of how you've found a way to help us re-envision learning during this period of school closure.
Your perseverance and patience is truly appreciated. We are connecting with parents everyday and we continue to be grateful for your amazing partnership. We know that the news of continued school closure brings about many questions. We are here for you! Please reach out to your child's teacher or to the office, if there is a way we can support your family.
We've heard from you about your child's personal belongings. We know you are eager to reconnect your child with these items. We are eager to provide you with these belongings too. At this time, we await further direction regarding this protocol. Schools remain under emergency order and special approvals and processes are required in these circumstances. As such, our Board is working to develop a plan for accessing student belongings. This will be communicated to you as soon as it is available. In the meantime, if the need to access belongings is an emergency or urgent, please contact your child's teacher or call the office and leave a voicemail. If it is not urgent, we respectfully ask for you to wait for the protocol to be approved and communicated. We are thankful for your continued partnership and patience!
Mostly, we are thankful for you and the remarkable effort you've exerted to support your child(ren)'s learning - social, emotional, physical and academic pursuits, during this period of closure. It's not an easy job and we recognize you are managing extraordinary circumstances.
We miss our students and their families and we are very excited about the time when it is safe for our paths to cross again.
Take care, Mrs. Amanda Meighan
Good afternoon Woodland Families!
As we head into the May Long Weekend, we hope you are all healthy and safe. We wanted to let you know a few things. First, you are doing a great job! We are growing in our abilities with Online Learning. Parents, students and staff have been working really hard together to ensure that each of our students are learning in the best way that they can!! WAY TO GO LYNX!
Second, if you have a child who will be turning 4 by December 31, 2020 or you know of a family who does in our neighbourhood, the NNDSB currently has registration for Kindergarten online. Woodland P.S. is a great place to learn and grow. Join us! 💛 Please share with families and friends:
Kindergarten Registration Now Available Online
During school closures due to COVID-19, the Near North District School Board will be accepting school registrations through an online application process.
Please visit our registration page for more information.
Lastly, as more information is pending from the Minister of Education next week, we will update you as soon as we are aware of anything. Again, take care, enjoy your family - and most of all, STAY SAFE!!
Mrs. Amanda Meighan and Ms. Michelle Passmore
Greetings Woodland Lynx Students and Parents!
We hope that everyone is well and taking care of themselves and their families during these unusual times. As of Monday April 6th, 2020, we have begun the next phase of learning at home for our Elementary students – JK to Grade 6. You should have started to receive lessons (either via email or Edsby) from your child’s teacher to support them through this phase. Our staff have been working over the last two weeks to find solutions to the many challenges that Covid 19 presents to our schools and our students and their families. Please know that we do not have all the answers as of yet and we are working diligently at finding the best ways to support all of our students.
We continue to miss you and are hoping that you are feeling better reaching out to your teachers this week. We also know that this situation with Covid-19 may be creating some additional stress for you and your families. Please know we want to continue to support you with your mental health. The following link will provide you with trained people to help. This “check-in” will support students who have previously received counselling at Woodland but also those of you and your families that have new mental health needs and are not connected to a counsellor.
Please go to: https://www.nearnorthschools.ca/we-are-here-to-help/ and do take care.
As already noted on our Facebook page, we ask that our families go the the Near North District School Board website for the most up to date information regarding the Corona Virus.
Be well, be safe.
Amanda Meighan, Principal
Michelle Passmore, Acting Vice Principal
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Link for Parent/Guardians who did not set up an email with the school in September:
Fudge orders can be picked up on Monday, December 9th from 5-7pm at the school.
For those who sold Mini-Peel Coupon books, they will also be available for pick-up with your fudge orders.
Didn’t get a coupon book? No problem - we will have them available for sale on Monday, December 9 at the Fudge pick-up, as well as at the Christmas Concerts on Wednesday, December 18.
For only $20, they make a GREAT stocking stuffer and you’ll absolutely love all the deals inside!
This meeting has been postponed until further notice:
All are welcome to attend: https://www.nearnorthschools.ca/blog/ministry-of-education-special-advisors-holding-public-meetings/19688/
Bullying Awareness Week begins Monday, November 18th. Students and staff will engage in a variety of activities throughout the week, which aim to facilitate learning and conversations around our three domains of bullying prevention: Citizenship, Sportsmanship and Conflict Resolution. All are encouraged to wear pink on Wednesday, November 21st to demonstrate that bullying will not be tolerated.
Please join us on Monday, November 11 at 11:10am in our gymnasium to honour our veterans. All are welcome to attend.
Our November Newsletter is now available! Keep up to date on all the fun activities happening here at Woodland: November 2019
There are no upcoming events at this time.