Message from the WS PTO

Dear Woodland School Families,

We hope you had a wonderful summer and are excited about a great school year ahead! It is hard to believe it is that time again. As the PTO Co-Chairs for Woodland School, we wanted to welcome you and update you on some helpful back-to-school information. We know this is a lot of information but we hope it will help ease the transition!

Class Assignments: You should have received your child’s classroom assignment via email Wednesday, and it is also available in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. If you are having difficulties or have additional questions regarding Infinite Campus or Campus Portal, please contact ichelpdesk@weston.org.

In the coming weeks, room parents will create and distribute class lists to each class. In an effort to assist this process, we are urging families to fill out the following form, and this information will be passed along to room parents:

Please fill out as much or as little information as you prefer; room parents will reach out for remaining information once school starts.

Volunteer Opportunities: If you are interested in volunteering throughout the year please email Meghan or Emily or visit the PTO membership website. Once in your membership Toolkit account click “Sign up to Volunteer” and select Woodland. There you will find a list of volunteer opportunities.

Important September Dates:

  • Monday, August 29: Annual Back-to-School Ice Cream Social hosted by the Weston PTO | 3:30-5:00pm | Field School (more details below)

  • Wednesday, August 31: Preschool Tour | 9-9:45am

  • Wednesday, August 31: Kindergarten Tour | 10-10:45am (Information from your classroom teacher will follow with the meeting location)

  • Wednesday, August 31: WCCA Kindergarten BYO Picnic | 11:00am (Alphabet field is located on your right as you drive down Alphabet Lane, just before Country School and Woodland School)

  • Please click on this link for schedule information for first few days of Kindergarten. 

  • Wednesday, August 31: First Day of School Grades 1-3!

  • Monday, September 5: No school (Labor Day)

  • Wednesday, September 7: PTO Coffee with Mr. Dimen & Back to School Session (In-Person in WS Library & Zoom option available) | 9-10am

  • Thursday, September 22: WS Back to School Night (PreK – Gr 3) (Additional details to be sent by the school)

  • Friday, September 23: WS Picture Day

We’re Social! Follow us on Instagram @WestonWoodlandWolves for School-related photos and information!

We hope you are as excited as we are for the year ahead!  We plan to be in touch weekly during the year (via direct email or room parent emails) to update families on the latest Woodland School announcements.  PTO members can also subscribe to Westword, the weekly PTO newsletter for all WPS and Weston-related communications.  If you haven’t already, don’t forget to join or renew your membership!  Membership info is below.

Health Form: Don’t forget to complete the student health form linked here and return it via email to Nurse Joanna Sudmyer, sudmyerj@weston.org or print and return it on the first day of school.

A little about us…

Meghan Covington

I have lived in Weston for the past four years with my husband, Chris and two children. Hadley is entering the 5th grade at Field School and Pierce is entering the 3rd grade at Woodland School. This is my second year as co-chair of the Woodland PTO and I look forward to a great year ahead and meeting/seeing you at lots of in person activities.

Emily Malenfant 

I have lived in Weston for the past six years with my husband, Jon, and two children. Jack is entering the 3rd grade and Audrey is entering the 1st grade at Woodland School. I am excited to get to know you all this year and to work to build a strong Woodland community!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, ideas or interest in volunteering at Woodland School.

See you all soon for the first day of school!

Best,

Meghan Covington & Emily Malenfant

Woodland School PTO Co-Chairs

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As advertised above, more info…

Back-to-School Ice Cream Social for Weston families:

Hosted by the Weston PTO

Come enjoy delicious ice cream and fun playground time with new and old friends as we celebrate the start of the school year!  This is a wonderful opportunity for new families in town to meet friends, and for existing families to reconnect with old friends. A variety of allergy friendly, individually packaged ice cream treats will be provided by VeeBop’s Ice Cream Truck. Looking forward to seeing you at the Field School on August 29th at 3:30pm! For questions, contact Stacy Gilman at (781) 789-5927 or stacysimon21@gmail.com.

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Join the Weston PTO or renew your membership today for 2022-2023!

If you have a child in the Weston Public Schools, please join or renew your Weston PTO membership for the 2022-2023 school year!

WHO WE ARE

The Weston PTO is an all-volunteer, parent-run, non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the education of our children and fostering community within our schools. We keep parents connected and engaged by facilitating a closer relationship between the schools and home and by serving as a communication link between the two.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE WAYS THE PTO DELIVERS

·       We support educational programs spanning all grades K-12 and coordinate visits by select authors, artists and performers, like the Tangelwood Marionettes and authors Kate Messner and Jennifer De Leon.

·       We sponsor parent education events with guest speakers representing various disciplines, like Dr. Jill Walsh on helping our children establish technology boundaries.

·       We coordinate back-to-school parent socials each fall helping to build important grade-level parent connections.

·       We organize community outreach drives supporting local charities, like Bristol Lodge and the Lincoln-Weston Food Pantry, while offering kids and families the opportunity to engage in social responsibility and philanthropy.

·       We host regularly scheduled parent/principal coffees to build and maintain important connections with school leadership.

·       We organize social events for parents and children like the Halloween trunk-or-treat, elementary schools drive-in movie night, Middle School art show, and High School graduation events.

·       We sponsor faculty/staff appreciation events throughout the year at each school.

·       Our parent volunteers who serve as school chairs, class parent advisors and room parents create a critical liaison between the PTO, parents, teachers and school leadership.

BENEFITS OF PTO MEMBERSHIP

The annual membership fee is $75 per family. By purchasing it, you support the many ways the PTO engages with our community. Your membership also:

·       Helps you connect with other families by providing access to an online directory of all families with students in our schools.

·       Keeps you informed through a subscription to the PTO’s Westword weekly electronic newsletter listing consolidated school and community activities and events.

·       Enables you to purchase a printed version of the PTO school directory for $15 each.

You can secure an annual PTO membership for your family here.

IF YOU’D LIKE TO GET INVOLVED…

Please let us know! There are many opportunities, and we welcome short and longer-term commitments. Whether it’s helping to organize a class event, bringing performers, artists and authors to our schools, volunteering at a STEM Fair, welcoming new families to the community, helping our Green Team’s sustainability programs, our website and communications team, or serving as a school chair, we have a place for you! When you sign up for PTO membership, for those who wish to volunteer (not a membership requirement), you will have the opportunity to express interest in helping out with events that happen throughout the school year.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

If you have any questions, please contact Allison King and Natasha Douthitt, our 2022-2023 Membership Chairs, at ptowestonmembership@gmail.com.

If you have any issues with Paypal, please reach out for information on how to pay by check.

We are so grateful for your support! We can’t do it without you!