Woodland Newsletter

November 2017

Message from the Principal

Hello Families,

Our School Council has welcomed its newest member, Christy O’Brien, who joins the following existing members: Deb Boshart (PTO co-chair), Stephen Carroll (Community Representative), Susan Cohen (Faculty Member), Allison Krueger (Parent Representative), Emma Kwon (Staff Member), Jill Looney (Faculty Member), Karen Rietze (PTO co-chair) and Tony Rosa (METCO Representative). Please join me in thanking them for their commitment, dedication and support for Woodland School. All are welcome to join our meetings!

If you have been at school for a parent-teacher conference or volunteering, you may have noticed benches in the hallways. Thanks to a WEEFC grant funded by your generous donations, we purchased four benches. Three of those benches are dedicated to “conversations and collaborations” amongst our school community. Now, you may find teachers collaborating with each other or students and teachers chatting about their favorite book. Another addition to our school property is the Buddy bench located on our playground. The premise of the buddy bench is If a child is seated on the bench, it signals to the other students that this friend is looking for someone to play with. Classroom teachers, in collaboration with Carrie Dyball, our adjustment counselor, have introduced this concept to the students. Our hope is that the Buddy Bench will give the students a safe place to find comfort, friendship and confidence on the playground.

Finally, through the combined efforts of Country, Woodland and Field School “Hats for Hurricane Survivors” fundraising event, we were able to donate approximately $3,000 to UNICEF and Red Cross Hurricane Relief. This was a great lesson of a community building empathy in our youngest citizens.


Jennifer G. Faber

School Happenings


Some events to highlight and ask your child about…

Grade 2 students are learning all about realistic fiction! Their unit of study includes discussion on how actions and words help us understand a character’s traits, and how a character often changes from the beginning to the end of a story.

Grade 1 students went on a tree walk with the educators from Land’s Sake Farm The children learned how to tell the age of a White Pine Tree. While in class, the students have been looking closely at the changes in their Sky Tree and discussing the attributes of leaves.

All students participated in assemblies that focused on safety presented by our very own, Weston Fire and Police Departments. The WFD taught the students to stop, drop and roll. While the WPD taught the students all about halloween safety.

Dates to Remember

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  • Bristol Lodge Drive begins on Thursday, November 2nd and ends on Wednesday, November 22nd.
  • Family Movie Night featuring Moana on Friday, November 3rd at 6:00pm.
  • School Council Meeting scheduled for November 6th at 2:30pm will be rescheduled for Monday, November 13th.
  • Early Release on Wednesday, November 22nd at 11:00am.
  • NO SCHOOL on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th due to Thanksgiving holiday.
  • NO SCHOOL on Monday, November 27th due to Teacher Workshop Day.