WS PTO Update

Dear Woodland School families,

Welcome to Week 12! We hope everyone had a nice long weekend. Please see below for important messages and dates. Important Dates:

  • Thursday, November 17: Dr. Green Coffee | 9:00am | Field School or Zoom
  • Friday, November 18: Elementary Safety Forum | 8:30am | Woodland School
  • Wednesday, November 23: Early Dismissal | 11:00am
  • Thursday, December 1: Reading, Fundations, & Heggerty Curriculum Forum | 8:30-9:30am | Field School
  • Wednesday, December 7: Early Dismissal | 11:30am
  • Thursday, December 8: Tech & Libraries Curriculum Forum | 8:30-9:30am | Field School
  • Tuesday, December 13: Woodland School Teacher and Staff Cookie Exchange Extravaganza | 9:30am | Woodland School – Sign Up Here
  • Thursday, December 15: Writing Curriculum Forum | 8:30-9:30am | Country School
  • Friday, December 16: Woodland School Winter Concert | 8:45am | Woodland School
  • Friday, December 23: Early Dismissal | 11:30am | Winter Break

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Community Events …

Principal Coffee: Dr. Green invites parents of all students in grades 3-5 to attend a discussion on social media/phone safety this Thursday, November 17 at 9:00 am in the Field School cafeteria. The discussion will focus on how schools and families can best support students as they increasingly encounter social media, as well as the pressures related to technology. Weston Police School Resource Officer, Lindsey Bazigian, will be a guest presenter. The presentation will be shared over Zoom for those unable to attend in person via the following link: https://westonorg.zoom.us/j/6719059093

In an effort to be environmentally friendly and cut down on food waste, we encourage you to bring your own coffee or tea in a reusable container.

Elementary Safety Forum:  You should have received an email from Principal Dimen  regarding the Elementary School Safety Forum this Friday, November 18 at Woodland School from 8:30-9:30 am. The purpose of the meeting is to introduce parents to the A.L.I.C.E protocol. ALICE is an acronym that empowers students and teachers to act when an intruder creates a hostile environment within the school:

A – Alert

L – Lockdown

I – Inform

C – Counter

E – Evacuate

There will NOT be drills at the elementary school level, but students will be introduced to Stay Safe Choices from the Safe and Sound Schools curriculum. The lessons from this curriculum will ensure that students and staff will know and use the same language and procedures if ever needed. For those unable to attend in person, you can use this Zoom link to access the forum.

Cookie Exchange Extravaganza: Calling all bakers! Sign up here to bake, buy, or donate, cookies for the teachers and staff at Woodland School on December 13th! It’s a favorite day that everyone in the school looks forward to and is one of the most festive appreciation events of our year. We hope you’ll consider making your family’s favorite treat (or more!) to share!

Save the Date for the Multicultural Fair! Save the date and consider getting involved in the much-anticipated return of the Elementary Multicultural Fair on Thursday, January 26, 2023, from 5:00-7:00pm. We are looking for volunteers to (1) host a booth representing a culture, country, or region; this is the heart of our multicultural fair. Feel free to partner with other members of the elementary community with whom you share a culture, country, or region to co-host a booth! We will also need volunteers to (2) assist with: a) set-up before the event; b) clean-up at the end; c) work a shift during the event; and/or d) help prepare materials leading up to the fair. This event relies on the help of volunteers, so please reach out to us if you are interested in participating. You can contact us directly to volunteer, or be on the lookout for communications and a Sign-Up from your Room Parents in the coming weeks.

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Ongoing Community Fundraisers ….

Bristol Lodge Annual Food Drive The second graders learned all about the Bristol Lodge last week in school. Don’t forget to send in your non-perishable items to support the Waltham’s Bristol Lodge Food Pantry and Homeless Shelters now through November 23rd. The goal is to collect at least 2,000 items from each elementary school!  Suggested items to donate include canned goods, pasta, boxed juices, cereals, kids’ snacks, condiments, baby food, dried beans and rice. Pull top-lids are preferred, and all items must be non-expired.

In addition, we are offering the option to donate a grocery store gift card (suggested stores are Stop & Shop, Star Market and Market Basket).  Please send grocery gift cards to Stacy Gilman, 26 Candleberry Lane, Weston, MA or email to stacysimon21@gmail.com.  Venmo donations are also accepted at @Michelle-Raymond-58  (7316 last four digits of phone #).  Please involve your students and give! November 1 – November 23

The Weston METCO Fruit Sale – 100% of the proceeds raised go to help support Weston High School METCO Student Activities. In the past we have been able to assist with field trip and AP exam fees as well as host special METCO student celebrations and community building events! We would love to expand our effort and include supporting our Global Student Travel Fund, which offers scholarships to assist METCO Students participation in educational travel opportunities. Your orders will help to make this possible! For your convenience, we are accepting orders online!  Just click the following link to log on to our group fruit sale website: http://freshfruitorderorg/WestonMetcoFruit

The deadline for ordering fruit with a credit card online is November 20. If you would like to pay by cash or check, please contact Nancy Fournier at 781-786-5851 or fourniern@weston.org. Thank you for your support!

BWMPO Fall 2022 John Hudson Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser: The BWMPO’s fall fundraiser for the John Hudson Memorial Scholarship fund with Boston-based My Grandma’s Coffee Cakes is underway. There are four flavors available to order and we’ll have a pickup location in Weston and another in Boston for your convenience on November 19th, just in time for the holidays.  Don’t delay; order your cakes today!  Please contact Keitrice Johnson with any questions, and submit your order here.

Have a wonderful week,

Meghan Covington & Emily Malenfant

Woodland School PTO Co-Chairs