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Our Woodland Family Connections ~ January/February 2020

Happy New Year, Woodland Families! 

We hope your holiday vacation was filled with lots of fun and relaxation – and you are ready for an exciting second semester.  Our teachers are hard at work with great lesson planning and organization as we continue to engage and inspire our Woodland students.  I could not be prouder of our students’ learning and passion for success.  Thank you for everything that you do at home to support your student or students.    By working together, we continue to Soar with Greatness!  J

As we think forward into January/February, we have a few details for sharing…

Student Wellness

As you know, our Johnson City community has experienced an increased number of strep, flu, and viral infections during these most recent weeks.   In consultation with Ballad Health just this week, Dr. Barnett and our district wellness team have asked that we share the following reminders with all families:

  • Please keep your student at home for at least 24 hours after no fever or signs of fever (chills, feeling very warm, flushed, or sweating) without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  • We must remind our students at home and at school to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or with their bent arm. If using a tissue, the used tissue should be placed in a trash can and hands should be washed.
  • Always remember to wash hands for at least 20 seconds, dry hands with a paper towel, and then use the paper towel to turn off the water faucet.
  • If soap and water are not available, a hand sanitizer may be used instead.
  • We will continue to remind our students to wash their hands at school as often as needed and during each of our daily restroom breaks throughout the school day.
  • We will also remind our students to keep hands away from their nose, mouth, and eyes.
  • Our custodial crew is also working extra hard to disinfect all hard surfaces multiple times per day. Thank you, Mr. Josh, Mr. DJ, Mr. Jeff, and Mr. Jason! 
  • Nurse Bryan is positioned in our school clinic and is always available for medical consultations as connected with our Woodland students. Thank you, Nurse Bryan, for your medical expertise! 
  • It takes a village!

Congratulations to Mrs. Mary Jacobs…

Our 2020 Woodland Teacher of the Year!   We are so very proud of you, Mrs. Jacobs – and all that you do for our students and families!   Thank you for representing Woodland! 

Welcoming Our Newest Woodland Team Members

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Leroy Worley as our new Technology Coordinator.   Mr. Worley comes to us as an experienced teacher as well as his most recent work as an instructional technology coach.   We are super excited that Mr. Worley has joined our Woodland Team.  

And we wish Mr. Daniel Burchette the very best as he will be moving onward to Science Hill High School to serve within their TECH team very shortly.   We appreciate your great work at Woodland, Mr. Burchette! 

Also – please join us in welcoming Mrs. Danielle Hensley-Ahrens to PK.  Mrs. Hensley-Ahrens will serve as the lead teacher in Mrs. Wippich’s PK classroom for the remainder of this school year while Mrs. Wippich is away from Woodland.  A special congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Wippich on the forthcoming arrival of their little one. 

As always, please contact us as questions or concerns arise via email or phone.   We are always here to support you:  our amazing PK-4 students and families! J    Our main office is open each school day/7:30 AM – 4:30 PM. 

With kindest regards,

Dr. Karen Reach

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  • Our Woodland Office #423.434.5267
  • Our Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Kathy Berry
  • Our Family/School Coordinator and Attendance Specialist: Mrs. Brenna Bennett
  • Our School Counselor: Mrs. Mary Jacobs
  • Our Educare Director: Mrs. Kirstie Bolton

Our Forthcoming Dates of Interest

JAN 10

Woodland School Spirit Day:  everyone is invited to wear a favorite Woodland shirt and jeans if you wish.

JAN 14

Quarter 2 Honor Roll Gatherings:  Grades K – 2 at 9:30 AM and Grades 3 & 4 at 2:15 PM

JAN 17

Freggie Friday in our Cafe

JAN 20

School Closed in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

JAN 31

Parent/Grandparent Volunteer Training at 10 AM

All parents and grandparents who serve as Woodland volunteers are encouraged to attend this important training session or the FEB 13th session.  See note below. 

FEB 13

Parent/Grandparent Volunteer Training at 6 PM (alternate date and time).

Volunteers may attend JAN 31 or FEB 13. 


A Look Into our Schools Presentation at the JC Schools’ District Office/ all parents and grandparents are invited   10 – 11:30 AM as hosted by Dr. Robbie Anderson

Also, FEB 7:  Our First FRI Gatherings/ Grades PK – 1 at 1 PM.  Grades 2 – 4 at 2:15 PM.  In addition, we will celebrate with another School Spirit Day:  wearing our FAV Woodland shirts with jeans if you wish to do so. 

FEB 12

Quarter 3 Mid-Term Grading Reports

FEB 14

Happy Valentine’s Day Activities and Freggie Friday in our Cafe

FEB 17

Snowflake Day One:  School will be closed unless this day is needed as a snow make-up day.  

FEB 20

FEB PTA Meeting and Grade 2 Music/Art Presentations

Practice Performance at 2 PM.   Evening Performance at 6 PM. 

FEB 26

Classroom Group Photographs


Please remember to read with your student for at least 20 minutes per school day.   Building fluency and comprehension are super important as our students continue to grow and explore through the adventures of reading! 

A Closing Thought for Inspiration ~

The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day.  (O. A. Battista)