Dear Woodland Families ~ Thank you so very much for a wonderful beginning to our new school year. We are off to a sensational start! As always, please reach out to us via email or phone as questions or concerns should arise. Your continued partnership means the world to us as we work together for the benefit of all students. WE are an amazing learning community and have much to celebrate! :D
Dr. Karen Reach
Our Kindness Garden
We are so very proud of our beautiful Kindness Garden located in the front portion of our landscaping. Each of our K-4 students designed a special kindness rock last spring during art time with Mrs. Burgess. Those designs are so inspirational and unique! A special thanks to Lifeforce Glass and Mrs. Jennifer Kelso-Brunson for donating the many rocks needed for our kindness project. Our hope is that all students and families will be inspired by those words of kindness within our garden. Please stop by and visit this wonderful area when you have time to do so! A special thanks to Mr. Josh and Mrs. Burgess for the excellent design and placement of our garden area.
Our Buddy Benches
More exciting supports for our students ~ we will soon be adding two new Buddy Benches on both the small and large playgrounds. These special playground benches will be a kindness reminder that at any time a student is feeling lonely or sad, he/she can sit upon the buddy bench as a signal that he/she would like a friend or friends to connect with upon the bench. It is always our mission for students to feel supported and encouraged at school. A constant connection to the WE in our school motto!
Afternoon Car Line
THANK YOU, Woodland Families, for your patience and flexibility with our afternoon car line. Our process time is improving each day. Please remember that it takes our little ones a few weeks to feel comfortable with the afternoon trek ~ so please continue to be patient with us.
Johnson City Schools’ STEAM Bus
We are so enthusiastic about our new Science/Technology/Engineering/Art/Math Bus! A ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception to honor this new JCS opportunity will be conducted next Thursday, AUG 23 @ 6 PM at the Johnson City Mall. And then you can follow us to Barnes & Noble for our Woodland/PTA Night of Incredible Readers! Exciting ~ everyone is invited! Hope to see you there!
- All students need to have 5 or less unexcused absences for the school year.
- All students that exceed 10% missed school days are considered to be chronically absent as defined by The Tennessee Department of Education.
- This can negatively affect our district and school accountability.
Please remember, if you have an appointment of any kind, please make sure your student returns to school in a timely manner. Thank you!
School Supply Lists:
Dr. Reach sat down with several young readers on World Read Aloud Day and asked them how they enjoyed celebrating the event at Woodland as well as any advice they would like to give to other young readers around the world. Watch the full "Reading Round-Table" on Youtube by clicking the picture above or this link.
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Thank you, Woodland Students! Because of your donations, we were able to help 23 families receive a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. Our next Community Connections project will be announced soon. So stay tuned.
WOW!!! We collected $915.60 for our hurricane victims. We presented that to the Red Cross on September 29th during a school wide gathering. Thanks to each of you who contributed to this very special Community Connection. Our students are learning the importance of helping others within and outside of our Johnson City community.
Let's Read - Let's Soar (School Wide Reading Goal)
Our 2017/18 School Wide Reading Goal is 20,000 AR Points
Currently we are at 11,102- 55.51% (as of 02/05/18)
Our students continue to read – read – read and we are SO VERY, VERY, VERY proud! Keep up the wonderful reading encouragement that you provide at home. Did you know that a student who reads only 1 minute per day outside of school will only learn 8,000 words by the end of grade 6? Conversely, a student who reads 20 minutes per day outside of school will learn 1,800,000 words by the end of grade 6. That is tremendous!
Please ensure that your student is reading at least 20 minutes per day at home. Remember that today’s readers will become tomorrow’s leaders - and that is exciting! Don’t forget that a bedtime story is another great way to accrue those reading minutes. Every child enjoys a fun bedtime story! And remember if you choose a book that is above your student’s grade level for a special bedtime or sharing story - that is absolutely fine. We want our children to learn new vocabulary and concepts that they may not be able to read on their own.
MyON is another wonderful technology tool to use at home – your student has an individual login for this special reading site. Please check with Mr. Simerly or your child’s teacher if you need special login instructions.
Our School-wide Makerspace
Thank you for your many, many donations! Mr. Simerly is working hard to create this very unique learning space for our students. Remember to send any extra crayons, markers, papers, cardboard, boxes, etc. that could be used to construct student projects within this special Woodland creation space. Your donations will be put to good use!
25 Years of Excellence: Back to School Bash
Thanks to each of you who attended last week’s Back to School Bash/Celebrating our 25 years of Excellence! It was such a great family event!
A special thanks to Mrs. Evans and our third and fourth grade singers. Your message in song was absolutely beautiful!
In addition --- to each of you who shared your service time with our PTA on that particular evening: thank you, thank you, and thank you! By working together, we will continue to Soar with Greatness!
We do have much to celebrate!
Morning Drop-Off/Arrival Time
Please remember that we must not drop-off students before 7:45 AM.
It is very unsafe to do so because our teachers and support staff are not on duty until 7:45 AM.
In short, student supervision begins at 7:45 AM each school day. A special thanks to our Related Arts’ teachers and Officer Hilton for their daily service as our morning supervision team.
It truly takes a village!
The safety of all students is our number one priority at Johnson City Schools. In an ongoing effort to improve safety, we are implementing district-wide check in and check out procedures at each school location. These procedures will help us keep track of who is in our buildings at all times.
Please wear your visitor badge visibly while in the building. Thank you.
At Woodland Elementary