Wood Oaks Principal Newsletter 9/23/22

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Wood Oaks Principal Newsletter 9/23/22

Picture Day - September 28 (final posting) 

Mark your calendar and schedule that haircut! Picture day will be on September 28. Students will take their picture during their physical education class. Order forms will be sent home the week prior, but are also available electronically here.

Yearbook Ordering

It’s time to think about ordering a yearbook for the 2022-2023 school year! All yearbooks are ordered directly through Jostens and will be distributed to students on the last day of school. Please consider capturing the school memories and ordering a yearbook for your child. No extra yearbooks will be available for purchase once ordering closes. Please use the QR code found on the order form to place your order by October 7. 

Author Visit - Oct. 4

We look forward to Jennifer A. Nielsen's author visit to Wood Oaks, on Tuesday, October 4th during Reading/Language Arts classes. Jennifer is a New York Times bestselling author of The Ascendance series, beginning with The False Prince, Traitor’s Game series, the historical novels of Resistance, A Night Divided, Words on Fire, Rescue, and several other titles. If your child wants a book autographed by the author, please bring the pre-purchased book(s) to the library with the following information listed on a sticky note:
Child's first and last name
Reading/LA teacher's name and period
               (No books will be available for purchase at Wood Oaks.)
Please bring the books to the library by Friday, September 30th. Should you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Cronin at: cronin.g@nb27.org.

Lockdown Drill - October 6

We will conduct our annual lockdown drill on Thursday, October 6th. This is an announced drill and we will have a special schedule to accommodate the drill. Students will review what to do in class if we lockdown within the building. On October 7th, Mr. Suminski and Mrs. Beake will review with students during their physical education classes the locations to meet what to do in the event that the choice is made to leave the building during a lockdown event. During all these drills, we will be considerate of students and their emotional well-being. As stated in our District communication, if you would prefer for your student to not participate in any portion of our lockdown drill, please contact Mrs. Beake

My Red Said: A Mental Health Awareness Campaign from CATCH

One of the best ways to support mental health is talking about our feelings, but that can be difficult.  We are trying to make it easier by joining CATCH in the My Red Said initiative to help start those conversations.  Students and staff are invited to stop by a My Red Said station at school where they can write and read messages of hope and compassion on hearts that hang on a display of red ribbons.  Be sure to ask your child: What does your red say?  Then look for an opportunity to write your own message at My Red Said stations across the community.  Learn more.

Parent Teacher Conferences

While Parent-Teacher Conferences are not until October 26 and October 27, sign-up will begin on September 29. You should have received an email specific to your child(ren) with details on how to register prior to the 29th. All Wood Oaks conferences will be virtual using the Meet the Teacher platform. If you did not receive information regarding signing up for conferences, please email Mr. Phillips phillips.j@nb27.org

Cell Phones and Smartwatches

We ask for your cooperation in maintaining the learning environment. Children's use of cellular phones and smartwatches during the school day disrupts the learning environment. These devices are prohibited from being used during school hours. Cell phones should remain off during the school day. If children need to reach a parent during the day, they are directed to consult with a teacher or make a phone call from the school office. If your child has a personal device, please help us to help them use it appropriately at school. Parents should not text or call a child during the school day. If you need to get a message to your child, call the office and we can deliver a message to your child at an appropriate time during the school day. Thank you for your partnership in this effort!