November Principal Newsletter

Posted by Lisa Maher on 11/1/2018

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Even though the weather keeps changing on us and the leaves are falling with brilliant colors of orange, red and yellow to decorate our school grounds the academic process here at Woodglen is staying constant.  The teachers have established their routines and procedures for class lessons.

November is an important time for us all to reflect on being thankful.  I would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving and a terrific holiday season. Over the next six weeks, I am sure many of you will be busy preparing for family and friends to visit.  As this holiday season progresses, it is important to keep in mind how the interruptions of the holidays impact the students. We would ask that you take an extra moment to help your child focus and stay on task with schoolwork while enjoying this time of year.

Parent Visitation:  We will be celebrating American Education Week on November 6th by inviting parents into our school for a museum-like experience during parent conferences.  We hope you will be able to join us!

Illnesses and School:  We are always looking to keep our students safe and healthy in school.  Please note that children must remain home until they are fever free for a full 24 hours without medication for any illness.  Please check your children before they leave for school in the morning and keep them home if they are ill, especially with fever. Please be reminded not give them medication for fever and send them to school, as fever can indicate a contagious stage, potentially impacting others.

Winter Music Concert:  On Wednesday, December 5th at 6:30 PM our fifth graders will be putting on a Winter Music Concert – a show that is not to be missed. 

All School Spirit Days:  Just a reminder that Woodglen holds spirit days each month.  Feel free to dress your children in either our school colors (green and yellow) or spirit wear!  Don’t forget a cape!

OLWEUS Program:  Each year, Woodglen holds a new theme (BE A HERO) usually focused around Olweus and character.  We continue to focus on inspiring greatness through our good choices. Students should be aware of these choices we make during our Woodglen days.  For those of you new to our anti-bullying program (Olweus), be sure to ask your children about our four anti-bullying rules;

  • We will not bully others! 
  • If someone is being bullied we will tell an adult at home and at school. 
  • Everyone can play! 
  • We will help others if they are bullied. 

PBIS:  We continue to follow our PBIS matrix. The matrix is broken down into four components.

  • Be Safe
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible
  • Be a Learner

A copy can be found in the office or in your child’s planner. Please review these four components with your child.

No School Days:  There is no school on November 6, 12, 22,, and 23.

I am grateful to work with a committed group educators that are always striving to improve their practices and families supporting the students behind the scenes..

Thank you to the Woodglen school community and the PTA for their unending support with school initiatives such as technology to cultural arts programs to wonderful events.  It is always appreciated.


Lisa Maher