September Newsletter

Save the Date: September 25th Volunteer Orientation and PTO Meeting

Come for the Volunteer Orientation (required each year for anyone who would like to volunteer at Woodbrook) on September 25th at 5:30 pm.  If you are unable to attend this training, please contact the office to schedule a school day session.

…and stay for the first PTO Meeting of the year at 6:30 pm, to immediately follow the Volunteer Orientation. Check out the activities we have planned for the year and see how you can do your part to make this school year great!  Most of our meetings take place on the 1st or 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm in the library.  Childcare will be available for children ages 3 and up.

See you at Back to School Night!

Back to School Night on September 20th from 6-8 pm is a great opportunity to meet your children’s teachers, visit their classrooms, and find out what the students have been up to!

The PTO will also be present to answer questions about what we do and how you can help. Parents can pick up Woodbrook T-shirts and magnets that you ordered at Back to School Night.  If you haven’t had a chance to submit your orders, we will have a limited supply available for sale on that night as well.  If you can’t make it to back to school night, we will send home the t-shirts and magnets through your child’s classroom teacher on Friday.
We also hope to have Attractions coupons books for sale at Back to School night.

Woodbrook Open House – August 20th

Dear Woodbrook Parents,

Don’t forget to join us for the Woodbrook Elementary Open House!

PreK & Kindergarten families begin at 4:30 pm. We ask families with children in 1st-5th grades to attend Open House at at 5:30 pm.

Finally, school supplies can be purchased at Open House for $30 made payable by check or cash. There will also be an Ice Cream Social.

We look forward to meeting everyone!


Last Week of School!?!

Here’s what’s going on this last week of the 2018-2019 school year. . .

Monday, June 4th: First Grade Field Trip, Kindergarten picnic and 3rd grade success night
Tuesday, June 5th: School-wide morning meeting at 12:30pm in the new gym, Bright Stars Field Trip
Wednesday, June 6th: 1st and 2nd grade multi-age field trip picnic at Wildrock
Thursday, June 7th: 1/2 day of school (11:30am dismissal). If parents are picking up their child(ren) before 11:30am, they must sign them out in the office.  Thursday is also the LAST day of school and 5th grade graduation.  4th grade families customarily host a reception for the 5th grade families after the ceremony.  Sign up at to help
Friday, June 8th:  No school for students but teachers will be working hard to pack up their classrooms as the school will be closed to everyone not connected to construction.  We will be providing teachers with lunch.  To help see:

Looking for some reading fun in the sun for the kids?   See the attached flyer from our library!

School News!

Hard to believe that Memorial Day weekend is already upon us!  No school Monday!  A few reminders for the coming week:

  1.  Please remember to return your child(ren)’s preliminary class placement letters for next year with any questions and comments.  Your input is valued and appreciated.
  2. Children return to school on Tuesday, May 29th; 4th graders get to go on a Field Trip to Camp Albemarle while 5th graders take their Virginia Studies SOL.
  3. On Wednesday, May 30th, first grade celebrates their success night.
  4. On Thursday, May 31st, the 1st/2nd grade multi-age will be having their end of year picnic at Wildrock while Bright Stars will have their Kindergarten readiness family night that evening.
  5. On Friday, June 1st, Woodbrook will be hosting its final school-wide morning meeting during which we will be officially welcoming students redistricted from Greer and Agnor-Hurt.  In addition, Woodbrook will be having its annual volunteer appreciation event in the Art Room following the school-wide morning meeting.  On a busy Friday, the 4th and 5th grade classes will be having their Family cook-out at 11:30am and the first grade classes will going on a Field Trip.
  6. Albemarle County Public Schools is conducting a survey re: transportation services.  To participate, please click on the following link by June 7, 2018:
  7. June 7th also is our last day of school; a half-day as well as 5th grade graduation.  4th grade families will be hosting a reception afterwards.  Sign up to help at

Calling all 4th grade parents. . .

It has been a long-standing tradition at Woodbrook for the 4th grade parents to host a reception for the 5th grade class to celebrate the culmination of their elementary school years.  This year’s gathering will be in the cafeteria on Thursday, June 7th following the 5th grade stepping up ceremony.  Below is a sign up genius link to help organize the event.  Donations can be dropped off ahead of time in the office or delivered day of to the cafeteria.  Please contact Beth Daane with any questions.

Silent Auction!

This year we are trying something new!  Those of you who attended the Fun Fair had the opportunity to view and bid on a number of items.  In fact, you may have won big on Saturday!  Not everyone could be there, however, so we wanted to continue the fun online.  Check out: to see if there’s anything that peaks your interest.  Share with your friends, family and neighbors. . . you don’t have to be part of the Woodbrook community to participate.

Teacher Appreciation Week!

May 7th -May 11th is Teacher/Staff Appreciation at Woodbrook Elementary School!  Attached is a template if your child(ren) are interested in sending notes for their teachers.  In the past, we have done a gift card raffle on Friday; we are still looking for donations in any amount and from any store.  Please send them in to the school by Thursday.  We are also hoping to provide teachers and staff fruit and healthy snacks each day in the teacher’s lounge as well.  Know too that your financial contributions thus far have enabled the PTO to send the teachers to Brick Oven for lunch throughout this upcoming week as well as lottery tickets and lunch vouchers at Chick-Fil-A.  We will also be setting up a traveling coffee bar one day this week.

Seeking Fun Fair Volunteers!

It takes our entire school community to make the Fun Fair and Silent Auction a success.  This Mother’s Day weekend, please consider donating an hour of your time to run a game, collect tickets, sell some food, monitor the Silent Auction or Raffles, bake some cupcakes, and/or help with set up/clean up.  The Fair itself runs from 4-7pm on Saturday, May 12th.  We will be start setting up Friday after school and collecting baked goods at that time.  See the sign up genius below for all the possible ways to contribute to this fantastic event.  Know friends and neighbors who might be interested in coming and volunteering?  Be sure to invite them and feel free to share the sign up genius link.  The more, the merrier!


School News!

  1. This coming week is Spirit Week at Woodbrook:

Monday: Dress like your favorite book character

Tuesday: Crazy Hair Day

Wednesday: Twin Day

Thursday: PJ Day

Friday: Woodbrook Spirit Day

2. The next school-wide morning meeting will be on Monday, April 30th.

3. Mrs. Pollack and Mrs. Remley’s first grade classes will be visiting the Metro Richmond zoo on Tuesday, May 1st.

4.  Tuesday, May 1st and Wednesday, May 2nd are the last two days of clubs and tutoring.

5.  Wednesday, May 2nd is the Kindergarten music concert.  Showtimes are at 1 and 6:30pm.

6.  Friday, May 4th is a popular Field Trip day:

4/5’s are going to Washington D.C.

Bright Stars are headed to Kluge Ruhe and Pen Park

The Kindergartens are off to Ashlawn

7. Saturday, May 5th, 7 pm – Our Chance to Dance class will be performing at the Paramount Theater as part of Charlottesville Ballet’s: A Decade of Dance.

LulaRoe Fundraiser!

We have two hosts for the fundraiser: A-Z   You can shop at one or BOTH locations!  Go and find all your unicorns!!!
Time: 2-4 Sunday 4/29
A-Z LuLaRoe (Ashley and Zarina)
1407 Teakwood Cove
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Monique Bragg
1005 Wildmere Place
Charlottesville, VA 22901
(Location around house at back door)​
Busy this weekend?  No worries; you can shop online for the fundraiser for up to one week after the event at and

Parent Council FREE screening of Screenagers!

The Parent Council is thrilled to present SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time.

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.

SCREENAGERS addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on—depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.

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May 3rd, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Sutherland Middle School 2801 Powell Creek Dr., Charlottesville, VA 22911

Register for this FREE event at:

Get your tickets!

Woodbrook’s annual fun fair is rapidly approaching!  Tickets are now available for pre-order for this Mother’s Day weekend extravaganza.  Purchase your game tickets/arm band and raffle tickets ahead of time and avoid the lines the day of.    Simply fill out the form below and return it to your child’s teacher.  The LAST day to send in ticket order forms is Wednesday, May 9th.  Pre-purchased tickets will be sent home with your child on or before Friday, May 11th.

GAMES: 2 tickets are needed for each game.  Pre-ordered game tickets are 5 for $1 (they will be 4 for $1 at the door).  Armbands are also available for $10 (they will be $12 at the door) and provide UNLIMITED game playing throughout the event.  Note: children 2 and under do not need tickets or an armband to play the games.

DUNKING BOOTH: Back by popular demand, we will have a dunking booth again this year. Each throw will be $2 (or 8 tickets).  You can also purchase 3 throws for $5.  Please note that armbands CANNOT be used for dunk tank throws.

RAFFLES:  We will have a wonderful assortment of teacher raffles (i.e. ice cream, pizza or other fun activities with your favorite teachers from Woodbrook) and themed baskets (Summer Fun, Sports, Movie Night, etc.).  Pre-ordered raffle tickets are 6 for $5 (they will be $1 each at the door).

WILL CALL: We are offering the will call option again this year if you would prefer to order your tickets in advance and pick them up the day of the event.  Please select this option on the form if you are interested!  Please note that any orders received after Wednesday, May 9th will not come home with your child and will be waiting for you at will call.

SEAC Update!


Children’s Challenging Behaviors

A Class for Parents who have Children and Youth with Mental Health Needs

Saturday, April 21st (10am – 4pm)
PREP Parent Resource Center, 1434 Rolkin Court, Charlottesville

Children’s Challenging Behaviors was created to educate and support families who have a child diagnosed with a mental illness and/or who has challenging behaviors. This comprehensive training focuses on developing skills to manage challenging behavior, and learning information and skills to advocate for a child in the educational, medical, social service, and insurance settings. 


The Zones of Regulation

Free Parent and Student Workshopwith Dinner included –
April 19th (5:30pm — 7:30pm)

Thomas Jefferson Elem. School –1782 Jefferson Hwy, Louisa

Free Gift for First 50 families—
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The Zones of Regulation is a systematic, cognitive behavioral approach to teach self-regulation. The Zones framework provides strategies to teach individuals to become more aware of and independent in managing their emotions and impulses, manage sensory needs and improve their ability to problem solve conflicts. The Zones combines Social Thinking Concepts, visuals and de- escalation strategies to help individuals identify their feelings/ level of alertness understand how their behavior impacts others and learn what tools works for them to manage their feelings and behavioral responses.

Bloop Restaurant Night!

Take your skilled youth out to Stonefield to celebrate with some frozen yogurt the day after the Talent Show (Thursday, April 26th).   All you need to do is say you are there for Woodbrook and a portion of your purchase will be donated back to the school.  The more we order, the greater percentage is returned to the school:  1-50 cups sold is 10%, 51-100 is 15% and 100+ is 20%. Keep your eyes out for their tip jar as well; Bloops has generously offered us all tips that come their way that day.

Talent Show!

Our performers have been hard at work honing their showcases.  Come check out their final acts at Woodbrook’s 2018 Talent Show on Wednesday, April 25th at 6pm.  Performers should arrive by 5:30pm.  Please consider bringing a snack to share at a post-show reception in the cafeteria.

Report Cards are Live!

Report Cards for the 3rd quarter are now available for viewing on Parent Portal.  Contact your child’s teacher with any questions or if you would like to schedule a conference to discuss your child’s progress.

The Fun Fair needs YOU!

It takes our entire school community to make the Fun Fair & Silent Auction a success.  This year’s big event will be Mother’s Day Weekend – Saturday, May 12th (4-7pm).  Please consider helping out in any/all of the following ways:

  1. Donate items to the raffle baskets!  This year’s themes include Summer Fun, Sports & Games, Movie Night, and Make & Create.  Please send in items or donations to purchase items to school no later than April 20th.  Email [email protected] with questions.
  2. Donate items to the Silent Auction!  Consider donating  a gift certificate, a product or service to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.  Enjoy gardening?  Perhaps, offer to provide a vase of flowers or basket of home-grown veggies.  Enjoy baking?  Perhaps offer to make a birthday cake, cupcakes, loaf of bread or “to go” dinner.  Enjoy entertaining?  Perhaps offer a game night, movie night, dinner night at your house.  Enjoy hard, physical labor?  Perhaps offer to do yard work or other fixer upper odd jobs for an afternoon.  Email [email protected] with your ideas and questions.  We can provide pick up of physical items or they can be delivered to the school.
  3. Volunteer to help out the weekend of the Fun Fair.  A sign up genius will be posted soon with a multitude of ways you can volunteer.  Set up, Clean up, collecting tickets, running a game, concessions, providing desserts for the cup cake walk, etc.

Family Maker Night!

Enjoy making in the classroom? Continue the fun on Thursday, April 19th from 6:30-8pm!

We will have 5 rooms set up with your favorite maker activities! Start saving paper towel, toilet, and wrapping paper rolls and bring them to the event!


Please bring your own finger food/snacks to share!

Wear your Woodbrook T-shirt to enter your name into a raffle for the chance to win sweet prizes!

Interested in the new spaces at Woodbrook for next year? There will be 2 touring info sessions starting at 6:30 and 7:15 starting at the PTO table by the cafeteria.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Dion @ [email protected]

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