School News!

Check out the newly renovated maker space!!!  We anticipate posting on the PTO website construction updates throughout the year to keep you up to date on all the changes Woodbrook is undergoing.  Come see for yourself the work that has been completed at Woodbrook’s Open House on Monday, August 21st.  Kindergarten and Pre-K families should come from 4:30-5:30pm and Grades 1-5 should come between 5:30-6:30pm.  After seeing the sights, dropping off supplies and visiting with teachers, stop by the cafeteria for some ice cream, visit with families and ask questions of the PTO.

Below is a welcome message from our Principal (Lisa Molinaro) and our new Assistant Principal Intern (Michael Thornton):

The Woodbrook staff is really excited to welcome back our students on Wednesday, August 23.  We have been hard at work preparing our school for your arrival.  Construction is still on-going and it will continue throughout the school year.  Even so, the outstanding learning that happens within Woodbrook’s walls will carrry on as normal.

Please be sure to look over the Welcome Back Letter that was mailed to you to ensure your child knows the name of their teacher and where to go on Wednesday.  In addition, don’t forget to come to Open House on Monday, August 21 to meet your child’s teacher and walk the school. We are excited to share our new learning spaces with everyone!  Lastly, the Woodbrook bus drivers have practiced their routes and are ready to pick-up your child on Wednesday.  With limited parking due to all of the construction, we are encouraging all students to ride the bus. It’s going to be a great year.  See you soon!

Lisa & Michael

The office staff would also note that while they recognize you will be bombarded with paperwork next week, please try to submit the requested information ASAP.  While end of year flyers may be good fodder for campfires, START of year packets should be treated as boomerangs to be completed and returned quickly.  Remember too that they can be reached by email at

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Welcome Back!

Hard to believe that school starts next week!  In anticipation, the PTO needs your help to kick off the school year right.

On Monday, August 21st, after you have viewed the solar eclipse, come out to Woodbrook’s open house, deliver your class supplies, visit the teachers, come meet your fellow PTO members and enjoy some ice cream to boot.

Ever wonder where all the paper comes from that makes up the first day school packet?  Come to the gym Tuesday morning (August 22nd) and find out!  Bring some brownies to share with the Teachers and/or hang out to help set up for their luncheon or clean up afterwards.

For the first few days of school, we will also be helping to tag students’ backpacks to help make sure everyone gets on the correct bus.  We can use volunteers both in the morning and the afternoon for this task.

Below is a link to a sign up genius for these various activities.


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Northside Cal Ripken Baseball Registration


In years past, the Northside Cal Ripken Baseball League have had their informational flyers approved by Albemarle County and then had their paper copies distributed to schools which then had to be given to teachers who then had to get them into students’ folders.  A very long and labor-intensive process (and not really something we want our teachers spending their time on).  So, we agreed to post their registration form here.  Kindergarten students last year were able to participate in a series of T-ball clinics run by this league.  If you are interested in signing up for fall ball, please see the attached registration form.

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Last Day Teacher Luncheon

The school year is coming to a close and the Woodbrook PTO is hosting a luncheon for our amazing teachers and staff.

This luncheon will be on Friday, June 9 (half day for students) from 12 noon-1 pm in the cafeteria. Please sign up through the sign up genius below if you are able to provide something. The PTO is providing the main dish so all that is needed is some sides, desserts, drinks and a few volunteers for clean up and set up.

Please bring your dish to the school by 11:30 on June 9.  Food and drinks may certainly be brought in ahead of time and can be labeled and placed in the teacher’s lounge (in the fridge or on the counters).  Any serving dishes will be in the teacher’s lounge after the event for you to pick up at your convenience (or you may use disposable serving ware).

If you have any questions or would like to be removed from this list please feel free to contact me, Stephanie Heath at

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School News!

  1.  Modified Field day . . . Take 3?!?  On Thursday, June 8th, Woodbrook students will partake in some fun water activities.  Be sure to to apply sunscreen BEFORE your kiddos leave for school.  They should wear sneakers and  also bring a towel and change of clothes in a plastic bag with them.  A water bottle (no glass) and extra sun screen might be a good idea too.  Their name should be on anything that you would like to have returned.  Children will be responsible for keeping up with what they bring.
  2. Last morning meeting will be on Thursday, June 8th at 8:15am before the water day activities commence.  Our Kindergarten students will be hosting the meeting.
  3. 5th grade graduation will take place the next morning, Friday, June 9th at 8:30am in the Gym.
  4. Remember that the last day of school (Friday, June 9th) is a 1/2 day (11:30am).

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Multicultural Fair Follow up!

It was FANTASTIC to see so many families at this year’s multi-cultural fair.  We wanted to make sure to share the love with those who were not able to make it.  To download a copy of the Woodbrook community recipe book, click here.

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Questions regarding School Construction and Instruction?

As you are hopefully aware, Woodbrook Elementary will be undergoing major renovations and construction starting in June 2017 and running through the summer of 2018.  For a brief overview of the original plans, click here.  On June 1 at 6:30pm, Woodbrook Elementary will be hosting a conversation in the gym regarding the upcoming construction and anticipated instructional changes that the renovations will facilitate for the 2017-2018 school year.  To help make this meeting as productive as possible, the PTO is seeking your input as to what issues you would like to see addressed.  Below are links to an English and Spanish version of the survey.  If you prefer to respond via pen and paper, a hard copy will be coming home in your child(ren)’s communication folder.  If you complete the paper version, please return it to school (either through the communication folder or directly to the front office) no later than Tuesday, May 30th.  Thank you for taking the time to share your views.




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School News!

  1.  Field Day. . . . take 2!  Woodbrook’s Field Day will take place on Monday, May 22nd from the start of the school day until 12 pm.  Dress to play outside and be prepared to get wet.  Make sure to sun screen and bring a towel, extra clothes, shoes and maybe a water bottle (with your name on EVERYTHING).  Volunteers are still needed.  Please contact Lynda Lutz to help out or just show at 8:10am in the gym!
  2. Woodbrook will be hosting a “Thank You” luncheon for all those who have volunteered in some capacity this school year.  Come for Field Day and stay for the meal!
  3. You have received through your child(ren)’s folders information on various summer opportunities.  Check out Camp4Real for another.
  4. A meeting to address questions about the upcoming school construction will be held on the evening of June 1st.  Email with any questions you would like to see addressed.  Check back soon for a new post that will include a google form to solicit your input about this meeting.  Additional information will also be coming home shortly in your child(ren)’s communication folders.

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Sweet Frog Dessert Night!

After enjoying Fabio’s pizza on Tuesday, you are probably wondering what could possibly top that?!?  How about a Friday dessert drive to Sweet Frog?  Bring your flyer with you on May 19th to their Hollymead Town Center location (right by Harris Teeter) and a portion of your purchase will be donated back to Woodbrook.  A most wonderful way to end the school week and launch the weekend!  Rumor has it it may also be the key training meal for Field Day on Monday, May 22nd.

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Fabio’s Restaurant Night!

If you went to the Fun Fair and ordered pizza, you already know what Fabio’s is all about!  They generously donated to our event AND are giving us another chance to earn some more “dough” for the school.  They will be hosting TWO restaurant nights for us, May 16th and June 6th.  Take a break from cooking and order up some Fabio’s deliciousness this coming Tuesday.  Show them the flyer that will be coming home in your communications folder or download it here and a portion of your purchase will be donated back to the school!

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School News!

The Chance to Dance program will be performing on Monday, May 8th at 1:30pm in the Woodbrook Gymnasium.  Come see all these club participants have learned over the semester!

Field Day and the Volunteer Luncheon may have been rained out on Friday but, no worries, the kids will still have another chance to play!  Field Day has been rescheduled for Monday, May 22nd (8:10am-12pm).  If you are able to volunteer, please contact Lynda Lutz to let her know.  The Volunteer “Thank You” Luncheon will follow.  Feel free to swing by the office to pick up your thank you gift ahead of time.

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Last PTO Meeting of year!

Please join us next Tuesday (May 9th) at 6:30pm in the Woodbrook Library for our last PTO meeting of the 2016-2017 school year.  Childcare is available for those over 3.  We will be selecting Board positions for next year as well as seeking chairpersons to head up several events the PTO would like to sponsor during the 2017-2018 school year.  We will also recap the fun fair, discuss potential policy regarding vendors at PTO events, and  solicit questions/concerns regarding next year’s construction and anticipated instructional changes.  Your input and participation is valued!

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Fun Fair Pictures to Share?

Did you make it to Saturday’s Fun Fair and Silent Auction?  Take any great photos you would like to share?  The PTO would like to make a collage of images from the day to put in the display case as you enter the school.  If you have any to contribute, please email them to or drop off a hard copy to the office.  Thanks so much!  We can’t wait to see all the smiling faces and hopefully a few dunk tank participants!

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School News!

1.  In addition to Teacher and Staff Appreciation, next week is also Spirit Week for the kiddos.

Monday: Animal Day or Role Model Day – Choose to celebrate either one of the themes and dress as someone you look up to or go wild and dress like an animal!

Tuesday: Twin Day – Choose someone with whom to match and coordinate so that you look like twins!

Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday – It’s exactly what it sounds like: wacky hair, wacky clothes. . . everything wacky!

Thursday: Team Thursday or Throwback Thursday – Dress in your favorite sports team’s colors, don a t-shirt or jersey OR choose a decade and dress like someone would have during that time period!

Friday: Field Day – Wear your Field Day T-shirt and come ready to have fun.

2.  As mentioned above, Friday is Field Day!  The school is still looking for volunteers to run the various activities at this school-wide event.  If you can help out, please contact Lynda Lutz.

3.  Following Field Day will be a luncheon to thank the many volunteers who have helped make this such a successful year at Woodbrook.  The luncheon will held in the Art Room and sandwiches, salad and dessert will be served.   If you have helped out this year and wish to attend, please RSVP to 434.973.6600 or

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Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week!

This year theme for Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week is “Rolling out the red carpet” to make our teachers and staff feel like VIPs they are.

As always, we are hoping to provide baked goods and other snacks in the Teachers’ Lounge during the week, to provide coverage so they may go out to lunch and  to continue the Woodbrook tradition of raffling off $5 gift cards to all of the staff on Friday morning. Below is a sign up genius to help organize our appreciation efforts.

Also, you may want to encourage your child to bring in hand-written notes (these were sent home in your child’s folder, link here) of appreciation or any small tokens of gratitude throughout the week, as teachers tell us that notes and artwork are their MOST treasured possessions.  We appreciate your support of our loving teachers!

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School News!

The school is still looking for volunteers for:

  1. The Spring student pictures which are on Wednesday, April 26th from 8 am -1pm. You can volunteer for a couple of hours or for the whole day.  Those who volunteer for at least 3 hours will receive a coupon towards your child’s pictures.   If you are able to help, please contact Susan Reuschling at or call the main office (434-973-6600).
  2. Field Day which is on Friday, May 5th from 8:30am – 12pm.  Contact Lynda Lutz at if you would like to participate.

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Fun Fair Volunteers Still Needed!!!

We come to you, hat in hand, seeking additional volunteer support to help us make this year’s Fun Fair and Silent Auction a success.  Please see the sign up genius below and feel free to ask those around you to lend a couple hours of their time to join in the fun.  We are happy to pair you with a friend at a station to share in the joy; just make a note of your request in the comment section.  Thanks!


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Fun Fair Preview!

The Fun Fair is rapidly approaching.  Below is a preview of all the incredible activities we have planned for Saturday, April 29th between 4-6:30pm.

Silent Auction Items include. . .

  • Restaurants: Baja Bean, BBQ Exchange, Mission BBQ, Uncle Maddio’s Pizza
  • Bob’s Wheel Alignment
  • Bounce, Play and Create
  • Charlottesville Ballet
  • Children’s Museum of Richmond
  • Crutchfields
  • Cville Escape Room
  • Fairview Swim and Tennis Club
  • The Happy Cook
  • Heritage Theater Festival
  • UpLevel Karate Birthday
  • House Cleaning
  • Laughing Dragon Kung Fu T-shirt and lone month of lessons
  • King Family Vineyards
  • James Monroe’s Highlands
  • Monticello
  • Mount Vernon
  • Pet Food Discounters
  • The Photobooth Co.
  • Ragged Mountain Running Shop
  • Sporting Tickets
  • Science Museum of Virginia
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Sports Memorabilia
  • Wine and Design
  • Wintergreen Resort . . .  .and MORE!!!

Basket Raffles Include…

  • Newly Released Movies (Secret Life of Pets, Sing)
  • Popcorn, snacks, drinks
  • Razor scooter
  • Bubbles, sidewalk chalk
  • Snow cone machine
  • Tie-dye kit, craft supplies
  • Mancala, other games
  • Slip ‘n slide
  • Crayon maker
  • Pie Face… and MORE!!!

Staff Raffles Include…

  • ACAC, hiking, JUMP
  • Kohr Brothers, Chick-fil-A, Guadalajara
  • Special meals & desserts, Slurpees
  • Music lessons, cake decorating
  • Bounce Play & Create, painting time, dance party, playdoh making
  • Manicures… and MORE!!!

Games/Activities Include. . . .

  • Dunk Tank
  • Balloon Creations
  • Nail, tattoo and face painting spa
  • Fortune Teller
  • Cupcake and cookie walk
  • King Snake
  • Balloon Bonanza
  • Putting Challenge
  • Rocket Launch
  • Corn Hole
  • Toilet Toss
  • Bingo
  • Obstacle Course
  • Relay Races
  • Ring Toss
  • Clown Toss
  • Feed the Gator . . . and MORE!!!

Food Options Include. . .

  • Fabio’s Pizza
  • Baja Bean Burritos
  • Hot Dogs
  • Drinks
  • Sundry Snacks and desserts. . . and MORE!!!


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Teacher Appreciation Week coming soon!

Teacher appreciation week is right around the corner (first week in May).  You will be receiving in your communication folders some suggestions for celebrating our wonderful Woodbrook staff.  For example, staff LOVE receiving personal notes.  Attached here is a template you can use. Then, on Friday, May 5th, will have be conducting a “gift card” raffle for all teachers and staff.  Our goal is for every member of the Woodbrook team to be rewarded.  Towards that end, we are asking that you send in a $5-10 gift card (or two) from a variety of locales (e.g., Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Michaels, Barnes & Noble, Target, Walmart, etc.)  Gifts card may be dropped off in the front office or sent in through your students (with a note that the cards are for the raffle).  If you have any questions, please contact Heather Santiago.

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Calling all volunteers!

It may seem crazy to already be thinking about the 2017-2018 school year just after spring break but it will be here before you know it.  Elections for PTO Board positions for next year will take place at the next meeting in May.  If you are interested in any of these roles, please email Ellen Powell.  A brief description of each of the Board positions can be found here.  If you are looking to become more involved but are leery of a full year commitment, consider volunteering to spearhead a single event instead.  Attached here is a list of different events the PTO sponsors during any given year.

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