School News!

  1.  C.A.R.E.S. word of the week is Empathy.  Some questions you can ask to delve more deeply into this trait: 1) how can you know how someone else feels? 2) How can we notice when another child is feeling bad or left out? 3) How can we cheer up children who feel bad and help them feel better?  Attached here is an additional resource related to empathy.
  2. The next redistricting meeting is Monday, October 16th, 6-8pm at Agnor-Hurt Elementary school.  This meeting is open to the public.
  3. Kindergarten Field Trip, Friday, October 20th.

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Family Dinner Night!

It’s chicken week at Woodbrook Elementary!  Take a couple nights off this coming week from making dinner and treat yourself to lunch and/or dinner at Al Carbon on Wednesday, October 18th and then join the Woodbrook Community for a dinner of chicken and mac-n-cheese at Family Dinner night on Friday, October 20th in the cafeteria.  Expectations are running high that Woody Bear and a new friend may be making an appearance at the dinner as we launch our Feed the Bear campaign.  Given Woody Bear’s love of reading it only makes sense that he would be excited about visiting the book fair which starts the preceding day.  Plus, aside from salmon and honey, chicken is one of Woody Bear’s favorite meals!

Want to contribute additional sides/veggies or dessert to the offerings on Friday?  Check out the Sign up Genius below.


Can you help out with set up, serving or clean up at Family Dinner Night? You can sign up via the Sign up Genius below.

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Box Top Contest Plus!

Send in your Box Tops next week as our classroom contests are in full swing!  Top three classrooms earn a prize.  Check out the above app for ways to enhance your Box Tops collection!

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October PTO Meeting. . . Take two.

Saddened that you missed last week’s PTO meeting?  You are in luck!  That meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, October 17th from 6-7:30pm in Woodbrook’s Art Room.  Among other things, we will be discussing the upcoming Book Fair, Family Dinner Night and Feed the Bear launch as well as getting an overview of our fundraising efforts and volunteer needs for the year.  Hope to see you there!

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Rescheduling PTO Meeting

First a big THANK YOU to all who participated in Tuesday nights’ inaugural “chat and chew” session with Principal Molinaro!  The event had a lot more chat and a lot less chew than anticipated.  As such, we opted to reschedule the PTO meeting as most of us did not bring our pillow and sleeping bags for what might have become the first PTO slumber party.

There is much to discuss especially with regards to the Fundraising plans for the year as well as in anticipation of the Book Fair, Family Dinner Night and launch of the Feed the Beer campaign.  We are hoping you might be able to carve out an additional couple hours in the next week to meet again.  Below is a link to a Doodle Poll to help us select a date/time that works for as many as possible.  Once we have a date/time, we will let you know via the website, Facebook, email and robocall.

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School News!

  1.  The Chance to Dance program starts up on Tuesday, October 10th for participants in K-2nd grade and on Wednesday, October 11th for participants in 3rd-5th grade.
  2. Join Principal Molinaro in the first of hopefully many “Chat and chew” sessions on Tuesday, October 10th from 6-6:30pm.  Break bread and talk about the school year thus far at Woodbrook.  Stick around afterwards if you are able for the PTO meeting.
  3. If you were unable to attend the Gifted and Enrichment services meeting on October 4th, feel free to contact Brandon Readus with any questions.
  4. C.A.R.E.S. word of the week is EMPATHY.  Empathy is the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions.  It is the ability to share someone else’s feelings.  Have you ever felt sad or happy with a friend just because he/she was sad or happy?  That’s empathy!
  5. Want to keep up with the happenings in and around Woodbrook?  Check out the Woodbrook Bear Den blog.

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Join us at the PTO Meeting

Our next PTO meeting will be Tuesday, October 10th from 6:30-8pm in the library.  Childcare for those over 3 will be available.  We anticipate that the bulk of our discussion will revolve around our fundraising efforts for the year and soliciting volunteers for a number of open positions.  An update on the redistricting process will also be provided.  We hope to see you there!

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Box Top Fall Contest!

It’s time for the Fall Box Tops for Education classroom contest!  Send in box tops from Monday, October 9th-Friday, October 20th.  Please send Box Tops in an envelope or Ziploc bag, labeled with your child’s teacher’s name.  You can bring them in to the Front Office or send them in your child’s communication folder.  The top three classes that send in the most box tops will win a prize!

Interested in more ways to earn Box Tops?  Ask your family or friends who don’t have school-age children if you can have their box tops.  Or, start a collection jar at work, church or your younger child’s day care.  Visit for a list of participating products and more ways to earn electronic box tops that go directly to Woodbrook.

Contact Elizabeth Killian with any questions.

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Book Fair Coming Soon!

Woodbrook’s annual scholastic book fair will run from Thursday, October 19th-Thursday, October 26th in the library.  Your children will have the opportunity to peruse the vast selection of reading material during school as will you during our Family Dinner night on Friday, October 20th and/or in between Parent-Teacher conferences on Thursday, October 26th.

There will be more information to come about the Family Dinner night.  For now check out to sign up to volunteer at the book fair.  Contact Amy Barbour with questions.

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Last Chance for Attractions Books!

So, technically our Attractions Book sale is long over.  However, for a variety of reasons, sales have lagged this year. . . .the plus side for you is that you still can purchase one (or more) for family and friends!  Who wouldn’t want thousands of dollars in local savings?!?  For a mere $25, you can join an ever growing number of Woodbrook community members to sport this most excellent dinning and value guide or help others you know become part of this popular circle.  Checks made out to Woodbrook Elementary or cash can be dropped off in the office or sent through your children.  Prefer to join from home?  Go to and use EZPay Code: Woodbrook.  It’s so easy and a win/win – so many coupons for you and money in the PTO coffers to support things like field trips.  From last year’s sales, we were able to defray the cost of the 4/5 field trip to Jamestown by 50%.

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School News!

  1. You’re invited to the Gifted & Enrichment Informational Meeting on Wednesday, October 4 from 5-6 pm.  Information about services will be shared at 5pm.  Information about identification will be shared at 5:30 pm.
  2. Ms. Pollack and Ms. Remley’s 1st grade classes will be going on a field trip to Ivy Creek Natural area on Thursday, October 5th.
  3. Woodbrook’s first school-wide morning meeting will be on Friday, October 6th at 8:15 am.
  4. C.A.R.E.S. word of the week? RESPONSIBILITY:  Ask your child how they show this trait at home and at school.

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School News!

  1.  School Picture day is Friday, September 29th.  The school is still need of volunteers to assist.  Contact if you can help out.
  2. Staff wanted to extend a special thanks to all those who contributed to the luncheon on Friday.  The delicious eats were greatly appreciated.  Serving plates and utensils are in the Teachers’ lounge to be retrieved at your convenience.
  3. C.A.R.E.S. word of the week is RESPECT.  Having respect for someone means you think good things about who a person is or how he/she acts.  You can have respect for others and you can have respect for yourself.  Showing respect to someone means you act in a way that shows that you care about their feelings and well-being.

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Texas Roadhouse Restaurant Night!

Enjoy a night off from cooking and treat your family to dinner at Texas Roadhouse on Tuesday, September 26th between 4-10pm.  Present the flyer coming home in your child’s Tuesday folder and Texas Roadhouse will donate a portion of their proceeds to Woodbrook Elementary School!  There’s still a chance to purchase peanuts from Texas Roadhouse too for $5 which comes with a coupon for a free appetizer.  Send in a check made out to Woodbrook PTO or cash through your child’s folder and we will set you up!

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School News!

  1.  Back to School Night is Tuesday, September 19th.  Principal Molinaro will present the state of the school at 6pm  in the Gym followed by sessions in your child’s classroom.
  2.  The 4th and 5th graders will taking a Field Trip to Jamestown on Thursday, September 21st.
  3. Picture day is September 29th.  Volunteers are needed to help from 8:30am- 1:30pm. Volunteer for 1/2 day or a full day and receive a coupon toward your child’s pictures. Email if you are able to volunteer.
  4. The Clinic is out of Cheerios and welcomes any donations!
  5. C.A.R.E.S. word of the week is still Assertion.  Looking for ways to teach your kids about ASSERTION?  Here are some ideas:
    1. Talk about boundaries
    2. Explain why assertiveness is important
    3. Respect and praise your child’s assertion
    4. Encourage your child to express their feelings
    5. Encourage extracurricular activities
    6. Teach your child how to manage emotions and disappointment

6.  Next week’s C.A.R.E.S. word will be RESPECT.  Start thinking of ways we can all show each other respect and be on the look out for examples to point out to and in our kids and community!

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Movie Night Plus!

What an amazing first movie night!  Thanks to all who came out to enjoy Lego Batman on their Friday evening and supported the PTO through pizza, popcorn, candy apple, candy and drink purchases.  We also wanted to apologize to anyone who paid $1 for the small bottles of water.  Turns out, those should have been 50 cents.  We were not able to track all of you down and hope you are okay with considering the extra 50 cents as a donation to Woodbrook.  Our last minute 50/50 raffle netted $67 for our winner.  We anticipate more 50/50 raffles at future PTO events so keeps your eyes out for them!

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This year we are excited to be partnering with a fun, free, and truly easy fundraiser called Shoparoo! Schools nationwide are already earning hundreds and even thousands every year through Shoparoo and it’s a great opportunity for us to really make a difference this year!


Shoparoo is school fundraising made easy: the free app turns pictures of your everyday shopping receipts into cash donations and sweepstakes entries for our school! Yep, it’s that simple. No more cutting labels, selling door to door, or time-consuming coordinating. All you have to do is shop as you normally do, snap pictures of your receipts with the app, and voila Just shop, snap, earn!


Get started today:

  1. Download the free Shoparoo app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store
  2. Select our school (Woodbrook Elementary. . . be sure to check to make sure it is OUR address (100 Woodbrook Drive, Charlottesville, VA) from the list.  You can choose to support a specific grade or the entire school.  You can choose to include your name for their “leaderboard” or not.  Your call.
  3. Start taking pictures of your receipts – shop anywhere, buy anything!  Below is a sampling of the stores
  4. Snap pictures of your receipts from any store, big or small, that primarily sell food, health or beauty items to earn Roo Points (cash donations) for your school. Whether you’re shopping at a supercenter, dollar store, or local convenience store – it doesn’t matter where you shop or what items you buy – Shoparoo will make a cash donation for every receipt!

    Here are some examples of retailers which reward points:

There’s no limit to how much money we can raise with Shoparoo – the more supporters, the more we will raise for our school. Schools with just 40 supporters are earning an average of $1,000 every year. That’s free, easy money that we could be fundraising too. 

5. Snap pictures of all your other receipts to earn entries for your school into Shoparoo’s $1,000 monthly sweepstakes and $15,000 yearly sweepstakes! Each receipt counts as an entry into both monthly and yearly sweepstakes, so spread the word at your school – the more receipts you submit, the greater your school’s chance is of winning.

Here are some examples of stores that qualify for sweepstakes entries:

Check out to learn more about this awesome app!

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Teacher Luncheon Volunteers Needed

The kids may be off but the teachers and staff at Woodbrook will be hard at work on Friday, September 22nd.  The PTO will be offering them some sustenance to get them through their professional development day.

Click on the sign up genius below to volunteer to bring something for the luncheon.  Please bring your dish to the school by 11:30am on Friday, September 22nd.  Drinks and non-perishable items 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).  We are also looking for a few hearty souls to help with set up and clean up.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please email Stephanie Heath.

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Sweet Frogs Dessert Night!

Back by popular demand, Sweet Frogs at Hollymead is sponsoring another dessert night on Thursday, September 21st from 3-10pm.  Sweet Frogs offers frozen yogurt done your way – choose your flavors, add your toppings and enjoy your one-of-a-kind creation!

Present the flyer when you order and 20% of your sale will be donated to our school.  Look for flyers in the Tuesday folders or download it here.

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PTO Reminders!

The Attractions Book sale officially ended last week but the Attractions folks are allowing us to continue to collect orders while availability lasts.  If you have NOT returned your book, you can still purchase it for $25.  Parents have noted that the book contains a free state inspection for your car as well as discounts on activities in and around Charlottesville (Discovery Museum, Bounce, Play and Create, Mini-golf, bowling, theaters), shopping (Sams, BJs, Dicks Sporting Goods, Home Depot etc.), services (automotive, gardening, etc.,) and dining (too many local favorites and national chains to choose). Within the first month, the book can easily pay for itself!  If you do NOT want to purchase your book, please send it back to school ASAP so that somebody else can get in on the savings.

Our first movie night is Friday, September 15th.  We will be showing Lego Batman in the Gym.  Come set up your sleeping bags/chairs, get your popcorn and other concessions starting at 6:30pm.  Movie to start by 6:45pm.

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First PTO Meeting of the year!

Come for the volunteer orientation; stay for the PTO meeting on Tuesday, September 12th!  If you have a child attending Woodbrook, you are already a member of our PTO.  Check out the activities we have planned for the year and see how you can contribute your amazing gifts to make this school year great!  Most of our meetings take place on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm in the library.  The first meeting will start after the volunteer orientation (6pm) so it will probably be closer to 6:45pm when we begin.  Childcare is available for children over 3.  If you have any items that you would like to discuss, please contact Ellen Powell or Kerri Kirkeide.

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