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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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 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.

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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 @

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Talent Show Practice

Talent show rehearsals will occur after school on Tuesday, April 17th and Wednesday, April 18th.  If you have not done so already, please notify the office if you are picking up (4pm), if they should ride the bus with club/tutoring students, walk or attend EDEP.

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Community Speaker Series

ACPS invites all of us to join them in kicking off a community speaker series.  The first event will be on Monday, April 16th in the media center at Albemarle High School from 6-7:30 pm.  Dr. Jon Becker will be the first guest.  He is an education professor from Virginia Commonwealth University, who holds both a Ph.D. in Politics and Education from Columbia University and a law degree from Boston College and is one of our nation’s leading experts on the impact that technology is having on education for both parents and students.

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April PTO Meeting!

We will be meeting in the library from 6:30-8pm on Tuesday, April 10th.  Childcare is available for those over 3.  Among other items, we will be discussing welcoming activities at the Family Maker Night, the Talent Show, Teacher Appreciation Week and preliminary planning on the Fun Fair.

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Welcome Back!

  1. Getting back into a routine after Spring Break?  Consider making volunteering at Loaves and Fishes part of it.  We are looking for 2-3 folks to help package food bags from 10-11am on Tuesdays.  You can sign up for one Tuesday or several.  Sign up at:
  2. Auditions for the Woodbrook Talent Show are on Wednesday, April 11th fro 2:45-4pm.  Email with any questions.
  3. The 1st and 2nd grade music concert is on Thursday, April 12th.  One performance will be at 9:30am and the other will be at 6:30 in the gym.  Students should meet in their homerooms at 6pm for the evening show and need to wear blue jeans with a solid-color shirt.  The children’s art work will also be on display.  There will be a reception in the cafeteria immediately following the evening performance; please bring a dish to share if possible.

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Play Date!

Start off your Spring Break with Woodbrook playground play date!  Right after school tomorrow (11:30am on Friday, March 30th)  head on over to the playground for some extra “recess.”  Bring a picnic, your school lunch or get something to eat after playing.

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Spring Break and Kites!

Enjoying a staycation the first week in April?  It must be a windy week in Charlottesville because there are a TON of kite related activities offered during Spring Break.

Starting off, are you looking for something to do Easter Sunday? Join Senora Soto and learn to make “papalotes” (kites).   This workshop is guided by UVA Professor Federico Cuatlacuatl from Puebla, Mexico.  Wear your Woodbrook T-shirt and meet at UVA Ruffin Hall (179 Culbreth Road) on April 1st at 2pm.  This is no April Fools!  There is FREE parking available in the Culbreth parking garage.

Then, practice flying your kite on April 5th at UVA McIntire Amphitheater at 3pm.

Round out your spring break by celebrating at the 10th Annual Rockfish Valley Foundation Kite Festival!  It is being hosted once again at the Bold Rock Cidery Field behind the Rockfish Valley Foundation National History Center (1193 Glenthorne Loop, Rt. 627) on Sunday, April 8th from 11am-3pm.  Food vendors, kids activities and a rubber duck race are on the schedule.

See the attached flyer for more information.

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Save the Date!

Woodbrook Elementary’s Annual Fun Fair and Silent Auction with be on Saturday, May 12th from 4-7pm.  Games will run from 4-6pm with Raffles and the Silent Auction continuing until 7pm.  What better way to celebrate Mothers’ Day Weekend then by playing at school?  Husbands/Dads, what a great opportunity to volunteer to run a station and/or take the kids so that your significant other can peruse the silent auction?  Kids, what an awesome chance to purchase a meal and treats for your mom and maybe even win her a prize or two!

Volunteer and donation opportunities before and during the Fun Fair abound!  For example:

  • Consider donating items or money to our raffle baskets.  Anticipated themes this year include Summer Fun (things like sidewalk chalk, water balloons, frisbees, bubbles, sand buckets/shovels), Movie Night (G or PG movies, popcorn, drinks, blankets, packaged candy, popcorn bowls, popcorn seasoning), Sports and Games (Balls, board games, card games, puzzles, water bottles), Make & Create (origami paper, play doh, legos, air dry clay, paints & brushes, craft kits, model building kits, etc.).
  • Consider donating items or services to our Silent Auction.  Have fun!  Offer to bake a cake for someone or deliver flowers or cook dinner or rake a yard, etc.  Or, if you have an eye for displays, help set up the Silent Auction items and/or create an online portal for advanced viewing.
  • Consider volunteering to set up games the night before or break down games after the Fun Fair.  Or, volunteer to run a game for an hour or two.  Support your children who want to run an activity.  Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the Arcade/Carnival Club will all be looking for parent support.
  • Consider taking tickets or serving concessions on the day of the Fun Fair. . . .there are SO many ways to help make this a community wide FUN fair!

Contact Jen Smith at if you are interested.

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School News!

  1. Please consider signing up to help package food bags at Loaves and Fishes for Woodbrook Families.  We are putting together bags every Tuesday from 10am-11am, except during Spring Break.  Sign up for one Tuesday or more:
  2. Kindergarten registration has been rescheduled to Wednesday, March 28th.  If you can help sign new families up, please contact the WES Office at  They are looking for assistance from 9am-11am and then from 11am-1pm.
  3. The Honors Choir concert originally slated for March 21st has been moved to Wednesday, March 28th at Monticello High School at 5:30pm.
  4. As a result of the above change, the 1st and 2nd grade musical has been shifted to Thursday, April 12th.
  5. The 4th and 5th grade Field Trip to Washington D.C. has been bumped to Friday, May 4th
  6. Friday, March 30th is a 1/2 day of school with dismissal at 11:30am.

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K-2 wins coin challenge!

Congratulations to grades K-2 for winning the Feed the Bear coin challenge earlier this month!  Overall, students raised closed to $400 as part of our Feed the Bear/Bee the Change donation drive.  With this amazing effort by our children, we are now 58% towards our goal.

We want to acknowledge ALL the  ways that families contribute to our school – coin challenges, poster contests, bake sale donations, time, meetings, events, 50/50 raffles etc., etc.  To the extent the way you wish to support our school is through a monetary donation, there is still time.  Our Feed the Bear campaign runs through the Fun Fair (May 12th).  Checks should be made out to the Woodbrook PTO can be delivered to the office or through your child’s weekly folder or feel free to use the paypal link below.


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School News!

  1. Interested children will be participating in Jump Rope for Heart during their PE classes on Monday, March 19th.  Please let Lynda Lutz know if you are able to donate cups or Gatorade/juice for the event.
  2. The school is looking for up to 3 folks to volunteer to put together weekend bags of food at Loaves & Fishes (2050 Lambs Road) on Tuesday, March 20th at 10am.  Sign up here:
  3. Kindergarten registration will take place on Wednesday, March 21st.  If you are able to help out, please contact the front office at Woodbrook.
  4. Also on Wednesday, the 5th grade honor choir will be performing at 5:30pm.
  5. The 4th and 5th grades will be taking a field trip to Washington DC on Friday, March 23rd.  Buses will be departing at 6:45am from the school and hoping to return by 5pm.
  6. Our food drive to support the Blue Ridge Food Bank continues!  Drop off donations in two barrels located in the foyer.

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Loaves and Fishes Volunteer Opportunity!

Loaves and Fishes food pantry  (located across the street from Jouett and Greer) provides bags of weekend food for families, including many at Woodbrook.  Woodbrook is looking for 3 volunteers every Tuesday morning at 10:00am to go to the pantry to bag up the food. The pantry will provide the food and will provide a checklist of what goes in each bag. Then the volunteers will need to drive the bags of food over to Woodbrook, so that the school can distribute on Friday afternoons. With 3 people working, this should take an hour, give or take.  Here is the link to sign up:

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Beware the Ides of March!

It’s a busy mid-March week for the PTO.  Here’s a brief overview/review of the week to come:

Monday, March 12th:  Start your school week off by taking a break from cooking and take the family to Panera Bread between 4-8pm for dinner.  Make sure to bring the flyer that was sent home last week or check out our website for another copy.

Tuesday, March 13th: Join us in the Library at 6:30pm for our monthly PTO meeting.  Among the items to be discussed include a review of recent PTO activities, an update on our welcoming activities for redistricted families, and preview of upcoming events.  Childcare is available for those above 3.

Friday, March 16th: Round out your week with BINGO in the gym from 6:30-8:30pm!  Purchase a pack of cards guaranteeing at least 6 games for just $1.  Double your chances by bringing in a donation to our food drive.  Card sales start at 6pm.  A 50/50 raffle will also be offered and concessions will be available for purchase as well.

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School News!


  1. Woodbrook’s Office Staff is asking all parents to bring in their Driver’s License or ID for check-in at the school. We are asking parents to do this, so they can check in and out using our TPASS system. This allows us to keep more accurate records as well as helping to keep our students safe. We appreciate your cooperation with this new protocol.
  2. The 4/5 3rd quarter success night will be on Wednesday, March 14th at 5:30pm in the Gym.  Student poetry portfolios will be on display.  Come celebrate our students’ success AND PI day!
  3. Our second parent panel will happen on Thursday, March 15th from 2:45-4:15pm.  Thanks in advance to those parents who have agreed to participate.  Childcare will be available to teacher and parent participants.  We look forward to sharing with the Woodbrook community what comes out of this meeting.
  4. Jack Jouett will be hosting families of current 5th graders (rising 6th graders) on Thursday, March 15th.  Tours of the school will be available from 5:30-6pm followed by an informational meeting for parents.
  5. Jump Rope for Heart will be held on Monday, March 19th.  Interested students have brought home packets describing the event in more detail with instructions for those who wish to raise money for the American Heart Association in the process.  Donation envelopes are due back on or before March 19th.  The event will take place with each class’ regular P.E. times.  The P.E. Teachers are looking for donations of Juice/Gatorade and cups to help make sure our children are well hydrated during this fun activity.
  6. Kindergarten registration will be held on Wed, March 21st from 9-1 and 3-6. Your child must turn 5 by September 30, 2018 to be eligible for kindergarten.  If you would like to volunteer to help with registration during the 9-1 time slot please contact Susan Reuschling in the office. or 434-973-6600.
  7. Woodbrook’s annual food drive has started and runs through March 23rd.  Two large orange barrels are in the front lobby to collect donations of non-perishable canned and boxed food donations.  Items in particularly high need at this time include: cereal, peanut or almond butter, canned tuna and chicken, canned soups, stews and chili, canned fruit, canned veggies, beans (canned or dried), boxed mac & cheese, pasta and rice, spaghetti sauce, paper products, baby food, formula and diapers, soap, toothbrushes and feminine products.
  8. While you are shopping for donations for the food drive, consider picking up an extra box or two for our clinic.  They are rapidly running out of snacks.  If you are able to donate cheerios, goldfish, pretzels, etc. it would be greatly appreciated.
  9. Word of the Week: Perseverance.  Perseverance is the ability and self-control that pushes you to work through challenges.  Having perseverance means that when you are facing a challenge, you use your mind and your body to overcome it.  Perseverance means you are able to wait and work through difficulties, whether they have to do with your mind, your body or your emotions.

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