School News!

  1. Many thanks to the hundreds who turned out to walk a mile for cause on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!  Woodbrook families clocked 284 miles and the collective community walked 401!  Way to go!  A sampling of photographs from the day are displayed above.
  2. No school on Monday, January 22nd.  It is a professional work day for Teachers.  Note that Monday, February 19th is NOW back on the calendar as a school day, making up for one of last week’s snow days.
  3. Clubs are right around the corner!  The school is looking for parent volunteers to run a club either one or two days a week.  Clubs typically run from the end of February through the first week in May on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  A club could be offered on another day but would require participants to provide their own transportation home.  If you have a passion you would like to share with 2nd-5th graders, please let the office know.   Some possibilities include cooking, chess, soccer, running, Minecraft, Legos, dance, photography, etc.  There is a small budget available to provide for supplies.
  4. The Golden Apple Awards are back!  If you know a talented teacher who not only demonstrates excellence in teaching, but also engages with the community outside of school, consider nominating him or her for a Golden Apple Award. But don’t delay! Nominations must be submitted with the principal’s signature by Thursday, February 1, 2018..  One teacher from each school will receive a Golden Apple keepsake, as well as gift certificates from local businesses. And, eight lucky winners will receive $1,000 grants for classroom materials or professional development!  Download the Nomination Form and Instructions, fill out the application and submit it to Mrs. Molinaro before February 1st and she will complete the submission process.  For more information, check out the Golden Apple web page or contact Caitlyn Wetzel at 434-296-5820.
  5. If you have any extra tissue boxes, the front office is in need of replenishment.  This is the time of year where runny noses are on the fast track!
  6. The Word of The Week is Courage with a focus on being brave as you meet new experiences and difficult situations.  One way to discuss courage at home is to have a family meeting where you talk about the importance of courage and share examples of courage you have displayed, witnessed in others and/or the most courageous people you have met.

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Lunch Loot Challenge!

It’s time for the next Feed the Bear Challenge!  Think about how much you might spend on a lunch out this week and considering donating that amount to Woodbrook Elementary instead.  Donations in any amount are welcome and greatly appreciated.  Contributions can be put in the “Hive” in the lobby or made via the pay pal link below.


We also wanted to acknowledge that everyone’s preferences for contributing are different so if you are a “one and done” type of donor FANTASTIC and thanks!  If you prefer participating through 50/50 raffles, check out the table at the Game Night and/or the Sweetheart Dance.  If you are all in for more than one/all of the little challenges along the way, you are in luck because there’s even more coming!  So far we have collected almost $900 towards our ultimate goal of $5000.  We will keep you posted as we get closer and closer to our goal.  We anticipate surveying folks as the campaign ends this spring to see if Woodbrook families would prefer we return to more traditional catalog sales next year.

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Come join the Woodbrook Community for some gaming fun on Thursday, January 25th from 6pm-7:30pm.  Note that this is a time change from earlier notifications.

We will have a room dedicated to a variety of card games, a room set aside for board games and a room reserved for more active games such as twister, twangled and possibly King Snake.  Games will be provided but feel free to bring any favorites with you.

This is a FREE event.  If you can bring some snacks to share, that would be greatly appreciated.  We anticipate setting up a 50/50 raffle table for anyone interested in trying their luck!

Any questions, contact Jen Smith.

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School News!

  1.  In lieu of school on Monday, January 15th, come celebrate MLK Day by walking a mile for a cause around the Woodbrook neighborhood.  Check in in the front lobby, walk at least one mile and then  afterwards come to the Cafeteria to enjoy some healthy snacks, hot cocoa and some uplifting music.  There will also be Girl Scout cookies for sale and kid-friendly activities.  Feel free to invite your friends and family to join in
  2. Friday, January 19th the 4/5 classes will be attending a field trip to the Paramount theater.

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Chili Cook Off!

The school year is in full swing and what a better way to thank our hard working teachers and staff than by hosting a luncheon for them on their professional development day!

This luncheon will be on Monday, January 22 (no school for students) from 12 noon-1 pm in the cafeteria.  Please sign up below if you are able to provide something.

If you could have your your dish to the school by 11:30 on January 22 that would be great! 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).

We also need a few volunteers for clean up and set up.

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

Thank you for your willingness to provide food and for supporting our amazing teachers and staff!

Date: 01/22/2018 (Mon.)

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm EST

Location: Woodbrook Cafeteria

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Chipotle Restaurant Night

Take a break from cooking dinner and treat your family to a night out a Chipotle’s on Barracks Road on Wednesday, January 17th.  Mention the Woodbrook fundraiser when you pay in the restaurant (online purchases do NOT count) and a portion of your purchase will be donated back to the school.

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Feed the Bear/Bee The Change Poster Contest Winners

Congratulations to the Feed the Bear/Bee the Change Poster Contest Winners!  The following students were recognized at the school-wide morning in December prior to break.  They received a certificate and art supplies for their winning submissions.

1st/2nd Grade

Sa’Niyah Ayers

Iker Crescencia Zamora

3rd Grade

Rowan Powell

Virginia Thompson

4th/5th Grade

Teyah Cowherd

Liam Garcia Cruz

As you roam the halls of Woodbrook, keep your eyes open for these posters as well as the other submissions.  May they inspire you in the new year to Feed the Bear and Bee the Change Woodbrook needs to support our students in all their school endeavors!


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PTO Meeting!

After walking/running a mile for a cause within the Woodbrook neighborhood on Monday, find a way to keep moving forward to the PTO meeting on Tuesday, January 16th.  The meeting will be in the library starting at 6:30pm.  Childcare will be available for those over 3.  Among other topics, we will be discussing upcoming events like the Chipotle Restaurant Night and Game Night and hearing an update on the construction process and instructional planning for next year.

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Redistricting Update!

The School Board adopted the Superintendent’s redistricting recommendation by a 4-3 vote.  Click here to review the plan.  Under this plan, Woodbrook will be welcoming approximately 113 students from Greer Elementary and 72 students from Agnor Hurt.  The School Board approved grandfathering for rising 5th graders and their siblings so the final #s may be slightly different than those included in the projections.  Woodbrook will be moving forward quickly to introduce and welcome these students and their families to the Woodbrook Community.  Keep in mind it will likely be difficult for many of these students and families to say goodbye to their current schools as one consistent sentiment throughout the redistricting process has been how much we all love our respective schools.  We want to be sensitive to these feelings while ensuring they know how excited we are to have them join the Woodbrook community.  If you are interested in coordinating “get to know you” and outreach events, please email Jen Smith at


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Parent Council Update!

If you are not already planning on attending the School Board meeting tomorrow evening (where a final redistricting decision is anticipated), the Parent Council would like to invite families to a special screening  of Beyond Measure, a documentary challenging the assumptions of the current education story and test-driven curriculum, and panel discussion.  The St. Anne’s-Belfield School community is sponsoring the event.

Date & Time: Thursday, Jan. 11 @ 6:30 p.m.
Location: Grisham Hall, 2132 Ivy Road
RSVP: Click here to RSVP
Attendees are also encouraged to read the New York Times best-selling book. Please contact Nina Bowen with questions.

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Celebrate MLK weekend with the Woodbrook School Community!

Come celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. with the Woodbrook School Community.

The MLK Awards ceremony will be held on Friday, January 12th at 8:30 in the gym.  A reception for award recipients and their families will follow in the maker room.

The MLK Walk will be held on Monday, January 15th from 12-5pm around the Woodbrook neighborhood.  All participants should come into the front lobby to check-in and receive directions before joining the walk.  Everyone is invited into the cafeteria after they walk to warm themselves with refreshments, hot cocoa, and activities.

The PTO has been asked to help out with donation of food items for the reception and walk refreshments.  Below is a sign-up genius to facilitate our participation.

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School News!

  1. The first word of 2018 is ASPIRE! Let’s all work together to accomplish great and meaningful things this semester!

2. Chance to Dance and Maker Club start back up on Tuesday, January 9th and Wednesday, January 10th.  ESOL tutoring resumes the week of January 29th.

3.  As the cold weather descends upon us and you’ve pulled out all your coats, hats and gloves, find any that no longer fit?  Bring them in for Woodbrook’s coat drive!  Please bring in coats of all sizes, hats and gloves and place them in the bin in the Woodbrook lobby.  Items will be distributed to local schools and charities.

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Redistricting Update!

Mark your calendars!  Next Thursday (January 11th) the School Board will be holding a public hearing on the Superintendent’s redistricting recommendation.  The Board will then vote and finalize the decision.  The meeting will be held in the County Office Building in Lane Auditorium (401 McIntire Road) and starts at 6:30pm.  Please consider attending and sharing your views.  There is a sign up sheet available with the clerk approximately 30 minutes before the start of the meeting.  You may still speak even if you do not sign up ahead of time. For more guidance on public comments at school board meetings, click here.  If you are unable to make it (or in addition to going), you can also send the Board an email at

The Superintendent has put forth the redistricting plan supported by the citizen advisory committee.  That plan calls for 185 new students to attend Woodbrook next year (113 from Greer and 72 from Agnor Hurt). It leaves capacity at each of the urban ring schools for future growth and balances (better than other alternatives) the demographic changes occurring at each of these schools.  All Woodbrook students would continue to go to Jack Jouett for Middle School.  For additional details, please click here.  If you support this plan or some other version, this is your last chance to have your voice considered.  Be involved – come to the meeting and/or call/email your views ahead of time.

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Teaching Giving Tree Extension and Distribution

It’s not too late to make Woodbrook’s teachers holiday wishes come true!  We are extending the deadline to receive gifts until Monday morning on December 18th.  We will then distribute the gifts to teachers that afternoon.  Come join us at 1pm to spread the holiday cheer throughout the school.

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End of year giving

We realize this is the time of year when you are bombarded with gift requests from your children as well as non-profits.  Add the Woodbrook PTO to that list!   As you consider your end of year giving, please consider a donation to the Woodbrook PTO. Notice that we have not requested you to participate in any catalog sales this year?  The trade off is that we ask you to donate directly to the PTO.  Help us reach our goal of $5000 to help pay for the field trips and other experiential learning opportunities.  Donations in any amount are welcome and are tax deductible. Checks/money orders should be made out to “Woodbrook PTO”.   You can send your donation to the school through your child,  in person at the office or via mail to 100 Woodbrook Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901.  You may also contribute via the pay pal link below.


On a related note, we hope you can join us at the school-wide morning meeting on Tuesday, December 19th.  Among other fun activities planned, the PTO will be announcing the winners of the Feed the Bear/Be the Change Poster contest!

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Holiday Box Top Rewards!

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School News!

  1. The 4/5 Winter Concert is on Wednesday, December 13th.  There will be a performance during school at 1pm and then again that evening at 6:30pm.  All performers should arrive by 6pm and report to their homerooms.
  2. Many classes are engaging in a kindness challenge leading up to the winter break.  Ask your child(ren) about it and whether they/their class is participating and if so, how it’s going!
  3. You should have received a letter (on blue paper) in the Tuesday folders as a follow up to the November 20th parent panel.  If you have any questions, ideas or input into strengthening the family-school partnership please let someone at the school know.

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Penguin Patch (12/11-12/15)

Jenny’s Penguin Patch Kid’s Holiday Shop will be open in the Maker Space from 9am-2pm this coming week (December 11th-15th).  This shop is NOT a fund-raiser.  It is designed to offer our students the chance to experience the joy of giving.  Some tips from the holiday shop to create a memorable experience for your child (and you):

  1. Plan and budget with your child using the money envelope sent home in the Tuesday folders.
  2. Every gift is inexpensive with kid-friendly pricing from 25 cents to $12.
  3. Join the fun and excitement – contact Beth Daane to volunteer at the shop.
  4. Ask your child WHY they chose a particular gift. . . the smile will be the real gift!

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PTO Reminders!

  1. The Feed the Bear Poster Contest will wrap up at Family Maker Night on Friday, December 8th.  Poster board is available in the office and art room for final submissions.  We are looking forward to seeing all the wonderful, creative ideas put on canvas by our Woodbrook students.
  2. Please bring a snack to share if you attend Family Maker Night on Friday, December 8th.  If you can help to supervise a room with a teacher for an hour, check out this link.
  3. The Giving Tree is up in the lobby and waiting for its leaves to be plucked off.  Gifts can be dropped off in the office with leaf attached anytime up until Friday, December 15th.  The presents will be delivered to classrooms on Monday, December 18th.

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Redistricting Update!

The Redistricting Committee’s final meeting was on November 27th.  They are proposing bringing approximately 185 new students from both Greer and Agnor Hurt to Woodbrook starting in 2018-2019.  For the details of their recommendation, check out this link.  The Superintendent will be making her presentation to the School Board on December 14th.  The School Board will then hold a public hearing sometime in January before making their final determination.  Please stay informed, involved and engaged!

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