Parent Resource Center Update

The Parent Resource Center is offering free workshops for parents and children with disabilities or special needs.

Children’s Challenging Behaviors – *FREE Workshop*
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. A plan of
action that includes partnerships between home, school and community will also be developed in
this workshop. Developed by NAMI Virginia as part of the Virginia Family Network.

Social Explorers – FREE PREP Parent Resource Center Workshop Series for students ages 5-7
April 16, 23, 30 and May 7 (Classes meet once each week)
(Mondays – 5:30pm-7:00pm) — Space is limited.. Sign up now!
Classes will be held at Ivy Creek School, 227 Lambs Lane, Charlottesville
This group is designed to help young learners (ages 5-7) with average to above average language
and learning abilities develop the skills they need to be flexible social thinkers and social
problem solvers. Students will learn about the social mind, social expectations, as well as their
own thinking and that of others. These lessons will help them begin to make better decisions
when in the midst of social play and interaction. Social learning takes time and this group will
help students and their caregivers begin to talk about social concepts so that their
understanding of the social world can evolve over time. Social thinking means ME + YOU= US, so
come join US for this social exploration!
Presenters: Erin McCormack and Diane Talarico-Cavanaugh, Autism Consultants PREP
Free Registration and Dinner included:
Contact Deborah at 434-975-9400 or
PREP Parent Resource Center


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PTO Reminder

  1. Remember to come out to Brick Oven Pizza for Restaurant Night on Monday, February 12th.  20% of all sales that day will come back to The Woodbrook PTO.
  2. The PTO meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30pm in the Library. Childcare will be available to children over 3 years old.
  3. The Sweetheart Dance is on Friday, February 16th from 6-8pm. Bring the entire family for $5. Enjoy dancing, refreshments and fun with your friends.

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Brick Oven Restaurant Night!

Brick Oven in the Rio Hill Shopping Center (by Kroger and across from Lowes) is sponsoring our next Restaurant Night on Monday, February 12th.  They are open 11am-9pm and have generously agreed to donate  20% of ALL proceeds from the entire day.  You do not need a flyer or to even mention Woodbrook!

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PTO Reminders!

  1. Superior Martial Arts Fundraiser Deadline is rapidly approaching.  To take full advantage of this month’s deal, please register by Tuesday, February 6th.  The registration form is posted as a separate entry.
  2. Also on Tuesday, February 6th?  CATEC’s Community Night/Soul Fest!  This free event includes student tours/visitation of program areas, dinner catered by Angelic’s Kitchen and CATEC Culinary, and music by Music Resource Center (MRC) students.  Plus you can enter for a chance to win program area raffles and check out the progress of “Technical Eats” CATEC Food Bus! The evenings activities run from 5-7pm.
  3. The Spring BoxTop challenge is underway!  Send in those BoxTops.  The deadline for the contest is Thursday, February 15th.
  4. Also rapidly approaching, our Sweetheart Dance.  Sign up now to help out:

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DePaul Community Resources Informational Session

DePaul Community Resources is working hard to help spread the word about the need for foster families in this region, how their organization fits in the child welfare system in the state of Virginia, and how parents and families can get involved. They are holding an informational session on Monday, February 12th from 6-7pm at 1020 Carrington Place Suite, #100 for anyone interested in learning more information.  Attached is their flyer for this event.  Please contact Chris Tompkins at 434.977.9847, ext. 3509 or with any questions.

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School News!

  1. Following up on MLK jr. Day, the word of the week has been “PEACEMAKER”. The word is defined as “a person or group of people that work collaboratively to bring or make peace between people in conflict.” As we take time this time of year to recognize the leadership skills of the late, great Dr. Martin Luther King, it is worthwhile to take time to truly reflect on and ask our children to think about the incredible impact Dr. King had on our country and how he led in peaceful ways through incredibly challenging times.  The school is focusing on helping our children learn various ways to become a Peacemaker, including:
    *  Communicating with others by using a respectful “I Message”
    *  Acknowledging and affirming the positive qualities of others
    *  Showing a willingness to compromise
    If you are interested in additional resources to use at home to reinforce these lessons, please looking under our resources tab.
  2. The 3rd Grade Musical is on Thursday, February 8th at 6:30pm.  Performers should report to their classrooms at 6pm.
  3. Report Cards will be available for viewing through the Parent Portal on Monday, February 5th.
  4. Clubs will be starting soon.  If you are available to lead a club this spring, please let the office know ASAP.  Clubs run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, after school until 4pm.  Some past popular clubs that are still looking for sponsors include: Minecraft, Chess, Soccer and running.  You may have other ideas/hobbies you would like to share with 2nd-5th grades.  Email your suggestions/willingness to participate to

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Superior Martial Arts Fundraiser Registration form

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Sweetheart Dance!

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to groove to the music with your little ones on Friday, February 16th from 6-8pm at the 9th annual Sweetheart Dance!  Please help us make the 2018 Dance the best one ever by donating some time to help, bake some sweet treats to taste, or lend a cautious eye to keep our little ones safe during the dance!  Thank you, and… “now I gotta cut loose, Footloose”!

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Superior Martial Arts Fundraiser!

For the month of February, you can join the Superior Martial Arts Taekwondo dojo for $25.  As part of the introductory offer, you will get a free gee (uniform) and lessons. That $25 will all then be donated to Woodbrook!   All you have to do is tell them you are part of the Woodbrook fundraiser when you sign up. You don’t have to attend Woodbrook to qualify for this so let interested friends whose children go to other surrounding schools know too.  The programming is designed for Age 3 to Adult.  There is no obligation to continue past the first month.   If you are interested in more information, check out their website here.  Some Woodbrook families already belong to this dojo and are willing to answer questions as well.

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Principal Appreciation Week

Last week an email was sent out from Dr. Moran about Principal Appreciation Week.  Although it was officially January 22-26, we realize many people did not know until later in the week.  If you hadn’t sent a note or email thanking Mrs. Molinaro and Mr. Thornton already and you wish to, it’s not too late! Please go ahead and send it this week. :)  It’s never too late to let someone know you appreciate them!

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CATECH Community Night and Soul Feast

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Box Top Challenge!

The spring submission deadline is right around the corner! Please send your Box Tops to school by February 15th so we can get them counted and submitted. We’ll receive 10¢ for every Box Top we submit, and our school can use that cash to buy anything it needs!  Help us reach our goal by clipping Box Tops from hundreds of participating products.

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 classes taking into account class size.


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School News!

  1. Congratulations to this year’s MLK Jr. Award recipients pictured above.  Way to go!
  2. The 3rd grade musical has been rescheduled to February 8th to give performers more time to practice and perfect their craft!
  3. Reports cards will be available for viewing through Parent Portal on February 5th.
  4. Golden Apple nominations are due by February 1st.  For more information on how you can recognize the many talents of our Woodbrook teachers, check out
  5. The Albemarle County Schools Coat Drive will be wrapping up at the end of January.  Please drop off in the box in the foyer any coats, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves that are good condition.
  6. Chance to Dance has announced the date for their spring performance.  Mark your calendars for May 5th, 7pm at the Paramount Theater.  Expect dancers to need to arrive several hours ahead of the performance time.  Check out for more details.
  7. Applications for the Woodbrook Bright Stars Preschool program for the 2018-2019 school year are now available. Spaces are limited. Completed applications are processed and applicants selected for enrollment as well as waitlisted applicants will be notified the beginning of May. To be considered a child must be 4 years old by September 30th, live in the Woodbrook school district, be fully toilet trained and have low family income or other stressors that make other preschool options difficult or present challenges for academic success. For an application or more information, please contact Judy Blakey, the Bright Stars Family Coordinator, at 973-6600.

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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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