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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School News!

  1. On Friday, December 8th the 1/2 class will be taking a field trip to the Frontier Museum.
  2. Also, on Friday December 8th from 6:30-8:30pm the school will be sponsoring Family Maker Night.  Several classrooms will be running a multitude of “maker” activities such as keva planks, legos, minecraft, circuits, DIY ornaments & fidget spinners.  Students will also have the opportunity to finish their “Feed the Bear” posters.  Please bring a snack to share.

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Multi-age & Open Spaces Conversation

Come join us in the library for some cookies and conversation with parents from Agnor-Hurt regarding Mult-age and open spaces on Tuesday, December 5th.  We will be meeting from 6:30-8pm.  Childcare is available for those over 3.

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PTO News!

  1. The last redistricting committee meeting is on Monday, November 27th from 6-8pm in Agnor-Hurt’s media center.  The committee will be reviewing survey results and making final recommendations to the Superintendent.  The public is welcome to attend to listen but will not have the opportunity to comment.
  2. Poinsettia pick up will be after school in Woodbrook’s gym on Tuesday, November 28th or Wednesday, November 29th
  3. The National Day of Giving is Tuesday, November 28th.  Consider celebrating this day by contributing to Woodbrook’s Feed the Bear campaign.  So far, our Honey pot alone has raised $357.30!  The Feed the Bear/Bee the Change poster contest is also in full swing.  Poster board can be picked up in the art room or in the office.  Final submissions are due by the end of family maker night on Friday, December 8th.  Winners will be announced at the December school-wide morning meeting.
  4. Interested parents will have the opportunity to meet with parents with children in Agnor-Hurt’s multi-age program on Tuesday, December 5th at 6:30pm.
  5. Check out our annual Giving Tree in the school foyer.  There are plenty of leaves left on the tree waiting to be picked and wishes fulfilled.  Gifts with leaf tags can be returned to the office any time prior to Friday, December 15th.

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PTO Reminders!

  1.  The Feed the Bear “Latte” challenge runs through Wednesday, November 22nd.  Considering skipping the latte, diet coke, late afternoon treat and donate the cost to Woodbrook instead.
  2. The last redistricting committee meeting is Monday, November 27th from 6-8pm at Agnor Hurt’s media center.  Although the parental survey is now closed, you can still have your voice heard through an email to rac@k12albemarle.org.  You can also contact the school board via email and/or attend their meetings and speak during the public comment time.
  3. Thanks to those parents who have agreed to serve on the panel on Monday, November 20th to share with Woodbrook faculty and staff our perspectives on various facets of the school-family relationship.

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Poinsettia Pick Up!

Poinsettias will be arriving the week after Thanksgiving!  If you have placed an order, anticipate picking up in the gym after school on either Tuesday, November 28th or Wednesday, November 29th. Email Maureen Boisvert with any questions.

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Giving Tree Season!

Check out our annual Giving Tree located in the school lobby!  Just in time for Black Friday savings, take a leaf (or 2 or 3) and fulfill the wishes of our most dedicated staff.  Attach the leaf to your purchase and drop off in the office anytime before the end of the school day on Friday, December 15th.  Questions?  Email Jackie Harris .

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Multi-Age/Open Spaces Parent Forum

Join us in Woodbrook’s Library on Tuesday, December 5th at 6:30pm for a discussion with Agnor-Hurt parents regarding multi-age/open space programming.  Child care will be available for those over 3.  Anticipate good conversation and yummy treats!

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Parent Council Update

The Parent Council Meeting in October was held at the County Office Building.  Darva Miller, Phil Giaramitta, Jody Saunders and Tim Shea spoke about their jobs in human resources, communications, media and community outreach, and legislative liaisons, respectively.  To learn more about these important positions in ACPS, check out the meeting minutes on the following link!  Also included in the resources section of the page is interesting information from the Speak Up 2016 survey, which addresses district data on digital learning. Check it out!

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School News!

  1. Report cards are available through the parent portal link on the Woodbrook website.
  2. Ways to encourage last week’s word of the week (Trustworthiness) include promoting honesty, reliability,the courage to do what is right (even if it’s not popular) and being a good friend.
  3. Kindergarten feast Monday, November 20th at 11:45am
  4. Join Woodbrook in a school-wide morning meeting on Tuesday, November 21st at 8:15am in the gym.
  5. The 1/2 multi-age class will also be going on a field trip to Wildrock on Tuesday, November 21st.
  6. 3rd grade feast Tuesday, November 21st 12:3opm
  7. No after-school activities on Tuesday (e.g., no chance to dance, no makers club, no ESL tutoring, etc.).
  8. No school Wednesday, November 22nd-Friday, November 24th.  Have a very happy Thanksgiving holiday!!!

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Do you enjoy a favorite snack or beverage every day?

Woodbrook Parents.

What if every Woodbrook Elementary parents skipped their snack or coffee for ONE DAY  and donated the same amount to the Feed the Bear Campaign?

That would be a lot of “honey” for the “Feed the Bear – Bee the Change” Fundraising campaign!
We are asking parents to do exactly  this from Wednesday, Nov. 15 through Wednesday, November 22.
You can donate immediately using Paypal:


If 10 people donated their latte cost of $4.25 –  that would be $42.50.

If 15 people donated their $1  instead of having a candy bar = $15.00.

A Big Gulp and some potato chips = $3.79 x 20 people = $75.80.

Small amounts ADD UP very quickly!

All PTO Feed the Bear funds go directly back to our students, to help pay for field trips, enrichment activities, after school clubs, and so forth.


Will you FEED the BEAR your snack or coffee? Will you BEE the CHANGE?

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School News!

  1. C.A.R.E.S. Trait of the week is Trustworthiness.
  2. As stated in a previous post, please take time to have your voice heard regarding redistricting.  We will be welcoming new students regardless but it is important to be thoughtful and intentional in how we approach redistricting to best serve the needs of all our county’s students.  You can review the plans under consideration here and then share your views via a survey found here and/or via email to rac@k12albemarle.org.
  3. The Virginia Film Festival is Saturday, November 11th.  Woodbrook’s 4/5 students will be showing their films from 9:15-9:45am in Campbell Hall on UVA’s Art Grounds.  There will be a bus leaving from Woodbrook at 8:45 to pick up students and their families if they would like to avoid the hassle of parking. The bus will also be picking up students from the following neighborhoods: Rio Hill (8:50), Mallside (8:51), & Abbington Crossing (8:57). All students riding the bus must be accompanied by an adult. The bus will depart from UVA at 9:45 once the showing has ended and will return to the neighborhoods and lastly school at 10 am.  If you are reading this for the first time via the Sunday, email blast, you very likely missed the show.  Fear not!  An encore presentation will be offered during the 2nd quarter 4/5 family dinner.  Stay tuned for the date and time of this community gathering.
  4. The next all-school  morning meeting will be on Tuesday, November 21st.

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PTO Reminders

  1.  Poinsettia sales will be wrapping up Wednesday, November 15th.  Get your order forms in to the office now.  Need an order form?  Click here.  Contact maureen.boisvert@gmail.com with any questions.
  2. Also by Wednesday, please take a few minutes to complete the school-family engagement survey.  Send it in through your child’s backpack or drop it off in the front office.  Through it we are seeking feedback regarding home-school relationships as well as seeking participants to share their views with school staff on Monday, November 20th after school. If you have misplaced your survey, you can download another one here.
  3. The PTO will be setting up the annual “Giving Tree” on Friday, November 17th at 4pm.  We welcome anybody who would like to come out to join us to help.

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Feed the Bear & Bee the Change Poster Contest!

Create a poster that shows Woody Bear and his Bee friends support raising money for the PTO’s “Feed the Bear, Bee the Change” Campaign, which raises money for school activities.
Posters should encourage donations. Show Woody with his bee friends, draw kids having fun at school or on field trips, collecting coins, learning interesting things at school.  Include one or more  CARES trait in the poster.  Draw anything you think will make parents and friends want to donate to Woodbrook.
A student’s final piece of work should be on 11″x17″ cardstock.  Mr. Reinhard will have this in the Art Room on Monday, November 13.  One entry per child.
The contest starts Monday, November 13 and ends on Maker Night, Friday, December 8.  Artists may work on their projects in art class with Mr. Reinhard’s permission, as well as at home.


Judges will be staff members at Woodbrook Elementary.
Posters will be judged on the message of “Feed the Bear, Bee the Change”, originality, creativity, and overall presentation, and other criteria that the judges feel are important.  Artists should work individually using crayon, paint, colored pencil,s pastel, etc.


At least three winners will be selected from each grade or grade group.  Artists should work individually and on the 11″x17″paper.  The judges may also choose additional winners.

The grade categores are K; grades 1-2; grade 3; and grades 4-5.


 The winners’ posters will be displayed at Woodbrook.  Each winner will receive a  certificate of recognition and art supplies.

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