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  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
  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 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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PTO Meeting!

Spending too much quality time with your family?  Come spend a couple hours with us instead!  Child care will be available for those over 3.  We will be meeting in the library from 6:30-8pm.

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Jason’s Deli Restaurant Night!

Looking ahead to Thanksgiving and starting to dread all the preparations?  Pamper yourself with a pre-emptive break at Jason’s Deli on Thursday, November 16th.  Eat in or take out any time between 5-10pm and 15% of your meal will be donated back to Woodbrook.  Enjoy stupendous salads, soups and sandwiches.  As one frequent Jason’s Deli diner (who is less impressed with alliteration) added: “Come for the muffins, stay for the complementary ice cream.”

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Redistrict Update

Yet another redistricting update you may be wondering?  Yes!  Thanks to all who came out to listen and express their views regarding the ongoing redistricting process.  If you were not able to make it or want your voice heard in another way, you can email and/or complete an online survey (  The survey will remain open until Friday, November 17th at 11:59pm.  The full presentation from Wednesday’s public forum can be found here as well a link to the survey mentioned previously.  The next committee meeting is Monday, November 13 at 6pm in Agnor-Hurt’s media center.  It is a long process; please stay engaged!

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Poinsettia Sale!

This holiday season, let the Woodbrook PTO (working in conjunction with the Corner Store Garden Center) meet all your poinsettia needs!  Three sizes are available: 4.5″ pot ($5), 6″ pot ($10) and 8″ pot ($20).  Please use the order form that came home in the Tuesday folders to place your orders.  Return orders and payment to the school by Wednesday, November 15th.  Poinsettias will be delivered the last week in November.  If you have any questions or need an order form, please contact Maureen Boisvert at

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PTO reminders!

  1.  Come out to support the PTO Bake Sale on Tuesday, November 7th.  On your way to vote or after, stop by and purchase a dessert for later, supply a dessert to be sold, or volunteer to spend a few hours in the tent making everyone else happy!  See the sign up genius under the volunteer tab to help out.
  2. Have your voice heard regarding redistricting on Wednesday, November 8th.  There will be presentation of 3 potential approaches to redistricting at Agnor Hurt’s cafeteria starting at 6:30pm.  See an earlier post from this week with links to learn more about the options and process.
  3. Considering bringing in a snack for the teachers during parent -teacher conferences on Thursday, November 9th any time between 3-7pm.
  4. Keep your eyes open for opportunities to “Bee the Change” – the Honey Pot should be making an appearance at the Bake Sale and then details will be coming out shortly about a poster contest for the Feed the Bear campaign.  Stay tuned!

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School News!

  1.  Remember NO SCHOOL on Monday (11/6) or Tuesday (11/7).
  2. The second round of parent-teacher/student-led conferences will take place on Thursday, November 9th from 3-7pm.  If you haven’t had a chance to sign up yet, click here.  Please consider bringing in a snack for teachers to enjoy.  Any treats can be dropped off in the teachers’ lounge.
  3. Report cards go live on Powerschool on Friday, November 10th.  If you haven’t signed up for Powerschool’s Parent Portal and need assistance, check in with the WES office folks.
  4. Saturday, November 11th our 4th and 5th graders will be showcasing their shorts at the Virginia Film Festival.  Woodbrook’s showing will take place from 9:15-9:45am at Campbell Hall on the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds at UVA.  Free parking is available in the Culbreth Road Parking Garage (130 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903).  Come for the shorts, stay for the all day FREE arts workshops including acting, dance, music and more.  Register online at

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Redistricting Update!

The Redistricting Committee is looking for public input on three different approaches to redistricting the urban ring schools consisting of Greer, Agnor-Hurt and Woodbrook.  These three plans should be available for review shortly at  If you have feedback, you can provide it via email at or in person on Wednesday, November 8th at 6:30pm in Agnor Hurt’s Cafeteria.

Prior to this meeting, Woodbrook representatives Jen Smith and Malva Mangan will be available to discuss the process and current options on Thursday, November 2nd at 7pm in Woodbrook’s library.

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Election Day Bake Sale!

The annual Election Day Bake Sale is coming up soon! Volunteers are needed to sell items at Woodbrook the day of the event (Tuesday Nov. 7th) as well as to provide delicious baked goods.

Please consider donating baked goods and/or give an hour or two on Nov. 7th. Perfect volunteer opportunity for middle and high school students too!

To volunteer an hour or two of time:

To donate baked goods:

Can’t donate this time around but still want to support this event? Just bring cash when you come to school to vote and buy something tasty to take home or to work!

Questions? Contact Sara Henry:

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Can you find the honeypot?

Woodybear and his bee friends are hoping for a full pot of honey to see them through the winter.  The honeypot can be found in the front foyer and awaits any and all contributions of change.  It will also be traveling to various PTO events including Friday’s movie night and the election day bake sale!

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Movie Night!

Come join us for Book of Life on Friday, November 3rd.  Doors open at 6:30pm with the movie to start at approximately 6:45pm.  The event itself is free.  Movie concessions will be available for purchase (popcorn, candy, drinks) as will pizza.  We will also hold a 50/50 raffle to help “Feed the Bear.”

Volunteers are needed for concessions; please click on the sign up genius below to help out.

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