Silent Auction!

This year we are trying something new!  Those of you who attended the Fun Fair had the opportunity to view and bid on a number of items.  In fact, you may have won big on Saturday!  Not everyone could be there, however, so we wanted to continue the fun online.  Check out: to see if there’s anything that peaks your interest.  Share with your friends, family and neighbors. . . you don’t have to be part of the Woodbrook community to participate.

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Teacher Appreciation Week!

May 7th -May 11th is Teacher/Staff Appreciation at Woodbrook Elementary School!  Attached is a template if your child(ren) are interested in sending notes for their teachers.  In the past, we have done a gift card raffle on Friday; we are still looking for donations in any amount and from any store.  Please send them in to the school by Thursday.  We are also hoping to provide teachers and staff fruit and healthy snacks each day in the teacher’s lounge as well.  Know too that your financial contributions thus far have enabled the PTO to send the teachers to Brick Oven for lunch throughout this upcoming week as well as lottery tickets and lunch vouchers at Chick-Fil-A.  We will also be setting up a traveling coffee bar one day this week.

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Seeking Fun Fair Volunteers!

It takes our entire school community to make the Fun Fair and Silent Auction a success.  This Mother’s Day weekend, please consider donating an hour of your time to run a game, collect tickets, sell some food, monitor the Silent Auction or Raffles, bake some cupcakes, and/or help with set up/clean up.  The Fair itself runs from 4-7pm on Saturday, May 12th.  We will be start setting up Friday after school and collecting baked goods at that time.  See the sign up genius below for all the possible ways to contribute to this fantastic event.  Know friends and neighbors who might be interested in coming and volunteering?  Be sure to invite them and feel free to share the sign up genius link.  The more, the merrier!


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School News!

  1. This coming week is Spirit Week at Woodbrook:

Monday: Dress like your favorite book character

Tuesday: Crazy Hair Day

Wednesday: Twin Day

Thursday: PJ Day

Friday: Woodbrook Spirit Day

2. The next school-wide morning meeting will be on Monday, April 30th.

3. Mrs. Pollack and Mrs. Remley’s first grade classes will be visiting the Metro Richmond zoo on Tuesday, May 1st.

4.  Tuesday, May 1st and Wednesday, May 2nd are the last two days of clubs and tutoring.

5.  Wednesday, May 2nd is the Kindergarten music concert.  Showtimes are at 1 and 6:30pm.

6.  Friday, May 4th is a popular Field Trip day:

4/5’s are going to Washington D.C.

Bright Stars are headed to Kluge Ruhe and Pen Park

The Kindergartens are off to Ashlawn

7. Saturday, May 5th, 7 pm – Our Chance to Dance class will be performing at the Paramount Theater as part of Charlottesville Ballet’s: A Decade of Dance.

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LulaRoe Fundraiser!

We have two hosts for the fundraiser: A-Z   You can shop at one or BOTH locations!  Go and find all your unicorns!!!
Time: 2-4 Sunday 4/29
A-Z LuLaRoe (Ashley and Zarina)
1407 Teakwood Cove
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Monique Bragg
1005 Wildmere Place
Charlottesville, VA 22901
(Location around house at back door)​
Busy this weekend?  No worries; you can shop online for the fundraiser for up to one week after the event at and

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Parent Council FREE screening of Screenagers!

The Parent Council is thrilled to present SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time.

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.

SCREENAGERS addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on—depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.

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May 3rd, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Sutherland Middle School 2801 Powell Creek Dr., Charlottesville, VA 22911

Register for this FREE event at:

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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 @ [email protected]

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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] if you are interested.

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