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.

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.

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.

School News!

  1. Please consider signing up to help package food bags at Loaves and Fishes for Woodbrook Families.  We are putting together bags every Tuesday from 10am-11am, except during Spring Break.  Sign up for one Tuesday or more:
  2. Kindergarten registration has been rescheduled to Wednesday, March 28th.  If you can help sign new families up, please contact the WES Office at [email protected].  They are looking for assistance from 9am-11am and then from 11am-1pm.
  3. The Honors Choir concert originally slated for March 21st has been moved to Wednesday, March 28th at Monticello High School at 5:30pm.
  4. As a result of the above change, the 1st and 2nd grade musical has been shifted to Thursday, April 12th.
  5. The 4th and 5th grade Field Trip to Washington D.C. has been bumped to Friday, May 4th
  6. Friday, March 30th is a 1/2 day of school with dismissal at 11:30am.

K-2 wins coin challenge!

Congratulations to grades K-2 for winning the Feed the Bear coin challenge earlier this month!  Overall, students raised closed to $400 as part of our Feed the Bear/Bee the Change donation drive.  With this amazing effort by our children, we are now 58% towards our goal.

We want to acknowledge ALL the  ways that families contribute to our school – coin challenges, poster contests, bake sale donations, time, meetings, events, 50/50 raffles etc., etc.  To the extent the way you wish to support our school is through a monetary donation, there is still time.  Our Feed the Bear campaign runs through the Fun Fair (May 12th).  Checks should be made out to the Woodbrook PTO can be delivered to the office or through your child’s weekly folder or feel free to use the paypal link below.


School News!

  1. Interested children will be participating in Jump Rope for Heart during their PE classes on Monday, March 19th.  Please let Lynda Lutz know if you are able to donate cups or Gatorade/juice for the event.
  2. The school is looking for up to 3 folks to volunteer to put together weekend bags of food at Loaves & Fishes (2050 Lambs Road) on Tuesday, March 20th at 10am.  Sign up here:
  3. Kindergarten registration will take place on Wednesday, March 21st.  If you are able to help out, please contact the front office at Woodbrook.
  4. Also on Wednesday, the 5th grade honor choir will be performing at 5:30pm.
  5. The 4th and 5th grades will be taking a field trip to Washington DC on Friday, March 23rd.  Buses will be departing at 6:45am from the school and hoping to return by 5pm.
  6. Our food drive to support the Blue Ridge Food Bank continues!  Drop off donations in two barrels located in the foyer.

Loaves and Fishes Volunteer Opportunity!

Loaves and Fishes food pantry  (located across the street from Jouett and Greer) provides bags of weekend food for families, including many at Woodbrook.  Woodbrook is looking for 3 volunteers every Tuesday morning at 10:00am to go to the pantry to bag up the food. The pantry will provide the food and will provide a checklist of what goes in each bag. Then the volunteers will need to drive the bags of food over to Woodbrook, so that the school can distribute on Friday afternoons. With 3 people working, this should take an hour, give or take.  Here is the link to sign up:

Beware the Ides of March!

It’s a busy mid-March week for the PTO.  Here’s a brief overview/review of the week to come:

Monday, March 12th:  Start your school week off by taking a break from cooking and take the family to Panera Bread between 4-8pm for dinner.  Make sure to bring the flyer that was sent home last week or check out our website for another copy.

Tuesday, March 13th: Join us in the Library at 6:30pm for our monthly PTO meeting.  Among the items to be discussed include a review of recent PTO activities, an update on our welcoming activities for redistricted families, and preview of upcoming events.  Childcare is available for those above 3.

Friday, March 16th: Round out your week with BINGO in the gym from 6:30-8:30pm!  Purchase a pack of cards guaranteeing at least 6 games for just $1.  Double your chances by bringing in a donation to our food drive.  Card sales start at 6pm.  A 50/50 raffle will also be offered and concessions will be available for purchase as well.

School News!


  1. Woodbrook’s Office Staff is asking all parents to bring in their Driver’s License or ID for check-in at the school. We are asking parents to do this, so they can check in and out using our TPASS system. This allows us to keep more accurate records as well as helping to keep our students safe. We appreciate your cooperation with this new protocol.
  2. The 4/5 3rd quarter success night will be on Wednesday, March 14th at 5:30pm in the Gym.  Student poetry portfolios will be on display.  Come celebrate our students’ success AND PI day!
  3. Our second parent panel will happen on Thursday, March 15th from 2:45-4:15pm.  Thanks in advance to those parents who have agreed to participate.  Childcare will be available to teacher and parent participants.  We look forward to sharing with the Woodbrook community what comes out of this meeting.
  4. Jack Jouett will be hosting families of current 5th graders (rising 6th graders) on Thursday, March 15th.  Tours of the school will be available from 5:30-6pm followed by an informational meeting for parents.
  5. Jump Rope for Heart will be held on Monday, March 19th.  Interested students have brought home packets describing the event in more detail with instructions for those who wish to raise money for the American Heart Association in the process.  Donation envelopes are due back on or before March 19th.  The event will take place with each class’ regular P.E. times.  The P.E. Teachers are looking for donations of Juice/Gatorade and cups to help make sure our children are well hydrated during this fun activity.
  6. Kindergarten registration will be held on Wed, March 21st from 9-1 and 3-6. Your child must turn 5 by September 30, 2018 to be eligible for kindergarten.  If you would like to volunteer to help with registration during the 9-1 time slot please contact Susan Reuschling in the office.  [email protected] or 434-973-6600.
  7. Woodbrook’s annual food drive has started and runs through March 23rd.  Two large orange barrels are in the front lobby to collect donations of non-perishable canned and boxed food donations.  Items in particularly high need at this time include: cereal, peanut or almond butter, canned tuna and chicken, canned soups, stews and chili, canned fruit, canned veggies, beans (canned or dried), boxed mac & cheese, pasta and rice, spaghetti sauce, paper products, baby food, formula and diapers, soap, toothbrushes and feminine products.
  8. While you are shopping for donations for the food drive, consider picking up an extra box or two for our clinic.  They are rapidly running out of snacks.  If you are able to donate cheerios, goldfish, pretzels, etc. it would be greatly appreciated.
  9. Word of the Week: Perseverance.  Perseverance is the ability and self-control that pushes you to work through challenges.  Having perseverance means that when you are facing a challenge, you use your mind and your body to overcome it.  Perseverance means you are able to wait and work through difficulties, whether they have to do with your mind, your body or your emotions.

Coin Challenge Wind Day Extension!

The windy conditions did more than just cancel school on Friday. . . they blew the Feed the Bear coin challenge all the way to Monday!  Students can bring in any last minute donations Monday and it will still count towards their classroom totals.  The competition is fierce.  Word on the street is that some teachers are offering to match their student’s contributions in an effort to win.  Let’s see if we can make it rain coins this Monday. . . and perhaps force a two hour delay Tuesday (so we have time to count all the proceeds).

BINGO Night!

Our annual BINGO night is rapidly approaching!  Come on out for some family fun on Friday, March 16th from 6:30pm-8:30pm.  Doors will open at 6pm for Bingo Card purchases.  Bingo cards are $1 for a pack of 6.  You can “purchase” additional BINGO cards by bringing in canned food for our annual food drive.  50/50 raffle tickets and concessions will be available for purchase as well.

To make this night a success, we need your help.  Please see the sign up genius below if you are able to assist with set up, card distribution, raffle sales, concessions, BINGO calling and/or clean up.  In addition, we welcome prize donations.  These can be dropped off in the office labeled PTO Bingo or you can contact Jen Smith at [email protected] to coordinate pick up.

Panera Restaurant Night coming soon!

Treat yourself to some salads, soups and sandwiches next Monday, March 12th at Panera in the Hollymead Shopping Center!  For this restaurant night, you DO need to show them the pamphlet.  One will be coming home in this week’s Tuesday folders.  You can download an extra copy below.  If our community spends at least a $100 between the hours of 4pm-8pm, then a portion of our purchases will be donated back to Woodbrook.

School News!

  1.  Once again, Woodbrook is partnering with Neighbors-4-Neighbors for its annual canned food drive.  This year’s school food drive runs from March 5th-March 23rd.  Our school has always been one of the top providers to the Blue Ridge Food Bank; let’s keep that tradition going!
  2. The 1st/2nd grade multi-age class will be taking a field trip to the Richmond zoo on Thursday, March 8th
  3. The first week of clubs and tutoring went well; we look forward to more fun next week.
  4. The clinic could use some snacks: Cheerios, gold fish, pretzels, etc.  Thanks in advance for any donations made.


Yearbook Info!

Mr. Reinhard and the yearbook club are hard at work putting the finishing touches on this year’s school yearbook and they need your help!  Please email Mr. Reinhard at [email protected] or [email protected] or text to 434.962.2764 any photographs you may have taken of PTO or school events such as field trips, school-wide morning meetings, Sweetheart Dance, Game night, etc.

In addition, 5th grade parents have the opportunity to create a business card sized dedication to go in the yearbook for their child for $5. Parents can include a picture, poem, quote or just a message.  Note that any pictures provided will not be returned so make sure to provide copies and not originals.  Attached is a template to guide any submission. Paper copies of this form will go home on Monday.

Due to yearbook deadlines any photographs or dedications must be received  NO LATER THAN FRIDAY 3/9.

Parent Council Update!

The last Parent Council Meeting was on February 21 at Western Albemarle High.  During that meeting many things were discussed and/or presented including new state standards for school accreditation, High School 2022, Freshman Seminar, and county budget information.  The following link contains the meeting minutes, presentation slides, and other links to websites concerning these topics.  Check it out!
Kim McQuown is Woodbrook representative and welcomes any questions you may have.  She provides more detailed information about these sessions at our PTO meetings, so that is another way to be kept up to date!

School News!

  1. Tuesday, February 27th and Wednesday, February 28th – After school clubs and tutoring begin.
  2. Wednesday, February 28th – School-wide morning meeting at 8:15 am hosted by the 4/5 multi-age classrooms.
  3. Friday, March 2nd – Read Across America Day.

Feed the Bear – Bee the Change Coin Challenge!

Put your spare change towards a great cause. . . your PTO!  The PTO helps to pay for field trips, clubs, enrichment activities, movie nights, game nights and more.

This coming week Grades K-2 will take on Grades 3-5 to see who can bring in the most change to feed the bear.  Grades K-2 are playing for a popsicle party while Grades 3-5 are hoping to share treats with Woody Bear! Donate your ice cream money, your allowance and/or money from chores.  Look under the couch cushions, check your coat pockets etc.  Coin containers will be in each classroom from Monday, February 26th-Friday, March 2nd.

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 [email protected]
PREP Parent Resource Center


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.

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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