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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SEAC Introduction

The Albemarle County Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEAC) is comprised of parents of students who require special education services, other interested persons from the community, and educators in the field who have an interest in special education. This committee provides advice concerning the needs of children with disabilities receiving special education services and assists in the formulation and development of long-range plans for these children. Any parent who is interested is encouraged to attend the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee meetings.  This group generally meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7pm in the Albemarle County Office Building (room 302).  The above content comes directly from their website; check it out for more information!  We will also post a link and additional resources under the resources tab as the year progresses.

One group that we want to spotlight this month is the Parent Resource Center.  According to their website:

“The Parent Resource Center (PRC) serves parents of children with disabilities or special needs and promotes partnerships among parents, educators, and community resources.  The PRC operates on the philosophy that parents are a valuable resource in planning the education of their special needs child.  The PRC serves as an information and referral source for needed services that are available in our community, training for parents, and provides support and information groups for families and educators.  The PRC works to promote an understanding of the special education process by establishing working relationship among parents, educators and varied community resources.  In addition, the PRC maintains a book and video lending library to provide historical and current information on meeting the needs of special needs students.”

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Redistricting Committee Meeting

The next redistricting committee meeting will be on Monday, October 30th from 6-8pm in Agnor-Hurt’s Library.  This meeting is open to the public to observe but note that no questions or comments from visitors are permitted.  To get up to speed with the process, check out this website.  The public WILL have the opportunity to comment on Wednesday, November 8th in Agnor-Hurt’s cafeteria starting at 6:30pm.  You can also email with questions, concerns and suggestions.

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School News!

  1.  Class Picture Day is Friday, November 3rd.  The cost is $12.  Payment for class pictures must be received on Picture day.  You can send your payment in with your child or you can pay online using the Picture Day ID (SH187001G0) and include the online payment code on the envelope that came home last week.  Volunteers are still needed to help facilitate.  Contact if you are available.
  2. Monday, October 30th from 5:30-6:30pm the 1/2 multi-age and 2nd graders will celebrate their first quarter success night.
  3. On Thursday, November 2nd, the 3rd grade will be headed to Fralin Art Museum for a field trip.
  4. Many thanks to families who came out to the first day of parent-teacher/student-led conferences!  The next session will be on Thursday, November 9th from 3-7pm.  If you have not signed up yet, please click here  and do so at your earliest convenience.
  5. Word of the week = Self Control.  Five tips for nurturing self control include: 1) fostering good habits; 2) encouraging responsibility; 3) enforcing limits; 4) hitting the “pause” button; 5) encouraging delayed gratification.
  6. Check under the resources tab for the most recent construction update.
  7. Early reminder that there is no school Monday, November 6th or Tuesday, November 7th.

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Redistricting Update

With the addition of new space at Woodbrook Elementary, we will be welcoming upwards of 200+ students from surrounding Albemarle County Schools to our campus next year.  An advisory committee has been meeting this fall to make recommendations to the school board as to how our district’s boundaries will be reconfigured.  These meetings are open to the public and all interested parties are encouraged to attend.  Want to catch up on what’s been going on so far?  Check out this website.  The next committee meeting is on Monday, October 30th from 6-8pm in Agnor-Hurt’s media center.  A Community Meeting during which the public can ask questions is scheduled for Wednesday, November 8th at 6:30pm in Agnor-Hurt’s cafeteria.  If you can’t make the meetings, feel free to review the online materials and then address questions and comments to the committee via email at

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Feed the Bear Launch




At Friday’s Family Night, we launched our direct donation campaign, FEED THE BEAR!  100% of funds raised go to our students’ enrichment opportunities.  Our goal is to raise $5000 over the course of the next six months through a variety of activities:

  • Look for the “Honeypot” donation jar in the Woodbrook School Foyer as well as at community events.
  • Participate in 50/50 raffles.
  • Help the kids have fun with penny, quarter and the dollar challenges to come.
  • Donate through the paypal link below.

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Book Fair in Full Swing!

The Fall 2017 Book Fair is up and running!  Students visited the fair during school to make their personal wish lists and much perusing and purchasing was witnessed on Friday evening during the Family Dinner Night event.  The Fair will continue through Thursday, October 26th.  Personal purchases can be made between 8am-2:25pm; donations to purchase teacher wish lists are also accepted during this time.  If you would like to volunteer to help out at the Book Fair and/or clean up when it is over, click here.  Thank you for your support of our school and our children’s education.  We appreciate your generosity and look forward to seeing you at the fair!

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Girls on the run of Central Virginia is showing “SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age” on Tuesday, October 24th from 6-8pm at Johnson Elementary School.  Tickets are $5.  Below is a description of this documentary:

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.

For more information and to purchase advance tickets, click here.

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School News!

  1. Classroom Picture Day Volunteers needed November 3rd 8:15- 12:00. Please contact Ashlynn Hammond by calling or emailing
  2. Tuesday, October 24th is Global Maker Day at Woodbrook.  The entire school will be engaged in a variety of “maker” activities to celebrate.
  3. Makers’ club also starts this week after school on Tuesday (10/24)  and Wednesday (10/25)
  4. The 4/5 classes travel to Monticello on Wednesday, October 25th.
  5. Parent-Teacher Conferences and some Student led conferences will be held on Thursday, October 26th (and also November 9th).  If you haven’t done so yet, sign up here.  On the day of your conference, please consider bringing in a snack for the teachers to enjoy.
  6. C.A.R.E.S. Word of the Week = Empathy with a focus on helping others feel better.

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Parent Council Update

At the September Parent Council Meeting, a panel of 4 professionals in the mental health field answered different questions having to do with mental health in our schools.  At the end of the meeting, several resources were given to help parents navigate this topic when dealing with their own children.  This material ranges from more serious issues to tips parents can use to talk to children after a disaster or traumatic event. Here is the link to the September minutes which includes those resources.


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School News!

  1.  C.A.R.E.S. word of the week is Empathy.  Some questions you can ask to delve more deeply into this trait: 1) how can you know how someone else feels? 2) How can we notice when another child is feeling bad or left out? 3) How can we cheer up children who feel bad and help them feel better?  Attached here is an additional resource related to empathy.
  2. The next redistricting meeting is Monday, October 16th, 6-8pm at Agnor-Hurt Elementary school.  This meeting is open to the public.
  3. Kindergarten Field Trip, Friday, October 20th.

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