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October

5th - PTA Board Meeting 3:30 p.m.

12th - Spirit Night at Jack's 6:00-8:00

12th - Parent Involvement Meeting @ 6:30

12th - Title I Meeting @ 6:30

12th - Kindergarten Circus @ 2:00 and 6:30

13th - End of 1st Quarter

13th & 16th-20th - Scholastic Book Fair

17th- Parent Conferences 3:30- 6:30

19th - Parent Conferences 3:30- 6:30

23rd-27th - Internet Safety Week (Dress-Up Week)

27th - PTA Trunk or Treat 6:00 until candy is gone

27th- Patriot of the Month at Wake Up Woods

27th - Nutrition Waiver for October Birthdays

 

Students are considered tardy at 8:05 a.m.

School dismisses at 3:00 p.m.

Breakfast begins promptly at 7:30 a.m. and ends promptly at 7:55 a.m.
Breakfast is free for all students.

Lunch is served at the following times:
Lunch Period 1 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Grades 2 and 3 

Lunch Period 2 - 11:35 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.
Grades 6, Pre-K, and McCabe

Lunch Period 3 - 12:05 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.
Grades Kindergarten and 1

Lunch Period 4 - 12:40 p.m.-1:40
Grades 4 and 5

Lunch is $2.25 per day for students, $3.50 for adults, and $3.75 for guests.

Wake Up Woods is every Friday morning in the cafeteria- parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Fast Facts

  • Opened in 1975
  • Named after a prominent community leader, John P. Woods
  • Enrollment: 575
  • Grade Levels:  PreK – Sixth Grade
  • Number of classrooms: 23
  • Number of certified staff members: 31
  • Other staff members: 15
  • Location: 3201 Massard Road; beside Chaffin Junior High School and behind the Wal-Mart SuperCenter on Rogers Avenue.

Arkansas A+ Network
Woods Elementary School was one of the first five schools in Arkansas to be selected to participate in the A+ Network.  This network of fifteen schools supports the arts and views them as an integral part of the curriculum.  The use of the Howard Gardner’s “Multiple Intelligences” in the classroom is encouraged.  Two staff members have been selected as “Fellows” in the A+ Network and provide their expertise at summer A+ workshops.

Counselor
Our professional school counselor is a certified teacher with a master’s degree in school counseling.  She is specially trained to help children solve many kinds of problems in an individual or group setting.  She also provides classroom lessons concerning friendship, conflict resolution, goal setting, bullying, test interpretation, drugs/alcohol/personal safety, and careers.   Some of the other programs that she coordinates are Core Essentials, Red Ribbon Week, 6th Grade Leadership Day, Backpack Program, Partner in Education Career Day, and our Parent Information Center.  Our Parent Center is located outside our school office and “family kits” (games, grade appropriate information), parenting books, and magazines are available for check-out through the counseling office.

Comprehensive Literacy Model
This research-based program incorporates the latest innovations in literacy instruction.  The classroom teachers and the literacy coach work together to improve reading and writing skills.  All K-1st grade teachers have been trained in the ELLA Program. (Early Literacy Learning in Arkansas), 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade teachers have been or are presently being trained in Effective Literacy, and teachers in the 5th and 6th grades have been trained in mid-level literacy.  Sarah Harper is our literacy coach.

School Spirit Day
The school mascot is the Patriot and the school colors are red, white, and blue.  Each Friday has been designated as “Red, White, and Blue Day” where students and faculty show their school spirit by wearing the school colors.

Wake Up Woods
This morning assembly provides an opportunity for all students to lead, direct, or provide information to the whole school.  Friday is Wake Up Woods day and school spirit day when everyone wears red, white, and blue.  During Wake Up Woods a class will present a special “informance” where they present something they have learned; it is to inform the audience.  We acknowledge students who are celebrating a birthday that week.

Gifted and Talented Program
Woods offers an enrichment program called GATE (Gifted and talented education) for those students scoring advanced in intellectual ability, creativity and motivation.  GATE focuses on the gifted and talented frameworks for the state of Arkansas.  Students work on the higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy and content areas not covered by the general curriculum.

Enrichment packets prepared by a certified GT teacher are provided to all kindergarten and first grade teachers for those students demonstrating a need to go beyond the general curriculum.  Our GT teacher presents enrichments lessons on a regular basis to all second grades, and third through sixth graders, who have been identified as GT, attend a weekly pull-out class.

The identification process is conducted once each semester for those students who have been recommended by teachers and/or parents.  This process includes the standardized tests taken at their grade level, two standardized ability index exams, creativity assessments, and motivation checklists.  The data collected during this process is then presented to a building level review team to select the students with the greatest need for an enrichment program.

Student Council
The student council officers are elected in the spring and take office the following fall.  Class representatives from grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 are elected at the beginning of the new school year.  Fifth and sixth graders are elected to represent the kindergarten, first, and second grades.  The student council meets once a month, usually the first or second Thursday of the month.

School Mascot
Patriot

School Colors
Red, White, and Blue

Mission Statement
Woods School – A safe place where we work, think, and learn together for success in tomorrow’s world.

The Patriot Pledge (creed):
I am a Woods Elementary student bound for success.
I know that the choices I make today will help shape my future.
The education I am receiving will make me a leader of tomorrow.
Today I will strive to do my best and to learn from my mistakes.
I will seize the opportunity to be productive, polite, and proficient;
For if my dreams are to be, it’s up to ME.
 
School Poem
Oh, the Places I’ll Go!
(Adapted from Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss)

Congratulations!  Today is my day.
I’m off to Great Places!  I’m off and away!

I have brains in my head.  I have feet in my shoes.
I can steer myself in any direction I choose.

I’ll be on my way up!  I’ll be seeing great sights!
I’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.

And when I’m alone, there’s a very good chance
I’ll meet things that scare me right out of my pants.
But on I will hike, and I know I’ll hike far
And face up to my problems, whatever they are.

I’ll get mixed up, of course, as I already know,
I’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as I go.
So I’ll be sure when I step, I’ll step with care and great tact
And remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.

And will I succeed?  Yes!  I will indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed)

I PLAN TO MOVE MOUNTAINS!  Today is my day!
My mountain is waiting, so… I’m on my way!

Motto
We are
Offering
Opportunities to
Develop
Success

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