Dear Woodward Families,
As I’m sure your student can attest, there are still a number of ways that school doesn’t feel normal yet, what with wearing masks all day, distancing during lunch time, and some of the other safety measures. Still, I have to say that our students have been so cooperative with the COVID guidelines, especially considering that these teens and tweens are hardwired to question whatever feels like the “silly rules of adults.”
That said, there’s a lot that does feel normal compared to last year. Our Track and Field Team of nearly 100 students just finished up their season of competitions. A number of clubs have begun meeting (see details below). Our student leaders continue to plan events for our school community. And we just celebrated our 100th episode of “Wake Up Woodward!” This video bulletin replaced daily intercom announcements during remote learning last year and started a tradition of student-produced content that we have been happy to carry into this year. We are also on the eve of our first Spirit Week. Next week, students are encouraged to join in daily dress-up days which will culminate in our first virtual assembly of the year next Friday.
So much of what was missing last year were all of the out-of-class activities that pull students together with a sense of school community. Many students are still figuring out how to reconnect to school, so I hope that you will help encourage your student to take some healthy social risks and engage with some activities.
I also want to call attention to our before-school Homework Club. Whether a student is looking for some help on an assignment, needs to make-up a test, or just wants a quiet place to work, this could be the place for them. Check-in through the main office is 8:00-8:20am each morning, and students are released at 8:55 (we let them leave a little early if they want a free school breakfast). Staff are there to supervise and provide academic support. Some students come regularly and others access just when they need it. Either way, it’s a great chance to make their effort more productive.
Lastly, I want to thank all those parents who stepped up to lead our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) this year. From supporting our teachers with grants and appreciation events to organizing and/or funding many of the enriching activities like the ones mentioned above, Woodward would not be the same without this partnership and support. You’ll be hearing more about their one-and-only fundraiser, Fallapalooza, which is coming up. Please know that your support makes a huge difference to our school community for every student.