A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
WELCOME BACK 2015
Dear Wood Acres Families,
Welcome to the NEW school year. I hope that you and your children have had a safe and pleasant summer and are looking forward to the challenges and opportunities of the new school year. If you are new to our school, I know that you will see that Wood Acres Elementary School is a special place for children to learn. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you become more comfortable with our wonderful school. Everyone at Wood Acres Elementary School looks forward to working with you and your children.
The first day of school is August 31, 2015. An Open House is scheduled for August 28, 2015. Please mark these dates on your calendar. The schedule of events for the Open House is listed below.
August 28, 2015 8:30-9:15 Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 5 Open House
9:15-10:30 Grade 2, Grade 3 and Grade 4
9:45-10:30 Patrol Meeting - Ms. Morrell's classroom
Starting at 9:15 PTA New Family Welcome on playground
8:30 - 10:30 Pick up School Kitz on stage
8:30- 10:30 Transportation cards and bus stop tags in All-Purpose Room
Members of the PTA will distribute important information at the Open House. Make certain you stop by their table, which will be located near the main entrance to the building. PTA is also hosting a "New Family Welcome" behind the school on the blacktop and playground starting at 9:15 A.M.
Open House is intended as a time for your child to see his/her classroom and meet the teacher. It is not an appropriate time for parents to conference with teachers and other staff members. You will have opportunities to share personal information after school starts. In order to establish a teacher/parent partnership from the start, I invite you to write a "BRAG letter" to the teacher sharing your perspective on your child’s special interests, strengths, and areas of need. This is a wonderful way for you to reflect and share your insights about your child to their new teacher.
Prior to the Open House your child will recieve a post card from their homeroom teacher so you will know where to go. However, if the postcard does not reach you in time for the Open House, alphabetical lists of students will be posted on the web site Thursday evening. The lists will help you locate your child’s teacher and classroom.
All students are expected to take the bus to school. Everyone will fill out transportation cards for each child. While you are at the Open House, you will visit the cafeteria to get your backpack bus tag. If you are unable to attend the Open House on August 28th, please call the main office to arrange a time, prior to the start of school, to complete the cards.
We have some staff that have moved on to other opportunities.
Mrs. Michelle Lee -Kwon, Grade 4, will be teaching at Woodlin Elementary. She had a beautiful baby girl in July.
Mrs. Emily Anderson, Grade 4, will be teaching at Highland View Elementary.
Mrs. Jacquie Sawyer, Grade 4, will be teaching in Fairfax County.
Ms. Samantha Hetchkop, Grade 2, will be teaching at Stone Mill Elementary.
Mr. Brian Rice, Grade 5, will be teaching at Cold Spring Elementary.
Ms. Jennifer Thai, P.E., will be at Bradley Hills Elementary.
Ms. Carol Pisciotta, P.E. will be at Sligo Creek Elementary.
Ms. Jennifer Lauchlan, media, has moved to the Boston area.
Mrs. Lara Hausman, special education, has taken a position at central office.
Ms. Ann Dubose, music, will be at Candlewood Elementary.
Mrs. Terry King is the counselor at Wyngate Elementary.
Mr. Travis Wiebe is the principal intern at Wyngate Elementary
Mrs. Diane Monte-Bovi, paraeducator and bus queen, has retired from MCPS.
Ms. Lakesha Akinsade will be the cafeteria manager at Fallsmead Elementary.
Welcome to new staff!
Mr. Patrick Scott will be our principal intern.
Ms. Rachel Schultz, formerly a paraeducator with us, will be our new data manager.
Mr. Steven Parker will be our media specialist.
Ms. Charlene Brodie is our new cafeteria manager.
Mr. Jaron Johnson is a part time building service worker.
Mrs. Lauren Friedlander is part time physical education teacher.
Ms. Celia Studt, formerly long term substitute music teacher, is with us permanently this year.
Mrs. Rachel Fieman will be part time special education teacher.