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A Huge Thank You to West Woodland Volunteers!

A HUGE thank you to all of the volunteers who have helped out throughout the school year! West Woodland wouldn't be the wonderful school it is without your support.

For their help putting on events and wrapping projects up at the end of the school year, we'd like to thank...
Erin Kahn and Pamela Jaynes - BLAST Coordinators
Brandi Mattila - Field Day Coordinator
Aaron Armstrong and Elise Knox - Kindergarten Tile Coordination
Becky Ducsik - Lil' Woody's Art Show Coordinator
Karen Oboy and Jenn Harowicz - Yearbook Editors
Angela Fleet and Rachel Hilliard - Hilliard's All-School Social
Julie Gregg and Jane Matera - Bike Rodeo Coordinators
John Paul Erber - Bike to School Month Coordinator
Marya Felenchak - Field Day Popsicle Coordinator (for the past 3 years!)

For their work throughout the year, we'd like to recognize...
Julie MacGillis - Bulletin Board Coordinator
Jen Swantz - Room Rep Coordinator
Aaron Armstrong and David Guthrie - Family Movie Night Coordinators
Mariah Cariss, Helene McCormick and Robin Sanders - Staff Appreciation Lunch and Week Coordinators
Angela Fleet and Rachel Hilliard - All-School Social Chairs
Angie Heinrich - Enrichment Coordinator
Katy Hansen and Abigail Kinney Maxey - Wacky Wednesday Coordinators
Sarah Scoltock and Marianne Kensler - Grant Writers
Milissa Regan - Art Docent Coordinator
Annie Rodak - Art Fridays Coordinator
Jenn Harowicz - Graphic Designer
Beth McKelvey - Yahoo Parent Group Coordinator

Prinipals' Letter

Dear West Woodland Families,

As the year winds down, we have some exciting things happening. Please take note of the activities below this letter. One important change that was made was Field Day needed to be changed from the 9th to the 10th. Field Day, is this coming Wednesday the 10th of June and is also Crazy Hair Day!
Spring Concert
The Spring Concert was AMAZING! The students’ hard work is evident in every piece that was performed. Elizabeth Knighton and Donna Brodland are wonderful teachers and we are so grateful to them for our rich music program.

Class Plays
Hopefully you have been able to see some of the class plays that have been presented in the last few weeks of school. They have been educational, fun and impressive to watch.

Grant Reminder
On May 28th, 2015, our school was presented with $2500 in art supplies for our budding art program through Farmers Insurance Thank America’s Teacher Program! Farmers Insurance will be giving away $1 Million in 2015 to almost 200 dedicated teachers across America. West Woodland Elementary is extremely please to be one of the first recipients this year to receive a grant.

Please go online to between NOW through June 30th, 2015 and vote for Ms. York-Jones (A vote for Ms. York-Jones means a vote for all of West Woodland, we just had to put one name on the grant). 1 entry per person, each day.

Have a great weekend!

Tami Beach
Co-principal/Assistant Principal

PTA End of Year Survey is complete

Read the Results

Thank you to the 108 responders who were able to take the time and complete the survey, and give your us your thoughts and ideas. To respect confidentiality, we have not included individual comments, but want to say we are reviewing them carefully, and will do our best to use the feedback to inform the PTA's efforts for the 2015-16 school year.

We'll also share the information with incoming principal, Farah Thaxton, so she is aware of the community's responses as she begins her tenure of leadership at West Woodland.

If you have any questions, or would like to continue to share your thoughts, or ask questions, please do not hesitate to contact the PTA co-presidents at We truly welcome your feedback.

Taking Care of Business Day - September 3rd

Don't miss West Woodland's TCB Day to get ready for the start of the 2015-2016 school year.

Date:Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
Location: West Woodland Lunchroom
Time: 2:00 - 7:00 pm (Kindergarten & new families ONLY can come one hour early --2:00-3:00 pm; current families: 3:00-7:00pm)

We need volunteers to help with TCB Day 2015!
Please consider helping. There are several ways to help in August or during our event!

Review the volunteer needs and Sign Up Now

Thank you for volunteering!

Questions? Email Brandi Mattila ( or Georgette Semroc (

Join the West Woodland Advisory Council
The West Woodland Advisory Council is looking for two new parent members. Advisory Council is composed of 4 teachers, 1 administrator, 3 parents and a PTA board representative. The Advisory Council finds ways to continue school improvement and family engagement. Our recent focus was to revise the Parent Handbook.

In the past we have discussed the districts school assignment plan/boundary changes, how we can be an inclusive school where everyone has a sense of belonging and how we can increase student responsibility for both the school community and the wider community. The council has developed the following school policies:


  • I CARE Guidelines
  • Holiday Celebration Policy
  • Guidelines for Photographing at School Functions
  • Classroom Assignment Policy
  • Policy for Supporting Success for all Learners.

If you are interested, please send an email to Bente Fernandi ( or Gwen Drolet (, co-chairs of the Advisory Council. Let us know that you are interested in attending monthly meetings at 3:30. Adding some ideas that you would like to see the council pursue would be helpful.

Volunteer Needs
A huge thank you to the many of you who have given your time to volunteer at West Woodland! So many of the wonderful programs and events that make West Woodland such a special school are only possible because you all give your time and support to make them happen!

It's that time of year where we look forward to the 2015-2016 school year and start trying to recruit new volunteers and program leads. We are in need of volunteers in the following areas:


  • Lunchroom Volunteer Coordinator
  • Copy Program Coordinator
  • PE Room Rep/Field Day Coordinator
  • All-School Social Event Leads
  • Graphic Designer
  • Monthly Coffee Social Coordinator
  • Database and excel support
  • Family Heritage Potluck Co-Coordinator
  • Mariner's Family Night Coordinator

Read the complete descriptions

Please contact Carrie Schneider ( or Brandi Mattila ( if you are interested in volunteering for any of these roles!

Woodland Park Zoo Education Programs
Woodland Park Zoo partners with West Woodland by providing a variety of programs to support student education. The programs are always changing, and often available during holiday breaks and early release days. 

Programs include Parents Night out, Scout Classes, Bug Club, and more!

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