2020-21 School Year Update from Woodmere Elementary School

This post was originally published by school staff member Teresa P. on the Woodmere Elementary Parents Group Facebook Group. It has been reposted here with permission.

Dear Woodmere Families,

We hope you all are having an amazing summer. As you know, Portland Public Schools (PPS) will be holding classes virtually through at least November 5. We want to make sure kids have everything they need as we get ready for the first day of school for our 1st thru 5th grade students, September 2 and our kindergarten students on September 8.

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Seeking SUN Volunteers at Woodmere Elementary

Interested in encouraging, empowering and helping the next generation succeed?! Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) at Woodmere Elementary School is looking for volunteers to join them in bringing fun enrichment classes for this new school. Program runs Monday through Thursday, 3:00-5:00PM. Contact Katie for more info.

Snacks Needed for Woodmere Elementary School

Due to a federal funding shortage, Portland Public School elementary schools will not be receiving snacks until October 1st.  At Woodmere Elementary School, some students will go four hours between meals.  Woodmere is a Title 1 school, receiving free breakfast and lunch for all students. The food pantry at Woodmere is already straining to provide enough food assistance for families and the school year has only begun.  The lack of snacks is detrimental to the education of these 300 students.  If a child is hungry, they can’t focus on learning.

You can help with snack donations!  See the list below for snacks that are easy for teachers and staff to offer without preparation.

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Mandarin/Clementine oranges
  • Grapes (seedless)
  • Individually boxed raisins/craisins
  • Cereal and/or oatmeal bars (avoid nuts when possible)
  • Crackers
  • String or stick cheese

Donations are being coordinated by BDNA volunteers.  To arrange drop-off or pick-up, please send us an email with “Snack Donation” in the subject line.  Any extra donations will be sent to Whitman Elementary School or used in local food pantries.

 

ZUMBA Returns to Woodmere + Survey

ZUMBA is coming back to Woodmere Elementary School!!! Kristen is so excited to be back in her Community and Woodmere is more than excited to have her amazing energy back!! Please take the poll below to help choose a time on Wednesdays for this great class.  Enter your email address if you’d like to join the class or know more!

Project Community Care Day is August 24th!

Join Brentwood-Darlington schools Whitman Elementary School, Woodmere Elementary School, and Lane Middle School/ACCESS MS for Project Community Care Day! Saturday, August 24, 9AM-12PM! This is a family-friendly event with jobs at all levels of ability. Bring water, gloves, and tools, if you can. (Be sure to label your items for easy retrieval!)

Sponsor a Backpack for a Brentwood-Darlington Student

Brentwood-Darlington is home to five schools, including Woodmere Elementary School.  Woodmere is a diverse Title I school located in the northeast corner of the neighborhood and serves families from Brentwood-Darlington, Lents, and Mt Scott-Arleta.  In past years, Woodmere has worked with Schoolhouse Supplies and a corporate sponsor to provide a backpack full of supplies to every child attending.  This program relieves a significant burden on families and helps every student start the year on the right foot.  Unfortunately, Woodmere’s longterm sponsor is no longer participating for the 2019-20 school year.  This leaves over 300 students without the supplies they need to be successful.  But you can help!

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Woodmere Food Pantry Needs Donations!

Woodmere Elementary Food Pantry has empty shelves and needs donations!  This pantry sends home over 30 backpacks of food weekly, as well as being open for families in need.  To donate contact the SUN office at 503-734-5423.

Office hours: Monday-Thursday, 11:00AM-6:30PM

Most needed items:

  • Canned veggies
  • Canned fruit cocktail
  • Canned soups
  • Dried beans (Black, pinto)
  • Lentils
  • Rice (White or brown)
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Noodles
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Cookies
  • Granola bars
  • Cereal bars
  • Oatmeal

Helmets Needed for Woodmere Unicycle Club

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Help Mr. Stultz at Woodmere Elementary give his Unicycle Club students helmets! 

Woodmere Elementary School offers unicycling to boys and girls in grades 2-5. These kids are awesome! They are hard working, committed and focused, often performing at school and neighborhood events.  This great sport was introduced to them in a physical education class.  Students gain confidence in their abilities and improve their skills. Unicycling is hard, helping students develop their perseverance, patience, and focus.

Many of the students wishing to participate in Unicycle Club do not have helmets at home and are unable to afford one.  Students will earn the responsibility of borrowing a unicycle for the entire school year.  Those who forget their helmet at home will be able to borrow one from school, ensuring that safety remains the top priority.

Students attend weekly practice and those that learn to ride earn a t-shirt and have the opportunity to ride in the Junior Rose Parade in June. They also are part of the school-wide performance in June.

Ready to support Woodmere Elementary’s Unicycle Club?

Click here and donate at DonorsChoose.org!

Woodmere Library Wish List 2018-19

Heads Up, Community Members!  School may be out for the summer, but September is closer than we think!  Woodmere Elementary students have a library wish list for next year and you can help!  See the list below and then check your bookshelves or pick a book or two up from your favorite source. Let’s fill those empty shelves!
Books are listed with author then title(s).  Want to send your gift to the school?  Direct ship to Woodmere Elementary, Attn: Librarian, 7900 SE Duke St, Portland, OR 97206.  Ordering from Amazon? Go to smile.amazon.com and choose “Woodmere Parents Group” to make your gift twice as nice!

Woodmere Elementary 2018-19 Library Wish List

  • John Greene – The Fault in Our Stars, An Abundance of Katherines, Turtles All the Way Down
  • Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Getaway
  • Rachel Renee Russell – Dork Diaries – Dear Dork: Tales From a Not So Happy Heartbreaker, Tales From a Not So Secret Crush Catastrophe, Tales From a Not So Perfect Pet Sitter
  • Bob Buya – Saving Mr. Terupt, The Perfect Score, The perfect Secret
  • Dav Pillkey – Dog Man series
  • Ann M. Martin – California Diaries, Babysitters Club Graphix (Collection)
  • Lana Telgemeier – Smile, Drama, Sister, Ghosts, Comics Squad Recess
  • Victoria Jamieson – Roller Girl
  • Betsy Bird – Funny Girl
  • Ernest Cline – Ready Player One
  • Scott Roentgen – Nyxia
  • Andy Weir – Artemis, The Martian
  • Orson Scott Card – Ender’s Game
  • Wendy Mass – The Candymakers, The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase, Pi in the Sky, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall
  • Chris Grabenstein – Mr. Lemoncello’s Library (series), The Island of Dr. Libris, The Hanging Hill, Whack a Mole
  • Kwame Alexandro – Solo
  • Alex Gino – George, You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P!
  • Scott Caution – Five Nights at Freddy’s (series), The Freddy Files
  • Jillian Dodd – Spy Girl (series)
  • Corinna Luyken – The Book of Mistakes
  • Sheree Fitch – If I Had a Million Onions
  • Simon Rose – The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, The Emerald Curse
  • James Heneghan and Bruce McBay – Nannycatch Chronicles
  • Silvana Goldenberg – Victoria
  • Glen Huser – Time for Flowers Time for Snow
  • Allie Condie – Matched (series)
  • Kanu Kibushi – Amulet 8 (series)
  • Jane Goldman – Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Katy Kay – The Confidence Code for Girls
  • Becky Albertalli – Love, Simon, Simon vs. The Homosapiens, Leah on the Offbeat, The Upside of Unrequited
  • Max Brooks – Minecraft: The Island, The Complete Handbook Collection
  • Mavashi Kishimoto – Naruto (series)
  • Mo Willems – Should I Share My Ice Cream, Waiting is Not Easy, The Thank You Book, I Broke My Trunk
  • Chloe Perkins – Living in China
  • Barbara Dee – Star Crossed
  • Kelly Barnhill – The Girl Who Drank the Moon
  • Dustin Brady – Trapped in a Video Game
  • Tim Federle – Five, Six, Seen, Nate! (Better Nate Than Ever)
  • Michael Gerhart – Love is Love
  • Justin Sayre – Husky