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YAM presents Music & Social Change
Through the support of our PTO and a grant funded by the Reading Cultural Council, the Young Audiences of Massachusetts will present an amazing musical program to our students in Grades 4-5 on Tuesday, March 21st! "Music and Social Change" will be performed by Alastair Moock, who… Continue
Through the support of our PTO and a grant funded by the Reading Cultural Council, the Young Audiences of Massachusetts will present an amazing musical program to our students in Grades 4-5 on Tuesday, March 21st! "Music and Social Change" will be performed by Alastair Moock, who will take students on a journey through history, exploring how music can be a medium for social responsibility, empowerment, and ultimately change. This program highlights three major historical times of change - the Labor Rights Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Anti-War Movement of the 60s and 70s. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Reading Cultural Council, a local agency which is in turn supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. We are grateful for their generosity!
Positive PAWs
Each month, we will feature important information for our families on the work we're doing related to our Positive Behavioral Supports (PBIS) for students. In our first Positive PAWs, we're featuring the work we do in Open Circle. Every Wednesday morning, the whole school has Ope… Continue
Each month, we will feature important information for our families on the work we're doing related to our Positive Behavioral Supports (PBIS) for students. In our first Positive PAWs, we're featuring the work we do in Open Circle. Every Wednesday morning, the whole school has Open Circle meetings for one half hour. This time is used to teach our social emotional curriculum. This week, second grade students used their Open Circle time to talk about what to do when they are feeling angry. Students learned to how to handle anger in several ways: • Practice calm breathing (take 5 deep breaths) • Take a walk (outside) • Take some space (read a book) We encourage our families to talk to students to learn more about these strategies!
DESE Report Card 2016
Attached is a link to the 2016 DESE “Report Card” for the Reading Public Schools. The state report cards answer important questions about our schools’ overall performance and contain specific information about student enrollment and teacher qualifications, student achievement, ac… Continue
Attached is a link to the 2016 DESE “Report Card” for the Reading Public Schools. The state report cards answer important questions about our schools’ overall performance and contain specific information about student enrollment and teacher qualifications, student achievement, accountability, how a school is performing relative to other schools in the district and the state, and the progress made toward narrowing proficiency gaps for different groups of students. Wood End has a lot to be proud of!
Oh, the weather outside is frightful...
As the weather gets colder and we begin the snowy months of winter, we want to keep families informed about our time outdoors! Our students spend much of their day indoors learning, problem-solving, and collaborating with peers. Another opportunity for this to happen is during re… Continue
As the weather gets colder and we begin the snowy months of winter, we want to keep families informed about our time outdoors! Our students spend much of their day indoors learning, problem-solving, and collaborating with peers. Another opportunity for this to happen is during recess. We certainly recognize it is a long process to get outside in the winter, yet we all know how important it is for kids expend some energy by running around and enjoy the fresh winter air! We still go outdoors each day, all through the school year, unless there is heavy rainfall or snow coming down. Snow gear is one of the joys of living in New England! Students need to be in full snow gear (boots, hats, mittens, and warm coats) in order to play in the snow. We encourage families to label all of their child’s clothing so that we can get any misplaced gear back to the rightful owner as quickly as possible. If students are not fully dressed, they will remain on the blacktop to play. However, if the wind chill dips below 20 degrees, the office will make an announcement that recess will be indoors. Snow play is beloved by many and we want to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to safely enjoy their recess time during these months.
Why was my teacher out today?
Do you ever wonder about all the professional learning going on in the Reading Public Schools? Chances are some of the educators who work with your child have participated in at least one day of professional learning this year. Click "Continue" for the elementary principals' arti… Continue
Do you ever wonder about all the professional learning going on in the Reading Public Schools? Chances are some of the educators who work with your child have participated in at least one day of professional learning this year. Click "Continue" for the elementary principals' article about professional learning - why it's important and what it means.
Recess, Recess, All About Recess
There are several beliefs about recess that are universal in all schools. No child believes that there is enough recess in the school day. All children believe that their teachers’ watches are broken and that they do not time the recess correctly. Everyone believes in a different… Continue
There are several beliefs about recess that are universal in all schools. No child believes that there is enough recess in the school day. All children believe that their teachers’ watches are broken and that they do not time the recess correctly. Everyone believes in a different temperature at which it’s “too cold” to be outside. In our experience, these are the beliefs held by most students. However, even if we cannot reconcile these beliefs with fact, we do think there should be consistency among the Reading elementary schools in terms of recess time. Last year, the elementary principals embarked on a mission to standardize the school day across the schools and as a result, increased overall recess time in the elementary schools. The following recess standard was adopted by all the Reading elementary schools: • Full day kindergartners through fifth graders have 120 minutes of recess time each week. • Full day and half day kindergartners have 100 additional minutes of play each week. While we set a common standard for minutes, we did not set a common way that time is spent. Each building has its own building-based programs and specialists allocation which present different scheduling challenges between the schools. In some schools recess is scheduled in 15-minute blocks and in others in 30-minute blocks. Some schools schedule recess on Wednesday (our short day) while others do not. Recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child’s development and plays a significant role in promoting the overall development of the whole child (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2013). The benefits of physical education and physical fitness are well-recognized, leading to improved personal and academic performance. We continue to look at our practices and focus on meeting the needs of all students. Elementary Principals ~ Julia Hendrix, Joanne King, Heather Leonard, Sarah Leveque & Eric Sprung
Family Resource Center has much to offer
The Family Resource Center was created with the help of Theresa Wiggins, Lora Brown, Lisa Norcross, and the PTO to provide a selection of articles and books for parents to borrow. The materials included in the center were selected to promote an understanding of the whole child an… Continue
The Family Resource Center was created with the help of Theresa Wiggins, Lora Brown, Lisa Norcross, and the PTO to provide a selection of articles and books for parents to borrow. The materials included in the center were selected to promote an understanding of the whole child and the important connection between home and school. The idea was inspired by the work of Jackie Peffer, former kindergarten teacher, who always had books available for parents to share. In this spirit, we hope our families will be enriched by these resources. Please stop by and feel free to check out a book!
January 16, 2017
Here's a new look to the Principal's weekly Family Newsletter for the New Year!

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Staff Appreciation Week at Wood End
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Staff Appreciation Week at Wood End
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Staff Appreciation Week at Wood End
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Staff Appreciation Week at Wood End
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MCAS Science Gr. 5
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Dates & Times Starts: 05/23/2017 @ All Day
Ends: 05/24/2017 @ All Day

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