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Principal's Welcome Back Letter
We are so excited to welcome you all back to the 2017-18 school year! Our first two days were a great success, thanks to the preparation of our teachers, staff, and families. It’s wonderful to see the students again after the summer break. Click on the link to read more...
Reading Education Foundation Needs Volunteers
You may be familiar with the Reading Education Foundation (REF). This non-profit group raises money to fund innovation and professional development in our district. REF has a volunteer board of directors who run two major fundraisers each year and decide which grant requests to… Continue
You may be familiar with the Reading Education Foundation (REF). This non-profit group raises money to fund innovation and professional development in our district. REF has a volunteer board of directors who run two major fundraisers each year and decide which grant requests to award. The major fundraisers are the Festival of Trees the first weekend in December and the Imagination Celebration (gala and online auction) in late April/early May. In the last few years, REF has also collaborated with our PTO to sponsor the Teacher/Staff Tribute campaign and shared profits from tribute donations honoring our teachers. REF has funded more than $230,000 in teacher grants over the last 5 years, benefiting every school and all areas of the curriculum. Notable grants include: a new physics lab, 3D printers and a robotics team at the high school, middle school digital ELA and initial Challenge Day, ukulele program and writing workshops at the elementary schools, Makerspace materials at all schools, and a wide variety of professional development and community speakers. Since inception, REF has funded over $570,000 of innovation that is beyond the scope of district funding. Right now, REF is actively looking for dedicated volunteers to support their efforts, as well as join and hopefully take leadership roles on the board in the future. REF is a valuable asset to our school and district. If you think you’d be a great fit, please reach out to them by September 8th. They are planning an informal meet & greet with Board Members and volunteers so you can learn more.
School Supply Lists
Check out the school supply lists under our "Parent" link to be sure you have everything your child needs for school. We created the lists by grade level to make shopping easier for families.
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!
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

Wood End Elementary School
85 Sunset Rock Lane | Reading, MA 01867
Phone: (781) 942-5420 | Fax: (781) 942-5428

Calendar All Events

Oct
28
Halloween Celebration
Category School Calendar
Dates & Times 10/28/2017
All Day
Oct
28
Flamingo Flocking Ends
Category School Calendar
Dates & Times 10/28/2017
All Day
Nov
6
School Council Meeting
Category School Calendar
Dates & Times 11/6/2017
3:15 pm -to- 4:15 pm
Location WE Conference Room
Nov
9
PTO Meeting
Category School Calendar
Dates & Times 11/9/2017
7:30 pm -to- 9:00 pm
Location WE Library
Summary All are welcome!
Nov
17
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Category School Calendar
Dates & Times 11/17/2017
8:00 am -to- 3:30 pm
Summary PTO will provide babysitting services for children during conferences

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Amazing adventure at Nature's Classroom. We made so many memories and new friends. Now heading home! https://t.co/LMR963nust
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Breakfast is done and we're ready for our day hike! https://t.co/uHM3jnIDSj
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The day wraps up with dinner, sing-a-long and "quiet" cabin time. What an adventure! https://t.co/l9FMKa4enl
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