April 2020
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April 2020
Woodside International School Newsletter

Message from the Head of School

As we embark on the last month of the school year, I commend our entire community for your dedication and resilience. Teachers have learned how to conduct distance learning, students have adjusted to the new virtual classroom, and families have continued to support their students and our school.
Shelter-in-Place Extended Through the End of the School Year
San Francisco Unified School District has announced that they are extending temporary school closures through the end of the school year. We will continue to follow their guidance, and have regretfully decided that we will not be able to return to our classrooms until the fall semester. This is a disappointment for us all, while also being the best way to keep us all safe and healthy. Please continue to shelter in place to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

School Calendar Posted for 2020-2021
The first day of classes for Fall 2020 will be on Tuesday, August 18th. See the Full WIS Calendar online for the schedule of school days, holidays, school breaks, and more.

Progress Notes Sent Home
During this period of Distance Learning, Joanne Walsh is sharing Individual Progress Notes with students and parents/guardians every week. Please review these reminders of any late work, and talk with your teacher about how to catch up.

Faculty Meetings Weekly 
During the school closure, faculty are meeting weekly for a video conference to discuss student progress and share teaching strategies.

National Practice Tests for SAT and PSAT
To continue preparing for college admissions exams, Andrea Feeney will mail a paper copy of a take-at-home test to each student in grades 9, 10, and 11. Parents/guardians will be asked to assist by timing the students on each section of the test. To give ample time for students to complete this work, the mailing will be sent at the end of April, with completed tests to be mailed back to school in early May.

Virtual School Assembly – Thursday, May 14th
All students will participate in a Virtual School Assembly on Thursday, May 14th at 2:30-3:00pm. Please send Joanne any shout-outs you would like announced, or other topics you would like us to discuss.

Next Progress Reports – Wednesday, May 20th  
Progress reports will be emailed home this week. Parents and guardians are asked to review them with your student.

Semester Exam Review Days – Wednesday-Friday, May 20th-22nd

During semester exam review days, teachers will review study guides with students to help prepare for each exam. No new material will be covered during this time.

Memorial Day School Holiday – Monday, May 25th  
School will be closed on Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day, when we honor and remember the military personnel who have died while serving in the armed forces of the United States.

Semester Exams – Tuesday-Friday, May 26th-29th  

Students and families will receive semester exam study guides and a semester exam schedule. Beginning Tuesday, May 26th, students only need to attend class on the days and times of their exams

Next Newsletter – Friday, May 29th
Newsletters are emailed and posted to the website on the last Friday of every month. Be sure to read these important updates every month.

Virtual Graduation and Awards Ceremony – Monday, June 1st at 6:oo p.m.
All students, parents, guardians, family, and friends are invited to our Virtual Graduation and Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 1st at 6:00pm. We will provide further details soon on how you can help make this a special evening for our graduating seniors and all of our students.

Planning Ahead for School Celebration and Yearbook Signing in August!
As soon as social distancing rules allow, we will plan a Back-to-School Party in August for our graduates and students to share fun and refreshments together.

Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter
All are encouraged to follow us on social media.
Thank You!
We appreciate your ongoing support and participation!
Joanne Walsh
Head of School
Woodside International School
1555 Irving Street • San Francisco, CA 94122
415-564-1063 phone • 415-564-2511 fax
www.wissf.org • jwalsh@wissf.org
Upcoming Events

Full WIS Calendar

National Practice SAT/PSAT
April 27th-May 11th

Virtual School Assembly
May 14th

Progress Reports
May 20th

Semester Exam Review Days
May 20th-22nd

Memorial Day Holiday
May 25th

Semester Exams
May 26th-29th

Next Newsletter
May 29th

Virtual Graduation and Awards Ceremony
June 1st

Semester Reports Mailed
June 5th

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