August 2019 Newsletter


August 2019
Woodside International School Newsletter

Message from the Head of School
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! We are delighted to see the familiar faces of our returning students and thrilled to welcome our new students. This first Newsletter of the year will provide some reminders for our families, and help us all prepare for the year ahead.
Fall Semester Overview
In the coming weeks, we will let you know about our upcoming field trips, prepare for school events, and provide feedback on academic progress through our frequent Progress Reports. Please refer to the school calendar on our website, and mark your calendars to remember these important dates.
Labor Day Holiday on Monday, September 2nd
School will be closed on Monday, September 2nd in observance of Labor Day, a national U.S. holiday honoring the contributions that workers make to the strength and well-being of our country. Classes will resume at 8:30am on Tuesday, September 3rd.
Admissions Tours begin on Tuesday, September 3rd
Throughout the school year, but especially in the fall, interested families tour the school to learn about our program here at Woodside. Teachers always know in advance when tours are scheduled, and we do our best to explore the school without disrupting classes. We thank our students for welcoming any visitors to the classroom.
Student Information Forms due by Friday, September 6th
New and returning families need to complete these forms each year: Family Contact Form, Medical Form, Emergency and Off-Campus Form, and Guardianship Form if the student will not live with a parent. Those who have received recent reminders should please send these forms in by Friday, September 6th.
Back-to-School Night and College Counseling Meeting on Wednesday September 18th
  • Parent/Guardian Meeting on College Counseling, 5:00 pm
  • Back-to-School Night, 6:00 pm
All parents and guardians are urged to attend this evening with your student’s teachers. The meeting begins at 5:00 pm with an introduction to our College Counseling program. We continue at 6:00 pm with a Welcome from Head of School Joanne Walsh. You will hear about the year ahead and then break into groups to meet with the teachers. Please plan to join us!

Faculty Meeting on Tuesday, September 24th
Faculty meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. On Faculty Meeting days, 8:30 a.m. classes will be canceled, and all other classes will be held as usual. Students should arrive in time for their 9:30 a.m. classes.
Progress Reports on Wednesday, September 25th
The first progress reports of the year will be sent home with students on Wednesday, September 25th. If you do not have the opportunity to see your child’s report, please email Administrative and Marketing Assistant Ari Litvak at for an additional copy.
Next Newsletter on Friday, September 27th
Newsletters will be emailed home and posted to the website on the last Friday of the month. Be sure to read these important updates every month.
Teacher Lunch Program
Thank you to the parents who have supported our Teacher Lunch Program! We are looking for volunteers to provide lunch for teachers on Thursdays throughout the semester. We ask that families bring food or money to feed 10 people, half of whom are vegetarian. Please contact Ari Litvak at if you are interested in participating. We love our teachers, and they appreciate your support!

Coming Soon - Mark Your Calendars

  • PSAT/SAT exams on Wednesday October 16th
  • All School Field Trip to Academy of Sciences on Friday November 15th

Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter
All are encouraged to follow us on social media. Here is a recent photo of new  students annotating a chapter from Sherman Alexi's award-winning novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, during the class's first unit on "Identity."

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 •

Upcoming Events

Full WIS Calendar

Labor Day Holiday
September 2nd

Admissions Tours Begin
September 3rd

Back-to-School Night and College Counseling Meeting
September 18th

Faculty Meeting
September 24th

Progress Reports Fall I
September 25th

Next Newsletter
September 27th

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