February 2019 Newsletter

February 2019

February 2019
Woodside International School Newsletter

Message from the Head of School

I want to express my appreciation to our students, parents, and guardians for your warm welcome to Woodside. I have been impressed by the delightful enthusiasm of our students, the vibrant dedication of our teachers and staff, and the caring attention of our parents and guardians. We are mindful that it is challenging to experience a change of Administration during the school year, and grateful for your trust and also your questions and comments. This is how we will be able to move foward together on behalf of our students. I encourage you to stay in touch with me at (415) 564-1063 or jwalsh@wissf.org. I look forward to getting to know you all. — Joanne Walsh, Head of School

Parent/Guardian Meeting: School Update on Wednesday, March 6
All Parents and Guardians are encouraged to attend this informational meeting on Wednesday, March 6, at 5:30 p.m. This will be your opportunity to meet our new Head of School, Joanne Walsh, if you have not done so already, and to learn about our plans for this spring and the coming years at Woodside. Please join us!

Culture Night postponed

We will work with the students and faculty to plan this event at a later date.

Yearbook elective class on Tuesday, March 5

All Yearbook students must attend the Yearbook elective class of Tuesday, March 5 at 3:15 p.m. with Alexandra Corbett.

Re-Enrollment Invitations on Tuesday, March 5

Families whose students are not graduating this year will receive Re-Enrollment Invitations on Tuesday, March 5. We ask that you please reply by Thursday, March 21 with your signed enrollment agreement,  registration fee, and tuition payment plan. Feel free to contact Joanne Walsh at jwalsh@wissf.org with any questions. 
Progress Reports on Wednesday, March 6

Student progress reports will be sent home with students on Wednesday, March 6. If you do not have the opportunity to see your child’s report, please email School Office Assistant Anna Yu at ayu@wissf.org for an additional copy. Please note that the next grading period is only two weeks due to Sring Break, so it is especially important for students to be attentive to their studies and homework deadlines.

Movie Night for Students on Thursday, March 7

Sterne High School has once again invited our students to Movie Night “Under the Stars” (meaning on the roof of the school!). This year’s feature is a Throwback Thursday to “Space Jam” starring Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 6:00 p.m. Admission is FREE, with snacks and drinks for sale. Bring a blanket to stay warm! In case of rain, the event will move indoors. Sterne is located at 838 Kearny Street (between Jackson and Washington).


Financial Aid Applications due Monday, March 18
Families wishing to apply for Need-Based Financial Aid should complete the application by Monday, March 18 here: ISM FAST.

Parent Education Event on Monday, March 18

Parents Coalition of the Bay Area will sponsor its Annual Teen Panel on Monday, March 18. The topic is “Learn About Teen Life from the Most Reliable Source.” The Moderators are Hilary Davis and Holly Greenberg, both of whom are Marriage and Family Therapists. The event is at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, 1835 Ellis Street (between Pierce and Scott), at 7:00-8:30 p.m. Please arrive by 6:45 p.m. Parking is available in a secure lot (enter on Pierce between Ellis and Eddy). Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Register at ParentsCoalition.Net.


Faculty Meeting on Tuesday, March 19

We will be holding our monthly faculty meeting on Tuesday, March 19. 8:30 am classes will be canceled, and all other classes will be held as usual. Students should arrive in time for their 9:30 am classes.

Prom Committee on Tuesday, March 19
The Sterne School Prom Committee will make a presentation to our students on Tuesday, March 19, to encourage WIS students to join the prom committee, and to attend the prom on Friday May 10.

Re-Enrollment due on Thursday, March 21

Families whose students are not graduating this year should complete their re-enrollment by Thursday, March 21. Please submit your signed enrollment agreement,  registration fee, and tuition payment plan. Feel free to contact Joanne Walsh at jwalsh@wissf.org with any questions.

Parent/Guardian Meeting: College Counseling on Thursday, March 21

All Parents and Guardians are invited to attend this overview of the College Counseling process on Thursday, March 21 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting is designed for Junior families, and will also be of interest to Freshman and Sophomore families. We will discuss applying to college, college entrance exams, and preparing for college. Please email College Counselor Andrea Feeney at afeeney@wissf.org to let her know if you will attend, or if you have questions.
Next Newsletter on Friday, March 22

Newsletters are emailed home and posted to the website on the Friday after the monthly Faculty Meeting. Be sure to read these important updates every month.

Spring Break on Monday-Friday, March 25-April 5
There will be no school from Monday, March 25 through Friday, April 5. Classes will resume on Monday, April 8. 

Teacher Lunch Program

Thank you to the parents who have supported our Teacher Lunch Program! We continue to look for volunteers to provide lunch for teachers on Thursdays throughout the semester. We ask that families bring food or money to feed 12 people, half of whom are vegetarian. Please contact parent volunteer Terrie Crenshaw at terriecrenshaw@yahoo.com if you are interested in participating. We love our teachers, and they appreciate your support! Thank you, Terrie, for your hard work in coordinating this effort!
Facebook & Instagram
All are encouraged to follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We recently updated our Facebook cover photo. Thank you to student Brian Wu for creating the photo montage.
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