March 2020
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March 2020
Woodside International School Newsletter

Message from the Head of School

Thank you to our teachers, students and families for your cooperation and support during this unique stage in the world health cycle. There have been minimal difficulties to student progress, and we are all learning study and communication skills that will help us in the future.
Shelter-in-Place Extended Through May 1st
San Francisco Unified School District has announced that they are extending temporary school closures through May 1st. We will continue to follow their guidance, and hope to return to classes at school on May 4th. Please continue to shelter in place to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Progress Notes Sent Home
On Wednesday March 25, Joanne Walsh shared Individual Progress Notes with students and parents/guardians. 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.

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

Spring Break – Monday, April 6th-Friday, April 10th
There will be no school from Monday, April 6th through Friday, April 10th for Spring Break. Online classes will resume on Monday, April 13th.

Next Progress Reports – Wednesday, April 15th  
Progress reports will be emailed home this week. Parents and guardians are asked to review them with your student.

Next Newsletter – Friday, April 24th
Newsletters are emailed and posted to the website on the last Friday of every month. Be sure to read these important updates every month.

Program Cancellations and Alternative Arrangements
  1. National Testing Day: Due to national school closures, we will not be able to offer standardized testing at school this spring. To continue student practice on standardized tests, 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. This will be in late April.
  2. College Fairs: The National and Western Associations for College Admission Counseling will not hold College Fairs this spring. Andrea will advise students on exploring college options.
  3. Community Service Field Trips: We are unable to hold our Food Bank and Earth Day field trips this year. During the week of April 13th, Andrea will send students a simple assignment on the theme of feeding the world. During the week of April 20th, Andrea will send students a simple assignment in celebration of Earth Day.
  4. Community Service Hours: Due to the national school closure, we are adjusting our community service hour expectations for students. We will not require any additional outside community service hours for the rest of the year. We will continue to require that students complete their school cleaning assignment on days when we are on campus. This is part of respecting our school community, and we appreciate your cooperation. When the shelter-in-place and social distancing orders end, all are encouraged to assist the community to recover from the effects of the shutdown.
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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
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Virtual School Assembly
April 2nd

Spring Break
April 6th – 10th

Progress Reports
April 15th

Next Newsletter
April 24th

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