May 2019 Newsletter

May 2019
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May 2019
Woodside International School Newsletter

Message from the Head of School:
School Calendar Key Dates 2019-2020

We are excited to release our Key Dates for next school year. Note that the school year begins with:

  • August 5-14     ESL Jumpstart Program
  • August 14-16   Faculty Professional Development
  • August 19        New Student Orientation
  • August 20        First Day of Classes

— Joanne Walsh, Head of School

College Fair on Saturday, May 4

The largest college fair of the spring will be held at St. Mary’s College on Saturday May 4. It begins with Informational Programs at 12:15 p.m., followed by the fair at 1-4pm. Register at Western College Fair.

Sports Day on Monday, May 6

Our annual Sports Day Picnic is on Monday, May 6 at 10:30am-1:30pm. We have a new location this year, Pioneer East Meadow Picnic Area on JFK Drive near the Pioneer Log Cabin entry to Stowe Lake. Grades 9 and 10 please bring desserts, Grade 11 bring drinks, and Grade 12 bring finger foods and salads. The School will provide fried chicken and vegetarian alternatives, as well as balls and games. Feel free to bring blankets to sit on, or extra balls and games.

Progress Reports on Wednesday, May 8
Student progress reports will be sent home with students on Wednesday, May 8. If you do not have the opportunity to see your child’s report, please email School Office Assistant Anna Yu at for an additional copy.

Student Information Forms due Friday, May 10

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. Forms were sent home with students on May 3, and Anna Yu has extra copies if you need them at
Prom Dance Party on Friday, May 10

This is our third year of partnering with Sterne School for our annual Prom Dance Party! The theme is “Once Upon A Time” and the prom will be on Friday, May 10 at 7-10pm at One Kearny Club, with a DJ, food, beverages, and a lovely rooftop terrace. Tickets are $70, or save money by getting 2 tickets for $130. Students can attend with classmates or bring a friend from another school. We hope to see all students there!

Final Exams Review Week on May 13-17

No new material will be taught during Review Week, so that teachers can help students prepare for Final Exams.

Final Exams on May 20-23

Students will receive the Final Exams schedule during Review Week. Beginning May 20, students only need to attend school on the days and times of their exams.

Last Day of School on Thursday, May 23

May 23 is the last day of school for students, when we will offer make-up exams if needed.

Faculty Meeting and Teacher Grading Day on Friday, May 24

The faculty will meet to wrap up the 2018-2019 school year and make plans for 2019-2020.

Graduation and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 30

All students, families, and friends are invited to celebrate with our students on Thursday, May 30. Graduating seniors will receive their diplomas, and students from all grades will receive Class Awards for achievement in individual courses. Join us at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park at 6pm!

Spring Grades Mailed on Monday, June 3
Spring grades will be mailed out on Monday, June 3. For graduating seniors, final transcripts will be sent to their colleges by Wednesday, May 29.

Community Newsletter on Friday, June 7

The semi-annual Community Newsletter will be published on Friday, June 7 for our current families, alumni families, and community contacts.

Community Service Requirement of 25 hours for next year
Because we were not able to spend as much time guiding students in finding volunteer opportunities this school year, we are not requiring the full 25 hours completed for 2018-2019, and will count any outside community service toward next year’s requirement. If students have completed outside community service this year, they should complete the Community Service Form and return it to College Counselor Andrea Feeney before summer break, to be counted toward next year’s requirement. You are encouraged to plan now to complete at least 10 hours of outside community service over the summer or next year.

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 Anna Yu at if you are interested in participating. We love our teachers, and they appreciate your support!
Facebook & Instagram
All are encouraged to follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We recently posted photos from the Earth Day Community Service Field Trip to Stern Grove, and the Field Trip to the Maritime Museum.
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 •