November 2018 Newsletter

November 2018

November 2018
Woodside International School Newsletter

Message from the Head of School
Thank you to everyone who supported our small Halloween Bake Sale! We raised nearly $50 for UNICEF! We now turn our attention to helping Bay Area families in need with our annual food drive. Please see the details below.

Veterans Day on Monday, November 12th
School will be closed on Monday, November 12th in observance of Veterans Day, which honors the women and men who have served in the armed forces of the United States. Classes will resume at 8:30 am on Tuesday, November 13th.

Progress Reports on Wednesday, November 14th
Student progress reports will be sent home with students on Wednesday, November 14th. 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.

Parent Education Video through Wednesday, November 14th
Through Wednesday, November 14th, enjoy this free “video of the Well-Balanced Student (High School Presentation).” Mary Hofstedt of Challenge Success at Stanford University shares current research along with practical strategies to enable families to support our children’s health, resilience, and engagement in learning. To view the presentation, click on the video link, select the “rent” option, and apply the promo code PCBAHS. Challenge Success has also posted useful materials on Tips to Help Your Child Thrive and strategies to promote and protect Playtime, Downtime, and Family Time.

Thanksgiving Week Break, Monday-Friday, November 19th-23rd
School will be closed on Monday through Friday, November 19th-23rd for Thanksgiving Break. Thanksgiving began in the US as a day to give thanks for a bountiful autumn harvest. It has evolved into a national holiday to express gratitude for our blessings in life. Classes will resume at 8:30 am on Monday, November 26th.

School Picture Day on Tuesday, November 27th
School Picture Day will be held on Tuesday, November 27th. The school uses these pictures for the yearbook, school files, and ID cards. You will have the option of purchasing photo packages, and details will be provided soon. Seniors will take two photos, one in graduation caps and gowns. You will receive an email from Ariel once the details are finalized.

Community Service Field Trip on Thursday, November 29th
On Thursday, November 29th all students and full-time teachers will be volunteering with the Chinese Newcomers Center to prepare bags of food for families in need. All classes will be canceled for the day, and we will be meeting in Chinatown at 8:30 am. Students will earn 5 hours of community service and will receive a t-shirt for participating in this event. More details to come as it approaches.

Short Grading Period through Friday, November 30th
The month of November is one of our shortest grading periods of the year. Please remind your student of the importance of completing all of their work and turning it in on time. This is always good advice, but especially in November!

Faculty Meeting on Tuesday, December 4th
We will be holding our monthly faculty meeting on Tuesday, December 4th. 8:30 am classes will be canceled, and all other classes will be held as usual. Students should arrive on time for their 9:30 am classes.

Holiday Food Drive through Thursday, December 6th
Our holiday food drive begins next week! Please donate non-perishable food or money for the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank to help feed people in need!

Next Newsletter on Friday, December 7th
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.

Parent Education Event on Monday, December 10th
Parents Coalition of the Bay Area will sponsor a speaker event on Monday, December 10th. The topic is “The Wild West: Cannabis, Vaping, and Other Substance Use Among Teens in the Modern World.” The Speaker is Danielle Ramo, Ph.D., Director of Research Operations at the Hopelab Foundation and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at University of California San Francisco Medical Center. The event is at Lowell High School, 1101 Eucalyptus Drive, at 7:30-9:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Register at ParentsCoalition.Net.

Teachers’ 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 Ariel at if you are interested in participating. We love our teachers, and they appreciate your support!

New Tuition Structure for Local Families in 2019-2020
We have set our tuition levels for the next school year, with a renewed focus on local families and their desire for a combination of academic challenge, personal attention, and affordability.  The tuition for local families in 2019-2010 will be $15,000, which represents a substantial saving while continuing to maintain academic excellence. Learn more at our home page:

Facebook & Instagram
All are encouraged to follow us on Facebook and Instagram. This week we posted photos from the Halloween Party and Physics Class.

Physics Class: Build a Bridge