Understanding Child Anxiety and Stress


Join us on Tuesday January 22nd from 6:00-7:00pm for a

presentation from Jennifer McMillan on child anxiety and stress.

Jennifer has practiced family counseling and served as a Mental

Health Counselor in schools for over 20 years. The presentation will

take place in the Woodburn library. The Reptile Man will be

entertaining in the cafeteria for childcare.

*We will start with a very brief PTO meeting.


Robotics Workshop

robotics photo

Who: Woodburn 4th and 5th grade students

Limited to 24 participants a lottery system will be used by

Principal Graham if there are more than 24 registrations.


Registration: Opens January 7th and 23rd, forms available in the

main office, printable online form linked


Cost: $25, all proceeds go towards purchasing additional Lego Robotics Kits. Fees paid upon confirmation of registration.


When:  Tuesday February 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th. 2:35-3:45pm

Parents are encouraged to attend the last 30 minutes of the final session to see their child’s building and programming success.


Where: Woodburn Elementary, Computer Lab


What will students learn? Students will learn how to build simple robots with EV3 Lego Robotics kits. After completing a build, students will learn basic programming to operate the robot using EV3 programming software on chromebooks.   Opportunities will be provided for students to navigate obstacles by using sensors and sequencing in their programs.


Teacher:  Jean Maas Camas School District STEM TOSA, Sponsored by Principal Graham, Volunteers from the CHS Robotics Teams


November Reminders

Parent/Teacher Conference Week:

November 5th-9th is parent/teacher conference week.

Students will be released at 12:10pm every day next week.

Fall Book Fair:

The Fall Book Fair begins on Monday 11/5.

Hours are:

Grand Person Event – 11/5 & 11/7 – 7:00-8:00am RSVP & pre-payment required.

Lunch Recess – 11:00-12:00 Mon-Fri

Before School 7:30-8:00 Tue, Thu, Fri Only

After School 12:10-4:00 M, T, W

After School 12:10-7:00 TH only

Grand Person Event:

Our Grand Breakfast event is:

Monday, November 5th for 3rd-5th grade families

Wednesday, November 7th for K-2nd grade families.

Book Fair is reserved from 7:00-7:30am

Breakfast following from 7:30-8:00am

The Grand Breakfast

We would like to invite all Grandparents (or other grand guests) to join their wolf pup(s) for a morning of “Books and Breakfast” at the Woodburn Elementary Book Fair!

Monday, Nov. 5th: 3rd-5th grade families
Wednesday, Nov. 7th: K-2nd families

Please make sure to RSVP and pre-pay for your breakfast by filling out the permission slip. (either sent home or accessed using the link below).

The Grand Breakfast Permission Slip

We look forward to seeing you there!

Picture Retake Day is Friday, November 2, 2018

Picture Retake Day is Friday, November 2, 2018:

If you received school pictures for your student but would like your student to retake their picture on November 2nd, please remember to send the first set of pictures back with your student so they can be returned to the photographer. If you would like to change your picture package too, please also request a retake picture envelope from your teacher and indicate which package you would like. If no changes to your original package will be made, no need for a retake envelope. Just return the original pictures and you will receive the exact same package as originally ordered, with the new picture. NO PAYMENT IS NECESSARY. Return pictures/retake form with your student ON PICTURE RETAKE DAY, 11/2/18.

If your child did not participate in the original picture day or if you decided not to order pictures but would like to now, please request a retake envelope from your students teacher, choose a package and include payment. Return envelope WITH PAYMENT, with your student ON PICTURE RETAKE DAY, 11/2/18. Please call Carrie Davis in the main office if you have any questions. (360) 833-5860.

Parent Information about Lockdown Drills


Today at Woodburn, we practiced a “Lockdown Drill.”  All districts across the state of Washington practice this security drill yearly. The drill involves having all students securely locked within a classroom for an extended period of time. The practice drill takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. There are two types of lockdowns. A full lockdown is the most serious where all students are brought into secured areas, lights are turned off, students are expected to be quiet, and staff keep students away from windows. A partial lockdown is a cautious procedure where movement inside the classroom is allowed, all doors are locked and students are not allowed outside.

Frequently asked Questions and Answers about School Lock Downs:

Q:        How will parents know the school is in lockdown?

A:        At the school main door a sign will be displayed to let people who come to the door know that the doors will remain locked/closed and they will not be allowed to enter until the lock down is lifted. The district office will use the school voicemail, email and text messaging system to update parents about events that happen during the school day. Parents will be given instructions to monitor the school district emergency link on the district website where up-to-date information about an incident will be posted throughout a crisis situation. The school district does not always know details about what is happening with a specific community-related problem, but we can give updates as to the safety status of the students in the school. 

Q:        What happens to student recess time during a lockdown?

A:        If students are on the playground during a lockdown we bring them immediately into the school building and lock all outside doors.  Adults sweep the playground to make sure all students are safely secured inside the building. Attendance is taken to make sure all students are accounted for. If it is a partial lockdown and students are allowed to move within the building, while it is not a formal recess, students are given a chance to take a break, get a drink of water, and go to the rest room.

Q:        What if my student is on the school bus on the way to school?

A:        Any student on a school bus at the time of a school lockdown will be brought to the district office to a safe, supervised area until the school lockdown is lifted. Parents will be notified if their child was brought to the district office or an alternative school location if the district office is involved in the lockdown.

Q:        How much does the school tell the students during a lockdown?

A:        Our goal is to support the students and help them to feel safe.  We train them to follow their teacher’s directions during these events.  We give them limited details, but do share accurate information that assures them things are okay.

Q: What would the school do if a lockdown went past the end of the school day?

A:        Our school would remain in lockdown until it is determined safe to release. If this happened at the end of a school day, we would keep the students in the school and not allow parents or others into the building until the lockdown was lifted. Parents will be notified through the email/voicemail/text messaging system that their child is in lockdown within the school past the regular school day. We would review and communicate the plan for parent/student reunification for each child.  It could take some time to ensure each child has an exit plan either on the bus, or with parent pick up.

Should a school emergency require a large parent/student reunification plan on the school campus, we would set up the cafeteria and/or gym as a staging area to help coordinate with parents coming to school to pick up their children in person. Signs will direct parents to the waiting area for reunification in a large scale parent pick up situation. In this situation, access to students will be controlled by the school to keep the scene organized and safe for all involved. We will require the patience of everyone through this process to make sure every child is exiting with a safe, known adult.

For these kinds of reasons, it is imperative that families provide the school district with accurate phone numbers and email addresses. Also, Woodburn collects an emergency school closure form for each child should they need to come home early due to a situation that requires school to close early. Please work with the Woodburn office to make sure an up-to-date emergency form is on file each year.

Parents are welcome to call the school with questions about our procedures at any time.  We want to communicate openly with our families and work together to ensure student safety in all situations.


Brian Graham, Principal Woodburn Elementary


Camas School District

T: (360)833-5860, ext 78221