Day in the Life

Overview of Spanish Immersion
A student smiling, holding a pencil

Woodcrest Spanish Immersion is the elementary language immersion option in Spring Lake Park Schools. We offer families the opportunity for a bilingual education beginning in kindergarten and continuing through fourth grade. Immersion programming is also offered in grades 5-12, which includes the opportunity to earn college credits in high school. The same standards, outcomes, curriculum and assessments used at the district’s other elementary schools are used at Woodcrest.

Arrival
Student getting off bus smiling

While some students walk or get a ride from their parents, many Woodcrest Spanish Immersion students arrive at school each day on a school bus. The buses safely transport the students to school, ready for the start of day at 9:10 a.m.

Before and After School Child Care
A student works on a project during before-school child care

Before and after school child care is offered at Woodcrest Spanish Immersion through the district’s Learning Ventures program. The program offers high quality and affordable child care services in a safe and supportive environment for each student.

Breakfast Program
A student standing in line for morning breakfast at school

Prior to the start of the school day, breakfast is available for students. A healthy breakfast is essential for students to have a successful day of learning. The cost of breakfast is $1.30 per day and free for students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals. There is no charge for kindergarten students.

 

Morning Meeting
Students participate in a lively morning meeting

All students at Woodcrest Spanish Immersion participate in a daily morning meeting to prepare for the day. The teachers lead each meeting in Spanish and students are encouraged to speak in Spanish as they participate in the meeting. Each meeting provides opportunities for students to connect with their teacher as well as other students. Daily meetings help to build a sense of community in each classroom and sets up each student for success.

Reading Block
A student reading a book, smiling

All elementary students in Spring Lake Park Schools spend 120 minutes each day on reading instruction with 60 minutes in smaller groups focused on specific student needs. Teachers and academic specialists help to focus on each student’s specific needs. Beginning in grade 3, students experience a dual literacy program with language arts instruction in both English and Spanish. The dual instruction results in students who can learn, read, write and speak in both languages by the time they enter middle school.

Math Instruction
A teacher instruction her students in a math lesson

All elementary students in Spring Lake Park Schools spend about 60 minutes each day on math learning. Our students learn to use math in powerful ways across all content areas.

Other Instruction
Two students smiling and writing on white boards

Student in grades one-four have 45 minutes of art, music and physical education on a three-day rotation. These classes are taught by art, music and physical education specialists.

STEM
Woodcrest teacher Jan Burda laughing with students

We offer and continue to expand STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning opportunities for each student at Woodcrest Spanish Immersion. Each elementary school in the district has a full-time gifted/STEM specialist. Our gifted/STEM specialist works with both students and teachers, providing professional learning and support to teachers to assist them in providing STEM learning and using the specially designed STEM spaces in each school.

Media Center
Students hanging out in the Park Terrace Media Center

The media center, also known as the learning lab, at Woodcrest Spanish Immersion has been recently renovated with new furnishings added to make the space more flexible. While the space still has many books for students to check out, it is also used as another flexible learning space for teachers and students.

Special Education
A student with glasses smiling

All district elementary schools offer a continuum of specialized services to ensure that each student makes both academic and social/emotional/behavioral progress.

Lunch
The Woodcrest cafeteria

A nutritious lunch is part of every day at Woodcrest Spanish Immersion. While some students may choose to bring a lunch from home, our cafeteria offers healthy lunches for students and staff. A 30-minute lunch period is provided for students as a more relaxed atmosphere to eat lunch and interact with peers without a rush to get to recess.

Recess
Three students chatting outside next to the playground area

Woodcrest Spanish Immersion, along with the other district elementary schools, has recently changed the look of recess time during the day. Students have two opportunities for movement each day with teachers providing a supervised outdoor recess each day. The teacher-led recess time is primarily free play, with some organized, collaborative play to incorporate social skills instruction and development. Our recess periods are purposefully and flexibly placed within the school day to increase student attentiveness and focus.

Availability of Deans/Student Support/Health Services
Health Services room

Woodcrest Spanish Immersion has a health office staffed by a nurse and paraprofessional. Along with providing care and comfort for students who are not feeling well, our school’s nurse helps manage chronic health conditions, assesses and treats students’ illnesses and injuries, maintains health records, and promotes a safe and healthy school environment. Our nurse works closely with families to assist with any student health issues.

Schoology
Two students smiling while working together on an iPad

Our district uses Schoology as an integrated learning management tool that helps track and improved student outcomes as well as enhance student engagement. With Schoology, students can engage in a variety of activities, such as submitting homework assignments, reviewing grades, participating in interactive discussions, receiving announcements and feedback, taking tests, and writing academic blog. Parents are given access to their student’s account. Teachers also use a variety of other digital tools to regularly communicate with parents.

End of Day Departure
Woodcrest drop-off and pick-up area

At the end of each school day at 3:45 p.m., our buses return to Woodcrest Spanish Immersion to take our students home from school. Adequate time is provided for students to board buses and buses are staged to allow students to easily find their bus. The school day at Woodcrest ends at 3:45 p.m.