Middle School

Dear Woodlynde Middle School Families,

As you know, we decided to use the parent-teacher conference time for colleagues to reflect, collaborate, and prepare for a distance learning program. The philosophy of Woodlynde’s distance learning program is to keep students engaged in the learning process with interesting and creative multi-sensory, multi-modality assignments that can reasonably be done at home using the resources available to students, families, and colleagues. Each teacher has the flexibility to put together the framework that best meets the needs of their students while also including all the elements of instruction and at least one direct contact time planned next week between teachers, students, and parents.

Here is what you can expect for next week:

• Grade-specific student assignments in each content area class.

• Woodlynde School colleagues will utilize our learning management system, OnCampus, as well as parent email for communication of overall plans.

• Microsoft Teams, YouTube, or OnCampus will be utilized for pre-recorded and live video to maintain a connection between the teacher and the students.

• Microsoft Teams and OnCampus will be utilized to provide a set schedule of virtual office hours offered throughout the week; these hours will be designed in a real time chat format that will be communicated with families and students.

• Microsoft Teams and OnCampus will be used to develop a schedule that includes full class chat opportunities to encourage engagement among members of the class.

• If your student receives speech therapy, expect to hear from Mrs. Osborne or Mrs. Evak via email.

• Our middle and upper school counselor, Ms. Szmajda, szmajda@woodlynde.org will be available for students or parents who need support. She will do an office hour at noon each day next week and will check email and voice messages as well.

Please encourage your student to work independently as much as possible on these assignments, and support them when needed. If you or your student has questions about an assignment, we encourage them to email their teacher, along with their learning specialist, for support.

If you have difficulty with the technology of learning, you may call the Technology Hotline number, 610-293-6766 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day Monday through Friday. They will be monitoring email as well for any issues. You can email our technology team at jacoby@woodlynde.org or alsonod@woodlydne.org.

Please contact me if you have any questions at any time.

Thank you and take care,
Elizabeth S. Maglio | Assistant Head of School, Grades K-8 
maglio@woodlynde.org | (610) 293-6566

Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergartenelementarymiddle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language- or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Challenges, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.