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South Woods Elementary, A Community Partnership School

Message from the CPS Director

Greetings South Woods Families,

As we begin a new school year filled with changes, we remain steadfast in our commitment to serving students and empowering families for the future. Our Community Partnership School team will continue to offer services related to wellness, counseling, student and parent supports, nutrition, social services and more. You can find additional details below, through the SWES CPS online referral process. Our distance learning families will continue to have access to the same level of support – regardless of your learning environment. If you have any questions, please contact any of our Community Partnership School team members included in the Who’s Who document below.

The start of a new school year brings excitement and new routines for both students and parents. South Woods Elementary School, A Community Partnership School is providing additional support to help families adjust to the “new normal” of back to school. “The next few weeks will be another big transition for kids and families to adjust to,” said Anna Yarbrough, a Children’s Home Society of Florida counselor serving South Woods Elementary. “It’s important for people to be patient, kind to themselves and others, and to look for creative ways to seek fulfillment in this ever-changing world.”

Ms. Yarbrough recommends spending more time outside to get some sunshine and exercise. She also recommends for parents to reduce screen-time on videogames since kids are spending much more time online for school.

Implementing new routines and mindful practices can feel overwhelming, but our CHS counselors are here to help. Ms. Yarbrough has been able to make a difference for many of our students by helping them learn meditation and visualization techniques, deep breathing skills and body relaxation that many have found beneficial. Families will have access to on-site mental health counselors and students receiving video instruction will have access to the same level of counseling support online.

While much in our state – and nation – remains unknown, one thing is certain: our Community Partnership School team at South Woods Elementary is committed to helping students and families succeed –  both inside and outside of the classroom.  We would also like to recognize A St. Johns County Parks & Rec, Anastasia Elkton Church, SJC Hastings Library and many others for a tremendous back to school event in early August.…s/status/1295359344847052801

Together, we welcome you back to the 2020-2021 school year, with our commitment to continue serving children, families and our community.


Chris Stone, SWES CPS Director

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Who’s Who South Woods

South Woods Elementary, A Community Partnership School

Community Partnership Schools provide support, services and solutions to help alleviate burdens. As more weight is lifted, students find the balance to focus on learning so they can realize their full potential. Community Partnership Schools bring together high-quality academics, health care, counseling, support, mentoring and more to a place where students and their families are empowered: in their own school.

Community Partnership Schools focus on four pillars:

Expanded learning: Academic support and enrichment take place before and after school, during weekends and in the summer to augment traditional learning during the school day.
Student supports: A range of health and social services are accessible on the school campus.
Family & community engagement: Families and the community are partners in children’s education, and the school becomes a neighborhood center offering enrichment opportunities for both students and adults.
Collaborative leadership: A culture of shared governance and collective decision-making advances a unified vision to identify needs and provide appropriate resources and solutions in the school and community.

 Our Core Partners


Thanks to our Core & Community Partners, see the great things in the link below we were able to accomplish through South Woods CPS for students and families for the 19-20 school year.

South Woods CPS Infograph 2020



Online SWES CPS Referral –