Woodside Avenue School is nestled among the trees in suburban Franklin Lakes, NJ. Its warm, inviting appearance reflects the supportive, team approach espoused by its 65 highly committed professional staff. Woodside serves a school community of approximately 300 students grades K-5, including three special education classes. Once within its walls, one immediately senses the commitment to providing a positive learning environment for its students; one in which individual differences are paramount in the development of age-appropriate activities, and in which students develop the tools to become self-sufficient, life-long learners. A highly skilled staff utilizes the most effective teaching strategies to accomplish these goals.
Together We Will Shoot for the Stars!
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During Red Ribbon Week
at Woodside Avenue School
Look for Red Ribbon Week promotional materials in student backpacks funded by the Municipal Alliance:
- “BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD” –Gandhi
- Color Changing Mood Pencils
- Bullying / Cyberbullying Slideguides
Monday, October 27th: “Team Up for Healthy Choices”
Wear Favorite Team Gear
Tuesday, October 28th: “I Make Healthy Choices to Follow My Dreams”
Wednesday, October 29th: “Wear Red Day” for Red Ribbon Week
- 5th Grade Lunch Chat with Detective Sergeant/Juvenile Officer Jeffrey Jost on Halloween Safety & Red Ribbon Week
Wear Jeans and/or WAS Spirit Gear
Friday, October 31st: “Hocus Pocus, Health is My Focus”
Halloween Costumes and Parade!
Dear WAS Families,
We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our Halloween Parade on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 11:15 am at our school. Our parade will take place outside, in the rear pick-up area. Students will exit through the Multi Purpose Room doors to begin our parade route. Families and friends may walk to the rear of the school and must stop at the gate to receive a WAS Parade sticker. Any individual without a sticker will be asked to leave immediately. Once in the rear area, we encourage families and friends to choose spots behind the areas marked off by stanchions.
If the weather does not permit us to parade outdoors, we will hold our parade in the gymnasium. In this event, the K-2 parade will begin at 11:15 am and the 3-5 parade will begin at 11:30 am.
This year, due to our half-day schedule on Halloween, we are having our parade earlier in the school day. As a result, we are asking that students, who choose to dress for Halloween, come to school dressed in costume.
To ensure that all costumes are “school-appropriate,” please respect the following guidelines:
- If you child chooses to wear a costume for our parade, please ensure that the costume is appropriate for school. Before our festivities, students will engage in a discussion with me, their teachers and our guidance counselor concerning appropriate and acceptable dress for Halloween.
- Short shorts and short skirts are not permitted in school. Please use the fingertip test – when your child is standing, the end of the skirt / shorts must go PAST the fingertips.
- Children must wear appropriate and safe shoes.
- Any logo or message on a costume must be school-appropriate.
- If you child comes to school dressed in an inappropriate costume, he or she will not be able to participate in our Halloween festivities.
- Weapons of any kind to include toy guns, knives, light sabers and swords are not permitted.
- Masks which obstruct a child’s ability to see clearly are not permitted.
- As children will be given the privilege of wearing costumes to school, please be mindful of props that accompany costumes.
Classroom teachers will be hosting Halloween parties after our parade. Please note that only one class parent and one craft parent are permitted to attend class parties. In Kindergarten classes only, all parents are invited. Only parents attending parties may sign out their children from classrooms and only if those student names are provided to the office no later than October 27th.
As we plan for class parties, please be aware that the Franklin Lakes Public Schools maintains a Policy 3542.1 Local Wellness/Nutrition that prohibits the serving, sale, or giving out for promotional purposes, Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value (USDA), foods that have sugar as the first ingredient, and all forms of candy. The policy however, makes note that school celebrations and curriculum related activities are exempt from the policy with the exception of Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value. The following items are to be avoided when planning for our Halloween Parties:
- Soda Water
- Water Ices (water ices which contain fruit or fruit juices are not included)
- Chewing Gum
- Candies to include:
- Hard Candy: Includes such food as sourballs, fruit balls, candy sticks, lollipops, starlight mints, after dinner mints, sugar wafers, rock candy, cinnamon candies, breath mints, jaw breakers and cough drops
- Jellies and Gums: Included such foods as gumdrops, jellybeans, jellied and fruit-flavored slices
- Marshmallow Candies
- Fondant: Includes such foods as candy corn and soft mints
- Spun Candy
- Candy-Coated Popcorn
In order to ensure that we have a safe and successful experience, we remind all visitors of the need to follow all rules in our parking lot. As our lot tends to get quite full, please plan alternative parking locations (such as Beechwood or Hobar), or enjoy a refreshing walk to school. Remember that cars that are parked in fire lanes in front of the building, bus lanes located in front of the building, or in any spot that obstructs our ability for an orderly dismissal, will be subject to ticketing and towing.
Thank you in advance for all of your cooperation and support in making our Halloween Parade a memorable and safe event for everyone. We look forward to seeing you on the parade route!
Mrs. K. Cecere
Congratulations to our Fifth Grade Students!
Woodside's Fifth Grade students have won the Franklin Lakes Education Foundation Apple Contest! As a result the entire Fifth Grade will receive an educational party to take place at Woodside on Monday, October 27th!
Way to go - Fifth Grade!!!
Please join us for an exciting Spooktacular evening on October 24th from 6:30-8:30 pm.
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|"I am a youth athlete.
I am brave and strong and talented. But I'm still just a kid. I am not perfect. I am a work in progress. I need you to be patient while I test the limits of my body and work through the emotions that come with success and failure. When I make a mistake, I wonder if you'll be disappointed. When I reach my goals, I look to see if you are watching. I am a youth athlete. I love my sport. You call it a competition. I call it playing the game. I want to win and have fun. I am a youth athlete. I am YOUR athlete. Winning feels great, but your praise feels infinitely better. Please remember these things and I promise to do my best and make you proud."
Below please find a listing of Books to Prepare Children for the Transiton to Kindergarten
Congratulations to Ms. Lorraine Preziosi who was selected by the Bergen County Teacher/Education Services Professionals Recognition Program or "Teacher of the Year" for Woodside Avenue School. Ms. Preziosi was nominated and then selected by a panel of judges that included administrators, teachers, and parents.
Congratulations Ms. Preziosi!
We are thrilled to announce that Woodside Avenue School is the recipient of the
The Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant
receive three (3) windowsill herb garden kits including pots, soil, seeds and educational materials to use in the classroom. The Herb Society of America also will provide additional educational materials.
This grant aligns and will provide additional support for our Science Curriculum in all grade levels.
Thank you Ms. Nieporte and Ms. Kroczynski!