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!
The Board-approved school calendar for the 2013-14 school year (CLICK HERE) includes the following contingency plan for the use of more than the three allotted emergency days:
“NOTE: The calendar may be extended should unforeseen circumstances require it or subject to the work year being extended. Therefore, no plans which cannot be changed should be made prior to June 30. The Board of Education reserves the right to modify the calendar as may be deemed necessary. This includes reducing/eliminating vacation periods. If additional days are required, they will be as follows: end of June and/or April, etc.”
To date, we have used six emergency days to close schools due to inclement weather conditions. This means that we must make up three days in order to meet the State’s minimum requirement of 180 school days. In line with the abovementioned note, the Board has elected to take from the April break, starting with Friday, April 11 and working backward as needed. Accordingly, Wednesday, April 9; Thursday, April 10; and Friday, April 11 are now regular school days for all administrators, faculty, staff, and students. Please schedule your April plans accordingly.
Frank Romano, II, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Our partners from ShopRite spent an hour with each third grade class to explain the ins and outs of the Young Consumer Program and provide an opportunity for the students to participate in some hands-on, minds-on activities. To test and develop memory skills, our partners from ShopRite taught the children a poem. Each part of the poem has a corresponding motion to help the children remember the words. After only a few repetitions of this poem, students could remember the words and motions with ease. Ask your third grader, "Where do all the daisies go?" to test their recall of the poem!
Next, students were given seven tangrams and were guided to create a square using all seven pieces. The tangrams were then manipulated to create a rectangle, parallelogram, trapezoid, and right triangle. Characteristics of each polygon were explored and students utilized their math vocabulary to describe these shapes with words such as parallel, congruent, right angle and more. To conclude the tangram activity, students used the seven tangram pieces of varying size and shape to explore fractional parts of the whole square.
The final activity is a third grade favorite! Known as "pancakes", students became acquainted with The Tower of Hanoi using foam disks of different sizes to stack like pancakes. With guided questioning, students were able to understand the mathematic formula used to figure out the least amount of moves it would take to move all of the pancakes from one side of their game mat to the other, patterns in movements, and "secrets" of the game.
Some of the third grade students recently had the chance to show off their skills by joining Mrs. Hatley, the ShopRite partners, and WAS parents at our Young Consumers Parent Information Session. Parents learned about The Young Consumers Program, responsibilities of volunteers who chaperone groups of students and run critical thinking learning stations on our upcoming ShopRite trip, and the importance of hands-on activities and their relationship to learning and memory. The children surely had a lot of fun sharing their skills with parents while enhancing their scholastic abilities and interpersonal skills as well!
Next up for these Young Consumers: a visit from ShopRite's nutritionist who will prepare students to make healthy food choices. Our third graders will use this knowledge when they attend the ShopRite Trip in the spring to make healthy choices as they "shop" for a pretend family of four with a budget of $100.
All of the third graders are looking forward to demonstrating their problem-solving skills and abilities to make healthy choices at ShopRite when they visit for their field trip on April 22nd.
We need 40 parent volunteers (or grandparents, aunts, uncles, and siblings over 18) to run a successful program. If you are interested in volunteering for this amazing culminating educational experience at ShopRite on April 22nd (9:00am-12:30pm), please sign up using this link:
Thank you Mrs. Hatley for this outstanding work!
The Wyckoff Family YMCA presents
A Series of Informative Parent Programs
Recognizing the Symptoms of Depression, Substance Abuse and Addiction in Teens
Wednesday, March 26, 7pm at the Wyckoff Family YMCA
The Wyckoff Family Y is pleased to announce the first in a series of two “Parent Connection” events. Our panel of experts includes: Jen Saxton, Northern Highlands School Counselor; Danielle Heller LCSW, Clinical Director, West Bergen Mental Healthcare; and Bart Mongiello LCSW, Director, Counseling Center at Christian Health Care Center.
Topics will include: having realistic expectations, optimizing school resources, handling pressure, rec- ognizing the symptoms of depression versus sadness, understanding risk factors, how to ask the right questions if you suspect depression, awareness of dangerous behaviors and the availability of clinical care, dealing with school avoidance issues, and how to recognize signs of drug and alcohol abuse. The panel will be moderated by Beverly MacKay, Director of Curriculum and Articulation for the Ramapo-Indian Hills School District, and will feature a generous Q&A session. Questions may be con- fidentially emailed prior to the event to email@example.com. There will also be opportunity to present questions during the event as well.
There is no charge for this presentation. Pre-register by calling the Y at 201-891-2081. For further information, contact Parent Connection Coordinator, Kathy Scarpelli at 201-891-1820.
Watch for details on the second of this special Parent Connection Series entitled “Courage for College” Preparing Your Student for Sudden Independence!
Wyckoff Family YMCA 691 Wyckoff Avenue Wyckoff, NJ 07481 201-891-2081 www.wyckoffymca.org
Wednesday. March 5th.
We welcome Stephanie Prall as the Child Assistance Counselor Leave Replacement, effective January 28th. We are pleased that Ms. Prall will be working with Ms. Magnusen for approximately one month, prior to Ms. Magnusen’s leave.
Ms. Prall has a MA from Montclair State University in School Counseling and a B.S. from The College of New Jersey in Health and Exercise Science. Ms. Prall has worked as the Assistant Research Director for grant-funded evaluation projects while attending Montclair State University and previously interned at Kinnelon Public Schools in Guidance. She has served as the Women’s Basketball Recruiting Coordinator at Steven Institute of Technology as well as the Strength and Conditioning Intern at Princeton University Athletics.
Welcome Ms. Prall!
Dear WAS Families:
With inclement weather upon us, it is essential that our dismissal and drop off procedures be adhered to for the safety of our children. Below are some reminders that I urge you to read carefully and follow. If it is necessary for staff on duty to remind you of these rules, please understand that they are following the school policy and have the safety of students in mind.
- If you use the Car Line, keep in mind that your child must be able to get in and out of your vehicle on the passenger side and without your assistance. Parents may not get out of their vehicles on the Car Line. If you child requires assistance or has a large project or instrument in the trunk, our staff members will assist.
- If there are any changes to your child’s dismissal, you must write a note to the classroom teacher. Emergency dismissal changes must be discussed directly with the principal.
- New Jersey law prohibits all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving. An officer may cite a driver for using a hand-held cell phone without any other traffice offense taking place. As you pick up your child, even if you have a hands free device, please focus your attention on having your child getting safely into your vehicle.
- The Department of Law and Public Safety of the State of New Jersey requires that all occupants of a vehicle are required to wear a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt. We will not allow a child in a car unless there are seat belts for each individual.
- We need your cooperation to move forward in the car line as close as possible to the individual in front of you. We may not block Woodside Avenue because it restricts access for emergency vehicles. If possible, consider car pooling or arriving at school at dismissal time, 3:30 pm.
- The Borough of Franklin Lakes requires that, “No person shall park a vehicle at any time upon any public school property in any area thereon where no-parking signs ... have been posted.” This specifically includes parking in the front of the school where there is signage indicating “fire lane.” Your vehicle may be towed.
We first introduced our new dismissal procedures on Monday, October 21, 2013 with input from parents, teachers and students with the clear understanding that we are responsible for ensuring a safe environment for students at time of drop-off, during the day and at dismissal. In addition, we were required to create a more efficient dismissal process. Our records indicate that our dismissal times have decreased, while protecting the safety of our children.
As a result of recent conversations with representatives from the Franklin Lakes Police Department, I am now asking for your cooperation in not blocking Woodside Avenue. This is possible if vehicles are not parked in fire lanes, if vehicles move forward in the Car Lane, if there are no distractions such as cell phone conversations, if students are effienctly placed in vehicles and consideration is given to car pooling or not arriving prior to dismissal.
We must continue to recognize, above all else, that our first priority as a community is to provide a safe, accountable and orderly dismissal process. If you have any questions or comments in regard to dismissal, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I look forward to the continued cooperation of all parents / guardians in our community.
Kristine J. Cecere
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!
Singapore math is getting a lot of attention as more and more schools in the United States are using Singapore-based methods and materials to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics. Many parents and teachers are wondering if a change is really necessary. The answer is yes.
Bill Jackson, Special to CNN
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