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!
Dear Incoming Parents and Guardians:
Welcome to the Franklin Lakes School District! We are pleased to inform you about the new streamlined procedure for registering new students entering Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. We have implemented an electronic open registration process for the 2015-16 school year. We hope this new procedure will simplify the registration process for both our new families and for our staff.
In order to begin the open registration process, please click on the link below:
Once you have completed and submitted your initial registration, you will be contacted shortly by the appropriate school(s) with further instructions on how to complete the registration process. Parents of students who will enter Kindergarten in September 2015 may register their children who were born on or before October 1, 2010.
We look forward to your active participation and support. I am confident that our district will provide a dynamic, comprehensive and meaningful program to meet your child's educational needs.
Lydia E. Furnari, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
305 Woodside Avenue
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey 07417
Please go to the link "About Our School" to explore some interesting discussion topics for parents and guardians.
Mrs. K. Cecere
Report Cards are available to parents and guardians on Thursday, April 2nd.
“WOW” was just about shouted in unison as the Kindergarteners at Woodside Avenue School made thunderclouds right in the classroom. Pictured here is James J. observing the electricity that forms in a thunder-cloud. James and his partner made this thundercloud using water, an Alka-seltzer tab and raisins. This activity was made possible with special thanks to the WAS PTA who arranged for High Touch/High Tech Hands on Science Program to teach curriculum-based lessons in each classroom.
Thank you to the Woodside Families who attended our first Coffee with the Principal held on Thursday, March 12th at 2:00 and 7:00 PM. I hope those who attended found it informative.
Our next Coffee with the Principal will be held on Tuesday, April 21st at 2:00 and 7:00 pm.
In addition, the following was discussed:
- Further discussion of the recent PARCC assessments. Based upon follow up discussions both in the classrooms and with parents, overall, students felt prepared and relatively relaxed in taking these assessments.
- Discussions took place as to if these assessments would be placed in student files and be available for private school applications.
- Discussions took place about our current means of communication with parents to include eblasts and the school website - our current means of communication is "excellent"
- Discussion about drop off and pick up procedure - going very well
- Discussion about staff members posting homework and homework policy (see 6154-R below)
- A suggestion was made for a no homework night so that families could have an opportunity for uninterrupted family time.
- A suggestion was made that there is no homework during Spring Break
- A question was raised as to when and where grammar instruction took place
- A question was raised concerning cursive instruction
|REGULATION: 6154-R HOMEWORK/MAKEUP WORK
In general, the range of time that students can expect for daily homework is:
| 2, 3, 4 30-60 minutes daily
5, 6 60-90 minutes daily
Thank you and I am looking forward to seeing you on April 21st.
Kristine J. Cecere
We have a Winner!
On St. Patrick's Day, a sneaky leprechaun visited the kindergarten classes of WAS and made a huge mess! The leprechaun did leave some clues, so the students read and followed the clues around the school. They finally ended up in Mrs. Cecere's office where they found his pot of gold!
It was a fun fun day!
Thank you Ms. Paz for an outstanding concert!
Dear Fifth Grade Parents and Guardians,
A reminder that our FIFTH GRADE SPRING CHORAL CONCERT will be TOMORROW - Wednesday, March 25th at 7:00 P.M. Students are asked to report to their homerooms by 6:45P.M.
Students are asked to arrive in school that day in concert attire: solid white tops and a solid black bottom (pants, leggings, skirts). We will be having a school assembly concert at 2:10pm that afternooon as well. Use your best judgment keeping in mind that it gets fairly warm on stage with all the lights bearing down on the chorus. I hope to see you at the concert!
Mrs. Amy Paz
Woodside Avenue School
Please join us for the annual Spring concert on Wednesday, March 25th. Our performances will be at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
...despite the forecast!
We hope you’re coming to The Ball,
You don’t have to be in it to win it!
For the first time, ANYONE, not just guests at The Ball, can view and bid remotely on all of our fabulous Silent Auction prizes.
Go to www.501auctions.com/flef to preview and bid on our amazing selection of prizes.
You will just have to attend the PTA meeting on Wednesday, March 18th to find out!
Monday, March 16th is the beginning of the third marking period.
The end of our second marking period takes place on Friday, March 13, 2015.
Report Cards are available for viewing on Thursday, April 2, 2015.
Save the Date!
Those who are six, sixteen, sixty-four, and more have
all kinds of great events in store.
Read Across America
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
You can find magic
wherever you look.
Sit back and relax
all you need is a book.
Woodside Avenue Fifth Grade Students, Jenna and Ella, are highlighted in The Villadom Times, March 11th, for the work done during their school's Have a Heart Food Drive.
Students from Woodside collected more than 600 items for the Center for Food Action in Mahwah.
Franklin Lakes Public Schools
Woodside Avenue School
Kristine J Cecere, Principal
Dear Woodside Avenue School Families:
You’re off to great places, Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way! (Dr. Seuss).
We are eagerly anticipating the arrival of your kindergarten student to Woodside Avenue School in September. Together we will reach for the stars has been our mantra at Woodside Avenue; this guides all of our work. Our highly skilled and supportive staff provides both academic and social development instruction by using the most effective teaching strategies.
Once inside of Woodside, you cannot help but notice the commitment to providing a positive learning environment for all of our students.
We are eager to have you join our kindergarten class where the educational philosophy is to foster a love of learning that will last a lifetime. Please know, as you begin this journey with your child, we will be working in close partnership. Kindergarten is an important life event and we are here to support you and your child.
Our kindergarten schedule allows for both whole class work and individualized instruction. Every kindergarten student is assigned to either an “A” or “B” schedule.
- Children who are assigned an A day schedule will come to school for a full day on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and leave at 1:10 pm on Thursdays and Fridays.
- Children who are assigned a B day schedule will be dismissed at 1:10 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays and attend school for a full day on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
We have a number of important upcoming events that allows us to learn more about your child. These include:
Student Orientation and
You will be made aware of the times, dates and locations as soon as they become finalized.
I invite you to look regularly at our Woodside Avenue School website http://wasweb.franklinlakes.k12.nj.us for additional information.
We are thrilled to have you join our Woodside Avenue School family. Please always feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.
Kristine J. Cecere
Please note that this message was sent via e-blast to 5th grade families:
Dear Parents and Families of 5th Grade Students,
In the event that we have inclement weather and it is necessary to close school on Thursday, March 5th, students in 5th grade will take PARCC Math Sessions 1 and 2 on Friday, March 6th with a break in between the two sessions. Please note that our testing schedule accounted for this type of situation and PARCC testing is designed so that multiple sessions of the test can be completed in one day if schools choose to schedule sessions this way. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please note that this message does not indicate a school closing for tomorrow, but rather serve as information for 5th grade families in regards to our plan for testing. Stay safe and warm!
- Ms. Ann Jameson
- Director of Curriculum and Instruction
- Franklin Lakes Schools
Dear Woodside Families,
As a reminder, PARCC testing will take place for fifth grade students beginning Monday, March 2nd up to and including Friday, March 6th.
PARCC testing for third and fourth grade students will take place beginning Monday, March 9th up to and including Friday, March 13th. Zero periods of instruction are cancelled for the specific days that students have PARCC testing.
As we work together to support our students approaching these tests, please consider the following:
- To function well, both students' brains and bodies need to be well rested.
- Students should have good breakfast every morning before the tests.
- Some students, believe it or not, actually enjoy taking tests! As a parent, please be cognizant that if you are nervous, this concern transfers to your child. A great opportunity to overcome this is by doing relaxation techniques together. An interesting resource for this can be found at: http://stress.lovetoknow.com/Test_Anxiety_Relaxation_Techniques.
Most importantly, please know that our students are well prepared for PARCC testing. Our curriculum exceeds the expectations of the Common Core State Standards and our district has had the luxury of access to technology for instructional purposes for many years.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Have an enjoyable weekend!
Kristine J. Cecere
Dear 3rd and 5th grade parents,
This is a reminder that the 3rd & 5th grade students will be administered the three part Cognitive Abilities Test on February 23th, 24th & 25th. Due to this testing, all “zero” period (8am) classes are cancelled on Monday, February 23rd through and including Wednesday, February 25th.
Thank you and have an enjoyable weekend.
Woodside Avenue School has completed its annual food drive with great success!
Our Kindergarten students brought in baby items, first grade brought in spices, second grade shared crackers, third grade brought in canned goods, fourth grade brought in yummy chocolate candy, cookies and mix and fifth grade shared toilet paper, toothepaste and soap.
Thank you to our very generous students and to Mrs. Metzler!
Woodside has a very large !
Good morning Kristine,
I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. Woodside Avenue School Cares raised an amazing $3,287.30, all of which will be used to help uninsured women receive early detection services and testing at The Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center at EHMC. Please pass on our sincere thanks to the entire Woodside team, the 2014 Walk for Awareness would not have been such a success without you! Please save the date for the 2015 Walk which will be held on Sunday, October 25, 2015.
Special Events Manager
Englewood Hospital & Medical Center Foundation
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ 07631
Phone: (201) 894-3498
Fax: (201) 894-1473
Woodside staff joined the 2014 Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Walk for Awareness that took place in Englewood. The walk raises funds and awareness for breast cancer. Our students raised over $1300 in donations by purchasing pink bandanas and pink clip-in hair extensions . Our staff raised over $250 by purchasing hair extensions.Our Woodside families and friends also donated and the "Woodside Avenue School cares" team became the second highest in total donations of all the teams at the walk!
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
On behalf of the staff of Woodside Avenue School, we wish you and your families
a very Happy Thanksgiving.
At Woodside Avenue School, Veterans Day began with our students sharing the following message:
Today is an important day in America; it is Veterans Day. Today we celebrate a holiday dedicated to honoring all American veterans of all wars. It is because of these men and women that we are able to have the freedom that we do in this country.
Veterans Day pays tribute to all American Veterans - living or dead. Today we give thanks to veterans who served their country in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard or Marine Corps during both war and peacetime.
If you know veterans or see them today, thank them for the services they have provided for us and for our freedom!
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
The Franklin Lakes Police Department is asking for your assistance by ensuring that your children abide by the provisions of the ordinance, as follows:
- No juvenile, under the age of 18 years, shall be present on any public street or in any public place between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM on October 30th and October 31st unless accompanied by the juvenile's parent or guardian, or unless engaged in, or traveling to or from, an activity or occupation which the laws of the State of New Jersey authorize a juvenile to perform.
- No parent or guardian shall allow an unaccompanied juvenile to be on any public street or in any public place between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM on October 30th and October 31st.
- Notwithstanding the preceding provisions, a juvenile, during the stated curfew hours may engage in errands involving medical emergencies, attend extracurricular school activities, or participate in other cultural, educational, and social events, which are sponsored by a religious or community-based organization.
Woodside Avenue School
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!
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.
Please remember that Wednesday is October 1st. If you order No Fuss Lunch for your child, your order must be in by 8:00 pm Tuesday, September 30th.
There is a link that provides email updates.
|"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."
We look forward to seeing you at our Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Our plans are as follows:
o Dr. Lydia Furnari, Superintendent
o Mrs. Michele De Luccia, President, WAS PTA
o Mrs. Laura Metzler, Co-President, Franklin Lakes Education Association
Session One will be held in classrooms from 7:30 to 8:05 pm with the following exceptions:
Session Two will be held in classrooms from 8:10 until 8:45 pm.
Session Three will be dedicated to visiting our “Specials” teachers from 8:45 until 9:00pm.
Back to School Night presents the opportunity for you to meet with your child(ren)’s teachers, to discuss our curriculum and class expectations as well as viewing the outstanding preparation our teachers have made to welcome your children into our school. Time constraints do not permit this to be an evening for discussing individual progress. Our parent/teacher conferences held in December are arranged for this purpose. Should you wish to contact a teacher prior to the conferences, please email the teacher directly.
Parking for the evening will be available in the front of our building in addition to the rear area for any overflow, where indicated. Please do not park on Woodside Avenue, and, if possible, please carpool. Please use only the front entrance for entering and exiting the building.
Thank you for celebrating with us the great work done at Woodside Avenue School during our Back to School Night, Tuesday, September 16th at 7:00 pm.
Kristine J. Cecere
At our First PTA Meeting of the Year!
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 9:15 am
In the Woodside Avenue School Library
Guest Speakers will include:
Mrs. Bridget Pastenkos, District Technology Coordinator
Mrs. Kristine Cecere, Principal
Good Morning. This is Mrs. Cecere.
Today is Patriot Day in the United States It is an annual observance of September 11th, to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.
I was teaching in Old Tappan, New Jersey on that day and two events remain crystal clear in my mind. The first - to support all students to ensure that they were safe and supported given this new, never before horrific experience. But, secondly, even more importantly, how everyone at school, in the community and in our great nation - came together to do whatever was necessary to support one another.
It is in that spirit that I ask all members of our Woodside Family, our students, our staff and our parents, to take a moment to reflect on how we can embody that spirit of patriotism and service as we move through our day today.
Now we will have a moment of silence followed by our students leading us in The Pledge of Allegiance. Please stand.
On Friday, the letter copied below, was send home in the oldest sibling's backpack. Please use the pink cards for pick up on Monday, September 8th.
In addition, if you have not completed and turned in the Daily Dismissal Schedule, please do so immediately. Please know that we need this form to confirm dismissal procedures.
Kristine J. Cecere
September 5, 2014
Dear WAS Parents / Guardians:
The purpose of this letter is to further communicate the dismissal procedure at Woodside Avenue School and provide you with the 2014-2015 dismissal cards.
Attached please find two pink dismissal cards (per family) to be used at time of pick up. You may not use any other cards for pickup. Please attach one of these cards to the passenger side visor of your vehicle, making it visible to a staff member as you approach the pick up area. Please either keep the additional card or give it to another adult you authorize to pick up your child(ren).
Because our process is currently being monitored, your total compliance with the following will be appreciated:
- Children may only enter and exit vehicles curbside. Please move car or booster seats if necessary.
- Adults may not leave vehicles for any reason. Staff members will assist children when appropriate.
- Vehicles may not at any time be left unattended.
- Hand held cell phones may not be used while driving on school property
- Vehicles must have the appropriate number of seat belts and/or car seats for children
- While moving up in the car line and while waiting as your child gets into your vehicle, you may not leave more than twelve inches between the vehicle in front of you and behind you. The first car of the line must proceed to the staircase near the Multipurpose Room entrance.
- Please do not engage staff in conversations about your child; please do so by contacting them by phone or email.
We have been informed that no vehicle may remain standing on Woodside Avenue during this process. Please know that the Franklin Lakes Police have the right to ticket your vehicle if it is not moving during pick up time.
Once again, we are committed to a safe and orderly dismissal process that also provides for no standing vehicles on Woodside Avenue.
Kristine J. Cecere
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!