Woodland School Newsletter

February Edition

Mrs. Yellin's 5th Grade Science Class

On Thursday, February 11th, I was invited into Mrs. Yellin's 5th grade class. The students have been actively researching the Flint Michigan Water Crisis for the past few weeks as an extension of their science unit on ecosystems. The students began talking about this crisis with their teacher, and their need for more information turned into a science lesson they will never forget. The students worked in small groups to learn and present information about this crisis in a format that best suited their interests. Each group presented many astonishing facts by performing a play, playing a trivia game, making a poster or creating a presentation using Google Slides. It was evident that the students were enthusiastic about this assignment which will ensure the knowledge gained will be remembered. I doubt that the students will stop here though; I see much more research and inquiry based learning coming out of this classroom as they start to develop and plan ways to help the people of Flint Michigan, and maybe even find ways to help others in their own community.

7th Grade AIM Class

The 7th grade AIM class participated in the Aqueduct Challenge. Teams had to design and build an aqueduct using only limited materials. The aqueduct had to move water at least 3 feet and disburse it evenly into 2 jars. This is not as easy as it sounds!

Woodland’s Sox Rox Drive for the Homeless

Woodland’s National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring a sock drive for the homeless, running now through Spring Break on March 24.

Socks are among the most needed items at homeless shelters, yet among the least-often donated. According to Tom Costello Jr., founder and “Chief Sock Person” at the Philadelphia-based nonprofit The Joy of Sox, even regular donors of clothing such as coats and pants will usually wear their own socks until they have holes and then throw them away. Because of the shortage, the nation’s homeless population is constantly at risk of serious foot disease and, during winter months, in severe danger posed by the cold. There are nearly 15,000 homeless in Camden County.

Socks are a "renewable need." This means that the need is constant. Homeless people put their socks through more wear and tear in a week than most socks see in a year. Most are forced to sleep with their shoes on to prevent them from being stolen. Most homeless spend most of their days walking as they are constantly being prodded to move along.

Socks will be delivered to homeless shelters throughout Camden County.

5th Grade Character Education

The 5th grade character building classes made Valentines for senior citizens. They were dropped off at the Barrington senior center and enjoyed by Barrington residents
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Barrington senior citizens enjoyed their homemade valentines made with love from 5th grade character building classes.

Mrs. Haas is Recognized in Barrington

On January 3, 2016, our very own, Mrs. Lisa Haas was honored with the Barrington’s Best Award. Mrs. Haas was recognized for her lifetime of service, commitment, and dedication to the children of Barrington. For the past fifteen years, Mrs. Haas has been educating and mentoring children within the community. In addition to her teaching, she has been involved on many levels with the various sporting leagues in town. Her dedication to the youth of Barrington is evident in all she does. We commend her for all the time she contributes to the Barrington learning community, and we are proud to have her as one of our very own.

2nd Marking Period Honor Roll/Principal's List Breakfast

Mr. Silvestri hosted Woodland Middle School's second honor roll/principal's list breakfast. All students who received honor roll or principals list for the second marking period were recognized for their hard work and effort.

We would like to thank the Shop Rite of Lawnside for their continued donations! The breakfast would not be possible without their generosity. Thank you Shop Rite, we are extremely grateful for your help and support!

5th Grade Computer Class

On February 23, 2016, 5th grade students Skyped with Kollam, India and learned a little about robotics in the medical industry.

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January Students of the Month

January nominated students of the month participated in the principal's luncheon. Mr. Silvestri provided lunch and had the opportunity to talk and get to know January Students of the Month.

5th Grade: Demetrio Lukiatis, Cole Rowand, Isabella Scarpato, & Christian Stabinski

6th Grade: Carlos Bovell & Amber Parkin

7th Grade: Kyler Hooven & Abigail Rybeck

8th Grade: Alexander Carr & Hailey Stewart

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Green Team-School Store Opening Soon!

The Green Team school store will be opening very soon! Students can buy fun school supplies like pens, pencils, erasers, binders, notebooks as well as stress balls.

Teens for Jeans

The Green Team has collected over 300 pairs of jeans to be given to local homeless shelters. We appreciate everyone that contributed to this great cause!

Green Team

The Green Team continues to water seeds planted in our greenhouse. Students hang homemade bird feeders along the fence of the greenhouse.

7th Grade Computer Class

On February 29, 2016, 7th grade students skyped with their new pen pals in India during Ms. Lamon's computer class. They showed us the robots they created to water their crops and plow their fields.
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Notes from the School Nurse

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, common colds are the main reason that children miss school. Symptoms usually include sore throat, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, headaches and body aches. Most people recover within about 7-10 days.

There is no cure for a cold. To feel better, you should get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Over-the-counter medicines may help ease symptoms but will not make your cold go away any faster. Always read the label and use medications as directed. Talk to your doctor before giving your child nonprescription cold medicines, since some medicines contain ingredients that are not recommended for children. Antibiotics will not help you recover from a cold. They do not work against viruses, and they may make it harder for your body to fight future bacterial infections if you take them unnecessarily.

If your child needs lozenges in school, please provide the medication in its original packaging with written permission.

Student Council-Pennies for Patients

Woodland's annual "Pennies for Patients" campaign will begin on Monday, March 7th and run for 3 weeks. It will end on Thursday, March 24th. The funds, collected during a three-week period, benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. If you would like more information on this amazing cause please click on the following link:http://www.studentseries.org/

8th Grade Committee

Final payment for the 8th Grade NYC trip is due NO LATER than Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Check or money payable to "WPTG", Attention: Marianne Greenwald.

Email with any questions: cupcake207@comcast.net

8th Grade Committee is meeting Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:00pm in Avon School's Library. ANY parent can sit in on the meeting. You don't have to be on the committee. We will be discussing upcoming fundraisers and projects we are working on to help our 8th graders have a very memorable last year at Woodland Middle. If you have any questions or would like more details do not hesitate to contact Marianne Greenwald at cupcake207@comcast.net.

8th Grade Dance

Saturday, June 4th, 7pm

109 Shreve Avenue

Barrington, NJ

8th Grade parents please mark your calendars for the big 8th Grade Dance. It's "Dressed to Impress", so plan accordingly.

Barnes & Noble Night

The Barrington School District will host its 2nd Annual Barnes and Noble Night on Thursday, June 9th from 6-8pm at the Deptford Barnes and Noble. This event will feature artwork, student presentations, and much more! A portion of all sales will be donated back to the school district! More information will be sent home as we approach the date. Mark it in your calendar!!!

Save the Date...

March 2nd: WPTG Meeting 7:00pm (Avon Media Center)

March 3rd: 8th Grade Trip (Holocaust Museum)

March 11th: Make-up Graduation Pictures

March 14th: BOE Meeting 7:00pm (Avon Media Center)

March 23rd: 3rd Marking Period Interim Reports Posted Online

March 24th: 12:35pm Dismissal for Students

March 25th-April 1st: No School - Spring Recess