Woods Road School Paw Pride

May - 2018, Volume 5, Issue 9

Special Points of Interest

  • May 11, 2018:
    - Kindergarten Trip to Norz Hill Farms
    - Hope For Tomorrow Awareness Benefit (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
  • May 14, 2018: No PreSchool Monday
  • May 15, 2018: Kindergarten Orientation (3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
  • May 16, 2018: Kindergarten Orientation (3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
  • May 17, 2018: Art Extravaganza (6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)
  • May 22, 2018: 1st Grade Trip to Princeton University Art Museum
  • May 24, 2018:
    - 3rd Grade Trip to Grounds for Sculpture
    - 4th Grade Orientation @ ARIS (9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
  • May 28, 2018: Memorial Day - SCHOOL CLOSED
  • May 30, 2018: Field Day
  • June 01, 2018: Field Day (Rain Date)

Letter from Ms. Jodi L. Howe, Principal

This school year is just speeding by and it is hard to believe we have less than 30 days of school left. This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week. I am proud to say that the reason why our school is such a great place is because of our staff. Our staff works tirelessly to bring their best each day for your child(ren). Many of our children begin their day as they journey to school on a bus. We thank our bus drivers for getting our students to school safely. Once the children arrive at school, many enjoy a lunch provided by our food service department and lunch-aides that know your child(ren) on a first name basis, as well as what games they like to play outside during recess. Our instructional assistants work with individual and groups of students to meet their needs and provide supervision in the lunchroom and classroom. Our custodial staff provides our children with a clean and inviting building to enter each day. Our secretary and clerical staff coordinate all of the demands of our very busy office and support of all the rest of us. One of the busiest places at WRS that serves the student population of 495 plus children is our nurse's office. Staffed by our nurse who not only helps with bumps and scrapes but also provides daily medication to students as well. Last but certainly not least is our extraordinary teaching staff. Our teachers, counselors and pupil service staff work tirelessly all hours of the day to ensure that your child(ren) is getting the best possible education possible. Together, our staff has led our building to be ranked number 16th in the State of New Jersey out of over 2000 schools. Our staff at Woods Road truly cares about helping students be the best they can be! Please take some time over the month of May to reach out and thank our staff members for doing so much for our most precious resources, our children. We appreciate you and thank you for your partnership!


We are in the preliminary stages of developing classroom placements for next year. Every effort is made to balance classrooms to ensure that each child receives the maximum amount of teacher attention and is provided the optimum learning environment. Many factors are considered when balancing classrooms. Balance of boys/girls, a balance of student achievement levels, and balance of children with special needs. This is the first and most important priority. For these reasons, we do not accept specific teacher requests. Parents/Guardians may contact me via a written letter or email if there are extenuating circumstances to be considered. Please note that pertinent information shared with me in previous years must be resubmitted. Letters or emails must be received by May 18, 2018.

VISITORS/SECURITY Our school district requires all visitors to identify themselves and state the purpose of their visit upon entering our school buildings Visitors are required to sign-in at the main office and wear their visitor’s badge.

STUDENT PICK-UP Any parent/guardian who needs to pick their child(ren) up before dismissal time should notify the school office in advance. It is required that any person picking up a student must be authorized to do so and must properly identify themselves with photo ID such as a driver’s license. If you are planning on picking up your child at the end of the day, please help us by ensuring pick up is by 2:45 PM, as the main office closes each day at 2:45 PM to prepare for dismissal.


If your family is moving out of the district, to any other address within the district, or if your child will not be returning to Hillsborough Schools next year, please notify Mrs. Frasher and Mrs. Demetrio in the main office. If you choose to send an email, please email both Mrs. Frasher and Mrs. Demetrio. Their email addresses are jfrasher@htps.us and jdemetrio@htps.us.


Please be aware that we will be donating unclaimed student clothing, such as jackets and sweatshirts, to a charitable organization at the close of the school year. Stop by the lost and found in the main office hallway to reclaim any clothing your child may have left at school. You will have until Tuesday, June 19, 2018, to do so. Thank you!

Nurse's Corner

by Traci Kinst

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, Tick...Tick...Tick…

It’s Tick Time!

It is safe to say that winter is over and spring has finally arrived. For some of us, that means allergies, but for all of us, that means sharing our outside fun with those tiny arachnids called ticks. Windy days, dry leaves left over from winter, open grassy fields and woods are some tick favorites. These arachnids are mostly harmless but New Jersey is an area that has a high prevalence of Lyme disease. In fact, New Jersey is one of fourteen states that contributes to 95% of the total reported Lyme cases, according to the CDC.

Lyme disease is primarily carried by the black-legged tick or better known as the deer tick. It is an extremely small, red-bodied tick. It is seldom found embedded in the skin but if carrying the disease, the tick bite will leave behind a signature bulls-eye rash, cause flu-like symptoms and swollen lymph nodes in most but not all cases. www.cdc.gov has excellent information and pictures for identifying ticks and identifying signs and symptoms of Lyme disease. If you are unsure about you or your child’s signs and symptoms, always see your doctor before it is too late. Early treatment is critical and is as simple as a course of antibiotics.

Some measures can be taken to help prevent ticks from feeding on you. Wearing lighter colored clothing to help see ticks, spraying clothing and gear with a 0.5% solution of permethrin, and coating exposed skin with repellent containing at least 20% DEET, picaridan or IR3535. Once you venture inside, immediately remove clothing and perform a tick check. Ticks can be found anywhere but popular spots are under the arms, in and around the ears, belly button, behind knees, between legs, around waist, and on the hairline and scalp. If you do not wash your clothing immediately, ticks may enjoy hanging out in the dirty laundry pile.

If you happen to find a tick embedded in the skin, do not panic. Using tweezers, grasp the tick as close as possible to the head, pinch tight and gently pull up until the tick releases its grip. If parts remain in the skin and you cannot remove them, it is okay. Clean the area with soap and water or rubbing alcohol. If the tick is still whole and remains a bit squirmy, find some clear tape and enclose it in the tape. It is a great way to start a tick collection and is very useful for tick identification. If you collect enough ticks from your outside adventures, throw your own ticker tape parade!

Mrs. Guastella's Counselor Connection

Happy May! This month, I wanted to take some time and share some of my favorite books with important messages for your kids. The books all listed below tackle some of the most common difficulties and issues that your kids may face in their day to day lives at home or in school. Having any of these books on hand to help through these situations is a wonderful way to approach these subjects with your child and send important messages home. It can sometimes be difficult to have conversations with the kids and wonder if they’re fully understanding what we are trying to broach. These books are a wonderful way to spend quality time reading with your kids and also follow up with important conversations to see if they are able to apply the story’s message to an aspect of their lives. I hope you enjoy any or all of them as much as I have!

My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook

Julia Cook is an author who does such an amazing job at relaying important messages to our younger friends about issues they may be experiencing. In this great story, we learn about a boy named Louis who has a constant urge to interrupt others when they're speaking because he has a tough time waiting for his turn to speak. This is a great book for our friends to learn more about respecting others by listening and waiting our turn to speak.

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

This book follows a little girl named Vashti who is struggling with her confidence in creating any art. This is a wonderful book that displays the message that there is no wrong way to create and that beautiful things can come out of our children's creativity and kindness.

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett

This is the perfect story for our friends who tend to be perfectionists! We find out what happens to Beatrice in this story when she makers her very first (and very public) mistake.

Wilma Jean the Worry Machine by Julia Cook

This is a great book for our friends who may deal with anxiety. The goal of this book is to help children feel empowered and more in control of their anxious feelings.

The Invisible Boy by Tracy Ludwig

This is a sweet tale for any reader but can particularly be helpful for our friends who have ever felt "invisible." This story talks about how with some kindness and empathy, we can all be included together and continue to grow as individuals.

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson

This cute story shows us how making new friends can be tricky but still rewarding.

Shelf Talk

by Dina Stoff

This month, Preschool students will be hearing stories and playing games related to fairy tales, nursery rhymes, pond life, and insects. The students in kindergarten and TP will be learning all about poetry. First Grade students will be learning about different folk and fairy tales from around the world. Second Grade students will be exposed to different genres of literature and will take a look at some dramas. Students in third grade will be taking some virtual field trips with the expedition tablets and becoming more familiar with non-fiction. Fourth Grade students will be creating some blackout poetry and working on creating a book- "The ABCs of Woods Road School." Follow the library on Instagram @wrslibrary.


by Michele Binkley, Megan Christie, Sue DiCenzo, Paige Edelman, and Emma Meany,

The Resource Room teachers at Woods Road School teach a variety of classes. Those classes can be small group math or literacy or ICR (in-class resource) math or literacy. The time frame is the same as the regular education class. In small group math, the Every-Day math curriculum is followed and students are taught in a variety of ways that help develop math concepts. In pull-out literacy, students also follow the regular education curriculum but in addition, also have several other programs to develop their literacy skills, such as Read Naturally (to build fluency) rapid words (to build sight words) and individualized spelling lists which are practiced through multi-sensory activities. Finally, some students also receive additional reading instruction with our Wilson specialist, Mrs. Binkley. For students in ICR, a special education teacher goes into the regular education class for the entire time that either math or literacy is taught. The special education teacher helps to modify curriculum, provide strategies, and assist students to achieve success in the large group setting. Regardless of a child’s placement,

an important thing to remember is to reinforce concepts taught in school at home daily.


By Michele LaManna

What is school based physical therapy?

The role of the Physical Therapist (as a related services provider) is to help children:

1. Access the physical setting of the educational environment.

2. Participate in the curriculum as defined by the educational system

Physical therapists in the school system have expertise in the following:


1. Administer and interpret appropriate clinical tests and prioritize results related to the student’s educational needs.

2. Discuss evaluation findings with parents and appropriate school personnel on the team.

3. Develop appropriate measurable objectives and strategies within the IEP.

4. Make recommendations for transition into community activity.


1. Design a physical therapy treatment plan that will have a beneficial impact on the students educational program

2. Implement this program

3. Assess this program

4. IEP reports including annual assessments


1. Consult with educational staff and provide appropriate intervention and management strategies to facilitate learning

2. Evaluate the student’s environment and make appropriate recommendations to ensure success in the least restrictive environment.


1. Provide training for school personnel

2. Provide training for family members


The following models of service describe options for delivery of educationally related physical therapy. These models are not hierarchical with regard to benefit or time commitments. Each model has its own characteristics.

Direct Service Model:

In the direct model, the therapist is the primary service provider to the child. However, the therapist using this model should involve the student’s teachers and parents. Physical therapy may occur in an isolated environment due to the need for a distraction free environment and/or specialized equipment. Direct service delivery can also occur in the classroom. The emphasis of direct physical therapy is usually the acquisition of new motor skills.

Consultative Model:

In the consultative model, the physical therapist consults with the teacher, and staff regarding student-specific issues. The physical therapist is not the primary individual responsible for implementing the activities. Service is provided in the learning environment by support personnel. The physical therapist helps to develop the goals and demonstrates activities to all appropriate staff.

When is physical therapy not appropriate for school?

The role of the physical therapist as a related service provider is not to meet the total medical needs of the student. Students may have a medical diagnosis or motor impairment that does not interfere with their educational performance. Each area of need is closely scrutinized to determine its impact on the educational environment. The therapist will identify the performance problems in terms of functional criteria within the educational setting relating to the students educational goals and needs.