October - 2017, Volume 5, Issue 2


  • October 14, 2017 - Fall Festival (4:30 pm - 6:30 pm)
  • October 16, 2017 - No Pre-School Monday
  • October 16 - 19, 2017 - Scholastic Book Fair
  • October 17-18, 2017 - Scholastic Book Fair Evening Hours (5:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
  • October 23-30, 2017 - Red Ribbon Week
  • October 30, 2017 - No Pre-School Monday
  • October 31, 2017 - Halloween Parade (9:00 am)


Dear Woods Road Families:

It was a pleasure to meet everyone at our Back-to-School Nights. Our students are settling into the routines of school. They are making friends and building relationships with their teachers. Teachers have established quality routines and procedures. Our teachers are committed to providing quality instruction while also making sure that our students are enjoying school. During this time, we assessed students in math, reading, and writing in order to place them in appropriate groups for instruction. The faculty looked at last year's data and set goals for this year's school improvement. Grade level teams set goals for students progress and growth in all three areas.

Thank you for sending your children to school rested and on time. I am happy to report that Mrs. Guastella, our new School Counselor officially started at WRS on October 2, 2017. If you haven't done so already, kindly complete the Counseling Needs Assessment Survey as soon as possible. Mrs. Guatella will be focusing on the social and emotional needs of our students.

Fire Prevention Week was celebrated October 9. The Hillsborough Township Fire District #3 visited our school to instruct our students in making wise choices in case they encounter hazardous fire situations and educated our community about fire safety and prevention. Students and staff also took a tour of the fire trucks.

Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October. This year, it will be observed October 23 - October 31. Additional information about our "theme days" can be found on our website. Click here: https://wre.htps.us/

Please contact us should you have any questions, concerns, or comments. Research shows that when schools and families work together, children benefit.

I wish you and yours a beautiful fall season and an October filled with; a little bit of candy, some good books, and memories to treasure.


Ms. Howe


Show Character Each Day - It's the Wildcat Way!"

Mrs. Guastella's Counseling Connetion

When lives and schedules get so hectic, it can be challenging to make the time to determine how to spend quality time with your children. Creating fun memories brings us closer together and it is important to slow down occasionally to make time for our families. One method of creating fun memories together is scheduling regular “Family Nights.” Making “Family Night” a regular occurrence in your household can be the first step in building a good relationship with your kids.

When kids are young, nothing is better than spending time with their parents. Here are a few ideas on how to fit quality time in with your kids as a family:

  • Game Night: Kids love to play games! Have a regular game night where everyone gets to take turns picking out their favorite game to play. This is also a great opportunity for the kids to learn about sportsmanship and healthy competition.
  • Baker’s Delight: Take turns picking favorite recipes out of a cookbook/magazine/website to create together. Enjoy the fruits of your labor together!
  • Movie Night: Each movie night, let someone different pick the movie of their choice to watch all together. When it's your turn, think about picking one that may present a lesson or test of character to open up dialogue with your kids on their thoughts of the movie together.
  • Nature Walk: Unplug from technology and go on a nature walk at a local park or outdoor trail. Point out different types of trees, plants, insects, etc. together.
  • Camp Together: Have a fun night camping in your backyard (or living room)! Make memories by telling stories, having snacks, and playing a few card games. You may not get too much sleep, but you’ll make a lot of memories.


With fall temperatures approaching, it is certain that cold and flu symptoms will soon be bringing risk of illnesses. As it varies for each student, keep in mind the variety of illnesses usually seen in the younger elementary school-age child. Each year, it is possible to develop some of the most common illnesses including strep throat, impetigo, viruses, conjunctivitis (pink eye) and the flu .

To prevent the spread and recurrence of these illnesses, please remember these few important rules:

  1. If your child has a temperature of 100.0 F or above, vomiting or diarrhea, during the previous 24 hour period (or any other possibly contagious illness), DO NOT send him/her to school!
  2. Your child must be fever-free for 24 hours, without having had any fever-reducing medications (Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, etc) before returning to school.
  3. For certain illnesses, children must remain out of school for a specified period of time as noted below with a provider/physician note required on their return:

    - Strep throat: If your child had a throat culture done at the doctor’s office, he/she is not to return to school until the results are obtained. If positive, the child must be on antibiotic therapy for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school;
    - Impetigo: After diagnosed by a doctor/provider, the child must remain home on treatment for 24-36 hrs, or until all lesions are dry;
    - Conjunctivitis: Child may return 24 hrs after medication has been started and there is no discharge from the eye;
    - Ringworm: the child must be excluded from school until seen by a licensed provider/physician. The area is kept covered constantly while in school.

  4. Although it is mandatory for all pre-school students to receive the flu vaccine by 12/31/17, the flu vaccine can help keep your child and yourself from getting sick from flu. Protecting yourself from flu also protects the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends that the best time to get a flu shot is by the end of October, if possible. Use the convenient CDC flu finder to find the vaccine in your area: (http://vaccine.healthmap.org/).

I wanted to take a moment to remind parents of our younger students to encourage independence when using the bathroom. Please practice handwashing, closing bathroom doors, buckling and unbuckling belts and buttoning and snapping pants at home. Please make sure your children can manage the clothing that they are wearing to school. Please call the health office with any questions you may have about your child’s individual need.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Thank you for your


Mrs, Carroll, RN
(908) 431-6600 x3350

Shelf Talk

by Dina Stoff

This month in the library, pre-school students will read stories all about fall, apples, pumpkins, and Halloween. We will also be playing matching games, counting games and singing songs related to the themes of the stories. Students in Kindergarten and TP will be reading stories about Fire Safety, fall, and Halloween. First Grade students will be learning about ABC order and listening to stories about fall and Halloween. They will learn how the library is organized and will be practicing putting books in ABC order. The students in Second Grade will be working on putting books in ABC order by the Author's last name and taking a look at the differences between fiction and non-fiction books. They will also hear some stories about fall and Halloween. Third Grade students will be investigating the different sections of the library and will become familiar with how books are organized. They will use the computerized catalog system to create lists of books they want to read, have read, and give reviews of books they have read. They will also use the system to find a book that interests them and then locate it on the shelves of the library. Students in Fourth Grade will be exploring the non-fiction section of the library and become familiar with the Dewey Decimal System (ask them about the funny song we listened to). They will learn how to search for books by topic using the computerized catalog system and how to locate the books on the shelves using the Dewey Decimal System. Students in all grades will be viewing a Book Fair preview video and visiting the Book Fair this month. Makerspace will be starting this month, you can look for updates of the fun things we do during Makerspace on the library Instagram account:@wrslibrary

Autism Awareness Everyday

Exploring Autism Spectrum Exceptionalities With Pre-school

Goodbye Summer! Hello Fall!

Pre-school has begun and we are so excited about the new school year!

We have already been working hard on exploring our new school, our bodies, and how we use our senses.

Many wonder how our Autism program fits into our Pre-school. Our answer is PERFECTLY!

Our Autism Program serves our pre-school children who are on the spectrum of Autism, typically called Autism Spectrum Disorder. We prefer to regard our students as having “Exceptionalities!”

Although we are much like a typical pre-school, we do learn differently and have some difficulties making social connections. We practice these skills all day long.

Many ask the following questions about our Autism Classes at Woods Road School…

How is your pre-school is different than other rooms?

Research has shown that children who are symptomatic of ASD, who receive early, intensive, individualized, positive, behavioral interventions often show good progress. This is what drives our passion and guides our instruction in the Autism Classes.

How do we react to the needs of our students?

Our classrooms follow an ABA model. Applied Behavioral Analysis focuses on the analysis and reaction to Behavioral. Proactive, positive reinforcement is one principle of ABA. Research shows us that if a positive behavior is reinforced it is more likely to be repeated. This also holds true for any negative behaviors. (A discussion for another day!)

What is ABA?

ABA is the study of a child’s behavior and systematically applying interventions based on learning theories to improve socially significant behaviors. While we execute each intervention, we are keeping precise data to prove that the intervention is the reason for the improved behavior. If the data shows that our intervention is not working, the intervention is changed immediately. We have no time to spare! Interventions that we systematically use in class are Discrete Trials, Teacher and Student Directed FloorTime, and Natural Environment Teaching.

What is a Discrete Trial?

A discrete trial is a method of explicitly and specifically teaching an Individual Education Plan Objective. This can be an objective as basic and necessary as teaching eye contact but can be, for example, sight words or addition.

How Can We Support Our Friends With Autism?

  1. Say Hi to us! We need as much practice in social situations that we can get.

  2. Use simple language with us...we are learning how to process language.

  3. The environment is important: Some people with Autism are sensitive to noise/loud sounds, light, movement smells or texture. If you see us upset at an emergency drill, you might guess why.

  4. MOST IMPORTANTLY! Ask questions! Stop us in the hallway or email any of the Autism Teachers with questions that come up...Autism Awareness can happen all year long!

  5. REMEMBER: We are all exceptional learners!

Until next time...Love, Miss Jeanine, Miss Cynthia, Miss Tara


Ms. Laurie, Ms. MaryBeth, Ms. Val

Environmental print is the print that is found in the world around us and is usually the first print a young child recognizes. The print they see in their everyday lives holds great meaning for them, such as:

  • Labels on food boxes, cans, and bags
  • Signs for familiar restaurants or stores
  • Traffic signs
  • Logos for favorite toys

Recognizing environmental print is one of the beginning stages of literacy development.

Cut out some environmental print with your child and have fun doing the following with them!

  • Make a book
  • Make a bingo board
  • Create signs for your child’s block structures
  • Add environmental print to your child’s train set or set of cars
  • Sort the pictures by category (Food, stores, toys, signs, etc.)
  • Make simple puzzles from cereal box fronts


The school year is in "full swing" in the music classroom this year! Our pre-school students have already begun experimenting with their singing voices and showing off their best dance moves! Our kindergarten students are learning how to speak rhythms and categorize instruments while our first graders are expanding their music vocabulary and creating tone poems!

Meanwhile, our second graders are starting to identify their "Do, Re, Mi's" and the third graders have already begun preparing for their concert! Last but not least, our talented fourth-grade students are eager to receive their recorders, and have been preparing by learning about the music staff! Fourth-grade students received their recorders on October 4th, however, recorders will not come home for another few weeks.

I look forward to an amazing year as I get to explore and share the joy of music with our students!

All the best!

Mr. Steege