The Buck Bulletin

October 2018

Chatsworth Elementary School

The Woodland Township School District values the uniqueness of individual students and provides a high quality education in our highly supportive community.

Important Dates to Remember:

  • September 19 - Regular BOE meeting 7pm (canceled)
  • September 26 - Regular BOE meeting 7pm
  • October 5 - Early Dismissal
  • October 8 - School Closed
  • October 9 - PTO meeting 6:30pm (7th grade classroom)
  • October 10 - Regular BOE meeting 7pm
  • October 16 - American Red Cross Blood Drive 2-7pm
  • October 23 - Picture Day

Chatsworth School Basic Skills - Program Overview & FAQ’s

What is Basic Skills Instruction?

  • School-wide supplemental instruction program

  • Provides students with reinforcement in the areas of language arts, reading, and/or math

  • It is not associated with special education

  • Often a short-term intervention

  • Students do not miss any direct instruction in their regular classrooms

How are students selected for participation?

  • State and standardized assessment scores are below the minimum levels of proficiency

  • Teacher recommendation

  • Child Study Team recommendation

  • Parent request

  • Student was enrolled in a program in another school district

What is the format of the program?

  • Individual/Small Group Instruction of the renowned Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention Systems & Wilson Language Basics Fundations Kits

  • Meet regularly according to student needs

  • Ongoing communication between homeroom teacher and BSI teacher

How are parents kept informed?

  • BSI progress reports sent each marking period

  • Scheduled conferences at Parent/Teacher Conferences

  • Open communication via letters, emails, or telephone/in-person meetings as needed

  • Chatsworth School Basic Skills website page

If you have any further questions, please contact Ms. Eddy (NJTSS District Literacy Coach & Basic Skills Teacher).

Phone: (609) 726-1230 Ext. 218


American Red Cross Blood Drive

Tuesday, Oct. 16th, 2-7pm

Chatsworth Elementary School, 2 John Bowker Jr. Blvd., Chatsworth, NJ, USA

Please consider signing up to donate blood on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 here at Chatsworth Elementary, 2 - 7 pm.

Seasonal Illnesses

Please take a minute to review below the school's procedures when dealing with student illnesses. Thank you for your cooperation throughout the school year!

As per the student handbook:

The school makes every effort to provide a safe school environment. If a child is hurt in an accident, some first aid may be administered and the child’s parents notified. The school interprets first aid as being the immediate temporary care given to an injured person before professional help arrives.

If a child is ill, or shows signs of such at school, the parents will be contacted by the school and may be asked to come for the child. For this reason, it is important that the school office has parents’ up-to-date home/work/cell telephone numbers or the numbers of persons to contact in case of emergency.

If a child is ill, please keep him/her home. Some symptoms of illness are: fever, headache, sore throat, excessive coughing and sneezing, yellowish/greenish nasal discharge, vomiting, diarrhea, or any other sign indicative of illness that can be transmitted to others.

Students should remain at home until they are fever free for at least twenty-four (24) hours and their symptoms subside. If a physician prescribes an antibiotic for a child, the child may return to school after he/she has taken the medicine for twenty-four (24) hours and is medically cleared to return to school. Please remember to notify the school if a child is going to be absent.

Burlington County Mobile Library

The Burlington County Mobile Library will visit our school on the first Friday of each month from Oct -June for students at Chatsworth Elementary School.

Please mark these dates in your calendar…

  • Oct 5
  • Nov 2
  • Dec 7
  • Jan 4
  • Feb 1
  • March 1
  • April 5
  • May 3
  • June 7

**The mobile library will be adding a Woodland Township community stop to one of the routes for a different time and day. We will provide the location, days and times when it is available**

Mobile Library will arrive at 9 AM and will stay until 2 PM

Art Fun at Chatsworth Elementary

In art we are doing a school-wide interactive mural inspired by Kelsey Montague. Each student in Chatsworth will create a wing to add to our mural in the hallway. Here are pictures Kelsey's mural and a project from another school that give you an idea of what to expect in the next couple of weeks as the students finish their artwork. Get ready to do some serious posing :)

Community Event - Fear in the Forest

Friday, Oct. 19th, 7pm to Saturday, Oct. 20th, 10pm

182 City Line Road, Pemberton, NJ 08068


$10 16 & up

$5 ages 5-15

Free - ages 4 and under

Friday & Saturday October 19 & 20

Opens at dark - gates closed at 10pm


Sudden Cardiac Arrest Screening Program for Ages 12-19

Saturday, Oct. 20th, 9am-2pm

200 Trenton Road, Browns Mills, NJ 08018

The children in our community NEED YOUR HELP!

On Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Deborah Heart and Lung Center is hosting a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) screening for children between the ages of 12 and 19 years old. We need your assistance in spreading the word and helping us get up to 300 children registered.

SCA is the #1 health-related cause of death -- among all age groups -- in the United States. It is a result of an undetected and undiagnosed heart abnormality and tends to happen before the age of 20, often striking healthy young teenagers with no warning or symptoms. In the United States, approximately 424,000 people experience SCA every year and 9 out of 10 of them die. More people die each year from sudden cardiac arrest than from Alzheimer’s disease, firearms, breast cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer, car accidents, diabetes, HIV, house fires, prostate cancer, suicides, flu, pneumonia, and strokes COMBINED!

The screening is quick and includes: blood pressure, heart auscultation (listening for a heart murmur), electrocardiogram (ECG) and, if needed, an echocardiogram (sonic heart imaging). Confidential results will be delivered to each parent -- before you and your child leave -- after review by one of Deborah’s board certified Cardiologists. All screenings are scheduled by appointment only and you must register online at or

SCA does not discriminate -- whether an athlete, in the marching band, or a member of the chess club, your children could be at risk of experiencing a SCA. Unfortunately, Pediatricians do not perform routine cardiac screenings on students during basic annual or sports physicals. So, as part of the Children of the World® program and the Children’s Heart Center at Deborah, we are proud to offer this incredible program to your children, at no cost to you. Since 2015, Deborah has screened nearly 1,000 students and found approximately 5% needed additional testing by a Pediatric Cardiologist.

Please distribute the enclosed flyer to every student, coach and teacher at your school. We’d also appreciate if you could e-mail it to all your parents, the PTA and send event info via text blasts. This is truly a life-saving event, and we at Deborah are proud to be able to offer it to the community. Do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Yours in health,

Christy Hemmes, LPN

Christy Hemmes, LPN Deborah Heart and Lung Center Community Outreach Coordinator 609-893-3372 ext. 8010

PARCC Testing & Student Reports

Student testing reports will be coming home with children in grades 3-8 who took the PARCC assessment last Spring in the next few days. Below is the NJ Department of Education's website with various resources to provide you with more information about the PARCC assessment.