February at Woodbrook

Dear Woodbrook Families,


We are happy to get back to some of our regular winter events!


We are excited for our Global Play Day here on February 4, 2022. Children will spend time during the day communicating, creating, and solving problems through play. Games and toys must not be electronic or use any type of battery. Children are encouraged to bring in their own toys and games or invent their own.


Our annual spelling bee for our classroom champions will take place in person at Woodbrook in the gym on Thursday, Feb 10 at 5 p.m. Come and enjoy the competition! Wear your mask & get ready to be amazed at the children's abilities!


February 14th is the 100th day of School AND Valentine's Day. This year, we are encouraging children to MAKE their own cards either at home or in school (ask your teacher about their plans). Please, do NOT purchase gifts, toys or candy to distribute in the classroom, as SWEET as it may be, we would like the children to focus on kind words about one another instead of objects.


Our annual Woodbrook's Got Talent show will take place in person at Woodbrook in the gym on Friday, Feb 18 at 6:15. All are encouraged to come with their pods, support their friends and show their school spirit! There is a $5 per person fee for audience members (ages 4 and up) for this fundraising event. Contestants have already paid this fee. We will practice social distancing during these events and masks will be required of all in the audience and while participants are not actively participating.


Our annual science fair will take place in March. In order to avoid the crowds, the grades will be spread across a few more days in order to allow for more space. Details to follow.


We look forward to seeing you there!

TRIPS

We are thrilled that we have started to book our class trips for the late spring.

We will need vaccinated PTO members to join us for the class trips as many of the venues require ADULTS to be vaccinated.


Dates so far pending approval:


Kindergarten - Tuesday, May 17 Von Thuns Farm

1st Grade - Friday, April 29 Turtle Back Zoo

2nd Grade - Tuesday, May 24 Turtle Back Zoo

3rd Grade - Thursday, May 19 Liberty Science Center

4th Grade - Wednesday, June 8 Bronx Zoo
5th Grade - Thursday, June 2 Historical Philadelphia


Payments for school trips will only be accepted on our school Community Pass - not the township recreation department's community pass.


Many families of students in grades 3, 4 & 5 (or older) should have received their community pass letter and code earlier this year if you ordered 5th grade Camp Bernie shirts or paid for math club.


Please complete the form below if you did NOT login and set up your community pass account earlier this year. Open form HERE if form below does not work.

Clubs and Drop Off

Morning Club Arrival

  • Thank you to almost everyone for parking in the stop & drop lot for morning clubs.
  • No one is permitted to drive around the circle for club drop off.

Morning arrival 8:40 a.m.

  • Pull all the way up to the next available spot in line before letting your child out of the car.
  • Do NOT let your child out by the woods, near the garbage or where there is snow, mud and grass.
  • ONLY let your child out on the PASSENGER side of the car and only on the sidewalk where our Woodbrook staff stands each morning. This is for the safety of the children.
  • NO U turns by the flag pole circle...no parking in the visitor spots by the flag pole circle.

Lateness

  • When students are late to school and no staff members are outside to greet them, ALL parents must park in a legal spot and sign their children into the school.
  • No one may drop off children and drive away.

New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA)

All NJ students in grades 3, 4 & 5 will take the following standardized tests.


Monday, May 9 & Tuesday, May 10 ELA

Wednesday, May 11 & Thursday, May 12 MATH

GRADE 5 ONLY Friday, May 13 SCIENCE


You may use the following items from previous tests with your children:

https://nj.digitalitemlibrary.com/home

February

  • Early Dismissal - Wednesday, Feb 9
  • YES, we will still hold math club at 7 p.m.

School Closed

  • Monday, Feb 21

March

  • Early Dismissal - Wednesday, Mar 2
  • YES, we will still hold math club at 7 p.m.

April

  • Early Dismissal - Wednesday, April 6

School Closed

  • Friday, April 15 - Friday, April 22 (Spring Break)

***SAVE the DATE *** FIELD DAY***

FRIDAY, MAY 20

RAINDATE:

Wednesday, May 25

Congratulations to our Amazing Woodbrook Students!

Rayansh Boddu

on the well-deserved Daily Point of Light Award

for his inspiring service work

and

Arya Bhagia

3rd place bronze medal in

2022 America's Cup International Skating competition

in Florida January 18, 2022

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Recycle your Batteries at Woodbrook!

Please recycle your batteries by sending them to school with your child.

Batteries should be placed in the battery bin

located in front of our library.

recyclemybattery.org

This organization was founded by former student Nihal Tammana here at Woodbrook

and our current students are working hard to keep it going!

FIFTH GRADE NEWS

Yearbook Cover Contest - Due Feb 20, 2022 - See Rules Below

Booster Messages Due Feb 26 Click for the INFORMATION

Fifth Grade Party Thursday, June 9 (pending approval)

Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony Tuesday, June 14, 202210:00 – 11:30am

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Superintendent's Corner

Support for Families

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COVID Protocols

Updates

Thank goodness the numbers have been trending in a positive manner!


SYMPTOMS

  • If your child has symptoms, please have them tested and remain home while awaiting the test results.
  • Keep siblings home if someone is symptomatic in the house until the symptomatic person has a negative test.

COVID POSITIVE

  • Students and staff who have COVID must stay home as follows: day 0 first day of symptoms of if no symptoms, the day you test positive. Quarantine for the NEXT 5 DAYS, return on day

CLOSE CONTACTS

  • If your child is two weeks beyond the 2nd of the vaccine, your child does NOT need to quarantine IF there are no symptoms.

Lessons Learned

The days of just "monitoring" your child for a day or two and then sending them back to school are gone for the time being.


If your child is showing symptoms, a PCR test is in order. Many of our students who tested positive after Thanksgiving were kept home for a day and then sent to school only to be sent to the nurse and turn out to be positive exposing everyone around them.


These are some the signs of COVID as experienced by our students - NOTE, they only had one symptom:

  • headache
  • nausea/stomach ache
  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • congestion


While fully vaccinated students/staff are permitted to attend after being in close contact with a COVID positive individual, considering there are many break through cases, it is always a good idea to get a PCR test on days 3- 5 after exposure to that person.

COVID Reporting

When you report that a child was a close contact to a positive individual/is positive case/or is experiencing symptoms, please include the following information:


Child's first & last name

Child's teacher

Siblings' names & teachers (inform other schools if older)

Date of exposure to close contact and/or date of symptoms and date of PCR test collected (not reported)

Send a screenshot of the PCR report when you receive it


The district has moved away from our individual letters to a dashboard which will be updated each Friday on the district website. You will no longer receive letters from the school.

How can you help?

VACCINES


  • Vaccines are now readily available for all children ages 5 and up.


MASKS
  • Send children in with clean CHILD SIZED masks daily. (Adult masks are not appropriate and do not fit.)

STAY HOME

  • If a household member is sick or awaiting PCR test results, keep all children HOME.
  • Keep sneezing and coughing children home.
  • If you are questioning if your child is possibly ill, STAY HOME
  • As per the district protocol, if a member of your household is symptomatic, all Edison students must stay home until that household member tests negative.
  • These absences will be excused
  • A doctor's note to return to school due to allergies/strep if a child was symptomatic is not sufficient. A negative COVID test must accompany the doctor's note.
  • Do NOT give your children cough medicine and fever reducers and send your child to school. We are trying to keep everyone healthy.

COVID TESTS

  • NO HOME TESTS are acceptable.
  • If you take a rapid test, please also take a PCR test which is much more reliable.
  • You must remain home while awaiting results of your PCR tests

CLASSROOM LINKS

  • Only students who the school requires to stay home are permitted to listen via a classroom link. It is not available for everyone.
  • This is not hybrid. There is no interaction between the students and teacher.
  • The camera will only stay on during whole class instruction.