January at Woodbrook

Dear Woodbrook Families,

Happy New Year! May the year bring us all health, happiness, prosperity and peace!

We hope that you and your families had a wonderful break. We know we made over 400 children happy in December through the 400+ toys donated during our Student Council sponsored Toys for Tots drive in December!

Thanks to the super creative Class Parents for their fun and exciting parties and to our PTO Volunteers who made it possible for our children to shop for some holiday gifts for their families at the holiday boutique.

Oh what fun it was to play and sing and work together on Gingerbread Houses, Door Decorating contests, and STEM challenges before the holidays! Please enjoy the pictures of the fun below!

We are excited to start the new year with our traditional fun and engaging events!

Our science/invention fair is now open for registration! Please register HERE. The public presentations at night are OPTIONAL. Classroom presentations are mandatory for anyone who chooses to participate.

A new poster contest has begun to encourage inclusion. Please see the link HERE for that All In Poster Contest information which was emailed to all families.

The Edison Township Recreation Department will have a contest in observance of the upcoming birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who changed the conscience of his generation, through non-violent protests and speeches and African-American History Month. This year’s theme is “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly”, from Dr. King’s 1965 commencement address at Oberlin College, Ohio. We are asking the Edison school students to reflect on these words and how they relate to themselves or others in their families, schools, neighbors or the world, through original artwork, poetry, or a short essay (100 words max). See details below. DUE MONDAY JANUARY 9, 2023.

We are excited to host our Local Scripps Spelling Bee at Woodbrook on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. in the gym. All are invited to watch the Woodbrook class bee winners in this competition which always impresses us!

It has been THREE LONG YEARS since we have been able to showcase almost all Woodbrook students at our annual Cultural Expo. Join us for an evening of songs from around the world and presentations of regions around the world at our Cultural Expo featuring your children! The children will sing under the direction of our own Ms. Tomasella and show off their research of the many regions and sights from around the world. Come to the cafe and gym on Thursday, January 26, 2023. K, 1 and 2 will begin at 5:30. Grades 3, 4 & 5 (and choir) will begin at 7:15pm. Children should dress up for the fun!!

Come cheer on your friends and neighbors at the Woodbrook's Got Talent Show in the gym on Friday, February 10, 2023 at 6:15 p.m. in the Woodbrook gym. ($5 per person entry fee for this PTO fundraiser).

Please scroll down through the rest of the newsletter for details and even more information!

Please like us on https://www.facebook.com/woodbrookelementarypto.


Mrs. Cirillo

Thursday, Jan 26 International Expo

5:30 for Grades K, 1 & 2 and 7:15 for Grades 3, 4 & 5


Contest deadline is Monday, January 9, 2023. All entries must be submitted to the Minnie B. Veal Community Center, 1070 Grove Avenue or the Edison Recreation Department, 100 Municipal Boulevard, Edison.

For further information, please contact the Edison Recreation Department daily

from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at 732-248-7310.

Please attach the completed application to the reverse side of the poster, essay or poem.


ALL IN Inclusive Schools Poster Contest

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PBSIS Beaver Bucks Redemption

Get More Bang for your Beaver Bucks!

Save your Beaver Bucks from this year and

redeem them on line for prizes of your choice!

Then, send them in for your prize and we will

add those same Beaver Bucks to the weekly and end of year raffles!

Click below to redeem your Beaver Bucks for Prizes!


Beaver Buck Prize Order Form

Send the Beaver Bucks you are redeeming to the office in an envelope labeled with your name, your teacher's and BEAVER BUCKS on the envelope.
Please choose your prize by completing the form below.
Be sure to hit SUBMIT!

See your choices of prizes HERE.

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Click for the District Calendar

  • Happy New Year!

  • Jan 2, 2023 School Reopens

  • January 11, 2023 1:30 Dismissal

  • January 12, 2023 5:00pm Scripps Spelling Bee in Gym

  • January 16, 2023 School Closed

  • January 26, 2023 5:30 pm Cultural Expo in Gym

  • February 1, 2023 1:30 Dismissal

  • February 10, 2023 Talent Show in Gym 6:15 pm (performers report at 5:30)

  • February 20, 2023 School Closed

  • March 1, 2023 1:30 Dismissal

  • March 136:00 – 7:00pm Science Fair K, 3 & 4 in gym optional public presentation

  • March 146:00 – 7:00pm Science Fair 1, 2 & 5 in gym optional public presentation

  • March 23, 2023 1:30 Dismissal Parent Teacher Conferences

  • March 24 7:00pm Drama Club Show Beauty & the Beast in gym

  • March 28, 2023 1:30 Dismissal Parent Teacher Conferences

  • March 30, 2023 1:30 Dismissal Parent Teacher Conferences

Community Pass Instructions

If you are NEW to the EDISON SCHOOL DISTRICT Community Pass (not the Township Pass)

Payments for Math Club, Pumpkin Decorating Contest, Student Trips and Camp Bernie Shirts must be made on the Edison School District Community Pass.

Once you login/create an account, you must hit the Orange REGISTER button on your Community Pass home screen.

Click on the District Fees Link to locate Woodbrook catalog and find your grade.


1. Parents are using the Edison Rec Township/Latchkey Community Pass - please do not, just use the school Community Pass. Click to go to the correct Community Pass.

2. Only use the login credentials sent to you from me, Christine Burke, or the official SCHOOL DISTRICT Community Pass.

3. Check all parent email addresses for that letter - many people are not checking their email.

If you did NOT receive your Community Pass information, complete the form HERE

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Please read and refer to this handbook for Woodbrook's Policies and Procedures.



Send Umbrellas & Wear Boots when Rain is Expected

On rainy days students are still expected to walk down the sidewalk into the building. Please do not try to change the procedure and drop children off closest to the building because it is raining. Instead, pull up in the stop & drop lot and ensure your child is wearing rain boots and using a child size umbrella.

What to Do When Your Child is Absent

Please always ensure that you follow the TWO STEP procedure when your child is absent.

1. Call the school to report your child's absence.

2. Send a note with the REASON/doctor's note for your child's absence when your child RETURNS.

No Idling & No U Turns

Please be reminded that there is no idling when you are parked in the stop & drop lot to pick up students at 3:30 p.m. The neighbors have been complaining and have called the police to enforce the law.

In addition, be sure you are not making a U-turn by the stop & drop lot or by the flagpole. It is dangerous and it is not permitted.


The Edison Township Recreation Department office located at

100 Municipal Blvd., Edison, NJ 08817, 2nd Floor

Open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Online Registration For All ABC Latchkey Community Pass

NOTE: This is NOT the same Community Pass as the Edison Schools.

Please do not confuse the two.

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.


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

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

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Snacks and Ice Cream for Sale in Cafe

If you would like your child to purchase snacks, ice cream or extra lunch,

please go to myschoolbucks.com

open up an account (you need your child's id number)

and let your child know that we will only sell them one snack/treat per day.

See prices on flyers below.

Snacks/extra lunch (ex. 2nd slice of pizza) are not included in free/reduced lunch.

Payment is required for these items.