WOODS ROAD SCHOOL PAW PRIDE

June - 2017, Volume 4, Issue 5

SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST


  • June 15, 2017 - Hillsborough Library Summer Reading Visit
  • June 15, 2017 - Pre-School Graduation (Miss Cynthia 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.)
  • June 15, 2017 - End of Year Party (Miss Kate 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
  • June 15, 2017 - End of Year Parties (TP 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
  • June 15, 2017 - End of Year Party (3rd Grade 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)
  • June 15, 2017 - Pre-School Graduation (Miss Val 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
  • June 16, 2017 - Pre-School Graduation/Party (Miss Jeanine 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
  • June 16, 2017 - End of Year Party (K/CAP 12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
  • June 16, 2017 - End of Year Party (4th Grade 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)
  • June 19, 2017 - Integrated PreSchool Orientation for Parents (9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)
  • June 19, 2017 - Half Day for Students
  • June 20, 2017 - Half Day for Students - Last Day of School!
  • June 20, 2017 - Marking Period 4 Ends/Report Cards available in Genesis 3:00 p.m.

LETTER FROM MS. JODI L. HOWE, PRINCIPAL

Dear Woods Road Families:


As the end of the 2016-2017 school year comes to a close, I am reminded of what a wonderful year of learning it has been. Our children have grown in their academic skills, made new friends, and created fond memories that I hope will be with them for a lifetime. The beautiful student performances we had the pleasure of witnessing at our evening music performances had me bursting with pride. Thanks to all of the teachers and staff who worked so hard to make our school come alive with student imagination and creativity each day!


On behalf of the teaching and support staff of Woods Road, I would like to thank you for continuing to support your child’s efforts. The staff has done an excellent job of supporting our students and parents. I am enormously proud of the accomplishments of our students and faculty. Your support is instrumental in our success. Special thanks to our energetic and supportive HSA. Without their dedication and commitment, many activities would not have been possible. Thank you to everyone who has given their time, talents, and treasures to support and improve our school. We could not possibly operate without the support of our parents and volunteers who give with a generous loving heart.


Just a reminder parents that summer can either be a time for academic decline as skills are forgotten, or a time for academic progress as reading and math skills are practiced and even improved with summer academic and enrichment activities. Perhaps consider scheduling summer reading and writing activities into your children's daily or weekly schedules, and fun math activities and practice can also help keep those math facts skills sharp and quick! You can contact your children's teachers before the year ends to get ideas on how to help your children keep their academic skills fresh this summer. Some ideas include summer family trips or even day trips can also be a great way to explore museums, geographical areas, and historic sites. Mrs. Cave, our writing specialist, suggests that children should have a summer journal to not only record their memories of trips and family fun but to have much-needed practice time with writing!


Have a safe and fun-filled summer!


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

DR. ACK-MITCHELL'S COUNSELING UPDATE......

Teaching children how to manage their emotions is important for them to learn. However, it can be quite difficult for children to learn different strategies for dealing with their feelings. Helping them to learn how to manage their feelings requires patience and positive reinforcement. Here are a few strategies that might be helpful to use when teaching children how to be mindful of their emotions.

Remind children to, count to 10 slowly when they are upset or frustrated. Suggest that they: take a timeout to calm down, something that can be accomplished by taking a walk, going to their room, or a place in your home where they feel helps them to relax.


Below are some books that you can read with your child to help them:


My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss, When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang, Feelings by Aliki, When I Feel Angry by Cornelia Maude Spelman, and Theo’s Mood by MaryAnn Cocca-Leffler.


Teaching children the importance of managing their emotions is vitally important. After all, this is a necessary life skill.

NURSE'S CORNER

Nancy Carroll, RN


It is hard to believe that school is almost over. It has been a pleasure working with each of you and your children this school year.


Parents are requested to pick up your child’s medications by 12:00 p.m. on June 20, 2017, the last day of school. State regulations do not allow for medications to be kept in school over the summer months. Accordingly, all medications and medication related supplies which are not claimed by a parent/guardian will be discarded on June 21.


Best way to Keep Your Child Well-Hydrated


  • Keep cool water handy for children. Keep a pitcher of iced water and cups handy where children are playing, so they can help themselves. Lead by example — children really do WATCH what parents do! Equip your children with a water bottle when they head out for their activities.
  • Encourage plenty of "wet foods." Certain foods have a high water content and can provide a great source of hydration during the summer. Oranges, watermelon, celery, lettuce, sherbet, juice pops, asparagus, grapefruit, grapes, cucumbers, are a good start.  Limit sodas and sugary foods. Dilute juices with 1/2 water to help provide more water and less sugar calories. Encourage children to drink a glass of water with their meals and snacks. Especially encourage drinking a glass before embarking on a sports activity and every 15-20 minutes throughout that activity


Summer safety hazards:

As reported by the American Academy of Pediatrics


Bicycles: Injury facts: Kids often crash into obstacles or lose control of their bikes, but the most serious injuries occur when children are struck by cars.

Safety check – Make sure your child wears a helmet every time they ride a bike. It should be snug and level with the forehead. Do not let children ride in the street before the age of 10, and teach riders to look both ways before crossing the driveway or streets.


Skateboards and Scooters: Injury facts – head injuries and wrist fractures are a common occurrence. Kids are most likely to get hurt when they are first learning to ride, ride too fast, or attempt tricks.

Safety check – Safety gear is a must! Helmets, wrist guards, non-slip shoes, elbow pads, and knee pads should be worn, and no child under 5 years should use skateboards or scooters.


Heat exposure: Illness facts - Children can develop heat exhaustion and become seriously dehydrated when in the hot sun for too long. Symptoms include pale skin, dizziness, headache, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting. Kids under four years old are especially at risk in high temperatures.

Safety check – Keep children indoors during heat waves. Make sure they have plenty of fluids even if kids say they are not thirsty. NEVER leave a child in a car, which can heat up quickly.


Playgrounds: Injury facts – children who fall off climbing equipment, slides, and swings usually injure their face, head, or arms.

Safety check - preschool-age children shouldn’t be more than four feet off the ground. Make sure surfaces are cushioned, equipment maintained, and no exposed bolts or open “s” hooks.


I hope you all have a safe, happy, healthy and restful summer.

Shelf Talk

by Dina Stoff


Summer is almost here and it is important to keep reading all summer long! Studies show that if students don’t keep reading over the summer, their reading growth will stall or decline. There are some great summer reading programs available. The first being at the Hillsborough Library, the Hillsborough librarian visited our school on June 15 to tell our students all about the program. Check out their website for more information. Barnes and Noble also has a summer reading program where students can earn free books, what is better than that? Maybe some cash? TD Bank will give your child $10 for reading 10 books! Scholastic has a summer reading program where students can log their reading time and enter to win prizes. I hope that everyone has a wonderful summer and keeps reading! Follow the library on Instagram @wrslibrary

Transitional Primary

T.P. students have been spending time this spring learning a lot about the world around us, specifically bees, sharks, whales and our oceans. We composed a class book that we shared with our families all about the important jobs that bees need to do so that we can have food in our world! T.P. students have been reading a lot about sharks and whales! We LOVE non-fiction books! Have a safe and happy summer!


by Annie McCloskey

ESL

Hola, नमस्ते, ciao, 你好, مرحبا, cześć! That is hello, in some of the languages spoken by our ESL students. Which include: Spanish, Hindi, Italian, Mandarin, Arabic, and Polish just to name a few! A special Ramadan Mubarak to all of our students celebrating Ramadan this month. In ESL this spring we have been learning about plants, the food groups, and insects. The students had a chance to read about food from each other’s countries. Some of the foods I had never even heard of. Which truly made it a learning experience for all of us. One student even shared that grasshoppers are eaten in her country. Now you might be thinking “Ew!”, but you never know, unless you try it. Thanks for a great year and Έχετε ένα υπέροχο καλοκαίρι! - Which in my language of Greek translates to: Have a great summer!


by Cassandra Shannon

Online Resources

Apps for Mobile Devices

Bla Bla Box

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bla-bla-box-for-smart-letters/id1065546826?mt=8 -

An easy to use early learning app that helps children combine letters together to learn sounds, syllables, and words. This app is perfect for early readers!


Ready Jet Go! Space Explorer

http://pbskids.org/apps/ready-jet-go-space-explorer.html -

A free app from PBS Kids that will get kids interested in the stars, constellations, and other aspects of the nighttime sky. With four modes of play, there’s something for everyone, but the most exciting part is the app’s capability to “see” what is in the sky above the user and allow users to learn about objects in the sky that they can really see right now.


Veggie Bottoms Kitchen

http://veggiebottoms.com/ - Head into the kitchen and get cooking with the Chef Monty in Veggie Bottoms Kitchen. Discover lots of healthy recipes too.


Mathematics

Figure This

http://figurethis.nctm.org

According to the homepage for this site, Figure This focuses on "helping families enjoy mathematics outside school through a series of fun and engaging high-quality challenges."


Illuminations

http://illuminations.nctm.org/

Illuminations is a partnership between the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the MarcoPolo Education Foundation. There are activities for students in Pre-School to Grade 12.


General

Dinosaurs

http://www.kids-dinosaurs.com/

Have you got kids that love dinosaurs of all descriptions? Kids-dinosaurs.com is here to help!


USA Geography Games

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm