The Buck Bulletin

December 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:

  • December 12 - Regular BOE Meeting 7pm
  • December 17 End of 2nd Interim
  • December 20 - K-8 Winter Concert 7pm
  • December 21 - Early Dismissal
  • December 28 - January 1 School Closed
  • January 18 - Early Dismissal
  • January 21 - School Closed
  • January 2 - BOE Reorganization Meeting 7pm
  • January 23 - Excelerate Family STEM Night 6:30-8:00pm
  • January 28 - End of 2nd Marking Period
  • January 29 - Art Show

“Support Our Students” Advocacy Group

  1. Statewide coalition of currently 62 districts being negatively impacted by the reduction of state aid

  2. Working together to bring the message and concerns to state legislatures about the severe and negative impact the state aid reduction will have on students, educational programming and the taxpayers in their districts.

  3. As a coalition we are looking to “fill the room” and work together to leverage the legislators

    1. Two recent bills have been put forth in to education committees that will assist some of the districts:

      1. A4692 and S3219 would eliminate the census-based funding of special education aid in the school funding law and move to a per pupil calculation.

      2. A4691 and S3220 would enable tax levy growth limitation adjustment for school districts experiencing reduction in State Aid.

  4. Looking to commit at least 10 people from our district (parents and staff) to contact legislators in support of these bills - please contact Misty Weiss if you are interested.

Spring Track 2019 Important Information

November 2018

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

Track Season is quickly approaching. The start date will be March 18th (weather pending). Any student interested in participating must have a physical completed by the doctor and then approved by the school doctor to be able to participate. Form are available on the school’s website under the “Sports and Clubs” tab.

Please feel free to contact the nurse with any questions in regards to these forms.

**Required paperwork to be submitted in order to participate:

1- History Form, Physical Exam/Clearance packet

2- Health History Update form

3- Sudden Cardiac Death Pamphlet Sign Off sheet

4- Sports Related Concussion and Head Injury Fact Sheet

5- Track Rules and Regulations form and permission slip

6- Opioid Drugs Sign Off Sheet

**All paperwork may be submitted as early as February 1, 2019 but will only be accepted until Monday, February 22, 2019. No paperwork will be accepted after this date for participation in Spring Track 2019.

This year the Track Program is open to all students grades 5th through 8th and who have maintained all academic requirements for their classes. Practice will take place Monday through Thursday until 4:15 p.m. Please be sure to pick your child up promptly after practice.

You do not need to be a great runner to come out for the team. We all practice together, but when we compete in meets against other schools, you are divided into boys and girls for each event. Fifth and sixth graders run together and seventh and eighth graders run together. Track events include 100m, 200m, 800m, 1600 (one mile) run, relay, long jump, and shot put.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at school. Attached is a schedule for the season. Please note, the schedule is subject to change. Please sign up for my Track Remind for updates as needed. Thank you and I look forward to a great season!


Tracy Derkas

Fourth Grade Teacher/Track Coach

6th Grade Financial Literacy

As a part of the Enrichment program, the 6th graders studied Financial Literacy for the first third of the year. One of the activities was the Grocery Store Budget Activity, where students worked in groups to plan 3 meals a day for a family of four for 7 days, using calculators and grocery store flyers from local stores that week. Students had to both stay under their budget of $25/day, and make sure that the meals were balanced in a healthy manner. They had to consider portion sizes, unit costs, and how to effectively feed their family, while also not repeating any meals within the 7-day period. It was harder than they had anticipated, but the 6th graders rose to the challenge, coming up with some surprising meal combinations, and learning a necessary skill in the process.

October & November Students of the Month

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Intervention & Referral Services (I&RS) Explained


Within our district, I&RS is comprised of a multidisciplinary team (CST team member, general education teacher, regular education teacher and referring teacher) that establishes and implements in the school in which general education students are served, a coordinated system for planning and delivering intervention and referral services designed to assist students who are experiencing learning, behavior, or health difficulties, and to assist staff who have difficulties in addressing students’ learning, behavior, or health needs in accordance with the requirements of N.J.A.C. 6A:16-8.1 and 6A:16-8.2.

Student referral:

A student not known to have a disability who is experiencing learning, behavior, or health difficulties shall be referred to the I&RS Team. This referral may be made by any school staff member or by the student’s parent. The student’s parent shall be informed of any such referral.

Intervention and Referral Services Action Plans:

The I&RS Team shall develop and implement a written action plan for referred students that provide for appropriate school or community interventions or referrals to school and community resources, based on collected data and desired outcomes for the identified learning, behavior, or health difficulties.

If you have any additional questions regarding the I&RS process please reach out to Erin Eddy at or Tara Corsner at at any time.

2018-19 School Year Calendar

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