Woodland Park School District News

Dec. 18, 2020

Welcome to the Woodland Park School District e-Newsletter which is sent out weekly when school is in session. It serves as a glimpse of some of the wonderful things going on in our schools, as well as a point of reference for upcoming events.


Your Partner in Education,
Michele R. Pillari, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools


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For the first time in 20 years, the Borough of Woodland Park did not hold its annual toy drive due to COVID-19. However, the community did figure out a way to come together for the greater good! Nearly $3,500 in gift cards were collected through the joint effort of the Borough and the School District to help over 30 local families in need this holiday season. Special thanks is extended to: Passaic Valley UNICO, who donated $1,600 in gift cards; local young philanthropist, Jayden Perez and his non-profit From The Bottom of My Heart which donated over $300; and all our families who supported the collection.


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It is wonderful to see so many photos of our students, staff, pets, and families enjoying the first snowfall of the season! We truly hope everyone had a fun-filled day!


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Students in Ms. Miranda's third grade class at Beatrice Gilmore School have been enjoying the holiday school spirit days this week. Here are a few shots from Candy Cane Day.


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Students in Ms. Tonti's first grade class at Charles Olbon School learned about each other's holiday celebrations and family traditions.


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During their study on clothes, students in Ms. Khalil's PreK 3 class at School 1 participated in making a craft where they chose and decorated their clothes for the day.


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Join the Alfred Baumann Library for the 12 Days of Merry! Each day, the Library posts a new video on their YouTube Channel at 10 a.m. featuring guest readers from all throughout town. Featured readers so far have included: Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Pillari; Director of Early Childhood Education, Dr. Irizzary; Beatrice Gilmore School Principal, Mrs. Tomback; and Memorial School Principal, Mr. Scholtz. The channel can be found here.


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Coming up at the Alfred Baumann Library:

The Alfred Baumann Library will host the following children's programs. All programs are VIRTUAL unless noted. To view virtual programs, click here.


Friday, Dec. 18, 2 p.m. - Virtual storytime

Monday, Dec. 21, 2 p.m. - Virtual storytime

Tuesday, Dec. 22, 6:30 p.m. - Digital Breakout - Frosty, Jack Frost, and the Elf on the Shelf are planning a winter wonderland party. But they have a lot of organizing to do. Can you help this trio get organized and escape in time to join their party? Join in via Zoom for a virtual breakout. Registration is required. Program open to grades 4-8 . Zoom link will be emailed to participants five minutes prior to program beginning. Register here.

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2 p.m. - Virtual storytime

Thursday, Dec. 24 - Library will be closed

Friday, Dec. 25 - Library will be closed

Monday, Dec. 28, 7 p.m. - Join Brianne as the virtual adult book club discusses its December's selection, "Writers & Lovers" by Lily King. Discussion will take place via Zoom. Register here, and log-in details will be emailed to you. The eBook and audiobook version of this title are available via hoopladigital.com.

Thursday, Dec. 31, 11 a.m. - Countdown to Noon! Join in on Zoom for a special New Year's Eve program. Make your own noise maker and hat, then countdown to noon. All supplies will be available to pick up at the Library. A Zoom meeting link will be provided after registering here.

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