June at Woodbrook

HAPPY SUMMER!

Dear Woodbrook Families,


June has arrived and the end of the year is suddenly upon us. Before I move onto our own celebrations at Woodbrook, I would like to reflect upon the recent horror in our nation which shook us all.


On the same day we came together for our wonderful concert, we learned of the tragic events which took place in Uvalde, Texas. Our hearts were broken and our minds numbed. How do we explain the inexplicable? How do we address the unthinkable? We decided to only address the topic if a child individually asked, as opposed to exposing all of the children to the very frightening reality. We do not want our children coming to school frightened. Our job is to keep our children safe, physically and emotionally. Sometimes reality is too harsh for children...sometimes it is too harsh for adults. While we did not address it in lessons or announcements, please know that our school and our district have very strict policies regarding safety protocols as you all know when you try to gain entry into our school. We remain vigilant, we run our drills, we analyze our practices and procedures, and we are always ready to pivot when necessary. We are very thankful that our children are safe and our thoughts and prayers go out to the Uvalde families and the community.


It has been a long and strange year. We began the year timidly, seated apart, masks on, trying to balance a somewhat "sterile" environment with a true school feel. As the year progressed, and vaccines became more available, we were all literally able to breathe easier, and school began to resemble the collaborative, child centered place we so missed. We were able to enjoy our favorite traditions with the help of you, our families, our PTO and our staff!


Field day was AMAZING! Thanks to the PTO, ALL of the PARENT volunteers, our CUSTODIAL STAFF and our entire WOODBROOK STAFF and the WONDERFUL WOODBROOK CHILDREN! It was truly a team effort and the children enjoyed a perfect day of fun!


Our annual picnic was a huge success! How lovely to see families PLAYING and RELAXING with their children right here at Woodbrook.


Please see some of the wonderful pictures from Field Day and from our Family Picnic on Twitter @WoodbrookSchool


The children have been thoroughly enjoying their grade level trips! Thanks to all of the parent chaperones for making this happen! Thanks to all of the teachers and Mrs. Burke for putting the trips together! Thanks to our PTO for subsidizing the trips!


A tremendous congratulations to the students in our music department on their fantastic concert! The talented students at Woodbrook never cease to amaze and impress! Ms. Tomasella, Mr. Mulcahy and Ms. Towers deserve all of our praise for putting this concert together! We received some feedback about not being able to see children because we were all on the same flat level. We may return to our previous venue, WWMS, which has bleachers to avoid this next year. Thanks to the brave mother who gave me the feedback! Please enjoy the concert and share the link with your friends and family!


We are in the midst of planning fun events to celebrate the end of the year. Your child's teacher will keep you informed of the activities they have in store for your children. Please scroll down to see some of the school wide events we have planned.


As the year draws to a close, I would like to thank each and every student, parent and staff member for making Woodbrook Elementary School the best school in the world! Take the time to relax, recharge, play, swim, read, write, draw, make videos, and document your adventures! Enjoy every moment with your precious families, we will see you all in September!


Happy Father's Day to all Woodbrook Daddies!

Love,

Mrs. Cirillo

HAPPY SUMMER!!!

END OF YEAR PARTIES, FRIDAY JUNE 10TH

End Of the Year Class Party Reminders:

  • The End Of the Year Class parties are this Friday June 10th 2022.
  • The schedule for class parents is as follows :

AM Kindergarten: Class parents Arrive at 9:45am to set up,

parties run from 10:00-11:15am

PM Kindergarten and Grades 1-4: Class parents Arrive at 1:45pm to set up,

parties run from 2:00-3:15pm.

  • Class Parents please prepare for the class parties.
  • Head Class parents to please email the PTA confirming the names of the Parent volunteers for the class parties.
  • There are NO FOOD AND DRINKS at our class parties - just lots of FUN!

Ice Pop Sale

Look for the Ice Pop Sale Form which will be sent home in your child's folder on Tuesday.

$1 per ice pop due to your child's homeroom teacher by Friday!

Big picture

BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE BOOK FAIR NEXT WEEK!

Preparations for Next Year

Click for Supply Lists and are also on the Woodbrook Announcements Page.


Your new teacher/homeroom will be listed in Parent Portal in late August.


If you have an incoming kindergarten student, please do not wait to register them...

register immediately so you can start school on the first day!

Send in a Towel or A Waterproof/Flannel Backed Tablecloth

Send in an OLD towel (or waterproof/flannel backed tablecloth) to sit on for the following upcoming events:

Wednesday, June 15 PBSIS outdoor celebration

and

Thursday, June 16 Student water balloon toss

Spring Concert

Well done Ms. Tomasella, Ms. Towers, Mr. Mulcahy and all of the Students in the Music Program!

Woodbrook Elementary Spring Concert May 24, 2022

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.


Medical Forms & Permission Slips will be emailed to you as they are prepared.

Directions for Community Pass are on the Woodbrook Announcements Page.


Dates


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 Philadelphia Zoo
5th Grade - Thursday, June 2 Historical Philadelphia

FIFTH GRADE NEWS

Tickets and Instructions for the

Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony

June 14, 2022 10:00 – 11:30am


Fifth Grade Party Thursday, June 9

Yearbooks will be distributed after the Fifth Grade Party!

They are GORGEOUS!!!

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 flag pole. It is dangerous and it is not permitted.

Join the Woodbrook Girls on the Run 5K (walking is fine too!)

Girls on the Run 5K

GOTR 5K


June 12th

20 Grove St. Somerville, NJ for Somerset, Middlesex & Camden Counties participant sites:

Register here: https://runsignup.com/gotr5ksomerville

Click for the District Calendar

June


  • Friday, June 10 - K-4 End of Year Class Parties 2-3:15 p.m. (AM K 10-11:15 a.m.)
  • Wednesday, June 15 PBSUS Celebration ***SEND IN A TOWEL TO SIT ON***
  • Thursday, June 16 Early Dismissal ***SEND IN A TOWEL TO SIT ON***
  • Friday, June 17 Last Day of School Early Dismissal


September Click for 22-23 Calendar


  • Tuesday, Sept 6 - First Day of School!!!
  • School Closed Mon., SEPT. 26 & Tues. SEPT. 27 Rosh Hashanah

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!

Clubs, Drop Off & Dismissal

Dismissal


  • Please do not park in spots around the circle, park in the stop & drop lot or on Robin Road.
  • Please do not leave your engines running. Turn the cars off while waiting.


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.

Dress Code

With the warmer weather upon us, please abide by the following rules:


  1. Wear proper shoes/sneakers/sandals with backs - no flip flops - they are not safe
  2. Wear shirts that fully cover bellies and shoulders - no crop tops, tank tops or "spaghetti" strap tops (unless there is another layer covering shoulders). Wide tank top straps are fine.
  3. Wear clothing that covers undergarments - no underwear should be in sight
  4. Hats are okay when we are OUTSIDE - hats and hoods are not to be worn inside the building
  5. Sunscreen - please apply at home daily to keep our beautiful children's' faces safe
  6. Wear clothing that is not torn (even if it is a style) or transparent/see through

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.

SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!