Woodland School Newsletter

September Edition

Welcome Back!

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Welcome back to the 2015-2016 academic year! We hope you had an awesome and relaxing summer! We are all eager and excited to start a brand new school year.

Introducing Mr. Silvestri

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Mr. Michael Silvestri is the new Principal at Woodland Middle School. Mr. Silvestri earned his Masters in School Leadership at Wilmington University in 2007 and a Bachelor of Science in History and Education from the University of South Carolina in 1998. He taught High School History in South Jersey for 9 years before making the move to School Administration. Mr. Silvestri’s administrative experience includes serving as Assistant Principal at Penns Grove High School (Carneys Point, NJ), Roland Rogers Elementary School (Galloway, NJ) and Galloway Township Middle School (Galloway, NJ). In addition to teaching and School Administration, Mr. Silvestri has pursued his love of sports through coaching both middle school and high school teams, including soccer, baseball, golf and his favorite, basketball (go Tarheels!!).

Growing up in a military family, Mr. Silvestri had the opportunity to live in many different places as a child, from Mississippi to Guam to Staten Island, NY. The experience of moving every 3 years required Mr. Silvestri to attend many new schools. Moving frequently allowed him and his 3 younger siblings to constantly meet new people and become part of new communities. As an adult, he has happily settled into living in South Jersey! Mr. Silvestri and his wife Amy live in Haddon Heights with their 3 boys, ages 8, 6 and 3. They are thrilled to live so close to Woodland School and become part of the Barrington community.

Thank You APT/WPTG

Thank you to APT/WPTG for a wonderful lunch that was provided for our first day! We greatly appreciate it!

Welcoming Woodland Middle School's New Staff!

Woodland School would like to introduce you to and welcome a few new staff members to our school. We are excited for them to join us!

Arrival & Dismissal


This is a friendly reminder all students should report to school after 8:20am. Supervision will be provided after 8:20am on the black top behind Woodland Middle School. The school day will begin at 8:30am.


The school day will end at 3:05pm. All students will be dismissed through the front door of the building.

Early Sign Out:

Please make sure when signing your child out early from the school day proper photo ID is required to ensure the safety of your child.

Late Arrival:

All students are permitted to attend school after morning doctor appointments. Please make sure you have a note present at arrival. If possible please try to schedule appointments as late as possible during the school day.

Computer Class (Headphones)

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

I am recommending that you please provide a set of headphones for your child to use at school, during their computer class. Some classrooms may provide them, however, your child may prefer a different kind that they are more comfortable with.

Kindergarten through eighth grade students visit the computer lab once every week. While in the computer lab, students use headphones for various projects that involve sound. The headphones help students to stay focused on their own work instead of concentrating on the distracting sounds around them.

You may choose to provide a new set of headphones for your child or a used set. Last school year, your child may have chosen to bring his/her own headphones to use in the computer lab. In an effort to help you conserve money and supplies, I recommend that your child bring back that set of headphones to use again this year. If you no longer have that pair, you can purchase a cheaper pair at Target, Walmart, or even the dollar store. Each child can choose to bring ear buds or headphones. They can stay in my classroom in bags that I will provide for them, in their desks or, for grades 5-8, in their lockers if they so choose.

These headphones will be returned to you at the end of the school year permitting they are still in working condition.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Julie Lamon

Woodland Warrior Soccer

The Woodland Girls Soccer Team is looking forward to another fun filled season! All girls grades 5-8 are welcome to join the squad! Practices will start as soon as players are cleared, with the first game scheduled for September 17. Get those physicals in, girls!!!

Interested in Band?

Instrument Demonstration

Are you in 4th grade-8th grade? Are you interested in playing in Band Club, but don’t
know what instrument you want to start playing? Come out to Instrument Demonstration Night! Coles Music Service will be there to answer any questions about the instruments, their fantastic rental program, and much more. All instrument options will be on display. You can hear them, pick them up, hold them, and decide which instrument is right for you!

Date: September 22, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Avon School Library

Band & Choir Club 2015-2016

Any students interested in joining the Woodland Band and Choir Clubs can sign up outside of room 23 from September 8 through September 14. An interest letter will be sent home as well. Both clubs will have a short meeting on Monday, September 14 right after school. There is an activity fee to participate.

Interested in joining the Green Team?

· Do you care about the environment?

· Do you want to better your school?

· Do you want to make new friends?

· Do you like gardening?

· Do you want to be part of a team?

· Do you want to hang out with Ms. Petitt and Mr. H once a week?

· Do you want to make a difference?

· Any 5th-8th grader may join!

First Green Team meeting:

Wednesday September 16th in Ms. Petitt’s room

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Save the date...

September 8th: First day of school for students 12:35pm dismissal

September 21st: BOE Meeting 7:30 (Avon Media Center)

September 22nd: Picture Day

September 24th: Back to School Night 7:00pm