Woods Road School Paw Pride

April - 2018, Volume 5, Issue 8

Special Points of Interest

  • April 06, 2018:
    - SCHOOL IN SESSION for HALF DAY (Make-Up for Snow Day on March 21, 2018)
  • April 10, 2018:
    - Character Ed Assembly (9:00am - 10:00am)
    - Kindergarten Registration: M-Z (9:00am - 12:00pm)
    - Talent Show Dress Rehearsal (3:30pm - 7:00pm)
  • April 11, 2018:
    - Milan Rose Spring Photos
    - First Grade Registration/Assessments (9:00am - 2:30pm)
  • April 12, 2018: First Grade Registration/Assessments (9:00am - 2:30pm)
  • April 13, 2018:
    - Marking Period 3 Ends
    - Bubbles for Autism Day - Wear Blue for Autism Awareness
    - Mother*/Son Event @ Zoned Sports Academy (7:00pm - 9:00pm)
  • April 16, 2018:
    - No PreSchool Monday
    - Marking Period 4 Begins
    - PARCC Testing (Grades 3 & 4)
  • April 17, 2018: PARCC Testing (Grades 3 & 4)
  • April 18, 2018: PARCC Testing (Grades 3 & 4)
  • April 19, 2018: PARCC Testing (Grades 3 & 4)
  • April 20, 2018:
    - PARCC Testing (Grades 3 & 4)
    - Spirit Day (Wear Spirit Wear or Red & Blue School Colors)
    - Talent Show @ HHS (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
  • April 23, 2018: PARCC Testing (Grades 3 & 4)
  • April 24, 2018: PARCC Testing (Grades 3 & 4)
  • April 25, 2018: PARCC Make-Up (Grades 3 & 4)
  • April 26, 2018:
    - PARCC Make-Up (Grades 3 & 4)
    - Half-Day for Students/Half-Day In-Service for Staff
    - Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day
  • April 27, 2018:
    - PARCC Make-Up (Grades 3 & 4)
    - Spirit Day (Wear Spirit Wear or Red & Blue School Colors)
  • April 30, 2018:
    - No PreSchool Monday
    - PARCC Make-Up (Grades 3 & 4)

Letter from Ms. Jodi L. Howe, Principal

This school year is just speeding by and we are hoping for some warm weather! We have only about eight weeks of instruction left, but that is certainly time for goals to be set, so that continued growth can be seen. Many outside activities will be starting for children and it can become difficult to remain focused on academics. It will be important to continue to monitor homework and attitudes to ensure that students are continuing to show responsibility and readiness to learn.

WRS will be administering the “Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers” (PARCC) assessment April 16 - April 24, 2018. The assessment will consist of four units of Mathematics and three units of Language Arts. All third and fourth-graders will take the assessment at the same time. Related arts classes may be on a modified schedule. Additionally, lunchtimes may also be adjusted. Please be sure your child gets a good night's rest, eats a healthy breakfast and arrives to school on time. PARCC make-up testing will begin on April 25, 2018.

We are in the preliminary stages of developing classroom placements for next year. Every effort is made to balance classrooms to ensure that each child receives the maximum amount of teacher attention and is provided the optimum learning environment. Many factors are considered when balancing classrooms. Balance of boys/girls, balance of student achievement levels, and balance of children with special needs. This is the first and most important priority. For these reasons, we do not accept specfic teacher requests. Parents/Guardians may contact me via a written letter or email, if there are extenuating circumstances to be considered. Please note that pertinent information shared with me in previous years must be resubmitted. Letters or emails must be received by May 15, 2018.

Helpful Hints to Make the Rest of the Year Successful

  • Make school a priority. During the week, homework and school projects should be done first. Other activities should be scheduled after the school obligations are completed. Television, video games, computer time, and the cell phone/ telephone should be planned for a time when the schoolwork is finished.
  • Start the day off right. Get a head start on the day by planning the night before. Decisions on what to wear, upcoming events, carpools and breakfast can be done prior to the morning. This will prevent problems and help the morning move along smoothly.
  • Get organized. All schoolwork and backpack should be organized and ready to go the night before. Books, homework, and notes to the teacher or school should be placed in a selected location in the backpack. This will eliminate confusion the next day. All unnecessary papers should be removed from the backpack.


  • Attending school every day = 100% attendance
  • Attending 4 1/2 days a week = 90% attendance = 4 weeks missed per year.
  • Attending 4 day days a week = 80% attendance = more than half a term missed per year or 2 full years missed over the course of their school.
  • Attending 3 1/2 days each week = 70% attendance = more than a quarter of the school year missed.
  • An average attendance of 80% or less across a child’s school career adds up to missing a whole 2 years from school.
  • Being late for school reduces learning time.
  • If your child is 5 minutes late every day they will miss three days of learning each year.
  • If your child is 15 minutes late every day they will miss 2 weeks of learning each year. MAKE EVERY MINUTE COUNT!

Celebrate Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week and #ThankATeacher with us on Twitter!

Our staff provides so much to our students—inspiration, motivation, and ultimately, their futures. From May 7-11, 2018, we would like to celebrate teachers and deliver our thanks and gratitude to them. Teachers change the lives of millions of children every day, and their work and impact extend far beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Join us during National PTA Teacher Appreciation Week to #ThankATeacher for all that they deliver to our nation’s children.

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, we want to thank each of you for your on-going support of our students, teachers staff, and our mission here at WRS. This year has been and continues to be, a success due to the collective efforts of all in providing opportunities for our students to succeed and grow.

Happy Spring!

Nurse's Corner

by Nancy Carroll

April is National Stress Awareness Month. For information from the Federal Occupational Health Division of Health & Human Services click on the following link: FOH The Basics—from https://healthfinder.gov/healthtopics/category/health-conditions-and-diseases/heart-health/manage-stress. Stress can help protect you in a dangerous situation. But preventing and managing chronic (on-going) stress can help lower your risk for serious health problems like heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and depression.

You can prevent or reduce stress by:

 Planning ahead

 Deciding which tasks need to be done first

 Preparing for stressful events.

Some stress is hard to avoid. You can find ways to manage stress by:

 Noticing when you feel stressed

 Taking time to relax

 Getting active and eating healthy

 Talking to friends and family

Mrs. Guastella's Counselor Connection

Happy April! It’s hard to believe how quickly this year is already passing by! Upon our return from Spring Recess, the 3rd and 4th grade students at Woods Rood will be preparing to take their PARCC Assessment. Although I am fully confident that your children are more than capable and prepared, the task of standardized testing can be a daunting experience for those who may be dealing with issues of anxiety or difficulty with focusing/attention. As a parent, it may be your natural inclination to want to help them feel as calm and prepared as possible. Although you are not able to be present during the test, below are some tips/strategies that can be done at home the night before and the morning of!

The Night Before:

  • Laugh! Doing one fun thing like playing a game, watching a funny show, or playing outside will relax them, lower stress, and lower anxiety.
  • Have them lay out their clothes. Your child won’t have any control over the temperature of their classroom, so have them dressed in layers so they can adjust accordingly and be comfortable throughout their test.
  • Get a good night’s sleep. Encourage them to go to bed a bit earlier than usual so their minds have some time to unwind and sleep.
  • Encourage positive self-talk. If you hear them verbalize thoughts of fear/doubt/negativity, encourage them to rephrase. For example, if they say, “I’ll never do well on this” encourage them to say, “I’ll do my best.”

The Morning Of:

  • Have your child(ren) wake up with ample time to get ready for school in the morning. If they are running late and feel rushed, it will start their day at a high anxiety level. Ensure that they have enough time in the morning to get ready and get to the bus/to school on time so that they don’t feel hurried and worry.
  • Eat a proper breakfast. Their brains are a muscle that needs food and energy too! If they don’t eat a healthy breakfast, they risk feeling foggy, unfocused, and hungry later on.
  • Send a note of encouragement in their snack/lunch bag. A simple post-it with an, “I love you” or “I’m really proud of you” is an easy yet effective confidence boost that lets your child know that they’re doing well and help them with a smile.

I hope everyone had an absolutely wonderful Spring Recess full of relaxation, memories, and quality time together.

Shelf Talk

by Dina Stoff

This month students in Pre-School will be hearing stories and playing games related to the themes of space, the farm, and the zoo. Students in K-2 will continue to hear the Irma Black Award finalists and vote on their favorite book. Third and fourth grade students will continue to hear the Cook Prize finalists and vote on their favorite book.

Follow the library on Instagram @wrslibrary


by Denise Milan, Megan Todd, and Rachel Tomson

Welcome to Kindergarten! We have accomplished so much in the 126+ days we’ve been in school! We just had our Kindergarten Music Show where we celebrated being unique. The children all did a fantastic job in the show! In Science, we started learning about living things and are getting ready for our chick hatching project! We can’t wait! In math, we are working hard to identify the complements of 10 and have made many projects to help us learn the friends of 10. We have worked hard to become authors of our own stories. We have written several narrative stories and have started writing opinion pieces. We continue to become more independent readers by learning new trick words and tapping and spelling CVC words.

We are always learning and growing in Kindergarten!

Autism Awareness

by Cynthia Tichio

April is Autism Awareness Month!

For the month of April, Miss Kathy's, Miss Jeanine's, and Miss Cynthia's preschool classes will feature an interactive display case highlighting our preschool friends affected by Autism. Our littlest Wildcats have created QR codes for you to scan and learn a little about the things they love. You will find out their interests might be just like yours. You can find this located right outside the main office. We look forward to you learning all about us.

This year Hillsborough Township Public Schools is proud to have a district-wide “Blue Day”. On April 11, please wear blue to show your support for friends and family affected by Autism. The Autism Awareness Club from Hillsborough High School will be bringing over puzzle pieces for every classroom to sign. They will be displayed in the Commons at the High School.

On April 13, the preschool Autism classes at Woods Road School will be visiting each classroom to share some goodies from our students. On this same day, the preschool classes will be outside on the playground (weather permitting) dancing, blowing bubbles, and celebrating. We look forward to all classes joining in on the fun with us.

We are asking for everyone to spread the spirit of Autism Awareness. Located on the display case will be a large wreath. Each class has been given puzzle pieces to write positive messages, inspirational thoughts, or to write about themselves. Feel free to contribute by cutting yours out and attaching it to the wreath. Thank you always for your support, not just in April, but everyday!

Literacy Corner: Fostering a family of readers

by Katherine Barrood

My love for reading began before I even knew how to read. My mother read to my brothers and me every night before bed. No matter how hectic the day was, or how tired my mother must have been, she always set aside time to read aloud. Together, we traveled to far away lands and imagined crunchy apples dripping with poison. We giggled at the silliness of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and I envied the independence of Pippi Longstocking while secretly feeling lucky that I had parents to care for me. So many years later, I still feel warm and fuzzy when I bring myself back to those precious moments spent reading with my mother.

I knew I wanted to promote a love of reading for my own children, so I started reading to them before they were even born. Our earliest reading rituals began with pointing to and naming the pictures and eventually, we were able to read a whole book. Each of my children had their favorites. I can remember hiding my daughter’s favorite book because I was tired of reading the same book every night for a month! Remembering how she searched her room high and low until she found it still makes us both laugh. Our nightly ritual has changed many times as my children have grown over the years. What I once thought would be endless opportunities to curl up together with a book have gone way too fast. What has lasted, however, is their love of books and the memories we made while reading them. I still talk to my children about the books they are reading. I’ve even found myself jotting down recommendations from my teenager.

So ask your child, “What are you in the mood to read today?” Dive into a book and let it take you on an adventure. Find some books that are hard to put down. Read books that are humorous, suspenseful, and books that are just for fun. If you take the time to read with your child you will not only foster a love for reading, you will have given them a most precious gift- memories of special time spent together.