WRS Paw Pride Newsletter

June 2019 - Volume 6 - Issue 9

Point of Interest

June 07, 2019:

  • 4th Grade Day
  • Sunglasses Day – Wear Your Favorite Shades!

June 10, 2019:

  • No Pre-School
  • ARIS Instrumental Music Trial for 4th Grade (8:30am - 10:30am)
  • Pre-School Orientation – Library (1:00pm – 2:00pm)

June 11, 2019:

  • Miss Laurie AM Graduation – Green Playground (10:00am)
  • Miss Laurie PM Graduation – APR (1:30pm)

June 12, 2019:

  • Miss MaryBeth AM Graduation – Room 103 (9:45am)
  • Miss MaryBeth PM Graduation – APR (1:30pm)
  • Miss Cynthia Graduation – Room 102 (10:00am)

June 13, 2019: End of Year Assembly – APR (8:50am)

June 14, 2019:

  • Flag Day Assembly – Wear Red, White, & Blue (8:40am)
  • Mrs. Barrios/Miss Escobar AM/Mrs. Milan EOY Party – Field/Red Playground (10:00am)
  • Miss Jeanine Graduation – Room 109 (1:30pm)
  • Miss Escobar PM EOY Party – Field/Red Playground (1:45pm)

June 16, 2019: Happy Father’s Day!

June 17, 2019:

  • 1st Grade EOY Parties – Red Playground (10:00am)
  • 2nd Grade EOY Parties – Green Playground (1:45pm)
  • Miss Tara EOY Party – Room 108 (1:30pm)
  • Mrs. Alvarez EOY Party – Room 110 (1:30pm)

June 18, 2019:

  • Last Day of School for Half-Day Pre-School Students
  • 3rd Grade EOY Parties – Green Playground (1:45pm)

June 19, 2019:

  • Half-Day for Students
  • 4th Grade EOY Parties – Green Playground (10:15am)

June 20, 2019:

  • Half-Day for Students
  • 4th Grade Clap-Out – APR (11:30am)
  • Marking Period 4 Ends
  • Report Cards released in Genesis Parent Portal
  • Last Day of School!


Have a great summer!

Letter from Ms. Jodi L. Howe, Principal

Wow! Ten months have gone by very, very quickly. As we look at the calendar, we find it hard to believe that the end of the school year is only days away. As the year comes to a close, we are so proud of the many accomplishments of our students and staff. Our students have learned, laughed and made many memories during the past year. Finally, I would like to thank our Woods Road parents who have helped their children in the learning process: the partnership between home and school is important and thanks to the parents for supporting their child's learning. Thanks to all who have contributed in ways, small, large, and unimaginable! Copying for Friday Folders, filling those folders, working the the library, chaperoning on field trips, helping with school pictures, providing food and/or organizing lunches for teachers, organizing HSA events, working on these events....supporting or working countless ways and providing the resources to do what we dream and know is good for children. Thanks for getting your children to school on time each day, for kind notes of encouragement that mean so much, for sending your children with healthy lunches obviously packed with love, for making sure homework gets done...and turned in. Thank you for providing rich and engaging, well-rounded experience for your children and knowing that education is about joy, wonder, and fostering curiosity along with the development of social skills so needed to succeed. For these and a million other things, we are truly grateful! May your summer be filled with play, exploration and time outdoors. This is a great way to learn and we live in an amazing place for it, don't we?


End of Year Medication Pick Up

Please pick up all of your student's unused medication by 12:00 p.m. on the last day of school, June 20, 2019. If unused medication is not picked up prior to the last day of the current school year, it will be disposed of by the school nurse. Should you have any questions, please contact our school nurse. Thank you for your cooperation.

Mrs. Guastella's Counselor Connection

Happy June, everyone! As we approach the end of the year, we are all excited to embark on the exciting times and memories that Summer brings all of us. Summer is a time to spend much needed quality time with our loved ones and enjoy the beautiful weather. Before we depart for the Summer, I'd love to bestow a few ideas that families could attempt to do together that promote togetherness and memories, whether you are someone who may or may not have to work through the Summer months.


  • Start a Summer Journal. Your family can create a journal that everyone takes turns contributing in whether it be through writing, drawing, attaching pictures in. This can act as an interactive Summer of 2019 Memory Book to fondly look back on and keep track of all of your favorite memories together.
  • Getting active! Even if you're short on time, making time to fit in a walk, hike, or swim together is a great way to stay active and bond together. This is a great way to fit in quality time for those who are still on a more restrictive schedule.
  • Cook together. Coming up with recipes and ideas where the kids can help in the kitchen is a great way to bond together and is also an invaluable life skill for the kids to work on and have fun with.
  • Have a Summer project. Look for a project in or around your house that everyone can contribute to, such as planting a garden or painting something that needs sprucing up!
  • Limit screen time. Don't hesitate to refer back to old school board games that the family can enjoy all together.


I hope everyone has an enjoyable, restful, and relaxing Summer. I can't wait to see what 2019-2020 has in store for us! Thank you for all that you do each and everyday for your little ones!

Nurse's Corner

by Kim Paulhus & Traci Kinst


Medication Pick Up: Please pick up your child’s medication by 12:00pm on the last day of school, June 20, 2019. It is mandated that any medication that is not picked up by the last day of school must be discarded. Please contact the school nurse with any questions or concerns.

Over the summer: Please make appointments early in order to have paperwork filled out for any medication that will be needed for the next school year. No medication can be given without a doctor’s order. If any new vaccines are given over the summer please send a copy in to the nurse. If your child develops any new medical conditions or concerns over the summer please contact the nurse to discuss prior to school beginning.

Medication drop-off for next school year: All medication must be given directly to the nurse along with prior forms filled out by the child’s doctor. Specific dates and times will be made available for parents to come to the school prior to the first day to drop off any medications and forms.


The summer is a wonderful time for families and children. It is a time for a more relaxed schedule allowing children more time to explore and try new activities and experiences. With all of the excitement comes different types of risks for everyone, especially children. Here are some tips to keep everyone safe and healthy over the summer months;


  • Remember to drink plenty of fluids, try to stay in the shade and take more frequent breaks to avoid dehydration.
  • Applying sunscreen is very important anytime you are outside to avoid sun damage.
  • Remember to wear a helmet with use of bikes, scooters or any other activity that has a risk for injury to the head.
  • Apply bug spray during outdoor activities to avoid bug bites and diseases that different types of bugs can carry.
  • Children should always be supervised when in the presence of fireworks.
  • Children should be supervised anytime they are around water. Having children comfortable around water and exposed to basic water safety will help to prevent drownings.


For more information on summer safety please visit the website for the National Safety Council at https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/summer .


Have a safe and healthy summer and I look forward to seeing everyone again in September!

Shelf Talk

by Dina Stoff


Summer is almost here and it is important to keep reading all summer long! Studies show that if students don’t keep reading over the summer, their reading growth will stall or decline. There are some great summer reading programs available. The first being at the Hillsborough Library, the Hillsborough librarian visited our school on May 23 to tell our students all about the program. Check out their website for more information. Barnes and Noble also has a summer reading program where students can earn free books, what is better than that? Maybe some cash? TD Bank will give your child $10 for reading 10 books! Scholastic has a summer reading program where students can log their reading time and enter to win prizes. I hope that everyone has a wonderful summer and keeps reading! Follow the library on Instagram @wrslibrary