December at Woodbrook

Dear Woodbrook Families,

As 2022 comes to a close, I am thankful that we were all able to return to the collaborative, highly social environment which makes Woodbrook the amazing school we know and love. I hope you felt the energy of children excited to learn as you visited the classrooms during American Education Week in November. There is nothing better than a glimpse into our children's daily lives at school!

December is always a super exciting time at Woodbrook. We are kicking off the spirit of giving with our Toys for Tots Toy Drive and our Holiday Boutique. Please send in a new, unwrapped toy or game for the toy drive.

As you know, we are also the recipients of a wonderful gift...we are extremely grateful to Devine's Pharmacy for their very generous gesture to refurbish our beloved custom sign in front of our library. A special ceremony presented by some of our fifth grade students was held to properly thank and recognize the owner of Devine's Pharmacy, Mr. Robert B. Riedinger! The ceremony was recorded and will soon be shared on the Woodbrook Elementary Facebook page.

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We want to ensure that everyone feels cared for and included at Woodbrook, not only during the holiday season, but everyday. We are observing a week of inclusion to bring attention to the importance of recognizing and including students with Autism and special needs. We encourage everyone to dress for the daily theme and to think about the daily class discussions and videos shared in homeroom each day. Please encourage your child to participate in the poster contest (see details below).

We look forward to our school wide activities which will include class parties hosted by our amazing PTO Class Parents, our annual holiday STEM challenges, the 5th Grade STEM Gingerbread House gallery walk, and our door decorating contest!

We are excited to host our Local Scripps Spelling Bee at Woodbrook on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. in the gym. Please come and watch the Woodbrook class bee winners in this competition which always impresses us!

It has been THREE LONG YEARS since we have been able to showcase almost all Woodbrook students at our annual Cultural Expo. Join us for an evening of songs from around the world and presentations of regions around the world at our Cultural Expo featuring your children! The children will sing under the direction of our own Ms. Tomasella and show off their research of the many regions and sights from around the world. Come to the cafe and gym on Thursday, January 26, 2023. K, 1 and 2 will begin at 5:30. Grades 3, 4 & 5 (and choir) will begin at 7:15pm. Children should dress up for the fun!!

Come cheer on your friends and neighbors at the Woodbrook's Got Talent Show in the gym on Friday, February 10, 2023 at 6:15 p.m. in the Woodbrook gym. ($5 per person entry fee for this PTO fundraiser).

For all students in grades K, 1, 2 and children in Mrs. Sullivan, Ms. Tunnell and Mrs. Ohlson's classes, first marking period ended December 1. Those students will work within the trimester marking period structure.

Report cards will be made available via parent portal on:

Dec. 16, March 23 & June 20

School photos were sent home last week. If you did not receive your photo, please call the main office. If you need to have your photo taken as a make up or if you need your photo retaken, make up day is Wednesday, Dec. 14 here at Woodbrook.

Please scroll down through the rest of the newsletter for details and even more information!


Mrs. Cirillo

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Holiday Boutique

Children enjoy shopping for family and friends at the annual

PTO Holiday Boutique

which will open the second week in December.

Give your children a budget and

let them decide how to spend the money on the

small, fun items at the boutique.

Holiday Boutique Class Schedule

Sign up to Volunteer for the Holiday Boutique

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Thank you Devine's Pharmacy!

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We would like to recognize and thank Devine's Pharmacy for their generous donation to refurbish our beautiful Woodbrook Sign which has been a favorite photo spot for over 10 years!

We held a special ceremony to properly thank and recognize the owner of Devine's Pharmacy, Mr. Robert B. Riedinger for his absolute love of and dedication to the Woodbrook Elementary School community!

This is truly a model of residents and businesses who give back to the community!

Devine's Pharmacy

1949 Oak Tree Rd in Edison

732 549 7117

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PBSIS Beaver Bucks Redemption

Get More Bang for your Beaver Bucks!

Save your Beaver Bucks from this year and

redeem them on line for prizes of your choice!

Then, send them in for your prize and we will

add those same Beaver Bucks to the weekly and end of year raffles!

Click below to redeem your Beaver Bucks for Prizes!

Beaver Buck Prize Order Form

Send the Beaver Bucks you are redeeming to the office in an envelope labeled with your name, your teacher's and BEAVER BUCKS on the envelope.
Please choose your prize by completing the form below.
Be sure to hit SUBMIT!

See your choices of prizes HERE.

Snacks and Ice Cream for Sale in Cafe

If you would like your child to purchase snacks, ice cream or extra lunch,

please go to

open up an account (you need your child's id number)

and let your child know that we will only sell them one snack/treat per day.

See prices on flyers below.

Snacks/extra lunch (ex. 2nd slice of pizza) are not included in free/reduced lunch.

Payment is required for these items.

Community Pass Instructions

If you are NEW to the EDISON SCHOOL DISTRICT Community Pass (not the Township Pass)

Payments for Math Club, Pumpkin Decorating Contest, Student Trips and Camp Bernie Shirts must be made on the Edison School District Community Pass.

Once you login/create an account, you must hit the Orange REGISTER button on your Community Pass home screen.

Click on the District Fees Link to locate Woodbrook catalog and find your grade.


1. Parents are using the Edison Rec Township/Latchkey Community Pass - please do not, just use the school Community Pass. Click to go to the correct Community Pass.

2. Only use the login credentials sent to you from me, Christine Burke, or the official SCHOOL DISTRICT Community Pass.

3. Check all parent email addresses for that letter - many people are not checking their email.

If you did NOT receive your Community Pass information, complete the form HERE

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Click for the District Calendar

  • December 5-9, 2023 Holiday Boutique

  • December 7, 2023 1:30 Dismissal

  • December 14, 2023 Picture Retake Day

  • December 22, 2023 2:00 – 3:15pm Holiday Class Parties K-5

  • December 23, 2023 1:30 Dismissal

  • Dec 26-30, 2023 School Closed

  • Happy New Year!

  • Jan 2, 2023 School Reopens

  • January 11, 2023 1:30 Dismissal

  • January 12, 2023 5:00pm Scripps Spelling Bee

  • January 16, 2023 School Closed

  • January 26, 2023 5:30 pm Cultural Expo

  • February 1, 2023 1:30 Dismissal


Please read and refer to this handbook for Woodbrook's Policies and Procedures.



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.

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 flagpole. It is dangerous and it is not permitted.


The Edison Township Recreation Department office located at

100 Municipal Blvd., Edison, NJ 08817, 2nd Floor

Open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Online Registration For All ABC Latchkey Community Pass

NOTE: This is NOT the same Community Pass as the Edison Schools.

Please do not confuse the two.

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.

This organization was founded by former student Nihal Tammana here at Woodbrook

and our current students are working hard to keep it going!