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FRANKLIN LAKES PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Woodside Avenue School (201) 891-5600 desk  (201) 891-1483 fax

305 Woodside Avenue, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey 07417 www.franklinlakes.k12.nj.us


Ann Jameson

Principal



August 28, 2018

 

Dear WAS Families,

 

Welcome back to school! As you pack away beach towels, sand toys, hiking boots, suitcases from summer travel, and, hopefully, lots of books from summer reading, know that we have been working diligently to prepare our school for a fantastic year ahead.  It is with great excitement that I write to you this summer to welcome you to a new school year at Woodside Avenue School. I could not be more proud to be your principal and am looking forward to supporting each and every Woodside student and working with their dedicated families while teaming with the talented teachers and staff who work tirelessly to make Woodside the incredible place that it is.

 

My hope for this school year is that our children and their families embrace what Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck calls a growth mindset. Although the idea of researching success and how to support children in achieving success is nothing new to parents and educators, sometimes we overlook the simplest notions when they jar with what we have been led to believe for so long.  Often times, we praise our children and our students for “being smart” or “having talent”. The issue becomes that these forms of praise reinforce the notion that success comes from innate or fixed characteristics such as intelligence and talent when, in reality, these very characteristics can stand in the way of success.  Rather than reinforcing the idea that your intelligence and talent is fixed, Carol Dweck shares the importance of teaching children that your most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. Once children are shown how elastic their brains actually are, they begin to stretch them. This is how our teachers develop classrooms filled with students that love learning, embrace challenge, try multiple strategies, and seek advice and support as they solve problems.  I plan to spend a great deal of time this year talking about mindset with your children and will be reading some of my favorite books that demonstrate the power of a growth mindset. I encourage you to read along, too, as Carol Dweck’s research on mindset is everywhere from Sesame Street to Wall Street. I encourage you to reinforce this notion at home as you praise your child for their effort that led them to a particular success or celebrate persisting through a challenge to achieve a goal.  It is this team approach to supporting our students, your children, as they learn the value of hard work and dedication, that will ensure the greatest successes of all. I look forward to celebrating these successes this school year and beyond!


If you are a new family to our school, it is my pleasure to officially welcome you to Woodside.  I know that our established families will reach out to our new families to reassure them that their journey here will be met with success after success for their child. Next week marks the very beginning of that journey.  I know that we will have plenty of time to get to know each other as we partner this school year, but I thought that it might be helpful to provide you with a bit of information about me before then. The most important thing you should know about me is that teaching and learning are at the heart of everything that I do.  As a teacher in the District, I have learned that there is nothing more rewarding than supporting children as they learn to navigate their world. Teaching children to ask questions, guiding them towards building problem solving skills, and reveling in the moments where they create their own understanding are the most rewarding experiences an educator could imagine.  As the former Director of Curriculum and Instruction in the District, I have had the experience of working with our team to ensure that our curriculum supports each of our learners and that high quality instruction is the standard in our classrooms. As the principal of Woodside for the past several years, I am continually in awe at the level of dedication that our teachers and staff demonstrate each day as they welcome your children into their school family.  I look forward to continuing to support this unparalleled talent, your teachers, in the new school year.

 

Enjoy the remaining days of summer with family and friends and begin to think about the new school year when it works for you!  The District’s electronic mailing and the PTA Back To School Packet provide you with a wonderful opportunity to get ready for the school year at your own pace.  Setting up your child for a successful school year is one of the most important things we can do together. The entire Woodside staff is busy getting ready to welcome students back on our first day of school, Tuesday, September 4th, 2018.

It is my privilege to share with you our Woodside staff for the upcoming school year.


Title

Name

   

Main Office

 

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Barbagallo

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Lineburg

Principal

Ms. Jameson

   

Nurse

 

School Nurse

Ms. Carey

   

School Counselor

 

Student Assistance Counselor

Ms. Magnusen

   

Classroom Teachers

 

Kindergarten

Ms. Bonczek

Kindergarten

Ms. Chervin

Kindergarten

Ms. Hoogendoorn

First Grade

Ms. Kroczynski

First Grade

Ms. Melhorn

Second Grade

Ms. Altdoerffer

Second Grade

Ms. Gordon

Second Grade

Ms. Heyligers

Third Grade

Ms. Meara

Third Grade

Ms. Peterfriend

Fourth Grade

Ms. Higgins

Fourth Grade

Ms. Zysk

Fifth Grade

Ms. Corage

Fifth Grade

Ms. Preziosi

Fifth Grade

Ms. Surowiec

Bridges - Primary

Ms. Boyle

 

Ms. Newman

 

Ms. Spindel

 

Ms. Reid

Bridges - Intermediate

Ms. Finneran

 

Ms. Sullivan

Bridges - Shared

Ms. Treanor

   

Special Education Teachers

 

Special Education

Ms. Betrus

Special Education

Ms. Rokoszak

Special Education

Ms. Yorio

Special Education

Ms. DeRienzo

   

Special Area Teachers

 

Spanish

Ms. Ruiz

Discovery/Independent Study

Ms. Hatley

Art

Ms. LaRubbio

Band

Ms. Bradley

Strings

Mr. Finnen

Music

Ms. Paz

Library Media Specialist

Ms. Stanton

Physical Education

Mr. Henshaw

   

Child Study Team

 

Learning Disabled Teacher Consultant

Ms. Schwab

School Social Worker

Ms. Micciche

   

Staff Developer

 

Math Staff Developer

Ms. Emmel

   

Collaborative Intervention and Facilitation

 

Math

Ms. Cifu

Language Arts

Ms. Buchanan

Math/Language Arts

Ms. Preziosi

   

Enrichment

 

Curiosity Corner/ACES

Ms. Mascharka

   

Related Services

 

Occupational Therapist

Ms. Arcentales

 

Ms. Bernstein

Physical Therapist

Dr. Petty

Speech

Ms. Gruber

   

English as a Second Language

 

ESL

Ms. Perin

   

Para Educators

 

Second Grade

Ms. Zackrone

Third Grade

Ms. McKim

Bridges - Primary

Ms. Newman

 

Ms. Spindel

 

Ms. Reid

Bridges - Intermediate

Ms. Sullivan

Bridges - Shared

Ms. Treanor

   

Custodial Staff

 

Day Custodian

Mr. Cruz

Night Custodian

Mr. Ruiz

Night Custodian

Ms. Ortiz

   

Lunch Aides

 

Head Lunch Aide, Grades K-5, Bridges

Ms. Juhlin

Grades K-5, Bridges

Ms. Sarney

Grades K-5, Bridges

Ms. Weinraub

Grades K-5, Bridges

Ms. Paz

Grades K-5, Bridges

Ms. Carreira

Grades K-5, Bridges

Ms. Rice

Grades K-5, Bridges

Ms. LaMonica

Grades K-5, Bridges

Ms. Meyer

Grades K-5, Bridges

Mr. Pernice

Grades K-5, Bridges

Ms. Diaz

Grades K-5, Bridges

Ms. Antoine


Please make careful note of our opening day drop off and dismissal procedures, which are described below:

 

Opening Day Student Drop Off Procedures for K-5 Students

The first day of school is an exciting one for both parents and students, and many parents drive or walk their children to school on the first day. To ensure that our opening day drop off is smooth and safe, we will be using the following procedure. This is a one-day only procedure and applies only to parents who drive or walk their children. Bus students will follow the usual entry procedures.  Parents may also use the car line drop off method on the first day. Following the first day of school, parents should follow normal drop off procedures that will be shared at the end of this letter and posted on our website.

Parents of K-2 students may bring your children into the Gym at 8:35, where you can escort them to the area with their teacher's name.

Parents of 3-5 students may bring your children into the Multipurpose Room (MPR) at 8:35, where you can escort them to the area with their teacher's name.

You may wait with your child until the 8:45 A.M. bell. The teachers will join the children at 8:45 A.M. At 8:45 A.M. the teachers will bring the students to their classes.  To ensure the safety of all of our children, parents may not escort their child to his/her classroom.

Start Time

Please note that the first bell rings at 8:45 A.M. This is our “open for business” bell and the one around which you want to arrange your schedule. Please plan to drop your child at school between 8:35 A.M. and 8:45 A.M. This will ensure that your child is ready to enter the building when the first bell rings and is seated in his/her classroom and ready to start the day when the late bell rings. Any student who enters the building after 8:50 A.M. will be marked late. Please do not drop your child off before 8:35 A.M., as we do not have any supervision in place until that time.

Dismissal Procedures

We will continue our previous dismissal procedure.  This procedure creates a very efficient and safe dismissal.  A thorough description of the dismissal procedure process is available on the school website and is included at the bottom of this letter.  Families will receive car signs on the first day of school. Please check your child’s backpack. Please return the Daily Dismissal Schedule on the first day of school.  If it is not returned, you will have to park in the lot and pick up your child at the main office.  This document is attached to this email and also posted on our website.

Final Notes

Your child’s class placement will be available through Genesis for this school year on Thursday, August 3oth. Parents of fourth and fifth graders will want to make special note of our departmentalized structure.

As a reminder, parents and guardians are expected to update any contact information, including emergency contact information, and fill out the health and permission forms online in Genesis Parent Resources.  Class Placement information will be released in Genesis prior to the start of school. Parents/Guardians will not have access to this information without completing these updates and forms.  

Important Reminders about Genesis:

Please log into Genesis Parent Resources at https://parents.franklinlakes.k12.nj.us

  1.            Click on the Forms tab and kindly fill out and submit the health and permissions forms. Please be sure to click the green Update Answers button at the bottom of each form after you have answered each question.
  2.           Click on the Contacts tab to update your child's contact information including emergency contacts. Please be sure to update your contact information regularly. This information will be used in case of an emergency and for school closings or delay alerts. Please keep in mind that information is not automatically updated for all of your children. You must update each child individually.

If you have any questions please email genesis@franklinlakes.k12.nj.us

Please mark your calendars for WAS’s Back-To-School Night on Monday, September 24th at 7:00 P.M.

Please see below for a detailed description of our Arrival and Dismissal procedures for the school year with the exception of our special procedures for the first day of school.

Thank you for the opportunity to spend this year with our most precious asset, your children.  I look forward to continuing to partner with you for another exciting school year.

 

Sincerely,

Ann Jameson