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

305 Woodside Avenue, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey 07417


Ann Jameson



August 28, 2017


Dear WAS Families,


Welcome back to school! I hope that this letter finds you comfortably balancing wrapping your minds and hearts around sending your children back to school with making more memories with your families for the remainder of the summer.  There is plenty of time for both. 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 fabulous 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.


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.


With the sun-filled weeks still left of summer, it is my hope that you will enjoy the remaining time 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 WAS staff is busy getting ready to welcome students back on our first day of school, Thursday, September 7th, 2017.


It is my privilege to share with you our WAS staff for the upcoming school year:


Main Office


Administrative Assistant

Liz Barbagallo

Administrative Assistant

Debbie Lineburg


Ann Jameson




School Nurse

Noreen Carey


School Counselor


Student Assistance Counselor

Lea Audino


Classroom Teachers



Denise Bonczek


Cathy Hoogendoorn

First Grade

Michelle Heyligers


Joyce Moskal

First Grade

Lesley Kroczynski

First Grade

Stacey Melhorn

Second Grade

Alex Altdoerffer

Second Grade

Pam Gordon


Ginny Zackrone

Third Grade

Meghan Peterfriend

Third Grade

Cathy Meara

Fourth Grade

Laura Zysk

Fourth Grade

Melanie Chervin

Fourth Grade

Christine Higgins

Fifth Grade

Teri Corage

Fifth Grade

Lorraine Preziosi

Bridges - Primary

Jessica Colligan


Kristina Handal


Sandra Rosborough

Bridges - Intermediate

Andrea Boyle


Linda Treanor

Bridges - Intermediate

Laura Warren


Jeri Driggs


Terry Bianchi


Special Education Teachers


Special Education

Luisa Betrus

Special Education

Jill Bernstein

Special Education

Shannon Lemire

Special Education

Meagan Yorio

Special Education

Carolyn Rokoszak


Special Area Teachers



Laura Geraghty

Discovery/Independent Study

Denise Hatley


Noelle La Rubbio


Cindy Bradley


Jim Finnen


Amy Paz


Karen Andruska


AnnaMaria Ferrone

Library Media Specialist

Kathy Stanton

Physical Education

Bill Henshaw


Child Study Team


Learning Disabled Teacher Consultant

Estee Schwab

School Social Worker

Jessica Susin


Staff Developer


Math Staff Developer

Kristen Emmel


Collaborative Intervention and Facilitation



Marty Coffman


Michelle Cifu

Language Arts

Wendy Buchanan


Jaime Preziosi




Curiosity Corner/ACES

Stacia Mascharka


Related Services


Occupational Therapist

Maria Arcentales


Rita Bernstein

Physical Therapist

Cynthia Petty


Lisa Gruber


English as a Second Language



Sue Mola


Para Educators


First Grade

Joyce Moskal

Second Grade

Ginny Zackrone

Bridges - Primary

Kristina Handal


New Paraeducator

Bridges - Intermediate

Jeri Driggs


Terry Bianchi

Bridges - Intermediate

Linda Treanor


Custodial Staff


Day Custodian

Jose Cruz

Night Custodian

Victor Ruiz

Night Custodian

Ramona Lendof


Lunch Aides


Head Lunch Aide, Grades K-5, Bridges

Debbie Juhlin

Grades K-5, Bridges

Danielle Sarney

Grades K-5, Bridges

Karin Weinraub

Grades K-5, Bridges

Michelle Paz

Grades K-5, Bridges

Irene Serafin

Grades K-5, Bridges

Angela Carreira

Grades K-5, Bridges

Cathy Rice

Grades K-5, Bridges

Janice Webster

Grades K-5, Bridges

Debbie O'Dell

Grades K-5, Bridges

Penni LaMonica

Grades K-5, Bridges

Bernadette Meyer


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 below.


Final Notes

Your child’s class placement will be available through Genesis for this school year on Thursday, August 31st. 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


  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.


  1. 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


Please mark your calendars for WAS’s Back-To-School Night on Tuesday, September 19th 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.



Ann Jameson

WAS Arrival and Dismissal Procedures


Our School Safety Committee, with input from parents, teachers, and students, developed the following WAS arrival and dismissal procedures. The purpose of these procedures is to create a safe environment for children during the hectic dismissal process. Below is a complete overview of our procedures, as well as instructions for completing the Daily Dismissal Schedule, which you must return to your child’s homeroom teacher on the first day of school. This form will help your child’s teacher direct him/her to the correct dismissal location on a daily basis.  This form is at the bottom of this letter and also posted on our school website under “About Our School”.  Please also be sure to remind your child how they are getting home each day. 



In order to ensure a safe and efficient start to each school day, please be sure to read and follow the school arrival procedures detailed here.


  1. 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. Any child arriving between 8:45 and 8:50 A.M. will still enter through the main entrance but will proceed directly to his or her classroom. Any child arriving after 8:50 A.M. will enter through the main entrance and will be marked late. Please see the Board of Education Policy regarding lateness on the District’s website.


  1. Drop-off – Cars are expected to drive to the rear of the school and pull all the way forward to drop off their children. A teacher will be on duty at the curb to greet students and direct them up the stairs to the Multipurpose Room entrance. It is important that each car pull as far forward as possible at the direction of the teacher on duty before dropping of their children. Students should begin getting out of their cars as soon as your car is along the curb/walkway. Please do not wait until you reach the front of the line to let your children out.  Our teachers will be along the walkway encouraging students to hop out the car (even when it is cold out!) to keep the car line running safely and efficiently. Please know that once inside the building, children are supervised and directed to their classroom locations when the bell rings.


Grades 1, 4, and 5:

Children enter through the Multipurpose Room entrance and proceed directly to the MPR, where they will wait with their grade level classmates. At 8:45, the bell rings, and students will enter their classrooms.


Grades 2 and 3:

Children enter through the Multipurpose Room entrance and line-up in the hallway outside of their classrooms, with staff supervision. At 8:45, the bell rings, and students will enter their classrooms.



Kindergarteners will eventually gather in the Multipurpose Room, but not until the

second week of school. During the first week, kindergarteners will gather on the pathway leading up to the Multipurpose Room and will be supervised from 8:35-8:45. At 8:45, the bell rings, and kindergarteners will be escorted to their classroom.  Beginning Monday, September 18th, kindergartners will follow the same procedures as grades 1, 4, and 5 and wait with their grade level classmates in the Multipurpose Room from 8:35-8:45. Student buddies will escort Kindergartners to their classrooms.’



In order to ensure a safe and efficient close to each school day, please be sure to read and follow the school dismissal procedures detailed here.


  1. Car Line – Children who are picked up on the car line will go to the gym at 3:30 p.m. In the gym, the car line students will sit in a line with their classmates and wait for their names to be called. When your children’s names are called, the oldest child in the family will gather all the younger siblings. WAS staff members will supervise students while they are in the gym. Parents are not permitted to pick up from the gym. Parents who are picking up in the car line must follow all of the directions below:
  • Place family name card on the visor of the passenger side of your car. Please see the directions below and included with your family name card.


By positioning the card in this way, you will ensure that the teachers on car line duty can read the cards. The purpose of the name cards is to ensure that the teachers recognize your family name and can communicate that name directly to the supervisor in the cafeteria. Please leave your visor down with your name card showing until you are ready to exit the parking lot.  After our lead name caller calls your family name, the other teachers on the car line repeat your family name through their walkie talkie as needed. If you need a new name card, please contact the office and we will be sure to send one home with your child.

PLEASE NOTE: If you pull into the car line without an identifying name card, you will be asked to park and pick up your child in the office.


  • All cars entering the school parking lot should stay in the left lane to allow buses access to the front entrance. Based on the flow of traffic, cars continue straight, remaining in the left lane, or turn left through the two lanes of parked cars. Cars proceed in a single lane at all times. When a car reaches the alternate merge, directed by a WAS staff member, follow his or her directions. This process allows cars to enter and exit WAS safely and efficiently, ensuring that cars are not stuck waiting on Woodside Avenue. The gate is opened after students are done using the recess/physical education area (3:25).
  • In the afternoon, please avoid making a left into the lot off of Woodside Avenue. If cars have already formed a line at dismissal, you should plan to join the line already in place.
  • Pull up to the curb as far forward as you can go and prepare to receive your children. There is only one lane of cars in the back of the school at any time. Please be sure to follow the directions of the WAS staff members on the Car Line. They are helping to keep your children safe and to ensure Dismissal is as efficient as possible.
  • Remind your children to listen for their family name while they are seated quietly in the gym so that they can get out to you as quickly as possible.
  • Please remain in your car and allow our teachers to help with backpacks, instruments, etc.
  • Ensure that your children can enter your car on the passenger side without assistance so that they do not need to walk between cars.
  • Remember to drive slowly through our school parking lot and refrain from cell phone usage while you are waiting for your children and after pick up. The line is constantly moving so attention to moving forward will ensure the line moves quickly.
  • As you exit the parking lot, follow the traffic signs.
  • Our Franklin Lakes Education Foundation proudly auctions off our “King/Queen of the Line” position each year. The winner of this auction item is entitled to the first spot in the car line each day.  Other than this special privilege, all cars wait in the line at the end of the line and are not permitted to pull out of line and move up to an “open spot” at the curb as cars pull away.  Doing this has caused accidents on the car line.


  1. Bus – Students who ride the bus will go to the hallway outside of the library immediately following the 3:30 P.M. bell to be placed on the appropriate bus. Students are checked off as they arrive to indicate that they are present on the bus for that day.


  1. Walk- Students who walk will line up outside the gym doors following the 3:30 p.m. bell and will be escorted to the crosswalk in the front of the school by a WAS staff member. Students need permission for this in Genesis.


  1. Aftercare – Students attending aftercare will meet in the Multipurpose Room at 3:30 p.m.




  1. Usual dismissal method -To support our goal of a safe and secure dismissal for our students, parents are asked to complete a Daily Dismissal Schedule for each child, indicating his/her usual dismissal routine by day.


  1. Dismissal Schedule Changes
  • Permanent change - if your child’s schedule changes on an ongoing basis, please complete and send in an updated Daily Dismissal Schedule form.
  • Temporary change known in advance - If your child’s schedule changes for the day and you know in advance, please complete and submit a hardcopy of the Change of Dismissal form. This form is located on our website under “About Our School”. Emailed copies of this form will not be accepted. Under no circumstances, can an email or call to the school secretary or your child’s teacher be accepted as a way to indicate a change of dismissal.  Our school secretaries and teachers cannot check email on a regular enough basis to ensure your message was received.  Please understand that this is for the safety of your children and please do not put our school secretaries or teachers in the position to have to remind you that this is not acceptable.
    • The form should be sent into school with your child on the day of the change.
    • A listing of students with changes to their dismissal routine for the day will be forwarded to both the staff member in charge in the gym and on the car line.
  • Temporary change not known in advance - If your child’s schedule changes for the day at the last minute:

o Call the office to let us know what time you or your designee will be picking up your child.

o The parent/guardian must park and come into the office at that time.

o If the parent is only picking up his/her child, the child will be called to the office on the loudspeaker.

o If a parent is attempting to pick up children other than his/her own, we will check that he/she is listed as a designated pick up person for that child. If this is the case, the child will be called to the office over the loudspeaker.

o Please understand that this option is reserved for unavoidable changes at the last minute and should not be used to arrange for play dates and afterschool activities. 




  1. What do I do if I need more than the two family name cards provided by the school?

Please contact the main office if you require additional signage.

  1. How can I get multiple copies of the Change of Dismissal Form?

This form is available on our school website under “About Our School”. Please print it out as necessary.

  1. Why can’t I email the Change of Dismissal form to my child’s homeroom teacher?

A hardcopy of the form is needed to ensure that the necessary parties have the information so that your child is properly directed at dismissal time. In order to preserve instructional focus, our teachers have been directed to minimize email use during the school day.


Our School Safety Committee has worked hard to consider a wide range of important variables in creating our dismissal procedure. The success of this procedure depends on the cooperation of all the parents in our community. If you have any questions or concerns in regard to dismissal, please do not hesitate to contact me.


For all the details regarding WAS Arrival and Dismissal Procedures, please visit our website:


Please scroll down to access the Daily Dismissal Form. It is important that you complete this form and send it to school with your child on the first day of school. This form will help your child’s teacher direct him/her to the correct dismissal location on a daily basis. If you need a new car line sign for your car, please contact the office. All students will receive car line signs on the first day of school.




Woodside Avenue Elementary School

305 Woodside Avenue Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417

Phone: 201 891 5600 Fax: 201 891 1483





STUDENT’S NAME:______________________________________________


STUDENT’S HOMEROOM:________________________________________















BA=Bus to Aftercare              BH=Bus Home           C=Car line                   W/B=Walk/Bike

A=Aftercare at WAS



People Authorized to Pick up this child:











Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Name:___________________________________


Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Cell Phone #______________________________


Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Signature:________________________________


Effective Date:______________________________________________