The Woodside PTO invites parents to join in to watch Virtual Family Pack Meeting on Wednesday 5/20 at 2:15 p.m.  Information on how to join will be through our PTO’s facebook page.  Please check on Monday  evening, 5/18, when we plan to post more for more information about how to watch!

Take care and enjoy the bulletin.

-Mr. Dedek and the Woodside Family!

In This Issue

  • Some shared elmentary bullet notes from our Superintendent
  • Yearbook Update
  • Student work drop-off, student materials pick up, and more!
  • Read Aloud Archive with Mr. Dedek 
  • Some FAQ’s to Mr Dedek re: the last two weeks of school.
  • Link to Mrs. Dimbleby’s page - RTI-B Teacher
  • Closing Notes from Mr. Dedek
  • PTO Corner

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May 26th, 2020

Join us tomorrow at 2:15 for a Woodside End of School Year celebration concert with Matt Loosigian! We rehearsed last week, and Here is a sneak peek! Hope to see you tomorrow for this fun way to celebrate together, from a distance!


Dear Woodside Friends and Families,

Here’s hoping you had a great Memorial Day Holiday, and were able to spend it with loved ones. We have officially entered the final week of regular distance learning classroom instruction.  Thank you for all the great work and fun times we’ve had this year.  Here are the notes that Mr. Chabot want to make sure we are all celar about as we prepare to bring closure to the end of the learning year, if you have any question, please contact the office or your teacher.

  • Food service will continue until June 17, 2020

  • Teachers will be continuing to contact each family weekly through 5/29.

  • If parents have questions about any aspect of our remote learning plans please let the classroom teacher or building principal know

  • If parents need assistance with paper packets, please let us know.

  • We will be providing more detailed information concerning the last two weeks of school, June 1-12th later this month.  Starting on June 1st, we will transition to offering targeted support for those who are furthest behind.  Teachers will focus on smaller groups of students and essential learning goals.  Students will be requested to engage in this targeted learning support structure based on teacher and/or administration recommendation.  Optional learning activities will be available for students who do not need targeted instruction or for families that request them.

  • The last day of school is not May 29th.  The last day of school is June 12th. 

  • June 15th -19th will now be used for professional development for teachers and educational technicians.

Yearbook Update

(Reprinted from ) May 14th,


The Woodside  yearbook club is working away and we will have a great yearbook this year!  


Unfortunately, we will not be able to have the yearbooks at school before the end of the school year. They should be available for pick up at the end of June. Pick up details are TBD.  Given this year’s unusual circumstances, we will not be able to collect payment for the yearbook until the time of pick up.  The cost of the yearbooks will be $15 for students in grade K-4 and again this year all 5th graders will receive a yearbook at no charge.  Fifth grades do not need to reserve a yearbook.


If you would like to reserve a yearbook(s) please fill out the attached survey by May 26th.  TONIGHT IS THE LAST NIGHT TO DO SO.


Thank you Ms. Goodwin, Woodside PTO, and the students of the yearbook club who continue to work diligently to make this a student driven and high quality project.  

Lunch Program - Our Superheros!

We have four more weekly lunch pick-ups planned: May 27th (tomorrow), June 3rd, June 10th and  June 17th…. Further notice may include information about Summer Lunch Program details.  I will provide those here when I know more.

As a reminder, Woodside fmailies may pick up at anyo of the locations:  Bowdoinham Community, Bowdoin Central, Harpswell Community, or Mt. Ararat Middle Schools

 (Click here for a map to Mt. Ararat Middle School...that one is closest for most Woodside families.

Link to our district information and official letters regarding COVID-19

Distance Learning Updates:

    A few updates on the current distance learning plans:

  1. We are continuing to find the balance between safe and efficient for connecting wiht the school.  To that end, I wanted to provde updates about planned pick up of student materials, as well as drop off of the final round of optional work packets.

  2. Current packets (Round #3) are intended to be wrapped up fromMay 26-May 29th will Teachers encourage your children to wrap up any unfinished packet work, and we’ll collect the final packets starting the week of June 1st.

  3. At that time, you may also check the a special table set up at school with any materials that your teacher has bagged up for your student.

  4. Please do practice social distance guides, remain six feet apart and we do advise wearing a mask at drop-off.  

  5. Below is an image of what some nice full  bins looked like at Woodside!  Great job you hard-working Woodside Wolves!  Its clear you’ve been bust with work and with makes me so proud.

  6.  If you did drop off your work already...thank you sooo much! Your teachers and I really appreciate it. 

  7. If you are still working on some work, that is ok, too.  Feel invited to drop off your work, even if it is unfinished, as it will help our teachers with end of year summaries of learning, as well as to inform class placement plans.



Speaking of Class Placement Plans…

While we don’t quite know what next year will look like when we begin school year 20/21, we do know we’ll be placing students in classes with teachers.  Please note the following:


Dear Woodside Families:                        5/26/20


Believe it or not, Summer Vacation is only six weeks away….as my high school daughter recently said, “the days are long, but the weeks go by fast” during the time of distance learning and school building closure. We will soon begin our process for developing class lists for next year. I wanted to provide you with what should feel like familiar information for most of you about that process and give you plenty of time to engage your teacher(s) if you have any questions or concerns.


Class Placement Process and Request


“When we assign students to classes for the new school year, our primary consideration is to ensure equitable, workable groups.  Parents are encouraged to provide us with information about their child’s learning style and to inform us if there is a legitimate reason why the child should be separated from another student.  For example, if a personality conflict between your child and a peer will impact learning for those two children, and for others in the class, please communicate that information in writing.  However, given the numbers with which we are working and the fluid nature of the staffing population, we cannot take requests for individual teachers.


Should a parent request that his/her child not have a particular teacher, the parent will be expected to put the concerns in writing. That information will be shared with the teacher in the spirit of professional, open and transparent communication.” 


-Woodside Student Handbook


We ask that all written requests be considered thoughtfully, and that parents understand that such requests will be taken into consideration, and accommodated when possible.  


All written requests must be addressed to Mr. Dedek, and the current classroom teacher, and received by June 10 th, 2020.  Requests received after that time may not be able to be considered as part of our process.




In very, very rare cases, the MSAD 75 school board allows for the consideration of “retention” or “non-promotion” of a student to the next grade.  At Woodside, this happens very infrequently, and our research into the long-term efficacy of this action supports very limited use.  Please contact me and your child’s homeroom teacher or special education case manager prior to June 10th if you have any questions about your child, our school’s position on retention or promotion, or would like to see research from the National Association of School Psychologist’s position paper on the effects of school retention.  Our general stance during this time of school closure is that we plan for ALL students to move on to the next grade.


Step Up Day


With so much uncertainty in terms of what next year will look like and with a need to focus on bringing closure to this year’s distance learning, we are not planning to hold a traditional step up day into next year’s class this school year.  While our teachers will be working hard on what next year’s classes will be, we will not be finalizing class lists or communicating those lists until this Summer, after we have a good sense of what the start of the next school year will look like.  We thank you for your understanding.


End of Year and Grade 5 Celebration


It is an important part of our school culture and school traditions to honor our 5th graders in a special way.  With that in mind, we also must prepare in a responsible way during this health pandemic.  To that end, we plan to hold a virtual 5th grade celebration in the general manner of our traditional assembly, and also hold a “drive through” goodbye for 5th grade students near the end of the planned student school year.  5th grade students and families will be contacted with more information, but we are asking families to be aware of and save the following dates:


Line-up of our “Safer at a distance celebrations!”


5/26-5/29 - Classroom teacher wrap up with special end of year class closure activities

5/27/20 - 2:15 -3:00 Celebration Concert - Featuring Matt Loosigian

6/10/20 - 2:15-3:30 Virtual Celebration Assembly honoring our 5th graders

6/10/20 - Special Virtual Variety Show is in the works, showcasing some of our 5th grader’s talents.

6/11/20 - 9:30-11:00 - 5th grade only Drive-in-Good-Bye (Details TBD, but in person at Woodside parking lot and driveway)


Thank you for staying safe, healthy, and for supporting leanring during this time of school closure.

-Mr. Dedek

Peek at the upcoming weeks:


History: Link to First FB Live-Streamed Whole School Campfire Meeting 4/15/20

MAY 27th - Woodside / Earth Jams Celebration Concert - Live-streamed from a Virtual Woodside School with Matt Loosigian. Wednesday 2:15-3:00, we’ll host this just like a pack/campfire meeting. Who else but our Crazy Fun and Talented friend Matt Loosigian could help us celebrate an end to a most unusual year!  When Matt is around, so are giggles, laughs, crazy voices and fun movement and dance.  We’ll also post a link to the recording via e-mail after the concert, so if you can’t watch live you can still join in the fun!  Thank you Woodside PTO for sponsoring this event.

May 29th   - The last regular instruction remote learning day.


6/1-6/12  -  K-5 teachers will transition to offer targeted support for students who are furthest behind.  Teachers will focus on smaller groups of students and work further with the essential learning goals. For students who do not need targeted instruction, we will offer optional learning activities which families can use with their children. 

June 15-19 - No school for students, teacher professional development work.

June 10th (Final Assembly - 5th GradeCelebration) We will share an invite to this final assembly to honor our 5th grade students in the traditional format, but will open up to all grades to watch on Facebook Livestream, or as a link after the event.  More information to follow. 2:15-3:15 p.m. (Tentative - stay tuned for more details)

June 10th - Virtual Variety Show of 5th grade talent - Mr. O.P.  and Mr. Pulsifer are hard at work soliciting submissions for this unique event’s extra unique year.  If you are interested in recording yourself belt out one last song, or performing a gymnastic move, dancing your heart out, o r sharing some of your learning or art from this Spring….please contact Mr. Pulsifer at Deadline is May 29th - 5th graders only.

June 11th (Rain date June 12)  5th Grade Drive-up Certificate and Farewell. 5th Grade teachers will be sharing plans with their families in the coming weeks. 9:30-11:00 a.m.

June 11th/12th (Drop off School Chromebooks - table at 5th grade Drive-up Certificate and Farewell.  Details will be communicated by your teachers.

June 15th -17th - Drop-Off School Chromebooks for all other grades.  

  • Please follow social distancing guides, stay six feet apart, and wear a mask.  Adults only to drop off and receive a receipt certifying your return.

  • K-2 Drop Off June 15th 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • 2-4 Drop Off June 16th 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Alternate date June 17th a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

  • Please note, for students in special education ESY (Extended school year) a new chromebook will be distributed to you in July at the Mt. Ararat Middle School.

  • Woodside chromebooks need to be returned, cleaned, and updated.  Thank you, please call 725-1243 ext #1 for any questions.

Interested in some resources to help with the expected anxiety and stress related to the COVID-19 school closure….

….Please visit, to connect with resources compiled from our very own Mrs. Dimbleby, resident expert in behavior and emotional supports for our students.

With all the best, 

Mrs. Dimbleby 💚

Notes from Mr. Dedek (Re-published from last week)

I’ve heard about the teachers ending regular instruction on 5/29 and starting targeted instruction on 6/1. What should my child expect for the final two weeks from 6/1-6/12, 2020.

This is a question that a lot of parents are wondering about. Essentially, as you’ve heard from Superintendent Chabot, elementary teachers are wrapping up their regular remote learning instructional plans on 5/29, and will phase into a targeted intervention model for the students who are furthest behind from 6/1 through 6/12.  Teachers will be be identifying students based on their knowledge of the students progress up to and including school closure back in Mid-March.

When should I hear from my child’s teacher?  

You should expect to hear from your child’s Woodside teacher by Wednesday 5/27/20 if she or he has been identified as a student invited to participate in the two weeks of intervention teaching.  You will receive a personal communication that includes the “what, who, when, and why” of the individualized intervention plan.

Wait a minute, aren’t all kids going to be behind?  Why are only some kids being invited for this intervention teaching?

 Good question! 

As I wrote about last week, all of our teachers know that most of our students will not have mastered this year’s teaching standards...after all, everyone will have missed so much valuable in person instructional time.  That having been said, not all kids learn in the same way or at the same pace.  Your teachers are experts in understanding this, and identifying students whom they predict will be the furthest behind without extra help is something they are, well, to be blunt, paid to know how to do. 

Over the next few days, they will be firming up their invitations, developing plans, and setting schedules around this new work.  You can help the process by returning any completed work to Woodside as outlined earlier in the bulletin.  While the work packets are one indication of a students current work and level of need, other factors ascertained by your teacher including 1:1 check-in,  group distance meetings, as well as previous work and assessments are all considered when creating an intervention plan.  

Finally, as I wrote last week….

…And I want to be very clear about this. I expect that every public school student across the nation has been impacted by this necessary school closure to ensure a flattening of the curve from a public health perspective.  I believe that here in Maine we have been successful in that, and I also believe that it is not over.  So please, continue to practice what we call Universal Precautions at Woodside (hand wash, social distance, stay home if you are sick, and call your doctor if you have a fever that persists...please continue to put your health and the health of our whole community as our utmost important and shared community goal.)

Now to answer the question: “Will my child be ready for next year?” with the yes’s and the no’s:

  • YES - your child will be ready for next year, all teachers everywhere understand that to start next year we need to be prepared for kids who have missed ⅓ of their previous school year.  Your child will be ready to move on, and so will we.

  • NO - your child would most likely not have mastered all the previous year’s standards. Progress along the expected path of both academic and social milestones was interrupted, we understand this, and will adjust to make sure kids feel comfortable to start the new year.

  • YES- Your child will have teachers who understand all of this and will adjust both academic and social instruction to meet the needs.

  • NO - Our standards will not change, but our understanding of the support and time it will take to help kids achieve those standards must change.

  • YES - Your child and our teachers will make it work together, and we’ll include you open and honest communications that will help you orient as the new school year progresses through an improved and simpler to understand  report card and essential parent teacher conferences.

  • NO - It will probably not look the same, or feel the same when we start back up...there is a lot that so many have experienced, and our school, town, state and nation will need time to work through it all as part of our new normal when we return next school year.

  • YES - there is no better place that I can imagine to have your child return to than your MSAD 75 public school system.  I have children at all three levels, Woodside, Mt. Ararat Middle, and Mt. Ararat High Schools.  I truly believe that this school system has a lot going for it, most important to that, the teachers and facilities that this community has invested in are some of the wisest investments a community can make.  With continued support from our community, I know that this school system will serve your child right, and together, we will emerge from this time of school closure with a new open mind for what it means to be a healthy community that is focused on growth and learning. 


Richard W. Dedek II, Principal - Woodside Elementary School

Do you or someone you know just love art?  

Well...I think this guy does!

Show Woodside Art Teacher, Mr. McPherson, that you love art too! (Or Music or PE and visit the MSAD 75 specialist’s distance learning page.)  You’ll find great opportunities to keep your creative side working, even from a distance.  Check out the specialist learning page at this link.


  The Read Aloud Story Archive: 

Try it for the first time, or try it again!




Date Posted


Date Posted


March 19th 

I am Skippy Jon Jones

April 1st 


The Day the Crayons Quit

March 20th


The Circus Ship

April 6th  

Duck in a truck

March 21st   


Skippy Jon Jones - In the Dog House


April 6th  


If I built a car

March 22nd


A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee


April 10th 


Dooby, Dooby, Moo!

March 23rd


Froggy Learns to Swim


April 11 p1


One Morning in Maine Part 1

March 24th


Part One : Burt Dow Deep Water Man


April 11 p2


One Morning in Maine Part 2

March 25th


Part Two: Burt Dow Deep Water Man


April 11 p3


One Morning in Maine Part 3

March 26th 


Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

May 10th

Miss Rumphius

March 27th


Click Clack Moo - Cows that Type


March 28th


Wemberly Worried



Closing Notes: 5/18/20

Well, here we are...nearly at the end of May 2020.  Tonight as I type these last few words, I can see a lot of things that remind me of Spring:  there are few daffodils hanging-on outside in the art quad.  The Viburnum are getting ready to bloom. A few robins are out in the afternoon sun. A brave groundhog skitters past my window….hey….don’t eat those daffodils!

At the same time, there are things that are unfamiliar...for example, its only 5:30, but I know there are no other staff or custodians around.  Tomorrow, a Wednesday, would normally mean a faculty development meeting, instead of it being in-person it will be a virtual meeting with my fellow Woodside staff members. 

This last week was also different for me because my mom needed to go to hospital...luckily, she does not have COVID-19...but I am unable to visit her due to the pandemic rules for visitors. I just got off the phone a few moments ago with her and her doctor...and she’ll need to stay in hospital  a little longer that I’d hoped. By the way, hospital workers truly are going above and beyond at this time…if you work in health care...thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

But It’s true, you know, what they say; you don’t appreciate what you have so much as when you don’t have it anymore. So, not being able to see my mom, especially when she’s in need of medical attention has me missing her very much, and ofcourse wishing I could see her!  So, if you have a chance to see or talk to a loved one, take the opportunity and do so, maybe...right now.

Just like Springtime in Maine, our time with our loved ones and families is precious, sweet, and much too short.  Take advantage of the time while you have it, as the poet said, “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a flying”.

Take care, and hope to see you soon.


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Reminder: Next PTO Meeting: (Tentatively)Tuesday 6/2/20:

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PTO Highlights:
Next Meeting: (Tentatively) Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 @ 6:00 p.m. (We are considering opening up to a virtual platform at this meeting, look for an invitation coming soon.)
PTO executive board: 2019-2020
President: Erika McKenney 
Vice President: Erin Scott 
Treasurer: Laurie Wertz
Secretary: Julie Creek
Teacher Rep: Erin Dimbleby
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