October 17th, 2018

Dear Woodside, Welcome to October!

As we reach the mid-way point in our first trimester, it’s time to catch up on a few events at the school and prepare for some Fall fun and participate in some school based activities and information!  Read on to see what’s been going on and what’s to come in the weeks ahead!

Please note tomorrow, Thursday Oct. 18th is our Fall “Walking School Bus” a reminder students will be dropped off at the Fire Department and will be escorted by school staff to a Whole School Recess!  Great fun and a little great exercise to start the day.

-Mr. Dedek

(Photos in this newsletter courtesy of Terri Schultz, Chelsea French, Nicole Napples, Rick Dedek)

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Woodside Night At Gelato Fiasco Monday 10/15

Woodside Teachers Erin Dimbleby and Vicky Dow serve up smiles and gelato on Monday Night 10/15 at Gelato Fiasco’s Celebrity Scoop Night for Woodside.  All proceeds gained from the event go to support Woodside’s PTO.  (Missed this one?  No worries, we are trying to arrange a second “scoop night” in the Spring. 
Walking School Bus Tomorrow - Thursday Oct 18th

Weather will cooperate for tomorrow’s Walking School Bus from the Topsham Fire Department to Woodside Elementary School.  Following the walk, all students will participate in a whole school recess to start the day. (Students have already turned in permission forms, and we’ve checked with all special programs and family focus to make sure any special circumstances are accounted for.)  
Thank you to Chelsie French, Mike Snow, Mike Langley and Mike Pulsifer (and all the other volunteers) who are helping to make updates to our playground.  In addition to the “refreshing” you can see in these pictures, we have new Basketball Hoop Ready for install, a replacement “zip-line trolley” on order, and a new platform to replace an older one and some Stepping-Stumps on the way.  Interested in helping our playground improve? Come to a PTO meeting on Nov. 5th and participate in the Playground Committee!

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Reminder: Next Woodside PTO Meetings


PTO Highlights:

Next Meeting
: Monday, November 5th 6:00 p.m. Room 202B
Last Meeting: October 1st’s Agenda can be found here.   

Our new PTO By-Laws were unanimously voted for last Spring (50 in favor, 0 opposed).  A link to those By-Laws available here.
PTO is sponsoring some upcoming events:
  • Parent Coffee and Conversation Night on October 24th 5-6 p.m. with Mr. Dedek.  This month’s topic. “What to Expect on the Report Card”. Location: Room 202 B
  • Woodside Halloween Dance:  Friday Oct. 26th 5:00-7:00pm (See flyer later in bulletin.)
  • “Corn Hole” tournament on October 27th (Comeptition division ages 16 and up, and  family fun division.)
PTO executive board: 2018-2019
President:'18-‘19 Erika McKenney 
Vice President: ‘18-‘19 Rebecca Drewette-Card 
Treasurer: '18-‘19  Laurie Wertz
Secretary: 18-‘19 Julie Creek
Teacehr Rep: ‘18-19 Erin Dimbleby
Woodside PTO’s 
Most Important Fndraiser of the Year:  The GAO School Store!
(Running Now through Tuesday Oct. 23rd.)

Order forms due 10/23 back to your teacher....or, order on-line:
or using the QR code:

Every child who participates with atleast “one sale” will earn a WebKinz.  
Top seller from each grade will have choice of two WebKinz!
Thank you for participating!
Staffing Updates:  One Update to Share

1. We have anew Educational Technician to announce:  Lisa Sanchez has accepted an open Ed Tech III position in our special programs department.  Welcome Lisa!
-Mr. Dedek

Quick peek at the coming weeks

Peek at the Upcoming Weeks

On Going: (unless communicated different from coordinator)
  • LEGO-Robotics Club:  Each Friday 8:15-8:45 a.m.
  • Maine Refrain Rehearsals: Thursdays 8:00-8:50
  • WOW Practices: Monday and Thursday at 3:30
  • Intramural Sports:  M-T-F through Nove 2nd 7:55 a.m.
  • Marvels of Science - After School Program Wed 3:35-4:35 Room 202 A 10/10-12/5 (no class 11/21)
  • Take a Bite out of Science - After School Program Wed 3:35-4:35 1/23/19-3/20/19 (no class 2/20)

  • 23rd: Woodside GAO Magazine and School Store Orders Due (All participants earn a WebKinz!)
  • 26th: Halloween Dance: 5:00-6:00 (Sensory Friendly, younger kids) 6:00-7:00 Older kids. * Please note, children must be supervised to attend.
  • 31st: Whole School Campfire Meeting (Indoor, student only) Arctic Wolves, please wear blue, Timber Wolves please wear green, Western Wolves, please wear purple.

  • 2nd:  Title One NFL (Night for Family Literacy) 5:30-6:30
  • 5th PTO Meeting: 6:00-7:30 pm
  • 12th: No School - Veterans Day
  • 20th: 1st Trimester Ranks Close 
  • 21st-23rd No School - Thanksgiving Break
  • November Teacher Conferences: TBD, see your teacher.
  • November Book Fair:  Dates TBD

  • 3rd PTO 6:00-7:30p.m. Room 202A
  • 12th - Winter Concert 7:00 p.m. Gym
  • 17th - 18th Musical Rehearsal
  • 24th-Jan 1st - No School, December Break
Some Upcoming Events  
Order the Year Book now and Save 2$ (By ordering early, our cost is lower, and we pass that on to you!)
Check out the Woodside School Events Calendar - there is a direct tab right on our website, or you can link to it at the top of this e-mail in the “useful links” section.  Each entry can be clicked for more information like location and time.  Thanks for trying it out!
Looking for things to do after school?  
  • How about and afterschool science program? (K-5th grade, See flyer)
  • Woodside One Wheelers? (3-4-5th graders contact Mr. Pulsifer)
  • Or Maybe Trying Special Chorus? (4-5th graders contact Mr. Olsen Pietrowski)

* Inclusion in this bulletin is at the discretion of the Woodside principal and does not represent endorsement by Woodside Elmentary Shcool or MSAD 75.
Woodside One Wheeler Camps are held on site at the Woodside Elementary School in Topsham, Maine.
Update 5/20/18
Transportation and Parking Notes

As always, we so appreciate your safety and caution and care for all adults and children in the parking lot.  Please remember to drive safely in around the school property.  And asl always, never pass a school bus with flashing lights.  Thank you!

Next Week is our bus driver appreciation sure you find a way to thank those kind individuals who help make sure each day starts and ends safely for our students! (A kind note goes a long way:  we’ll take care of the treats for them here at School!)
Woodside Wellness Letter by: Nurse Kelsey Fogg

End on a Healthy Note...By Woodside O.T., Mrs. Piccirillo

Left Hand / Right Hand Dominance

Establishing a dominant hand / preferred hand.  Students need to establish a dominant hand for activities such as coloring, drawing, writing, cutting, eating and getting dressed.  It is important to establish a dominant hand so a child can complete automated tasks well and therefore allow their brain to process other cognitive demands.  Children who don’t have a dominant hand but instead switch hands to complete a task may struggle to complete fine motor movements that require “muscle memory” such as cutting on a line or writing the letters of the alphabet.  Establishing a dominant hand also allows the student to learn to use their non-dominant hand as a “helper hand”. The “helper hand” is important to assist the dominant hand for activities such as holding a piece of paper while writing or cutting .  You can help a student establish a dominant hand by doing activities that require a dominant hand and helper hand such as: screwing on lids to jars, lacing cards, zipping baggies, tracing over templates, peeling stickers off and putting them into a sticker book and coloring on small pieces of paper.  Having a dominant hand is essential to succeeding in school! More info here:

End on a Healhty Note:  Contributed by Barbara Piccirillo, Woodside Occupational Therapist.

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