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September 3rd, 2018

Dear Families,

If you are new to Woodside, Welcome!  If you are familiar with Woodside, then welcome back!

MSAD 75 have received the feedback that parents and families overwhelmingly prefer to receive invitations to be involved in the school and important information about the school by email.  So, normally, you can expect a somewhat brighter format from me that will include photos, a calendar peek at the upcoming weeks, and other useful school ​information.  But here at the beginning of the school year we are still verifying enrollments, adding email addresses to our system, and making sure that we have everyone on-board, so just a boring old text email tonight! 

(We know for example, that there may be some families who do not receive this email because of an out-of-date address, or other information that may need to be verified in the first weeks of do your neighborly part, and share with your friends!)

Here then, is just a little bit of information to share as we get started.

School starts tomorrow:  Tuesday, 9/4/18.  Normal drop off time is between 8:45 and 8:50 a.m.  Wednesdays are “late starts” and drop off is one hour later between 9:45-9:50. Unless otherwise communicated, every Wednesday is a “late start” day.

We have supervision in the Woodside lobby starting at 8:45. At 8:50 students are released from the lobby to class (there will be plenty of helpers to make sure that new students remember where to go.)🙂. Thank you for reminding your child that we require students to practice respect and use a quiet voice (whisper) if they are waiting in the lobby before school.

A special tradition at Woodside (on the first day only) is that parents may also walk their child down to class.   

At 9:00 on the first day we make a special invitation to “new to Woodside” families who would like to join us for some Frosty’s Donuts and Coffee in the cafeteria.  We call this the “Boo-Hoo, Ya-Hoo!” Breakfast.  (We also have Kleenex on hand in case you are having the tough of the first day blues.)😢. We also love to have a few experienced parents in the cafeteria to help get to know the community, and to build some positive outside of school social connections. 

Finally, we know that there can be a lot of excitement and nervous feelings surrounding the start of the school year.  We ask that everyone help start the year on the right foot by getting to bed nice and early, having a good breakfast, and remembering that even the teachers feel a little nervous on the first day; but together, we will all work to have a safe, responsible, and respectful school year.

Until I see you tomorrow, have a great night, and I’ll share just a few more dates and an important communication-link below. 

Take Care, 
-Mr. Dedek 
Principal, Woodside Elementary School

Some Upcoming Dates:
9/5 (Kids only) Whole School Meeting Topic: “Paw Tickets” (2:25 p.m.)
9/10 (Child Care Provided) PTO Meeting 6:00-7:30 p.m. WES Conference Room
9/12 (Kids Only) Whole School Meeting Topic “WOW - School Performance” (2:25 p.m.)
9/14 - (Kids and Families) Muffins with Mom (Woodside Playground, 8:05-9:50 a.m.)
9/21 - Donuts with Dad (Woodside Playground, 8:05-9:50 a.m.)
9/26 - (Kids Only) Whole School Meeting Topic: “Wolf Packs” and “Camp-fire sing-a-long”  (2:25 p.m.)
9/26 - Grades 1+2 Combined Curriculum Night (5:00-5:45 p.m.)
10/1 - (Child Care Provided) PTO Meeting 6:00-7:30 p.m. WES Conference Room 
10/3 - Kindergarten Curriculum Night (5:00-5:45 p.m.)
10/4 - Grades 3-5 Combined Curriculum Night (5:00-5:45 p.m.)
10/5 - No School, Columbus Day Long Weekend
10/8 - No School, Columbus Day Long Weekend

Woodside Web Site

  • From the above link you can see tabs to MSAD 75’s District Site including school board policies, district calendars.
  • Under the news portion of Woodside’s page,  please follow the links to subscribe to all upcoming and past newsletters. 

Finally, like the “Woodside Elementary School PTO” facebook page for social media updates.

-Mr. Dedek
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A Few Transportation Notes:

As we prepare to return to another year of safe transportation to and from school, please keep in mind a few of these important notes:
  1. Whether you are arriving by foot, bike, car, or bus...please use caution at all times.
  2. In the driveway, no cars are allowed in the bus loop between 7:00 am - 5:00 p.m.
  3. If you are dropping students off or picking up in the afternoon keep these hints in mind:
    • Drop off on the right hand side, at the not let kids out on the driver side into on-coming traffic.
    • If you plan to accompany your child on the walk to the front door, please find a marked parking space, or park safely on Barrows Drive and walk up the Woodside side walk together. (Do not park in the exit driveway which may block Bus Traffic.)
    • Observe caution and patrience...all parents have somewhere to go after drop off, but no one wants anyone to be hurt, or to start the day with a “fender bender”.
    • Remember, it is a state law, do not pass a bus with red flashing lights on....even in the driveway.
    • Drop is between 8:45-8:50....late slips after 8:55.
    • Pick up is 3:20, but the office needs to hear from you by 2:00 if it is an unscheduled pick up.

Reminder: Next Woodside PTO Meetings

Next Meeting: Monday, Sept 10th.

Our new PTO By-Laws were unanimously voted for (50 in favor, 0 opposed) at our last meeting.  A link to those By-Laws available here.
A warm welcome to our newly elected PTO executive board:
President:'18-‘19 Erika McKenney 
Vice President: ‘18-‘19 Rebecca Drewette-Card 
Treasurer: '18-‘19  Laurie Wertz
Secretary: 18-‘19 Julie Creek
Teacher Rep:  ‘18-‘19 Erin Dimbleby

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