Lumberjack Log

2019-20; Welcome to Our Best Year Yet!

Hello from Ms. Kolarik!

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

If you are a returning family; Welcome back! If you are new to our Woodside Family; Welcome! Though I thoroughly enjoyed the warm summer, I am so looking forward to a great start to our 2019-2020 school year and I hope you and our students are too. The beginning of the school year can bring a lot of excitement and sometimes, trepidation for many students. It is not unusual for students to have a hard time transitioning from summer activities to the schedule and expectations of a quality education. Good news! Our teachers have spent some of their summer creating a variety of engaging lessons and activities designed to strengthen your students' knowledge, skills, and abilities as well as those positive relationships that can help to ease those anxious thoughts.

Your student is our student and when we work together as a team, our students will be those strong and successful people we all want them to be. Communication between your child's teacher is important to your child's success, so please continue to build that partnership by reaching out to keep us in the loop of events that may affect your child's day, asking questions, and knowing, like you, we too want the best for each and everyone of our kids. Together, we will make sure this school year is full of learning and growing.

I plan to keep you "in the loop" with this monthly digital newsletter and hope you'll find something worthwhile as you scroll through it and maybe even share with other family members and friends of Woodside. Another way you can "keep in the loop" is to be sure to complete your child's online verification. Please let us know if you need help with that.

Yours in Partnership,

Ms. Julie Kolarik

PS: Information in this (long!) newsletter; (Parent/student handbook listed on our webpage with additional information)

  • Bits & Pieces; Class placement, security updates, pictures, online verification, safety patrol
  • Before & After School Information; Pick-ups, drop-offs, Boys and Girls Club
  • Let's Eat: School lunch, breakfast, semester milk, nutritional program
  • Make a Difference; Volunteer guidelines, Box tops, PTO
  • Attendance; Importance, policy, if absent Fees; Books & Materials W
  • Who Are We? Faculty/staff listing, New Team Members
  • Up coming dates to know, research in parenting

Bits & Pieces

Class Placement is Available!

The unique needs of each individual student are considered as the class lists take shape. The teachers and other professionals that work with your child will be collaborating with administration in the previous spring to begin creating the new class lists. The lists are modified throughout the summer as students and staff transfer in and out. Our goal is to achieve the most appropriate and beneficial placement for all children. Identification of your child's classroom teacher is available now on your Skyward account.

Safety in Our Schools

Should an emergency situation ever arise while school is in session, we want you to be aware that the District has made preparations to respond effectively.

Each year we conduct periodic safety drills during the school year for a variety of potential emergencies which could occur. In cooperation with our School Resource Officer, we practice and prepare for the event of a school emergency that would require a lockdown or evacuation. We practice these drills to ensure the safety of all students, staff, and visitors in our school buildings. We also lock all exterior doors in the building during the school day and use a “buzz-in” system for visitors. Plan to check in at the school office when visiting. Background checks and visitor badges are utilized in our schools as part of the District safety response and preparedness plan.

Our school district has a detailed emergency operations plan which has been formulated to respond to a major emergency situation. Your cooperation is necessary in any emergency.

During an emergency situation:

  1. Do not telephone the school as the phone lines will be in use by the school district to coordinate emergency services. A hotline will be established as soon as possible for family members to call in order to receive the most up-to-date information concerning the emergency.
  2. Do not go to your child’s school unless you have been directed to do so.
  3. Students will be kept at school or at an off campus evacuation point and only released to a parent/guardian or an adult who has been authorized by you either on a Registration/Enrollment form or through your completion of the On-Line Verification process in Skyward Family Access.
  • Parents must be patient with the student release process to ensure the safety of all students.
  • While we are familiar with the faces of many of our families, a proof of identification will be requested before a student gets released.
  • It is critical that you keep the Emergency Contact information updated in Skyward Family Access at all times.

Information from the School District will be distributed through radio/television stations, the School District website, Skyward Family Access message center which sends messages to parent email addresses, and through the Nixle alert system (to sign up for Nixle, visit our webpage and click on the “District” tab found at the top of the main page). If necessary, parents/guardians will be contacted directly by telephone.

Prior to an emergency, impress upon your children the need for them to follow the directions of any school or emergency personnel in times of an emergency. Please discuss these matters with your family. Planning ahead will help alleviate concern during emergencies. Should an emergency situation occur, we thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Feel free to contact the school office with any questions.

The "Raptor" System; Safety for Students & Staff

Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools (WRPS) is pleased to announce that we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools to build on the District’s program of campus safety for students and faculty. Knowing who is in our buildings throughout the course of the day is a key factor in building security. The Raptor system will enhance our ability to track visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools.

Upon entering a district building, visitors will be asked to present a valid state-issued ID which will be scanned into the system. The Raptor system will then check to ensure that the ID does not match up with any registered sexual offenders in a national registry. It is important to note that the Raptor system only scans the visitor's name, date of birth, and photo for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. Additional visitor data from the driver's license is not collected nor is the system connected to any other system such as the State Department of Motor Vehicles. Therefore, any other information listed on the ID is not scanned by the system or used during the visitor registration process. Once the school office has approved of the visitor, a temporary badge will be issued for use on the day of the visit. Visitors who have been identified as a sex offender will be denied access to the school. Individuals who do not have an ID to produce upon arrival may still be allowed in the building, but will require escort by a school staff member.

Please understand that it will not be necessary to scan your ID or obtain a visitor’s badge if you are stopping in to simply drop off an item, pick something up in the office, and/or drop off or pick up your child. Screening via the Raptor system is intended to be used for visitors who will be moving beyond the office into classrooms or other areas of the building for a variety of pre-approved reasons (e.g., volunteering in classrooms, reading to students, etc.).

The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and the Raptor visitor management system provides another layer of security and consistency when screening visitors on a daily basis. Therefore, starting with the 2019-20 school year, all visitors to WRPS facilities are required to be scanned into the system and obtain a visitor badge. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support of these initiatives to enhance school safety protocols in our district.

If you have any questions about the system and its use in your child’s school, please contact Ms. Kolarik.

Safe, Secure, & Self-Reliant

Tuesday, Sep. 3rd, 8:30am to Friday, June 5th 2020 at 3:45pm

611 2 Mile Avenue

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

8:40-3:35; Building Access.
  • We are continuing are previous safety measures where Woodside doors are locked once our school day starts, 8:40 am, and remain locked throughout the school day, until 3:35 pm. Visitors will still need to “buzz in” using the security panel near the front door; Push the button, smile for the camera, wait to listen for the buzz, then you can open the door. If asked, state your name and reason for visiting. Come directly to the office. (No visitors may enter the building without signing in at the office.)
  • This is where an additional security measure occurs; Visitors who joining us in an area beyond the office during any part of the school day, 8:40-3:35, will need to bring their state issued identification. The ID will then be scanned in our office and a badge will be generated for the visitor to wear on property. Upon leaving, the badge will be returned to the office. This is required for visitors who will be interacting with students, even parents/guardians who will be eating lunch with their child. (More details in this newsletter under "Raptor")
  • Parents who wish to eat lunch with their children may do so after notifying the office by 8:45 am. This is so we can have enough food for everyone. Parents and other visitors may eat lunch with only their child. They may not have access to other children during the lunch period. Parents/Visitors may not accompany children out to the playground area.
  • Check out our student handbook for other details on absences, behavior expectations, attendance policies and all the things you may want to know at;


Coming & Going to School (The Overall logistics!)

We hope you are able to make it to our open house on Thursday, August 29 from 3:30-5. This is the time when students can meet their teachers, drop off school supplies, and get to know the layout of the school--as well as go over what to do on the first day when they get here.

* Morning Arrivals *

-No drop-offs before 8:20**.

-At 8:20 or later, kids either come into the cafeteria to eat breakfast or stay on the playground until our first bell rings at 8:35. Our kindergarten through first grade kiddos head through school to our back playground. Our second through fifth grade kiddos stay on the front playground.

-At the 8:35 bell, students head to their lockers where they drop their backpacks and coats off at their lockers and head to their classrooms. The second bell rings at 8:40, signaling students should be in their classrooms. (4K/EC/Kindergarten parents are welcome to escort their children to their classroom the first days--please check with your teacher for more information.)

**Registered YMCA Kids Club Member; Head to the cafeteria (information on Kids Club at open house)

* Arrivals During the Day *

-Please escort your child into the office and sign in. Your child will then join his/her class.

* During the Day Departure *

-When entering the building, please press the button, identify who you are, come to the office and sign your child out of the building. Your child will come to the office to meet you based on the note with the time you sent earlier (see details below). For safety reasons, students will not be allowed to wait outside the building or exit the building without guardian supervision. If you need to make changes after you child is at school, please call the office before 2:30 pm. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office, 715-424-6793, ext 2800.

If you are picking up your child before the end of the school day, please send a note with the student in the morning, or use the agenda planner. Please write the note to the teacher letting the teacher know when they should be ready to go in the office, as that will be the time they will be in the office. If you come earlier, we will need to call down to the classroom, sometimes the student is in another class, this will take more time to find them and they may not be ready.

* End of Day Departure *

- Students are dismissed for busses, pick-up, walking, after school care at 3:35. All students who are getting picked up exit the front doors. Students are not allowed to walk in the parking lot without an adult.

- Our staff is out there to protect our students and families. Please support our efforts. The outside lane (nearest the sidewalk) is not a parking spot. Vehicles are not to be un-attended by the driver in that lane at any time. You may drop-off/pick-up your child from that lane only and then use the inside lane to exit the parking lot.

- If a lawful place to park in the lot is available, please use it. If a parking spot is not available once you enter the lot, nor a spot to the outside pick up/drop off lane, you will need to exit the parking lot via the inside thru traffic only lane and wait in line off of Two Mile Avenue until the line moves. If you are in an unlawful spot and asked to move, you may need to exit the parking lot and reenter the line off of Two Mile Avenue to get into the lot.

Bus Transportation

Your child’s bus number,​ bus stop ​location,​and pick-up time ​can be found ​online ​in​ your ​Skyward Family Access​ account.​ ​You​ will​ find​ a ​tab​ in​ the ​left ​panel ​named ​“Student ​Info”​–​click​on that,​and you​will​ see​“View​Bus​Schedule”​near ​the ​middle​ of ​the ​page. If you are a new student, you should receive information by U.S. Mail with your details.

If you had an additional pick up or drop off point (other than your child's primary address) set up for transportation last school year, that information should still be included in Family Access as well. Be sure to double check this information in Family Access and contact Safe Way Bus at 715-423-1117 if something looks like it is missing. If your child has split households, please be sure both are listed. You may need to complete an alternative Bus Service Form, found in the "Parents" tab of our district web page ( under "Transportation." Once turned in, the form may take up to 24 hours to process.

Families who attend Woodside, yet do not live in the Woodside School attendance area are responsible for their own transportation of their students. Questions about your student's bus routing and pick-up/drop-off specifics should be made with SafeWay Bus at 715-423-1117. The District contact person for other questions related to transportation is Ann Arendt at 715-424-6700.

Boys and Girls Club Information

The Boys & Girls Club is a before and after school care program and is not affiliated with the Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools. Students who participate in this program must register with the B&G Club Office. Once that registration is complete, students who attend Woodside School and wish to be transported to the Club may do so with permission from their parent. The office needs a note from the parent, or a phone call by 2:30 pm, if your child is riding the bus to the Boys & Girls Club at the end of the day. If they are riding all year, please write a note out for that, and please be specific as to what days they ride or not ride. If there is a change for their bus, for example they are getting picked up or need to ride a regular bus, please call the school office before 2:30 pm and let us know. If we don’t receive a call by 2:30 pm, they will ride the bus to the Boys & Girls Club. Questions, call 715-424-6793 ext. 2800.

Changes in Pick Up

If you are picking up your child before the end of the school day, please send a note with the student in the morning, or use the agenda planner. Please write the note to the teacher letting the teacher know when they should be ready to go in the office, that will be the time they will be in the office. When entering the building, please press the button, identify who you are, come to the office and sign your child out of the building. Your child will come to the office to meet you.

If you need to make changes after you child is at school, please call the office before 2:30 pm. . If you come earlier, we will need to call down to the classroom, sometimes the student is in another class, and this will most likely take more time to find them as they may not be ready. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office, 715-424-6793, ext 2800

Parking Lot Drop-off/Pick Up

Thank you for understanding a safe and orderly pick up line and finding an open and appropriate parking space takes time. Though we would like to be able to offer something quicker, we are unable to due to the lack of room and amount of families picking up students. Therefore, all visitors, families, etc. are expected to follow;

  • No parking on any and all striped areas.
  • No parking, stopping, or standing in areas with cones. Handicapped for designated handicap vehicles only.
  • Inside lane (next to sidewalk) Do not leave vehicles unattended by driver. Outside lane - thru traffic only.
  • Students need to be escorted in parking lot.
Visitors who choose not to follow our safety procedures may be subject to officer intervention.

Let's Eat! (Nutritional Details Here)

Elementary School Nutritional Program

The school breakfast program is offered at all schools in the district. Any student who qualifies for free or reduced lunches automatically qualifies for a free school breakfast. The cost for a paid breakfast is $1.25. Students are offered five items at breakfast. These include: 8 oz low fat or fat free white milk, 2 – ½ c servings of juice and/or juice, and 2 servings of whole grain rich products and/or protein items, such as string cheese or yogurt. Students are required to take at least 3 of the 5 items to constitute a school breakfast, and one of the items must include ½ cup fruit and/or juice serving. The requirement that all students must take a fruit at breakfast is a USDA regulation. Eating a good breakfast, whether at home or school, has been shown to be effective in helping your child learn. Lunch for students is $2.05.

We request that parents keep their student’s meal account with a positive balance of $5. Low balance notices will be sent home twice a week. Please look in your child’s “home folder” or backpack daily. At the elementary schools, if the meal account runs out of funds, students are allowed to charge up to five lunches. If your student wishes to purchase extra juice or milk with meals, or purchase milk only with lunch or breakfast, they are required to have money in their account. Extra Milk and juice are .35 cents. All bread/grains served in school meals must be whole grain rich and meals must meet lower sodium levels than in the past.

Lunch/Breakfast Info.

Daily: $2.05 - Weekly: $10.25- Student Breakfast: $1.25 (free breakfast if reduced)

Parents who wish to eat lunch with their children may do so after notifying the office by 8:45 am. Adult Lunch: $3.25, please call office by 8:45 am to place your lunch order. You will need to pay in the office. If we do not receive a call by 8:45 am, we can not supply an adult lunch. Call 715-424-6793 ext 2802 for more information. Parents and other visitors may eat lunch with only their child. They may not have access to other children during the lunch period. Parents/Visitors may not accompany children out to the playground area. Additionally, parents/visitors will need to use the Raptor system to check in (see details in this newsletter.)

If students are late to school and they want to pick from choice one or two, please call the office by 8:45 am to let us know which choice they would prefer. Otherwise, the office will need to make a choice from what we have available at the school. Please do not leave this lunch choice information on the attendance line. Call the main office, 715-424-6793 ext 2802.

Lunch and Breakfast menus, will not be printed and sent home. Please go to the district's webpage at Choose District, Administrative Department, Food Services, School Menus.

Semester Milk

A milk program is offered to all students. This program is not part of the district’s hot lunch program. You will need to pay for Semester Milk, even if they qualify for free or reduced lunches. Grades K-5 is $28, 4-K is Free, Early Childhood is $6 per Semester. Chocolate milk will be an alternative choice to white milk.

Payment is made at the beginning of each semester. Milk is provided during a break in either the morning or afternoon within the child's class. Individual classrooms determine the time of the break within their day. If you are interested in contributing a monetary donation to assist in supplying students who may not be able to afford semester milk, please contact Nicole in our front office; 424-6793. Thank you!

Make A Difference!


All of our new volunteers are required to complete an online application which can be found on the district webpage. Please visit​ to apply. All volunteers must be approved prior​ ​to volunteering in any capacity in the school, including, but not limited to, helping in the classroom and field trips. The deadline to submit your volunteer application is November​ ​30th.

Volunteer applications must be completed by following the link above and filling out the online application. Once the application is submitted you will receive email verification of your application status. Volunteer’s will need to reapply every three​ ​years. If ​you ​were ​approved​ as​ a​ volunteer ​last ​school​ year​ or the year before, you​ do​ not​ need​ ​to​ submit another​ application​ for​ this​ school​year, once approved, it is good for 3 years.​ You​ will​ receive​ email​ notification when​ your ​application​ status ​is​ expiring. If you are an active WRPS employee, you do not need to complete the volunteer background check. If you have questions or concerns about the volunteering process, please contact, Melissa Bouchard, Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools HR Secretary/AESOP Coordinator 715-424-6713 x1023 -

Volunteer Guidelines

Volunteers are required to stop in the office immediately upon arrival each time they volunteer. For the safety of everyone, we need to know who is in the building and where to locate volunteers in case of an emergency. Individuals who are approved volunteers will wear a school volunteer identification badge that clearly communicates that they have been approved as a volunteer and are allowed to volunteer, as needed.

Parents assigned “visitor” status must sign in at the school office. They must obtain and wear a visitor identification badge. Visitor participation is restricted to your own child’s classroom with your own child while under direct supervision. Volunteers may come in contact with student information in the course of their duties. Volunteers are required to maintain strict confidentiality with all student, school or classroom information. Failure to do so may result in loss of volunteer opportunities.

Volunteers may not supervise a class in the teacher’s absence. Volunteers may not take students off-campus during the day unless approved by the principal and accompanied by a faculty/staff member. Volunteers may not chaperone an approved field trip unless the volunteer is registered, approved, and accompanied by a faculty/staff member. For safety reasons, we ask all volunteers observe the following when working with students:

  • At no time should a volunteer be totally isolated with a child, such as a room with a closed door.
  • Work only in areas of the school building which are in continual, direct supervision of district professional staff.
  • Use the staff/adult restroom facilities rather than the student facilities.
  • Refrain from giving students gifts, rewards, or food items of any kind without the teacher’s permission.
  • All interactions between volunteers and students must take place only at scheduled times and in the school.
  • If a student shares any information with a volunteer that causes concern for their safety or health, TELL THE TEACHER OR PRINCIPAL. They will follow up on the information appropriately. Please keep the content of the information and any action taken strictly confidential.

Box Tops

For over 10 years, Box Tops have helped America’s schools raise over $175 million to buy the things they need. The Box Tops for Education program offers an easy way to make a difference through everyday activities like buying groceries. School budgets are tighter than ever, and Woodside Elementary is asking for the support of families and community members like you. Another easy way to help our school is to sign up for the Box Tops website at You’ll get updates on our school’s Box Tops earnings, money saving coupons, family-pleasing recipes, and chances to win Bonus Box Tops, the latest Box Tops news and much, much more. Best of all, it’s absolutely free! For more information on how you can help our school earn cash through Box Tops for Education, visit

Help Make Our Students Stronger!

Join us in making Woodside even stronger! We are looking forward to a great year with our awesome Woodside students, teachers, support staff and families.

The Woodside PTO is about men and women working together toward a common goal. That goal is to create a better school and a better educational experience for our children. We strive to create an atmosphere where teachers and administrators can do their best work—and so can our children. We will have a booth at Open House--stop by and see what we are all about!

PTO Support - In the past years we have:

  • Supplied classroom support: by laminating, helped with field trip cost.
  • Purchased book shelves and book bins for the classrooms.
  • Paid for Safety Patrols end of the year trip.
  • Helped with 5th grade track shirts and end of the year pizza party.
  • Promoted family fun: Enhanced the school community by organizing and running school family events; Movie Nights, Donuts with Dad and Mornings with Mom.
  • Sponsored STEM SCOUT LABS and BOY SCOUT PACK at Woodside.
  • Contributed ongoing support for school programs such as: yearbook, school pictures, apparel orders and the annual book fair.
  • Purchased playground equipment.

Please email with any questions.


School Calendar

A Woodside School Family Calendar can be found on the district website for you to refer to during the year. One is also provided in the materials that you will receive at our Open House (August 29). Events that affect the entire school (Holidays, Professional Development Days, Breaks, etc.) will be posted on this calendar.

A monthly newsletter is posted (online) through the WRPS District Website, this newsletter contains school-wide events. Watch for frequent announcements of special events that may only deal with your child or their grade level. These announcements will be sent home by the classroom teachers. Please go through your child’s backpack each night to make sure that you are keeping up with the events scheduled for you and your family.


One of the goals of our school is to help students have a successful educational experience. Parents have the greatest impact on the learning process. The professional teaching staff can do very little if parents are not supportive of their children to make the most of school.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recognizes that schools should be concerned with pupil’s unexcused absences, including tardies, and excused absences in excess of five days a semester or a total of ten school days for the year and it’s the parent/guardian’s responsibility to cause the child to attend school regularly during the full day and hours under WIS Stat. sec. 118.15(1)(a). Consistent attendance is important to the academic and social development of your child. We encourage you to schedule all appointments during your child’s lunch period or at times in which they are not in school. If your child is going to be absent, parents are required to call the District Attendance Line, 715-424-6765 (Press 2 for Elementary, Press 7 for Woodside) please leave your message by 9 am. If your child is running late and they are having lunch, please call the main office at 715-423-6793, ext 2802. If your child will be gone on vacation or any extended period of time, please send a note to the office a week before the absence along with any homework request or you can call the office at, 715-423-6793, ext 2800. Thank you!

Students who are enrolled in the Wisconsin Rapids Public School fall under the state’s compulsory school attendance requirements. Students may not miss more than 10 days of school during any one school year for any reason (illness, family vacation, etc.). If students miss more than that, they fall into the district’s attendance policy and will be considered truant. Therefore, it is important that students attend school whenever possible.

As part of the WRPS attendance procedure, an automatically generated letter is sent to all parents/guardians of a student who has been absent part or all of any unexcused absences (including tardies) in a school semester, 5 excused absences, and/or 10 excused absences in a school year. It does not indicate you will or will not be recommended for truancy proceedings. After a student has exhausted their (10) excused absences allowable by statute, medical documentation may be required to excuse an absence. Written/faxed documentation from a medical provider indicating the time period for which a child is excused is acceptable and always welcome, though the letters are still automatically generated and sent.


Book & Material Fees

We will be collecting the $20 Book and Material Fee from each of our K-5 students. Information can be found in the packet of materials that your child brought home after our Open House or on the first day of school. This fee can be paid by placing a check into the envelope that is provided and by placing your child’s full name on the outside of the envelope, then returning it to the school office.

For a small fee, you may also pay by setting up an account on our newer program called e~Funds for Schools. The Wisconsin Rapids Public School District is pleased to introduce a new program called e~Funds for Schools. This program offers various options for parents/guardians who choose to make payments online and is extremely user friendly. Not only will you have the ability to have various school fees and lunch payments electronically withdrawn from your checking account or charged to your credit card, you also have the flexibility to make a payment at any time through the school's website. The e~Funds for Schools service is offered to you by a third party service provider and they charge for processing your payment(s), similar to other online banking services. The district does not request or keep records of family checking or credit card account information. The e~Funds for Schools electronic payment service is provided to the school by a third party service provider. The service provider has a nominal fee for their service. There is a $1.00 transaction convenience fee for each electronic checking payment that you make. The system carries a Non Sufficient Funds (NSF) charge if the payment is “bad.”

For payments made by credit or debit card, there is a convenience fee of $2.65 per each $100 increment in the transaction. When you setup your account, please review your options carefully. You are in full control of your account and can make a payment at any time that is convenient for you. No payments will be allowed without your knowledge and authorization through this secure payment system. By providing your home and/or work email address, an email notification informing you of the student’s name, purpose of the payment, and the amount of the item, will be sent to you each time that a payment is to be processed. The e~Funds for Schools site is secure and uses industry standard data encryption. How does e-Funds for Schools work? Families set up and maintain their own logins, passwords, and payment preferences. Your account information is retained in a password-protected file. e~Funds for Schools will help to eliminate last minute check writing hassles, improve efficiencies, and help cut costs for both you and the school district. Online payments will help eliminate the worry that your children could lose or forget the money intended for school items or that it might be spent on other non-school related items. Payments from a credit card or checking account may easily be set up. Parents/guardians may establish a recurring payment or may opt to make a one-time payment. The program offers various types of payment to families that include but are not limited to book and material fee, library fees/fines, course fees, and other miscellaneous fees and fines. The system may be expanded to include other fees as well. Your payment history for the year is available with a click of the mouse

Our programs and events are open to all of our students regardless of the status of their fee. However, all unpaid fees will accumulate and if not paid by the time they enter junior high, co-curricular activities may be withheld. We are sincere about working with our families. If you are requesting a payment plan be set up for book and material fees, please call Woodside’s office at 424-6793. Our conversation will be kept in all confidence. You will also need to follow up our conversation with completed waiver (available in the office). Please talk directly to the principal if you are experiencing an unusual financial hardship and wish to set up a payment plan for your child’s fees.

Our Team!

Woodside Elementary is a school community made up of a skilled staff of professionals, educational assistants, and support staff who enjoy working with elementary students. Stop by and see the amazing educational opportunities our team is providing our students! Go Lumberjacks!

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Welcome to Our New Faculty and Staff!

Kindergarten: Ms. Megan Sondalle, is joining the team of Mrs. Medo and Mr. Fiala, who have over 45 years of teaching experience

First Grade: Ms. Brooke Groholski has spent the vast majority of her life in Central Wisconsin and will be joining Mrs. Muehlenkamp and Mrs L. Scheunemann as they work together to help our first graders succeed!

Third Grade; Ms. Makayla Cywinski is one of our four fantastic third grader teachers. She'll be working with Mrs. Spurlin, Mr. Dorhorst, and Mrs. Wentland.

Fifth Grade: Mrs. Nicole Gustaveson will be working with Mr. Sigourney and Mrs. Durst to get our fifth graders ready for the middles school.

Speech and Language; Ms.Marissa Kunsman will be joining Mrs. K. Scheunemann as part of our speech and language team.

Special Education; Ms. Abby Bubnik will be working with many of our classroom teachers and special education department as she works to help support the emotional and behavioral needs of our students.

We welcome the following educational assistants who will be working with our students who have exceptional educational needs and our teachers of students with exceptional educational needs. Mrs. Anita Hernandez Mrs. Debbie Jepson Mrs. Kerry Fox Mrs. Dawn LaMarche

We welcome an addition to our amazing custodial staff as part of our night crew; Mr. Brandon Frank

Also, our Ms. Wolosek, who works with a variety of our classroom teachers and students in her capacity as a special education teacher, is now Mrs. Tometczak! Congratulations!

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  • Thursday, April 29; Open House 3:30-5
    Come meet your teachers, drop off school supplies, and visit us!
  • Tuesday, September 3; First day of school!
    -Our school begins at 8:35 and goes until 3:35. Our first bell at 8:35, signifies students are to come in from outside and our second bell at 8:40, indicates class begins.
    ***For safety reasons, visitors are not allowed in the building, other than the office, between 8:40-3:35 unless prior arrangements have been made. Regardless, all visitors must buzz in and then check into the office. Our new security system requires a state issued identification card for all visitors to be allowed beyond the office.
    ***Please do not drop students off before 8:20 as there is no supervision until that time.
  • Monday, September 9: PTO Meeting in the IMC; 4:00--please join us!!

  • Tuesday, September 17: Picture Day for the following;
    EC (am), 4 K (am), KG, 1st, 2nd, EC (pm) and 4K (pm)

  • Wednesday, September 18; Picture Day for the following:
    3rd, 4th, 5th, EC (pm) and 4 K (pm)

  • Monday, October 14: PTO Meeting in the IMC; 4:00--please join us!

  • Friday, November 30: Want to volunteer at Woodside/field trips/our district? Forms must be completed by November 30;

And the Research Shows....

Parents and what they do are really, really important! In a recent TED talk, science journalist Helen Pearson shared some important findings and simple truths about life and good parenting based on the data collected as part of this project. Watch the 12 minute video here;

The findings she shares comes from a scientific study. For the past 70 years, scientists in Britain have been studying thousands of children through their lives to find out why some end up happy and healthy while others struggle. It’s the longest-running study of human development in the world, and it’s produced some of the best-studied people on the planet while changing the way we live, learn and parent.

Not interested in a twelve minute video? Here are some things from the findings that parents can do that can have a positive impact:

  • Talking and listening to a child and responding to them warmly
  • Teaching them their letters and numbers
  • Taking them on trips and visits
  • Reading to children every day seems to be really important, too. In one study, children whose parents were reading to them daily when they were five and then showing an interest in their education at the age of 10, were significantly less likely to be in poverty at the age of 30 than those whose parents weren’t doing those things.
  • Having a regular bedtime. Data showed that those children who were going to bed at different times were more likely to have behavioral problems, and then those that switched to having regular bedtimes often showed an improvement in behavior.
  • The data also showed that children who were reading for pleasure at the ages of five and 10 were more likely to go on in school better, on average, on school tests later in their lives. And not just tests of reading, but tests of spelling and math as well.
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