May Principal Newsletter

Posted by Lisa Maher on 5/1/2019

Dear Woodglen Community,

This school year has been an exciting and productive time for our students, staff, and families at Woodglen.  I encourage you to continue to frequently visit our Woodglen Webpage to see the many enriching activities and events your children experience! School Life is more than “learning” for your children.  It is the building of a “learning community” that extends beyond the curriculum and classroom.  

Spring (April and May) also heralds the end to the New York State assessment season for our third, fourth and fifth grade students.  All of our students continue to work very hard and we congratulate the third through fifth grade students for doing their best on the New York State English language arts and Mathematics assessments. Our fourth graders will take one final state assessment, the New York State Science assessment, which is being administered in late May and early June.  Please remember that results will be shared with parents as soon as they are made available to us by New York State.

The OLWEUS program is a school wide program that addresses bullying and focuses on the prevention of it.  Through this program, students receive a consistent, reinforced message about bullying over an extended period of time.  The program is embedded throughout the school and involves all staff members.  A very special thank you goes out to the entire OLWEUS committee for doing a spectacular job as they lead our building in the right direction. In addition, the committee is busy training the staff so effectively! 

We are looking forward to marching in the Memorial Day parade alongside Mr. Andert.

At this time of year, parents begin to wonder how class re-organization is handled for the coming school year.  Our goals are: To create heterogeneous classes (academic, social and emotional); to maintain gender and class size balance; to provide for the unique needs of all children.  Unless parents have worked with a specific teacher in the past, they only know teachers by reputation; therefore, requests for specific teachers cannot be honored.  In each year, there are likely to be staff changes on one or more grade levels. Please remember your child’s current teacher and school staff have a good understanding of each child’s needs.  

Thank you for your continued support and involvement in our children’s education. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or me if we can be of any assistance.


Lisa Maher