WOODLAND PARK, NJ - All three Borough schools held their Back to School nights last week. For those unable to attend, here are some important updates and notes.

TECHNOLOGY: Students are 1-1 with laptops from second to eighth grade and utilize their laptops for nearly all subjects. Students have access to a student portal where they can access a suite of programs. The district is moving from Microsoft to Google Suite this year.

COMMUNICATION: Parents and guardians were asked to make sure that their information is up to date on the Parent Portal. The profile can be found on the child's portal profile page under "contacts" on the left
side. Include an email address to ensure that important updates and information can reach you, as all schools are paperless. If you are unable to access the portal, contact your building principal.

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HEALTH: The school nurses stressed the importance of keeping students home when they are sick. Students must be fever (100+), vomiting and diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning to school. Any student that has asthma, allergies or any chronic illness that does not have medications/permission forms filed with their school nurse should do so immediately so that an action plan is available for your child. All medications, including over the counter, must have a signed permission slip on file, which can be found on the website under the nurse’s tab. Also, any changes at all in a child’s medical history should be communicated with the school as soon as possible.

CURRICULUM: Supervisor of Math Mrs. Calderon noted that parents can find a wealth of math information and resources to help support their child on the district’s website including the Happy Numbers program, IXL, and the district’s math standards based rubric. Resources are available as well for English and Language Arts online.

LIBRARY: Alfred H. Baumann Free Public Library Director Linda Hoffman attended all three events, to encourage parents to take advantage of all the library's resources and to ask that all students and their family members sign up for a free library card. “Make reading a priority in your home,” she stressed at all three events. At Memorial School, she stressed reading was more important than ever as middle school is where we start losing kids as readers.

GYM: Students at Charles Olbon and Beatrice Gilmore should come appropriately dressed for their physical education days in navy athletic attire and sneakers. No jewelry should be worn on these days.

"Your participation is key in your child’s education,” said district Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michele Pillari at BG's Back to School Night, adding that parents/guardians with any questions or concerns can contact her or the building principals any time. “We are always here for you and are always available."