Digital Safety Conversation Night - Feb. 11th
Please join us on Feb. 11th at 6:30 pm at the Wood Road Library to celebrate Safer Internet Day 2019, which promotes safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones/tablets among children and young people. During this event you’ll learn about the importance of digital safety and the Smart Talk, an interactive website created by National PTA and LifeLock, a Symantec company, to help families and kids talk about using digital devices responsibly and decide a few important questions together, like: What are they allowed to post on social media? What should their privacy settings be and what apps can they download? How much screen time is ok? Once those questions have been answered, a custom agreement is created, which can be printed and signed so that all of the ground rules are easily remembered by everyone.
A pizza dinner will start at 6:30 pm followed by a presentation with a couple of guest speakers and a student panel at 7 pm.
This is an event open to parents and students of the Ballston Spa community. There will be activities for the younger siblings to enjoy during the event. We hope to see you then! If you have any questions, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Friday, Feb. 8th, Wood Road Student Council will be selling fresh-popped popcorn during lucnhes for $1 a bag.
Dodgeball Tournament - Feb. 8th
Please join us for the 1st Annual Wood Road School Dodgeball Tournament!
This is a free event for all students, parents and staff. If you can dip, dodge, dive and have fun, then join us at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8th for a pizza dinner followed by the tournament at 6 p.m. Where? Right here at Wood Road School. A friendly parent vs. staff game will follow the tournament.
Fill out this form and return it to the school by Jan. 25th. We will email you with your team color. Please wear or decorate in that color for the event.
Talent Show - Friday, Jan. 25th
Wood Road PTA invites students in all grades to participate in this year's talent show on Friday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m.
Rehearsals are Wednesday, Jan. 16, Thursday, Jan. 17, and Tuesday, Jan. 22. Students in grades 3-5 can ride the late bus home if an authorization form is on file. Students in grades K-2 must be picked up by a gaurdian no later than 4:30 p.m. All acts and songs should be kept under three minutes and are subject to approval.
If your child is interested in the talent show, please fill out a talent show form and return it to your child's teacher on or before Monday, Jan. 21.
Any questions can be directed to Ann Oddy at email@example.com.
As always, if you would like to help with the event, please let Ann know.
Holiday Spirit Week is December 17th - 20th
Festive Headwear Day
Holiday Cheer Day - Wear red & green or blue & white
Festive Shirt Day
Wood Road Little Elf Lane
Wood Road's Little Elf Lane is on Friday, Dec. 14th. Little Elf Lane gives kids a chance to shop for gifts for the holidays. The event is sponsored by PTA. All gifts range from 25-cents to $5. A shopping list can be found here. Send money and the shopping list to school with your child on Friday, Dec. 14.
Honor a Veteran
Honor a Veteran forms were sent home with students in October. Students are encouraged to complete their Honor a Veteran form to hang on the wall in the front hallway. Additional forms are available in the main office. Students are also encouraged to invite a family member or family friend who is a veteran to the Veterans assembly on Friday, Nov. 9, at 1:45 p.m.
Red, White, and Blue Day
On Friday, Nov. 9, Wood Road will be having our Veterans Day assembly at 1:45 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Students are encouraged to wear RED, WHITE, and BLUE for the assembly.
Calling all Scouts!
We are asking all Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts at Wood Road to please wear or bring their uniforms to school this day. The Scouts will be leading us in the Pledge and the school song during the assembly.
Trick or Treat for Troops
Do you have a lot of Halloween candy? Do you want to put a smile on a soldier's face this Halloween? The third graders have teamed up with Dr. Dreher, a dentist in Ballston Spa. Dr. Dreher's office sends Halloween candy in care packages to local soldiers that are currently deployed and serving overseas. You can help by sending your extra Halloween candy to them! Our troops don't often get treats like candy and chocolate. Along with the candy, Dr. Dreher will be sending toothpaste, toothbrushes, and dental floss to keep their smiles bright after their sweet treats!
Along with the sweet treats, we would love to include some notes and cards too. Feel free to make a card or note to express your thanks for their service. The soldiers love reading the special notes. Additionally, the troops can always use toiletries (toothpaste, deodorant, soap, etc.) and activity books such as word searches and crossword puzzles too.
We will be collecting candy, cards, and other donations until Friday November 9th.
For more information, ask a third grade teacher!
Picture day is Wednesday, Oct. 24th. More information and forms will be going home with the students.
Help Stock Scotties Closet
- If you have clean, gently used clothing that you or anyone in your family has outgrown or no longer uses, please drop them off at the Wood Road front desk any time between Oct. 22 and Oct. 31.
- We ask that your donations be washed and sorted by size and bags clearly labeled prior to drop off.
- We are unable to accept donations outside of this timeframe due to space and sorting constraints.
- Since we are approaching the winter months, winter wear will be in high demand.
- We will be collecting sizes infant through adult.
- If you have books to donate, they will also be welcomed.
Scotties Closet will be open on Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Middle School.
Penny Harvest Time
It's time for the Penny Harvest! Last year Wood Road raised more than $1400 and helped the Brave Will Foundation. We'd like to beat that total this year! 100 percent of the money raised goes to the student's selected charity. And, the class that raises the most money will earn a pizza party.
When? Collection will take place between Oct. 22 and Dec. 3.
What? Send in your pennies or other change to add to the collection.
Why? To help charities and organizations in our community.
The fall book fair will take place Monday Oct. 22 through Friday, Oct. 26. The fair will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Family night is on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 5-7 p.m. Students will be attending the book fair with their classroom teacher during the week. Notices will be going home with this information.
During the week of October 29th, students will participate in Halloween festivities. The PE staff, PTA members and teachers will transform the gym into a "spooktacular" obstacle course that all students will enter throughout Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of that week.
- Students are invited to bring costumes to wear on Oct. 31.
- Costumes are not allowed to be worn on the bus.
- There is no theme this year. Students may wear a costume of their choice.
- Please remember to masks or weapons will be allowed.
- Parents, for our students' safety, please do not wear costumes or masks while watching the parade.
There will be a parade in the afternoon beginning at 1:45 p.m. Please note, the parade may be canceled due to rain. In that case, students will still be encouraged to bring their costumes to wear for classroom events. Due to safety concerns, parents would not be able to attend.
District Vote Tuesday
Vote Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Ballston Spa High School Library (for Milton, Ballston and Charlton residents)
Malta Town Hall (for Malta residents)
Facilities Improvement Referendum Phase III
The Ballston Spa CSD Board of Education has scheduled a Facilities Improvement Bond Referendum on October 16, 2018 to seek the public’s approval to fund Phase III of the district’s facilities master plan. The proposed improvements include renovations, beginning with critical health, safety and infrastructure items in the Grove Street section of the Malta Avenue Elementary School as well as the outdated classrooms, bathrooms and locker rooms at the Ballston Spa Middle School.
Proposed High School renovations include the replacement of the original cogeneration equipment and related control systems, upgrades to the auditorium and technology classroom access. The proposed athletic improvements include rehabilitation of fields in front of and behind the Middle School, the construction of a new multipurpose field on the south end of the campus and a new athletic storage building.
The bond referendum to fund $23,980,000 for Phase III facilities improvements will be on the ballot as Proposition I. As a result of utilizing $6,325,000 from the district’s Capital Reserve Fund, the projected net tax impact on the average home assessed at $235,000 is estimated to be an average of $11.60 per year starting in 2021.
The district will hold the referendum for registered voters of the district to consider the proposition on October 16, 2018 from 7:00 am- 9:00 pm in the Ballston Spa High School (residents of the towns of Ballston, Milton and Charlton) and the Malta Town Hall (Malta residents).
Additional information about the plan, including drawings, tax impact and construction timeline are located on the facilities planning pages of the district website - click HERE - for more information.
Fall Family Festival
Tuesday, October 16th 4-7 p.m. at the Ballston Spa High School Cafeteria
Face painting, carnival games, arts & crafts, apple cider doghnuts, photo booth, and more.
Pizza - $1.50 a slice (cash only)
Proceeds benefit the Ballston Spa Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region.
For more information, contact Madeleine Petraglia at 884-7195 ext. 1369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendars...
Wednesday, Sept. 5th:
Kindergarten Orientation 10-11:30 a.m. - Parents of incoming kindergarten will receive a schedule of events upon arrival.
Grades 1-5 Walk-through 12-1 p.m. This is a self-guided open house for students beginning grades 1-5 to tour the building and classrooms. Teachers may or may not be in the classroom.
PTA Ice Cream Social 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Join us for ice cream after orientation and walk-through provided by the Wood Road PTA.
Tuesday, Sept. 18th:
Wood Road PTA Meeting 7-8 p.m. - Parents are encouraged to attend this first meeting and become an active member. The PTA is a wonderful partner in helping to support the work of our school.
Tuesday, Sept. 25th:
Wood Road Meet the Teacher Night - Parents and guardians are invited back to school to meet their children's teachers and speak to staff about their child's instructional program. This event is for parents and guardians only.
Wood Road's student council will host a lemonade stand to support the Foundation for Childhood Cancer on Friday, June 1st. Alex's Lemonade Stand teaches youth a valuable lesson, even when you are young you can do big things! Alex's Lemonade Stand was created by a young girl named Alex, who was battling cancer. Her mission.... to fight childhood cancer one cup at a time. The organization was founded in 2000 by Alex and her family. Unfortunately, Alex lost her battle with cancer. However, her name and legacy live on in every cup of lemonade sold during lemonade week!
The lemonade stand will be available during lunch on Friday, June 1st, and will cost 50-cents per cup. We hope that Wood Road students feel a sense of pride and joy as they help others in need.
3K Ballston Spa Physical Education Color Run - POSTPONED TO JUNE 2ND
When: Saturday May 12th 10 a.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.
Location: The Wood Road Elementary School Complex
Both Competitive (ribbons for top 20 Boys/Girls divisions) & Recreational runs available.
Participants should wear a plain white t-shirt and sunglasses/goggles for color dash powder.
Author Matt McElligott to visit Wood Road
On March 27th, author Matt McElligott will visit our school to speak to all students. Matt is a Capital District native who writes and illustrates picture books and chapter books for all ages. He is an enthusiastic speaker who excites students about reading and writing, and shares stories of his career as a working writer and illustrator. Learn more about Matt McElligott here. If you would like your child to have a book signed by McElligott, complete this form with payment to your child's teacher by Wed., March 14th.
Student Council is looking for parent volunteers to help with popcorn sales. The students will be selling popcorn once a month during lunch. The dates volunteers are nedded are:
Friday, March 16th
Friday, April 20th
Friday, May 11th
The popcorn needs to be pre-popped and the machine needs to be cooled down and cleaned at the end of the event. Therefore, we need volunteers from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Any time during this time period is appreciated.
Contact Karen French or Amanda Brunson at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org if you are available.
PARP Events Announced
PARP (Pick a Reading Partner) runs from February 26th thru March 23rd.
A reading log will be sent out each Monday and should be returned the following Monday. Students are asked to read together for 15 minutes Monday thru Friday.
On March 6th, Author/Illustrator, Lucinda Landon, of the Meg Mackintosh Mysteries will be at Wood Road.
If students read 500 hours by March 9th, Mrs. Karas will be dressing up as Meg Mackintosh on March 16th.
Each student will earn PARP bucks each day they read. The bucks will be used at the book auction on March 28th.
If students read 1,000 by March 29th, Mrs. Karas will dress up as Waldo from "Where's Waldo."
On March 29th, one class in each grade with the most reading hours will be rewarded with a party.
Scotties Locker Returns March 3rd
The Milton Terrace PTA is currently seeking donations of gently used sports equipment through March 2nd. Donations can be brought to Milton Terrace Elementary School.
At the Wellness Expo on March 3rd, students and families are invited to pick out needed items for free.
On Wednesday, Feb. 28, the Wood Road PTA is sponsoring an event to honor the bond between students and the male role models in their lives. Fathers, step-fathers, uncles, grandfathers, and other male role models are invited to bring their child/children to school from 6 to 8 p.m. to enjoy an evening full of fun. There will be activities for all age: air hockey, campfire stories with s'mores, toilet paper wraps, hoops and art.
The event is free. Print the form, fill it out, and return it to school by Feb. 16.
5th Grade Yearbook Messages
If a friend or family member of a 5th grade student would like to place a message in the yearbook for the 5th grade student, please complete this form. All messages are due Thursday, Feb. 15. Messages are $1 each and are for 5th grade students only.
Yearbooks can be purchased now at www.balfour.com. Search for Wood Road Elementary School. Hard copy order forms for yearbooks will be available later in the year. The price of the yearbook is $17.
The winter concert will take place Thursday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Wood Road Cafeteria. All chorus students should arrive at 7 p.m. and stay with their families until called. Band and orchestra students need to arrive at 6:30 p.m.
Super Science Saturday
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wood Road Cafeteria and Gym
Bring the family to enjoy a day of Science fun! CMOST! Star Lab Dome! Global Climate Change Experiments! Drain Pipe Regattas! Terrariums! Super Science Saturday provides a series of stations offering hands-on experiments for each student to enjoy. Students can visit the stations at their own pace, accompanied by an adult.
Help make it a good day for the local food pantry! Consider bringing in a canned good or non-perishable food item. A box will be available to accept your donations.
Volunteers are needed! Sign up by completing the online registration form.
Visit the Super Science Saturday website here.
PTA Meeting Rescheduled
The Thursday, Jan. 4, PTA Meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, Jan. 18. at 6:30 p.m. in the Wood Road Library.
Holiday Spirit Week is Dec. 18-22
Monday 12/18: Holiday Sweater Day - Wear holiday colors. Blue & Silver, Green & Red. (It doesn't have to be a sweater)
Tuesday 12/19: Candy Can Day - Wear red and white.
Wednesday 12/20: Festive Hat/Headware Day
Thursday 12/21: Snowman/Blizzard Day - Wear white
Friday 12/22: Polar Express Day - Pajama Day
Red, White and Blue Day
Show your school spirit! Wear red, white, and blue and dress patriotic for our Veterans Day assembly on Thursday, Nov. 9.
All Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are also invited to wear their scout uniform and help lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance as we honor our Veterans.
Fall Book Fair
Oct. 23-27 - Open 9 a.m. to 3:30
Family Night is Wednesday, October 25th
Dr. Randy Cale to Speak at Gordon Creek
The Gordon Creek PTA welcomes Dr. Randy Cale on Oct. 17th at 7 p.m. at Gordon Creek Elementary. Parents from ALL Ballston Spa Schools are welcome! Come learn the “Secrets to Getting and Keeping Children Motivated, Without the Battles, Struggles, & Relentless Nagging” – more info is HERE.
Fall Family Festival
The district is offering a chance for families throughout the district to join together for the district’s annual Fall Family Festival at Ellms Family Farm on Oct. 21. Everyone in the school community is invited to enjoy the festivities from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the farm on Charlton Road. More info is HERE.
Wood Road Spirit Week
Tuesday, Oct. 10th - Tie Dye Day
Wednesday, Oct. 11th - Crazy Hair Day
Thursday, Oct. 12 - Red, White and Blue Day
Friday, Oct. 13 - Purple and Gold Day
K-3 Math Movement Night
All parents and students in grades K through 3 are invited to attend this fun-filled math and movement event at Wood Road on Oct. 19th, 6-8 p.m. Details will be sent home soon.
Wood Road Open House
Monday, 9/18/17 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Join us in our library at 6:15 p.m. for a presentation from our academic intervention specialists.
Meet the amazing educators who work with your amazing children each day. Students are welcome to attend and often lead their family members around the school.
Back to School 2017-2018
- Classes begin on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
- Kindergarten Orientation will take place on Thursday, Aug. 31, 10-11:30 a.m.
- Students in grades 1-5 are invited to drop off school supplies and meet their teachers on Thursday, Aug. 31, 12-1 p.m.
- Wood Road's Meet the Teacher night will be held on Monday, Sept. 18, a 6:30 p.m.
- Please note - Friday, Sept. 22 is a half day for all students.
- Tweet your first day of school photos using the hashtag #WR1stDay2017.