Woodstock News

Kindergarten Registration Information for the 2019-20 School Year

The Onteora Central School District is implementing a new registration system this year, so you will no longer receive paper registration packets unless you specifically request them.  We are implementing an Online Registration process that will make student registration more convenient, more efficient and more environmentally conscious.  You will no longer need to make an appointment to meet in person with our District Registrar, although she is always available to answer questions or provide assistance

To Parents and Guardians of incoming Kindergarten students for the 2019-20 School Year

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Onteora Central School District is implementing a new registration system this year, so you will no longer receive paper registration packets unless you specifically request them.  We are implementing an Online Registration process that will make student registration more convenient, more efficient and more environmentally conscious.  You will no longer need to make an appointment to meet in person with our District Registrar, although she is always available to answer questions or provide assistance.

Kindergarten Registration

We are asking that you complete our online Kindergarten registration by clicking this link "Register Online".  Once the completed registration packet is received and reviewed, our District Registrar, Sharon Wood, may contact you with any questions she might have about your application or to remind you of any missing documents required for registration.  As soon as your child is registered, they will be assigned an appointment for Kindergarten Screening. 

* If you require assistance with the registration packet or do not have access to a computer, please call Sharon Wood at (845) 657-6383 X. 1023 for further assistance.

Kindergarten Screening

Our Kindergarten screening will be centralized this year, and will be held at the Central Administration Offices at our Boiceville, NY Campus.  Our Kindergarten teachers, primary school nurses, speech pathologists and occupational therapists will be on hand to screen your child and answer any questions you might have.  Kindergarten screening will be held the week of May 6 – 10, 2019.  You will receive detailed information about screening when your child’s appointment is made.  Around the middle of June, Kindergarten parent information nights will be held in both of our primary schools.  You will receive more information about our Kindergarten parent information nights at Kindergarten screening.

Please check the Onteora Central School District website for updates about our new online registration system.  We will also advertise on Facebook, in local newspapers, and through our local daycare centers and preschools as we approach our planned registration dates.

 

Sincerely,

Cindy Bishop
Director of Pupil Personnel Services

At Woodstock Elementary School, D is for Dog

What’s a four-legged, tail-wagging bundle of fun doing at Woodstock Elementary School? Becoming a valuable, well-loved addition to the school community, of course!

Tank, a 22-pound certified therapy dog owned by Onteora Occupational Therapist Michele Darling, began visiting the school in January.

What’s a four-legged, tail-wagging bundle of fun doing at Woodstock Elementary School? Becoming a valuable, well-loved addition to the school community, of course!

Tank, a 22-pound certified therapy dog owned by Onteora Occupational Therapist Michele Darling, began visiting the school in January. On his first day of school, the ebullient Boston terrier was the guest of honor at several grade-level assemblies. “First we talked to the students about how to introduce yourself to a dog and to let him sniff you to get to know you,” Ms. Darling recalled. “Then we talked specifically about Tank.” 

              Ms. Darling, who adopted Tank in June, had him certified through TDI (Therapy Dogs International) to ensure he would interact safely with children. “He had to pass a test, and I had to pass a written test,” she explained.

In addition to being friendly, patient, and gentle, therapy dogs should not startle easily, she noted. Tank, she reported, passed the TDI test with flying colors. “He loves kids, and he loves people,” she said. “He also loves to ride on my motorcycle.”

When Tank is at school—approximately once a week—his presence is announced by a poster emblazoned with the message “Tank is in the house!” (The message on the flip side of the poster says “Tank is home resting.”) The excitement in the building on the days when Tank is visiting is palpable, Ms. Darling said.

So far, most of Tank’s appearances outside of the Occupational Therapy room have taken place during recess or at lunchtime. “We also use him as a reward for good behavior, and to comfort children if they need it,” Ms. Darling said. When a child recently tripped and fell, for example, Tank quickly managed to banish the student’s tears.

Katie, a Grade 3 student, is one of Tank’s many fans. “He’s so adorable!” she exclaimed while petting the pooch during a recent visit with Ms. Darling. Katie, like the rest of the student population, has learned that when Tank is happy, he makes a low guttural sound—much like a purring cat. “The kids love it when they pet him in just the right spot and get his happy sound!” Ms. Darling said.

 Proof of Tank’s popularity is also evidenced by the many dog-inspired drawings displayed near Ms. Darling’s room. Many children who had previously been afraid of dogs now count Tank as a friend, according to Ms. Darling.

Therapy dogs have been shown to have a range of benefits in educational settings, Ms. Darling noted.  Among these benefits are helping to reduce stress and anxiety, and increasing children’s excitement about attending school.

“We are still new at having a therapy dog so we don’t know what direction we will go with him, but right now the main thing that I can say is that he definitely puts a smile on the kids’ faces when they walk in the door,” Ms. Darling concluded. “I can also tell you that Tank loves to come to school and is always in a good mood (but exhausted) after a school day.”

Picture of Tank with Students

 

Picture of Tank and Student