Headmaster's Letter

January 4, 2017


         “I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the years."--Henry Moore


Dear Parents,


Happy 2017!  As we embrace the new year and the infinite opportunities within, let’s open our eyes to the wonder of the world and continue to open our hearts to loved ones and friends.  Resolve to “savor each moment as it passes,” to embrace all that life has to offer, and to celebrate the joys of each day.  Remember that beauty surrounds us, every personal connection has meaning, and a good dose of laughter is always a blessing.  2017 will be the year in which each of us is "always a blessing to someone."   


I am certain that you’ll agree, our holiday concert was a huge hit!  The production was the perfect mix of holiday songs, festive set design, frivolity, talent, and music.  Many thanks to Mr. Fuerst and his talented team of  “elves” including several teachers, singers, stagehands, soloists, set designers, and sound technicians.   Once again, in the true spirit of the season, the support of our Woodland family never ceases to amaze me.  The sea of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, other family, friends and alumni demonstrated a level of support, love and enthusiasm for our children that any holiday gift could not provide.  This is what leaves a lifelong impression on our children.  Years from now the odds that your children will remember their array of gifts are slim, but the memories they make as they stand in front of a standing-room only group of supporters will last a lifetime.       


As you are well aware, the ERB’s are given in the spring of each year to students in grades three through eight.  Students in grades five through eight who attain a score in the 95th percentile or higher on one of the subsets of the exam qualify for Talent Search sponsored by the Academic Advancement of Youth at The Johns Hopkins University.  I am very proud to acknowledge those who qualify for this honor through exemplary test scores.  Congratulations to Grace Halter, Danielle Villare, Omar Anwar, Samuel Telsey, Garron Hindermyer, Amani Malickel, Lauren Olah, Braden Onesti, Kaylee Rathbone, Hannah Brewer, Declan Cronrath,  and Colin Lowe.  Congratulations to our dedicated parents and faculty who work together to make these unparalleled accomplishments realities.


As the academic year progresses and the end of the second marking period looms near, our admissions office is busy with parents planning for the upcoming school year.  I strongly recommend that if you are planning to enroll a sibling for next year, please see Amy Hood about your application soon.  I am also available to answer any of your enrollment or reenrollment questions, comments and concerns at any time. As part of the reenrollment process, financial aid applications for next year will be mailed by January 20th to current Woodland families that have received awards in the 2016-17 school year. Please note that all families applying for financial aid must submit their application to FAST and that interested parties should obtain the proper paperwork from Mrs. Martorana, if you are not on last year’s records. 


Speaking of admissions, keep in mind that Martin Luther King Day (January 16th) is our Open House. Encourage your friends to come out and see our strong program in operation. Tours will be given throughout the day ending at 3p.m.


Under the guidance of President R. Gray Achee, our Board of Trustees is also hard at work making sure that Woodland remains at the forefront of elementary education for the children of Cumberland, Salem and Gloucester counties.  In addition to ensuring the viability of our academic program, the Board members are charged with ensuring the fiscal well-being of our school.  In doing so they are always looking for ways to bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of running Woodland.  As you are well aware, the annual tuition that you pay covers only a portion of the numerous expenses incurred while running an institution of this caliber.  The remaining funds are earned through the hard work of the members of our Development Committee, donations, and other sources of revenue.  Keeping that in mind, please remember to make your tax-deductible donation to our Annual Fund to help with our efforts. Every dollar counts.


Here we "grow" again!  Please welcome the adorable Penny Demosthene to Mrs. Reed's Prekindergerten 4 class.  Penny has been eager to become a Woodland student ever  since her big brother Ben (in grade seven) and her big sister  Anabelle (in first grade) joined our family earlier in the school year. Yesterday was the day and we are thrilled to have her in our school. Welcome, Penny!


Please remember that there are plenty of gently-worn gym uniforms, boys’ slacks, and upper school shirts in the uniform exchange as well as polos and girls’ jumpers and skirts.  We would be delighted to open the exchange for anyone who is interested in potential purchases.  Please contact Mrs. Seabrook if your child has outgrown his or her fall uniforms and you would like to see if there is anything in the Blue and White Uniform Exchange that will fit. This will help you to save a few bucks and support the efforts of the  Parents’ Association at the same time. 


Interested in understanding more about the Parents' Association and the important role it plays in our school? Come out to any of the association's meetings to learn.  The next meeting has been changed to Wednesday, the 8th of February, at seven o'clock in the library.



Once again, cheers to a happy, healthy 2017!



Cosmo F. Terrigno


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