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September 11, 2020

A Note from Mr. Bender

Dear Families,

We enjoyed welcoming back many of our fourth and fifth grade students this week. It was great to see so many familiar faces! Our students and teachers are doing a great job of adjusting to new routines and procedures. As I visit classrooms, it is great to see students in both online and in-person settings learning together!

Next week CogAT testing will take place for students in grades 1, 2, and 5. First grade students will test on Tuesday (9/15), second grade students will test on Wednesday (9/16), and fifth grade students will test on Thursday (9/17). If your child is learning digitally on a testing day, please know that schedules may be adjusted as teachers administer the test on their assigned day. If you have any questions regarding schedule changes, please contact your child’s teacher.

Have a great weekend!

Mike Bender


Meal Service

GCPS to Provide Meals Free of Charge to Students and to Children 18 and Younger

Last week, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) granted additional waiver extensions that allow school districts to offer meals at no charge through December 31 through the Seamless Summer Option (SSO). This extension, paired with guidance received from the Georgia Department of Education, will allow Gwinnett County Public Schools to offer meals at no charge at school sites to all students. These meals are provided at no cost to the individual through the federal School Nutrition Program.

Students Attending School In-Person

Those attending school in-person will receive meals free-of-charge during their school’s

scheduled meal times.

Curbside Pick-up for Digital Learners

Digital learners may pick up meals through the curbside pick-up programs at each school, Monday through Thursday, between 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Each day’s pick-up includes both breakfast and lunch with Thursday’s pick-up including meals for Friday. Families should check with their local school for specific curbside pick-up times and the location of the pick-up program. Individuals will not be allowed to enter the school to pick up or eat meals. (Click here for a list of the 132 schools offering curbside pick-up.)

Curbside Pick-up for Others 18 Years of Age or Younger:

As part of the Seamless Summer Option, curbside pick-up meals also will be available at no charge to anyone 18 years of age or younger, even to children who are not a GCPS student. Please check with your local school for curbside pick-up times and the location of the pick-up program. Individuals will not be allowed to enter the school to pick up or eat meals.

Gwinnett County Public Schools encourages families who are eligible for the Free & Reduced Meal Program to complete the annual application to ensure meal benefits continue when this waiver expires. The application is available on the GCPS website or at

Transportation Updates

The morning car rider lane opens at 7:45 am and closes at 8:10 am. Families that arrive after 8:10 am will be directed around to the front office to check-in their child.

For the safety of our children, families need to use the car rider lane as the primary way of dropping off students in the morning. Students are not permitted to be dropped off in the front parking lot. Students are also not permitted to walk through the parking lot unattended.

Thank you for your cooperation!

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Fire Safety Essay Contest

Students, what do you know about fire safety? Would you like a chance to win $50.00 or other prizes? The Georgia Insurances and Safety Fire Commissioner’s annual Fire Safety Essay Contest is an opportunity for students in grades K-5 to express their views on fire safety.

This essay contest is optional, but we encourage all students to participate. Students can return their essay with the completed entry form to their classroom teacher. Entries are due to the school by Tuesday, September 22nd. The school will mail all entries to the Safety Commissioner's Office.
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Generous community partners have donated school supplies for our students in need this year. If your student needs school supplies to support his/her digital or in-person learning, please reach out to your counselor today! We want all of our students to have the tools they need to be successful this year!

Please check out the Woodward Mill Counseling Department’s eclass page for resources and opportunities for you or your child to meet with us virtually. You can find us through your child’s eclass page under “My Courses.” Digital students can have one on one sessions via zoom with their counselor during office hours and by appointment.

Character Trait and Mindfulness Activity of the Month

The character trait for the month of September is Responsibility. We define responsibility as doing the right thing, even when no one is watching. As a reminder, teachers will be choosing one student this month who has exhibited responsibility the most to represent his/her class as the Cub of the Month.

Each month, we will feature a mindfulness activity on the announcements, during class meetings, and on our eclass page. You can watch Mrs. Woodworth do a demonstration of each month’s activity on the counseling eclass page. This month is “Mindful Listening”.

Attendance Awareness Month

September is Attendance Awareness Month! Data from the Georgia DOE indicates, "Missing more than five days of school each year, regardless of the cause, begins to impact student academic performance and starts shaping attitudes about school." Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school and by 9th grade, good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

Students who attend school regularly feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, setting them up for a strong future. During this unprecedented time of digital/in person learning, it is important to make routines and goals for education. We do not want our students to fall behind in school and get discouraged. If a student is struggling with health, social, or emotional issues that are affecting attendance or academics, reach out to Ms. O’Rear and Ms. Woodworth for additional support today!

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Curbside Book Checkout

Our digital learner curbside checkout is being offered each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Parents must receive an email hold notification from our media center before coming to pick up books. If you are unable to pick up your child’s books during the curbside hours, you are welcome to stop by during school hours to pick up your books.

Only digital learners will be placing holds on books. In-person students will have access to the media center with their class during the week.

Please review these links to get started with reserving books if you are a digital learner. All digital holds automatically expire after 21 days, so please be prompt about picking up your books after receiving the email notification. Contact if you have any questions.

Destiny Discover Media Catalog Tutorial

Destiny Discover Job Aid

Digital Learning Checkout Q and A for Parents

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We are excited about recognizing our summer readers the week of September 14! All students that logged 480 minutes of reading in the Gwinnett County Public Library Beanstack program will be recognized and rewarded at Woodward Mill!

Reader's Rally

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The decision has been made at the county-level to postpone this year’s Readers Rally event due to the nature of our current pandemic circumstances. Therefore, there will be no 4th and 5th grade Readers Rally Club at Woodward Mill ES this school year.
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Hi Cubs! Welcome back! Don’t forget to join PTA on My Payments Plus by paying a $5 membership fee per adult member. Membership is open to any and all adult family members. (You do not need to pay for students.) While we’re facing a unique school year, we’re committed in our efforts to support our school and our Cub families. We would love to hear ideas from you for virtual events to hold this school year. Please join our Facebook page for continuous updates- Woodward Mill PTA.

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Teacher Spotlight

Each week our PTA will be spotlighting one (or more) of our amazing teachers. You can submit an entry for your teacher to be spotlighted by visiting Woodward Mill PTA Facebook page or by emailing

This week's PTA Teacher Spotlights are...

Testimonies from the parents:

“Mrs. Emily Nierenhausen and Mrs. Hudson - They both are well organized. I love the patience and care they have with the kids. My son can ask them questions and get full help when needed. I appreciate the open communications as well. Thank you both for all you do.”

“Our family seconds the above sentiments for Mrs. Nierenhausen and Hudson. They’re the dream team and we are so thankful to have them. Having a child with ADHD, or any learning disability, can be so stressful and frustrating but they both show patience, understanding and love while going the extra mile in explaining and making sure the students understand.”

For more teacher spotlights, or to submit a spotlight for your teacher, please check Woodard Mill PTA Facebook page!

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As your child is working in eCLASS and completing assignments during digital learning, they may be asked to submit work online through Assignments in eCLASS. After submitting Assignments online, your child’s teacher will provide feedback. Please review the video below on how your child can review the feedback provided by their teacher.
Also check out the video below on how to place a hold on a library book from home!
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We are excited to announce that WMES has been designated as a “No Place for Hate School”! No Place for Hate helps schools foster a culture of respect and create a safe, bully-free learning environment for all students. During the 2019-20 school year, we completed activities as a school to work toward building a brave and equitable school. This year, all students and staff signed the No Place for Hate pledge on a banner outside of our cafeteria. We also completed three activities to encourage kindness, respect, and inclusion in our building: the addition of the Buddy Bench to our playground, Kindness Week in November, and “Mix it Up” day in February. Thank you to student council who served as our student group in planning activities for this initiative!

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"The Promise of Gwinnett” campaign is a means of focusing attention on the importance of public education, the role it plays in our nation, and the outstanding schools found right here in Gwinnett County. In addition, the campaign focuses on the accomplishments of our students and the promise they hold for a bright future. Click here to visit the Promise of Gwinnett.

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In5ive is a fast-paced, fact-filled informative program that gives you a quick five-minute update on the latest good news in education from Gwinnett County Public Schools.

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Help our school everytime you shop! Enroll in the Publix Partners program to earn money for Woodward Mill every time you go grocery shopping.

Woodward Mill just received our quarterly check from the Publix Partners program for $122 dollars. Please help us raise more money for our school by registering for a Publix Partners account and entering your phone number every time you grocery shop at Publix. Every dollar counts!

Business Partners

Woodward Mill would like to take this opportunity to thank the numerous business partners that support the students and teachers at our school. Our business partners support our school in various ways such as sponsoring after-school clubs, providing teacher appreciation gifts, donating supplies, and mentoring students. Please check out our wonderful business partners below:

Woodward Mill proudly thanks our business partners! Please support these businesses that support our school!





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