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November 19, 2021

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A Note from Mr. Bender

We had a wonderful time at the Day of Awesomeness on Monday. The students enjoyed a fun time outside with music, inflatables, and lots of laughter and smiles! Thank you to our PTA for hosting the event and all of our families that participated in the fundraiser over the past few weeks. Our community raised over $45,000! Tremendous job!

As we approach Thanksgiving, I want to express my appreciation for the students, staff, and families that make up our Woodward Mill community. Our amazing school would not be what it is without each of YOU. I am filled with gratitude for each member of this community, and I am thankful to be your principal.

I hope each of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving break filled with friends and family. We look forward to seeing students back in the building on Monday, November 29.

Enjoy your break, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Mike Bender


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Important Dates

11/22-26 Thanksgiving Break (No School!)

12/6-10 PTA Holiday Shop

12/10 Hat Day

12/20-1/5 Winter Break (No School)

1/17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)

1/25 Digital Learning Day #4

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As part of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ family engagement initiative, the school district seeks to empower parents with tools that allow them to help their children at home. Our AKS at Home project provides math and language arts resources to support families of children in grades K-5 so that they truly are partners in their children’s learning. This support is available for families to access in the format that suits them and their schedule best. They can attend live virtual meetings, view recorded information at a time that best fits their schedule, and gain tips and suggestions on how to best help their children through tip sheets on a wide variety of topics.

We invite our families to sign up for a virtual session to learn more about how they can support their children.

For more information please click the link below.

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Due to supply chain issues and shortages, BPI Photography will not have picture packages to families until after Thanksgiving Break. Knowing this, we have rescheduled Picture Retake Day for Thursday, January 13, 2022 so that parents have time to review their images before deciding on a retake. Digital students will also have their picture taken for the yearbook on this day. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we thank you for your understanding.
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Lunch Menu

Monday: Corn dog or yogurt basket

Tuesday: Pull apart cheesy bread or chicken dip

Wednesday: Drumstick or burrito

Thursday: Pizza

Friday: Taco meat & chips or yogurt basket

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Character Trait and Mindfulness Activity of the Month

Every month, we focus on a character trait to instill great character into our cubs. The character trait for the month of November is Honesty. Honesty means telling the truth, even if you might get in trouble. As a reminder, teachers will be choosing one student this month who has exhibited honesty the most to represent his/her class as the Cub of the Month.

Think First and Stay Safe

We all share a common goal for our children to be safe and protected from all things harmful. Related to that goal, school counselors are required to present annual personal safety lessons designed to prevent sexual abuse. The Think First & Stay Safe™ program is a research-based program that teaches specific personal safety education by way of interactive classroom lessons, classroom posters, role playing and corresponding activities. Think First & Stay Safe™ enables students to take an active and necessary role in protecting themselves from abuse and exploitation. A committee of professional school counselors reviewed the program and selected components that were developmentally appropriate for elementary students and developed lessons around those concepts. In December and January, your child’s counselor will be presenting these lessons to your child’s class. Please look in your child’s Friday Folder for more information on the Child Lures lessons and reach out to your counselor if you have any questions.
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2022 Georgia Picture Book Nominee Spotlight

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If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall

In this picture book written and illustrated by two-time Caldecott winner Sophie Blackall, a boy writes a letter to an imagined alien, explaining all the things he will need to know about Earth and the people who live here.

The story is composed of intricate spreads that express the vast diversity of the planet. This book sends the message that to take care of one another and the Earth, we must truly see one another as unique and valued.

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Reading Rewards

Keep reading and logging your November minutes over the Thanksgiving holiday break! Students will return their November reading logs to their homeroom teacher on or before December 1st. Reading logs for the month of December will go home in the Friday, Dec. 3 weekly folders.

November logs should reflect 20 different dates in November, with at least 20 total minutes of reading for each date. Incomplete logs will not be accepted. Students can read independently or with their parents at home. After completing the monthly requirement, logs are returned to the homeroom teacher. Parent initials are required in order to verify the reading.

If you have any questions about the Reading Rewards program, refer to the reading rewards link on the media center page of the school website or contact

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Media Center Overdue Notices

We have many students that need to return their overdue media center books. As a reminder, all students receive media center access at a scheduled time during the week. Students in grades K and 1 check out one book a week and keep their book for one week. Students in grades 2-5 check out two books and keep their books for up to two weeks.

When students continually forget to return their media center books, they miss out on the opportunity to self-select reading materials of their choice. Thanks for your help in ensuring books are returned in a timely manner. Please contact the media staff if you have any questions about circulation procedures.

Media Center Circulation Procedures

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WMES Spiritwear on sale now!

Get your Spirit Wear! Email LaRhonda Harden for an order form at

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Our families play a key role in supporting student success. However, sometimes families need help in determining what resources to use. Please use the link below to search for resources that may help your student. The resources are searchable by grade level and subject.

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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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Publix Partners

Support your school every time you shop!

Publix Partners has contributed $38.7 million to more than 4,950 schools across the Southeast since the program's inception.

Participating is easy! Simply sign up for Club Publix or log in to your existing account, click Publix Partners, and select a school. Then, every time you shop at Publix, pay with the Publix app or enter your phone number at checkout. We’ll give back to the school of your choice—one of the many perks of being a Club Publix member!

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!





About Us

Woodward Mill’s mission is to achieve academic and social excellence through quality instruction that promotes lifelong learning.