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April 16, 2021

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A Note from Mr. Bender


Dear Families,


It was a wonderful first week back after Spring Break. Students and teachers resumed their regular schedules and routines for teaching and learning.


As a reminder, students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will begin taking the Georgia Milestones Assessment (GMAS) this month. If you have any questions about GMAS, please reach out to your child's teacher.


Tomorrow, we have another session for Saturday School (Grades 2-5). We are looking forward to working with students to provide additional math instruction and time for work completion.


Our last planned Digital Learning Day is next Tuesday, April 20th. This is a planning day for teachers and staff. All students are expected to participate in asynchronous digital learning. Your child's teacher will communicate regarding the plans/activities for the day.


Have a wonderful weekend!


Mike Bender

Principal

Important Dates

4/20: Digital Learning Day for ALL Students (Planning day for staff)


4/22-5/26: Milestones Testing (Grades 3-5)


5/3-5/7: Teacher Appreciation Week

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Experience Online Testing Georgia: Grades 3-5

This practice site lets students experience Milestones testing online. Parents and educators are welcome to try it too. The items on the demonstration tests are general and are organized into three grade bands: Grades 3 – 5, Grades 6 – 8, and High School in the content areas of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The items do not necessarily represent the specific grade-level content that students learn daily in their classrooms. The primary purpose is to let students experience, firsthand, the functionality of the online testing platform. The sample tests are not graded, so have fun!

Superintendent Survey

The Gwinnett County Board of Education is moving forward in its search to identify the school district's next superintendent. An essential part of the search process is obtaining feedback from stakeholders in the community. As a member of our school community, we hope you will participate in the online survey to share your thoughts on the qualities you would like to see in the next superintendent. The survey is open through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 16, and is available in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese.


Click here to take the Gwinnett Community Superintendent Search Survey.


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Yearbooks will be on sale until the end of the school year, or until we sell out. Online ordering has ended. All orders must now be turned into the office using the attached order form. Price is $25 and can be paid by cash or check. Please make sure to include both student and teacher names on the form.

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2021-2022 Kindergarten Online Registration

Kindergarten Online Registration for the 2021-2022 school year will open on Tuesday, April 6th. All children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2021 are eligible to register. To register online, click the link below. A list of the documents you will need is attached. If you are unable to upload the documents listed, you can still complete the first step of Online Registration. You will receive an email from the school after you have completed Online Registration containing a link to sign up for a time to come in with your child. At your scheduled appointment time, you can bring any missing documents that you were unable to upload. Your child will complete a kindergarten readiness profile as well.


Kindergarten Registration Information



*All new students who register AND upload all required documents by Wednesday, April 21 will be entered into a drawing for our WMES KinderCub prize pack shown below! Drawing will be held on Friday, April 23.*

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Lunch Menu: April 19-23, 2021

Monday: Grilled cheese

Tuesday: Peanut butter & jelly

Wednesday: Chicken nuggets

Thursday: Hamburgers

Friday: French bread pizza

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You are an important partner with your child’s teacher, whether your child is learning at home or at school. To help you support your child’s learning, GCPS is launching a new initiative called AKS at Home. With this project, families will learn ways to help their child practice skills they are learning in class as part of the district’s Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum. Parents have access to a library of recorded sessions and tip-sheets. Find more information on the AKS at Home web page.


**NEW DATES FOR 4th QUARTER HAVE BEEN ADDED!**

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Your counselors are available for individual sessions with digital students during office hours or by appointment. Check out our eCLASS page to speak with us and for other resources!

Character Word of the Month: Fairness

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The character trait for the month of April is Fairness. We define fairness as treating others in a way that is right or reasonable. Fairness also means that each of us gets what we need. We can show fairness by playing by the rules, taking turns and sharing, and taking personal responsibility for our actions. Teachers will choose one student in their class that exhibited fairness the most for the month of April to represent their class as the Cub of the Month.

Mindfulness Activity

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The mindfulness activity for the month of April is Butterfly Body Scan. The Butterfly Body Scan helps to relax our body and mind. By imagining a butterfly hovering over our body, we move our attention from one part of our body to another to release tension.
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Reading Rewards

April will be the last month for our Reading Rewards program this school year. We hope your child read and logged their minutes over spring break! All April Reading Rewards logs are due by Monday, May 3.


The goal of our Reading Rewards program is to help students develop a consistent habit of reading. The monthly requirement is to read, outside of school hours, at least 20 minutes a day for at least 20 days of the month. Students are expected to list book titles and minutes read on each of the 20 dates that are logged on the form. Parents must initial each of the entry dates.


For students to be recognized, the reading log must be turned in on time and considered complete. Students can complete and submit a paper or digital log. The digital log can be found on the school home page of eCLASS. The digital log is an editable pdf file that can be downloaded and saved to your computer at home. Once complete the digital log is submitted as an eCLASS assignment.


Reading logs can be turned into your teacher anytime you have finished the requirements. No logs should be received before the 21st of each month.



If you have any questions about the Reading Rewards program, please email Jennifer.Alden@gcpsk12.org.

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WMES Facemasks

Facemasks are still available to order through My Payments Plus. Masks are $8 each and available in Youth small and Adult medium and large.
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PTA Elections

Are you a CPA, bookkeeper or just love crunching numbers? We need YOU! Our PTA board is currently looking to fill positions as Treasurer, Secretary and Vice President. Joining the PTA board is a great way to become more involved in our school. Please contact Gina Elliott (regina.elliott@gcpsk12.org) for more information.
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The benefits of sharing family meals together go far beyond the dinner table. Check out the video below!

ParenTVision - Family Meals Matter
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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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