The Cub Corner

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August 27, 2021

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A Note from Mr. Bender

Dear Families,

Thank you to the many families that attended Curriculum Night on Thursday. If you were not able to attend, please reach out to your child’s teacher for important classroom information. We are looking forward to a great year ahead!

IOWA testing will take place September 1-3 for students in second grade. Testing begins at 8:20 am. Please make sure your child arrives prior to 8:15 am.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mike Bender


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Important Dates

9/1-3 IOWA Testing (2nd Grade Only)

9/3 College Colors Day (Wear your favorite sports team’s colors!)

9/6 Labor Day (No School!)

9/10 Falcons Friday (Wear red and black)

9/14 Digital Learning Day #1

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Car Rider Updates

Our car rider line continues to get faster and faster each day! We appreciate your patience at the beginning of the year as we refined our processes and students learned their car rider numbers. Starting next week, we will begin closing the car rider lane at our normally scheduled times:

Morning car rider: 7:45-8:10 am

Afternoon dismissal: 2:45-3:15 am

If you arrive after the car rider line has closed, you will need to drive around to the front of the building to drop off or pick up your child from the front office. We appreciate your support.

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Whiz Learning Kids

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Relay For Life 2021

Join the teachers as we show our Woodward Mill spirit and help fight cancer by purchasing a Relay For Life shirt!

All profits from the sale of the t-shirts will support cancer research, advocacy, and education.

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Lunch Menu

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To view the daily lunch and breakfast menu, please visit the website below. You can also download the Nutrislice App on your phone to view the menus as well.
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September is Attendance Awareness Month! Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. We also know that when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically. When students are not at school, they are missing valuable instructional time.

Here are some things you as a parent can do:

-Talk with your child about what happened at school each day. The more interested in school you are, the more they will be!

-Set a bedtime and morning routine so that your child is well-rested and ready for school.

-Wait to take family trips until school holidays or summer break.

-When possible, schedule doctor and dentist appointments outside of school hours or at the very beginning or end of the school day.

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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 August is Respect. We define respect as treating others how we want to be treated. Another way that we can show respect to our classmates and teachers is by being kind and thinking about their feelings. As a reminder, teachers will be choosing one student this month who has exhibited respect the most to represent his/her class as the Cub of the Month. We also have a famous person that exhibited this trait highlighted each month. For this month, check out Ms. O’Rear’s read aloud on our eCLASS page about Mahatma Ghandi.

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 “Counting Breaths.”

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Our summer reading celebration will be held on Friday, Sept. 3! All students that logged 500 minutes of reading in the Gwinnett County Public Library Beanstack program will be recognized and rewarded! We are proud of your efforts to meet your summer reading goals!

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Book Checkout

All students will receive weekly access to the media center to check out books! We are excited to provide opportunities for our students to select books of their choice for reading. Please refer to the media center policies link on the media center website for more details about student circulation procedures. If you have any questions about the media program, please contact

Media Center Circulation Policies

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Reading Rewards

It’s time to kick off our Reading Rewards program! Look for your blue September reading log in this week’s Friday folder!

Reading Rewards is a school-wide incentive program designed to encourage and reward the independent reading efforts of our students. The goal of this program is for students to develop and sustain a consistent habit of reading.

Participating students will read and log at least 20 minutes per day for at least 20 days in the month. Students can read independently or with their parents at home. Logs will be sent home monthly in the weekly folders. After completing the monthly requirement, logs are returned to the homeroom teacher. Logs must be turned in on time and filled out completely in order to earn a prize. Parent initials are required in order to verify the reading.

If you have any questions about the Reading Rewards program, please contact

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Greetings Cubs! It’s been a wonderful start to a new and exciting year at Woodward Mill Elementary. We want to thank our teachers for hosting our parents in person for Curriculum Night. It is very exciting to see how these passionate educators engage and inspire our students. There is no doubt that this year will be fantastic!

Parents who have signed up to be a Room Parent or VIP (Very Important Parent), please be on the lookout for an email. There will be an informational meeting for these parents in early September. Thank you for volunteering!

WMES Spiritwear on sale now!

Spiritwear is available for purchase via order forms that went home with students this past week. If you don’t have the order form, never fear! Please contact Ellen Chaffee,

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Other Ways to Support

PTA Membership can be purchased through My Payments Plus for $5.

Volunteer? Yes, do it! We have several fun events coming up this year. We would love to have you join us!

Look for us on Facebook. We post reminders and important dates to keep parents informed.

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MyPaymentsPlus is the online program to pay for school activities, meals, and sign important school documents electronically. Do you have a MyPaymentsPlus account for your child(ren)? Click the link below to register for a new account or sign in to your current account. Parents must sign off on the beginning of year documents for each child at the beginning of each school year. Please log in to make sure you have signed off on the appropriate documents.


Parents can also fill out the Free & Reduced Lunch Application at the beginning of each year. Click the link below to fill out the application online.

Free & Reduced Lunch Application

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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!





About Us

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