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November 20, 2020

A Note from Mr. Bender

Dear Parents,

Please remember that all families must select a preference for digital or in-person learning by Sunday, November 29. The survey is available through the GCPS Parent Portal.

Don’t forget to read over Thanksgiving Break! Reading Rewards logs for November are due when we return on Monday, November 30. Reading logs can be turned in to your child’s teacher or via eCLASS.

We wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving Break. We look forward to seeing your child on Monday, November 30th after the break.


Mike Bender


Important Dates

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11/23-27: Thanksgiving Break (No School!)

12/2: United Way Wednesday (Bring $1.00 and wear crazy hair to school!)

12/5: STEM Camp at WMES (9:00-12:00)

12/9: United Way Wednesday (Bring $1.00 and wear a hat to school!)

12/16: United Way Color Wars (Bring $1.00 and wear your favorite color to school!)

12/18: End of First Semester

12/21-1/6: Winter Break (No School!)

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Lunch Menu: Nov. 30-Dec. 4, 2020

Monday: Asian bites

Tuesday: Hot dog

Wednesday: Chicken nuggets

Thursday: Peanut butter & jelly

Friday: ZeeZee bar or muffin with cheese stick

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Ice Cream For Sale!

Ice cream is now on sale for $1.00 every Tuesday and Friday

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United Way

United Way Wednesdays

United Way Wednesday's are back! Wednesdays in November and December will have different themes that students can participate in for just $1.00. All proceeds will go towards United Way.
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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 tipsheets. Find more information on the AKS at Home web page.

*New sessions have been added for all grade levels beginning next week! Check out the AKS at Home website for dates and times!*

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Clothing Donation for the Clinic

If anyone would like to donate clothes to the clinic, that would be greatly appreciated. We can use any elastic waisted pants, leggings, joggers, etc. for boys or girls elementary aged. We can also use both boy and girl undergarments. We do not need any shorts or shirts at this time. Thank you so much.
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Have you checked out the Woodward Mill Counseling eCLASS page lately? Watch the video below to see how to access the Woodward Mill Counseling eCLASS page and all it has to offer!

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No Place for Hate Pledge

Thank you to everyone who has signed the No Place for Hate pledge! We are so proud of our school!

No Place for Hate Pledge

• I promise to do my best to treat everyone fairly.

• I promise to do my best to be kind to everyone—even if they are not like me.

• If I see someone being hurt or bullied, I will tell a teacher.

• I will help others to feel safe and happy at school.

• I will be part of making my school No Place for Hate.

Navigating Holiday Breaks

When school is out of session, it can be both a fun and challenging time for families. This year, holiday breaks may look even more different and come with unique challenges and uncertainty. Follow the link from our partners at Strong4Life for some tips for navigating the breaks and making the most of this time with your family.

Strong4Life Tips

Character Trait & Mindfulness Activity

The character word of the month for November is Honesty. Honesty means telling the truth of course, but also means not leaving out things that are important. We want students to realize that when they are honest, others learn to trust and respect them in return. Teachers will be looking for students exhibiting the character trait of the month to be recognized as the Cub of the Month! Digital and in-person Cubs of the Month receive a certificate and bracelet.

The mindfulness strategy for November is “Your Own Bubble.” By imagining a bubble around us, we become more aware of where our bodies are in relation to other people and things. To honor our space and others’ space, we move throughout our day, keeping our own bubble in mind.

Coats & Supplies

The weather is getting colder out there! A generous community partner has donated some jackets for our students in need. Please email your school counselors, Chavonne O’Rear,, or Anne Woodworth,, if your child needs a coat this season. Please provide your child’s name and coat size, S-XL in the email. We also have additional school supplies available for digital or in person students who need them.

Thanksgiving Baskets of Love

The Berean Christian Church Gwinnett COVID Assistance Program is offering Thanksgiving food baskets for Gwinnett families in need. Baskets will be given on November 21, 2020. Families must register for the donation at Quantities are limited.
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Curbside Book Checkout

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Digital families, be sure to use the Destiny Discover catalog to place your media center holds. Once your book request is ready for pickup, you will receive an email notification. Please wait for the email notification before coming to the school. Email notifications are sent on Mondays and Wednesdays of each week.

Moving forward, we will be offering curbside service only on Tuesdays of each week. Our Tuesday hours are from 11:00-1:00. Please place your sign, with your child’s name and teacher name, in a visible place when you drive up to the front of the school.

If you can not make the curbside hours on Tuesday, you are welcome to come to the school and pick up the books anytime during school hours. We will bring the books to you in the front lobby. Use the following link to get you started with reserving media center books.

Book returns can be made at any time during the school day. Please return your media books to the basket by the front door of the school.

How to Place Media Center Holds for Digital Students

Contact if you have any questions.

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Reading Rewards

I hope your child is reading and logging their November minutes! 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.

Paper logs can be submitted to the homeroom teacher as soon as the log is complete. Digital logs can be uploaded and submitted to the assignment link provided in the Reading Rewards eCLASS widget.. There should be no paper or digital logs received before the 21st of each month.

November paper logs were sent home with students on Monday, November 2. The November digital reading log can be downloaded from the school landing page of eCLASS. Look for log in the November Reading Rewards widget.

Students can choose to use either the paper log or the digital log option. If you are a digital student and prefer a paper log, please stop by the school to pick up a November paper log in the front lobby. If you have any questions, please email

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Gwinnett Stripers' Power of Reading Program

From now through December 31st of this year, any student that reads four books and submits everything online using the link below will be eligible to receive a free ticket to a 2021 Gwinnett Stripers game. These books can be any books that the students are required to read for school or separate from their required reading at school. Once the student has completed the reading they just simply need their parents to fill out the online submission form using the link below.

Once those requirements are met, the student will be eligible to receive the ticket to a 2021 Stripers game. Plus, the Stripers and Georgia Power will be honoring a Power Reader of the Month on our social media platforms that students could be eligible for as well.

Stripers Power of Reading Challenge

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2021 Georgia Picture Book Award Program

The 2021 Georgia Picture Book Award program kicks off next week! This annual reading program is sponsored by the Department of Literacy and Language at the University of Georgia. The purpose of the program is to foster a love of reading in the children of Georgia and to introduce students to books of literary excellence.

After hearing at least ten of the twenty nominees, our students will vote for their favorite. Our school votes will be sent to UGA in February. The 2021 Georgia Picture Book Award winner will be announced in March. We will begin highlighting the nominee titles next week!

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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.

PTA Reflections Winners

Language Arts:

5th grade, 1st place – Haley Sabau

4th grade, 1st place – Mateo Lescauskis

4th grade, 2nd place – Kal-El McCarthy

3rd grade, 1st place – Mariana Zapata

Visual Arts:

5th grade, 1st place – Analise Wilcox

4th grade, 1st place – Mateo Lescauskis

4th grade, 2nd place – Evie Davidson

3rd grade, 1st place – Sarah Matos

3rd grade, 2nd place – Ela Malaxa

2nd grade, 1st place – Phillip Lescauskis

2nd grade, 2nd place – Ava Burch


4th grade, 1st place – Alfonso Mendoza-Rivas

In the Special Artist Division, moving to the next level of judging in Visual Arts:

Harley Newell

Tally Lyons

Congratulations to all of our winners!

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 Spotlight's are...

What parents are saying:

“We have also been blessed to have Mrs. Greeson for two years straight for both my daughters, she has been an amazing teacher and all around great person for my daughters to look up too! She keeps her class in order and keeps all of us parents informed daily with all the going-ons in class and school. She is super tech savvy and even us parents have learned a few things from her as well. Grateful to have been apart of the Woodward Mill Family for the past 9 years , to think my oldest now is a senior at MV."

"My oldest daughter was involved in a terrible accident during the summer of 2018 (switching from 4th to 5th). Once we returned from the hospital after 19 days, Mrs. Sanders came to our house with candy and gifts. My daughter had mentioned she was craving pickles during our visit with Mrs. Sanders and who shows up an hour later with a jar of pickles?? Mrs. Sanders!! She’s been understanding with my younger daughter who is now in her class as well and our entire family adores her. She’s truly a blessing. She puts these kids in place when they need to be put in place, but she’s also funny and loves to make them laugh!”

WMES Facemasks

We’re still taking orders for facemask on My Payments Plus. Due to the popular demand, we’ve submitted a second order to restock and expect them to arrive by the end of next week! If you ordered this week and your masks haven’t been delivered, they will be delivered when the new order comes in.
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Looking for some new books to read? Look no further! Our county has provided many different resources online to students through the Online Research Library. Watch the video below to see all the ways you can read online over Thanksgiving Break. Don’t forget to record what you read on your November Reading Rewards log!

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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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