The Cub Corner

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August 20, 2021

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A Note from Mr. Bender

Dear Families,

We enjoyed seeing many families on Thursday at Curriculum Night for grades PreK-2. If you were unable to attend Curriculum Night on Thursday, please reach out to your child’s teacher for important information.

Curriculum Night for grades 3-5 as well as Ms. Boone, Ms. Nelson, and Ms. Schroeder will take place on Thursday, August 26 from 6:00-7:00 pm. Only one session will be offered. Please plan accordingly.

We are now selling ice cream on Tuesdays and Fridays. Bring $1.00 to buy an ice cream during lunch.

Our first Hat Day of the year will be on Friday, August 27. Bring $1.00 and wear a hat to school!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mike Bender


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Important Dates

8/26 Curriculum Night (Grades 3-5, Boone, Nelson, Schroeder)

8/27 Hat Day (Bring $1.00 and wear a hat to school!)

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!)

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Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night for Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade, and Ms. Boone/Ms. Nelson/Ms. Schroeder will be held on August 26 from 6:00-7:00 pm. Please plan accordingly as only one session will be offered.

Curriculum Night is a time for parents to learn more about what their child​(ren) will be learning this year and teacher expectations in the classroom. Plan to join your child's teacher in the classroom at the scheduled time.

We look forward to seeing you at Curriculum Night!

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Hat Day Friday, August 27

Bring $1.00 and wear a hat to school!

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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

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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Our Class Is A Family

This week, Mr. Bender read “Our Class is a Family” to the school. Throughout the week, classrooms discussed how our school is like a family and how we want to build a school in which everyone feels respected and valued. This read-aloud and discussion serves as our school’s first activity to qualify for the No Place for Hate School Designation! We have received this designation for the past two school years and are planning for a third! You can find more information about NPFH on the Counseling eCLASS page and at

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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 in early September! 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

Reading Rewards

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.

Look for your child’s blue September Reading Rewards log in the August 27th Friday folder! If you have any questions about the Reading Rewards program, please contact

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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.) Please join our Facebook page for continuous updates- Woodward Mill PTA.

WMES Spiritwear on sale now!

Spirit wear is now available for purchase! Show your school pride while supporting our amazing school by purchasing one of these comfy tees! Available in sizes listed on each design. Check your child's Friday Folder for the order form or download the form below.

We also have a limited amount of cub masks and car magnets available.

Thank you for your continued support of the PTA and out cubs! If you have any questions about ordering or are interested in volunteering, please email Ellen Chaffee at

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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.