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October 16, 2020

A Note from Mr. Bender

Dear Families,


Our teachers are looking forward to parent teacher conferences next week. Please take time to sign up for a conference using our online sign-up by clicking HERE. Conferences will take place digitally through Zoom. If you need help signing up for a conference, please contact your child’s teacher.


Wednesday (10/21) and Thursday (10/22) will be early release days. Students will dismiss at 12:15 pm on Wednesday and Thursday. If you need to make changes to your child’s transportation on these days, you must submit a handwritten note. We cannot accept transportation changes through email or phone calls.


Digital lunch pickup will take place from 10:15-11:15 am on Wednesday and Thursday due to early release.


The book fair is officially underway. This fall the book fair will be held digitally. Please consider shopping at the online book fair to support our school. More information is included below.


Next week is Bus Driver Appreciation Week. Please take a minute to have your child thank their bus driver for all they do!


Finally, ice cream is for sale every Tuesday and Friday for $1.00.


Enjoy your weekend! Go cubs!


Mike Bender


Principal

Important Dates

10/19-10/23: Bus Driver Appreciation Week

10/21-10/22: Early Release Days (Students dismiss at 12:15 pm)

10/26-10/30: Red Ribbon Week

10/29: Picture Day!

10/30: United Way Book Character Dress Up Day

11/3: Election Day (No School!)

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Lunch Menu: October 5-7, 2020

Monday: Pizza

Tuesday: Taco meat, shrimp

Wednesday: Peanut butter & jelly

Thursday: Hamburger

Friday: Cereal and 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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Early Release

Early release days are Wednesday, October 21st and Thursday, October 22nd. Students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. on these days. If you need to change your child's transportation on Wednesday and Thursday due to Early Release, please send in a handwritten note. We cannot accept transportation changes over the phone or through email. Thank you!


Primeros días de lanzamiento son el miércoles, 21 de Octubre y el jueves, 22 de Octubre. Los estudiantes saldrán de clases a 12:15 en estos días. Si usted necesita cambiar el transporte de su hijo el miércoles y el jueves debido a la liberación anticipada, por favor envíe una nota escrita a mano. No podemos aceptar cambios de transporte por teléfono o a través de correo electrónico. ¡Gracias!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Please use the links below to sign up for a conference time online with your child's teacher. Just a reminder that all conferences will be held online through Zoom. You will receive the teacher's Zoom link after you have signed up online.


Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions.


Kindergarten conference sign up

First Grade conference sign up

Second Grade conference sign up

Third Grade conference sign up

Fourth Grade conference sign up

Fifth Grade conference sign up

PreK conference sign up

Boone, Schroeder, and Nelson sign up

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Picture Day will be Thursday, October 29 for both in-person and digital students. Fall pictures will be included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. Picture packages are also available for purchase using the link below.


Online Picture Package Purchase


Digital students, please refer to the Picture Day schedule below. Siblings in different grade levels can have their pictures taken at the same time. Digital students should arrive at their scheduled time in the bus lane at the front of the school. Staff will be available to escort students inside, assist with pictures, and escort the student back to their car. Parents are not permitted to enter the building and are asked to remain in their car. Students must wear a face covering when entering the building.

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Election Day

Election Day is a school holiday. There will not be school on November 3rd.
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United Way: Book Character Dress Up Day

On October 30th, we will be celebrating our students’ love of reading by dressing up as their favorite book character! Students who chose to participate must bring a $1.00 donation for United Way. Students should also bring the book their character is from to share with the class. Remember, these are book character costumes. Halloween costumes are not permitted.
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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.

Girl Scouts

Interested in joining Girl Scouts? Watch the video below for more information.

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Strong 4 Life

We are excited to partner with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta for a second year on their Strong 4 Life initiative!


Strong 4 Life focuses on building strong bodies and strong minds by encouraging kids to practice the 4 healthy habits:


1.Eat smarter, drink water.

2.Screens away, go play.

3.Get rest to be your best.

4.Emotions are real, express how you feel.

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Please check out the Woodward Mill Counseling Department’s eclass page for resources and opportunities for you or your child to meet with us virtually. You can find us through your child’s eclass page under “My Courses.” Digital students can have one on one sessions via zoom with their counselor during office hours and by appointment.

Character Trait and Mindfulness Activity of the Month

The character word of the month for October is Sharing. Sharing includes sharing things of course, but also ideas! As a No Place for Hate school, we encourage students to share ideas respectfully and to give others the opportunity to be heard. Teachers will be looking for students exhibiting the character trait of the month to be recognized as the Cub of the Month!

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Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is October 26th-30th! This year’s theme is “Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free.” During this week, we talk with students about how to make healthy choices for their bodies by saying “no” to drugs and alcohol!

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Curbside Book Checkout

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There will be no curbside pickup service on Thursday, October 22 and Thursday, Oct. 29 due to the early release schedule and the school picture day event.


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. Email notifications are sent on Mondays and Wednesdays of each week.


Our Tuesday curbside service is available each week from 11:00-1:00. If you can not make it to the curbside pickup, you are welcome to come to the school and pick up the books during school hours. We will bring the books to you in the front lobby. Use the following links to get you started with reserving media center books.


Contact Jennifer.Alden@gcpsk12.org if you have any questions.


Destiny Discover Job Aid


Using the Destiny Discover for Digital Learners


Digital Learning Checkout Q and A for Parents

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Digital Bookfair

October 14 - October 27


Our Scholastic fall book fair event will be virtual this year! Please use the link below to view the awesome selection of books available for purchase from Scholastic. Orders will be placed online. Scholastic will ship the orders directly to the home address of the student. We hope to be able to offer an in-person book fair again in the spring. Thank you for your continued support of the media program. Please contact Jennifer.Alden@gcpsk12.org if you have any questions.


Fall 2020 Scholastic Online Book Fair

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Reading Rewards

It’s time to kick-off our school-wide Reading Rewards incentive program! The goal of this program is to encourage students to develop a consistent habit of daily reading. Students can read independently or with their parents at home, outside of school hours. K-5 students will be asked to read at least 20 minutes a day for at least 20 days of the month.


In-person students were provided with a paper log in the Friday, Oct. 2, weekly folder. Digital students will be able to download and electronically complete a log that can be returned as an assignment in eCLASS.


All 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 paper log in the front lobby.


If you use the digital log, you will download the editable pdf log to your computer, rename the log (following directions provided in eCLASS) and submit the log as an eCLASS assignment before the monthly deadline. Paper logs will be returned to the homeroom teacher before the monthly deadline. Parents will verify each date entry on the log.



Digital logs can be found on the school landing page of eCLASS in the Reading Rewards widget. The Woodward Mill landing page is where the student lands when they click on the My eCLASS Course Page tab once logged into the portal.


The Reading Rewards program will begin in October and end in April. If you have any questions, please email Jennifer.Alden@gcpsk12.org. Thanks for your support of independent reading!

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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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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.

Woodward Mill Facemasks

PTA is still selling Woodward Mill Facemasks through My Payments Plus. Facemasks are $8 each. Choose between three designs that are offered in both youth and adult sizes. See flyer for more details!
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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 ginaelliott2012@gmail.com.


This week's PTA Teacher Spotlights are...

Testimonies from the parents:


"Ms. Treadwell is so kind and patient with all of her kids. My daughter loves going to school and is learning so much in such a short amount of time. The communication to parents is wonderful. We’re so thankful for Ms. Treadwell."


"Ms. Johnson is amazing! She’s so understanding with her students but also pushes them to be better than yesterday. By far, one of the best we’ve had! Thank you, Ms. Johnson!"


For more teacher spotlights, or to submit a spotlight for your teacher, please check Woodard Mill PTA Facebook page!

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As your child is learning at home and at school, they may want new books to read or listen to. Gwinnett County Publics School students have access to the Online Research Library through the Student Portal. In the Online Research Library, there are many available web-based programs, including BookFlix. BookFlix provides paired fiction and nonfiction texts and activities. Watch the video below to learn more about how to access BookFlix through the Online Research Library.
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We are excited to announce that WMES has been designated as a “No Place for Hate School”! No Place for Hate helps schools foster a culture of respect and create a safe, bully-free learning environment for all students. During the 2019-20 school year, we completed activities as a school to work toward building a brave and equitable school. This year, all students and staff signed the No Place for Hate pledge on a banner outside of our cafeteria. We also completed three activities to encourage kindness, respect, and inclusion in our building: the addition of the Buddy Bench to our playground, Kindness Week in November, and “Mix it Up” day in February. Thank you to student council who served as our student group in planning activities for this initiative!


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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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