The Cub Corner

Expect Excellence In Everything

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April 2, 2021

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A Note from Mr. Bender

Dear Families,

It’s hard to believe that it’s time for Spring Break. As a reminder, GCPS is following CDC guidance regarding travel outside of the U.S. Please see the CDC document related to international travel in this week's Cub Corner for specifics. Thank you for helping to keep all of our students and staff safe!

Enjoy your break, remember to read, and we’ll see you on April 12th!

Have a wonderful break!

Mike Bender


Important Dates

4/2: April Reading Rewards Logs Go Home

4/5 -4/9: Spring Break (No School!)

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

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

2021-2022 In-Person Learning

Reminder: All students will be scheduled for in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year. Families that wish to opt out of in-person learning for their students will need to complete an online form located in the Parent Portal. The deadline to submit the opt-out form is Sunday, April 4, at 11:50 p.m.
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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!
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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 on Tuesday, April 6. 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

*Registrations submitted prior to April 6th will be returned and must be completed again.

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Lunch Menu: April 12-16, 2021

Monday: Pull apart cheesy bread with marinara sauce

Tuesday: Corn dogs

Wednesday: Flavor to the Max sticks

Thursday: Burrito

Friday: Drumstick

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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.


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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

Reading Rewards logs for the month of April were sent home in today’s Friday folders! I hope you will read and log your minutes over spring break! We look forward to recognizing our March readers during the month of April.

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

Georgia Picture Book Award Winner

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Hair Love

Written by Matthew Cherry and illustrated by Vashti Harrison

Woodward Mill Picture Book Winner

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Written by Lupita Nyong'o and illustrated by Vashti Harrison

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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 ( for more information.
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Parent: What did you do at school today?

Child: Nothing.

Wanting to know more about what your child is doing at school each day? Learn how to ask open-ended questions to engage in better communication with your child(ren).

PTV - Communication
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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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