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September 3, 2021

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A Note from Mr. Bender

Dear Families,

It’s hard to believe it’s already September! It has been a fun and busy start to the school year. Our teachers and students have been working hard and so much learning has been taking place! As I visit classrooms, I am impressed with the levels of engagement among our students. This week our fifth-grade students created and presented cell projects. Be sure to check out a few of the projects below. They were fantastic!

I hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend!

Mike Bender


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Important Dates

9/6 Labor Day (No School!)

9/10 Progress Reports Go Home

9/14 Digital Learning Day #1

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Car Rider Updates: Morning Drop-Off Time Change

Beginning on Friday, September 3, 2021, the morning car rider lane will remain open until 8:15 am. All car riders should arrive prior to 8:15 am and must drop off in the car rider line. Families that arrive after 8:15 am will be directed around to the front office to check-in their child. Checking in a student after 8:15 am will result in the student being marked as “tardy”.

As a reminder, parents are not permitted to drop students off in the bus lane at any time. All car riders must drop off in the car rider lane on the side of the building between 7:45-8:15 am.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we ensure the safety of our students during morning arrival time.

5th Grade Cell Projects

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Whiz Learning Kids

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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.

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 September is Responsibility. We define responsibility as doing the right thing, even when no one is looking. As a reminder, teachers will be choosing one student this month who has exhibited responsibility 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 the video on the counseling eCLASS page about C.J. Walker.

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 “Mindful Listening.”

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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 start reading and logging your minutes for September!

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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The Readers Rally Club will kick off on Thursday, Sept. 16! Be sure to look for the interest form in today’s Friday folder! The Readers Rally Club is open to all fourth and fifth graders who have a passion for reading.

The Readers Rally Club meets on selected Thursdays during the fall semester to discuss the fifteen book titles on the elementary reading list. A team of ten students will be selected in December to represent our school at the annual county competition. The 2022 GCPS Readers Rally event will be held at Peachtree Ridge High School on Saturday, February 26, 2022.

Parents and students must sign and return the agreement form by Monday, Sept. 13 to be a part of this club. Refer to the Readers Rally link on the media center website for the elementary book list and club updates.

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

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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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Our first GCPS Digital Learning Day is on Tuesday, September 14. Students will work asynchronously on independent activities provided by teachers on eCLASS. Students will NOT need to log in to Zoom to meet with their teachers during the day. Please review the directions below on how to log in to the student portal and locate your child’s eCLASS Course Pages. Start practicing with your child now at home!

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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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