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October 6, 2021

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A Note from Mr. Bender

We are looking forward to the upcoming PTA fundraiser that kicks off on Thursday, October 14. You will be receiving more information about the fundraiser and The Day of Awesomeness next week!

PTA Reflections entries are due to the school on Tuesday, October 12.

Picture Day is Tuesday, October 19. Picture order forms will come home with students on Tuesday after we return from Fall Break.

I hope each of you enjoy your time off! We look forward to seeing everyone back on Tuesday, October 12.

Mike Bender


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Important Dates

10/7-11 Fall Break (No School!)

10/12 Reflections Entries Due

10/13 Relay For Life Pink Out $1.00 donation

10/13 PTA Papa John's Spirit Night

10/14 PTA Step It Up! Fundraiser Kick-off

10/18-22 Parent Teacher Conferences

10/18-21 Great Days of Service

10/19 Picture Day!

10/20 Digital Learning Day

10/20 PTA Skate Night at Skate Country

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

10/22 Relay For Life Hat Day $1.00

10/23 SHAPE Workday at WMES 9:30-12:00

10/26 Field Day (Grades K-1)

10/27 Field Day (Grades 2-3)

10/28 Field Day (Grades 4-5)

10/28 PTA Trunk or Treat 6:00pm-8:00pm

10/25-29 Red Ribbon Week

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Early Release

Early release days are Wednesday, October 20th and Thursday, October 21st. Wednesday, October 20th is a scheduled Digital Learning Day. Students will work online asynchronously. On Thursday, October 21st, students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m.. If you need to change your child's transportation on Thursday due to early release, please send in a handwritten note. We cannot accept transportation changes over the phone or through email. Thank you!
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Please use the links below to sign up for a conference time with your child's teacher. Please indicate if you would prefer a Zoom conference when signing up online. Unless noted, all conferences will be held in-person at WMES on the selected day and time. Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions.

Kindergarten conference signup

First Grade conference signup

Second Grade conference signup

Third Grade conference signup

Fourth Grade conference signup

Fifth Grade conference signup

PreK conference signup

Boone, Nelson, Schroeder conference signup

*As a reminder, masks are required in all GCPS facilities.

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Fall Picture Day

In-Person Students: October 19, 2021

Digital Students: November 11, 2021 between 8:30-10:30
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AKS Annual Review

The annual review of the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum is open and runs through Oct. 11. Parents, GCPS staff, students, and Gwinnett County residents may review proposed standards online, offering feedback on AKS that have been developed to align the curriculum with the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) and/or Georgia Performance Standards (GPS). Feedback on this year’s AKS review may be submitted via an online AKS survey. Comments will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 11.

Red Ribbon Week: October 25-29

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Woodward Mill was awarded the SHAPE grant which promotes healthy lifestyles to reduce childhood obesity. Through this initiative, one of the projects we will be working on is updating the outdoor classroom. We will be holding a workday at Woodward Mill on Saturday, October 23 from 9:30-12:00 to build and fill raised garden beds. If you or your family would like to volunteer, please fill out this form to let us know you would like to participate. Contact Alicia Lapinsky if you have any questions at Thank you for partnering with us!
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Lunch Menu

Monday: No school- Fall Break

Tuesday: Happy burger, bean dip & chips

Wednesday: Chicken sandwich, yogurt bowl, string cheese, oat bar

Thursday: Pepperoni pizza, french bread

Friday: Seafood basket, mini calzone

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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 October is Sharing. Sharing includes sharing things and sharing ideas! As a reminder, teachers will be choosing one student this month who has exhibited sharing the most to represent his/her class as the Cub of the Month.

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 “Slowly, Slowly”.

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Reading Rewards

It’s time to start logging your October reading rewards minutes! October reading logs were sent home in the Friday, Oct. 1st weekly folders. Prizes for students that completed the September log will be awarded after fall break!

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. 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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Join us on Facebook for more updates & upcoming PTA meeting information!

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Reflections 2021 information:

Reflection Questions: Melanie Thurmond


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WMES Spiritwear on sale now!

Get your Spirit Wear! Email Ellen Chaffee for an order form at

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Fall Break is here! Looking for some new, fun books to read? Check out the hundreds of eBooks online through the Online Research Library! Watch the video below to learn how to access eBooks online. Don’t forget to record your reading on your October 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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Publix Partners

Support your school every time you shop!

Publix Partners has contributed $38.7 million to more than 4,950 schools across the Southeast since the program's inception.

Participating is easy! Simply sign up for Club Publix or log in to your existing account, click Publix Partners, and select a school. Then, every time you shop at Publix, pay with the Publix app or enter your phone number at checkout. We’ll give back to the school of your choice—one of the many perks of being a Club Publix member!

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.