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May 14, 2021

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A Note from Mr. Bender

Dear Families,

It has been another wonderful week at The Mill. Our 4th grade students have completed the Milestones testing, and 5th grade students have begun testing. With only a few days left in the school year, there are lots of exciting activities as teaching and learning continue. Please remind your child(ren) of our school wide expectations: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Ready to Learn.

Have a great weekend!

Mike Bender


Important Dates

5/17-5/26: Milestones Testing (Grades 3-5)

5/26: Last Day of School

Superintendent Survey

The Gwinnett County Board of Education is moving forward in its search to identify the school district's next superintendent. An essential part of the search process is obtaining feedback from stakeholders in the community. As a member of our school community, we hope you will participate in the online survey to share your thoughts on the qualities you would like to see in the next superintendent. The survey is open through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 16, and is available in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

Click here to take the Gwinnett Community Superintendent Search Survey.

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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 opened 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 can be found on the Gwinnett County website. If you are unable to upload the documents listed, you can still complete the first step of Online Registration. 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

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County Drawing!

All new kindergarteners registered by May 28 will be entered into a county-wide drawing for cool learning prizes, including Chromebooks, floor puzzles, summer reading book bags, craft baskets, LEGO sets, school supplies, and more! Be sure to register your upcoming kindergartener online!
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Lunch Menu: May 17-21, 2021

Monday: Peanut butter & jelly

Tuesday: Pull apart cheesy bread

Wednesday: Chicken sandwich

Thursday: Bosco

Friday: Burrito

Lunch Menu: May 24-26, 2021

Monday: Pull apart cheesy bread

Tuesday: Burrito

Wednesday: Peanut butter & jelly

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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 including great read-alouds for AAPI Heritage Month!
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We are so proud to announce that WMES has been designated as a No Place for Hate School for the second year in a row by the Anti-Defamation League! Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Education is inspiring a generation to challenge bias in themselves, others and society in order to create more inclusive learning communities.

ADL’s No Place for Hate® initiative is a school climate improvement framework that provides PreK–12 schools with an organizing framework for combating bias, bullying and hatred, leading to long-term solutions for creating and maintaining a positive and equitable climate.

No Place for Hate® schools receive their designation in the following ways:

• Building inclusive and safe communities in which respect and equity are the goals and where all students can thrive.

• Empowering students, faculty, administration and family members to take a stand against bias and bullying by incorporating new and existing programs under one powerful message.

• Sending a clear, unified message that all students have a place where they belong.

Character Word of the Month: Perseverance

The character trait for the month of May is Perseverance. This is a great word to focus on as we finish out the year! Perseverance means trying your best, even when things are hard and even when you are tired. Teachers will choose one student in their class that exhibited perseverance the most for the month of May to represent their class as the Cub of the Month. Let’s all work to persevere as we finish out a great year!

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Overdue Media Center Books

Student media accounts must be clear of outstanding books and fines before the end of the school year. We have many digital and in-person students with overdue and/or damaged books. Per GCPS policy, fines are charged for lost and damaged media center books.

Overdue notice reports will be emailed to parents on a weekly basis. If you receive an overdue notice, please make every effort to locate the overdue books and return the books to the school. Digital students can return overdue books to the front lobby or place the books in the book crate outside of the front doors. If you have lost a book, the fine can be paid with cash, check, or through MyPaymentsPlus. Should a book be found after payment is made, a refund request will be promptly generated.

Please contact or refer to the media center circulation procedures on the media center page of the school website if you have any questions. Thank you for your support.

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Get Georgia Reading

The Get Georgia Reading program will be funded again this year at the state level.

Get Georgia Reading 2021 begins on May 3. Provided by Renaissance, the program gives all children, parents/guardians, and educators free access to thousands of digital books and news articles through July 31, 2021.

Get Georgia Reading supports student learning now and all summer with a diverse library of over 6,400 digital books from myON and age-appropriate news articles from myON News. Use the credential below to login and browse the amazing collection of digital books provided in the MyON program. Please contact if you have any questions about the Get Georgia Reading program.

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2021 Gwinnett County Public Library Summer Reading Challenge

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In August, we will recognize all rising Woodward Mill K-5 students, who participate in AND log 500 minutes of reading in the Gwinnett County Public Library summer reading challenge. The GCPL will use the digital platform, Beanstack, to keep track of student reading. You can register for a Beanstack account online. Be sure to choose The Chapter Challenge when you register.

Once a student logs at least 500 minutes of reading time in Beanstack, they will be considered as having completed the program for Woodward Mill recognition purposes. The GCPL will award prizes to students throughout the program. We plan to have the GCPS BookMobile return as a part of our summer reading celebration.

View the promotional video from the GCPL to learn more about registering for a Beanstack account. Beanstack will be used to log reading minutes while participating in The Chapter Challenge. Be sure to create your Beanstack account and start reading and logging your minutes!

How to Library - Beanstack

Register for Beanstack

All Woodward Mill students will receive summer reading training before the end of the school year! Be sure to refer to the media center page of the school website for all the details. If you have any questions, contact

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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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Check out the latest updates to the Parent Portal! Don’t have a Parent Portal account? Contact your child’s teacher now.

Updated Parent Portal
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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.