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March 5, 2021

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A Note from Mr. Bender


Dear Families,


We enjoyed celebrating the importance of reading during Read Across America Week. Thank you to the many students that read daily during the month of February and logged their reading minutes on the Reading Rewards log. Mrs. Alden will be reaching out to students that earned prizes.


The March Reading Rewards logs went home in today’s Friday Folder and are available on the Woodward Mill eCLASS page. Please set a goal to have your child read for at least 20 minutes per day and log his/her minutes. Twenty minutes of reading is proven to increase academic success at school.


Remember, there is no school on Friday, March 12. Enjoy your day off!


Have a great weekend!


Mike Bender


Principal

Important Dates

3/12: Inclement Weather Make-Up Day (No School!)

3/14: Daylight Savings Time (Spring Forward 1 Hour)

3/16: Digital Learning Day for ALL Students (Planning day for staff)

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

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

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Don't forget to set your clock forward one hour on Sunday, March 14!

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Experience Online Testing Georgia: Grades 3-5

This practice site lets students see what Milestones testing online is like. 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 are on sale! Order online at https://commpe.pictavo.com/shop. Yearbooks are $25. Recognition ads for 5th graders are also available! Purchase and design a quarter page ad recognizing your 5th grade student for $10. You can use one of the design templates or design your own! The deadline for purchasing, designing AND submitting your 5th grade recognition ad is March12th.


Parents of Digital Students - If you did NOT come in for school pictures, you can submit a picture of your student for the yearbook. Pictures should be taken from the waist up against a solid colored background. We also need candid pictures for our Digital Learning pages. If you have pictures of your student(s) participating in Digital Learning or Digital Learning activities, we would love to have them! Please email all pictures to regina.elliott@gcpsk12.org.
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Lunch Menu: March 8-12, 2021

Monday: Popcorn chicken

Tuesday: Corn dogs

Wednesday: Chicken nuggets

Thursday: Burger

Friday: No school

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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. **NEW DATES FOR SECOND SEMESTER HAVE BEEN ADDED!**

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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: Cooperation

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The character trait for the month of March is Cooperation. We define cooperation as working together to get something done. Kids practice this when they are working together on a group project, reading a book, or completing an assignment together. Teachers will choose one student in their class that exhibited cooperation the most for the month of March to represent their class as the Cub of the Month.

Women's History Month

Check out read-aloud books by your counselors on our eCLASS page for Women’s History Month in March! Look under “Content” to find books featuring incredible women in history!

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Reading Rewards

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.


March Reading Reward Logs were sent home this week. 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 Jennifer.Alden@gcpsk12.org.

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Georgia Picture Book Nominee Spotlight: "The Proudest Blue"

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The Proudest Blue


Written by Ibtihaj Muhammad and illustrated by S.K. Ali and Hatem Aly


With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It's the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it's her older sister Asiya's first day of hijab--a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong.

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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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Many students have their own email address to use at home. Does your child know how to use email safely? Check out the video below to learn about email safety and etiquette.
Digital Citizenship: Email Safety and Etiquette
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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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