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January 22, 2021

A Note from Mr. Bender

Dear Families,

Thank you for a successful week of digital learning. I was very impressed with the way our teachers and families quickly shifted to an online format and worked together to support student learning.

As a reminder, on Monday, January 25, Gwinnett County Public Schools will resume in-person instruction for students whose families selected that option.

Tuesday, January 26 is a digital learning day for ALL students. This is a teacher planning day for staff. There will not be live lessons through Zoom on Tuesday. Students will be expected to complete their assignments independently. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher or the front office.

We are excited to kick-off our annual Kids Heart Challenge Fundraiser next week. The annual fundraiser, which benefits the American Heart Association, runs from January 25 through February 12, and will take place virtually this year. Please read below for more information.

Have a great weekend!

Mike Bender


Important Dates

1/25-2/12: Kids Heart Challenge Fundraiser

1/26: Digital Learning Day for ALL Students

2/12: Inclement Weather Make-Up Day (No School!)

2/15: Teacher Work Day (No School for students!)

2/17-2/18: Early Release/Conferences (Students dismissed at 12:45 pm)

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Lunch Menu: Jan. 25-29, 2021

Monday: Popcorn chicken

Tuesday: Peanut butter & jelly

Wednesday: Chicken nuggets

Thursday: Hamburger

Friday: French bread pizza

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Kids Heart Challenge with Mrs. Watson

Starting January 25th, we are participating again in the Kids Heart Challenge to help raise life-saving funds for the American Heart Association. Last year, Woodward Mill was the #7 Kids Heart Challenge School in Gwinnett County and raised $6,863. Woodward Mill's Kids Heart Challenge will kick off on January 25th and will end February 12th. Please see the flyer for more information.
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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!**

Return to Learning Hub

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While digital learning, your counselors are still here for you! Students can have individual sessions with their counselor during office hours or by appointment. To talk to a counselor, visit our eCLASS page.

Personal Safety Lessons

We all share a common goal for our children to be safe and protected from all things harmful. Related to that goal, our school counselors are required to present annual personal safety lessons designed to prevent sexual abuse. The Think First & Stay Safe program is a research-based program that teaches specific personal safety education by way of interactive classroom lessons. This program enables students to take an active and necessary role in protecting themselves from abuse and exploitation. You can learn more about the detailed lesson plans and research behind this program at (Please be aware that more information is provided on the website than is actually used in Gwinnett County.) These lessons will take place for grades K-5 in January (in-person and digital students). Please contact your child’s counselor for more information or if you do NOT want your child to participate in the lesson in January. Unless written documentation is received, your child will participate in the sexual abuse prevention and safety lessons.

Character Word of the Month: Citizenship

The character word for the month is citizenship. Showing citizenship means trying to make your community and world a better place. For our students, that can mean something as simple as picking up trash left on the ground or being kind to a new student. Teachers will be on the lookout for students exhibiting citizenship to be chosen for the Cub of the Month!

Coats & Supplies

The weather is getting colder out there! A generous community partner has donated some new jackets for our students in need. Please email your school counselors, Chavonne O’Rear,, or Anne Woodworth,, if your child needs a coat this season. Please provide your child’s name and coat size, S-XL in the email. We also have additional school supplies available for digital or in person students who need them.

Talking to Kids about the News and Current Events

When newsworthy events happen in the world, kids need help making sense of it all. While you may not have all the answers to their questions (and that’s OK!), there are guiding principles you can follow that help with any type of difficult conversation. Our school partners at Strong4Life have gathered some resources to help you navigate difficult conversations with your children.

Strong For Life Link

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Curbside Book Checkout

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Digital families, be sure to use the Destiny Discover catalog to place your media center holds. Once your book request is ready for pickup, you will receive an email notification. Please wait for the email notification before coming to the school. Email notifications are sent on Mondays and Wednesdays of each week.

Curbside service is offered on Tuesdays of each week. Our Tuesday hours are from 11:00-1:00. Please place your sign, with your child’s name and teacher name, in a visible place when you drive up to the front of the school.

If you can not make the curbside hours on Tuesday, you are welcome to come to the school and pick up the books anytime during school hours. We will bring the books to you in the front lobby. Use the following link to get you started with reserving media center books.

Book returns can be made at any time during the school day. Please return your media books to the basket by the front door of the school.

How to Place Media Center Holds for Digital Students

Contact if you have any questions.

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Reading Rewards

I hope your child has been reading and documenting their January minutes! The goal of our Reading Rewards program is to help students develop a consistent habit of reading. All paper and digital January reading rewards logs are due on or before February 1.

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, which 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.

If you have any questions about the Reading Rewards program, please email

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Georgia Picture Book Nominee Spotlight: "Because"

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Written by Mo Willems and illustrated by Amber Ren

"Because a man named Ludwig wrote beautiful music, a man named Franz was inspired to create his own." Because people wanted to hear it, they formed an orchestra. Because the musicians had practiced their instruments since childhood, they could play it beautifully. Because workers checked lights and swept floors, the concert hall was ready. Because her uncle had a cold, a girl accompanied her aunt to the performance. And when the orchestra played Shubert's Unfinished Symphony, it captivated the child, transported her, changed her. As she grew up, she worked hard, learning about music, playing it, and writing it, until, one day, she conducted her own piece in the same hall. And hearing it, "someone else was changed." Writing simply but powerfully about inspiration, its links from one generation to another, and the seemingly random elements that culminate in a transformative moment, Willems creates a narrative that will resonate with both children and adults. - Booklist “Starred Review”

The purpose of this annual program is to foster a love of reading in the children of Georgia and to introduce students to books of literary excellence. After reading at least ten of the twenty nominees, students will vote for their favorite book. All votes will be submitted to the University of Georgia in late February. The Georgia Picture Book Award Winner will be announced in March.

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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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Digital students who have personal devices at home may have issues with connecting to the correct Google account provided by the county. Students who are required to complete any Google Classroom assignments must be logged in to their county provided Google account. Check out the step by step directions below to learn how to ensure your child is using the correct Google accoun
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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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Woodward Mill’s mission is to achieve academic and social excellence through quality instruction that promotes lifelong learning.