The Cub Corner

Expect Excellence In Everything

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From Administration

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WMES Community,

The past two months have forced us to learn, work, and play in new and innovative ways. I truly appreciate your efforts in supporting our teachers as they shifted their "classrooms" and implemented their best plans and lessons for your children. Our teachers, students, and our families adjusted and participated at high levels while also balancing every other aspect of life at the same time. I thank you.

Next week we will begin the process of returning students’ personal belongings. This will also be a time for you to drop off library books, textbooks, or classroom materials. Please refer to the schedule and procedures for pick up below. If you have questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

Stay safe and well over the summer. Look for district communication for updates related to summer processes and school opening, and be sure to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge.

I wish each of you the best,

Mike Bender


Personal Belongings Pick-Up

Woodward Mill Elementary

Procedure to Retrieve Student Belongings


Please follow the process below to retrieve your child’s personal belongings from school. This process will also allow you to return library books, classroom books/items, and a laptop (if borrowed from the school). To help with traffic flow, we have assigned a designated pick-up day and time for each grade level. Please make every effort to come to the school on your designated day/time. The process below allows for safety and social distancing. Please do not get out of your car at any time.

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Directions for Families:

  • Before you leave your house, please create a sign written in bold marker that clearly shows your child’s name (first and last) and homeroom teacher. Once you arrive at school, this piece of paper will be held up to the windshield or passenger window so that staff can easily see it.

  • If you have items to return to the school, (media center books, textbooks, or a laptop) please hand the items to a staff member in front of the school in the bus lane.

  • Next, proceed to the front of the building with your sign showing. School staff will read the sign and retrieve your child’s personal belongings.

  • When directed, remotely pop the trunk. Staff will place your child’s items in the trunk.

  • If you have multiple children that attend WMES, please come to the school and go through the carrider lane to retrieve personal items on the day assigned to your youngest child. You will be able to pick up all sibling items at the same time.

  • It is very important that all family members stay in the car during the entire process. No students or family members will be permitted to exit their vehicle or congregate with others.

    ***If this procedure poses a hardship for you, please contact the front office to make other arrangements.***

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Rising 5th Grade Math Resources


Fourth graders had a busy year learning new math skills. Mastery of all these skills is extremely important in order to develop a solid math

foundation. The fifth-grade math program will add to these skills, so any time spent learning or reinforcing these concepts will be very beneficial

for your child. The fifth-grade math teachers have put together a website where you can access resources to help your student begin learning the fifth-grade math content. Please use these resources to support your students learning over the summer. Any time spent learning or reinforcing the concepts we have added to this site will be beneficial for your upcoming fifth grader.

Thank you,

5th Grade Math Teachers

Media Center

Returning Student Media Center Books

All media center books that were left in the desks of our students as of March 12 have been collected and returned to the media center. The books were checked in on Monday, May 11. To check your child’s media account, you will need to login to the eCLASS portal and follow the five-step directions linked below. If you have a media center book at home, please bring the book with you when you come to pick up your student belongings at your scheduled time next week. We will have a box designated for media center book returns. Thanks so much for your help. If you have any questions, please email

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It’s time to register for the 2020 Gwinnett County Public Library Summer Reading Challenge! Students will read and log their minutes through the Beanstack program online. The program begins on May 20th and will close on August 12th.

  • Participants will earn points by reading (1 minute = 1 point), participating in virtual programs, doing activity badges, and completing weekly and pop-up challenge badges

  • Participants will 'complete' the program by earning 480 points but can earn extra chances to win the more points they accumulate

  • We'll be giving away Kindle Fire tablets to a handful of winners at the end of the summer and they will be mailed directly to the winners' houses

  • Participants can do activities all summer long that will earn them points by completing the Activity Badge challenges

  • On top of the permanent collection of Activity Badge challenges, we'll be having exclusive, weekly challenges all summer long that will be introduced by fun videos on Facebook and Instagram (students don't need to watch the videos to complete the challenges). There will also be easy to complete, pop-up challenges on a regular basis that will award small points, as well.

  • On top of our regular video programming on Facebook - Virtual Sewing Club, Backyard Biology, Storytime Takeout, etc. - we will be organizing virtual summer camps for kids and teens in June and July. Participation in any of these can also result in points.

At Woodward Mill, we will celebrate the students that complete the GCPS Summer Reading Program when we return to school in the fall! Our celebration will include recognition of students, prizes, and a trip on the GCPS Book Mobile! You will NOT want to miss this awesome summer reading challenge! Be sure to register today at

2020 GCPL Summer Reading Challenge

When you register, make sure you select Woodward Mill as your school! Refer to the media program website on our school webpage for more details about summer reading. If you have any questions about the Beanstack registration, please email

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The Book Mobile is Coming to Town!

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Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 9th! The GCPS Book Mobile will be visiting the Mountain View Cluster! You will NOT want to miss this opportunity to select two FREE books for your summer reading!

The Book Mobile will be at Twin Rivers Middle School between the hours of 1:00 - 5:00 PM. All students from the cluster are invited to come and shop for two new books! We look forward to seeing all of our students at this cluster literacy event! Click on the link below for more details. If you have any questions, please email

eBooks in the Online Research Library ALL SUMMER!

MackinVia, the digital content management vendor of the Online Research Library, has made an elementary eBook package available at no cost to schools through September 2020. Our collection of eBooks now has 5,290 available titles with unlimited access, meaning there is no limit to how many students can view at a time. These titles are great for supporting the AKS at all grade levels and for providing students with books that develop their individual interests.

How to Access eBooks

Open the Online Research Library, from the home page of eCLASS

and select eBooks on the left side of the screen.

Type a search term in the search box and click enter. Once the results load, you can click on the "more info" link to find title details, including reading levels (if available). Some eBooks have the text-to-speech function and many are available in Spanish.

Click on the "open now" tab and the eBook will begin to load. If you have any questions about accessing eBooks on the Online Research Library, contact

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Lightbox K-2, EyeDiscover K-2, World Languages K-2, and Lightbox 3-5 Databases Available on the Online Research Library

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In addition to the extensive collection of eBooks available on the Online Research Library, we have several new databases available for student use through the summer months.

Lightbox™ is a multimedia educational space that encourages students to see learning in a whole new light. With Lightbox, students receive a true multimedia learning experience that incorporates audio, video, interactive activities, and much more across a variety of professionally developed curriculum Designed to inspire contemporary students, Lightbox incorporates videos, Google Maps, worksheets, audio, quizzes, and other exciting interactive features.

Be sure to check out the EyeDiscover K-2 eBook and World Languages K-2 databases. These engaging databases offer nonfiction eBooks on a variety of interesting topics. The World Languages K-2 translates all nonfiction eBook titles into at least eight different languages. If you have any questions about our amazing Online Research Library resources, email

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All students have access to MyON during this time of school closure. Our students have enjoyed free access to MyON for the last several summers. MyON offers a highly engaging, interactive eBook library of titles. Do not miss out on this opportunity to read different books every day!

Use these credentials to login:

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Once logged in, click on the library tab in the dashboard and browse for topics.
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Once you select a title, you can click on info to learn more about the title.

Happy Reading!

The Six Flags “eRead to Succeed” program deadline has ended. The parents of the students that read and logged six hours of e-reading will receive a certificate from Six Flags by email next week. The certificate will be sent to the parent email used to create the student account when you registered for the program. Thanks to the students that participated in the program!

Kindergarten Registration

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A Message from our CHOA Strong 4 Life Team

We hope these videos bring you some motivation to get through this week and encourage you to participate in activities to help energize your body and mind. This week, the theme is brain booster activities! Brain boosters are a chance for us to get our energy out. By doing something active, we can recharge our brain and body so that we can get back to focusing and learning. Join the Strong4Life Challenge Team as they teach some easy and fun brain booster activities.

Strong4Life Challenge-Brain Booster (Chair Activities)
Strong4Life Challenge-Brain Booster (Dance it Out)
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Do you wish to be more involved with your child's schooling? Join our PTA Executive Board! You'll have an active role in planning events, supporting our teachers and becoming more involved with our school! We are still looking for TWO parents to join our board! Contact Gina Elliott at for more information.

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During Gwinnett County's Digital Learning Days, Ms. O'Rear and Mrs. Woodworth are available by email for parents or students at or

An exciting time is upon us! Next week begins your summer break! We hope that you take the time to enjoy being around your family and friends. We want you to rest, play, and do lots of our favorite! We are so excited to see you next year. Have a great summer! We miss you!

Wilma Unlimited Woodworth
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We are excited to announce that WMES has been designated as a “No Place for Hate School”! No Place for Hate helps schools foster a culture of respect and create a safe, bully-free learning environment for all students. During the 2019-20 school year, we completed activities as a school to work toward building a brave and equitable school. This year, all students and staff signed the No Place for Hate pledge on a banner outside of our cafeteria. We also completed three activities to encourage kindness, respect, and inclusion in our building: the addition of the Buddy Bench to our playground, Kindness Week in November, and “Mix it Up” day in February. Thank you to student council who served as our student group in planning activities for this initiative!

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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:

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Woodward Mill proudly thanks our business partners! Please support these businesses that support our school!





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