The Cub Corner

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From Administration

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Hello families,

We kicked off the STEP IT UP fundraiser this week with a fun pep rally! As of Friday, our students have raised over $22,000 for our school! That is phenomenal! The fundraiser continues through Friday, October 16th. The money raised will be used to purchase technology, books, and instructional materials for the school. Thank you for your support. Every donation makes a difference!

This week our students and staff also participated in the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Strong 4 Life pep rally. Woodward Mill is partnering with CHOA to encourage healthy habits and resiliency in our students. Students participated in an interactive pep rally and received a free water bottle. Please ask your child about the Strong 4 Life healthy habits they learned about this week.

Parent-teacher conferences are quickly approaching on October 23 and 24. These days are also early release days. Dismissal will begin at 12:15 p.m. on October 23 and 24. Please look for an email with conference sign-up information from your child’s teacher next week.

Have a great weekend!

Mike Bender


Important Dates

10/9: United Way Wednesday (Bring $1.00 and bring a stuffed animal to school!)

10/10-10/14: Fall Break (No School!)

10/16: United Way Wednesday (Bring $1.00 and buy popcorn)

10/17: STEAM Night at Collins Hill Library

10/18: Falcons Friday (Wear Falcons Gear to School)

10/18: Bear Scare (6:00-9:00 p.m.)

10/18: Hat Day (Bring $1.00 and wear a hat to school!)

10/21: Bus Driver Appreciation Day

10/21-10/25: Book Fair

10/23: United Way Wednesday (Bring $1.00 and wear pajamas to school)

10/25: Fall Picture Day

10/23-10/24: Early Release/Conferences (Students dismiss at 12:15 p.m.)

10/28-11/1: Red Ribbon Week

10/29: Field Day (Grades 1 & 3)

10/30: Field Day (Grades K & 2)

10/31: Field Day (Grades 4 & 5)

11/6: United Way Wednesday (Bring $1.00 and wear a hat to school)

11/7: Day of Awesomeness

11/13: United Way Wednesday (Bring $1.00 and wear crazy hair to school)

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We are excited about our Field Days on October 29, 30, and 31. Ms. DiSpigna and Ms. Jones are looking for parent volunteers to assist with Field Day events. If you are able to come assist, please email Ms. D at

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Picture Day is Friday, October 25th. Picture Day forms will be coming home soon!

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Falcons Friday is Friday, October 18. Wear your Falcons gear and RISE UP!


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Fall Break will take place on 10/10-10/11. There will be a teacher workday on Monday 10/14. School will resume on Tuesday, 10/15

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Parent-teacher conferences are quickly approaching on October 23 and 24. You will be receiving an email from your child’s teacher next week with conference sign-up information.

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October 23 and 24 are early release days. Students will dismiss at 12:15 p.m. If you need to change your child’s transportation on these two days, please send in a hand-written note or stop by the front office to speak with our office staff. If your child rides the bus, please make sure someone is home early on these days to meet the bus.
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Hi Cubs!

Our Step-It Up kickoff is off to a great start! Although most donations will come in online, we do accept cash and check donations. The deadline for turning those in is October 16th. Thank you for all of your support in helping us raise money for our school!

Thank you to all of the 1st grade parents for spoiling our staff! We had a great turnout of goodies for the staff to enjoy throughout the day. Our next Staff Goody Day will be sponsored by 2nd Grade on November 8th!

Our annual Bear Scare event is quickly approaching! Mark your calendars now for Friday, October 18th, 6-8pm. We're excited to be partnering with Fat Cap BBQ to provide this year's $5 meal deals! (Pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers and premium hot dogs!) We're also bringing back the dunk tank and have some new exciting games, PLUS a haunted hallway! It's sure to be a great night for the kids! We need your help with candy donations to provide for the kids trick-or-treating the halls. Please send in bagged candy with your child to the front office. If you would be interested in helping decorate before the event, please email

Due to overwhelming demand, we will be having vendors at our Bear Scare again this year. See the flyer below for details on how to secure your spot!

Our next popcorn day is going to be WEDNESDAY, October 16th benefiting United Way. Please consider sending $1 with your student to support this great cause.

If you haven't already joined the PTA, please do so now to help your child's class win a class party! Any class with 100% PTA participation will win a popcorn or snowcone party compliments of the PTA. There is no time commitment for joining, although we always appreciate the help! All money raised is put right back into the school through purchasing books, Chromebooks and providing teachers with grants to use on instructional material.

Upcoming PTA Events:

October 16th - Popcorn Sales

October 17th - Vendor sign-up deadline

October 18th - Bear Scare

November 7th - Day of Awesomeness

November 8th - Staff Goody Day sponsored by 2nd grade

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Popcorn sales will take place on Wednesday, October 16th! Your child can purchase popcorn during lunch for $1.00.

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As the seasons begin to change, more and more jackets end up in the lost and found. Please encourage your child to check the lost and found for lost items!

United Way

Hi parents,

United Way campaign is kicking off on October 2nd through December 4th. We have United Way Wednesdays with many fun activities. Each activity is $1 to participate. Please see the attached flyer below. We look forward to our campaign this year.

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Media Center

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NASA Night at the Collins Hill Library branch will be held on Thursday, Oct. 17, from

5:30 - 7:30 PM! Plan to bring the whole family for an evening of hands-on science experiments and lots of interactive learning and fun!

Look for the yellow informational flyer in today’s Friday folder! Thanks to the Gwinnett County Public Library for their support of our school! We hope to see you at NASA Night!

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It’s time to start planning the Scholastic fall book fair! An Arctic Adventure is headed our way in October 2019! In order to make this the best book fair experience ever, we need the support of our amazing volunteers. If you are able to help out, please fill out and submit the google form below and we will contact you soon. Thanks for all of your support of the media program.

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Have you started reading and logging your minutes in October? We are excited about rewarding our September readers next week! Remember, all reading logs are due the last day of the month! For October, you will need to return your completed log to your teacher on OR before Thursday, Oct. 31.

The program is designed to encourage and reward our readers for developing and maintaining a consistent habit of independent reading. In order to meet your monthly goal and receive a reading reward, students must read and log 20 minutes (or more) each day for 20 days during the month. Our students in grades 3-5 will document their reading using the online Reading Rewards website.

Let’s make independent reading a habit! If you have any questions about this program, please email

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The character word of the month for October is Sharing. Teachers will be looking for students sharing with others to be recognized as the Cub of the Month!

College and Career Day is November 22nd! On this day, we need volunteers to speak about their college and/or career experiences. The event is from 8:15-10:30 with each speaker presenting to six different classes for 15 minutes. Volunteers share with students about their day to day tasks, experience, and education. This is a great opportunity for our students to learn about a variety of options for after high school and beyond! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ms. O’Rear or Ms. Woodworth.

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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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Tech Tidbits

Did you know your child can read books on their reading level from home? Watch the video below to see how your child can access online Leveled Reader books from home.

WMES Leveled Readers

Box Tops for Education

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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.

Over the years, Publix Partners has contributed more than $30 million to over 4,500 schools giving back to support education. And giving is easy. Simply sign up for a account (if you don’t already have one), select Woodward Mill Elementary, then enter your phone number at checkout. A percentage of each eligible transaction made using your Publix Partners account is allocated to Woodward Mill. Publix Partners’ schools receive checks up to four times per year based on earnings they accumulate from the purchases you make at Publix. Check out our current totals below:

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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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