The Cub Corner

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From Administration

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A Note from Mr. Bender

Welcome Back Cubs!

We are excited to start the 2020-2021 school year! While the start of the year may look different, our commitment to providing your child with the very best education remains unchanged. Our teachers and staff have worked tirelessly over the last few weeks to prepare for digital learning. Despite the technology challenges we encountered the first day, our teachers have done an excellent job of welcoming their students and beginning to build relationships. As we continue to navigate this unusual school year together, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Our teachers and staff are ready to support you with any challenges you are facing.

While this start of this school year will be unlike any we have ever encountered before, I am confident that this will be a great year!

Enjoy your weekend, and we'll see you on Zoom on Monday!

Mike Bender


Materials Pick Up

If you have not picked up your child’s grade level materials or a requested device, please come by the school at your earliest convenience. You will need to wear your mask. See below for the materials your child should have from our school.

Kindergarten= individual tubs

1st grade= classroom materials

2nd grade= workbooks, agendas

3rd grade= workbooks, agendas, math manipulatives

4th grade= no materials to pick up

5th grade= workbooks, agendas

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Character Trait of the Month

Welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year. Though the beginning of the year looks different, our goals are the same. We want to teach your children the AKS, give them opportunities for social interaction, show them love, and teach them all about character development. Each month, we will focus on a character trait. The character trait for the month of August is Respect. We define respect as treating others how we want to be treated. We can also do this by showing good manners and following the rules. Each month, your child’s teacher will be able to recognize students in their classroom for showing Respect. They will also choose a Cub of the Month that has exhibited that character trait.

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Media Center

We are very excited in the media center to support the independent reading of our students this year! Our students will be placing holds on books, using the media catalog, in eCLASS. Once we receive the hold requests, we will pull the books from the shelves and reserve the titles for your child to check out. Parents will receive an email notification regarding the specific pickup times and location. We are planning to start training our students and parents on how to place media center holds next week! More details will be coming soon!
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Our summer reading celebration will be held in September! All students that logged 480 minutes of reading in the Gwinnett County Public Library Beanstack program will be recognized and rewarded! We are proud of your efforts to meet your summer reading goals! Keep reading!

If you have any questions about the Beanstack registration, please 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!

Reader's Rally

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We are looking ahead to organizing our (virtual) Readers Rally book club for all interested fourth and fifth grade students! We had an incredible team of readers last year that represented our school in this popular reading event, and we are excited about building a new competition team. Interested students can find this year’s book list and a video preview of the titles on the media center link of our school website. Stay tuned for more information about the September Zoom kick-off meeting!
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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.

Hi Cubs! Welcome back! You can join PTA on My Payments Plus by paying a $5 membership fee per adult member. Membership is open to any and all adult family members. (You do not need to pay for students.) While we’re facing a unique school year, we’re committed in our efforts to support our school and our Cub families. We would love to hear ideas from you for virtual events to hold this school year. Please join our Facebook page for continuous updates- Woodward Mill PTA.

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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:

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.