The Cub Corner

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From Administration

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Hi families,

We enjoyed seeing many families at our annual Holiday Lunches on Thursday and Friday! We hope you and your child enjoyed this special time together and the great food! A special thank you goes out to our fantastic cafeteria staff for preparing the delicious food!

We are looking forward to Polar Express Night on Thursday, December 12th from 6:00-7:45 pm. The evening will begin with a chorus concert from 6:00-6:30. Then, families will transition to classrooms to read holiday books and complete crafts. The evening will conclude with cookies and milk and a special holiday treat. This is one of our signature events of the year, and we hope you will join us for some festive fun!

We hope to see you at Polar Express Night next week!

Mike Bender


Important Dates

12/9-12/13: PTA Holiday Shop

12/12: Polar Express Night (6:00-7:30 pm)

12/17: Kindergarten Winter Party (9:00-10:00 am)

12/17: 2nd Grade Winter Party (11:30-12:30 pm)

12/18: 1st Grade Winter Party (9:00-10:00 am)

12/18: Pre-K Winter Party (11:30-12:30 pm)

12/19: 3rd Grade Winter Party (9:00-10:00 am)

12/19: 4th Grade Winter Party (10:30-11:30 pm)

12/20: 5th Grade Winter Party (9:00-10:00 am)

12/23-1/3: GCPS Winter Break (No School!)

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The PTA sponsored Staff Holiday luncheon is Friday, December 13th. We need parent volunteers to help in the cafeteria to allow teachers to enjoy their special lunch duty free. If you're interested in helping out, please email Even 30 minutes would be appreciative.
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Hi Cubs!

The next level of Reflections judging has been complete and winners advancing to state have been announced! We're so excited to have THREE students representing Woodward Mill at state competition! Congratulations to:

-Lynda Calderon from Mrs. Hammond's 2nd Grade class won 2nd Place in Visual Arts

-Zion Williams from Mrs. Sander's 4th Grade class won 1st Place in Literature

-Peyton Williams from Mrs. Sabau's 5th Grade class won 1st Place in Dance

Spiritwear is on sale! T-shirts are $10 for youth small - large and adult small - large. Adult XL and XXL are $12. We also have hoodies on sale for $25 in both youth and adult sizes. Please see the order form below or contact with questions.

Our next popcorn day is Thursday, November 21st!

Upcoming PTA Dates

November 21st - Popcorn Sales

Spirit Wear

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Box Tops for Education

Hello WMES Family,

Earning just got easier by going digital, get to know the new mobile app so you can keep earning for our school. It scans your store receipt, automatically finds participating products and instantly adds Box Tops to our school's earnings online. Below is more information and a screenshot of how to credit your earnings to your child's homeroom teacher's name. See example below. If you have clippings to turn in please put them in a Ziploc baggie with the homeroom teacher's name and turn them into the homeroom teacher.

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Media Center

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Our 2020 Georgia Picture Book reading program is off to a great start! Our classes are reading, discussing, and writing about these 20 amazing picture book nominees! In the book Drawn Together, written by Minh Le and illustrated by Caldecott award-winning artist Dan Santat, a young boy and his grandfather cross a language and cultural barrier using their shared love of art, fantasy, and storytelling. It is through their drawings that the grandfather and grandson “see each other for the first time.”

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December Reading Rewards

December reading logs were sent home with students on Monday, Dec. 2. Students that earned a reading reward for November will receive their reward the week of December 9! 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. Be sure to fill out the front and back of the log completely to reflect your 20 dates of reading. Parents, be sure to initial each reading date entry on the log. Be sure to continue reading and logging your minutes over the winter holidays!

Students will return their completed December log to their teacher on Monday, January 6, after the winter holiday break. Reading logs for January will go home with students on Monday, Jan. 6. Be sure to look for the blue reading log in your child’s bookbag on this date.

Our students in grades 3-5 will log their reading using the online Reading Rewards website. If you have any questions about this program, please email

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The character word of the month for December is Caring. Teachers will be looking for students that are caring for others, in big ways and small! Those students showing care towards others will be recognized as the Cub of the Month!

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Are you planning a family trip for the holidays? As you think about your arrangements, we want to stress the importance of sending your child to school every day possible. Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after the winter holiday, as families squeeze in a few more vacation days. It’s time to break that cycle. We know that just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. This is true in every grade.

We recognize that holidays are an important time for reconnecting with families far away. The costs of plane tickets often influence when you want to travel. But please keep in mind the costs to your children’s education if they miss too much school and the message you will be sending about the importance of attendance. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning, right up until vacation starts and the first day back. You can help us convey the message that getting an education is important and not something to be taken for granted. This holiday season; give your children the gift of an education and the habit of good attendance.

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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.

Tech Tidbits

Looking for ways to support your child’s learning? Let’s explore the Online Research Library tools available for your child to use! This week’s focus is on Pebble Go.

Pebble Go
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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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Woodward Mill’s mission is to achieve academic and social excellence through quality instruction that promotes lifelong learning.