Primary School - December Edition

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The character word for the month of December is Empathy. The Primary School defines empathy with one word, understanding. Sometimes as adults we have trouble "understanding" others or their points of view. We strive to teach our children to understand how another child would feel in a certain situations.

We challenge you to have conversations with your children about being to be empathetic; about using empathy on the playground, in the classroom, or while in the cafeteria. If each child demonstrates empathy toward fellow Woodward students, we can help foster a pleasant environment of understanding.

As always, the primary goal of the Parent Community is to support and foster just what the name implies: a community. If you have a suggestion or concern, please don't hesitate to reach out to us with your thoughts at

The Parent Community would like to wish all of the Primary School faculty, staff, students and parents a wonderful holiday season and enjoyable winter break. We look forward to seeing you in 2016!

Halloween Parade and Parties were a Success!

Every year Halloween is a big tradition at Woodward Academy Primary School. Faculty, staff, students and parents dress up to show their Happy Halloween spirits!

It is a very exciting day full of costumes and performances while picnicking on the Primary School playground. In addition, there is a school-wide costume parade that is not to be missed, followed by classroom parties filled with games, food, fun and take-home goody bags!

Halloween is one of the three major parties at the Primary School and is never a disappointment. For all the parents who came out to volunteer and support our children and the Primary School, we express our thanks. It was a hit, and the kids left happy with great memories to cherish!


  • Dec 1: Indoor Hitting Facility - Open House 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • Dec 7: Star Tree gifts due
  • Dec 10: PS Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
  • Dec 16: Holiday Decorations Come Down
  • Dec 17: PS Holiday Program Pre-K, K & 2nd Grade 12 - 1 p.m., Gresham Chapel
  • Dec 17: PS Holiday Program 1st & 3rd Grades 2 - 3 p.m., Gresham Chapel
  • Dec 18: PS Holiday Parties
  • Dec 18: Main Campus Dismisses at 11:30 a.m.
  • Dec 21 - Jan 4: - Winter Break - School Closed
  • Jan 5: Second Semester Begins


Whether you’re stopping by the Consignment Shop or dropping off your student, come by to grab a cup of coffee, connect to the WiFi, and catch up with your fellow WA parents!

Join us for the next Academy Coffee on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015.

Date: First Wednesdays

Time: 8 - 10:30 a.m.

Location: Gresham Chapel Activity Room, Main Campus


Volunteer for Teacher Appreciation

Multiple Dates (Dec. 10, Feb. 3 and April 28)


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

8:30 - 10 a.m.

Location: Gresham Chapel (Main Campus)

Mark Crawford, Ph.D

“Helping parents maintain a long term or big picture perspective (character development) vs. focusing on a narrow goals like getting all As or getting into a specific college”.

Sign Up Here


Did you know you can find Box Tops on many of the brands you use to make Christmas dinner, turkey and desserts galore? Remember to clip those Box Tops and turn them in to school. They really add up! Christmas also is a great time to collect extra Box Tops from family and friends as you gather for the holiday weekend. For a list of participating products, go to Have a great break!


Soon you'll be receiving details via backpack mail about the annual Star Tree, a community service project that benefits approximately 150 underprivileged children from the Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club here in the local community. This year, as a matter of convenience to parents, we will offer two options. As usual, you can come into the school and pick a star from the "physical" tree in the PS Lobby or you can pick an E-Star via Sign Up Genius. The E-Star option has been added to give those parents that may not enter the school as often the option to participate. We hope that the added option will garner additional support of this PS community service project. Again, additional details will follow soon.


Help Woodward Academy every time you shop at Publix. Simply have the clerk scan your Publix Key Card to earn money for our school. It's that easy!!! Please let us know if you need additional key cards, and we'll be happy to provide extras or replacements.