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January 14, 2022

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A Note from Mr. Bender

We had another great week at the Mill. Don't forget that Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There is no school on Monday. Enjoy your long weekend!

Mike Bender


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Important Dates

1/17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School!)

1/21 100th Day of School

1/25 Digital Learning Day #4

1/31 Kids Heart Challenge Kicks-Off

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Treats for Students

Guidance from the district has been updated regarding outside food. Any treats that are brought in for students must be store bought and individually packaged from the store. Examples include packaged chip bags, individually wrapped cupcakes, packaged cookies, etc. Any food that is not individually packaged from a store will not be shared at school. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions.
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As part of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ family engagement initiative, the school district seeks to empower parents with tools that allow them to help their children at home. Our AKS at Home project provides math and language arts resources to support families of children in grades K-5 so that they truly are partners in their children’s learning. This support is available for families to access in the format that suits them and their schedule best. They can attend live virtual meetings, view recorded information at a time that best fits their schedule, and gain tips and suggestions on how to best help their children through tip sheets on a wide variety of topics.

We invite our families to sign up for a virtual session to learn more about how they can support their children.

Upcoming Dates:

Kindergarten- Math, Jan. 25 and English Language Arts, Feb. 1

First Grade- Math, Jan. 25 and English Language Arts, Feb. 1

Second Grade- Math, Jan. 27 and English Language Arts, Feb. 3

Third Grade- Math, Jan. 27 and English Language Arts, Feb. 3

Fourth Grade- Math, Jan. 26 and English Language Arts, Feb. 2

Fifth Grade- Math, Jan. 26 and English Language Arts, Feb. 2

For more information please click the link below.

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Lunch Menu

Monday: No school

Tuesday: Cheese dip & chips or veggie sandwich

Wednesday: Grilled cheese or veggie nuggets

Thursday: Mega chicken, yogurt bowl, or PBJ

Friday: Hamburger or yogurt bowl

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Winter Coats

Brrr! It’s getting cold! A generous community partner has donated some children’s coats for our students. If your child needs a coat, please reach out to your counselor.

Character Trait and Mindfulness Activity of the Month

Every month, we focus on a character trait to instill great character into our cubs. The character trait for the month of January is Citizenship. Citizenship means thinking about what is best, not just for yourself, but for others and the community around you as well. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a great time to talk about this character trait! As a reminder, teachers will be choosing one student this month who has exhibited citizenship the most to represent his/her class as the Cub of the Month.

Personal Safety Lessons

We all share a common goal for our children to be safe and protected from all things harmful. Related to that goal, school counselors are required to present annual personal safety lessons designed to prevent sexual abuse. The Think First & Stay Safe™ program is a research-based program that teaches specific personal safety education by way of interactive classroom lessons, classroom posters, role playing and corresponding activities. Think First & Stay Safe™ enables students to take an active and necessary role in protecting themselves from abuse and exploitation. A committee of professional school counselors reviewed the program and selected components that were developmentally appropriate for elementary students and developed lessons around those concepts. In December and January, your child’s counselor will be presenting these lessons to your child’s class. Please look in your child’s Friday Folder for more information on the Child Lures lessons and reach out to your counselor if you have any questions.
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2022 Georgia Picture Book Nominee Spotlight

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AAALLIGATOR! by Judith Henderson

When a hungry alligator moves to their town, the residents want him out . . . until they get to know him (and learn what he's actually hungry for!). A timely tale about empathy, acceptance and a community's response to injustice.

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Reading Rewards

I hope you are reading and logging your January minutes! January logs will be due on or before Tuesday, February 1. If you lose your log or find you need a replacement, monthly logs can be downloaded and printed from the media center link of the school website. Look for the Reading Rewards link on the left side of the media center website.

Monthly logs should reflect 20 different dates in the month, with at least 20 total minutes of reading for each date. Incomplete logs will not be accepted. Students can read independently or with their parents at home. After completing the monthly requirement, logs are returned to the homeroom teacher. Parent initials are required in order to verify the reading.

If you have any questions about the Reading Rewards program, refer to the reading rewards link on the media center page of the school website or contact

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Special perks for PTA members! $5 per member join here:

Join us on Facebook for more updates & upcoming PTA meeting information!

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WMES Spiritwear on sale now!

Get your Spirit Wear! Email LaRhonda Harden for an order form at

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Looking for ways to connect with your child and their academics? Check out the video below to get some new ideas!

PTV - Parent Connections
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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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Publix Partners

Support your school every time you shop!

Publix Partners has contributed $38.7 million to more than 4,950 schools across the Southeast since the program's inception.

Participating is easy! Simply sign up for Club Publix or log in to your existing account, click Publix Partners, and select a school. Then, every time you shop at Publix, pay with the Publix app or enter your phone number at checkout. We’ll give back to the school of your choice—one of the many perks of being a Club Publix member!

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!





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