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November 18, 2022

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A Note from Dr. Brown

Greetings Parents and Guardians!

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! We, here at Woodward Mill Elementary School, have a lot to be thankful for.

I hope you enjoy time with your family and friends next week. Please stay safe and have fun!

Remember to scroll down so that you have all of the latest and greatest information from The Mill. We want to ensure timely communication with our community–we are partners in your child’s education and we take that very seriously.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break!

Dr. Brown

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Important Dates

11/21-11/25 Thanksgiving Break- No School

11/29 Cubs Care Club 7:30am

11/30 Play2Learn Wednesday 9:00am

11/30 United Way PJ & Stuffed Animal Day $1.00

12/1 Chorus 7:15am

12/1 Readers Rally 7:15am

12/5-12/9 PTA Holiday Shop

12/6 Digital Learning Day #3 *NEWLY ADDED*

12/8 Play2Learn Wednesday 9:00am

12/8 Chorus 7:15am

12/8 ESOL Parent Night 5:00pm

12/8 Polar Express Night 6:00pm

12/14 Play2Learn Wednesday 9:00am

12/15 Readers Rally 7:15am

12/19-1/4 Winter Break

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4th & 5th Grade ONLY

Yearbook Club Applications have been passed out to 4th & 5th grade students who expressed interest. If your child wants to apply and didn’t get one, please print out the application linked below. Yearbook applications are due to Mrs. Vaughan by Tuesday, November 29th. No applications will be accepted after the deadline. Mrs. Vaughan will select a total of 16 students with a mixture of 4th & 5th grade students. Lastly, she will notify the student and their parents if they have been accepted into Yearbook Club and the date of the first meeting. Students will be notified either way. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Vaughan.

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Georgia Milestones Assessment Dates

All 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will be taking the Georgia Milestones Assessment after Spring Break. Gwinnett County has approved the dates shown below for administration. Please contact Mrs. McClelland ( if you have any questions. More information will be provided as we approach testing.
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GCPS Substitute Incentive

Gwinnett Schools recently announced an incentive plan for the 2022-2023 school year to celebrate and recognize the service of our substitutes.

  • A one-time incentive payment to recognize the service of our substitutes during the first semester. Substitutes who work at least 45 days between July 25, 2022 and December 16, 2022 will be eligible to receive a one-time incentive payment of $500, above and beyond the substitute's regular earned pay.

  • A one-time incentive payment to recognize the service of our substitutes during the second semester. Substitutes who work at least 45 days between January 4, 2023 and May 26, 2023 will be eligible to receive a one-time incentive payment of $500, above and beyond the substitute's regular earned pay.

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November 28-December 2

Monday: Chicken nuggets, lasagna roll, or hummus dip

Tuesday: Nachos or dumplings

Wednesday: Chicken and waffle or meatball sub
Thursday: Pizza or chicken BBQ sandwich
Friday: Veggie pinwheel, rice bowl, or hummus basket

*Menu is subject to change due to supply shortages.

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Attendance Makes a Difference!

When your child is absent from school, they are missing valuable instructional time. With the holidays approaching, please be mindful of the school calendar and limit travel to days when school is not in session. If your child is sick or absent for another approved reason in the student handbook, please write a letter to your child’s teacher upon their return to school in order to have the absence excused. We are thankful to see our students here everyday!

Character Trait of the Month

Each month, we focus on a different character trait. The character trait for the month of November is “Honesty”. Honesty is an important character trait for our students to learn as they grow into trustworthy citizens. Teachers will be looking for students that exhibit this trait during November to be recognized as the “Cub of the Month” with a certificate and free ice cream!

SEL Parent Night

Thank you to everyone that participated in the Social Emotional Learning Parent Night on Tuesday, November 1st. We are so thankful that we were able to share some of the things that our students are learning in school each day. Please visit to learn more about about SEL, and how to incorporate it at home. Also, please click on the handout below for questions that you can ask your children at home to engage your child(ren) at home!

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November is Picture Book Month

It’s time to start reading the 2023 Georgia Picture Book Nominees! The Georgia Picture Book Award program is sponsored by the Department of Language and Literacy at the University of Georgia. The purpose of the program is to foster a love of reading in the children of Georgia and to introduce students to books of literary excellence. After hearing at least ten of the twenty nominees, students will vote for their favorite. Our votes will be sent to UGA to be included in the final count for the winning nominee.

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Spotlight on Native American Heritage Picture Books

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The First Strawberries retold by Joseph Bruchac

From an award-winning Native American storyteller comes this captivating re-telling of a Cherokee legend, which explains how strawberries came to be. Long ago, the first man and woman quarreled. The woman left in anger, but the Sun sent tempting berries to Earth to slow the wife's retreat. When the woman finds that its sweetness reminds her of how happy she and her husband had been together, she decides to share the fruit with her husband. This legend presents a powerful case for respecting one another and the earth.

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October 1, 2022- November 30, 2022

Our school-wide Beanstack training continues through November! Beanstack is an online digital reading program provided to all GCPS schools. Students are encouraged to log their reading minutes while working to meet challenges.

For now, the Fall Into Reading 2022 challenge will be in place as we continue to train students on using this digital platform. Students will login to Beanstack using their GCPS student number and their birthday month and date (MMDD) as their password. Students are able to log reading minutes either on their laptop or on a mobile device.

Refer to the media center link of the school website for helpful resources to get your child started with Beanstack. Contact if you have any questions about this digital reading program.

Woodward Mill Beanstack

How to Use Beanstack

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The Collins Hill Library branch will be sponsoring a science night on Monday, November 21 from 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM. If you enjoy hand-on activities, stop by the branch for some science fun!

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

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GCPS 1:1 Initiative

Have you ever needed to see more than one thing on your computer at a time? Watch the video below to learn how to use a split screen on your laptop.

1:1 Chromebook Basics- Multitasking with a Split Screen
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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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About Us

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