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February 5, 2021

A Note from Mr. Bender

Dear Families,

This past week was National School Counseling Week. We are thankful for all that our school counselors, Ms. O’Rear and Mrs. Woodworth, do for WMES students, staff, and families. We greatly appreciate their dedication to our school!

Parent teacher conferences are quickly approaching in mid February. Conferences will be held via Zoom or phone call. You can sign up for a conference time that fits your schedule by using the links below or visiting our school website.

Early release days will take place on February 17 and 18. Students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm. If you need to change your child’s transportation on these days, please send in a handwritten note to the teacher. We cannot accept emails or phone calls for transportation changes.

Have a great weekend! Go cubs!

Mike Bender


Important Dates

1/25-2/12: Kids Heart Challenge Fundraiser

2/12: Inclement Weather Make-Up Day (No School!)

2/15: Teacher Workday (No School for students!)

2/16-2/19: Kindness Week (More information coming soon!)

2/17-2/18: Early Release/Conferences (Students dismissed at 12:15 pm)

Happy National School Counseling Week

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We love our school counselors!

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Teacher Conference Schedules are ready! Click the links below to find your child’s teacher and sign up for an online conference the week of February 15-19. Links can also be located on our school website. Sign up by Sunday, February 14!


First Grade:

Second Grade:

Third Grade:

Fourth Grade:
Fifth Grade:

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Kids Heart Challenge with Mrs. Watson

On January 25th we kicked off our 2021 Kids Heart Challenge event. After two weeks we have raised $6,672.74 - that's amazing!! We are so close to reaching our goal this year of $7000. Our Kids Heart Challenge fundraising event will continue until next Friday, February 12th. It's not too late to get registered and help raise life-saving funds for the American Heart Association!

Here's how you can help:

  1. Register and choose a challenge online at
  2. If you raise $10, you'll earn 2 heart hero characters!
  3. Watch this video for more information:
  4. Send 10 emails to start collecting donations online.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Watson at

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Lunch Menu: February 8-12, 2021

Monday: Pull-apart Italian cheese & garlic bread

Tuesday: Corn dogs

Wednesday: Max stick

Thursday: Peanut butter & jelly

Friday: No School

Relay For Life Valentine Candygrams

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You are an important partner with your child’s teacher, whether your child is learning at home or at school. To help you support your child’s learning, GCPS is launching a new initiative called AKS at Home. With this project, families will learn ways to help their child practice skills they are learning in class as part of the district’s Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum. Parents have access to a library of recorded sessions and tipsheets. Find more information on the AKS at Home web page. **NEW DATES FOR SECOND SEMESTER HAVE BEEN ADDED!**

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Your counselors are available for individual sessions with digital students during office hours or by appointment. Check out our eClass page to speak with us and for other resources!

Character Word of the Month: Kindness

The character word for the month is Kindness. We will also be highlighting this trait during Kindness Week February 16-19th. Stay tuned for more details! Teachers will be on the lookout for students exhibiting kindness to be chosen for the Cub of the Month!

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Curbside Book Checkout

Digital families, be sure to use the Destiny Discover catalog to place your media center holds. Once your book request is ready for pickup, you will receive an email notification. Please wait for the email notification before coming to the school. Email notifications are sent on Mondays and Wednesdays of each week.

Curbside service is offered on Tuesdays of each week. Our Tuesday hours are from 11:00-1:00. Please place your sign, with your child’s name and teacher name, in a visible place when you drive up to the front of the school.

If you can not make the curbside hours on Tuesday, you are welcome to come to the school and pick up the books anytime during school hours. We will bring the books to you in the front lobby. Use the following link to get you started with reserving media center books.

Book returns can be made at any time during the school day. Please return your media books to the basket by the front door of the school.

How to Place Media Center Holds for Digital Students

Contact if you have any questions.

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Reading Rewards

The goal of our Reading Rewards program is to help students develop a consistent habit of reading. The monthly requirement is to read, outside of school hours, at least 20 minutes a day for at least 20 days of the month. Students are expected to list book titles and minutes read on each of the 20 dates that are logged on the form. Parents must initial each of the entry dates.

For students to be recognized, the reading log must be turned in on time and considered complete. Students can complete and submit a paper or digital log. The digital log, which can be found on the school home page of eCLASS. The digital log is an editable pdf file that can be downloaded and saved to your computer at home. Once complete the digital log is submitted as an eCLASS assignment.

All February Reading Rewards logs will be due on or before Monday, March 1. We look forward to recognizing our January readers next week!

If you have any questions about the Reading Rewards program, please email

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Georgia Picture Book Nominee Spotlight: "A Computer Called Katherine"

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A Computer Called Katherine

Written by Suzanne Slade and illustrated by Veronica Miller Jamison

This beautifully illustrated biography shares the story of the pioneering African American mathematician, Katherine Johnson, who helped calculate America's first manned flight into space, its first manned orbit of Earth, and the world's first trip to the moon.

The purpose of this annual program is to foster a love of reading in the children of Georgia and to introduce students to books of literary excellence. After reading at least ten of the twenty nominees, students will vote for their favorite book. All votes will be submitted to the University of Georgia in late February. The Georgia Picture Book Award Winner will be announced in March.

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We’re so excited to announce that we had two students advance to the state level of the Reflections competition! Congratulations to Mateo Lescauskis (Sanders) for winning 1st place in Literature for 4th grade and to Alfonso Mendoza-Rivas (H. Johnson) for winning 1st place in Photography for 4th grade! These students competed against 26 elementary schools in our area to advance to state competition.

WMES Facemasks

Facemasks are still available to order through My Payments Plus. Masks are $8 each and available in Youth small and Adult medium and large.
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Digital Citizenship is key in our online world for students and adults. Well, what is Digital Citizenship? Check out the video below to learn more about how to be your best self online!
Digital Citizenship: What is Digital Citizenship?
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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!





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