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March 26, 2021

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A Note from Mr. Bender

Dear Families,

Spring is in the air, and we are looking forward to our final week of school before Spring Break. Please remember that GCPS is following CDC guidance regarding travel outside of the U.S. Students that travel outside of the U.S. will not be able to return to school for at least 7 days. If you will be traveling outside of the U.S. this spring, please contact the front office.

March Reading Rewards logs are due Thursday, April 1. April reading logs will go home on Friday, April 2nd. Remember to read over Spring Break!

The Georgia Milestones Assessment will be administered to students in grades 3-5 during the testing window of April 22 - May 26. Students will participate in ELA, Math, and Science (5th grade only). Times for each section range from 45 minutes up to 90 minutes. On testing days, students will have about an hour of testing, and then continue instruction and normal school activities the rest of the day. More information regarding Milestones will be shared in the coming weeks.

Have a great weekend!

Mike Bender


Important Dates

3/31: March Reading Rewards Logs Due

4/2: April Reading Rewards Logs Go Home

4/5 -4/9: Spring Break (No School!)

4/20: Digital Learning Day for ALL Students (Planning day for staff)

4/22-5/26: Milestones Testing (Grades 3-5)

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Experience Online Testing Georgia: Grades 3-5

This practice site lets students see what Milestones testing online is like. Parents and educators are welcome to try it too. The items on the demonstration tests are general and are organized into three grade bands: Grades 3 – 5, Grades 6 – 8, and High School in the content areas of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The items do not necessarily represent the specific grade-level content that students learn daily in their classrooms. The primary purpose is to let students experience, firsthand, the functionality of the online testing platform. The sample tests are not graded, so have fun!
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Yearbooks are on sale! Order online at Yearbooks are $25.

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2021-2022 Kindergarten Online Registration

Kindergarten Online Registration for the 2021-2022 school year will open on Tuesday, April 6th. All children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2021 are eligible to register. To prepare, you can click the link below to view the documents you will need for registration. If you are unable to upload the documents listed, you can still complete the first step of Online Registration on Tuesday, April 6. An opportunity will be provided at a later time to submit documents.

Kindergarten Registration Information

*Registrations submitted prior to April 6th will be returned and must be completed again.

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Lunch Menu: March 29-April 2, 2021

Monday: Popcorn chicken

Tuesday: Grill cheese

Wednesday: Chicken nuggets

Thursday: Hamburgers

Friday: Peanut butter & jelly

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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 tip-sheets. Find more information on the AKS at Home web page.


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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: Cooperation

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The character trait for the month of March is Cooperation. We define cooperation as working together to get something done. Kids practice this when they are working together on a group project, reading a book, or completing an assignment together. Teachers will choose one student in their class that exhibited cooperation the most for the month of March to represent their class as the Cub of the Month.

Women's History Month

Check out read-aloud books by your counselors on our eCLASS page for Women’s History Month in March! Look under “Content” to find books featuring incredible women in history!

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Reading Rewards

All March reading logs are due on or before April 1. I hope you have met the requirement of reading at least 20 minutes of more for 20 different days in March!

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 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.

Reading logs can be turned into your teacher anytime you have finished the requirements. No logs should be received before the 21st of each month.

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

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Georgia Picture Book Nominee Spotlight: "Dreamers"

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Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Yuyi Morales and her son are dreamers-the books they read allow them to imagine a new life in a new country that doesn't always welcome them. Based on her own immigration tale, the multi-award-winning Morales' newest picture book recounts the challenges and wonders of living in a new country.

The final votes are being counted! The Woodward Mill Georgia Picture Book favorite nominee will be shared after spring break. Thanks to all of the classes that have read and voted on their favorite book.

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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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PTA Elections

Are you a CPA, bookkeeper or just love crunching numbers? We need YOU! Our PTA board is currently looking to fill positions as Treasurer, Secretary and Vice President. Joining the PTA board is a great way to become more involved in our school. Please contact Gina Elliott ( for more information.
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We know how to deal with bullies in person, but how do we deal with Cyberbullies online? Check out the video below to learn more.

Digital Citizenship: Cyberbullying
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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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