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January 20, 2023

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A Note from Dr. Brown

Greetings Parents and Guardians!

Thanks for another wonderful week! Thank you to Ms. O’Rear, Ms. Royal, Ms. Torres Ramos, and Ms. Spivey for hosting a fantastic SEL parent night on Zoom. They gave meaningful tips, tricks, and strategies for parents. It was very meaningful.

If you have small children-birth to five years old, please bring them for Play 2 Learn classes every Wednesday morning. Please email Ms. Lyndsey Cann for more information.

Please scroll all the way down to see what is happening in our wonderful school. Pay close attention to the Denim and Diamonds information. You don’t want to miss this special event as well as others to come!

Remember, I am always here for our Woodward Mill family. Communication is key. Feel free to email or call with concerns or questions.

Your Thankful Principal,

Dr. Brown

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Important Dates

1/24 Cubs Care Club 7:30am

1/25 Play2Learn Wednesday 9:00am-10:30am

1/26 Chorus & Readers Rally 7:15am

1/26 PTA Meeting 5:00pm

1/27 Relay For Life Hat Day $1.00

1/31 Cubs Care Club 7:30am

2/1 Play2Learn Wednesday 9:00am-10:30am

2/2 Chorus & Readers Rally 7:15am

2/3 Digital Learning Day

2/6-2/10 Kindness Week

2/7 Cubs Care Club 7:30am

2/8 Play2Learn Wednesday 9:00am-10:30am

2/9 Chorus & Readers Rally 7:15am

2/10 PTA Denim & Diamonds Dance 6:00pm

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This is a gentle reminder-Car rider supervision begins at 7:45am and ends at 8:15am. Our car rider teachers will need to stop the line at that time. Cars that are not in the parking lot at 8:15am will be asked to take students to the front and check them in. Our teachers will need to prepare for the day.

Thank you for your cooperation and support as we work to serve you and your family. Please let Dr. Brown know if you have any questions.

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ACCESS for ELL Students

Between January 11, 2023 and February 28, 2023, all English learners in K-12th grade in Georgia will take part in the ACCESS test at school. Please review the information linked below regarding this assessment of English learning.

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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January 23-27, 2023

Monday: Chicken drumstick, alfredo bowl, or turkey basket

Tuesday: Boneless wings, 3 bean chili, or empanada

Wednesday: Burger, veggie burger, or yogurt basket

Thursday: French bread pizza or corndog

Friday: Rice bowl, veggie nuggets, pinwheel, or PBJ

*Menu is subject to change due to supply shortages.

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Character Trait of the Month

Each month, we focus on a different character trait. The character trait for the month of January is Citizenship. Citizenship means trying to make the school and community a better place. Citizenship is an important character trait for our students to exhibit, as we are all a part of a community. Teachers will be looking for students that exhibit this trait during January to be recognized as the “Cub of the Month” with a certificate and free ice cream!

SEL Parent Night

Thank you to the families that participated in the SEL Parent Night on Tuesday. We are so thankful to be able to serve our community, and help our students and families. The presentation and additional resources will be available on the website soon.

College and Career Day

We haven't been able to host this event in years, but this year our College and Career Day is scheduled for March 31st. This day will give students the opportunity to learn about nearby colleges and careers from individuals that can speak first-hand about their daily experiences. No book can teach them that!

We would love for you to come to our College and Career Day! The actual event is 8:30am-10:30am. Please let us know if you would like to speak to our students. You can email Chavonne O’Rear at for more information or to volunteer.

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Spotlight on Georgia Picture Book Nominees

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My First Day by Phung Nguyen Quang and Huynh Kim Lien

An, a young Vietnamese boy who lives on the Mekong Delta, has to paddle his small wooden boat to school all by himself for the very first time. This picture book is a visually stunning work that focuses on courage, determination, and resilience.

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January 1-31, 2023

It’s time to cozy up with a good book! Be sure to read and log at least 300 minutes during the month of January!

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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Save the Date!

We are excited about the return of the Scholastic Book Fair to our school! Mark your calendars for February 27 - March 3! More details out this school-wide literacy event to be shared soon! Plan to bring your family to shop during the early release afternoons of March 1 and March 2.

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

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Students, have you ever wanted to get creative with a project in class? Try your hand at creating a Google Slideshow to present to your class or share with your teacher! Watch the video below to learn more about creating in Google Slides.
Google Slides Basic Creating + Presenting
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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.