The Cub Corner

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August 6, 2021

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A Note from Mr. Bender

Dear Families,

Thank you for helping to make the first three days of school a success! I have enjoyed watching your children build classroom community, engage in in-person and digital lessons, participate in class meetings/zoom sessions, and appear to enjoy starting a new school year. As in years past, providing a high-quality education remains our priority.

Next week, we look forward to welcoming back our 4th and 5th grade students. On Monday, August 9th, all in-person students will be in the building. We will continue to follow safety protocols to help keep our students and staff safe (frequent hand washing, wearing masks and increased cleaning procedures for high-touch areas).

I hope you have a restful and fun-filled weekend. We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday!

Mike Bender


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Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night for PreK, Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade will be held on August 19 from 6:00-7:00pm. Curriculum Night for Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade, and Ms. Boone/Ms. Nelson/Ms. Schroeder will be held on August 26 from 6:00-7:00pm. Please plan accordingly as only one session will be offered each night.

Curriculum Night is a time for parents to learn more about what their child​(ren) will be learning this year and teacher expectations in the classroom. Plan to join your child's teacher in the classroom at the scheduled time.

We look forward to seeing you at Curriculum Night!

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We are so proud to announce that WMES has been designated as a No Place for Hate School for the second year in a row by the Anti-Defamation League! Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Education is inspiring a generation to challenge bias in themselves, others and society in order to create more inclusive learning communities.

ADL’s No Place for Hate® initiative is a school climate improvement framework that provides PreK–12 schools with an organizing framework for combating bias, bullying and hatred, leading to long-term solutions for creating and maintaining a positive and equitable climate.

No Place for Hate® schools receive their designation in the following ways:

• Building inclusive and safe communities in which respect and equity are the goals and where all students can thrive.

• Empowering students, faculty, administration and family members to take a stand against bias and bullying by incorporating new and existing programs under one powerful message.

• Sending a clear, unified message that all students have a place where they belong.

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 including great read-alouds for AAPI Heritage Month!

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Character Trait and Mindfulness Activity of the Month

We hope everyone had a great first week of learning, exploring, and making new friends! Every month, we focus on a character trait to instill great character into our cubs. The character trait for the month of August is Respect. We define respect as treating others how we want to be treated. Another way that we can show respect to our classmates and teachers is by being kind and thinking about their feelings. As a reminder, teachers will be choosing one student this month who has exhibited respect the most to represent his/her class as the Cub of the Month.

Each month, we will feature a mindfulness activity on the announcements, during class meetings, and on our eCLASS page. You can watch Mrs. Woodworth do a demonstration of each month’s activity on the counseling eCLASS page. This month is “Counting Breaths.”

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Our summer reading celebration will be held in early September! All students that logged 500 minutes of reading in the Gwinnett County Public Library Beanstack program will be recognized and rewarded! We are proud of your efforts to meet your summer reading goals!

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Hi Cubs! Welcome back! Don’t forget to join PTA on My Payments Plus by paying a $5 membership fee per adult member. Membership is open to any and all adult family members. (You do not need to pay for students.) Please join our Facebook page for continuous updates- Woodward Mill PTA.

PTA Board Members

Please welcome our PTA Board for the 2021-2022 school year:

President- LaRhonda Harden

Vice President- Jennifer Smith

Vice President- Ellen Chaffee

Secretary- Danielle Woodrum

Treasurer- Emily Maniccia

We look forward to another successful year!

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Do you have a Parent Portal Account? The Parent Portal allows you to view your child’s grades, transportation information, lunch balances, and much more! To request a Parent Portal account for your child(ren), please complete the form below and bring it to school. The school will need to verify your identity to create your account.

To learn more about the Parent Portal, click the link below.
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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!





About Us

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