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October 1, 2021

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A Note from Mr. Bender

Welcome to October! We have many exciting events planned this month including Picture Day, parent-teacher conferences, Field Day, and Red Ribbon Week. Please be sure to see the important dates section below.

Parent conferences will take place the week of October 18-22. Teachers have set up their conference schedules. You can access the conference schedule below in the Cub Corner or on the school website. Please select a time slot that works best for you. This year, we are offering in-person or digital conferences. If you would prefer a digital conference via Zoom, please be sure to click the appropriate button on the sign-up to let the teacher know.

The annual PTA Reflections contest is currently underway. Reflections is an arts competition centered around the theme, “I Will Change the World by…”. The guidelines and entry form can be found below. All entries are due by Tuesday, October 12. Entries can be submitted to the front office.

Don’t forget next week is a short week! Fall Break takes place Thursday, October 7- Monday, October 11!

Enjoy your weekend!

Mike Bender


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Important Dates

10/4 September Reading Reward Logs Due

10/7-11 Fall Break (No School!)

10/12 Reflections Entries Due

10/18-22 Parent Teacher Conferences

10/18-21 Great Days of Service

10/19 Picture Day!

10/20 Digital Learning Day

10/21 Early Release (Students dismiss at 12:15 pm)

10/26 Field Day (Grades K-1)

10/27 Field Day (Grades 2-3)

10/28 Field Day (Grades 4-5)

10/25-29 Red Ribbon Week

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Early Release

Early release days are Wednesday, October 20th and Thursday, October 21st. Wednesday, October 20th is a scheduled Digital Learning Day. Students will work online asynchronously. On Thursday, October 21st, students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m.. If you need to change your child's transportation on Thursday due to early release, please send in a handwritten note. We cannot accept transportation changes over the phone or through email. Thank you!
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Please use the links below to sign up for a conference time with your child's teacher. Please indicate if you would prefer a Zoom conference when signing up online. Unless noted, all conferences will be held in-person at WMES on the selected day and time. Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions.

Kindergarten conference signup

First Grade conference signup

Second Grade conference signup

Third Grade conference signup

Fourth Grade conference signup

Fifth Grade conference signup

PreK conference signup

Boone, Nelson, Schroeder conference signup

*As a reminder, masks are required in all GCPS facilities.

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Fall Picture Day: October 19, 2021

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AKS Annual Review

The annual review of the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum is open and runs through Oct. 11. Parents, GCPS staff, students, and Gwinnett County residents may review proposed standards online, offering feedback on AKS that have been developed to align the curriculum with the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) and/or Georgia Performance Standards (GPS). Feedback on this year’s AKS review may be submitted via an online AKS survey. Comments will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 11.

Red Ribbon Week: October 25-29

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Deadline extended to October 3rd!

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Lunch Menu

Monday: Chicken mega mini, yogurt basket

Tuesday: Spinach cheese dip & chips, veggie burgers

Wednesday: Grilled cheese, veggie nuggets, peanut butter & jelly

Thursday: No school- Fall Break

Friday: No school- Fall Break

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Character Trait and Mindfulness Activity of the Month

Every month, we focus on a character trait to instill great character into our cubs. The character trait for the month of October is Sharing. Sharing includes sharing things and sharing ideas! As a reminder, teachers will be choosing one student this month who has exhibited sharing 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 “Slowly, Slowly”.

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Positive Post-It Day

Next week, all students will participate in our next No Place For Hate school wide activity! Students will encourage each others and themselves by writing positive notes to each other. This aligns with our goal of being an inclusive, welcoming community by showing all students that they are valued and special!
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Reading Rewards

All September logs are due to your teacher on or before Monday, Oct. 4. Be sure your log is complete before turning it in to your teacher. Check your child’s October 1st Friday folder for the October reading log. Prizes for students that completed the September log will be awarded after fall break!

Participating students will read and log at least 20 minutes per day for at least 20 days in the month. Students can read independently or with their parents at home. Logs will be sent home monthly in the weekly folders. After completing the monthly requirement, logs are returned to the homeroom teacher. Parent initials are required in order to verify the reading.

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

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Look for us on Facebook. We post reminders and important dates to keep parents informed.

Reflections 2021 information:

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Contact for any questions

WMES Spiritwear on sale now!

Get your Spirit Wear! Email Ellen Chaffee for an order form at

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Fall Break is coming up next week! It is important that your child continue to read over the break and add to their new October Reading Rewards Log, even while on break. Check out True Flix in the Online Research Library for nonfiction books on topics students are studying in school. Watch the video below for more information.

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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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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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