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February 11, 2021

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A Note from Mr. Bender

Dear Families,

We are looking forward to Kindness Week, sponsored by the WMES counseling department, February 16-19. This is a week dedicated to teaching students the importance of treating others in our families, school, and community with kindness. Please see more information from our counselors below.

Parent-teacher conferences will take place next week. 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.

Don’t forget that Friday 2/11 and Monday 2/15 are student holidays. Enjoy your long weekend. We look forward to seeing your child back at school on Tuesday 2/16.

Mike Bender


Important Dates

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

2/15: Teacher Workday (No School!)

2/16-2/19: Kindness Week (See below for more information!)

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

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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:

Boone, Schroeder, or Nelson:

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Yearbooks are on sale! Order online at Yearbooks are $25. Recognition ads for 5th graders are also available! Purchase and design a quarter page ad recognizing your 5th grade student for $10. You can use one of the design templates or design your own! The deadline for purchasing, designing AND submitting your 5th grade recognition ad is March 5th.
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Kids Heart Challenge with Mrs. Watson & Mrs. Jones

After three weeks we have raised $9,398.46 - that's incredible!!! We have officially beat our overall goal this year of $7000. Friday, February 12th, is our last day to donate in our 2021 Kids Heart Challenge fundraising event. Let's see if we can make it to $10,000! Mrs. Watson's team of 1st grade, 3rd grade, and 5th grade is in the lead. Will Mrs. Watson or Mrs. Jones get a pie in the face next week?! 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 15-19, 2021

Monday: No School

Tuesday: Grilled Cheese

Wednesday: Zeezee bar, cheese stick, & yogurt

Thursday: Peanut butter & jelly

Friday: French bread pizza

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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. Teachers will be on the lookout for students exhibiting kindness to be chosen for the Cub of the Month!

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Kindness Week: February 16-19

It’s Kindness Week! We have several activities planned for our students!

Scavenger Hunt!

In the scavenger hunt, students are able to do good deeds, listen to books about kindness, and have conversations about our school being a No Place for Hate School. In-person students will receive a scavenger hunt board from their teachers. Digital students are able to access the document through our eCLASS page. The scavenger hunt is due February 26th. Two winners will be chosen per grade level to receive a kindness grab bag!

Kindness Links Us Together!

Students will write on a link, detailing how someone showed kindness to them. Students will submit links and the counseling department will link them around the building. Digital students can also submit links online. The counseling department will create links to be posted for these students.

Read About Kindness!

The counseling department has several featured read-alouds on our eCLASS page for kindness week. Go check them out!

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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.

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

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Georgia Picture Book Nominee Spotlight: "My Heart"

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My Heart

Written and illustrated by Corinna Luyken

Gray, white, and sunny yellow mark the illustrations of this quiet and charming book. Heart shapes abound throughout, adding an entertaining seek-and-find element: dark clouds, pieces of the leaded-glass windows, a fence, and a giant slide and its shadow all form the shape of heart. In rhyming verse, a young girl tells of how her heart can be open wide and accepting, while, at other times, it is broken and shuttered from everything.

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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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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Is it difficult to balance how much screen time your child has right now? Especially if they are a digital learner? Check out the video below on the importance of balancing media in your child’s life.
Digital Citizenship: Balancing Media
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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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