The Cub Corner

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May 13, 2022

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A Note from Mr. Bender

Thank you for a very successful Milestones administration! Our students, families, and staff did a phenomenal job! We appreciate your support in ensuring students were well-rested and ready to show what they know and are able to do. Now, our students are finishing the year by taking District Assessments in grades K-5. Thank you, again, for all your support during this year.

Congratulations to this year’s Relay For Life team for raising over $5,000! Thank you to all who were able to participate in fundraising this year. There is one last fundraiser left- “Jams and Stuff!” On May 20th, wear your pajamas to school for $1.00. Pay an extra $1.00 to bring your favorite stuffed animal!

It is time to register for the summer reading program. See below for information on how to register and program requirements. We hope to celebrate many Woodward Mill readers next year! If you have any questions about the summer reading program, please email Mrs. Alden at

Have a great weekend!

Mike Bender


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Important Dates

5/18 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Library Books Due

5/20 "Jams & Stuff Day"- Bring $1 to wear your pajamas + $1 to bring a stuffed animal

5/24 Fifth Grade Celebration

5/25 Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony

5/25 Last Day of School!

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Lunch Menu

Monday: Drumsticks, yogurt basket, or PBJ
Tuesday: Burger or 3 bean chili

Wednesday: Hot dog, pull apart cheesy bread, or PBJ

Thursday: Grilled cheese or mega mini

Friday: Pull apart cheesy bread, burrito, or yogurt basket

*Menu is subject to change due to supply shortages.

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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 May is Perseverance. Perseverance is the perfect character trait to talk about as we enter the home stretch of the school year! Perseverance means continuing to try your best, even when it is hard and even if you are tired. As we finish out the school year, let’s encourage our students to show perseverance and try their best until the last day! As a reminder, teachers will be choosing one student this month who has exhibited perseverance the most to represent his/her class as the Cub of the Month.

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Spotlight on SEL Picture Books

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A Bike Like Sergio's by Maribeth Boelts

Ruben wishes for a new shiny bike like his friend Sergio’s, but he knows that money is tight for his family right now. When Ruben scoops up what he assumes is a dollar bill dropped by a neighbor, he is conflicted about returning it. Later he discovers it is actually a $100 bill, which is enough to buy a new bike. When he misplaces the bill, Ruben suddenly understands how it feels to lose something valuable, and realizes what is the right thing to do. This story highlights the character traits of honesty and integrity.

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2022 Summer Reading Challenge

It’s time to register for the 2022 Summer Reading Challenge at the Gwinnett County Public Library! The Gwinnett Public Library offers a variety of in-person and virtual programs during the summer months to encourage reading. Use the link below to register for an individual or family Beanstack account.

In August, we will recognize all rising Woodward Mill K-5 students, who participate in AND log 500 minutes of reading in the GCPL summer reading challenge. The GCPL uses the digital program, Beanstack, to keep track of student reading.

Once a student logs at least 500 minutes of reading time in Beanstack, they will be considered as having completed the program for Woodward Mill recognition purposes. The GCPL will award prizes as students earn points throughout the program. At Woodward Mill, the GCPS BookMobile will visit our school as a part of our summer reading recognition in late August. Suggested summer reading lists will be sent home in next week’s Friday folders. If you have any questions about Beanstack or summer reading, please email

2022 GCPL Summer Reading Challenge

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Library Book Return

All kindergarten and first grade student media center books were due on Friday, May 13. Media center books for students in grades 2-5 are due on Wednesday, May 18.

Please contact the media staff if you have any questions about your student’s media account. If you need to pay for a lost/damaged book, payment can be made by cash, check, or through MyPaymentsPlus. Per GCPS policy, lost/damaged elementary media center book fines are $15.00. Thank you for your help with these end of the year procedures.

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Special perks for PTA members! $5 per member join here:

Join us on Facebook for more updates & upcoming PTA meeting 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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About Us

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