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September 17, 2021

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A Note from Mr. Bender

Dear Families,

It’s hard to believe we are halfway through September! There are many exciting events coming up in the next few weeks. Please check out the important dates section below. PTA has exciting events coming up in the next few weeks, and Fall Break and Parent/Teacher conferences are right around the corner as well.

This week we would also like to congratulate the 2021-2022 Teacher of the year, Mrs. Gassman. We are so proud of the amazing work Mrs. Gassman does each day.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mike Bender


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Important Dates

9/21-23 CogAT Testing (Grades 1, 2, 5)

9/24 Hat Day (Bring $1 and wear a hat to school!)

10/4 Reading Rewards Logs Due

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

10/15 Reflections Entries Due

10/20 Digital Learning Day

10/20 Parent Teacher Conferences

10/21 Early Release/Parent Teacher Conferences

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SHAPE Initiative

SHAPE Is a state-wide initiative to address childhood obesity. It was an initiative that grew out of a bill that was passed in 2009. SHAPE stands for Student Health and Physical Education. The Department of Public Health helps to lead the Shape grant. In the Spring of this year, Woodward Mill applied and was awarded the Shape Grant. We will be working to complete the following projects around the school:

  • Increasing Water Intake (Student and Staff)

  • Increasing Physical Activity for Students throughout the day

  • Improving Outdoor Classroom

Stay tuned for a Saturday work date to help improve our Outdoor Classroom by adding in a pollination garden.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month honors the achievements, contributions, culture, and history of Hispanic and Latinx American people. The month-long celebration begins on September 15 commemorating the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Ms. Alden highlights books for Hispanic Heritage Month in the Media Center. The counselors also have read-alouds on the Counseling eCLASS page that focus on Hispanic American stories and characters.

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Lunch Menu

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To view the daily lunch and breakfast menu, please visit the website below. You can also download the Nutrislice App on your phone to view the menus as well.
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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 September is Responsibility. We define responsibility as doing the right thing, even when no one is looking. As a reminder, teachers will be choosing one student this month who has exhibited responsibility the most to represent his/her class as the Cub of the Month. We also have a famous person that exhibited this trait highlighted each month. For this month, check out the video on the counseling eCLASS page about C.J. Walker.

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 “Mindful Listening.”

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Book Checkout

All students will receive weekly access to the media center to check out books! We are excited to provide opportunities for our students to select books of their choice for reading. Please refer to the media center policies link on the media center website for more details about student circulation procedures. If you have any questions about the media program, please contact

Media Center Circulation Policies

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Reading Rewards

I hope your child has begun reading and logging their minutes for September! All September logs are due to your teacher on or before Monday, Oct. 4.

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. Logs must be turned in on time and filled out completely in order to earn a prize. 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.

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

Reflections 2021 information:

WMES Spiritwear on sale now!

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

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Looking for books to read and add to your Reading Rewards Log for September? Look no further! Your child has books at their fingertips in the Online Research Library. In the Online Research Library, we will highlight Bookflix this week. Watch the video below to find out more!

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