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Yearbooks On Sale – Online Only!

The 2015 Phoenix staff would like you to know that the yearbooks are now for sale! They are available for purchase at woodwardyearbook.com and cost $70 until February 1. But don't let that deadline sneak up on you! Order your yearbook today and support your student publications!

Yearbook Staff Needs Information From You

The yearbook staff is looking for information on adventures you and your family had over the past summer. If there are any cool places that any students went, they want to know so it can be included in this year’s yearbook. For example, an Upper School teacher went to Australia, some students went on a missionary trip to Haiti, and a student did a fashion internship. If your family falls into this category, please send your information to wastpress@st.woodward.edu.

Super Goober Day 2014

Postponed until October 24
Because of the rain on October 3, Super Goober Day was postponed until Friday, October 24. All tickets purchased, volunteer commitments, and SGD preparation will be honored on October 24. An email will be sent to parents the week of October 20 as a reminder of Super Goober Day on October 24.
 
The flu shot clinic scheduled for the Lower School on October 3, has also been postponed to October 24.
 
Note to SGD Volunteers:
To all of the volunteers who signed up to volunteer, we thank you. We realize that many of you made special arrangements to attend Super Goober Day. It is very unfortunate the weather did not cooperate. We appreciate your understanding. Your volunteer commitments will be transferred to the same events and same volunteer times for October 24. If you need to change your commitment, please visit Sign-Up Genius and correct your information.

Cake Donations:
If you have already purchased a cake, please freeze it and save for October 24. Those who have signed up to bring a cake to Super Goober Day should still plan to bring their cake on October 24. 

Flu Shot Clinic Being Offered On October 24

The Woodward Nurses are sponsoring the annual Flu Shot Clinic on October 24 at the Lower School from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (during Super Goober Day). Students from Woodward North, the Lower School and Primary Schools must have an adult accompany them to the clinic. Please go to the Health Services page for more information including cost and the consent form: http://www.woodward.edu/parents/health/index.aspx

Super Goober Day Lower School Dismissal

Please read the following information concerning dismissal procedures for the Lower School. All Super Goober Day activities take place behind the Lower School on the track/soccer field area.

*Fourth Grade – Students will bring home a letter asking parents to designate specific pick-up plans for their child on Super Goober Day dismissal at 11:45 a.m. Every fourth grader must be accompanied to the activities by a parent or designated adult.

*Fifth and Sixth Grade – Students will be dismissed at 11:45 a.m. and will be sent directly to the festival area on the track behind the Lower School. It is vital that pick-up plans are firm and that there is an understanding of good behavior rules.

There will be no After School Care on this day. All students who are riding the buses/MARTA should report back to the bus lane by 3:00 p.m. Buses will depart at 3:10 p.m.

Please check the SGD website for upcoming information about parking.

Many adult supervisors will be in the area, but it is vital that students take responsibility for following rules of good behavior.

Lower School Book Fair and Book Fair Coffee

This year’s Lower School Book Fair, Sir Readalot’s Castle: Enter the Kingdom of Books, will kick-off with a Parent Coffee on Monday, October 27, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Come and enjoy coffee in the Lower School cafeteria. Students are welcome to shop during this time, but please keep in mind, an adult must be in attendance with the student to be out of class. The fair will run from October 27 - October 31, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Because children are more likely to read books they choose, there will be several opportunities during the week for students to bring money and purchase books. We also welcome parents to drop by any time during the week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Before you visit the Book Fair, be sure to visit (and download) the Book Fair app to help you find the right books for your child. You also can shop online 24 hours a day through our online book fair that runs from October 13 - October 31.

Click the following link to access the Woodward Academy Lower School Book Fair Homepage for more information.

Red Ribbon Week

                                               October 27-October 31
Monday: “Keep Calm” Bracelets – these will be handed out on Monday morning during homeroom

Tuesday: “My future's so bright” – wear sunglasses

Wednesday: “Walk this way toward healthy choices” – wear tennis shoes

Thursday: “Sock-it to drugs” – wear crazy socks

Friday: “Team up against drugs” – wear your favorite sports team shirt (can be a WA shirt)

Picture Retakes Scheduled

School picture retakes will be taken on Tuesday, October 28. Any student who missed their individual school picture should plan to be photographed on this date. Students will be taken to the assigned location by a faculty member in the morning for retakes.

For this picture, students must wear the dress uniform which consists of the Woodward blazer (with the WA patch attached to the left chest pocket), oxford shirt and tie (optional for girls).

October Band Fest

October Band Fest: Thursday, October 30 after school 3:25 - 6:30 p.m. 

On Thursday, October 30, 2014, the 5th and 6th grade band students will stay after school to enjoy a time of Master Classes on their particular instrument, education regarding instrument care, and a concert. The Middle School band will perform a Halloween Costume Concert at 5:45 p.m. in the gym for all parents and students and the 6th grade (experienced) students will join them for one selection at the end of their concert. The Lower School students will not be in costume and will wear their school clothes for the concert that afternoon.

Sixth grade students will be performing with the Middle School band and will need to make arrangements to be at the event.

Fifth grade students will get a major “jump-start” to their musical career by working in small groups with our private instructors. Hearing the Middle School Band perform will be an eye-opening experience for all Lower School students to see and hear where they are headed.

Fifth and sixth grade parents should make plans to come to the concert at 5:45 p.m. in the Lower School gym. The Fest will end at the conclusion of the concert, around 6:30 p.m. 

Halloween Clothing

Students will be allowed to wear Halloween socks to school with their school uniform on Friday, October 31. Girls also may wear modest Halloween jewelry.

Lower School Halloween Parties

The Halloween parties for the Lower School will be on Friday, October 31, from 2:20 until 3:00 p.m. 

Parents coming to help with the parties must check in with the front office. Most of the homerooms are still having class during this time. The office will have a list of times that parents are allowed to enter the rooms. Each teacher/class is different; therefore, some will be allowed into a room on arrival and some will have to wait for the bell to ring.

Thanksgiving Outreach Coming First of November

The Lower School will join the Upper and Middle Schools in a food drive to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Donations will be accepted beginning Monday, November 3, until Friday, November 14. Non-perishable canned or boxed food items will be accepted. Barrels will be located on the main level and the lower level. Student volunteers will be present each morning on the main level only (8:00 - 8:25) for the first week of the collection period to record donations. Parent Community volunteers will be present in the main lobby and on the lower level near the center stairs each morning from 8:00 – 8:30 from Monday, November 10, until Friday, November 14, to accept and record donations. Students who bring in at least 20 items or $20, may come to school out of uniform on Friday, November 21. Students should not leave donations in barrel unless there is someone there to record it. Otherwise, they will not receive credit for their donationChecks should be made payable to Woodward Academy.

Thanksgiving Outreach Out-of-Uniform Day

Students who bring in at least 20 items or $20 during our collection time (November 3-14), may come to school out of uniform on Friday, November 21.

Volunteers Needed for Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

The Lower School Parent Community is hosting the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, November 5, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and would love any help with this upcoming luncheon. This is a wonderful way to show our Lower School faculty and staff how much we appreciate all they do for our children. Please see the link below for our Sign-Up Genius.

Thank you so much!
Brantley Abrams and Laura Shir

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0449a9aa2ba57-teacher2

New  Lower School Wrestling Club

The Lower School and Woodward Academy Wrestling are proud to announce the start of the NEW "Red Storm" Wrestling Club. This is a club designed for students in grades 4-6 who want to further their interest and skill level in the sport of wrestling. This is not to be confused with intramural wrestling which will still be held in February. The "Red Storm" Wrestling Club is for students who wish to learn to wrestle in a competitive environment and prepare for Middle School and varsity wrestling. More information will follow via hard copies with your students.

Lower School Intramurals

The Lower School sponsors an intramural sports program for boys and girls. Intramural programs generally run Monday through Thursday with a few exceptions (football and cheerleading).  Students must have a signed permission form turned in by the first day of the activity. Permission forms are sport-specific and are available two weeks prior to the first day of the event. The events begin at 3:45 p.m. and end at 5:15 p.m.

We have record numbers of students participating in intramurals, and the coaches need time to prepare accordingly. Therefore, a student MUST have a signed permission slip by the Monday that the intramural activity begins or they will NOT be allowed to participate. Thank you for your cooperation as this will keep our program safe and successful! There will be a separate form for each sport they plan to participate in during the year. Again, the student must have the signed permission slip turned in prior to the start of the activity.

2014 – 2015 Lower School Intramural Schedule

LS Service News

  • Woodward Students in Community Service

    Students volunteer at Special Olympics tennis event Lacrosse team members at the Walk for Wishes

    Students from Woodward Academy's Lower and Middle Schools volunteered recently at a Special Olympics tennis event. In addition, members of the girls varsity lacrosse team participated in the Georgia Make A Wish Foundation's annual Walk for Wishes on a recent Saturday. Freshman Emily Citarella organized the lacrosse team members and collected donations for the Walk for Wishes.

  • Woodward Families Take Mission Trip to Kenya

    Lower School PE teacher Greg Vandagriff and his son Brock, 6th grade, recently traveled to Kenya on a mission trip for the Kenya Project/FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) Mission.

    The group visited Mountain Park Academy in Nakuru, Kenya. Each morning during their visit, the group assisted teachers in the classroom at the Academy. Later in the day, the Kenyan students were taught sports like American football, volleyball, soccer, kickball and other games.

    The Vandagriff's traveled with the Witmer family (Stephen '16 and Tucker '17) and the Cole family (A.J. '14 and Susannah '17), along with members of FCA from across the country.

  • Lower School Students 'Put Cancer to Bed'

    Last week, students in the Lower School celebrated their fundraising efforts to "Put Cancer to Bed," on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, by wearing pajamas to school. Students raised close to $6,000 dollars for the cause. Isabelle W., Joey C., Colin E., and Abby W. were the top fundraisers. Woodward has contributed more than $32,000 to LLS since 2007.

  • LS Girl Scout Troop Builds Library for Genesis Shelter

    The Woodward Lower School Junior Girl Scout Troop 10715 recently established a library for the Genesis Shelter--a local shelter devoted to helping homeless infants. The Girl Scouts collected books, for all ages, and created a wonderful reading space for the children, decorating the library with posters and other accessories. Additionally, the girls raised money from candy and cookie sales to donate a Nook e-reader to encourage the teenage shelter residents to read.

    A collection bin is available at the Lower School for the remainder of the school year to collect additional book donations.

  • Lower School Supports American Heart Association

    On January 17, a group of Lower School students raised $9,695 for the American Heart Association during their Jump Rope for Heart event. Faiza M. and Alex Z. tied for top fundraiser, raising $1,200 each. The event was led by Coach Jeanine Duke.

  • LS 2012-13 Community Service Totals

    --Leukemia and Lymphoma Society:
    $6,457.00
    --The Terranova School:
    $3,625.00 ($17,854.04 Academy's Grand Total)
    --Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club Walk-athon:
    $8,886.00 ($43,118.78 Academy's Grand Total)
    --Canned Food Drive:
    $16,603.00 and 24,000 lbs. of food (Academy's Grand Total)

  • LS Terranova School Project Update

    The Lower School Ambassador’s Club would like to thank the Lower School community for their generosity and participation in the spring service project for the Terranova School, Woodward's sister school in Zambia, Africa. Lower School students raised $3,675.00 for new reading and spelling books. Lower School Principal, Andy Phillips, will personally present this to the Terranova School when he visits this summer.

  • LS Students Receive Awards for Essay Contest

    Three Lower School fifth graders were recognized with awards during morning announcements on April 23 for winning top honors in the No Place for Hate student essay contest.

    Victoria D. won first place in Elementary Writing; Ella W. won second place in Elementary Writing; and Sarah B. won first place in Elementary Media/Songs/Poetry. In addition to having three winners, Woodward also had the most entries of any school.

    Click on the link at right to read the award winning essays. Click the following link to listen to the award winning song: No Place for Hate Award Winning Song.

  • LS Walk-a-thon Gallery

  • Soaps for Terranova

    Here is a way you can help our sister school in Zambia, Africa! If you have unused soaps, hair conditioners and shampoos, or other small travel items you have collected, they need them. These products are the perfect size for the staff at the Julia Burke Medical Clinic at the Terranova School to hand out to their community.

    It may be hard to believe, but in their world, soap is a special thing. Your help will be greatly appreciated and Mr. Dietz (MS assistant principal) thanks you from the kids at Terranova School. Please gather these new items and drop them off at the Middle School front desk.

  • 2013 Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club Walkathon

  • Lower School Students Raise the Bar

    The Lower School collected more than $6,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as part of their annual "Put Cancer to Bed" program. 92 percent of the Lower School student body participated. They also raised $6,500 for the American Heart Association during their Jump Rope for Heart event held on Feb. 15. The top fundraiser was Faiza M. with $1,036.

  • Lower School Ambassadors Volunteer at Food Bank

    The Lower School Ambassador Club visited the Atlanta Community Food Bank on December 18. The fifth and sixth grade students, along with their sponsors Julia Duke and Leigh Ann Peek, worked a three-hour shift alongside other volunteers from the Atlanta community. The day's work resulted in 9,740 pounds of food boxed and ready to distribute. This amount translates to 6,486 meals to serve people in need.

  • 2012 Academy Wide Can-A-Thon

    Woodward Academy's campus-wide can drive benefits the Atlanta Food Bank and surrounding tri-city pantries. It will run from Monday, October 29 through Friday, November 9. Collection barrels will be located on each campus, so please contact each school for locations.

    Historically, Woodward has been one of the largest contributors to this worthy cause. We are proud that we “CAN” make a difference!

  • Students, Principal Donate Hair to Locks of Love

    Sixth grader Zoe B., her sister, third grader Mirabel B., and Primary School Principal Missy Duncan Smith recently donated their hair to Locks of Love. This is the second time for both Zoe and Mirabel to donate to Locks of Love. Woodward parent and hair stylist, Rochelle Andrews, donates her professional services to Woodward students and faculty who donate their locks.

  

 


Lower School Calendar & Events

Oct 24 Fri

Super Goober Day - Rain Date

Location: Lower Track Field
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Oct 27 Mon

LS Book Fair

Location: Thomas Hall
Thru: 10/31/20148:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Oct 28 Tue

LS Picture Retakes

Location: TBD
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

This if for those students who missed the first picture day. Students are to wear their dress uniform for the picture. This includes the blazer (with the WA emblem on the left chest pocket), oxford shirt and tie (optional for girls).

Oct 30 Thu

LS October Band Fest Concert

Location: LS Gym & LS Band Room
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Oct 31 Fri

Halloween

LS Halloween Parties

Location: Thomas Hall
2:20 PM - 3:00 PM
Nov 2 Sun

Daylight Saving Time Begins - Set Clocks Back One Hour

Nov 3 Mon

Can Food Drive Begins

Nov 4 Tue

Parent Programming - "Everyone Does It: Bullying, Sexting & Social Networking", Connie White

Location: Main Campus - Woodruff Dining Hall, Civic Area

More Information

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Children today have grown up in a digital world. It is essential that we as parents educate ourselves so that we can guide our children to become thoughtful citizens with their online interactions. This session will focus on increasing your awareness of how our children/teens are communicating in our networked world. I will share practical, age-appropriate parenting suggestions and resources.

Register to attend!

Nov 5 Wed

LS Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Nov 11 Tue

Veterans Day

Location: Richard C. Gresham Chapel

More Information

11:00 PM
Nov 12 Wed

Woodward Academy Late Start Day

All Woodward Academy schools will begin school at 10:00am on September 17, November 12 and February 18.  Dismissal time will remain the same.  Morning childcare will be provided at the Primary School, Lower School and Woodward North.  Afterschool care will be provided as usual.

LS Group/Activities Pictures

Location: Gresham Chapel
8:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Nov 16 Sun

Woodward Academy Main Campus Open House

Location: Main Campus, College Park

More Information

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM





News from Woodward 360

Newsletter last updated: 
October 23, 2014

 

Upcoming Highlights

Oct 24 Fri

Super Goober Day - Rain Date

Location: Lower Track Field
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Oct 27 Mon

LS Book Fair

Location: Thomas Hall
Thru: 10/31/20148:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Oct 28 Tue

LS Picture Retakes

Location: TBD
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Oct 30 Thu

LS October Band Fest Concert

Location: LS Gym & LS Band Room
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Oct 31 Fri

Halloween


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Consignment Shop

Come visit the Consignment Shop! The Consignment Shop has everything you need, including brand new men's ties. We are also taking in consignments, so bring all of your items when you come to shop. Did you know that your Middle or Upper School child can come in to shop and use their Student ID to bill their account? We have great volunteers here to help them with fit and to make sure they are buying the correct pieces. We even have buttons for your blazers that may be missing a few. A second copy of that really heavy book is nice to have at home. Chances are, we can help with that too.
 
Our hours of operation are every Monday and Wednesday, that school is in session, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. You can find more information on the Consignment Shop webpage.

Upcoming LS Volunteer Opportunities

Oct 24 Fri

Super Goober Day - Rain Date

Location: Lower Track Field
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Oct 27 Mon

LS Book Fair Breakfast

Location: TBA

LS Book Fair

Location: Thomas Hall
8:00 AM - 4:00 PMMore Information...
Oct 31 Fri

LS Halloween Parties

Location: Thomas Hall
2:20 PM - 3:00 PM

Parent Programming Events - all parents invited

Oct 28 Tue

Parent Programming: Parenting the Love & Logic Way Series, Class 6

Location: Main Campus - Gresham Chapel Activity Room
8:30 AM - 10:00 AMRead More
Oct 29 Wed

Parent Programming: Parenting the Love & Logic Way Series at WN, Class 6

Location: Woodward North Campus
8:15 AM - 9:45 AMRead More
Oct 30 Thu

Parent Programming - Love & Logic: Digging Deeper, Class 6 (Rescheduled for Nov. 11th)

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Nov 4 Tue

Parent Programming - "Everyone Does It: Bullying, Sexting & Social Networking", Connie White

Location: Main Campus - Woodruff Dining Hall, Civic Area
8:30 AM - 10:30 AMRead More
Nov 6 Thu

Parent Programming - Love and Logic: Digging Deeper (Additional Class)

Location: Gresham Chapel Activity Room
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Parent Programming - Love and Logic: Digging Deeper (dditional class)

Location: Gresham Chapel Activity Room
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM