Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club Walk-a-Thon

On Friday, April 11, the Woodward Academy community will hold the 20th Annual Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club Walk-a-Thon. This Academy-wide community service project has raised more than $460,000 for the Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club, located in East Point adjacent to our Main Campus. Woodward's contribution has become an integral part of the club’s operating budget, and the club has come to depend on our support.

Once again, all four schools on Main Campus will have the opportunity to participate in the walk. At 11:30 a.m. on April 11, students from the Lower School will join the Primary, Middle and Upper School students at the Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club to celebrate another successful fundraising effort. Students who raise at least $50 will be able to participate in this community service project. Students MUST have written permission to participate in the walk. A signature is required on the envelope. Woodward Academy will serve the students lunch at the Boys & Girls Club. After lunch, Lower School students will return to Thomas Hall for special prizes. 

Family Fun Night - Thank You Volunteers

Many thanks to LJ Reamsynder and Virginia James for chairing the Family Fun Night. It was a huge success.

We also thank Sharon Williams, Tammi Duncan, Delicia Smalls, Dawn McDonald, Nija Meyer, Antoinette Macaulay, Molly Weathington and Becky Carpenter for volunteering to help with set-up and clean-up the event.

We also had some Upper School volunteers help us set up the event. A special shout-out goes to Marcellustene Clincy and Jordan Meachum. These students were the first to arrive and immediately asked what they could do and started helping. They have such an amazing attitude and we cannot say enough about their maturity level, commitment and attitude. Thank you, ladies!

Registration Schedule for Rising 7th Graders

Friday, April 25 – Students will bring home their registration forms to parents for signatures.
Monday, May 5 – Students must return forms, with parent signatures, to homeroom teachers. (All forms must be returned whether or not the student plans to return to Woodward for 7th grade.)
Date to be determined – Students will register online for classes during the school day.
Tuesday, April 29 – Mr. Notestine and Mrs. Jackson will be available at the Lower School from 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. by appointment. You must call the Middle School to make your appointment (404.765.4430). You also can email questions to or

Lower School Dance Concert

The Dance Concert will be held on Friday, April 11, 2014. Please mark your calendars so you can be present. Information concerning rehearsals and the concert can be found on Edline. Or, click on the links below.

Fifth and sixth grade dancers also will perform for the other 5th and 6th graders on Monday, April 14, at the Lower School. It is important that all 5th and 6th grade dancers are present for this performance.

General Concert Information
Theatre Schedule

Link to Watch Dance Concert Live

For those family members unable to attend the performance, you will be able to watch it live by clicking on the link below. The link will not be live until the day and time of the concert: Friday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Save the Date and Sign up to Volunteer for the Upcoming Lower School Parent Community Events

• 5th and 6th Grade Social: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 7 p.m. (Students only attend – please be sure they mark their calendar.)
• All Grade Hosted Faculty Luncheon: Wednesday, May 7, 2014.
To volunteer, please contact Sheila Cornelius ( or Brantley Abrams Brantley (
• Lower School Field Day: Thursday, May 22, 2014.
To volunteer, please contact
• 6th Grade End of the Year Party: Friday, May 23, 2014.
To volunteer, please contact

Fifth & Sixth Grade Socials Information

Friday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Make plans for your Lower School 5th and 6th grade students to attend these highly anticipated student only events. The 5th grade 'Red Carpet Social' is dressy casual and will be held in the Lower School gym. The 6th grade social is casual and will be held at the Middle School cafeteria. There are no "dates" allowed at these Lower School events. Parents are invited to a separate event held off campus at The Feed Store in College Park.

Invitations will soon be mailed to the students for both socials.

Red Carpet Event for the 5th Graders

The 5th Grade Social is Friday, April 25, in the Lower School Gym. The red carpet is being made ready to roll out for our 5th graders. 

We are looking for help in supplying food items for the students during the social. Along with our red carpet and other features, we hope to put together an amazing silver, gold and red candy buffet to top off the evening.

Please help us with donations of these items. Please review the list and directions on this link.
If you are interested in volunteering to set up, please contact Randi Zelcer,

Travel Around the World in a Night - TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Parents, it's time to pack your bags! Tickets are on sale now on the Parent Community Social Events page for "Around the World in a Night," on Saturday, April 26, from 7 to 11 p.m. This is a magical, fun-filled evening for Woodward parents, with gourmet food stations from countries around the world, a full range of premium adult beverages, your favorite dance music, and international door prizes! Buy your tickets by April 13 and double your chances of winning! Details available at PC Social Events page. 

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 a record number 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. Again, the student must have the signed permission slip turned in prior to the start of the activity.

Scuba Trip to Panama City Beach - Memorial Day Weekend

We are going to Panama City Beach, FL, for Memorial Day weekend! Join us for some great wreck diving, dolphin encounters, and a fun BBQ on the beach. This is the perfect weekend to refresh your scuba skills, become more advanced, log some more dives, or learn a new specialty like search and recovery, rescue, night diving, boat diving, deep diving, or fish identification. For more information, go to: or contact

Upcoming Scuba class held at Woodward’s pool: April 27: 10-1; May 4: 10-1; May 18: 10-2.

LS Service News

  • 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:
    --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.

  • Students Walk for Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club

    Students from across the Academy raised fund by participating in the 18th annual Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club Walk-a-thon on Friday, March 30, in support of the club neighboring Woodward's campus. Students from the Primary, Lower, Middle and Upper Schools participated in the fundraising walk.



Lower School Calendar & Events

Apr 17 Thu

No Homework Night

Apr 18 Fri

Good Friday - School Closed

Apr 20 Sun

Easter Sunday

Orthodox Easter Sunday

Apr 21 Mon

School OPEN - Inclement Weather Make-up Day (was Spring Holiday)

Apr 22 Tue

Earth Day at Woodward

Location: All School Campuses

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Passover Ends at Nightfall

LS Class Pictures

Location: Thomas Hall
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Apr 25 Fri

Arbor Day

LS Parent Social

Location: The Feed Store, College Park

LS 5th Grade Social

Location: TBD
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

LS 6th Grade Social

Location: MS Quadrangle
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Apr 26 Sat

PC Parent Social - Around the World in a Night!

Location: Woodward Academy Main Campus

Electronic Reuse/E-cycling at Main (WN 4/12)

Location: Main Campus

More Information

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

News from Woodward 360

Newsletter last updated: 
April 10, 2014


Upcoming Highlights

Apr 17 Thu

No Homework Night

Apr 18 Fri

Good Friday - School Closed

Apr 20 Sun

Easter Sunday

Orthodox Easter Sunday

Apr 21 Mon

School OPEN - Inclement Weather Make-up Day (was Spring Holiday)


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

Apr 25 Fri

LS Parent Social

Location: The Feed Store, College Park

LS 5th Grade Social

Location: TBD
7:00 PM - 9:00 PMMore Information...

LS 6th Grade Social

Location: MS Quadrangle
7:00 PM - 9:00 PMMore Information...
May 5 Mon

LS Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Location: Thomas Hall, Lower School
10:45 AM - 12:45 PMMore Information...