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A Message From the Principal

Wow! What a year! We are so very thankful that you have shared your children with us this year. As I reflect on the accomplishments of our students this year, I am amazed at the diverse talents they bring to our school. Academically, athletically, and artistically, our students are some of the most talented in the country. It is a privilege to have had the opportunity share in their journey over the course of the 2013-2014 school year.

As all of you know at this point, we are losing two wonderfully gifted women this year at the Lower School. Mrs. Kathy Rehe, Lower School Dance teacher, is retiring after 34 years of service to the Academy. Mrs. Rehe’s dedication to our students has been outstanding. Her contributions to our community have been a true blessing to all. Mrs. Rehe will be missed, but her memory will be lasting.

Ms. Anne Spratlin is also retiring after 45 years of service to the Academy. Ms. Spratlin has served the Academy as a second grade teacher for 21 years and as Assistant Principal of the Lower School for 24 years. Her longevity is almost unmatched during the 114-year history of Woodward Academy. It is her love of children and this institution that will be her lasting legacy at the Academy. Her dedication, wisdom, and passion will be sorely missed by all at the Lower School.

I wish all of you a wonderful summer of fun and relaxation, and I look forward to seeing everyone back in August! It is my privilege to share this journey with each of you.

Sincerely,
Andy Phillips

A Farewell Message From Our Assistant Principal – Ms. Anne Spratlin

Dear Lower School Family,
Thank you, thank you! I would be remiss if I did not tell you how much each and every one of you means to me. Having spent a significant portion of my life at Woodward Academy as a parent, a teacher, and an administrator, I value Woodward on so many levels. It is a special place and will forever be dear to my heart. If I tried to name all individuals, the list would be multiple pages long and would go back to 1969 to William R. Brewster, then President, through many dear people – Don Woolf, Liz Day, Bill Cobb, Andy Phillips, Stuart Gulley, and the list goes on and includes thousands of children, parents, and staff.

My love and sincere gratitude go with all as I start a new phase of life.

All the best,
Anne M. Spratlin

Sign Up for Music and Dance

If your child has not signed up for their music class, click here to register them now.

All Summer Packets Information

All documents are now available on line at the link shown below. On that site you will find the links for the following documents: 1) Summer Reading Packets (all grades); 2) Summer Math Packets (all grades); 3) Beginning of School Information and Forms; 4) Class Supply Lists (for 5th and 6th grades only); 5) Music and Dance Registration; 6) Dance Information Letter.

For all documents go to:

http://www.woodward.edu/academics/ls/index.aspx

Or go to the Woodward home page at www.woodward.edu; click on the “Academics” tab; scroll down the drop-down menu and click on “Lower School.”  You will see all the documents in the middle of that page.

Summer Reading Packets

You will find all the required summer reading by clicking the link below:
 http://www.woodward.edu/academics/reading/index.aspx

Think Consignment Shop When You Think 7th Grade Textbooks

We have hundreds of used textbooks. Come and see our selection! Some of our books are even buy one and get the second copy free! Check out our website for our summer hours: http://www.woodward.edu/parents/pc/consignment/index.aspx.

New 7th Grade Immunization Requirements: Effective July 1, 2014

All students born on or after January 1, 2002, and entering, advancing or transferring into 7th grade in Georgia, need proof of an adolescent pertussis (whooping cough) booster vaccination (Tdap) and an adolescent meningococcal vaccination (MCV4). All new entrants transferring into the 8th through 12th grades are also subject to the new requirements.

Please check with your student’s physician or local Department of Health for further information.

Informational website:
http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/CTAE/Documents/Tdap-Meningitis-Parents-Fact-Sheet.pdf 

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

Jul 25 Fri

Academy Offices Closed

Jul 28 Mon

Eid (Muslim Holiday)

Aug 1 Fri

LS 6th Grade New Student Orientation

Location: Thomas Hall
8:15 AM - 1:00 PM

LS 4th, 5th and 6th Transition New Student Orientation

Location: Thomas Hall
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This group will be all students in the 4th and 5th grades (mainstream and Transitions) and 6th grade Transition students.

LS New Student Event - Ice Cream Social

Location: Lower School

More Information

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Sponsored by the WAPC Welcoming Committee

Aug 4 Mon

New Teacher Orientation

Location: TBA
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Aug 6 Wed

Faculty Report for Preplanning

Aug 8 Fri

Mentor/Intern Orientation

Location: R. L. Brand Boardroom, Carlos Hall
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Aug 12 Tue

LS Registration/Orientation All Students

Location: Thomas Hall
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Aug 13 Wed

Fall Semester Begins - Classes Begin for all Schools

Aug 21 Thu

Faculty Recital

Location: Gresham Chapel
4:15 PM





Newsletter last updated: 
May 23, 2014

 

Upcoming Highlights

Jul 25 Fri

Academy Offices Closed

Jul 28 Mon

Eid (Muslim Holiday)

Aug 1 Fri

LS 6th Grade New Student Orientation

Location: Thomas Hall
8:15 AM - 1:00 PM

LS 4th, 5th and 6th Transition New Student Orientation

Location: Thomas Hall
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

LS New Student Event - Ice Cream Social

Location: Lower School

More Information

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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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

Aug 1 Fri

LS New Student Event - Ice Cream Social

Location: Lower School

Visit this link

1:00 PM - 2:00 PMMore Information...
Aug 26 Tue

Parent Community Board Meeting

Location: R. L. Brand Boardroom, Carlos Hall
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Sep 3 Wed

LS Parents Night

Location: Gresham Chapel and Thomas Hall
6:30 PM - 8:30 PMMore Information...
Sep 5 Fri

LS Tailgate Party

Location: TBA
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Parent Programming Events - all parents invited

Sep 9 Tue

Parent Programming - “Lessons Learned & Actions Taken since the Winter of 2014”

Location: Main Campus - Gresham Chapel Activity Room
8:30 AM - 9:30 PMRead More
Sep 18 Thu

Parent Programming - Love & Logic: Digging Deeper, Class 1

Location: Main Campus - Gresham Chapel Activity Room
8:30 AM - 10:00 AMRead More
Sep 23 Tue

Parent Programming: Parenting the Love & Logic Way Series, Class 1

Location: Main Campus - Gresham Chapel Activity Room
8:30 AM - 10:00 AMRead More
Sep 24 Wed

Parent Programming: Parenting the Love & Logic Way Series at WN, Class 1

Location: Woodward North Campus
8:15 AM - 9:45 AMRead More
Sep 30 Tue

Parent Programming: Parenting the Love & Logic Way Series, Class 2

Location: Main Campus - Gresham Chapel Activity Room
8:30 AM - 10:00 AMRead More
Oct 1 Wed

Parent Programming: Parenting the Love & Logic Way Series at WN, Class 2

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