All parents of the Lower School should have received a "Test Email" this week via Edline from Kim Mulkey (Instructional Technology Specialist). If you did not receive this email, please contact either Kim Mulkey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rebecca Dearolph (email@example.com) for assistance. There will be communications sent from the Lower School using this portal throughout the year, so it is important to keep your email current in Edline.
Lower School Tailgate Party
You won’t want to miss this evening of great FAMILY FUN, FOOTBALL, and FOOD TRUCKS as we prepare to cheer our War Eagles onto victory vs. St. Pius!! The DJ will be playing the latest dance tunes, and our very own Varsity Cheerleaders will help us ‘PUMP UP’ our school spirit before the game!
You can purchase food from any of these featured Food Trucks:
• Mix’d Up Foods (www.mixdupfoods.com)
• Masala Fresh (www.masalafresh.com)
• Dogs on Wheels (www.dogsonwheelshotdogs.com)
• King of Pops (www.atlanta.kingofpops.net)
• Sweet Auburns BBQ (http://www.sweetauburnbbq.com/menu/)
RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/2014-Tailgate no later than WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3. If you RSVP by FRIDAY, AUGUST 29 th your name will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate! Please note: you only need to RSVP one way - either online or return the paper document brought home by your student. You do not do both.
Out-of-Uniform for Lower School Students
Students wearing Woodward spirit wear may come to school out of uniform on Friday, September 5. The Campus Store is offering 10% off all football spirit items from now through September 4. (Please note, this date is a change from the flyer brought home by your student.) You can visit the store, order online at www.woodward.edu/parents/campus-store, or call 404.765.4070 to place your order. The Campus Store will deliver merchandise to your child’s homeroom upon request.
Again don’t forget to RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/2014-Tailgate. For more info please contact:
Terri Wiggins at TLWIGGINS7@gmail.com or Katina Asbell at Katina.Asbell@REALLIVINGCC.com
LOWER SCHOOL PARENT ORIENTATION
All Lower School Parents
Wednesday, September 3rd; 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
We are looking forward to the Parent’s Orientation program on Wednesday, September 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The program will start in the chapel at 6:30 p.m. with a presentation by Brooks Gibbs, one of the foremost authorities on bullying in America. His unique perspective and wonderful advice for students, parents, and teachers is quite compelling. We encourage all of you to get there early to hear his wonderful presentation.
Following Mr. Gibbs presentation, we will all travel over to the Lower School where the parents will report to their child’s homeroom. You will spend the next hour, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., going through your child’s academic schedule. The special area teachers (Art, Music, PE, Spanish, and others) will be in attendance to talk or answer any questions you have of them.
We believe this will be a very productive and rewarding time for our parents. Please keep in mind this is not the time for individual conferences with the teachers. This is a parent only event. Please make arrangements for the children on that evening. We hope all of you will be in attendance.
You may choose to park in the front of campus and then drive or walk to the Lower School or park at the Lower school and walk to the Chapel and then back to the Lower School. In case of inclement weather, we will of course provide shuttles to and from the Lower School and Chapel.
We will have the campus opened to walk through and the new Jane Woodruff Humanities building will also be open for anyone to view the beautiful atrium. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see the new building, it is spectacular!
Again, we hope to see everyone all our Lower School parents on Wednesday, September 3. If you have any questions about the event, please do not hesitate to call the school.
6th Grade Camp Experience Coming Up
The sixth annual sixth grade science trip to Tumbling Waters, a camp in the North Georgia Mountains in Clayton will be September 10-12, 2014. Please drop your 6th grade student off at the north carpool area on Wednesday morning, September 10, by 7:45 a.m. at the latest.
The students and faculty will leave the Lower School on Wednesday, September 10, around 7:45 a.m. All students must be brought to school that morning. Students can ride neither Woodward buses or MARTA to school because the departure time is too early. Students will return to the Lower School on Friday, September 12, just prior to 3:00 dismissal. Students will be allowed to ride home on Friday via either the Woodward buses or MARTA. You and your child should have firm plans for going home on Friday prior to leaving them at school on Wednesday.
Individual Student Pictures
Individual pictures for Lower School students will be taken on Thursday, September 18, beginning around 8:45 a.m. Please have your students at school on time that morning. There will be a make-up day later for those students who are absent that day or for re-takes. Please try not to schedule any doctor’s appointment for this morning if at all possible.
For the pictures, all students MUST wear the Woodward blazer (with the WA patch sewn onto the left chest pocket area), oxford shirt, and tie (tie is optional for girls).
Representatives from the Hearing and Speech Center will be at the Lower School on Tuesday, September 16, to screen the speech, language, hearing, vision, and auditory perceptual skills of our students upon the parent’s request. Results of the testing and any recommendations made will be sent home from the school following the screening.
Forms should come home with students the first of September. Watch the newsletter for notification of when the forms were given to the students to bring home.
Jane Woodruff Hall
If you have not yet seen the new Upper School humanities building - Jane Woodruff Hall - we encourage you to visit the Upper School campus to tour the Academy's impressive new building. Woodruff Hall is the largest single building on campus with 101,297 square feet, housing Upper School English, world languages, and social studies departments as well as the Upper School administration. The building includes a 150-seat lecture hall, a suite of counseling offices, and computer and world language labs. Every classroom is technology-equipped with hard-wired and wireless connectivity and interactive SMART Boards. Click here for photos of the building and dedication event.
Woodward Auto Exhibit
Save the date for the second annual Woodward Auto Exhibit, sponsored by Porsche, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m .on the Academy’s Main Campus in historic College Park. This free admission, family-friendly event will feature classic, vintage, and modern specialty automobiles, music, food, and a Porsche display. Rain date is Sunday, October 19, 2014.
If you have a car you would like to exhibit, contact Bob Hawks at 404.765.4031 or Jane Covington at 404.765.4030 in the Advancement Office. All proceeds from Auto Exhibit fees will support need-based student financial aid.
Student Handbook Online
The Lower School handbook can be found on the Woodward website. Please take time to look over the important information about the school and the regulations for uniforms, carpool, check-in/check-out, parties, phone calls, and numerous items for which you may have a question. If the answer is not there, give the office a call.
You can access the handbook from the home page of the Woodward website; click on Academics, then click on Lower School. On the Lower School page, click on Handbook from the list on the right hand side of the page; then click on Lower School Handbook for 2014-2015 school year or click here.
Health Forms/Immunization Information
It is school policy that each student maintains a completed Online Medical Record and current physical on file in the office/infirmary. Current records must be in the nurse’s office by August 29. Beginning September 2, all children out of compliance with Woodward Academy’s health regulations will not be allowed to participate in any physical activities (to include PE, intramurals, field trips, etc.) while at school. If you have any questions, please contact the Lower School nurse, Phyllis Sullivan, at 404-765-4423.
Lower School Counseling Office
The guidance and counseling program operates under the supervision of the Principal. Each teacher is a counselor, and the Principal is informed regularly about those students having academic or behavioral difficulties. An elementary counselor also works in conjunction with the faculty and staff to provide counseling services at the Lower School. Our counselor for the Lower School is Mrs. Carrie Lauchlan. Mrs. Lauchlan is a 1998 graduate of Woodward Academy. A function of the guidance program is to assist students who have persistent difficulties: academic failure, stress, lack of friends, and personal problems. The progress of the student is studied through continuous follow-up, and changes are made when necessary through consultation and agreement among teachers, counselor, parents, and Principal.
You may call the counselor to set up an appointment to meet with her or your child’s teachers.
Lower School Carpool Guidelines
Welcome Back! As you begin to establish habits for the year, please observe the following guidelines that will help carpool pick-up to run smoothly.
- Safety is our top priority! Please be mindful of the speed limit in and around the pick-up areas. Early dismissal carpool (3:05) is in the North carpool (Walker Avenue) area only.
- Parents are reminded that students MUST be picked up in the assigned car pool areas.
- When the weather calls for rain, have your child carry appropriate rain gear to avoid getting soaked when coming out to the car.
- If we are under a Thor Guard alert (lightning detection system) we cannot release the students. This would be the only time you can leave your car and come into the building to your child’s homeroom to retrieve them. We will have a staff member alert you if we are unable to release the students.
- Parents are reminded NOT to leave their cars unattended on the carpool/traffic line in either morning or afternoon carpool.
- Please keep all pets in cars.
- Refrain from cell phone use in the carpool line.
The Lower School has three (3) designated carpool drop-off areas. They are (1) the North Carpool located off Walker Street in the Lower School parking lot (7:45-8:20 a.m.); (2) the South Carpool located off Cambridge Avenue (7:15-8:20 a.m.); and (3) the bus lane behind the Lower School (7:15-7:45 a.m.).
There are three (3) designated pick-up areas. These are (1) the North (Walker Avenue) carpool area; (2) the South (Cambridge Avenue) carpool area; and (3) front along Madison Street in front of the playground. Areas are assigned according to the student’s homeroom. Please refer to the map given out at orientation to determine your designated area or click here to view the current Car Pool Plan for the Lower School. In the case of carpool groups, the parents should decide which pick-up area will be used prior to the beginning of the school day. Remember, early dismissal is located only in the North (Walker Avenue) carpool area.
Lower School afternoon carpool operates from 3:25-3:40 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and is supervised by Lower School faculty. Monday through Thursday at 3:40 p.m., any student remaining will be sent to After School Care in the gym. Please note: Friday carpool ends at 3:20 p.m. At that time any student remaining will be sent to After School Care in the gym.
As students wait, they are moved along the sidewalks and spread out to watch for their cars. On rainy days, students wait inside the hall doors. Anytime the lightning alert system is triggered, the students are to stay in the building until the all clear is sounded. As a parent, you certainly have the right to come into the building and walk your child out to your car. Please understand we know this is an inconvenience to you, but it is for the safety of the children in our care to not allow them to leave the building until we receive an “all clear” signal.
There is no Study Hall held on Fridays; therefore, all students are dismissed at 3:05 p.m. to their designated carpool areas and buses. All buses depart the Lower School building at 3:15 p.m. on Fridays, and students still in carpool areas are sent to After School Care.
Late Arrival or Early Check-Out
If you are bringing a student in late, after 8:25 a.m., you should park in the front on Madison Street (avoiding the yellow curb area) and escort your student to the front desk to sign them in with the office.
If you need to pick your student up early for appointments, you should park in the front on Madison Street (avoiding the yellow curb area) and come to the front desk to sign them out of school.
Our Parent Community hosts many wonderful events during the year, and we encourage you to take this opportunity to share your time and talents to whatever extent you are interested. Whether chairing an event, volunteering a few hours, or helping us spread the word about exciting activities we have planned - there is a job for everyone. Being part of the Parent Community is a great way to get to know other parents, your child’s classmates, and teachers. For more information, please visit our Lower School Parent Community page at http://www.woodward.edu/parents/pc/volunteers/ls/index.aspx.
News Releases and Articles
Woodward's Office of Marketing and Communications invites you to share news about your child. If your child has received a special honor or award, please email an explanation, along with a photo, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Articles may be included on the Woodward's website, in the Woodward magazine, in the Lower Letter, and/or in external media. Additionally, Eagle Roll lists and other articles are submitted for consideration by the Lower School administration.
Basketball - 5th and 6th Grades Boys Interested
The On the Radar Hoops Middle School Rising Star Camp will be held Saturday, August 30, at Duluth High School.
Click the provided link below with all the information:
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 and end of 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
Cub Scout Troop 631
Do Your Best and Have Fun Doing It! Join Cub Scouts
Pack 631 invites 4th and 5th Grade Boys to get into the wild and join Cub Scouts at Woodward Academy. Pack Activities in 2014-2015 include trips to Atlanta Rocks, a Bike Rodeo, a Braves Game, October camping, Winter Camp at Black Rock Mountain State Park, a Cloudland Canyon yurt camping expedition, spring and summer camping with the new Pack Trailer, plus Pinewood Derby and other events; meetings will be every other week (likely on Tuesday) after school. If you want to learn more about Cub Scout Pack 631, please see the Pack 631 website.
Even More Fun . . . Boy Scout Troop 631
Sixth grade boys are eligible to join Boy Scout Troop 631 at Woodward Academy (and 5th Grade Webelos Scouts can join a Boy Scout Troop in late winter/early spring). Troop activities for the upcoming year already planned include a cycling campout, a winter North Georgia camping trek, a climbing lock-in, and a campout at a zipline course. Last year’s events included backpacking in New Mexico, kayaking and rock climbing in West Virginia, backpacking through Tallulah Gorge, a canoe trek in the Okefenokee, and more camping and hiking, plus a week of Summer Camp in the Great Smoky Mountains. Meetings are Monday nights when school is in session at 6:00 p.m. at the Middle School, except Mondays after weekend camping trips. If you want to learn more about Troop 631 see the Troop 631 website.
Follow us on www.facebook.com/championshipchess
Go to www.championshipchess.net and click calendar to keep up with upcoming chess events.
Day and Time: Thursdays after school 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Dates: Fall session August 28 to November 13. No chess: September 25 or October 16.
Who can play: Any child interested in learning and improving chess skills. At least 10 must register.
Cost: Fall session $135 includes appropriate level instructional material
Payment Deadline: Due by August 26. Late payment fee after the deadline is $150.
Registration/Payment: Online with a credit or debit card at www.championshipchess.net click “Register and Pay - School Chess Clubs.” In the “School Name” field, specify “Woodward Lower”. You will receive an automated email payment receipt confirmation. For an alternate method of payment, email email@example.com with your request.
Year Round Chess Activities for Children:
There are many tournaments, free chess clubs, and camps in the metro Atlanta area. Championship Chess curriculum, interactive software, and chess sets are available for purchase. Visit our website or email Coach Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org for specific information and advice on what you might need.
Fall Chess Registration Form