After School Care for Friday, March 27

After School Care will be held in the chorus room on Friday, March 27, as the gym and courtyard will be getting set up for our Family Fun Night festivities. Students MUST be picked up by a parent by 6 p.m. Students going to the Family Fun Night must be with a parent; they will not be released from After Care to attend the festivities alone. As always, students being picked up from After Care after 6 p.m. will be accessed a late fee.

Sixth Graders Wanting to Do Year-Long Art

All sixth grade students who want to be considered for year-long art in 7th grade should bring their works of art to school on Thursday, April 9. Students should keep their artwork in their homeroom until an announcement is made for all art pieces to be brought to the cafeteria for the Middle School art teachers to judge. All art pieces must be taken home at the end of the same day.

Lost Clothing Items

It is that time of year when our lost and found room is getting quite full. We would love for you to take the opportunity to come find some of your student's lost clothing. Toward the end of the school year, we collect all the leftover articles and donate them to the Consignment Shop where you can repurchase them. We would prefer that you come in and do your shopping with us before that happens.

Also, please check your children's jackets, blazers, and other articles to make sure they have the correct ones. We do have some "missing" clothing articles and believe that they could have mistakenly been picked up by other students. If you would take just a few minutes to check, we would appreciate the effort! We look forward to a wonderful spring!

Week of Understanding

This week we have celebrated Week of Understanding. This is a week during which students Academy-wide celebrate the rich diversity of our school community in age-appropriate ways. The theme for this year is "Hands." In the fall, students across the Academy heard the story of Rachel Scott and her desire to use her hands to touch millions of people's lives. Throughout the year, each school has embraced this challenge in numerous ways. The symbol of Rachel's hands serves as our theme of building a community of kindness and compassion. 

The Lower School decided to thank the members of our community who tirelessly work to make Woodward the special place it is. We used our hands to thank the different groups during the Week of Understanding as follows:

  • Monday - Facilities
  • Tuesday - Campus Security, College Park Police and Fire Departments
  • Wednesday - Dining Staff
  • Thursday - Student Transport

Lower School students will be allowed to come to school out-of-uniform Friday, March 27, if they wear the "Week of Understanding" t-shirt. These shirts were decorated by the students as one of their activities during the week's events.

The week will culminate with a festival on Friday in the Upper School Athletic complex. At this festival, each school of the Academy will have stations that encourage our student body to use their hands to spread kindness and compassion to others.  

At the Lower School station, students will be coloring a pack of “positivities” to bring home. This is our way of spreading kindness outside the Woodward Academy community. Positivities are to be posted in public locations to spread positive thoughts. It is our hope that people will read them and smile or maybe others will truly be touched by the message from a stranger. These positivities can be posted on public restroom mirrors, in the grocery store, at your local library, or anywhere that needs a little sunshine! Please help us spread WA positivities by taking a picture of your contribution to the community and tweeting it with #HandsOfWA2015!

Lower School Family Fun Night – Don’t miss it!

FRIDAY - MARCH 27, 2015
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Dinner will be catered by Slideways. The menu will include a few vegetarian options. 

This event will be fun for the entire family. There will be karaoke, board games, Wii's set up, great prizes, and even a “Screen on the Green” where everyone can end their evening with a great (age appropriate) movie. 

The cost is $11 per person, with kids under 5 free. Below is the link to RSVP. We look forward to seeing everyone at this great event!

Parent Community Upcoming Events

I can't believe that we are heading into the end of the 2014-15 school year. Everything has happened so fast! I want to let you know about a few amazing upcoming events.  

Please save the date for our Lower School Family Fun Night on Friday, March 27. For more details, see the article above. There will be lots of great prizes, and it will be a perfect time to catch up with everyone. If you would like to help, please let us know. Here is the link for the SignUpGenius for the event:

Also coming up are the fifth and sixth grade socials, which will be held on Friday, April 24We need lots of help with the fifth grade social, but for the sixth grade social, the teachers plan everything and just ask a few parents to act as chaperones.  

Fifth Grade Social Sign-up:

While the fifth and sixth grade socials are going on, the Lower School Parent Community will host a Parent Social get-together at the Feed Store for all of the fifth and sixth grade parents. It is an opportunity for the parents to have some social time of their own.

Parent Social Sign-up:

On Tuesday, May 5, we will celebrate Cinco de Mayo. We celebrate during lunch with fun decorations and treats and would love to have you join us.

Cinco de Mayo Sign-up:

Our Field Day is scheduled for Thursday, May 21. We need lots of volunteers for this event. If you can come help for an hour or the entire day, we welcome everyone. It is so much fun. The kids absolutely love it!

Field Day Sign-up:

Thank you so much for your help throughout the year. Without you, Woodward would not be such a great place! I look forward to seeing you soon!

Phyliss Hasen
Lower School Parent Community Chair

Jesse Draper Boys and Girls Club Walk-a-Thon

On Friday, April 10, the Woodward Academy community will hold the 21st Annual Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club Walk. 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 Academy’s contribution has become an integral part of the club’s operating budget, and it has come to depend on our support.

Once again, all four schools of the Main Campus will have the opportunity to participate in the walk. At 11:30 a.m. on April 10, 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 be allowed to participate in the walk. A signature is required on the envelope. These must be turned into the homeroom teacher by Wednesday, April 8. 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.

Collections will begin on Monday, March 30. Students should come to the office and pick up a collection envelope. All checks must be made payable to Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club.

Important Meeting for Rising 7th Grade Parents

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 – 7:00 p.m.

All current Lower School sixth grade parents are strongly encouraged to attend a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, at 7:00 p.m. in Richardson Hall. This meeting will be led by Mr. Ed Notestine, Principal of the Middle School, and Mrs. Shannon Jackson, Assistant Principal of the Middle School. This is a very important meeting for the parents to attend. They will be discussing the process for the student’s schedule for Middle School. This is a PARENTS ONLY meeting; students are not to attend.

The Woodward Fund Update

Currently, $1,409,746 has been received toward the 2014-2015 Woodward Fund goal of $1,825,000. We sincerely thank all who have given!

Every student benefits from The Woodward Fund. It provides cutting-edge technology, resources for the classroom, arts, athletics, and extracurricular activities. While tuition gives our students access to all of Woodward’s opportunities, charitable gifts are necessary to meet our operating budget and to sustain and expand the Woodward experience.

If you have yet to make your commitment, please give today at or call Naylene Felt, Assistant Director of The Woodward Fund at 404.765.4036. You may pay gifts with cash, credit card, securities, or make a pledge for fulfillment by May 31, 2015.

Thank you for supporting our students, teachers, and coaches through your gift to The Woodward Fund!

Yearbooks On Sale – Online Only!

Don't forget to buy a 2015 Phoenix yearbook! There will only be a limited number of yearbooks on sale during distribution, so buy a yearbook ahead of time to ensure your child gets one. To purchase a yearbook or check a list to see if you've bought one already, please go to

The Phoenix staff wants to feature your children in the yearbook! Right now they are looking for pictures from activities and vacations over winter break, school performances, and students' favorite places at school. If you have any pictures to share, please email them to Use high-resolution or maximum size photos and identify in the body of your email the student(s) and events/places pictured. Thank you!

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 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



Lower School Calendar & Events

Mar 27 Fri

LS Family Fun Night

Location: Thomas Hall Gym and Courtyard Area
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Mar 29 Sun

Palm Sunday

Apr 2 Thu

No Homework Night

Apr 3 Fri

Good Friday - School Closed

Passover Begins at Sundown

Apr 5 Sun


Apr 6 Mon

Spring Holiday - School Closed

Apr 11 Sat

Passover Ends at Sundown

Apr 12 Sun

Orthodox Easter

Apr 13 Mon

National Volunteer Appreciation Week

Thru: 4/17/2015
Apr 15 Wed

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

Location: Woodruff Dining Hall, Main Campus
Apr 16 Thu

LS 4th & 5th Grade Dance Concert

Location: Richardson Hall Theater
6:00 PM
Apr 17 Fri

LS 6th Grade & Honors Dance Concert

Location: Richardson Hall Theater
7:00 PM
Apr 21 Tue

LS Class Pictures

Location: Thomas Hall
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Newsletter last updated: 
March 26, 2015


Upcoming Highlights

Mar 27 Fri

LS Family Fun Night

Location: Thomas Hall Gym and Courtyard Area
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Mar 29 Sun

Palm Sunday

Apr 2 Thu

No Homework Night

Apr 3 Fri

Good Friday - School Closed

Passover Begins at Sundown


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

Mar 27 Fri

LS Family Fun Night

Location: Thomas Hall Gym and Courtyard Area
6:30 PM - 8:30 PMMore Information...
Apr 15 Wed

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

Location: Woodruff Dining Hall, Main Campus
Apr 21 Tue

Parent Community Board Meeting

Location: R. L. Brand Boardroom, Carlos Hall
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Apr 24 Fri

LS 5th & 6th Grade Parent Social

Location: The Feed Store, College Park
7:00 PMMore Information...

Parent Programming Events - all parents invited

Mar 31 Tue

Parent Programming Event - Transition to College: A Partnership for Success

Location: Gresham Chapel Activity Room
8:30 AM - 10:00 AMRead More
Apr 2 Thu

Parent Programming: "How to Help Children Grow & Thrive, Keeping a Balance & Perspective", Kimbrell Teegarden

Location: Woodward North Campus
8:15 AM - 10:00 AMRead More
Jan 13 Wed

Parent Programming Speaker Event

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