Important Yearbook Ordering Information - ORDER NOW
The Woodward Academy yearbook is created for students, by students, to capture all the good stuff your child will want to remember forever: the friends, the fun, greatest achievements, and goofiest moments. Buy your child's yearbook today at http://www.woodwardyearbook.com. The early bird price has passed. The current price for the yearbook is $70. This price will be good through February.
December Community Service
In the spirit of sharing our blessings, the Lower School will collect items for Family Life Ministries, a local nonprofit organization that helps families in the College Park, East Point, and Hapeville area. There is a great need this year for diapers (infant, toddler, and adult), sweaters, jackets, coats, and blankets. Some other suggestions are $5 or $10 gift cards to places like Burger King, Krystal, and even gas cards. These items should be delivered to your child’s homeroom by the morning of Monday, December 16. This collection will take the place of student gift exchanges at school holiday parties.
Thank You Parents - Again!
Thank you to our wonderful parents for another delicious lunch this week. We were treated to a variety of salads, sliders, and the best desserts ever! Special thanks to Sheila Cornelius, Brantley Abrams, Kristy Fernandez, and Anna Wheeler for chairing this event and to all those who either brought in items, help to set up or clean up. We love you for the generosity of your time to prepare, buy, and serve the faculty of the Lower School. It definitely made the holiday time brighter!
Lower School Art Show
The Lower School Art Show is now in progress. Every student in the Lower School has a piece of artwork on display on the lower level hallway. Artwork will be on display until mid February. Please come by and see the various works of art of our very talented students.
The Lower School concerts ARE NOT held in the Lower School building. They are in either Gresham Chapel or Richardson Hall. Please refer to the schedule below.
Friday, December 14
1:30 pm – 4th and 5th Grade Choruses, Ensemble, Honors Chorus Concert in Gresham Chapel.
NOTE: please refer to your parent letter regarding uniform for the concerts.
Holiday Attire Information
On Friday, December 20, students may wear the following holiday items with their uniform bottoms: socks and tops, i.e. sweaters or sweatshirts, or T-shirts. Girls may also wear holiday jewelry on that day.
Holiday Parties and Early Dismissal – Friday, December 20
Lower School Holiday parties will take place from 10:45 am until 11:30 am. Please check with the school office before going to the classroom.
Also, please note the Academy has an early dismissal on this last day before the holiday break, Friday, December 20. Students are dismissed at 11:30 am to carpool and bus transportation. Buses will depart from the Lower School at 11:45 am.
If you are coming in a car that morning, please do not park in the Lower School bus lane, along any yellow or red curb, or along the lane between the teacher parking lot and the softball field. Buses have to be able to make the turn at Walker into the Lower School and travel down to the bus lane. Thank you.
The holiday begins on Friday, December 20st at 11:30 a.m. Buses will depart the Lower School at 11:45am. ALL STUDENTS not riding a bus MUST be picked up by 11:30 a.m.
Students will return to the classroom on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.
Dress Uniform Plans
Lower School students are required to wear the dress uniform every Friday in January and February and the first Friday in March. The first Friday to wear the dress uniform will be January 10, and the last day will be March 7. Students may also be asked to wear their dress uniforms for special activities. Blazers should be clean with the patch firmly attached to the front left pocket and all buttons sewn on the front. Please refer to page 10 in the Student Regulations Handbook. Note that khaki shorts are not a part of the dress uniform.
Modified Hours for the Campus Store
Friday, December 13, 2013 - Thursday, December 19, 2013
Open: 8am Close: 4pm
Friday, December 20, 2013
Open: 8am Close: 12noon
Monday, January 6, 2014
Open: 8am Close: 4pm
We will return to normal hours beginning Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Open: 8am Close: 6pm
(snack bar is open until 6, Campus Store doors close at 4 and store is accessible through the snack bar until 6pm)
The Campus Store dates are now listed at: http://www.woodward.edu/parents/campus-store/index.aspx
Final Picture Retake Date Set
The FINAL school portrait retakes will be done on Friday, January 17. The exact place and time have not yet been announced. Students will be taken by Lower School staff to have their picture taken. All students should be in appropriate winter dress uniform which includes the oxford shirt and blazer, and a tie for the boys. Note: there is a $5 charge for picture retake. Students should have their first picture proof/envelope and $5 with them on the day of the retake.
JUMP ROPE FOR HEART coming in January!
Students will be receiving their envelopes for our annual JRFH event next week. The event will take place January 17, 2014, during 7th period. We will be raising money for the American Heart Association, and it is totally voluntary. Please contact Coach Jeanine Duke if you have any questions. (Phone: 404-765-3603; email: Jeanine.email@example.com). Thank you so much for your support!
Parent Community Consignment Shop
For your convenience, the Consignment Shop will be open Wednesday, December 18th, from 8:30 - 1:00. Please note that this is a change from our regular schedule. The Shop will be open regular hours (12pm-4pm) on Monday, December 16th.
Reminder to Woodward Parents
2013-2014 WA Parent Athletic key tags are to be used for all athletic events including winter sports (basketball, wrestling, swimming). These tags will allow free admission for WA Parents to all home games. If you do not have your key tag when entering the game, you will be charged admission. Please note that admission fees will still be charged for away games and GHSA events such as playoffs, scrimmages, tournaments, and championships. This includes the basketball and wrestling tournaments Woodward Academy is hosting on December 20 and December 21.
NOTE: Upper and Middle School students may enter free of charge by showing their student ID cards. Younger students and siblings do not need an ID when entering with a parent. If you lose your Key Tag, please contact Lin Pahl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GO WAR EAGLES!
Office of Advancement Holiday Hours
During the holidays, the Advancement Office will close at 11:30 am on December 20 and will re-open December 30 with office hours of 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. The office will be open on Tuesday, December 31, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm and again on Thursday and Friday, January 2 and 3, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.
If you would like to make a gift by December 31, 2013, please call Dale Welch at 404.765.4034 or Naylene Felt at 404.765.4036 on December 30-31. You can give online at www.woodward.edu/go/giving and can find instructions for making gifts of securities at www.woodward.edu/go/securities. Thank you.
Sixth Grade Parents
We would like to make you aware of a process that begins in February which will help your child matriculate smoothly to the Middle School. In seventh grade, students must choose to participate in a year-long fine arts class or in a short course which includes nine week studies of Art, Study Strategies, Music, or Life Skills. The year-long fine arts classes include Band, Chorus, Strings, Drama, and Art.
To participate in year-long art, students must be selected by the Middle School art staff. The art teachers will come to the Lower School and look over selections of artwork, particularly drawings, submitted by interested 6th graders. Their decision on students who are chosen will be announced the week after judging. All artwork must be in the Lower School no later than the morning of the judging for the student to be considered for this course.
More information will be forthcoming in January, including the exact date in mid-February when the judging will take place. The coming holiday break would be a great time for those students interested in being considered for this class to work on pieces to be judged.
CHESS CLUB DATES
The current winter session will continue after winter break on January 9. The winter session will end on February 20. Spring registration will begin shortly after that time. Watch for registration information.
**Championship Chess Family Connection – we hope you are enjoying the instructional materials and activities to help your child improve chess skills and progress more rapidly.
• Monday, January 20 MLK Tournament 10:00am at Whitefield Academy [this is a Georgia Chess Association tournament]
• February 8 - Regional Tournament (Metro Atlanta K-8 team state qualifier) - your school has a good chance to be a top winner at the Regional tournament [this is a Georgia Chess Association tournament]
• Sunday, March 23 Georgia K-8 Championship (GCA tournament )
• April 25-27, 2014 National K-9 Championship in Atlanta. Plan now, register early. (USCF tournament)
www.championshipchess.net "Click" Calendar for Upcoming Chess Events
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Individual Party Invitation Policy
We are having a great year thus far in the Lower School. One of the many things we are talking about is being considerate to others and having empathy. With these topics in mind, we would like to remind parents that our policy for party invitations states that no invitations are to be distributed at school unless there is an invitation for each member of the class. Though we cannot control any parties or get-togethers that go on outside of school, we ask that you keep in mind other children’s feelings while encouraging your child to do the same. Thank you all for your support in this matter. We look forward to continuing a great year here at the Lower School.
Girl Scout Project Continues
The Woodward Academy Lower School Junior Troop 10715 is establishing a library for the children at Genesis Shelter as part of the completion of their bronze award. To accomplish this, the girls are collecting books for children, ages 6 to 17 years old. We are soliciting the Woodward community's assistance for this worthy cause. Donations of new or gently used books would be greatly appreciated. There is a collection bin placed in the hall near the library. We hope you will support the Girl Scouts. If you have any questions, feel free to call Valda Gibson at 404.242.9219.
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 pm and end at 5:15 pm.
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. 2013-14 Intramural Schedule