Yearbooks On Sale – Online Only!
The 2015 Phoenix staff would like you to know that the yearbooks are now for sale! They are available for purchase at woodwardyearbook.com and cost $70 until February 1. But don't let that deadline sneak up on you! Order your yearbook today and support your student publications!
Yearbook Staff Needs Information From You
The yearbook staff is looking for information on adventures you and your family had over the past summer. If there are any cool places that any students went, they want to know so it can be included in this year’s yearbook. For example, an Upper School teacher went to Australia, some students went on a missionary trip to Haiti, and a student did a fashion internship. If your family falls into this category, please send your information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Super Goober Day 2014
Postponed until October 24
Because of the rain on October 3, Super Goober Day was postponed until Friday, October 24. All tickets purchased, volunteer commitments, and SGD preparation will be honored on October 24. An email will be sent to parents the week of October 20 as a reminder of Super Goober Day on October 24.
The flu shot clinic scheduled for the Lower School on October 3, has also been postponed to October 24.
Note to SGD Volunteers:
To all of the volunteers who signed up to volunteer, we thank you. We realize that many of you made special arrangements to attend Super Goober Day. It is very unfortunate the weather did not cooperate. We appreciate your understanding. Your volunteer commitments will be transferred to the same events and same volunteer times for October 24. If you need to change your commitment, please visit Sign-Up Genius and correct your information.
If you have already purchased a cake, please freeze it and save for October 24. Those who have signed up to bring a cake to Super Goober Day should still plan to bring their cake on October 24.
Flu Shot Clinic Being Offered On October 24
The Woodward Nurses are sponsoring the annual Flu Shot Clinic on October 24 at the Lower School from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (during Super Goober Day). Students from Woodward North, the Lower School and Primary Schools must have an adult accompany them to the clinic. Please go to the Health Services page for more information including cost and the consent form: http://www.woodward.edu/parents/health/index.aspx
Super Goober Day Lower School Dismissal
Please read the following information concerning dismissal procedures for the Lower School. All Super Goober Day activities take place behind the Lower School on the track/soccer field area.
*Fourth Grade – Students will bring home a letter asking parents to designate specific pick-up plans for their child on Super Goober Day dismissal at 11:45 a.m. Every fourth grader must be accompanied to the activities by a parent or designated adult.
*Fifth and Sixth Grade – Students will be dismissed at 11:45 a.m. and will be sent directly to the festival area on the track behind the Lower School. It is vital that pick-up plans are firm and that there is an understanding of good behavior rules.
There will be no After School Care on this day. All students who are riding the buses/MARTA should report back to the bus lane by 3:00 p.m. Buses will depart at 3:10 p.m.
Please check the SGD website for upcoming information about parking.
Many adult supervisors will be in the area, but it is vital that students take responsibility for following rules of good behavior.
Lower School Book Fair and Book Fair Coffee
This year’s Lower School Book Fair, Sir Readalot’s Castle: Enter the Kingdom of Books, will kick-off with a Parent Coffee on Monday, October 27, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Come and enjoy coffee in the Lower School cafeteria. Students are welcome to shop during this time, but please keep in mind, an adult must be in attendance with the student to be out of class. The fair will run from October 27 - October 31, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Because children are more likely to read books they choose, there will be several opportunities during the week for students to bring money and purchase books. We also welcome parents to drop by any time during the week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Before you visit the Book Fair, be sure to visit (and download) the Book Fair app to help you find the right books for your child. You also can shop online 24 hours a day through our online book fair that runs from October 13 - October 31.
Click the following link to access the Woodward Academy Lower School Book Fair Homepage for more information.
Red Ribbon Week
October 27-October 31
Monday: “Keep Calm” Bracelets – these will be handed out on Monday morning during homeroom
Tuesday: “My future's so bright” – wear sunglasses
Wednesday: “Walk this way toward healthy choices” – wear tennis shoes
Thursday: “Sock-it to drugs” – wear crazy socks
Friday: “Team up against drugs” – wear your favorite sports team shirt (can be a WA shirt)
Picture Retakes Scheduled
School picture retakes will be taken on Tuesday, October 28. Any student who missed their individual school picture should plan to be photographed on this date. Students will be taken to the assigned location by a faculty member in the morning for retakes.
For this picture, students must wear the dress uniform which consists of the Woodward blazer (with the WA patch attached to the left chest pocket), oxford shirt and tie (optional for girls).
October Band Fest
October Band Fest: Thursday, October 30 after school 3:25 - 6:30 p.m.
On Thursday, October 30, 2014, the 5th and 6th grade band students will stay after school to enjoy a time of Master Classes on their particular instrument, education regarding instrument care, and a concert. The Middle School band will perform a Halloween Costume Concert at 5:45 p.m. in the gym for all parents and students and the 6th grade (experienced) students will join them for one selection at the end of their concert. The Lower School students will not be in costume and will wear their school clothes for the concert that afternoon.
Sixth grade students will be performing with the Middle School band and will need to make arrangements to be at the event.
Fifth grade students will get a major “jump-start” to their musical career by working in small groups with our private instructors. Hearing the Middle School Band perform will be an eye-opening experience for all Lower School students to see and hear where they are headed.
Fifth and sixth grade parents should make plans to come to the concert at 5:45 p.m. in the Lower School gym. The Fest will end at the conclusion of the concert, around 6:30 p.m.
Students will be allowed to wear Halloween socks to school with their school uniform on Friday, October 31. Girls also may wear modest Halloween jewelry.
Lower School Halloween Parties
The Halloween parties for the Lower School will be on Friday, October 31, from 2:20 until 3:00 p.m.
Parents coming to help with the parties must check in with the front office. Most of the homerooms are still having class during this time. The office will have a list of times that parents are allowed to enter the rooms. Each teacher/class is different; therefore, some will be allowed into a room on arrival and some will have to wait for the bell to ring.
Thanksgiving Outreach Coming First of November
The Lower School will join the Upper and Middle Schools in a food drive to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Donations will be accepted beginning Monday, November 3, until Friday, November 14. Non-perishable canned or boxed food items will be accepted. Barrels will be located on the main level and the lower level. Student volunteers will be present each morning on the main level only (8:00 - 8:25) for the first week of the collection period to record donations. Parent Community volunteers will be present in the main lobby and on the lower level near the center stairs each morning from 8:00 – 8:30 from Monday, November 10, until Friday, November 14, to accept and record donations. Students who bring in at least 20 items or $20, may come to school out of uniform on Friday, November 21. Students should not leave donations in barrel unless there is someone there to record it. Otherwise, they will not receive credit for their donation. Checks should be made payable to Woodward Academy.
Thanksgiving Outreach Out-of-Uniform Day
Students who bring in at least 20 items or $20 during our collection time (November 3-14), may come to school out of uniform on Friday, November 21.
Volunteers Needed for Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
The Lower School Parent Community is hosting the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, November 5, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and would love any help with this upcoming luncheon. This is a wonderful way to show our Lower School faculty and staff how much we appreciate all they do for our children. Please see the link below for our Sign-Up Genius.
Thank you so much!
Brantley Abrams and Laura Shir
New Lower School Wrestling Club
The Lower School and Woodward Academy Wrestling are proud to announce the start of the NEW "Red Storm" Wrestling Club. This is a club designed for students in grades 4-6 who want to further their interest and skill level in the sport of wrestling. This is not to be confused with intramural wrestling which will still be held in February. The "Red Storm" Wrestling Club is for students who wish to learn to wrestle in a competitive environment and prepare for Middle School and varsity wrestling. More information will follow via hard copies with your students.
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 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