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Notes From Notestine    

The Role of a Parent

Have you ever thought about what the actual role of a parent is? Most would agree that our focus should be the following:

  • Meet the biological needs of children
  • Protect our children
  • Teach and educate our children
  • Provide guidance and direction
  • Support and motivate
  • Take care of social and emotional skills
  • Discipline gently

There is much debate on how we accomplish these eight important roles. Bill Oliver, from the Passage Group at www.thepassagegroup.com, wrote about the following eleven roles that parents take on and how they can actually have a toxic influence on our kids.

1. Be their lawyer. No matter what they do, defend them. Be their advocate… right or wrong.
2. Be their banker. Finance all of their wants. This will give them a sense of entitlement which will last them for the rest of their lives.
3. Be their insurance company. Any time they make a mistake, you pay the price. They have the party… you have the hangover.
4. Be their agent. Cut the best deals for them. Use your personal contacts and influence to be sure that they rise to the top.
5. Be their mechanic. If anything in their life is broken, you fix it… even if they broke it themselves. That way they will never have to learn about “consequences.”
6. Be their administrative assistant. Every child needs a personal secretary. Be sure to let them delegate their responsibilities to you. Always do their homework for them… that way they can make the “Honor Roll.”
7. Be their butler. Learning how to manage servants will be important as they grow up and become successful. Let them start with you.
8. Be their apologist. Put your best “spin” forward. Make excuses for their bad behavior. Blame the teacher, the school, the community, the Republicans, the Democrats… anybody but your child.
9. Be their emotional doormat. They have a bad day and you pay the price. They want respect from everyone but refuse to give it to you.
10. Be their fairy godparent. Turn pumpkins into coaches. Wave your wand and make it happen. After all, making them “happy” is your primary function in life.
11. Fail to share your belief system with your child. They will have a system of belief. The question becomes who will teach it to them and what will it be? People act out of what they believe… in their hearts. The difference between Hitler and Mother Theresa was a matter of belief. Like the song from the musical South Pacific says, “You Have To Be Carefully Taught.”

These are tough and I’ve found myself, even as a parent of adult children, feeling guilty. The bottom line is that being a parent is the toughest, most important, and most rewarding job you will ever have. We rarely get it right every time. We get in trouble when we take too much responsibility for our children’s experiences, specifically their successes or failures. My advice is to be firm, be fair, and be consistent. Fewer excuses lead to higher expectations. Higher expectations help children take responsibility and understand how they fit into the world as we ALL enjoy the ride.

Parents Corner 

Teacher Appreciation Tailgate Luncheon: September 17th

We are celebrating WA school spirit at this luncheon.

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To sign up, go to:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f44a4a62ba13-teacher/

 

Weather Happens

Weather happens, and it happened Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. The WA campus is fortunate to have a lightening prediction and warning system called Thor Guard. This system alerts us when conditions are favorable for lightening strikes. When the Thor Guard is activated for the safety of our students and staff, everyone must remain inside a building. Buses and MARTA shuttles will be delayed from departing until the system is clear. If you are picking your child up for carpool, we will not release your child to go outside unless he or she is accompanied by a parent. Thank you for your understanding as we do everything possible to keep our students safe and secure while at the Academy.

Parent Athletic Key Tags

The Parent Community is pleased to provide parents with the 2014-15 WA athletic key tags, which will allow free admission to home games. Starting this year, the key tags will be distributed in the homeroom of the only/oldest child in each family. Athletic key tags will no longer be mailed home. (*Please note: admission fees will be charged for away games and GHSA events such as playoffs, scrimmages, tournaments, and championships.)

These key tags will assist the volunteers at the entrance gates in identifying you as a Woodward Academy parent, so please don't forget them. Parents and students from visiting teams and Woodward Academy parents without an athletic key tag will be charged an entrance fee. Upper and Middle School students will 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 or do not receive your key tag, please contact the Woodward Academy Parent Community at waparentcommunity@gmail.com.
 

WA Middle School Attendance Policy

We strongly encourage consistent attendance but understand that life happens. If your child is sick or is going to miss school, we request that you email the school at absms@woodward.edu or call the MS office (404.765.4430) between 7:15 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. to inform us.

Information regarding absences should be handled through the front office rather than the homeroom teacher. When your child returns to school, he/she should check in at the front desk before homeroom.  

Notes from the Nurse

Parents please remember that all students must have a current physical and completed online health forms on file in the Middle School infirmary by September 2. Students without completed health forms will not be allowed to participate in P.E., dance, or extracurricular activities. If you have any questions regarding your child's health forms, please email Nurse Whyte at maryraine.whyte@woodward.edu.

Reminder: Drug Education Program

WAMS parents, ONLY three dates remain for you to attend the drug education program. All parents of seventh graders and eighth graders new to Woodward must attend one of these sessions.
The dates and times are:
  • Friday, August 29, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, September 16, 8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, September 18, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
If you have not registered, here is the link: 

Parent Drug and Alcohol Education Program
     

Dr. Brian Dew, Ph.D., chair of the Counseling and Psychological Services at Georgia State University, will be presenting, along with Woodward Academy personnel.

Summer in England!

All Woodward seventh and eighth graders are invited to apply for next year's summer trip to England. Students will stay for three weeks at the beautiful Charterhouse School in the English countryside where they will enjoy plenty of on-campus activities between their day excursions to places like the British Museum, Parliament, Hogwarts at Warner Brothers Studios, the Globe Theatre, Canterbury, and other fun adventures.
 
For details, please send Ms. Bandrowski an email at katherine.bandrowski@woodward.edu and plan to attend our parent meeting before school on Friday, September 12, when a representative from ISCA (The Independent Schools Cultural Alliance) will be on campus to share details about the program and to answer questions. For more information, visit their website: ISCAschools.com

 

Field Trip

Thursday, 28 August, 43 art students from the Advanced, Combination, and Sculpture classes will be on a Field Trip. Their destinations are 1) the Atlanta Botanical Garden's "Mosaiculture" which includes 28 large living-plant sculptures and 2) the High Museum's "Dream Cars" which includes 18 advanced car designs from 1932 to present.

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.

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.

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.

Counselor Corner

Every few weeks in the Middle Messenger, there will be a Counselor Corner section that provides another avenue of information for parents. In addition, parents can e-mail questions to the counselors about the Middle School aged child and have them answered in the column. The “Ask the Counselor” questions can be sent to tonya.dedeaux@woodward.edu. Please include “Ask the Counselor” in the subject line, the question, and your name (although all names will be removed before publication). Here is this week’s topic:

How to Teen-Proof Your Tween (excerpted from Parenting Magazine)

Here is a not too uncommon story: “Last summer when we were visiting family, my then 12-year-old daughter and her cousins went to a neighbor’s BBQ to hang out with their friends under the watchful (or so we thought) eyes of the adults there. Less than an hour later, they were back at the house. What happened, we asked? They reported that some kids were sneaking in beer, so they decided to leave.

Yes, we were relieved and grateful that our kids told us what happened. Still, we couldn’t help but worry. It also doesn’t help calm a parent’s fears when every statistic about teen behavior is scarier than the last. Your tween is probably already spending more time with pals and less time with you. Between now and high school graduation, he’ll face pressure to try a beer, a joint, or a “hook up.”  So are there things that you can do now to prepare your tween for that? ABSOLUTELY!

1. Raise your expectations – If you think it’s inevitable that your child will get into trouble, then you’re probably less likely to believe that what you do matters and you may not try as hard to monitor or discipline him. If you subtly or explicitly say that drinking is something that all teenagers do eventually, when your tween finds himself in a situation where he’s being pressured, he may be more likely to give in because he wants to be like everyone else.

2. Don’t blame it all on hormones – It’s true that older tweens and teens are hormonal and that their brains won’t develop the ability to control impulsive behavior until they’re in their early 20s. The effects, though, are small and for most kids, there are often more important causes of irrational behavior. Ask your tween: “You don’t seem like yourself today. Is something going on?” Maybe your tween will respond with “Nothing”, but you’ve shown that you’ve noticed and that you care enough to listen. Plus, you’ve opened the door for a later conversation.

3. Find the right balance – Kids need reasonable limits and if they break the rules, there should be consequences. Discipline becomes even more important as kids get older. Most teens who behave badly tend to have parents who are either too permissive or too strict. Permissive parents give their teens a long leash, which just gives them too many opportunities to get into trouble. Overly strict parents clamp down too hard, so kids rebel. Often, there is a very fine line between the two. Rule setting is never black and white. Set the parameters and allow your tween to be in on the conversation as well.

4. Help them handle stress – From worrying about tests and team tryouts to stressing about their social life, tweens are under a lot of pressure. You want to raise your child to have a wide repertoire of healthy coping skills. Listen without lecturing in stress situations. You want to be a good sounding board – not solve her problems for her. Help her find solutions without providing all the answers for her.

5. Keep them busy (just not too busy) – Getting kids involved in an after-school activity they love, whether it’s art club or soccer. Studies show that kids who are involved in extracurricular activities are less likely to use drugs and actually do better with their time management than those with a lot to time to fill. Just don’t go overboard and allow them some downtime to just be a kid.

6. Keep tabs on their friends – Some friends can lead your tween astray and others are good for them. For those with good qualities, make it very easy for them to be friends (such as suggesting a friend for a weekend sleepover or take a few friends out for pizza with your tween on a Friday night.) In addition, don’t actively discourage friendships with pals that you don’t approve of (that just causes resentment and possibly rebellion), but put some rules on the relationship. For example, let your tween know that she can spend time with that particular friend at home but she cannot go to the friend’s house. Social media is another way to keep track. “Friend” your child on Facebook (although technically, young people 12 and under are not supposed to have an account according to Facebook rules). You don’t need to post anything but can periodically read what’s going on in her world.

Club Updates

Social Studies Club --- Students interested in joining the Middle School Social Studies Club should stop by Room 217 for more information. This club is open to both 7th and 8th graders. The deadline for joining is Thursday, Sept. 11.
 
Book Club --- Mrs. Hutchison's Book Club will meet on Thursday, Sept. 11, after reading "My Dog, Skip." Each student is expected to purchase his or her own book and read it between now and the day of the first meeting. Members will discuss the book's themes and watch the movie. Book Club will meet in Room 108 and refreshments will be served. Plan to ride the late bus.
  • This novel is about a shy boy who grows up in the 1940s with the help of his beloved dog, Skip. This historical fiction story is based around events of WWII and segregation in the small town of Yazoo, Miss.
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German Club--- Students interested in signing up for the Middle School German Club should do so in the lobby. Find out about club meetings, activities, and how this strategic language can impact your academic and professional careers. For more information, contact the Upper School German teacher, Mr. Shivers, at ben.shivers@woodward.edu. Gummy bears will be served at the first meeting ONLY to those who sign up!
 

Eagle Club--- The Eagle Club is our Middle School Service Club. We participate in a variety of service activities each year. Some of our great causes include the Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club annual walk-a-thon, our school wide can-a-thon at Thanksgiving, Secret Santa for 35 area foster children, participation in Red Ribbon Week, and several other activities to honor our Woodward neighbors, teachers, faculty, and support staff. We also collect money for Save the Children. The money collected helps to support and provide educational opportunities for seven children living in developing nations. It helps to pay for daily lunches, uniforms, vaccinations, and books. Without these things, children are unable to attend school. Our pennies and change ultimately provide hope for these children that can only be achieved through education.

Homeroom Balances
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Bandrowski - $35.00
Barber - $7.00
Wade- $15.00
Crawford- $5.00

Academic Team--- Do you know who wrote The Good Earth? How about the capitol of Mongolia? These are the kinds of questions that the Academic Team has to answer regularly, whether at a tournament or just at practice. We meet in Mr. Prince’s room 308 on Thursday afternoons between 4:15 – 4:30. A small snack will be served. Collaboration is necessary as teams challenge one another with competitive answers to a wide range of questions. The sponsors for the Academic Team are Mr. Prince, Mr. Lee, and Mrs. Anderson.  The answers to the above questions are Pearl Buck and Ulään Batar, respectively. Come join us!

Green Team and Math Team members are getting ready for a very busy and fun year.
The Math Team meets every Tuesday during Homeroom Study Hall.
The Green Team meets every Wednesday, also during Homeroom Study Hall.
For more information, or to sign-up, ​ students should see Mrs. Angela McCreery during tutorial in room #321.​

Student Spotlight  

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to 8th grader Monisha Mahadevan.Competing in the North South Foundation National Spelling Bee this past weekend in Dallas, Texas, Monisha placed fifth out of 110 contestants from all states.



Jock Journal

Softball:  Congrats to the softball team who remains undefeated this season after a 6:6 tie last night with St. Pius! Jenna Weil and Jacy Watson were the defensive stars of the game. Adriana Alvord was the offensive star with a two RBI triple to tie the game. Pitching star was Darby Cornelius.



MS Service News

  • WA Takes the ALS Challenge

    Vice President and Dean for Student Life, Upper School Principal Chris Freer, and Middle School Assistant Principal George Dietz took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday and challenged the entire WA community to do the same. Instead of the normal size bucket, Dr. Freer and Mr. Dietz were doused by a tractor scoop full of ice and water. Click here to watch the video. Dr. Freer accepted the challenge in honor of a friend and challenged President Gulley to take the challenge at next Friday's football game.

    The Woodward community is banding together to raise funds to support this cause. Click here to donate.

  • 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.

  • MS 2012-13 Community Service Totals

    Save the Children:
    $800.00

    The Terranova School:
    $10,000.00 ($17,854.04 Academy's Grand Total)

    Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club Walk-athon:
    $6,564.78 ($43,118.78 Academy's Grand Total)

    Canned Food Drive:
    $16,603.00 and 24,000 lbs. of food (Academy's Grand Total)

Middle School Calendar & Events

Aug 29 Fri

Parent Drug and Alcohol Education Program

Location: US Campus, Moss Math and Science Lecture Hall (main floor)
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Registration required.

Register to attend!

Sep 1 Mon

Labor Day Holiday - School Closed

Sep 2 Tue

MS Edline Reports

Sep 6 Sat

Woodward Academy Governing Board Meeting

Location: Main Campus
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sep 9 Tue

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

Location: Main Campus - Gresham Chapel Activity Room

More Information

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

John Lane, Director of WA Campus Safety

Register to attend!

Sep 15 Mon

MS Edline Reports

Sep 16 Tue

Parent Drug and Alcohol Education Program

Location: US Campus, Moss Math and Science Lecture Hall (main floor)
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Registration required.

Register to attend!

Sep 17 Wed

Woodward Academy Late Start Day

All Woodward Academy schools will begin school at 10:00am on September 17, November 12 and February 18. Dismissal time will remain the same. Morning childcare will be provided at the Primary School, Lower School and Woodward North. Afterschool care will be provided as usual.

MS Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Sep 18 Thu

Parent Drug and Alcohol Education Program

Location: US Campus, Moss Math and Science Lecture Hall (main floor)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Registration required.

Register to attend!

Sep 19 Fri

Mentor/Intern Meeting (All Grades)

Location: Carlos Library, 2nd Floor Conference Room
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Mentor/Intern Meeting (All Grades)

Location: Carlos Library, 2nd Floor Conference Room
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sep 23 Tue

Parent Community Board Meeting

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

Rosh Hashanah Begins at Sundown

Sep 25 Thu

Rosh Hashanah - School Closed

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August 28, 2014

 

Upcoming MS Events

Sep 1 Mon

Labor Day Holiday - School Closed

Sep 2 Tue

MS Edline Reports

Sep 6 Sat

Woodward Academy Governing Board Meeting

Location: Main Campus
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sep 9 Tue

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

Location: Main Campus - Gresham Chapel Activity Room

More Information

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Sep 15 Mon

MS Edline Reports

Sep 16 Tue

Parent Drug and Alcohol Education Program

Location: US Campus, Moss Math and Science Lecture Hall (main floor)
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Sep 17 Wed

Woodward Academy Late Start Day

MS Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Sep 18 Thu

Parent Drug and Alcohol Education Program

Location: US Campus, Moss Math and Science Lecture Hall (main floor)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sep 19 Fri

Mentor/Intern Meeting (All Grades)

Location: Carlos Library, 2nd Floor Conference Room
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Mentor/Intern Meeting (All Grades)

Location: Carlos Library, 2nd Floor Conference Room
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sep 23 Tue

Parent Community Board Meeting

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

Rosh Hashanah Begins at Sundown

Sep 25 Thu

Rosh Hashanah - School Closed

Sep 29 Mon

MS Edline Reports

April 3, 2014


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Upcoming MS Volunteer Opportunities

Sep 17 Wed

Woodward Academy Late Start Day

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MS Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Sep 23 Tue

Parent Community Board Meeting

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

MS Fall Social

3:00 PM - 6:00 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 AMRead 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