EUROPE TRIP 2015 DEPARTING FRIDAY, MARCH 6
Paris, Geneva, Chamonix & Nice
Students will turn in ALL luggage Thursday, March 5, to the second floor conference room 201 in the Middle School Building before homeroom. Both bags will be checked and locked down overnight. On Friday, students will wear travel clothes to school and wear their coats. Students will turn in passport pouches Friday morning in room 201. On departure day, parents may meet us at the International Terminal at the airport. We will leave school a little after 4:00 p.m., and we will make two trips. We should be checking in at 5:00 p.m.. Parents will pick up students at the airport in International Arrivals on Saturday, March 14. Our flight is arriving at 6:40 p.m .
MS Parent Coffee and US Tour
Please join us March 26 for our MS Parent Coffee to be held in the Middle School Cafeteria from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This is an opportunity for MS parents to meet other MS parents. Coffee and light breakfast foods will be provided from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. From 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., a representative from Admissions will take us on a tour of the Upper School.
Sign up on the link below if you will be attending.
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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 woodwardyearbook.com.
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 email@example.com
. Use high-resolution or maximum size photos and identify in the body of your email the student(s) and events/places pictured. Thank you!
Middle School Talent Show 2015
The annual MS Talent Show will be held in the Gresham Chapel on Thursday afternoon, April 2, at 2:00 p.m. Any Middle School student interested in participating in this year's show, will need to attend the auditions on March 19 at 3:15 p.m. in the large choir room.
The International Dyslexia Association will hold workshops that are free and open to the public.
Thursday, March 5, at 7:00 p.m.
Fostering Independence for Academic SuccessPresented by Sucheta Kamath, MA, BC-ANCDS, CCC/SLP
The Heritage School, Newnan
Thursday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Dyslexia and MORE: Understanding the "MORE" (the struggles that often coexist with reading, writing, and spelling difficulties)
Presented by Leslie A. Stuart, Psy.D., Forsyth County Board of Education, Cumming
Visit www.idaga.org for more information.
In an ongoing effort to educate our students about the effects of drugs and alcohol, we will have an upcoming event on the topic. Last semester, the Counseling Department sponsored Red Ribbon Week which is a national week to bring awareness to the effects on young people. As part of that special programming, we had a special Connect 2 Kids that was dedicated to educating our students on the dangers of teenage drinking.
Drug Education Assembly
On Friday, March 6, Agent Truesdell of the Drug Enforcement Administration will come to talk to the students about synthetic marijuana. He will bring a special guest who lost their son after he committed suicide after using synthetic marijuana. They will bring home the message that experimentation can lead to unexpected consequences and the importance of good decision making prior to any actions being taken. This will be specific to drug usage but can be translated into many other areas of our students' lives.
It is important for us to educate our students and for families to have related conversations at home because often Middle School students are tempted to experiment with alcohol. Some do it because they consider it a "grown up" thing to do while others may believe it's a legitimate way of fitting in with certain peers. We will continue to use the school platform as a way to increase the knowledge base of both students and parents (through meetings, assemblies, classroom experiences, and the Middle Messenger. See last week's Notes from Notestine.).
If you suspect that your child has been experimenting, or would like to discuss the topic more, please contact Mrs. Dedeaux (7th grade counselor) or Mrs. Nguyen (8th grade counselor). They can assist with confidential referrals, resources, and guidance.
Summer Trip to England Update
There is availability for one more student to sign up for England trip this summer. If your 7th or 8th grader is interested in three weeks of travel and fun in England, please contact Ms. Bandrowski at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the program. Travel dates are from the July 12 to August 2. Additional information about the program also can be found at the website for the International Schools Cultural Alliance (ISCA): iscaschools.com.
Animal Rescue Service Trip
Rising 8th graders: The Middle School Spanish Department is offering an animal rescue service trip to Ecuador, June 6-14, 2016! The trip’s highlights include a tour of Ecuador’s capital, a volcano and hot springs visit, an Andean canopy tour (zip-lining, rock climbing, and Tibetan bridges), Cotopaxi National Park (dormant volcano and glaciers), and a three-day animal service project at the Amazon Rescue Center to help conserve and rehabilitate primates and other local species.
Help Needed With Art Project
All Middle School families are asked to help with a future "assemblage" art project. We will be collecting plastic bottle caps of all colors and sizes. These caps are found on soft drinks, bottled water, laundry detergent, coffee creamers, hairspray, deodorant cans, etc. The idea is to make a large mosaic-type mural from these often discarded items. Everyone – not just art students – can be a part of this collaborative venture! Please help us by saving your bottle tops and sending them in with your student. Donations may be placed in the collection box in the entryway hall of the Middle School building. See how a bottle top mural is a fun, colorful, and ecologically savvy experience for our school.
WA Middle School Attendance Policy
Parents, please note: If your child is sick or is going to miss school, we request that you email the school at email@example.com or call the MS office (404.765.4430) between 7:15 and 8:15 a.m. to inform us.