It's that time again! Woodward Academy's Spring Break begins Monday, March 10, and continues through Friday, March 14. Please remember that we will have school on Monday, March 17. This was originally scheduled for a teacher work day, however, students will be attending school on March 17 to make up for a missed snow day.
Sally Boone Math Olympiad
The first annual Sally Boone Math Olympiad was held on Tuesday, March 4. Students in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades competed in the preliminary rounds, and the five students from each grade who scored the highest moved on to the final. The top 10 scorers from this 20-question, 30-minute test will be representing Woodward North at the 5th Annual Cheetah Cup Math Olympiad Competition at Creek View Elementary School on Saturday, April 26. The students with the top ten scores were Kiran, Srikar, Nishita, Avinash, Jason, Harry, Akash,Connor, Kanav, and Vishal. Every student who participated did a fabulous job. Congratulations to all!
Giddyup to Saddle Club
The spring session of horsemanship at WN will begin on Monday, March 24. Classes will continue on consecutive Mondays through April 28 to be held during recess or P.E. times. The cost for the six-week program is $350. There will be a maximum of two children per period with one trainer per child. Applications were sent out as an attachment to email. Please contact Vicki Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Soccer intramurals will continue through March 25. All 4th-6th graders are invited to join in the fun Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Dress Uniform Plans
Tomorrow, Friday, March 7, will be the last day for students in grades one through six to wear the dress uniform on Fridays. Students may be asked to wear their dress uniforms for special activities. Blazers should be clean with all buttons and the patch sewn on the front left pocket. Blazers can be purchased through Mills Wear or through the Parent Community Consignment Store.
Save the Date
Attention all parents of rising 7th graders: there will be a meeting on Tuesday, April 3, at 7:00 p.m. in Richardson Hall on Main Campus regarding Middle School. Mr. Ed Notestine will be available to answer any questions parents may have concerning the Middle School experience.
All Woodward North Grandparents are cordially invited to visit the North Campus on April 17, 2014, from 8:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m, in celebration of Grandparents Day.
Please contact the grandparents within your family and invite them to this wonderful event. If a grandparent will not be available, you may choose to invite another special guest in their place.
Each Woodward North Family should RSVP on behalf of their grandparents and/or special guests, by March 7. RSVP once per family at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/ktvfwev.
You may contact event Chairperson Katy Staples at Katystaples@comcast.net with questions.
Travel Around the World in Just One Night - Save the Date and Volunteer, Too!
Please save the date for Saturday, April 26, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. "Around the World in a Night" will be a magical, fun-filled evening for Woodward parents, with gourmet food stations from countries around the world, adult beverages, your favorite dance music, and international door prizes! More details are available on the Parent Community Social Events page.
This event will be exciting to attend and exciting to plan. Please join our team of volunteers by visiting the PC Social Events page. We would love to use your talents to showcase Woodward's diversity! We also are looking for those interested in publicity and promotions, as well as our international-themed door prizes.
Have you made plans for the summer? Woodward Academy is offering a wide variety of camp opportunities throughout the summer at WN and the Main Campus. Camp dates, descriptions, and registration can be found on the Home Page under Summer Programs.
Parents, please make every effort to have your children at school no later than 8:15 a.m. Students are actually admitted to the classroom at 8:00 a.m. to begin their daily routines; which sometimes includes important morning work. We all understand occasional tardiness, given the nature of North Fulton traffic, but habitual lateness puts students at a disadvantage and shows a disrespect for the classroom.
Order the 2014 Phoenix
The 2014 Phoenix staff wants to put more pictures of your child in the yearbook! Right now they are looking for pictures from vacations you went on over winter break, holiday parties, service projects, doing homework, or fun fashion statements. Submit your pictures by clicking on the "Upload your photos for the yearbook here" button on woodwardyearbook.com and follow the instructions.
News from Woodward North Cub Scout Pack 582
Our WN Pack’s next outing will be to the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Ga., on March 29. Come join in the fun! For more information about this event and Cub Scouting at Woodward North, please contact Cub Master Chris Moss at email@example.com or 678.576.4426.
Students may arrive as early as 7:00 a.m., at which time they will be supervised. Those arriving
between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. must enter the building at the front entrance. The side entrance doors will be open between 7:30 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. All doors will be open at 7:00 a.m. on rainy days. Every student should be at school by 8:00 a.m. Classes will begin at 8:15 a.m., and it is important that students have a 15-minute buffer to organize and settle themselves.
Parents of Pre-K through second grade students arriving after 8:15 a.m. should park in the parking lot and accompany their children to the office to obtain a tardy slip. Students in grades four through six who are tardy may be dropped off at the front entrance, from which they must report to the office to obtain a tardy slip before going to their homeroom.
Parents dropping students off in the morning and picking
students up in the afternoon should avoid entering the building. The exceptions, of course, are tardiness (PK-3), After School Care pick-ups, and any special circumstances. We ask parents who must enter the school to please be mindful that traffic must be able to continue to flow through the loops. Please avoid dropping children off at the front portico after 7:30 a.m.
Carpool and Cell Phone Usage
No parent should be on a cell phone while in the carpool line during active arrival and dismissal times. You will be asked to refrain from using your cell phone before we place your student in the car. Our security officer, Ed Smith, has asked that cell phones not be used while your child is being placed in the car and until your car has left school property. Thank you for your cooperation in helping to ensure the safety of our children.
Kids in the News
Sixth grader Harish in Mrs. Cooper’s class participated in the Public Forum Debate conducted by the South Carolina Junior Forensic League Regional Tournament. The debate was held in Mauldin High School in South Carolina on March 1. The students participating in the debate competition were middle schoolers from seventh and eighth grade and Harish was the only sixth grader competing. Harish won 5th place and was selected to go to the finals which will be held at Kansas State University on June 17
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Fifth grader Chase's 11U AAA team, the South Forsyth Giants (pictured at bottom), won the championship in a USSSA Spring Trainng Classic tournament this past weekend in Monroe, Ga. Second grader Griffin's 8U team was runner up.
The Counseling Connection
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