The faculty and staff at Woodward North send best wishes to all families to have a winter break, full of opportunities for relaxation and quality time with your children. Our school will be closed from noon on December 19 through January 6 for our students. We thank you for the support you have given us this year by helping your students as needed at home, volunteering your time at our school, and the kind words you share with our faculty. We also are so appreciative of all the holiday goodies that have been brought into the office. A collective "YUM" can be heard daily throughout the halls of Woodward North. All of us consider you part of our Woodward North team and are grateful for your presence.
We look forward to our students returning to school on Tuesday, January 6, to begin the second half of an exciting school year.
Holiday Parties and Dismissal
Friday, December 19, will be an exciting day for our students at Woodward North. It will be a morning of parties and a special holiday assembly. At 10 a.m., all PreK through sixth grade students will attend the assembly in the Arts Center. All parties will begin at 11 a.m. and dismissal will be at noon. There will be no after school care on December 19.
Students may come out of uniform and wear their favorite holiday colors to school December 19. We look forward to seeing all of our students in weather-appropriate attire with the colors representing the holiday their family celebrates.
Dress Uniform Plans
Students in grades one through six will begin wearing the dress uniform every Friday, beginning January 9, through March 6, 2015. Students also may be asked to wear their dress uniforms for other 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.
Sally Boone Math Olympiad Results Announced
Mrs. Susan Guest (5th Grade Math Teacher) and Mr. John Potts (4th and 6th Grade Math Teacher) administered the second annual Sally Boone Math Olympiad Test on Tuesday, December 16. There were 33 students who qualified to take the very difficult math test based on the score of a previous math competition test.
The 4th, 5th, and 6th grade participants, respectively, were 4th grade: Sachin, Namit, Eesh, Leksi, Anderson, Kelsey, Shivam, Tanisha, Rajveer, Cameron, Ronit, Neha, and Asad;
5th grade: Khushi, Kanav, Alex, Myan, Khushi, Ashna, Vishal, Harry, and Kimmy;
6th grade: Sara, Akash, Faheem, Connor, Lekha, Avinash, Richard, Vaishnavi, Karam, Connor, and Justin.
The ten highest scores were obtained from this Math Olympiad Test and these students will represent Woodward North at the Cheetah Cup Math Tournament on April 25, 2015, at Creek View Elementary School in Alpharetta.
The top ten scores on the Sally Boone Math Olympiad Test are Kanav, Justin, Harry, Lekha, Akash, Alex, Connor, Khushi, Vishal, and Avinash.
Great job, everyone!
Volleyball intramurals will begin after school on Tuesday, January 6, and will end with the faculty/student volleyball game on February 9. All 4th-6th graders are invited to join in the fun.
Winter mini-basketball for boys and girls in PreK through third grades will be offered Saturday, January 10, through February 14. (There will be no mini-basketball on January 24.) In this fun-filled activity, players will be taught the fundamentals of the game so they can be successful when playing in leagues. Proper techniques in dribbling, shooting, passing, and basic defense will be taught. The sessions will be led by WN teacher Mr. Matt Key. He will be assisted by Mr. Eric Brown and Mr. John Potts. Registration forms have been emailed home. The cost of this program is $95. The deadline for registration is January 8. Forms should be returned to the office.
Cotillion is Coming
Information about the Woodward North Cotillion has been sent home to all 5th and 6th grade families. This after school program begins Thursday, January 15, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and continues on January 22, 29, February 5, 12, and 19. If you are interested, but have misplaced the registration form, contact Valerie Macdonald at 770-781-5580. The program promises to be educational as well as fun for all participants.
WN Visits CHOA
Hi Dr. Gulley,
My name is Rebecca Genz and I am a registered nurse at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, where I work on the pediatric critical care transport team. I am also a Woodward graduate, class of 2002.
Yesterday, my team and I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with the WN 6th graders. We took them on a tour of our truck and answered any questions they had at the time. Both my team and I were so impressed by the entire group. They were inquisitive, intelligent, curious, respectful, articulate and carried themselves with poise.
The whole experience made me very proud to be a WA graduate!
Thank you for all that you do!
We are so proud of our Woodward North students. They always represent our school in such a positive way!
SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT Woodward North!
Help us spread the word about our wonderful school to prospective families! As our Woodward North Open House approaches, many of them are interested in learning more about what our current parents, students, and faculty have to say. YOU are our best ambassadors!
The two websites prospective families use the most are GreatSchools and Private School Review, yet Woodward North only has a few reviews on each site. Please help us by taking only a minute of your time to click on the links below and rate our school:
Thank you so much for helping us tell the Woodward North story!
Open House 2015
I hope you are enjoying the holiday season and are looking forward to time with your family in the coming weeks!
As we prepare for Open House January 25, we would like to get our current Woodward North families involved in promoting the event.
We want to invite bright, engaging students just like your children to visit our campus and see all of the wonderful things our students are doing.
This year, we are introducing a little friendly homeroom competition to encourage students to invite prospective families. The homeroom with the most prospective families to attend Open House will win a pizza party!
The “rules” of the friendly competition are simple. Beginning this week, current Woodward North families get prospective families with children in grades PK – 6 to sign up and attend Open House. As new families are signing up for Open House, they will simply fill in the “How did you hear about Woodward Academy” box with the homeroom teacher’s name. After Open House we will count the number of attendees by homeroom and the class with the most wins!
Thank you for your continued support of Woodward North. We hope you will join us in encouraging students like your own to visit and explore all Woodward Academy has to offer. We value each of our students as unique and wonderful assets to our school and wish you the happiest of holidays.
Vice President for Admissions
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Jump Rope Club
Ms. Bryant is calling all 3rd-6th grade students to join the Jump Rope Club to work on jump rope skills that encompass the most basic to more advanced tricks. Get ready for lots of fun and fitness! The club will meet each Wednesday from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Contact Ms. Bryant at email@example.com for more information.
It's Getting Cold Outside
Part of every student's day at WN is time spent outside, either during P.E. or recess. Winter in the Atlanta area can be very chilly, so please be sure your students has the proper WA regulation outerwear to keep them warm. Not to worry, Woodward North follows the guidelines sent out by the Department of Health regarding the times children should or shouldn't be outside.
Lost and Found
The three areas for Lost and Found are in the Multiplex (by the stairs), the Main Building (by the doors to the Arts Center), and the bottom floor of the Arts Center. Please remember to label all uniforms, P.E. bags, and other clothing/shoes with your child's first and last name. After three months in Lost and Found, uniform items will be donated to Woodward's Consignment Shop on Main Campus. All other items will be donated to charity.
The 2015 Phoenix
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 Feb. 1
. But don't let that deadline sneak up on you. Order your yearbook today and support your student publications!
As this year’s Woodward Fund Chairs, we encourage you to join us in supporting our children by making a gift to the 2014-2015 Woodward Fund. Your gift supports the culture of philanthropy that has provided generations of Woodward students with wise guidance at every step and prolific opportunities to try and triumph and reach their fullest potential.
In fact, several of our Woodward parents are so grateful for how the Woodward Fund shapes students’ lives that they are banding together to offer an opportunity for you to double your gift between now and Dec. 31. When you give more than you did last school year, your entire contribution will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $60,000.
Make your gift here. If you are uncertain of the amount you gave last year, please contact Dale Wlch, Associate Director of Advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.765.4034 to verify your last gift.
Thank you for making Woodward a priority in your giving. Our students, teachers, and coaches appreciate it!
Donna and Andrew Sullivan
The 2014-2015 Woodward Fund Chairs
Parents of Drew Sullivan ’15 and Katie Sullivan ’17
Kids in the News
The Born to Compete organization nominated 6th grader Errington for Player of the Year for 11U football. We are so thrilled for Errington and would like to show him our support. Please check the following link to vote for this wonderful Woodward North student. Fan votes are a small part of the score but any vote helps. Vote as many times as you want! Vote for Errington
Lego Robotics First Lego League Team
On Saturday, December 13, 2014, Woodward North was represented by two teams at the First Lego League regional tournament held at Taylor Road Middle School. The teams were composed of fourth, fifth and sixth graders. Students are chosen for the teams based on teamwork, sportsmanship and creativity. In First Lego League, students design and program an autonomous robot (using LEGO MINDSTORMS) to score points on a thematic playing surface, create innovative solutions to a problem, all while being guided by the FLL Core Values which emphasize teamwork, discovery, fun and sportsmanship. One of our teams won the tournament trophy for the best teamwork! Congratulations to the team members Alina, Faheem, Aren, Eshaan, Avinash, Ashna, Joseph, Julia, Vishal, Kai, and Kennedy.
Advancement Office Holiday Hours
During the holidays, the Advancement Office will close at 11:30 a.m. on December 19. It will re-open December 30 and 31 with office hours from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Please note, in order to be counted for tax year 2014, gifts must be received or postmarked by December 31.
To make a gift on December 30 or 31, please call Dale Welch at 404.765.4034 or Naylene Felt at 404.765.4036. You can give online at www.woodward.edu/go/giving and find instructions for making gifts of securities at www.woodward.edu/go/securities.
Please remember there is an opportunity to double your gift in the month of December. When you give more than you did last school year, your entire contribution will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $60,000. Thank you for your support!
The Counseling Connection
Mrs. Ellen Adolph
Andy Williams sings to us, “ It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” and for certain, it is among the busiest! Holiday performances, parties with friends, family and school, shopping, and baking are only some of the activities which appear on our “to-do” lists. This is a challenge for adults to take on, but what about our kids? If you are stressed at this list, your children are too. It makes for a time of year which is NOT the most wonderful! What is a parent to do?
This is a time of year where “less is truly more.” Scaling back expectations could be the perfect place to start. As well, at least for a few weeks, maybe we can remove the word “perfect” from our vocabulary. Especially where kids are concerned; perfection needs to be on the back burner. A recent article from The Huffington Post phrased an important parenting goal well; “Be what you want to see.” As in all activities with children, modeling the desired behavior is the most important way to teach our expectations. It’s a wonderful time to reflect on the values that you desire to instill to your family. Openly discuss how and why certain holiday activities are important, and again, meaningful simplicity should be a guiding principle. This is not always easy, but it is most definitely important.
My wish for all our Woodward North families is to take the time to relish the simple joys of the holiday season. Season’s greetings to one and all!