Music to Our Ears
Please join the Woodward North Orchestras and Band for a winter concert on Thursday, December 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the Arts Center. Both groups will delight us with pieces in a variety of musical styles. All participants should be in their designated rooms no later than 6:30 p.m. We hope to see you there.
Come One, Come All
Please come cheer on the Woodward North Show Choir, Show Choir Orchestra, and the Handbell Choir as they perform at the Johns Creek Emory Hospital Holiday Workshop. The event will be held on Friday, December 6, at 6:00 p.m. and there will be plenty of fun crafts and wonderful food prepared by the Johns Creek Fire Department. Woodward North families will have time after the performances to partake in the food and crafts. All proceeds will benefit the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. The hospital is located at 6325 Hospital Parkway, Johns Creek, at the corner of McGinnis Ferry and Hospital Parkway.
"101 Dalmatians" will be performed by our fourth-sixth graders at 7:00 p.m. on December 12. Rehearsals have been taking place for weeks, and we are all looking forward to seeing these much-loved characters on the Woodward North stage. PK, K, and first grade students will have their winter program on Friday, December 20, at 8:30 a.m. Come and enjoy both these holiday programs with the Woodward North community.
Each year, the families of Woodward North provide the children of My House with monetary gifts during the holiday season. Woodward North has a long relationship with My House, a non-profit organization that provides transitional housing to babies who are ready to leave the hospital but do not have homes. Every year, the families of Woodward North provide My House with funds to cover a significant portion of My House's expenses, as well as holiday gifts for each child. Please consider purchasing a gift card to donate to My House when you are out shopping this December. Gift boxes will be under the Christmas tree in the center hallway for our students to place their gifts as well as the cards they made for these special children.
Holiday Parties and Dismissal
Friday, December 20, will be an exciting day for our students at Woodward North--it will be a morning of programs and parties. PK, K, and first grade students will entertain their parents with their winter program beginning at 8:30 a.m. The younger students in PK and K will return to their classrooms for parties beginning at 9:30 a.m. Following their party, they may leave with a parent or stay until noon dismissal with the other students. At 10:00 a.m., all first through sixth grade students will attend the Holiday Assembly in the Arts Center. Parties for first through sixth graders will begin at 11:00 a.m., and dismissal will be at noon.
Students may come out of uniform and wear their favorite holiday colors to school on Friday, December 20. We look forward to seeing all of our students in weather-appropriate attire with the colors representing the holiday their family celebrates.
Advancement Office Holiday Hours
During the holidays, the Advancement Office will close at 11:30 a.m. on December 20 and will re-open on December 30, from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. The office will be open on Tuesday, December 31 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and again on Thursday and Friday, January 2 and 3, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
If you would like to make a gift by December 31, 2013, 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 can find instructions for making gifts of securities at www.woodward.edu/go/securities. Thank you.
Notes From the Nurse
Students frequently arrive at school and report to us that during the previous night they had experienced a fever and/or nausea. Most of the time we have to call parents to come to school to pick up sick children. To keep our school community healthy, we implore parents not to send children to school when they are sick. Students should be fever-free for 24 hours (without medication) before returning to school. Also, students should not have vomited within 24 hours of retuning to school.
On cold days, please remember to have your child wear warm WA regulation outerwear so that they can participate in recess. Woodward North follows the guidelines sent out by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources regarding the times children should or shouldn't be outside. According to their recommendation, if the wind-chill is 36 degrees, or below, we do not allow our students to go outside.
Woodward North Geography Bee
Oops, we made an error. The Woodward North Geography Bee was held on Friday, November 15. The fourth, fifth, and sixth grade participants studied diligently for the bee. Congratulations to 4th grader Vishal, our Woodward North Geography Bee first place winner, 5th grader Avinash, our second place winner, and Michael, our third place winner. Once again, we are so proud of our winners and all of the participants.
We are Automated
Please be aware that our phone system has changed. When the main number is dialed, several prompts will be offered. You may press "1" for the office, "2" for the nurse, and "3" for after school care. We hope that this will help streamline all incoming calls.
New Policy for Visitor/Parent Visits
All parents/visitors must report to the front entrance to be admitted and receive a visitor's badge. Only students will be buzzed in through other doors. Parents should enter the east (Multiplex) side entrance to check their child out of After School Care.
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 Woodward Academy yearbook is created for students, by students, to capture all the good stuff your child will want to remember forever: the friends, the fun, greatest achievements and goofiest moments. Buy your child's yearbook today at http://www.woodwardyearbook.com.
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.
The Counseling Connection
"Joy: a feeling of great pleasure and happiness."
It's the most wonderful time of year… or is it? The month of December brings almost too many events to the family calendar. It is very easy to get caught up with the demands of dance recitals, sports playoffs, musical performances, school holiday programs, and family parties. Often, it's a challenge to remember the joy of the season!
One of the many gifts of spending time with young children is seeing the world through their eyes, and this time of year provides the rosiest glow! Their genuine excitement for the season is palpable. Our children are thoughtful, kind, and eager to remember others in a generous and giving way. As we move through the holiday season, remember to savor the joy children bring to the season.