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Updated December 14, 2017

Lower School Upcoming Events

Friday, December 15 -- Holiday Parties, 10:45-11:30 a.m.
Early Dismissal, 11:30 a.m.
December 18, 2017 – January 2, 2018 -- Holiday Break (Students


As you should remember, all parents were sent an email from Mr. Phillips about the class schedule change on October 23, 2017. With this new schedule, the beginning of the school day for the Lower School changed from 8:25 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. The Lower School day now begins at 8:20 a.m. We have allowed students to enter class after 8:20 during the past two months to allow parents and students time to get used to the change. With that being said, when the students return to school on January 3, 2018, the 8:20 a.m. start time will be enforced. Any student entering the building and not in homeroom by 8:20 will be tardy, and therefore, must sign in at the office. Students being dropped off at 8:20 or later must be brought to the school office by a parent (or whoever drops them off) and signed in before they can go to homeroom. If you really don’t have the time to come into the building with your student, you may call the office and speak to one of the secretaries and they will allow the student to sign themselves in that morning. This would also be true for those who might have sleeping babies in the car or if it is raining. Again, you must call the office to inform them you are dropping off a student (give the students name) and ask if they may sign themselves in. The office number is 404-765-4420.

Please note that students riding the bus which may arrive at school late are not counted tardy.

Holiday Attire Information

On Friday, December 15, students may come out of uniform only if they wear their spirit shirt (they do not have to wear their uniform bottoms if they have the spirit shirt on). During the week of December 11-15, students will be allowed to wear holiday socks and modest holiday jewelry.

Holiday Parties and Early Dismissal – Friday, December 15

Lower School Holiday Parties will take place from 10:45 until 11:30. Please check with the school office before going to the classroom.

Also, please note the Academy has an early dismissal on this last day before the holiday break, Friday, December 15. Students are dismissed at 11:30 to carpool and bus transportation. Buses will depart from the Lower School at 11:45.

If you are coming in a car that morning, please do not park in the Lower School bus lane, along any yellow or red curb, or along the lane between the teacher parking lot and the softball field. Buses have to be able to make the turn at Walker into the Lower School and travel down to the bus lane. Thank you.

Collecting Aluminum Tabs for Ronald McDonald House

The Lower School is currently collecting aluminum tabs from cans. Please encourage students to collect the tabs, bring them to school, and put them in the collection boxes that are located in each classroom (homeroom and co-curricular). We will collect the tabs through the month of April.

For more information on this program click here.

Woodward Academy Major Dates for 2018-2019

For those who'd like to get started on planning for next year, please take a look at Woodward Academy's major dates for the 2018-2019 school year.

Big Chill Tickets On Sale

(Thank you to our headlining sponsor, Delta)

A limited number of tickets are now available for Woodward parents to attend the annual Big Chill event on Friday, February 23, 7:30 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium! Join the Woodward Alumni Association for an evening of food, fun, cocktails, and a chance to bid in our silent auction--all in support of need-based financial aid. Purchase tickets or an event sponsorship today by visiting For more information or details on sponsor benefits, call 404.765.4038 or email

Make Your Gift to The Woodward Fund Before December 31

If you have not done so already, please join our many donors who receive tax deductions when they make year-end gifts to The Woodward Fund. Mailed gifts postmarked on or before December 30 will be receipted as a 2017 gift, as will online gifts made by 11:59 p.m. on December 31.

To make a gift, visit the website by clicking here or mail your gift to: Woodward Academy, Office of Advancement, 1662 Rugby Avenue, College Park, GA 30337. Please remember that gifts of securities require special instructions and a lead time of several days to be counted for 2017.

Additionally, the Office of Advancement will be open December 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. to noon to assist with year-end giving. For assistance during the school’s holiday break, contact Claire Hegarty, Director of Advancement, at 404.765.4043 or

Thank you for your generous support of our students and teachers! Your donation is a gift that lasts throughout the year.

Dress Uniform Plans

Lower School students are required to wear the dress uniform every Friday in January and February and the first Friday in March. The first Friday to wear the dress uniform will be January 5, and the last day will be March 2. Students may also be asked to wear their dress uniforms for special activities. Blazers should be clean with the patch firmly attached to the front left pocket and all buttons sewn on the front. Please refer to the Student Regulations Handbook. Note that khaki shorts are not a part of the dress uniform.

Executive Function After School Workshop - 5th and 6th Grade

Is your student struggling with organization, time management, or study skills? W3 Connections is hosting an extended version of our workshop series on Tuesdays after school, exclusively for Woodward 5th and 6th graders. Students will learn and practice specific organization techniques, how to use a planner, and forecast study activities. Students will be introduced to specific study techniques, develop study tools, work collaboratively with peers to develop those tools, and practice measuring their knowledge. They will use hands-on practice with their own academics assignments. Class is capped at 10 students.

Dates, Times and Cost

January 9, 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13 and 20

Time: 3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Cost: $525 per student

Parents receive a summary email with follow-up steps or a video link of what was covered in class and how to follow through at home.

Sign up here with our Workshop Registration Link

Lower School Night at the Varsity Basketball Game

Lower School Night at the Varsity Basketball Game will be on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. The girl's game will begin at 5:30 and the boy's game at 7. More information to come.

January Community Service Event

January 19, 2018: Jump Rope for Heart Event (5th – 7th period)
Forms and letters will be coming home before the Holiday break and we look forward to a great participation as we raise funds for the American Heart Association!


Students will be receiving their envelopes for our annual Jump Rope For Heart event from Coach Duke. We are having our annual JRFH event Friday, January 19, 2018 to benefit the American Heart Association! All students who raise at least $5 AND bring in their signed permission form will be participating in the event on that Friday. 4th graders will jump during 5th period, 6th graders will jump during 6th period, and 5th graders will jump during 7th period. We will have so much fun for a good cause and students will also have an opportunity to win some really cool prizes! Please remind your children that all checks for donations are to be made out to the American Heart Association (AHA). Donations can also be made online and there is a matching program for companies that wish to match what their child raised. Thank you for all your support and a big thank you to all the children who are already looking forward to jumping! Contact Coach Jeanine Duke (404-765-3603 or for more information.

You can make a donation on line by clicking here.

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Manners That Matter

Manners That Matter is a six-week program for fifth and sixth grade students presented by The Cotillion Group. Brochures were sent home with students this week. We realize sometimes paperwork doesn't make it to you; therefore, click here to print a copy. The classes will meet on Wednesdays and it will start on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 in the school library from 3:45-4:45 p.m. A snack will be provided at each class. Please note: there will be no class held on Wednesday, January 24 due to the Book Fair in the library that week. The classes will end on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 with a Student Social/Parent Reception with all students and parents invited. The sessions will be covering a variety of social and professional etiquette. Check out their website at For more information please contact Valerie Macdonald, Director- The Cotillion Group at 770-781-5580 or with any questions. Registration forms must be mailed to Valerie at the address listed on the brochure. Class size is limited and registrations are accepted on a first-come basis.

Lower School Night with the Atlanta Hawks

Come and support the Woodward Academy Lower School 5th Grade Ensemble and 6th Grade Honor Chorus as they perform on the Hawks' main court prior to the start of the game on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Tickets must be ordered by January 2, 2018.

An information flyer will be sent home with the students; however, click here for the flyer. All ticket orders must be submitted to Ryan Coller in the Hawks Office and should be emailed or faxed to him. All information is on the flyer. Please note: tickets cannot be ordered through the Lower School office.

Yearbook Purchase

Purchase the 2018 Phoenix yearbook before the cost goes up. You can snag the early-bird price of $85 until February 23, 2018 at Once yearbooks arrive in May, the cost will be $100.

Yearbook Photos Needed

The yearbook staff is looking for photos of and stories about your kids! Please email your info to the yearbook coordinator of the Lower School. Please email them to for consideration.

Note: Please send high resolution photos if possible. Also, include the names and grade levels of any students pictured.

Lower School Intramurals

The Lower School sponsors an intramural sports program for boys and girls. Intramural programs run Monday – Thursday. Students must have a signed permission form turned in by the first day of the activity. Permission forms are sport-specific and are available two weeks prior to the first day of the event. The events begin at 3:45 and end at 5:15 p.m.

We have record numbers of students participating in intramurals and the coaches need time to prepare accordingly. Therefore, a student MUST have a signed permission slip by the Monday that the intramural activity begins or they will NOT be allowed to participate. Thank you for your cooperation as this will keep our program safe and successful! There will be a separate form for each sport they plan to participate in during the year. Again, the student must have the signed permission slip turned in prior to the start of the activity.

2017 - 2018 Intramural Schedule

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