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Updated December 14, 2017

Excerpts by Eric....

It is unbelievable to me that 2017 is quickly coming to a close. It seems like just yesterday we were having our Back-to-School Bash and welcoming students to registration and the first days of school. Now our holiday program is approaching on Thursday afternoon, followed by holiday parties on Friday. What this also means is that 2018 is right around the corner.

Soon after we enter 2018, re-enrollment letters will begin heading out to families. Parent satisfaction with their child’s experience is very important to us, as is, obviously, the actual experience of each child. We sincerely hope that we are meeting the expectations of your family and you are already planning on taking advantage of that early enrollment period.

With our Town Hall Meeting feedback and the Parent University sessions that will be coming in 2018, we are stressing communication between school and home. If you are not satisfied with your child’s experience in any way, we encourage you to let us know. Most times, things that we are questioning as parents can be settled when we have conversations with those that can address those issues and fix them, if possible. There are times that we will have to agree to disagree and that is OK. I think we only get to that realization if we have the conversation.

That being said, I want to remind people that we believe in the chain of command. If it is an issue with a homeroom classroom, the lead teacher is always the best place to start. If a problem is occurring in a cocurricular class, the teacher of that class would be the starting point. If you have already met with the teacher and there does not seem to be any progress, Erica and I would be happy to have a conversation at that point in time. If it is a question of Primary School policy, feel free to come speak with me. I am happy to have conversations and hear different viewpoints and see if we can meet in the middle. If, after meeting with me you don’t like the result, I strongly encourage you to reach out to Marcia Prewitt Spiller, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

With any issue that arises, keep in mind that if we don’t know about it, we can’t do anything about it. Please trust that it is our goal to do the very best we can to support your children, allowing them to grow and discover themselves in a positive, welcoming atmosphere. If we are not doing that effectively, we need to know about it. Just as we are helping your children to learn and grow in their daily lessons, we, too, are constantly learning and growing as educators and administrators, and one of the best ways to grow is through honest feedback.

It is my sincere hope that every one of our families is satisfied with their experience here at the Primary School and will allow us to continue our mission of ensuring your child experiences success, in academics and beyond . Please let us know if we can do anything to help your children through that process. It is important to us!

    Thank You...

    Thank you to everyone in the Primary School Parent Community who contributed to the gifts for the faculty. Your generosity is always overwhelming and appreciated so very much. We wish all of you a safe, relaxing and happy holiday break!

    Eric, Erica, Sherry, Cindy & Carol

    The Primary School is a Fragrance-Free Zone!

    Due to student sensitivities and/or allergies, we would like the Primary School to be a fragrance-free zone! Please keep this in mind before you apply perfume, cologne or lotion if you are planning to visit the school that day.

    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 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.

    Parenting the Love and Logic Way

    This is a six-session parenting course beginning on January 9 and continuing each Tuesday until February 20 (no class on February 13) from 8:30-10:00 am. You should have received a flyer about this course, but you may email for more details.

    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

    Pure Tennis

    If you would like for your child to participate in the Junior Development Tennis Program with Pure Tennis at the Primary School please click here for details. You will receive a $25 discount if you sign up before December 31.

    Atlanta Hawks

    Exciting news! The Atlanta Hawks have once again invited our very own Primary Singers to perform the National Anthem at Phillips Arena prior to the Atlanta Hawks-Phoenix Suns game on Sunday, March 4. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Luckily, Spring Break is later this year, not beginning until Friday, March 9.

    Upcoming Dates...

    • Friday December 15: Dismissal at 11:30 a.m.
    • December 18 - January 2: Holiday Break
    • Wednesday, January 3: 2nd Semester Begins - Students Return
    • Monday, January 15: NO School - MLK Holiday
    • Tuesday, January 30: Otis Lennon testing for 2nd grade only

    Ways to Help Primary School Students!

    1. Box Tops and eBoxTops through the Box Tops website.
    2. The Publix Partners program - new tags are available in the office.
    3. Kroger Rewards program.

    Counselors Corner...

    A little encouragement goes a long way!

    The character word for the month of December is ENCOURAGING: Giving others support. Personally, I think the right encouragement is the best gift anyone can give. A little positivity goes a long way in life. I think back to that high school English teacher who wrote a tiny “yes” whenever any of her students produced writing on a higher level. We looked for that tiny affirmation first and felt so proud of our work if we ever got one. I found myself working harder on essay questions and compositions because of that. Another memory is of our church minister when I was a young child (between 4 and 6 years old). He told me that I had a great memory and speaking voice. He gave me long passages to learn each week and called me up on Sundays to quote those scriptures. That gave me the confidence to participate in theater production later, where I had pages of lines to learn. That may have contributed to my interest in becoming a teacher. Little acts of encouragement can really impact a life and can last a lifetime.

    We all like encouragement. It is the fuel that keeps us going sometimes. Praise can improve performance and enhance perseverance. It increases the intrinsic motivation to achieve rather than the extrinsic reward system. We want our children to be self motivated and to have a healthy self-esteem. Using praise correctly can help with both of those areas.

    There are some words we should totally avoid when giving praise: smart, genius, angel, the best, etc. Instead of giving those labels, it is much better to describe what good choice the child made. Example: “I like the solution you came up with,” or “It was nice of you to share your snack.”

    Here are some tips on using words of encouragement for kids effectively:

    1. Praise sincerely and honestly…
    2. Be specific and descriptive…
    3. Praise effort and not ability…
    4. Avoid conditional or controlling praise…
    5. Avoid comparison praise…
    6. Avoid easy-task praise or over praise…

    Thank you Primary School parents for all the encouragement you provide to our school and staff. I have worked in public school and at Woodward Academy. Your encouragement and support is appreciated and valued.

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