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December 14, 2017

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.

Holiday Attire

Students may come out of uniform and wear their favorite holiday colors to school on Friday, December 15. We look forward to seeing all of our students in weather appropriate attire with the colors representing the holidays their families celebrate.

Holiday Parties and Dismissal

Friday, December 15, will be an exciting day for our students at Woodward North. It will be a morning of parties and a special holiday assembly. At 9:45 a.m., all pre-K through sixth grade students will attend the assembly in the Arts Center. All parties will begin at 10:45 a.m. and dismissal will be at 11:30. There will be no After School Care on this day.

Holiday Decorations Take Down Party

Our Decorations Committee and wonderful parent volunteers did such a great job decorating the school for the Winter Holidays. Now it's time to take everything down in preparation for the new year. Join us on December 15 right after the holidays parties end to help take down the holiday decorations. We will meet in the center of the school and start with the Big Tree. Sign up Here to help.

Winter Break

The faculty and staff at Woodward North send best wishes to all families, and we hope you have a winter break full of opportunities for relaxation and quality time with your children. Our school will be closed from 11:30 a.m. on December 15 through January 2. 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 sharing kind words with our faculty members. We also are so appreciative of all the holiday goodies that are being 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 Wednesday, January 3, to begin the second half of an exciting school year.

Dress Uniform Reminder

As you prepare for the holidays, please remember the winter dress uniform requirements that will begin when students return to school on January 3, 2018.

The guidelines are as follows:

Grades pre-K through 2: Students are not required to wear the dress uniform.

Grades 3-6: Students are required to wear the dress uniform every Friday in January, February, and the first Friday in March, beginning January 5 and ending March 2. Students also may be asked to wear their dress uniforms for special activities or events. Blazers should be clean with the patch firmly attached to the front left pocket and all buttons sewn on the front.

Please refer to Woodward's Uniform Regulations for specific details. Thank you for your attention!

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.

Senior Panel Announced

On January 9 from 8:15-9:15, Woodward North will welcome back several of our former students who are now seniors preparing to leave the Woodward Academy nest. The Senior Panel is a round-table discussion with these seniors, the older Woodward North students, and our Woodward North parents. It is designed to provide valuable insight into the student experience at Main Campus and to allow students and parents to ask questions about academics, student life, transportation, and the multitude of benefits these students have gained during their time at Woodward Academy. The following link will allow you to RSVP as well as submit specific questions or topics that you would like the Seniors to address:

Walking Back to Woodward North

During the last school year, Woodward North raised $8,065 for our sister school Terranova by trekking (virtually of course) 8,065 miles to Terranova's location in Zambia. Now it is time for us to walk back to Woodward North. We began our return walk in August and will continue our fundraising initiative until the end of the school year. So far, we have walked 1281 miles and raised $1281.00. Hooray for our students. Let's keep up the pace.

Volleyball Intramurals

Volleyball Intramurals will begin on January 4 after Winter Break. All 4th-6th graders are encouraged to join us for this fun sport. Volleyball Intramurals culminate with the official Faculty/Student Volleyball Game in February. Intramurals take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 3:15-4:45 p.m. Students must be picked up promptly at 4:45 p.m. or they must report to After School Care.

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

Manners That Matter

It is never too early to fine tune those table manners. As today's young people grow into tomorrow's adults, they will need every available tool to help them achieve a successful future. As parents, you can begin this process by giving your children a head start and enrolling them in the Woodward North "Manners that Matter!".

This program is available to us through The Cotillion Group-etiquette and social skills class. The formality of the experience-from dressing up to navigating the place setting-will surely form a lasting impression on the young minds and manners of the next generation.

Flyers were sent home in book bags to all fifth and sixth graders. Six weeks of Monday classes will begin in January. Questions? Please contact Valerie Macdonald, Director 770-781-5580 or


Carpool in the morning and afternoon requires the attention and patience of all involved. Please help us as we unload and load your children each day by refraining from the use of your cell phone. The safety of your children is always of the greatest importance to us, and we need your undivided attention during the morning and afternoon. Please stay in your car during morning drop-off if at all possible. If it is necessary for you to leave your car and enter one of the buildings, we ask that you park in a designated parking spot in order to allow all other traffic to flow smoothly through the carpool lanes.


Purchase the 2018 Phoenix yearbook at

The yearbook staff wants to include pictures of and stories about your kids! Right now, we are looking for information about summer travels and activities, eclipse experiences, and the first day of school. Please email your info to the yearbook coordinator of your school:

US Phoenix -
MS Nicholas Widener -
WN Kaye Brinson -
LS Jacob Edmison -

PS Michelle Nestlehutt -

Security Measures

Students may arrive as early as 7 a.m., at which time they will be supervised. Those arriving between 7 and 7:30 a.m. must enter the building at the front entrance. The side entrance doors will be open between 7:30 and 8:05 a.m. Every student should be at school by 8 a.m.

I Wonder...

Have you ever wondered about any of your child's Woodward Academy experiences? Have you had any ideas or comments you wanted to share but no idea where to send them? We've created an “I Wonder” form in the Parent Portal to provide you with an opportunity to stay engaged throughout the year, rather than just at parent meetings. We invite you to share thoughts, reflections, and questions. Input can be anonymous, or you can include your email address if you would like a reply.

This “I Wonder” form is intended for questions/comments about the Academy as a whole. Please continue to consult your child’s teacher if you have a question or comment about your child’s specific class.

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, PE 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.

Counselor Connection

Ellen Adolph-Woodward North Counselor

Meaningful Simplicity

Andy Williams sings to us, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year,” and, certainly, 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 by this list, your children are too. It can make for a time of year that ends up well short of wonderful. What’s a parent to do?

This is a time of year where less can truly be more! Scaling back expectations could be the first place to start. Additionally, at least for a few weeks, maybe we can remove the word “perfect” from our vocabulary. As hard as it might be to forget about the “perfect” holiday decorations and cards, 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 in 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.

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