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Lower Letter

Updated March 22, 2018

Lower School Upcoming Events

Friday, March 23 – Students out-of-uniform if they wear Lower School Spirit Shirt
March 26 – 28 – ERB Testing
Friday, March 30 – School Closed, Good Friday
Monday, April 2 – School Closed, Spring Holiday
Friday, April 6 – Family Fun Night, 6:00 p.m.- 8:30p.m.
Tuesday, April 10 – Rising 7th Grade Parent Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Richardson Hall
Tuesday, April 17 – 4th & 5th Grade Dance Performance, 4:30 p.m., Richardson Hall
Wednesday, April 18 – 6th Grade Dance Performance, 7:00 p.m., Richardson Hall
Thursday, April 19 – Rising 4th Grade Parent Meeting, 6:30 p.m., LJ Lecture Hall

ERB Testing Information

Our students will be taking the ERB tests Monday, March 26 through Thursday, March 27. Students should arrive at school on time no later than 8:25 a.m. so they have time to prepare for the testing. They should get a good night’s sleep and eat a hearty breakfast. Testing will begin about 8:45 a.m. and estimated ending times will be around 10:00 a.m.

If you need to make appointments, please make them after those times if at all possible. Once the testing has started, no student will be allowed into the rooms until there is a break. At that point, the student entering late will take the testing for the remaining session of that day. Any student missing any part of the testing process will be allowed to make it up with the counselor the following week. The time of the makeup testing will be determined by the counselor.

ERB Make Up Dates

Students who miss tests during the ERB testing period will be able to make up the tests they missed on April 3, 4, 5, and 6. The counselor will set up the makeup time for the students.

Lower School Family Fun Night – SAVE THE DATE

FRIDAY – APRIL 6, 2018
6:00 - 8:30 P.M.

The WALS Parent Community is hosting its annual Family Fun Night, Friday April 6, 6:00-8:30 p.m. The event will feature family, fun games, and fantastic food.

Rising 7th Grade Parents Meeting

The Middle School Orientation meeting for parents of rising 7th grade students will be held on Wednesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in the Ben Johnson ‘61 III Theatre in Richardson Hall. This meeting will detail your child’s progression to 7th grade at Woodward Academy.

Middle School principal Ed Notestine and Middle School assistant principal Shannon Jackson will conduct the meeting and will cover topics including your student’s upcoming scheduling process and an introduction to the many opportunities offered in the Middle School. The scheduling process, however, will take place in the coming weeks and not at this meeting.

Please note, this meeting is for parents only. Please plan to attend this very important session.

Dance Performances - Save the Date

Please mark your calendar for the upcoming dance performances. The 4th & 5th grade dance performance will be held on Tuesday, April 17 at 4:30 p.m. in Richardson Hall. The 6th grade dance performance will follow on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Richardson Hall.

Please refer to any communication from Mrs. Axam for complete details for all the performances.

Coffee with Dr. Freer: Philanthropy at Woodward

Dr. Chris Freer, Vice President for Advancement, invites you to join him for coffee to learn more about the role of philanthropy at Woodward. Topics include The Woodward Fund, the upcoming capital campaign, and the endowment. We will discuss how staff and volunteers work together to achieve the Academy’s fundraising goals for the benefit of our students and teachers.

Whether you have supported for a long time or have yet to make a gift, we’d love for you to come learn more in a conversational setting. RSVP to Naylene Felt at or 404-765-4036. We hope to see you there!
Spring 2018 Dates:
Monday, April 9 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. OR Friday, April 27 from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Location: Chapel Activity Room

Yearbook Purchase Deadline - No Extras Will Be Purchased

You can order a yearbook for $100 until May 7, 2018 at If a yearbook was ordered by February 28, they guarantee the student will receive a yearbook when they are delivered in May. Orders can still be placed online by using the link above through May 7. Also, only by placing an order online will the student be able to receive a yearbook. The "extra" yearbooks will only be available to purchase through the link shown above on a first-come-first serve basis, and only until May 7 or until the yearbooks are gone.

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.

Hands on Future Tech -- Middle School Outreach Program
Saturday, March 31; 9:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Georgia Tech’s Molecular Science & Engineering (MoSE) Building

This one day event is open to all BOYS and GIRLS in the 6th-8th grades. At the event students will interact and participate in hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) demonstrations with college students, faculty, and industry professionals.
The event will take place on Saturday, March 31 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., at the Molecular Science & Engineering (MoSE) building on Georgia Tech's campus (901 Atlantic Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30332). A visitors parking deck is located next to the building on State Street.

The purpose of this event is to make STEM disciplines and concepts understandable, relevant, interesting, and applicable in student’s everyday life. The program will also include speakers, a parent’s session, and a career panel that provides information on STEM careers and the opportunities available in these areas. Lunch will be provided.
To register and for further information, please go to:

There are limited slots for participation and you are encouraged to have your parents register as soon as possible. Since we would like to share this opportunity with as many students as possible - there is a limit of eight students per school.
For further information please contact: Dr. Keith Oden at

Chaplain's Corner

Greetings Woodward Academy Community,

I am looking forward to many religious celebrations and times of reflection in our different traditions during the month of March! Chaplain’s Council student leaders are kicking off the month of March by discussing Holi, the Festival of Colors, with our Primary School and Lower School students. We also look forward to leading two Interfaith Prayer Services and other religious understanding initiatives on campus.

Since our community celebrates and reflects on many holy times, Upper School religious leaders have selected particular observances to highlight each month. Throughout the month of March, students in our community will observe the following:

  • March 1 (Judaism) - Purim celebrates victory over an oppressive ruler, as related in the Book of Esther
  • March 2 (Hinduism) - Holi welcomes Spring with this special Festival of Colors
  • March 14 (Sikhism) - Sikh New Year’s Day marks the beginning of the year 550 of the Nanakshahi Era
  • March 25 (Christianity) - Palm Sunday celebrates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and begins Holy Week
  • March 26 (Hinduism) - Rama Navami celebrates the birth of Rama
  • March 29 (Christianity) - Maundy Thursday marks the institution of the Lord’s Supper by Jesus
  • March 30 (Christianity) - Good Friday commemorates the Passion of Jesus Christ
  • March 31-April 7 (Judaism) - Passover commemorates the departure of the Israelites from Egypt

Please feel free to visit our Interfaith Initiatives page to see upcoming events this semester or to share a prayer request.


Chaplain K
Rev. Katie O. Kilpatrick
Academy Chaplain
Woodward Academy

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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