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Lower Letter

Updated March 21 2019


Lower School Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 26 – Friday, March 29, 2019 -- ERB Testing
Friday, April 5, 2019 - Family Fun Night, 5:00 p.m., Lower School Courtyard/Gym
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 -- Rising 7th Grade Parent Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Richardson Hall
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 -- Lower School Dance Performances, 4:30 and & 7:00 (see below)
Friday, April 19, 2019 – Good Friday, Academy Closed
Monday, April 22, 2019 -- Spring Holiday, Academy Closed
Friday, April 26, 2019 -- 5th and 6th Grade Socials (see below)

Spirit Shirt Out of Uniform Day

Lower School students may come out of uniform with their LS spirit shirt on Friday, March 22. If they don’t have a spirit shirt, they must be in their daily uniform. This is the last day of our Week of Understanding Festival.

ERB Testing Information

Our students will be taking the ERB tests Tuesday, March 26, through Friday, March 29. 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 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 2, 3, 4, and 5, beginning at 8:45 a.m. each morning.


FRIDAY – APRIL 5, 2019

We really hope to see everyone on Friday, April 5, for the Lower School Spring Family Fun Night beginning at 5 p.m.! We are planning a great evening for the whole family with music, games and contests, bounce houses, and food! Join us as we celebrate the arrival of Spring! More information to come.

Dance Performances

The Lower School Dance Performances will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.  The 4th and 5th grade dance performance will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Richardson Hall.  Then at 7:00 p.m. the 6th grade and Honors dancers will have their performance also in Richardson Hall.

Year End Socials for 5th and 6th Grades

Fifth Grade Social  - FUN DAY
The 5th Grade Social is not a social but a “Fifth Grade Fun Day.”  For their special day this year, all Lower School 5th grade students will travel from the Lower School, via Woodward buses, to our Woodward North campus on the morning of Friday, April 26 for a day full of fun and games.  Students are to wear their PE clothes.  If you have any questions, please email Mr. Phillips at andy.phillips@woodward.edu.

Sixth Grade Social
The 6th Grade teachers are working diligently to provide the fabulous 6th Graders a festive end of year social celebration!  The event will be held Friday, April 26 at 6 p.m. in the Middle School cafeteria.

Looking for Host Families for Middle or Upper School Students

Have you considered becoming a host family for a Middle or Upper School international student during the 2019-2020 school year? Our program has grown over the last three years from hosting fewer than 10 students on campus to next year when we will welcome 30 new and returning international students to Woodward Academy.

These students live with host families who provide them with a “home-away-from-home,” and in turn the host families are enriched by the cultural exchange and the relationships developed in sharing their homes with our international students. As more and more international families seek out Woodward’s exemplary education, we have an increased need for host families.

If you are interested in hosting a student, please attend one of the informational sessions below to learn more:

Wednesday, April 24 - 10-11 a.m.
Thursday, April 25 - 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 30 - 8-9 a.m.
Tuesday, April 30 - 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Topics will include host family requirements, expectations, benefits, and stipends. Additionally, current and former host families will be in attendance to share more about their experiences firsthand. All of the informational sessions will be held in the Global Connections Center, in Brand Hall (B104), on Main Campus (No. 12 on the Campus Map).

Please register here to attend a host family informational session.

If you have additional questions before the meetings, please contact me at stephane.allagnon@woodward.edu. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of hosting a student next year.

Infinity Mirrors Photos Request

Did you take pictures visiting the Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the High Museum? Please forward shots of your children at the exhibit to wastpress@woodward.edu for use in the 2019 Phoenix yearbook.

Chaplain's Corner

Greetings Woodward Academy Community,

March is an exciting month for religious life at Woodward Academy. Students of various traditions will be celebrating special holidays or participating in times of quiet spiritual reflection. As we share about these holy times, Chaplain’s Council student leaders will be hosting assemblies and announcements throughout campus on Ash Wednesday, Lent, and Holi. Many Upper School students will also travel on the Interfaith Immersion trip as we visit 6 religious sites throughout Atlanta.

Throughout the month of March, students in our community will observe the following:

  • March 5 (Christianity) - Shrove Tuesday ends the season of Epiphany and is the vigil for the starting of Lent.
  • March 6 (Christianity) - Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period of prayer and repentance that precedes Easter.
  • March 14 (Sikhism) - Sikh New Year’s Day marks the beginning of the year 550 of the Nanakshahi Era.
  • March 21 (Hinduism) - Holi welcomes Spring with this special festival of colors.
  • March 21 (Judaism) - Purim celebrates victory over an oppressive ruler, as related in the Book of Esther.

Please feel free to visit our Interfaith Initiatives page to see the times of all interfaith prayer opportunities or to share a prayer request.


Chaplain K
Rev. Katie O. Kilpatrick, Academy Chaplain
404-391-7589, chaplain@woodward.edu

Purchase Yearbook

Purchase the 2019 Phoenix yearbook before May by clicking here. The price is now $90.

Yearbook Information Flyer


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Lower School Intramurals

The Lower School sponsors an intramural sports program for boys and girls. Intramural programs generally run Monday – Thursday with a few exceptions. 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. Links for the specific sport will be shown below this message and will appear when the Lower Letter has been published on Friday two weeks prior to the first day of the event. The events begin at 3:45 and end of 5:15 p.m.

We have a 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.

2018 – 2019 Intramural Schedule 

Boys Intramural Basketball Permission Form

Girls Volleyball Permission Form