Updated November 19, 2020
Lower School Upcoming Events
Friday, April 30 – All Campus Remote Day
Friday, April 30 – 6th Grade Students Zoom “Get-Together”, more information to come
Thursday, May 20 – Last Day of School, early dismissal at 11:30am
Important End of the Year Information from Your Principal
As the end of the year rapidly approaches, I would like to let you know some of the items we are currently working on at the Lower School.
While we would love to have our end of the year concerts and performances live and in person, it doesn't appear that we will be allowed that opportunity in accordance with CDC guidelines. We want the students to show off what they have been working on in class; therefore, we are working on some video presentations to share with all of you in the very near future. Ms. Axam will be filming her dance students in the next few weeks and will have a presentation ready to share towards the end of April. Our music teachers are discussing the possibilities of videotaping concerts as well. We will send those out to our families around the end of May.
As far as end of the year awards presentations for 5th and 6th grades, I believe those will be videotaped during the final week of May and be available at the end of the school year.
We don't want to miss the opportunity to celebrate our student's amazing abilities and accomplishments! Through these video presentations we hope to give everyone the opportunity to share these moments. My hope is that next year, with much of the population being vaccinated and the possibility of having a vaccine available for the students this summer, that we will be back to some normalcy in the 2021-2022 school year!
Andy Phillips, Principal
Woodward Academy/Lower School
Consignment Shop Volunteers Needed
The Consignment Shop is looking for volunteers to help parents shop and also help process consignments and organize the sales floor. The work is easy and fun especially if you sign up with a friend!
The Consignment Shop is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12-4 p.m. when school is in session. Volunteers sign up for one 4-hour shift each month during the school year. Most volunteers work the same shift each month, for example, the second Wednesday of each month. The shop is closed in June. We also need lots of volunteers during our busy season, July - September, when we are open additional days and hours.
If you have any questions or want to volunteer please email or call.
• Email: Consignment Shop
• Phone: 404-765-4077
• Co-Managers: Dori Wofford and Sheila Schifilliti
Message from Lower School Nurse
The safety and health of all students and staff is of utmost importance. If your student becomes ill during school hours, the nurse will contact you as soon as possible. After receiving a call from the nurse, we ask that you pick up your student within 60 minutes. If you are unable to do so promptly, please arrange for a designated individual to do so on your behalf.
Please note that our pick-up waiting area is located by the South circle carpool. Once you have arrived, please call the front desk at (404) 765-4420 and your student will be escorted to your vehicle.
Phyllis Sullivan, RN, BSN, MPH
Lower School Nurse
Hello to our Lower School Families!
We are heartbroken by the recent attacks against Asian Americans and we stand in solidarity with our Asian families.
Below are some resources to assist in discussing these events with your children. Additionally, you can find support on how we can help foster empathy for each other.
1. As a family, listen to this five-part PBS special about the history of identity, contributions, and challenges experienced by Asian Americans.
2. Look for small, everyday moments - Finding simple things in common with other people can be a powerful way to help kids develop empathy for people who look different from them. Making Caring Common offers approachable empathy activities. The project's "just like me" activity encourages a simple language tweak: "Encourage kids to look for things they have in common with other people. ... For example, if your child says, 'He likes to go down the slide,' encourage them to say, 'He likes to go down the slide — just like me.
3. Expand your family's perspective - Books are a fantastic way to expose kids to diverse storytelling while also helping them see commonalities (per the aforementioned "just like me" empathy exercise), and also to expand adult perspective. "Eyes That Kiss in the Corners" by Joanna Ho and Dung Ho is a wonderful recently published picture book for kids. For adults, Cathy Park Hong's "Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning" provides an incredible lens into the Asian American experience. "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents" by Isabel Wilkerson changed my perspective and understanding of the upper and lower caste systems in America, as well as my position in the middle caste.
4. Model the behavior you want to see - Acting as we want our kids to act is a huge part of parenting. This concept applies to everyday human interactions as well as technology consumption.
"Our kids notice what we're doing even when we think they're not paying attention," Barr said. "Be mindful since our actions can have a negative effect on them by increasing their anxiety."
5. Be an ally for others - Part of being an ally means resisting that urge to center yourself; instead, tend to the feelings of the person who is suffering and elevate other people.
Remind your kids -- and yourself -- how important it is to be a good listener. Show your allyship by standing up for and supporting people, whether that means calling out racial aggressions or elevating the work of diverse voices.
In addition, we wanted to provide some resources for families while we continue to navigate supporting ourselves and our children during these unprecedented times. The CDC provides us with some helpful information that you can find in their COVID-19 Parent Resources Kit.
Greetings Woodward Academy Community,
I cannot believe it’s already April 2021! And while so much continues to occur in the world, I remain inspired by the compassion of our students each day and their willingness to share their beautiful traditions with one another. For instance, a few of our students participated in this video highlighting Navroz, Passover, Holi, and Easter!
As we move through April, I am eager for our students to share about the following religious observances:
- April 1 (Christianity) - Holy (Maundy) Thursday commemorates the washing of the feet and the institution of the Lord’s Supper by Jesus.
- April 2 (Christianity) - Holy (Good) Friday commemorates the Passion of Jesus Christ.
- April 4 (Christianity) - Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus and initiates the 50-day period of Pentecost.
- April 4 (Judaism) - This is the final day of Passover, commemorating the departure of the Israelites from Egypt.
- April 8 (Judaism) - Yom HaShoah is held in memory of the six million Jews who died as victims of Nazi atrocities.
- April 13-May 12 (Islam) - Ramadan is a time of self-examination and religious devotion, during which Muslims do not eat or drink from the first sign of dawn until sunset.
- April 14 (Hinduism & Sikhism) - Vaisakhi is the first day of the solar new year, celebrating the harvest.
- April 26 (Buddhism) - Theravada New Year is celebrated as the new year for Theravada Buddhists, beginning with first full moon day in
April and continuing for three days.
I pray you’ve experienced a positive start to 2021, as I know 2020 provided greater challenges than we possibly could have imagined. Please know that if you are struggling with your spiritual or mental health, you are not alone. I am always in your corner if you would like a little additional support. I am meeting with Lower School, Primary School, and Woodward North classes this Spring to help students focus on self-compassion. I am happy to continue to have these conversations with any of our students, employees, or families.
Rev. Katie O'Dunne (she/her)
Woodward Academy Chaplain
The Pauline and R.L. Brand Jr. '35 Chair of Religious Studies
Changing Student Learning Preference
If your child is going to return to class after being a remote student, you will need to fill out the Opt in/Out form HERE. I would also remind you, remote learning is for those who have signed up or if you have been quarantined by the virus. If you are going out of town or if your child doesn't feel well for a day, the teachers will be happy to send any work the student will miss. We would like to have some consistency in knowing who is a remote learner and who is an on-site learner. Teachers have to prepare differently for both and not knowing from day to day where the student is going to be is not the best situation. If your child isn't feeling well, rest is often the best solution. Please communicate if your child is going to be absent with the front office at firstname.lastname@example.org and with the teachers via their individual Woodward email addresses.
Some of you have inquired as to the number of covid cases in our school. That information can be obtained on the parent portal. This report is updated daily. Thank you all for doing your part in keeping our students and teachers safe in and out of Woodward Academy. We are very grateful to all of you!
To order the 2021 yearbook, click here.
Rotation Calendar for 2020-2021
If you would like to keep up with the rotation days, click here for a digital version of this calendar.
If you shop at Publix, please consider being a Publix Partner and a portion of your purchases will go to our school. All you need to do is sign up (if not already a partner) and select a school at publix.com/partners. Provide your phone number when you check out at Publix. Publix Partners will donate a portion of eligible purchases to your chosen school. Publix Partners has contributed $37.7 million to more than 4,600 schools across the Southeast.
Stay Engaged with the Parent Community
Keep up with all the Parent Community news, events and volunteer opportunities by visiting the Parent Community website and following us on Facebook and Instagram. Being involved with the Parent Community is a great way to get to know other parents and enrich campus life.