Lower Letter

Updated May 16, 2019

Lower School Upcoming Events

Friday, May 19, 2019 - 4th & 5th Grade Chorus, Ensemble Concert, 1:30 p.m., Gresham Chapel
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - All grades field trips (see below for specifics)
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 6th Grade Honors Reception, 5:30 p.m. (by invitation only)
                                              6th Grade Honors Program, 6:30 p.m. (by invitation only)
Thursday, May 23, 2019 - Field Day, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Colquitt Stadium
Friday, May 24, 2019 - Last Day of School, early dismissal at 11:30 a.m.

Upcoming Honors Recognition Information

Our Eagle Award Recognition rewards sixth grade students whose academic average qualifies them for honor roll status.  Gold and Silver Eagle Awards are presented to students who have attained an overall grade point average of 3.2 (silver) or 3.8 (gold).  Many students were placed on Eagle Roll following the second grading term; however, that does not mean they will be invited.  Several will fall short of the average by fourth term and will not receive an invitation. 

Qualified students were mailed their congratulatory letter this week on May 15th, as well as parents receiving a congratulatory email. There is no need to RSVP for this event.

For those students who qualify and receive an invitation to the Honors Recognition Program it will be held on:
      Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
      Location and Time:  Honors Reception in the Robert W. Woodruff Dining Hall, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
      Honors Recognition in Gresham Chapel at 6:30 p.m.

      Attire: Girls – dressy clothes; Boys – coat and tie

Field Day Volunteers

Field Day is May 23 and we need our parent volunteers to meet with Coach Duke that morning on the field at 8:00 a.m.  Field Day begins at 8:45 and will end around lunchtime. 

Important Message Concerning Study Hall for Last Week of School

For the last week of school, (Monday, May 20 through Thursday, May 23, 2019) there will be NO study hall period from 3:07-3:25.  ALL students will be dismissed at 3:04 for carpool, bus, or After School Care.  Reminder that on Friday, May 24, there will be early dismissal with all students being dismissed at 11:30 a.m.  All buses will depart from the Lower School at 11:45 a.m.  All others students need to be picked up 11:30 a.m. as well.  There will be no After School Care on the last day of school.

Lower School Field Trips on May 22

The students will be on field trips on Wednesday, May 22 as follows:

4th Grade – Nitro Zone (will leave the school at 8:25 a.m.)
5th Grade – Stars and Stripes (will leave the school at 8:45 a.m.)
6th Grade – Urban Air Adventure Park (will leave the school at 8:45 a.m.)

Clothing Options for the Last Day of School

Students will be allowed to come out of uniform on the last day of school if they adhere to the following guidelines:

6th Grade – are to wear their special white t-shirt with appropriate shorts or pants.

4th and 5th Grade – are to wear their LS spirit shirt with appropriate shorts or pants.  If a student does not have a LS spirit shirt, they MUST be in their regular uniform.

Sign Up for Music, Dance and PE for 2019-20 for Current Students

We will begin our sign up process for currently enrolled students for rising 4th grade, rising 5th grade, and rising 6th grade.  We are asking you to sign your child up for their music, dance, and physical education classes before the end of this school year.  You soon will be sent an email message with information on how to register your child for these classes.  It is very important that you read the instructions during the registration process, especially if you have gone through this process before, as the instructions have changed and are very grade specific

Music choices for 4th grade are strings or chorus.  Band is not an option for our rising 4th grade students.  For the 5th and 6th grade, music choices are band, strings, or chorus.

Students must register for physical education class and/or dance depending on their grade level.  Again, read the instructions thoroughly.  Students who wish to participate in dance must register for dance.  Please be aware there is a fee for dance.  Also, our dance classes are limited by number of students.  It will be first-come, first-served basis.  If your child wants to take dance, don’t delay in completing the registration process.

We ask that you complete this process by May 24.  Please discuss their choices with them so they know what class you expect them to be part of for the next school year.

Chaplain's Corner

Greetings Woodward Academy Community,

I cannot believe this school year is already coming to a close! We have enjoyed a year filled with holiday assemblies, interfaith immersion trips, interfaith prayer services, cultural opportunities on campus, and beyond. I hope that May is a meaningful conclusion to the school year filled with joy for our students.

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

  • May 2 (Judaism) - Yom HaShoah is held in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
  • May 5 (Islam) - Ramadan begins at sundown as a time of fasting, self-examination, and religious devotion.
  • May 30 (Christianity) - Ascension is the anniversary of Jesus’ ascension into heaven, falling 40 days after Easter.

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

Message from Boys Varsity Basketball Coach Anthony Thomas

Dear Lower School Parents,
I want to thank all of you for allowing your child to participate in the Lower School intramural program this spring.  Our coaching staff and Upper School players were very impressed with the attitude, work ethic, and dedication exhibited by the student-athletes and we are certainly excited about the future of the War Eagle program.

We do not want to stop this progress, so we are asking all of our young student-athletes to attend our Woodward Academy Fundamental Camp this summer.  The players will spend a week with our Varsity and JV staff as well as several current and former players, participating in games, competitions, and skill development.  Every day is another opportunity to improve, so let's take advantage of this opportunity!

What:  Woodward Academy War Eagle Basketball Fundamental Camp
Who:   Boys Ages 8-14
When: June 24-28; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: New Gym Complex on the campus of Woodward Academy
How:   Register here
Cost:  $250

What: Woodward Academy Elite Skills Camp
Who: Boys & Girls Ages 10-17
When: July 8-12; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Champions Gym on the campus of Woodward Academy
How: Register here
Cost: $250

We look forward to seeing you this summer!  Go War Eagles!!


Use voucher code "WAlive1819" here to activate your account so you can watch live Woodward sporting events, performances, and more throughout the school year.

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Temple Square—a new 17-home townhouse community—is being constructed less than one mile from Woodward’s campus and will be completed later this year. Aligning with his work with the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance to revitalize College Park and the surrounding Tri-Cities area, president Dr. Stuart Gulley participated in Temple Square’s recent groundbreaking event.

As part of the City of College Park’s newly created Transit-Oriented Development District and the Aerotropolis, Temple Square will embody and advance the Aerotropolis’ concept of a thriving village destination. Its homes will feature high-quality amenities including Google technology, open-concept kitchens, and energy-efficient construction—not to mention an easy walk to MARTA and College Park’s historic district.

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