This week I feel like I need to do some shoutouts to folks who don’t always get them.
I would like to start by thanking our fabulous parent community. As we all know, this has been a bit of a tough year in terms of how we normally do things around here. Normally, parents are welcome to enter our building, especially when it comes time for your child’s birthday. Most times parents will come to eat lunch and bring along some very tasty treats to share with the rest of the class.
As we started out the year not bringing in these treats, today served as a celebration of everyone’s birthday both past, present (there were 2 today), and future. I can’t thank the parent community enough for helping organize King of Pops coming to campus or providing tokens for those learning remotely to exchange at any King of Pops locations. This is just one example of ways that the Parent Community contributes to the many events that we have during the course of the year that helps bring our community together. I know for many of our parents, this has felt like sort of a lost year in that sense as we have not had those opportunities very often. Yes, we have done some Zoom sessions but I think we would all agree that Zoom just isn’t the same as an in-person event. There just never seems to be a lack of parents willing to help and having worked in many schools where that wasn’t the case, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your willingness. Community is our strength and I look forward to a day when we can experience more of that together.
Some other people that have really been a big part of our success this year has been our COVID team made up of the Director of Campus Safety, John Lane, Woodward Academy Lead Nurse, Cheryl Minor, and Vice President for Human Resources, Christy Browne. These three have worked tirelessly over the course of the year, including many nights and weekends helping us with our contract tracing and guiding administrators, families, and employees to keep us as safe as possible. What have been vacation days for us, have not always been for these three. Living here in College Park, I can say that it seems like I always see their vehicles on campus when there is nobody else. They have been in this for over a year, virtually non-stop, and despite the grief they receive from some when people do not agree with their decisions, they have held true to doing all they can to keep all of our constituents, including parents, safe. I can tell you first-hand that it is tough having to make and standby a decision that you know is going to upset some but is also what you feel is in the best interest of our constituents.
Cheryl leads another group that generally does not get as much appreciation for their efforts, our school nurses. Especially for the nurses that work with younger students where there are times when we need to decipher if students are really not feeling well, just needing a break from their classroom, or angling to go home to hang out with their parents. Again, people have not always agreed with what they were being told had to happen but I know at least in the Primary School, that Kim Edens has done a wonderful job, working with families when facts obviously lean toward a return to school and standing firm when there is even a little doubt. This has gone both ways with parents sometimes not being happy being told they needed to keep their child home and teachers questioning if it was now safe for someone to be back on campus. It has been never-ending, frustrating, and exhausting.
The school year most definitely would not have been as successful as it has been without the professionalism and dedication to the Academy community that these folks have shown. For that, they have my eternal thanks! I hope they have yours as well.
Apr. 12&13: Dance Recital Recordings
Mon., Apr. 19: New 2 week remote learning opt in/out
Thurs., Apr. 22: Earth Day
Fri., Apr. 30: Academy-Wide All Remote Learning Day - NO STUDENTS on CAMPUS
Mon. May 3: FINAL remote learning opt in/out
Thur. May 20: Last Day of School; Dismissal @11:30, NO After School Care
ROY G BIV day at the Primary School!
Friday, April 16 will be Roy G Biv day at the Primary School. In case you don't know, Roy G Biv is an acronym for the colors of the rainbow and a way for students to learn/remember those colors. Did you figured it out already? The colors are: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. We are encouraging students and faculty to dress in as many colors of the rainbow as they can!
March 11 Virtual Parent Coffee
Thank you to all of the parents who were able to join us for our virtual coffee on March 11. Topics included:
* class placement procedures
* COVID and the 2021-2022 school year - my best guess and hopes
* school philosophy on ERB testing
* monitoring your child's social media, gaming, and text chats.
If you were unable to join us, please feel free to listen this link.
Volunteers Needed at the Consignment Shop
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
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
As a reminder, with so many students working remotely, we have decided not to have parents bring in sweet treats for a child’s birthday this year. I know many of those students already want to come back to the classroom and seeing sweet treats probably amps that up a bit. Thank you for your understanding.
It is important that you do your child’s Magnus app each morning. Please be sure you have the app available to show at the bus stop or carpool; WA personnel will be checking for the green go and the current date. You may take a screen shot each day, but we need to see the current day along with each child's name.
Student Transportation - Bus Service
Due to current restrictions on the number of riders allowed on each bus, you MUST make a reservation in order for your student to ride the bus. If you need to make a change, and it is outside of 24 hours before the needed change, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If a change needs to be made with less than 24 hours notice, you will need to call 404-765-4520.
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.
Co-Curriculars @ the Primary School for 2020-2021
All co-curriculars currently take place virtually and off-campus. Please see below for links to information on the co-curriculars offered for Primary School students this school year.
Cub Scouts (K through 3rd boys and girls)
Discover Girl Scouts! Please click here for details.
Chess club is virtual this year! For information on the new session, please click here.
Update to Box Tops Collection!
There is a new Box Tops APP! Install the app, select Woodward Academy Primary School as your school and scan in your receipts. You can still clip and send in Box Tops that you currently have, but moving forward they will all be scanned through the app. The money raised by Box Tops, Publix and Kroger rewards helps to pay for Field Day shirts and more for the students, so please take the time to scan each of these as you shop. If you have any questions about how they work, please call the office.
Ways to Help Primary School Students!
- Box Tops and eBoxTops through the Box Tops website (see the article above).
- The Publix Partners program - log in at corporate.pulblix.com, community, Publix Partners to register. Be sure to select WA Primary!
- Kroger Rewards program.
Another Way to Help ALL Woodward Students!
Shopping with AmazonSmile sends a small portion of your purchases to Woodward Academy. Select Woodward Academy as your charity recipient at smile.amazon.com and then do you shopping with this link or by setting AmazonSmile on your Amazon app.
Hello! I have spent the month of March getting to know many students and I have been enjoying my time at Woodward Academy Primary School! Everyone has made me feel so welcome! During the month of April, guidance lessons will focus on the following topics for each grade level…
Pre-K: We will focus on cooperation and teamwork during our first guidance lesson in April. I will use puppets to demonstrate what cooperation looks like and then the students will complete some puzzles. The second lesson will focus on personal safety and making healthy choices. The students will be able to tell the difference between safe and unsafe choices by the end of the lesson.
Kindergarten: Our first lesson of the month will focus on stopping and thinking before we react. Students will learn how to name the emotions they are feeling, choose a calming strategy, and choose a positive solution to the problem. The second lesson of the month will focus on diversity. We will discuss ways we are different and ways we are alike. The students will create a map of ways we are different. We will discuss how our differences are what makes us special.
First Grade: We will be learning to stop and think before we speak. This lesson encourages students to have compassion for others and they will learn how their words can help others or hurt others. Be on the lookout for the paper bubble jar your student will make and ask them how our words are like bubbles. The second lesson for the month will be about self-control. We will read “It’s Hard to be a Verb!” by Julia Cook.
Second Grade: We will continue where Mrs. Watling left off with "Mrs. Lerner’s class and how to be Super Students"! These lessons will focus on how to stay on task and how to ignore distractions. The students will listen to 2 stories about 2 different students who are off task and learn how they can keep themselves on task during the day.
Third Grade: We will continue our lessons focusing on Study Skills. During April, we will learn about time management and organization. Our time management lesson will center around 3 stories of students who aren’t using their time wisely. During the organization lesson, the students will rate themselves on how organized they are at school and at home. We will then come up with an action plan on how to get more organized.