I thought I heard some rumor that when the calendar turned to 2021, we would be saved from the year 2020. Well, if you have seen the Satan Match Commercials, Satan may have been dating 2020, but it is starting to look like he may have at least gone out for a cup of coffee with 2021.
With the COVID numbers continuing to rise, immunizations not as available as we had hoped, and the events this past week in our nation’s capitol, it is just more heavy stuff to have to deal with on top of the heavy stuff we had already been dealing with. I know our children are young, and there is a thought we would like to shelter them from such events, but I will tell you they are probably already seeing the images if you have been watching the news. If you have been talking in-person or on the phone with friends or family, I will bet that they have been listening. Please ask them what they know about the events and be honest with them if they ask questions. The following are a couple of links out of many on the internet that have been released to help guide you in conversations with your child. The important thing is that you talk about it honestly.
In my opinion, Dr. King’s birthday’s timing could not have come at a better time. What a great opportunity to talk to your children about all that Dr. King achieved through peaceful means and his dream that our children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by their skin color but by the content of their character.
We have learned there are forces in the world we can not control, but we do have a lot of control over what we emphasize with our children. I believe that both disrespect and hate are learned character traits, as are empathy, compassion, and understanding. What we model and discuss with our children, along with the types of environments we place them in, will more than likely shape much of who they become as they enter adulthood. I would like to think my wife and I have modeled the right things for our child. I guess we will never really know until she tells us one day, that was the case. I know for sure one thing we have done correctly as parents, and that has been to enroll her in the Academy for the last ten and a half years.
Although Woodward has not always been perfect in the world of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (I’m not sure that any place would have that perfected), I do know that Woodward has done it better than a large majority of independent schools across the country. I hear it in the way my daughter talks, and what it is becoming obvious she deeply believes. I always knew we would provide her with a quality academic experience, no matter where we decided to enroll her. Not every school places such an emphasis on social and emotional development and competence, however. In light of all the events that continue to plague our country in 2021, I am proud of the fact that Woodward was our choice. I hope that you feel the same. Thank you, as always, for allowing your family to be a part of our community.
Mon., Jan. 18: School Closed - MLK Holiday
Thurs., Feb. 11: All Remote Learning - No Students on Campus
Fri., Feb. 12: No School - Winter Holiday
Mon., Feb. 15: No School - President's Day
Mar. 1-5: Spring Break!
Mon. Mar. 8: Teacher Work Day - No Students on Campus
Fri. Mar. 12: 3rd Grading Period Ends
Mar. 15-19: Week of Understanding
Thurs. Mar. 18: Conference Day (No School for Students)
Mar. 22-26: ERB Testing - 2nd & 3rd Grades only
Yearbooks for 2019-2020 have arrived!
If you ordered a yearbook for last school year they have arrived and will be sent home on Monday, November 6. If you would like to purchase a yearbook from the 19-20 school year, the cost is $100 and we have extras for sale in the office.
Yearbooks for 2020-2021
The 2021 Phoenix is looking for pictures of our Primary School students! Did your child take up any new hobbies or projects at home over the summer or this fall? If your child is learning remotely, what does their work space look like? Has your family gone all out with holiday lights this year? Does your family have a special menorah or Diwali light tradition? You can submit pictures, share your child's story, and buy your 2021 yearbook on the Phoenix website: www.waphoenix.com. The yearbook price will go up after January 4.
See below for more information on the summer photos...
Wanted: Inspirational Summer Photos
We are looking for summer photos of Woodward Academy Primary School students for the 2020-2021 yearbook. This year, we are looking for something a bit different. Rather than vacation photos, we are looking for inspiring photos showing how your child turned a historic summer of social distancing and stay-at-home orders into a positive time of discovery. Did your child learn to cook something new? Did she build or create? Did he learn a new hobby or explore a new interest? Did your Primary School student train a new pet? We would love to see these inspirational photos. If you have a photo that fits this description, please send a high resolution photograph to Carrie Edmison email@example.com and Jasmine Wakeel firstname.lastname@example.org. Please label your email with the subject line "Summer Yearbook" to be sure your submission is seen. While we would love to use every photo, once the summer page has been filled, we will stop taking submissions. Note: Photos taken in public spaces should show students wearing masks and physically distancing. Photos taken at home require no masks or distancing from immediate family members. Thank you in advance for your help.
Greetings Woodward Academy Community,
As the semester comes to a close, I remain thankful for our students, families, faculty, and employees who have come together to make this year a positive experience. I am particularly grateful for your support of our “virtual” interfaith programming in light of COVID-19. Over the past few months, the Chaplain’s Council interfaith leaders have enjoyed sharing videos on Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Navaratri, and Diwali, as well as a special virtual interfaith panel for the 6th graders. I have also enjoyed the chance to meet with many Primary School, Lower School, and Woodward North classes on these special religious observances.
As we move through December, I am eager for our students to share about the following religious observances:
- November 29 (Christianity) - The first Sunday of Advent begins the period of preparation for Christmas, as one candle is lit each week to represent hope, joy, peace, and love.
- December 8 (Buddhism) - Awakening Day celebrates the anniversary of the historical Buddha’s awakening.
- December 10-18 (Judaism) - Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights commemorating the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem and the Miracle of the Oil.
- December 25 (Christianity) - Christmas is an annual festival of the Christian church commemorating the birth of Jesus.
- December 26-January 1 - Kwanzaa is celebrated by many North Americans of West African descent in recognition of their African heritage. The candles of a seven-branched candelabrum, representing attributes such as unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith, are successively lit over the seven days of the festival.
As the semester comes to a close, I remain here to offer support or simply connect to learn about your family’s beautiful faith traditions. I am thankful that you are a part of the Woodward community.
Rev. Katie O'Dunne (she/her)
Woodward Academy Chaplain
The Pauline and R.L. Brand Jr. '35 Chair of Religious Studies
We are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year, and we want to make sure siblings of current Woodward students have primary consideration for our limited openings. You may start the application process here. In addition, if you have family, friends, or neighbors interested in applying their children, you can email a letter of recommendation to email@example.com to improve their chances for acceptance. Thank you for entrusting Woodward with the education of your child, and we look forward to helping you, your family, and friends share the Woodward experience!
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.
Online instruction in Mandarin will be available for students ages K-3 who are interested. Please click here for information.
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.