Updated March 8, 2018
Excerpts by Eric....
While I was out at carpool this week, I noticed something that got me thinking about students and problem solving. When our children have a problem, we are often very quick to jump in and help them solve that problem. While that may keep our children from getting upset or frustrated, we have to ask ourselves whether they learned anything from the experience.
In this instance, it was a very simple situation in which the door stop, which keeps the gym doors open during morning carpool, had gotten displaced and a student was trying to fix it. I was standing over by one of the carpool signs and was just about ready to go give the student a hand. I took one step, but then thought to myself, “I’m tired this morning, I think I will just call over there and tell her how to fix it.” As I was about to do this, I thought some more: “Is this going to cause much harm if I just stand back and let things play out, just to see what happens?”
As I watched the problem solving unfold, the student first pointed the wooden door up and it slid right away. Then, the student laid it on its side along the door, and again it slid immediately. A few more students arrived from their cars and they all discussed the problem. Progress was made, and the door stop was placed with the point under the door, but at a place along the door that still caused the stop to slide. Finally, after much trial and error, the students successfully placed the pointed part of the door stop under a part of the door that would hold it in place.
It would have been really easy for me to make that process so much easier and basically tell the student what to do or even do it for them. Because I stepped back and let the process play out, I came away convinced that this student learned something and will never again have a problem trying to figure out how to keep a door open.
Now, you might say, “OK, big deal. It’s only a doorstop. How does that figure into the grand scheme of success in school and in life?” Problem solving is a critical part of learning, no matter the area. Being presented with a challenge, collaborating with a peer, trying a solution, perhaps failing, being resilient and persevering, learning from our mistakes, and creating lasting success of a skill learned -- these are key building blocks in all walks of life that we must practice from the earliest ages. If we just take a step back as parents or teachers and let this struggle take place in a safe environment, great things happen. I am a problem solver by nature. Trust me when I say it's hard for me to step back sometimes and not offer a solution right away. For all of you out there just like me, give it a try. Things will still be ok.
Hopefully, the biggest problems that need to be solved over the next week are things like what time to get up, which swimsuit to wear to the beach, or what trail to take on the slopes. May you have a wonderful and safe Spring Break. See you for the stretch run of what has been a fantastic year at Woodward Academy.
Join the Primary School Community for BIG NIGHT OUT - Where the Adventure Begins
Get ready, Primary School Students. The Primary School Parent Community is hosting their annual BIG NIGHT OUT party. Join your fellow Primary School friends for dinner, dancing, crafts, games, and prizes. This is an adventure-packed event, and this year we hope everyone can join us to celebrate with our amazing Primary School faculty, staff, and students.
This Big Night Out adventure is filled with fantastic food, including beef and veggie burgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, fries/tater tots, nacho bar, salad bar, and ice cream sundae bar.
Seeking Fun? Big Night Out will provide lots of adventure including:
Carnival Games and Prizes
Create your own bracelets
Cool hair and tattoo stations
To Register: Visit the Big Night Out Event Registration Page:
or return the flyer that was sent home, along with your payment.
*Note: This is not a fundraiser for the school. It is a fun event for the whole family. All ticket sales are final.
Lunch Visits & Monitoring
As the weather gets warmer, we expect more students and their parents may be eating outside during lunch visits. As many of you are aware, the outside eating areas are right by the teacher parking lot, and facilities vehicles are in and out of that lot on a regular basis. To help ensure the safety of our students, please be sure to very closely monitor your children and any friends who are eating lunch with you. It is a privilege to be able to eat outside, and lunchroom rules apply there as well.
ATL Airport District Restaurant Week
The fifth annual ATL Airport District Restaurant Week will take place Saturday, March 17, to Sunday, March 25. Restaurant week will include the dining destinations of College Park, East Point, the newly added Hapeville, and Union City. Experience all of the delicious cuisine the District has to offer with prix fixe menu prices of $9, $19, or $29, or signature dishes for 20% off. Participants can dine at unique local restaurants for lunch or dinner. Prices are per person and exclude alcohol, tax, and gratuity.
This year’s participating restaurants to-date include: Apron, Arches Brewing, Corner Tavern, Bole Ethiopian, Chapman Drugs, Duck Club Speakeasy, Grecian Gyro, Hattie Marie’s, Kafenio, Kupcakerie, Louisiana Bistreaux, Malone’s, Manchester Arms, Nancy’s Pizza, The Pig and the Pint, Radial Café, Ronaldo’s Resto Bar, Silver’s Delight, the Corner Grille, Urban Foodie Feed Store, and Voya Café.
“Like” the ATL Airport District Restaurant Week page on Facebook to stay in the know regarding all things restaurant week!
Greetings Woodward Academy Community,
I am looking forward to many religious celebrations and times of reflection in our different traditions during the month of March! Chaplain’s Council student leaders are kicking off the month of March by discussing Holi, the Festival of Colors, with our Primary School and Lower School students. We also look forward to leading two Interfaith Prayer Services and other religious understanding initiatives on campus.
Since our community celebrates and reflects on many holy times, Upper School religious leaders have selected particular observances to highlight each month. Throughout the month of March, students in our community will observe the following:
- March 1 (Judaism) - Purim celebrates victory over an oppressive ruler, as related in the Book of Esther
- March 2 (Hinduism) - Holi welcomes Spring with this special Festival of Colors
- March 14 (Sikhism) - Sikh New Year’s Day marks the beginning of the year 550 of the Nanakshahi Era
- March 25 (Christianity) - Palm Sunday celebrates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and begins Holy Week
- March 26 (Hinduism) - Rama Navami celebrates the birth of Rama
- March 29 (Christianity) - Maundy Thursday marks the institution of the Lord’s Supper by Jesus
- March 30 (Christianity) - Good Friday commemorates the Passion of Jesus Christ
- March 31-April 7 (Judaism) - Passover commemorates the departure of the Israelites from Egypt
Please feel free to visit our Interfaith Initiatives page to see upcoming events this semester or to share a prayer request.
Rev. Katie O. Kilpatrick
Register for Woodward Summer Camps!
Where can my children spend their days exploring, discovering, and learning about the world around them? Who will take the time to appreciate their unique qualities and personalities? Who will ensure that my children have fun and learn in an enriching environment? Who will care for them when I can't be there?
Woodward Academy Summer Camp is the answer! Parents can rest assured knowing their children are growing their minds, building character, and developing skills—all while making new friends and unforgettable memories.
For those who'd like to get started on planning for next year, please take a look at Woodward Academy's major dates for the 2018-2019 school year.
- Friday, March 9: No School for Students - Professional Development Day for Teachers
- March 12-16: Spring Break
- March 19-23: Academy-wide Week of Understanding
- Thursday, March 22: PS Conference Day - No School for Students
- March 26-29: ERB Testing - 2nd & 3rd Grades only! Attendance is very Important!
- Friday, March 30: School Closed - Good Friday Holiday
- Monday, April 2: School Closed - Spring Holiday
- Friday, April 13: Big Night Out - see details above!
- Friday, April 27: Primary School Dance Concert - Richardson Hall Theater (12:00 & 2:00)
Ways to Help Primary School Students!
- Box Tops and eBoxTops through the Box Tops website.
- The Publix Partners program - new tags are available in the office.
- Kroger Rewards program.
Our new character word for March is UNIQUE: Being an original. Of course, we are all originals, but sometimes children focus more on being like someone else and trying to emulate others instead of finding their own specialness. Fitting in is so important to children that sometimes they lose themselves in the process. Everyone has specialness; that is my message to the Primary School students daily. Each person is a unique gift, not only to their parents, but to others as well. Often children are so busy noticing everyone else’s uniqueness, but they do not observe their own. Parents, you are probably already doing some of these things to enlighten yourself about your child’s uniqueness:
1. Listen to your child’s interests and ask questions (I learned more than I ever wanted to know about dinosaurs this way)
2. Discover and observe children when they are at play and are having new experiences (at a playground, birthday party, museum, on vacation, etc)
3. Engage in child-directed play and notice what your child says and does. You get to see how your child has fun.
4. Expose your child to many different activities by providing lots of opportunities to try new things: games, sports, drama, art, music, museum, science, hobbies, etc.
5. Always encourage your child to try something new and different: foods, activities, books, sports, and support them when they want to try something off your radar.
6. Show patience and understanding to a child who is reluctant to leave their comfort zone. Some children are fearful of the new and unknown. Understanding is required also when a child is not interested or skilled at what the parents want for him/her.
7. Model your own interests and activities so your child sees that it is normal to have one’s own interests.
Often, our uniqueness guides us to a career choice or lifetime hobby or skill. We all need those unique activities for our own fulfillment. I always played school as a child. It was no big surprise that I wanted to become a teacher. Also, I think of the friend who was a philatelist: a stamp collector. She started her collection as a young child. That did not interest me, but she had thousands of stamps, all organized in books. It is no mystery that she later owned a travel agency and traveled the world and collected stamps from all the remote areas she visited.
I have identical twin sisters, and living with them revealed differences daily. After a while, I did not even think they looked alike, even though others could not tell them apart. I learned early on that specialness and uniqueness comes from the inside, not the outside. It takes a little more time and patience to look within oneself or to look within a child to notice that specialness, but it is there----waiting to be discovered.