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Principal's Message

Updated December 6, 2019


I hope everyone had a safe, relaxing Thanksgiving week with your children, family, and friends. This is an interesting time of the year that is truly the “sprint” portion of the marathon that is a school year. A week off to do some recharging followed by three weeks of assessment, changes in the daily schedule, and talk of elves sometimes stirring things up at home. As a few years have passed, I find myself regretting not asking my daughter’s elf if, for once, she could do something like start cleaning the dishes, vacuuming the carpets, or making the bed. You know, something that would inspire her to help around the house without being asked. Hopefully, those of you with elves visiting your house will take advantage of this opportunity or at least have your child clean up the mess if it is their elf that made it. 

As we enter the month of December, attention turns from a season of giving thanks to a season of giving. We are no different at the Primary School as this season serves a fantastic opportunity for our students to continue on their path of developing empathy and caring about those less fortunate than themselves. As with our Trek to Terranova, we try to think of ways where students can be involved if parents allow them to be. Below you will find more details of our December service learning opportunity. 

This month, beginning Monday, December 11, we are going to be collecting supplies that will go to Love Beyond Walls. It is our hope that this is another opportunity for students to involve themselves either working around the house to earn a little money, or using a portion of their funds in the piggy bank or Tooth Fairy proceeds to purchase some of the supplies listed below (under Primary News & Bulletin) to help Atlanta’s homeless population (I would suggest the Dollar Tree and similar stores). For many of our students, this Tooth Fairy option is a pretty good one judging by the stories I hear from students. There is no doubt, the Tooth Fairy has become much more generous than when I was a kid! I mean it is pretty difficult to divide up the quarter I received for each glorious tooth that made its way under my pillow. It is a little easier with the $2, $5, $10, $20 per tooth I hear about sometimes. Personally, I would let them keep those funds and have them take some time out of their day to earn some money. Involve your kids in the discussions. See how they would like to go about getting the money to buy these supplies we take for granted on a daily basis.

When going to the store, we feel it is important that the student goes on the shopping trip with you, picks out the items for purchase, and hands over their own money. There is a lot to be said about putting your hands on the items that you are going to just give away. It makes it more meaningful for sure. I think we can all agree that handing over money you have been working hard for and possibly saving for something bigger can be a difficult thing to do (e.g. tuition checks and Woodward Fund gifts). Rightfully so, many students this time of year are focused on what they have asked to get for Hannakah or Christmas. By taking time to think of others, instead of themselves, it begins to lay that foundation for raising happy, empathetic, caring, critically-thinking adults who try to make this a better world to live in. Isn’t that our ultimate goal as parents? At least it is for my wife and me!

As always, thank you for your trust in, and support of our school and its mission.

Check out the Parent Community Website!

Whether you’re looking to volunteer or wondering when the next Parent Community event is, you can now find it all on the Parent Community website: Please be sure to check it regularly for details as we plan to update it weekly. You can also follow us on Facebook @WAParentCommunity. 


Upcoming Dates

Fri. Dec. 13: Primary School Night @ Upper School Basketball Girls@6:00 Boys@7:30
Thurs. Dec. 19: Holiday Concerts @ Gresham Chapel on Main Campus|
                          PK/K/2 @ 12:00   1/3@ 2:00
Fri. Dec. 20: Holiday Parties 9:00-10:00 - School Dismisses @11:30
                     No After School Care
Dec. 23-Jan. 3: Winter Break
Mon. Jan. 6: Teacher Work Day - No School for Students
Tues. Jan. 7: Students Return
Mon. Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - No School
Tues. Jan. 28: Otis Lennon Testing - 2nd Grade ONLY
Thurs. Feb. 13: Grandparents Day!  More information to come....


Primary News & Bulletin

2020-21 Tuition

The following tuition rates will be in effect for the 2020-2021 academic year. Click here for President Gulley's tuition letter from November 23, 2019. The re-enrollment deposit of $3,500 will be applied toward the tuition fee:


2020-2021 tuition paid
in full by June 15, 2020

2020-2021 tuition paid with eight-month payment plan in monthly installments from June 2020-January 2021*







Grades 1-6



Grades 7-12



Transition Program



*Families may choose to pay the full tuition by June 15 or select the eight-month payment plan, which begins in June 2020 and ends in January 2021, and requires that payments are made by automatic draft. Full tuition, less the $3,500 re-enrollment deposit, is divided over eight months. The monthly installment amount includes $60 per month for the Tuition Refund Plan, which is required when participating in the payment plan. 

Love Beyond Walls

Love Beyond Walls is an organization that seeks to “provide dignity to the homeless and poor by providing a voice, visibility, shelter, community, and grooming and support services to achieve self-sufficiency”.This holiday season we would like to support Love Beyond Walls by collecting toiletry items. We will place bins in the lobby to collect these items beginning December 9 and ending on December 16. Please see the list below for details:
PK and K - Deodorant 
1st Grade - Lotion
2nd Grade - Toothbrush and Toothpaste
3rd Grade - Shampoo and Conditioner

Holiday Accessories

Students are welcome to begin wearing holiday accessories (socks, headbands, etc.) on December 2. 

Sibling Applications

We are now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year! We want to make sure siblings of current Woodward students have primary consideration for openings, so we encourage parents to visit the Admissions Getting Started page to apply today. If you have family, friends, or neighbors interested in applying their children, you can send a letter of recommendation to to improve their chances for acceptance. Thank you for entrusting Woodward with the education of your child, and we look forward to helping your family and friends share the Woodward experience!

Grandparents Day Date Change!

As you are making plans, please be aware that Grandparents Day has changed to Thursday, February 13. We encourage all Grandparents to attend our special programming from 8:00-10:30, and then they are welcome to take their grandchildren with them to continue a special day together!

Golf - Spring 2020

If your student is interested in the spring session of our Elementary Golf program, please click here for the kindergarten registration form and here for 1st-3rd grade.  You can also contact George Sigeti via email or by calling 404-353-5425.

Student Accomplishments

We know our students participate in many outside activities and we want to honor those achievements. If your child has been recognized for their accomplishments outside of the Academy, please email Mr. Mitchell ( and let him know. He would love to share those accomplishments with the Primary School during morning announcements.

Trek to Terranova

Every Wednesday, with a $1 donation, students may come to school in the footwear of their choosing. You may want to keep in mind that they will be going to PE and recess so footwear should be appropriate for those activities. The students will give their dollar to their homeroom teacher and the front office will go around to collect the donations from the classrooms. Each dollar will represent one mile of travel and we will then be able to research where on the globe we will have reached. Our goal at the end is to hopefully make it all the way to Zambia, some 8,000 miles away.This is completely voluntary. We encourage students to use their own money for this donation; with the goal of students appreciating what they are doing and how they are helping even more!

Co-Curriculars @ the Primary School for 2019-2020

Click here to see the full list of co-curriculars offered at the Primary School.

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!

  1. Box Tops and eBoxTops through the Box Tops website (see the article above).
  2. The Publix Partners program - log in at, community, Publix Partners to register. Be sure to select WA Primary!
  3. Kroger Rewards program.

Counselor's Corner


What’s Happening in Classroom Guidance:

Over the last few weeks, our students have been working hard on a variety of topics. We have covered friendship, conflict resolution, kindness, and social skills. based on grade level needs. Below are a few highlights from lessons by grade level. 
                                                                                                                                                                                       Pre-Kindergarten:  We read the book Miles McHale Tattletale. We discussed when we have small problems we can solve them by ourselves or let them go as well as when we have big problems we need to get an adult to help us. We then practiced with a game of sorting small and big problems. 

Kindergarten: Students began the lesson with brainstorming ways they can be kind to others as a way of planting a seed. We then read If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson. This book has beautiful illustrations that demonstrate a kind gesture towards someone can bring wonderful gifts to everyone. Students then drew on their sunflower what happens when people are kind towards others. 
Grade 1: We began our four lesson unit on conflict resolution. Over the next four lessons we will be discussing small problems vs. big problems. When we have a big problem we let an adult know so they can help us. When we have a small problem we can try some of our conflict resolution strategies-ignore, walk away, share and take turns, talk it out, take a break to cool off, and apologize. We will be building on these skills by role play and practice in each of the lessons. 
Grade 2: We began our three lesson unit on conflict resolution. Over the next three lessons we will be discussing small problems vs. big problems. When we have a big problem we let an adult know so they can help us. When we have a small problem we can try some of our conflict resolution strategies-ignore, walk away, share and take turns, talk it out, take a break to cool off, and apologize. We will be building on these skills by role play and practice in each of the lessons. In our final lesson, students will put these new skills to work with an escape room activity. 

Grade 3: For our lesson, we began the class by participating in spectrum responses in regards to friendship, particularly when someone brags or boasts. We then read Better Than You by Trudy Ludwig. While reading we discussed when we may feel comfortable to let it go, talk it out, or get an adult to help. Students then divided into small groups to discuss friendship, practice using the “I feel method” or emotion potion, and how to share when we have exciting news. 

Reading About It:
A few more books on friendship and conflict resolution  that can be read at home:
Talk and Work It Out, Cheri J. Meiners
Enemy Pie,  Derek Munson
The Recess Queen, Alexis O’neill
Click Clack Moo Cows That Type, Doreen Cronin
Just Kidding, Trudy Ludwig

Let’s Keep in Touch
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