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Updated May 23, 2019

A Message from Mr. Mitchell

As I discussed last week, this has been a year of gratitude at Woodward Academy. It is a great thing to have to ponder throughout the year, especially on those days where things are not going so well, I just try to think about how #WoodwardGrateful I am to be the Principal of the Primary School. I can’t tell you how much I feed off of the passion that your children bring to school on a daily basis. It will always be my mission as long as I am allowed to stay in this position that I will do whatever I can to make sure that your children have not only an academic experience that will get them ready for what lies ahead, but also have that experience in a way that is developmentally appropriate. 

I am grateful for the feedback I received through conversations in my office, during coffees, and through parent feedback surveys that you receive on occasion from the school. Through this information, I will commit to you that as we move forward we will continue to have a targeted effort to make sure you know what is happening here at school and that you have opportunities to share with us the things that are right and the things that could stand to be improved. I am hoping that these will be opportunities for you to tell us things that may be going on with your child or gain clarification about something you are unsure. Many times it is assumed that we are aware when that may not be the case at all. I hope that you will notice this next year and if you do not, then you will let me know.

I am grateful for all those families that made gifts to the Woodward Fund. It is you that allows this school to provide so many opportunities for learning in the academic classroom as well as the opportunities to participate in performing arts, visual arts, and athletics. You truly are what makes this school go! Thank you.

Finally, and I know I speak for the entire faculty and staff of the Primary School, that we are truly grateful for the generosity of our parent community and the support that you provide us, both through your volunteerism and your amazing generosity in showing your appreciation for the work that we do and love so much. I hope you all have an amazing summer and will be looking forward to the year that lies ahead. I know I am looking forward to it already!


At Community Meeting this morning, Mrs. Wiltshire told the students about her visit to Terranova, our sister school in Zambia, this past November. She showed them a photo of their library that students noticed was devoid of books. As we end the year of #WoodwardGrateful, a flyer was placed in your child’s folder today notifying you about Bucks for Books to close out our year. We hope our families will consider contributing to that cause. Mrs. Wiltshire told those of us that if we could receive an average of $10 from every student and faculty member that we would be able to send more than $3,500 to Terranova this year with the intent to purchase books. We have chosen to ask this instead of bringing in physical books as the cost of shipping is prohibitive of sending that many books overseas. By allowing the school to purchase the books in need, we are able to provide even more bang for your bucks. There is not an out-of-uniform day attached to this, although there is a rumor of one on Friday. We are simply hoping we can do one final good deed to wrap up our 2018-19 school year. Thank you for your consideration.

DVD Sales

If you would like to purchase a DVD of the Primary School Spring Concert, please click here.

Optional Summer Enrichment Activities

A collection of optional, grade-level specific language arts, math, science and social studies activities will be available in the Back-to-School section of the Woodward website by June 1! 

Co-Curriculars @ the Primary School for 2019-2020

We offer several different co-curriculars after school at the Primary School for ages kindergarten - third grade.  You will be able to sign up for these at registration on Tuesday, August 13. While some of the programs are in-house sponsored (Spanish Club, Minecraft, Intrmurals, etc.), if you would like more information about our outside vendors, please contact the following.

Championship Chess:, email:, office number 770-939-4596
Pure Tennis:, email:, 404-290-9994
Elementary Golf: email:, 404-353-5425

Summer Tennis Camps at Woodward Academy

We would love to see your child enrolled in one or all of our four weeks of morning half-day Junior Development Summer Tennis Camp, which are currently filling up nicely! 

Please click below to be directed to the WA summer camp information/registration page for more information. 

Week #2 June 03-07
Week #3 June 10-14
Week #4 June 17-21
Week #5 June 24-28

Register Now!

Find the Parent Community Online!

Whether you’re looking to volunteer or wondering when the next Parent Community event will be held, you can now find it all on the Parent Community website. Please be sure to check it regularly for upcoming Parent Community events and opportunities to volunteer. You can also follow us on Facebook @WAParentCommunity. 

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


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

Upcoming Dates...

  • Thursday, May 23: End-of-the-Year Concerts - Gresham Chapel
    PreK/K/2nd @ 12:00    1st/3rd@2:00 - NO ASC
  • Friday, May 24: Last Day of School! School dismisses academy wide @ 11:30
    Parties from 9:00-10:00 
  • Saturday, June 1: New Family Play Date @ PS Playground
  • Saturday, August 10: Back to School Bash
  • Wednesday, August 14: 1st Day of School!

Ways to Help Primary School Students!

  1. Box Tops and eBoxTops through the Box Tops website.
  2. The Publix Partners program - new tags are available in the office.
  3. Kroger Rewards program.

Counselors Corner...

It is great to back at the Primary School! After spending 12 weeks on my maternity leave and Ms. Bondy doing an excellent job, I am very excited to see all of our wonderful students and help close out the school year. This school year in classroom guidance, we have discussed several topics covering feelings, emotional regulation, conflict resolution, careers, staying safe, and many more. I am looking forward to the upcoming school year with new lessons, groups, and more parent outreach events. Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions on topics for classroom guidance or ways I can continue to support your child. 
-Ms. Watling 

PS Upcoming Events