January 18, 2019
Bylines by Beth
January 15 was the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., a gentleman very special to our nation and the world of today. Next Monday, we will be honoring his birthday with a holiday. Dr. King lived at a time when there was a need for people to treat each other with more respect and kindness. He saw that need and took action to make changes in our laws and most importantly, in people’s hearts. We continue to see that need today, and it is my hope that at Woodward North, our students have a clear understanding of right and wrong and possess a moral compass guiding them to treat all people with respect and kindness. Dr. King believed that we had to keep moving, keep striving to make the world a better place every day, and our job as a Woodward North school is to do just that.
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
May we all honor Dr. King’s legacy and make this world a better place.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Woodward Academy will be closed Monday, January 21, to observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Students should report back to school on Tuesday, January 22.
Pastries with Parents
Thursday, January 24 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. will be a wonderful opportunity for parents to gather and "shmooze". Please join us for a relaxing morning to enjoy some pastries and coffee. Let's share conversations while creating community at Woodward North.
Woodward North Day for Basketball
Saturday, January 26 is Woodward North Basketball Day. Come support the Woodward Academy basketball teams, (girl's at 2:30 p.m. and boys at 4:00 p.m.) for the Woodward North Day on Main Campus. Cheer our War Eagles on as they play against Salem High School. Go Woodward!
Seniors Wow the Crowd
We are so proud of our WN alumni who took the time out of their busy days to answer questions about the Middle and Upper Schools. This is a yearly admissions event and always one of the most anticipated. All parents and our 5th and 6th grade students are invited to submit questions to the Senior Panel. A big thank you to (clockwise from L to R) Sanil, Hans, Tej, Derrick, Mona, Anna, Alisha, and Vincy !
Dress Uniform Reminder
Please remember the winter dress uniform requirements that went into effect this month.
The guidelines are as follows:
Grades Pre-K-2nd: Students are not required to wear the dress uniform.
Grades 3-6: Students are required to wear the dress uniform every Friday in January, February, and the first Friday in March, beginning Friday, January 11. Students also may be asked to wear their dress uniforms for special activities or events. Blazers should be clean with the patch firmly attached to the front left pocket and buttons sewn on the front.
Please refer to Woodward's Uniform Regulations for specific details. Thank you for your attention.
World Read Aloud Day
It's here! February 1 is World Read Aloud Day. We will spend the day reading, reading, and reading some more! Everyone is invited to wear comfy, cozy pajamas on this day. Students may wear playground-friendly shoes (no slippers!) and pajamas that are appropriate for the weather. Nightgowns can be worn with leggings.
On Tuesday, February 12, at 8:30 a.m., we will host a Parent-to-Parent Roundtable discussion which will give you the opportunity to hear from current Middle and Upper School parents about their Woodward experiences. One group of parents will specifically focus on the Transition Learning Program at the Middle School and the Upper School Learning Support Center for those interested. Register here!
Woodward North is having spirit shirt days throughout the year. On those designated days, students may wear the spirit shirt with out-of-uniform pants, shorts, or jeans. Please mark your calendar for the following Spirit Days:
Now Accepting Sibling Applications
We are now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to improve their chances for acceptance. Also, please encourage them not to wait for 9th grade to apply as our Upper School is at capacity and will have limited openings. 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!
Order your 2018-2019 Woodward Academy Yearbook today. There's nothing like getting your yearbook. It's the limited edition collection of our school's stories of the year. Let your student share and relive the big events that will make this year special. Yearbooks are now on sale online at Jostensyearbooks.com.
Thank you to all of our parents for your diligence in signing in at the front office before entering the school. We appreciate your cooperation.
Students may arrive as early as 7 a.m., at which time they will be supervised. Those arriving between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. must enter the building at the front entrance. The side entrance doors will be open between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. Every student should be in their classroom by 8 a.m. Morning meetings are a very important part of the day and begin promptly after the first bell.
Find the Parent Community Online!
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 upcoming Parent Community events and opportunities to volunteer. You also can follow us on Facebook @WAParentCommunity.
Intramural sports will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays for our 4th-6th grade students from 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Mini-intramurals will take place on Wednesdays for students in grades 1-3 from 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. The intramural emphasis will be on learning basic sport knowledge in a fun atmosphere. The major goal will be to provide an opportunity for participation and fun. Students in tutorial may arrive late. Students must be picked up promptly at 4:45 p.m. or they must report to After School Care.
Mini-intramural participants are currently enjoying Jump Rope Club. Volleyball Intramurals have begun for 4th-6th graders. Volleyball intramurals culminate with the official Faculty/Student Volleyball Game in February .
Lost and Found
The three areas for Lost and Found are in the Multiplex (by the stairs), the main building (by the doors to the Arts Center), and the bottom floor of the Arts Center. Please remember to label all uniforms, PE bags, and other clothing/shoes with your child's first and last name. After three months in Lost and Found, uniform items will be donated to Woodward's Consignment Shop on Main Campus. All other items will be donated to charity.
Big Chill Tickets Available For Woodward Parents
A limited number of tickets are now available for Woodward parents to attend the annual Big Chill event on Friday, February 22, at 8 p.m. at SunTrust Park!
Join the Woodward Alumni Association for an evening of food, fun, cocktails, and a chance to bid in our silent auction--all in support of need-based financial aid.
Purchase tickets or an event sponsorship today by visiting woodward.edu/bigchill
Ellen Adolph, Woodward North Counselor
Do you all remember, as children, the game of Life? I loved this game as a child, so this article (The Game of School vs. The Game of Life) truly caught my attention. Author AJ Juliani is referring to an important principle of teaching and parenting. Our goal should not be teaching children academic success, but teaching them the game of life. This involves “learning for learning's sake; to create because students want to make something, and to do work in school that is meaningful, relevant, fun, and challenging.” Moreover, parents are our children’s most powerful teachers as models for the “Game of Life.” Please read the full article (and take time for the video at the end) as you ponder what our children are learning about the “Game of Life.”