February 15, 2018
Woodward North will be closed on Monday, February 19 to celebrate the Presidents Day Holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20. Enjoy!
Dress Uniform Reminder
Please remember the winter dress uniform requirements that went into effect in January.
The guidelines are as follows:
Grades pre-K through 2: 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 January 5 and ending March 2. 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 all buttons sewn on the front.
Please refer to Woodward's Uniform Regulations for specific details. Thank you for your attention!
From the Woodward Nursing Staff: Tips for Recognizing the Flu
The flu this year has started early and seems to be peaking right now. Flu symptoms develop quickly so here are a five actions parents can take to keep your student healthy.
- Know the symptoms. If your student exhibits any of symptoms listed below, please keep them home from school until symptoms resolve. This will greatly reduce the spread of germs to other students, faculty, and staff.
- High fever (100.4 and greater). The CDC recommends staying home for 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- Excessive cough
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Muscle aches
- When sneezing or coughing, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue (or use the inner elbow).
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Keep hands away from the face to prevent the spread of germs. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Get a flu vaccine. The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu virus. It’s not too late to get a vaccine to help protect against this flu season.
When deciding whether or not to send your student to school (if they have no fever, vomiting, or diarrhea for at least 24 hours), ask yourself if you believe your child can be productive and engaging in the classroom. Remember that students do not learn if they are not feeling well.
Walking Back to Woodward North
During the last school year, Woodward North raised $8,065 for our sister school Terranova by trekking (virtually of course) 8,065 miles to Terranova's location in Zambia. Now we are walking back to Woodward North. We began our return walk in August and will continue our fundraising initiative until the end of the school year. So far, we have walked 2366 miles and raised $2366. We are in the middle of a virtual ocean now treading water. Help, we are getting tired and have only 14 more weeks to get home!
Soccer Intramurals began on Monday, February 12 and are scheduled after school until Tuesday, February 27. All 4th-6th graders are invited to join in the fun on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday of every week from 3:15-4:45 p.m.
Main Campus...Here They Come!
The Woodward North sixth graders will be visiting the Middle School on Wednesday, February 21. The sixth grade will be taken on a special tour of the Middle School before all students enjoy a lunch in the Middle School Cafeteria.
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.
Carpool in the morning and afternoon requires the attention and patience of all involved. Please help us as we unload and load your children each day by refraining from the use of your cell phone. The safety of your children is always of the greatest importance to us, and we need your undivided attention during the morning and afternoon. Please stay in your car during morning drop-off if at all possible. If it is necessary for you to leave your car and enter one of the buildings, we ask that you park in a designated parking spot in order to allow all other traffic to flow smoothly through the carpool lanes.
Students may arrive as early as 7 a.m., at which time they will be supervised. Those arriving between 7 and 7:30 a.m. must enter the building at the front entrance. The side entrance doors will be open between 7:30 and 8:05 a.m. Every student should be at school by 8 a.m.
Have you ever wondered about any of your child's Woodward Academy experiences? Have you had any ideas or comments you wanted to share but no idea where to send them? We've created an “I Wonder” form in the Parent Portal to provide you with an opportunity to stay engaged throughout the year, rather than just at parent meetings. We invite you to share thoughts, reflections, and questions. Input can be anonymous, or you can include your email address if you would like a reply.
This “I Wonder” form is intended for questions/comments about the Academy as a whole. Please continue to consult your child’s teacher if you have a question or comment about your child’s specific class.
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.
Ellen Adolph-Woodward North Counselor
The Significance of Balance
One of my WAMS colleagues shared an article today about the challenges of leading balanced lives. (This article, written by Maureen Downey, appeared last week in the AJC). It specifically speaks of the undue pressure put on our children in high school to be superior in all ways. As you read on and see the harm this is doing, we learn that our children just “need our permission to balance their lives.”
Many parents might say that we do give our children that balance. Sadly, I respectfully disagree. The undue pressure is not just an Upper School malady as students prepare for college entrance. Indeed, this pressure has trickled down to the elementary years. I see children balancing activities requiring double digit hours of time commitments during the week, all with extreme academic expectations. In elementary school, what this ends up looking like is tears in the classroom, bickering with classmates in class and even at recess, homework missing, and ultimately, overall academic progress declining. Everyone is at a loss for what the important focus is -- it doesn’t appear to be school!
Let’s make a pledge and make it now to give our kids permission to balance their lives! As parents, it is our number one priority!