Northworthy News

October 11, 2018

Bylines by Beth

Woodward North 4th, 5th, and 6th-grade students have been reading Aru Shah and the End of Time by former Woodward Academy student and New York Times bestselling author Roshani Chokshi. As a loyal Woodward alumna, Ms. Choskshi has graciously agreed to visit our students and share her experiences as an author. On October 29, at 8:30 a.m., Ms. Chokshi will be with us leading a Book Talk with our parents and students as well as visiting classrooms. This is an exciting opportunity for our students to meet an author and gain a better understanding of what is involved in the writing process of a bestselling book. Intentionally, we have provided this opportunity to broaden our students’ perspective of the world by learning about a culture other than their own. We are so proud of our students for embracing this experience allowing them to develop a deep respect for others that we profess to believe to be the Woodward Way.   

Woodward Parent Community Coffee

Our Woodward North Parent Community invites you for an informal meet, greet, and chat with other Woodward parents. Introduce yourself to some of the new faces in our community as well as those who have been here for a while! We have asked some parents "wise to the Woodward North ways" to answer any questions you may have. We hope you will join us! Please RSVP via this link.

Homecoming

Go War Eagles! Our 5th grade students are heading down to Main Campus on October 19 to represent WN in the Homecoming Parade. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to enjoy an Experience the Middle School Day. Plans are to return to Woodward North at carpool time.

PowerSchool Learning & Unified Classroom Class Pages Maintenance

Parents please be aware that there will be a scheduled maintenance by PowerSchool Learning on Saturday, October 20. PowerSchool is completing a number of infrastructure improvements to further stabilize the platform and to reduce unwanted disruptions. We appreciate your cooperation while we implement these improvements.

Start time: Saturday, October 20, 5 PDT
Estimated Duration: 14 hours

Late Start Day

October 22 is our first late start day of the year. As a reminder, the school day will begin at 10 a.m. There will be child care beginning at 7 a.m. for students that need to be dropped off earlier.

Red Ribbon Day

Thursday, October 25, will be Red Ribbon Day at Woodward North. There will be a special assembly during which representatives from several public safety agencies will speak to our students on various drug awareness topics. Red Ribbon Day is a national program that Woodward North participates in annually.

Now Accepting Sibling Applications

We are now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 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 admissions@woodward.edu 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! 

Spirit Days

Woodward North students proudly wore the new Spirit shirt last month and made quite an impressive sight at the football game on Main Campus. We plan to have additional 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:

October 19
November 2
December 14
January 17
February 14
March 15
April 26
May 3

Aru Shah and the End of Time

You are invited to a Book Talk with NY Times best-selling author and Woodward alum Roshani Chokshi on October 29. Roshani will lead a Book Talk and Q&A in the Arts Center from 8:30-9:10 a.m. Following this will be a 20 minute book signing for parents. Students will return to their respective homerooms. Roshani will visit 4th-6th grade homerooms for the remainder of the morning for student book signings. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
 

fALL IN for WA Update 

Woodward Fund parent participation at Woodward North is 13%! Thank you for your support! We still have a ways to go, however. The parent campaign runs through November 9, which will be here before you know it. Check it off your list today by making a gift at woodward.edu/fallin. Questions? Contact thewoodwardfund@woodward.edu.

We Could Use Your Help

We are hosting an iPhone/Android drive to collect used iPhones/Androids to use as part of our STEAM curriculum.

When: October 15 - December 14, 2018
Type: iPhone 6 and up
Samsung Galaxies S III, S4 and up

List of compatible phones
Where:   A box will be placed in the STEAM STATION across from the office.

Thank you for your support!
-Innovation Technology Team

Security Measures

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. 

Intramurals

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. Badminton is the current intramural and it will run through October 30. Mini-intramural Running Club will continue through October 10. We look forward to seeing many participants.

Choraliers Concert

The Woodward North Choraliers will be performing in the annual Johns Creek Lighting of the Holiday Tree and Dreidel. Come hear our talented students sing holiday favorites on Thursday, November 29, at 6 p.m. The event will be held at 3150 Old Alabama Rd., Johns Creek, GA, 30022. What a wonderful way to begin the holiday season!

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.

Counselor Connection

Ellen Adolph
Woodward North Counselor

Difficult Conversations, Respect, and Personal Space

It doesn’t matter where you turn, the last few years have been filled with news that is difficult for children. And when the news is difficult for children, it is difficult for parents. Wars, mass shootings, contentious politics, horrific weather, and most recently harassment and the #MeToo movement are among the headlines that have filled the airwaves.

As difficult as these times are, the silver lining to be found here is that these challenging times provide conversation starters about important topics. Here at school, while our children are not ready for conversations specifically addressing the topic of sexual consent, we do teach the essential life skills of respect, personal space, conflict resolution, and anti-bullying strategies. To be sure, these are foundational skills that help children to more clearly understand boundaries in all their relationships. You may be interested in reading more in the following article from Parent Map, Discussing Consent at Every Age.           

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