April 18, 2019
Bylines by Beth
These past few weeks, many of our teachers have attended meetings for curriculum development or training, or led program rehearsals. While away from their classrooms, these teachers’ colleagues, Ms. Koscik, and I have stepped in to teach their classes. I was fortunate to return to my kindergarten teaching roots. The one class of kindergarten music, as well as a language arts block, reminded me of the joy in facilitating the learning opportunities with this group of inquisitive and engaged children. It was so interesting to watch the scaffolding of skills and concepts develop as a result of the children working independently and as a collective group. I love to see the “light bulb" or "ah-ha” moments occur. Those moments, I believe, fuel the intrinsic motivation within each child. As a parent of two grown children, I encourage you to take the opportunity to quietly observe your child(ren) as they apply their knowledge and problem-solving abilities. They are so capable, and their depth of knowledge is impressive. Having only been on this earth for four to 12 years, they are a marvel to observe!
Woodward North will be closed for a spring holiday and to celebrate the Passover and Easter holidays on Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 22. We look forward to seeing everyone back in school on Tuesday, April 23.
The Woodward North Parent Community has arranged for Patrik Tyron Films to record the performance of Willy Wonka on Thursday, April 25. Click on this link to order a copy of a professionally recorded DVD, Digital Download, or Blu-Ray of this performance: https://2019wn4th-5th-6th-willywonka.eventbrite.com
All orders, including those at the door will be by credit card only. DVD and Blu-Ray orders will be sent home via backpack mail, once production is complete. Digital Downloads will be sent via email.
We look forward to seeing you there! Please contact Ashley Tharp, email@example.com, if you have any questions or need additional assistance.
Dr. Gulley's Town Hall
If you missed Dr. Gulley's Town Hall on Thursday, please check out the recording here.
World Finals Here We Come
Woodward North's Odyssey of the Mind Team competed at the State Tournament this past weekend at Columbus State University. Teams compete in three categories; Long Term, Style, and Spontaneous. The Omer to the Rescue, Again vehicle team won the Georgia Odyssey of the Mind State Championship for their problem and division. They swept all three scoring categories with a perfect score of 350 points. This win qualifies the teams to compete at the World Finals tournament at Michigan State University at the end of May.
Over 825 teams from around the world will compete in the 40th Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. The competition emphasizes creativity and teamwork and has grown into the largest international creative problem-solving competition worldwide.
Run for Fun
Results are in for the 2019 Run for Fun. We had an awesome turnout with 243 students participating along with 99 non-student participants. The total amount raised was $1945! All this money will be contributed to the Jesse Draper Boys and Girls Club. We are so proud of our runners and their hard work!
Special Thanks for Family Fun Night
A special thank you to all the volunteers who helped to make this year's Family Fun Night such a wonderful event.
Thank you also to the following Woodward North families for their donations to Family Fun Night: Statham, Ferguson, Wadhwania, Hilkman, Clemo, Novak, Williams, Wamser, Takawira, Kwak, Fredrickson, Rafi, Kraselsky, Tharp, Dalal, Kohli, Kleinhenz, Park, Shebib, Needham, Kelly, Seta and Smith families.
Once again the reviews were over the "Big Top" and we had a sold-out crowd.
Art in the Garden
Share your creative spirit with the Woodward North community by working with your child on a collaborative art piece. Let your imagination carry you on your artistic journey. This is a super opportunity to interact with your child in the world of creativity and gain insight into their heart and soul along the way. Variety is highly encouraged and the works may be two or three dimensional in nature. The finished pieces will be displayed at our Art in the Garden Party on May 2, 2019.
Due to the number of participants, we ask that each child submit a single artwork.
What: A gathering of creative spirits for an afternoon of viewing art by the Woodward North Community
When: Thursday, May 2, from 3:15-4:00
Register Online: tinyurl.com/WNArtGarden2019
Where: Art Center Patio and Organic Garden
When to bring in finished pieces: No later than Friday, April 26. Please bring them to Ms. Hviding or Mrs. Day.
Light refreshments will be served.
Host Families Needed
Have you considered becoming a host family for a Middle or Upper School international student during the 2019-2020 school year? Our program has grown over the last three years from hosting fewer than 10 students on campus to next year when we will welcome 30 new and returning international students to Woodward Academy.
These students live with host families who provide them with a “home-away-from-home,” and in turn the host families are enriched by the cultural exchange and the relationships developed in sharing their homes with our international students. As more and more international families seek out Woodward’s exemplary education, we have an increased need for host families.
If you are interested in hosting a student, please attend one of the informational sessions below to learn more:
Wednesday, April 24 - 10-11 a.m.
Thursday, April 25 - 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 30 - 8-9 a.m.
Tuesday, April 30 - 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Topics will include host family requirements, expectations, benefits, and stipends. Additionally, current and former host families will be in attendance to share more about their experiences first-hand. All of the informational sessions will be held in the Global Connections Center, in Brand Hall (B104), on Main Campus (No. 12 on the Campus Map).
Please register here to attend a host family informational session.
If you have additional questions before the meetings, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Woodward North students have enjoyed wearing their spirit shirts throughout the year. On spirit days, students wear the spirit shirt with out-of-uniform pants, shorts, or jeans. Please mark your calendar for the last two Spirit Days:
- April 26
- May 3
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.
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
Digital Parenting- House Party
There is always a new fad or trend to keep up with, and if the end of the school year isn’t busy enough for you, here’s something else for your radar. Older elementary students love to share with their friends online. Texting, facetiming, and chats are all the rage, and among the most popular and trendy apps right now is one called House Party. This is an app that allows you to video chat with two to eight people at a time. The privacy parameters you establish with the account when you create it will determine the level interaction your child has, so it’s important to be sure it is set to private. And as with all social media, you should be aware of the privacy setting and contacts your child has via their devices. For more on House Party, you may want to read these reviews from Josh Ochs of Smart-Social and Common Sense Media. (CSM rates this app a 13+, meaning it’s appropriate for age 13 and older>)