December 5, 2019
Bylines By Beth
Reading the Sunday paper can be a positive or negative experience, depending on the sections you favor. Occasionally, I will read the advice columns, and there are times when I am inspired by wisdom shared. One of my favorite quotes by columnist, Ann Landers, is “It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.”
At Woodward North, that is a goal we strive for each day in our classrooms and on the playing field. We, like you, want our students to do well academically, but more importantly, we want them to be self-advocates, problem solvers, and responsible human beings. It is not enough to tell our students to do those things. We have to model what those skills look and sound like. Additionally, we want to empower our students by giving them the opportunities to practice those skills, knowing that they may not be successful on the first, second, or third try. Trying and failing forward is okay at Woodward North. As one of our teachers frequently tells those in her class, “The more you practice these skills, the easier they are to do.”
1st-6th Grade Winter Performance
Woodward North students in first through sixth grade will present their Winter Program on Sunday, December 15, 2019 in the Arts Center. The program will begin at 2 p.m. Join us for an entertaining event!
The Woodward North Parent Community has arranged for Patrik Tyron Films to professionally record the program. Click on this link to order a copy of a professionally recorded DVD, Digital Download, or Blu-Ray of this performance: https://
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.
Please contact Ashley Tharp, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions or need additional assistance.
Holiday Parties and Dismissal
Friday, December 20 will be an exciting day for our students at Woodward North. It will be a morning of parties and a special holiday assembly. At 9:45 A.M., all PK through 6th grade students will attend the holiday assembly in the Arts Center. All parties will begin at 10:45 A.M. and dismissal will be at 11:30 A.M. There will be no After School Care on this day.
Students may come out of uniform and wear their favorite holiday colors to school on Friday, December 20. We look forward to seeing all of our students in weather appropriate and festive attire with the colors representing the holidays their families celebrate.
Happy Holidays everyone! Our school will be closed from 11:30 A.M. on December 20 through Monday, January 6. As a reminder, there will be no after school care on Friday, December 20. We look forward to our students returning to school on January 6 to begin the second half of an exciting school year.
Dress Uniform Reminder
As you prepare for the holidays, please be mindful of the winter dress uniform requirements that will begin on the first Friday after students return to school in January.
The guidelines are as follows:
Grades PK-2nd: Students are not required to wear the dress uniform.
Grades 3rd-6th: Students are required to wear the dress uniform every Friday in January and February. 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.
We are now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 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 email@example.com to improve their chances for acceptance. 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!
Manners That Matter
It is never too early to fine tune those table manners and social graces. As today's young people grow into tomorrow's adults, they will need every available tool to help them achieve a successful future. As parents, you can support this process by giving your children a head start and enrolling them in "Manners that Matter," an etiquette and social skills class.
This program is available to us through The Cotillion Group. It is a five-week course for fifth and sixth graders that focuses on teaching and strengthening important skills children need to face new situations with confidence. Some of the class highlights include:
* First Impressions
* Introductions and Toasting
* Table Manners and Silverware Savvy
* RSVP and Thank You Notes
* Cellular Phone Etiquette
* Social Skills
* Public Speaking
* Line Dancing
Classes begin on Monday, January 13 immediately after school . The program will culminate on February 24 with a Student-Parent Reception where students will be able to showcase all their newly honed skills. Brochures with registration information will be coming home soon in backpacks. If you did not receive a brochure or you have questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We plan to have many Spirit Days throughout the year. On designated Spirit Days students may wear the Spirit shirt with out-of-uniform pants, shorts or jeans. Please mark your calendar for the following Spirit Days: January 16, February 13, March 20, April 3, and May 1.
Kids in the News
Fifth grader Sasha made Final in Standard and Semi Final in Latin in the WDC-AL World Championships Dublin 2019. Overall for 10 dances she is 7th in the Under 12 Solo category in the World Dance Championship. WE are so proud of her!
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.
John Potts, Woodward North Counselor
Giving vs. receiving gifts. Many of you might be “running around” right now to various shopping malls and specialty stores during this holiday season to buy for your loved ones and friends. Others of you might be thinking about what to buy and aren’t quite sure yet. I believe all of us need to be reminded that showing gratitude to others for what they do is so important. The author of this article reminds us to remember both about “giving to and receiving from others” during this holiday season. Remember, “a gift may come in many forms, a wrapped present bought from a shop; a hug; a smile; a donation of some kind; a free service or a helping hand to those in need….” Being able to give to someone without focusing on receiving any reciprocation really shows that you truly appreciate what another person has done for you. “...do you have anyone in your life that is constantly giving to you, and perhaps you forgot to appreciate him or her, or give something back?” Giving unconditionally may lead to your kindness being returned to you in a similar or different fashion. “The thing with unconditional gifts, is that when you give your energy freely in whatever form it takes, you send it out into the world, and quite often it will make its rounds, and then come back to you in a totally different form, from a different place, that you aren’t expecting.”