Parent Action Council or PAC

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The Parent Action Committee (PAC) is Wildwood’s version of a PTA.  If you have a child attending Wildwood, you are a member of the PAC.  Dues collected for PAC are used for events throughout the year.  These events include community outreach, service programs, fundraisers, faculty support and Christmas gifts, and social events.  The organization and running of these events depends on the PAC members to volunteer their time through Signup Genius, so that Wildwood can continue to be the exceptional school that it is. PAC meetings for the 2015-2016 year are on the school calendar.  Everyone is invited to attend to discuss your thoughts, questions and concerns.  We look forward to working side by side with the administration and faculty to make this year the best for our kids.

Ambassador Family Program-As new families join the school we would like to assign them to an “Ambassador Family” and “Peer” to show them the ropes and have a familiar friendly face already at school.

Angel Tree – PAC works with local community organizations to identify families in our area who are in immediate and desperate need of help during the holiday season.  We communicate with the organizations to obtain wish lists for children’s gifts, clothing sizes and specific needs.  These wishes are available for families to choose during the Annual Turkey Trot and Thanksgiving Feast at school.  Once the family has purchased the items, they return them to the school.  Simultaneously, the school has a food drive to collect food for these families.  The food is packed, gifts are wrapped, PAC adds a gift basket (family gifts – typically games, snack treats, movies, etc.) to all of the collected items.  All of the items are delivered to the families in time for Christmas.  This is an amazing time for families to celebrate the spirit of giving at Christmas.

Back to School Picnic– Each year as we come back together we have a picnic prior to the start of school.  It is a great time to meet new families and visit with old as well as visit classrooms and teachers.

Big Canoe OctoberfestThis annual event is a German themed festival at Big Canoe.  Each year Wildwood parents and students set up and staff the Children’s tent.  Activities include: face painting, pumpkin decorating, bingo and more.

Book Fair– The Scholastic Book Fair will be held around Grandparents Day in the fall.  It’s a great time to add to your home library as well as purchase for classroom requests all while raising money for the school.

Day of Heart – This is a school day dedicated to giving back to our local community.  Wildwood wants our students to learn the value of volunteering time in service and joy of giving charitably.  All students and teachers participate in various service projects to be donated to area organizations. This event is held at school, during the week.  Parents are encouraged to join the faculty, staff and students to make this day extra special.  Lunch is provided for parents who participate.

Donuts with Dad – A get together to recognize the men in our children’s lives!  Dads (and/or Grandpa, Uncles or other special friends) are invited to join the students for breakfast to celebrate their many contributions.  You won’t want to miss this special time with your children.  This event is typically held in the main dining hall just after drop off on a school day.  Breakfast is provided.

Family Fun Night– New this year we have added two Wildwood Family Fun nights to the calendar.  This will be a night for all of us to gather for a great night of fun.  Some ideas that have been discussed are: Wingo Bingo, Movie Night, Wildwood Talent Show, or a Chili Cook off.  We want to hear from you, but the first one is in September so let’s plan something fun!

Father Daughter Dance – This event is held near Valentine’s Day each year.  Fathers and daughters get all dressed up and dance the night away at a local event venue.  Snacks are provided.

Grandparents Day- A favorite day for most everyone in the school.  We invite Grandparents to come see their grandkids in action.  Grandparents and special family members are invited to hear about how special WCA while enjoying coffee and pastries.  Then off to the children’s classroom for an activity and a trip to the book fair.  We also have a photographer available to capture memories of the day.

Howl at the Moon- Scheduled for April 23, 2016 you won’t want to miss this fun night.  It is our biggest PAC FUNdraiser for the year and a great time to boot.

Live Nativity and Festival of Lights– It is Wildwood’s gift back to the community when the campus is transformed into the Nativity Story with live animals and everything.  Every student participates in the two night affair as cars drive through campus to see the show.

Mother Son Night – This event is held the same evening as the Father Daughter Dance.  This is a special time for Moms and sons to bond and have a blast!  This year will be a first so look for details as they develop.

Mother’s Tea – Time to honor the special ladies in our children’s lives!  Moms (and/or Grandma, Aunts or other special friends) are invited to join the students for breakfast to celebrate their many contributions.  You won’t want to miss this special time with your children.  This event is typically held in the main dining hall just after drop off on a school day.  Breakfast is provided.

Teacher Appreciation Events- We love to show our amazing teachers that they are very much appreciated.   Many parents treat teachers all year long on holidays, birthdays, etc.  PAC plans a few important events each year to honor our teachers:

  • Back to School Meal for Teachers – We provide a continental style breakfast or brunch like meal for the teachers during one of their meeting days prior to the start of school.
  • Christmas Gifts & Bonus – PAC awards each teacher a monetary gift every Christmas.  PAC volunteers add another gift (candy, plant, fruit, etc.) to make this an extra special gift.
  • Teacher Appreciation Luncheon – Every spring as the school year is nearing an end, we treat our teachers to a special, child-free lunch.  Volunteers come to the school to chaperone lunch with the children (either outdoors or in the classrooms).  We prepare special table settings and a delicious lunch for our teachers.  The teachers also receive a gift from PAC.
  • TLO-Teacher’s Lunch Off- Each month we pick a day to cover dining hall monitoring of the students.  This allows the teachers a short break in the day to have a quieter lunch with each other.  A special tasty treat is also provided that day.

Tears-N-Cheers Reception – It’s time for the kids to head back to school!  Are you cheering??  Or do you find yourself with a tear in your eye?  Either way, join other parents to celebrate the start of another fantastic school year. This breakfast event is typically held off campus at Mary’s Bread Basket (located in the IGA shopping center on Steve Tate Hwy).  Assorted breakfast foods provided while they last.

Turkey Trot and Thanksgiving Feast- Each year we celebrate Thanksgiving together with a fun run for all on the campus Turkey Trot and follow it up with a Thanksgiving Feast.  Larry cooks up Turkey and Ham for days and the WCA families add to the feast with family favorite sides.  It is a great way to give thanks for the gift that is Wildwood Christian Academy.

WATCH D.O.G.S (Dads of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center for Fathering.  The goals of the program are to 1) provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important. 2) Provide an extra set of eyes and ears to enhance school security. WatchDOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles and other father figures willing to spend the day on campus working in classrooms, recess, lunchroom and any activities where they can actively engage with not only their own student but other students as well.

 

Who’s Who: PAC

 

Wendy Grimes PAC Co-President 404-797-6787 wendygrimes@tds.net
Cindy Seifert PAC Co-President 404-431-7333 seifertcindy@gmail.com
Patricia Hopkins PAC Upper School Representative 770-893-8391 hopkinsbillpat@mindspring.com
Linda Travis PAC Middle School Representative 404-285-7393 lindatravis@dltravis.com
Shannon Calhoun PAC Middle School Representative 404-247-3502 shannoncalhoun1@aol.com
Jonetta Womack PAC Middle School Representative 678-410-1360 jonettawomack@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Jennifer King PAC Lower School Representative 678-313-4048 jking@etcmail.com
Shana Ludington PAC Lower School Representative 706-502-2351 shanaludington@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Maggie Hosmer PAC Lower School Representative 706-273-4256 maggiehosmer@gmail.com
Greg Hosmer PAC Lower School Representative 706-273-4241 ghosmer@gmail.com
Nicole Franklin PAC Pre-School Representative 678-772-3330 nfranklin28@windsteam.net
PAC Email volunteers@wildwoodchristianacademy.com

Who’s Who at WCA: Administration & Faculty

 

Ray Davis Head of School raydavis@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Larry Ruff Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board larryruff@wildwoodchristian.com
Pamela Ruff Co-Founder & Director of Business and Finance pamelaruff@wildwoodchristian.com
Leslie Head Assistant Head of School & Dean of Students lesliehead@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Elizabeth Cook Dean of Faculty & Drama elizabethcook@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Toni Llor Athletic Director & PE tonillor@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Jonetta Womack Admissions Director & School Counselor jonettawomack@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Shana Ludington Administrative Assistant shanaludington@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Greg Hosmer Webmaster ghosmer@gmail.com
Michelle Barham   Chef mbarham@tds.net
Julie deGalleford  Administrative Assistant to Larry Ruff & Trading Post Manager jdegall81@icloud.com
Javier Solorio      Maintenance javiersolorio@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Amanda Ledford          PreK-3 amandaledford@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Melanie Pearson     PreK-4 melaniepearson@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Jana McCann        Kindergarten janamccann@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Pamela Schiveree    1st Grade pamelaschiveree@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Karen Steinberg     1st Grade Assistant karensteinberg@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Kelly Wisniewski      2nd Grade kellywisniewski@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Lauren Melton  3rd Grade laurenmelton@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Na’alie Humphrey    4th Grade naaliehumphrey@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Christie Beiring         Spanish christiebeiring@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Judy Morris  Art judymorris@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Teri Sawyer     Music, Bible, School Chaplain terisawyer@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Chuck Taylor      Science (Lower & Middle) chucktaylor@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Donna Taylor    English (Lower & Middle) donnataylor@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Mark Barnett   History (Middle & Upper) markbarnett@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Stephanie Burdett    Math (Middle & Upper) stephanieburdett@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Jeff Hites   Math & Science (Upper) jeffhites@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Meg Norris     English (Upper) megnorris@wildwoodchristianacademy.com
Karen Pittman    Math (Upper) karenpittman@wildwoodchristianacademy.com

Fang’s Fund

Passive giving is the greatest way to contribute to the education of our students and it does not cost you a cent.  WCA has teamed up with corporations that pay a portion of the money you spend back to the school on products that you already buy.  It’s a win win for all of us! Please make sure that purchases that you are already making can benefit our school by signing up for or utilizing any/all of the following:

Amazon Smile: To shop AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from your browser and designate Wildwood Christian Academy as your charitable organization.  You can even use your current Amazon account.   Once you have designated WCA a portion of eligible purchases will be given to the school.

Target REDCard:  Go to www.target.com/redcard and enroll if you don’t already carry a Target REDcard.  If you already have a REDcard, make sure you designate Wildwood Christian Academy and while you save 5% on your purchases WCA will receive 1% of your purchases as well.  Don’t be afraid to ask family and neighbors to designate Wildwood Christian Academy too, every penny helps!

Shop with Scrip:  The beauty of shop with scrip is that you put your regular household shopping dollars to work for everyday use as well as for gift –giving all year long and especially around the holidays. You earn money for our school without spending a single additional penny.  Just spend your regular shopping dollars with scrip at the stores that participate in the scrip program!  Scrip can be used for any household purchase including food, clothing, entertainment, gasoline and dining out.  IT IS SIMPLE: Go to www.shopwithscrip.com and click on ‘Create Account’ in the green family sign up box (use Enrollment Code F4777D483728L).  Please share this with your extended family, friends and business partners that would want to help support Wildwood. Once you set up an account you can start receiving E-gift cards right away! In addition, to ordering on your own, Wildwood will inform you quarterly that it is making a bulk purchase of behalf Wildwood scrip account holders and gift cards are sent directly to Wildwood for your convenience.

Box Tops for Education: This one is simple, save the Box Tops for Education coupons where ever you find them.  There will be contests for the kids to participate throughout the year.

Publix Shopping Card: Through Publix Partners all purchases will help earn money from your school.  Get extra Publix Partners cards for Wildwood Christian Academy in the office and make sure you share them with friends and family so their purchases at Publix help WCA too!

Larry’s FANGtastic Snacks: By far a student favorite. Little Larry takes his mobile snack cart through the halls following school to offer drinks and snacks to students after school.  Profits from the sale of the snacks have gone to purchase PE equipment, umbrellas and special family gift items for our Angel Tree families.

Matching Gifts Through Your Company: The Company you work for may have a Matching Gifts Foundation in which the company will match any donation amount you give to Wildwood.  It is a very easy process; they will give you a form to fill information regarding your donation, request confirmation of your donation with the school’s administrator and then cut Wildwood a check for the same amount of your donation!  Remember, your extended family and friends that support Wildwood can also check with the companies they work for and get matching gift donations that will help Wildwood!

RenWeb

RenWeb is an easy and user-friendly program that lets you keep up with your child’s grades, homework, class assignments, and other important school information such as the school calendar and announcements throughout the school year.  Also, RenWeb provides a school directory that includes all of the families and teachers at Wildwood Christian Academy. To access RenWeb, you can either go online at http://www.renweb.com or download the app (RenWeb Home) on your iPhone or Android.

Accessing RenWeb Online:

  1. Go to http://www.renweb.com.
  2. On the home page of the website you will see different tabs on the top of the page. Go to the tab that says “Logins” and click on it.
  3. Login into the “RenWeb ParentsWeb Login” using the login information that the school will provide.
  4. Once logged in, you are able to access your child’s grades, class work, homework, school calendar and announcements.

Accessing RenWeb on App:

  1. Go to App Store.
  2. Download “Renweb Home”.
  3. Login with the login information that will be provided by the school.
  4. Once logged in, you are able to access your child’s grades, class work, homework, school calendar and announcements.

 

Sign Up Genius

PAC uses Sign Up Genius both school wide and in the classrooms to organize volunteers.  The best way to personally use this tool is to create an account at www.signupgenius.com.  By creating an account you can receive automated email or text reminders of what you have volunteered for and even integrate with outlook, ical or google calendars.  Sign Up Genius does not sell or release personal information.  At the end of each month you will be invited to view a “calendar” of the upcoming month’s volunteer opportunities and includes detailed information of the time involved and even list activities that can be done on your own time away from campus for those with limited flexibility in their schedule.  There is something for everyone.  This allows you to be a part of your child’s education as well as get to know other families, teachers and children in the school.

 

Uniforms

The secret to the Wildwood uniform is the Sharpie Marker.  Please mark every piece of your child’s uniform with their name.  Lost and found is located right inside the door to the Lower school and clothing without names will be donated to The Wildwood Trading Post.  NEW THIS YEAR: Friday’s will be a spirit day.  Students will be permitted to wear their Wildwood PE uniform to school or Wildwood Spirit wear (jeans will be allowed for with spirit wear for upper school ONLY). Questions regarding uniforms can be directed to pamelaruff@wildwoodchristianacademy.com.

The Wildwood Trading Post:

The Wildwood Trading Post is a new and used uniform and novelty store located in the annex building in the parking lot across from the preschool.  The hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-2:45pm.  The contact is Julie deGalleford.  The number is 770-894-5400.

Buckhead Uniform:

Located in Alpharetta at 319 Curie Dr.  (678) 240-2024, Buckhead Uniform has all your new uniform needs covered.  There are sales throughout the year and any online order over $100 gets free shipping.

UNIFORM POLICY REQUIREMENTS AND REMINDERS

As we begin this school year, it is important to inform you of uniform policies that are strictly enforced which serve to maintain the quality and standard upon which the Wildwood Uniform Policy was founded.

  1. During school hours, ONLY Wildwood monogram clothing may be worn inside the school buildings; this means that any clothing (jackets, sweaters, etc.) a student wears to keep warm inside the buildings may ONLY be monogrammed uniform items.
  1. As we leave Daylight Saving Time and enter the cooler months, a reminder of a few uniform policies is important to note. These will be strictly enforced in order to maintain the quality and standard upon which the Wildwood Uniform Policy was founded. The policies below address some of the common infractions during the winter time period.
  • ONLY Wildwood monogram clothing may be worn inside the school buildings during school hours; this means any jacket or sweater worn in the building to keep warm MUST be a Wildwood monogrammed approved item. This policy is strictly enforced.  FYI:   “Monogram” means the “Wildwood Christian Academy” stitching – not the “WCA” patch or the PE logo.
  • Wildwood has made available to the families several options for cold weather gear through Buckhead Uniforms to assist in making this policy easy to follow. Please refer to the approved uniform list to see your options in coats, jackets, rain jackets and sweaters.  Please discuss this with your child; any student wearing something other than the approved clothing will be asked to remove it.  Please send your child to school with appropriate monogrammed clothing that will keep him/her warm in the building.
  • During the colder months, please note that PE logo sweats or the Wildwood track suits (for MS & HS students) are NOT required to be worn BUT they are the ONLY option of clothing that is allowed should your child need additional layers of clothing while inside and outside
  • Undergarments worn must be solid white or black. There should not be any graphics visible to the eye or seen through the uniform.
  • Socks must be worn and they must be worn above the ankle; “no show” socks are NOT permissible.

UNIFORM POLICY REQUIREMENTS AND REMINDERS cont’d

  1. Friday Dress Down Days – Fridays at Wildwood are dress down days as follows:
    1. Lower/Middle school students may wear the PE uniform all day with the athletic shoe of their choice or Wildwood spirit wear. The bottom piece must still be the PE bottom or one of the regular uniform bottoms such as khaki pants, shorts, etc. (NO jeans).
    2. Upper School students may wear Wildwood spirit wear with jeans or other acceptable bottom item
    3. If any student chooses NOT to wear the above on Fridays he/she then must still wear the regular Wildwood uniform.
  1. Belts must be worn and must be black or khaki. NO brown or other color belts are permissible.
  1. Shirts are to be tucked in at all times; please discuss this with your child.
  1. SHOES: Only all-white or all-black athletic shoes or the other approved shoe options are allowed to be worn inside during school hours with the school uniform.  Any other athletic shoe may be worn during PE only BUT the student MUST change back to his/her uniform shoe after PE.  PLEASE REMIND YOUR CHILD OF THIS POLICY.  The black lace-up athletic shoes are NOT an approved chapel shoe and are not permitted to be worn during chapel or at any time that the chapel uniform is required to be worn. Please refer to the uniform list for chapel shoe options which include black Merrill’s, black bucs and black penny loafers. Only tan Merrill shoes, NOT brown, are allowed and approved as an optional shoe. Refer to the “Do’s” and “Don’t’s” guide for further information regarding shoes.
  1. Winter coats and jackets are NOT permitted to be worn during Chapel; students will be asked to remove it if worn. The monogrammed sweater options are permitted to be worn with the Chapel uniform.
  1. Black polo shirts are NOT permitted to be worn with the black sweaters. Black polos are permitted to be worn with the girl’s plaid uniform items.
  1. Buckhead Uniforms is our ONLY source for the uniform pieces. We do not permit other sources to be used due to the nature of the clothing items themselves and differences that occur with color, shade and style.  PLEASE NOTE, many options have been made available for the very reason that not all pieces will necessarily work for your child.

PLEASE LABEL ALL UNIFORM PIECES WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME; THIS IS A MUST AND WILL REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF LOST CLOTHING AND SWITCHED CLOTHING IN THE LOCKER ROOM. IRON-ON LABEL SETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE TRADING POST. 

 

Drop Off / Pick Up Information

Preschool:  Drop preschool students off at 8:00 am.  Please enter the Preschool parking lot, park and walk your students into the classroom.  If you have dropped an older sibling off you may pull up from the main parking lot and park. If enrolled in the stay and play program pick up for Preschool is at 2:30 if your student has no siblings.  Students with siblings will be picked up at The Academy at 2:50. On Friday’s pick up will begin at 2:00pm.

Drop off for students NOT enrolled in the Stay and Play program is at 8:00 am and pick up is at Noon.

Lower School (K- 4th): Please enter the main parking lot and follow driveway to the left.  Stop and wait until you are motioned forward.  Doors will open at 7:45am. Pick up begins at 2:50pm. Friday pick up begins at 2:00pm.

Middle and Upper School (5th – 12th): Please enter the main parking lot and follow driveway to the right and drop students at the middle school entrance.  Doors will open at 7:45am and pick up will begin at 2:50pm.  On Friday’s pick up will begin at 2:00pm. Students that have been granted permission to drive may park in the paved parking in the front of school.  Teachers and faculty will park in the gravel lots.

Extended Care Program

Extended care is available for grades K-5th Monday-Friday from 2:50-5:00pm.

There are three payment options:

Annual: $1250/child

Quarterly: $450/child

5 Day Pre Paid Punch Card: $80/child

 

Athletics

Cross Country

Coach: Patricia Hopkins – hopkinsbillpat@mindspring.com

Meet Schedule:

8/21 Battle of the Fairways (US)-Canton

8/22 Pickens Preview (MS)-Jasper

9/1 War Eagle Invitational-Gainesville

9/12 – Covered Bridge Run – Roswell

9/17 – Mill Springs – Alpharetta

9/19 – Dominion Dash – Marietta

9/26 – North Georgia Mountain Invitational – Ellijay

10/1 – Mill Springs – Alpharetta

10/17 – Sharptop Invitational – Jasper

 

Basketball: Middle School

Coach: Position Available

Practice: Two days a week from 3:00-5:00 on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday

11/10 Shiloh Hills       (HOME)                                  TBD

            11/12 Lyndon              (AWAY)                                 4:00pm

            11/17 Dominion          (HOME)                                  4:00pm

            11/19 Midway              (AWAY)                                 4:00pm

            12/1 Cherokee             (HOME)                                  4:00pm

            12/3 Exel                      (HOME)                                  4:00pm

            12/7 Eastside               (HOME)                                   4:00pm

            12/10 Shiloh Hills       (AWAY)                                  TBD

            1/5 Lyndon                  (HOME)                                   4:00pm

            1/7 Dominion              (AWAY)                                  4:00pm

            1/12 Midway               (HOME)                                   4:00pm

            1/14 Cherokee             (AWAY)                                  4:15pm

            1/16 Exel                     (AWAY)                                  10:00am

            1/21 Eastside               (AWAY)                                  4:00pm               

Basketball: Upper School

Depends on interest

Golf: 4th Grade and Up

Coach: Larry Ruff – larryruff@rufflawgroup.com

Practices Only: Monday’s at 3:00 pm at Big Canoe.  From September 14- October 22

Swimming

Coach: Debra Johnson – pickensseadragonsswimteam@yahoo.com

Practices: Tuesday and Thursday 4:10-5:35                Starting on 10/12

11/9 First Meet

11/21 Crown (Crown)

12/11 Gatewood (Madison, GA)

1/9 GT

1/22 Loganville (Madison, GA)

1/30 State (GT)

Additional meets on GHSA site that are not yet published.

Soccer: U8 CoEd

Coach: Toni Llor – tonillor@wildwoodchristianacademy.com

Practices: Tuesday and Thursday until 4:00pm starting September 1

11/12 First Game

*At least 9 games in the season, but UFA has not published the schedule at this time.

Cheer:Mini-1st-4th/ JV-Varsity-5th-12th

Coach: Stephanie Burdett – stephanieburdett@wildwoodchristianacademy.com

Practices and games are same as Basketball Schedule

 

Extra-Curricular

Odyssey of the Mind: Upper School, Middle School, Primary

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from elementary school through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.