Wednesday, August 30th, 2023
Please see the following important reminders:
- SAVE THE DATE: Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 14th, from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm. Keep a lookout for additional details.
- EACH WEDNESDAY we will be dismissing students at 12:00 noon.
- Kindergarten Parent Orientation (Thursday, August 31, 2023 ... 9 AM - 10 AM - Last Names A-L)
- Kindergarten Parent Orientation (Friday, September 1, 2023 ... 9 AM- 10 AM - Last Names M-Z)
- First Day of School for Kindergarten (Tuesday, September 5, 2023)
Similar to our Northwood school website, and our weekly Bulldog Blast e-newsletter, we will continue to provide weekly updates and announcements for our K-8 communities. We will also be continuing to highlight our bulldogs in our 'Bulldog Spotlight' section below so please feel free to start sending your pictures to Ms. Urbano, firstname.lastname@example.org.
To stay informed between issues of our newsletter, make sure to follow us on Instagram (@nacslife) for additional news and updates throughout the week!
🚌 Bus Information
Buses arrive at Northwood between 6:50 am and 7:45 am.
Buses depart Northwood between 3:00 pm and 3:10 pm.
Parents will be notified via REMIND app. if a bus is a no-show or
🚌 School Bus Behavior
In an effort to assure the safety of your child(ren), the following rules must
be observed by all riders. Failure to follow the rules of school transportation will result in disciplinary action:
Sit in your assigned seat at all times.
No eating or drinking on the bus.
Be respectful; use quiet voices and kind words.
Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself at all times.
🏫 Arrival/Dismissal Procedures
Students are to be dropped off on Adams Avenue at the rear of the building between 7:15 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. There is no supervision prior to 7:15 a.m. Students walk up the blacktop and enter the building through the Adams Avenue doors. ALL entry doors will be closed promptly at 7:45 a.m. Students arriving after that time must be escorted to the Castor Avenue main entrance. Please note, that parents and guardians are not permitted to walk their child to the classroom.
🏫 At dismissal time, kindergarten and grade 1 children are to be picked up in the playground on the Orthodox Street side of the building, grade 2 on the catwalk by the rear cafeteria doors and grades 3-8 on the Adams Ave. blacktop area. Parents must wait in the specific area for their child(ren).
🚌 For all transportation inquiries please reach out to Ms. Mohamad at email@example.com.
- Monday, 9/4 - Labor Day- No School
- Thursday, 9/14/2023 - Back to School Night (DETAILS TO COME)
- Friday, 9/15 - Rosh Hashanah- No School
- Monday, 9/25 - Yom Kippur- No School
NORTHWOOD PARENT ASSOCIATION:
Are you eager to stay in the know about all the exciting events happening at your child's school? Do you want to lend a helping hand and get involved in the school community as a parent volunteer? Look no further! Our Parent Association is here to help you stay informed and engaged.
By filling out our simple form, you'll be sure to receive all the latest updates on school events, volunteer opportunities, and more. Join our community of dedicated parents who are committed to supporting our students and enhancing their educational experience.
Don't miss out on any of the action - sign up today and stay in the loop with our Parent Association!
REMIND APP SIGN-UP
If you have not done so already please sign up for our NACS Remind App: the best way to stay in the know on all school updates and happenings in real-time. Parents will receive Wednesday Reminders and school-wide information via this platform.
The simplest way to sign-up is via text message through the following method:
Text @nacsnews to the number 81010
You will either be prompted to log in as normal, or you will receive a message that you are already signed up. This is not an error; it means that the user already has an active account in another class (for students).
If students have already signed up for a class on Remind they will automatically receive the school-wide Remind messages.
Helpful video: https://youtu.be/W3_UQAC9hro
Additional Information: Kindergarten Orientation
Parent Orientation Days
Parents will come to the school to meet their child’s teacher, drop off supplies, and get to know the ins and outs of being a kindergarten student at Northwood.
Thursday, August 31 - Parents of students with last names A-L come to school 9:00 am - 10:00 am.
Friday, September 1 - Parents of students with last names M-Z come to school 9:00 am - 10:00 am.
BULLDOG SPOTLIGHT: Shamar Brown!
Shamar Brown is Kindergarten ready!!
We love receiving photos of our Bulldogs with big smiles and having fun! If you have pictures to share that highlight a fun part of your child's day, whether it is participating in a school activity or enjoying the outdoors, send them over to our Community Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured in an upcoming edition of the Bulldog Blast📰
Annual Child Find Notice
Hello Northwood Families,
You will find a copy of our Annual Child Find Notice below outlining the procedures and protocols for Northwood's monitoring of all of our students and identification of students with special needs. This will also be able to be referenced on our school website.
For further information, please contact the Director of Special Education, Ms. Barbara Guillory at email@example.com.
Volunteer Policy Information
Important Volunteer/ Chaperone Information In order to volunteer in any capacity (including chaperoning trips) you must fulfill the following directives which are part of the Child Protective Law: The law requires all school employees, contractors, and volunteers to have direct contact with children to obtain clearances (child abuse history clearance and state and federal criminal history checks).
Quick Guide to Focus Parent Portal-
Northwood's Focus Parent Portal is a tool designed to enhance communication and involvement for you in your child's education.
This portal will allow you to monitor your child's progress in school by providing timely access to both assignments and grades that are entered by the teacher throughout the grading period. This communication tool will improve your ability to assist your child and to communicate with the teacher if necessary.
Questions? Please reach out to our Compliance Coordinator, Ms. Carmen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helpful Contact Information:
Philadelphia City Rowing: Fall enrollment is OPEN through 8/31!
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP! Enrollment will close on 8/31and acceptances will be announced shortly thereafter. Please remember space is limited.
Philadelphia City Rowing offers a fun and FREE program that introduces students in 7th and 8th grade to the sport of rowing. You will learn about rowing through both on-the-water and land workouts and will receive a general introduction to fitness, nutrition education, and environmental education. The middle school programs run Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. from the boatyard adjacent to Lloyd Hall Recreation Center (#1 Boathouse Row). You must attend a Philadelphia Public or Charter school to participate in the program.
Swim lessons (when pool time is available) will be based on their ability to secure pool time from one of the program partners. Life jackets will be provided for anyone who needs to improve their swimming skills. Further details will be provided once we get closer to that time.
Questions about the Middle School Program? Contact George at email@example.com
Looking to connect with CORA Services? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.coraservices.org
Beating the "Back to School Blues"
Our friends at Children First are hosting a series of Beating the "Back to School Blues" interactive sessions with local parents and guardians along with Kate Fox, Behavioral Health Policy Coordinator at Children First. Multiple sessions are available to meet the demands of your busy schedule. Click here to REGISTER TODAY.
Need more information or have questions? Email Kate Fox at email@example.com and she'll be happy to answer them.
Enjoy the rest of your summer! Let's hit the ground running and be in good mental health as we welcome another school year this September.
Frankford Pause Park FREE Movie Nights: Select Fridays, 7 PM - 10 PM
Location: Frankford Pause Park 4673 Paul Street Philadelphia, PA 19124
Bring your own blanket. Snacks will be available for purchase.
- Friday, September 1 - Vivo
- Friday, October 20 - Hotel Transylvania: Transformania
PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Summertime Jazz, 9/3
It’s the first Sunday of the month, which means free admission at the Barnes. This September, they’re celebrating our city’s rich jazz history with youth performances organized by the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts. Visitors can enjoy the sounds of these emerging jazz masters while finding stories of music and melodies in their galleries and through fun family activities. Plus, see the Barnes collection and their special exhibition William Edmondson: A Monumental Vision.
Registration opens Thursday, August 31, at 10 am
Where: Barnes Foundation 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy Philadelphia, PA 19130
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
CHECK IT OUT: Bulldog Blast Translation Feature
- While viewing the newsletter on your phone, select "Translate Newsletter" at the top of the screen and select the language you wish to read it in.
- If you are viewing the newsletter on your laptop, look at the top right side of the newsletter at the Accessibility Bar and click on the "Translate Newsletter" option.
Looking Ahead: Hispanic Heritage Month, Sat, Sep 16th, 12 - 4pm
National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed annually from September 15 to October 15 to celebrate the rich culture and diversity of the American Latino community and the contributions of those who came from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, and South and Central America.
Produced in partnership with El Concilio; join The Franklin Institute on Saturday, September 16 for a special day of programming that highlights the contributions of some of the amazing Philadelphia locals and organizations that help educate and nourish our Latino community.
All programming is included in your museum admission and takes place from 12:00 – 4:00 pm.
What is Safe2Say Something?
Here’s how it works:
- Submit an anonymous tip report through the Safe2SaySomething system
- The crisis center reviews and processes all submissions
- The crisis center sends all submissions to school administration and/or law enforcement for intervention
- If needed, the crisis center may contact the tipster anonymously through the app
Safe2Say Something PA:
Submit an anonymous tip here.
FAMILIES IN TRANSITION: NORTHWOOD IS HERE TO HELP
If you and your family lack fixed, regular, or adequate housing (for example, living in a shelter, transitional home, or even doubled-up with other people) due to loss of housing or economic hardship, you may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which ensures educational stability for students experiencing homelessness.
To learn more about the rights of eligible families, click here for a brief video.
If you qualify for rights under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, contact our school social worker at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Are you or someone you know in need of housing, food, health, and safety services? Please check out these resources from Project HOME: Where To Turn Guide.
Please review Northwood's Homeless Students Policy here: McKinney-Vento Policy.
Important Dates on the Horizon
- Thursday, 8/31- 9 AM - 10 AM - Last Names A-L Kindergarten Parent Orientation
- Friday, 9/1- 9 AM- 10 AM - Last Names M-Z- Kindergarten Parent Orientation
- Monday, 9/4 - Labor Day- No School
- Tuesday, 9/5- First Day of School for Kindergarten
- Thursday, 9/14 - Back to School Night (DETAILS TO COME)
- Friday, 9/15 - Rosh Hashanah- No School
- Friday, 9/15- Sunday, 10/15- National Hispanic Heritage Month
- Monday, 9/25 - Yom Kippur- No School
Public Meeting Schedule 2023-2024
Below is a list of the Board meeting dates for the Northwood Academy Charter School for the 2022-2023 school year. Meetings are held bi-monthly on the third Wednesday at 5:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) at 4621 Castor Ave and via Zoom: Join this Month’s Board Meeting. All meetings are open to the public.
You can find upcoming meeting agendas HERE.
- Wednesday, October 20, 2023
- Wednesday, December 20, 2023
- Wednesday, February 21, 2024
- Wednesday, April 17, 2024
- Wednesday, June 19, 2024
There will also be subcommittee meetings at 5:00 p.m. on the first and last Wednesday of each month as necessary. Any alteration of any of these dates will be reflected on the monthly calendar.
How to Join Meetings:
All Board meetings are held virtually. Should you wish to make a public comment, please refer to the protocols in the Northwood Student Parent Handbook:
Register for Public Comment: Northwood Academy Public Comment at Board Meetings Policy
Adopted: November 17, 2014 Revised: January 10, 2020
The Northwood Academy Charter School Board of Directors recognizes the value, to school governance, of public comment on matters facing the school.
In order to permit fair and orderly expression of such comment, the Board will provide up to a thirty (30) minute period for public participation on each of its public meeting agendas. Public comment may be on any topic related to the operation of the charter school. Please note, to be placed on the public section of the agenda, a written request must be addressed to the Board of Directors and hand-delivered to the front office or sent via U.S. Mail to 4621 Castor Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124 or emailed to email@example.com. Requests must be received at least three (3) working days prior to the scheduled meeting.
- The request must include all of the following information or it will be denied:
- The speaker’s name
- What, if any, group or persons the speaker represents
- What, if any, relation the speaker or represented group has with Northwood
- The topic or matter that will be addressed
Time allotted to individuals will be limited to three (3) minutes. However, additional written information may be presented to and considered by the Board.
Should you miss your designated place on the agenda, you will need to resubmit your request for a future meeting. No one may make the presentation on your behalf. Board members and administrators will not respond to public comments during the comment period.
Connect with Northwood
Location: 4621 Castor Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Phone: (215) 289-5606