Northwood Notes

Royal Oak Schools: A Community of Excellence

Week of 1.17.16 & 1.24.16


Staff Edition

Mission Statement

Northwood Elementary School will provide higher-level learning opportunities for all students to maximize their potential in a safe, nurturing, respectful, and diverse environment.
Article: Five Questions About Assessment

Read the article by clicking the button above. How did you answer the questions?


What? The Great Kindness Challenge is a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement. The Great Kindness Challenge is one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible. Students will be provided a checklist of 50 kind acts (as examples), students accept the challenge and prove that bullying is weak and kindness is strength. We proudly accept the challenge with other Royal Oak Elementary schools. PBIS focus for the week:)

The checklists will be in your mailboxes this week. Thanks for supporting in any way possible. Look for a display in the case near the music room in the next week. Feel free to add to it in any way you want to in your classroom discussions. Thanks.


Boxes will be in the Door 3 vestibule. January 11-22. Details to follow from the PTA. FRIDAY IS THE LAST DAY.

Oakland Schools Hearing Screening January 21-January 27 (Grades K, 2, 4)

Valentine's Day Party Info/Reminders

We will celebrate on Friday, 2.12.16

Parties should not last more than one hour. These should be low key celebrations (EX: snacks, craft, opening cards). Teachers will determine the time, sometimes it is shorter. Party activities should not include anything that will damage the carpet or furniture(dyes, making goo, etc). Teacher will coordinate with room parents and need to be aware of the plans. Food must be nut and tree nut free. Make sure you work with any other known additional allergies in the class. Parents should be reminded that the cards should not include any candy that contains nuts or tree nuts. The classroom teacher is responsible for reviewing what the parents are setting up and for checking all food items. Last year M & Ms had to be removed from several cards. It is not okay to say students can just take it all home and parents can check it out. Thank you for your assistance.

Teachers determine the number up to the number listed below: Some may need less.

K-1 five
2-3 four
4-5 three

This number INCLUDES the room parent and any parents that need to be at a party (special diet, etc). Please make that clear to party organizers and give them names of any person that needs to attend if there are special circumstances. The party is for the students. The adults that volunteer are in the class to assist with the party. Lindsay will need to have the list of all room volunteers for the party by Monday February 8th. Please include the time of your celebration. They must check in with her and get a sticker.

**Lower el has a higher number to assist with the younger children. Please remember that this was a decision that was reached a few years ago with staff.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

PBIS Matrix/January Lesson Focus

Please focus on "Office/Library" during the month of January. Please REVIEW and PRACTICE all four areas in the OAKS Matrix related to Office/Library behavior. Be prepared to discuss with your colleagues and share lessons.

Safety Note

Please check on students in the hallway as they prepare to leave. Remind students of appropriate actions and that they should not be touching, kicking, or pushing.


Please check the Assessment Calendar and make sure you know what you need for 2MP.

Thank you.

Educator Effectiveness

The following link has all the Educator Effectiveness information in one great location. The most recent items you can review are located here:

Please make an appointment if you have any questions or need a tutorial on Teachscape usage.

Northwood District Website Calendar

Do you know what is happening? Please check the building and Google calendar often. Let me know if you do not have access. Enter field trips and class events on the Google calendar.

Dates to Remember : Check Google Calendar


Please sign up for time in CALENDLY (click bar above) if you would like someone to help work with students. Feedback appreciated. Open to anyone.

Schedules Folder

You can access schedules in this folder.

School Information and Student Handbook

Please make sure you keep this as a reference. Check out the showcases:)

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