Wednesday, December 21st, 2022
This will be the LAST Bulldog Blast of 2022. Wishing our entire Northwood community a safe and healthy winter break. We will see you in 2023!
This Week & Looking ahead:
📓 CLICK HERE to see a recording of our 2022 Winter Concert.
📓 Tomorrow, Thursday, December 22nd is Pajama Day for our upper school students Grades 5-8! Please ensure that your child’s pajamas are aligned with the Northwood dress code policy. Pajamas should be modest and should follow the following guidelines:
- No short shorts
- Appropriate coverage
- No see through material
- No low cut tops
- Appropriate footwear (no slippers)
📓 Winter Dance: Tomorrow, Thursday, December 22nd we will be holding a Winter Dance for students K-8. This is an invitation-only event for students who have shown hard work and great behavior so far this month. The lower school is encouraged to dress up (this is optional). Upper school students invited to the incentive are invited to dress down or participate in pajama day. Merit points have been tallied and invitations were sent out to students on Monday. Please reach out to your grade-level assistant principal for questions or concerns.
📓 Please note: Tomorrow, Thursday, 12/22 is the last day of school before winter break. We will resume classes on January 3, 2023.
📓 Thank you to all who joined Ms. Urbano (Community Coordinator), Ms. Lozandieu (Lower School Counselor K-4), and Mr. Whitlach (Upper School Counselor 5-8) for the December Community Check on 12/14. As always, all NACS guardians are welcome to attend. Our next check-in will be on January 25th.
📓 Tonight, Wednesday, December 21st: Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) via Zoom. Please visit HERE for all other meeting details or procedures on how to make a future public comment.
It is with great sadness that we announce that we have learned of Lasonia Queen’s passing. Nurse Queen transitioned on Friday afternoon at Jefferson Hospital. We have learned that her family was by her side the entire time.
Mr. Queen, Nurse Queen’s husband, has asked for privacy as he manages the situation. He has informed us that he would contact Northwood once the family has finalized the final arrangements.
Northwood Academy is working to coordinate grief support for our students and staff this week as we grieve the death of our beloved Nurse Queen.
Sorrowfully submitted on behalf of the entire Administrative team,
Update: Covid Tests and KN-95 Masks
Yesterday, classrooms received a class set of Rapid Covid Test and KN-95 Masks.
Tests will be given out TODAY, Wednesday, 12/21 for students to take home. These tests are intended for students to take prior to returning from Winter Recess. Information on these tests is posted below in our Bulldog Blast and on our school website, https://www.northwoodcs.org/.
Upon return from Winter Recess, Northwood will be implementing a 2-week masking policy, following the district's lead. Each class will be provided with a class set of KN-95 masks. There will be masks available for students upon entry to the building as well.
Bounce Back Philly: Nutrition Tips
CLICK HERE for a booklet covering four tips for healthy eating that can be practiced in isolation or quarantine.
Food Banks & Other Resources:
Next to the map, you will find a list of addresses, food pick-up times, phone numbers, and requirements for each food bank.
Community Hanukkah Celebration: 12/21, 6pm
Welcome in the fourth night of Hanukkah with your Northeast Jewish community! Bring your family and friends for an evening of candle lighting, live music by Ken Ulansey, latkes and donuts – and, of course, schmoozing and all of the Hanukkah fun. Nosh will be provided by the House of Kosher.
Wednesday, December 21 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
House of Kosher, 9806 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19115
Register here: jewishphilly.org/northeast-hanukkah
For more information or questions, email Carrie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hanukkah 2022 will begin on the evening of Sunday, December 18th, and ends on the evening of Monday, December 26th. "Hanukkah" means dedication in Hebrew, and the Jewish holiday, also known as The Festival of Lights, represents joy. It's punctuated by an eight-night display of dancing flames atop candles held in intricate menorahs, conveying warmth, comfort, and in Hanukkah's case, a miracle.
Check out these Hanukkah videos and read-alouds for kids:
Find activities, recipes, gift guides, and more on PJ Library's Hanukkah page.
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).
What You Should Know about RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus)
You’ve probably heard cases of Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are rapidly increasing in Pennsylvania and nationwide. In fact, levels of RSV are higher than usual for this time of year so families need to know about RSV because some children can get very sick and need hospitalization.
RSV is a virus that usually causes common cold symptoms in most children and adults. Both children and adults can get it and there’s no vaccination available for RSV. While it usually causes mild illness, it is important to know that younger children are at much higher risk for serious complications requiring urgent treatment and in some cases hospitalization.
Factors increasing children’s risk for severe RSV infections include:
- 3 months of age or younger (due to difficulty clearing mucus from smaller airways)
- Being around other children in a school, childcare setting, or at home
- Living in crowded housing situations
- Exposure to secondhand smoke
- Children with a history of weakened immune systems, preterm birth, or heart or lung problems
It is particularly concerning right now because the spread of RSV and other seasonal respiratory illnesses like the flu has started earlier than usual this year. We know that COVID-19 is still circulating, too. Strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19, like strict hand washing and sanitation practices, along with masking, can limit the spread of all respiratory and viral illnesses, such as RSV and the flu.
The PA Department of Health strongly recommends flu vaccination and COVID-19 vaccination to help protect persons 6 months and older, especially individuals with a high risk for complications of respiratory infections.
Learn about Signs and Symptoms Here: https://youtu.be/9X1AQo7TEls
- American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) at aap.org and www.HealthyChildren.org
- RSV: When It’s More Than Just a Cold (Updated October 24, 2022)
- RSV in Infants and Young Children (CDC.gov)
- Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) (for Parents) – Nemours KidsHealth
Fire safety tips for a festive and safe holiday season
Philadelphia Fire Department (PFD) Captain Derek Bowmer recently stated he encourages all residents to remember to call 311 for smoke alarms and to have an escape plan.
The holiday season is here and with it comes decorations and chilly weather! This season, take a few minutes to review these fire safety tips so you and your loved ones can stay safe while staying warm and celebrating the holidays.
Make sure your smoke alarms work! The PFD recommends having one smoke alarm on each floor of your home, including the basement.
• They should be 10-year smoke alarms, with sealed lithium-ion batteries.
• Test each alarm in your house.
• Check the date on your alarms.
• If they are more than 10 years old, they need to be replaced.
• If you don’t have smoke alarms, you can request them for free
through 311. https://iframe.publicstuff.com/...
With the hustle and bustle of December, there is more than just Christmas Day to think about and prepare to celebrate with the ones you love.
Some notable December/January holidays in addition to Christmas include:
Nicholas Day: It seems only right that the man who works the hardest on Christmas Eve should have a day that celebrates him. Celebrated on December 6 in Western Christian countries and Romania, December 5 in the Netherlands and December 19 in Eastern Christian countries as a Christian festival, the Feast of St. Nicholas focuses on his reputation as a bringer of gifts, as well as through the attendance of Mass or worship services.
Winter Solstice: The winter solstice marks the day of the year with the shortest period of daylight, and the longest night of the year. Winter Solstice is the beginning of winter and is celebrated by various cultures. In 2021, the Winter Solstice falls on December 21st. Astronomically, this day marks the beginning of shorter nights and longer days.
Kwanzaa: This holiday was created in 1966 to celebrate African-American heritage, and even though many people believe this holiday was meant to be a substitute for Christmas, it is not a religious holiday. Celebrated from December 26th through January 1st every year, Kwanzaa, which means “first fruit of the harvest” in Swahili, is a time to focus on traditional African family values. It is based upon the celebration of seven principles or beliefs called the Nguzo Saba.
Three Kings Day: At the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas comes a day called the Epiphany or Three Kings Day. This holiday is celebrated as the day the three wise men first saw baby Jesus and brought him gifts. On this day in Spain, many children get their Christmas presents. In Puerto Rico, before children go to sleep on January 5, some leave a box with hay under their beds so the kings will leave good presents. In France, a delicious King cake is baked. Bakers will hide a coin, jewel, or little toy inside.
New Year’s Eve. The celebration of the New Year is the oldest of all recorded holidays. First observed in Ancient Babylon about 4,000 years ago, this annual event has been celebrated the world over, as it marks the end of a year and the beginning of a new one.
No matter which holiday you celebrate this winter season, we wish you a happy holiday season and a safe new year filled with good things to celebrate!
First Grade Celebrating The Polar Express!
Mrs. Hewins spreading some holiday "cheer"
Dasher’s Lightshow @ Philadelphia Mills Mall
The Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association Presents:
Please read the below message from YouthCOR:
Although COVID-19 is slowly leaving our lives, the effects of the pandemic remain. The mental health of our youth and the growing needs of our students consumes our work every day. The CEO of CORA, AnnMarie McDowell, has developed one agency-wide CORA Holiday for CORA staff – a recognition day to rest, care for their own individual needs, and care for their family. On Monday, March 20, 2023, nearly three years from our last day of typical operations before the pandemic we are observing this CORA Mental Health Day. As a result of this holiday, all YouthCOR programs will be closed.
We will resume operation on Tuesday, March 21st, 2023.
Thank you for understanding and supporting all we do at CORA.
BULLDOG SPOTLIGHT: We want to hear from you!
If you have something you would like to share with our NACS community, or would like to nominate your child for our Bulldog Spotlight, please email email@example.com.
Photos must be submitted no later than noon on Tuesday to be shared in the upcoming Wednesday issue.
Northwood Academy Charter School Child Find Policy and Procedures (Annual Notice)
Hello Northwood Families,
You will find a copy of our Annual Child Find Notice here 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 website, via social media, and in local news publications. For further information, please contact the Director of Special Education, Kate Crossett at 215-289-5606.
The Child Find Policy (Annual Notice) Policy and Procedures for Students with Disabilities at Northwood Academy Charter School aim to ensure that all students with disabilities who are eligible to enroll in the school will have available to them a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. CLICK HERE for the complete policy.
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 Lower School Counselor and Northwood's Homelessness Liaison Ms. Lozandieu 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.
Important Dates on the Horizon
Sunday, December 18th- Monday, December 26th, Chanukah (Hanukkah) 2022
Wednesday, December 21st- Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, December 21st- Winter Concert
Thursday, December 22nd- K-8 Winter Dance (invite only based on behavior)
Monday, December 26- Sunday, January 1, 2023, Kwanzaa 2022
Monday, January 16th- School Closed - Martin Luther King Day
February- African American/Black History Month
Monday, February 20th- School Closed - President's Day
March- National Women’s History Month
April- National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM)
Monday, April 3rd – Monday, April 10th- School Closed - Spring Recess
May- Asian/Pacific Heritage Month
Monday, May 29th- School Closed - Memorial Day
What is Safe2Say Something?
Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late. With 'Safe2Say Something', it’s easy and confidential to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies.
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.
Connect with Northwood
Location: 4621 Castor Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Phone: (215) 289-5606