Northwood Notes

Royal Oak Schools: A Community of Excellence

Week of 11.22.15 & 11.29.15

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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.


This week is great week to say thank you for all you do to support your child(ren) and the Northwood community. We appreciate your commitment to the education of your child.

Thank you for your generosity in time, talents and resources. The volunteer hours you spend in and outside of the classroom, the donations of supplies, and charitable gifts you make both to the school and to the community at-large do not go unnoticed. I speak for the entire Northwood staff in saying we would not accomplish what we do without your help. Thank you for entrusting us with the gifts your children bring each day.

Have a wonderful break and enjoy the time with your family and friends.

Looking for Lunch Monitors

If you are interested in becoming a lunch monitor please email

PT Conferences

Parent Teacher conferences start this Monday 11/23 from 4-7 PM by appointment. The next two dates are 12/1 and 12/3. If you have not signed up please contact the teacher and set up your time. Our goal is to have 100% of our students represented. Thank you for your participation.

Conferences are in the classroom. Entry is at the main door, #3.

Shared Staff (Specials, PT, OT, Speech)& PT Conferences

Click link to see when traveling staff will be at NW. Please email the staff if you want to guarantee a time to meet or speak to them. Otherwise, stop by and see if they are available the night of conferences. Classroom teachers are by appt. only.

Head Lice

2015-2016 School Year

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We have had a reported case of head lice. We are sending this letter to all parents to increase head lice awareness so that you may take steps at home to help prevent your child from becoming infested with head lice. Any time children come together, particularly at the start of the school year or following any social grouping like Girl/Cub Scouts, Brownies, Little League, dance groups, or sleepovers, detected head lice cases commonly increase. Recent studies show that head lice are seldom spread in the school setting.

Direct, physical, head-to-head contact is the usual method of transmission. Lice do not jump or fly. They survive only for a short time away from the human head and have difficulty crawling or clinging to smooth surfaces. Check your child’s head weekly for lice and/or nits (eggs). Mature lice, which are no bigger than a sesame seed, avoid light and are hard to see. Lice eggs or “nits” are usually found close to the scalp – usually within one quarter inch. They appear as tiny whitish ovals that are “glued” to the hair shaft. They cannot easily be flicked away as dandruff can. Head lice do not transmit disease and are not a serious medical condition. They cannot survive on your pets.

If you find head lice on your child, please notify the school and treat him/her. A second treatment may be required in seven to ten days. Continue to examine the child and all family members for three weeks and treat only if live lice or if nits are found one quarter inch or less from the scalp.

My child has head lice when can they return to school?

1. Parent must accompany their child to the school office with confirmation of treatment.

2. Designated school personnel will re-examine the student’s hair:

Student will be re-admitted to school if no live lice are found.

If live lice are found and not removed, the student may not be re-admitted to class.

Help Keep Head Lice Off Your Child

All parents should check regularly – treat quickly.

Check your child’s head weekly for signs of head lice.

Teach your child not to share or trade personal items such as hats, combs, brushes, headbands, and barrettes.

Contain long hair in braids or ponytails, especially in younger children.

Teach children to avoid head-to-head contact.

For more information regarding head lice or its treatment, please feel free to contact the school office or your local health department. Thank you for your help and support.


Angela M. Ashburn

10 Steps to Keep Ahead of Lice

1) Watch for signs of head lice, such as frequent head scratching, flaky or irritated scalp, scabs, or the presence of nits. Anyone can get lice, mainly from direct head-to-head contact or possibly by sharing hats, brushes, beds, pillows, towels, etc.

2) Check all household members and close contacts for lice and nits (lice eggs) at least once a week.

3) Be sure not to confuse nits with hair debris (i.e., dandruff, hair spray droplets, or hair casts). Nits are yellowish-white, oval-shaped, and are attached at an angle to the side of the hair shaft.

4) Consult a pharmacist, physician, or school nurse before applying pesticides or other lice treatments. If anyone to be treated is pregnant or nursing, has allergies, asthma, or has nits in the eyebrows or lashes, contact your physician. Never use a pesticide or lice treatment on or near the eyes.

5) Consider all of your treatment options. Remember, lice-killing products are pesticides and must be used with caution. If you choose alternative methods, they may not have been studied thoroughly enough to determine long-term outcomes. The most effective and safe alternative is manual removal by combing.

6) Remove all nits. Separate hair sections and remove nits with a lice comb, baby safe scissors, or your fingernails.

7) For lice treatment, follow package directions carefully. Use the products over the sink, not in the tub!

8) Wash bedding and all recently worn clothing in hot water and dry in high heat for at least 30 minutes. Combs and brushes should be soaked in hot water (not boiling) for 10 minutes.

9) Avoid lice sprays! Vacuuming is the safest and best way to remove lice or fallen hairs with attached nits from furniture, rugs, stuffed animals, and car seats.

10) Notify your child’s school, camp, child-care provider, play partners, and neighborhood parents. Check for lice on a regular basis.

Note on PT Apprentice

Peter Johnson SPT

Good day to all Parents,

My name is Peter Johnson, I am a student physical therapist from the University of Michigan. I have been given the honor to apprentice under the Chris Buchanan, the school physical therapist, to gain valuable work experience. I am in my second year of a three year clinical doctorate geared towards physical therapy and rehabilitation in a wide variety of settings. I appreciate your patience and understanding as I watch and interact in the school setting.

A bit more about me: I am a Coast Guard Reservist, I have run a marathon in all 50 states and have a cocker spaniel named Layla.

Notes from the Safety Patrol

At a recent meeting the Safety Patrol met with the adult sponsor to discuss and review concerns. The major concern is cars running the stop sign on McDonald and Houstonia. Please make sure you come to a complete stop for the safety of students.

The posted traffic signs must be followed. If a sign says "DO NOT ENTER" or "ONE WAY" you should follow the posted sign.

Please remind your student(s) to listen to safeties if asked to stop. Thank you very much!

Okay2Say Cyberbullying Lessons - 4th & 5th Grade Only

The Michigan Attorney General’s office will be conducting presentations on student safety featuring the Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative (CSI) and the student safety hotline, OK2SAY. The presentation will be given for Northwood Elementary students in grades 4 and 5 on December 1, 2015. A one-hour seminar for adults is being offered at the Northwood Elementary School Cafeteria at 6:30 PM on January 7.

The 4th – 5th grade presentation teaches students to recognize common Internet predator grooming techniques, as well as additional appropriate responses to bullying and cyberbullying. Dynamic videos are provided compliments of SweetyHigh, the Ad Council, the National Crime Prevention Council, ShakeState, and Ahmir. Lastly, the students are introduced to the OK2SAY student safety hotline, which is an early warning program designed to prevent violence in schools before it occurs.

The community seminar provides practical tools including Internet safety tips and how to: 1) access the Michigan Sex Offender Registry; 2) understand the impact of digital footprints; 3) appreciate the risk of sharing photos with embedded location information; 4) recognize the potential dangers and legal ramification of sexting; and 5) identify cyberbullying warning signs and develop a plan of action. This presentation will also cover what the students see in their respective presentations, as well as what OK2SAY is, and how it works.

Handouts used during our presentations, and additional information, can be accessed at the Attorney General's website, More information on OK2SAY, as well as resources, is available at

If you do NOT want your child to participate, return the bottom of the sheet that was sent home on November 17 to your student's teacher by November 23, 2015.


With the arrival of the beautiful snow I will take this time for a review of some important information.

1. Please remind your children that they should line up at their pick up door before school. Running and playing tag at these congested locations can be dangerous. The ground can be slippery and we want to avoid students slipping into the traffic lane or falls on cement. If they want to play with your supervision on the playground that will is fine.

2. Students should not bring balls to school. Students should not be throwing balls at the pick up or drop off. This could be dangerous to other children and to drivers when balls roll into the traffic lane.

3. Throwing snow is not allowed at school. Children can make snowmen and build items with the snow on the playground, but it should not be thrown. Snowballs should not be made or thrown.

4. Please remember to send your child(ren) in dressed for the weather. We go out everyday for recess unless it is raining, the temperature is approximately 15 degrees or lower, or if weather conditions or muddy grounds prevent us from enjoying the playground.

5. Drop off note: As the temperature drops it is important to remind everyone that the safeties will open doors at 8:10 (Late Start 9:10) on mornings the temperature drops to 15 degrees or lower. If it is raining the doors will also open at 8:10 (Late Start 9:10).

6. There is not an early entry time for Breakfast. It is 7:55 AM (8:55 AM on Late Start)

6. With boots, gloves and hats please remember to label everything. The lost and found is on the stage in the cafeteria.

THANK YOU for following the guidelines and speaking to your children about them.

Erin's Law and Haven Lessons - Reminder

When are the lessons:

December 15: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th

December 16: 3rd

How long are the lessons:

45-60 minutes. Teachers remain in the classroom during the entire presentation.


Most will occur in the classroom but in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade two classes will be combined and meet in the Media Center. The combined classes will be for the same grade level. Ex: 3rd and 3rd NOT 3rd and 5th.


All questions/concerns should be sent to Keith Doody Email is best.

Material Review

If you want to review material ahead of time, the materials are in the instruction office @ the board office. Please call the instruction office ahead of time so they can accommodate you.

Information can be found at the following links:

Erin’s Law is named after childhood sexual assault survivor, author, speaker and activist Erin Merryn, who is the founder and President of Erin’s Law. Erin's Law was passed in Michigan in 2013.

Daisy Tells a Secret is a supplemental video shown during the Helping Kids, Help Themselves K-2 Lesson.

HAVEN is Oakland County’s only comprehensive program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, HAVEN provides shelter, counseling, advocacy and educational programming to nearly 30,000 people each year.

Presentation by Haven and the Royal Oak Health Advisory Committee to the Board of Education. Presentation begins at about 6:30 into the meeting.

Students that have been opted out will be working on an academic assignment related to their classwork. Tentative location: Main Office Conference Room

Information sheets were sent home four weeks ago. Opt out forms were attached.

PBIS/November Focus

We will focus on Classroom Lessons during the month of November. Teachers will review and practice all four areas in the OAKS Matrix. Please discuss classroom expectations with your child.
Behavior at Events

The link includes behaviors that should be reviewed with students/practiced at events that extend beyond the school day. Appropriate behavior is for the safety of all participants. Supervision at events is the responsibility of parents.

Parent Connect

Please remember to make the following changes in Parent Connect if you need to.

Changes in the following are completed by parents in parent connect:

Phone numbers

Email Addresses

Primary and Emergency Contacts (who can pick up your child from school)

The update may not be reflected for 24 hours.

You cannot change your home address in the system. You must go to the Board Office.

Please email if you have any questions. We have computers available for parents to use. Thank you.


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REMINDER: The Northwood Notes are now being sent every two weeks.

I hope to see you at some of the upcoming events.

11/23 PT Conferences 4-7 PM (By Appointment)

11/24 Last day for this week. Day ends at 3:30 PM.

11/25 No School

11/26 No School; Happy Thanksgiving

11/27 No School

11/30 Welcome Back!

12/1 Okay2Say Cyber Bullying Presentation Grades 4 and 5

12/1 PT Conferences 4-7 PM (By Appointment)

12/2 Late Start

12/3 PT Conferences 4-7 PM (By Appointment)

12/4 Skateworld offsite event (See PTA site for details)


Check for PTA event information and volunteer opportunities.



Target - Free money for Northwood

Target has a wonderful program that donates money to the school of your choice (choose Northwood). Click on the button and sign up if you would like to support us every time you shop at no extra cost to you. The program is ending May 14, 2016.

School Information and Student Handbook

Please make sure you keep this as a reference.