Bulldog Blast

April 14th, 2021

Hybrid Information

Hello Northwood Academy,


Thank you to all who attended our 4/8 Town Hall and 4/13 Q+A session in Spanish. We are in full swing of our hybrid transition. We thank you all for your flexibility and resilience.


Countdown until Monday, April 19 when we will start our Hybrid/Virtual learning model. Please be advised that the daily schedule has changed for ALL students, regardless of whether they are in person or remaining fully virtual. We suggest making a copy for your child to keep next to their desk or work table at home so they will see the different times they need to be online.


In-person students begin their day at 7:30 am. Virtual students join their class via Zoom at 7:45 am. Anyone coming in or on Zoom after 7:46 am will be marked late. Breakfast will be served to in-person students in their classroom from 7:30 - 7:45 am. Lunch will be served to in-person students in their classrooms from 1:00 - 1:30 pm.


Wednesdays will now follow the asynchronous schedule previously held on Fridays. Everyone will stay home on Wednesdays so the classrooms and school can be given a good cleaning.


Specials will take place virtually while students remain with their homeroom teacher.


TEMPLE
- Monday / Tuesday
DREXEL
- Thursday / Friday

LA SALLE - fully virtual every day


If anyone would like to opt into a hybrid model at this date, please email Mrs. Herschberger and we will attempt to accommodate this request. Please note, NO requests to join hybrid instruction will be honored after today, April 14.


Click on the link below to access the Parent Hybrid Handbook. Important information from the handbook is included, including schedules and other specifics.

NACS Parent Hybrid Handbook


Uniform Expectations:

  • Northwood polo shirt, t-shirt

  • Khakis or sweatpants

  • Sneakers

  • Northwood sweatshirt

  • Masks must be worn at all times


Necessary supplies to bring to school:

  • Any textbooks or novels distributed during the school year

  • Notebooks

  • Writing utensils


REMINDERS:

- Ruvna health screenings must be completed daily. Parents will be receiving daily notifications via REMIND with the link.

- Students must report on the day they were assigned

- Please leave any laptops, Chromebooks, or other electronic devices at home, even if a device was borrowed from Northwood


Thank you, as always, for your support of our program!

Weekly COVID testing for students and staff

We are using Group Pooled Testing called a PCR test. These tests are 99% accurate and are a gentle nasal swab.


Parents, you will receive an email to sign a waiver for their child to be tested. No child will be tested without a parent waiver. This testing is only for students IN THE BUILDING. Thank you!

urgent Transportation Update

Due to a bus driver shortage in Philadelphia and a number of schools returning to in-person learning, Northwood will NOT have bus transportation for any student the week of April 19th. Please be prepared to drop off and pick up your students next week. (Reminder school hours are 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM) Transportation is anticipated to begin on April 26th. Mrs. Dugan will provide updates as they become available.


We apologize for this inconvenience. Please contact Mrs. Dugan with any questions or concerns.

Student Corner:

Parent Corner:

Picture Day Update

Please be advised, the Friday, April 9th picture retakes day was POSTPONED.


The new date is Wednesday, 4/28/21.


8th-grade pictures will be 9:00-10:00 am. Please note, this is not a traditional RE-TAKE but for students who could not attend the original date. Northwood graduation gowns will be provided for the photo. SIGN UP HERE


10:30 AM will start K-7th grade picture re-takes. Please wear your Northwood uniform for the photo. Pictures will be taking place 10:30 am-1:00 pm.

SIGN UP HERE

Community Corner:

Community Spotlight- Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF)

As we continue to celebrate EARTH MONTH, check out some of these upcoming events (virtual and in-person) with our friends at Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF).


> Outdoors Online: Black Girls Run with Jay Ell with Natural Lands: Wednesday, April 14, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm Black Girls Run is a nationwide community organization that motivates women to take charge of their own health by training together. Join us on Zoom to learn more about this movement from owner and CEO, Jay Ell.


> Bilingual Birdwalks in Tacony Creek Park: Saturday, April 17

Join TTF for a FREE bird walk in English and Spanish! Bring your friends and family. Binoculars provided.

Choose a time:

Register here: 8:30am-10:00am

Register here: 10:30am-12pm


> Outdoors Online: Latino Outdoors with Natural Lands: Thursday, April 22, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

During this virtual discussion, Latino Outdoors speakers will share stories of building communities, discuss challenges, and provide insights for our communities and our allies. They’ll showcase how conservation roots have been ingrained in la cultura Latina for generations. REGISTER HERE


What is Latino Outdoors? Latino Outdoors seeks to create a community of national leaders in conservation and outdoor education by connecting to and engaging with Latino communities and embracing cultura y familia as part of the outdoor narrative. This ensures our history, heritage, and leadership are valued and represented. We focus on expanding and amplifying the Latinx experience in the outdoors locally and abroad.


It's also the perfect time to install a rain barrel! Sign up here to get one for FREE.

Bulldog spotlights:

WHAT IS 143K RISING?

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) formed 143K Rising as a way for lawmakers in Harrisburg to hear directly from charter school families. The goal is to give charter school families a voice in policy decisions that otherwise could have disastrous consequences for the education and future of their children.


Northwood parents and guardians, it is recommended to sign up here. You will receive email updates from the 143K Rising movement on the latest efforts to protect public education options. You also will have the opportunity to contact your state lawmakers and let them know you support public charter schools.

Free Meals Pickup 🍽️🥪🥣

We are continuing to give out frozen meals that last up to a month in the freezer, so extra meals can be stocked and saved for the weekends or a much later date! Pickup for multiple meals traditionally takes place at our cafeteria (Adams Ave. entrance) on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.


We hope families continue to take advantage of this cost-saving and nutritional convenience.

GoGuardian Software Information

If you have not read our memo regarding our newly adopted service, GoGuardian, please do so at the following link: GoGuardian Parent Letter.


To summarize, GoGuardian provides the following benefits to students and teachers:

  • Helps in protecting students against harmful and inappropriate online material

  • Helps students stay “scholarly” and more focused when learning online

  • Helps in assessing students’ progress towards class assignments

  • Facilitates communication between teachers and students during class time


Please reach out to our Technology Coordinator with any questions at dleimer@northwoodcs.org.

MCKINNEY-VENTO ACT: NORTHWOOD IS HERE TO HELP

If you live in a shelter, motel, or even doubled up with other people due to loss of housing for economic hardship, you may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act. A full definition of what constitutes homelessness can be found below.


If you believe you may be eligible, contact Lower School Counselor (K-4) Ms. Lozandieu at mlozandieu@northwoodcs.org or Upper School Counselor (5-8) Mr. Whitlatch at awhitlatch@northwoodcs.org to find out what services and supports may be available!

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Materials & Chromebook Pick-up

For those who were not able to come by the school during previous months' pickup windows, you may stop by and check-in at the front desk on Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 2:00pm to do so.


Please wear a mask and practice social distancing as you wait. All items will be prepared in advance and ready to go in a Northwood canvas bag.

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Chromebooks are also still available for pickup during these days/times.


*Please note*: This is only for students who have not yet received a school-issued Chromebook or if your school-issued Chromebook is not working. If your child has received an iPad from us, exchanges must be made in order to receive your Chromebook. If you are planning to swap a device, you must also bring the charger in order to do the exchange.

WIFI Issues Submission

If you do not have reliable high speed internet, or are experiencing connectivity issues, please feel out this form.

Parent Resource Center

This is on Northwood''s home page and includes an Instructional, Technology, and Community Hub. The Student/Parent Technology Help Desk is located within the Technology Hub.

Important Dates on the Horizon

Monday, April 19 - First day of in-person learning for Temple cohort

Wednesday, April 21- The front office will be closed for cleaning
Thursday, April 22 - First day of in-person learning for Drexel cohort
Friday, April 30 - Asynchronous Day for all students (No in-person learning for the Drexel cohort)
Thursday, May 13 - Eid al-Fitr - School Closed
Monday, May 31 - Memorial Day - School Closed
Tuesday, June 8 - Last day of in-person learning for Temple cohort
Friday, June 11 - Last day of in-person learning for Drexel cohort / Last day of school for all students