Northwood Notes

Royal Oak Schools: A Community of Excellence

Week of 9.13.15

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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.

First Week of School

Dear Northwood Parents/Guardians

We had a wonderful first week of learning at Northwood. Thank you for your positive attitudes and encouraging words to students this week. There were emotional days for a few (parents and students) but as I visited classrooms, the lunchroom and greeted students in the morning I saw lots of smiles.

Looking for Lunch Monitors and Lunch Monitor Subs

Interested in making some extra money, working at school and helping kids? Please consider letting us know. Contact Donna Judd for paperwork and information. Parents, guardians, grandparents, and college students can apply.


Parking Lot Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help in the parking lot and drop-off/pick-up areas. Please let Mrs. Ashburn know if you are interested and we will add your name to the list. Please let me know the days of the week and times you are available. With volunteers we will be able to alleviate some congestion.


A big shout out to all of the parents/guardians parking a street away and walking to school. I also am glad to see all the families that are walking from home. Those of you carpooling are reducing the number of cars in the lot also. You are helping to alleviate the congestion and we have noticed!


It is requested that all adults who are arriving and departing from the school be particularly cautious and mindful of the children and adult pedestrians in the school vicinity at all times. The safety of our entire school community depends upon the care and concern of all of us.

Please follow these safety precautions in the parking lot:

*Park in a handicap parking spot only if you have a valid and visible permit

*Please refrain from cell phone calls and texting while driving.

*Drop-off area – there is one lane of drop-off and pick-up only.

*Pull all the way forward to the end of the lane before dropping or picking up children. Do not back up in the pick-up lane.

*Students should enter and exit on the passenger side of the vehicle only.

*Do not exit your vehicle, thus parking in the drop-off and pick-up only lane, even if it is to run to the door or drop off a project. If you must exit your vehicle you need to park in a parking spot.

*Adults and students should remain on sidewalks and cross at crosswalks only. It is difficult to see children in the parking lot between vehicles.

Parents who wish to park and escort students into/out of the building:

*You may park in the visitor parking lot and walk your students to their entry door.

*If you would like to park on the street, please consider parking on a side street other than McDonald Avenue. This will alleviate congestion on McDonald Avenue.


*In an effort to alleviate congestion near the school you may consider dropping your 3rd-5th grader off at the cross points of W. Houstonia and McDonald Avenue or W. Houstonia and Vinsetta. Safety Patrol students will be at W. Houstonia and McDonald Avenue. They will also be at McDonald Avenue and 12 Mile Road.

*Adult crossing guards will be at Crooks Road and 12 Mile Road crosswalks.

*Carpooling reduces traffic congestion and helps the environment.

*Consider walking to school

*Have your child participate in the Breakfast Program. You can drop them off early (7:55), they can eat an inexpensive breakfast, and you avoid the trafficJ

Please follow these guidelines and be kind to each other, there are children watching and listening!

Start and End Times, Latch Key, Breakfast Program

The safeties must get to class so the doors will be closed/locked at 8:25 (9:25 on Late Starts). Teachers pick up students at 8:20 (9:20 on Late Starts). If you get to school after 8:25 (9:25 on late starts) you need to enter the main door #3. Students will check in with the secretary. Thank you for getting to school on time and avoiding the congestion in the office/disruption to classes.

8:20am First Bell – Students Enter the Building (Late Start 9:20 am)

8:25am Tardy Bell – Classes Begin (Late Start 9:25 am)

3:30pm Bell Rings – School Dismissed

Latch Key:

7:00-8:30am and 3:30-6:00pm. Questions about latch key should be directed to the Addams Early Childhood Center @ 248.288.3220 Extension 0. To enter Latch Key on the first day you will call the phone number posted at door number 1 (north end of building).

Breakfast Program:

7:55-8:20am Children are to enter Door Number 3 – Main Entrance. Students may not arrive prior to 7:55am. There is no supervision prior to 7:55am.

Medication Form

If your child has prescription medication that has to be administered at school click on the link and complete the form. Your doctor will need to complete the second page. Medication must be in the original container. Turn in to the secretary.

School Information and Student Handbook

Please make sure you keep this as a reference. Also available in the packet are volunteer forms and Homework Club forms (DUE 9/1/15) for semester 1.

Q & A

1. How do I find out about Girl Scouts, Brownies, Daisies?

Scouts are not part of school programs.

I have been given the following as contact information:

Audrey Pollard
Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan
500 Fisher Building
3011 W. Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202
TF 800 482 6734 x 2107
P 313 573 0746

2. Can I visit the playground at lunch?

If you need your child at lunch you must check in at the office. Please do not go to the playground without a pass. You will be asked to return to the office.


Do you know what is happening? PTA Events, Late Starts......Click the bar above.

September 14 PTA Meeting 7pm

September 15 Curriculum Night, 3rd Grade Only 6:30-7:15pm. This is a night for adults.

September 16, 23, 30 Late Start

September 17 Curriculum Night, K, 1, 2 6:30-7:15pm, 4, 5 7:30-815pm. This is a night for adults.

September 18 Family Picnic on South Playground.

September 22 Picture Day (forms have been sent home by the teacher)


Check for PTA event information and volunteer opportunities.