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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

This week & Looking ahead:

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, 11/18

Join us at 6 pm for a VIRTUAL NACS Parent/Guardian Town Hall Thursday, 11/18. Following the recent Pfizer vaccine approval for children 5 years old and up, and with the growing trend of misinformation, especially on social media, we would like to create a space for our Northwood families to learn facts and ask questions so you can make an informed decision for their children.


In our Virtual Town Hall, we will be...

  • Reviewing our updated COVID-19 Mitigation Strategy
  • Discussing all other current school updates
  • Hosting a Q+A panel of local experts about the Pfizer Vaccine for children

Please note, following the event a transcription will be shared in Spanish and Creole Haitian.

*Zoom details will be shared shortly*

Ways to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month With your Kids

November is National Native American Heritage Month, a chance to honor the history and continuing culture of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Get your kids involved! Each week we will share family-friendly ideas to celebrate and learn about Indigenous peoples of the United States.


Here's an idea: Take a deeper dive with Native American heritage sites.

Spend some time on the National Park Service’s Native American Heritage Month website, which makes it easy to discover important people and stories.

There, you and your child will also learn about the U.S. parks, memorials, and historic sites that honor Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.

CALLING ALL FUTURE SUBS!

Are you passionate about helping all students✏️learn in a collaborative environment? Northwood is currently looking for substitute 🍎 teachers. Please share this with any interested family and friends. All candidates can email Mrs. Carey at, ccarey@northwoodcs.org. Payment is $150 a day. Thank you!

Parent Corner:

GUEST VIRTUAL READERS Opportunity- November 16th

We are offering a few options to our Northwood families to participate in reading aloud to students for American Education Week (November 15–19th). American Education Week happens the week prior to the week of Thanksgiving. Throughout the week we will be doing various educational based activities with students. We are asking any interested parent, guardian, etc. to please complete the form by Monday, November 15, 2021to be a VIRTUAL guest reader. Please sign up if interested.


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2nd Virtual 💻 Parent Cafe

THANK YOU to all the parents and guardians who joined us for our 2nd Virtual Parent Cafe of the year on Thursday, October 28th! We hosted over 25 folks on the zoom calls over the course of the 3 times offered. We hope you enjoyed the session!


Missed our 3 zoom sessions? Not to worry, CLICK HERE for the recorded cafe 💻


CLICK HERE for resources from the Virtual Parent Cafe 💻


Please reach out to our Community Coordinator, Ms. Urbano if you have any ideas for future workshops and topics you would like to see. Curbano@northwoodcs.org

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YOU'RE INVITED- NACS Virtual Family BINGO!

Mark your calendars! Wednesday, December 22nd at 7:00 pm, we will virtually host a Northwood Family Fun Bingo Night!


Families will have a chance to play bingo and win prizes.

This is a free event - RSVP to curbano@northwoodcs.org by 12/20. Zoom link information will be sent closer to the event date.


Make sure to download your BINGO card(s) ahead of time. You can use as many boards as you’d like, as long as you can keep up with the numbers being called. CLICK HERE can generate your own electronic bingo boards. Let's have a fun night of BINGO before we are all head into Winter Break next week.

COMMUNITY CORNER

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FREE Virtual Workshop: Grades 6-8TH, 11/13

Pay It Forward: Being Financially Smart And Staying Safe

Event run by Eastern Savings Bank.

WHEN? November 13 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


In this workshop, students will learn about how the financial system works in an increasingly technological world and how to avoid being a victim of online scams by identifying threats before it’s too late! Students will need access to a computer (Chromebooks OK!) and the internet. Please send an email to, abarley@easternsavingsbank.com if you have any questions. Thank you! >> SIGN UP HERE <<

Celebrate World Kindness Day, 11/13

On Saturday, November 13th, World Kindness Day offers a great opportunity to show that we can all bring the power of kindness into our everyday lives and serve as role models to those around us. To help you put kindness into action, Healthier Generation and Kohl's Healthy at Home share seven ways you can spread kindness in your community.


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Tarken Ice Rink & Rec. Center

Tarken Ice Rink & Rec. Center is pleased to announce that public skating is back!


Public skating returned last Friday, November 5th! Skating will return from 7:00-9:00 pm. Admission is free, and skate rental is $3.00. Please keep in mind, masks must be worn inside the building. The Shut it Down Cafe will be open for all your food and beverage needs The rest of our public skating schedule will be released later this month. For all updates check out their Facebook page.

Get Help with Winter Heating Costs

Pennsylvanians who meet income guidelines can now get help with their winter heating costs. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now accepting applications online or via a paper application.


LIHEAP helps families who meet income guidelines pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant. Households in immediate danger of being without heat can also qualify for crisis grants. The cash grant is a one-time payment sent directly to the utility company/fuel provider to be credited on your bill. These grants range from $200 to $1,000 based on household size, income, and fuel type. Remember: This is a grant and does not have to be repaid.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road! ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Exhibit Opens at Please Touch Museum!

Enjoy the Please Touch Museum (PTM) The Wizard of Oz Educational Exhibit while reliving the story (or perhaps learning about it for the first time), kids can travel from Dorothy’s farm to the Land of Oz with activities, lessons, and imaginative play.


In this exhibit, visitors can:

  • Learn about how tornados form and create your own tornado
  • Discover the storyline and characters of The Wizard of Oz, and even view a pair of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers
  • Make your way through a tunnel on the Cowardly Lion’s “Courage Crawl”
  • Test your brainpower like the Scarecrow with brainteasers and a cornfield maze
  • Climb a bouldering wall to capture the Wicked Witch’s broomstick
  • Ride Miss Gulch’s bicycle to reveal the hidden picture on a praxinoscope
  • Manipulate light to recreate some of the special effects used by the “great and powerful Oz”

Located at 4231 Avenue of the Republic in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park now until January 16, 2022. In order to keep the PTM experience safe, online reservations are required. The museum is open Wednesdays – Sundays from 9 am –4:30 pm.

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!


CLICK HERE to watch a video (created by Kevin Lofton) for families in Philadelphia to understand their rights under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. This ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for students experiencing homelessness. Check it out now!

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Important Dates on the Horizon

Thursday, November 11th, School Closed in observance of Veteran's Day

Friday, November 12th, School PICTURE DAY

Monday, November 15th- 19th, American Education Week

Wednesday, November 18th, Board Meeting

Wednesday, November 18th, Battle of Vertieres

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.

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