March 17, 2023

Building Excellence Successfully Together

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March 23 - FCS Board Meeting

March 24 - Fun Run

March 28 - Spring Pictures

April 3-7 - Spring Break

April 14 - STEM Day

April 18 - Northwood Kindergarten Round-Up

April 21 - All Pro Dads

Key News for Explorer Families

We kicked off our Northwood Foundation Boosterthon this week. The excitement for the event was evident as the students were motivated by an energetic Boosterthon team during an assembly on Thursday. Families will get updates from homerooms days leading into the actual run on the 24th. Word is out that admin team members will be running and racing around that day in crazy inflatable suits if we reach our goal. Parents are welcome to come watch their child/ren run during their class run time that day. However, there will be no lunch visitors on the 24th as grade level lunch schedules will be adjusted. The Foundation does so much to support many campus-wide efforts, we’re thankful in advance for your continued support this year.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, it’s been fun to see all the green today! Wishing all Northwood families happiness and good fortune this weekend.

With gratitude,

Heather Rucker


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Second Grade Explorers

Hello from Second Grade! We’ve been having lots of fun learning about stars, sun, shadows, moon, and seasons. The students had a wonderful time making shadow puppets. Read Across America Week was a success! We read so many fabulous books! We’ve just wrapped up our writing unit on opinions. Keep a look out in the library for our second-grade book reviews. The children have been working so hard and showing us that they are getting ready for third grade. We can’t believe the year will be coming to an end shortly! Everyone is loving the beautiful weather and hopes that it will continue.

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Third Grade Explorers

Time is really flying in 3rd grade! We recently finished looking back millions of years by studying fossils in Science. It was cool to see how scientists can really learn a lot about an animal by studying the fossil. For example, you can tell if an animal is a carnivore (meat eater) by looking at its teeth.

In the present day, our math classes are beginning a unit on Time & Measurement. In this digital world, it's really important to be able to read an analog clock, so we are doing some hands-on practice. Blasting ahead to the future, we are exciting about our upcoming field trip to the Alliance Theater. Times flies when you're having fun!!

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Boosterthon is Back!

We were excited to kick off our Northwood Elementary School Fun Run this past Thursday, March 16th. Our goal is to raise $30,000 for school-wide enhancements and to strengthen our school community.

Our school has always relied on fundraising to provide exceptional opportunities to enhance student learning and we need YOUR HELP registering your student(s) and sharing with friends and family. REGISTRATION IS OPEN on MYBOOSTER.COM.

Key Dates and Time:

Event Day: Friday, March 24th (rain date March 27th).

  • 9:50- 11:05 am - Kindergarten and 1st
  • 11:25- 12:40 pm - 2nd and 3rd
  • 12:45 - 2:00 pm - 4th and 5th

Parents are welcome to attend the Fun Run. We are grateful for our Northwood Elementary School family! Thank you for your support this year.

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Northwood's St. Patrick's Day Potluck

Team Northwood had a blast with our St. Patrick's Day Potluck. A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the fun; and a special thank you to the Blumenfeld's for the delicious donuts!

Smile: Spring Picture Day is Coming

Spring Pictures will take place Tuesday, March 28th. Class pictures must be ordered ahead of time. Order forms will be sent home soon with your Explorers.

Georgia Milestones Promotion Information for 3rd and 5th Grades

Northwood would like parents of 3rd and 5th graders to have information about the Georgia Milestones promotion requirements. Please see the attached letter below from Fulton County Schools.
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Get Ready for Georgia Milestones

What can I do to help my child prepare?

  • Be certain your child gets plenty of sleep and has a healthy breakfast.

  • Be certain your student is at school on time, so they are not worried about being late.

  • Remind students that cell phones and smart watches will be collected and stored in the secure testing room during test administration times. It’s best for students to leave them at home if possible.

  • Please have students bring their fully charged device every day.

  • Get information and practice using this link: Georgia Milestones Resources (

  • Experience the online testing session using this link:

What happens if my child is absent?

  • There will be rolling make-ups throughout the testing window. Please do not send your child in if they are sick.

Can visitors be in the building?

  • During GMAS testing, we will not be allowing visitors in the building before 11:30 am, and there will also be no lunch visitors these days.

FCS Summer Learning Information

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Parents Needed: School Governance Council 2023 Elections

Parents, we would love to partner with you on ways to improve our school. Northwood is seeking two parents to fill upcoming vacancies for the School Governance Council. Please see the details below for more information; and to declare your candidacy.

What is a School Governance Council?

The purpose of a School Governance Council (SGC) is to provide parents, school staff, and community members with a leadership role through monitoring and implementation of the strategic plan.

What is the commitment?

All School Governance Council members serve two-year terms. Time commitment varies from school-to-school, but expect 4-5 hours per month which includes meetings, trainings, and school and community events.

When are the 2023 elections?

Candidate Declaration: February 1 - March 24

Elections will be held from April 12 -19

Where to declare candidacy?

Visit the SGC website and click on Elections for a candidate guide and/or declaration.

Northwood's Kindergarten Round-Up

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FCS Kindergarten and New Student Registration

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Parents, please encourage your students to check regularly for lost items in the Lost and Found. Please mark all student belongings clearly with the child’s name so that it can be identified. Unclaimed items are donated to local charities after the last school day of every month. March’s date is Thursday, March 30th.

Cafeteria News

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Dining for Dollars

Northwood, join us for dine in or carry out at Marlow’s Tavern on March 23rd! Come out or order between 4PM-10PM. Don’t forget to mention Northwood for us to receive a generous portion back to the Northwood PTA.


Have you bought a yearbook yet? The cost is $43. Click here to order:

If you have any questions, please email

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