Wednesday, May 3rd 2023
Happy Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month!
This Week & Looking ahead:
📓 After-School Clubs and PSSAs: Kindly take note that there will be half days during the week of May 2nd- May 5th due to PSSAs in grades 3-8. This will result in a noon dismissal for all grade levels (K-8). Accordingly, there will be a modified schedule for After School Clubs, which will be from 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM. For further inquiries, please don't hesitate to contact the club instructor.
✏️ Book Fair: we are thrilled to announce that after a 3-year hiatus, we will be bringing back our school-wide Scholastic Book Fair! This exciting event will take place during the school day May 22nd-26th. Please see below for more information and volunteer opportunities.
📓 New Email Contact: For all transportation-related inquiries please email our new Executive Assistant to COO, Ms. Mohamad, firstname.lastname@example.org.
✏️Monday, May 22nd- Grades 5 & 6 Career Day: Please see below for more details.
📓 SAVE THE DATE: Our May COMMUNITY CHECK-IN will be held on May 24th from 12:15-12:45 via Zoom. Zoom details and the agenda will be shared closer to the event.
✏️ FIELD DAY: Last Friday an order form was sent home for parents/guardians to order field day shirts. STUDENT SHIRTS HAVE BEEN ORDERED BY THE SCHOOL. If you would like to order any adult-size shirts, you can use the form. This is optional, but a great way to stock up on Northwood gear!
Friendly reminder, if you have any questions related to the Bulldog Blast please email our Community Coordinator Ms. Urbano, email@example.com.
ASIAN-PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
May Is Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, an opportunity to celebrate the rich history and culture of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the U.S.
All month long we will be exploring creative ways to Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with your kids!
Here is an idea-
Get out the globe to explore the geography of Asia and the Pacific Islands. If you don’t have an actual globe at home, go online. With Google Maps, your child can take a 3D “walk” through different places. Use Google Earth to “visit” historic locations. Keep in mind that the term “Asian-Pacific” encompasses a wide array of cultures and geographies.
- All of the Asian continent: This includes about 50 countries – from China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, and the Philippines to (in South Asia) India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan.
- Melanesia: New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands
- Micronesia: Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, and the Federated States of Micronesia
- Polynesia: New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, and Easter Island
CINCO DE MAYO- MAY 5TH
Tacos, quesadillas, nachos, guacamole- Oh my! Did you know Cinco de Mayo (which translates to the Fifth of May) originated in Mexico, though the day is more popular in the USA?
So what does Cinco de Mayo celebrate?
On the morning of May 5, 1862, 6,000 French troops stormed the Mexican city of Heróica Puebla de Zaragoza to bring it under French rule. The Mexican soldiers were outnumbered, but they fiercely fought back. By early evening, the French had retreated. Now the people of Puebla, Mexico, observe the holiday Cinco de Mayo to celebrate this victory. The holiday is also widely celebrated in the USA. Americans use the celebration to honor the battle as well as Mexican culture.
PSSA Updates & Reminders:
Dear Northwood Academy Parents and Guardians,
Please read the below schedule for all dates and reminders.
PSSA testing will occur at NACS on the following dates:
**The below dates will observe a school-wide NOON dismissal**
Wednesday, May 3
Thursday, May 4 (Science 4th & 8th grade only)
Friday, May 5 (Science 4th & 8th grade only)
For additional Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) information, please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education website. If you have general questions please reach out to Principal Riley, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Special Education-related questions please contact Ms. Abellard, at email@example.com.
Electronic Devices Policy (from PDE):
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS: Scholastic Book Fair
Hello, all you book lovers out there!
Are you ready for some excitement? We're thrilled to announce that our upcoming Book Fair is fast approaching, and we need your help to make it a huge success!
If you are interested in getting involved and making a difference, we'd love to have you on board as a volunteer during the week of May 22nd to May 26th. If you can donate a few hours on any of those days to help out, please don't hesitate to reach out to Ms. Urbano, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's show our love for books and reading by coming together and making this Book Fair a truly unforgettable event!
The 2022-23 Parent/Guardian Philly School Experience Survey, the annual survey for all public school parents in Philly is open!
CLICK HERE to access the survey.
The survey will close on May 31st.
Questions can be directed to the Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE) at email@example.com or 215-400-6565. ORE staff will also hold office hours on Fridays from 9-10 AM, which you can access here.
5th Grade Update:
Upper School Career Day: Request for volunteer presenters
Dear Parent/Guardian/Alumni/Community Stakeholder:
Northwood Academy will be hosting Career Day for 5th and 6th-grade students on Monday, May 22nd. and for 7th and 8th grade students on Tuesday, May 23rd. The purpose of Career Day is to expose students to a variety of careers in order to jumpstart their thinking about the future. By preparing early, students will be more likely to be college and career ready after high school and we invite you to participate!
We are requesting volunteers to speak in small groups to students for four 15-minute sessions about their careers. Volunteers may participate in person or virtually via Zoom. Career Day activities will occur between 9:00 am-10:00 am. If you and/or someone you know is interested in volunteering to speak about your career, please email the information listed below to Mrs. Harris no later than Monday, May 8th.
Volunteer selection will be on a first-come basis. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our school social worker at DominiqueHarris@northwoodcs.org. With your help, we look forward to having a wonderful Career Day!
Monday afternoon via the Remind app you should have received the 'Ways to Order' flyer from Flynn O'Hara. Please keep in mind the summertime is the busiest time of the year for FlynnO'Hara. Be sure to get ahead of the inventory shortage as soon as possible!
Questions? Email Ms.Mohamad, firstname.lastname@example.org
NORTHWOOD PARENT ASSOCIATION CORE:
Are you eager to stay in the know about all the exciting events happening at your child's school? Do you want to lend a helping hand and get involved in the school community as a parent volunteer? Look no further! Our Parent Association is here to help you stay informed and engaged.
By filling out our simple form, you'll be sure to receive all the latest updates on school events, volunteer opportunities, and more. Join our community of dedicated parents who are committed to supporting our students and enhancing their educational experience.
Don't miss out on any of the action - sign up today and stay in the loop with our Parent Association!
If your student is 12-24 YEARS OLD and looking to get paid up to $1,000+ for a summer work experience, check out more information below!
WorkReady is a program in July-August providing paid work experiences for youth living in Philadelphia. Work experiences take place 5 days/week at a designated worksite. WorkReady is for young people looking to explore different career paths, get paid while learning valuable skills, and prepare for their future!
*Applying to WorkReady Summer does not guarantee placement in a program.
NEED HELP? Contact the WorkReady Hotline by emailing email@example.com or calling 267.502.3900.
Comics are Books, Too Event! Saturday, May 6, 1-3 p.m.
Children are introduced to technology at a younger and younger age. It’s more likely that their first experiences reading may be from a screen than a page. A tablet or phone screen is more likely to have images attached or juxtaposed next to text to further illustrate a point. The elements of sequential art, like comics, are similar in that they provide a visually structured order to reading. Speech bubbles, panels, narrative boxes, and gutters all aid reluctant and struggling readers to comprehend on their own based on the visual context clues provided. The experience of comprehending on your own is integral to confidence building and a stronger desire to learn.
In recent years, the medium of "sequential art" — aka comic books, cartoons, and graphic novels — has been taken more seriously than ever. From the graphic novel "Maus" winning a Pulitzer Prize to the founding of the degree-granting Institute of Cartoon Studies, the academic and literary regard for this unique medium has grown alongside its outsized influence on pop culture and moviemaking.
Black cartoonists, illustrators, and writers have an especially impressive legacy when it comes to creating sequential art that's not only fun, but serves as an important tool for representation, literacy, and empowerment. At this event, the panelists will share their experiences of discovering literacy through comic books and highlight the art form’s tradition of representing Black and brown lives. Parents, comic book lovers of all ages, and even the skeptical are welcome to join! This Mighty Writers event is in partnership with Uncle Bobbies Coffee & Books and the First United Methodist Church of Germantown.
First United Methodist Church of Germantown
6001 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Community Sports Updates:
Registration for 2022 Summer Learning Programs is open now! Learn more at: https://bit.ly/36Xf4Lw
Save the Date: Virtual Middle School Summer Camp
Save the Date: Virtual Middle School Summer Camp
WHEN? August 7-11, 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
ECYEH’s Build Your Best School Year! virtual summer camp is designed to provide the skills and self-confidence middle school students will need to start the 2023 school year on a high note.
Students entering grades 6-8 in fall 2023 who reside in Pennsylvania may attend. Priority is given to students experiencing homelessness. Each camper will receive a Welcome to Camp kit including a free Amazon Fire 7 tablet, supplies for camp activities, school supplies, and a special surprise to kick off the start of camp!
Registration and more information about the camp are coming soon!
Contact Melissa Turnpaugh for questions, at 717-763-1661, ext. 120.
Stay Connected Sign up to get essential weekly alerts from us via the Remind app
Northwood Academy Charter School Child Find Policy and Procedures (Annual Notice)
Hello Northwood Families,
You will find a copy of our Annual Child Find Notice here outlining the procedures and protocols for Northwood's monitoring of all of our students and identification of students with special needs. This will also be able to be referenced on our website, via social media, and in local news publications. For further information, please contact the Director of Special Education, Kate Crossett at 215-289-5606.
The Child Find Policy (Annual Notice) Policy and Procedures for Students with Disabilities at Northwood Academy Charter School aim to ensure that all students with disabilities who are eligible to enroll in the school will have available to them a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. CLICK HERE for the complete policy.
FAMILIES IN TRANSITION: NORTHWOOD IS HERE TO HELP
If you and your family lack fixed, regular, or adequate housing (for example, living in a shelter, transitional home, or even doubled-up with other people) due to loss of housing or economic hardship, you may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which ensures educational stability for students experiencing homelessness.
To learn more about the rights of eligible families, click here for a brief video.
If you qualify for rights under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, contact Lower School Counselor and Northwood's Homelessness Liaison Ms. Lozandieu at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Are you or someone you know in need of housing, food, health, and safety services? Please check out these resources from Project HOME: Where To Turn Guide.
Please review Northwood's Homeless Students Policy here: McKinney-Vento Policy.
Important Dates on the Horizon
May- Asian/Pacific Heritage Month
May- National Mental Health Awareness Month
Tuesday, May 2- Friday, May 5th- Mathematics & Make-ups Grades 3-8
Monday, May 8th- Friday, May 12th- Grades K-8: Autism Acceptance Week
Monday, May 8th- Friday, May 12th- PSSA Science & Makeups Grades 4 & 8
Wednesday, May 10th- Muffins in the Morning (Kindergarten Event)
Friday, May 12th- Mother's Day Breakfast (9 AM-10 AM, School Cafeteria)
Friday, May 12th- Grade 5: Ballroom Dancing Showcase
Thursday, May 18th- Grade 4 Career Day (8:45 am-10:45 am at NACS)
Friday, May 19th- Grade 3 Career Day (8:45 am-10:45 am at NACS)
Friday, May 19th- First Grade Field Trip (LEGOLAND)
Friday, May 19th- Upper School Dance
Monday, May 22nd- Grades 5 & 6 Career Day
Monday, May 22nd - Friday, May 26th- Book Fair (details to come)
Monday, May 22nd- Kindergarten Field Trip (Elmwood Park Zoo)
Tuesday, May 23rd- Grades 7th & 8th Career Day
Wednesday, May 24th- COMMUNITY CHECK-IN (Via ZOOM)
Friday, May 26th- Grade 8: Dance at Romano’s
Monday, May 29th- School Closed - Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 30th- 8th Grade Trip (Baltimore, Maryland)
Tuesday, May 30th- 2nd-grade field trip (Elmwood Zoo)
Wednesday, May 31st- Spring Concert (details to come- 9:30 am)
June 2nd- Grades 3-8: “The Wiz” Musical
June 3rd- Grades 3-8: “The Wiz” Musical
Tuesday, June 6th- Field Day (details to come)
Thursday, June 8th- Grade 8: Graduation (1:00- 3:00)
What is Safe2Say Something?
Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late. With 'Safe2Say Something', it’s easy and confidential to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies.
Here’s how it works:
- Submit an anonymous tip report through the Safe2SaySomething system
- The crisis center reviews and processes all submissions
- The crisis center sends all submissions to school administration and/or law enforcement for intervention
- If needed, the crisis center may contact the tipster anonymously through the app
Safe2Say Something PA:
Submit an anonymous tip here.
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Location: 4621 Castor Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Phone: (215) 289-5606