Bulldog Blast

November 18, 2020

Hello Families! This a reminder about Northwood’s attendance policy.


At Northwood, we follow Pennsylvania’s state laws on truancy. The same laws apply whether we are virtual, hybrid, or fully in-school. This is the attendance policy:


  • If your child is not logged on to the class Zoom, this will be marked as an unexcused absence. Parents must submit a note to the school within three days to excuse the absence.
  • At the 3rd unexcused absence, a legal truancy notice will be sent to you, the parent/guardian, via email and postal mail.
  • At the 6th unexcused absence, the school will contact the parent/guardian in an effort to set up an attendance meeting. In the meeting, we will discuss the causes of the attendance issue and come up with a plan to help remove any barriers to the student’s attendance.
  • At the 10th unexcused absence, a truancy referral should be submitted to the Office of Attendance & Truancy. For grades K-3, a Department of Human Services (or DHS) referral will be submitted. For grades 4-8th, a referral to Family Court will be submitted.


Our school staff values your child’s education, and I know you do too. Please make sure your child is logged on to Zoom at 8:30am Monday through Thursday. Friday’s asynchronous work is also counted towards your child’s attendance.

PARENT WORKSHOPS: TOMORROW (November 19)

Are you longing for more opportunities to engage meaningfully with Northwood's parent

community during this remote climate? Then do not miss the opportunity to connect with one another tomorrow (Thursday, November 19th) for our next Parent Virtual Cafe.


There will be three different times in the morning (8am), afternoon (12pm), and evening (7pm) to choose from; all grades are welcome in every session. Another perk of joining? You have the chance to win an activity kit!


See the flier below for all of the details, and CLICK ON THIS ZOOM LINK to join any of the three sessions.

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Virtual Family Bingo Night

Monday, Nov. 23rd, 7pm

This is an online event.

To participate and attend the evening filled with good old-fashioned fun:


CLICK HERE for Bingo Cards, which can be printed/used on a cell phone or other device.


Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 831 1666 9149

Passcode: BINGO

Tutoring Services

Our friends at Cenacle Education Solutions are offering a complimentary hour of tutoring if you reach out for a consultation before Thanksgiving. See the flier below for more information.
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50th Day of School Smiles!

1st graders Benjamin, Kennedi, Olivia, and China strike a pose to honor 50 days of Northwood learning this year.

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A Month of Giving Thanks

*We are still looking for your submissions for this month's Bulldog Spotlight*


While this year's season of giving may look different than we are used to, we want to highlight how gratitude comes in many different shapes and sizes. This week, set an intention to ask your child: what do you feel thankful for right now?


You might learn something new when you ask! Is it the fact that they have learned a new skill in their after-school club? Maybe it's the comfort they find in snuggles from a family pet, or a warm hug from you? Send their answer and a photo of their smiling face (feel free to get creative here to incorporate the theme of gratitude) to Mrs. Smith at jsmith@northwoodcs.org.


The most stand-out submissions will be featured in the Bulldog Blast sent out during the last week of November.

2021-2022 School Lottery

Submitting an application for your child to attend our school has never been easier! Just go to applyphillycharter.org, create an account and fill out your family profile, check the box next to our school, and then submit the application.


Do you know someone else who wants their child to attend our school? Tell them to go to applyphillycharter.org to apply today for the 2021-22 school year!

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Tracking COVID-19 in Pennsylvania / Philadelphia

Click on each of the charts below to go to the data tracking pages compiled by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia PolicyLab.

Chromebook Pickup

Devices are available for pickup on Monday through Friday at the front office from 9am-2pm.


*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.

Reminder: 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! We hope families continue to take advantage of this cost saving and nutritional convenience. Pickup for multiple meals takes place at our cafeteria (Adams Ave. entrance) during the following days/times:


Mondays and Thursdays

10am to 12pm and

1pm to 4pm

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

Wednesday, November 18 - Board Meeting

Thursday, November 19 - Parent Workshops

Monday, November 23 - Family Bingo Night

Wednesday, November 25 - Asynchronous Half Day of School / Thanksgiving Eve

Thursday, November 26 & Friday, November 27 - School Closed / Thanksgiving Holiday