March 31, 2023

Building Excellence Successfully Together

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April 3-7 - Spring Break

April 12 - Volunteer Appreciation Lunch

April 14 - STEM Day

April 18 - Northwood Kindergarten Round-Up

April 21 - All Pro Dads

April 24th-28th - Literati Spring Book Fair

April 28 - PTA Blooming Mornings

Key News For Explorer Families

As a school leader and as a parent, the start of this week was difficult, tragic, and heartbreaking. At Northwood we remain vigilant with our safety procedures and protocols and will continue to refine where needed. These are unimaginable times; times in which we are laser focused on keeping our Explorers safe while continuing to learn, grow, and thrive.

Fulton County has a message to share as well : “We at Fulton County Schools are painfully aware of the tragedy in Nashville and join the community in mourning their loss. As we follow each of these tragic events, we continue to learn from others’ experience and monitor our own processes.

FCS has continually made investments in the safety and security efforts for our district. The extensive listing of security measures, certifications, trainings, and emergency protocols already in place are readily available for the public. Detailed explanations of these efforts are included in our Safety Plans and Drills and Investments in Safety documents, which can be found on the Culture of Safety page of our website.

Parents know their children best and whether they may need additional support during this time. We have these resources available to help parents and teachers talk with children and teens about violence. We encourage parents to reach out to our school counselors, social workers, psychologists and administrators if they or their student need help.”


A week ago, you would have found me racing around the Boosterthon track in an inflatable unicorn suit with Mrs. Levine and Mrs. Weeks taking turns in a koala suit. Hashtag Hannah from Boosterthon was the tRex. We all had a fun time celebrating that the students exceeded their fundraising goal. I’m thankful to the Northwood Foundation for leading in the work to raise funds to support our campus needs in many areas.

I wish everyone a fun, relaxing, and safe Spring Break week. I look forward to welcoming our Explorers back on Monday, April 10th.

With gratitude,

Heather Rucker


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First Grade Explorers

First grade had the best time at our Boosterthon Fun Run last week! We have been so busy the past few weeks learning about Economics, addition strategies, and phonograms. We even got to play the game of Life to learn even more about buying and saving money. Now we are ready for a restful Spring Break!

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Fourth Grade Explorers

Fourth grade classrooms have a new and exciting reward happening! Students are working hard on target goal behaviors aligned with our PBIS expectations. By exhibiting these expectations, they can earn blue tickets that are entered into a raffle where one lucky student is chosen each day to sit at the “VIP” desk. Students are eager to earn this super special reward!

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2023 Boosterthon Fun Run Wrap Up

Thank you for your support in making this year's Boosterthon Fun Run a huge success! Your Explorers had an awesome time running and it was such a beautiful day to celebrate all of their hard work. This year Explorers raised more than $49,000! We are excited that registrations and donations remained at a high level. It's always wonderful to have so many students involved. This year we received donations from 46 states and nine countries!

A special thank you to all our volunteers and to our Northwood Foundation Members - Andrea Vandervort, Loren Akin, Torrey Linder, Sue Ellen Brown, Faisal Siddiqui, Jeremey Thomas, and Principal Rucker. We appreciate all of your hard work!

Northwood Third Quarter Honor Roll

We are happy to share Northwood's third quarter honor roll and super honor students. Please click the links below to view the names. Congratulations, Explorers! Keep up the great work!

Third Quarter Honor Roll

Third Quarter Super Honor Roll

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Be Bold, Be Heard, Be Seen in the Northwood Talent Show

In line with our school's vision of celebrating all student successes, we are pleased to announce that Northwood Elementary will host its fifth annual talent show. The talent show gives students in all grades a chance to showcase their abilities normally seen and practiced outside the academic classroom. This year, the talent show will be LIVE and ON STAGE!

If you would like your student to participate; and for more information please click the link below. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 21st. We look forward to celebrating all our incredible students and their talents.

Northwood Annual Talent Show

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Literati Spring Book Fair: Volunteers Needed

We are having a Literati Spring Book Fair April 24th-28th. This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase books for summer reading while supporting teachers and the media center! Please save the date and take a moment to sign up as a volunteer. All volunteers will receive 20% off your purchase. 2022-2023: Northwood Media Center's Literati Spring Book Fair (

Book Fair Volunteers: Greet visitors, run the register, remind customers about Literati Kids Book Clubs, help students and visitors find books, restock products and displays, and assist with the setup and takedown of the book fair itself.

Media Center Volunteer: Greet visitors and assist students checking out books. Please only sign up if you have been trained.

Is Your Child Leaving Northwood Elementary?

Please help us prepare for the 2023-24 school year by letting us know if your current Kindergarten through 4th grade student will not return to Northwood Elementary in August. The withdrawal process is easy. Simply email the completed withdrawal form that is attached at the bottom of this newsletter to Mary Lou Fleming

There is no need to re-register returning students.

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Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon RSVP

Please click the following link to RSVP for the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon:

Volunteer Luncheon RSVP


FCS message for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade parents:

The Student Success Skills Inventory is used to measure student growth across Student Success Skill standards as a result of ReThink Ed lessons. Students complete the inventory by indicating if they almost always, always, sometimes, or never apply the skills being taught in the areas of Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Competence, Collaborative Problem Solving, Reflective Learning Strategies, and Sense of Belonging. The SSS Inventory is about 15-20 items and is administered to students in the Fall and Spring. It takes about 15 minutes to complete. Students complete the SSS Inventory using the Illuminate platform.

  • Spring Inventory Administration: April 17, 2023 – April 21, 2023

If you have any questions about the SSS Inventory, please contact your school’s Student Success Skills Champion. Parents can choose to opt their student out of the inventory. To opt out, parents must submit a written request to the school principal.

Please click the link for more information. Student Success Skills - Parent Packet

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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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. April’s date is Friday, April 28th.

Cafeteria News

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Cluster Program News

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Blooming Mornings RSVP Link

Please click the following link to RSVP for Blooming Mornings:

Blooming Mornings RSVP


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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