Word From The Woods

Bishop Woods School Newsletter - 12.20.2020

Greetings Bishop Woods Families,

Happy last school week of 2020! My wish for all families is that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday season, and time to reflect on what is most important in life. It has been a difficult year, and our holiday celebrations may look different from our norm, but there is still so much to be appreciative for. I am so thankful for all of you, and the efforts you are putting in to remote learning to help your children find success. I truly believe we have the best families at Bishop Woods School!

Thank you to the many families (close to 200) that attended our supply distribution event on Saturday, December 12th! It was so wonderful to see so many of you in person! Congratulations to the following students who won our Walmart gift card raffle:

  • Abby C. (Grade 5)
  • Jeila M. (Grade 4)

This week we will have a normal schedule Monday, December 21st - Wednesday, December 23rd. Our Christmas vacation will run from Thursday, December 24th - Friday, January 1st. Classes will resume on Monday, January 4th. In celebration of Three King's Day, there will be no school on Wednesday, January 6th.

Our after-school program will be on for Monday and Tuesday only for this week,

and will reconvene on Monday, January 11th.

Lastly, all K-2 families should check their email regarding a separate event that is being held for K-2 students on Tuesday, 12/22. Feel free to reach out to me or your child's teacher with questions.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday season, restful break and a happy new year,

Mrs. Natalino

Happy Holidays From Your Bishop Woods Family

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Monday, 12/21 - Gianna D. (Grade 1)

Tuesday, 12/22 - Diego E. (Grade 3)

Wednesday, 12/23 - Jazz D. (Grade 5), Naihomy R. (Grade 7)

Thursday, 12/24 - Paulina S. (Grade 6)

Friday, 12/25 - Cis C. (Grade 6)

Sunday, 12/27 - Emanuel P. (Grade 6), Nashaly Z. (Grade 8)

Monday, 12/28 - Abbygail C.. (Grade 5), Christopher J. (Grade 7), Zuleyma T. (Grade 5), Destiny V. (Grade 4)

Wednesday, 12/30 - Leon L. (Grade 6), Michelle G. (Paraprofessional)

Thursday, 12/31 - John G. (Grade 4)

Saturday, 1/2 - Yamireliz R. (Grade 2)

Ugly Sweater Contest Winners!

On Friday, December 18th, we held a school-wide ugly sweater contest! The following classes participated, and the winners are listed below:

Ms. Wright's Class - Everyone!

Ms. Hampton's Class - Shaquan C.

Ms. Laughlin's Class- Thiago Z.

Ms. Garceau's Class - Janeiyls F.

Ms. Lynch's Class - Isabella R.

Ms. Robert's Class - Eduan C.

Ms. Lehner's Class - Azari T.

Ms. Seiden's Class - Mrs. Seiden

Ms. DePalma's Class - Nyah M.

Mr. Colon's Class - Khloe Goldsmith

Staff Winner - Ms. Chase

Don't Forget: PBIS Spirit Pajama Day - This Wednesday, December 23rd!

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Ms. Sirico's Tech Tips!

Please click below for tips from Ms. Sirico on technology!


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Jaydienn G., Grade 2 - Enjoying the Snow!

Gersch Grrrls Science You Tube Channel

Students in Action! (Newsletter Contributions)

Please share any videos, images, quotes, or successes with remote learning each week to our Padlet!

  1. Click the link to the Padlet: https://padlet.com/cara_campo/58q8knqx4rgib18q
  2. Click the plus sign in the bottom right hand corner of your screen.
  3. Please be sure to add your child's first name, last initial, and grade level to the title of the Padlet. (i.e. Londyn A., Grade 1)
  4. You will have the option to upload or add anything you would like to share with the Bishop Woods school community!
  5. Please submit all entries by Thursday of each school week so we can share in our Sunday Newsletter!


Community Learning Hubs

Community Learning Hubs are safe spaces for children to go during the school day for supervised distance learning with high-speed internet access, social support, and enrichment, in a small cohort of no more than ten children. Children eligible to attend a Hub must be New Haven residents in 1st through 9th grades, registered for the New Haven Public Schools, and demonstrate high need. Space is extremely limited and families with the greatest need will receive priority, so if you are interested, apply ASAP. There is no cost to families.

Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe2W7k5DCjjLr2OQiIlaxf9gVLl849pMLYVGk6X5xVGsPpJxQ/viewform

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Young King's Boys Group - Middle School Males (Grades 6-8)

Starting soon, Mr. Ray Wallace will be offering online Zoom groups to boys in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. His group, The Young Kings, has been offered in the past at Bishop Woods as a place for students to gain confidence, connection, and leadership and life skills through group discussion, volunteering, visits from guest speakers, and ongoing mentorship. These groups will be offered during lunch, so as not to impede on academic activities.

6th Grade Boys: Mondays - 11:15-11:45 am
7-8th Grade Boys: Tuesdays - 11:40 am -12:10 pm

I hope our young men can take advantage of the is mentorship opportunity, and time to socialize with their peers. If you give permission for your child to participate in this offering, please fill out the form below at the link below. Thank you!

Young King's Permission Form:


New Haven School Lunch Challenge...We Need ALL Families!

Take the "NHPS School Lunch Challenge" -- looking to recognize all who take part, every student, every family, the class with the most orders, the school with the most orders -- everyone please get involved...our school lunch program depends on it!

School lunches are for children 18 and under - teachers can pick up meals for their children too!

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS - We challenge you to get as many people out to the schools daily to get lunch and breakfast OR to order a meal box by calling: 475-220-1612.

THEN, repost this and ADD YOUR PICTURE of you, your family, AND/OR your Zoom classroom eating your lunch -- remember the more we eat, the stronger we get, and the more money we receive to feed everyone -- every student can do it! HELP OUR MEAL PROGRAM! It's easy.


Virtual After School Program - Register Now!

Any family interested in the Boys & Girls Club After School Program should fill out the application at the following link: https://forms.gle/3fXDtPHsQzwy5mMG6
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Homework Help Hotline: NHPS Students and Families

NHPS has started a Homework Help Line to support students. The Homework Help Line is a collaboration effort with Yale University. If your child is having a problem understanding their homework assignment , they can connect to https://meet.google.com/iur-dbux-zsm

The line is open from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday to Thursday.


SSST Referral Information

We are very much hoping that you and your family are healthy and doing well!

We also want to provide you with just a bit of information. Bishop Woods has a Student and Staff Support Team (SSST). This team is made up of professionals who can provide support or strategies for students who are experiencing significant challenges (such as learning, social, behavioral, or emotional challenges). Typically, students who do not receive special education services can be referred to the SSST. If you would like more information or to make a referral, please contact the following:

Stephanie Willis, School Social Worker

Sarah Northrop, School Psychologist

Maria Nuterangelo, School Counselor

Family Resource Padlet

Rather thank keeping all of this information on the newsletter each week, I have created a Bishop Woods Family Resource Padlet to house all of the important information and resources I have been sharing. The link is below:


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