Bulldog Blast

September 30, 2020

Calling all Bulldogs!

We are still looking to shine a spotlight on our fabulous students! In our Bulldog Spotlight, we want the Northwood community to have fun sharing with this new featured segment. With this in mind, we are extending our first Bulldog Spotlight into this week to find out: what is your child's favorite part of autumn?

Go ahead, ask them right now! Is it the changing colors of the leaves? Or maybe a steaming cup of sweet apple cider? Send your answer and a photo of their smiling face (feel free to get creative here to incorporate the autumn theme) to Mrs. Smith at jsmith@northwoodcs.org. The most stand-out submissions will be featured in next week's Bulldog Blast.

Parent Remote Learning Survey: Complete by October 5

As we shared during Back To School Night last week, we value your feedback on this unique school year, and we are asking all families to complete the following survey in order to make necessary changes and improvements based on your responses.

Please complete this survey as soon as possible. We are aiming to have all responses in by next Monday, October 5th: CLICK HERE to complete the Parent Remote Learning Survey

Student/Parent Handbook Sign-Offs are Due

The family handbook for this school year is posted to Northwood's website. If you haven't already done so, please review and submit your acknowledgment via the Google Form embedded within the document as soon as possible.

  • Please review the Student/Parent Handbook in its entirety at *THIS LINK.
  • Upon completion, please read and sign the Remote Learning Policies, Media & Technology Consent/Handbook Sign-off at THIS LINK.

*Note: There is both an English and a Spanish version of the handbook posted here.


"Parent Virtual Cafe" - TONIGHT and TOMORROW

Our first family workshop for grades K-2 kicked off last night! The topic of these workshops is "Mastering the Balancing Act - Managing Work/Life Responsibilities". The conversation is in a relaxed coffeehouse format, and takeaway toolkits are provided.

If your child is in grade 3-5, tune in tonight; if your child is in grade 6-8 tune in tomorrow night. Both sessions begin at 7 p.m. See the flier below for more information and how to login to attend via Zoom. While an RSVP is not required, you are encouraged to do so at THIS LINK (Virtual Parent Cafe - RSVP), in addition to sharing more about what you would like to focus on during these workshops in advance.

Northwood's 2021-2022 Lottery Application is now OPEN!

Spread the word! The lottery application window for the 2021-2022 school year has begun. If you have a child who will be an incoming kindergartner (Age 5 by September 1, 2021) or another child, who is a sibling (one common parent) and does not currently attend Northwood, you will need to apply to our lottery between now and January 25, 2021 for potential enrollment for next school year. Please note that grades 1-8 will ultimately enroll on seat availability. Visit ApplyPhillyCharter.org to apply for your child. Important dates are below:

Application Window: September 25, 2020 - January 25, 2021
Common Lottery Date: February 10, 2021
Common Notification Date: February 12, 2021
​Common Acceptance Date: March 12, 2021

Back-to-School Series for Parents and Caregivers - Final Workshop TONIGHT

Powered by Transform for Tomorrow and Remake Learning Days Across America, these free 30-minute online Wednesday workshops have been going strong throughout September. CLICK HERE for information on the last session tonight which will offer learning resources for families.

Time To Vote!

Our general election is November 3rd and time to register is running out! Please use your voice. PA voter information can be found at the following link: Committee of Seventy. At this website you will find tips about voting safely and securely by mail, as well as answers to questions you might have about the election.

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CLICK Here for the 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.

Extracurricular Clubs: Week of October 12

Even though we are behind our screens, or teachers have creatively crafted a variety of after-school activities to keep the engagement going into the afternoon! The following is the selection of clubs for the first trimester, along with each of their start dates:

  • Monday, October 12: Just Dance Club, Grades 3-5
  • Monday, October 12: 3D Printing Club, Grades 7-8
  • Tuesday, October 13: Poetry Club, Grades 3-5
  • Tuesday, October 13: Yoga Club, Grades 3-5
  • Tuesday, October 13: Comic Book Club, Grade 4
  • Tuesday, October 13: Travel Tic Tac Toe Board Sewing Club, Grade 5-8
  • Wednesday, October 14: Dungeons and Dragons Club, Grades 3-8
  • Wednesday, October 14: Mixed Media Explorations / Fine Art Club, Grade 5
  • Thursday, October 15: Book Club, Grade 2
  • Thursday, October 15: Cooking Club, Grade 8

Most activities are one hour in length and offered once per week, lasting 8 weeks; some activities are 30 minutes in length and offered twice per week, lasting 4 weeks. More information about sign-ups will be released next week.

Free Meals Pickup & Class Materials

Don't forget, we are still providing meals for all! Pick up for multiple meals is taking place at our cafeteria (Adams Ave. entrance) on Mondays and Thursdays between 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. We hope families continue to take advantage of this cost saving and nutritional convenience.

If you have not yet come by to pick up initial or additionally needed class materials, the days/times outlined above can also be used to do so. Again, we have not received our Chromebook shipment yet. We are continuing to speak with our distributor regularly and keeping the pressure on. We are sorry for the delay and will notify you as soon as we can of their arrival.

Important Dates on the Horizon

Thursday, October 8 - Virtual Game Show assembly

Monday, October 12 - Extracurricular Clubs begin

Monday, October 19 - School Closed / Staff Professional Development Day

Wednesday, October 21 - Board Meeting

Thursday, October 29 - Virtual Costume Contest / Character Day for students and staff