October 28, 2022

Building Excellence Successfully Together

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October 31 - Character Parade

November 6 - Daylight Saving Time Ends (Set Clocks Back)

November 8 - Election Day (Remote - Details TBD)

November 14-18 - Book Fair

November 14 - Fall Picture Retake Day

November 16 - Thanksgiving Feast (Grades K, 2, 3)

November 17 - Thanksgiving Feast (Grades 1, 4, 5)

November 21-25 - Thanksgiving Holiday Break

Health and Physical Education with Mr. Pearch and Mr. Konigsberg

We are so happy that our morning Fitness Club is back! We have over 130 of our Explorers participating! We are currently learning about Fitness in Health and Physical Education class. K-2nd grade students are learning about the benefits of exercise and practicing healthy behaviors (hand washing, nutrition). 3rd-5th grade Explorers are using pedometers to track fitness data such as # of steps, MVPA, and activity time. Can you believe that we had a student take 5,568 steps in one PE class! Ask your student how many steps they’ve taken in class! Explorers will also practice the Fitnessgram physical fitness assessments next week. Please see below for more details.

As part of your child’s Health and Physical Education program, Northwood Elementary School is preparing to participate in the FITNESSGRAM physical fitness assessment. The FITNESSGRAM is a comprehensive fitness assessment for youth. It is designed to assess aerobic capacity, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition. The following FITNESSGRAM assessments will be used to measure the various areas of health-related fitness: PACER (aerobic capacity), Push-Up (upper body strength and endurance), Curl-Up (abdominal strength and endurance), Back-Saver Sit and Reach (flexibility), and Body Mass Index (body composition). This assessment will be used to collect data and help the students set fitness goals. For information regarding the FITNESSGRAM assessment, please refer to www.fitnessgram.net or email Mr. Pearch at pearchm@fultonschools.org.

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Fall Fun at Northwood

Last week was filled with Fall Fun at Northwood. Our Kindergarten Explorers celebrated the 50th day of school; while our Second Grade Explorers really dug into pumpkin math! A huge thank you to all the parents and volunteers who donated items and their time to make both events a huge success.

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Buzzer Readers is Back!

The Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball team would like to invite your child to participate in their annual “Buzzer Readers” reading program. Buzzer Readers is an initiative to promote and encourage children to learn through reading. All elementary and middle school students from schools in Metro Atlanta are eligible to participate.


Each child will record the number of minutes read each day during the designated one-month period (October 24 - November 22). This year we will be utilizing Beanstack. Sign into your account (Classlink-->E-Library-->Beanstack) and log your minutes read. In addition to books, newspapers and magazines will also count.

  • Parents may read to their children; however, group reading in a classroom setting is not to be counted.
  • The name of the book, along with author, is requested to provide information to the teacher as to the types of books the children are reading at home.
  • Please ensure the books are geared to help the children learn and grow. Ebooks/Nooks or books coming from a source provided from the school (i.e. library) are permitted.


  • All students who participate in the program will receive a Georgia Tech bookmark and free admission to a Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball game against an ACC Opponent (TBD in January/February 2023). Participants are also eligible for other prizes such as autographed memorabilia.
  • In addition, the top classes with the most minutes read will receive a visit from the Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball team in the spring semester.

Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:

  • Highest School Total (Elementary and Middle School)
  • Highest Class Total from Each Grade
  • Highest Individual Total (Elementary and Middle School)
  • Highest Individual from Each Grade
  • All Participants (in seat recognition during GT Women's Basketball game and Georgia Tech bookmark)


Our Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the Media Center November 14th-18th - mark your calendars! Book Fair is the major fundraiser for our Media Center. It is also a wonderful opportunity to purchase books as holiday gifts for your children and family, or perhaps something special for your child's teacher!

Book Fair Volunteer Opportunities- Click Here to sign up to help during preview and shopping days. Be on the lookout for our child’s preview and shopping times in the weekly blasts from homeroom teachers.

Please be sure you are an FCS registered volunteer: https://www.fultonschools.org/volunteer

Art to Remember Fundraiser

There is still time to purchase wonderful keepsakes featuring your child’s artwork.

Click HERE to place your order today! (https://arttoremember.com/school/qlcrnn)

Order deadline is October 31st.

Email Ms. Katzin with any questions (Katzinm@fultonschools.org)

Thank you for supporting art education at Northwood!

Family Engagement Month – “Family Matters”

November is National Family Engagement month. Join us for "Family Matters," a celebration of FCS families and their role in the education and well-being of their students. There will be interactive workshops, hands-on activities, vendors, entertainment, giveaways, free food, and a few special guests! Students may attend one or all events at four locations from November 14 through November 17. Please RSVP by November 1. The following schools (with links to Eventbrite) are hosting events for the entire district:

For more information, please contact Becca Goddard (goodardr@fultonschools.org).

A message from Fulton County Schools



All students and parents/guardians should sign the receipt of the Fulton County Schools Student Code of Conduct 2022-2023:

  1. Log into the parent portal/infinite campus account and click on documents
  2. Select Needs Attention, then scroll to the Signature Page
  3. Select the red signature box to complete the form
  4. Select with SIGN to agree or DECLINE to disagree
  5. Select SUBMIT

We appreciate you completing this so we are in compliance with the district requirements.


Lifetouch Picture ReTake Process

Fall Picture Retake Day is November 14th. If you are not happy with your Explorer's portraits simply have your student return their original picture package to the photographer on retake day and they will replace the set at no additional cost.

Don't forget to tell them to smile!

Have You Joined Infinite Campus Parent Portal?

The Infinite Campus Parent Portal provides quick and easy access to information for all enrolled students in their household. Find grades, attendance, assignments, schedules, ID numbers, school announcements and more. If you haven't already joined, please do so today as Fulton County Schools is transitioning to managing everything via the portal.

For more information, access the Parent Portal Booklet for Infinite Campus here.


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. October’s date is Monday, October 31st.


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Cluster Program News

Centennial HS Yard Sale & Trunk or Treat

Centennial’s Theatre Department invites you to a Yard Sale and Trunk or Treat featuring the cast of their upcoming production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: https://search.seatyourself.biz/webstore/accounts/centennialga/buy-tix

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Get your yearbook like, now! Use the QR code or click here to order.

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