Bulldog Blast

June 2nd, 2021

Happy Pride Month!

Yesterday, June 1st marked Pride Month, we celebrate LGBTQ+ Northwood students, staff, their families, and our communities. You are seen by us, heard by us, appreciated by us, and most importantly, LOVED by us.


Check out these LGBTQ+ children’s books below with fun, positive messages about diversity showing that all families are unique.


Best LGBTQ Books for Kids Age 0 to 3:

-The Family Book By Todd Parr

- It’s Okay To Be Different By Todd Parr


Best LGBTQ Books for Kids Age 4 to 8:

- I And Tango Makes Three By Justin Richardson and Peter Parnel

- Stella Brings the Family By Miriam B. Schiffer


Best LGBTQ Books for Kids Age 9 to 13:

- The Whispers By Greg Howard

- Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World By Ashley Herring Blake

What you need to know this week:


  • Please take a moment to read the attached letter regarding the return procedure for all school-issued devices.


  • Graduation gown pick-up: Fully Virtual Students, the deadline to pick up your gown is this Friday, June 4th. Please pick up your gown at the front school office 1:30 – 3:00 pm.


  • Transportation Request 2021-2022: If your child requires transportation for the upcoming school year, please complete the form below. A form MUST be filled out for each child. Students in 7th and 8th grade will be provided Transpasses. Please note, this is only a REQUEST. If you are approved you will be notified by the School District over the summer. Routing is done using the student's home address. https://forms.gle/dhXqeS6sQ8yoUH2X9


  • Northwood apparel orders are ready for pick-up! You are welcome to pick up your clothing order(s) now until Tuesday, 6/8 9:00 am-2:00 pm at the front school office.

HYBRID REMINDERS & expectations

Uniform Expectations:

  • Northwood polo shirt, t-shirt

  • Khakis or sweatpants

  • Sneakers

  • Northwood sweatshirt

  • Masks must be worn at all times

REMINDERS:

- Students must report on the day they were assigned

- Please leave any laptops, Chromebooks, or other electronic devices at home, even if a device was borrowed from Northwood


Weekly COVID testing for students and staff:

No child will be tested without a parent waiver. Helpful FAQs Sheet

This testing is only for students IN THE BUILDING.

CLICK HERE for the Student COVID Testing Consent Form.

2020-2021 Annual Charter Evaluation (ACE) Report

Attached is our 2020-2021 Annual Charter Evaluation Report. It highlights data from the previous school year. We are very proud of these results and appreciate all those at Northwood who go into making this possible.

Parent Corner:

Volunteer Policy Information


Important Volunteer/ Chaperone Information In order to volunteer in any capacity (including chaperoning trips) you must fulfill the following directives which are part of the Child Protective Law:

The law requires all school employees, contractors, and volunteers to have direct contact with children to obtain clearances (child abuse history clearance and state and federal criminal history checks).



Summer is a perfect time to make sure you have your PA Clearances updated and ready to go for the Fall. If you need assistance please contact the main office. Please note, clearances submitted within 24 hours of an impending trip will not be processed in time for that individual to chaperone that particular trip. While we encourage everyone to complete clearances, we cannot honor last-minute requests.

Interested in working papers for your child?

7th and 8th-grade students can find all necessary information in Mr. Whitlach's Google Classroom.


Click here to see Mr. Whit's step-by-step video on how to obtain your working papers.


What are working papers? All students between the ages of 14 and 17 are required by Pennsylvania School Law to secure an Employment certificate, known as "Working Papers," before they may begin to work.

Summer Camp

Virtual Parent Paint Night

We had such a FUN night with Germantown's local art studio, ARTrageous Brush and Flow for our first-ever virtual parent paint night. Thank you to all who attended!


We look forward to doing more events in the Fall!

Student Corner:

1st and 2nd grade talent show

The final monthly Character Class event with Ms. Lozandieu for 1st and 2nd graders was a talent show last Thursday, May 27th.


Congratulations to 2nd grader Samiah Monroe you won the grand prize of a pizza and wing party for her class! Check out the talent show clips here!

Coding Programs for Kids

Basic programming has become an essential skill for grown-ups and children alike, and the internet is full of coding programs for kids. The benefits of learning to code are huge: Building simple websites and games helps kids refine their design, logic, and problem-solving abilities, and also allows them to express ideas and creativity in unique ways. Thankfully, there are several free programs, typically designed as fun games, that teach children how to code.


Check out the list below on some top affordable learn-to-code games and programs for kids.


Code.org: This nonprofit foundation's website is an excellent starting point for coding novices. It shares plenty of useful online resources, apps, and even local schools that teach coding.


Khan Academy: Known for its extensive and challenging math games, Khan Academy also has basic programming tutorials that teach kids how to build graphics, animations, interactive visualizations, and more.


Scratch: Designed by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) students and aimed at children ages 8 to 16, this easy-to-use programming language that is the foundation of many schools' coding programs.

Summer Birthday Spotlight: AUGUST

Over the last 3 weeks, we have been highlighting all our summer Northwood birthdays as we would usually do in our morning announcements.


Happy early Birthday to all our AUGUST Northwood birthdays!


Sarah Belizaire, Nylah Childs, Nalah Howard, Prosper McFadden, Alianna Rodriguez, Brylie Boyd, Kymani Breedy, Braelle Boyd, Luseni Kanga, Ronald Sigler, Kalyn Zeigler, Safiatou Diallo, Tahj Norris, Melvin Paiz, Amelia Espinosa, Asiyah Holliday, Luis Murillo Dubon, Omar Rabihi, Sianni Edwards-Scales, Landis Holmes, Anyah Winfield, Shai Harris, Devin Garner, Siani Harris, Autumn Hepburn, Milan Bivans, Niola Charles, Jeremiah Mullen Jo Marie Rodriguez, Taylor Giddings, Kymir Odrick, Saleem Davis, Jamere Fountain, Jaeda Hudson, Annabel Nguyen, Kalidat Salami-Balogun, Usaiyd Smith, Nahiem Miller, Aidan Perez, Autumn Perez, Eli Hill, Paul Rohrer, Amila Torres, Giyanalis Vazquez, Shanyah Jackson, Layla Barnhill Cherry, Kamaya Johnson, Treyvon Case, Travis Gaymon, Shyheem Jackson, Jaleena Turner, Liany Ysquierdo, Madison Ferrero, Kori Wright, Grace Melone, Syncere Whittaker, Greyson Drummond, Issac Gonzalez, Danilyn Serrano, Carli Gibbs, Leila Gray, Esther Babilonia, Ben Butterly, Essence Graham, Kidadah Shabazz, Anna Gueye, Ethan Peaks, Harmony Vasquez-Gomez.


**Please note, the summer birthday list in the Bulldog Blast are those students that will not be in the building/ falling after the last day of school. All June 1st-11th birthdays will be included in our regular morning announcements.

Community Corner:

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival: May 30 - June 6, 2021

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival is virtually coming back with new films premiering in Philly for the first time (and it’s free this year!). Head over to PHLAFF.ORG to find out more about their year’s festival.


CLICK HERE to learn more.

Youth Workshop: Beatmaking 101- AGES 12-16

Scribe Video Center is hosting 5 Sessions — Thursday, June 17, 24, July 1, 8 & 15 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM this summer!


For teens (ages 12-16) interested in crafting and publishing their own beats, this workshop will introduce you to the basics of composing and publishing your own audio sequences. Using accessible and free cloud-based audio applications, participants will be instructed on basic beat structures and concepts to beatmaking. Students will leave with knowledge of how to export a final song and how to release it on streaming services. Cost: $40, $25 Scribe members and family


Instructor bio.:

Nelson Nance is a fearless artist who combines the courageous cacophony of the DaDa art movement with remnants of futurism and Funk. Recently he has contributed as a writer, director, and composer on the critically acclaimed HBO series Random Acts of Flyness created by his brother Terence Nance.


Contact Email Address: inquiry@scribe.org Contact Phone Number: 215-222-4201

More information can be found HERE. Scribe Video Center History & Mission

CHECK IT OUT!

Bulldog Blast Translation Feature

  • While viewing the newsletter on your phone, select "Translate Newsletter" at the top of the screen and select the language you wish to read it in.
  • If you are viewing the newsletter on your laptop, look at the top right side of the newsletter at the Accessibility Bar and click on the "Translate Newsletter" option.

Calling all Bulldogs: Bulldog Spotlight!

We love receiving photos of our Bulldogs with big smiles and having fun! If you have more pictures to share that highlight a fun part of your child's day, whether it is participating in an activity or enjoying the outdoors, send them over to curbano@northwoodcs.org to be featured in our next Bulldog Blast 📰

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! Pickup for multiple meals traditionally takes place at our cafeteria (Adams Ave. entrance) on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.


We hope families continue to take advantage of this cost-saving and nutritional convenience.

GoGuardian Software Information

If you have not read our memo regarding our newly adopted service, GoGuardian, please do so at the following link: GoGuardian Parent Letter.


To summarize, GoGuardian provides the following benefits to students and teachers:

  • Helps in protecting students against harmful and inappropriate online material

  • Helps students stay “scholarly” and more focused when learning online

  • Helps in assessing students’ progress towards class assignments

  • Facilitates communication between teachers and students during class time


Please reach out to our Technology Coordinator with any questions at dleimer@northwoodcs.org.

MCKINNEY-VENTO ACT: NORTHWOOD IS HERE TO HELP

If you live in a shelter, motel, or even doubled up with other people due to loss of housing for economic hardship, you may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act. A full definition of what constitutes homelessness can be found below.


If you believe you may be eligible, contact Lower School Counselor (K-4) Ms. Lozandieu at mlozandieu@northwoodcs.org or Upper School Counselor (5-8) Mr. Whitlatch at awhitlatch@northwoodcs.org to find out what services and supports may be available!

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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

Tuesday, June 8 - Last day of in-person learning for Temple cohort

Friday, June 11 - Last day of in-person learning for Drexel cohort / Last day of school for all students

Summer Front School Office Hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 am-1:00 pm
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