Bulldog Blast

December 2, 2020

*Bulldog Spotlight* Theme: Holiday Happiness

With the winter holiday season right around the corner, festive delights are now starting to fill the air. Even while keeping a safe distance this year, the colorful sights, cheerful sounds, and comforting smells will still bring a special spark to the crisp city air.


This month, we want to know: what is your child's favorite part of the holiday season?

Is it the taste of freshly baked gingerbread cookies, straight out of the oven? Or maybe it's building the first snowman of the season? Send their answer and a photo of their smiling face (feel free to get creative here to incorporate the theme) to Mrs. Smith at jsmith@northwoodcs.org. The most stand-out submissions will be featured in the Bulldog Blast sent out during the last week before Winter Recess.

Grades K-2 Magic Workshop Assembly: Tomorrow!

We appreciate families' feedback about bringing in more opportunities for creative engagement and fun during virtual learning, especially for our youngest students. With this in mind, we are excited to be hosting a magic workshop assembly TOMORROW (Thursday, December 3rd) at 11:30 am for grades K-2.


If your child would like to try the magic tricks at home or be featured trying a trick on screen during the workshop, here is a list of household items that will be used to perform the tricks if you would like to help them prepare in advance:

  • A banana (or dinner roll or piece of soft fruit), a fork and a cloth napkin, bandana or paper towel
  • A ziplock bag and a pair of scissors
  • A brown paper lunch bag or small paper bag and piece of candy
  • Crayons
  • A deck of cards and scissors
  • A quarter

Grades 3-5 and 6-8 Assemblies: 12/16

Assemblies for our middle and upper grades are confirmed! Both of the following interactive engagements will take place on Wednesday, December 16th at 1:30 pm.


Grades 3-5: The bGreat Show

Through magic, comedy, story-telling, and audience participation, students will learn about Anti-Bullying, Trustworthiness, Fairness, Respect, Responsibility, Caring, and Citizenship.


Grades 6-8: Diversity of Dance

Students will be exposed to the impact of globalization and the power of embracing cultural diversity through dance. Students will be taken on a journey of dance through Jamaica, South Korea, Latin America, and India, learning about the creation and transformation of hip-hop throughout the world.

Upcoming Materials Pick-up Dates

Another round of student materials pick-up is right around the corner. Mark your calendar to come by the school during one of the following days/time brackets:


Monday, December 14

9:00 am - 7:00 pm


Tuesday, December 15

9:00 am - 2:00 pm


Wednesday, December 16

9:00 am - 2:00 pm


Please come to the back cafeteria doors, wear a mask, and practice social distancing as you wait. All items will be prepared in advance and ready to go in a Northwood canvas bag.

2nd Trimester Extracurricular Activities

Our next selection of after school clubs and Friday morning electives will begin after the New Year, during the week of January 4th. Be on the lookout for sign-ups in the coming weeks!

January 2021 Learning Model Recommendation

The safe but difficult decision to remain in remote learning was upheld by our Board of Trustees at our November Board Meeting.


Please read the following memo, which contains the data points we have been tracking, as well as our current proposal for a possible in-person return: November Board Meeting Learning Model Recommendation

Tracking COVID-19 in Pennsylvania / Philadelphia

Click on each of the charts below to go to the data tracking pages compiled by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia PolicyLab.

2021-2022 School Lottery

Submitting an application for your child to attend our school has never been easier! Just go to applyphillycharter.org, create an account and fill out your family profile, check the box next to our school, and then submit the application.


Do you know someone else who wants their child to attend our school? Tell them to go to applyphillycharter.org to apply today for the 2021-22 school year!

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Chromebook Pickup

Devices are available for pickup on Monday through Friday at the front office from 9 am to 2 pm.


*Please note*: This is only for students who have not yet received a school-issued Chromebook or if your school-issued Chromebook is not working. If your child has received an iPad from us, exchanges must be made in order to receive your Chromebook. If you are planning to swap a device, you must also bring the charger in order to do the exchange.

Reminder: 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! We hope families continue to take advantage of this cost saving and nutritional convenience. Pickup for multiple meals takes place at our cafeteria (Adams Ave. entrance) during the following days/times:


Mondays and Thursdays

10:00 am to 12:00 pm and

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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

Wednesday, December 2 - Report Card Conference Sign-ups

Thursday, December 17 & Friday, December 18 - Report Card Conferences

Week of December 14 - Student Material Pickup (more details to come)

Wednesday, December 23 - Half Day of School / Winter Recess Eve / Pajama Day!

Thursday, December 24 through Friday, January 1 - School Closed / Winter Recess