Word From The Woods

Bishop Woods School Newsletter - 5.2.21

Greetings Bishop Woods Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! This week we are excited to welcome back all of our hybrid students 4 days/week!! Wednesdays will remain full remote for everyone.

If your child is currently full remote, and you intend to send him/her back for in person learning, you must contact the school in advance.

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week!! We are so thankful to our entire Bishop Woods staff and excited to celebrate them! This year, our parents also need to be celebrated during Teacher Appreciation Week, as you have worked as our partners throughout the pandemic and we are so appreciative of all of you! If you have not yet contributed to the Teacher Appreciation Flipgrid, the deadline has been extended to Monday, May 3rd. All details are below.

Our 3rd - 5th grade students will continue working on the SBA assessment this week, moving on to the math portion. Grades 6-8 will begin this assessment next week. Please see below for some important reminders/updates for the week ahead for families in GRADES 3-5.

We have two school-wide events happening outdoors this week! On Monday, May 3rd, we will celebrate the April Walk-A-Thon Victors with a parade around our building, led by our Bishop Woods Hawk! All students will also receive a healthy snack from Elm City Market. On Thursday, May 6th, we will have Outdoor Day! Our students will spend time in stations outside engaging in a multitude of outdoor learning activities. Please be sure to dress your child appropriately, and hope that Mother Nature is on our side!

Remote learners will have the opportunity to join Outdoor Day from 3:30 - 4:30pm on Thursday. Please see the flyer below for details!

School pictures are scheduled for May 24th or May 27th. All details are below. I will be sending out an accurate tag # this week for parents that would like to pay in advance. We will also be sending out a schedule for remote students that would like to participate. Only individual student pictures will be taken this year.

Lastly, if you have not done so already, please complete the Family-School Relationship Survey. The link is provided below. We will also be sending paper copies home on Monday. All paper versions must be returned to the school so we can mail them in.

Family-School Relationship Survey Link:


Looking forward to a wonderful week ahead,

Mrs. Natalino

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Monday, May 3rd - Aliyah G. (Grade 1), Nathan G. (Grade 1)

Tuesday, May 4th - Jaelynn G. (Grade 8), Navaeh S. (Grade 7)

Wednesday, May 5th - Freddie A. (Grade 8)

Thursday, May 6th - Javon D. (Grade 3), Eva L. (Grade K), Ms. Dayharsh (Grade 4 Teacher), Ms. Lawrence (Middle School Special Education Teacher)

Friday, May 7th - Ms. Seiden (Grade 5 Teacher)

Saturday, May 8th - Winferd B. (Grade 7), Caden P. (Grade 7)

SBA Testing Reminders - Grade 3-5 Students

In Person Students:

  • Please be sure your child comes to to come to school ON TIME, gets a good night’s sleep, and that their Chromebooks are fully charged (and that they bring their charger to school!)

  • Do not stress your child out with this test! Just remind them to do their best, and that there will be questions that may be too hard for them because they may not have learned this information yet.

  • All students need a school device. No personal devices can be used for testing. Put in a ticket if student does not have a device. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc7A2LDwny5LqWJ2ORtjMRKGiD7qCBZnBN4IiDYsP7Nk1EKtw/viewform

  • All students need to KNOW their username and password; please practice. Student will have to log out for testing and back in after testing.

Remote Students

  • Teachers will prepare asynchronous work for remote students in grades 3-5 until 10:15 on Monday, May 3rd, and Tuesday, May 4th and Friday, May 7th (in person testing will take place from 9-10:15). Remote students should log in with their homeroom teacher at 10:15 for live instruction. There will be a normal schedule Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Remote learners will also be taking the SBA. We will have more details for this plan over the next couple of weeks.

Teacher Appreciation Flipgrid - We need your help!

Teacher Appreciation Week is the first week in May! We want to celebrate our Bishop Woods Staff for all of their hard work this past school year! Please take a moment to complete a Flipgrid entry that will be shared with our teaching staff during Teacher Appreciation Week! Be creative...our teachers will love to hear positive messages from our Bishop Woods families! The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 30th.


Click on this link: https://flipgrid.com/f14331ed

Choose log in with Google. You may have to choose which account you want to use. Choose your @nhps.net account. (A personal account will not work...so you will most likely have to use your child's account)

Read the topic directions. Click the RED RECORD A RESPONSE BUTTON to record.

See below for specific directions for recording. (Make sure you continue all the way to the submit video section.)

Recording a Video

Once in a Grid, YOU click the RED RECORD A RESPONSE BUTTON to record in three easy steps:

1. Tap to record - Tap the record button on the bottom to start. Add fun stickers, filters, text, and more. Tap the arrow on the bottom right to advance.

2. Review your video - Trim, rearrange, or add more. Tap the arrow in the bottom right to advance.

3. Take a selfie - The selfie will be the cover image for your video. Tap the arrow in the bottom right to advance.

4. Submit your video - Edit your name, add a title, or attach a link. Then submit!

Spring School Pictures - Save the Dates!

Picture Schedule

  • Monday, May 24th: Grades K-2; Grades 6 & 7 - Cohort A

  • Thursday, May 27th: Grades 3-5; Grades 6 & 8 - Cohort B


  • We will only be taking individual photos this year.

  • You MUST pay by cash, money order or check. If you are paying with cash, you must have EXACT amount (no change will be issued)

  • All package information will be shared electronically for remote families; picture envelopes will be sent home with in person learners

  • Remote learners will receive scheduled times to come in to take pictures if they chose.

  • You can pay in advance online through the website: https://dp-customers.com/ Our TAG # will be sent out this week.

Family-School Relationship Survey!

It's that time of year again! We are asking for you to take a moment to complete our Family-School Relationship Survey. We value your feedback in helping to make Bishop Woods School the best in the city!

We want to know: “What do you think?” Please fill out the online survey to tell us about your experience with Bishop Woods School– where are we doing a good job, and where can we do better? . Your feedback is valued and the results of the survey are used to improve the learning environment. The survey is voluntary and confidential. Your answers will be summarized with other parents’ surveys and you will remain completely anonymous. We strongly encourage you to take the survey online at the following link:


Bishop Woods Dress Code

Grades K – 4 Uniforms:

  1. Hunter green long or short sleeved shirt with a collar

  2. Khaki pants, skirts or jumpers

  3. Closed toed shoes with rubber soles

  4. Gym Uniform – gray sweatshirt and sweatpants

Grades 5 – 8 Uniforms:

  1. Navy blue long or short sleeved shirt with a collar

  2. Khaki pants, skirts or jumpers

  3. Closed toed shoes with rubber soles

  4. Gym Uniform – gray sweatshirt and sweat pants

Dress Code:

  1. NO shirts or pants with any in appropriate writing or pictures

  2. NO baggy pants hanging below the waist

  3. NO ripped or torn pants or jeans

  4. NO revealing tank tops (spaghetti straps), NO belly shirts, NO short shorts, NO muscle shirts

  5. NO hats, caps, do-rags, bandanas or coats worn (during the day)

  6. NO heavy jewelry or markings that may be identified as gang related

  7. NO flip flops, open toe shoes, or shoes that may be a safety hazard

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Support Autism Awareness

The ASRC Walk for Autism is May 23rd and our Bishop Woods 8th grade student, Anthony Palluzzi, has his own team! If you would like to join the walk (at 11am) or give a donation, check out the link for his team page: https://p2p.onecause.com/walkforautism2021/tricia-a-palluzzi
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Spring Opportunities from New Haven Youth & Recreation Department

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Important Reminders for Parents of Hybrid Students

  • Remember to charge your child's device EVERY evening and to send it to school the next day.
  • Do not forget to pack your child a water bottle and supplies.
  • We will be going outside daily (especially now that the snow has melted), so please be sure to dress your child appropriately.
  • Please remember to pre-screen your child before sending him/her to school. If you need to give your child any kind of medicine due to how they are feeling in the morning, you must keep them home.
  • Your child can log in as a remote learner if they are feeling well enough to join class, and will be marked remote present for the day.
  • Please be sure to complete the Bishop Woods Student Absence Form if your child is not in school so that we have record of the reason, and whether or not our school nurse needs to reach out: https://forms.gle/6DZy4s7nWkxMHqc86

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Healthy & Safety Protocols

You MUST pre-screen your child prior to sending him/her to school (Please see forms below). If you are keeping your child home, you MUST fill out the sick day for at the link below prior to 10am. If we do not hear from you, someone from our main office will be contacting you to check in.

Student Absence Form:


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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: