Bulldog Blast

Wednesday, March 16th, 2022

This week & Looking ahead:

✏️ TODAY, 8th Grade Pictures will be taking place in the school gym on Wednesday, March 16th. Please see below for more information. Picture Day ID: EVT2THRG9


✏️ Report Card Conferences have shifted down to Wednesday, 3/30, and Thursday, 3/31. More information will be shared from your child's teacher closer to mid-March, thank you.


✏️ If you have not done so already please take a moment to read the enclosed letter from our Interim Principal, Mrs. Henry.

Principal's Corner:

Please read the below reminders and updates from Principal Henry:


Report Card Conferences - March 30 and 31

We would like you to join your child’s teacher to discuss his/her progress for this reporting period. You will receive an electronic copy of your child’s report card at this conference. We believe that it is vital for teachers and parents to work together as a team to discuss student progress at Northwood Academy. We are expecting 100% participation from our families.


Conferences will take place on Wednesday, March 30, from 12:00 to 5:45 pm, and Thursday, March 31, from 12:00 to 3:00 pm. Conferences will be 15 minutes in duration. All report card conferences will be held on these two days.


Report card conferences will be held on an as-needed basis only (parent or teacher request). Conferences will be held in a virtual format via Zoom OR in-person (this is up to the parent). You will receive a Zoom link from your child’s teacher. Please be prompt so that you and all families have an equal opportunity to discuss their child’s progress.


If you are interested in meeting with a specialist teacher, please email them individually to set up a conference. Thank you for your ongoing support of our program!

Ukraine Fundraiser update XYZ

We are happy to announce we were able to raise $635.25 for Ukraine! Thank you to all who participated. The money raised will be donated to Nova Ukraine.


NOVA Ukraine: Nova Ukraine is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about Ukraine in the US and throughout the world and providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine. novaukraine.org

In-school event: 4th Grade College Day, 3/18

To promote college and career readiness, our 4th graders will participate in College Day at Northwood on Friday, March 18th.


Through fun competition, guest presentations, and video highlights, students will learn from staff and current college students how to get into college, the opportunities offered at college, and how to be successful in college. Students are encouraged to dress down and wear a college-themed shirt on College Day. Questions? Please email, mlozandieu@northwoodcs.org

Holi: Festival of Colors, 3/18/22

🌈 WHAT IS HOLI?

Holi is a Hindu festival that celebrates the end of winter (white), the beginning of spring (colorful), and the victory of good over evil. It's a great opportunity to play, laugh, forgive and repair relationships. People all over India get together to throw colored powder on each other in the streets to celebrate.


🌈 Holi is only one day a year and is celebrated on the last full moon of the lunar month. The night before Holi is celebrated with bonfires and friends. Holi is celebrated by Hindus mainly in India. This year, Holi will be observed on Friday, March 18, 2022.


🌈 Celebrate Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors, at the Please Touch Museum with special workshops and programs all weekend long!


Schedule includes:

Colorful Powder Workshop: 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm

Colorful Expressions Open Studio: 1-4pm

Storytime: 11am and 2pm

Age: 8 and under Price: $19-$22 depending on the day


Location: Please Touch Museum 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131

National Breakfast Week Raffle Winners

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Parent Corner:

District-Wide Survey

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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).



Spring/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 48 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.

COMMUNITY CORNER

Thursday, March 17th:

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Join author and local community advocate Dawn Chavous for a book signing and meet and greet at the Historic Belmont Mansion on Thursday, March 17th at 5:30 PM.


Please stop by to get your personally signed copy of my newly released book, You Are Special, and if you've purchased a book already, come by so she can sign it! This is a family-friendly event. Children (with a guardian) are welcome to attend.


BOOK DETAILS:

You Are Special - Written by Dawn Chavous and Illustrated by Donna-Marie Duncan


Event Address: 2000 Belmont Mansion Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Play-A-Palooza: Sat Mar 26, 2022

As “spring fever” spreads, Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse celebrates Play-A-Palooza, its seasonal playground grand-opening party.


Saturday, 3/26, 12 pm-4 pm families can enjoy a lineup that includes music and dance, a bookmobile, games, relay races, science experiments, an obstacle course, food trucks, and unstructured nature-based play across Smith's 6.5 acres. Play-A-Palooza 2022 will also host an on-site vaccine clinic. **The rain date is March 27th**


For ages 12 and under


Price: Children $10; Free for Smith members and ACCESS cardholders


Location: Smith Memorial Playground 3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121

TTF Watershed Partnership Upcoming Events:

'Ya Fav Trashman' Cleanup in Tacony Creek Park:

Join TTFWP (Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed) for a Tacony Creek Park Cleanup with our new best friend forever, Ya Fav Trashman! Let’s show our love for this special green space and Circuit trail.


WHEN? Saturday, March 19, 10am-12pm

Whitaker Ave & Loudon St., Philadelphia 19120


* Register here *

* Learn more here *

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Keeping Your Child Healthy

Did you know there are vaccine-preventable diseases you can protect your young child? You may have almost forgotten about diseases like Diphtheria, Chickenpox, Mumps, Whooping Cough (Pertussis), and others because of vaccines. It's still important for your child to have vaccines though! While these diseases are preventable, they can still exist and infect those who are not vaccinated. Vaccines can help keep your child healthy, and vaccines may be required for your child to attend a school or an early learning program. Find out which vaccines your child should receive and when.


For children without insurance, PA CHIP may be able to help. CHIP is short for the Children's Health Insurance Program, Pennsylvania's program to provide health insurance to uninsured children who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance. Regardless of the reasons your children might not have health insurance, CHIP may be able to help you.

Visit www.chipcoverspakids.com.

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Tarken Ice Rink & Rec. Center: FREE PROGRAM

If you have a teenager between the ages of 13-17 and you’re looking for a safe space for them to socialize while gaining life skills then Tarken has a program for you!


Join them every Thursday from 6:30-8:00 PM for their brand new teen activities program. Activities include community service projects, teen building exercises, mentorship, 2K tournaments, and more! See the above flyer for more details!

**NO SIGN-UPS NECESSARY**

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 📰

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!


CLICK HERE to watch a video (created by Kevin Lofton) for families in Philadelphia to understand their rights under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. This ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for students experiencing homelessness. Check it out now!


If you or a family member are in need of housing, food, health, and safety services, please check out these resources from Project HOME: Where To Turn Guide.

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Important Dates on the Horizon

Wednesday, March 16th, 8th grade pictures

Wednesday, March 16th, Board Meeting

Thursday, March 17th, St. Patrick's Day

Friday, March 18th, Holi 2022

Wednesday, March 30th, and Thursday, March 31st, Report Card Conferences

Monday, April 11th- Monday, April 18th, Spring Recess

World Autism Awareness Month

Wednesday, April 20th, Board Meeting

Friday, April 22nd, Earth Day

Tuesday, May 3rd, School Closed in observance of Eid-al-Fitr

Monday, May 30th, School is closed in observance of Memorial Day

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.

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