Northwood Notes

Royal Oak Schools: A Community of Excellence

Week of 3.27.16 & 4.10.16

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Mission Statement

Northwood Elementary School will provide higher-level learning opportunities for all students to maximize their potential in a safe, nurturing, respectful, and diverse environment.

NO LATE START 3/30; LATE STARTS RETURN 4/13, 4/20, 4/27

March is Reading Month

Our March is Reading Month theme for this year is, “A Minion Reasons to Read”. Keep following the information on the March is Reading Month Calendar. The kids are enjoying all of the Minion fun!

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*The Lost & Found items are in the hall near the Media Center. Notes have been posted on all exterior doors asking that parents check the Lost & Found. Several items have been claimed. All items remaining after 3/30/16 will be bagged and donated. Please label items!

*We encourage students to take home items from their lockers over break. It is a great time to pack up the winter gear and any "old" lunch items.

*Thank you for shopping at the Book Fair. The PTA did a nice job getting it set up and running it.

*Thanks to all the dads and daughters that attended the dance. It was a success judging the faces of the students and dads.

PBIS Matrix/March Lesson Focus

Please focus on "Arrival/Departure" during the month of March. Please REVIEW with your student(s). Click on the button above for details to review with your child(ren). Thank you.

PBIS Matrix/April Lesson Focus

Please focus on "Hallways" during the month of April. Please REVIEW with your student(s). Click on the button above for details to review with your child(ren). Thank you.

Congratulations to Our Northwood Reflections Winners for the 15-16 School Year

Jacob Podmokly grade K Photo

Luscia Kuban grade 4 2D

Maddox Podmokly grade 3 Photo

Olivia Lupone grade 3 photo

Reagan Millard grade 5 3D

Zoey Worcester grade 2 2D

Aidan Wilson grade 1 video

Delaney Dalziel grade 4 2D

Simon Beljak grade 2 2D

5th Grade Parents ONLY - Reminders

Invitation: Mr. Noonan is inviting 5th grade parents to attend the ROMS Incoming 6th Grade Orientation/Open House on March 30 from 6-8pm. Contact ROMS with any questions.


Mr. Noonan has shared the following information to help with planning and transition to ROMS:

ROMS Before & After school programs ( on the right-hand side of the ROMS home page.

Northwood District Website Calendar

Do you know what is happening?

The Northwood Notes are sent every two weeks.

I hope to see you at some of the upcoming events.


3/29 Kaiser Fun Day Pics Morning Only; Envelopes were sent home


3/31 End of 3rd Quarter

3/31 Northwood Open House 6:30-8:00; Doors Open at 6:30-8:00; Enter at Main

Entrance Only

4/1 NO SCHOOL/Records Day


4/2 - 4/10 SPRING BREAK THIS WEEK! No School


4/11 Volunteer Recognition @ 5:45 in Cafe; RSVP Event

4/11 PTA Meeting 7 PM in Cafe

4/15 Make sure you get your 5th Grade Scheduling Forms Turned in to the Teacher


Check for PTA event information and volunteer opportunities. Not all events and details are listed in this section.




Students will be taking the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (MSTEP) this spring. The M-STEP will include summative assessments designed to measure student growth effectively for today’s students. English language arts and mathematics will be assessed in grades 3–8, science in grades 4 and 7, and social studies in grades 5 and 8. It also includes the Michigan Merit Examination in 11th grade, which consists of a college entrance exam, work skills assessment, and M-STEP summative assessments in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

3rd graders test window is April 25 - May 13

4th graders test window is May 9 - May 26

5th graders test window is April 11 - April 29

Whenever possible, please avoid scheduling appointments during the school day within your child's testing window.


Last week, MDE made available two new training videos explaining how to navigate the ELA and mathematics computer adaptive tests (CAT) on the M-STEP website. If you haven’t had a chance to view these videos, here are the direct links to the videos:

Navigating the 2016 Mathematics CAT

Navigating the ELA M-STEP Computer Adaptive Test

MStep Parent Letter

Click the button above and read the letter.

Help us get FREE MONEY before it ends MAY 14 - TARGET

Target has a wonderful program that donates money to the school of your choice (choose Northwood). Click on the button above and sign up if you would like to support us every time you shop at no extra cost to you. The program is ending May 14, 2016.

School Information and Student Handbook

Please make sure you keep this as a reference.

Behavior at Events

The link includes behaviors that should be reviewed with students/practiced at events that extend beyond the school day. Appropriate behavior is for the safety of all participants. Supervision at events is the responsibility of parents.

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VOLUNTEERS - This form will be coming home (or contact Kim Stanley

Volunteers: Thank you for your TEAMWORK!

Go Team Northwood!

Please fill out the form, regardless if you CAN or CANNOT attend:

Volunteer’s full name (PRINT) ________________________________ Phone#_______________

YES ____ I am a volunteer and will be attending.

NO ____ I am a volunteer but I am unable to attend.

PRINT full name of your oldest student at Northwood: Child_____________________ Teacher_______________

Will you require child care? YES ___ NO ___ Return this to your child’s teacher no later than Thursday, March 31 2016