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October 21, 2020

Parent Workshops + Amazon Gift Card Raffle - Tomorrow, October 22

Are you longing for more opportunities to engage meaningfully with Northwood's parent community during this remote climate? Then do not miss the chance to connect with one another TOMORROW (Thursday, October 22nd) for this year's second Parent Virtual Cafe.

There are three different times in the morning (8:00 a.m.), afternoon (12:00 p.m.), and evening (7:00 p.m.) to choose from; all grades are welcome in every session at the following link: Parent Virtual Cafe (passcode: Northwood).

Another perk of joining? You have the chance to with a $25 Amazon Gift Card! See the flier below for more details.

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Parent Hybrid Town Hall Meeting Video

For families that missed the Town Hall Meeting last night, which shared information about potential hybrid learning models and considerations for the coming months, the entire webinar presentation is available to watch on our website and at the following link:

Parent Hybrid Town Hall Meeting - October 20, 2020

Clubs and Electives Registration

We are thrilled that so many families have signed up with FamilyID, and students have already dove into their first week and a half of sessions!

While registration is now closed, for parents who have signed their child up for more than one club or elective during the same day/time, please contact Mrs. Smith at jsmith@northwoodcs.org in order to clarify which will be the chosen activity. This will help our teachers and specialists keep track of attendance more easily and efficiently, and will allow for more time to be spent on activity engagement.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Class Schedule on Election Day

In order to encourage community participation in this year's crucial election, the majority of the day on November 3rd will be an asynchronous learning day for students. The following is the plan for the day:

  • Students will be logging on from 8:30-10:45am for small group instruction.
  • Work for all of your child's usual synchronous subjects will be assigned via a Google Form.
  • All students will participate in some sort of voting or election activity.

Quick Guide to Focus Parent Portal

Northwood's Focus Parent Portal is a tool designed to enhance communication and involvement for you in your child's education. This portal will allow you to monitor your child's progress in school by providing timely access to both assignments and grades that are entered by the teacher throughout the grading period. This communication tool will improve your ability to assist your child and to communicate with the teacher if necessary.

CLICK HERE for step-by-step instructions on how to set up or login to your Focus Parent Portal account.

Annual Title 1 Federal Programs Information Session

Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Join us to review our Title I Program and related parent information.

The meeting will be held at the following Zoom link:



Reminder: Free Meals Pickup Update

We are now giving 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 takes place at our cafeteria (Adams Ave. entrance) on Mondays and Thursdays between 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. We hope families continue to take advantage of this cost saving and nutritional convenience.

*We appreciate the patience for those who came out on Monday for meal pick-up while school was closed. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.*


How to Vote BEFORE Election Day

While the voter registration deadline has passed, it is now time to get your ballot in; or better yet, vote early in-person at your local polling place!

  • Voting Early In-Person - scroll to the bottom of the page at the link provided to search for the location closest to your home on the map.

If you are opting to fill out a ballot instead, important deadlines are below:


To vote by mail, your ballot must be requested by:
October 27, 2020


You can return your vote by mail ballot in the following way(s):

Dropped off in person at your local dropbox (find yours here: Drop Boxes and Dropoff Sites) by

November 3, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.


Postmarked in the mail by: November 3, 2020

and received by your local election official in the mail by November 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.


Northwood's 2021-2022 Lottery Application

Keep spreading the word! The application window will be open through January 25, 2021.

See the fliers below for more information and continue to share them with family and friends.

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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.

Student/Parent Handbook Sign-Off

It is urgent and essential for all families to complete this brief form in order to acknowledge your compliance with school protocols and remote learning for this year.

Important Dates on the Horizon

Wednesday, October 21 - Board Meeting

Thursday, October 22- Parent Virtual Cafe Workshops

Wednesday, October 28 - Annual Title 1 Federal Programs Information Session

Thursday, October 29 - Virtual Costume Contest / Character Day for students and staff

Tuesday, November 3 - Election Day / morning activities followed by asynchronous activities in the afternoon

Wednesday, November 11 - School Closed for Veteran's Day