Bulldog Blast

February 3, 2021

SIGN-UP FOR PICTURE DAY! πŸ“Έ

School photos will take place in our cafeteria (Adams Ave. entrance) on Friday, February 5th and Friday, February 12th from 8:15am to 4:00pm. You must register your child for a time slot at the following link: Picture Day Sign-up


Please note the following:

  • Students are expected to wear their Northwood uniform.
  • Graduation Day photos will be held separately in the spring.
  • Families will be waiting outside so safety precautions are upheld throughout each day.
  • You and your child must wear a mask and keep a 6-foot distance from others in the line.
  • We will aim to move quickly and stay on schedule as much as possible.

GoGuardian Software Information

If you have not read our memo regarding our newly adopted service, GoGuardian, please do so at the following link: GoGuardian Parent Letter.


To summarize, GoGuardian provides the following benefits to students and teachers:

  • Helps in protecting students against harmful and inappropriate online material

  • Helps students stay β€œscholarly” and more focused when learning online

  • Helps in assessing students’ progress towards class assignments

  • Facilitates communication between teachers and students during class time


Please reach out to our Technology Coordinator with any questions at dleimer@northwoodcs.org.

The Joys of a Snow Day... β˜ƒοΈβ„οΈβ˜•πŸ˜„

Click the photo below to watch Eliannette sled down the hill with glee!

Francisco Lassend's Snow-dusted Shrubbery 🌨️🌲

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Ms. Sperock's super-safe Mask-wearing snowman πŸ˜·β›„

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We loved seeing all of our Bulldogs enjoying nature's fluffy white playground! If you have more pictures to share of snowman-making or sledding or thawing out with a warm mug of hot chocolate, send them over to jsmith@northwoodcs.org to be featured in next week's Bulldog Blast.

Black History Month in Philadelpha

There are so many ways to honor Black history all month long, including supporting Black-owned businesses and learning more about Black history through murals, monuments, and historic sites. Check out a selection of sites and ideas here: How to Celebrate Black History Month in Philadelphia.


Mural Arts Philadelphia believes that art ignites change, and they have launched a month full of educational and fun events, tours, and programs intended to celebrate Black artists and the Black community in Philadelphia. Find out more about it here: Celebrate Black History Month through Art.


Fairmount Park's Mann Center for the Performing Arts is showcasing the importance of Black artistry and its significance worldwide every Friday in February. Check out the Voices of Hope community event performers, which includes West African, Gospel, Jazz, and Hip Hop musicians.

New Website Coming Soon! 🐾

We are in the final stages of putting the finishing touches on our new website -- be sure to sign up for our Remind alerts so that you will know as soon as it is launched. In the meantime, as we continue sifting through over a decade of old photos to find our perfect picks, we wanted to share another one that makes us excited for the day when we can come together with smiles full of Bulldog Pride! πŸ’›
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Tracking COVID-19 in Pennsylvania / Philadelphia

While we recognize that the Pennsylvania Department of Education recommendation now includes the option of Full Remote or Hybrid Model for elementary schools, in keeping with the current recommendations, we remain steadfast in our direction to remain remote until we see 3 consecutive weeks of data in the Low or Moderate category in the COVID-19 Dashboard, accompanied by 3 weeks of the CHOP PolicyLab projections on a steady decline. We will continue to share these data points with you through this newsletter each week.


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.


It is worthy of note that the most recent documented 7-day period reported a decrease in cases where Philadelphia County remains below a 10% PCR positivity rate; however, the incidence rate is still greater than 100 people per 100,000 residents. We will not consider the level of community transmission to be in the Moderate/Low category until both the incidence rate and PCR percent positivity rate are at the recommended levels.

Free Meals Pickup 🍽️πŸ₯ͺπŸ₯£

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!


Pickup for multiple meals takes place at our cafeteria (Adams Ave. entrance) on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm.


We hope families continue to take advantage of this cost-saving and nutritional convenience.

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!

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Materials & Chromebook Pick-up

For those who were not able to come by the school during previous months' pickup windows, you may stop by and check-in at the front desk on Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 2:00pm to do so.


Please 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.


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Chromebooks are also still available for pickup during these days/times.


*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.

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, February 3 - Parent Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, February 4 - 100th Day of School! (Teachers have fun activities planned in honor of this milestone)

Friday, February 5 and Friday, February 12 - School Photo / Heath Screening Days

Wednesday, February 10 - Common Lottery Date

Friday, February 12 - Common Notification Date