August 12, 2022
Building Excellence Successfully Together
Key News for Explorer Families
This issue of the BEST contains important updates and information for families. We communicate school procedures and reminders via the newsletter as we hope you'll find it a helpful resource for Northwood and FCS news. Our school website is also updated regularly and another good site to visit for information as well.
The PTA is looking forward to seeing families tonight at the Back to School Bash!
Kindergarten Class of 2028
It’s been a successful first week! We’re excited to have all of our Explorers back in the building and extend a special welcome to Northwood’s Kindergarten Class of 2028.
WHO's NEW at NORTHWOOD
Heather Rucker, Principal
Kristina Alshabazz, 1st Grade Teacher
Toni Bonds, 1st Grade Teacher
Victoria Smith, 1st Grade Teacher
Alex Viola, 2nd Grade Teacher
Mikala Sanders, 2nd Grade Teacher
Kaylen Saunders, 4th Grade Teacher
Elizabeth Waters, 5th Grade
Jill Bowie, IRR – 2nd Grade
Arielle Smither, IRR – 5th Grade
Jonathan Dixon, AU Assistant
Clay Braddock, P.E.
Ashley Greer, Adaptive Art
Allison Gifford, Psychologist
Joy Myrick, Resource Officer
Principal Rucker and Assistant Principal Levine loved seeing so many smiling faces as they read in classrooms this week.
New This Year: Attendance and Dismissal Emails
If your child is absent from school, please submit an email to your child’s teacher AND firstname.lastname@example.org within five days of returning to school.
- Child's first and last name
- The absence date(s)
- Reason for absence(s) *attach doctor's note if applicable
You can monitor student attendance in your Campus Parent Portal account.
If you would like to request a pre-approved absence, the Absence Request Form is available on our website under Attendance.
While all transportation changes should be submitted in writing and given to the teacher in the morning; we do understand that emergency situations do happen. If you have a same day emergency change, please submit an email to NWESdismissal@fultonschools.org before 12 pm.
- Child’s first and last name
- The date and the specific change, i.e. bus to car rider
- The reason for the change
Please copy your child’s homeroom teacher on the email as well.
CheckMate: New Kiosk for Checking Students In and Out
We have upgraded to an online automated attendance kiosk, CheckMate, to make checking your students in and out easier and more efficient. There is a laptop in the front office next to the visitor sign-in computer, where you will sign your child in if they are tardy; and out if you are picking them up early. You will still need your Photo ID and to be on the student’s approved emergency contact list.
Please have your child ready to exit the car when you pull up. This will allow the line to move steadily.
Please seat your child on the passenger side -parents/guardians should not exit the cars to open car doors.
Please do not pass other cars in line.
Please reference the map below for the afternoon carpool route.
Please have your carpool number in the windshield visible to staff.
Please wait until all day care vans have loaded and departed before entering the carpool circle.
Please allow enough space for the buses to enter the bus loop if you arrive for carpool before 2:20 p.m.
Have You Joined Infinite Campus Parent Portal?
The Infinite Campus Parent Portal provides quick and easy access to information for all enrolled students in their household. Find grades, attendance, assignments, schedules, ID numbers, school announcements and more. If you haven't already joined, please do so today as Fulton County Schools is transitioning to managing everything via the portal.
For more information, access the Parent Portal Booklet for Infinite Campus here.
Student Code of Conduct & Discipline Handbook: PLEASE REVIEW & SIGN OFF
Each year Fulton County Schools asks families and students to read and discuss the Student Code of Conduct & Discipline Handbook; and then sign off that you have read it. Please follow the steps below to access the handbook, and then sign off electronically in your Infinite Campus Parent/Student Portal Account.
- Please read and review the Code of Conduct with your student(s). There are also paper copies available for your convenience in the office. fultonschools.org/codeofconduct
- Please take a moment to complete the Acknowledgement of Receipt Form. This link provides directions on the sign off process. How to sign Acknowledgement of Receipt.pdf
Student Success Skills
Parents, please click the link below for more information; and to set up your Rethink Account which provides access to all the lesson content. Student Success Skills.