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Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022

This week & Looking ahead:

Please continue to keep your child home if he or she is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. Please email CovidResponseTeam@northwoodcs.org with any updates such as positive test results or vaccination status.


- Be advised that virtual learning is only available for COVID-related illness and quarantine. You will be given directives from the Northwood Covid Response Team if quarantine and virtual learning are necessary. Students are not eligible for virtual learning under any other circumstances - i.e, illness that is not Covid-related, family travel, etc. Our usual attendance policies will remain in place for these circumstances.


Friendly reminder, due to the PECO electrical upgrades in the neighborhood we will be virtual Thursday, February 3rd. Students will return to in-person learning on Friday, February 4th.


Important Reminders:

  • Students must begin the day at 7:45 am in their Homeroom Class in order to be marked present.

  • Thursday, February 3rd will be a virtual full day from 7:45 am - 3:00 pm.

  • Attendance will be determined based on students logging into their homeroom at 7:45 as well as their live classes throughout the day. Students who arrive to class after 7:45 am will be marked late or absent.

  • Students must wear their Northwood uniform shirt to class and should be seated at a desk or table, with quiet space to work.

  • Student schedules and Zoom links will be posted in their Google Classrooms.

    • Students with Special Education services during instruction will continue to receive those services either via co-teaching during video conferencing, breakout rooms during video conferencing, and/or during separate video conferencing sessions.

    • Students who receive related services will also access their links to their related services on their Google Classroom.

    • Please reach out to your child’s teacher via email if you have any difficulty accessing the links.

  • Special classes will continue on the same schedule. These Zoom links will be posted by your child’s homeroom teacher, and students will be reminded as to which special they should attend.


Please reach out to your child's teachers via email with any questions.

Happy Groundhog Day!

What is Groundhog Day? Groundhog Day is the day when people look to the groundhog to predict the weather for the next six weeks. Folklore says that if the sun is shining when the groundhog comes out of his burrow, then the groundhog will go back into its burrow and we will have winter for six more weeks. However, if it is cloudy, then spring will come early that year.


What do people do to celebrate? There are a number of celebrations throughout the United States. The largest celebration takes place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania where the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil has predicted the weather each year since 1886. Large crowds gather here to see Phil come out of his burrow at around 7:30 am. The origins of Groundhog Day can be traced to German settlers in Pennsylvania. These settlers celebrated February 2nd as Candlemas Day. On this day if the sun came out then there would be six more weeks of wintry weather. At some point, people began to look to the groundhog to make this prediction. The earliest reference to the groundhog is in an 1841 journal entry. In 1886 the Punxsutawney newspaper declared February 2nd as Groundhog Day and named the local groundhog as Punxsutawney Phil. Since then the day and tradition has spread throughout the United States.


Read a book about groundhogs!

Visit your local library and ask your librarian to help you find one of the books on the below list related to Groundhog Day.

  • Grumpy Groundhog by Maureen Wright (Author), Amanda Haley (Illustrator)
  • Groundhog’s Runaway Shadow by David Biedrzycki (Author, Illustrator)
  • Substitute Groundhog by Pat Miller (Author), Kathi Ember (Illustrator)
  • Groundhog’s Dilemma by Kristen Remenar (Author), Matt Faulkner (Illustrator)
  • Groundhug Day by Anne Marie Pace (Author), Christopher Denise (Illustrator)
  • Who Will See Their Shadows This Year? by Jerry Pallotta (Author), David Biedrzycki (Illustrator)

FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH!

In celebration of Black History Month, our NACS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee have developed an engaging mix of activities and assemblies for every grade to take part in. There will be lessons around notable historical and current figures, as well as a special virtual game show at the end of the month to review everything we have learned.


Our NACS teachers are excited to bring conversations around civil rights and social justice into the classrooms.

Coming soon... TWOsday happening on 2/22/2022

Tuesday, 2/22/2022 NACS is celebrating TWOSday!


Northwood students and staff can dress up as Twins! Link up with a classmate or teacher to get together your most creative matching outfits!


**Prizes for those who are TWINNING the most**

Parent Corner:

Gloves and Winter Coat Collection:

We are continuing to collect clean, gently-used gloves and winter coats of all sizes for students in need. If you have gloves and winter coats you would like to donate, please send them in with your child.

Mrs. Tully's Kindergarten Class celebrating Hibernation day on Friday, 1/28!

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COMMUNITY CORNER

AAMP Family Fun Days

On the second Saturday of every month, gather up the youth in your life and bring them to The African American Museum Philadelphia for an assortment of hands-on activities, interactive music and movement workshops, storytellers, historical re-enactors, and more! A Family Fun Day may focus on a particular theme, or may simply celebrate the breadth and depth of the African Diaspora. Visit their calendar for details of upcoming days.


Where? 701 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

The 30th Annual African American Children's Book Fair VIRTUAL PREVIEW

Join the African American Children’s Book Project, virtually to preview the 30th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair on Saturday, February 5, 2022 – 1:00-3:00 PM EST – Facebook Live. Get an inside look at the stellar lineup of some of the best and the brightest from the children’s literary community.


The 30th Annual African American Children's Book Fair – LIVE IN PERSON - will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th Arch Street on Saturday, February 26, 2022, from 1:00 to 4 p.m. EST. Hosted by the African American Children’s Book Project, the book fair is one of the oldest and largest single-day events for children's books in the country! For more information call (215) 878-2665.


>> REGISTER HERE <<

This February The African American Museum of Philadelphia Will Be Offering Free Screenings of “Harriet” & “13th”

The African American Museum of Philadelphia is ramping up its Black History Month programming which includes readings, live speakers, demonstrations as well as movies. As part of their movie programming, AAMP will be screening both Harriet and 13th.

Moviegoers will be able to see these films either in-person or remotely. In partnership with The School District of Philadelphia. both movie screenings are free and open to the public with suggested donations. Zoom links for virtual programs will be emailed to attendees 30 minutes prior to, and at the start of each program.


See movie dates and times below:

Harriet: February 5th | 5- 8 pm

13th: February 10th | 5-8 pm

More information here: https://50068.blackbaudhosting.com/50068/sslpage.aspx?pid=201

Mighty Writers at Home: FRee virtual clubs

Hey Northwood! A handful of The Mighty Writers at Home workshops have started, but registration for all is still open! Find the Mighty community that suits your child's needs.
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For Ages 7-10, via ZOOM:

With music as with life, girls can do anything! Discover the jobs women have in the music industry. Get inspired by Mighty Musicians like Linda Perry and Alicia Keys and write and produce your own Girl Power Songs.


>> SIGN UP HERE <<

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For ages 9-13, FREE Via Zoom

Running every Monday until March 21st, Spirits Up! blends yoga, meditation, music, arts & alternative wellness to support Black, Brown & Indigenous lives. In this workshop, students will create space for liberation, wellness & safety for kids who have lived through injustice.


>> SIGN UP HERE <<

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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**

Harry Potter: The Exhibition | February 18 to September 2022

Harry Potter: The Exhibition | February 18 to September 2022:


Philadelphia snagged the world premiere of this much-anticipated touring exhibition that will no doubt draw millions of fans of all ages to ogle props and costumes from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts film franchises. The high-tech installation promises “innovative, awe-inspiring and magical environments” that let visitors get hands-on experience with casting spells and other Hogwarts-themed hocus pocus. Tickets are on sale now.

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Covid-19 Corner:

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Winter/Inclement Weather

Check out our *NEW* Inclement Weather Information Center on our Northwood school website!


Our goal is to lay out our process and answer some of your most frequently asked questions here, so you can be more informed on the how, what, when, and why of our inclement weather decisions.

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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, February 2nd, SCHOOL-WIDE virtual learning

Thursday, February 3rd, SCHOOL-WIDE virtual learning

Friday, February 4th, Return to in-person instruction

Monday, February 14th, Valentine's Day

Wednesday, February 16th, Board Meeting

Monday, February 21st, Presidents 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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