Northwood News Oct. 31 - Nov. 4

Be Smart. Be Kind. Be United. Be a Unicorn.

Thank you for Choosing Northwood!

Dear Northwood Community,

Happy Halloween! We are having a great day of learning at Northwood today. If you go trick or treating this evening please be safe and have fun. Please do not let your child bring their Halloween candy to school tomorrow, as it may be distracting and take away from learning.

We are so excited for our Family Math Game and Greenback Night on Thursday evening. We are collecting donations to have a mural painted on the side of the old gym facing Rockhill. We hope that you will join us for lots of fun playing math games with your family on Thursday evening from 5:30-7:00pm (open house format) Your child will have a chance to win one of many of our door prizes just for attending. Please Click HERE for a link to the flyer with all of the information or see below for more information.

On Thursday, we also have a special visit from Author Bridget Heos during the school day. Students and been reading and previewing her books during their library time. If your child owns on of her books, they can bring it to school on Thursday for her to sign. We will not be selling any of her books this year.

Please be sure to read all the way to the end of the newsletter to find out about everything that is going on at Northwood and for important reminders.

Have a great week and thank you for your support!

Mrs. Harper

Life In the Library

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Upcoming Events

Greenback Night: Our "Greenback" Campaign is officially underway and we need YOUR help to raise funds for Northwood! This year our goal is to raise $4,000 for a new campus spirit mural + additional campus improvements. Donate anytime between now and November 3rd! Students are encouraged to bring coins to fill their classroom jars. The class with the most funds raised per grade level WINS a popcorn party!! You may also donate via Venmo (@NorthwoodElementaryPTA); please specify "Greenback Donation and your child's teacher in the payment description. You can also bring your donation to our Family Game Night on Thursday November 3rd from 5:30-7. Each $20 donation will earn you entry into our awesome raffle! Click HERE for a flyer with all the information. Questions? Contact Lauren Ahrens 210-286-2629 or

3rd Grade Volunteer Art: Attention 3rd grade parents, or any parent or guardian who loves creating art. Friday, November 4th is 3rd grades’ PTA art lessons. If you would like to volunteer to help, please make sure you have your required DPS clearance, and email Amanda Bennett at (not Gmail) and let her know which class(es) you would like to help with! Mrs. Gloege’s class will be from 7:40-8:40, Mrs. Howe’s class will be from 8:45-9:45 and Mrs. Taylor’s class from 9:50-10:50.

PTA Life Membership: Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond to help the students of Northwood? Please nominate a parent, teacher or community member who has gone the extra mile for our Northwood community. Please turn in the nomination form to your child’s teacher or the front office by Friday, November 11th. Click HERE for a link to the form. Nominations may also be sent via e-mail to

Coats for Kids: We are going into the colder months & want to ensure children in our school community have a coat to keep them warm. Do you have coats that have been outgrown? If so, we would love for you to donate them to our coat drive! We will be collecting new and gently used coats ongoing through the winter months. Please look for the large donation box next to the green Northwood bench by the main entrance during school hours. Please contact our school counselor Johna Adams at 210.407.5400 or if you have a specific need for your child.

Tuesday Shoesday: Please help support our school community by donating new or gently used kid's tennis shoes during the month of November! Each Tuesday in November will be "Tuesday Shoesday!" and our PTA will be collecting shoe donations during morning drop-off between 7:00 - 7:30 am. All kids sizes are needed (13-8, boys and girls). If you would like to drop off shoe donations outside of the collection time, please deliver to the front office. Please contact our school counselor Johna Adams at 210.407.5400 or if you have a specific need for your child.

Unicorn Watch: Watch Dogs is now Unicorn Watch! If you would like to volunteer please use the following link: Unicorn Watch Sign Up . You will also need to order a Unicorn Watch shirt which can be purchased using this link: Unicorn Watch Shirts . If you would like to volunteer, please make sure that your DPS clearance is current. You can do that here: DPS Clearance There will be no orientation meeting this year. If you have any question please email them to

Join PTA: When you join the PTA, you join a community that encourages student achievement and builds a partnership between our families and our school. PTA organizes teacher appreciation, provides classroom grants, supports student enrichment programs, and so much more. We believe that together we can help our children be successful. Go to and sign up online or submit cash or check to the front office. Payment envelopes are available. The membership fee is $7.00 per person and there is an additional $1.50 transaction fee for joining online. Consider having both parents, grandparents and even your child join! If you have not already joined, please join today.

Upcoming Dates:

November 3 - Author Visit - Bridget Heos

November 3 - Family Engagement/Greenback Night

November 3 - College Shirt Day

November 6 - Daylight Savings Ends (Fall Back)

November 8 - Holiday (Election Day)

November 11 - Veteran's Day

November 13 - World Kindness Day

November 18 - Substitution Appreciation Day

November 21-25 - School Holiday (Thanksgiving)

November 29 - Early Dismissal @ 12:30/Staff Development

November 30 - PTA officers/Board Mtg. (1:45)

Visitors on Campus

All visitors to campus will be required to present an ID and receive a visitors badge through the Raptor system in order to come into the building during the school day. We understand that this may not be convenient, but it is necessary in order to ensure safety.