Bulldog Blast

March 24, 2021

B-I-N-G-O tonight!

TONIGHT, join us for Northwood's Family Virtual Bingo Night @ 7 pm! This is a free event - the first 300 devices to log in to the Zoom will be allowed in. CLICK HERE to generate your own electronic bingo boards. You can use as many boards as you’d like, as long as you can keep up with the numbers being called.


*Don't forget, 8th-grade parents and guardians are invited to log onto the zoom 20 minutes early (6:40 PM) to chat with other fellow 8th-grade parents. Take this opportunity to catch up, share experiences of this year and learn where your kids will be attending next year.


ZOOM LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81631443047

Questions? Email, Curbano@northwoodcs.org

Read Across America

As Read Across America comes to a close, this week's theme is Beach/luau Day! Themed Day - Every Thursday in March, students have been asked to dress accordingly and read literature and poetry related to that theme. The theme this week is 'Beach or Luau Day' - dress like you’re heading to the beach or a luau. Thursday is also Pet Day! Bring your favorite pet to class or share a picture of your favorite animal

Read Alouds to enjoy the theme:

Ohana Means Family

Magic Beach

Pet Day - bring your favorite pet to class or share a picture of your favorite animal

Pig the Pug

If I Had a Dinosaur


Questions to ask your child while reading:

  1. By looking at the front cover, can you make a prediction about what the story will be about?
  2. Could you tell me, in your own words, what happened on this page?
  3. How do you think the character is feeling?
  4. Does this story remind you of anything in your own life?
  5. What was your favorite part of the story?
  6. What was your least favorite part of the story?

Student Corner:

Community Corner

Parent Corner:

SCHOOL SCHEDULE UPDATE

📢 ATTENTION: Starting April 19th the new class schedule will begin.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (asynchronous), Thursday, Friday.


You will be receiving this information in an email TOMORROW, 3/25.

Please be sure to check your email.

What is 143K Rising?

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) formed 143K Rising as a way for lawmakers in Harrisburg to hear directly from charter school families. We are guided and supported by a diverse group of educational organizations, business groups, and public policy agencies that understand charter schools are the best option for many children to receive a public education that meets their needs. The goal is to give charter school families a voice in policy decisions that otherwise could have disastrous consequences for the education and future of their children.


Northwood parents and guardians, it is recommended to sign up here. You will receive email updates from the 143K Rising movement on the latest efforts to protect public education options. You also will have the opportunity to contact your state lawmakers and let them know you support public charter schools.

Countdown to Spring Recess!

Don't forget Spring Recess is from Monday, March 29th to Monday, April 5th! We will see you all virtually on Tuesday, April 6th. Wishing everyone a SAFE and enjoyable time off.

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH at the National Constitution Center

“How Women Won the Vote” features some of the many women who transformed constitutional history—including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, and Ida B. Wells—and will allow visitors to better understand the long fight for women’s suffrage. With nearly 100 original artifacts—including a ballot box used to collect women’s votes in the late 1800s, a letter from jail written by a White House picketer—explore the historical context of the fight for the right to vote over 70 years.


The museum is open Fridays–Sundays from 10 am–3 pm, and advance reservations are required. If you can’t make it to the museum, you can view highlights of the exhibit online, or even book a live virtual tour of the exhibit via Zoom. Additional resources can be found on the Constitution Center’s Women’s History Month landing page, including videos, educational materials, and more.

BUlldog spotlight: Kindergartener Donovan Dickerson

Calling all Bulldogs: Bulldog Spotlight!

We love receiving photos of our Bulldogs with big smiles and having fun!


If you have more pictures to share that highlight a fun part of your child's day, whether it is participating in an activity or enjoying the outdoors, send them over to curbano@northwoodcs.org to be featured in next week's Bulldog Blast 📰

Tracking COVID-19 in Pennsylvania / Philadelphia

We are thrilled to announce that we are prepared to shift to hybrid in-person learning on Monday, April 19th. As you know, this hybrid model will accommodate students in both remote and in-person settings.


We have worked in collaboration with many vendors, and internally as a team, to upgrade our facilities to orchestrate a hybrid model that is safe and responsive. This decision was made after considering all current recommendations and data from the CDC, the PA Department of Health (DOH), the Philadelphia DOH, sector trends, and Northwood’s safety initiatives. Please recognize our original plan to shift to a hybrid model following three consecutive weeks of low to moderate transmission levels was eased when official agency recommendations shifted. This change is a result of school transmission data, mitigation and testing programs, and staff vaccination access.


Please be advised, the choice to send your child in-person was optional and ALL hybrid and virtual cohorts have been finalized, based on the results from our Parent Survey from February 3rd. We will not be adding any students to our in-person cohorts at this time. In the event that the local or state directives prohibit this model, we will inform you accordingly. If we know anything, it is that things change quickly during a pandemic.


Remember to use the Bulldog Blast, our social media channels, the Remind App, and the Northwood Academy website as resources for all updates and information. This Thursday, March 25th, we will be sending further information regarding schedules and general expectations, and hosting a virtual Town Hall for all families on Thursday, April 8th to answer any additional questions. Click here to read our full COVID-19 statement from our CEO, Amy Hollister. Thank you!

Approved 2021-2022 Calendar

Hey Northwood!

Click here to view our 2021-2022 academic calendar 📅 for all important school-related dates.

Free Meals Pickup 🍽️🥪🥣

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


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

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 “scholarly” 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.

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, March 24th- Virtual BINGO on ZOOM

Thursday, March 25th - Report Card Conferences

Friday, March 26th - Report Card Conferences

Monday, March 29th to Monday, April 5th- Spring Recess

Thursday, April 8th- Virtual Town Hall