Word From The Woods

Bishop Woods School Newsletter - 5.30.21

Greetings Bishop Woods Families,

This Monday we will have no school in observance of Memorial Day. Please take a moment to remember all of the men and women that have died serving our country, and to share any of your own personal stories of friends and family who have served with your children.

When we return to school on Tuesday, we will be entering the month of June! There are only 9.5 days left for in person learning, and 12.5 total days remaining for the year. Please note that our 8th grade promotion ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 16th and the last day for students in grades K-7 is Thursday, June 17th (which will also be an early dismissal).

8th grade parents...please be sure to check your email regularly over the next few weeks for important updates. An email was sent out on Friday that is important for you to view.

This Tuesday morning, our K-6 students will be experiencing Junior Achievement Day from 9:30-11am. Volunteers from RSM will be working with students virtually to help them understand the world around them, with a focus on financial literacy. We are excited for our students to take part in this event!

Although some mask restrictions have been lifted in CT, please note that all students and staff at New Haven Public Schools must continue to wear masks at school each day.

Looking forward to a wonderful week ahead,

Mrs. Natalino

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Sunday, May 30th - Adama G. (Grade 4), Emily S. (Grade K), Ms. Torello (Literacy Coach)

Tuesday, June 1st - Liam G. (Grade 3)

Wednesday, June 2nd - Jeremiah M. (Grade 2)

Thursday, June 3rd - Jovanni M. (Grade 8)

Friday, June 4th - Jaydienn G. (Grade 2),

Congratulations Science Fair Winners!

We are so proud of the MANY science fair winners from Bishop Woods School! We are also proud of ALL of our students that participated in the Science Fair this year! Special thanks to Dr. Gersch for leading this effort, and to the many teachers that supported our student projects!

This year's district awardees are listed below:

1st Place - Makara A. (Grade 7) - Hot Lights

2nd Place - Cirenio A. (Grade 7), Kweku T. (Grade 7) - Seeing in the Dark

3rd Place - Zulaikha K. (Grade 8) - Edible Water Bottles

Special Award for Excellence in Environmental Research

3rd Place - Ms. Harrison's Class - 5 Second Rule

2nd Place - Ms. Garceau's Class - Save the Lighthouse

Honorable Mention - Ms. Stevens's Class - Tooth Decay

Honorable Mention - Andy Z. (Grade 7) - Destructive Interference

Honorable Mention - Kiara L. (Grade 8), Madison F. (Grade 8) - Sugar Rush

Summer School & Camp Opportunities

New Haven Public Schools is offering many different opportunities for summer camp! Please note that one of these programs, for students in grades K-4, is happening right at Bishop Woods! The program here will run from 8-4 each day from July 1st - July 30th. Here is the link to the website for all NHPS summer programming and has the link to the application:


Mayor Elicker has also sent out a summer youth guide that is available at the following link...be sure to check out many great opportunities for your child this summer!


Lastly, one of our community partners is offering a limited number of Bishop Woods families scholarship funding to assist with paying for summer camp. If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill out the Google Form at the link below. Any questions can be directed to our school social worker, Mrs. Willis, at stephanie.willis@new-haven.k12.us.

Scholarship Form: https://forms.gle/LTrpQPEdjVtWCdfA7

Summer of Fun!

Join me, as I join Superintendent Dr. Iline Tracey, in a hike up East Rock mountain to launch our Summer of Fun! Our students and staff are ready for this hike, as they have been walking laps around the Bishop Woods to be more physically fit! All details are in the flyer below.

Here is the link to register:


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Free Weekly Covid Testing

Our school has been selected to participate in the Increasing Community Access to Testing (ICATT) program. ICATT is providing screening testing coverage for teachers, staff, and students in communities to expand testing in schools. ICATT expands testing operations in schools to reduce COVID-19 disease spread, ensure that schools are safe environments for learning, and help schools stay open. Additional information on ICATT, can be found here: https://www.openandsafeschools.org/about

What is the COVID-19 testing program?

  • Participating students/staff will be tested for COVID-19 once a week by the ICATT staff
  • The test is performed at your school.
  • The COVID-19 test is quick, easy and it does not hurt. (A nasal test gently swabs the lower inner nostril, and lab results are sent within 24 hours.)
  • The test is free. You do not need to pay for the test or have insurance to get the test.
  • The program is optional, but we hope you will participate to help us stop the spread of COVID-19.

To participate in the testing program, you need to sign a consent form for your child. You only need to sign up once for the weekly testing. Information will only be shared with the Department of Public Health and other departments if a student/staff tests positive in an individual test.

If you are interested in signing your child up for this VOLUNTARY program, please fill out consent form at the following link:


Bishop Woods Dress Code

Grades K – 4 Uniforms:

  1. Hunter green long or short sleeved shirt with a collar

  2. Khaki pants, skirts or jumpers

  3. Closed toed shoes with rubber soles

  4. Gym Uniform – gray sweatshirt and sweatpants

Grades 5 – 8 Uniforms:

  1. Navy blue long or short sleeved shirt with a collar

  2. Khaki pants, skirts or jumpers

  3. Closed toed shoes with rubber soles

  4. Gym Uniform – gray sweatshirt and sweat pants

Dress Code:

  1. NO shirts or pants with any in appropriate writing or pictures

  2. NO baggy pants hanging below the waist

  3. NO ripped or torn pants or jeans

  4. NO revealing tank tops (spaghetti straps), NO belly shirts, NO short shorts, NO muscle shirts

  5. NO hats, caps, do-rags, bandanas or coats worn (during the day)

  6. NO heavy jewelry or markings that may be identified as gang related

  7. NO flip flops, open toe shoes, or shoes that may be a safety hazard

Gersch Grrrls Science You Tube Channel

Healthy & Safety Protocols

You MUST pre-screen your child prior to sending him/her to school (Please see forms below). If you are keeping your child home, you MUST fill out the sick day for at the link below prior to 10am. If we do not hear from you, someone from our main office will be contacting you to check in.

Student Absence Form:


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Family Resource Padlet

Rather thank keeping all of this information on the newsletter each week, I have created a Bishop Woods Family Resource Padlet to house all of the important information and resources I have been sharing. The link is below: