Bulldog Blast

Wednesday, September 13th, 2023

Please see the following important reminders:

  • SAVE THE DATE: Back to School Night is scheduled for TOMORROW, Thursday, September 14th, from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Make sure to check out our Community Resource Fair!

  • EACH WEDNESDAY we will be dismissing students at 12:00 noon.

  • Friendly reminder, Friday, 9/15 school will be closed in observance of Rosh Hashanah. Classes will resume on Monday, 9/18.

  • High School Selection The Philly High School Fair will be held on Friday, October 13th (3-6 p.m.) & Saturday, October 14th (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) at the PA Convention Center: 12th and Arch Streets. The District’s High School Selection Process will open on September 15, 2023 at 4:00 PM. The application must be submitted online, where students can list up to five schools. The application deadline is October 27, 2023 at 11:59 PM.

    Students may apply to charter schools at Apply Philly Charter. The application for 2024-2025 will open on September 22, 2023. The deadline is January 22, 2024. Questions? Ms. Frazier, cfrazier@northwoodcs.org

  • ACTION REQUIRED: Signing and submitting the below form is a requirement for your child's 2023-2024 school enrollment. If you prefer a paper version of this consent, please reach out to Ms. Mohamad (Amohamad@northwoodcs.org) Please include information for each of your children attending Northwood within the form before submitting it. MEDIA CONSENT FORM

Similar to our Northwood school website, and our weekly Bulldog Blast e-newsletter, we will continue to provide weekly updates and announcements for our K-8 communities. We will also be continuing to highlight our bulldogs in our 'Bulldog Spotlight' section below so please feel free to start sending your pictures to Ms. Urbano, curbano@northwoodcs.org.

To stay informed between issues of our newsletter, make sure to follow us on Instagram (@nacslife) for additional news and updates throughout the week!


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Important Housekeeping Items for Front School Office

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope this message finds you well. We would like to address a few important housekeeping matters concerning our school office operations to ensure the safety and efficiency of our school environment.

1. Lunches for Students: We kindly request that you have your children bring their lunches with them in the morning to minimize interruptions to classroom instruction. While we strive to assist whenever possible, please be aware that the front office staff may be occupied with various tasks throughout the day. As a courtesy, we have been accepting lunches, but it is important to note that the front office cannot assume responsibility for your children's lunches. Ensuring your child has their snack or lunch prepared each morning will help maintain the smooth operation of our front office.

2. Early Dismissals: For the safety and well-being of your child, we have implemented a policy regarding early dismissals. No child will be called down to the front office for an early dismissal without the presence of a parent or guardian. This policy is in place to guarantee that your child remains safe and supervised at all times. There may be instances when our front office staff must step away from their desks temporarily, and we want to ensure your child's security in such situations.

3. Limiting Early Dismissals: We kindly request that you limit early dismissals to important appointments or urgent matters. Reducing the frequency of early dismissals will help minimize disruptions to your child's education and maintain a focused learning environment for all students.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in adhering to these guidelines, as they contribute to the overall safety and efficiency of our school. If you have any questions or concerns regarding these policies, please feel free to contact the front office for clarification.

Thank you for your continued support in creating a safe and conducive learning environment for all our students.

Meet Mrs. Williams!

Welcome our new school counselor, Mrs. Williams.

Mrs. Williams has been a counselor for 6 years and in education for 12 years. She has a BS. in psychology, two masters in education counseling, and a Ph.D. in psychology, philosophy, and program evaluation. Mrs. Williams is very excited to be working with the staff and students at Northwood Academy this, looking forward to an amazing year!

Mrs. Williams can be reached at 302- 236-0457 or dwilliams@northwoodcs.org.

Parent Corner:

This Week's Schedule:

  • Wednesday, 9/13 - Noon dismissal - no letter day
  • Thursday 9/14 - B Schedule
  • Friday, 9/15 - Rosh Hashanah (SCHOOL CLOSED)
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Sign up to get essential weekly alerts from us via the school Remind app

Remind is a free, safe messaging app that keeps Northwood Academy families up to date with what’s happening in the classroom and school. Additionally, our weekly Bulldog Blast is sent out via Remind, along with other timely announcements throughout each week. Please sign up for our Remind notifications to stay on top of important updates from teachers and receive schoolwide updates in real-time.

Create a Remind account to receive Northwood's schoolwide alerts!

  1. Go to remind.com/join/nacsnews (or download the free iOS or Android app)
  2. Click Sign Up
  3. Provide a full name, email address, and password
  4. Choose your role
  5. Follow the instructions to start using Remind

To sign up and receive alerts via text message, text @nacsnews to the number 81010 and select the appropriate role.

Note: Each teacher has a different class code for their individual classes. Please contact your child's teacher to receive this information.

If you have followed the above instructions and are still having difficulties or not receiving NACS information please reach out to the Remind Help Desk for further assistance https://remind.ada.support/chat/

🚌 Bus Information

Buses arrive at Northwood between 6:50 am and 7:45 am.

Buses depart Northwood between 3:00 pm and 3:10 pm.

Parents will be notified via REMIND app. if a bus is a no-show or

running late.

🚌 School Bus Behavior

In an effort to assure the safety of your child(ren), the following rules must

be observed by all riders. Failure to follow the rules of school transportation will result in disciplinary action:

  • Sit in your assigned seat at all times.

  • No eating or drinking on the bus.

  • Be respectful; use quiet voices and kind words.

  • Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself at all times.

If you have not done so already please take a moment to read and review our Northwood Academy School Bus Protocol and Procedure.

🏫 Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

Students are to be dropped off on Adams Avenue at the rear of the building between 7:15 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. There is no supervision prior to 7:15 a.m. Students walk up the blacktop and enter the building through the Adams Avenue doors. ALL entry doors will be closed promptly at 7:45 a.m. Students arriving after that time must be escorted to the Castor Avenue main entrance. Please note, that parents and guardians are not permitted to walk their child to the classroom.

🏫 At dismissal time, kindergarten and grade 1 children are to be picked up in the playground on the Orthodox Street side of the building, grade 2 on the catwalk by the rear cafeteria doors and grades 3-8 on the Adams Ave. blacktop area. Parents must wait in the specific area for their child(ren).

🚌 For all transportation inquiries please reach out to Ms. Mohamad at amohamad@northwoodcs.org.

Looking Ahead...


  • Thursday, 9/14/2023 - Back to School Night (DETAILS TO COME)
  • Friday, 9/15 - Rosh Hashanah- No School
  • Monday, 9/25 - Yom Kippur- No School


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Are you eager to stay in the know about all the exciting events happening at your child's school? Do you want to lend a helping hand and get involved in the school community as a parent volunteer? Look no further! Our Parent Association is here to help you stay informed and engaged.

By filling out our simple form, you'll be sure to receive all the latest updates on school events, volunteer opportunities, and more. **Please note, if you completed this form last year you do not need to complete it again**

Don't miss out on any of the action - sign up today and stay in the loop with our Parent Association!



Join EAST COAST WINGS + GRILL along with Northwood Academy Charter School at a 'Dine & Donate' Fundraiser!

When? Wednesday, October 4th from 4:45 pm-8:00 pm


What is a Dine & Donate event? Wednesday, 10/4 from 4:45 pm-8:00 pm Northwood Academy will receive 15% of the sales from all Northwood friends & families that came in to dine at the Castor Avenue East Coast and Wings & Grill. Make sure to mention Northwood Academy when you order! Help us reach our goal of $300!

Not only can kids eat for $1.99 (with an adult entree) on Wednesday nights but they will be playing movies in the restaurant for your entertainment! We hope to see you there!

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP ) opens Wed. November 1st

Although it has been unseasonally warm, the warm weather won’t last forever - don’t miss out on a #LIHEAP grant of up to $1,000 to help cover your winter heating bills! Get a free alert when applications are available by registering at https://www.pgworks.com/customer-care/liheap-crisis-uesf-grants

LIHEAP is a government assistance program that helps to provide heat to vulnerable residents. PGW customers can receive a signup reminder from PGW when the program opens by visiting HERE.

Community Corner:

Frankford Pause Park FREE Movie Nights: Select Fridays, 7 PM - 10 PM

Monthly Movie Nights @ Frankford Pause Park Join us this season for a wide variety of crowd-pleasing blockbusters!

Location: Frankford Pause Park 4673 Paul Street Philadelphia, PA 19124

Bring your own blanket. Snacks will be available for purchase.

  • Friday, October 20th - Hotel Transylvania: Transformania
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Club Philly Forensics Returns for 3-5 grade!

Are you on the lookout for an exciting Saturday activity for your kids? Look no further! The Club Philly Forensics program (CPF) at The MT. AIRY ART GARAGE @maagrocks is making a comeback, starting on September 30th for the first quarter, September 30th -December 16th from 11 am-12:30 pm.

For more than a decade, CPF has been a gateway for kids in Philadelphia and New Jersey to explore the fascinating world of forensics. Our approach is all about making learning enjoyable and engaging.

Check out the exciting changes below:

  • Grades 3-5 Workshops: We're offering CPF workshops designed specifically for students in grades 3-5. These workshops will take place one Saturday per month, giving your children a chance to delve into forensics in a fun and educational way.
  • Expanded Program: We're broadening our reach! In addition to our Saturday workshops, we're extending CPF to after-school sessions. Plus, we're welcoming homeschooled children and students from grades K-2, 6-8, and 9-12.

How to Register: Ready to enroll your child in this enriching program?



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Beating the "Back to School Blues"

Our friends at Children First are hosting a series of Beating the "Back to School Blues" interactive sessions with local parents and guardians along with Kate Fox, Behavioral Health Policy Coordinator at Children First. Multiple sessions are available to meet the demands of your busy schedule. Click here to REGISTER TODAY.

Need more information or have questions? Email Kate Fox at behavioralhealth@childrenfirstpa.org and she'll be happy to answer them.

Enjoy the rest of your summer! Let's hit the ground running and be in good mental health as we welcome another school year this September.

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Snider Hockey:


Check it out! They are a completely FREE ice hockey program for students ages 5-18 in Philadelphia. Snider Hockey offers a learn-to-skate program for all students, in addition to a new girl-only- learn to skate 10-week program that starts on September 16th.

The attached flyers have information about the girls' program as well as the general program.

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Looking to connect with CORA Services? Email caring@coraservices.org or visit www.coraservices.org

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TTF Watershed Partnership Upcoming Events:

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CHECK IT OUT: Bulldog Blast Translation Feature

  • While viewing the newsletter on your phone, select "Translate Newsletter" at the top of the screen and select the language you wish to read it in.
  • If you are viewing the newsletter on your laptop, look at the top right side of the newsletter at the Accessibility Bar and click on the "Translate Newsletter" option.

Looking Ahead: Hispanic Heritage Month, Sat, Sep 16th, 12 - 4pm

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed annually from September 15 to October 15 to celebrate the rich culture and diversity of the American Latino community and the contributions of those who came from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, and South and Central America.

Produced in partnership with El Concilio; join The Franklin Institute on Saturday, September 16 for a special day of programming that highlights the contributions of some of the amazing Philadelphia locals and organizations that help educate and nourish our Latino community.

All programming is included in your museum admission and takes place from 12:00 – 4:00 pm.

The 5th Latin American Book Fair at Taller Puertorriqueño: 10/14

The fifth annual Latin Book Fair at Taller Puertorriqueño connects Latino authors, illustrators and designers to Spanish-speaking readers of all ages throughout the city. The event — which traditionally features book launches, live storytelling, and musical performances — is a daylong celebration of language, heritage, and culture.

Where: Taller Puertorriqueno, Inc, 2600 N. 5th Street

When? Saturday, October 14, 2023 | 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mental Health is just as important as physical health!

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If you and your family lack fixed, regular, or adequate housing (for example, living in a shelter, transitional home, or even doubled-up with other people) due to loss of housing or economic hardship, you may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which ensures educational stability for students experiencing homelessness.

To learn more about the rights of eligible families, click here for a brief video.

If you qualify for rights under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, contact our school social worker at dominiqueharris@northwoodcs.org for more information.

Are you or someone you know in need of housing, food, health, and safety services? Please check out these resources from Project HOME: Where To Turn Guide.

Please review Northwood's Homeless Students Policy here: McKinney-Vento Policy.

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Important Dates on the Horizon

  • Thursday, 9/14 - Back to School Night (DETAILS TO COME)
  • Friday, 9/15 - Rosh Hashanah- No School
  • Friday, 9/15- Sunday, 10/15- National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Saturday, 9/23- Fall Equinox 2023
  • Monday, 9/25 - Yom Kippur- No School
  • Wednesday, 10/4- Dine and Donate Event (Castor Avenue East Coast and Wings & Grill)
  • Thursday, 10/12- Kindergarten Field Trip (Shady Brook Farm)
  • Tuesday, 10/17- VIRTUAL Family Tech Talk, 7 pm (ZOOM details to follow)
  • Friday, 10/27- Second Grade Field Trip (Shady Brook Farm)

More events to come!

Public Meeting Schedule 2023-2024

Below is a list of the Board meeting dates for the Northwood Academy Charter School for the 2022-2023 school year. Meetings are held bi-monthly on the third Wednesday at 5:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) at 4621 Castor Ave and via Zoom: Join this Month’s Board Meeting. All meetings are open to the public.

You can find upcoming meeting agendas HERE.

  • Wednesday, October 20, 2023
  • Wednesday, December 20, 2023
  • Wednesday, February 21, 2024
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2024
  • Wednesday, June 19, 2024

There will also be subcommittee meetings at 5:00 p.m. on the first and last Wednesday of each month as necessary. Any alteration of any of these dates will be reflected on the monthly calendar.

How to Join Meetings:

All Board meetings are held virtually. Should you wish to make a public comment, please refer to the protocols in the Northwood Student Parent Handbook:

Join this month's Board meeting >

Join a Subcommittee meeting >

Register for Public Comment: Northwood Academy Public Comment at Board Meetings Policy

Adopted: November 17, 2014 Revised: January 10, 2020

The Northwood Academy Charter School Board of Directors recognizes the value, to school governance, of public comment on matters facing the school.

In order to permit fair and orderly expression of such comment, the Board will provide up to a thirty (30) minute period for public participation on each of its public meeting agendas. Public comment may be on any topic related to the operation of the charter school. Please note, to be placed on the public section of the agenda, a written request must be addressed to the Board of Directors and hand-delivered to the front office or sent via U.S. Mail to 4621 Castor Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124 or emailed to publiccomment@northwoodcs.org. Requests must be received at least three (3) working days prior to the scheduled meeting.

  • The request must include all of the following information or it will be denied:
  • The speaker’s name
  • What, if any, group or persons the speaker represents
  • What, if any, relation the speaker or represented group has with Northwood
  • The topic or matter that will be addressed

Time allotted to individuals will be limited to three (3) minutes. However, additional written information may be presented to and considered by the Board.

Should you miss your designated place on the agenda, you will need to resubmit your request for a future meeting. No one may make the presentation on your behalf. Board members and administrators will not respond to public comments during the comment period.
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