Bulldog Blast

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021

Dear Northwood Families,

We are hoping to hold a vaccination clinic the week of December 20th. If you are interested in attending the vaccination clinic, please indicate that in the below-attached survey. Please note, this is VOLUNTARY. At this moment, Northwood is NOT requiring vaccinations to attend school.

'COVID 19 Vaccination Clinic' Survey

Additionally, please find our *NEW* COVID-19 Mitigation Plan documents below. Thank you!

This week & Looking ahead:

💻Report Card Conferences will be held TODAY, December 15th, and TOMORROW, December 16th, VIRTUALLY. Please note, Thursday, 12/16 will also be a half-day for students due to conferences with a noon school dismissal.

📝LETTER DAYS: For reference, below are the rest of the letter days for 2021:

Friday, 12/17 - D schedule

Monday, 12/20 - A schedule

Tuesday, 12/21 - B schedule

Wednesday, 12/22 - Noon Dismissal - no letter day

Thursday, 12/23 - Noon Dismissal / Virtual - no letter day

We will return on Monday, January 3, 2022, with a C schedule.

📸 Picture Day Retakes will be held THIS Friday, December 17th. Students will need to be dressed in their Northwood polo and khaki pants. Picture Day ID: EVT3QPNQ7

Use the Picture Day ID to order your portrait package here. Hard copy order forms were distributed by your child's classroom teacher.

📝2ND TRIMESTER extracurricular activity sign-ups are COMING SOON! Weekday after-school clubs will begin after the New Year. Keep a lookout for registration information before the Winter Break. Thank you!

💻Dean's List for Parents: Parents are now invited to join Dean's List. This will send automatic weekly updates each Friday with an overview of your child's performance. Keep a lookout for an email from Dean's List where you can follow the registration steps from there.

❄️ Holiday Spirit Week: *Please note participation is optional*

Tuesday, 12/21: PJ DAY: Come dressed down in your pajamas. Students are encouraged to dress in their comfiest and most favorite pajamas on this day as we get ready to head toward Winter Recess!

Wednesday, 12/22: UGLY SWEATER DAY: Come dressed down with an 'ugly' holiday sweater

Lastly, please note, student spectators are NOT being permitted at school sporting events due to COVID-19 regulations. Please refer to our COVID-19 Spectator Safety Policy for any questions.


Mark your calendars! Wednesday, December 22nd at 7:00 pm, we will virtually host a Northwood Family Fun Bingo Night!

Families will have a chance to play bingo and win prizes.

This is a free event - RSVP to curbano@northwoodcs.org by 12/20. Zoom link information will be sent closer to the event date.

Make sure to download your BINGO card(s) ahead of time. You can use as many boards as you’d like, as long as you can keep up with the numbers being called. CLICK HERE can generate your own electronic bingo boards.

Let's have a fun night of BINGO before we are all head into Winter Break!


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

When? Wednesday, December 15th from 5 pm-8 pm


What is a Dine & Donate event? Wednesday, 12/15 from 5 pm-8 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 $100!

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

Picture Day Frequently Asked Questions:

Picture Day Retakes (12/17) are right around the corner. Below find FAQs below to help if any questions arise.


When are picture retakes?

Friday, December 17th, Picture ID: EVT3QPNQ7

Use the Picture Day ID to order your portrait package here.

What if I ordered a package and my child was out on quarantine during the original day?

Any unclaimed purchases will be carried over to retake day. If the student is not photographed on retake day the money is refunded automatically to the original payment method.

Parent Corner:

Keeping Families Healthy

Staying updated with information to keep your family safe and healthy can be confusing and overwhelming. These reliable resources can help!

Coronavirus (COVID-19) from KidsHealth: Information about the signs and symptoms, how Coronavirus spreads, how it can be dangerous to children, and more.

Navigating Flu Season: Resources to keep kids safe and healthy from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: What you should know about the flu, why it's important to get a flu shot, how to get vaccinated, and more.

Influenza Vaccine Clinics from the Pennsylvania Department of Health: The flu vaccine is offered statewide throughout flu season at many locations, including your doctor's office, pharmacies, grocery stores with pharmacies, and also at numerous Department of Health facilities. Find an upcoming flu vaccine clinic near you.

COVID-19 Printables from Conscious Discipline: ABC's for Parents of Little Ones, Adult Weekly Commitment Calendar, At Home Brain Breaks and Active Calming, and more.

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Attendance Toolkit

Getting to school every day, on time is one of the most important ways you can help your child succeed. But between getting kids out of bed, managing drop-offs, and busy work schedules, it can be a challenge.

That's why 'Read by 4th' partners have created a toolkit with tips and resources for Philly families, educators, and school champions, to help make getting to school on time a little easier. Their future starts there, and we don’t want them to miss a minute of it.



The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant. Households in immediate danger of being without heat can also qualify for crisis grants. The cash grant is a one-time payment sent directly to the utility company/fuel provider to be credited to your bill. These grants range from $500 to $1,500 based on household size, income, and fuel type.

>> How to apply:

There are two ways to apply for LIHEAP:

  • Online: Apply for benefits online using COMPASS, the online tool for Pennsylvanians to apply for health and human service programs and manage benefit information.
**REMEMBER: This is a grant and does not have to be repaid**
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Join Tarken Ice Rink & Rec. Center on Friday, December 17th at 3:30 PM as they cut the ribbon and officially open their brand new basketball court, futsal court, and toddler playground. There will be snacks, free gifts, and giveaways. Join them for what sure will be a special day!

Address: 6250 Frontenac St Philadelphia, PA 19111

Students can visit City recreation centers to receive free, nutritious meals on school holidays during winter, spring breaks.

Many Philadelphia students rely on their schools for free meals during the school year. School-break meal programs—including winter meals and spring meals—ensure that children and teenagers can access affordable and nutritious food when school meals are unavailable. The meal program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.

Select Philadelphia recreation centers and playgrounds will provide free meals for children up to 18 years old on the following days:

  • December 27, 2021
  • December 28, 2021
  • December 29, 2021
  • December 30, 2021
  • January 3, 2022
  • February 1, 2022
  • April 11, 2022
  • April 12, 2022
  • April 13, 2022
  • April 14, 2022
A full list of participating facilities and additional information about food resources is available online. Families can find their nearest participating center by visiting phila.gov/food. Parks & Rec will distribute the meals on a first-come, first-served basis between mid-afternoon and early evening. Families can call their nearest participating recreation center to confirm hours of service. The meals are only for children and teenagers up to 18 years old and must be eaten on-site.

NE Frankford Boys & Girls Club


Did you know that starting in September 2021 the NE Frankford Boys & Girls Club extended its building hours?

COME JOIN THEM for evening hours Monday - Friday 6 PM-8 PM memberships are $5 and last the entire school year.

Location: 1709 Kinsey St, Philadelphia, PA 19124

Questions? (215) 743-7515

BioDiversity Winter Institute Student Recruitment: Grades 3-8


Please see the flyer below for more information about this 12-week afterschool program beginning January 13th for grades 3rd-8th.

New Student Application Link: https://forms.office.com/r/7ssjscjjhS

Returning Student Application Link: https://forms.office.com/r/FzePNPTWez


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Stewards of Children Training- FREE

In partnership with Philadelphia Children's Alliance,

St. Mark's Church, Frankford is pleased to offer this FREE evidence-informed, award-winning two-hour training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Participants will learn practical actions they can take to reduce instances of child sexual abuse in their organizations, families, and communities. Registration is required.

When? TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2022 AT 6:30 PM

Location: 4442 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19124

Please message St. Mark's Church, Frankford, in advance with your contact information.

Facebook: @StMarksChurchFrankford

Questions? (215) 535-0635. cristina.mancini@yahoo.com

**EVENT FLYER is attached below**

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CALLING ALL NORTHWOOD ALUMNI: Teen Leadership Assistants Opportunity

Check out the Teen Leadership Assistants out-of-school time program at the Free Library of Philadelphia! Literacy Enrichment After-school Program (LEAP), is seeking Philadelphia high school students who are interested in serving as near-peer mentors and encourages them to sign up as a Teen Leadership Assistant (TLA) to support with staffing the Library’s initiative.

LEAP is a free, drop-in, out-of-school time program for children and teens in grades K-12, and offers youth a safe space to unwind after school, complete homework, and develop positive relationships with peers.

This position is a great first job for youth as it provides mentoring, opportunities for peer collaboration, and introduces them to 21st Century skills. For more information, students are encouraged to review this flyer. Questions can be shared with Out-of-School Time Program Manager Heather Sparks at SparksH@freelibrary.org.

TLAs are expected to work at their assigned library between 4 and 10 hours each week. TLAs are a key part of the LEAP staffing model; librarians, staff, and school-aged children and teens rely on our out-of-school time staff to provide homework assistance and to serve as near-peer role models. The pay rate is $9.00/hour, and all TLAs earn sick time.

>>CLICK HERE for flyer information<<

Covid-19 Corner:

Vaccine Clinics:

Children vaccine appointments are available to schedule now at city clinics held at rec centers, parks, and community centers over the next couple of weeks.

Where kids can get vaccinated against COVID in Philadelphia
Philadelphia has ordered tens of thousands of kid-size doses of the Pfizer COVID vaccine. It's not the same as the adult dose, so you can't just take 5 to 11-year-olds to any clinic.

  • Some pediatricians are actively reaching out to parents to offer the shot, local health officials said — but what if they haven't? Options in Philly include pharmacies, city health clinics, and pop-ups at various schools.
The health department is planning to streamline the process of finding children vaccination sites, but in the meantime, Michaela Winberg put together this handy guide.
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Safer Ways to Celebrate Holidays

At NACS, we are grateful to have families and staff who have embraced and respected our comprehensive health and safety protocols. To continue doing so, we need your help to keep everyone safe.

Throughout the holiday season, we ask that you keep reinforcing the same safety measures we are using inside of the school to help stop the spread of COVID. This includes watching your distance, wearing a mask, and washing your hands frequently. For more information and guidance about how to celebrate the holidays during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC has guidance available by clicking here: Safer Ways to Celebrate Holidays


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, December 15th, Board Meeting

Wednesday, December 15th and Thursday, 12/16, VIRTUAL Report Card Conferences

Friday, December 17th, School Picture Retakes

Wednesday, December 22nd, VIRTUAL Family BINGO, 7:00 pm

Thursday, December 23rd will be a virtual half-day for students (7:45-12:00)

Friday, December 24th-Sunday, January 2nd, Winter Break

Sunday, December 26- Saturday, January 1st, Kwanzaa

Saturday, January 1st, New Year's Day

Monday, January 3rd, Classes resume

Monday, January 17th, School is closed due to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Wednesday, January 19th, Board Meeting

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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