Northwood News Virtual Update
What's Happening at 570 North Abbe Road?
The best laid plans.....
Dear Northwood Families,
The above quote is one of my favorites. The full quote is "the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry." One meaning of this quote is that when you plan for things they often don't go as planned. This has been our lives for the past 8 months. In the first quarter, we were dealing with the hybrid model as well as the virtual/learning from home model. The teachers and students had just gotten a handle on it and then the second wave of COVID hit.
It was decided that we go all virtual, until the end of January and that is a decision that I fully support. It is in the best interest of the staff and students.
As we move to a total virtual schedule, there are some things I would like to remind you of:
1) Please attend class on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
2) Please be on time. Most teachers open up the google meet a few minutes early.
3) Please do not have TV or music playing in the background, as it is distracting when the student is unmuted.
4) Please make sure you are paying attention and focused on the lesson.
5) All students should adhere to assignment deadlines.
6) Please make sure that you are appropriately dressed.
This is a change for all of us. I have no doubt that we will get through this and ,in time, things will be back to normal. Until then, please make sure that you communicate with us if you have any issues. Also, I would like to thank you in advance for your understanding and support in these unprecedented times.
As always if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Northwood Middle School
Google Classroom Help
Mrs. Kothe made this video to shed some light on google classroom and how to turn in an assignment.
Thank you Mrs. Kothe!!!!
Dear Northwood Family,
As you know, Elyria Schools has made the difficult decision to close buildings to students and move to fully virtual learning. During this time of uncertainty, please remember to take care of each other and yourself. What does this time away mean for school counseling? I can be reached via email at email@example.com or at (440) 284-8016.
If your student is in need of emergency care, please use the information below.
If you are experiencing an emergency situation please call….
Medical or Life Threatening Situation: 911
NORD Center 24/7 Crisis Hotline (free and confidential) for mental health or sexual assault: 1-800-888-6161
United Way First Call for Help (food and utilities): 211
Lorain County Children's Services: 329-5340
Before we are educators, counselors, administrators and parents to our own children, we are human. Please remember:
- Separate what is in your control from what is not.
- Do what helps you feel safe.
- Stay in the moment.
- Stay connected to family and friends.
- Do things that make you smile. Watch a good movie, read a new book, go outside and build a snowman, or learn to cook a new meal.
Take care of yourself and your family and please reach out if you need anything.
Community Engagement Liaison
For those of you who do not know, we have a community engagement liaison. Her name is Leticia Palos. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Ms. Palos is here as a bridge between the parents and the school. She is always willing to help families with any issues they are having with school.
All sporting events (games and matches) are on hold until December 7th. Practices are still being held. If this should change, we will inform the families of the student-athletes. Our coaches are taking the necessary precautions to make sure that everyone is staying safe.
We are still in need of students who would like to wrestle. Our numbers are down this year. Please contact Coach Quinn if you are interested. His email is email@example.com.
It is SO important that your child starts practicing good Chromebook habits during their remote learning days. Here are some guidelines to follow:
Students are responsible for taking care of their Chromebooks. Please make sure to treat it gently and handle it with care.
Always hold your Chromebook with two hands.
Always store your child’s Chromebook in their red Chromebook bag with it’s charger.
Keep it in an area where curious animals or younger siblings will not get to it.
Always keep the charger in the bag when you are not charging it.
Have a designated work zone for Chromebook use.
Please keep drinks and food away from the Chromebook at all times.
Do not place any heavy objects on top of the chromebook.
Do not lend your chromebook to another student. Each chromebook has been assigned to a specific student using a chromebook number.
ALWAYS have your chromebook charged and ready to go :)
Second Harvest School Pantry
The Elyria Schools and Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio will continue hosting monthly food pantries in a convenient, drive-through format at Ely Stadium in Elyria.
COVID-19 has made these services even more critical. The program will carry through the 2020-2021 school year at Ely Stadium, 1915 Middle Ave., on the following dates from
4-6 p.m. (Please enter the stadium complex off Oberlin Road near Rural King.)
Jan. 4, 25; Feb. 1, 15; Mar. 1, 15, 29; April 19; May 3, 17; June 7, 21; July 5, 19