Bulldog Blast

November 24, 2020

Thank you Donovan and Michelle for spreading goodness all year round with your giving spirits through Helping Hands for the Homeless. The spotlighted photos below are much deserved!

January 2021 Learning Model Recommendation

The safe but difficult decision to remain in remote learning was upheld by our Board of Trustees at our November Board Meeting.


Please read the following memo, which contains the data points we have been tracking, as well as our current proposal for a possible in-person return: November Board Meeting Learning Model Recommendation

Parent Workshop Resources

Thank you to all of the families who engaged in our Parent Virtual Cafe workshops last week. For those who could not attend the live events, resources from the virtual gatherings can be found at the links below:


CLICK HERE for a video of one of the workshops

CLICK HERE for the presentation: Parent/Caregiver Tips to Keep Your Kids Busy During Free Time and Recess

CLICK HERE for the parent toolkit: Off-Screen Activities


We hope you can join us next time workshops are offered in order to connect with the parent community!

Magic Workshop Assembly: Grades K-2

We appreciate families' feedback about bringing in more opportunities for creative engagement and fun during virtual learning, especially for our youngest students.


With this in mind, we are excited to be hosting a magic workshop assembly on Thursday, December 3rd at 11:30 am for grades K-2.


If your child would like to try the magic tricks at home or be featured trying a trick on screen during the show, here is a list of household items that will be used to perform the tricks if you would like to help them prepare in advance:

  • A banana (or dinner roll or piece of soft fruit), a fork and a cloth napkin, bandana or paper towel
  • A ziplock bag and a pair of scissors
  • A brown paper lunch bag or small paper bag and piece of candy
  • Crayons
  • A deck of cards and scissors
  • A quarter


More virtual assemblies for other grades are in the works!

At Northwood, we follow Pennsylvania’s state laws on truancy. The same laws apply whether we are virtual, hybrid, or fully in-school. This is the attendance policy:


  • If your child is not logged on to the class Zoom, this will be marked as an unexcused absence. Parents must submit a note to the school within three days to excuse the absence.
  • At the 3rd unexcused absence, a legal truancy notice will be sent to you, the parent/guardian, via email and postal mail.
  • At the 6th unexcused absence, the school will contact the parent/guardian in an effort to set up an attendance meeting. In the meeting, we will discuss the causes of the attendance issue and come up with a plan to help remove any barriers to the student’s attendance.
  • At the 10th unexcused absence, a truancy referral should be submitted to the Office of Attendance & Truancy. For grades K-3, a Department of Human Services (or DHS) referral will be submitted. For grades 4-8th, a referral to Family Court will be submitted.


Our school staff values your child’s education, and I know you do too. Please make sure your child is logged on to Zoom at 8:30am Monday through Thursday. Friday’s asynchronous work is also counted towards your child’s attendance.

2021-2022 School Lottery

Submitting an application for your child to attend our school has never been easier! Just go to applyphillycharter.org, create an account and fill out your family profile, check the box next to our school, and then submit the application.


Do you know someone else who wants their child to attend our school? Tell them to go to applyphillycharter.org to apply today for the 2021-22 school year!

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Tracking COVID-19 in Pennsylvania / Philadelphia

Click on each of the charts below to go to the data tracking pages compiled by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia PolicyLab.

Chromebook Pickup

Devices are available for pickup on Monday through Friday at the front office from 9 am to 2 pm.


*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.

Reminder: 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! We hope families continue to take advantage of this cost saving and nutritional convenience. Pickup for multiple meals takes place at our cafeteria (Adams Ave. entrance) during the following days/times:


Mondays and Thursdays

10am to 12pm and

1pm to 4pm

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, November 25 - Asynchronous Half Day of School / Thanksgiving Eve

Thursday, November 26 & Friday, November 27 - School Closed / Thanksgiving Holiday

Wednesday, December 2 - Report Card Conference Sign-ups

Thursday, December 17 & Friday, December 18 - Report Card Conferences

Week of December 14 - Student Material Pickup (more details to come)