Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022
This week & Looking ahead:
✏️ School Picture Day is scheduled for Tuesday. November 8th with Lifetouch Studios. Retakes will take place in December and 8th-grade pictures (with graduation gowns) will take place in the Spring. Additional details are attached below.
✏️ Miss Chocolate Fundraiser: Thank you to all who have participated in our fundraiser! Please note, we can only guarantee NOVEMBER shipment for paper orders submitted before 10/17. School delivery will be: Monday, November 7th (details to follow) It is extremely important someone is available to pick up the items during the window on the delivery day due to many items being perishable. Thank you!
✏️ Our next Community Check-In will be Wednesday, November 16th in the school cafeteria. Agenda topics will be shared in the coming week.
🍎 No Parking in the BUS LANE: You are not to park in the bus/fire lane during Morning Drop Off 7-8 am and Afternoon Dismissal from 2:30-3:15 PM. This is imperative for student safety and our bus riders.
🍎 Early Dismissal: Per the NACS Student Handbook, no early dismissals are permitted after 2:30 pm.
🍎 The Adams Ave. Drop-Off Lane: Please DO NOT drop your child off on the through-traffic lane.
PHILABUNDANCE FOOD DRIVE IN NOVEMBER: Monday, 11/7 to Friday, 11/18,
To promote our school’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) program, we’re having a food drive! From Monday, 11/7 to Friday, 11/18, students can bring these food items to school. Donations will go to Philabundance.
Calling all 1st grade parents & Guardians! **50th Day of School Celebration**
On November 10th 1st grade will be celebrating 50 days in school! 1st grade will celebrate the day by doing many fun activities related to the number 50. Children should try to dress in 50s attire. Students may come to school wearing their outfits.
For girls: Poodle skirts (full skirts), button-up sweaters, capri pants, etc.
For boys: Rolled-up jeans, white t-shirts, leather jackets, etc.
For additional questions please contact your child's classroom teacher.
Last Tuesday 2nd Grade headed to the Johnson's Corner Farm and 8th Grade headed to the Franklin Institute!
Girls Basketball Updates:
Physical forms are required for all players to be eligible for games. If your child does not have a physical form turned in, they will not be permitted to play in our games.
Uniform Policy: All players must have a signed uniform policy form. In order to receive a uniform, all players must turn in a $20 deposit. At the end of the season, the deposit will be returned once we receive the uniform back and in good condition.
Parent Code of Conduct: All families must sign and return the code of conduct form in order to attend our games. Northwood expects all spectators to show good sportsmanship to our players as well as the other teams. Please return these forms and the uniform deposit as soon as possible.
We look forward to a fantastic season! Go Bulldogs!
School Picture Day: 11/8
- Picture Day will be held in the gym during the school day
- Students will need to be dressed in their Northwood polo and khakis
- Forms can be downloaded online here, https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/
- Picture Day ID: EVT6WFZHQ
What is i-Ready?
i-Ready is an online program for reading and/or mathematics that will help your student’s teacher(s) determine your student’s needs, personalize their learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows your teacher(s) to meet your student exactly where they are and provides data to increase your student’s learning gains. i-Ready consists of two parts: Diagnostic and Personalized Instruction.
The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your student’s needs. Each item a student sees is individualized based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier questions.
i-Ready Personalized Instruction provides students with lessons based on their individual skill levels and needs, so your student can learn at a pace that is just right for them. These lessons are fun and interactive to keep your student engaged as they learn.
Spanish Translation: ¿Qué es i-Ready?
Haitian Creole Translation: Kisa ki i-Ready a?
Greetings from room 164!
Help your family read together and share special moments, even with a jam-packed schedule.
BULLDOG SPOTLIGHT: We want to hear from you!
If you have something you would like to share with our NACS community, or would like to nominate your child for our Bulldog Spotlight, please email email@example.com.
Photos must be submitted no later than noon on Tuesday to be shared in the upcoming Wednesday issue.
THIS WEEK! Leyendo en Casa: Reading with Music and Math
Leyendo en Casa (Reading at Home) features videos they made with Univision on how parents can motivate a love for reading at home. During the 60-minute virtual workshop, you will meet other parents of young children in our community. The workshops are in Spanish and invite you to think together about how home culture can bring books to life.
WHEN? Thursday, November 3, 5 - 6 PM
This month Latino parents will discuss how they combine musical and math elements to make reading fun! A free children's book will be mailed to participating parents. This program is best for parents with children ages 0-8 (PreK - 3).
FREE Nature Walk with Bernard Brown
Saturday, November 5 from 2-3:30pm
Tacony Creek Park Gateway: E. Tabor Rd. & E. Olney Ave.
Join Bernard Brown, author of Exploring Philly Nature: A Guide for All Four Seasons, on a walk in Tacony Creek Park to learn how to spot the work of beavers, even when the animals themselves can be hard to see in the flesh. Come early -- at 1 pm -- to help us test out our new Tacony Creek Park Explorer Kits! Each family will receive a FREE kit to take home.
Share your thoughts about what works and what doesn't with these fun, family-friendly nature kits developed to enrich visits to Tacony Creek Park. REGISTER HERE
Learn About your local Library: Frankford library
About: Located near the Margaret-Orthodox Station of the Frankford EL, the Frankford Branch serves the communities of Frankford, Northwood, Bridesburg, and part of Juniata Park.
History: One of the oldest neighborhoods in Philadelphia, Frankford was originally settled by Swedes in 1638, although a Native American village appeared on a map from 1655. Frankford was named for a group of German Pietists, similar to the Quakers, who came from Frankurt, Germany. The area includes Frankford Avenue, the first legally laid out country road in the Province of Pennsylvania. Initially called the King's Highway, it was traveled by Lafayette and many of the delegates to the Continental Congress. Frankford was part of Oxford Township until 1800, when it withdrew and incorporated as a borough.
The Frankford library began in 1823, when the Library and Reading Room Association was founded. In 1857, the Oxford Library gave its books to the Library and Reading Room after space was provided in the Wright's Industrial and Beneficial Institute Building.
During the Civil War, the Library Room was used as a hospital, and in 1900, the library became part of the Free Library. By 1906, a new Carnegie-funded library was opened at Frankford Avenue and Overington Street near the site where the first horse-drawn trolleys were built.
The current library has undergone two major renovations. In 1959, the library was remodeled inside and out, replacing the neo-classic building with a modern structure of steel and glass. Finally, in 1997 the library was renovated as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches and brought Internet access to every library.
Fitness @ the Library Mon, November 7, 4:00 p.m. Frankford Library
Monday, November 14th, 4:00 p.m. Fitness @ the Library
Frankford Library 4634 Frankford Avenue (Frankford Ave. & Overington St.)
Philadelphia, PA 19124-5804
Friends of Northwood PARK: Saturday, November 12th
Get ready for Love Your Park Week, Northwood Neighbors! Northwood Park needs YOU on Saturday, November 12th.
Sign up to clean and green your neighborhood park during Love Your Park Fall Service Day HERE.
Where? Castor Ave and Foulkrod St, Philadelphia, PA 19124
10 Free Learning Websites for Kids:
Savings Programs For Families With Young Children:
Pennsylvania has two resources available to families with young children who want to save for future expenses.
Keystone Scholars is an investment in every Pennsylvania baby’s bright future, including yours. Keystone Scholars provides $100 for every baby born to a PA family on or after January 1, 2019, to be used for your child’s future post-secondary education expenses.
The Pennsylvania ABLE Savings Program (PA ABLE) is an extraordinary, new, low-cost saving vehicle that gives people with disabilities and their families a tax-free way to save for disability-related expenses while maintaining government benefits. Federal and state law authorized the creation of PA ABLE accounts.
VOLUNTEER POLICY INFORMATION
Important Volunteer/ Chaperone Information In order to volunteer in any capacity (including chaperoning trips) you must fulfill the following directives which are part of the Child Protective Law: The law requires all school employees, contractors, and volunteers to have direct contact with children to obtain clearances (child abuse history clearance and state and federal criminal history checks).
Home 🔥 Safety:
🔥Freedom From Fire Safety Resource: Great site to learn about fire safety and get free smoke detectors installed in your home. https://phillyfirefoundation.org/ or here for FREE smoke detectors https://www.phila.gov/services/safety-emergency-preparedness/fire-safety/get-a-smoke-alarm-installed/
🔥Smoke Detector Hotline and Kids Zone: Philadelphia Fire Department’s Smoke Detector Hotline for FREE smoke detectors- call 311. Also, click below for their Home Fire Safety Checklist and go to the website for fire safety activities for children. www.phila.gov/fire/
🔥Free Smoke Alarm installation from the Red Cross: Click here to request
Northwood Academy Charter School Child Find Policy and Procedures (Annual Notice)
Hello Northwood Families,
You will find a copy of our Annual Child Find Notice here outlining the procedures and protocols for Northwood's monitoring of all of our students and identification of students with special needs. This will also be able to be referenced on our website, via social media, and in local news publications. For further information, please contact the Director of Special Education, Kate Crossett at 215-289-5606.
The Child Find Policy (Annual Notice) Policy and Procedures for Students with Disabilities at Northwood Academy Charter School aim to ensure that all students with disabilities who are eligible to enroll in the school will have available to them a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. CLICK HERE for the complete policy.
FAMILIES IN TRANSITION: NORTHWOOD IS HERE TO HELP
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 Lower School Counselor and Northwood's Homelessness Liaison Ms. Lozandieu at firstname.lastname@example.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.
Important Dates on the Horizon
November- National Native American Heritage Month
Tuesday. November 8th, School Pictures
Wednesday, November 16th- Community Check-In (8:00-8:30)
Thursday, November 24th, and Friday, November 25th- School closed- Thanksgiving holiday
Friday, November 11th- School closed in observance of Veteran's Day
Wednesday, December 21st- Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting
Friday, December 23rd – Tuesday, January 3rd- School Closed - Winter Rece
Monday, January 16th- School Closed - Martin Luther King Day
February- African American/Black History Month
Monday, February 20th- School Closed - President's Day
March- National Women’s History Month
Monday, April 3rd – Monday, April 10th- School Closed - Spring Recess
May- Asian/Pacific Heritage Month
Monday, May 29th- School Closed - Memorial Day
What is Safe2Say Something?
Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late. With 'Safe2Say Something', it’s easy and confidential to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies.
Here’s how it works:
- Submit an anonymous tip report through the Safe2SaySomething system
- The crisis center reviews and processes all submissions
- The crisis center sends all submissions to school administration and/or law enforcement for intervention
- If needed, the crisis center may contact the tipster anonymously through the app
Safe2Say Something PA:
Submit an anonymous tip here.
Connect with Northwood
Location: 4621 Castor Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Phone: (215) 289-5606