Bulldog Blast

January 13, 2021

In Light Of The Unrest at Our Nation's Capitol

As we watched the unprecedented events unfold on our TV screens last week, we were met with the same emotions as many other Americans, but also a desire to do right by our students and a determination to address what happened on Capitol Hill.


As these moments are a part of our current reality, we are committed to addressing them as they arise. Teachers are always, in a sense, the nation’s first responders when it comes to the historical developments of the world. Over the past week, our teachers have taken the time to have conversations with their students and have offered an open space to express their questions, feelings, and concerns. They will continue to do so in the days and weeks ahead. Additionally, through our work with our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, we are dedicated to exploring such topics more openly and intentionally within our community.


Finally, we look forward to working together to restore faith in our democracy by celebrating a peaceful inauguration next week, and we'd like to share that with your children as well.


If you have any questions please reach out.

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The African American Museum in Philadelphia is hosting a full weekend of virtual FREE enriching, fun, inspirational, family-friendly activities celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from January 16-18. CLICK HERE to browse the 2021 MLK Weekend Celebration schedule.


The Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service, the largest King Day event in the nation, and Global Citizen, promotes year-round volunteer service and civic engagement. Head over to mlkdayofservice.org to be a part of the action.

Free Meals Pickup: Tuesday & Thursday This Week

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! 🍽️🥪🥣 Pickup for multiple meals takes place at our cafeteria (Adams Ave. entrance).


Since school will be closed on Monday, January 18th, meal pickup will be moved to Tuesday, January 19th at the beginning of next week. Both Tuesday and Thursday pickups will take place from 10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm.


We hope families continue to take advantage of this cost-saving and nutritional convenience.

Tracking COVID-19 in Pennsylvania / Philadelphia

While we recognize that the Pennsylvania Department of Education recommendation now includes the option of Full Remote or Hybrid Model for elementary schools, in keeping with the current recommendations, we remain steadfast in our direction to remain remote until we see 3 consecutive weeks of data in the Low or Moderate category in the COVID-19 Dashboard, accompanied by 3 weeks of the CHOP PolicyLab projections on a steady decline. We will continue to share these data points with you through this newsletter each week.


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.

*BULLDOG SPOTLIGHT* THEME: New Year's Intentions

With this first month of the New Year adding a sense of rejuvenation to our spirits, we have been thinking about the tradition of making New Year's Resolutions. 🗓️ Though rather than placing a focus on doing or being better, we like to think of it as a chance to set positive intentions, and to be more mindful of setting expansive goals that excite us! 🌟


With this in mind, this month we want to know 💭:

What is one positive intention your child is embracing for 2021? 💡


Do they want to make a point to lead with kindness, each and every day? 🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Or maybe they want to tap into their creativity in some way? 🎭 Send their answer and a photo of their smiling face (feel free to get creative here to incorporate the theme) to Mrs. Smith at jsmith@northwoodcs.org. The most stand-out submissions will be featured in the Bulldog Blast sent out during the last week in January.

MCKINNEY-VENTO ACT: NORTHWOOD IS HERE TO HELP

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!

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Reminder: Updated Remote Learning Schedule

Beginning this month, we have made some improvements to our instructional plan and are following a slightly modified schedule. The major shifts are:


  • The day begins 15 minutes earlier at 8:15am.

  • Reading and math blocks are longer in K-3 (45 mins rather than 30 mins) and in 5-8 (60 mins rather than 45 mins).

  • The school-wide lunch period was shifted to 12:00-12:30pm. This allows K-3 teachers to pull a small group before lunch, and for upper school students to have an additional cycle complete before lunch.

  • We hope that this increases participation in small groups for students who have not been logging back on after lunch and specials.

  • Specialists will see one grade at-a-time rather than two.


The full schedule for each grade can be viewed at the following link:

Updated Remote Learning Schedule

Materials & Chromebook Pick-up

For those who were not able to come by the school during last month's pickup windows, you may stop by and check-in at the front desk on Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 2:00pm to do so.


Please wear a mask and practice social distancing as you wait. All items will be prepared in advance and ready to go in a Northwood canvas bag.


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Chromebooks are also still available for pickup during these days/times.


*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.

2021-2022 School Lottery

Are you a family with more than one child? Does your second child not yet attend Northwood, but you would like to enroll them in our school? If the answer to both of these questions is YES then you must fill out an application for this sibling.


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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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

Monday, January 18 - School Closed / Dr. Martin Luther King Day

Wednesday, January 20 - Board Meeting

Monday, January 25 - School Lottery Application Deadline

Wednesday, February 3 - Parent Town Hall Meeting

Friday, February 5 and Friday, February 12 - School Photo / Heath Screening Days

Wednesday, February 10 - Common Lottery Date

Friday, February 12 - Common Notification Date