Bulldog Blast

Wednesday, January 5th, 2022

Welcome 'virtually' back! Happy 2022!

We hope this message finds you uplifted with the new beginnings that the New Year brings. We also want to send our love and light acknowledging that COVID-19 has affected many individuals and families in our school community. We know this time has not been easy for anyone and is affecting everyone differently. As a school, we are here to support our learners and families. Please do not hesitate to communicate concerns or questions.


This week we have transitioned to remote learning from now through Monday, 1/17. Students will return to in-person learning on Tuesday, 1/18 following the Martin Luther King Jr holiday. It is imperative that this time is treated as a period of quarantine for staff and students.

This week & Looking ahead:

Remote Learning Reminders:

  • At the start of the day, students should log on to class via Zoom. The Zoom link will be provided by teachers in Google Classroom.

  • Students must begin the day at 7:45 AM in their Homeroom Class.

  • Attendance will be determined based on students logging into their homeroom at 7:45 as well as their live classes throughout the day. Students who arrive virtually to class after 7:45 am will be marked late or absent.

  • Students must wear their Northwood uniform shirt to class and should be seated at a desk or table, with space to work.

  • Student schedules will be posted in Google Classroom.

  • Students with Special Education services during instruction will receive those services either via co-teaching during video conferencing, breakout rooms during video conferencing, and/or during separate video conferencing sessions.

  • Students who receive related services will also access their links to their related services on their Google Classroom.

  • Teachers will give appropriate breaks during remote lessons and students will have a 30-minute lunch break.

  • Special classes will continue on the same schedule. These Zoom links will be posted by your child’s homeroom teacher.

  • Wednesdays will remain noon dismissals with an adjusted schedule


💻Letter Day Schedule for The Week:

Wednesday, 1/5 - VIRTUAL Noon Dismissal - no letter day

Thursday, 1/6 - A schedule

Friday, 1/7 - B schedule


🍎Information regarding meal pickup is as follows:

  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at the cafeteria doors

    • Tuesday, January 4 and 11

    • Thursday, January 6 and 13


📝2ND TRIMESTER extracurricular activity sign-ups!

CLICK HERE to register on FamilyID. Northwood will be using the platform called FamilyID again for club registration. If you don't already have a FamilyID account, you will be prompted to set one up. Thank you!

Winter/Inclement Weather

Check out our *NEW* Inclement Weather Information Center on our Northwood school website!


Our goal is to lay out our process and answer some of your most frequently asked questions here, so you can be more informed on the how, what, when, and why of our inclement weather decisions.

Parent Corner:

Future Technology Skills Workshop- SURVEY ATTACHED

We are in the process of organizing a FREE series for Northwood Academy CS Parents & Guardians in partnership with the non-profit, 'You're beautifully made, Inc.' for the month of February.


Parents and guardians can sign up for one, or more, 90-minute classes to learn how to better navigate the digital landscape and support their student's learning. There will be 5 classes offered in total.


We are asking NACS parents and guardians to please complete the attached short survey so we can better serve you and your needs. Thank you!


>>'Technology Skills Workshop' survey <<

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Coats and Car Seats

Winter means keeping kids warm, but did you know that babies and young children in car seats should NOT wear puffy coats or snowsuits when in their car seats? This video shows how a coat or snowsuit can compress under the harness of a car seat, sometimes up to four inches. This compression can cause the straps of your child's car seat to not fit properly, leaving a dangerous situation. Sleeping bags for babies can also add extra slack under the harness, creating an unsafe ride for your baby. >>CLICK HERE for the complete flyer<<


How should you keep your baby or young child in the car seat warm when it's cold?


Try these tips to keep your child warm and safe while in their car seat:


  • Dress your baby or young child in snug layers, like onesies and leggings. Add long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, a hat and shoes, and socks. You can even include a jacket.
  • For babies, use covers specifically for car seats that are designed to give warmth. These covers should be approved by the car-seat manufacturer for your specific car seat.
  • For older babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners, after securing them in the car seat, turn their coat around and put it on backwards (arms through the armholes) so the coat is on top of the harness, or use a blanket in the car.


SOURCE: PA Promise for Children


About PA Promise for Children: Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children, known as PA Promise, is a campaign to help families make good choices about their child’s early learning and choose quality early learning programs that are right for their families. The Pennsylvania Office of Early Learning and Development (OCDEL) is the primary partner in PA Promise.

COMMUNITY CORNER

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APPLY PHILLY CHARTER: APPLY FOR SEPTEMBER 2022 BY JANUARY 24, 2022.

APPLY FOR NEXT YEAR

The application for September 2022 deadline is approaching. CLICK HERE to get started on your application.

Review our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about this year’s process.

Mighty at Home Workshops Winter / Spring 2022

All Mighty at Home workshops happen on Zoom. Be sure to sign up with an email address that you will use & be able to access. The workshop leader sends out the Zoom link 30 min. prior to class starting. Workshops are available for ages 5+.


CLICK HERE to view all workshops available.


Mighty Writers is a class 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2009. One hundred percent of the programs we offer are free. We serve communities in and around Philadelphia, PA, as well as in Camden, Newark, and Atlantic City, NJ. We also run writing workshops in Washington Heights, NYC.

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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Are you at risk of having your water shut off?

Water Assistance Program/LIHWAP: Applications opened January 4, 2022, for the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP).


LIHWAP is a temporary emergency program to help low-income families pay overdue water bills. LIHWAP is a grant. You do not have to repay it. Crisis grants may be available if you have an emergency situation and are in jeopardy of losing your water service. You can receive one crisis grant for your drinking water service and one crisis grant for your wastewater service, up to $2,500 each.

Crisis situations include:

  • Past-due water bills.
  • Termination of utility service.
  • Danger of having utility service terminated (received a notice that service will be shut off within the next 60 days).


How to Apply:

  • Online: www.compass.state.pa.us
  • Paper: You can download a paper application, print it, fill it out, and return it to your local county assistance office.
    • LIHWAP Paper Application — English (PDF) --coming soon
    • LIHWAP Paper Application — Spanish (PDF) --coming soon
  • Phone: Request an application by calling the Statewide Customer Service Center at 877-395-8930 or call PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired.

Covid-19 Corner:

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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!


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

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

Tuesday, January 18th, Students return to IN-PERSON learning

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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