Word From The Woods

Bishop Woods School Newsletter - Week of 6.21.2020


Greetings Bishop Woods Families,

This final Word from the Woods newsletter for the 2019-2020 school year celebrates the Class of 2020! Please enjoy the message from our superintendent, Dr. Iline Tracey, the slideshow of our Promotion Parade, which was held on Monday, June 15th, and video of all of our graduates. All links are below this letter.

Class of 2020...I am so PROUD of all of you! As I said a few weeks ago, you will always remain a part of the Bishop Woods family, and we are always here if you need us! I wish you the best of luck as you transition to high school...and I will continue to reach out to the high school principals to keep tabs on you! Parents...please continue to share your child's successes with us, as we love to hear how our alumni are doing. We will also invite you back to be a part of events that we need alumni representation for!

My greatest piece of advice as you enter high school is to get involved! Four years will fly by...make the best of your experience! Our high schools have so much to offer...no matter what your interest, there is a club, sport or committee you can join! Academics are just one part of the high school experience. Make sure yours is well-rounded! You have so much to contribute...be sure your voice is heard! Reach out to your administrators, teachers, and counselors to let them know who you are...and show your face often. Opportunity awaits...ensure that when an experience arises, YOU are considered a candidate! Great things are in store for you!

Promotion Parade Planning Committee....Thank you all for the hard work you put in to ensuring our students were celebrated!! It was a non-traditional graduation, but one we will always remember! Parents and family members were able to see their children receive their diplomas, students were recognized for their achievements and the weather was absolutely beautiful! Special thanks also to all of the staff members that came to cheer our graduates on! Our Bishop Woods family is an amazing TEAM!!

I'd also like to wish a Happy Father's Day to all of the fathers, grandfathers, and father figures of our Bishop Woods family. We are appreciative for all that you do. Enjoy your special day!

Our main office will be closed the week of June 29th (change from original plan). Final report cards will be mailed home the week of June 22nd. You can also check your child's final grades on PowerSchool the last week of June.

I will continue to be in contact over the summer if new information arises. I will also be sending out monthly newsletter editions in July and August. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need me.

Lastly, please refer to our website for activities that families can take part in over the summer. We will update this information regularly.

Stay safe, stay well, and have a wonderful summer break!

Mrs. Natalino

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Ms. Jody Ford, 4th Grade Teacher

Ms. Ford has been a New Haven Public School teacher for 35 years! She has been at Bishop Woods for the past 29 years. Congratulations & best of luck with your retirement Ms. Ford! We will miss you!
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Ms. Creola Smith, Math Coach

Ms. Smith has been a New Haven Public School teacher for 25 years, and has spent the last 2 years as our math coach at Bishop Woods School! We will miss you Ms. Smith! Congratulations & best of luck with your retirement!
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Ms. Susan Holahan, English Language Learning Tutor

Ms. Holahan has been a New Haven School Teacher for over 50 years! She recently served as our EL tutor, after retiring as an EL teacher. Ms. Holahan has had a great impact on so many students across the district! Ms. Holahah...enjoy your final retirement! You will be missed!
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The following staff members are moving in to new positions next year. We wish you the best of luck in your new schools/roles!

  • Victoria Raucci, Magnet Resource Teacher
  • Emilie Greene, Special Education Teacher/PPT Chair
  • Tina Montone, Early Childhood Coach

Congratulations English Language Learners!

Congratulations to our English Language Learners that met proficiency targets to exit our EL program! We are so proud of you. Special thanks to our EL teachers, Ms. Holahan & Ms. Luqueno for all of their hard work to push these students this year! We also had many students within 5 points of exiting....I know you will get there next year!

Below is the link to the virtual award ceremony from the English Language Learner department. Bishop Woods is highlighted at 7:40!


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Birthdays This Week!

June 21 - Devin D. (Grade 3)

June 24th - Brian M. (Grade 6)

June 26th - Armando J. (Grade 7), Stephanie U. (Grade 4)

June 27th - Jony R. (Grade 6)

June 29th - Kayden P. (Grade K), Nathan P. (Grade 2), Nathaniel P. (Grade 2)

June 30th - Pamela G. (Grade K), Kenneth G. (Grade 4)

Updated School Meal Information

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It is SO IMPORTANT to continue reading over the summer months! We need to keep our brains exercised and sharp!!

Our Superintendent, Dr. Iline Tracey, is hosting a summer reading incentive! She will recognize top readers in the fall! The link below has more information, along with access to e-books:


This is the link to the Google Form students should complete for each book:


Let's have the top readers be members of our Bishop Woods family!!

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Zoom Family Event Calendar Hosted by Clifford Beers

Check out the following events that will be hosted for families through our partner Clifford Beers. If you are interested in participating in the event, please contact Mrs. Natalino or your child's teacher for the Zoom link. I am hoping you can take advantage of some of these sessions.
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Click on links below for additional resources to assist families at this time:

Newsletter Contributions!

Please continue to send pictures and student work to be shared with our Bishop Woods family each week! In order for your submission to make it in to the newsletter for the current week, please have it to me by Friday afternoon; otherwise, I will post your contribution the following week. You can share through Remind text or email dina.natalino@nhboe.net Thank you to all of the students and families that contributed this week!

Contact Information

Home Office #s:

Mrs. Natalino, Principal- 203-654-9533

Ms. Crisci, Assistant Principal - 475-221-1633