Northwood Elementary Connection
November Edition 2023
Hello Northwood Elementary Families-
Thank you Northwood PTA for providing staff with lunch, the day after Parent-teacher conferences and for providing Halloween treat bags for students.
Regular school attendance is important. Chronic absence in Ohio is defined in Ohio as a student missing 10% or more of school hours. Please send your child to school on a regular basis, so they can learn and make progress. Parents are expected to write a note, send in doctor's excuses or call the school office when student's are absent.
Principal Northwood Elementary
Elyria School District
As we strive to have a calm and peaceful building, we teach our students to follow the three Bs through our PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) program. Please ask your students to tell you more about the Three B's at Northwood and complete the survey link below:
Calendar of Events
November 7 Professional Day for Staff/No school for students
November 8th Q1 Awards Assembly 9:30 Grades 1-4 (Teachers will invite parents)
November 8th Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30-8:00
November 9th PTA meeting Elementary gym 6:00
November 10th Veteran's Day Parade @ Northwood 9:45 (veterans in community are welcome to attend the event)
November 22nd through November 24th Thanksgiving Break No School
November 28th Interims available
November 29th Picture Re-take Day
December 4th Winter Concert Gr. 2 & 3 6:30 @ EHS PAC
December 7th PTA meeting 6:00
December 14th PTA event TBD
December 19th Winter Break classroom parties
December 20th Christmas Break
January 3rd Return to school
October Marco's Pizza Classroom Pizza Party Winner
Mrs. Groves retires after 34 years of service --Thank you Mrs. Grove for your service!
Apple Fest Winner and Honorable Mention Students
Mayor Whitfield Talks to NWES Students
Halloween Fun at NWES 2023
Nurse's Nook from Nurse DiFranco
STAYING ACTIVE IN THE FALL AND WINTER MONTHS
Moving your body improves physical, mental and emotional health. Physical activity improves your memory and brain function, protects against many chronic diseases, aids in weight management, helps lower blood pressure and improve heart health, improves quality of sleep as well as reducing feelings of anxiety and depression. Exercise also boosts mood and helps kids focus and retain information better. Staying active is essential for kids, especially as the winter months start rolling around and they tend to spend more time inside than out.
Exercise At Home
Rake then play in the leaves
Go for a hike
Make snowmen and snow angels
Indoor hopscotch with painter’s tape
Indoor obstacle course
Hide and seek
Free dance and exercise classes online
Chores can count as a physical activity too!
SCREEN TIME AND CHILDREN
(From American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
Children and adolescents spend a lot of time watching screens, including smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, TVs, and computers. On average, children ages 8-12 in the United States spend 4-6 hours a day watching or using screens, and teens spend up to 9 hours. While screens can entertain, teach, and keep children occupied, too much use may lead to problems.
Parents may not always know what their children are viewing, or how much time they are spending with screens. Children may be exposed to:
Violence and risk-taking behaviors
Videos of stunts or challenges that may inspire unsafe behavior
Cyberbullies and predators
Advertising aimed at your child
Misleading or inaccurate information
Too much screen time may lead to:
Lower grades in school
Reading fewer books
Less time with family and friends
Not enough outdoor or physical activity
Poor self-image and body image issues
Fear of missing out
Less time learning other ways to relax and have fun
Managing a child’s screen time is challenging for families. Your child is never too young for a screen-time plan. Consider the following as a guideline:
Until 18 months of age limit screen use to video chatting along with an adult (for example, with a parent who is out of town).
Between 18 and 24 months screen time should be limited to watching educational programming with a caregiver.
For children 2-5, limit non-educational screen time to about 1 hour per weekday and 3 hours on the weekend days.
For ages 6 and older, encourage healthy habits and limit activities that include screens.
Turn off all screens during family meals and outings.
Learn about and use parental controls.
Avoid using screens as pacifiers, babysitters, or to stop tantrums.
Turn off screens and remove them from bedrooms 30-60 minutes before bedtime.
Screens are here to stay and can offer many positives. It’s never too early to develop a screen-time plan with your family. Let your children share their ideas and concerns. Some additional tips to keep in mind are:
Familiarize yourself with programming to make sure it is age-appropriate.
Talk to your child about what they are seeing. Point out good behavior, such as cooperation, friendship, and concern for others. Make connections to meaningful events or places of interest.
Be aware of advertising and how it influences choices.
Encourage your child to learn other activities such as sports, music, art, and hobbies that do not involve screens.
Set a good example with your own safe and healthy screen habits.
Teach children about online privacy and safety.
Actively decide when your child is ready for a personal device.
Encourage using screens in ways that build creativity and connection with family and friends.
Consider your child or teen’s maturity and habits. The right plan for one family may not be a good fit for another.
Positive and healthy screen use is possible with proper guidance and consistency.
NOVEMBER 2023 NATIONAL HEALTH OBSERVANCES - here are a few health topics that are highlighted in the month of November- click the links for more information about each
PTA Spiritwear Fundraiser
Northwood Elementary Box Tops Fundraiser
First Student Bus Information
Transportation Contact number – (440)284-8030
Firstview Bus information
First Student offers a live tracking app called FirstView that makes it easy for parents to follow the progress of their student's bus before and after school. This is helpful to allow you to see your child’s bus and in the event of a delay you could get the information quickly.
You can sign up here:
Three School Expectations
- Be Respectful
- Be Responsible
- Be Ready to Learn
Elyria Schools Belief Statements
- Learners thrive when school is engaging and personally meaningful
- All Pioneers have a voice in decisions that affect them
- Excellence is achieved through vision, commitment and moral leadership