Bulldog Blast

October 7, 2020

*Bulldog Spotlight*

Our second call for featuring Northwood's spirited students was a success!

*See the photos below for the sparking submissions*

For next week's Bulldog Spotlight, we want to know: if your child could pick a personal trait they are most proud of, what would it be?

Maybe you will learn something new when you ask! Is it their kindheartedness? Or maybe their artistic nature? Send your answer and a photo of their smiling face (feel free to get creative here to incorporate their chosen trait) to Mrs. Smith at jsmith@northwoodcs.org. The most stand-out submissions will be featured in next week's Bulldog Blast.

Sign Up to Claim Free Money when in-person learning resumes

The School District of Philadelphia has launched a pilot to provide a $150 monthly payment (up to $1,500 total) per household for the 2020-21 school calendar year to parents who choose to opt out of bus, van, or cab assignment for their child to be transported to and from school. This will begin when school is open for some form of in-person learning.

To participate in this program please CLICK HERE for the enrollment form.

The form must be completed by October 16th.

Sign Up for Extracurricular Clubs and Electives

Weekday after-school clubs and Friday morning electives start next week, and sign-ups are live!

Northwood is using a platform called FamilyID for club registration. Upon clicking on the registration links below, if you don't already heave a FamilyID account, you will be prompted to set one up (this only takes a minute).

Sign-ups are due by next Friday, October 16th, and spots will fill up fast.

Select your child's activit(ies) of choice as soon as possible!

Virtual Game Show Assembly: Tomorrow!

Our first assembly of the school year is happening during the school day tomorrow (Thursday), October 8th. The assemblies will be held in three shifts by grade band. All students have received the following information regarding their time blocks and accompanying Zoom links:

Grades K-2
12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86172691984
Grades 3-5
1:15 - 2:00 p.m. - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86383043003
Grades 6-8
2:15 - 3:00 p.m. - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88556947732

Each grade has been assigned a different team color. Your child has permission to dress in their team color for the day. Please remind your child to attend for an afternoon of fun!

Northwood's 2021-2022 Lottery Application is now OPEN

Spread the word: the lottery application window for the 2021-2022 school year has begun, and it is easier than ever to join our school community! If you know anyone who wants their child to join Northwood, please tell them to go to applyphillycharter.org to apply. See the flier below for more information.

If you have a child who will be an incoming kindergartner (age 5 by September 1, 2021) or another child who is a sibling (one common parent) and does not currently attend Northwood, you will need to apply to our lottery between now and January 25, 2021 for potential enrollment for next school year. Please note that grades 1-8 will ultimately enroll based on seat availability. Important dates are below:

Application Window: September 25, 2020 - January 25, 2021
Common Lottery Date: February 10, 2021
Common Notification Date: February 12, 2021
​Common Acceptance Date: March 12, 2021
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Quick Guide to Focus Parent Portal

Northwood's Focus Parent Portal is a tool designed to enhance communication and involvement for you in your child's education. This portal will allow you to monitor your child's progress in school by providing timely access to both assignments and grades that are entered by the teacher throughout the grading period. This communication tool will improve your ability to assist your child and to communicate with the teacher if necessary.

CLICK HERE for step-by-step instructions on how to set up or login to your Focus Parent Portal account.


Time To Vote!

Our general election is November 3rd and time to register is running out! Please use your voice. Voting information can be found at the following links:

  • CLICK HERE for Northwood's own voting registration page - Complete the online registration to ensure you are registered to vote, then share with all your friends to make sure they are registered too!
  • iwillvote.com - Learn more about voting in Pennsylvania, along with important dates and deadlines for voting.
  • seventy.org - Find tips about voting safely and securely by mail, as well as answers to questions you might have about the election.


Parent Virtual Café Toolkit and Videos

Thank you to the families who engaged in for our parent workshops last week. For those who could not attend the live events, resources from the virtual evening gatherings can be found at the links below:

Be sure to join us live next time workshops are offered in order to engage meaningfully and connect with parent community.


Free Meals Pickup Reminder

Don't forget, we are still providing meals for all! Pickup for multiple meals is taking place at our cafeteria (Adams Ave. entrance) on Mondays and Thursdays between 10:00 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. We hope families continue to take advantage of this cost saving and nutritional convenience.

Parent Remote Learning Survey Responses Still Needed

Thank you to so many of you who have offered your valuable feedback so far. For families who have yet to complete our Parent Remote Learning Survey, please do so as soon as possible. We will be asking for your feedback later on in the school year as well - your voices will be taken into account and heard.

CLICK HERE to complete the Parent Remote Learning Survey

Final Reminder: Student/Parent Handbook Sign-Offs are Due

We appreciate all of the families who have diligently completed the Handbook Sign-off form thus far. If you haven't already done so, please review the links below.

  • The Student/Parent Handbook can be reviewed at *THIS LINK.
  • Upon completion, please read and sign the Remote Learning Policies, Media & Technology Consent/Handbook Sign-off at THIS LINK.

We will be following up with families individually if your sign-off is not completed by the end of this week.

*There is both an English and a Spanish version of the handbook posted at the link above.

CLICK Here for the 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

Thursday, October 8 - Virtual Game Show assembly

Monday, October 12 - Extracurricular Clubs begin / October 16 registration deadline

Monday, October 19 - School Closed / Staff Professional Development Day

Wednesday, October 21 - Board Meeting

Thursday, October 29 - Virtual Costume Contest / Character Day for students and staff

Tuesday, November 3 - Election Day / asynchronous learning day