Bulldog Blast

Wednesday, March 30th 2022

What you need to know this week:

🍎 Please take a moment to read the enclosed letter from Principal Henry regarding today's evacuation. Thank you!


🍎 Conferences will take place today from 12:00 to 5:45 pm, and Tomorrow, March 31, from 12:00 to 3:00 pm. Conferences will be 15 minutes in duration. All report card conferences will be held on these two days.

🍎 After-School Clubs:

Northwood's after-school clubs for the third trimester are continuing to be held in person. There are 8 sessions for each activity. More details on meeting days, times, and grades served for each can be found in the individual club listings on Family ID. Prior to signing up for multiple clubs and electives, please check the meeting times to ensure that the days and times do not overlap. Thank you!

🍎 The Pennsylvania State System of School Assessment (PSSA) in English Language Arts and Mathematics will be administered to students next week, for students in grades 3 through 8. Please take a moment to read the enclosed PSSA Parent Letter, thank you!


Important Volunteer/ Chaperone Information In order to volunteer in any capacity (including chaperoning trips) you must fulfill the following directives which are part of the Child Protective Law:

The law requires all school employees, contractors, and volunteers to have direct contact with children to obtain clearances (child abuse history clearance and state and federal criminal history checks).

Spring/Summer is a perfect time to make sure you have your PA Clearances updated and ready to go for the Fall. If you need assistance please contact the main office.


  • Clearances submitted within 48 hours of an impending trip will not be processed in time for that individual to chaperone that particular trip. While we encourage everyone to complete clearances, we cannot honor last-minute requests.
  • ALL required documents must be submitted together at one time. We will not hold your documents until they are all complete and accounted for.
  • Copies of the required clearances must be printed and handed in to the front school office or classroom teacher. We can not accept clearances forwarded to us via email. Thank you for your support of our program, safety as always is a priority for all our students and their families.

Bulldog Spotlight: Donovan Dickerson

1st Grader, Donovan enjoyed the illusions museum this past weekend! Check out the Pop-up Museum in Old City! Location: 401 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

CALLING ALL BULLDOGS: We love receiving photos of our Bulldogs with big smiles and having fun! If you have pictures to share that highlight a fun part of your child's day, whether it is participating in an activity or enjoying the outdoors, send them over to Ms. Urbano, curbano@northwoodcs.org to be featured in our next Bulldog Blast 📰

Emmaneil and Mr. Nelson are twinning today! :)

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Upper School BETA DAY 2022, 3/25

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Parent Corner:

District-Wide Survey

Northwood parents that participate in the parent survey will be entered into a raffle to receive a gift card and NACS swag. Please note: Once you start the survey you must complete it all at once.

The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.



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Celebrate Trails Day: 4/24

Mark your calendars for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s annual spring celebration of the pathways we all love!

This year, Celebrate Trails Day (formerly Opening Day for Trails) falls on Saturday, April 24. Visit Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) for ideas and more fun ways for you to enjoy the amazing trails you love while being able to #RecreateResponsibly—so that everyone can celebrate trails, safely.

RSVP to share that you’ll be by visiting a local trail – such as Tacony Creek Park – on Celebrate Trails Day! By doing so, you’ll help show that you value the trails in your community—plus, you’ll have a chance to win an RTC t-shirt!

When? April 24, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Autism Awareness Day & Community Resource Fair, April 2nd!

Want to learn more about Autism Rec's social skills group or maybe you just want to see if it’s a safe space for your child? Well, come join Autism Rec on April 2nd for #AutismAwarenessDay!

Questions? jamila@autismrec.com

HEALTHY KIDS DAY: Saturday, April 27th 10am-1pm

The Northeast Family YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active all summer long. Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, will feature games, face painting, demonstrations, arts and crafts, community vendors, and more. This event is open to non-members!

When? Saturday, April 27th 10am-1pm

Where? 11088 Knights Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19154

The Father's Club is here for you and ready to support your family

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*FREE* classes are in session in person and virtually

Parents are best prepared for the challenges and triumphs ahead when equipped with the right tools and support. Here's what you can do Right Now-

1. Interested in enrolling? CLICK HERE

2. SPREAD THE WORD: To sign up, all you have to do is scan the QR code on the flyer with your phone (or click the link above) and enter your information.

Important to note:

  • The School of Parent Education (SPE) is a nonprofit subsidiary of Daddy University Inc., which uses researched and evidence-based curricula of The National Fatherhood Institute®. You can find more information on SPE Parent Sessions here and Daddy University here.
  • Parent Sessions through SPE are of no cost to the parent
  • Custodial and noncustodial parents (Dad/Uncle/Son, Mom, etc), regardless of gender, are welcome to all classes.
  • They have a virtual option available for the same dates and times listed on the flyer; parents must still be enrolled via the link or QR code provided first. Virtual class information will be provided to them once they are registered.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to contact jrobinson@schoolofparentedu.org.

Naturepalooza: FREE- A Family Earth Day Celebration, Saturday, 4/23

Saturday, 4/23 the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education will host Naturepalooza in celebration of Earth Day, featuring live music, activity tables, nature hikes, food trucks, and more, centered around the theme of restoration. The Billy Jonas Band will perform on recycled and found objects. Families can engage in a collaborative art project and help unveil the new Restoration Station Loop, a self-guided hike on the trails. Registration is required; the rain date is Sunday, April 24.

Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: 8480 Hagys Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128

Phone: 215-482-7300

Enrollment for YBM, Inc. summer programming opens April 2022!

Taller Puertorriqueño: Registration is currently open

Taller Puertorriqueño’s bilingual (English and Spanish) summer camp is designed for kids 6 to 15 years old. Registration is currently open with space for 60 kids. Activities include music, art, dance, theater, sports, and field trips.

Dates: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. from July 5 to Aug. 12. Additionally, Taller has a free post-camp daycare program from 4 to 6 p.m.

Cost: The first 30 kids to sign up will have access to the summer camp for free. After that, the cost will be on a sliding scale depending on the parent or guardian’s income, but through the Early Learning Resource Center your child might still qualify to attend for free. Taller will serve Puerto Rican-style lunch for free.

Requirements: Bring your child’s physical examination form and a report card. Their grades do not impact their likelihood of being accepted into the camp but are instead used to track improvement after the summer camp.

How to register: Registration is open; call 215-426-3311 to register.

Location: 2600 N. Fifth St., tallerpr.org

GALAEI: FREE 2 week bilingual (English and Spanish) summer camp for QTBIPOC

GALAEI hosts a two-week bilingual (English and Spanish) summer camp for queer, transgender, Black, and Indigenous people, and people of color (QTBIPOC). It will be divided into two sessions. The first is for 8- to 12-year-olds and the second for 13- to 18-year-olds. Activities include swimming, rock climbing, music, field trips, arts and crafts, drag queen storytime, and daily activities at Norris Square Park.

Dates: The camp has not confirmed 2022 dates, but you can expect the camp to run the last two weeks of July for ages 8 to 12, and the first two weeks of August for campers ages 13 to 18.

Requirements: Although allies are welcome at other GALAEI programs and events, this camp is intended for QTBIPOC children or children of QTBIPOC folks.

How to register: The camp has not yet confirmed when registration will open, but it should be in April. Once it opens, you will be able to register online.

Location: 118 Fontain St. Questions? info@galai.org

Dorsey Playground Day Camp: 6-12 years old

This Parks and Recreation camp option offers arts and crafts, sports, games, educational activities, and field trips for 6- to 12-year-olds. Registration is open and applications will be processed as they come.

Dates: July 5 to Aug. 12, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: $30 per week, plus a $10-$20 enrollment fee. Daily breakfast and lunch are included.

How to register: Call 215-685-8734. Location: 6501 Hegerman St, Philadelphia, PA 19135

Summer Art Camps for kids ages 4-15:

🎨Allens Lane Art Center, 601 West Allens Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119:

With classes for children ages 5-13, Allens Lane Art Center offers both physical and virtual camps this summer. Campers can expect classes in ceramics, crafts, and theater as well as time outdoors for sports and play. Space is limited to due capacity restrictions. https://allenslane.org/

🎨Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts - Art Camp, 128 N. Broad Street, Historic Landmark Building, Philadelphia, PA 19102: PAFA’s Summer Art Camp is for budding young artists ages 6 to 14. This year's award-winning camp is offered virtually with a combination of live zoom and off-screen hands-on activities. Registration and weekly schedules are coming soon. For more information visit pafa.org/camp, email artcamp@pafa.org, or call 215-972-2054. https://www.pafa.org/museum/education/family

🎨Portside Arts Center - Summer Arts Camp, 2531 E. Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125: Campers 4-13 can expect weekly sessions such as Murals and Public Art, Nature and Mindfulness, The Art of Music, Theater Arts, Art Around the World, and The Basics of Sculpture. Siblings discounts, payment plans, and scholarships are available. https://www.portsideartscenter.org/

🎨Power of Paint Art Academy, 4919 Pentridge Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143: Geared to kids ages 5-15, Camp P.O.P allows campers to explore art and wellness through a variety of fun activities. Tweens and teens can participate in Senior Camp while Junior Camp is designed for kids from 5-10. https://popartacademy.org/

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Family Art Night at Portside Arts Center

Enjoy a fun and creative night out with the entire family every first Friday of the month with Family Art Night ​6:30 pm-8:00 pm! During this 1.5 hour long workshop at the Cherry Street Pier on Friday nights, parents and kids will collaborate on art projects and work together to create something everyone can be proud of. This class allows for some quality family bonding time and is a great kick-off to the weekend!


Remaining 2022 Classes:
April 1st (program full, waitlist available)
May 6th
June 3rd


Located at Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Columbus Blvd. Philadelphia PA 19106

Cost: $25 per family

What you need to know about the Philadelphia plastic bag ban:

Check out the below blog post that addresses how the City of Philadelphia will begin to enforce the plastic bag ordinance prohibiting businesses from using single-use plastic bags as of April 1, 2022.

>> What you need to know about the Philadelphia plastic bag ban <<

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Tarken Ice Rink & Rec. Center: FREE PROGRAM

If you have a teenager between the ages of 13-17 and you’re looking for a safe space for them to socialize while gaining life skills then Tarken has a program for you!

Join them every Thursday from 6:30-8:00 PM for their brand new teen activities program. Activities include community service projects, teen building exercises, mentorship, 2K tournaments, and more! See the above flyer for more details!



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

Wednesday, March 30th, and Thursday, March 31st- Report Card Conferences

Friday, April 1st- Sunday, May 1st- Ramadan 2022

Monday, April 11th- Monday, April 18th- Spring Recess

Wednesday, April 6th- Middle School Connect Four Tournament

Wednesday, April 20th- Board Meeting

Friday, April 22nd- Earth Day

Monday, May 2nd- Friday, May 6th- Staff Appreciation Week

Tuesday, May 3rd- School Closed in observance of Eid-al-Fitr

Wednesday, May 11th, Kindergarten Muffins with Mom Event

Wednesday, May 25th, 2nd Grade Donuts with Dads Event

Monday, May 30th- School is closed in observance of Memorial 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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