Bulldog Blast

April 7th, 2021

Welcome back, Northwood!

Welcome back, families and students!


We hope you had a terrific Spring Recess! As you know we are moving into our HYBRID PROGRAM the week of April 19th.


Please note this model is subject to change dependent on mitigation protocols and/ or official health department directives.

Hybrid Town Hall


Tomorrow, Thursday, April 8th
we will be hosting a TOWN HALL for all Northwood Academy families to answer any additional questions at 6 pm. This virtual event is for all families in hybrid and virtual cohorts.


Webinar information to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88565527400

Hybrid Information

In preparation for our hybrid transition, NEXT WEEK will remain remote.


Please note the following changes:

Monday, April 12th, and Tuesday, April 13th we will have half days (8:15 am-12:00 pm), and Wednesday, April 14th-Friday, April 16th will be 3 asynchronous days for teacher preparation. Please note that instructional schedules will be shifting for ALL students starting April 19th.


On March 25th you should have received the schedule from Mrs.Herschberger regarding your child's cohort. If you did not receive it, please contact Mrs.Herschberger directly.


ALL in-person instruction will occur at Northwood Academy Charter School campus.


  • Combination of both asynchronous and synchronous learning.

  • Two days in person, two days virtual (school day from 7:30 am - 1:30 pm) Virtual students will attend all days remotely.

    • Cohorts: Monday + Tuesday OR Thursday + Friday.

      • Monday + Tuesday = TEMPLE

      • Thursday + Friday = DREXEL

      • Fully Virtual = LA SALLE

  • Wednesdays = asynchronous independent work.


CLICK below for the cohort Parent Letter:


TEMPLE - Monday / Tuesday
DREXEL
- Thursday / Friday

LA SALLE - fully virtual every day


If anyone would like to opt into a hybrid model at this date, please email Mrs. Herschberger and we will attempt to accommodate this request.


NACS Parent Hybrid Learning Handbook


Please read these documents carefully and feel free to reach out to Mrs. Carey, Mrs. Henry, or Mrs.Herschberger if you have any additional questions.

Student Corner:

Community Corner

Parent Corner:

Picture Day Update

Please be advised, the Friday, April 9th picture retakes have been POSTPONED.


The new date will be Wednesday, 4/28/21.


8th-grade pictures will be 9:00-10:00 am. Please note, this is not a traditional RE-TAKE but for students who could not attend the original date. Northwood graduation gowns will be provided for the photo.


10:30 AM will start K-7th grade picture re-takes. Please wear your Northwood uniform for the photo. Pictures will be taking place 10:30 am-1:00 pm. A sign-up genius link will be sent out this the coming days.

Bulldog spotlights:

Aiden Stevenson proudly showing off his student of the month pin!

Congrats, Aiden- keep up the great work!


Calling all Bulldogs: Bulldog Spotlight!

We love receiving photos of our Bulldogs with big smiles and having fun! If you have more 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 curbano@northwoodcs.org to be featured in our next Bulldog Blast 📰

Spring Break Fun!

Check out our Bulldogs, Stephin (2nd grade) & David (4th grade) Williams enjoying their time off at the Adventure Aquarium!

WHAT IS 143K RISING?

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) formed 143K Rising as a way for lawmakers in Harrisburg to hear directly from charter school families. The goal is to give charter school families a voice in policy decisions that otherwise could have disastrous consequences for the education and future of their children.


Northwood parents and guardians, it is recommended to sign up here. You will receive email updates from the 143K Rising movement on the latest efforts to protect public education options. You also will have the opportunity to contact your state lawmakers and let them know you support public charter schools.

Free Meals Pickup 🍽️🥪🥣

We are continuing to give out frozen meals that last up to a month in the freezer, so extra meals can be stocked and saved for the weekends or a much later date! Pickup for multiple meals traditionally takes place at our cafeteria (Adams Ave. entrance) on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.


We hope families continue to take advantage of this cost-saving and nutritional convenience.

GoGuardian Software Information

If you have not read our memo regarding our newly adopted service, GoGuardian, please do so at the following link: GoGuardian Parent Letter.


To summarize, GoGuardian provides the following benefits to students and teachers:

  • Helps in protecting students against harmful and inappropriate online material

  • Helps students stay “scholarly” and more focused when learning online

  • Helps in assessing students’ progress towards class assignments

  • Facilitates communication between teachers and students during class time


Please reach out to our Technology Coordinator with any questions at dleimer@northwoodcs.org.

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!

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Materials & Chromebook Pick-up

For those who were not able to come by the school during previous months' pickup windows, you may stop by and check-in at the front desk on Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 2:00pm to do so.


Please wear a mask and practice social distancing as you wait. All items will be prepared in advance and ready to go in a Northwood canvas bag.

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Chromebooks are also still available for pickup during these days/times.


*Please note*: This is only for students who have not yet received a school-issued Chromebook or if your school-issued Chromebook is not working. If your child has received an iPad from us, exchanges must be made in order to receive your Chromebook. If you are planning to swap a device, you must also bring the charger in order to do the exchange.

WIFI Issues Submission

If you do not have reliable high speed internet, or are experiencing connectivity issues, please feel out this form.

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, 4/8 - Parent Town Hall, 6:00 pm