Northwood Weekly Bulletin
Northwood Jr. High School- Week of November 18th, 2019
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Mission and Vision at Northwood
As a unified community we will proactively engage students, staff, and families in creating an environment that is supportive of the academic, emotional, and social success of all students.
VisionOur vision at Northwood is to empower all students to be successful members of a global society by fostering their academic, emotional, and social growth.
Parent/Teacher Conference Sign-Up Closes at 3:00 p.m.
ALICE safety drill will be conducted during advisory with the support of HPPD
Code-A-Thon @ HP Library @ 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Parent Teacher Conferences (12pm-8pm)
Parent Teacher Conferences (12pm-8pm)
No School (Thanksgiving Holiday)
Day of Giving @ Northwood at Elm Place @ 6:30 a.m.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Dear Northwood Parents and Guardians:
We would like to invite all students and their parents/guardians to participate in this year’s Parent/Teacher Conferences. Northwood’s conferences are scheduled for Monday, November 25, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, November 26, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. We believe conferences are an important opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue with our staff about your child's growth and progress during the first quarter of the school year.
Northwood’s conference sign-up will be completed online; the system allows you to choose the days and times based on your preference. Please read through the conference sign-up process below:
The online conference sign-up will begin on Monday, October 28th at 8:00 a.m. posted on ourhttps://www.nssd112.org/northwood or https://ptcfast.com/schools/Northwood_Junior_High_School
The scheduling window will close on Thursday, November 21st at 3:00 p.m.
Conference time slots will be based on 10 minute increments per teacher. Please only click on (1) ten minute slot per teacher (this includes ELA) in order to allow for other parents the opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher.
If you need a translator for your conference, simply write in the comment section: translator please or Spanish please.
Upon completing your online conference request, you will receive an email from PTCFast.com to confirm your appointment.
If you are unable to schedule a conference during the scheduled days and times, please contact your child’s teachers directly or the school office. Teachers will not be available for in-person conferences outside of the offered conference dates and times, but we are happy to communicate and provide updates via email or a phone call.
If you have no internet access you can call the Northwood office so someone can help you schedule your students for parent teacher conferences.
Our district-wide conferencing dates are shared with families well in advance to allow for staff members and parents to plan accordingly for this event. Since student grades are posted online and staff members regularly communicate with parents via email, phone, and individual meetings, we request that you make every attempt to schedule conferences with staff during the allotted times. We encourage you to bring and involve your student in the conferences, as it is our goal to provide quality feedback to students and parents that will aid in the educational development of each child.
Thank you in advance for your and your student’s conference attendance!
Principal of Northwood Junior High School
Estimados padres y tutores de Northwood:
Nos gustaría invitar a todos los estudiantes y sus padres / tutores a participar en las conferencias de padres y maestros de este año. Las conferencias de Northwood están programadas para el lunes 25 de noviembre de 2019 a partir de las 12:00 p.m. a las 8:00 p.m. y martes 26 de noviembre de 2019 a partir de las 12:00 p.m. y las 8:00 p.m. Creemos que las conferencias son una oportunidad importante para entablar un diálogo significativo con nuestro personal sobre el crecimiento y el progreso de su hijo durante el primer trimestre del año escolar.
La inscripción a la conferencia de Northwood se completará en línea; el sistema le permite elegir los días y horarios según su preferencia. Lea el proceso de inscripción a la conferencia a continuación:
La ventana de programación se cerrará el jueves 21 de noviembre a las 3:00 p.m.
Los horarias de las citas de conferencias se basarán en incrementos de 10 minutos por maestro. Solo haga clic en (1) espacio de diez minutos por maestro (esto incluye ELA) para permitir que otros padres tengan la oportunidad de reunirse con el maestro de su hijo.
Si necesita un traductor para su conferencia, simplemente escriba en la sección de comentarios: traductor por favor o español por favor.
Al completar su solicitud de conferencia en línea, recibirá un correo electrónico de www.PTCFast.com para confirmar su cita.
Si no puede programar una conferencia durante los días y horarios programados, comuníquese directamente con los maestros de su hijo o con la oficina de la escuela. Los maestros no estarán disponibles para conferencias en persona fuera de las fechas y horas de la conferencia ofrecida, pero nos complace comunicarnos y proporcionar actualizaciones por correo electrónico o una llamada telefónica.
Si no tiene acceso a Internet, puede llamar a la oficina de Northwood para que alguien pueda ayudarlo a programar las conferencias de padres y maestros de sus estudiantes.
Nuestras fechas de conferencias en todo el distrito se comparten con las familias con bastante anticipación para permitir que los miembros del personal y los padres planifiquen en consecuencia para este evento. Dado que las calificaciones de los estudiantes se publican en línea y los miembros del personal se comunican regularmente con los padres por correo electrónico, teléfono y reuniones individuales, le solicitamos que haga todo lo posible para programar conferencias con el personal durante los tiempos asignados. Lo alentamos a que traiga e involucre a su estudiante en las conferencias, ya que nuestro objetivo es proporcionar comentarios de calidad a los estudiantes y padres que ayuden en el desarrollo educativo de cada niño.
¡Gracias de antemano por su asistencia a la conferencia y la de su estudiante!
Director de Northwood Junior High School
ALICE Student Training
Friday, November 22nd- On November 22nd we will conduct an ALICE drill in which students will respond to a situation explained over the intercom. The administration will provide notice to the staff and students on the loudspeaker 5-10 minutes before the drill begins, at which time our teachers will review the procedures and expectations for this drill with the students. We recognize and are sensitive to the emotional components surrounding this drill, and we will take great care in providing the appropriate training while supporting our students and staff. Please reach out to your administrators with any questions.
We will practice the ALICE drill with the support of the Highland Park Police Department.
Highland Park High School Online Registration
On behalf of Highland Park High School, Northwood is sending online registration letters in English and Spanish. The letters provides details on how to complete the Online Registration as well as a calendar with upcoming important dates for the enrollment process.
Please open the links below to access the online registration letter(s).
Additionally, Highland Park High School staff will have a table at Northwood parent teacher conferences to help families who may need support completing the online registration process.
Deerfield High School Online Registration
Dear Northwood parents and guardians,
Please read if this message pertains to your family.
Dear Class of 2024 Families,
On behalf of Deerfield High School, welcome to the process of enrolling your student for high school. As a first step, you will begin to register yourself and your student so we have your demographic and contact information.
This step of collecting demographic data should take no longer than 15-20 minutes to complete. The second step is to prove residency by uploading documents to the online registration page.
Please click the link below to begin. All of the necessary information, including the documents needed to prove residency, can be found on our Online Registration page link:
Once we collect your demographic information, we will certainly continue to be in touch during the rest of the year to guide you through the process.The calendar below provides a brief overview of upcoming events.
October 2 to October 23, 2019
Complete online registration and residency uploads.
Submit completed online student application for demographic information
Upload proof of residence
Completion of these steps will ensure that families receive access to Campus Portal in January to verify course placements and continue with registration.
Department Chairs will meet with current 8th grade teachers to determine placements for classes. Placement will be done based on standardized test scores, 8th grade teacher recommendations, and grades.
Families who have completed online registration and proof of residency will receive their Infinite Campus Portal activation credentials.
January 8 or 9, 2020
Eighth Grade Curriculum Nights for Families (Academic programming explained). Both nights are the exact same format, so feel free to pick the day that works best for you.
Thank you, and we look forward to welcoming the Class of 2024 Warriors!
Food Allergy Management Committee
Extracurricular and Athletics Update
If you'd like to see more updates on extracurricular or athletic events, check out our Northwood calendar for event, times, and location.
Also, please open the following link to see all the activities, clubs, or sports available for Northwood students!
To sell snacks, drinks, pop sockets, holiday ice cream pies and spirit bracelets at the PTO fundraising table during parent-teacher conferences! Please click here to sign up:
Calling all parents and guardians of 7th and 8th Graders: Plans for 8th grade graduation are already underway! There are many ways you can help make this experience a special one for the 8th grade class. If interested, please email Tricia Goldfarb at email@example.com or Tammie Schallmo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DAY OF GIVING DONATIONS NEEDED BY DECEMBER 5th!
NORTHWOOD IS HOSTING THE 9TH ANNUAL DAY OF GIVING ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 7TH!
Please see the attached list for the donation categories - including books, toys and gift cards – you can even shop the Amazon Wish List! DONATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THURSDAY DECEMBER 5th.
Day of Giving originated at Elm Place Middle School in 2011, when students and staff collected donated food, clothing, toiletries, and winter gear for local families. Each year since, students have organized donations like a super store in the gym, where families are able to come and shop for free on a Saturday morning before the holidays. To continue the important tradition that benefits over 400 families in Highland Park and Highwood, our school is hosting the 9th annual Day of Giving on Saturday, Dec 7! In order to service even more families this year, we are relying on the generosity of the entire NSSD112 family. Let’s prove that #112Leads in service!
EVENT SALES COORDINATOR NEEDED!
The PTO sells snacks at most Northwood events – sports games, matches and concerts. We are looking for someone to manage the coordination between the teacher coaches and parent volunteers to keep this going. Please reach out to us if you are interested in helping us out: NWPTOPres1@gmail.com.
Northwood Scholastic Book Fair
Northwood Scholastic book fair is coming to Northwood @ Elm Place from November 18th- November 26th.
It will be open each day from 7:30 am-2:50pm Monday through Friday.
During Conference week it will be open Monday 11/25 and Tuesday 11/26; 12pm-5pm and 6-8pm. Don't forget to look at Teachers Wish-list items! Here is the flyer that was sent home on Friday, November 8th. Please come and support the Book Fair at Northwood!
This is the link for the book fair website. Parents can sign up their children to have spending money through this site.
Day of Giving Northwood Communication
Dear Northwood Junior High School Parents and Students,
It is hard to believe the holiday season will soon be upon us. We are busy planning and preparing for the annual Day of Giving (DoG) event on Saturday, December 7th. Day of Giving originated at Elm Place Middle School in 2011, when students and staff collected donated food, clothing, toiletries, and winter gear for local families. Each year since, students have organized donations and set up a super store in the gym, where families are able to come and shop at no cost on a Saturday morning before the holidays.
To continue this important community tradition that benefits over 400 families in Highland Park and Highwood, Northwood Junior High is proud to host the 9th Annual Day of Giving on Saturday, Dec 7th.
We will open our doors on December 7 at 6:30 AM; the event concludes at 10:00 AM.
During the school day on Friday, December 6th, students will participate in service learning activities that include packing, sorting, and organizing donations. It is a very authentic and meaningful day for both students and staff as they collaborate to get everything ready for our guests.
In order to reach even more families this year, we are relying on the generosity of the entire community to make this event a continued success. Attached is a WISH LIST of items we are collecting.
ALL DONATIONS MUST BE AT NORTHWOOD BY 3PM ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5th.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and collaboration as we try to provide support for our local community members this holiday season. Let’s make this Day of Giving our most memorable event of all.
Constance Cunningham, Ida Fiore, Caitlin Lucci, and the Day of Giving Committee
6th grade Parents who have Mrs. Cohn for math
Dear 6th Grade Parents who have Mrs. Cohn for math,
As you know, my due date is approaching. If all goes to plan, I will begin my maternity on November 18th, 2019 and return around February 24th, 2020. I am happy to inform you that Michael Witten will be taking my place for the duration of my leave. Below is a message from him.
Being a former student of what used to be Elm Place Middle School and growing up in the community of Highland Park as a child, I am very much looking forward to the challenge of filling in for the wonderful Mrs. Cohn. I know the shoes will be hard to fill, but I am currently working my hardest to catch up to speed so we do not miss a beat when the change occurs. I went to the University of Madison-Wisconsin and graduated with a B.A. in History in 2008. I previously worked in finance for the last ten years as an Options Trader in the SPX for the hedgefund Walleye Trading Advisors down on the Chicago Options Exchange. I live in the West Loop but have family who still lives around the HP area. If anyone has any questions or concerns they can reach me anytime they would please. Looking forward to an amazing winter with your children.
Mr. Witten is more prepared to take over as we have met and discussed all of our daily routines and schedules. He will be the person you will contact for any reason at Mwitten@nssd112.org as well as the co-teacher depending on which class your child is in. If your child is in 1st-period math, you can also contact Beverly Ramirez at email@example.com and if your child is in 2nd, 3rd, or 7th period, you can also contact Danielle Kolze at Dkolze@nssd112.org. You will continue to have access to Regular Math’s Rolling Agenda or Advanced Math Rolling Agenda and infinite campus which is updated each week.
Thank you for supporting your child’s education and I look forward to seeing you all after I return.
Promoting Good Attendance All Winter Long
This message comes from Attendanceworks.org.
Every winter, bad weather — snow, slush, freezing temperatures or even heavy rains in warmer climates — can present challenges to getting children to school. So do the colds, fevers and earaches that often come with the winter months.
1. Develop back up plans for getting your children to school in bad weather.
- Check to see if your child can get a ride with other families who have a reliable car that can manage the snow.
- Form a “walking school bus” with other families to get students to school safely.
- Join other families in a snow shovel brigade to clear the sidewalks closest to the school.
- Ask if school administrators have developed plans for transporting students.
2. Keep your children healthy.
- Dress them warmly for the cold weather.
- Stress the importance of eating a good breakfast every morning.
- Stress hand washing, particularly in the winter months.
- Send your child to school with a small bottle of hand sanitizer. Research shows that something as simple as hand washing can improve attendance.
- Talk to your doctor or school nurse about when a sick child should come to school. Most health providers allow a child to attend with a cold, but not with a fever.
2020 HP Poetry Challenge
Highland Park Poetry is pleased to announce its 2020 Poetry Challenge. The contest invites poets of all ages to write poems that address one of the following challenges:
Sight (in recognition of the year 2020 sounding like “20/20” or a person with normal vision)
Mars (in honor Isaac Asimov & Ray Bradbury’s 100th Birthdays and NASA 2020 Mars Rover)
Magic 9 (a fun poetic form by Divena Collins who rhyme scheme is a misspelling of Abracadabra!)
View the submission guidelines and entry form here.
Vehicle Sticker Design Contest
1. To enter, submit a BLACK AND WHITE design for the Highland Park Vehicle Sticker on an unlined sheet of paper no larger than 8-1/2”
by 11”. Do not use construction paper or any other textured paper. On the back of your drawing, print your name, address, school
name, age and telephone number and submit your entry to your school office. Entries must not have been previously published, cannot
have won prizes in any other contest or competition, and must not include copyrighted images or designs or infringe on any third-party
rights. Sponsor reserves the right to modify winning design for purposes of displaying city name, sticker date and other information.
Contest begins on November 4, 2019. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED IN YOUR SCHOOL OFFICE BY Friday, November 22, 2019.
2. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned. Unless otherwise prohibited, entry into the Contest constitutes
permission to use the winners’ names, schools and likeliness, as well as the winning vehicle sticker designs for advertising, publicity and
all other commercial and non-commercial purposes in perpetuity without additional compensation. Entry into the Contest constitutes
an unconditional waiver of any claim to royalties, rights, or remuneration for use of the winning vehicle sticker designs in perpetuity.
3. Entrant must be currently enrolled as a student in any District 112 school in grades 4-8 and all entries must be designed to reflect
the chosen theme.
4. The winning sticker design will be selected Friday, December 6, 2019 by a panel of independent judges, based equally upon uniqueness, creativity, clarity and the extent to which the design reflects the theme “25TH ANNIVERSARY of the 112 EDUCATION FOUNDATION ”. In the event of a tie, the prize will be awarded to the entry with the highest creativity score (which will be re-judged if necessary to break the tie). Parents are encouraged to discuss concepts with their children, but the final art product must be done by the
child. All decisions of the judges are final and binding in all respects.
5. The winner will be notified by Friday, December 13, 2019. Winners must sign a Liability and Publicity Release which must be returned within 7 days of notification of winning.
6. By entering the Vehicle Sticker Contest, participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules, and to accept all the conditions, restrictions and regulations required by the prize providers in connection with use of their services.
7. The 112 Education Foundation is not responsible for illegible, lost, late or damaged entries.
8. The 112 Education Foundation has the sole and exclusive right to select the winning design and to change its decision as to the winning design at any point in time after an initial winner is selected.
9. All federal, state and local laws and regulations are applicable. This Contest is valid in Illinois only.
PLEASE make sure your entry:
• is on 8 ½ x 11” unlined, plain white paper using black ink only
• includes your name, address, phone number, age and school name on the back, legibly written
• is turned into your school office no later than Friday, November 22, 2019.
• shows your interpretation of “25th Anniversary of the 112 Education Foundation”
• does not include any copyrighted images or designs
The 112 Education Foundation’s mission is to
enrich and enhance educational opportunities
for all children in North Shore School District
112. The Foundation uses the money raised
from vehicle sticker sales to support our signature programs.
We are extending our Northwood daily breakfast times. Students will be able to receive breakfast from 7:20-7:50 am in the Northwood cafeteria.
Community- The Anti-Drug Coalition
Please open the following link to access information from the Community-The Anti-Drug Coalition.
The link will take you to several handouts regarding:
- The Vaping-Crisis
- Marijuana Policy Workshop
- Impact of Marijuana and Legalization and Vaping on Teens
Highwood Library Information
Please open the following link to access information about events taking place in November at the Highwood Library.
School Hours and Before & After School Programs
Students are expected to maintain consistent attendance during the school year. School hours are from 7:55am - 2:40pm.
Students are expected to arrive at school no earlier than 7:30am unless participating in the 7:20am breakfast program, a co-curricular activity, or the AM Café (open from 6:30am to 7:30am). Otherwise, students must have a pass from a staff member to enter the building.
When students arrive before the first bell, they are expected to wait outside (weather permitting—see RECESS).
When the dismissal bell rings in the afternoon, students are expected to leave the building by 2:50pm unless they are participating in a supervised after-school activities or they are in the PM Café.
Should school be forced to close due to bad weather or some other unforeseen reason, parents should listen to their local news stations or await a phone call from the Blackboard Connect system.
A late bus is provided for all students who stay after school with a teacher or for a school-sponsored activity. The late bus boards at 4:00pm and departs at 4:05pm.
In order for a partial absence to be authorized and excused, communication must be made with either the school nurse or the main office. Communication may come in the form of a note or a phone call detailing the reason for the absence. Leaving early for doctor or dentist appointments falls into this category. Before a student may leave early from school, a parent/guardian is required to sign his/her student out with the vestibule clerk, wait for their child and escort their child out of the building. If the student returns to school that same day, he/she is required to sign back in with the vestibule clerk. This process must be followed to ensure accurate attendance records. We may request identification prior to releasing a student to an adult for early dismissal.
Students Ordering Food
Please remind your student that they are not to order food from an online delivery service to be dropped off for lunch. Not only is this a misuse of technology during school hours, but it is putting our front office in an uncomfortable position of accepting food on behalf of students, which we will no longer do. If a student forgets their lunch, they are welcome to come to the office to call home or ask a lunchroom supervisor for assistance.
Cell Phones and Backpacks
Northwood is committed to aligning with the practice of our feeder and middle schools of not permitting cell phones, hats, or backpacks in the hallways or classrooms. These items are allowed to be brought to school and must remain in lockers throughout the school day.
Cell phones should be turned off, so as to not disturb other classes. If a student needs to contact home or a guardian, they are welcome to make a call from the main office. Please reinforce this by not texting or calling your student during the school day. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance!
Northwood Traffic Plan-Message from the Superintendent
“Great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs
Dear Northwood Parents/Guardians,
I’m writing to inform you of a slight change to what I originally sent with regard to afternoon pick up at Northwood at Elm Place. The Indian Trail Loop/Access Road referenced in my last letter cannot be built by the start of school, therefore the vehicle staging plan will not be implemented until the road is built which is now anticipated to be by the end of September. As such, we need your help as we open on Monday to prevent traffic problems.
School District 112 is working in cooperation and partnership with the City of Highland Park and is spending a great deal of time and energy on traffic management. There are a number of ways you can help prevent traffic problems. Again, we encourage you to take advantage of free bus transportation. If you choose to or if you need to drive your child, please help us by following the traffic management rules and protocols. Parents picking up children must wait until the buses have cleared at 2:55 p.m. At that time, Northwood at Elm Place will be open for parent pick up.
Afternoon Pick Up
Due to the physical constraints and traffic congestion, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. Elm Place (street) will be closed to non-bus traffic. We will stage all 20 buses on Elm Place between Linden and Sheridan every day. Any non-bus vehicles stopped, standing, or parked in front of the school, on Elm Place (street), will be moved with police and school personnel enforcement.
- There will be NO vehicular traffic permitted on Elm Place (street) until after the buses leave around 2:55 p.m.
- Staging for student pick-up will not be allowed in the Community House parking lot.
- There will be NO staging (parking, standing, stopping) on Sheridan Road or in the Indian Trail parking lot or staff parking area (Sheridan road cannot be used or blocked, and the Indian Trail lot will be used for initial bus staging and Indian Trail parent traffic).
- If your child needs to be picked up prior to 2:55 p.m., please contact the school so arrangements can be made.
Our enhanced enforcement of this new traffic management plan is done in collaboration with the Highland Park Police Department, and in the interest of student safety and public safety.
We need your help and we appreciate your consideration of (free) bus transportation for your children. We will have an enhanced police and staff presence to enforce this traffic plan and to ensure public safety.
Michael Lubelfeld Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Weekly Bulletin Reminder
Please be on the lookout for weekly newsletters throughout the year containing valuable dates, information, surveys/links, and updates on the various events taking place at Northwood. It is through these newsletters and other forms of communication that we will be able to effectively collaborate and provide your student(s) with a high-quality learning experience at Northwood. Please feel free to reach out to me with questions, comments and ideas as we navigate this year together. My contact information is listed below:
Phone: (224) 765-3300
Northwood Jr. High School at Elm Place
Sergio Gonzalez, Principal
Melissa Raich, Associate Principal
Sonia Ruiz, Associate Principal
2031 Sheridan Rd. | Highland Park, Illinois 60035
www.nssd112.org/northwoodwood - #NWHuskies