Word From The Woods

Bishop Woods School Newsletter - Week of 4.5.2020

Congratulations to kindergarten student, Mikayla C. and her mom, Deidre...the WINNERS of our Name the Newsletter Contest with the MOST VOTES!!

Greetings Bishop Woods Families,

I hope this newsletter finds you well. We made it through our first week of online learning! We are all adjusting to a new system, and will get better with time. Once again, our goal is to decrease stress for families...not cause it to heighten! Please reach out to your child's teacher, our support staff, Ms. Crisci or me if you have any concerns.

I have been in contact with our staff to gather feedback on how online learning is going,, but would love to hear from families as well. Please take a moment to fill out the feedback form at the link below. We will use your feedback when planning for the weeks ahead.



Currently, our data shows that 96% of our families have a device...so we are in good shape. Although the majority of our students have devices, not everyone is logging in to Google Classroom to access their daily lessons. Please be sure that your child logs in to Google Classroom each day. Teachers are available to support students and parents from 9am-1pm, but lessons can be completed at times that works best for families. Once again, please see Parents' Guides to Google Classroom below for an explanation of how to use this tool.

Please note that there will be no instruction this Friday, April 10th in observance of Good Friday, and no instruction next week for April Recess. Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all families that celebrate!

Lastly, our next newsletter will be sent out on Sunday, April 19th, since there is no school next week.

Stay in & stay well,

Mrs. Natalino

Parents' Guides to Google Classroom - English & Spanish Versions

Please use this brief presentation to assist you with understanding Google Classroom. Our teachers will be using this tool to provide instruction as we engage in online learning.

Pictures of the Week!

Please continue to send pictures of your children and families engaging in learning from home! Check out the pictures that were shared this week!
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Birthdays this Week and Next Week!

Monday, April 6th - Alyssa P. (Grade 2), Ms. Canino (Grade 7/8 Teacher)
Tuesday, April 7th - Carmelo R. (Grade 3)
Wednesday, April 8 - Lorenzo I. (Grade 5)
Thursday, April 9 - Oscar M. (Grade 6)
Friday, April 10 - Jesus A. (Grade K)
Saturday, April 11 - Sa'Niya G. (Grade 7)

Sunday, April 12th - Maria A. (Grade 4)

Monday, April 13th - Damont G. (Grade 4), Rafaela R. (Grade 8)

Wednesday, April 15th - Lyric C. (Grade 4), Khloe G. (Grade 6)

Thursday, April 16th - Angelinet T. (Grade 6)

Staff Spotlight

Paraprofessional Appreciation Day!

Wednesday, April 1st, was Paraprofessional Appreciation Day! We are so fortunate to have such an amazing team of paraprofessionals to support our staff and students! We are so thankful for ALL that you do!

  • Ms. Linda Delucia
  • Ms. Cassandra Simmons
  • Ms. Dianne Chase
  • Ms. Judy O'Mara
  • Ms. Colleen Estes
  • Ms. Melanie Hobson
  • Ms. Michelle Gibbons
  • Ms. Maria Fonseca
  • Ms. Monet Jones
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The Montone Family Making Play Dough!

Hi Bishop Woods Family! Mrs. Montone made play dough with Luciano & Giada yesterday. It was lots of fun! Luciano even made his sight word -go with his play dough.

Families...here is the recipe we used, but there are others online.


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Hands on Science with Dr. G!


Check out the science demonstration below - brought to you by Dr. Gersch and his daughters, Maya and Madeline!

The Big Question is: What happened to the can? Why did it happen?

Email your wonderings to Dr. G at timothy.gersch@nhps.net. He will respond to your comments in a future post!

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Student Art Gallery

Check out some of the beautiful art work created by our students last week! Thank you to Ms. Crosby and the families that submitted art to share!

Ms. Crosby's Art Video

Contributing Kindergarten and 1st Grade Students: Sofia W., Brandon C., Ashton A., Nathan G., Brayana H. Trayden Ha., Londyn A., Caden S., Beckham P. (in the photo with his art).

This Week's Challenge: STEM Name Challenge!

STEM Name Challenge Directions:
Be a designer! Create your name with any household or nature items!

·Must be made of 3D items
·Use at least three different materials
·Must fit in one photo
·Allowed to spell first or last name (or both)

Submit all entries via email or Remind text to Mrs. Natalino by Thursday, April 8th! A selection of photos will be a shared in our next newsletter!

Check out Ms. Meachen's example below:

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Music SPotlight

Check out some of our musicians in the picture and videos below!

Contributing students (in order of appearance): Jullien A. (Grade K), Gabriella D. (Grade 2), Kevin R. (Grade 1), Rilee B. (Grade 1) and Chloe J. (Grade 1)

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Free Resource for Learning from Home!

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Covibook - For elementary age children

Author Manuela Molina has created a picture book to support and reassure children under the age of seven and their families regarding COVID-19 and the range of emotions it brings up. She recommends families and educators all over the world print this material so children can draw on it. Click on the link for translations in 22 languages.


Rooted In Love - Video for Middle School Students

"During this difficult, confusing, and frightening time, Mike Smith takes to the crate to acknowledge the challenges we are all facing during the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions. Mike issues a call to action for all of us, in this unprecedented time, to find ways to build community, take care of one another, and stay rooted in love."

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO WATCH THIS VIDEO. Please take the time to watch and discuss with your children:


Resources from our Community Partners - Check these out!!

Newsletter Contributions!

Please continue to send pictures and student work to be shared with our Bishop Woods family each week! In order for your submission to make it in to the newsletter for the current week, please have it to me by Friday afternoon; otherwise, I will post your contribution the following week. You can share through Remind text or email dina.natalino@nhboe.net Thank you to all of the students and families that contributed this week!

Contact Information

Home Office #s:

Mrs. Natalino, Principal- 203-654-9533

Ms. Crisci, Assistant Principal - 475-221-1633